Philly Style and Philly Profile Reviews!

on November 23, 2016
The story follows the life of Carl, a basketball star, whose life is now suddenly under threat, by the gangs who inhabit the city of Philadelphia. His good looks, name and the glory that followed him, only make him a likely target in the eyes of Jake Meyers, a master drug dealer, who is jealous of him. Andy, a sportswriter, gets involved unknowingly, when he is handed over a bag, which has killed all those in possession of it. The unfolding of events, over the course of a few days, surrounding the brown leather bag, unravels many mysteries.

The book showcases how good and evil coexist and a handful of people’s attempts, to change a society involved in drugs and gangs. The author takes you on a journey, through the streets of Philadelphia, keeping you in suspense, along the whole way.

While neither the title, nor the cover does justice to the storyline, the old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” stands true in this case. The story is very well written, providing insightful glimpses into the lives of the ordinary citizens in Philadelphia, during the 70’s and their struggles with gangsters and drug peddlers.

on April 9, 2013
This is the second book of the Andy Pilgrim trilogy.While the title does not try to explain the book,that was the author`s intent.The title refers to something special, specific to the city of Philadelphia only. You have to read the book very carefully to understand what Julius is trying to say. He is being pervasive on purpose. This second book leads into the final book of the trilogy, “Ghost of Atlanta”

“Philly Style, Philly Profile” takes place in the 70’s.Andy, a black man, works for the Philly Bulletin.He is immediately confronted by one of the many problems that black men had to deal with then and now…RACISM.That`s just one central issue. Added, we find out that he is slated to cover high school sports and we are immediately introduced to 2 more very dangerous threats…DRUGS and GANGS.

Andy gets caught up deeply in this mix when he befriends Carl, an up and coming basketball player whose getting ready to go off to college in just a few days. I won`t spoil the story for you but I will say that it`s extremely fast-paced and relevant for the times. Of course all cities big and small sadly still face these same issues.

You will read this and, once you do, you`ll want to continue the saga in “Ghost of Atlanta”.I would be remiss if I did not take a moment and mention the fantastic editing in this super story. I read this, looking for mistakes and I found very few. My hat`s off to Julius’ editor, Moneysaver Editing. Keep writing Julius, great job!




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Julius Thompson New Audiobooks!

43196Wow! It feels incredible that I have two of my books on Audio Books..

Laura Jackman did a wonderful job with Jumpstarting Your Inner Novelist that I co-Authored with my editor Dennis DeRose.

Roger Wood did a fantastic narration in bringing my novel, Philly Style and Philly Profile to Life.

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        Philly Style and Philly Profile: Philadelphia streets were never silent. Gang wars on corners, screeching cars on avenues, and squealing steel trolley tires on tracks kept you alert for the next confrontation. The playgrounds were sometimes silent. These were sanctuaries where you confronted your deepest memories; places packed with people, but were virtually empty on late summer mid-days. Streets that were made habitable again by the actions of a few good men.

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Monday Writing Tips: Consult with Julius on “Point of View” in a novel!

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How am I going to tell my story? Which point of view (POV) should I use. Your goal as an author is to decide on the point of view I want to use to tell my story. You must swallow hard and try to figure out Point of View”: the “Voice” in which to write your novel…so many choices! Point of View is the way the author allows you to “see” and ‘hear” what’s going on in a novel.

Writing Tip:  Your objective is find the best POV to tell your story: First, Second or Third-person point of view. Ask yourself: What serves the story best? For Example: Write a paragraph in three different point of views and see which one works best for your novel.

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Monday Writing Tips: Consult With Julius on Description in a novel!


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Your goal as an author is to “Be Specific” in your novel: A clarion call to all creative writers as you pull your readers into the “Fictive Dream” of your book. That’s the reason description is considered an art form. Description is simply a portrayal in words, of something that can be perceived by the senses.

    Writing Tip:  Your objective is to use sensory language: sight, sound, taste, feel, etc. It must be vivid. For example, keep a Descriptive journal, where you keep your writing exercises. One exercise you can do: observe and then describe the event in vivid words. Your writing must be concrete or vivid; add specific details, show sensory images, etc.

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Monday Writing Tips: Consult with Julius on Subplots!

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How do you use subplots to your advantage in crafting a novel?

A subplot is a secondary plot that is supporting a side story for any story or main plot line.

Have you ever driven down one of those winding backroads in a rural area and couldn’t figure out how to get back to the main highway? Well, that is the feeling a reader gets when they read a novel and get lost in the tangling subplots.

Your goal as an author is to create a little depth in your novel, maybe a little suspense, but not take anything away from your main plot and pull your reader out of the “Fictive Dream”.

Writing Tip:  Your objective is to pick and choose when to use or add subplots to add depth to your book. For example, the main character can have more than one goal, usually relating to the main goal in some way.

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Monday Writing Tip: Consult with Julius…on setting!

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Where am I?

This is a question you DON’T want your readers to dwell on as they turn the pages of your novel. You must craft a vivid realistic setting to act as a backdrop canvass in order for your characters to perform within it.

This setting/sense of place must be credible. It must permeate the novel and evoke emotions in your characters. Maybe create a setting that puts your protagonist at a disadvantage. Now, you have conflict that builds reader interest.

Be Realistic!

Writing Tip: When choosing the setting for your novel, ask yourself these questions:

  1. What year is it?
  2. What city/and or town do my characters live in?
  3. What kind of architecture is found in my setting?
  4. What can I do to paint a picture of the setting in the reader’s mind?
  5. What season is it?
  6. What is the weather like?

Build your setting on these and other questions that is specific to your novel.

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Monday Memories: Philadelphia Playgrounds in the Seventies!


It’s Monday and time for another installment of Julius JE Thompson‘s Monday Memories from the award winning journalist, novelist and coach.

When I was a sportswriter for the Philadelphia Bulletin during the seventies, I spent time exploring and learning the different Philly neighborhoods.

Basketball was played in every playground, recreation center, church gym, and anywhere you could cram a court. I wanted to know: Why were Philly basketball players so skilled in “The City Game?”

I visited 48th and Woodland, Kingsessing and other meccas of basketball to see players practice their skills over the course of many summers. Eventually, they tried out for the Sonny Hill League teams which played games at air-conditioned McGonigle Hall on the campus of Temple University.

For a sportswriter, these encounters provided material for some of the best human interest stories of the year. The summer was a time to find unusual features to fill up the sports pages. For me, I wanted to find human interest stories that captured the essence of Philadelphia basketball.

For example, I watched a playground legend, John Smith who lived across from Clarke Park, develop his game. I did a feature story on his exploits. He was a talented point guard who moved from the cement court at 48th and Woodland to the hardwood at Ben Franklin High.

I watched players practice in the scorching hot summer afternoons when Philadelphia playgrounds were never silent. Gang wars on corners, screeching cars on avenues, and squealing steel trolley tires on the tracks kept you alert for the next confrontations.

On the basketball court at 48th and Woodland, the occasional thump of a basketball striking the cement startled the hibernating ghosts of past hoop games. I saw players pass under the gate to engage in one-on-one battles. The kids spent more time wiping sweat form their foreheads than dribbling a basketball.

For a lot of the players this was “the bridge to something else” and a way to earn a spot on a summer league team and then maybe be good enough to make the JV or Varsity team at Overbrook, West Philadelphia, John Bartram, University City or any of the other Philadelphia Public League teams.

The kids had a plan, an organized procedure for improving their “Skill Set”.

First, they practiced everyday under the sun and then tried out for a team like Herb (Uncle Herb) Adams in West Philly, Bill Berry in South Philly or Jon Kinley in Germantown. And there were other community and recreation leaders like Bob Johnson at Gustine Lake, Warren Tanksley at Kingsessing and others who groomed the Philly basketball players that set the stage for the explosion of the tremendous growth of basketball talent in seventies Philadelphia.

I watched players get off the trolley that clanked up and down Woodland Avenue with three of four T-shirts hanging from the back of their pants. They traveled from playground to playground, changing shirts, playing a game and then hop on the trolley or bus to the next playground. With this work ethic, the players improved and honed their talent.

They played on 12-14, 14-16 and 16-18 teams working hard to be able to try out for the Sonny Hill League team in South Philly, North Philly and Germantown, etc. Maybe, you could play for a team called Mrs. Pauls’ Pals or travel to Narberth Playground in Delaware County for games.

Players in the seventies worked hard on these outdoor courts and it was a different era. Today, what do you have…AAU?

What are some of your memories from the “Cement” playground basketball courts?

Julius J.E. Thompson
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