Life's What Happens

Life's What Happens

by Kathy Clark

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Overview

FINALIST - BEST INDIE BOOK OF 2013. A New Adult Novel

He is too young to drink (legally) but not too young to die.  Don Williams is a senior at Kent State University and lives in an off-campus fraternity house.  He and his girlfriend Lisa are making plans for their future after graduation when suddenly, it’s all taken away.  His career, his freedom of choice and even his frat brothers who have become his family. 

Life’s What Happens when you mix the hormone-fueled emotions of youth who have left home to experience the mind, mood and physical freedoms of college life with the cultural and political changes of the late 1960’s.  For the brothers of Phi Psi Kappa fraternity their biggest worries should have been how to pass their classes with the least amount of studying and the greatest amount of partying and girls.  Instead, they are faced with the life-and-death decision of whether they should face their fates head-on, change their plans or just run away.    

It is about the year they turned from boys to men, and where their choices took them.

2013 Finalist in The Best Indie Book competition.

“From characters that still your heart to writing styles that will captivate you, this is one awesome read.”

“This story was engaging and extremely moving, at turns both humorous and thought provoking.”

Life’s What Happens is a gripping read, with its educational, historical, imaginative and very human ingredients.  Brilliant writing.” 

"Life's What Happens is a book that everyone will want to read, especially those who remember the tumultuous times of the late 1960's.”

“From new adults to baby boomers and those interested in college life in 1969 - 70  will want to soak up the knowledge found within these pages. This is a tale you will not want to miss.”

BONUS CHAPTERS INCLUDED.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148411116
Publisher: Nightwriter93
Publication date: 11/02/2012
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 784 KB

About the Author

Kathy Clark’s 23 women’s fiction (romance) novels have sold over 3 million copies in more than 10 languages and have been on the New York Times’ bestsellers’ list and won her numerous awards.In September 2012 she broke away from the romance genre and launched a new suspense series, Denver After Dark that is centered on three brothers, one a cop, one a firefighter and one a paramedic. The first book, After Midnight was named as the Best Indie Suspense of 2013 and won a prestigious Readers’ Favorite Suspense Award in 2013. Book #2 in this series, Cries in the Night was released in October, 2013. Graveyard Shift, Book #3, will be released in September, 2014.Also in 2012 Kathy teamed up with her husband Bob Wernly to write a Young Adult Time Travel Mystery/Romance series called CUL8R (See You Later) under the pen name of Bob Kat. Book #1 OMG (Oh My God), when they go back to 1966 to save a girl’s life, was released in October, 2012 and was named as the Best Indie Young Adult Suspense of 2013 and was a Beverly Hills Book Awards finalist. Book #2 BRB (Be Right Back), when they travel back to 1980, recently won a Readers’ Favorite Young Adult Award in 2013. Book #3 BION (Believe It Or Not), when they go back to 1927 and join a circus to save a boy, was released in July, 2013. All three books in this series have received rave reviews and 4 and 5 star ratings. Book #4 RIP (Rest in Peace), a ghost story set at the famous Stanley Hotel will be released in January, 2014. Also, under the Bob Kat pen name, Kathy and Bob wrote a fictionalized version of his fraternity days at Kent State University in 1970 that mixes the drama of senior year with the first military draft lottery, the Vietnam war and the Kent State shootings. This novel was named as a finalist in the Best Indie Mainstream Book of 2013 Awards.Kathy and Bob are also working on a New Adult series called Scandals with the first book Baby Daddy scheduled for release in November, 2013.Kathy is currently a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and was on the board of directors of national RWA and Colorado Romance Writers for several years. Her books and screenplays have won numerous awards, including top honors from Romantic Times, Colorado Romance Writer of the Year, two RITAs and several film festival screenwriting competitions.

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Life's What Happens 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Life’s What Happens does for Kent State students what Derek Robinson’s Piece of Cake did for WWII pilots in 1939. A large cast of characters, often irreverent, teasing, hard-working and hard-playing, comes to life in the first part of the novel where students ponder what the future might bring, and threats of a draft lottery begin to loom large. The photographer, the dissector of dead cats, the poor rich guy and the newly successful poor friend, and more, live out their everyday lives against a backdrop of eateries, drink, tests and dreams. Girlfriends abound, and the relationships have that vivid teenage immediacy of indestructability and rebellion. But destruction looms large. The day of the lottery is captured in photos by the photographer, and becomes hauntingly real to the reader as numbers are called and accidents of birth offer the destruction of dreams. But life goes on, through physical exams, unanswered appeals, the folly of regulation, and the sudden danger of overwhelmed emotions. An innocent trip downtown turns disastrous near the end of the novel, and tension rises with the terrors of historical events, making this novel truly haunting and hard to put down. The author wisely keeps politics out of the picture, telling just the story of real people, caught in an unreal situation. By the end it’s clear that nobody ever sees the future, and all of us see differently when we look back at the past. I’m glad to have seen through the eyes of these students, through the words of this author. And Life’s What Happens is highly recommended. Disclosure: I bought it when it was free.