Today, my special guest on Living the Dream is Dr. Sam Newsome, author of the inspirational novel, Jackie
As a child Jackie is abused at home and bullied at school. He is judged autistic and relegated to home bound teaching that fails him. His only solace is TV cable news. Years later he is reunited with one of his classmates, Jimmie. Together they discover Jackie’s ability to read closed-captioned broadcasts and ads so clearly that he creates a psychic connection with the viewer. This talent enables Jackie to fulfill his destiny.
General/ Inspirational/ Humorous Fiction
KING, N.C. – A young man born to misfortune discovers a secret ability and enormous untapped potential in the novel “Jackie” (published by Lulu) by Sam Newsome, who is doing a new marketing push for the 2013 publication.
As a child, Jackie is labeled as mentally challenged. He is bullied at school and abused at home. Deemed uneducable, he is kicked out of school in the third grade. Thirteen years later he is reunited with one of his old bullies, Jimmie. A friendship is fostered and Jimmie helps Jackie discover a hidden talent. Friendship, luck and Jackie’s special talent are the springboard that propels him on a journey to fulfill his destiny.
“Even the most disadvantaged of us may have unfound abilities,” Newsome says. “Ignored, these talents lay dormant and wither. When discovered and fostered, they can lead to amazing outcomes.”
“Jackie” deals with serious issues in a humorous manner. The inspirational story of an unexpected hero defying odds and achieving fame and good fortune shows the positive resolution that can come when a person struggles, evolves, interacts and, ultimately, grows.
“I tried to make the story of a disadvantaged child continually positive,” Newsome says. “A positive or a humorous scene minimizes any depressing moment as soon as possible. I want to entertain the reader and give a positive feeling after reading the book.”
Honorable Mention at JM Northern Media 2014 Beach Book Festival, New York Book Festival, Hollywood Book Festival
Second Place in Contemporary Fiction in Colorado Independent Publisher Association 2014 awards
Finalist in 2014 Reader’s Favorite Humorous Fiction Category
What people are saying about ‘Jackie’
4 Stars – Jackie is an inspiring story of love and friendship involving a person with a disability. Author Sam Newsome certainly knows his subject and he absolutely has his heart in it. Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite
5 Stars – The author of Jackie, Dr. Sam Newsome, does a marvelous job of describing the title character’s disability and his gift. I highly recommend this book. The story line keeps you turning the pages and the characters make you cheer at times and cry at others. It is a wonderful read. Reviewed by Michael McManus for Readers’ Favorite
5 Stars – Every chapter was written exquisitely and the story was fascinating. A lot of new scenes and characters were introduced in the beginning, but it all came together beautifully. Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers’ Favorite
4 Stars – The book has interesting twists and turns and also a good dose of triumphs and tragedy, with an end that I never saw coming. Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers’ Favorite
Sam Newsome, M.D. is a physician in rural North Carolina. His 35 years of practice have allowed him to hear a treasure trove of stories and hone his own storytelling abilities.