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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

As Good As Can Be by William A. Glass - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host William A. Glass and his new book, “As Good As Can Be”!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Bill and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

As Good As Can Be

by William A. Glass

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GENRE: Coming of Age/Historical Fiction

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BLURB:

Dave Knight is a wayward child growing up in a military family during the 1950s. His older sister wants to kill him but settles for regularly beating him up. Other siblings join in the mayhem while their alcoholic father contributes to the chaos with his unique approach to parenting.

As the Knight family moves from one army base to the next, Dave develops a give-a-damn attitude that often leads to trouble. In high school, he joins other delinquents in a series of escapades, some dangerous, others funny, and a few that would be worthy of jail time should they ever be caught.

After barely graduating, Dave is drafted into the army and sent to guard a nuclear weapons depot in Korea. There, he gets into trouble with his sergeant and tries to avoid dishonorable discharge.

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EXCERPT TWO:

Upstairs all is pandemonium. Dan is furiously pounding on the bathroom door while inside Marie stares into the mirror applying eyeliner. She’s in the seventh grade now and has discovered that boys aren’t just for beating up. Meanwhile, Dave’s in the basement ironing a shirt. He gives it a couple finishing touches then slips it on while running up the stairs.

“Have you seen my book bag?” Melissa asks.

“Isn’t that it next to the door?” Dave replies.

The bus pulls up in front of the house, and Melissa grabs the book bag. Knight hands her a bacon-and-egg sandwich as she goes out. “Tell the driver to wait,” he asks. Then one by one the other Knight children rush out while the driver insistently honks his horn. Finally, Marie comes downstairs, gets her sandwich, and strolls down the front walk, arms full of accoutrements. As she climbs aboard, the enlisted men’s dependents in back sarcastically applaud. Marie ignores them, and once seated she uses a can of hairspray to laminate her teased tresses. She pays no heed to mounting protests from others on the bus who object to being gassed this early in the morning.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

This book is interesting, intriguing, entertaining, realistic, and is sure to strike a familiar chord as it resonates with many readers.

I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to think of this book, but as an Army Brat myself (we moved every 6-9 months) and having my own daddy issues to boot, I was curious to see how this book would play out.  This story spans over several decades with a focus on the 50’s-70’s time period.  This book follows the Knight family and their adventurous, but at times complicated and quarrelsome life in the U.S. Army.  As with most active military families, the Knights, are bounced around the world from base to base.  Sometimes, even traveling to many unknown, and often unsafe countries.  Then, add in a father with both an alcoholic addiction and an aggressive temper; a mother who is often sick in bed; and five siblings all vying for attention – not much stirring needed to set this time bomb off.  While this book features the entire Knight family, the main focus is on their son, Dave, and his difficult, rocky upbringing.  Dave struggles in school with a learning disability that nowadays most professionals are trained to easily spot and help children not only understand their disadvantage, but also guide them to overcome their disorder.  Dave was not so lucky.  He was often viewed as rebellious, rambunctious, uncontrolled, weak, lazy, and incompetent.  It didn’t take long for Dave’s acting out to get him roped in with the other “troublemakers,” and labeled as so.  Dave’s struggles only continue to progress in a downward spiral in both his home life and school life.  Be sure to buckle in for this bumpy, emotionally charged ride!!  Glass engagingly tells the story of hard times and dark days but offers hope that there is still light at the end of the tunnel.

This book features an array of interesting, compelling characters that are both well described and spotlessly captured.

This book included strong historical content with extensive military knowledge and etiquette.  It is clear Glass is very familiar and well-versed with such tactics as he was able to easily convey these procedures throughout the story.  This truly added an authentic, realistic layer to an already stimulating read.

This book effortlessly connects with a wide range audience.  Whether you grew up during the same era, were part of a military family, had an alcoholic parent, had an ailing parent, had a learning disability, or just simply felt misunderstood and were the black sheep of the family – this book will be easy to connect with and relate to.

I have to admit this book seemed a bit on the longer side at 403 eBook pages.  However, not only does this book stretch across several decades, but it also covers a wide range of topics, events, and thousands of miles as the Knight family deploys across the globe.

At this time, this book is not part of a book series.  Therefore, this book can be read as a standalone.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!  I think all historical fiction fans and coming of age readers will like this book too!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**Warning!!  Please note this book contains violence, alcohol addiction, drug references, adult language, and other adult content**

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations**

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AUTHOR BIO:

Bill is a retired business executive now living in South Carolina with his wife, Bettina.  She teaches high school German while Bill coaches soccer at a small college.  Their three sons, Alex, Robert, and Gordon, have all graduated from college and moved away to pursue careers.

For recreation, Bettina and Bill enjoy hiking and camping out.  Usually, they take their dog, Scout, along.  When the weather permits, Bill commutes to work on his motorcycle.

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CONNECT WITH BILL:

Website:

https://williamaglass.com

Blog:

https://www.williamaglass.com/blog

Email:

coachbillglass@gmail.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/William-A-Glass-Author-100365172001485

Twitter:

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Instagram:

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Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20170818.William_A_Glass

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52765602-as-good-as-can-be

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/30mtH42

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/2MXGHtG

Amazon Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3v6B8KL

Amazon Hardcover:

https://amzn.to/30mKC6s

Apple Books eBook:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/as-good-as-can-be/id1505638479

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/as-good-as-can-be-william-a-glass/1136649728?ean=9781946005410

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/as-good-as-can-be-william-a-glass/1136649728?ean=9781946005342

Barnes and Noble Hardcover:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/as-good-as-can-be-william-a-glass/1136649728?ean=9781946005403

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Good-Can-Be-William-Glass/9781946005342

The Book Depository Hardcover:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Good-Can-Be-William-Glass/9781946005403

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Good-Can-Be/William-A-Glass/9781946005342

BAM! Books-A-Million Hardcover:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Good-Can-Be/William-A-Glass/9781946005403

Google Play eBook:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/William_A_Glass_As_Good_As_Can_Be?id=RHHcDwAAQBAJ

IndieBound Paperback:

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781946005342

IndieBound Hardcover:

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781946005403

Kobo eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/as-good-as-can-be

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Bill will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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10 comments:

  1. Bill ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :) I enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

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  2. Ally thanks for having me here at FabulousandBrunette. I appreciate your kind words about my novel. So glad it struck a chord with you.

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  3. Great post – I enjoyed reading it!

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  4. Sounds like a very interesting book.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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