Ellen Everman's Pink Dice brims with diverse angles and colorful characters.  With nostalgic references to a mid-50's Cincinnati and images of young baby boomers running freely through the woods and within their own imaginations, Everman has captured the 1950s in a compelling style. There's a little something for everyone--girls coming of age, the bad boy who is really a good boy, a budding southern belle, an introspective pre-teen, an imaginary alter-ego, and a rooster called Mr. Shortcakes.  The banter, the emotional roller-coaster of teenagers and the showing off to gain the attention of an attractive member of the opposite sex is timeless.  Her description of Mary Lou as being "fifteen, going on Marilyn Monroe" makes a reader wish he were fifteen, going on Joe DiMaggio. 
-Jack Hicks, retired columnist, The Kentucky Post
PINK DICE, by Ellen Everman, is an absolutely wonderful experience.  After reading this delightful story, I immediately did two things--I read the book again and I called a few close friends and told them I was sending them copies to read.  PINK DICE is that good.
-Dr. John R. Powers
Broadway playwright & author

No one makes Cincinnati sparkle like Ellen Everman in her novel, PINK DICE.  Finally a book that describes Greater Cincnninati's special and unique qualities.  To the person who has passed through our city at night traveling north through the Northern Kentucky cut in the hill whereupon the city opens up fantastically:  If it has occurred to you that Cincinnati resembles the fictionalized City of Oz, Ms. Everman will take that one step further.  She'll make you believe it is.
-Douglas Rowe
Host of The Acoustic Avenue
89.7 WNKU Public Radio

Dear Ellen,
What can I say except that I loved the book; read every word with great care. The players came so clearly to me and I could relate to them from my 50's life. Memories, memories and more memories; Kennedy funeral, the first Tv after I entered Nursing School in 1952, the washer wringer machine replaced by the automatic; never a dryer though. My angora bobby socks, a gift from my babysitting days at Xmas time and my most treasured socks; saved for good. I didn't have a poodle skirt because my Mother told me not to depend on the latest fads; mine was shaped like a poodle skirt but was a white quilted skirt with black and red bumble bees and wide waist band with a tiny width black belt; I was a belt person but no more; my waist has grown.Crinolines; multi under the calf length party dresses; I had a blue sash on a embroidered dress but got the end of the sash in the toilet bowl at Bobs fraternity Dream Girl dance but still got the title of Dream  Girl of PKI. Ice house is a great memory; going there as well as them delivering ice to the house. My life was of Intersactum and The Green Beetle, Burns and Allen via radio. A great book that doesn't have to have leud sex descriptions to be understood. A great book and I feel a Classic that will be on the best list and would be a great movie in a time of need to remember what was and could be in our generation. Loved it. We need more books of this time.
-Love, Ana, a 50's babe

Loved the book! I couldn't put it down. I've passed it on already.
The way you wrapped events and emotions around Patti Rae was brilliant. I could so imagine being there – feeling her every reaction and observation.

Ellen, I loved your book. It was beautifully written.
Perhaps my favorite character was Francis. And Patti Rae, of course. I truly enjoyed the tenderness of their relationship, fanciful or not. I'm glad you gave it so much credenece. The need for more believers and fewer skeptics is timeless at any age, especially in the spiritual realm.
-An Admirer, Janis Seyler

I wanted to provide comments on your book since our meeting of happenstance at the N. Ky airport last year.
Historic biographies are my favorite genre-so I was really captivated by the references of 1956 including clothing, music and even the sensor hose at the filling station. ( I'm glad you didn't mention American Bandstand in the book. That show went national in
March 1957 out of Phila.)
Since your book didn't include gratuitous sex or vulgar language this book might be enriching to teens and young adults-especially that segment who live in SW Ohio or N. Kentucky. They could get an appreciation of life in that milieu.
Good luck in your future endevours!!
-Philly Tom

Francis will probably morph into different things for different people....another beautiful thing about literature. For me and I suspect for you Francis was a protector and also a sounding board for all that filtered through your sensitive and acutely aware mind. Francis never really left you because he is you. He's that part of you  that drives you to question and that makes you come to conclusions that are not always acceptable to others...so he hides from outsiders not desiring the attacks and criticism that are certain to come his way. As Patti Rae witnesses the unfolding of events that proves Francis to be innocent and the suspicions of the neighborhood to be false, she claims herself.  At that moment the magic of the woods are lost along with Francis, but in it's place stands a confident young lady who now has the strength to make choices based upon her observations rather than merely the input of others. No more rolling of the dice...responsibility takes it's place.  Loved it.  Makes one think.
-Patti Bannon

Good Morning Ellen...
Just a note to let you know that I finished you book.  I enjoyed it very much.  It brought back sweet memories of a more simple time.  I wish you good luck, good health, and much success!
-Louise Hay

Hi Ellen-- I hope Pink Dice works out well for you. Let's see, hmmm--Norman Mailer, Ernest Hemingway, Ellen Everman. Hey, that list looks about right! Best--

Ellen, I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how much I enjoyed your book.It brought back a lot of good memories of Fairview,the rocking horse, Dixie Heights and all of our friends . Tell Lawrence and Larry I said hello. I hope to see you soon.
-Bob Collett

I have finished the book. 
And I loved it. The book hooked me in the beginning, and had I been on vacation I would have read it straight through, as my interest in the story never slowed down all the way to the end.  And the end brought a surprise - I didn't expect the end to be what I personally felt my favorite part.
I am writing this while the feeling is completely fresh in my heart and I am humbled by the most powerful phrase in the book - for me.  It was "too many false worlds to conquer" - "too many high and important-looking buildings in the way" - wow.  That brings it home.  Tears welled strong in my eyes when those words unfolded on the page.
was a perfect, profound, "full circle" to the feelings the book evoked in me.  It was an awesome emotional journey from beginning to end.  You did a great job - as good as any other book I've read where my personal synopsis came quick and certain.  You belong with the great authors. The book is excellent.  I am too humbled at the moment to be my bouncy self...I'm just enjoying the feeling of quiet reflection on how great your writing skills are to be able to move people as I have been moved. 
From the bottom of my heart - I love you, honey!  More later when I'm back in my "normal (for me, that is - )" place!
-Becky Beck - just those 2 words make me smile!

Ellen, we are all so proud of you.  I sure hope that this book hits the best sellers list and a movie is made from this book because it would make a good picture.
Hugs and Love.

Hi Ellen,
I think this is wonderful!  Congratulations on your success!  Not only can we say we have original art by you permanently on display in the Children's Dept, but now we can also say we house your successful written work as well.
When's the next novel?

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