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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 all

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John Starley Allen Hi Lou,
Thanks for your comments and question.
I wrote A Splash of Kindness: The Ripple Effect of Compassion, Courage & Character as a non-fiction exten…more
Hi Lou,
Thanks for your comments and question.
I wrote A Splash of Kindness: The Ripple Effect of Compassion, Courage & Character as a non-fiction extension of Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices. In my first book I explored the ripple effect in a fictional setting. A couple of years later I thought, Why not do the same thing in a non-fiction setting?
I began researching the lives of Jesse Owens, Phil T. Farnsworth and Oliver Wendell Holmes. (Research-wise, I already had a head start with Holmes since I had written a musical play about him years earlier.)
Then I conducted interviews concerning a remarkable woman's mission of mercy to a Romanian orphanage.
I included a few personal stories.
And then I rounded out the project with some shorter accounts of everyday heroes.
Each story centers around the ripple effect.
And each story, in some way, echoes the experience of Eric Sanders in
Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices.
Right now I am working on a project that is a multi-generational story, and--not surprisingly--it too deals with the ripple effect.
Thanks again for your question.
Take care. (less)
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.

You …more
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.

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New Video: Service and Caring

Hi Everyone,
Now more than ever
there is a need for
caring hearts and helping hands.
In a lot of ways,
this song ties in with my book
A Splash of Kindness.
"When push comes to shove
I wll stand for the cause of love and truth..."
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message 76: by John (last edited Jul 24, 2017 04:26PM)

John Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I was recently interviewed by the team at Excelling Authors.
In the interview, I describe the process of writing my latest book A Splash of Kindness: The Ripple Effect of Compassion, Courage & Character.

Here's a link to the interview:

message 75: by John

John Hi Everybody!

I've just posted a story from my childhood on my blog. It's about mother's intuition...and the importance of trusting it.
I learned a valuable lesson about trusting a mother's intuition. And I'm guessing a lot of you can relate to it.


message 74: by Stacey

Stacey Thank you for the friendship. I'm looking forward to seeing your comments and reviews.

Aberjhani Thank you John for checking out my Q&A Group.

For whatever reason I was completely unaware of your songwriting activities until I saw the video for "You Made Me Whole Again." Beautiful work! Thank you for putting it out there.


message 72: by Cynthia

Cynthia Dunn Thanks for the friend request, John.

message 71: by John (last edited Oct 10, 2013 10:36PM)

John Hi Goodreads friends!

I have an inspirational video/song on youtube. The inspiration came from a friend who inadvertently got hooked on prescription medications and made the long hard climb to conquer his addition with some help from "upstairs". But this song could apply to anyone who has had a heart broken or a dream shattered. And isn't that everyone?


message 70: by John

John Hello Everybody!

If anyone is interested in hearing my holiday song, "The Spirit of Christmas," it's now up on YouTube. There are several songs with the same title, so the easiest way to find mine is to search for it this way: The Spirit of Christmas John Starley Allen. I hope you enjoy the song. And if you'd like to leave a comment on YouTube or Goodreads, I'd be interested in receiving your feedback.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!


message 69: by John (last edited Nov 13, 2010 08:48PM)

John I just wanted to give a shout out to all of my Goodreads friends...

My inspirational song "We Can Fill The World With Love" is now available online for digital downoading!

It's on Amazon (mp3), I-tunes, and Napster. You can find it by searching under my full name, John Starley Allen, or We Can Fill the World With Love.

If any of you feel like dropping me a line, I'd be interested in what you think about the song. It reflects my deeps feeling that we can all make a difference in this world...that every act of kindness adds up to a mighty change!

Take care, everyone....Keep reading, keep writing, and keep listening for the still small voice of inspiration...We truly CAN fill the world with love!

All the best!


message 68: by Sheila

Sheila Hi John. Thanks so much for your comments on Money for Flowers - it's an old one. Thanks for digging it up to comment. :)

message 67: by Jana

Jana Hi John,
How are you? I hope all is well and I hope you have a beautiful weekend! Cheers & blessings.

message 66: by Nadia

Nadia Hi John,

I just dropped by to thank you for commenting on my poem! I really appreciate it.

message 65: by John (last edited Jul 31, 2009 09:09PM)

John Thanks so much, Fenixbird, for your kind comments. Hearing back from readers like you makes it all worthwhile! My next book is a sort of non-fiction version of Chirstmas Gifts, Christmas Voices...true stories that expand on the themes of my Christmas sotry...

Fenixbird SandS I liked your book Christmas Voices. Your writing is flawless. At no time did the book drag & having recently lost a parent & very recently a close friend who had suffered several years, I found the book a comfort.

message 63: by Mari

Mari John:

Thanks for always taking the time to share good things and thoughts and writings.

Be well, smile a lot!

Aberjhani Thank you John for your comment on my piece on Whitman and Alexander. I agree with your take on the great poet.


message 61: by Lisa

Lisa See Thanks for inviting me to be a friend. I'm looking forward to your follow up book.

message 60: by Lisette

Lisette Brodey Hey John:

Thank you for the invitation. I just read your profile and really hope I'll get a chance to read your book. Just hearing the story briefly was difficult; hard to imagine living it.

MUCH luck on your new book.


message 59: by Saleh

Saleh Hi.What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?PLZ Answer The Question In My Profile.

message 58: by John

John I can't believe Christmas is here...and I'm waaaaay behind in answering messages. But I am going to get to all of them!

I want to wish all my Goodreads friends the very merriest of Christmases...and a joyous new year filled with hope, new beginnings, and inner peace! Let's all look forward. Let's not look back with regret (we can't change the past, only learn from it). Let's cherish the fond memories, and resolve make new positive memories within the year that looms ahead of us. Let's determine to make this new year, our BEST year. Often we can't control outside influences, but we have the power to control ourselves...to make ourselves better everyday, to turn our weaknesses into strengths.

Again, thanks for your messages, you book recommendations, the sharing of your literary insights, and above all, your friendship.

All the best!


message 57: by H.D.

H.D. Thank you, John, for the invitiation to be a friend. All the best in your writing career!

message 56: by Sue

Sue Hi John
Thanks for asking me to be your friend at Goodreads. Brilliant site for writers and readers.

message 55: by V3

V3 Dear John,
Thanks for your invitation to add me as your friend at Goodreads. AS you said that Goodreads is a great site for writers to connect with readers.

success always and best regards,

message 54: by Gari

Gari Hi John, Thanks for extending your friendship to me, You are my first Goodreads friend. I just logged on the other day and this all looks interesting, indeed. Gari

Stacy-Deanne Stacy-Deanne Enjoy your weekend, John!

message 52: by Rita

Rita Thanks for your friendship, John!

Have a great weekend!


message 51: by Sheila

Sheila Thanks John, for the lovely comment about my poem. Much appreciated. :)

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


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 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 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 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 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 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!


Kondalrao thanks for joining me as your friend

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,


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!

message 40: by Lee

Lee Thanks for being my goodreads buddy, John!

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Lee Silver
"Romance With a Twist"
THE TWIST, BookStrand #1 Bestseller

message 39: by Michele

Michele thanks for the ad! Michele Marchetti
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message 38: by Susan

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

Keep in touch,

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 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 35: by Jana

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

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

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!

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 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 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

SassyMama 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 :-)

SassyMama 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 :-)

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

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