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Hot Season

Hot Season

by Susan DeFreitas

2017 Gold IPPY Award Winner

 

“One of 25 Oregon writers every Oregonian must read” –The Oregonian

Featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB Public Radio), with her writers group,The Guttery

One of the most-listened to interviews on ‘Today’s Best Writers in Conversation with Host David Naimon’, KBOO 90.7 FM Between the Covers podcast

Hot Season was recently featured on the Rose City Reader book blog 3-27-17: Mailbox Monday

More Features and Events

3-30-17: Book Beginning; 4-4-17: Teaser Tuesday; 4-8-17: Author Interview

Spillers interview, “The Voice of Phoenix Fiction”

She was recently interviewed by Portland public radio station, OPB, for a show called State of Wonder, with her writing group, The Guttery: Airtimes TBA.

She is presenting at book clubs this spring

2.23.17 at 5:30 pm Happy Hour with Indigo Editing at Zeus Cafe (303 SW 12th Ave,) Portland, OR

3.26.17 at 2:00 pm Author Appearance at Newport Public Library (35 NW Nye St.) Newport, OR

4.2.17 at 7:00 pm Presentation at Tsunami Books (2585 Willamette St) Eugene, OR

4.7–8.17 at (panel various times) IBPA’s Publishing University (Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway) Portland, OR

4.11.17 at 7 pm Author Appearance at Broadway Books (1714 NE Broadway St) Portland, OR

4.17.17 at 7:30 pm Group reading for City of Weird anthology at Post 134 (2104 NE Alberta St) Portland, OR

4.18.17 at 7 pm Reading at Annie Bloom’s (7834 SW Capitol Hwy) Portland, OR

4.20.17 at 7 pm Group Reading at Another Read Through (3932 N Mississippi Ave) Portland, OR

An outlaw activist on the run. A pipeline set to destroy a river. And three young women who must decide who to love, who to trust, and what to sacrifice for the greater good.

In the tinder-dry Southwest, three roommates—students at Deep Canyon College, known for its radical politics—are looking for love, adventure, and the promise of a bigger life that led them West.

Based in part on real events in the early nineties and mid-aughts—Hot Season explores what Oregon Book Award Winner Cari Luna called “the charged terrain where the youthful search for identity meets the romantic, illicit lure of direct action.”

Praise for Hot Season

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Hot Season


by Susan DeFreitas
Release date: November 1, 2016
Genre: Eco-activist-fiction, Suspense
Price: $17.88
ISBN: 978-1-941861-28-8

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“A stunning debut novel.”

Huffington Post Books

“DeFreitas oscillates between elegant description and coarse dialog, between cool river grove shade and damning desert sunshine. From the unforgiving arid land that baked it, HOT SEASON prospers in the heat.”

Snow Day

“Enjoy the gorgeous prose and thought-provoking narrative in HOT SEASON, and wait for the next novel from this talented writer.”

Ecolitbooks.com

“Magnificent. A stunning book.”

—Rene Denfeld, multi award-winning author of The Enchanted

“Steeped in a slow-boil sensuality, and the wide-eyed innocence of the young, but also with the suspicion of the status quo, this examination of current climate fears is a must-read.”

—Powell’s Books

“A true Prescott novel, Hot Season asks big questions — not only about water rights and the importance of riparian corridors in the West, but about what it means to fight for the natural world. Young and idealistic, the three protagonists, Katie, Jenna and Rell, attend Deep Canyon College (whose real life inspiration was our own Prescott College). These three roommates negotiate love and the lure of monkey-wrenching in the time of rumored undercover agents in the classroom. And heat — did I mention the heat? For much of the novel it is summer, the air scorched, the heat palpable. Beautifully written, “Hot Season” sizzles with nuanced friendships, passion, and the search for identity, so malleable during the college years. As DeFreitas eloquently puts it, “All these selves were turning into other selves, burning off in the heat of this strange summer.”

Peregrine Book Company

“That Hot Season remains universal while at the same time remaining centered on an all female cast of main characters speaks to the importance of diversity in fiction…. Reading Hot Season is a trip to who we all used to be and might provide some insight on just who exactly we are now.”

thecollagist.com

“Forsaking savvy precociousness in favor of off-putting credulity is a calculated risk that pays dividends as Katie incrementally transforms from a culturally expropriating green-horn to the mohawked eco-warrior known only as ‘K’….the reader can feel the electric thrum of the landscape, the region, and the natural world…she weaves an unconscious illusion into a dawning truth…that the land is alive and that it has reached us at last.”

Texas Books in Review

“She is carving a niche for herself among environmental novelists such as Margaret Atwood, Edward Abbey and Barbara Kingsolver.”

—Amazon review

“DeFreitas gives us a moment on the timeline of our lives–when, over a four-year span, we grow from someone in search of an identity into fully formed humans with ideas, opinions, true friends and a wisdom often gleaned from our own stupidity.”

Carmel Magazine

“Earth-shatteringly good…as if Donna Tartt had been edited by Gordon Lish. Hot Season is that wonderful mix of literary thoughtfulness and instinctual storytelling gifts.”

Read It Forward

“A brisk read with a potent mix of wit and edge.”

Arizona Daily Sun

“DeFreitas carries this laidback realism through Hot Season, from seemingly minor details that build her rich universe—the color of a sunset, the horrible white-people dreads of college manarchists, the yerba maté beside the soil science textbook—to the book’s complicated, relatable women characters. (The men of Hot Season are refreshingly peripheral.) From unhappily coupled Jenna’s fantasy of solo life on a ranch without men, to Rell’s levelheaded attempt to balance her political ideals with the practical demands of her life, to Katie’s dangerous attraction to self-mythologizing, Hot Season is really a book about women. It’s a sad fact that in many activist movements, women and other marginalized people are often drowned out by swaggering white-guy hypocrisy. Here, they’re given room to breathe, and watching their various sundry selves evolve is something I’m glad to have witnessed.

Portland Mercury

“Hot Season by Susan DeFreitas brings contemporary environmental activism into the literary vernacular at an interesting moment. ….the novel’s saga of political tension surrounding commercial development chimes intriguingly with current news.”

—Donna Miele, Rain Taxi

“Hot Season, Susan DeFreitas’s finely wrought debut novel, explores the charged terrain where the youthful search for identity meets environmental activism and the romantic, illicit lure of direct action. A compelling book.”

—Cari Luna, Oregon Book Award winner,
author of The Revolution of Every Day

 

“In Susan DeFreitas’s riveting debut, the desert looms large over the dreams and desires of three friends contending with big questions — such as who to love, who to trust, and what to sacrifice for the greater good. A tale of youth, lust, and activism, Hot Season is a beguiling college novel in the tradition of The Secret History.”

—Mo Daviau, author of Every Anxious Wave

 

“Susan DeFreitas’s powerful, timely novel asks big questions—not only about water rights and the importance of riparian corridors in the West, but about what it means to fight for the natural world.”

—Michaela Carter, author of Further
Out Than You Thought

 

“A beautiful book that asks the crucial question, is it worse to destroy a dam or to destroy a river? Which is to say, how do we live our conscience on a crowded, corrupted planet?”

—Monica Drake, author of The Stud Book

 

Prescott Arts Beat Interview

Prescott’s Daily Courier

Portland Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) Interview

Praise for Susan DeFreitas

“Terrific.”

—Jess Walter, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller
Beautiful Ruins

“Irresistible—funny and whip smart and dead-on.”

—David Long, author of The Inhabited World

OPB Radio on Susan’s writing group, The Guttery

 
 
 
 

About the Author

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Susan DeFreitas’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in The Utne Reader, Southwestern American Literature, The Nervous Breakdown, Story Magazine, and Fourth River, among other publications. DeFreitas lived in the high country of central Arizona, where Hot Season is set, for fourteen years, and covered topics related to the environment and green technology until 2009, when she moved to the Pacific Northwest. Melanie Bishop, writing for Huffington Post Books, called her “a spokesperson for our times.”
Web site: http://susandefreitas.com/books/

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Leaving Kent State Leaving Kent State

Leaving Kent State

Leaving Kent State

 

Leaving Kent State

by Sabrina Fedel

Moombeam Gold medalist; Mother’s Choice Award Gold medalist; LitPick 5-Star Review Award winner; Finalist in the 2018 Literary Classics Book Awards

A young adult novel revealing the modern relevance of the first school shooting in the US, at Kent State University in 1970, by the National Guard

On May 4, 1970, the campus of Kent State University became the final turning point in Americans’ tolerance for the Vietnam War, as National Guardsmen opened fire on unarmed student protestors, killing four and wounding nine. It was one of the first true school shootings in our nation’s history. A new young adult novel, Leaving Kent State (Harvard Square Editions), by debut author Sabrina Fedel, brings to life America’s political and social turmoil as it ushered in the new decade of the 1970s. Throughout the harsh winter of 1969-1970, Kent, Ohio, became a microcosm of the growing unrest that threatened the very nature of democracy.

Told from the viewpoint of seventeen-year-old Rachel Morelli, Leaving Kent State explores themes of the day that are strikingly similar to our own: terrorism, war, racial injustice, and gender inequality. As Rachel struggles to convince her dad that she should go to Pratt University in New York to pursue her dream of becoming an artist, Kent slips ever further off of its axis, in step with the growing discord across the nation. Caught between her love for her next door neighbor, Evan, a boy who has just returned from Vietnam, and her desire to escape Kent, Rachel must navigate a changing world to pursue her dreams.

“While our nation has largely forgotten what happened on May 4, 1970,” says the author, “it was a defining moment for the way in which Americans consider involvement in war. While popular sentiment initially blamed the students for the massacre, it became clear in the years immediately following that something had gone terribly wrong in our democracy for American troops to have opened fire on unarmed college students. In our own protest laden present, the shootings at Kent State remain a valuable lesson in the escalation of force during peaceful citizen protests.”

Leaving Kent State


by Sabrina Fedel
Release date: November 11, 2016
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Romance
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-24-0

Praise for Leaving Kent State

“This story of an important and shocking moment in United States history is a solid addition to libraries and has a wide appeal.”

School Library Journal

“A love story that engagingly merges themes of art and anger.”

Kirkus

“The historical elements were intertwined with a love story, one so classic and swoon-worthy that you can’t help but become invested.”

LitPick 5-Star Review

“The writing here is strong, with evocative prose that gives us a great sense of time and place.”

Book Pipeline

“The simmering love of Rachel, a budding artist, for Evan, a maimed Vietnam vet, explodes beneath the thunderclouds of political tumult and student rebellion. You savor every sentence, but, knowing where it’s heading, you can’t turn the pages fast enough. Kent State is a spot-on historical drama and one visceral, thrilling debut!”

—Tony Abbott, award winning author of Firegirl

“A poignant and gripping tale of a young girl’s love for a Vietnam Vet played out against state-side resistance to an immoral war. The ensuing violence on a college campus is conveyed with stunning historical accuracy.”

—Pat Lowery Collins, acclaimed author of The Fattening Hut

“LEAVING KENT STATE does what excellent historical fiction is supposed to do–it breathes life into an era. Through the eyes of its young protagonist, this well-researched novel recreates the tensions in Kent, Ohio, during the Vietnam War years and the tragedy that resulted. Readers will love Sabrina Fedel’s masterfully drawn characters, her compelling plot, and her rich prose. This is the debut novel of a sensitive and accomplished writer.”

—Patricia Harrison Easton, author of the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award winning Davey’s Blue-Eyed Frog

 

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About the Author

Sabrina Fedel’s fiction and poetry has appeared in online and print journals. In addition to winning LitPick 5-Star Review Award for her debut novel Leaving Kent State, she is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee, as well as a 2016 nominee for a storySouth Million Writers Award and a Sundress Publications Best of the Net ’16 Award. Sabrina holds her MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Writing for Young People, from Lesley University in Cambridge. You can often find her on twitter @writeawhile, or follow her blog at www.sabrinafedel.com, and she loves pictures so Instagram is a favorite hangout. She writes from Pittsburgh, where she lives in a small house with lots of people and animals, some of whom think she’s funny.

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Four Tales of Troubled Love Four Tales of Troubled Love

Four Tales of Troubled Love

Four Tales of Troubled Love

Four Tales of Troubled Love

by Matthew James Babcock

 
 

BYU Idaho Radio Excerpt of Four Tales of Troubled Love

 

Enter this tetrad of tangled love tales at the turn of the last millennium when what were then the latest technologies—personal computers, fax machines, and mobile phones—started to short-circuit pacemakers. This tour de four of realistic love stories operates operatically, like a piece of music in four movements, sometimes zany and tragic, at times surreal and sublime.

Help Phone Thirteen’ (scherzando con misterioso): A young father moves his family across the country to escape his oppressive in-laws and, when his job and marriage implode, gets guidance from a mystical voice on a “help phone” at the local mall and a professional clown masquerading as social savior.

‘Meer, Tarn, Water, Fell’ (marcia moderato con fuoco): A poetry-loathing Dutch tour bus driver on a stopover in The Lake District plots revenge on his German ex-wife, unaware that the daughter he never knew he had has followed him half way around the world for the love she was denied.

‘Impressions’ (appassionato): An ex-military pilot turned tech CEO finds his unconventional marriage and newfound faith at odds when he discovers the joys and dangers that come with waiting for answers from heaven and the heart.

‘The Seal’ (eroico non troppo): A young family, caught between the baby blues and the deep blue sea, battles professional and personal pressures, but thanks to a homeless benefactor and captive harbor seal, learns that loving the environment and loving each other are a matter of instinct.

T. S. Eliot had his Four Quartets of poetry, now comes a foursome of fiction. For beach readers, literature connoisseurs, and book club junkies alike, these tales will quadruple the pleasure in reflecting on how we live and love. Wherever you take them, they will find you once again, in love with trouble and troubled by love.

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Four Tales of Troubled Love


by Matthew James Babcock
Release date: January 25, 2019
Genre: Literary Fiction
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-62-2

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Praise for Four Tales of Troubled Love

 

“Matthew James Babcock is charming with a poetic bent…. Throughout all the stories there is a push and pull for what love really means. For all those beach readers or book clubs looking for their next read — this is it.”

⎯J Bowen West, The Times News
 
 

“With sentences like, ‘His sick heart swings like a clapperless bell,’ Matthew James Babcock’s Four Tales of Troubled Love is a banquet of rich, abundant and wildly inventive language.  In these novellas, only oddly matched lovers survive, and the fantastic and hilarious are indistinguishable from the painful and dismal.  A unique and exceptional book.”

⎯John Vernon, Author of Lucky Billy

 

Poetry by Matthew James Babcock

Running at Trearddur Bay
 
 

About the Author


 

A veteran presenter, professor, and reader, Matthew James Babcock has traveled, studied, and written in Utah, New York, Pennsylvania, Great Britain, Germany, and has come home to roost in the great basins of the Rocky Mountain Northwest. He lurks online under the code name ‘Wordman’. Visit Matt’s web site.

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A Bowl Full of Nails A Bowl Full of Nails

A Bowl Full of Nails

A Bowl Full of Nails

Independent Publishers Book Awards Medalist

Finalist, Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction

Finalist, Indiefab Book of the Year

Barnes & Noble Book Launch, April 21, 2015

Fiery young Gus Bessemer vows to stop the war in Vietnam. His weapon of choice? Guerrilla street theater. But when a shotgun-wielding riot squad loads up with live ammo, Gus’ defiant art attack screeches to a halt.

Nursing rage and confusion, Gus heads for the Colorado Rockies to get his head together, only to discover that—even surrounded by rugged mountain beauty—there’s no escaping the war at home . . . or himself.

Charles Degelman reads an excerpt on public radio

 

“A Bowl Full of Nails is a distinctive novel that evokes a time and place with rich dialogue and detail. Degelman has conjured up a blend of patchouli, Bob Dylan lyrics, Indian print textiles, and hippie slogans and set them down in a windswept patch of the Colorado Rockies, making for a textured and evocative book.”

— Rachel Jagareski, Foreword Reviews

 


“A Bowl Full of Nails offers the reader a suspense-filled tale bursting with humor, espionage, and rebellion while the author explores the dance between personal demons and political resistance.”

— Carl Logan, Midwest Book Review

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A Bowl Full of Nails

by Charles Degelman

There’s no escaping the war at home . . . or himself

Release date: February 1, 2015
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Suspense
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-9895960-4-6

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“BERKELEY, May 15, 1969 — Riot police carrying shotguns killed one bystander and wounded several protesters…the factual event that begins the fictional odyssey of Gus Bessemer, antiwar activist in Degelman’s A Bowl Full of Nails . . . a gonzo re-creation of a deadly serious time.”

— Susan Weinstein, Not Another Book Review

 

A Bowl Full of Nails reminds us that the ‘60s weren’t just about flowers and stoned hippies. With a dynamic plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat, this rough-edged tale bursts with humor, rebellion, tragedy, betrayal, and espionage.”

—Mary Mackey, author of Season of Shadows

 

“In A Bowl Full of Nails, Degelman builds a marvelous suspense that lures the reader on a trip into the past, to a power place where big things happened. I could taste the ‘60s gestalt in the back of my throat..”

—Destiny Kinal, Founder, Reinhabitory Institute,
author ofBurning Silk

 

About the Author:

 

Charles Degelman lives in Los Angeles with his companion on the road of life and four cats. He teaches screenwriting and media studies at California State University, Los Angeles.

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People and Peppers, A Romance People and Peppers, A Romance

People and Peppers, A Romance

People and Peppers, A Romance

Gossipy, intimate, and provocative, and set in Trinidad and New York City, People and Peppers, A Romance gives a diverting peek into the nuances of a Caribbean island’s callaloo of inter-racial and multicultural social mores. James’s main characters are complex, motivated, and fun to know. Tall and handsome, the main protagonist, Vivion K Pinheiro, is the bastard of a half-Portuguese, half Afro-Haitian woman, and an attractive New Yorker with carrot-colored hair who danced beautifully. Accomplished as well, Vivion has earned national prestige as a scholar and athlete. As a young man trying to realize dreams, he can be selfish yet thoughtful, deceptive yet generous—no real villain, just a callow fella getting over by pulling the tricky strings of privilege and personal charm.
 

An important factor in his dream actualization is Vivion’s doting, wealthy mother to whom he confessed an ambition to construct an ecologically sensitive, self-sufficient house on countryside property she bought for him. He imagines the finished structure to be surrounded by a pepper farm that grows Moruga Red Scorpion peppers—the hottest on the planet.
 

A significant stubbing-stone to his ambitions though, is a habit of dodging difficulties—when the goings get tough, Vivion’s gone. How he deals with this failing is only one serving of this fine novel. Of other satisfying portions is the influence of the women in his life. In earlier novels, James’s female characters have been admirable stalwarts and he doesn’t disappoint here. Andaluza, the mother, is an indulgent one. Nikki, the lover, is a strong other. This empathetic novel superbly speaks to women’s compassion and tolerances in the name of love. So let’s live with Vivion as he discovers and submits to the sublime effects of romantic love and father issues.
 
 

“James (Fling with a Demon Lover) turns a love letter to Trinidad into this stylish literary novel filled with sensuous prose and colorful setting.”

Publishers Weekly

 

 

“James (Secrets; A Fling with a Demon Lover) introduces readers to the crazy quilt of ethnicities, cultures, and religions that make up the island of Trinidad. He writes in a Trinidadian lilt that is catchy, charming, and much like calypso. Following Vivion around New York is like trying to do the limbo. How low can he go without hitting the ground? And observing the group of smart capable women who keep Vivion on track is a salute to feminism at its most delightful. This is a romance with life well worth reading.”

Library Journal, Andrea Kempf

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“An unforgettable tale.”

Midwest Book Review, Elizabeth Nunez, Ph.D.

 
 

 
 

 
 

“Peoples and Peppers, A Romance, draws on complex interactions between diverse peoples, men and women, from Dominican Republic, Trinidad, New York, and Japan. Kelvin Christopher James captures their intimacies and compromises with fluent, accurate, and tasty expression in an ecology of people and pepper varieties in the field, and with sweet language, they linger on the reader’s mental palate.”

 —Dr. Brader Brathwaite

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People and Peppers,
A Romance

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Gossipy, intimate, and provocative

Release date: March 11, 2015
Genre: Multicultural
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-98-1

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Praise for Kelvin’s Jumping Ship and Other Stories:
 
“A warm and gifted raconteur.”

New York Times

 
 

Praise for Secrets, A novel:

“Incantatory . . . the finest novel to come out of the Caribbean
experience since V.S. Naipaul’s A House for Mr. Biswas.”

—Washington Post

 
 

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People and Peppers, a Romance by Kelvin Christopher James

People and Peppers, a Romance

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About the Author

 

Kelvin Christopher James has been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. He is the critically-acclaimed author of five novels: Secrets, a Novel (Villard & Vintage & KDP Indie), Fling with a Demon Lover (HarperCollins & KDP Indie), The Sorcerer’s Drum, Web of Freedom, Mooch, the Meek (KDP Indies), and short story collections Jumping Ship and other stories (Villard & KDP Indie), City Lives, Crazy Loves, Backcountry Tales (KDP Indies).

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No Worse Sin by Kyla Bennett No Worse Sin by Kyla Bennett

No Worse Sin by Kyla Bennett

No Worse Sin by Kyla Bennett

No Worse Sin by Kyla Bennett

Two teens in love must make the ultimate sacrifice

to avert global disaster

 

Book events:

June 25th, 6:30 p.m. at Ames Free Library – Queset House, 51 Main Street, North Easton, MA

Sharon Public Library, 11 N. Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067 – Autumn 2015 – A panel of 5 authors

Mansfield, MA – To be determined

First-period English class is the last place 17-year-old Laena expects to have her entire existence thrown into a tailspin. But when Cree, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous boy, mysteriously appears in her classroom, Laena knows nothing will ever be the same. Before Laena can decide who Cree really is or whether anything he says is true, she falls for him. Hard.

Cree claims he has seen the future, and it is devastating. Working frantically to avert impending disaster, the two teens plunge into a battle between science and faith that threatens everything Laena has ever known. Surviving high school is tough. But it’s even tougher while fighting for your life, the boy you love, and the fate of the planet.

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No Worse Sin

by Kyla Bennett

Two teens in love must make the ultimate sacrifice - cli-fi (climate fiction) adventure

Release date: May 11, 2015
Genre: Romance, Cli-fi, Science Fiction, Suspense
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-01-1

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“As riveting a read as it is entertaining, No Worse Sin will have special appeal to teenage and young adult adventure novel enthusiasts. No Worse Sin documents author Kyla Bennett as an exceptionally talented writer who is able to deftly craft a complex, original, and deeply engaging story. Very highly recommended for school and community library YA Fiction collections….”

Midwest Book Review

Eco-Fiction Interviews Kyla Bennett

 

About the Author

After receiving a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Connecticut, Kyla Bennett attended Lewis and Clark’s Northwestern School of Law, where she obtained a J.D. with a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Kyla returned to the east coast in 1989, when she began work at the Boston office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doing wetlands permitting and enforcement. She soon became EPA’s Wetlands Enforcement Coordinator for New England, and stayed in that position until she left EPA in 1999. Kyla then worked as the Deputy Director of Habitat for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), headquartered on Cape Cod. After two years of protecting wildlife and their habitats around the world, Kyla joined Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Today, Kyla is the Director of New England PEER, working to protect local, state and federal employees who protect the environment.

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Close by Erika Raskin Close by Erika Raskin

Close by Erika Raskin

Close by Erika Raskin

Close by Erika Raskin

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1035 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Should family therapy be a spectator sport?

 

2014 USA Best Book Award Literary Fiction Finalist
On the ballot for Teen Choice Book of the Year

Close, a novel of family and suspense. Single mom Kik Marcheson is doing the best she can — but effort doesn’t seem to count for much in the parenting department. Her oldest daughter is swimming in the deep end of adolescence; the middle-child slash good-girl is fraying along the edges; and the baby, a quirky kindergartner, has befriended an imaginary playmate. When a TV therapist offers help, they take it. And then things go from bad to terrifying.

 

Reviews

“Discovering that you are not alone in your battles is sometimes a relief – or not. Close by Erika Raskin does just that by revealing the imperfections of the Marcheson family. This book tells a poignant and edgy story of a divorced-family dynamic through complex characters and the real life struggles of parenting and adolescence. While trying to get help for the Marcheson daughters this family experiences something that will shock you.”

LitPick Student Book Reviews, 5 Star Rating, www.litpick.com

 

“Raskin easily balances humor and drama in this novel about parenting, reality TV, and family. Erika Raskin’s Close is a welcoming and nuanced novel that offers a window into the life of the Marcheson family—with ultimately much of America peering through that window as well.”

Foreword Reviews 5 Heart Rating

 

“This book is all about relationships between people and knowing when to forgive and when to let go. It focuses on the theme of trust and what happens when that fragile trust is broken. CLOSE by Erika Raskin is a great read for any teenager and the characters are all extremely relatable. While most families will fortunately never experience the pain of a missing child or the humiliation of national criticism, the actions and struggles of the characters will touch readers as they hope for a happy ending for the Marcheson family.”

Teen Reads

 

“Author Erika Raskin’s ability to deftly blend humor and drama into a relentlessly entertaining novel that holds the reader’s rapt attention from beginning to end without letup is truly impressive! Very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections…”

Midwest Review

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Close , by Erika Raskin

A novel of family and suspense

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-9895960-3-9
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Release October 31, 2016
Price: $15.88
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Close by Erika Raskin, looks at the fragile link that holds families together. The unraveling of one thread can rapidly lead to the disassembling of the whole unit. Parents and children may have the best intentions, but they don’t always let their true selves be known.”

Mother Daughter Book Club

 

“. . . Close details the moving, wryly funny and ultimately fateful actions of a single mother trying to cope with raising three daughters. “

Streetlight

 

“Crisply written. A page-turner of significance. This wise debut novel, Close, slices into 21st century motherhood on an academic campus revealing expected and unexpected terrors and tenderness. Erika Raskin captures the thousands of small choices that can go tragically wrong on an ordinary day, the perils of making the private public, and the vulnerability that comes with loving a child. Her ability to portray a mother’s love for three very different children is uncanny.”

—Alice Randall, Author of The Wind Done Gone

“Wow. Erika Raskin’s right-on-the-money observations and incisive prose pull you directly into the heart of this messy, endearing family. It’s an accelerating story of entwined love and dread, and it left me breathless.”

—Janis Jaquith, public radio commentator,
newspaper columnist

“Raskin’s debut novel delivers witty, insightful prose, flesh and blood characters and a compelling plot with a twist that keeps you on the edge of your seat. A terrific read!”

—Deborah M. Prum, author of First Kiss
and Other Cautionary Tales

 

“When Erika Raskin writes that the father ‘downshifted into the somnolent whisper of the Permanently Disappointed’ she forcefully sets the tone of her well-paced novel. Close paints an astute yet funny portrait of three daughters and a mother trying to cope with their fractured family. Her vivid characters remind me of many families I’ve treated over the years.”

—Justin A. Frank, M.D., Psychoanalyst and
best-selling author of Obama on the Couch

“Raskin’s debut novel will keep you turning the pages in this turbulent family drama, and you’ll cheer on as the Marchesons get their collective act together despite their all-knowing TV therapist.”

—Jenny Gardiner, author of Kindle #1 Bestseller
Slim to None

• Erika Raskin’s second novel, Best Intentions, Macmillan

• Visit Erika’s website at www.erikaraskin.net

• Author Twitter @ErikaRaskin

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The College of Corn The College of Corn

The College of Corn

The College of Corn

The College of Corn

by Kunyang He

A tragicomic story set in a Midwest university town, The College of Corn portrays a community of overseas Chinese students and immigrants, and three fledging young woman scholars — one from Taiwan, one Mainlander, and one Hong Konger — experiencing early adulthood, the reality of the American dream, commercialized education, and romance in a troubled country and flawed academia.

Rachel, a Ph.D. student from China and the chief editor of a “notorious” local Chinese newspaper has been using the paper as a weapon for scathing criticism and as a channel for underdogs’ grievances. She is struggling with budget deficit and continual threats from the authorities and her own compatriots. The story is told from the point of view of Alex, the newspaper’s graphic designer and Rachel’s secret admirer. While the newspaper is short-staffed and facing another severe cutback, Alex meets the daughter of a Taiwanese tycoon, a stellar young scholar, who can write and seems the solution to both the problems of the paper and Alex’s unrequited love, until events take an unexpected turn.
 
 
 
 

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The College of Corn

by Kunyang He

Release date: November 15, 2017
Genre: Fiction
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-43-1

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“A Chinese Ph.D. student strives to make sense of American college culture in general and two women in particular. Alex, the narrator of He’s debut, is a listless doctoral student studying art history at an unnamed Midwestern university (though it closely resembles the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), where he works as a designer on a ‘notorious’ weekly Chinese-language campus newspaper. He’s one of the few stable staffers thanks to the domineering leadership of its editor, Rachel, who browbeats aspiring writers out of the office when she isn’t writing ill-considered op-eds. (She takes a blame-the-victim stance toward battered women in one piece, for instance.) But the paper has a booster in Alice, the daughter of an international manufacturing tycoon, who quickly captures Alex’s attention, and their relationship deepens after she separates from her abusive boyfriend. Alice is hard to trust—is her father actually wealthy? Did she really go to Harvard?”

Kirkus

“The College of Corn captures the rhythms and textures of the lives of international students at a large midwestern university while telling a story filled with humor, pathos, and truth. Kunyang He writes with wit and a sharp eye, bringing the characters to life. The story grabbed me. I couldn’t put it down, and after I finished it I felt like I had a personal relationship with the people in the story.”

—John Nerone, the author of The Media and Public Life: A History

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About the Author

Kunyang He is a Chinese author writing in English. He has written two independent films and one documentary featuring the new generation of Chinese immigrants and international students in the States. He is also a translator and an English teacher, who takes teaching very seriously. The College of Corn is his first novel.

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Gates of Eden, by Charles Degelman Gates of Eden, by Charles Degelman

Gates of Eden, by Charles Degelman

Gates of Eden, by Charles Degelman

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Silver Medalist, Historical Fiction, 2012 Independent Publishers Book Awards

Gates of Eden follows a handful of young rebels as they band together to create the most powerful antiwar movement in history. From their scattered beginnings through a surge to resistance, Gates’ colorful characters invite us to join them as they transform “hell no, we won’t go,” into a celebration of collective action, shared consciousness, sexual revolution, and the realization of their dreams.

 

Fantastic praise for Charles Degelman’s award-winning novel Gates of Eden

“War is not to be waged lightly. Gates of Eden is a novel set amongst the turmoil of the Vietnam War at home, as the Americans of the 1960s decry the unpopular war. Seven rebels unite with others who are dissatisfied with the government and begin to plot against it, daring possibly to go as far as rebellion. With a personal story among each of them, Gates of Eden is a fine novel of the period, very much recommended.”

Midwest Book Review

 

Gates of Eden is no sentimental apologia for the Sixties. It’s the real deal. Charlie Degelman was there, living his life for keeps, moving at the same breakneck pace as his characters. I know. I was there with him.”

 Peter Coyote, actor, author, Sleeping Where I Fall

 

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APPOINTMENT WITH ISIL APPOINTMENT WITH ISIL

APPOINTMENT WITH ISIL

APPOINTMENT WITH ISIL

APPOINTMENT WITH ISIL

An Anthony Provati Literary Thriller
by Joe Giordano

 

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Book signing with Joe Giordano on Saturday, December 9th, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble

in the Hill Country Galleria – Bee Cave, TX

Italy Book Tour June 19-30, 2017

This time, Anthony’s libido threatens his life. Anthony Provati flirts with Russian mob boss, Gorgon Malakhov’s mistress. The Russian deals in death. ISIL, the Islamic State in the Levant, wants the product. Russian Intelligence supplies the means, and an art theft funds the scheme. ISIL’s targets are chilling. The chase across the Mediterranean is on. Can Anthony thwart ISIL? Will he survive?

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APPOINTMENT WITH ISIL


by Joe Giordano
Release date: June 15, 2017
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Suspense
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-34-9

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“The threats feel very real. The plotting and writing throughout are taut and the stakes are very high. Not only are individual lives in peril, but plans are laid for massive attacks and enormous security breaches. Sales of submarines, Strontium-90 (a component of diabolical “dirty bombs”), and shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles are all part of the high-level negotiations. Also mixed into the nefarious loot are massive amounts of heroin and three small, but priceless, Vermeer paintings…. A roller-coaster ride to the finish, this book confirms Giordano as a writer to eagerly watch.”

Kirkus featured review

“Joe Giordano delivers an absorbing story with abundant scenes of nefarious activities and subplots. With Giordano’s imaginative writing breathing life into the narrative, you’ll soon realize why ‘Thriller is in the title.”

–Ambassador, magazine of the National Italian American Foundation, Robert Bartus Jr., Fall 2017. Pg. 60

“If you like gritty intriguing thrillers involving the FBI, Russian/Italian mobs or Islamic Terrorists you will absolutely love this book…. The characters, the plot and prose come together for an outstanding work of contemporary Americana. PRIMO highly recommends Appointment with ISIL.

Primo Magazine

“…Giordano paints a globe where the chaotic isn’t resolved but modulated, where crime isn’t black and white but a shifting polarity of moment by moment compromises, where good often emerges out of the back alleyways of Manhattan to save the world.”

Gravel Magazine

“This is my first read written by Mr. Giordano. You can call me very impressed. I could not tear myself away from reading this book.”

Cheryl’s Book Nook

“A sexy, all-in-one-breath read, this is a story for those eager to strap on their boots and immerse themselves in a whirlwind adventure…”

The iRead Review

“This is a fast paced thriller that will keep your attention hooked. Anthony has a lusty libido and that gets him up to his neck in trouble. But he is bound and determined to stop more deaths from ISIL. If that doesn’t get you interested in the story, the first chapter will have you in tears. If you like fast action with a great story, look no further. I strongly recommend reading Appointment with ISIL.”

J Bronder Book Reviews

“Appointment with ISIL by Joe Giordano is a riveting chase around the world that will have gritty thriller lovers salivating for more from this talented and bold author. Action-packed, suspenseful and at times terrifying, clearly a must read for those who like hanging on the edge of the cliff by only their fingers.”

–Dianne Bylo, Five stars Tome Tender, Top 1% of Reviewers on Goodreads

 

“Joe Giordano’s superbly written new novel, Appointment with ISIL, is arguably an important book, providing a deeper understanding of a tumultuous world that seems hopelessly mired in a terrifying clash of cultures and belief systems. The book is a gripping socio-political thriller, taking us on a frantic chase from the tough streets of New York to Greece and Egypt and ultimately to the Vatican and Jerusalem. And with such a careful account of history, the human condition and the current state of the world, the book stands with such academic works as Waltz’s Man, The State and War. The author’s command of the language is on display throughout, and his vivid imagery and wry metaphors are real gifts for readers. His narrative, unique characters, and international settings are a pleasure to take in as we become immersed in the action. Appointment with ISIL is a must-read.”

–Daniel VanTassel, editor, The Zodiac Review

“One of the strongpoints for me in Appointment with ISIL was its multinational backdrop. The series of countries through which Anthony’s misadventures take him add colour to the plot.”

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Appointment with ISIL Author Interview

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The Pen & Muse interviews Joe Giordano

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Other fiction by Joe Giordano

Fabula Argentea has published Joe’s story, “Mongrel Dog,” set in the old Brooklyn neighborhood. A piece that dog lovers will enjoy,

Boston Literary Magazine – “Twenty-Pound Salmon

Car Crash

Austin Heat

Know Thyself

The Price of Fame

Orphaned Girl

Birds of Passage

About the Author

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Joe Giordano’s stories have appeared in more than ninety magazines including Bartleby Snopes, The Saturday Evening Post, decomP, and Shenandoah. His novel, Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story, was published by Harvard Square Editions October 2015. His second novel, Appointment with ISIL, an Anthony Provati Thriller will be published by HSE in June 2017. Read the first chapters and sign up for his blog.

Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. He and his wife, Jane, have lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their shih tzu, Sophia.

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Never Summer Never Summer

Never Summer

Never Summer

Never Summer

A Samurai Western, by Tim Blaine

 

Hollywood Book Festival and New England Book Festival Honorable Mention

A nineteenth-century drifter returns from Japan to learn that his tuberculosis has left him “weeks, months, but not years.” He embarks on a philosophical inquiry of death as he journeys on the historic overland route from New York to the Rocky Mountains. A devilish samurai mask, a cursed revolver, and his ‘romantic disease’ propel him on a Herculean adventure into the Wild West, where he hopes to subdue his fate. But the lessons he learns turn his struggles inside out when he realizes a life without end would become as desolate as a place with no summer.

Read an excerpt of Never Summer in the Pennmen Review

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Never Summer


by Tim Blaine
Release date: May 18, 2017
Genre: Coming of Age, Samurai Western, Suspense
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-35-6

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Praise for Never Summer

“Categorized as a Samurai Western, Never Summer is packed with action, suspense, danger and intrigue. The thing that sets this book apart from other Westerns (that, at least, this reviewer is aware of) is the vivd and almost poetic style of the writing. This is a book where we search the soul of the main character, who himself asks a lot of philosophical questions. There are moments where you think you might be reading a parable; one featuring six-shooters, painted ladies and more than one epic showdown…. Never Summer is well-written and well-edited, and kept me interested from beginning to end…. This is a book that takes an (albeit unknowing) student of The Book of Five Rings and sets them on the Oregon Trail, and that alone should make this worth a look. Fans of westerns and samurai literature will be most at-home here, but this book will likely appeal to an even wider audience. 5 stars.”

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“In the mid-19th century, the itinerant Vlad D’Agostino arrives in New York City after a long stay in Japan, bringing with him a samurai mask and a terminal case of tuberculosis. In Manhattan, he learns of an innovative doctor who claims to have found a treatment for the disease using ‘alpine air,’ but Vlad will have to travel to the physician’s clinic in the Rocky Mountains, in a place known as Never Summer…. On his quest to save himself and prolong his life, he inadvertently makes discoveries about his traumatic past—and about how to live more fully in the present…. Vlad is a thoughtful hero, and Blaine seems just as interested in evoking Herman Melville’s work as he is Zane Grey’s. Adventure fans of all stripes will find something compelling in the tragic, mysterious protagonist. An original, philosophically minded Western adventure.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Never Summer... not only blends a Japanese theme with the story of a wanderer through the wild West, but it is replete with evocative metaphors and images not usually seen in Western writings…. the refreshing, sparkling prose simply shines; as does the life of Vlad, who is anything but your typical Western wanderer. The result is a compelling literary piece about a nineteenth-century drifter who returns from Japan to traverse a landscape as foreign to him as the concept of his own impending demise. Readers who appreciate genre-busting, thought-provoking reads – especially those familiar with and holding an affinity for Western settings – will relish the tone and characters of Never Summer.”

Midwest Book Review

Never Summer is a samurai western (how cool is that?!)”

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About the author

 

An alumnus of Drury University in Springfield, MO, Tim Blaine is a member of the Springfield Writers Guild. Never Summer is his debut novel. Check out Tim’s web site!

 

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Coda Coda

Coda

Coda

Coda

 

Book Launch at the Harvard Coop

Join us for Rajani Kanth book launch/signing for the title Coda on June 13th

 

Book Launch at Barnes & Noble

Join us for Rajani Kanth book launch/signing for the title Coda from 2:00 to 5:00PM on April 16th, 7119 South 1300 East St, Midvale, UT 84047

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CODA chronicles the life, and afterlife, of the last human, in both flashback and future shock, after the apocalypse of the millennium, where timeless, misanthropic aggression, and blindness predictably destroy all life on Earth. Coda is a compelling philosophical, and quasi-theosophical, post-modernist narrative, that (re)solves eventually the Riddle of the Universe, from the unique vantage point of the last sentient being left alive to ponder the question of existence. It is the quest of a latter-day Siddhartha, albeit in the context of an apocalyptic  world  sundered by global  catastrophe.
RAJANI   KANTH, the author, has held affiliations with  some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He also has served as an advisor to the United Nations. He is the author/editor of several academic works in political economy and culture-critique,  is a novelist and poet, and has also scribed several screenplays.  He is a visiting scholar  at Harvard University  and  Trustee of the World Peace Congress.

He takes a keen interest in human wellbeing, women’s issues, peace, and environmental sustainability. His most  current academic work, in belles-lettres format, is The Post-Human Society. He also has published  a  book of  poetry, and  a self-help work on nutrition and health.

 

Coda


by Rajani Kanth

Release date: March 15, 2016
Genre: Cli-fi, Eco-fiction
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-941861-11-0

“Rajani Kanth has held affiliations with some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He has also served as an advisor to the United Nations. A novelist, poet, and playwright, Kanth is the author and/or editor of several academic works in political economy and culture-critique. He is presently a visiting fellow at Harvard University, and permanent trustee of the World Peace Congress. “Coda” is a deftly crafted, thoughtful and thought-provoking work of impressively well written fiction that is very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections. Coda is especially commended to the attention of science fiction enthusiasts who appreciate deftly crafted post-apocalyptic novels.”

Midwest Book Review

“An incandescent mind”

—John McMurtry Ph.D, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor of Philosophy, Author of The Cancer Stage of Capitalism from Crisis to Cure

“I recommend this book to all readers that like to think on what they read.”

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