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BLUES BONES: Book One Kindle Edition
Thirteen-year-old Rodney Becker has found the perfect cure for stage fright. Voodoo!
Armed with the stolen finger bones of a dead blues guitar player and a mishmash of voodoo spells from the Internet, he and his best friend enter a graveyard at midnight to perform their ritual. Now, all that stands in his way of winning a local guitar competition is the power of return—a side effect of the voodoo that spells disaster for Rodney.
His cure has become a curse. How else can he explain jamming his finger so bad he can’t hold a guitar pick, his part-time dad taking his guitar, and his mom getting into an accident that could have taken her life?
How much is Rodney willing to risk achieving his dream of being a guitar legend?
"Readers will worry about Rodney as he plays with Voodoo. Love the twist at the end!" -Debbie Dadey, The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07VL4V923
- Publisher : Make It Magic; 2nd edition (July 22, 2019)
- Publication date : July 22, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3967 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 198 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1733142533
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,246,411 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After an embarrassing “unplugged” version of thirteen-year-old, Rodney Becker’s last performance of him frozen on stage was blasted online; he sets out to win the Music Today Talent Show. With the help of his buddy, Max, who convinces him he can do it even if his nemesis, Eddy Manford can hit every note, and doesn’t freeze up on stage.
Rodney Becker, guitar hopeful, can play, he just becomes nervous on stage. So nervous he shuts down. With the contest one month away, he has time to get his act together. Rodney has the grand idea that he can use a good luck charm or some kind of magic spell to help him get over his stage fright. He and his buddy Max locate the ultimate good luck charm. But after the boys acquire this charm—by stealing it, things go wrong, terribly wrong.
As a years-long student of guitar myself, I found much to enjoy in BLUES BONES. The reader experiences time in a recording studio, and from my experience, the technical aspects were woven into the narrative quite well. You’ll learn a few things about the recording music, and maybe a couple things about playing guitar
In Blues Bones, Rodney plays in front of his classmates for the first time. He freezes and becomes the school joke. Somehow Rodney and his best friend meet a famous guitarist with voodoo connections. The boys put together a spell with a few ingredients and a “real finger bone,” but they wind up with more problems than stage fright. Debbie Dady added this quote to the cover, “Readers will worry about Rodney as he plays with Voodoo. Love the twist at the end!”
I did too! And, I want to know what happens to Rodney after the book’s over. The sequel’s written, but it’s waiting on his publisher. I hope they print it. Readers, like me, are ready for more from Rodney and Blues Bones!
Your first novel, author? Keep up the "good" work!
Bravo to author Rick Starkey for this heart-felt and memorable debut novel.
Rodney Becker is on his way to becoming a star. His online music video “Unplugged” has already received over 1,000 hits. There’s only one problem. Well, actually two. Problem number 1: the video was posted by none other than Eddie Reed, Rodney’s worst enemy. Problem number 2: “Unplugged” is a humiliating showcase of Rodney unplugging his guitar and running off stage without playing a single chord.
If Rodney has any hope of winning the music competition only a month away, he has to get over his stage fright. When he notices a rabbit’s foot attached to the guitar strap of a famous rock star, he realizes he needs a good luck charm. An internet search leads Rodney and his best friend Max to Voodoo. With a simple spell, Rodney will be cured—unless something backfires. Then he’ll have to deal with the power of return, which will bring him three times more bad luck than he started with.
The only reason I gave this book four stars is because I don’t think it’s scary enough to be classified as horror. However, it’s a great book where everything that can go wrong does go wrong for Rodney Becker. The author does a great job portraying original characters with a spot-on first person narrative from an eighth grade boy. There are also many guitar/recording references that any music lover will appreciate. All in all, this is a wonderful debut, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
I received an free ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.