19 June 2020

Copy Boy by Shelley Blanton-Stroud Book Tour and Review!

Series Title COPY BOY by Shelley Blanton-Stroud
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+)
Genre Noir, Historical Mystery, Literary
Publisher She Writes Press
Release dates:   June 23, 2020
Format available for review:  print, ebook, audiobook
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: August 24 to September 18, 2020
Content Rating
PG-13 + M. The book includes: the F-word 7 times, the word "g--dammit" 4 times, and one violent fight in the beginning.

Book Description:

Jane’s a very brave boy. And a very difficult girl. She’ll become a remarkable woman, an icon of her century, but that’s a long way off. Not my fault, she thinks, dropping a bloody crowbar in the irrigation ditch after Daddy. She steals Momma’s Ford and escapes to Depression-era San Francisco, where she fakes her way into work as a newspaper copy boy. Everything’s looking up. She’s climbing the ladder at the paper, winning validation, skill, and connections with the artists and thinkers of her day. But then Daddy reappears on the paper’s front page, his arm around a girl who’s just been beaten into a coma one block from Jane’s newspaper―hit in the head with a crowbar. Jane’s got to find Daddy before he finds her, and before everyone else finds her out. She’s got to protect her invented identity. This is what she thinks she wants. It’s definitely what her dead brother wants.

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Author Maggie Clare

Meet the Author:

Shelley Blanton-Stroud grew up in California’s Central Valley, the daughter of Dust Bowl immigrants who made good on their ambition to get out of the field. She teaches college writing in Northern California and consults with writers in the energy industry. She co-directs Stories on Stage Sacramento, where actors perform the stories of established and emerging authors, and serves on the advisory board of 916 Ink, an arts-based creative writing nonprofit for children. She has also served on the Writers’ Advisory Board for the Belize Writers’ Conference. Copy Boy is her first novel, and she’s currently working on her second. She also writes and publishes flash fiction and non-fiction, which you can find at such journals as Brevity and Cleaver. She and her husband live in Sacramento with an aging beagle and many photos of their out-of-state sons.

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My Review

Copy Boy by Shelley Blanton-Stroud is a book about a young girl, Jane, in Depression era California who dresses as a boy and becomes a copy boy at a newspaper. She wants to be a journalist but knows she has to work her way up and being a boy would be easier.

She left her mother behind, but had left her father for dead in a ditch after hitting him with a crowbar. As she settles into her job, following leads in a case where a young girl was beaten and left in a coma, Jane finds a picture of the girl with a man who looks like her father. She needs to find him before he finds her. She does not know why her father is after her but she has a good idea.

She needs to keep her identity a secret, she has taken her brother's name. She is a twin and her brother died at birth and her mother kept telling Jane that she owes her mother due to the pain and the sacrifice she made for Jane.

This was an interesting story, depicting the Depression era and life of a young girl, in order to make it at a newspaper, decides to dress as a boy. The only way she can be recognized for her talents. I found it a bit slow going at first but I did finally get into the story. It was easy to read except for certain parts but I got past that. I was particularly impressed with the epilogue. I don't want to give away any of the details just to say that it is a fun story!

I received a copy of the book for review purposes only.

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