Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett
Publisher: Rock Yard Books (February 26, 2019)
Category: Historical Fiction, Suspense
Tour dates: March, 2020 | ISBN: 978-0578471235
Available in Print and ebook, 247 pages
Deception, witchcraft, and the secrets of a long-dead former slave churn the life of ambitious young clergyman Coleman Hightower – even as fear, bombings, and riots rock the nation.
Historical novel A PLACE CALLED JUBILEE tells Coleman’s story as he leaves his mountain home and arrives in Washington D.C. in 1961 as the Civil Rights movement explodes across America. Coleman’s plans for a prestigious life are torn apart by his forbidden longing for beautiful and fiery activist Rosalee.
His search for meaning turns into a desperate journey that takes him and the woman of his dreams all the way to Jubilee, Alabama – a place where intrigue, betrayal, and murder combine to make Coleman wonder if he will win Rosalee’s love or even leave the tiny town alive.
Buy Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett: Amazon | Barnes&Noble | IndieBound
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This is a compelling tale of a sad time of history, which many persist in rekindling, even today!
Coleman was a young Clergyman who escaped living a "back-woods" life. He wanted more. When the opportunity to be a protege for a respected Pastor in Washigron D.C. arose, Coleman grabbed it. However, in time, he became unsettled and questioned if this is the path he wanted to take.
After attending the Inauguration of President Kennedy, he had a life threatening experience which changed his whole life. He began a fervent search and made new discoveries. Hus life had certainly experienced a rite-of-passage.
The author successfully brought characters and events to life in this poignant tale of seclusion, racism, interracial relationships, cruelty, injustice, hypocrisy, compassion, change, and integrity.
The story was quite interesting, yet, the beginning third of he book felt incomplete, lacking in a smooth flow from chapter-to-chapter, scene-to-scene. At times it was slightly confuting. The last half had a much improved writing style.
The discussion points are well-made. This would be a very good book for a Book Club to read and discuss concerning the much needed Civil Rights Movement. It was a time where the Movement was done in an effective, peaceful way. James approach was much like Martin Luther King Jr.'s.
The Cover image would not attract most "browsers" but the Title was well-chosen. It is "fitting" and has a curious "ring" to it.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me with no stipulation for a positive review. This is my honest review
Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett
Notable Indie #1 in the Shelf Unbound Magazine 2019 Best Indie Book Awards.
“A very dark time in our history. Not my usual type of read but could not put it down when I got started. Felt like I was right there in the story. Great read.”-Janice, Goodreads
“Highly Recommend. Loved this book. I feel I really got to know the characters. Waiting for a sequel.”-LM, Amazon
“I couldn’t put this book down. I love historical fiction and suspense. This book gave me both. The characters were well developed, the vocabulary was challenging and the descriptive language drew me in.”-CH, Amazon
Q.: When Developing Characters, Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?
A: I am honored to be a guest poster on Lu Ann Worley’s Rockin’ Book Reviews! If you haven’t already done so, please join me in following RBR on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.
Lu Ann and I thought it would be interesting to talk about the inspiration for characters. The setting of my debut novel, ‘A Place Called Jubilee’, is the southern United States and thus the characters are very similar to the people I knew growing up in Georgia. The main character, Coleman Hightower, was born and raised in the mountains of northern Georgia, a place with which I am very familiar because my mother was also born in that region.
However, it is not as easy as just “writing what you know”. You cannot simply reconstruct someone you know on the page, trying to get every nuance down on paper. You have to take bits and pieces of people you know or imagine and them fit them together in a way that will seem right to the reader.
For example, there is a character in my book – Granny Mae – who is an amalgam of my great grandmother, my grandmother (her daughter), and a person that I knew growing up. Like my great grandmother, Granny Mae is a conjurer – a folk healer that helped people of the little mountain community with various minor ailments. Like my grandmother, Granny Mae dips snuff. Granny Mae is not just like any of them and is also not simply a sum of their individual attributes. Granny Mae is her own person, sufficiently revealed to the reader so that the reader might think, “Hey, I know someone a little like her,” and thus develop the reader’s own picture of the character.
Some characters are created to fill a specific need in the plot. For instance, a murder occurs about midway through the story of ‘A Place Called Jubilee’. The obvious question was, “Who did it?’ My novel is not a mystery so it isn’t as if there would be intrigue and guessing about the real murderer. So, I needed to create a character that would be believable as the perpetrator of this crime. As I began to piece him together from people that I know and some I could imagine, his personality started to develop and then it became clear that he would need to have close connections to some of the other characters, thus adding to the complexity and flavor of the plot.
At times, a character arises from just an idea. While I was writing the first draft of my novel, I read Anthony Doerr’s Pulitizer Prize winning novel ‘All The Light We Cannot See’. In reading this wonderful book, I became inspired to include elements of magical realism in my book. This led to the creation of my character Martelle Fletcher who is a root doctor – someone who is paid to cast spells.
Another inspiration for characters can be the need to create a certain atmosphere. In my novel, when Coleman first arrives in Jubilee, Alabama, I wanted to set the tone of the place as slightly off, crazy in a way, with an old sepia-toned tint. Two characters, Roscoe and Shot, help create this sense as they sit in the shimmering heat of the deep South and play old blues songs on guitar and harmonica.
Creating and fleshing out compelling and believable characters is one of the true joys of writing. I hope you will take note of the way that authors communicate enough about a character for us to understand her but not so much that we aren’t allowed to use our imaginations.
Also, I hope that you will read my novel ‘A Place Called Jubilee’ and become acquainted with some of the characters that I have come to know very well.
Timothy J. Garrett
About Timothy J. GarrettAward winning author, Timothy J. Garrett lives with his wife Cynthia in his native northeast Georgia where he spent 16 years working as an E.R. physician and is now a healthcare executive. History and historical fiction are his writing passions though his influences include Southern gothic luminaries like Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor.
While Tim has written extensively for the healthcare industry, the award-winning A PLACE CALLED JUBILEE is his first published novel.
Giveaway Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. GarrettThis giveaway is for the winner’s choice of print or ebook however, print is open to Canada and the U.S. only and ebook is available worldwide. There will be 3 winners.
This giveaway ends April 22, 2020, midnight pacific time.
Enter the Giveaway HERE!
Follow Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett TourTeddy Rose Book Reviews Plus Mar 3 Kickoff & Interview
Bookgirl Goodreads Mar 4 Review
Lorraine Amazon Mar 4 Review (postponed)
Emily The Many thoughts of a reader Mar 5 Review
Lu Ann Rockin’ Book Reviews Mar 6 Review & Guest Post
O1Goodreads Mar 9 Review
Dawn Bound 4 Escape Mar 13 Guest Review
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus Mar 16 Review
Dee Donadee’s Corner Mar 18 Review
Susan Amazon Mar 20 Review
Jas International Book Reviews Mar 24 Review & Interview
Kathleen Celticlady’s Reviews Mar 27 Guest Review
Betty Toots Book Reviews Apr 3 Review & Excerpt
Gud Reader Goodreads Apr 8 Review
Mindy Room Without Books is Empty Apr 21 Review
Elizabeth Amazon Apr 22 Review
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.