New Book Goes Beyond Keeping Up with ‘The Joneses’

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Author Gregory Smith engages readers with touching story touting importance of familial love

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"The Joneses” offers life lessons and, in the end, a story that will make readers feel good about how things turned out.

Author Gregory Smith takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster with his realistic, new, family-oriented novel that will tug at readers heartstrings, “The Joneses” (published by iUniverse).

Mike Jones has been a bachelor for a long time when his long-ago ex-girlfriend Lindsey leaves a gift on his doorstep: a 10-year-old son named Jeremy. Mike feels cornered, angry and terrified at the prospect of being forced into a fatherhood he neither wanted nor expected – and Jeremy isn’t exactly clear on the new arrangement either.

As Mike reexamines his selfish life while getting to know his son, he even starts looking at Lindsey in a different way. But doubt gets in the way as he wonders how much he can alter his life without it falling apart.

A fictional novel based on potentially real situations, “The Joneses” offers life lessons and, in the end, a story that will make readers feel good about how things turned out.

An excerpt from “The Joneses”:

“Jeremy sits there quietly eating his cereal, slurping the milk with each and every spoonful. It is unimaginable that anyone would blame this innocent child for being confused about what’s happening now. He’s never met his father, was raised by his mother, with the help of others, and now has the dubious honor of hand-delivering this note to a man who wants nothing to do with him. No wonder he seems shy and scared. It’s fear of rejection.”

“The Joneses”
By Gregory Smith
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 92 pages | ISBN 9781491750452
E-Book | 92 pages | ISBN 9781491750445
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Gregory Smith is a graduate of Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. He writes short stories, poems, fiction, nonfiction and news articles. He is the author of “Top 20 Recipes You Should Try.”
iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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