Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Haven't read Flowers for Rodney yet? Check out this review and then head to Amazon.com to buy your copy today!

WHEWWWW !!!!!!!!!
I just finished reading this really good book called "Flowers for Rodney" by a local author (and friend of Bikers for Books), Kristine Brickey.
This is a great book that covers many struggles that our youth face on a daily basis. I had some very real moments while reading this books that had me reflecting on my own life at that age.
Seems like these days, the pressures and stress are bigger and more pronounced than the 80's or 90's. Kids these days have to be a little more resourceful and brave to "just make it", anymore.
The secret is......it's never too late to make a change, never too late to ask for help, never too late to turn yourself around, just like Rodney does in this book.
Struggles inside the home are as tough as struggles in society. I have to admit that this book had me choked up toward the end. Definitely worth the read.
We have had the absolute pleasure of working with Kristine on more than one occasion. It's exciting to know that this particular author is from Michigan and is only about 20 miles from my hometown. I think one of the most notable fun facts is that she has been an educator for nearly 30 years and has works first hand with our youth.
Thank you Kristine for sharing your creation with the world.
More information about this author can be found at
Flowers for Rodney can be found at:
Or locally at Everybody Reads, Books and Stuff
2019 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing MI 
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In order to give readers an idea of what to expect with my newest novel, They Said She Was Crazy, I'll be posting reactions and feedback from some of my readers here. You can also check out reviews on my Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook pages. Enjoy!

Marcie, WY (reprinted with permission as sent to Trina Campbell)

     I finished that book last night about 11:15. It was so touching. I can so relate in so many ways. I cried through most of it and I laughed and smiled though parts of it and the ending blew me away.
     I would so recommend this book to anyone who has ever lost loved ones. I cannot thank you enough for thinking of me and sending this book to me...
...the book touched me and honestly I don't know how to explain it. Thank you

James Bowens, MI (A nonreader aside from both of my books-his police office son, Matt, was killed in the line of duty over ten years ago)

     I just finished your book. (They Said She Was Crazy) It was awesome. Boy could I relate to a lot of your stories. You had me in tears a lot but good tears. Matt visits me but I never see him but I know he is there. This is a must read for anyone who has lost a loved one to a violent death. So comforting. Going to be a bestseller.

Dawn Nye, MI

     I finished They Said She Was Crazy. WOW! You have saved lives by writing this. I really mean it. What a powerful book. I had tears running down my face the whole time...Did not see the ending coming...Amazing. It took courage to write this. 

***Author's Note:

I cried when I read these. 

All of these heartfelt reviews mean the world to me, as they hit on the precise reason I knew I needed to tell this story. 

Writing this book was the most difficult and yet the most freeing writing I've completed. Once I started, it was difficult for me to keep up with the story of Mara and Zane. Though this is fiction, there is much of my own story in its pages. 

They Said She Was Crazy is, I hope, a story of faith, struggle and hope. My wish is to reach lives touched by despair, loss, and grief and offer empathy, companionship, and a true look at life after loss. Because, as ridiculously difficult as it is, there is life after tragedy. 

Read, and believe. 

Kristine E. Brickey