Please welcome Douglas J. Lanzo to the blog this week. Doug and I had a great conversation about his writing journey, including his debut novel The Year of the Bear. He’s offering a paperback of the book for a US winner, or an ebook for an international winner, as a giveaway. Comment below by March 21 for a chance to win!
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Join the conversation. Does Doug’s book sound like one you’d like to read or recommend to a teen in your life? What elements of the story do you believe kids today most need to hear? What questions or comments do you have for Doug?
Be sure to comment below by March 21 for a chance to win a copy of Doug’s book! Paperback for a US winner or an ebook for an international winner. (Keep scrolling to find the comment section)
The Year of the Bear by Douglas J. Lanzo
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Thirteen-year-old Jason is on the cusp of manhood, striving to find his place at school and at home-especially after his mother has abandoned them and his father is left to deal with his own anger. When Jason and his father encounter a bear while out hunting, they shoot and kill it, not realizing that they have left a cub without its mother. When Sasquot of the Penobscot Tribe, a part of the Bear Family, discovers what they have done, he decides that Jason needs a lesson in caring for God’s creatures. Thus begins a year that Jason will never forget as he begins to care and train the cub in order for it to survive. As Jason forms a bond with the bear, he, in turn, learns valuable lessons for life.
An award-winning novelist and poet, Doug loves to share his passion for writing with readers around the world, endeavoring to uplift and inspire with a wide range of poetry as well as with his short stories and his newly released, debut novel, The Year of the Bear.
This powerful coming of age novel has been nominated for the John Newbery Medal and endorsed by a New York Times bestselling author, placing 2nd in the Firebird Award’s Coming of Age Category. It has also been warmly received and recommended by 100% of reviewers to date across all online retail platforms.
Doug resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife and twin sons, award-winning haiku poets in their own right, enjoying nature, tennis, snorkeling, fishing and chess. Doug is also the author of an upcoming novella, entitled I Have Lived, that will be released by Ambassador International later this year as well as a poet who has published 299 poems in 58 literary journals and 7 poetry anthologies in the US, Canada, Caribbean, England, Wales, Austria, Mauritius, India, Japan and Australia.
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