Blue Hole (FREE) and the Sequel River’s Edge have received over (300) four and five star reviews. In River’s Edge I aged Dub (12) and brother Tommy (15) by 50 years and made them Grandfathers who take their Grandsons to Blue Hole where a murder occurred the last time they were there in 1949. They become a family of cold case detectives. It’s not easy to solve a (50) year old murder but they prove it can be done.
Blue Hole and River’s Edge written for Young Adults are novels enjoyed by all ages that are becoming popular as assigned reading in schools.
AMAZON KINDLE — Featured Author Review — Rolland Love “Love’s writing transfigures his Ozark Mountains stories into a series of fantastic tales Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer could have only dreamed of.”
“Rolland, our daughter borrowed her nephew’s copy of the Blue Hole last week. She said she read it in one setting, because she could not put it down. She said, “Mom, it is so scary. At first I thought this is just too scary for kids to be reading. Then I thought no, it’s exactly what kid’s love. That scary, makes the hair on your arms stand on end kind of scared. And I saw those boys in the book, Tommy and Dub setting by the fire at night talking. It was so real. I felt I was there.
“Didn’t I tell you, it’s a great book? Must be, since even our daughter agrees with me. Keep writing great stories.” Priscilla Main, author.
“Mark Twain would have loved this excellent adventure of two brothers. Doc has disappeared and it’s up to Tommy (15) and Dub (12) to go to the Blue Hole and see if they can find him. This is a story about growing up. About facing your fears and standing up to them and about doing the right thing even when everything inside you wants to turn and run. This story has everything. The dreaded Conner brothers, Buzzard Thompson, ghost, snakes, cave, bats and dead bodies everywhere. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this masterfully constructed story.” Jonathan David Masters, Freelance Reviewer
“Rolland Love writers in the Mark Twain vein. Excellent storyteller who does not rely on graphic language or sex to cover up a weak story line. Blue Hole is a fast-paced page-flipper of a read.” Molly Martin, Scribes World
“To understand Overland Park writer Rolland Love, think Mark Twain.” Nick Kowalczyk, The Kansas City Star.
“Glad to hear River’s Edge a sequel is in the works. I read Blue Hole to my boys this summer on a gravel bar on Current River, really spooked them for a while! This is a Great book.” Jim McCarty, Editor – Rural Missouri Magazine
The Ozark Mountains series has (3) Novels, (40) Short Stories, (1) Fishing Stories AUDIO and lots of Love
Targeted Age Group:: Young Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Blue Hole is based on a tale my Grandfather told about a body he found floating in a swimming hole in a remote area of the Ozark Mountains when he and a friend were on a camping trip. The name Blue Hole comes from the sky blue color of a deep pool of water where a spring runs into the Jacks Fork River from the mouth of a cave. Jacks Fork which is located in Missouri was named by Life Magazine as one of the most scenic float and fishing streams in the world.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Based on a real life story and real life characters who lived in the Ozark Mountains where I was raised.
“SCARY STORIES help children face fear and master it, by portraying the elements of conflict in clear, good-versus-evil terms with good triumphant in the end. This appeals to the strong moral sense of children. Parents are sometimes concerned that violence or gore in scary stories will be bad for children. This is not so; they provide hope through happy endings, and offer the child both positive and negative examples of behavior. With their imaginary violence, scary stories teach moral principles, good social behavior, courage, heroism, and hope.”
Blue Hole is scary but ends well. River’s Edge can bring closure.
About the Author:
Rolland Love is the author of award winning short stories, novels, a best selling computer book and a co-author of Homegrown in the Ozarks: Mountain Meals and Memories, a cookbook that was a finalist for best book of the year in Missouri. He created and presents workshops on journaling, writing, storytelling, life history for children and senior adults. He is a speaker, has appeared on talk shows, been interviewed by the Kansas City Star, and other publications have written stories about his Mark Twain writing style.
Rolland was a board member with the Lewis and Clark Historic Kaw Point Park, an environmental group for ten years. He was a reenactor with the Lewis and Clark bicentennial expedition and played the role of Silas Goodrich, expert fisherman. He created a workshop about the adventure which he presents to schools, libraries, retirement centers, civic groups …
Love co-founded a company that published an software series dealing with health education for young adults. He also directed the Respiratory Care department at Barnes Hospital, a twelve hundred bed teaching institution affiliated with Washington University in St. Louis.
Rolland is available as a speaker and presents workshops about his Lewis and Clark adventure, life stories (imaStory.com), children’s writing and story telling. (ozarkstories)