So much going on right now am I am very excited to share it all with you as soon as the A to Z Challenge ends Monday. For now, I was invited to participate in a Novel Publicity tour for a book called The House of Order by John Paul Jaramillo.
Even though the title is mentioned in a sort-of explanation late into the book, I took a totally different meaning from it. The story follows the Ortiz family through the eyes of one Neto Ortiz and the home described is anything but orderly. The parents fight often and the father is a hard man who doesn’t care much for what his wife or mother might have to say about something. Add to the fact several of the family members end up in and out of trouble and the dysfunction is mind-boggling. Still, there is a bond between them that is clear.
Jaramillo creates vivid and engaging characters you can’t help but either outright dislike or feel for as their story unfolds before your eyes. I found the dynamic between the father and uncle the most interesting; one trying to teach his children the value of working hard, while the other teaches them how to gamble at the track. Despite the father’s (or, the Jefe, as they call him) faults, he does have that good quality about him. He wants his children to do the right things and work hard for what they get in life.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes character-driven stories and aren’t put off by bad language and mild adult situations.
Wanna win a $50 gift card or an autographed copy of The House of Order? Well, there are two ways to enter…
- Leave a comment on my blog. One random commenter during this tour will win a $50 gift card. For the full list of participating blogs, visit the official House of Order tour page.
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest! I’ve posted the contest form below, or you can enter on the official House of Order tour page–either way works just as well.
About the author: John Paul Jaramillo grew up in Southern Colorado but now lives, writes and teaches in Springfield, Illinois. He earned his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Oregon State University and, currently, holds the position of Associate Professor of English in the Arts and Humanities Department of Lincoln Land Community College. Connect with John Paul on his website, Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads.
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