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Giveaway dates: Feb 05 - Mar 05, 201510 copies available, 786 people requestingCountries available: US
by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Apr 07, 2015Love and sacrifice intertwine in this brilliant and provocative debut about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and her own mental illness.…more[close] Love and sacrifice intertwine in this brilliant and provocative debut about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and her own mental illness.View Details »
Fig’s world lies somewhere between reality and fantasy.
But as she watches Mama slowly come undone, it becomes hard to tell what is real and what is not, what is fun and what is frightening. To save Mama, Fig begins a fierce battle to bring her back. She knows that her daily sacrifices, like not touching metal one day or avoiding water the next, are the only way to cure Mama.
The problem is that in the process of a daily sacrifice, Fig begins to lose herself as well, increasingly isolating herself from her classmates and engaging in self-destructive behavior that only further sets her apart.
Spanning the course of Fig’s childhood from age six to nineteen, this deeply provocative novel is more than a portrait of a mother, a daughter, and the struggle that comes with all-consuming love. It is an acutely honest and often painful portrayal of life with mental illness and the lengths to which a young woman must go to handle the ordeals—real or imaginary—thrown her way. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 09 - Mar 07, 201510 copies available, 518 people requestingCountries available: US
Coffee House Lies: 100 Cups of Flash fiction
by Carly Berg (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 07, 2015These fun-sized stories are just right for a coffee break, public commute, waiting room, bedtime story, or any other time you want a quick trip withou…more[close] These fun-sized stories are just right for a coffee break, public commute, waiting room, bedtime story, or any other time you want a quick trip without leaving the farm. The 100 stories in this quirky collection range from a few sentences to a few pages.View Details »
Included are stories nominated for the 2013 Pushcart Prize, Micro Award, and Wigleaf Long List. Nearly all of them have been previously published individually, in numerous print and online magazines and anthologies.
Tales vary from realistic to humorous to surreal, and family-friendly to adult. Repeating themes include: people-as-animals, people losing themselves and finding themselves (and sometimes wishing they hadn't), childhood in the psychedelic seventies, reality TV, marriage, twisted religion, and of course the gotta have 'em he-done-me wrongs. Enjoy!
Carly Berg is the author of Writing Flash Fiction: How to Write Very Short Stories and Get Them Published *Then Re-Publish them All Together as a Book
This giveaway is for a paperback copy. The book is also available in Kindle edition. [close]
The Solomon Twist
by Dan Hammond Jr. (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 17, 2015Kirkus Reviews hailed Dan Hammond Jr.'s debut novel DELBERT JUDD as, "lighthearted and funny...explor(ing) substantial issues, which gives it poignanc…more[close] Kirkus Reviews hailed Dan Hammond Jr.'s debut novel DELBERT JUDD as, "lighthearted and funny...explor(ing) substantial issues, which gives it poignancy and weight." His latest effort, THE SOLOMON TWIST, is similar in tone yet carries a unique picaresque glory that leaves readers laughing out loud one minute and with a lump in their throat the next.View Details »
Twin sons of different fathers?
Sure, the chances are slim and none. But to Mazel McDonald, it sounds like a good idea at the time.
In the west Texas town of Solomon in 1965, Mazel doesn't have many options being unwed, pregnant, and unemployed--due to being unwed and pregnant. When she finds herself in early labor with two men laying claim to the title of father, an unexpected situation arises. Mazel discovers she is having twins.
Jump to 1991 when Mazel's husband, known as Daddy Two, is found dead in their living room. Who shot Daddy Two? That question acts as a loose backdrop throughout the novel as suspects come to the forefront. But deeper questions of identity, reunion, and recovery gain traction, transforming the story into one of self-realization and redemption.
Combining humor, exuberance, and an incisive poignancy, THE SOLOMON TWIST is packed with characters who are insightful, clueless, sensitive, and cynical. With two mysteries unsolved until the final pages, Hammond masterfully weaves a tale that leaves readers both satisfied and not wanting to leave the people of Solomon, Texas.
Who killed Daddy Two? The more important question becomes: who's your Daddy? [close]
Swans Are Fat Too
by Michelle Granas (Goodreads Author)
A European Love Story
Natalia Lanska, formidable Polish pianist, is dead. No one is really sorrowing, except maybe her granddaughter Hania, whose own c…more[close] A European Love StoryView Details »
Natalia Lanska, formidable Polish pianist, is dead. No one is really sorrowing, except maybe her granddaughter Hania, whose own career as a concert artist never took off due to a terrible weight problem. Feeling unwanted, Hania arrives in Warsaw for the funeral hoping for a warm welcome from her relatives. Instead, they saddle her with their appalling children, decamp, and refuse to return. Hania’s situation is at first improved and then complicated when a neighbor ─ the very correct, very austere descendant of an old Polish family ─ asks her to proofread an amateur history project. Hania sets to work with a will, and Pan Doctor Prince Konstanty Radzimoyski is surprised when his ideas get more editing than he bargained for. Typing pages of the past, rediscovering her native city, and playing the piano all contribute to taking Hania’s mind off her problems, but can’t change her awareness that the children need help and that her growing attachment to her employer will only give her pain. The summer Hania spends between love, hostility, and the weight of history tests her resourcefulness, but her fresh ideas and readiness to carry on brighten the lives of her new acquaintances. Still, no one, least of all Hania herself, expects that her beautiful qualities will make Konstanty forget her figure and other excess baggage. This book contains a history of Poland in a nutshell and is about seeing beyond the conventions.
An Amazon bestseller in Eastern European literature and women’s fiction. For other special offers, visit: http://smarturl.it/7relvd or Kindle Unlimited. [close]
by Peter Difatta (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 01, 2015COMBINING THE LUMINOUS TRADITION OF SOUTHERN FICTION WITH THE ENIGMATIC WORLD OF THE MYSTICAL, THIS CAPTIVATING NOVEL TAKES YOU ON A JOURNEY OF EXPLOR…more[close] COMBINING THE LUMINOUS TRADITION OF SOUTHERN FICTION WITH THE ENIGMATIC WORLD OF THE MYSTICAL, THIS CAPTIVATING NOVEL TAKES YOU ON A JOURNEY OF EXPLORATION INTO THE HEART OF PREJUDICE. FIRST PRIZE WINNER OF THE WILLIAM FAULKNER LITERARY AWARD.View Details »
Finding Pluck was lauded for having a “highly readable, sophisticated narrative structure” and for illustrating “a pleasing twist on the traditional bildungsroman, the novel about growing up.”
—William Faulkner Literary Award Judging Committee
It is 1995 in North Carolina and high-school student Taylor Hanes is struggling to escape his small-minded dying textile town. He finds his ticket out by being awarded a full-ride Gay and Lesbian Equality Scholarship to a state university. Problem is, he isn’t gay. He lied on the application. Abruptly, he is shocked by hometown intolerance, and worse yet, he awakens the wrath of the scholarship’s long dead benefactor.
Taylor contends with the hauntings as he continues into college. He joins forces with a group of friends who help him investigate why the benefactor is an unsettled spirit. Along with this and his studies, Taylor is also forced to carry out duties related to his scholarship. These requirements enlighten his understanding of the origins and human cost of prejudice and further his resolve to help the restless spirit find answers in order to cross over.
The narrative deftly moves between the present and when the benefactor attended college in 1927, the pinnacle of the Jazz age and a period of great change and moral conflict. As the friends dig deeper, the story draws parallels in the lives of the characters. This is a coming-of-age novel based on actual examples of the culture of prejudice and connects with the heart as well as with the mind. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 28 - Mar 08, 20155 copies available, 112 people requestingCountries available: US
by Andrew Pyper (Goodreads Author)
AN INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
ALREADY OPTIONED FOR FILM BY LEGENDARY PICTURES (Inception, the Dark Knight movies, Interstellar)
From the #1 int…more[close] AN INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHORView Details »
ALREADY OPTIONED FOR FILM BY LEGENDARY PICTURES (Inception, the Dark Knight movies, Interstellar)
From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist, called “smart, thrilling, utterly unnerving” by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, comes a spine-tingling supernatural thriller about a survivor of a near-death experience haunted by his beautiful, vindictive twin sister.
Most people who have a near-death experience come back alone…
After he survived a fire that claimed the life of his twin sister, Ashleigh, Danny Orchard wrote a bestselling memoir about going to Heaven and back. But despite the resulting fame and fortune, he’s never been able to enjoy his second chance at life.
Ash won’t let him.
In life, Danny’s charming and magnetic twin had been a budding psychopath who privately terrorized her family—and death hasn’t changed her wicked ways. Ash has haunted Danny for twenty years and now, just when he’s met the love of his life and has a chance at real happiness, she wants more than ever to punish him for being alive—so she sets her sights on Danny’s new wife and stepson.
Danny knows what Ash really wants is him, and he’s prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save the ones he loves. But to do this, he'll have to meet his sister where she now resides—and hope that this time, he can keep her there forever. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The... [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 24 - Mar 09, 201520 copies available, 1449 people requestingCountries available: US
Someone Else's Conflict
by Alison Layland (Goodreads Author)
A signed paperback copy of this "sensitive and compassionate thriller where the lurking suspense surges forward and delivers blasts of turbulence and…more[close] A signed paperback copy of this "sensitive and compassionate thriller where the lurking suspense surges forward and delivers blasts of turbulence and ferocity...View Details »
This is much more than just a thriller - at its heart it is a story about
friendship, responsibility, remorse and how the past can incarcerate and command everyday lives"(Lovereading.co.uk).
Jay has been home for a long time, but the ghosts of Yugoslavia are still with him as he busks his way round the country. Marilyn is fresh out of a controlling relationship and desperate to reassert her independence. The last thing she needs is to fall for an itinerant storyteller who has a strange relationship with the truth. And then the police call on her. When the past catches up with the present and stories become reality, Jay and Marilyn must decide who to believe and who to betray.
by Catherine Chanter
Enter for a chance to win an advance reader copy of The Well.
From the winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, a brilliantly haunting and suspensef…more[close] Enter for a chance to win an advance reader copy of The Well.View Details »
From the winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, a brilliantly haunting and suspenseful debut set in modern-day Britain where water is running out everywhere except at The Well—the farm of one seemingly ordinary family whose mysterious good fortune leads to suspicion, chaos, and ultimately a shocking act of violence.
Ruth Ardingly has just been released from prison to serve out a sentence of house arrest for arson and suspected murder at her farm, The Well. Beyond its borders, some people whisper she is a witch; others a messiah. For as soon as Ruth returns to The Well, rain begins to fall on the farm. And it has not rained anywhere else in the country in over three years.
Ruth and her husband Mark had moved years before from London to this ancient idyll in the hopes of starting their lives over. But then the drought began, and as the surrounding land dried up and died, and The Well grew lush and full of life, they came to see their fortune would come at a price. From the envy of their neighbors to the mandates of the government, from the fanaticism of a religious order called the Sisters of the Rose to the everyday difficulties of staying close as husband and wife, mother and child—all these forces led to a horrifying crime: the death of their seven-year-old grandson, drowned with cruel irony in one of the few ponds left in the countryside.
Now back at The Well, Ruth must piece together the tragedy that shattered her marriage, her family, and her dream. For she believes her grandson’s death was no accident, and that the murderer is among the people she trusted most. Alone except for her guards on a tiny green jewel in a world rapidly turning to dust, Ruth begins to confront her worst fears and learns what really happened in the dark heart of The Well.
A tour de force about ordinary people caught in the tide of an extraordinary situation, Catherine Chanter’s The Well is a haunting, beautifully written, and utterly believable novel that probes the fragility of our personal relationships and the mystical connection between people and the places they call home. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 21 - Mar 10, 201525 copies available, 222 people requestingCountries available: CA
Baptisms & Dogs: Stories
by B.L. Tucker (Goodreads Author)
BAPTISMS & DOGS SIGNED, PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY!
NAMED AS A FINALIST FOR THE LINDA BRUCKHEIMER SERIES IN KENTUCKY LITERATURE
“Dive in and get lost in…more[close] BAPTISMS & DOGS SIGNED, PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY!View Details »
NAMED AS A FINALIST FOR THE LINDA BRUCKHEIMER SERIES IN KENTUCKY LITERATURE
“Dive in and get lost in Seton, Kentucky.”—Lindsey Frantz
B.L. Tucker’s debut short story collection presents an exciting new voice in the well-worn landscape of Southern fiction.
Consisting of friends and foes alike, Seton, KY is made up of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some are preachers and many are flawed sinners. It is a gritty, wild ride through this town--population of 581.
Be sure to enter by March 10th for your chance at this great book!
[close]Giveaway dates: Feb 10 - Mar 10, 20152 copies available, 212 people requestingCountries available: US
Elegantly Naked in My Sexy Mental Illness
by Heather Fowler (Goodreads Author)
Heather Fowler’s fourth collection of fiction speaks the language of need. Desperate, obsessive, even demented need—both emotional and erotic—is voice…more[close] Heather Fowler’s fourth collection of fiction speaks the language of need. Desperate, obsessive, even demented need—both emotional and erotic—is voiced by characters ill or ill–advised. From cyber to stalker, illicit, explicit, tender and tedious, the relationships in Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness translate love and lust into disorder. How we hear our own need and the way it sounds to others proves in these enthralling stories an imperfect but utterly captivating conversation, a destructive yet dynamic discourse between well–being and disease, images and words. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Feb 19 - Mar 10, 20152 copies available, 190 people requestingCountries available: US
Beneath the Bonfire: Stories
by Nickolas Butler (Goodreads Author)
Release date: May 05, 2015Young couples gather to participate in an annual "chainsaw party," cutting down trees for firewood in anticipation of the winter. A group of men spend…more[close] Young couples gather to participate in an annual "chainsaw party," cutting down trees for firewood in anticipation of the winter. A group of men spend a weekend hunting for mushrooms in the wilderness where they grew up and where some still find themselves trapped. An aging environmentalist takes out his frustration and anger on a singular, unsuspecting target. One woman helps another get revenge against a man whose crime extends far beyond him to an entire community. Together, the ten stories in this dazzling, surprising collection evoke a landscape that will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has traveled the back roads and blue highways of America, and they completely capture the memorable characters who call it home. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Feb 25 - Mar 10, 201525 copies available, 346 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
These Are the Names
by Tommy Wieringa
Release date: Feb 12, 2015Patrick McGuinness called it 'important and profoundly felt' - win a copy of Tommy Wieringa's latest novel, These Are the Names.
New from one of Hollan…more[close] Patrick McGuinness called it 'important and profoundly felt' - win a copy of Tommy Wieringa's latest novel, These Are the Names.View Details »
New from one of Holland's most beloved and bestselling writers, These Are the Names won the Libris Literature Prize and has received critical acclaim across Europe ...
A border town on the steppe. A small group of emaciated and feral refugees appears out of nowhere, spreading fear and panic in the town. When police commissioner Pontus Beg orders their arrest, evidence of a murder is found in their luggage. As he begins to unravel the history of their hellish journey, it becomes increasingly intertwined with the search for his own origins that he has embarked upon. Now he becomes the group’s inquisitor … and, finally, something like their saviour.
Beg’s likeability as a character and his dry-eyed musings considering the nature of religion keep the reader pinned to the page from the start. At the same time, the apocalyptic atmosphere of the group’s exodus across the steppes becomes increasingly vivid and laden with meaning as the novel proceeds, in seeming synchronicity with the development of Beg’s character.
With a rare blend of humour and wisdom, Tommy Wieringa links man’s dark nature with the question of who we are and whether redemption is possible. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 19 - Mar 12, 20155 copies available, 84 people requestingCountries available: GB
Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf
by Norah Vincent
Release date: Apr 07, 2015"Spare, exacting, deeply imagined, Adeline brings us as close as we are likely to get to the secret negotiations that fed Woolf’s art.”
—Kathleen Hill…more[close] "Spare, exacting, deeply imagined, Adeline brings us as close as we are likely to get to the secret negotiations that fed Woolf’s art.”View Details »
—Kathleen Hill, author of Who Occupies This House
From a New York Times best-selling author, a boldly imagined portrait of Virginia Woolf that sheds new light on the events that preceded her fatal immersion in the River Ouse in 1941
On April 18, 1941, twenty-two days after Virginia Woolf went for a walk near her weekend house in Sussex and never returned, her body was reclaimed from the River Ouse. Norah Vincent’s Adeline reimagines the events that brought Woolf to the riverbank, offering us a denouement worthy of its protagonist.
With poetic precision and psychological acuity, Vincent channels Virginia and Leonard Woolf, T. S. and Vivienne Eliot, Lytton Strachey and Dora Carrington, laying bare their genius and their blind spots, their achievements and their failings, from the inside out. And haunting every page is Adeline, the name given to Virginia Stephen at birth, which becomes the source of Virginia’s greatest consolation, and her greatest torment.
Intellectually and emotionally disarming, Adeline—a vibrant portrait of Woolf and her social circle, the infamous Bloomsbury Group, and a window into the darkness that both inspired and doomed them all—is a masterpiece in its own right by one of our most brilliant and daring writers.
"Skillfully rendered and emotionally insightful."
"Readers in search of a crash course on the Bloomsbury circle and the machinations of Woolf's fevered mind will appreciate Vincent's attempts to illuminate both, but her dark portrait of Woolf's agonizing journey through a life marked by psychic pain will hold the most appeal for those already familiar with this sad story of genius and madness."
“Adeline is an intimate portrait of a sister, a wife, a woman, and most importantly, an artist. In this vivid, deeply moving novel, Vincent brings us beyond the world of legend directly into the passions, the struggles, the ambitions and finally the genius that is Virginia Woolf.”
—Alison Smith, author of Name all the Animals
“Adeline deftly walks the fine line between story and scholarship---an entirely fresh reading of Woolf's work, brought alive by a writer of considerable imagination, insight, and skill.”
—Marya Hornbacher, author of Wasted and Madness
“Adeline is a singular feat of the creative imagination in which the reader is taken inside the consciousness of a major artist in a way that is both completely believable and commandingly compelling. It is wholly worthy of its great subject.”
—Terry Teachout, author of Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington
[close]Giveaway dates: Feb 27 - Mar 12, 201520 copies available, 143 people requestingCountries available: US
Paris, He Said: A Novel
by Christine Sneed (Goodreads Author)
Release date: May 05, 2015Enter to win an advance copy of the latest novel from the award-winning author of LITTLE KNOWN FACTS
A psychologically adept novel about romance and ar…more[close] Enter to win an advance copy of the latest novel from the award-winning author of LITTLE KNOWN FACTSView Details »
A psychologically adept novel about romance and art - and Paris. A sparkling novel in a sparkling city.
[close]Giveaway dates: Feb 13 - Mar 13, 201515 copies available, 210 people requestingCountries available: US
Fives and Twenty-Fives: A Novel
by Michael Pitre
Release date: May 05, 2015To celebrate the release of FIVES AND TWENTY-FIVES in paperback, we're giving away 10 copies!
"A thrilling, defining novel of the Iraq War" - Booklist[close] To celebrate the release of FIVES AND TWENTY-FIVES in paperback, we're giving away 10 copies!View Details »
"A thrilling, defining novel of the Iraq War" - Booklist [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 13 - Mar 13, 201510 copies available, 569 people requestingCountries available: US
A Twist of Hate
by V.R. Barkowski (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jun 17, 2015***ARC GIVEAWAY***
When his family's priceless Cézanne disappears from a local museum, former homicide inspector Del Miller leaves the investigation to…more[close] ***ARC GIVEAWAY***View Details »
When his family's priceless Cézanne disappears from a local museum, former homicide inspector Del Miller leaves the investigation to the FBI. But that's before an art dealer alleges that Del's grandfather, a victim of the Nazi death camps, stole the masterpiece from a Paris gallery seventy years before. After the dealer is found dead, and Del's father is implicated, Del sets out to uncover the truth.
From present-day San Francisco to war-torn France to the Nazi death camps and betrayal, A Twist of Hate is a story of family honor, one man's quest for answers about the grandfather he never knew, the father he idolizes, and the secrets behind a missing painting that lay buried deep within his family's past.
STRONG LANGUAGE & SOME SEXUAL CONTENT. [close]Giveaway dates: Mar 01 - Mar 14, 20153 copies available, 226 people requestingCountries available: US
Phantoms: Collected Writings
by Jack Cady
Release date: Feb 09, 201510 copies of Phantoms, the new Jack Cady collection. This is the second volume in Resurrection House's comprehensive Cady Collection, and it highlight…more[close] 10 copies of Phantoms, the new Jack Cady collection. This is the second volume in Resurrection House's comprehensive Cady Collection, and it highlights some of the finest short fiction and non-fiction from Jack's career.View Details »
Over the course of his career, Jack Cady won the Bram Stoker Award, the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, a special award from the International Horror Guild, the Atlantic Monthly “First” award, the Iowa Prize for Short Fiction, the National Library Anthology Award, and the Washington State Governor’s Award. Cady’s keen and profound insight into the collective psyche of the modern world—both from a narrative standpoint and from a critical cultural analysis—are captured in this collection.
Phantoms includes his scathing critique of wartime politics and how these national policies are indelibly tied to the simple act of paying taxes (“Dear Friends”), to a modern parable of the frustrating nature of Satan’s job (“The Parable of Satan’s Adversary”), to a romp through science experiments gone awry (“The Twenty-Pound Canary”). The world is filled with ghosts, but to Jack Cady, these phantoms are vital aspects of who we are. His stories never lose sight of the marvelous mystery of the fantastic. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 22 - Mar 14, 201510 copies available, 62 people requestingCountries available: US
by Leah Griffith (Goodreads Author)
Cosette’s Tribe is the shattering of a life—a belly crawl through impossible choices by a worn-down kid, who, through her pain, discovers the magic mi…more[close] Cosette’s Tribe is the shattering of a life—a belly crawl through impossible choices by a worn-down kid, who, through her pain, discovers the magic mixed in with the cruelty and madness of life.View Details »
Recipient of the Laine Cunningham, New Novel Award, presented by The Blotter Magazine, chosen as one of, Phil Jason's top picks for 2012, and first place winner for both Best Novel and Mainstream Fiction in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBooks Awards, Leah Griffith delivers a powerful and poignant story in her stunning new novel, Cosette’s Tribe.
A five star read!
*This giveaway is for paperback copies. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 23 - Mar 14, 20152 copies available, 172 people requestingCountries available: US
by Sonja Yoerg (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 06, 2015**Goodreads Top Five Fiction Pick for January!**
"A stunning debut that will have readers wanting more! Yoerg is on par with Jennifer Weiner and Sarah…more[close] **Goodreads Top Five Fiction Pick for January!**View Details »
"A stunning debut that will have readers wanting more! Yoerg is on par with Jennifer Weiner and Sarah Pekkanen."
Library Journal starred review
"Don't be fooled by the cute dog on the cover; there is nothing cute about this book. It's fearless."
Richard Kramer, Award-winning TV producer, writer and author
"A compelling tale of a family gone awry."
Lori Nelson Spielman, #1 International bestselling author of The Life List
Veterinarian Geneva Novak understands the behavior of umpteen species—just not her mother, Helen.
Geneva fled her childhood home—and her mother’s vodka-fueled disasters—without a backward glance. Twenty-five years later, Helen totals her car and her leg, and none of her children will play nurse. Geneva’s husband, whose family lives in each other’s pockets, convinces her that letting Helen move in might repair the mother-daughter relationship.
Geneva’s not holding her breath.
But she recognizes an opportunity. With her mother dependent and hobbled, Geneva may finally get answers to questions that have plagued her for years: why her eldest sister exiled herself to Africa, why her mother won’t discuss Geneva’s long-dead father, and why—there has to be a reason—Helen treats alcohol like a general anesthetic.
[close]Giveaway dates: Mar 01 - Mar 14, 201510 copies available, 1586 people requestingCountries available: US
The First Bad Man
by Miranda July (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 13, 2015Haven't read Miranda July's new novel yet? Enter for a chance to win a hardcover copy AND an unabridged audiobook CD of one of the most exciting books…more[close] Haven't read Miranda July's new novel yet? Enter for a chance to win a hardcover copy AND an unabridged audiobook CD of one of the most exciting books of the year. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Feb 27 - Mar 14, 201510 copies available, 2018 people requestingCountries available: US
by James E. McTeer II (Goodreads Author)
Release date: May 01, 2015Enter today to win a special advance copy of "Minnow" by James E. McTeer II.
Called "a gorgeous fever dream of a novel" by National Book Critics Circl…more[close] Enter today to win a special advance copy of "Minnow" by James E. McTeer II.View Details »
Called "a gorgeous fever dream of a novel" by National Book Critics Circle winner Ben Fountain, Minnow is the winner of the 2014 South Carolina First Novel Prize.
Minnow is an otherworldly story of a small boy who leaves his dying father’s bedside hunting a medicine for a mysterious illness. Sent by his mother to a local druggist in their seaside village, Minnow unexpectedly takes a dark and wondrous journey deep into the ancient Sea Islands, seeking the grave dust of a long-dead hoodoo man to buy him a cure. With only a half-feral dog at his side, Minnow’s odyssey is haunted at every turn by the agents of Sorry George, a witch doctor who once stirred up a fever that killed fifty-two men. Meanwhile, a tempest brews out at sea, threatening to bring untold devastation to the coastal way of life. Minnow is a remarkable debut novel that evokes the fiction of Karen Russell and Matt Bell—a Lowcountry “Heart of Darkness” about the mysteries of childhood, the sacrifices we make to preserve our families, and the ghosts that linger in the Spanish moss of the South Carolina barrier islands. [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 06 - Mar 15, 201520 copies available, 260 people requestingCountries available: US
The Stories We Don't Tell
by Melissa Thayer (Goodreads Author)
Melissa Thayer's lyrical and poignant debut novel, part confession and part wistful longing, is an incisive look at love and loss, and what remains of…more[close] Melissa Thayer's lyrical and poignant debut novel, part confession and part wistful longing, is an incisive look at love and loss, and what remains of a soul that is dashed against the rocky shorelines of hope. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Feb 02 - Mar 15, 20151 copy available, 123 people requestingCountries available: US
The Cause (The Minutemen Series, #1)
by Roderick Vincent (Goodreads Author)
The second American Revolution will be a fire lit from an internal spark.
The year is 2022. America is on the verge of economic and social collapse. Th…more[close] The second American Revolution will be a fire lit from an internal spark.View Details »
The year is 2022. America is on the verge of economic and social collapse. The government has made individual freedom its enemy. African American hacker Isse Corvus enters a black-ops training camp. He discovers the leaders are revolutionaries seeking to return the U.S. back to its Constitutional roots. Soon the camp fractures. Who is traitor? Who is patriot? Corvus learns that if he doesn’t join The Cause and help them hack the NSA’s servers, it could mean his life. If he joins, he becomes part of a conspiracy to overthrow America’s financial oligarchy.
NSA Director Titus Montgomery is building a system to pacify America’s instigators. He is told by the President rule of law must be maintained at all costs. What happens when martial law meets revolution?
The Cause is a dystopian thriller taking many topical issues to the next logical level. The dense web of the NSA’s previous generation’s surveillance system has been supplanted by a new, more ruthless one. Robotic warfare, drones, quantum computers, Anonymous, the NSA, and a cast of conniving characters, this novel takes you on a manifest journey on how a new revolution could be born.
In addition to this giveaway, check my website roderickvincent.com for an additional bonus. [close]
by Joseph J. Gabriele (Goodreads Author)
Release date: May 15, 2015Signed Review Copy!
In a beguiling tale of deception and murder, desire and theft, seduction and betrayal—where nothing is what it appears to be—a man…more[close] Signed Review Copy!View Details »
In a beguiling tale of deception and murder, desire and theft, seduction and betrayal—where nothing is what it appears to be—a man is murdered and an iconic musical instrument is stolen during a gathering at Eliot Sexton’s Park Avenue apartment. The stolen item—an object of desire worshipped by millions—is the key to solving the crime, or so the detective brought in to investigate believes. The murder, however, is not nearly as straightforward as it seems—nor is the theft.
Though the island of Manhattan presents no shortage of suspects—many of them capable of killing to satisfy their appetites—Eliot, a young economic historian and writer, soon becomes the prime suspect. As he draws closer to the truth behind the theft and murder, he also becomes the killer’s next target.
Irreverent, provocative, and utterly unpredictable, Dangerous Illusions is a weeklong polyrhythmic journey into contemporary New York that will keep readers guessing right up to its thrilling conclusion. [close]
Growing Up Wired
by David Wallace Fleming (Goodreads Author)
AUTOGRAPHED GIVE-TO-YOU OF 10 PAPERBACKS!
How will relationships change in the age of the internet?
Victor likes to admire his girlfriends' online pictu…more[close] AUTOGRAPHED GIVE-TO-YOU OF 10 PAPERBACKS!View Details »
How will relationships change in the age of the internet?
Victor likes to admire his girlfriends' online pictures. These girls can't seem to stop posting self shots to Facebook and all the social sites. Soon all the young men in his fraternity are competing for the attention of these online, amateur pinups.
The classic problems of maturity are complicated for Victor by a set of new challenges. He struggles with smartphones, text-games, recreational pharmaceuticals, porn addiction, reversed gender roles and a motley crew of well-meaning yet misguided mentors.
The technological quandaries get even more confusing in the maelstrom of booze, drugs and social competition. He gets in fights, pops pills and embarks on a quest to learn why young women post so many pictures and why guys can't stop themselves from looking?
He might just find a girl to fall in love with - on both sides of the camera.
Throughout these discoveries, he wonders:
What kind of love is this?
...the wired kind. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 24 - Mar 17, 201510 copies available, 373 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Sisters of Shiloh
by Kathy Hepinstall, Becky Hepinstall Hilliker (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 03, 2015"The very best historical fiction delivers us into another time and place. In Sisters of Shiloh, Kathy and Becky Hepinstall plunge us so deeply into a…more[close] "The very best historical fiction delivers us into another time and place. In Sisters of Shiloh, Kathy and Becky Hepinstall plunge us so deeply into a complete and vividly rendered world of Civil War battlefields and Confederate campsites, we can smell the gun powder and taste the metallic tinge of fear along with their remarkable heroines."View Details »
--Janis Cooke Newman, author of Mary
A best-selling novelist enlists her own sister to bring us the story of two Southern sisters, disguised as men, who join the Confederate Army—one seeking vengeance on the battlefield, the other finding love.
In a war pitting brother against brother, two sisters choose their own battle.
Joseph and Thomas are fresh recruits for the Confederate Army, daring to join the wild fray that has become the seemingly endless Civil War, sharing everything with their fellow soldiers—except the secret that would mean their undoing: they are sisters.
Before the war, Joseph and Thomas were Josephine and Libby. But that bloodiest battle, Antietam, leaves Libby to find her husband, Arden, dead. She vows vengeance, dons Arden’s clothes, and sneaks off to enlist with the Stonewall Brigade, swearing to kill one Yankee for every year of his too-short life. Desperate to protect her grief-crazed sister, Josephine insists on joining her. Surrounded by flying bullets, deprivation, and illness, the sisters are found by other dangers: Libby is hurtling toward madness, haunted and urged on by her husband’s ghost; Josephine is falling in love with a fellow soldier. She lives in fear both of revealing their disguise and of losing her first love before she can make her heart known to him.
In her trademark “vibrant” (Washington Post Book World) and “luscious” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) prose, Kathy Hepinstall joins with her sister Becky to show us the hopes of love and war, the impossible-to-sever bonds of sisterhood, and how what matters most can both hurt us and heal us.
[close]Giveaway dates: Mar 03 - Mar 17, 201519 copies available, 536 people requestingCountries available: US
by Jack A. Langedijk (Goodreads Author)
Robert had reached the summit of many mountains. His adventures took him to unimaginable heights, yet his greatest achievements were not…more[close] ONE PAPERBACKView Details »
Robert had reached the summit of many mountains. His adventures took him to unimaginable heights, yet his greatest achievements were not in conquering these majestic beauties, but in his ability to reach people in need. That is, until he’s the one facing the toughest climb of his life.
Roberto Sanchez is living the dream; one could say the man had it all. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and daughter who complete him. A career that reaches at-risk kids that brings him true joy. Then a tragic accident leads Robert to a chasm of dark despair. Although his interventions have reached many, he found he is incapable of helping himself off the edge of a cliff, jeopardizing his career, his marriage, and himself.
because takes us on a journey of two Roberts as he struggles to find a way to once again Believe.
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by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Apr 07, 2015“Magisterial. A disturbing, fascinating and darkly comic take on the fall of Saigon and its aftermath and a powerful examination of guilt and betrayal…more[close] “Magisterial. A disturbing, fascinating and darkly comic take on the fall of Saigon and its aftermath and a powerful examination of guilt and betrayal. The Sympathizer is destined to become a classic and redefine the way we think about the Vietnam War and what it means to win and to lose.”—T. C. BoyleView Details »
A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties. In dialogue with but diametrically opposed to the narratives of the Vietnam War that have preceded it, this novel offers an important and unfamiliar new perspective on the war: that of a conflicted communist sympathizer.
It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s astonishing novel takes us inside the mind of this double agent, a man whose lofty ideals necessitate his betrayal of the people closest to him. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.
[close]Giveaway dates: Feb 20 - Mar 20, 201525 copies available, 284 people requestingCountries available: US
The Autumn Crush
by Andrew Eustace Anselmi
Release date: Feb 01, 2015“For his debut, Anselmi has written an ambitious and downright old-fashioned novel.”
“In a dramatic novel exploring the cost of assimila…more[close] “For his debut, Anselmi has written an ambitious and downright old-fashioned novel.”View Details »
“In a dramatic novel exploring the cost of assimilation … Anselmi examines grand themes of family, loyalty, wealth, and devotion in a promising plot that reveals the hardships and triumphs of twentieth-century immigrants.”
“An epic story of pursuing the great American dream … Rich character development and lots of surprises kept me flipping the pages as fast as my eyes could read them.”
“Anselmi’s ongoing commentary on racism … may make readers cringe, but it’s a realistic reflection of multicultural America.”
[close]Giveaway dates: Feb 17 - Mar 20, 20155 copies available, 113 people requestingCountries available: US
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