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COLIN PRESTON ROCKED AND ROLLED
By Bert Murray (Author) Murray charts a lustily tormented story of first love and heartbreak.


Kirkus' Review


Murray charts a lustily tormented story of first love and heartbreak.

It's September 1985 in the bosky precincts of Elerby University (though it conveys the intimacy of a small liberal arts college) in upstate New York. Colin is entering his sophomore year with a lousy love life and a lousy relationship with his father, but he does have a good friend in Karl (a handsome natural athlete who has a way with women) and in the Beatles"when you love a band so much that its songs fill the empty spaces inside your head and heart." But along comes Jasmine, a serious dish with lips like butter, who really gets inside Colin's head and steals his heart. Murray's writing is phonetic; Colin's voice lifts from the pageyoung and inexperienced, star-crossed and love-lost, which will come true soon enough as Jasmine drops him like a load of bricks and proceeds, that very afternoon, to have sex with Karl, into whose room Colin charges without knocking, looking for commiseration and finding betrayal: "Yes! Yes! Don't stop'the girl demanded loudly. Her voice sounded familiar." Murray draws Colin with immediate emotional pungency, and he doesn't lose the beat even when the situations turn slapstick. Nor does he tidy Colin up, rather letting him sink into a great morass of self-pity from which he must drag his own sorry butt toward whatever measure of salvation a decent, immature young man can find. Yes, the Beatles do offer the solace of shared experience, of meaning and even a little direction, but it is Colin's slowly gathering circle of friendsa very human society of odd fellows, including a dorm-cellar-dwelling delusional, a dark and mysterious Spanish professor on the run from her demons, big-hearted Big Ty and sweet Lizwho help illuminate the road ahead. Some of the sex scenes carry informational overload, but even then it is more humorous than cringing, perhaps even another epiphany that Colin collects: "There was no disappointment with Twinkies. You knew exactly what you were getting. Unlike Jasmine. Unlike love. Unlike life."

A coming-of-age story with plenty of sting, where love is not only blind, but it blindsides.

(Now on sale for 99 cents on the Kindle store!)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is is me or are Indies getting BETTER
« on: December 14, 2011, 06:27:24 PM »
I think just like with traditional publishing it depends on the book. Some indie books are great and some are terrible.




<<sorry, no self promotion outside the Book Bazaar, thanks!  -- Betsy/KB Moderator>>

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Author Lee Holz's 5 stars Goodreads review of Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled

Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled is Bert Murrays impressive debut novel. Beautifully written, it is a coming of age story that should resonate with everyone who has been a college sophomore, dealt with college friendships and known the agony and ecstasy of first love. Murray captures the immaturity, impulsiveness and neediness of adolescents and balances them with portraits of intelligence, sensitivity and caring. The book is often funny, sometimes poignant and always entertaining, a great read!


Lee Holz The Abomination Assignment: a Bowin novel


Author John Altman on Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled:

"Bert Murray has produced a novel that is simultaneously absorbing, moving and funny - a character-driven page-turner that captures lightning in a bottle, and preserves a moment in time for eternity. I found the Beatles (and especially John Lennon) material compelling on several levels - as a fan, yes, but more so as a symbol of a generation gap, a figure for a grasping adolescent (or adult) to use when trying to figure things out, and as a touchstone - something every character and situation can be informed by."

John Altman, A Gathering of Spies


Angelic's 5 stars Goodreads review of Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled

I really loved this book. I rarely read books from a male point of view but this one was very amusing. Colin is a typical 19 year old college student and Jasmine is a free spirt. Colin falls in love with Jasmine but sadly she does not feel the same. Friendship, love, and partying makes a fun read. I love all the song references. All in all a great book and one i would love to read again...

5 stars

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Bert Murray

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The Book Bazaar / How It Feels To Fall In Love: A Guy's Perspective
« on: May 24, 2011, 11:24:20 PM »
The author draws you in with his story about how it feels to fall in love for the first time in college from a guy's perspective. The story makes you feel like an invisible spy sharing Colin's most intimate moments. Some people may be shocked by the raw descriptions of sexual encounters but let's be honest, it is so refreshing to get an honest insight into the uncensored mind of a young male when it comes to sex and love. And who wouldn't be madly in love with Jasmine, the beautiful girl from California who is troubled but intense and fascinating. The book reminds me of Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint or Ethan Hawke's Ash Wednesday. So, don't be afraid of some raw language but hurry up and get the book! It is definitely worthwile!

(From Lori's 5 stars Amazon Review, March 2, 2011)


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Amber's 4 stars Goodreads review of Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled
Amber rated it 4 stars
Shelves: 2011, main-floor-books, own, reviewed, won
**I received this book through Good Reads first reads.**

Totally brainless, a quick read. That means I enjoyed it! I need a book that I don't have to think about every once in a while. :)

I liked the male perspective in this book, and I really liked Colin. I was a college student once and I liked the idea that I was seeing into the college age male mind. Although I don't think that Colin was the norm in college. I think that Karl's thinking processes were more what college boys act like and think like.

I loved the references to the Beatles. On more than one occasion, I had to go to iTunes and find a Beatles song that I hadn't heard before.

My college experience consisted of people more like Chester-strung out weirdos with not much on their mind but sex, drugs and rock & roll, namely Pink Floyd. I have a picture in my mind of Shaney-a good friend of mine in college always high or drunk. But let me tell you that he is one of my favorite memories of college and that made me love Chester. Colin's a good guy for trying to help him and staying friends with him through everything.

Overall, an entertaining read. A fun debut novel.

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Angelic's 5 stars Goodreads review of Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled

I really loved this book. I rarely read books from a male point of view but this one was very amusing. Colin is a typical 19 year old college student and Jasmine is a free spirt. Colin falls in love with Jasmine but sadly she does not feel the same. Friendship, love, and partying makes a fun read. I love all the song references. All in all a great book and one i would love to read again...

5 stars

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Lori's five star Goodreads Review of Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled:

Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled was a terrific insight into a young male's experience as it relates to first real love, heartbreak, friendships and betrayls early on in his college experience. It shares insight into the trials and tribulations of finding oneself in a journey of self discovery through a turbulent yet exciting time in life. The book focuses on young college students building relationships both intimate and platonic and the emotional rollercoaster life can be at a young age while being entertaining. It is an easy read and page turner that reminded me of my college days; and reliving them and remembering my experiences and the events that took place. As a young woman, it was interesting to have a glimpse into the male's experience of dating, love and sex and how their minds work. There is cast of characters each with a specific role that those of us who went to college can relate to; the nice good guy, the beautiful girl, the jock that seems to have it all, the mentor, the student with issues, the good girl, the fraternities, sororites all coupled with the academic and social pressures of fitting in and finding oneself!

(from Lori's five star Goodreads review) March 13, 2011

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"Bert Murray has produced a novel that is simultaneously absorbing, moving and funny - a character - driven page-turner that captures lightning in a bottle and preserves a moment in time for eternity."

                                                                     John Altman, author of The Watchman and A Gathering Of Spies

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Novelist and creative writing professor at NYU, Meredith Sue Willis added Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled to her list of Recommended, Books to Know About on her website.

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Colin Preston's favorite songs:

1. "Hey Jude" - Beatles

2. "Strawberry Fields Forever" - Beatles

3. "Let It Be - Beatles

4. "All You Need Is Love" - Beatles

5. "Imagine" - John Lennon

6. "Maybe I'm Amazed" - Paul McCartney

7. "Helter Skelter" - Beatles

8. "Gimme Some Truth" - John Lennon

9. "All Things Must Pass" - George Harrison

10. "I'm Looking Through You" - Beatles

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Who might want to read this novel?
If you like...

Coming of age novels

Novels written from a 19 year old man's perspective

Novels about friendship

Honest portrayal of first love and sexuality

Novels about college life

Classic rock, Beatles or John Lennon

You might enjoy reading Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled

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The Book Bazaar / Kirkus Review of Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled
« on: March 12, 2011, 12:30:21 PM »
COLIN PRESTON ROCKED AND ROLLED
By Bert Murray (Author) Murray charts a lustily tormented story of first love and heartbreak.
Pub Date: Jan. 26th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1439275306
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
 

Kirkus' Review
Editor Review

Murray charts a lustily tormented story of first love and heartbreak.

It's September 1985 in the bosky precincts of Elerby University (though it conveys the intimacy of a small liberal arts college) in upstate New York. Colin is entering his sophomore year with a lousy love life and a lousy relationship with his father, but he does have a good friend in Karl (a handsome natural athlete who has a way with women) and in the Beatles"when you love a band so much that its songs fill the empty spaces inside your head and heart." But along comes Jasmine, a serious dish with lips like butter, who really gets inside Colin's head and steals his heart. Murray's writing is phonetic; Colin's voice lifts from the pageyoung and inexperienced, star-crossed and love-lost, which will come true soon enough as Jasmine drops him like a load of bricks and proceeds, that very afternoon, to have sex with Karl, into whose room Colin charges without knocking, looking for commiseration and finding betrayal: "Yes! Yes! Don't stop'the girl demanded loudly. Her voice sounded familiar." Murray draws Colin with immediate emotional pungency, and he doesn't lose the beat even when the situations turn slapstick. Nor does he tidy Colin up, rather letting him sink into a great morass of self-pity from which he must drag his own sorry butt toward whatever measure of salvation a decent, immature young man can find. Yes, the Beatles do offer the solace of shared experience, of meaning and even a little direction, but it is Colin's slowly gathering circle of friendsa very human society of odd fellows, including a dorm-cellar-dwelling delusional, a dark and mysterious Spanish professor on the run from her demons, big-hearted Big Ty and sweet Lizwho help illuminate the road ahead. Some of the sex scenes carry informational overload, but even then it is more humorous than cringing, perhaps even another epiphany that Colin collects: "There was no disappointment with Twinkies. You knew exactly what you were getting. Unlike Jasmine. Unlike love. Unlike life."

A coming-of-age story with plenty of sting, where love is not only blind, but it blindsides.

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Classic rock novel about a young man who lives for the Beatles and John Lennon has now been published. According to the author, Bert Murray, this is the first coming of age novel to focus on the Beatles and John Lennon.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) Jan 01, 2011 "A lot of coming of age novels deal with rock music. But Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled shows how a love of the Beatles and John Lennon impact a crucial moment in a young man's life." Murray says the book is also about friendship, love and betrayal.

The main character in the novel, Colin Preston, comments on Beatles songs throughout the book. He also reflects on the life of John Lennon as the events in the novel unfold. The book ends with Colin making a pilgrimage to Strawberry Fields in Manhattan's Central Park.

The kindle edition is now available on Amazon.

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Author Meredith Sue Willis on Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled

Meredith Sue Willis's

Books for Readers # 139

February 10, 2011

MSW ON COLIN PRESTON ROCKED AND ROLLED

COLIN PRESTON ROCKED AND ROLLED by "Bert Murray" is a novel that does a wonderful job of capturing the voices and lives of a certain time and place. The use of music both music contemporary to the characters and Colin's beloved Beatles (already, of course, at the time of the novel, classic) works especially well. Instead of using words, Colin, when in the grip of a strong emotion, puts on an appropriate song. Overall, the compactness of the story and the ease with which one identifies with Colin and his situation create an inevitability about the events that has an almost tragic quality as well as a strong structure. I felt I experienced it all with Colin, and it was a pleasure to read.

About Meredith Sue Willis:

A well-known speaker and writer about the teaching of writing, her own novels include A Space Apart, Higher Ground, Only Great Changes, Trespassers, and Oradell at Sea. Her short story collections are In the Mountains of America and Dwight's House and Other Stories. Her work has been praised in periodicals like The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, The San Francisco Chronicle, and many other periodicals.

She has won major awards including literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the arts, and her fiction has won prizes like the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and the West Virginia Library Association Award (1980), as well as the Chaffin Award for fiction.

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone else on Goodreads?
« on: February 19, 2011, 12:59:27 PM »
Hi everyone,

Please feel free to friend me on Goodreads too! I just published a coming of age novel, Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled (about a college student who lives for the Beatles and John Lennon) and it's been very interesting to see what people say about my book on Goodreads. It's also a great way to keep track of books you want to read and see what other people rate the books that you have been reading! It's really a fun site for anyone who loves books!


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The Book Corner / Re: Rock Music Novels
« on: February 14, 2011, 09:43:07 AM »
I am interested in novels where rock music is the central theme. I have Paul in Undead already, looking for more - but they don't have to be paranormals.

They may be written by musicians or not, so long as the music plays a big role. If you know any, would love to hear about them. Thanks!

Having just published a John Lennon/Beatles rock music novel myself on Kindle (Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled) I've been reading quite a few over the last couple of years. You might want to check out Ray Manzarek's The Poet In Exile. The main character is loosely based on Jim Morrison of the Doors.

Bert Murray

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18 Five Stars ratings on Amazon & 99 cents on Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Colin-Preston-Rocked-Rolled-ebook/dp/B004GEAOO8.

27 5 stars ratings and 22 4 stars ratings on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10335409-colin-preston-rocked-and-rolled


Lori's 5 stars Amazon Review, March 2, 2011

The author draws you in with his story about how it feels to fall in love for the first time in college from a guy's perspective. The story makes you feel like an invisible spy sharing Colin's most intimate moments. Some people may be shocked by the raw descriptions of sexual encounters but let's be honest, it is so refreshing to get an honest insight into the uncensored mind of a young male when it comes to sex and love. And who wouldn't be madly in love with Jasmine, the beautiful girl from California who is troubled but intense and fascinating. The book reminds me of Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint or Ethan Hawke's Ash Wednesday. So, don't be afraid of some raw language but hurry up and get the book! It is definitely worthwile!



Angelic's 5 stars Goodreads review of Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled

I really loved this book. I rarely read books from a male point of view but this one was very amusing. Colin is a typical 19 year old college student and Jasmine is a free spirt. Colin falls in love with Jasmine but sadly she does not feel the same. Friendship, love, and partying makes a fun read. I love all the song references. All in all a great book and one i would love to read again...



Amber's 4 stars Goodreads review of Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled
Amber rated it 4 stars
Shelves: 2011, main-floor-books, own, reviewed, won
**I received this book through Good Reads first reads.**

Totally brainless, a quick read. That means I enjoyed it! I need a book that I don't have to think about every once in a while.  

I liked the male perspective in this book, and I really liked Colin. I was a college student once and I liked the idea that I was seeing into the college age male mind. Although I don't think that Colin was the norm in college. I think that Karl's thinking processes were more what college boys act like and think like.

I loved the references to the Beatles. On more than one occasion, I had to go to iTunes and find a Beatles song that I hadn't heard before.

My college experience consisted of people more like Chester-strung out weirdos with not much on their mind but sex, drugs and rock & roll, namely Pink Floyd. I have a picture in my mind of Shaney-a good friend of mine in college always high or drunk. But let me tell you that he is one of my favorite memories of college and that made me love Chester. Colin's a good guy for trying to help him and staying friends with him through everything.

Overall, an entertaining read. A fun debut novel.

 

Kirkus Review of Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled:

COLIN PRESTON ROCKED AND ROLLED
By Bert Murray (Author) Murray charts a lustily tormented story of first love and heartbreak.
Pub Date: Jan. 26th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1439275306
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
 

Kirkus' Review
Editor Review

Murray charts a lustily tormented story of first love and heartbreak.

It's September 1985 in the bosky precincts of Elerby University (though it conveys the intimacy of a small liberal arts college) in upstate New York. Colin is entering his sophomore year with a lousy love life and a lousy relationship with his father, but he does have a good friend in Karl (a handsome natural athlete who has a way with women) and in the Beatles"when you love a band so much that its songs fill the empty spaces inside your head and heart." But along comes Jasmine, a serious dish with lips like butter, who really gets inside Colin's head and steals his heart. Murray's writing is phonetic; Colin's voice lifts from the pageyoung and inexperienced, star-crossed and love-lost, which will come true soon enough as Jasmine drops him like a load of bricks and proceeds, that very afternoon, to have sex with Karl, into whose room Colin charges without knocking, looking for commiseration and finding betrayal: "Yes! Yes! Don't stop'the girl demanded loudly. Her voice sounded familiar." Murray draws Colin with immediate emotional pungency, and he doesn't lose the beat even when the situations turn slapstick. Nor does he tidy Colin up, rather letting him sink into a great morass of self-pity from which he must drag his own sorry butt toward whatever measure of salvation a decent, immature young man can find. Yes, the Beatles do offer the solace of shared experience, of meaning and even a little direction, but it is Colin's slowly gathering circle of friendsa very human society of odd fellows, including a dorm-cellar-dwelling delusional, a dark and mysterious Spanish professor on the run from her demons, big-hearted Big Ty and sweet Lizwho help illuminate the road ahead. Some of the sex scenes carry informational overload, but even then it is more humorous than cringing, perhaps even another epiphany that Colin collects: "There was no disappointment with Twinkies. You knew exactly what you were getting. Unlike Jasmine. Unlike love. Unlike life."

A coming-of-age story with plenty of sting, where love is not only blind, but it blindsides.



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