Veteran, longshoreman pens next best seller

An Army veteran and his imaginary friends share a center table in the E-bar at Nordstrom. This is a regular spot where they meet to release emotions, adventures, and conflicts that become the best literary works of Jacksonville author Kenneth Thomas Sr. Thomas, who is a longshoreman, said those friends just show up and tell him what they are doing, how, and “sometimes they’ll tell me why. Then, I just write.” “They aren’t all friendly,” he chuckles. “Some of them are downright evil and cruel.” But most of them become characters within his manuscripts or short stories. To someone listening in, Thomas sounds a little “off”. Here’s a fifty-something grandfather of three laughing with the voices and plots swooning through...

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More readers like you are talking about GIVEN NOT TAKEN and writing great reviews! I met with one of Jacksonville’s best book clubs, U.S. G.I.R.L.S., and shared advanced, review copies with a few lucky members. The ladies and I had a little heated but fun discussion about Ava and Calvin. "We had numerous questions regarding his synopsis and decision to pen this novel. We asked 'the tough questions' (with regards to his story line surrounding an interracial love triangle), which let him know we take our literature seriously!" the host said. Man, did we have fun! Here's what they wrote on after reading Given Not Taken: ★★★★-stars! By Love to read: "The book kept me wanting to read and...

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