I got no feedback on my last post, so I assume it wasn't worth the time. Let's try again: First, thank you for taking the time to read this note. While I would never claim to be the next Nicholas Sparks, I have written a book I think his readers will love. Ruby is a young, vivacious and slightly sassy blonde living in LA in 1951. She’s on her High School cheer squad, does well in her classes and sings in the church choir. No one would suspect that underneath she’s scared of being considered white trash since her family is poor and only recently migrated from Oklahoma. Ken is brilliant but kind of geeky. He’s a literal boy scout, who believes all of life should be an adventure. Being raised in a middle-class family that traveled a lot, he wants to see the world and understand how it all works. When they meet on a blind date their worlds collide in wonderful and unexpected ways. Their future together is threatened by Lola, the girl who has it all and decides she wants Ken added to the pile. The relationship they share changes as the country shifts through the Cold War, the Space Race, the Sexual Revolution, and all the way into the new century. Through love, joy, fear, separation, jealousy, alcoholism and illness, it’s a story that reflects both personal history and the evolution of the twentieth century. Told through third person narrative and personal journal entries, you see inside not only the characters themselves, but what it was like to live in America during this historic era. It’s a fun ride. The story is complete at 60,400 words. Although this is short for a novel, and long for a novelette, it is about the length of many of Mr. Sparks’ novels, so I think his fans will approve.