A Thousand Sleepless Nights

A family torn apart by neglect and hurt…
And brought together again by a most unlikely force

In the 1970s, escaping a home where he knew nothing but violence and hate, Jim Harding found work, and love, on the largest horse ranch in Virginia. The object of his affections, Nena St. Claire, is the daughter of the owner—a man who ruled his ranch with an iron fist and would do whatever it took to keep Nena and Jim apart.

Against the wishes of her family, Nena marries Jim, and after her father dies, she sacrifices everything—including her family—to keep the ranch alive. Now their three grown children have lives of their own and want nothing to do with Nena. She was never the mother they needed.

When cancer strikes and Nena is given a devastating diagnosis, can Jim reconcile the family before it is too late?

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Details: Purchase your copy of A Thousand Sleepless Nights from any vendor and email Michael at michaelkingwrites@gmail.com saying you did so. PLEASE put “free stuff” in the subject line and where you got the book in the message box. In return you’ll receive a link and password to a secret page containing free downloads. No need to provide proof of purchase; we’re going by the honor system here.


Mirror Image: A short story I co-wrote as Mike Dellosso with Aaron Reed. Aaron, a pastor, won the “Write a Short Story With Me” contest I held over the summer. This is the first time the story has been made public. Written in the style of Alfred Hitchcock’s psycho-thrillers, Mirror Image is about a man who discovers he has a double who has a much more exciting life than his. Believing he deserves the life his double is living, he plots to switch places. But reality isn’t always what it appears to be and what Dennis finds isn’t exactly what he expected.

A collection of 5 short essays I wrote including:
“The 3 Things That Matter the Most”
“Benefits of Being an Alien”
“Things I’ve Learned from Those Who Have Suffered”
“The Virtues of an Irritant”
“5 Things Suffering Reminds Us Of”

An 84-page journal of some of my most personal thoughts and devotionals written while in the midst of that valley that is cancer.

Purchase your copy: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  ChristianBook  |  Books-a-Million

***Charisma House Book Group and Michael King (a colon cancer survivor) are donating a portion of the proceeds of this book to the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) and their vision for a world free of colon cancer. The CCA is the nation’s leading colon cancer advocacy organization and is a community that provides hope and support to patients and their families while saving lives through screening, access, awareness, advocacy and research.

Read Michael’s story on the CCA website . . .

And learn more about the CCA by visiting www.ccalliance.org or calling their toll-free helpline at 1-877-322-4020.

Download the book’s official Press Kit: Press Kit -AThousand Sleepless Nights

What others are saying . . .

King writes with wisdom about the complications of family relationships and creates a tribute to mothers with cancer in their family histories. He is able to vicariously give life to a husband who is fighting against time. The author brings each relationship full circle in light of God’s hope.
RT Reviews, 4/4 Stars

A Thousand Sleepless Nights is an honest portrayal of life at its toughest, grace at its sweetest and forgiveness at its most powerful. Michael King’s beautiful, well-crafted story is one I will not soon forget.
–Ann Tatlock, Christy-award winning author of Promises to Keep

A Thousand Sleepless Nights brings an often under-discussed cancer to the spotlight and raises critical awareness.  This touching novel explores the impact that colon cancer has on the patient as well as family members.
–Nicole Sheahan, Director of Community Outreach, Colon Cancer Alliance

I found A Thousand Sleepless Nights incredibly readable. You understand minute by minute what Jim and Nena are feeling and start to project and fill in the blanks of where the story might go becasue you have forgotten you are reading a book. 5 Star Read.
–Mike Hamaker, President, WellSpan Health System, VNA Home Care

Michael King has penned a heart-wrenching yet touching tale about a family torn apart at the seams. His ease of storytelling pulls readers right into the lives of people on the brink, people struggling with the cards life has dealt them. King delivers a message that no matter our circumstances, no matter our troubles, there is always hope. This family saga touches on all levels. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy!
—C. J. Darlington, Author of Thicker Than Blood and cofounder of TitleTrakk.com

A Thousand Sleepless Nights is a tender love story. A realistic reminder that cancer has no boundries; it doesn’t care how old you are, how much money you have, or who loves and needs you. This beautifully written tale is a reminder of the  human spirit prevailing…love, forgiveness, courage, and dignity. A memorable read that touched me as a nurse, as a mother, as a daughter, as a sister, and as a woman.
–Deb Malpass, Nurse Manager, WellSpan VNA Home Care

A Thousand Sleepless Nights is a poignant, cautionary story that is beautifully written, reminding us that any success achieved at the expense of our family comes at a high price. I was impressed by Mr. King’s effective use of language to create visual images, which added a nice literary style to the novel without overshadowing its message. A touching and worthwhile read.
—Darrel Nelson, Author of The Anniversary Waltz and The Return of Cassandra Todd


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What readers are saying about A THOUSAND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS . . .

I have not been so deeply and utterly moved by a book in a very long time. A Thousand Sleepless Nights is a powerful and gripping novel that moved me greatly.
--Susan S.

A Thousand Sleeples Nights left me speechless as my heart and mind reconciled dealing with the trauma of cancer and a lifetime of regrets and finding God in the midst of it all. Sometimes a diagnosis of cancer can be God’s redemption.
--Jill J.

An emotionally steeped blessing of a story. One that pulled at my heart with one hand while holding a convicting mirror in the other.
--John U.

Great job. I hope and pray this book does for others what it did for me.
--Terri C.

I read A Thousand Sleepless Nights twice because it was that good. A very emotional story of a dysfunctional family, cancer, redemption and healing.
--Pat R.

I can really see how [this book] will be a blessing to many who have to face the devestation of cancer and loss.
--Tina H.

A Thousand Sleepless Nights will tug at your deepest emotions as it unfolds the evil of cancer and the power of relationships. The characters are endearing, real and relatable, as is the true battles they fight: illness, apathy, love, commitment and balancing life. King's novel strikes a vein, and sends hope to the heart of the matter--a fine read for anyone in need of healing.
--Donnalynn D.

This is a stirring novel that paints a great picture of cancer and its effects on not only those who have it, but their families and friends.
--Mark B.

A Thousand Sleepless Nights moved me so deeply I could not leave it alone until I’d read it completely. This bittersweet tale of illness--both physical and emotional--and the way lives are ultimately changed by its effects makes it a story for everyone, especially for those struggling to find forgiveness and healing.
--Claudette W.

A Thousand Sleepless Nights is a novel that touches you on a deep emotional level. It is a beautiful story about surviving, suffering, and what the true meaning of love is and how cancer, while devastating, can pull together a family torn apart by a past of neglect. A beautiful masterpiece!
--Joshua R.


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