I am always pleased to receive review requests from new and aspiring authors and when they simply arrive ‘out of the blue’, it is always a nice surprise, especially when an author is as full of enthusiasm and energy as M Thomas Long.
I am also constantly surprised by the diverse and imaginative synopses which authors assign to their books. This one definitely piqued my interest, although when I read past the first couple of lines, the unexpected twist in the story, is certainly going to make for some difficult and thought provoking reading, I’m sure!
M Thomas Long has been a writer, speaker, trainer, husband, and father for over 25 years. He and his wife live just outside Nashville, TN. He has one daughter, and as of last spring, a new son-in-law.
A genuine love and excitement for life drives him. As an avid reader, he loves a great story. Blue Monday marks his entry into the world of fiction writing, something he will tell you has been on his life list for many years, but he just never took the time to make it happen. During a near fatal incident a few years back, one of the main regrets he felt was that he had never written the books that were inside him wanting to be written.
In Blue Monday, his first fiction novel, he draws from a rich and varied background that includes designing and performing as a concert stage lighting designer with Grammy award winning artists, working alongside many pastors and celebrities, and traveling the country working as a Microsoft technical trainer.
His hobbies include reading, golf, motorcycles, drawing, running, guitar (ok, a little guitar), songwriting with his daughter, and traveling with his wife.
Take a few moments to stop by the M Thomas Long website
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If I had the winning lottery ticket …. It’s a fun scenario to imagine…unless you are Matt McAllister.
Blue Monday is the story of Matt McAllister. Matt is the pastor of the fifth largest church in his state. After over 20 years in the ministry he is approaching burn out. Every week begins with blue Monday. The clergy’s equivalent of the morning after.
Matt was a vocal, public opponent to the lottery when it came to South Carolina. When he accidentally purchases another person’s lottery ticket, he is surprised at the reaction of himself, his family, and those around him. The situations quickly become funny, introspective and sad simultaneously when the ticket wins $186 million.
Matt learns some important lessons about human nature, both his and the people around him…then he learns that the woman who picked the numbers on his winning ticket has attempted suicide.
When offered part of the winnings, Matt has an opportunity to leave blue Monday behind…but can he?
If only I had the winning lottery ticket …. how many of us haven’t uttered those words, probably on more than one occasion? If I acquired a ticket by mistake, would I do the right thing, step forward and own up, or I would I be just a little tempted to keep it … just until results day of course, because it can’t possibly be a winner .. can it?
I’m certain that I am about to learn a few ‘home truths’ about having thoughts like that, when I start reading ‘Blue Monday’.