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In Those First Bright Days of Elvis
~ The Days of Elvis Series, Book 1 ~
by Josephine Rascoe Keenan
One trivial decision can change your whole life.
On an October night in 1955, fifteen-year-old Julie Morgan decides to attend a free talent
show and concert at the football stadium of her Arkansas hometown. At the concert, Julie
encounters three strangers: a lookalike, who could pass for her twin; a college boy, who
will be the love of her life; and Elvis Presley, who befriends her and whose casual comment
about a light bulb becomes a driving force in her pursuit of love and self-worth.
But was it?
But in that pursuit, Julie goes down the wrong path, seeking popularity and an older boy's
affection as substitutes for her missing father's guidance and support, unaware that her
longing to feel loved and valued stems from her need to have her father in her life.
Growing up is never easy. The birth of rock 'n' roll, a growing standard of living, and the
culture of automobiles brought a feeling of freedom and ease. But the phrase "Duck and Cover!"
meant the possibility of nuclear war and death was now a fact of everyday life.
Josephine Rascoe Keenan masterfully weaves a story of human anguish and betrayal, love and
loss, recrimination and regret, and shows how choices, once made, can change one's life
forever. She meticulously recreates the "golden days" of drive-in movies, screen-wire
petticoats, and flashy American cars, when the world seemed brighter and more innocent
Praise for In Those First Bright Days of Elvis
"Elvis is back in the building in Keenan's debut novel.
"A warm October evening in El Dorado, Arkansas, signals a series of new beginnings for Julie Morgan.
The young teenager attends an Elvis Presley concert and catches a ride home with the up-and-coming
singer in his shiny pink Cadillac, thus commencing an unlikely friendship between a small-town girl
and a famous rocker. As Elvis Presley's star ascends, Julie's life and relationships in Arkansas
dramatically shift. Read more . . .
- Kirkus Reviews
Josephine Rascoe Keenan grew up in Arkansas's oil patch, El Dorado, city of "black gold."
She began keeping a diary in the sixth grade, and classmates all the way through college
still check in with her about "what happened when." After working many years in theatre
as a director and actress doing plays, TV commercials, and featured roles in films, she
undertook another creative venture, writing short stories, plays, and novels. In Those
First Bright Days of Elvis takes readers back in time to an era when the world seemed
brighter and more innocent, when folks had to stay home to get a phone call, when almost
everybody loved Lucy, and when Rock 'n' Roll had just produced its first gyrations. It is
remembered as a simpler time, but was it?
When not writing, Josephine enjoys oil painting, square dancing, and cooking Southern dishes,
such as hot water cornbread, little lady peas, and grandma's peach cobbler for her friends in
Ohio where she lives with her husband, and two feline princesses, Molly Underfoot and Katie
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