BOSWORTH, A Coming of Age Paranormal Drama
Jim and his mom moved into town and away from the city after his father was killed in an automobile accident. He struggles to deal with the loss of his dad, and is still recovering from his own injuries. A long-time imaginary childhood companion, Bo the beagle, returned to him during his stay in the hospital—a fact his mother accepts but wants to change. Bosworth is an old town filled with Victorian era homes, but there’s more in store for him than just old houses and imaginary friends. A dark, hidden fear has been with the town for longer than most can remember. No one speaks about it, but Jim and his friends will soon learn that they can’t avoid it.
Bosworth is a coming of age story, a dark paranormal drama with a dash of the psychological. It’s set in the small fictional town of Bosworth, in Orange County New York, and takes place between Sept and Nov 2015.
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The book’s Status: Available from Ingram’s LightningSource now, and should be available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions by March 18
BOSWORTH incorporates and adapts a few of the historical legends from the Lenape People, An extensive Native American Community from the East coast, extending from parts of Connecticut through Pennsylvania. The pages attached to these links provide more information about the Lenape People.
Current Book Status: Released
Initial Reviews (Copied form GoodReads and Amazon)
This is a brilliant, imaginative and beautiful coming-of-age story, the type that used to be released in droves during the early 1990’s but sadly which have started to die down. Bosworth holds onto a classic style but will still appeal greatly to modern readers, especially middle-grade readers.
This is also a great dog story, and the dog in question is one of my favourite literary devices – an imaginary friend. Jim has made him up in his head despite his mother’s vague disapproval. The book is set in an eerie small town setting and it’s all very supernatural in nature. I loved the author’s originality, the poignant depth and the way in which he has written a book to appeal to all ages, both children and adults. Bosworth is as much about grief, loss, adventure and friendship as it is about the paranormal. Ultimately Jim’s distance from his mother and the sudden loss of his father has left him questioning the world in general. I loved the Orange County setting, the capturing of quaint small-town New York in all its natural wonder.
Bosworth is a stunningly creative book and I would definitely recommend it to any reader, especially fans of middle-grade, coming-of-age, supernatural/paranormal, psychological or animal story genres.
Goodreads giveaway, and I was super excited to have done so. The premise and the Beagle on the cover drew me to it, and I was so certain that I would love it. As it happens, I was spot on! This book takes on mental illness in such a magical way. For Jim, our main character, it’s not (or at least not all the time) something frightening or something that is to be feared. It keeps him safe and keeps him company. There’s a big bad in this that I’m almost sure could come back into a sequel, and I would be so into that! I was enraptured with Bo, the ‘dog’, who seemed to be an almost angelic presence. I loved all of the characters, living and dead. I couldn’t put this book down because I HAD to get to the end. I didn’t want to leave Jim and Allie’s side for one minute. Thank you, Michael Selden, for sharing this story with us, and for giving away free copies of the book! I will be reading more of your things, for sure!
People who are contributing to the book publishing project:
Michael Selden, Author
John Hudspith, Editor
Jamie Kerry, Interior Design and Cover Layout / Design
Paola Sbriccoli, Cover Image and Alpha Reader
Amanda Wysocki, Alpha Reader
Chip Cheek, Proof Reading
Paperback Edition Printing and Distribution by Ingram / LightningSource
Kindle Edition Publishing through Amazon