Scuppernong Books Hosts Frank McNair, Author of “Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption”

Life-on-the-LineWinston-Salem-based author Frank McNair will appear at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro on Saturday, October 28, at 3 p.m. for a book signing to promote his new award-winning football novel Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption (featured in Yes!Weekly June 29, 2017)      

Published by Bagpiper Press, the novel was named Best Book in the Young Adult category during the Spring 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards.

Frank McNair is a veteran author of business-oriented books but this is his first work of fiction.

The book revolves around two boys on the same middle school football team who despise each other as soon as they meet on the practice field. Their animosity simmers throughout the season until it finally boils over in a “dramatic confrontation” that Forsyth Family Magazine’s Vonda Henderson describes as “swift, surprising, and rattles and shocks them and those around them.” She adds: “The outcome illustrates well that stage between boy and man.”

As a former football player himself, McNair offers his readers authentic, play-by-play gridiron action. Yet Life on the Line is about much more than football

“I thought football was a good petri dish in which to tell a story about adolescence and coming of age,” McNair told the Winston-Salem Journal recently. “My book is a good yarn about two young men living regular lives in a small Southern town. The story looks like it’s about is. But it’s also about boys trying to figure out what it means to be authentically male. It is about class differences, religion, grief, and coming of age. And  ultimately it is about rage, reconciliation, and redemption.”

Intended for middle- and high-school readers, Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemptionis receiving a steady stream of positive reviews among Amazon Customer Reviews from parents of teenagers. One wrote, “Outstanding! Don’t let your sons (or daughters) miss this gripping story of boys growing up in the world of football.” The mom of now-grown boys said, “I wish Frank had written the book 10 years earlier when my son and his friends were this age.”

After reading selections from the book, McNair will take questions and sign copies that will be available for purchase.

Scuppernong Books is located at 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.  For more information and directions: www.scuppernongbooks.com.

For more information on Frank McNair and Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption, including sample chapters, visit www.lifeonethelinebook.com.

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Pamlico Writers Group Welcomes Frank McNair for Workshop, Book Signing

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The author of the award-winning new novel Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption will join the group on October 24th

The Pamlico Writers’ Group in Washington, NC, will welcome author Frank McNair of Winston-Salem and Bath, NC, as Featured Author on Tuesday, October 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.  McNair will read from his new, award-winning novel Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption, sign copies of the book, and conduct a mini-workshop on “Plotting and Keeping Up with Characters.”

Open to the public, the event will be held at historic Turnage Theater, 150 West Main Street, Washington, NC. 27889.

Set in the rural South in 1965, Life on the Line is the story of two middle school boys struggling to understand themselves and the world around them as they meet on the football field and immediately despise each other.

A former football player himself, McNair draws his readers into play-by-play action during grueling practices and often violent, bloody games as the boys lead their team towards an undefeated season — despite the tension and animosity that escalates between them.

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McNair’s novel is built around football, but it also contains themes of family and faith, love and loss, and how all of that leads the boys to hard-won reconciliation. Earlier this year, it was named “Best Book” in the Young Adult category for the Spring 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards.”

Frank McNair grew up in Laurinburg, NC, where he was a member of the Scotland County High School “Fighting Scots” football team. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Morehead Scholar, he received his MBA degree from Wake Forest University. He has published successful non-fiction business books but Life on the Line is his first venture into fiction. He is currently working on a second novel, this one exploring the life of Christian faith, entitled A Creeping Certainty.

McNair and his wife Laura are active members of their church community, where they teach and contribute in other ways. They live with their beloved lab, Buddy Brown, in a house overlooking the woods in Winston-Salem when they’re not in residence at their coastal home in Bath overlooking the Pamlico River.

The Pamlico Writers Group is affiliated with the Arts of the Pamlico and meets twice a month. Its mission is “to help other aspiring writers accomplish their goals in writing.” For more information on the October 24th book signing and workshop: https://pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/event-2671367.

For more information on Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption, go to www.lifeonthelinebook.com.

 

 

Sunrise Books in High Point hosts a book signing event for Blueplate PR client Frank McNair, author of a new award-winning sports novel…

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Author Frank McNair reads from LIFE ON THE LINE: FOOTBALL, RAGE, AND REDEMPTION in Sunrise Books.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: “First-time novelist draws on experience as football player for coming-of-age story”

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By Lisa O’Donnell 

Frank McNair’s debut novel, Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption, was 10 years in the making.

 

After lots of stops and starts, McNair fought through writer’s block and crafted a young adult novel set against the backdrop of something he knows well — football.

 

“I thought football was a good petri dish in which to tell a story about adolescence and coming of age,” said McNair, a native of Laurinburg. READ MORE…

Coming Oct. 1: “Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik,” a collection of new stories that celebrate Jewish history, culture, and the Old Country


1.chanukah-tales-from-oykvetchnik-cover-300dpi copy On October 1, in time for National Jewish Book Month (November) and Chanukah 2017 (December), Jewish Storyteller Press will release its latest title, Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik , via  Amazon.com, BN.comPowells.com, and other online and local bookstores. The publisher predicts that the 120-page book will become a new tradition for an ancient holiday.

Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik is a collection of eight original Jewish folk tales – one for each night of the Festival of Lights – written by Scott Hilton Davis (Souls Are Flying!, Between Heaven and Earth), with illustrations by Amy F. Levine.

On its website, Jewish Storyteller Press offers, “Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik is a storybook to be read each year as the chanukiyah (nine-branched Chanukah menorah) comes off the shelf, dreidels start spinning, and the smells of freshly fried latkes waft through the house… [It] will fill your heart with the light of Jewish history, culture, and values.”  The eight stories are:

  1. Chaim the Chanukiyah
  2. Myzeleh the Mouse
  3. Dvorah Rohkl’s Chanukah Party
  4. How Oykvetchnik Got Its Name
  5. Reb Shimon the Shammus
  6. Peter Markovich the Soldier
  7. The Rabbi’s Daughter
  8. The Pawnshop Menorah
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An Emmy Award-winning public television producer and storyteller, Davis has spent many years bringing the works of his favorite 19th-century Yiddish writers to 21st-century English-speaking readers by publishing new translations, adaptations, and original stories based on the works of once-famous writers such as Sholem Abramovitsh (Mendele Moykher Sforim), Jacob Dinezon, Sholem Aleichem, and I. L. Peretz.

Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik (Oy + Kvetch + Nik) is Davis’s first completely original book.

“Chanukah has always been my favorite Jewish holiday,” the author explains. “So it’s not surprising that when I finally began writing my own short stories, they turned out to be Chanukah tales set in the ‘Old Country’ – the tiny towns and villages of Russia and Eastern Europe – before the turn of the 20th century. For many of us who are Jewish, this was the birthplace of our alte bobes and zaydes – our great-grandmothers and grandfather.”

In his review for Readers’ Favorite.com, book critic Jack Magnus writes, “Scott Hilton

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Illustration for “The Pawnshop Menorah” by Amy Levine

Davis brings to life the little village of Oykvetchnik and shares a glimpse into the village’s celebration of the Festival of Lights with his readers… I was hooked by the stories and the history I was learning about this special holiday, as well as the culture and lifestyle found in the shtetls. Davis’s stories are grand fun for reading aloud, and Amy Levine’s black and white drawings work perfectly with each tale.”

Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik will be available in paperback ($9.95) and hardback ($16.95) at Amazon.com, BN.com, and Powells.com, and other online and local bookstores.

About Jewish Storyteller Press: Founded in 2007 as a way of celebrating Jewish literature, culture, and values, Jewish Storyteller Press is a small independent publishing company committed to using print‑on‑demand and e‑book technology to bring the works of 19th century Yiddish writers to 21st-century English-speaking readers. For more information: www.jewishstorytellerpress.com.

 

Winston-Salem Author’s New Football Novel Wins Best Book Award

In the NABE’s Young Adult Category

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Winston-Salem author Frank McNair recently learned that his new novel Life on the Line: Football, Rage and Redemption has been named Best Book in the Young Adult category for the Spring 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards.

“This is a great book for anyone who loves football or loves someone who loves football,” the author said. “I have been surprised by the number of young women who have bought the book — both to give to their male friends and for insight into the mind of football fanatics.”

Presented by the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) to its members, the Pinnacle Awards recognize excellence in book content and quality, writing style, presentation, and cover design. NABE members include a wide variety of publishing houses, small presses, independent publishers, print-on-demand titles, and self-publishers.

Life on the Line is the story of two middle school boys struggling to understand themselves and the world around them as they guide their football team towards what may be an undefeated season. As a former football player himself, McNair gives readers — teens and adults — a front row seat to authentic gridiron action along with the struggles and joys of adolescence, and the redemptive power of love and faith.

Since it was released by Bagpiper Press in June, Life on the Line has received steady praise from Amazon readers, especially parents of boys. One mom writes, “Frank did a grand job with his realistic portrayal of two young men coming of age…. I wish Frank had written the book 10 years earlier when my son and his friends were this age.”

Another offers, “As a mother of three grown sons, reading Life on the Line allowed me to revisit memories from the past…  Playing and watching sports and repeatedly discussing the details dominate many male conversations, serving as a platform for forming relationships, instilling discipline, and gaining acceptance. Revealing the underlying emotions behind each character’s actions provided insight into the masculine thinking process.”

One reader simply states, “Outstanding! Don’t let your sons (or daughters) miss this gripping story of boys growing up in the world of football.

Life on the Line: Football, Rage and Redemption is available in hardcover ($23.27), paperback ($14.99) and as a Kindle e-book ($9.95) on Amazon. Media review copies are available by emailing publicist Kim Weiss of Blueplate PR: blueplatepr@gmail.com.

For more information on the book, including sample chapters and a Reader’s Guide, visit www.lifeonethelinebook.com.

About The Author:

FRANK MCNAIR graduated from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar. After a brief stint in banking, he entered the MBA program at Wake Forest University, graduating in 1978. For a decade he held a range of sales and marketing positions in the corporate world. In 1988, he joined his wife, Laura, in her consulting and training business. They have been business partners in McNair & McNair for 30 years. Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption is his fourth book and first work of fiction. He has also published three popular business-related books: The Golden Rules for Managers, How You Make the Sale, and It’s OK To Ask ‘Em To Work. He and Laura and their chocolate lab Buddy Brown live in Winston-Salem, NC. Contact Frank McNair: frank@lifeonthelinebook.com;  336.972.3024.

 

YES!WEEKLY: “Summer Reading for Middle- and High-School Sports Fans – Gritty New Football Fiction by Triad Author Will Make Them Want to Read”

Adult readers have also expressed enthusiasm about the book, especially the realistic treatment of the football scenes. READ ARTICLE…

 

FORSYTH FAMILY: “Frank McNair, Life on the Line”

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By Vonda Henderson

Frank McNair, a native North Carolinian, knows about football. He loves the game. The football team of his youth was the Laurinburg Fighting Scots, the same as that of his characters. “I had a 72-hour career as a football player for the University of North Carolina,” Frank shared. “I was invited to walk on on Sunday and left on Wednesday. I know when to walk away.” Frank did continue to enjoy playing football while in college, and with other club football teams well into his twenties.

After graduating from UNC, Frank worked for a time in the banking industry. He earned his MBA at Wake Forest and worked for a number of years in corporate America. He and his wife have worked together in their consulting business for the past 30 years. He has written two non-fiction books, and Life on the Line–Football, Rage and Redemption is his debut novel, a ten-year labor of love.  READ MORE…

THE INDIE VIEW: “Interview with Frank McNair, author of Life on the Line”

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My agent retired and I am a 65-year-old man with a first novel. Given the state of publishing today, I was never going to find an agent.

Frank McNair – 28 August 2017

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Life on the Line is the ideal book for the sports novel enthusiast or the reluctant teenage reader. It is the gripping story of two middle school boys struggling to understand themselves and the world around them. Life on the Line gives teens and adults a front row seat to authentic gridiron action, the struggles and joys of adolescence, and the redemptive power of love and faith.

About the book

 What is the book about?

The book is about two eighth-grade boys and the struggles they face as they overcome their differences (and deep mutual antipathy) to lead the Fighting Scot football team to an undefeated season. The book is nominally about football (hence the title: Life on the Line), but it encompasses coming-of-age, the effects of family circumstances on the boys, and – as the subtitle says: “Football, Rage, and Redemption.”

When did you start writing the book?

I began the book in a class at the Duke University Writer’s Workshop in the summer of 2007.

How long did it take you to write it?  READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW…

Award-winning Novelist Mark Spano Joins 2017 “Meet The Author” Series June 25th

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Chapel Hill novelist Mark Spano will read from his new book Midland Club. 

June 8, 2017 (Raleigh, NC) — As part of the Raleigh LGBT Center’s 2017 Sizzling Summer “Meet the Author” Series, novelist Mark Spano of Chapel Hill will read from his critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Midland Club on Sunday, June 25th, beginning at 1 p.m.

After the reading, Spano will sign copies of the 120-page book that GayBook.Reviews.com critics have called “a dark and cynical tale that reads like a film noir classic,” “…a small jewel…melancholic, lyric, flawlessly smooth and realistic,” and “…more than just a murder mystery. It speaks to the human condition.” Most recently, ReadersFavorite.com reviewer Romualdo Dzemo praised the book as a “pure delight, composed of beautiful social commentaries and wonderful themes.”

Published by Thunderfoot Press, Midland Club has maintained a 4.2 (out of 5) rating on Amazon since it appeared there in December of 2016. Earlier this month, Midland Club received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE), one of only two books honored for Winter 2017 in the Mystery category.

Set in a midwestern city in 1958, Midland Club has all the elements of a good mystery: vibrant characters, a familiar setting, and a plot in which the solution to the mystery is ultimately revealed. Beyond a good mystery, it also addresses the pain of one gay man, alone in a town that despises him. And if the reader is paying attention, that pain foreshadows the conclusion.

Midland Club is now part of the LGBT Center of Raleigh Library.

This and all other “Meet the Authors” events this summer are free and open to the public.

The LGBT Center of Raleigh is located 324 South Harrington Street in downtown Raleigh. For more information: www.lgbtcenterofraleigh.com.

For more information on Mark Spano and Midland Club, go to http://blog.markspano.com.

About The Author:

MARK SPANO is the author of five works of fiction and a memoir. As a filmmaker, his work includes The Quality of Light: A Biography of Claude Howell and the definitive documentary on Sicily, “Reimagining Sicily.” He holds advanced degrees from Marymount University of Virginia and the American University in Washington, D.C., and now resides in rural Orange County, North Carolina.