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One Chance, One Moment: Book One - The Mandy Story Paperback – April 10, 2017

3.9 out of 5 stars 40 ratings
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"Kohnen shrewdly incorporates a multitude of plot points to create narrative momentum. Amid the drama that surrounds the lovers, Kohnen keeps her storyline light by interweaving many scenes filled with comical conversational banter -- which creates an incessant tension between Garry and Amanda, amorously delectable love scenes, and juxtaposing these lighter sides with the diabolical plans to keep them apart ...ONE CHANCE, ONE MOMENT is a creative, light-hearted yet riveting story that is not your ordinary love story, and is destined to be a romantic classic." - Anita Lock for IndieReader

"...a well-written story that has everything readers look for in the genre; balanced writing, a fascinating plot, and memorable characters. It is surprising that it is a debut novel because it scores successfully on many different levels. Here is a story that feels so real that the reader will be emotionally involved in it. I fell in love with Garry as a character from the start and for fans who love characters that are human and broken, and stories where characters evolve into something better, this novel will be a great treat. When we meet Garry, he is physically broken, but the inner journey he makes is incredible and readers will love it. Amanda has her brokenness as well, a woman who wants nothing but to adopt a child after a failed marriage, but she finds love in the most unexpected place. One Chance, One Moment: Book One - The Mandy Story is well-plotted and character development is excellent. Judith Ann Kohnen has created her unique signature in this spellbinding romance. You won't be able to put it down once you start reading." - Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

"...a riveting contemporary romance with believable characters and a gripping plot. A series of unfortunate events has led the renowned singer, Garry Danzlo, to the point of wanting nothing but to live a life of solitude. Grief stricken by his father's suicide and broken by an accident, he has no passion for life anymore. When his sister hires Amanda Fields to nurse him back to health, he is resolved to send her away as soon as he gets the chance. Amanda might just be seeing an opportunity to raise funds to adopt eight-year-old, wheelchair-bound Robbie, but she is catapulted onto a path she never could have envisioned, linked to Garry in a way she'd never experienced before, not even in her failed marriage. I fell in love with Judith Ann Kohnen's writing and her characters. Hardly ever does one find an author with the ability to recreate the sensations of the human heart with such clarity. The prose is crisp and the author writes with confidence, creating a powerful dramatic effect with the unique sentence structure, the perfect paragraph breaks, and the impeccable punctuation. Readers will immediately take a liking to the key characters in this story and will learn to enjoy the quirky moments and feel the exacting emotions. One Chance, One Moment had me gripped from the very first page and there wasn't a moment it never had me absorbed. The story is well- fleshed out, and the author explores themes of love, passion, family, and work with great mastery. This is a page-turner in its genre." - Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

"... a fun, fast read bubbling with drama and suspense in every scene - each chapter is sometimes shocking, at times gripping, and often times very funny. An intriguing and heartwarming story, Amanda and Garry are two characters whom you're sure to grow to love and care for deeply by the end of the novel." - 2nd Draft Writer's Digest Editor

"A Feel Good Romance with Suspenseful Thrills ... a love story that will capture the romantic at heart while weaving thrills throughout the plot creating 'one' thrilling read." - Barbara Watkins, Allbooks Review International

"... a novel that is impossible to put down. Fans of romance will find themselves absolutely riveted by the story as the suspense and tension becomes as unbearable for the readers as it is for Garry and Mandy." - Book Reviewer List

"... hated to see the story end. Wonderful work, wonderful presentation. Would I recommend this book to others? ABSOLUTELY!" - Magic City Morning Star News

From the Author

I'm excited to share this 2017 revised 2nd edition of my multi award-winning debut romantic comedy/drama. Be sure to check out my new release, FOR THE LOVE OF MANDY, the 2nd book of The Mandy Story series (ISBN 1545292531). A box set of the two books is now available as well (ASIN B078ZNGNXD). Although this novel has been previously advertised as the inspiration of the 1976 smash hit song "Mandy" recorded by Barry Manilow, it is not fan fiction, nor is it a biographical representation of the singer. The story is not based on the song, but rather partly inspired by it.
     I first wrote this book in 1987 and finished it in eight months. The inspiration for the story in my head had come years prior while listening to a song I'd heard on my car radio - I Don't Want To Walk Without You. I was unfamiliar with the singer of the song at the time and found out later that the voice belonged to Manilow. So it wasn't the song "Mandy" that first inspired me to write about a singer and ignited this make-believe story in my head. 
     I wrote this novel page by page, never knowing what was going to happen from one moment to the next. It wasn't until the twelfth chapter when my heroine suddenly surprised me by saying that she'd never wanted to be called Amanda while growing up, which is how the birth of Mandy came to be. Wow, I thought. Like the song. Why not? It fits. The more I wrote, the more I realized how my manuscript was falling in line with that song. I even stumbled across a phrase or two that had me amused for they were actual titles of Manilow songs. Things then began to fall into place, other song titles somehow hiding themselves within the lines of my manuscript. Truth be known, this novel has more than two hundred song titles hidden within its lines. Some song titles are not so hidden, like the chapter titles, which came as a last minute inspiration shortly before publication.
     I've never really believed in magic, but I do believe in destiny and that some things are destined for us to experience and/or do in this lifetime. This story is quite different than it was in 1987, but I'll never forget how it unfolded for me like magic, and surely was destined for me to write. I suppose that's why I invested many thousands of dollars on professional critiques and proofreads prior to publication. I'm amazed when I receive a comment from a reviewer that states how the book is in great need of an editor. If they only knew just how many editors from Writer's Digest was involved in this book (at least five or more), and all the freelance editors and proofreaders I hired over the past years, they'd be aghast. After being highly recommended by the last Writer's Digest developmental editor as a talented writer with an outstanding read, I was encouraged by book marketing expert Penny Sansevieri (amarketingexpert.com/) to self-publish, though my dream had always been to be published by Random House.
     I must confess that I was never too crazy about the song Mandy. I felt the words were lacking greatly, but I liked its melody and enjoyed the mellow voice behind the music. Perhaps in writing this book, I've brought more depth to the song. 
     I urge those who may not be fond of the song "Mandy" to open the pages of this book, for lying beyond is a heartwarming story filled with fun and adventure, and a whole lot of love.

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  • Item Weight : 1.22 pounds
  • Paperback : 379 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1545272879
  • Product dimensions : 6 x 0.95 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (April 10, 2017)
  • Language: : English
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