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Author: Betty Dravis
Pub Date: June 2011
All her life, Billie Jean Sloane, a charismatic, exquisite, small-town beauty, has been desired and spoiled by men. At sixteen, following a tragedy involving her first husband--"the love of her life"--she is heartbroken. Unable to forgive or forget, her parents take drastic measures to keep them apart.
The vain, yet innocent, Billie Jean--one of seven siblings--is swept from her humble beginnings at 1106 Grand Boulevard in the Midwestern town of Hamilton, Ohio to a luxurious life-style in Phoenix, Arizona and other fascinating locales... through a World War II marriage and a Mafia scare in Sacramento, California... to vicious seduction at Lake Tahoe... to the fabulous wealth of the "San Francisco Sinclairs," real estate and jewelry tycoons. Then back to her hometown to search for her first husband.
This story takes you through Billie Jean's seven marriages and sixty-four years--1933 to 1997--of happiness and tragedy. Always searching for her first love and her childhood, the enchanting child/woman captivates many men along the way, each wealthier than the one before ... each sending her scurrying back to 1106 Grand Boulevard, a trail of broken hearts in her wake.
1106 Grand Boulevard is the story of passions that last a lifetime; of family love and betrayal; of spousal abuse and sadistic child abuse; a story of Billie Jean's desperate search for happiness, self-worth, and maturity ... a story of people needing people and people using people.
What Readers Are Saying About 1106 Grand Boulevard:
"1106 Grand Boulevard reads like Harold Robbins's The Carpetbaggers, but with a beautiful woman in the lead." - Paul Kyriazi, Hollywood movie director (Omega Cop), author of How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle, Hard Rock Lovers
“A heart-wrenching and heart-warming masterpiece…. This gem of a book is not just another romantic story based on a real character. In fact, I think it is the most powerful and touching novel that I have ever read.” - Thomas Wikman “Texas Swede” – Amazon Reviewer
"Edge-of-your-seat suspense… Dravis grabs the reader up front. A page-turner story that tugs the emotional heart strings." - David E. Meadows, author of the best-selling Joint Task Force and Sixth Fleet series
"Billie Jean Sloane was created for life's dramatic moments. Nothing she does is "beige"...she is washed in vivid colors from Day One....I could not put this book down, taking it everywhere until I reached the last page. And then I wanted a sequel!" - Laurel Rain Snow author of Web of Tyranny
"Few writers rival Dravis's ability to make insightful social observations while leading the reader through a fascinating story. She knows her craft as a storyteller while she shares her intuition as a significant journalist. 1106 Grand Boulevard is a fascinating journey well worth taking!" - Grady Harp, No. 4 Top Amazon Reviewer, author of War Songs