“I realized that, despite my historically cowardly constitution, I didn’t feel terribly frightened at the moment. I wouldn’t have thought I could push on, but, hey, I’ve already done too much work on this story – no way was I going to back off now.” 

In Ellen Sherman’s novel, JUST THE FACTS (SheWritesPress), Nora Plowright gets her first newspaper reporter job at the Annapolis Evening Courier. It’s the 70’s, she drives a ’71 Chevy Caprice, loves collecting poet’s quotes and drinking Dunkin Donuts coffee.

She’s catching stories to write that appear far off page one like “the banning of potato chips from school lunches,” “shootings at 7-11s,” and “firefighters rescuing children.” Editors appreciate how she gives an extra effort and the human angle, they say she writes like a novelist, but still want more.

The biggest story in town is the new highway being built and five plans are up for approval, or are they? Has one already been chosen in a backroom deal?  One night Nora gets an anonymous call, which has her chasing the story of her career, before her career has even started. It’s about selecting roads before environmental studies wrap up, possible contaminated run-off water, disrupted wetlands, potters fields and toxic landfills. It’s the jackpot for a real hungry reporter! Her bosses talk about a three-part series – even a possible Pulitzer Prize.

But Nora’s the kind of gal that likes things nice and easy, not  complicated and this story quickly gets very complicated and  dangerous. She’s forced to grow up fast, face the real world. Nora has to see if she’s got what it takes to stand up against bullies and be a professional.

Ellen Sherman, studio, Montclair, NJ. 10/14/2014 Photo by Steve Hockstein/HarvardStudio.combooksparks




You’ll have to read JUST THE FACTS by Ellen Sherman  http://www.ellensherman.com  to get “all the news that fit to print.” It’s another one of our exciting Book Sparks University Back To School http://www.shewritespress.com #FRC2015 novels to share in our giveaway!  Guess what? We have one copy of JUST THE FACTS for you win! Just leave a comment telling us the craziest news story you’ve read or remember seeing on the news. We’ll pick a winner Monday! Good luck!

Remember you can always check out http://www.cindyroesel.com to check out more of my reviews and news about my novel, “Viewer Discretion Advised.”


10 thoughts on “JUST THE FACTS by Ellen Sherman & GIVEAWAY

  1. A crazy news story I recently read was about a fugitive monkey being caught and order being restored to a Kentucky town. Monkey on the run!! 😀

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  2. Cindy I am sure you will recall the story of the man who took bath salts, attacked another homeless man living under a bridge in Miami and proceeded to eat the man’s face off. That has to take the cake!!


  3. By far the “craziest” news footage I ever witnessed is watching the first Tower of the World Trade Center burning as a plane crashed through the second Tower. I thought to myself, this is just like being in a Tom Clancy novel, except it really happened.


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