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Armed with a useless liberal arts degree, Riya Anne Polcastro is a student of human behavior and a conduit for raw words. Maybe it is because she learned to read and write in her second language before she learned to do the same in her first. Maybe it is because she was raised a missionary’s daughter at the same time that she was taught to question everything. Maybe there are a whole lot of reasons. Either way, her fascination with mental illness and human interaction is weaved into fiction with a language that is at times caressed and loved, at others beaten into submission.


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“There is, however, an ulterior motive behind his diet. Daniel is under the mistaken impression that he can dramatically shorten his life span through poor food choices. He is banking on a heart attack by forty-five. If that doesn’t take him, he will amp up on
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message 2: by Kevin

Kevin Cole Hi Riya, nice to make your acquaintance. Great book promo video! I have a ton of friends who live in Portland, having moved up there en masse twenty years ago, and I've visited many times, so I'm familiar with that curious Northwest world.


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Leo Robertson Nice to make your acquaintance Riya! I've heard great things about your fiction :) anything you want me to review? Feel free to send my way, I'd love to help out a fellow indie :) Chat soon! Leo


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