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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.
5 Star Review: Spectacular! 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)
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC (February 24, 2020)
Global Library: Fantasy: (Voyage After Death)
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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