Friday Finds | Leaving Montana by Thomas Whaley

Happy Friday everyone! Tomorrow is July 4th so I also want to wish you a happy holiday weekend. For today’s Friday Finds I’m sharing a book I received from author Thomas Whaley.  He generously provided me with a physical copy of his book just because I was interested in reading it! Yay! I’m very excited to read this book and share my thoughts about it.

Leaving-Montana-662x1024TITLE: Leaving Montana

AUTHOR: Thomas Whaley

PUBLISHER: Sakura Publishing

RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2014

GENRE: Fiction

Saying that Benjamin Sean Quinn had “anger issues” was an understatement. For those who knew him for the shortest amount of time, his life was in order: He was physically fit, had a great job which provided him a house in the suburbs and the material things he desired, a loving, monogamous relationship, two happy, healthy daughters and an established circle of friends. In all accounts, his life seemed perfect. But to those who knew him the longest, they knew he was an idle grenade, waiting for someone to pull the pin.
For decades, Ben did his best to conquer his demons; to suppress the anger he accumulated towards his parents, Carmella and Sean, throughout their tumultuous marriage. Ben was their only child; forced to witness and experience things that most adults couldn’t even try to handle. He could not escape them or the anger, and no matter how hard he tried, as he matured, it became a part of him. Ben strived to end the toxic cycle and avoid adopting their pattern as part of his own life. By the time he reached his early thirties, he finally seemed to have it all under control.
Then Ben’s father told him a “secret”. One left in Montana when he and Carmella were stationed there forty years earlier. It would exhume the painful memories and suppressed anger that Ben had been avoiding for years and force him to relive his past in order to face his future.
Today Benjamin Sean Quinn boards a plane to Billings, Montana. It was time to face the secret head on and let go of the anger that silently ruled his life. It would be the boldest move he ever made, ultimately changing his life and the lives of those around him. (Description found on Thomas’s website 





Thomas Whaley was born in 1972 and has lived on Long Island his entire life. He is an elementary school teacher and has always enjoyed writing as a pastime. Thomas currently lives in Shoreham, New York with his husband Carl, their two sons Andrew and Luke, and their loyal dogs Jake and Sam.

LEAVING MONTANA is Thomas Whaley’s first novel and also the WINNER of the 2015 ERIC HOFFER Small Press Award and 2015 INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD for Best New Literary Fiction! (About Thomas was found on

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One thought on “Friday Finds | Leaving Montana by Thomas Whaley

  1. Thomas Whaley July 13, 2015 at 7:09 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for the shout out Danielle! I hope your 4th was spectacular!

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