My Own Voice by Uvi Poznansky

Ten years ago, Anita started an affair with Lenny, in spite of knowing that he was a married man. Now married to him and carrying his child, how can she compete with Natasha’s shadow, and with her brilliance in the past? Lenny tries to transform Anita, despite her rough slang, regardless of what happened to her in the past. He wants her to become Natasha. Can she survive his kind of love?

Faced with his compelling wish, and the way he writes her as a character in his book, how can Anita find a voice of her own? And when his estranged son, Ben, comes back and lives in the same small apartment, can she keep the balance between the two men, whose desire for her is marred by guilt and blame?

Targeted Audience: 21 and up

Author Bio:
Uvi Poznansky is a California-based author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” She received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

Uvi writes across a variety of genres: My Own Voice, The White Piano, and Apart From Love (literary fiction), The Music of Us and Dancing with Air (romance), The David Chronicles, Rise to Power, A Peek at Bathsheba, and The Edge of Revolt ((historical fiction), A Favorite Son (biblical fiction), Home (poetry), Twisted (horror) Now I Am Paper and Jess and Wiggle (children’s book.)

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Because of her rough slang combined with her street-smart character, Anita is a fascinating character, and she appears in two of the books in my series, Still Life with Memories.

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Deadly Sins: an organized crime thriller by Laura Read

DEADLY SINS is a dark crime thriller with a twisted love story at its heart.

Angela Balanescu, daughter of an organized crime boss, yearns to leave the town in which she grew up, instead of using drink and sex as escapism. Her father feeds on power, solely focused on how he can gain more territory. Vincent, her father’s lieutenant, feels no remorse torturing and killing those who betray the family.

When Angela develops feelings for corrupt detective Sean, she wonders whether she can learn to trust him and put a life of crime behind her. But Vincent wants her for himself, and she is drawn deeper into family politics. Soon she is plotting to kill her father’s partner, and she is forced to choose between staying to help her family and leaving to start a new life.

Targeted Audience: 21+

Author Bio:
I've worked in publishing for over seven years, as a designer for a journal and its award-winning website, and now as an author and freelance designer. My poetry has been published in two anthologies.

DEADLY SINS is my debut novel – an exploration of the sexism that can permeate families and how sin can influence us all. My next book will be about a political affair.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
DEADLY SINS is an organized crime thriller/romantic suspense, which explores the sexism that can permeate families and how sin can influence us all. I wanted to write something dark that crosses genres and focuses on a female protagonist who wants more power. My protagonist, Angela, feels powerless because she's the boss's daughter, and she uses drink and sex to escape her life. She falls for a corrupt detective and faces a choice between staying to help her family and leaving to start a new life. It's similar to THE SOPRANOS but told mainly from a female perspective.

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Reverb by J. Cafesin

ReverbNovelJames Whren is brilliant, beautiful, rich, and taken—with his genius for creating music. Desired by many, he commits to no one but his muse. On the eve of his brother’s funeral his father shatters his life, and James is left abandoned in hell with no one real to save him.

Until Elisabeth, and her son, Cameron.

Reverb is a love story, a psychological thriller paced with romantic suspense. Spun from The Magus (John Fowles), also about a man who learns to love someone other than himself, and way beyond 50 Shades of Gray (E.L. James), Reverb is told like Crime and Punishment, modern, tight, dark, edgy verging on sharp. It’s like nothing you’ve read, guaranteed.

5/5 Stars / Top Pick! “This is one of those stories that pulls you in immediately and has you frantically turning the pages to see what happens next.”–Diana Coyle, Night Owl Reviews

Targeted Audience: 21-55

Author Bio:
J. Cafesin is a novelist of taut, edgy, modern fiction, filled with complex, compelling characters so real they’ll linger long after the read. Her debut novel, Reverb, has been called “riveting; compelling; an original and unique read,” by recent reviewers. Other works include her fantasy YA/NA short story series, Fractured Fairy Tales of the Twilight Zone—“5 Stars. Great read for YAs, and even some not-so-young adults.” Her second novel, Disconnected, called “unabashedly unafraid, completely honest writing,” released July 2014.
Her essays and articles are featured regularly in national publications. Many of the essays from her ongoing blog have been translated into multiple languages and distributed globally: http://jcafesin.blogspot.com
J. Cafesin lives on the eastern slope of the redwood laden Oakland Hills with her husband/best friend, two gorgeous, talented, spectacular kids, and a bratty, but cute Shepherd pound hound. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
http://jcafesin.wordpress.com

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
James has been inside my head since I was a kid. Made him up when I felt afraid. Started when I was little, pretending to be a guy because men were supposed to be stronger than women, and when I felt scared I sought strength. I found it in James. As I grew he took on a life of his own, with a complex family history. He was brilliant, what I always wished to be, and insular, like most men seemed to me. Felt compelled to write about him to shed him from me completely. In giving him ground, perhaps I too could find some, learn to handle fear on my own.
For quite some time after finishing the novel, our separation was complete. Fear still takes me by the throat and is choking, often, but now I deal with it instead of cloaking James. He’s merely a character in a novel, after all. But not anymore. The audiobook of Reverb will be out in October. The narrator’s voice has taken James outside of my head. He’s been actualized, made real. And having James out there somewhere now, playing out the rest of his life story as I write this blog, is on the extreme end of surreal.

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THE WANDERESS by ROMAN PAYNE

b157A gothic mystery novel and story of passion and romance set against the backdrop of a timeless Mediterranean landscape, The Wanderess tells of the notorious adventurer Saul and his passion for the beautiful Saskia, a mysterious young orphan girl whom he meets and vows to protect as his child. When Saul’s pursuit of pleasure and fortune gets tangled with the quest of this “Wanderess” for her long-lost friend and her own fortune, the two find themselves on a picaresque path that leads them through Spain, France, Italy and beyond; their adventures weaving them deeper and deeper into a web of jealous passion, intrigue, betrayal, and finally, murder.
The Wanderess is a love story, a novel of heroism, friendship and romance, portraying the lives of two unsettled vagabonds led by their own strange desires, mutual obsessions, and one single fortune.

Targeted Audience: 22

Author Bio:
Roman Payne (b. 1977) is an American-born novelist who immigrated to France in 1999. He is known for his poetic language, his return to classicism (what he terms “heroic” prose), and for his tales of initiation and wandering. Although he writes in English, his life in Paris, speaking entirely French, has influenced his work giving his prose an unusual Latinate quality. He is heavily influenced by Homeric Epic, as well as 18th and 19th Century French and European literature. A list of his works can be found at: romanpayne.com. He is published by ModeRoom Press in Europe and Aesthete Press in America.

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For Monks Only by Ralph-Michael Chiaia

b162The dialogue sizzles as “You” travel to Southeast Asia in search of your girlfriend who is having bouts of smuttiness. You want to rescue her and re-unite with her. This book is a quest, a travelogue, a love story, a philosophical treatise, and a swaggering adventure in which to find your unrequited love you’re going to delve into a fragmentary tale inside a tale and find out things normally reserved for monks only. “My fucking god this is brilliant. That sounds so banal. I suck at blurbs. Fuck. This story drew me in immediately with its detailed viscera. I trust this voice because it reeks with reality. Life really fucking lived, love really fucking felt. Singular and vital and never boring.”
Misti Rainwater-Lites, author of Bullshit Rodeo”Chiaia is a unique, trip-hoppy, visionary of language” Lo Galluccio, author

Targeted Audience: 22

Author Bio:
Ralph-Michael Chiaia has authored three books of poetry (Ten Poems and Ampersands, The Sacred Calendar, I, Orange Girls) and two novellas (Glyphic and For Monks Only). He was born in New York City in 1975. He runs a pub in Seoul, where he plays a ton of pool. He was a journalist in Oaxaca, Mexico and New York City before coming out to Asia.

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The Ribbon Tier by Garrick McFadden

b94Trees with-not-so-magical fruit make up a secret grove of trees that hold the secrets of the interactions between slave masters and female slaves in the town of Kinslove. A story of slavery and the cruelty that slaves endured, but also the pain that white women encountered watching their husbands take liberties with their female slaves. The story centers on Jeb Hayes, the most successful landowner in the town and his journey to break the Curse of Ham, by abandoning his white wife, and taking a recently purchased slave with grieving green eyes as his wife. Jeb believes that by producing a baby with her he will be able to atone for the sins of his past.

Targeted Audience: 22

Author Bio:
Garrick McFadden, is an attorney who currently lives in Phoenix, AZ with his wife and newborn daughter. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Buena Vista University. His interest include: photography, international travel and fantasy football.

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Tomorrow by Ethan Bailey

BookCoverImageMartin and Sarah Hamilton live a charmed life on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. A known author, Martin works on a new novel around their summer schedule of leisure.

From a hotel visit near the Florida beaches to a lavish party hosted by the unforgettable Evelyn Carradine, this debut from Ethan Bailey demonstrates how love, fiction and reality blend to tell a more truthful story of the world. Tomorrow is an elegant and timeless expression of the modern Deep South, destined to become a classic.

Targeted Audience: Adults

Author Bio:
Ethan Bailey is from Alabama. Tomorrow is his first and only novel.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was sitting beside a pool near my home in Alabama and was writing in a notebook and these characters became suddenly very clear to me. I fell in love with them and decided to follow them around their lives together and recording it. Then I left the book alone for a few years, tried to publish it but it’s small and quiet and it seemed most publishers I talked to wanted explosions and vampires. Finally I’ve gotten out.

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Of Moths and Butterflies by V.R. Christensen

Moths-frontArcher Hamilton is a collector of rare and beautiful insects. Gina Shaw is a servant in his house. Out of place in so low a position, she becomes a source of fascination. A girl with a blighted past, Gina has lowered herself in order to find escape from her family and their scheming designs. All she wants is the freedom to live her life as she would wish. All her aunts want is the money she has inherited. An arranged marriage might turn out profitable for more parties than one. Mr. Hamilton is about to make the acquisition of a lifetime. But will the price be worth it?

Targeted Audience: Adult/Young Adult

Author Bio:
V.R. Christensen studied Interior Design, Art History and English Literature at BYU Idaho. When she is not writing, she is designing impractical clothing, redecorating her historical home, or making impossible demands of her husband of seventeen years. She travels a great deal and considers herself a citizen of the world.

Currently, V.R. makes her home in Appalachian Virginia, where she lives with her husband, three children, seven cats and a dog named Jasper.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Of Moths and Butterflies is partly autobiographical. It is meant to depict how difficult it is to rise overcome the affects of abuse. And yet it is meant to show, at the same time, how possible, even necessary, it is, and how it is first accomplished by learning to love yourself, and then by having the courage to let others love you for who, not what, you are.

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