JKSCommunications Back To School Reading!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Kids are get­ting back on the buses, young adults are headed off to the dorm rooms, and par­ents breathe a small sigh of relief that they don’t need to enter­tain their chil­dren all day. And for the rest of us with­out kids or school, well our time just keeps mov­ing along from Sum­mer into Autumn. Just in time for this yearly tran­si­tion, JKS Com­mu­ni­ca­tions has com­piled some great books for your read­ing plea­sure when you’re not hit­ting the school books. This stop on the tour is ded­i­cated to the Col­lege Bound and YA lovers out there. To find out more about these books or to pur­chase a copy, click on the photo or title of each book.

Complex Knowing

Com­plex Knowing

Chris Kat­saropoulus

These poems send the reader on a jour­ney into the hid­den realm of the sub­con­scious, where the sixth sense of know­ing over­whelms the other five. Chris Kat­saropou­los has writ­ten a col­lec­tion of poems that turn words and phrases inside out, bring­ing forth the intri­cate truths that can be found within a frozen land­scape, a lost tribe of war­riors, a funeral cortege, or a chrysan­the­mum weath­er­ing a drought. The dark exis­ten­tial themes cap­ture the uneven and inex­plic­a­ble nature of the human soul as it tries to mud­dle through a world that some­times seems designed to thwart every attempt to love, while at the same time filled with beauty and over­flow­ing with life.

Dare to Kiss

Dare to Kiss

S.B. Alexan­der

Besides her fam­ily, Lacey Robinson’s only other love is base­ball. She’s on top of the world when Ari­zona State Uni­ver­sity approaches her to dis­cuss a schol­ar­ship. To be the first girl ever to grace a col­lege boys’ team is beyond what she has ever dreamed.

Her fast­ball is impec­ca­ble, her curve­ball equally as good, and her slider anni­hi­lates any­one who dares to step in the batter’s box. But fate has its own way of throw­ing curve­balls. When she looses her mother and sis­ter to a home inva­sion, base­ball and her dreams die with them. Tragedy has a way of seep­ing deep into her psy­che, caus­ing night­mares, panic attacks and black­outs. Diag­nosed with Post Trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der, her psy­chi­a­trist rec­om­mends a change of scenery and pick­ing up the things that she loved to do, and for Lacey that is base­ball.

After a move clear across the coun­try, only two things mat­ter to Lacey—overcome her PTSD and make Kens­ing­ton High’s base­ball team. But try­ing out for the team comes with obstacles—the cap­tain, Aaron Seever, doesn’t want a girl on the team. 

Her life is fur­ther com­pli­cated when she meets Kade Maxwell, a tall, sexy and drool-worthy bad boy who has a mag­i­cal touch that awak­ens her fem­i­nine side and a kiss that slowly erases her night­mares. But get­ting involved with him may be dan­ger­ous when Kade’s arch­en­emy returns to town to set­tle a vendetta. 

To com­pli­cate mat­ters, her PTSD has taken a turn for the worse. She has to find a way to heal oth­er­wise she may not have a chance at any­thing in life, espe­cially love.

This is a New Adult Novel and con­tains strong lan­guage and sex­ual con­tent. Intended for audi­ences age 17+

Catchers Keeper

Catcher’s Keeper

JD Spero

What if Holden Caulfield was around when John Lennon was shot? In 1980 John Lennon was killed by Mark David Chap­man, who believed he was Holden Caulfield, nar­ra­tor of the clas­sic “The Catcher in the Rye.” After the shoot­ing, Chap­man remained on the scene calmly read­ing the book, which he later offered to police as his state­ment. “Catcher’s Keeper” asks the ques­tion, “What if Holden could have met Chap­man, learned of his plan, and tried to pre­vent the assassination?”

Looking for Jack Kerouac

Look­ing for Jack Kerouac

Bar­bara Shoup

It wasn’t Duke Walczak’s fault that I took off for Florida, like Kathy thought. The truth is, we started get­ting side­ways with each other on our class trip to New York and Wash­ing­ton D.C. nearly a year earlier—which, look­ing back, is ironic since she was the one dead set on going.

From the author of Wish You Were Here andStranded in Har­mony(Amer­i­can Library Asso­ci­a­tion Best Books for Young Adults), andVermeer’s Daugh­ter (a School Library Jour­nal Best Adult Book for Young Adults).

In 1964, Paul Car­petti dis­cov­ers Jack Kerouac’s On the Road while on a school trip to New York and begins to ques­tion the life he faces after high school. Then he meets a volatile, charis­matic Ker­ouac devo­tee deter­mined to hit the road him­self. When the boys learn that Ker­ouac is liv­ing in St. Peters­burg, Florida, they go look­ing for answers.

Bar­bara Shoup is the author of seven nov­els and the co-author of two books about the fic­tion craft. She is the recip­i­ent of numer­ous grants from the Indi­ana Arts Coun­cil, two cre­ative renewal grants from the Arts Coun­cil of Indi­anapo­lis, the 2006 PEN/Phyllis Nay­lor Work­ing Writer Fel­low­ship, and the 2012 Eugene and Mar­i­lyn Glick Regional Indi­ana Author Award. She was the writer-in-residence at Broad Rip­ple High School Cen­ter for the Human­i­ties and the Per­form­ing Arts in Indi­anapo­lis for twenty years. Cur­rently, she is the exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Indi­ana Writ­ers Center.

Quantum Spirit

Quan­tum Spirit — Apocalypse

Sal­lie Haws

‘She’s gone!’ Katrina’s eyes were big as saucers. I guess she didn’t really believe that I would dis­ap­pear because the color had drained from her face as she stared wide-eyed and slack jawed at the cen­ter of the cir­cle. The oth­ers opened their eyes in awe. I felt the strength of the cir­cle fluc­tu­ate with the drop in energy, and the vibrancy of the col­ors dimmed as the group’s anx­i­ety increased caus­ing the con­trac­tion of their auras.

Then I noticed the woman … ‘Hello, Salena,’ she greeted me with a smile.

‘My name is Amalya Gaian. Wel­come to the Fifth Dimen­sion.’”

Salena Hawthorne is com­ing of age in more ways than one. And, the changes she is expe­ri­enc­ing go way beyond sim­ple hor­monal over­load. When her “fam­ily gift” comes on with a vengeance, Salena has to learn how to chan­nel her devel­op­ing psy­chic abil­i­ties to stop a pan­demic from wip­ing out mil­lions of lives.

Her new­found gifts of read­ing auras and inter-dimensional travel give Salena more trou­ble than she is ready to han­dle. With the weight of sev­eral worlds on her shoul­ders, Salena will need to call on her fam­ily, the Soci­ety of the Sil­ver Moon, her Spirit Guide, and a few other unex­pected allies to take on the super­nat­ural ene­mies that threaten their very existence.
Double Digit

Dou­ble Digit

Annabel Mon­aghan

Digit and John are back for a sec­ond book and in way over their heads.

To say eighteen-year-old Far­rah Higgins—or Digit—is good at math is a laugh­able under­state­ment. She’s been crack­ing codes since child­hood, and is finally at home with “her peo­ple” at MIT in Cam­bridge. Her tal­ents are so off the charts that her lap­top is under sur­veil­lance by both the CIA and an ecoter­ror­ist named Jonas Fur­nis. So when she thought­lessly hacks into the Depart­ment of Defense’s data­base, she lands in seri­ous hot water inside and out­side the law. Read­ers will be sad to turn the last page of this sus­pense­ful, sassy, super smart thriller, the sequel to A Girl Named Digit.

Don’t for­get to fol­low the tour for more great books!

Sep­tem­ber 3

For the Lit­er­ary Soul (Poetry and More) List Fea­ture at Happy Tales and Tails

Sep­tem­ber 4

Books for the Col­lege Bound List Fea­ture at Stains on the Page

Sep­tem­ber 5

Books to Read with your Lit­tle One List Fea­ture at Karma for Life Chick

Sep­tem­ber 6

Touch­ing Tales List Fea­ture at So I Am a Reader!

Sep­tem­ber 7

Read and Learn (Infor­ma­tional Fic­tion) List Fea­ture at Deal Shar­ing Aunt

Sep­tem­ber 8

South­ern Fare List Fea­ture at Bless Their Hearts Mom

Sep­tem­ber 9

Debu­tantes (New Authors for your Shelf) List Fea­ture at So I Am a Reader!

Sep­tem­ber 10

Books for Young Read­ers List Fea­ture at Uncon­ven­tional Librarian

Sep­tem­ber 11

Binge Read­ing (Series to Stock Up On) at Ther­ian

Sep­tem­ber 12

Mys­tery Maven List Fea­ture at Bless Their Hearts Mom


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