In Those Dazzling Days of Elvis

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A secret rules her life.

In the days when Elvis Presley dazzles the nation, his “good luck charm,” Julie Morgan, a small town girl bound by the social code of the 1950s, makes a serious mistake in a botched attempt to bolster her self-esteem. A seemingly innocent decision to attend a concert proves to be a misstep which leads to another, and another, and yet another, ultimately catapulting her into a trap with no apparent way out.

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Great read!

 “…In Those Dazzling Days of Elvis expertly illustrates the trials of a vibrant teenage girl growing up in the time of Elvis’ rise to fame…I …was already captivated after reading the first page! Julie Morgan, the main character, was someone I could empathize with and cheer on as she struggled with a painful time in her life. Her unique story was one that I cannot get enough of, and I ended up finishing the novel in one night! As I am a teenager currently, it was intriguing to me to see the similarities and differences between growing up now and growing up in a completely different time and place like Julie…”

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“The author touches on potentially difficult issues—divorce, infidelity, pregnancy, and abortion—and does an admirable job portraying the often inconceivable repercussions of now commonplace experiences in a small, Southern town in the ’50s. Carmen and Julie take turns narrating, and the dialogue toggles smoothly between their two distinct voices. . . . A convincing glimpse into the challenges of navigating small-town gossip, social pressure, and the inevitable difficulty of becoming an adult.”
~ Kirkus Reviews 

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I loved this book!

I grew up in El Dorado Arkansas and could put myself in all of those places  . . .  including Elvis’ shows at the football stadium. Great read for the teenagers. Should make them think, shouldn’t it? Good job, Josephine.
– BT

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It was a different time

“I very much enjoyed this second book in the series. It follows a young girl’s life in the ’50s when moral codes were much higher than they are now and you paid the consequences if you broke one. It, however, was light and fun and kept my interest with a few twists, plus Elvis continues to show up which makes him more “real.” It was a different time and Mrs. Keenan brought back all the nostalgia of the age. Wonderful!”
~ Deborah M. Chapman, Amazon reviewer

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Dazzling read!

This book is a seamless mix of laughter and tears, comedy and tragedy. The author evokes the innocence of a former age as we get a glimpse of what life was like in a small Arkansas town in the early 1960s. I found myself transported to another time and place peopled with characters that were sometimes likeable, sometimes mean spirited but always interesting. I laughed and I cried and I was sometimes uncomfortable but never ever bored! Bring on book 3!”
~ Laura Shewmon, Amazon reviewer

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It’s a hard and painful time for Julie and we can only imagine what …

“This historical fiction is like pulling back the curtain of time. I got caught up in Julie’s emotionally powerful story—a riveting read.”
~ Dan Roket, Amazon reviewer


After spending many years in professional theatre and film as an actress and director, Josephine Rascoe Keenan expanded her writing efforts from diaries and journals, which she’d kept from age eleven, to novels and short stories for young people.

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