My #bookreview of FLUSHED by Joseph Mulak

FLUSHED by Joseph Mulak


When a professional poker player meets a mysterious woman at his usual casino, his life takes a drastic turn.
Since Ivan’s wife left, his life has mostly revolved around poker. Shortly after meeting the mysterious Sonya Lewis, his ex-wife appears on his doorstep with a surprise that makes it difficult for Ivan to turn her away. Torn between the two, Ivan tries to balance his relationship with both women while learning to take responsibility for the first time in his life.
A touching story of the value of human relationship, Flushed is an exploration of personal growth and love. Is it possible to find happiness amid the collision of past and present lives?


This is a different type of “coming-of-age” story.  We normally relate them to the Young Adult genre.  This is a tale about Ivan Wells, a 30+ man who doesn’t want any responsibilities in life.  He lives in a dumpy apartment, has a failed marriage and earns his living by playing poker at the local casino, just barely enough to cover rent and food.  He resents his family and friends as they’re always expecting more from him and keep insisting being a poker gambler is not a “real” job.  He’s comfortable with his lot in life, no expectations, no one to answer too.  Then one day a high school crush shows up, asking for his help.
I really enjoyed Ivan and the development of his character throughout the story.  Always having to measure up to his older brother, Doug, Ivan knows where he stands in life, at the bottom of the totem pole.  Now he’s faced with choices he never thought he’d have to make.  The mother and father are richly detailed; you just want to shake them and yell, Wake up and look at your youngest son for a change.  Joseph Muiak writes with a lot of insight into the human psyche.
This is not a high energy story with lots of drama, but it kept pulling me along, wanting to read more.  I was sorry to see the story end.  My only complaint  are all the proofreading errors.
I highly recommend this story and give it 4 feathers. 


About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down.

About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done.

So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made.

One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors.

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