October -- Fall bargains and freebies.
In order to get new readers and fans--and books to the beach and the bed--we've decided to offer all eBook versions for under $5, and as an added incentive, certain titles will be free on Kindle on certain days. If you don't have a Kindle, be sure to get the free app for Mac, PC, iPad, or iPhone.
Boyfriend From Hell: $1.95 as eBook
Click here to grab the first book in E. Van Lowe's Falling Angels Saga, the story of 15-year-old Megan Barnett of Glendale, Arizona, who not only has to contend with high school, boys, and the heat of Arizona, but also Satan. As I write this, it's already the #1 download in Children's eBooks, #1 in Spine-Chilling Horror. We're selling it for just $1.95--to get you hooked. $12.95, print.
The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea, $2.99 as eBook
Click here to own the award-winning first collection of short stories by Christopher Meeks.
Love at Absolute Zero, $3.99 as eBook
See the description to the right.
Iron City $4.99 as eBook
Click here to delight in a noir-dark mystery of a fallen police detective who has been pulled back to his home town, Pittsburgh, after one of his former friends has been found brutally murdered. It's from master novelist and screenwriter David Scott Milton. $4.99 Kindle, $14.95 print.
Earth Angel $3.99 as eBook
Click here to get the second book in E. Van Lowe's Falling Angels Saga. Just because Megan Barnett has won the love of deliciously handsome Guy Matson doesn't mean her troubles are over. Far from it. For Megan doesn't realize it, but in her possession is a powerful weapon, one sought after by both angels and demons and everything in between. $3.99 Kindle, $12.95 print.
The Sun is a Billiard Ball 99 cents as eBook
Click here to discover this novella by Christopher Meeks where two story lines work side by side until they intersect in this strangely funny tale of youth and middle-age. 99 cents, Kindle only.
Months and Seasons $2.99 as eBook
Click here for Christopher Meeks's second short story collection, which made the long list for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. "The short stories in Months and Seasons are like potato chips, you can't read just one," said critic Marc Schuster. $2.99 Kindle, $14.95 print.
Master Editor and Writer Shelly Lowenkopf's "Fiction Writer's Handbook" Coming This Fall
The Fiction Writer's Handbook will be the definitive volume to explain the words and
phrases that writers and editors use when they talk about a work. In a highly
competitive publishing world, today's writers need to stay ahead of the
competition and make every sentence count. This book will help you. It's a powerful tool, with terms defined by a master that gently guide you into a deeper understanding of how to write fiction. It's scheduled for publication on November 12, with a publication party at 7 p.m. that night at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena. Please come--open to the public.
For over thirty years, Shelly Lowenkopf has taught creative writing in the master's program at the University of Southern California and at prestigious writers conferences. He's also held the titles of Editorial Director, Editor in Chief, and editorial reviewer with publishing houses and university presses. His book reviews have appeared in many newspapers and journals including The Phladelphia Inquirer and the Los Angeles Times. Thus, The Fiction Writer's Handbook offers a full half-century of editorial experience and fiction-writing wisdom.
Great Books on Kindle
Here are two books that are in print and on the Kindle (and Kindle for the PC, Kindle for the Mac, and Kindle for the iPad and other tablets with the free Kindle software). The first is David Scott Milton's Iron City, a dark noir mystery recently in the Top 20 in Amazon's Literary Fiction list. Click here to learn more about the story and/or for the download.
The other book is Christopher Meeks's award-winning fourth book, The Brightest Moon of the Century. It, too, has been in the Top 20 for Literary Fiction and well as the Top 20 for humor. Click here to discover more about the tale and/or for the download.
Meet the Author, E. Van Lowe
We're excited that Earth Angel, Book #2 in the Falling Angels Saga, is now out. Author E. Van Lowe, a former writer and producer of The Cosby Show, is at work on Book #3.
EARTH ANGEL IS READY! THE SAGA CONTINUES.
E. Van Lowe's Earth Angel, the second book in his series of the Falling Angels Saga, is now available.
In this story, just because Megan Barnett from Glendale, Arizona, has recently defeated Satan, has a best new friend, and has won the love of her life, Guy Matson, her troubles are not over. She winds up in a life-or-death battle to save herself, the angel she loves, and all of mankind from unspeakable evil.
To get print or Kindle copies on Amazon, click here.
To get print or Nook copies at B&N, click here.
Iron City by David Scott Milton
Frank Kalinyak, disgraced ex-cop, returns to Pittsburgh, Pa., “Iron City”, his hometown, from Tucson where he has been living a desperate existence since the death of his young daughter. He has been summoned home by Bobby Mack, an Assistant D.A., to find out who murdered an old high school friend. Kalinyak is swept into a whirlpool of bizarre killings, religious fanaticism, church duplicity, hustlers, cops, junkies, old friends gone bad. Amid the fractured landscape of Iron City, rusting mills, rotting industry, he struggles to find sense in his life. Ultimately he must ask: who is he and can he survive?
Author Gina Nahai (Caspian Rain) says, "David Scott Milton is that rare contemporary American writer whose body of work represents an honest and authentic study of the mysteries of the human heart. In Iron City he creates a fast-moving and original plot, and a lead character whose pain and passion haunt the reader long after the story's end."
Praise for Milton's Earlier Books
“David Scott Milton can write like an angel… a writer hell bent on fulfilling the legacy of John Steinbeck, carrying on the tradition of James Jones and exploring his own heights.” -- Alabama Journal
“It was my misfortune to have missed The Quarterback, and thus be unaware of this fine, unflinching writer. He does not prettify, embroider, ornament of otherwise offend against the utter dignity of his hard, enduring characters; out of their meanness, and misery, he has made a story which I envy, in prose as clean and businesslike as a switchblade. Make sure everybody hears about this book; it’s not about a gambler and a broad and a fighter at all—it’s about the human condition, and it’s beautiful.” -- George V. Higgins, author of The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Love At Absolute Zero by Christopher Meeks--Now Available!
Love At Absolute Zero is about a physicist who tries to apply the tools of science to finding a soul mate. Specifically, Gunnar Gunderson, a 32-year-old physicist at the University of Wisconsin, gets a promotion, and all he can think of now is finding a wife, causing his research to falter. To meet Ms. Right within three days--that's what he wants and all time he can carve out--he and his team are using the scientific method, to riotous results.
"Thermodynamics are nothing; it's that love thing that is so frustratingly hard to figure out. Love at Absolute Zero is an excellent read that is very much worth considering, highly recommended!"
- Midwest Book Review
"It is a given, now, that Christopher Meeks is a master craftsman as a writer.... [The novel] is a gift--and one of the many that continue to emerge from the pen and mind and brilliant trait for finding the humor in life that makes him so genuinely fine a writer." -Grady Harp, Amazon Top-Ten Reviewer
"As engaging as it is amusing, Love at Absolute Zero is, ultimately, a heartfelt study of the tension between the head and heart, science and emotion, calculation and chance." -Marc Schuster, Small Press Reviews
"It is impossible not to like Gunnar Gunderson. As he progresses from one disaster or near miss to the next, one views him with a mixture of compassion and laughter, but he is such a good-hearted young man that it is impossible not to root for him." -Sam Sattler, Book Chase
"A deeply resonant read that manages to be funny without sacrificing its gravity. Highly recommended!" -Heather Figearo, Raging Bibliomania
You can buy the book at Amazon by clicking here, and at Barnes and Noble by clicking here.
Finalist in ForeWord's Book of the Year Combines Physics and Love in an Unusual Romance
Call him as focused as his physicist. Deep into his next novel, Christopher
Meeks didn’t realize his book Love At Absolute Zero was a finalist in ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year until weeks after the announcement. An ad exec had contacted him to see if he’d like an ad in their magazine. He didn’t know what she was talking about.
“Congratulations,” she said, “Your novel is a finalist,” and she explained
what it meant.
Delighted, he looked into how he missed such news. He found the notice in an unopened email with the subject line, “2011 Finalists Announced.” Said Meeks, “I didn’t know I was in that competition. I’d sent my books off for a contest, but I thought it was another one. This email surely wasn’t about my book.”
But it was. Love At Absolute Zero is a comic romp about Gunnar
Gunderson, a 32-year-old star physicist at the University of Wisconsin. The moment he's given tenure at the university, he can think of only one thing: finding a wife. His research falters into what happens to matter near absolute zero (−459.67 °F), but he has an instant new plan. Channeling his inner salmon, he's determined to meet his soul mate within three days using the Scientific Method.
The book has had an unusual path to publication. His New York agent, Jim McCarthy at Dystel and Goderich Literary Management, loved Love At Absolute Zero and stuck with it for more than two years, McCarthy could not find a publisher willing to commit to it. Three times McCarthy found enthusiastic editors—but the
publishers’ marketing departments each basically said, “We don’t know how to market it. Pass.” Finally McCarthy suggested to Meeks that maybe another agent would have other resources. McCarthy wanted to help and would call other agents for him.
After a few more agents were cordial but stumped, Meeks stopped the cycle. He didn’t want to spend more years searching and waiting for the old system to work. He brought the novel out last September under his own imprint, White Whisker Books. The love story earned three earlier awards before ForeWord’s announcement: a Best Indie Romance Award at Red Adept Reviews, a Noble Award for Best Novel (not Nobel) at MyShelf.com, and it landed in the Top Ten Best Fiction list at Book Chase.
“As engaging as it is amusing, Love at Absolute Zero is, ultimately,
a heartfelt study of the tension between the head and heart, science and emotion, calculation and chance,” says Marc Schuster of Small Press Reviews.
Top-Ten Amazon critic Grady Harp, who has reviewed all five of Meeks’s books, writes, “It is a given, now, that Christopher Meeks is a master craftsman as a writer. What surprises us in this novel is just how much research he's done to get the scientific part of it right. Where does all of this passionate knowledge of physics lie, knowledge that allows him to write so comfortably, opening every chapter with a scientific quote, that we novices stay on board with him? It is a
gift --and one of the many that continue to emerge from the pen and mind of so genuinely fine a writer.”
“These days,” says Meeks, who grew up in Wayzata, Minnesota, “a good novel doesn’t have to sit in a drawer. I’d been a senior editor at a publishing house once, too, and so I took my knowledge of publishing, hired a good editor, proofreaders, and designers, and published it through an imprint I started, White Whisker Books—named for my cat with one white whisker. Independent publishing takes a hell of a lot of energy, however. It’s energy I’d prefer to spend writing the next novel, but I had to help my own book.”
ForeWord's Book of the Year Awards program was designed for
booksellers and librarians in the process of discovering distinctive books across a number of genres with judgments based on their own authority and on patron interest.
The 2011 Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Winners, as well as the Editor's Choice Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction, will be announced Saturday, June 23 at the annual American Library Association conference in Anaheim, California.
To see ForeWord’s webpage for the book, click here.
To buy a copy in print or for Kindle on Amazon, click here.
To buy one for the Nook, click here.
BOYFRIEND FROM HELL, FIRST OF THE SERIES, IS JUST $1.99 AS EBOOK
E. Van Lowe's new young adult series, The Falling Angels Saga, is rocketing toward bestsellerdom. Readers love these stories, and the first in the series, Boyfriend From Hell, is only $1.99 on Kindle and Nook and Smashwords. The second in the series, Earth Angel, is only $3.99. Click here to learn more about them and/or to download.
Boyfriend From Hell by E. Van Lowe--Now Available!
Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship—they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together.
“But come on, guys, she’s my mother… Can I really tell her that while we’re snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I’m secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes? Of course not…”
The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again. She hasn’t had a man in her life since Megan’s father left ten years ago.
Enter two mysterious young men, Megan’s new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando. Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships. But neither of the handsome pair is quite what he seems. In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride. Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him. If she doesn’t, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.
Boyfriend From Hell is the first book in the Falling Angels Saga from the author of the gruesomely hilarious, Never Slow Dance With A Zombie.
"E. Van Lowe puts a fantastic new spin on the young adult paranormal romance, and I for one fell for it hook, line, and sinker." -Shari Bergquist, My Neurotic Book Affair
"A thrilling suspense/mystery/fantasy book mixed with reality and some romance scenes that will get you hooked up till the end." -Lalaine Faye, Lalaine's Fiction Book Reviews
"E. Van Lowe's fluid and masterful writing made this book one that I needed to finish."
-Elizabeth Talbott, Fishmuffins of Doom
You can buy the book at Amazon by clicking here, at Barnes and Noble by clicking here.