Brooklyn James is an author/singer/songwriter inspired by life in the Live Music Capital of Austin, Texas. This year marks the Three Year Anniversary of her first novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me. In celebration, her camp has re-released the Anniversary Edition with a new cover (as chosen by a fan) and a new epilogue, setting up the anticipated sequel.
The Boots My Mother Gave Me – Brooklyn James
What they say:
‘Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through life in someone else’s shoes?
Strong-willed tomboy Harley LeBeau puts you in the boots her mother gave her, as she takes you along her journey of escape from an abusive childhood and the desire to find herself as she comes of age. Made to feel a burden to her father simply by her gender, Harley is determined to prove her worth and independence, leaving the small town she grew up in and the one boy who gave her a soft place to fall, Jeremiah Johnson. Torn between saving herself and abandoning her mother and younger sister, Harley chooses her own life in hopes they will choose theirs, too.
A mature, candid read for everyone. A must for women. The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughters. Climb into Charlene the Chevelle for a fast-paced story about a girl who is tough enough to survive and tender enough to learn to trust in love.’
What I say:
As my lovely readers know it takes a lot for me to get teary-eyed and emotional with a book. Only a few have managed to melt the ice surrounding my heart to allow me to crumble. This book my gorgeous book geeks has seriously shook my heart and has had me wiping my face numerous times and gulping back the lump in my throat from beginning to end. It touched me greatly.
Following a family cursed with hurt, but blessed with love moves you tremendously. Narrated by Harley LeBeau along the long road of her life, we see how physical and mental abuse can damage you into a dark world of mistrust and self loathing. We also see how it affects her mother and sister. It's a very thorough story of family life ruled by a lost man in a wicked mind caused by the hatred his mother had for him as a child and Alcoholism bought on by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Resulting in both physical and mental abuse to the ones he loves dearly. We are opened up into a world that causes us to turn our backs upon, pretend we don't see or hear. This tale may be fiction, but by god it is real life.
I urge you all to grab a copy of this and open yourself into the small town world of the LeBeau family and their tale of music, love, friendship & hurt. I promise you, you will not be disappointed only tired because you're not putting it down once you get started.Three years this book has been around and I can guarantee it will be around still winning awards for many more years to come. Congratulations Brooklyn James on your success it is truly worthy.
The Boots My Mother Gave Me was chosen as a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and has ranked in Kindle’s Top 100 Coming of Age and Women’s Fiction. Accolades for the book include a host of radio and television appearances, book signings, live music events, televised public readings and a music video release of the title track ‘Can’t Get It Right’ from the original music soundtrack to the novel, viewable on YouTube. “Brooklyn James’ soundtrack to her novel The Boots My Mother Gave Me does more than give a clever feminist twist to the title. Her songs serve as chapters themselves, underlining James’ deft ability as a storyteller and songwriter.” – Margaret Moser, The Austin Chronicle.
Like what you hear?
Brooklyn’s new album Jolie Blonde is out now and is set to accompany her upcoming novel of the same name, due for release mid-October. Click here to listen to a sample and pre-order.
Her music can be found on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, Pandora and Jango online Radio. She enjoys airplay from American Independent radio stations as well as in Australia, South of France, Netherlands and the UK. Her song ‘Can’t Get It Right’ was chosen for MEOW’s (Musicians for Equal Opportunity for Women) 2012 Discoveries Jukebox, naming Brooklyn among the top 15 female singer/songwriters on the rise. Jango Radio named track two, ‘Moving On,’ off the same album to their Top 10 Songs of Summer. All songs from the soundtracks are written/co-written and performed by the author, and are produced and recorded at Wonderland Studios, Austin, Texas. Listen free on Brooklyn’s Website or Facebook.