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1106 Grand Boulevard Paperback – April 1, 2006

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"1106 Grand Boulevard reads like Harold Robbins's The Carpetbaggers, but with a beautiful woman in the lead." -- Paul Kyriazi, Hollywood movie director (Omega Cop), author of How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle, Hard Rock Lovers

"Betty Dravis is a dynamic writer! It was hard for me to put this book down!" -- Katherine A. Becker, Hamilton City Council person

"Edge-of-your-seat suspense. Dravis grabs the reader up front. A pageturner story that tugs the emotional heart strings." -- David E. Meadows, author of the best-selling Joint Task Force and Sixth Fleet series

About the Author

Betty Dravis (nee Barger), the author, was born in Hamilton, Ohio where her natural writing ability was nurtured by s "great school system, caring teachers, and a loving family." She is a sensitive writer, adept in many genres.

This is her third book. Dravis, a former newspaper publisher and long-time California journalist, also hosted a Cable TV talk show. She has five surviving children, one angel in Heaven, nine grandchildren, and two "greats." She resides in San Jose, California, where she is currently writing a horror novel and fine-tuning two more children's books. She is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a member of Romance Writers of America and Sigma Delta Chi.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Just My Best (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932586393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932586398
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,224,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By an honest reviewer VINE VOICE on February 14, 2008
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We are introduced to the Sloans, a lovable lot. A home bursting with love,little feet,laughter and ghost stories in the attic.
Billie Jean is the stunning,young wife of handsome,troubled Cal. She is also victim of his moods swings.
Billie Jean is quick to forgive but never to forget her first true love.
The pain he caused her heals but no pain is worse than a broken heart.
In Arizona Billie Jean is introduced by aunt Tommie to high society. She's amused and distracted. Wealthy young bachelors fall hard for plucky Billie Jean. She's different from the girls they know.
Underneath the lavish clothing and cat like eyes is a heart of innocence.
She's never seen Cal and neither have seen Norma Sue, Billie Jean's next heartbreak.
Back home later, Billie Jean is reunited with the comfort of her family.Her siblings had grown so much during her absence.
Smart and high spirited little Betty, youngest of the sisters is quite an achiever.Billie Jean sees that "famous twinkle" in her deep blue eyes , Billie Jean will learn a lot from the insightful, wise child in years to come.
With Billie Jean's second marriage comes two children,a boy and a girl.Her husband away on military call. At twenty eight she finds herself
growing independent,raising two children. She is what her mother calls "a modern woman".
I learned from this book that while passing years age skin, muscle and bone, the heart stays forever young, forever sensitive. The soul never changes nor breaks.
The accumulated trauma Billie Jean suffers could cause a breakdown. Her family,large in number and generous with heart and wisdom soothe Billie Jean
Down to the youngest sibling "when she thought about it the brat was good for her. She did have a way of taking herself too seriously.
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BY POPULAR DEMAND 1106 Grand Boulevard is coming as an eBook and will be posted separately on Amazon in a few days. Look for it!

What a great read, Betty! 1106 Grand Boulevard did not disappoint. It just shows the versatility of this extraordinary writer. Betty has shown her skill over a wide swath of genres: V.O. comes to mind; see my review on that one. 1106 is a page turner. I was immediately caught up in the exciting life of the protagonist, Billy Jean. Betty's descriptive words and phrases provide an easy read that keeps ones eyes glued to the scenes as they unfold; making snow angels, a near fatal encounter with an enraged spouse. I could go on, but I refuse to spoil the grip this book will have on each person who picks it up. Suffice it to say you the reader will not be let down.

Richard Neal Huffman - Author of, Dreams In Blue: The Real PoliceDreams in Blue: "The Real Police"

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This is the story of Billie Jean Sloane-- and Cal, and Don, and James, and Mark, and Elliot and Jackson. It is also the story of the author's sister's life and it is simply enthralling!

It spans several decades-- the novel begins with 16 year old Billie Jean marrying the love of her life, Cal. He has some baggage, though, that winds up ruining their marriage. She spends many more years giving love and marriage another shot (and several other shots) yet, for various reasons, those relationships do not work out, either. Her life, though, is always interesting and never stagnant. Even with all her faults and foibles, she's likable, charming, and intriguing-- and although the path she takes seemingly lacks direction, it actually (and surprisingly) finally does lead her to life long happiness.

Betty Dravis is a talented and prolific author who has been compared to Grandma Moses-- as both of them found their true niche later in life. She definitely knows how to tell a story. 1106 Grand Boulevard is full of colorful characters, rich dialogue, and fascinating locales. Most importantly, it's a fun and exciting story written by an excellent storyteller.
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This pithy comment by Hamlet is perhaps the very essence of this engaging, thought-provoking novel about family dynamics and some of the dysfunction that, essentially, touches all of us to some degree. The resiliency of Dravis' heroine, Billie Jean, is indeed refreshing, wonderfully antithetical to the all too common saccharine, off-putting portrayal of many of fiction's leading ladies. How inspiring that someone can remain resilient and undaunted, even in the face of real adversity! Who ever said life is perfect? We need more fiction rooted in this human condition as opposed to the chimerical pabulum that we are besieged with all too often. Bravo to Dravis for being bold enough to break free from the creative intransigence that plagues so many writers. Don't we have enough formulaic novels already? Thank God for Ms. Dravis. Her creative prowess and intuitive narrative affords readers a window into relationships, adventures, and at times, heartache. Like all great fiction, 1106 Grand Boulevard holds up a mirror in which all of our reflections are cast, leading to introspection, self-analysis, identification, self-analysis and ultimately healing. This is a winner.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a man's kind of love story, too. It has romance, excitement, adventure, family love, nostalgia for the old hometown, etc. ... while teaching many moral lessons along the way.

What a wonderful, all-American family the Sloanes are. Reminds me of my own family life a bit, but things were different in those days, and I think the author was adept at bringing the differences to light in a natural, unobtrusive way.

Being a man, I wanted to rush forth to protect that beautiful, sweet Billie Jean and keep her from harm. I liked her strength on one hand, and shook my head at her weakness on the other. I liked the author as a sister/friend to Billie Jean too. Betty Lou, the young girl, seemed pretty bossy at times, but she made good sense and I think Billie Jean truly benefitted from their relationship.

I think this is the best love story I've ever read because it seems more real than the others where the heroine can never be married more than once and the author has to go by some pre-determined plot structure. This story deals with multi-marriages and makes one understand just how and why a woman can be married so many times. Why did Billie Jean marry so often? Why did she leave her husbands so often? What was she seeking?

In seeking the answer to those questions, you are in for the "read" of your life.

This author had various subplots going and all were exciting, making me wonder where it would all end. She bills it as a "highly-dramatized" version of her sister's life, so I'm still left wondering what part was truth, what part fiction. Thought-provoking, but a terrific reading adventure.
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