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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611880211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611880212
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Michael Baron knows how to pull every string of a reader's heart.... Charming and well-plotted for sure, Anything is a beautiful romance novel that will engage every reader who loves this genre!" --Crystal Book Reviews

"Baron does a fantastic job showing the emotional and romantic depths that the lead male character goes through in the name of love." --Martin's View

"If you are a romance enthusiast, I highly recommend this book." --Lost in the Writing

"This one is magic!!" --Life Happens While Books Are Waiting

"Mr. Baron's tender, masterful and descriptive writing style allows the reader to be transported and become part of the story line. The characters come to life with the ability not to just read their emotions but actually feel and experience them. The vivid descriptions of the scenes provides the reader the ability to create their own lifelike storyline that carries the reader side by side with the characters, like a mind's movie." --CMash Loves to Read

About the Author

Michael Baron is the fiction pseudonym for a successful author of nonfiction books. He is the author of four previous novels, When You Went Away, Crossing the Bridge, The Journey Home and Spinning.

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I grew up in the New York area and I've lived there my entire life. I worked in retail and taught high school English before I got my first book contract. I have gotten several additional book contracts since then, which is fortunate because I didn't have the patience to work in retail and, while I quite enjoyed teaching, my approach was a bit too unconventional for most school systems. One school administrator told me that, "there are more important things than being a dynamic teacher." Since I couldn't name any of those things (at least in the context of school), I figured I didn't have a long-term future in the profession. Hence, I became a writer, where I believe people appreciate a certain level of dynamism.


Though I started with nonfiction, I have always loved fiction and I have always wanted to write it. I've always had a particular affection for love stories. In fact, the very first book-length thing I ever wrote, when I was thirteen, was a love story. Mind you, it was the kind of love story that a thirteen-year-old boy would write, but it was a love story nonetheless. I have a deep passion for writing about relationships - family relationships, working relationships, friendships, and, of course, romantic relationships - and I can only truly explore this by writing fiction. These novels have given me a way to voice the millions of things running through my head.


My wife and kids are the center of my life. My wife is the inspiration for all of my love stories and my children enthrall me, challenge me, and keep me moving. One of the primary reasons I wrote my first novel, WHEN YOU WENT AWAY was that I wanted to write about being a father. Aside from my family, I have a few other burning passions. I'm a pop culture junkie with an especially strong interest in music, I love fine food (and any restaurant shaped like a hot dog), and I read far too many sports blogs for my own good.


You might have noticed that I haven't published a photo of myself. This isn't because I'm involved in the Witness Protection program or because I have an innate fear of cameras. It's because Michael Baron is a pseudonym. I'm writing these novels "undercover" because they're not entirely compatible with the nonfiction books I write and I didn't want to confuse readers. We're all different people sometimes, right? I just decided to give my alter ego another name.


My fourth novel, SPINNING, has just come out. It's a love story, too. Naturally.

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Good romantic story.
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I made sure that the day it was released, that I had nothing planned for that day, all I wanted to do was spend the day reading this book.
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The book started a bit slow and too idealistic... and it went on in pretty much the same way.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CMash on October 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
ANYTHING by Michael Baron
Published by The Story Plant
Print ISBN-13: 978-1-61188-021-2
EBook ISBN-13:- 978-1-61188-022-9
At the request of the publisher, a PDF was sent at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.

Synopsis (from back of book): With Anything, Michael Baron again draws readers into a world of deep emotion, compelling relationships, and heartfelt humor, and this time he adds a touch of fantasy. Ken and Melissa are at the dawn of a magnificent life together. A passionate romance has led them to the doorstep of marriage. While searching for the perfect wedding present for Melissa, Ken stumbles into a mysterious shop. There, he is given an extraordinary opportunity - to look in on Melissa when she was a girl. Ken has always wished he could have known Melissa from the day she was born and this seems like an incredible blessing.
Until he discovers a terrible secret in Melissa's past, one so awful she has found it impossible to mention to him.

Now Ken has another extraordinary opportunity. He can go back in time and change the horrible event that has left an indelible mark on Melissa. He can free her of this burden - but doing so could change things so completely that they might never meet.

Ken has repeatedly told Melissa that he would do anything for her. But would he truly do anything?

My Thoughts and Opinion: I was introduced to this author back in December of 2009 when I read and reviewed his novel, Crossing The Bridge, and instantly became a fan. Since that time, I have read the majority of his books and have yet to be disappointed. Matter of fact, his books are like a fine wine, they seem to get better with time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on October 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
A mix of magic and magnificent love makes Anything mesmerizing.

Ken Timian and Melissa Argent meld their lives together in a way only soul mates can manage. Even though their careers are not particularly compatible, they respect the efforts, abilities, and successes of each other. As their wedding day approaches, two fortune cookies prove to have significant messages--"A major change is coming" and "Your heart will show you the way." This foreshadowing hints at the life-changing conflict that comes.

While Melissa is not materialistic, but she appreciates and enjoys beautiful things, and Ken loves to find unique pieces of jewelry for her. A mysterious little shop, Stephon's, never fails to yield up just the perfect piece. The shop is like an archeological dig full of jewels, gold, and silver. As Ken searches for a gift to commemorate their cherished courtship and welcome their marriage, Stephon, the owner of the shop, asks Ken what his greatest fantasy is concerning Melissa.

When Ken reveals his fantasy, Stephon says he can make it happen. However, while it will be informative and amusing, it can also be disconcerting. Then Ken's second request changes the dynamics of both his and Melissa's lives. It threatens to be his undoing.

Anything becomes mysterious, suspenseful, and the anxiety builds as Ken tries to cope with the fallout of his momentous decision and the subsequent actions. He seems stymied. He cannot tolerate going backward to a lifestyle he once savored nor can he seem to move forward until he exhausts all avenues of getting to his soul mate.

Many of the secondary characters are interesting, but Stephon is unique. One wonders if there is not a story behind the moonstone he and Ken believe is perfect for Melissa.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Elsner VINE VOICE on January 25, 2013
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In this novel, Ken is about to marry the lovely Melissa and everything is perfecto. For some reason, he gets the idea of going back in time to observe her growing up -- and the mysterious jewelry store owner Stephon possesses the magical powers to make it happen. So he goes back and observes Melissa being sexually assaulted by her piano teacher. No wonder she gave up music!

Ken begs the mysterious purveyor of necklaces and earrings to let him return once again, this time with the power to intervene. The jeweler warns Ken that changing the past is dangerous and unpredictable but he insists. He warns off the nasty teacher, Melissa avoids her trauma and he returns to the present day only to find that he is no longer engaged to her. They have never met and she has become a hugely successful pianist and crossover pop idol.

Not only that but this version of Ken is much inferior to the previous one. He's short and nasty, he drinks way too much -- in short he's become a kind of frat boy.

Ken can't bear life without Melissa but she seems out of his reach. How can he meet her -- and if and when he does, what will happen?

For two thirds or even three quarters of this book I was quite enjoying it. The writing, though nothing special, is serviceable and the set-up was intriguing. But then came the climax -- or rather, then came NOT the climax. Instead of the struggle one expected crowned with a triumphant ending, the author just ties up the loose ends with a casual lack of drama or effort that was to me intensely infuriating. No depths of emotion, no hopes dashed only to be revived, no climactic clinch - yes, there was a happy ending but it was such a yawner, so bereft of intensity and emotion that it felt like a big nothing.
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