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Book Review: Get Your Shine On – Nick Wilgus

Get Your Shine OnDate of Publication: July 24, 2015
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ, Romance, Family Drama
Format: 330 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781634763738
Cover Art: AngstyG.
Characters: Henry Hood, Sam Rakestraw, Ishmael Hood

Get Your Shine On obviously has the formula taken from the author’s The Sugar Tree series because of its setting in the South and the couple with a kid but it actually has its very own charm with humor that is so spot on, commentaries’ so blunt they’ll make you flinch and characters so vibrant its feels like you’re actually living their lives. I just loved everything about it! There are some plot points in the story that were a bit predictable but in a way that feels so natural to the story.

I loved Sam and Henry’s relationship! It’s quite realistic and I loved how they have their own careers and are making a home together and not caring one bit about the nasty naysayers in their little hometown. Oh, how I absolutely adore Ishy!!! What a sweetheart! I just want to adopt him! He’s a bit slow on the uptake sure but he’s still a kid after all and I loved how his voice was so consistent all throughout the story. It was easily predictable why he’s like that but at the same time, it’s still a bit horrifying to actually read it!

I enjoyed how fast-paced the story was and how each character made an impact in the story. And that beautiful, heartwarming ending was just beyond! Just perfection!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About Nick Wilgus
I sold my first short story to The Horror Show Magazine at the age of seventeen and I’ve been writing ever since.

From murder mysteries to romantic comedies featuring gay couples, I’ve been channeling my dreams and demons for almost four decades. Along the way, I picked up a Lambda Award nomination, was named one of the best columnists in the state of Mississippi, and had an award-winning movie based on my first novel, MINDFULNESS AND MURDER.

A former newspaper editor, I’m a proud dad who lives in Tupelo, Mississippi right down the street from the house where Elvis grew up.

Book Review: Stones in the Road (Sugar Tree, #2) – Nick Wilgus

Stones In The RoadPublished January 30, 2015
Format: Novel
Genre And Theme: LGBT  Romance, Family Drama, Homophobia, Death, Drug Addiction
Length: 300 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ebook ISBN: 9781632167293
Characters: Wiley Cantrell, Jackson Ledbetter, Noah Cantrell

I’ve finally decided to give this a go after finishing its sequel Got Tell it on the Mountains. I find this too heartbreaking because once again, I am reminded of how lovely Noah was, mostly his relationship with his dad yet when I started reading it, I just can’t seem to stop until I turned its last page. I’ve also read this backward just like its third book ( I know, it’s weird – will come up on a different post soon). I don’t know why I didn’t feel comfortable reading it from the start – I guess I just want to know first that everything was okay. Upon finishing it though, I figured that it won’t make that much of a difference because this book is just freaking good. The first book, Shaking the Sugar Tree was too heavy for me but I still liked it. In Go Tell It on the Mountains, I was able to really appreciate Nick Wilgus’s writing style. This one just reinforced my admiration towards the author and the series. It’s just overall lovely and it’s crazy to think that it’s just now that I was able to read it. Well, mostly because I thought it’s too heavy a book for me but truth be told, it is not. It is more enlightening in such a way where you will yet again witness how Wiley’s love for Noah is so great that it’s almost unreal. You’d want to lit some characters on fire and you’d want to just keep Noah in your pocket and make everything safe and happy for him.

I didn’t really think that Nick Wilgus will be able to come up with a wonderful sequel because at times, the premise of the first book although full of humor seems a bit harrowing but this follow-up showcased how the author has masterfully crafted the wonders of storytelling particularly when fleshing out the ways of the great South. I cannot recommend this enough, though, it is a must for you to read the first book before heading into this one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Nick Wilgus is the author of the best-selling romantic comedy SHAKING THE SUGAR TREE about a gay single father raising a deaf child in the South. His other novels include STONES IN THE ROAD, GET YOUR SHINE ON and BILAL’S BREAD.

He is also the author of the Father Ananda murder-mystery series: Mindfulness and Murder, Sister, Suicide, Killer Karma, and The Curious Corpse. His works have been translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish.

He also wrote the script for the award-winning film Sop mai Ngeap, based on Mindfulness and Murder, produced by DeWarrenne Films in Bangkok, nominated for Best Screenplay by the Thai Film Association.

Under the pen name Sulayman X, he is the author of several novels, including TEARS OF A DRAGON and KING OF STORMS. Under the pen name Jerome Wilde, he is the author of BOY CRUCIFIED: A THOMAS NOEL MYSTERY.

Wilgus sold his first short story, The Boogeyman in the Closet, to The Horror Show when he was 17.

He lives in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Book Review: Shaking The Sugar Tree – Nick Wilgus

20528976I wouldn’t say that I absolutely enjoyed reading this book but I thought the writing has a resounding quality of truth and the almost obtrusive frankness of its main character (Wylie) was very much refreshing.

I admire the book’s honesty and its shameless description of the South. Nick Wilgus created a genius character out of Wylie – witty, tactless and very forgiving.

In this book, I forged an alliance with Wylie and his son Noah. I rooted for them. I cried and sympathized with them and most of all, I’m proud of their sometimes bittersweet yet pure father and son relationship.

For me, a book is worth reading when you’re able to connect with the characters. This time, not only a connection was made but some sense of belonging. Noah represents authenticity and the book conveyed a message that resonates with the rest of us dealing with inequality. I’m up for that.

Rating: 3.5 stars our of 5