James Michael Pratt
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James Michael Pratt

James Michael Pratt is a New York Times and USA Today, bestselling fiction author. Called "A master of moral fiction," by Booklist, his novels are filled with history-laden plots, conflict, mystery, and romance. Since first publishing 7 books beginning in 1998 with St. Martin's Press of NYC and then with Shadow Mountain, Pratt took time to focus upon family, meet health challenges head-on, edit 5 independent titles, produce one war documentary, while writing five additional manuscripts, all to be introduced in full or part during 2021-2025. Critics have been kind to Pratt over the years. People Magazine billed Pratt's breakout novel, THE LAST VALENTINE (1998-1999) "A return ticket to Bridges of Madison Country territory." It became a HALLMARK HALL of FAME World Premier Event in 2011 and a CBS Movie of the Week, under the name "The Lost Valentine," starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt. It was rated the highest viewed program in its category for many years after with 14.5 million viewers on premiere day Jan. 31, 2011. With editions printed in a dozen languages, Pratt continues to receive fan mail from all over the world for both the book and movie after many years in circulation. THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER, (2000-2001) and TICKET HOME (2001-2002) followed Pratt's first bestseller and hit bestseller charts across the country including USA Today. Kirkus Reviews called them, "The fictionalization of The Greatest Generation." for the vivid portrayal of life and love before, during, and after World War Two. Publisher's Weekly stated: "Pratt shows that the human spirit is like a lighthouse, capable of shining through the most devastating storms. His simple story will please readers ready for a good cry." Booklist offered: "Ticket Home is another rending tale of love, loss, and redemption from a master of moral fiction." PARADISE BAY (2002-2003) is a timeless coming-of-age story that is geographically set between LA and an abandoned fishing hamlet just north of Santa Barbara, CA. Pratt has called Paradise Bay his favorite "go-back-in time" story for all the anecdotal history and locals he included from his own youth. Healing, romance, and the passage of time intertwine to carry the reader of any age to a magical place called, "Paradise Bay." THE GOOD HEART is in revised editing to illustrate more political intrigue since its first release in 2005. The story is set in the fast-paced, power-hungry climate of the nation's capital and Tallahassee, FL. depicting the spider web of deceit entrapping three troubled lives, one beating heart, and an unsolved murder. Whether for good or evil -- the memories carried in the good heart ripple through time with each recipient to affect all those around them, and indeed the fate of a nation. SCREENPLAY: A final film script by James Michael Pratt and Maryann Ridini Spencer accompanies the novel. PARENTING and FAMILY MEMOIRS: "DAD, The Man Who Lied to Save the Planet" (2003) and "MOM, The Woman Who Made Oatmeal Stick to My Ribs" (2004)... ...are returning in edited version in 2021 with additional insights first introduced as bestsellers with 30,000 copies sold to a regional audience. Both are tributes to the generation of parents who gave America their best during the greatest conflict of all time, World War Two and the 1950's, 60's, and 70's decades which followed. Wisdom, humor, common sense, and a certain innocence abound in the telling of a coming-of-age boy at play in the fields and hills near the old Corriganville Movie Ranch in Simi Valley, CA. "For anyone who admits to having forgotten the important things of life, James Michael Pratt gives you his Dad and Mom to remind you." --Kenneth J. Atchity, President Atchity Entertainment International and Bestselling Author. NEW WORK for 2021-2025 WHEN THE LAST LEAF FALLS: Pratt's newest work being represented for publication includes the love story titled: "When the Last Leaf Falls," a final tribute told through the eyes of a son, to a World War Two soldier who begs for understanding regarding the loss of his French wife and all of his comrades during the traumatic years of 1944-45. With the aid of his son, he retraces his wartime steps and in the end, both men find that love, dreams, and triumph come to those whose hearts may be broken, but never surrender. The story is inspired from a trip Pratt took to Normandy France on the 60th Anniversary of D Day, meeting Howie Beach, a veteran of the 9th Infantry Division, hearing some of his exploits, and then creating a setting in a part of the US Pratt has come to love; the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and fictional town, Anderson's Mill. SCREENPLAY: "When the Last Leaf Falls" carries a film script by Bill McAdams, and Grace McAdams and is slated for "Free Chapter" release through 2021 with print and eBook release upon a publication date to be announced. IN A WONDERLAND CALLED LOVE For 2021-2022 Pratt puts the finishing touches on his first Christmas love story to be released with free chapters in 2021 then fully in print and eBook upon publication date to be announced. A ranch in fictional Love, Wyoming offers three people, Rachel Love Strong, aged wrangler Daniel Echohawk, and former Army Ranger and Green Beret Jake Monson a chance at love -- and for Jake something 18 years of constant fighting has not given him, a sense of belonging and peace of mind. Now, on Christmas Eve in the present day, a fierce snowstorm brings them all together, and for Rachel a heart-warming reunion with a boy she hadn't seen for nearly 20 years and for Jake a chance to find someone willing to take his broken life the way it is as he journeys to bring closure to the horrors of military conflict and the battle death of a special Wyoming friend he felt responsible for. Through ethereal Christmas magic in his darkest hour, ranch boss Daniel Echohawk realizes a capstone to a life of peace he never thought possible as his troubles and loss of Missy, the only love he ever wanted, seem to all come full circle to the healing of his heart, even though his body cannot survive. When least expected, Love will provide the place, time, and answers sought after for three troubled souls. SPECIAL AUDIENCE WORK: Coming to Audio and Print on Demand in 2021... James took out time over the years to craft works specifically designed for both the Christmas and Easter holidays, and also for the self-improvement and personal growth readership and listener. "THE CHRIST REPORT," a tale of regrets as old as the biblical story of a child born in a Bethlehem stable, and redemption for the most vilified Innkeeper of all time, is facilitated through a modern New York City Radio and TV talk show host. Intrigue, love, and the timeless Christmas and Easter stories embody the unique novel created to be enjoyed and embraced by the billions worldwide who call themselves true believers. "AS a MAN THINKETH" -- Millions of James Allen books have been sold since his mega-bestseller debut in 1902, but now, inspired by this timeless non-fiction self-improvement classic, "As a Man Thinketh" James Pratt shines a light on what is needed most in the 21st Century -- a time of constant interruptions, distractions, and modern devices calling for our attention. Now Pratt's, "As A Man Thinketh, In His Heart," is combined with the words of James Allen's complete bestselling text, in Print on Demand and Audio Book -- a coming production for the lover of Personal Growth and Inspiration category work. James Michael Pratt maintains a personal website at https://www.jamesmichaelpratt.com
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