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This novel is a coming of age story that follows a boy and a girl as they struggle to find their way emotionally and physically in a small southern town in the middle 1970s.
Born April 14, 1960, in a small southern town in (Newton) Mississippi, Rusty Van Reeves was the first child of Charles and Sandra. Rusty excelled in music (piano, trumpet, French Horn) and sports (football, baseball, basketball, track, tennis, swimming) before a tragic High School football accident in 1975 left him paralyzed from the neck down (C4 Quad) at the age of 15.
A former Eagle Scout and gifted athlete he was forced to look inward for any creative talent that might make his future bearable. He attended Mississippi State University in 1978 and began writing aggressively as a way to pass the time and cope with his newfound physical limitations.
VELVET SKY is his first novel and depicts life in a small southern town as seen through the eyes of a true observer. His words are those of a genuine poet as he paints truly memorable characters that live with the reader long after the final page is turned.
In 1996, at the age of 36, Rusty started a small software company called Preservation Software. The company develops and markets reference CD-ROMs.
The author currently resides in the small town of Madison, MS (with Tim, his younger brother and only sibling). Rusty recently completed a second novel (COVENANT) which has not yet been published. VELVET SKY is a novel about hope, perseverance and love. It highlights the constant struggle of good and evil in all of us.
I finished Velvet Sky and it was absolutely brilliant, a work of fine art. I finished it, closed the book and just cried. I was so moved and I was so glad I read it... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003
The time, place and characters, even references to music, in the novel took me back to younger days, and while my own trials and tribulations of that time were not those of these... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003
During the summer I like reading books that remind me of my childhood and growing up in the south. VELVET SKY is the perfect book to transport you back in time (1960's/1970's) to... Read morePublished on June 13 2003
This novel, VELVET SKY by Rusty Van Reeves, is a multi-story effort. This guy knows how to cook on all cylinders. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2002
I found this book (VELVET SKY by Rusty Van Reeves) by accident while searching Amazon and I'm glad I stumbled upon it. This novel is all about secrets, love, and suspense. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2002
This novel is a fantastic cross between J.D.Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" and John Grisham's "The Client" and it'll keep you wondering about the multi-story... Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2002
VELVET SKY is a fast, deeply felt emotional ride set in central Mississippi in the 60s. The writer pulls you in from the first page and carries you on a journey that you won't soon... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2002
"Velvet Sky" by Rusty Van Reeves is a powerful and complex book that leads from one emotional crisis to another. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002 by Caroline P. Hampton