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Sometimes Inner Strength Just "Sprouts": Unique Coming-of-Age Tale from Joseph Gergen

Growing up in today's world, it's hard enough to tell what is real and what isn't. AI, Insta's trying to see the forest through the trees.

Theo, the main character of Joseph Gergen's poignant tale, finds himself struggling more than most with just growing up.

But, hey. Most kids eventually sprout, right?


Not like Theo.

Read an excerpt from Gegner's unique comin-of-age tale, and take a chance at winning a $25 Amazon/B&N Gift Card in the tour wide giveaway below!

Book Details:

Theo and Sprout: A Journey of Growth

by Joseph Gergen

Genre: Literary Fiction (YA)

Publication Date: May 21, 2022


While Theo longs for some guidance through the perils of adolescence, the guidance he knew his family wouldn’t give him, he isn’t prepared for Sprout, his inner Divine Feminine, to present herself and offer it to him. In fact, he doesn’t appear to have a choice since Sprout, sassy and confident about her presence, won’t go away.



SPROUT. My brother had no idea the impact the nickname he derisively gave me would have. Neither of us knew how unwittingly appropriate it would become. Was it destiny or self-fulfilling prophecy? I don’t know. Memories and dreams and possibilities like to mix together. As far as my past is concerned and the makeup of who I am and what shaped me, I can make no distinction between memory and reality and dream. I usually don’t try.

While I certainly don’t remember all of my childhood, and many aspects are densely foggy, I remember with clarity the day my life changed. I was preparing for school in the basement bathroom—the small, cramped bathroom that seemed more like a large porta-potty with a shower than an actual bathroom. Wet towels covered the floor and almost all available surfaces. Countless toiletries jumbled themselves wherever space allowed them to balance or stack. Most of these did not belong to me. They belonged to my collection of brothers and sisters. I had a toothbrush. I knew that. Usually, I found toothpaste. If I absolutely needed a less common toiletry, I picked through a baffling array of products, many of which I had no understanding, until I found something useful.



Author Info:

Author of “Theo and Sprout”. Born and raised on the plains of North Dakota. Moved to Twin Cities because it’s actually warmer. Enjoy creating in whatever form it takes, including writing, painting, and furniture making. The enjoyment is in the doing. Looking to add a little magic to the world through art.

Other books include “Without a Pang” and “Methane Wars.”

Social Media:

Twitter: or @joegergen

Instagram: or @joegergen

Book Reviews:

Books Available at:

“Theo and Sprout” available as eBook, paperback and audiobook Amazon:

And Barnes and Noble as ebook and paperback:

“Without a Pang”

Available at Amazon as ebook and paperback:

“Methane Wars”

Available at Amazon as ebook and paperback:

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Sherry Strode
Sherry Strode
Aug 17, 2023

The book sounds fabulous.


Marianne Judy
Marianne Judy
Aug 17, 2023

Thank you for hosting today.

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