Released: May 2012
Genre: General Fiction, Fantasy (scene), Family, Emotional
Awards: Editor's Choice, Rising Star
In Tania L. Ramos’ new fiction novel Be Still (published by iUniverse), one man is caught between life and death, trying to make peace on both sides, before his life ends and time seals all wounds for an eternity.
When Jack Silver and his wife, Shannon, lose their 3-day-old daughter, their relationship almost ends. But when Shannon is killed on the anniversary of their daughter’s death, it is Jack’s relationship with his son, Travis, that will suffer most. Now a devastating diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's Disease turns Jack's world upside. In a bitter race against time he must make peace with his estranged son, Travis, but time runs out faster than expected and now it is Travis who must find answers to the truth behind his mother's death while his father is in a coma. Through the trials both must learn to find forgiveness though their worlds no longer lay together.
Be Still leads readers through a fast paced world of a man in a coma. A world of mystery and familiarity yet sinister and aloof. In this world anything is possible, but not everything is as it appears. The plot thickens to find more darkness, but will the hero discover his emotions have misled him all along, or will he face the lies he made truth and learn to just Be Still.
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ForeWord: 4 out of 5 starsReview
The title of Tania L. Ramos’s second novel, Be Still, reflects the story itself: simple on the surface, but with layers of meaning beneath. The book is a contemporary tale about the relationships between family members and how they survive the storms life throws at them. Delving further, readers will find an exploration of the meaning of life, death, and what may lie beyond.
In the tradition of Anne Tyler with a helping of Alice Hoffman, Ramos weaves a tale of love and loss, regret and rebirth. She manages to skillfully describe the afterlife that Silver sees as he moves toward the end of his life, and she creates effective tension between Travis and Christina as they both ready themselves for the death of someone they love. Be Still will appeal to readers who have lost a loved one or contemplated that loss, and Ramos deftly sets the stage for an afterlife that is both magical and realistic.
An excerpt from the rising book, Be Still, by author Tania L Ramos:
Before she could walk away, he asked what the tune was that she hummed; it was plaguing him and occupying his mind so thick he felt his head would burst.
“You know this song?” She smiled as if delighted, her stringy auburn and gray hair flowing on a breeze. Her radiant, clear blue eyes grew younger as she gave a coarse, childish giggle and began to answer.
“It’s a silly old song,” Shannon interrupted. “Come, my love. Let this woman be on her way.” She tugged at his arm, and he moved with her, but he was curious why this question vexed her.
He glanced back over a shoulder to the elderly woman for an answer.
Without as much as a peep or a grunt, the woman raised her wrinkled brow and then continued on her way, walking into the darkness of that lonely hilltop, until she was succumbed by the chasm of the night. The light, upbeat tune lingered behind as a delicate echo off the mountains.
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