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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463758723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463758721
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,164,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For years, Shirley Miranda had an idea, a scene replaying over and over in her head. But the scene never quite ended. Unlike the other stories she started and finished all in her head, this one just paused in the middle of it. Shirley began writing fan-fiction when she was 11 years-old, many years before the term was coined or the internet to post it on. With no place to share it with, she mentally "wrote" many of them out. But one scene with her own original characters never got beyond that paused moment. With the encouragement of her husband, she put pen to paper (and fingers to keyboard), and began writing out the scene. It was clear from that moment on that it wasn't just one scene with two characters, they had a story to tell. This story couldn't be completed in one scene or even two. While her first love had been scriptwriting (as many of her fan-fiction tales were written), it wasn't meant to be told as such, or even a short story. The flood gates opened and her characters had so much to say and do beyond that one original moment. Shirley Miranda currently teaches high school math and computer science in San Diego. Even during her prior career of software engineering, Shirley volunteered to work with high school students interested in math and science. It was what caused her to switch to education. Falling (Book #1 in The Bits and Pieces Series) is Shirley Miranda's first novel.

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For years, Shirley Miranda had an idea, a scene replaying over and over in her head. But the scene never quite ended. Unlike the other stories she started and finished all in her head, this one just paused in the middle of it. Shirley began writing fan-fiction when she was 11 years-old, many years before the term was coined or the internet to post it on. With no place to share it with, she mentally "wrote" many of them out. But one scene with her own original characters never got beyond that paused moment. With the encouragement of her husband, she put pen to paper (and fingers to keyboard), and began writing out the scene. It was clear from that moment on that it wasn't just one scene with two characters, they had a story to tell. This story couldn't be completed in one scene or even two. While her first love had been scriptwriting (as many of her fan-fiction tales were written), it wasn't meant to be told as such, or even a short story. The flood gates opened and her characters had so much to say and do beyond that one original moment.

Shirley Miranda currently teaches high school math and computer science in San Diego. Even during her prior career of software engineering, Shirley volunteered to work with high school students interested in math and science. It was what caused her to switch to education. Falling (Book #1 in The Bits and Pieces Series) is Shirley Miranda's first novel.

Customer Reviews

It was well written and I was immediately drawn to the characters.
Kindle Customer
Without giving away too much, this book captured my attention from the start, developing characters with enough detail and emotion that I felt like I was one of them!
RoRo
Once you start reading this book, you will have a very hard time putting it down.
dks22

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By dks22 on January 12, 2012
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This is an absolutely fantastic book! Shirley Miranda creates characters that seem so real that by the end of the book, you feel like you have just gained some new friends--They are far more than just fictional characters. Shirley Miranda puts Liz, Patrick and their friends in real situations that teens encounter everyday. She draws on her experience as a high school teacher to show teens as multifaceted as they really are. This book is for anyone who is currently a teen or ever was one. Once you start reading this book, you will have a very hard time putting it down. I can't wait for her next book in this series!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Burhans on May 24, 2012
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I got this as a free book, and it is easily the best free fiction book I have ever gotten. It was so good upon finishing I instantly bought the follow up book and started reading it.

The author paints a rich and believable tapestry in which fully rounded characters are drawn with such detail you feel you actually know them. Some you will love, others you will loath, most have some of each in them. I'll not tell what the book is about to save spoilers because the happenings in this book are so real, and so well played out I'm afraid I'd give to much away and lessen the enjoyment of others.

I laughed, I cried, I got angry, I felt every emotion in this book. I found it amazing. I give it my highest recommendation. Now, if you will excuse me, I cannot put down the follow up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B00kL0ver on May 24, 2012
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Falling is a very well written book by Shirley Miranda. She has made the characters very believable, in real life situations, with real life solutions. I was fascinated by this book and couldn't put it down. Shirley writes the book in a way that will pull you in both mentally and emotionaly. You'll get to know the characters in a way that will make you feel like they are your very own friends. You'll laugh, cry, and get mad right along with them! When your done, you will definelty want to read more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eliot's mom on May 20, 2012
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Okay, so I'm waffling between four and five stars. I LOVED this book (as well as the sequel), but as I began this one, I expected more developments in the plot. Although the story is authentic, well written, and satisfying, I expected the story to go further before the end. This is not a bad thing as there are sequels, but you should know that the sequel (and most likely the third installment) is really more like a continuation of "Falling." It really seems to be one book (though it would be a LONG one).

Again, this is not a bad thing, just not what I expected. Not only is this high school physics teacher a great writer (she jokes about her readers not being surprised if she was an English teacher--which I am), but she has a mind for business as well--she gets you hooked on Liz's and Patrick's friendship, and you want to see where it goes, so you have to buy the next book--which I did--after stumbling upon "Falling."

The only time I was drawn out of the story was for Liz's meltdown. I couldn't follow her train of thought, but maybe that's because my personality is the exact opposite of hers, so I'm not sure if it was disconnected, silly, fabricated, or just outside my realm of experience.

I can't wait for "Wintering!"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lylibean on June 6, 2012
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I stumbled across this book while searching for "equestrian fiction". If you've also found this book by searching "equestrian fiction", know that you will be disappointed, as it must have been mis-categorized. The story reads a bit like it was written by a depressed teenager, with a slipshod writing style and poor grasp of grammar to match. The characters are not developed at all; you know the main character is a smart and determined social outcast who has a rough relationship with her parents. Her sudden friendship with a new lab partner at school goes from "Hi, we've never talked before" to "You can tell me anything, I'm your best friend and care deeply about you, I'm always here for you" in a matter of a day or two. Most of the events in the book are in an "all of a sudden" manner . . . most of the first half of the book is the main character avoiding her parents, hosting her own pity parties, and working on a class project with a guy with whom she has never associated suddenly fawning and being super concerned about her. Then, after a bad day, she decides she might want to kill herself (and contemplates doing so in a very "Will you pay attention to me now? How about now?" sort of way) and suddenly this new guy is her best friend for life. The author continually drives home that the main character is in all AP classes, and that she is "not alone anymore" thanks to suddenly concerned guy. Then all of a sudden out of nowhere (again), in the middle of the book, she starts stressing over a trial in which she has to serve as a witness, something the book did not mention at all until she's on the phone begging her new best friend to go with her for support.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erandi on July 8, 2013
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This book was just what I was looking for; the drama, unexpected friendship, the courage it inspires, wow, just wow. This is the story of Liz, a girl that buries herself in schoolwork as an escape from her unlocking parents. She has no friends, no one until she meets Patrick. He is the complete opposite, secure, surrounded by friends and a family that loves him. This is a story about how a broken girl CAN be fixed and how in return she may offer the friendship everyone deserves. The story had lots of ups and downs which got me more involved in the story. There are even some unexpected things which throw you off balance just when you thought everything was finally going smoothly! It has an impact on the reader, and makes you think about the quiet boy/girl in the classroom, and how he/she must feel .Anyone beyond age 13 can read this book, and hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.
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