There’s a new review of Black Crow White Lie on the Bookmagnet’s Blog, a review of Pacific Offering at The Waterman’s Library, an interview with Tom Mahony about Pacific Offering in Kurungabaa, and a piece about Lavinia Ludlow, author of alt.punk, at Necessary Fiction.
Today’s first paperback release of the season is Candi Sary’s Black Crow White Lie which tells the story of Carson Calley, who grew up living in Hollywood motels with his fortune-telling mother, who is full of stories about their former lives together and prophesies about his future. Believing his mother’s yarns, Carson becomes a healer, with the people of Hollywood waiting in long lines to see him, but a purpose built on lies and exaggerations can’t last…or can it? Click here to read the first chapter.
On November 1st, we’ll be following that up with Tom Mahony’s third novel, Pacific Offering, in which longtime friends Beck and Parry venture down the Baja peninsula in a battered pickup truck named Ginger searching for giant waves and Beck’s lost love, Elena. Thwarted at every turn by bandits, corrupt cops, a deteriorating truck, and a brutal ocean, and dead broke except for a stack of vintage skin magazines they use for barter, they endure adversity and continue south. As Beck becomes increasingly obsessed with finding Elena rather than the big surf Parry came for, Beck and Parry’s friendship begins to crumble. Everything converges deep in the desert where the swell of the decade awaits–and Elena. Click here to read the first chapter.
The rest of our fall list this year are reissues of paperbacks in multiple ebook formats. We are very excited to announce that although Adagio has now gone out of print after a very successful six-year run, it has been re-released in ebook format this month. Besides Adagio we have also released an ebook version of The Rage of Achilles and increased the number of ebook formats for the first book in the Administration series, Mind Fuck, to include Kindle and epub formats. Later this fall, we’ll also be issuing the rest of the Administration Series in ebook format.
While we’re waiting for the Supreme Court to weigh in on health care, the Politics in the Zeros blog is reviewing Hoosier Life & Casualty here.
There’s also a new review of Fame & Madness in America up at Necessary Fiction.
Marina Melee came in in second place for the readers’ choice awards at Underground Book Reviews. Thanks to everyone who voted for it! Gospel Hollow, in the meantime, is one of five debut novels discussed in a feature article, “Essential Truths: First Novels Hinge on Issues of Choice and Fate,” in the Summer 2012 issue of ForeWord Reviews magazine. Author Jesse Jordan has also been busy recently and participated in This Podcast Will Change Your Life. Check it out!
Flooding Granite got an honorable mention in the Guide to Outdoor Literature’s Best Books of 2011 and Marina Melee has been nominated in the Underground Book Reviews’ Summer Reading List Contest. Please take a minute to vote for it if you are so inclined!
Casperian Books is pleased to announce the release of Jesse Jordan’s debut novel, Gospel Hollow.
One evening in 1995, Tommy Hull’s mother put him to bed, kissed him goodnight, and walked downstairs. She has not been seen since. Now a twenty-six-year-old bartender self-medicating his debilitating panic attacks with booze and Xanax, Tommy thinks he may have found a way to discover what happened to her. But to do so he’ll have to gather together the violent, damaged men of his past for one night and force from them the truth he believes lies hidden within.
Set during five days of a punishing Chicago blizzard, Gospel Hollow follows the clumsy and desperate investigation of Tommy Hull as he digs through the lies and silence of his remaining family to get the answer to the most pressing question of his life: what happened to Alice Hull on that cool September night fourteen years ago?
“Gospel Hollow is a white-knuckled, Midwestern, modern-day thriller, riveting in its pace, and masterful in its tone. Mr. Jordan’s exploration of the deadly ensnarements of family bonds and the impossibility of memory is highly thoughtful and daringly original.” — Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned and The Boy Detective Fails
Click here to read the first chapter of Gospel Hollow.
There is a new review of Cemetery Bird on the Missouri River Regional Library’s Book Challenge Team blog, and a new review of alt.punk on the Pank Magazine’s blog.
Since I’m halfway through getting last year’s books ready for the accountant, here are some statistics:
- 51% of 2011 receipts were payments from our wholesaler
- 23% of 2011 receipts were direct sales through our website
- 26% of 2011 receipts were what we euphemistically term “cash & check payments,” i.e. payment for purchase orders from books stores and educational institutions, receipts from direct sales through Amazon, payments from library fulfillment services and book clubs, etc.
Lots of activity these past few days! alt.punk has got a lot of shout-outs for the Best of 2011, including from Ben Tanzer at TNBBC’s The Next Best Book Blog, the folks at The Word Zombie, DK at Banners of Death, and the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, which also called out The Rage of Achilles in the same list.
Finally, Ian Woollen has a new story up in The Atticus Review.
A half-hour-long radio interview Bridget gave to The Next Frontier program earlier this month is available for listening to online at Living the Autism Maze.
There is a new review of Flooding Granite and an interview with Tom Mahony in Paddling Life.
Casperian Books is please to announce the release of Garrett Socol’s debut novel, Fame & Madness in America.
When Brenda Bernstein poisons her husband of four days, little does she know that she is about to set off a media circus the likes of which haven’t been seen since O.J. got into a white Ford Bronco.
Brenda becomes an overnight tabloid sensation-and so does everyone she has ever come in contact with, from her grade-school nemesis to her 90-year-old grandmother. As the notoriety of her trial gathers momentum, her erstwhile brother-in-law is courted by reality TV show producers to host their newest dating game show, “Mating After Murder,” and her friend Veronica screen-tests for a remake of Body Heat, while the presiding judge at her trial wisely invests in a complete makeover for the benefit of the cameras infesting the courtroom. And let’s not forget Brenda’s mother, who is so thrilled to see her daughter gracing the cover of Time, she buys all copies of the magazine from her local newsstand.
Told in vignettes from the various important (and not-so-important) players’ points of view, Fame & Madness in America is a wildly entertaining romp that explores the world of fleeting popularity in a culture that worships celebrities.
Click here to read the first chapter of Fame & Madness in America.