Story Plant hardcover
Fiction Studio Books e-book
Publication date: February 23, 2016
A beautifully crafted and poignant coming of age story where loyalties will be divided, friendships will be tested, teenage love will be discovered, and through it all, the enduring bond between a boy and his beloved dog will always be remembered. A remarkable coming-of-age story with special appeal to dog lovers. This was supposed to be a simple summer for Billy; one more lazy expanse of time before college began. He'd fill the hours playing with Jimmy - his canine best buddy - going camping and doing all the things he promised Jimmy they'd do before Billy left. But that was before the accident that shook the entire town. It was before the summer job that turned into something so much more than a way to get a paycheck. And it was before Vicki. This summer was destined to be many things to Billy, things he didn't truly understand until now. But it was definitely not going to be simple.
The Changing Season
"The Changing Season is a story that will bring you back to that awkward period of time between childhood and adult life. I highly recommend this book."
- Richard Paul Evans, #1 NYT Bestselling Author, The Christmas Box and The Mistletoe Promise
“Every adult can find something within this story to relate to their own journey through The Changing Season. It is remarkable how true to life this story captures those very moments.”
– Literarily Illumined
“In my humble opinion, Steven Manchester is one of this generations greatest writers.”
– Beth Art from the Heart
“If you are human, The Changing Season will burrow deep into your soul as you recall the changing seasons of your own life.”
– Tome Tender
“Readers will love and recommend this story of love, loyalty, betrayal and truth.”
– Crystal Book Reviews
"Manchester's The Changing Season will be to young adults what Old Yeller is to my grandson."
– Ed Asner, Actor, Up, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Elf
"The Changing Season is a thought-provoking coming-of-age tale that explores the complicated themes of love, faith, family and, above all, loyalty. Mr. Manchester's portrayal of a boy at the cusp of manhood is evocative and sympathetic."
– Susan Wilson, NYT Bestselling Author, One Good Dog
"Heartfelt, emotional, and beautifully written, The Changing Season is captivating. Steven Manchester is one gifted storyteller!"
– Carla Neggers, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, Harbor Island and Echo Lake
"In The Changing Season, Steven Manchester brings us a warm-hearted story of love and loyalty-both canine and human-and shows us what it really means to be a best friend."
– Teresa Rhyne, #1 NYT Bestselling Author, The Dog Lives (and So Will I) and The Dogs Were Rescued
"Beautifully written, poignant, and bittersweet, The Changing Season is a wonderful coming of age story."
– Christine Feehan, #1 NYT Bestselling Author, the Dark series
"Manchester beautifully describes the undeniable love and bond between Billy and his canine best friend Jimmy. The Changing Season reinforces how making one wrong decision can be life changing and the consequences can have a ripple effect that profoundly impacts the lives of others."
– Laura Schroff, #1 NYT Bestselling Author, An Invisible Thread
After returning home from a difficult tour of duty in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, I stepped back behind the walls of a Massachusetts penitentiary where I battled each day as a prison investigator. Needless to say, there was great negativity in my life at that time, and very little opportunity to heal from my wartime demons (or pursue my dreams of being published). I finally decided to return to college to finish my degree in Criminal Justice. During one of the classes, my professor, Barry McKee, detailed police work, but barely touched on other topics. I finally raised his hand and asked, “As the criminal justice system is so vast, what about the courts, probation, parole – corrections?” Barry smiled and told me to see him after class. I thought I’d done it! In his office, Barry explained, “Except from the slanted perspectives of inmates, there’s no real written material out there on corrections, or prisons.” Barry smiled again and then dropped the bomb that would change my life forever. “If you’re so smart,” he said, “why don’t you write it?” It was the last push I needed to get writing. Nine months later, I placed the first draft of 6-5; A Different Shade of Blue (under the pen name, Steven Herberts) on Barry’s desk. From then on, I was hooked. I was a writer. Under the pen name, Steven Herberts, I wrote in newspapers, magazines, and even penned two collections of poetry. Once I’d found my true voice, I began, The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy; an emotional account of the Gulf War that would heal my soul, and the souls of other suffering veterans. Today, 20 years later, I have been blessed with a beautiful family; my wife, Paula, and our four children–Evan, Jacob, Bella and Carissa. From a professional perspective, I’ve written 16 books (with 12 in publication), and have contributed to more than three dozen international anthologies. My work has been showcased in such national literary journals as Taproot Literary Review, American Poetry Review and Fresh! Literary Magazine, as well as various magazines to include Angels on Earth, Obadiah, Titan, G.F.O. (U.K.), Skyline Literary, Alive Now, Dark Animus (Australia) and Spinnings Short Stories. Hundreds of my essays, poetry and short fiction have been contributed to Internet publications such as Zine5, New Mystery Reader, Wilmington Blues, Heartwarmers, The Murder Hole, Father’s World, and dozens of others. My work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, BET’s Nightly News, Good Day Atlanta; in the New York Daily News, Newark Star Ledger, Boston Globe, Detroit Free Press, Providence Journal, Dallas Morning News, Orlando Sentinel, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Daily Oklahoman; and on 50+ nationally-syndicated radio shows from coast-to-coast. As a public speaker, I’ve presented before thousands. From Congressmen to schoolchildren, my lectures cover the realities of the Gulf War, adult incarceration, and the motivation needed to write and become published. I currently teach the workshops, Publish: See Your Work In Print, and Writing Fiction That Sells. When not spending time with my kids and wife, I’m either writing, teaching, or promoting my published books/films.