We shared an old broken dresser, my father and I. Tough capable of buying a new one, he chose not to. Priorities, I suppose. If there had been a mother, maybe it would have been fixed. Maybe some fancy doily or a vase of flowers would have been set on the dresser top, adding a splash of color to the only other decoration there—a faded black-and-white photo encased in a cheap frame.
… I was four the day of the picture. It was my earliest memory and my first real boxing match. And it was Sunday. I remembered because I thought God would be disappointed I’d missed Mrs. Bailey’s Sunday school class and would be sure to punish me later.
… The photo had captured the flashing lights along with my father’s messed-up face and radiant smile. I stood at his feet then, but the cameraman had left me out. Each time I held the photo, I willed the lens to pan down, just once, to know for sure if the face, and its frozen expression, matched the recollection. To know if the light in the boy had been snuffed out then. Or years later.
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Something I Am Not by Cher Gatto, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOKTitle: Something I Am Not Author: Cher Gatto Publisher: Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas Release Date: January 25, 2019 Genre: Mature Young Adult A father who never loved him. A woman who stole his worth. A brother he couldn’t protect. Where does someone run in the face of his deepest shame? Billy McQueen works hard to keep his life together … and concealed. At seventeen, he dreams of an escape from the barroom, his father’s manipulation, and the advances of his father’s girlfriend. However, on his eighteenth birthday, he is introduced to a younger brother he never knew he had. An eight-year-old, barely capable of navigating the distorted and corrupt world of his father’s boxing club. Billy realizes in order to protect his little brother, he can never leave. After discovering a battered young woman in the back shed of the club, Billy uncovers the true nature of his father’s activities. Before he can share it with the sheriff, Billy is kidnapped by his father and sold to a wealthy old maid who imprisons him on her yacht in the Gulf of Mexico. His death is fabricated and his little brother used as leverage for his compliance. In order to secure his freedom, Billy must fight for it. To save his little brother who is next in line for the slave trade… he must die for it. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cher Gatto is the award-winning author of Something I Am Not. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their five teenaged children. Together, she and her husband founded a kids’ ranch in Mexico (www.ranchoelcamino.org) and a recovery ministry (www.recovery-hub.org) based in NJ. Cher also launched the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) NY/NJ chapter to support other writers in her area and currently serves as president. Visit her website: www.journeywithwords.com and sign up for her newsletter and monthly blog for inspiration and encouragement. Follow her on Instagram @chergatto. CONNECT WITH CHER: Website | Facebook | Instagram
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