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Intended Consequences

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Intended Consequences is a collection of short essays about faith, life, and Christianity in America.  The range of topics includes charity, art, patriotism, addiction, freedom, gratitude, and Bruce Lee.

Robert Lampros is an author of Christian poetry, essays, and fiction who lives in St. Louis.  His books include Fits of Tranquility, Afternoon, and Last Year’s Resolution.

 

Robert Lampros Poetry

Robert Lampros is an author of Christian poetry, essays, and fiction who lives in St. Louis.  His writing focuses on healing, love, and revelation through faith in Christ, as well as on the beauty of the natural world.    He currently has three poetry books available, entitled Fits of Tranquility, Illuminating Sidewalks, and What Is Sacred.

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Reviews of Fits of Tranquility

“A great sense of connection with human nature and the human condition which I found refreshing…  A delightful read.  5 stars.”  – Lauren, LivingABookLife.com

“This book made me feel overwhelmingly good.  As a religious person myself, I felt like there were some lines that really resonated with me.  Even if you’re not religious, a lot of the poems deal with nature and the spiritual experiences that being outside can bring…  I definitely recommend.”  – Ashley, What’s She Reading?

“Each poem offers the reader something to reflect on that will lead to other meditative thoughts.  If you enjoy poetry, you will enjoy Fits of Tranquility.”  – Terry Delaney, Christian Book Notes

“Containing over 20 unique poems and short stories, this book ranges in topic from inspiring images of nature to thought-provoking stories filled with charming dialogue and everything in between…  I would recommend giving Fits of Tranquility a try.”  – Prairie Sky Book Reviews

“Ideas of hope, healing, joy, and faith mirrored in poems about family, lightening, life, and wilderness, the second part is comprised of prose about falling in love…  A book for avid poetry readers.”  – Jen Pen, Savurbks.com

“I enjoyed many things about this book, foremost is the author’s tone.  It is understated, but capable of conveying some deep thoughts quite effectively…  There is a religious perspective in this book, expressed with artistry, understatement, that avoids sentimentality.”  – Arthur Turfa, author of Places and Times

“One of my favorites is ‘Family,’ it describes the value in a heartfelt and touching way.  I also really liked ‘Invisible Arms,’ a vivid picture of how God protects us from physical and emotional harm.  I am a hopeless romantic so I appreciated the sweet moments described in the short stories.  I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading smooth thought provoking poetry.”  – Ivory M, Beautyful Word

Fits of Tranquility contains a variety of styles and structures which makes this collection immediately more appealing to the poetry connoisseur.  Lampros’s poetry contains a sensitivity and emotional eloquence which flows gently through his work…  Fits is a superior collection and I recommend it to those readers who want to read beautiful, family-safe poetry.”  – Karen Jones, The Poetry Bookshop

 

Last Year’s Resolution

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“I genuinely liked reading this book from beginning to end.  The writing was simple and felt like a classic book I should have read years ago.  The characters were well-developed and the gentle romance felt sincere and really carried the story well…  It is Christian enough to be called Christian romance but it’s also secular enough to pass as a simple love story.  One of the things I liked most about this book was that it intertwined the characters’ faith with romance and realistic events…  A comfortable cross between contemporary fiction and love.”  – Valicity Garris, Author

“I am continually amazed by some of Mr. Lampros’ imagery…  Thematically, I would say that this novel is about friendship, love, Christ… a real knack for dialogue and characterization through said dialogue, rounding out the characters even if the description of where they are and what they see is subservient to the plot and the overall thrust of the story.  Bravo!”  – John Morris, Author

“This is a very well-written Christian novel with a plot running in fast pace…  The author did a superb job creating characters that are lovable, and the book is definitely a boost to our faith…  I recommend this book to the permanent library of all readers who appreciate a well-written novel, very entertaining, with a strong Christian theme.”  – Roberto Mattos, BooksAndMovieReviews

“Great writing, great story!  I could’ve read it in just a few days but you kind of want to take your time with it and reflect on some of the passages and things that happen… a great book, fun and exciting and even edge-of-your-seat action at times.  I highly recommend it!”  – B. Hill, Goodreads Reviewer

Last Year’s Resolution is a well-written, clean, Christian story.  One of the more thoughtful depictions of a popular theme.  It is not an over the top horror-fest, but it is not sugarcoated either…  Those readers interested in such a topic will find this telling both entertaining and faith-affirming.  Not a bad feat to accomplish.  Enjoy!”  – Mike Siedschlag, Books are Theater of the Mind

 

What Is Sacred

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What Is Sacred is a collection of poetry and essays about faith, love, and Jesus Christ.

Robert Lampros is an author of Christian poetry, essays, and fiction who lives in St. Louis.  His books include Fits of Tranquility, Afternoon, and Last Year’s Resolution.

Title:  What Is Sacred
Author:  Robert Lampros
Paperback:  54 pages
Publisher:  CreateSpace, 07/21/2016
Language:  English
Retail Price:  $8.99
ISBN-13:  978-1535422192
Category:  Christian/Literature

 

Book Release: Last Year’s Resolution

Last Year’s Resolution is a novel about Edmund Stovender, a famous author who falls in love with Marie, a journalist who calls him for an interview just before the performance of his hit play.  Their lives accelerate through an epic adventure testing their faith, strength, and love for each other, as they discover that their story might pivotally influence the fate of the world.

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Robert Lampros is an author of Christian poetry, essays, and fiction who lives in St. Louis.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.  His books include Fits of TranquilityIlluminating SidewalksOm-BorkAfternoonEleven FloorsWhat Is Sacred, and Last Year’s Resolution.

From Last Year’s Resolution

Eddie spent the majority of his childhood as most children do, divided between mandatory school work and outdoor adventures with the other kids in his neighborhood.  He loved sports, but that love quickly faded at age thirteen when he took up smoking cigarettes, at which time he turned his attention to skateboarding and playing guitar. Proving successful at neither one of those activities, he spent more and more time reading books, watching films, and writing both fiction and nonfiction stories of his own.  By the time he graduated high school his writing had been published by a number of literary journals and featured in various newsletters, making his parents very proud.  After attending Illinois State University for two years, he dropped out to pursue his career full time, and moved to New York, because that’s what writers do.  Eight years later, Edmund Stovender was the author of three bestselling novels and a National Book Award-winning play, The Hopeful Sigh, then in its third year on Broadway.

This is where Eddie’s story begins:  He sits in a coffee shop, drinking a beer, a mile down the street from the theater where his play will soon start.  His phone rings.

“Hello?”

“Hi, Eddie?”

“Yes?”

“Eddie Stovender, the writer?”

“This is he.”

“Okay, hi.  My name is Marie, Marie Altnikov.  I’m a journalist with The Triune Times.”

“Sorry, I don’t do interviews with people whose middle and first names are the same.”

“You don’t—I’m sorry?”

“You said your name was Marie-Marie, I was making a joke.  Never mind, I’m an idiot.”

“Oh, ha-ha.  That’s… kind of funny.  I actually don’t want an interview, I’m calling because I’m going to see your play tonight, to review it for the Times, and I was hoping you could answer a few questions first.”

“How is that not an interview?  Answer a few questions, that sounds like an interview.”

She was silent for a moment.

“Hello?”

“I’m here.  Maybe it is an interview.  I hadn’t thought of it like that.  Do you have a minute?  I’m sorry to call you out of the blue like this.”

He checked his watch.  “Marie, the play starts in forty-five minutes.”

“That’s fine.  I only need ten, fifteen tops.”

“Excuse me, bartender, may I have another Blue Moon, please?  Sorry.  Alright, fire away.”

She cleared her throat and he heard papers rustling on her end of the phone.  “Question number one.  What inspired you to write The Hopeful Sigh, and what were your goals for this piece when you started writing?”

“Um…  Well, four years is a long time ago—that’s when I wrote the play.  Honestly, at the time I think I was trying to save the world.”

“Interesting.  And you thought writing a play could do that?”

“The right play, sure, if it performed its function correctly.”

“What is its function?”

“Sorry, Marie, I explained all this a long time ago in my other interviews.  Didn’t you read—”

“I don’t read newspapers.”

“But you write for one.”

“Yes, sir.  Do you mind answering the question again?  I’d appreciate it.”

“Sure, fine.  I thought The Hopeful Sigh, if I wrote it properly and it was performed properly, could help people realize… we’re not home yet.  The world we’re in now, it’s really just a stage, and what each of us does here, our work, our families, our dreams, the best parts of our lives, that’s what our true homes are going to be like, you understand?”

“Sorry, I’m writing… ‘what our true homes are going to be like.’  Okay.  I think I got it, like Heaven.  A place where dreams never die.”

“Exactly.  A place where nothing ever dies.”

“Question number two,” she said.  “Who is your greatest influence?”

“Whoa.  Can I do top three?”

“No, you have to choose one.”

“Why?”

“It’s the rules.”

“Then I’d have to say Shakespeare.  I mean everyone says Shakespeare, but it’s true, he really is the most influential writer we’ve got.  War, politics, love, faith, humor, betrayal, death, salvation…  It’s all there, packed into a neat entertaining format for real human beings to bring to life.”

“Lovely.  Well said, Mr. Stovender.”

“That’s what I do.”

“Question three, last one.  What would you say are the autobiographical elements of the play?”

“Huh.”

“If you don’t mind answering.”

“It’s not a matter of minding, it’s more whether or not it’s possible to answer.  Everything and nothing, really.  Nothing that happens in the play ever happened to me personally, but at the same time I feel like it all happened to me, like I’ve lived through those events somehow.  I don’t know.”  Eddie laughed, “Is that clear enough?”

“Not a problem.  I know exactly what you mean.”

“So, are we done here?”

“Yes, indeed.  Unless you’d like to add anything.”

He thought for a moment, watching the bubbles rise in his glass.  “Something I learned a few years ago, the first season, on opening night.”  He drank the last half of his beer.  “If you write a play that’s meant to take people up to heaven, you had better be willing to walk through hell.”

“Thanks for your time, Eddie.”

“God bless.”

 

Afternoon, 3 Reviews

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Reviewed by Ivory Morton, Beautyful Word

Synopsis:  Afternoon is a novella about courage, faith in Jesus Christ, and growing up in a surreal and challenging world.

This is the second book I have read by this author and I like his writing style.  It is vivid and brings the characters to life.  The only thing I disliked about the story is that there wasn’t any way to tell when the scene was going to jump.  It would catch me off guard as the new scenes didn’t go in chronological order.  I think it is a good concept as the reader gets to experience different aspects of Andrew’s life.

Andrew has a life changing experience after nearly drowning and realizes that he had allowed his troubles to cause him to withdraw from other people.  It is not a miraculous change like Scrooge but he slowly comes to that point after going through memories and talks with friends and family.  Overall, good read for anyone who loves young adult stories of growing pains mixed with a spiritual flair.

 

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs, Reader’s Favorite

When high school junior Drew finds himself in an unexpected conflict with his friends on the last day of school, he contemplates the existence of guardian angels, or higher powers that interfere with destiny.  The Sink is a local hangout full of mystery, but never danger.  The Sink is the meeting hole for young folks in town and that is where he, Daniel, Angie, Jane, and Robby go to begin the first day of summer vacation.  Drew is already at odds with his mother because of his decision to spend money on a 1969 Fender Stratocaster guitar instead of paying the balance on his Guatemalan mission trip.  He insists that his journey to Guatemala is in his plans and he assures her that he will be responsible for his debt in an attempt to ease her already concerned motherly mind.  Drew’s life decisions are just not in line with her expectations of him at the moment.  But Drew is content with his commitments and content with his friendships until he and Daniel conflict at The Sink.  Neither of them had ever entertained the idea of inflicting bodily harm on one another.  Was Drew destined to die at the hands of his friend?  Was this his destiny?

Afternoon, a novella by Robert Lampros, introduces a different view of teenage conflicts faced today.  Drew wants to maintain his friendships but he struggles with the existence of Jesus and his own faith responsibilities.  The uncertainty of sharing his experience with friends and family reflects a common uncertainty in each teenager’s life decisions.  It is refreshing to find YA fiction based on a religious/spiritual theme.  Thank you, Robert Lampros, for publicizing this touchy subject for your young adult readers.  Afternoon is a very readable, age-appropriate story that will surely appeal to those readers in need of acceptance.

 

Reviewed by Lora Palmer, Author

I immensely enjoyed Andrew’s journey through his junior year of high school, from paintball games with his family, to the stresses of his academics, a near-death experience that leaves him knowing he has more work to do on Earth for the Lord, his job at a local coffee shop/restaurant, and planning a mission trip over the summer after graduation.  Yes, this guy has a lot on his plate, both emotionally and in terms of the demands of a busy student’s life, so I connected with him on that level and rooted for him to succeed at all of these challenges.

Through it all Andrew struggles with faith and questions of why he’s still alive.  He also struggles to maintain his relationships with friends through the busy year—and faces the growing realization of his own role in the failure of his previous romance with the girl he loves, Jane.  While they were dating, Andrew hadn’t shown how much he appreciated her, and so she distanced herself from him.  Maybe, just maybe, he can get a second chance with her…

Afternoon is a feel-good, fun and quick read, laced with wit and humor, and I hope you check it out and enjoy it as much as I did.

 

Fits of Tranquility reviews

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“A great sense of connection with human nature and the human condition which I found refreshing…  A delightful read.  5 stars.”  – Lauren, LivingABookLife.com

“This book made me feel overwhelmingly good.  As a religious person myself, I felt like there were some lines that really resonated with me.  Even if you’re not religious, a lot of the poems deal with nature and the spiritual experiences that being outside can bring…  I definitely recommend.”  – Ashley, What’s She Reading?

“Each poem offers the reader something to reflect on that will lead to other meditative thoughts.  If you enjoy poetry, you will enjoy Fits of Tranquility.”  – Terry Delaney, Christian Book Notes

“Containing over 20 unique poems and short stories, this book ranges in topic from inspiring images of nature to thought-provoking stories filled with charming dialogue and everything in between…  I would recommend giving Fits of Tranquility a try.”  – Prairie Sky Book Reviews

“Ideas of hope, healing, joy, and faith mirrored in poems about family, lightening, life, and wilderness, the second part is comprised of prose about falling in love…  A book for avid poetry readers.”  – Jen Pen, Savurbks.com

“I enjoyed many things about this book, foremost is the author’s tone.  It is understated, but capable of conveying some deep thoughts quite effectively…  There is a religious perspective in this book, expressed with artistry, understatement, that avoids sentimentality.”  – Arthur Turfa, author of Places and Times

“One of my favorites is ‘Family,’ it describes the value in a heartfelt and touching way.  I also really liked ‘Invisible Arms,’ a vivid picture of how God protects us from physical and emotional harm.  I am a hopeless romantic so I appreciated the sweet moments described in the short stories.  I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading smooth thought provoking poetry.”  – Ivory M, Beautyful Word

Fits of Tranquility contains a variety of styles and structures which makes this collection immediately more appealing to the poetry connoisseur.  Lampros’s poetry contains a sensitivity and emotional eloquence which flows gently through his work…  Fits is a superior collection and I recommend it to those readers who want to read beautiful, family-safe poetry.”  – Karen Jones, The Poetry Bookshop

 

Afternoon Book Reviews

Comments from reviewers on Goodreads:

Afternoon is a year in the life of a teenager named Andrew.  He has been having a tough time in life lately and then one day he almost drowns.  While all this is going on, he has a visit from God.  God gives him a second chance and he takes it…This visit from God has truly changed his life and instead of fearing life he starts to embrace it.”  – Susan

“I enjoyed reading this book.  I liked the variety of characters in it.  It would make a good TV movie.”  – Darren

“This is a perfect book for young Christian teens, or those that feel lost.  The book provides a message of second chances, which we all need from time to time!”  – Jake

“This was a pleasant short book!  I can’t wait to hear what Jane’s answer is going to be!”  – Rebekah

“I enjoyed this reading.  Believe it would help a lot of young people through troubled times of life and help them discover who they are, where they’re going.  Good Read!”  – Lynn

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3 Great Books

 

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The Chronicle of the Three: Bloodline is the first book in a trilogy by the Christian author, Tabitha Caplinger.  The story follows Zoe as she discovers there’s more to life than the typical routine of school, friends, and family, and that she belongs to a line of ancient warriors destined to save the world from destruction.  Intriguing dialogue, suspenseful action sequences, and strong characterization make this an exceptional story and a fun and exciting read.  I recommend The Chronicle of the Three: Bloodline for fans of young adult literature and for anyone who enjoys tales of supernatural adventure.

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Summary:  Zoe thought the loss of her parents would be the most difficult thing she’d ever have to endure.  When she began seeing things she couldn’t explain in her new home of Torchcreek, Virginia, she was sure the grief was driving her mad.  Instead Zoe discovers she is part of an ancient bloodline, one destined to prevent the powers of darkness from condemning the world.  But Zoe, the daughter of the three, isn’t just another descendant—she’s the key to humanity’s salvation.  In this first installment of the Christian fantasy trilogy, The Chronicle of the Three, Zoe Andrews learns that not all shadows are harmless interceptions of light.  Some are a more sinister darkness that wants to torment the soul.

Author Bio:  Tabitha Caplinger has been in student ministry for close to 15 years, and currently pastors at Faith Community Church in House Springs, Missouri, with her husband Brian.  They have two sassy daughters, Lila and Rory.  Student Ministry is core to who Tabitha is; she loves discipling others and helping them see themselves through Jesus’ eyes.  Her goal is for every young woman to be confident that, “she is loved more than she will ever know by someone who died to know her.”  When not working, Tabitha and her family like taking in a good movie or walking through the park.  She also admits to being a little obsessed with TV.

Book Details:
Paperback:  190 pages
Publisher:  Vox Dei (October 13, 2015)
Language:  English
ISBN-10:  1513703110
ISBN-13:  978-1513703114
* also available for Kindle and NOOK

 

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An outstanding work of dystopian fiction, The Future King: Logres centers around Gwenhwyfar, a high school student who seeks a right path as her world grows increasingly dangerous.  Set in mid-21st century England, Gwen and her friends must navigate a turbulent and mysterious political scene, oppressive school conditions, and the intricate landscape of their personal lives to survive and hopefully fulfill their destinies.  M.L. Mackworth-Praed creates a multi-layered and inventive story, based on the Arthurian legends, through concise and descriptive prose and a unique sensitivity to the elements of successful storytelling.  This is an amazing novel and a great literary achievement.
* some bad language, brief violence, and scenes of physical intimacy

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Summary:  Britain, 2052.  In a world of war, disease and hunger the UK stands alone as a beacon of prosperity under an all-powerful ruling party.  Life at new school Logres seems promising for fifteen-year-old Gwenhwyfar, and quickly she falls for the school’s handsome catch, Arthur.  When Arthur’s rival, Lancelot, returns after a suspension, her heart is soon divided.  Realising that behind the UK’s prosperity lies unspeakable cruelty, Gwenhwyfar sets off on a path to dismantle everything the government stands for.  Suspenseful, raw and awash in a dystopian setting, The Future King: Logres is a story of identity and discovery against this backdrop, the second coming of the Arthurian legends.

Author Bio:  I’m a prolific doodler, which over the years has translated into being an illustrator; a here-there artist who dabbles with embroidery, and a keen writer with a taste for fantasy, sci-fi and young adult fiction.  I just self-published my first novel, The Future King: Logres, an Arthurian second-coming set in dystopian 2052 Britain.  If you like YA Fantasy or are a lover of the Arthurian legends then check it out!

Book Details:
Paperback:  518 pages
Publisher:  CreateSpace; 1 edition (December 5, 2015)
Language:  English
ISBN:  1516827244
ISBN-13:  978-1516827244
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The Last Magi: A Tale of Faith, by E.A. Sharpe, chronicles the journey of Artaban, the fictional “fourth Wise Man” to follow the star in search of the new born Christ.  This novel is joyous and engaging, a fast read while also inviting us on an epic adventure with plenty of humor, suspense, and awesome surprises along the way.  I recommend this book for readers of all ages who might appreciate a fun and unique perspective on the story of Christ’s Nativity.

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Summary:  A Christmas classic your children will read to their own.  “Wise, witty, profound and often poetic.  A tale for the ages.”  – Charles McClellan.  Now available as a quality paperback.  A compelling tale of faith, folly and the wisdom of the heart, The Last Magi is the story of Artaban, the fourth Wise Man.  Leaving behind his betrothed—the fiery and beautiful Rasha—he follows his fellow Magi to Bethlehem, there to crown “the child born to be king.”  But Artaban is too late; the infant and his family have gone.  Thus begins a quest that takes the Mage through the cities and wastes of Asia and Europe, through years of hardship and peril.  Mocked and impoverished, alone but for his sardonic servant, Ismail, Artaban doggedly persists, even as his body falters and his eyes dim.  Is it all for naught?  Told in ringing prose and rich with vibrant characters, The Last Magi is a gripping narrative of one man’s magnificent obsession, of love, danger, despair and redemption.  Here is a book to cherish, to read and reread.  Here is an old-fashioned fireside tale for children of every age.

Author Bio:  Ernest A. Sharpe is a professional writer living in Austin, Texas.  He has authored novels, screenplays and various forms of nonfiction for many years.

Book Details:
Paperback:  196 pages
Publisher:  Positive Imaging, LLC (December 2, 2015)
Language:  English
ISBN-10:  1944071024
ISBN-13:  978-1944071028
* also available on Kindle and NOOK

 

The Last Magi (review)

The Last Magi: A Tale of Faith, by E.A. Sharpe, chronicles the journey of Artaban, the fictional “fourth Wise Man” to follow the star in search of the new born Christ.  This novel is joyous and engaging, a fast read while also inviting us on an epic adventure with plenty of humor, suspense, and awesome surprises along the way.  I recommend this book for readers of all ages who might appreciate a fun and unique perspective on the story of Christ’s Nativity.

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Summary:  A Christmas classic your children will read to their own.  “Wise, witty, profound and often poetic.  A tale for the ages.”  – Charles McClellan.  Now available as a quality paperback.  A compelling tale of faith, folly and the wisdom of the heart, The Last Magi is the story of Artaban, the fourth Wise Man.  Leaving behind his betrothed—the fiery and beautiful Rasha—he follows his fellow Magi to Bethlehem, there to crown “the child born to be king.”  But Artaban is too late; the infant and his family have gone.  Thus begins a quest that takes the Mage through the cities and wastes of Asia and Europe, through years of hardship and peril.  Mocked and impoverished, alone but for his sardonic servant, Ismail, Artaban doggedly persists, even as his body falters and his eyes dim.  Is it all for naught?  Told in ringing prose and rich with vibrant characters, The Last Magi is a gripping narrative of one man’s magnificent obsession, of love, danger, despair and redemption.  Here is a book to cherish, to read and reread.  Here is an old-fashioned fireside tale for children of every age.

Author Bio:  Ernest A. Sharpe is a professional writer living in Austin, Texas.  He has authored novels, screenplays and various forms of nonfiction for many years.

Book Details:
Paperback:  196 pages
Publisher:  Positive Imaging, LLC (December 2, 2015)
Language:  English
ISBN-10:  1944071024
ISBN-13:  978-1944071028
* also available on Kindle and NOOK