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Product Details

  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470139081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470139087
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,984,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel Grotta has worn just about every hat in publishing, including investigative journalist, war correspondent, syndicated columnist, editor and so forth. His thousands of articles, reviews and columns have appeared in major magazines, newspapers and online journals. He has also authored several books, including J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth, the renowned first biography of the creator of The Lord of the Rings. Among his many accolades and awards is one that stands apart from the rest: His writings were, at one point, the most requested to be recorded as audio files by Reading for the Blind in Philadelphia, because of the visual clarity and beauty of his prose. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Overseas Press Club, The Authors Guild and American Society of Journalists & Authors, Daniel Grotta is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events on writing, literary criticism and the publishing industry. He also welcomes invitations to participate in discussions with book clubs, in classrooms and with other book-interested groups (occasionally in person, more often via Skype, Google Hangout or phone), and to do occasional readings.

More About the Author

Daniel Grotta is a writer, author, and journalist who has written literally thousands of articles, columns and reviews for a wide variety of prominent magazines and newspapers, as well as authored numerous books, including the first biography of J.R.R. Tolkien. Grotta has been a photojournalist, war correspondent, relief worker, investigative reporter, features writer, book critic, book editor, classical music reviewer, travel journalist, and technology writer. He has lived in, been on assignment or traveled through over 100 countries and islands. Grotta's varied life experiences and the many different kinds of people he has known along the way flavor and energize both his fiction and non-fiction. When he was a Contributing Editor at Philadelphia Magazine, he was told by a manager at Reading for the Blind that his articles were the most requested, because of the aural quality of his narrative prose. Grotta is a member of The Overseas Press Club, The Authors Guild, and the Science Fiction Writers of America.

Much of Grotta's non-fiction is co-authored with his wife Sally Wiener Grotta. Though their fiction is authored separately, they have created the village of Black Bear, Pennsylvania as a literary folie à deux. Both Daniel and Sally are dipping into the same pool of invented locale and characters to write a series of separate stories and novels that will, eventually, paint a full picture of the diversity of life and relationships in a small mountain village.

Daniel Grotta may be reached via the email link at www.Grotta.net, or at www.Facebook.com/DanielGrotta and www.Facebook.com/PixelHallPress.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John A. Benigno on May 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I spent last evening with Daniel Grotta's delightful novella. Mr. Grotta story takes place in fictional Black Bear -- a sleepy little town in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. His characters tell a story of the many faces of pride, shame and refound honor.

The main character, Jeff Smith, is a quiet man who loves his family, his friends and his community; but who hasn't quite learned how to love himself. His daughter and father-in-law show him the way. I don't know if Mr. Grotta did this on purpose, but his Mr. Smith has much in common with another fictional Smith -- Jefferson Smith of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" fame.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. McCarthy on June 17, 2012
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There is a certain classic type of story: One in which the main character is treated unjustly, and you read on to find out how the character will get his revenge/satisfaction/see justice done. This is one of those, in short-story form.

Like all such stories when well done, this one is deeply satisfying. It's also moving and charming. I quite enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.S. Rae on June 9, 2012
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I did not know what to expect. One evening I was bored at a family event, I opened up this little gem on my kindle iphone app. I thought, "What the heck." For the rest of the night I couldn't put it down. Later on I was forced to plug in my iphone. I was forced to read this tethered to the wall. The characters were so well developed and delightful in their own respects. The novel really sucked me in. I wanted to know the outcome so much, that I found myself rushing. It's a short story, that is re-readable. You will be glad that you purchased it. Mr. Grotta has a way with words, and has formulated something marvelous. I look forward to many more stories. The only complaint I have is that it is a short story. I was left wanting more. This does not mean that in any way it feels incomplete. I felt simply that I wanted another story....to be taken someplace else by the writer upon completion. Good Stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antonio on July 28, 2013
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I'd had this little novella on my reading table for a couple of months, but finally picked it up last night when I wanted something I could read in an hour or two. So glad I did it. The story is completely engaging, the characters recognizable and endearing, and the writing is light-hearted. And I have to admit, I sobbed through most of the last three chapters. Daniel touches something really profound here, and does it in an almost Rockwellian manner so you don't quite see it coming. But in this age of suspicion and mistrust over values ideological, he cuts through it all with a wonderful examination of how difficult it can be to come to grips with one's ambiguous feelings about a personal past, and about how none of us are cut from cardboard and painted a single color. It is a refreshing and moving read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carla J. Schroder on October 28, 2012
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"Honor" is reminiscent of the classic stories about princesses and princes who grow up in humble circumstances, and then learn they are really royalty. The lead character in "Honor", Jeff Smith, is something of a prince-in-disguise. He is a quietly unhappy man who accepts the bullying of a co-worker, and a modest station in life because he feels unworthy of any goodness. He carries the burden of a terrible war experience, can't seem to get out from under it, and his whole life is falling apart. What is honor? What good is it in real life? I won't say more for fear of revealing spoilers; this is a gentle, satisfying story that will stay with you.
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