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John Starley Allen

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Hi, my name is John Starley Allen and I just wanted to share some information about my holiday novel "Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices" and my new book "A Splash of Kindness: The Ripple Effect of Compassion, Courage & Character."

"Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices" is a book that was born of grief…and written in an effort to offer hope to others.

Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, has described my book as having “messages of love and wisdom to make your heart sing with the recognition of the miracle of life.”

My book is about the fragility of life and the incredible results that come from small acts of kindness…

Writers will appreciate this: I would not have written this book were it not for a terrible tragedy. We

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John Starley Allen The Pat Hobby stories reflect Fitzgerald's experience in Hollywood. They reflect both cynicism and humor--just as Fitzgerald did in his own life.

The Pat Hobby stories reflect Fitzgerald's experience in Hollywood. They reflect both cynicism and humor--just as Fitzgerald did in his own life.

You might want to read his touching letter to his daughter, Scottie. You can find it in The Crack Up and other Fitzgerald anthologies. He offers sincere advice to his daughter, laced with ironic humor.

Thanks for the question.

John Starley Allen Thanks for the question. Writing "Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices" made me re-assess what was important in my life and what was not. Family topped…moreThanks for the question. Writing "Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices" made me re-assess what was important in my life and what was not. Family topped the list. My belief system came next, followed by service and rendering acts of kindness.

This was a gut-wrenching story to write. But I wanted t leave readers with hope. And so I wanted the ending to be positive.

My latest book, "A Splash of Kindness: The Ripple Effect of Compassion, Courage & Character" explores the lives of real people--their belief system, and how they made the world a better place through their service.
Take care,
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Be it a new day, a new week, a new month, or a new year, it's nice to have new beginnings. Beginnings, for me, represent hope and a chance to do better.

One of my favorite songs of hope is sung by Ebeneezer, in the musical Scrooge:

I'll begin again
I will build my life
I will live to know
I fulfilled my life
I'll begin today
Throw away the past
And the future I build
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message 1: by Daniel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:52PM)

Daniel We have to write about what we know, John, don't we? Keep on writing and good luck. I'll send you a link to my latest book.

message 2: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM)

John Daniel, thanks for your messages on Farnsworth and Tesla. From your comments on other profiles it seems you have travelled extensively throughout the world. I am envious! The question is: Is there anyplace you haven't been?

Take care...

message 3: by Santi (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM)

Santi Hi...

Thanks a lot for adding me to join in your friend list ... ^_^

I'm new in this site, but I do love books ...

I'm looking forward to read your books, that looks pretty amazing ...

That's on my 'Must Have Items' already ... ^_^

message 4: by Annchan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:59PM)

Annchan Maulana Thanks for adding me, hope we can share about good books.

message 5: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:00PM)

John I would like to send my greetings to all my friends--recent add ons and those who have been friends for a while.

From your reading lists I'm getting all kinds of ideas for books to read in the future...So many books and not enough time to read them all...Oh, well...

Thanks for the wonderful messages I've received about my posted writing--the "store stories." I really enjoy getting feedback on my writing.

I'm working on a new Christmas short's along the lines of my novel "Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices." With any luck I'll have it completed and posted on Goodreads before Christmas...

And for those wno have "Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices" on their "to read" lists, I'm anxious to see what you think about the story itself and its underlying message...

Here's three writer quotes I'd like to share with you:

Alice Walker:
Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.

Jack London:
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

And finally from Henry James who powerfully and concisely summed up his life philosophy with the following words:
Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.

To the readers: Keep reading, keep absorbing and expanding your horizons!!!

To the writers: WRITE ON!!!!

All the best...


message 6: by Aberjhani (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:01PM)

Aberjhani Thank you John for your comments on my article, THE QUOTABLE JAMES BALDWIN. Your own CHRISTMAS GIFTS, CHRISTMAS VOICES sounds like a very powerful book and I hope I get a chance to check it out soon. Peace,


message 7: by K.S.R. (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:04PM)

K.S.R. Thank you so much for commenting on the first chapter of The Mysteriel included in my profile, John! You are a steady presence here at goodreads, and I so appreciate your perceptive comments! Every bit of support counts in the solitary world of writing, and you are one of my great supporters.

I'd like to send you a link so you know exactly when it comes out:

I hope Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices is touching the lives of those who need to hear the story most, as well as those who will simply enjoy it or wish to give it as a gift .

Warmest regards,

K.S.R. Kingworth

message 8: by K.S.R. (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:04PM)

K.S.R. I just took a moment to read your writing dubbed "Store Stories," in your profile. I would imagine your Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices, is equally well-written and touching. I truly cannot wait to buy it! I will give it out as a gift.

message 9: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:05PM)

John To K.S.R. Kingworth:

Thanks for your kind words of support...I am anxious for the debut of your book. I can sense that it is going to be very popular.

Take care


message 10: by Millie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:25PM)

Millie Huang Hi John, I wish I could find your book here in Indonesia.


message 11: by Gina (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:35PM)

Gina Thank you for your positive feedback and making me chuckle!

message 12: by Violeta (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:35PM)

Violeta dear john,
thanks for recommending a book to read. when i'll have the time, i'd grapple about its contents.
take care,

message 13: by DeAprillia (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:35PM)

DeAprillia Hi John,
Thanks for recommending me everytime U find interesting violeta said, when i'll have time, i'd grapple about its contents.


message 14: by Brandi (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:39PM)

Brandi Thank you for making me aware of your book. I looked on Amazon and looks like another "to-read" for me! I really liked "Christmas Jars" there's just something about those special life-lessons centered around the holiday about Him. Thanks again.

message 15: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:39PM)

John Hi Everyone,

I've posted a Christmas story I thought you might enjoy. It's called Anna's Gift.

Again, I want to thank everyone for your kind comments and support of my short novel Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices.

All the best,


message 16: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:40PM)

John Christmas Song now available

Hi Everyone,

On page 74 of Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices, a song, "The Spirit of Christmas," is performed by a high school music teacher and choir during an annual holiday program. This is a pivotal moment in the story: what follows shortly after the song are revelations that bring peace to Eric Sanders, the main character.

I wrote the lyrics for the song, and there was a melody for it in my head. And I started thinking that it might be fun to do a studio version of the song. I worked on the vocal and instrumental arrangements, went into the studio with some engineers and musicians and here is the result. It will be available online from now till Christmas on the link above. (It takes about 20 seconds for the song to begin.) I hope you enjoy it...


message 17: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:41PM)

John Hi Gigi,

I really appreciate your supportive comments! I've got a collection of songs that with any luck will be produced and made available next year. It all depends on how the work progresses on my current non-fiction book.

Sometimes I can't type the words fast enough...and then other times I stare at the monitor, stuck on a word or phrase.

Thanks again!


message 18: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:53PM)

Jeremy Thanks for the friendship, John! Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous fates, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools. :)

message 19: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM)

Jeremy Hi John!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite book of all time?

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with wacky whims, wonderful weirdness, and well-disposed werecats.

-Jeremy :)

message 20: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM)

John Hi Jeremy,

When I first read your question, I thought, "Okay, Jeremy. You've stumped me." It's kind of like asking someone, "Which of your children is your favorite?" Impossible to answer, because you love them all equally for different reasons.

But with the disclaimer that I have 100s of "favorite" books, I'll list my top favorites.

Novel: The Great Gatsby

Inspirational: Jesus the Christ--by Talmadge

Self-Help: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Do-It-Yourself: The Wood Finisher Handbook (what can I say?--it was written by my brother Sam)

Memoir: Death Be Not Proud

Humor: The Jeeves books

Boys Books: Hardy Boys & Homer Price

Non-Fiction Political Thriller: Marie

Biography: Aimiable Autocrat

So those are some of my favorites. But perhaps the best answer I can give you is simply this: The Scriptures.

Shawnette Hi, John:

Thanks for the invitation into your circle of friends...looking forward to chatting, reading your reviews, and any/all recommendations...Happy Reading:-)


message 22: by Jeremy

Jeremy Hi John!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

message 23: by Jeremy

Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)

P.S.—I’m currently offering autographed/personally-inscribed copies of my novel, Vacation, with free shipping for those in the US. If there’s anything you could do to help me spread the word about this, I’d really appreciate it. Feel free to click here for details:

message 24: by Barbara

Barbara John,
Thanks for adding me to your friends list.
I am happy to see that out of tragedy you were able to share about the Lord and find healing in doing so.
Thanks again.

message 25: by Cheryl

Cheryl Thanks for the book recommendation, John.

I sure wish I had more time to read...hehe

I'm sure you can relate. I'm busy now working on Divine Justice, book 2 in my Divine series. It is long overdue.

Cheers, and happy writing!


message 26: by Jeremy

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me yesterday. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


Jennifer Hi John, thank you for the invite :-D

Shawnette I'm glad you enjoyed it...I thought it was different from every other New Year's wish I've heard and wanted to share it with all my buddies here at goodreads...and thanks for the book recommendation...I'll have to check it out...Happy Reading :-)

Shawnette Yeah, I'd have to agree with you...despite the whole running for President...I think he's an amazing orator and wise beyond his years. Whether he wins or loses this election he'll definitely continue go far in life. A truly remarkable man! Looking forward to reading his book...Happy Reading :-)

message 30: by Lisa

Lisa Hi John, Thanks for the kind words. My "to-read" list always seems to grow the fastest. There are so many great books that I want to read! Don't you just love having this site to keep track of them? Have a great weekend. :)

Happy Reading, Lisa

message 31: by Erin

Erin John,
Thank you for your encouragement!
My novel, Shadow Walk: The Gathering will be up for pre-release ordering soon.

Warmest regards,

Erin Collins

message 32: by Eugene

Eugene Hi John,

Thank you for the kind words, and for accepting my friendship. I wish you all the best, and inspiration always


message 33: by Kelly

Kelly Moran Thanks for the nice comment on the work in progress, John. Of course I can't tell ya the secret. But I'm happy you wanted to read on. I'm about a quarter thru writing it!

Margaret Hi! Just stopping by to say hello and to thank you for adding me to your friend list.

message 35: by Jana

Jana Hi John,
Just stopping by to say "Hi!"
I hope you're having a wonderful week!
Jana :)

message 36: by Jana

Jana Thanks for taking the time to watch my video, John! I really appreciate it. And thanks for your kind comments! It means a lot to me.

message 37: by Karen

Karen John,

Thanks for the powerful Baldwin quote. That is so true. And thanks for the friendship. I hope you Spring is wonderful!


Karen Harrington

message 38: by Susan

Susan Thanks for the add John. I'll be sure to check out your book!

Keep in touch,

message 39: by Michele

Michele thanks for the ad! Michele Marchetti
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message 40: by Lee

Lee Thanks for being my goodreads buddy, John!

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message 41: by Chriss

Chriss Thank you John for your kind words regarding my writing. You obviously understand the emotions you have to pull from when writing about tragic situations. Very much like you, I have been touched and forever changed by the losses that others endured and through them, I am a better person. Although it is a very dark place to visit, I think it's a necessary part of growing as a human being and expressing yourself as an author. Keep writing and keep inspiring!

Aberjhani Hello John--

Thank you for sharing the Anne Frank quote. It contains a lot of good reminders that were very useful for me to contemplate at this particular time. Much peace and many blessings to you and yours,


Kondalrao thanks for joining me as your friend

message 44: by John (last edited Sep 11, 2008 09:58PM)

John Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to do a shout out to all my Good(reads) friends: The bad news is that new copies of my holiday novel Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices are becoming increasingly hard to find. But the good news is that it is now available in an Amazon Kindle edition.

So, for all you fans of Kindle, I hope you get a chance to check out the new electronic edition.

Thanks for all your messages...They mean a lot to me. I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to reply to all of them, but I am going to (I am just very slow sometimes).

Take care everyone.

All the best!


message 45: by Blair

Blair Thanks, John, for the friend request!

Blair Kilpatrick

Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music (University Press of Mississippi, January 2009)

message 46: by John

Hi Everyone,

Here is a link to the song I wrote for my holiday novel Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voice. In the story Eric, the main character, attends a Christmas pageant and hears the songs. Afterwards, some incredible things begin to happen...

All the best...


message 47: by Melanie

Melanie Richards Thanks for the support, John, and for adding me! I'm just starting to promote my book and will need all the friends I can get. I look forward to checking out your book.

message 48: by Kate

Kate Good luck with your book, John. Maybe similar people will be attracted to both of our books - big-hearted people who like to reflect on life, love, and family.

message 49: by Jana

Jana Hi John,
Thanks for reading 'Drama Brings God to Skeptics'! I especially loved your comment. I totally agree with you about how music can touch us. Have a wonderful weekend!
Cheers, Jana :)

message 50: by Debbie

Debbie Thanks, John, for the friend invite.

I received the first copies of my book today and am fulfilling preorders!

Best wishes with your books!

Debbie Garrett

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