Guest Post & Book Giveaway: Pabby’s Score by James Ross

Welcome to Author James Ross

It took many years of living to fabricate a story. Once the words were put on paper the fingers worked non-stop. One story has generated several more.
The setting is Prairie Winds Golf Course. The site sits high atop the Mississippi river bluffs just east of St. Louis.
Enjoy the commentary on social issues, the eclectic cast of characters and the lessons that the game of golf provides to everyday living. Visit my world and join my growing list of readers!



Perhaps the most important decision facing an author is the setting with which he is going to place his characters. It is much more comfortable to write about a subject or place that the author can relate to. If the setting does not seem believable then readers will realize that immediately and lose interest.
An author can fool people some of the time but if he wants to sustain longevity then he must show expertise in the field that is discussed. The reading public is not naïve. They can find the holes in the story.
My hobby in life has been golf. Our family grew up in a golf course subdivision and a few members of my family made a living in the golf business. It was a natural for me to pick a clubhouse with a pro shop and dining area. I can see that setting vividly in my mind. When the action goes outside many times it goes directly to the golf course. Since I’ve spent a lot of time on the golf course then that setting is a natural as well.
The significance of that is that I can very easily pop right into my stories. The description is second nature. The lines are believable. The writing holds the reader’s interest. The words consequently flow off of the keyboard.
Maybe the most difficult task for an author is to write about something that is foreign. If his characters are in a setting that an author is unfamiliar with then that deficiency will be duly noted by the reader.
So the moral to the story is to write about a topic that you have knowledge about. That is believable to the author and that believability will be conveyed to the reader.
Pabby’s Score

Pabby and Shae, teens with special needs hoping to expand their experience outside Footprints of Hope foster care center arrive at Prairie Winds Golf Course on the east side of St. Louis.
Innocence and youthful enthusiasm get caught in an undercurrent of sinister events. Civil injustice prompted by an unethical attorney arrives in the form of a bogus insurance claim. Alcohol and greed taint a dishonest judge. An internet dating site feeds an affair. Shady police work attempts to stain the reputation of head pro, J Dub Schroeder. As the court spins out of control an ethics board investigation and an edgy game of instant messaging tempt the hands of fate.
Savant-like tendencies, dementia and flying falcons intertwine with Native American customs, thoroughbred racing, and a trip up the river road to Lighthouse Point. A retired barrister hints about a corrupt underground society.
Can revealing a dark secret settle PABBY’S SCORE?

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Pabby’s Score
Open to US only
Ends 6/1/12

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