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Wish You Were Here: A Rock Fantasy-by Joyce S. Isaacson
Inspired by the group Badfinger
Midwest Book Review: Wish You Were Here: “A Rock Fantasy” is a quirky story written by Joyce S. Isaacson. This unique, original, deftly crafted metaphysical novel showcases Joyce’s genuine flair for character and narrative-driven entertainment that is simply riveting from the first page to the last.
This Rock Fantasy, the expanded edition, bridges the love between band-mates with the Pop-Paranormal, set to a killer soundtrack. After years of depression following the death of his soul brother, Tomas Alvers finds himself in Heaven. Guided by the angel Gabriel, Tomas sets out on a Dantean adventure, hoping to reunite with his beloved lead singer. Along the way, Tomas encounters famous artists and performers struggling against, laughing with and learning from each other, in a grueling quest to rock the heavens! He fights an uphill battle, trying to understand the rules, while exploring questions about legacy, he wonders if he will ever find his mate.
Midwest Book Review: Critique: Edited by Dennis De Rose, Wish You Were Here Badfinger: A Rock Fantasy” is a quirky story by Joyce S. Isaacson is a unique, original, and deftly crafted metaphysical novel that showcases the author’s genuine flair for character and narrative-driven entertainment that is simply riveting from first page to last. While very highly recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that Wish You Were Here Badfinger “A Rock Fantasy” is also available in an inexpensive digital book format (Kindle, $0.99).
“A very thought-provoking book” -After Hours with Rick Kogan on WGNRadio.
Joyce, I’m not the kind of guy that would pick up a book called a rock fantasy nor am I a Badfinger fan. I picked it up because you are an old pal. I quite enjoyed it. Joyce has turned into some writer. I have to tell you I was charmed. It is a very thought-provoking book. I think Badfingeris an underrated band. You told me the Beatles endorsed them and signed them to Apple; that is quite an accomplishment. You are obviously a huge fan of Badfinger. Correct me if I’m wrong, the gist of the book is that Tommy Evans is in heaven and desperately trying to find his pal, Pete Ham. The voyage intrigued me since it is filled with all sorts of people like musicians I actually knew. I also think the book is provocative; it’s a journey of self-discovery for Tommy and it is peppered with other characters that you come to know, very famous characters I might add, like Cass Elliot and Peter Sellers. I was so fascinated by you becoming a writer of fiction. God bless you, Joyce Isaacson, and write on! Keep me posted about your career. Thank you for writing the book.
Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite: Wish You Were Here, Badfinger: A Rock Fantasy is a whimsical speculative novel by author Joyce Isaacson. Set predominantly in the afterlife, our central character is the ne’er-do-well Tommy Evans, who has recently passed onto the Pearly Gates. Tommy’s band, the epic Badfinger, lost one of its members too early, and Tommy was haunted by depression for years before he moved on into the afterlife. Now Tommy, genuinely surprised, finds himself in Heaven with the chance to reunite with Pete Ham, his lost lead singer, but the journey’s not as easy as it seems. Tommy must travel through the strata of the afterlife, encountering a veritable feast of rock royalty along the way, to find the solace that he couldn’t when he was alive on Earth.
Although Wish You Were Here, Badfinger: A Rock Fantasy is titled as a fantasy genre novel, I found it far more speculative in nature, and it’s certainly a heartfelt drama about self-discovery and the bonds we have with others. I enjoyed the unusual premise and the allusions to Dante’s journey, and whilst the cameos from real-life rock stars of a bygone time were fun, they did sometimes make the plot a little woolly. That being said, author Joyce Isaacson writes with simplistic beauty that lifts her characters off the page, and Tommy is a really relatable hero with a great deal of soul and emotion poured in. If you’re looking for are deeming, positive drama with lots of quirky fun, give Wish You Were Here, Badfinger a read.
Reviewed by Michael W Hall of Night Dreams Radio Show: “WISH YOU WERE HERE, BADFINGER”. Joyce Isaacson is not only a great novelist, she has single-handedly created a new genre of prose; combining the best of today’s most popular obsessions, ‘Rock and Roll’ and ‘The Paranormal.’ Perhaps her fascinating work will spawn a new type of ‘Paranormal-Rock’ music as well. “Wish You Were Here, Badfinger” is a rollicking romp through ‘The Here-After,’ following the antics of Tommy Evans, a deceased member of the legendary ‘British Invasion’ rock-band, “BADFINGER,” on an after-life quest to find his previously deceased band-mate, Pete Ham, in Heaven. Along the way, Tommy is helped on his after-life quest by an ‘A-List’ of other deceased and famous ‘Rock Stars,’ from Janis Joplin to Elvis! Isaacson’s ‘Rock Fantasy,’ “Wish You Were Here, Badfinger,” is a must-read for the 78-Million nostalgic ‘Baby-Boomers’ out there, or anyone else wanting to experience the glory days of Rock & Roll, on both this and the other side of ‘The Veil.’
Review by Jason Bland-Host Of Paranormal Soup: Wish You Were Here, Badfinger A Rock Fantasy takes a deep look at what awaits us when we die and why I love this book so much! I it found fascinating as you journey with Tommy, he discovers the ins and out of Heaven while he looks for his friend Pete, and learn there are levels and rules to Heaven. The celebrity cameos where some of my favorite parts of the story! Everyone has to admit we all wonder what some of our favorite entertainers who have passed are doing on the other side! If you love exploring the possibilities of the hereafter then I couldn’t recommend a better book than this one!
5 Star Review: Spectacular! From Book Marketing Global Network: Wish You Were Here: A Rock Fantasy is a thought-provoking look into the afterlife. Author Joyce Isaacson uses a fresh imaginative approach. Her story and characters were inspired by the UK-based rock band Badfinger.
The book opens with Tomas Alvers arriving at Level 5 of Heaven after he commits suicide. In this paranormal setting Tomas is guided by an angel, Gabriel, while on a quest to reunite with his long-lost lead singer and best friend, Paul Lamb.
Along his spectacular journey, Tomas encounters scores of real-life personalities. With British style, lingo, and humor this tale of one soul’s self-discovery is unique and compelling. Each page brings a new twist, like when Tomas gets “A Guinness” and where “the beat goes on”.
Let me bring you into the story with Tomas Alvers in Chapter Thirty-Eight:
“Touching down, I found meself surrounded by a sea of people but, at least, I could also see the stage. Janey was getting down, belting out “Chained Up.” Boy, could she sing, and the crowd was going wild. I felt shivers down me spine!
Miraculously, I made me way through the crowd and up to the stage, having to nudge a little to make me way there. Jumping up and down, I waved to Janey.
“We’ve got a real talented guy in the audience tonight, I invited him to come and sing with me! Come up here, Tomas Alvers.”
As the crowd cheered and applauded, I floated on the stage and stood next to me good friend, Janey.
“What song would you like to do?”
“How about singing a Bobbie Folk tune?”
“Bobbie Folk, he’s an icon, and I know he’s one of your favorites.
Standing here looking at all those people, the scene looked like Woodstock. I began to feel comfortable being on stage and moved closer to the mic. “How about ‘Opening Heaven’s Gate,’ Janey?”
The crowd was on fire. With such a response, I took me paper guitar out of me pocket, transformed the instrument into a real guitar, and played, while Janey and I sang the song.
We watched the crowd ebb and flow with the music. We knew that we’d never get tired, so we just kept playing any song we thought the crowd would love. Playing for a long time, we wound down with “American Female” by The Guess Where. The crowd seemed to be thinning. The whole time, I couldn’t stop thinking about Paul.”
I think you will enjoy this metaphysical novel as you rethink old impressions of the afterlife. A percentage of the sale of this book will be donated to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).
Series: A Rock Fantasy (Book 1)
Genre: Fantasy: (Voyage After Death)
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC (February 24, 2020)
About The Author: Author Joyce Isaacson has been happily married for twenty-eight years. She has one son, and her cat, Taylor.
She loves to create new recipes, post on her blog, (over 1,000 members are eagerly awaiting the publication of Wish You Were Here) and she enjoys talking to other writers. Having worked for The Chicago Tribune Editorial Department for ten years, Joyce gained invaluable skills, primarily in art, and journalism. In grade school, she won a poetry contest. Ever since the writing bug bit her, she has never stopped doing what she loves. In high school, Joyce formatted her school newspaper, and interviewed local rock stars.
Her love of fantasy, and the paranormal, coupled with her fascination with rock ‘n’ roll, compelled her to write Wish You Were Here, A Cosmic Rock Fantasy. This is her second novel. I hope you’ll take the time to give some feedback and, please, don’t forget to write a review. Thank you.
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