Weather Report, Nov. 28

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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED BOOKS, “MOSH IT UP,” BY MINDELA RUBY, “DRUNK ON SALT,” BY JAMES NOLAN AND “METAPHYSICAL JOURNEYS,” BY JENNY HAYNES, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING ON THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR PAGE.

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To be sure, there are multiple reasons for managing and posting this blog, but the main thrust has to be selling books for our authors.

With that in mind, I’m going to up the ante a bit this Christmas season. Since I have 15 authors waiting to be featured and just three weeks of reasonable pre-Christmas selling time, Snowflakes in a Blizzard will feature five books a week over those three weeks.

Next week, I’ll also pass along some holiday specials involving Snowflakes books, and update the “Books by Subject” post on the Author page.

The five-for-three upgrade means we have even more of a variety for you this Monday.

Two of the featured novels, “Blue Coyote Motel” and “The Thundering,” might be called scientific thrillers. The first deals with the good and effects of a “feel good” drug, the second with the early 1960s relationship between a psychiatrist and a young patient who has come to believe he’s a horse.

“Shifting Borders” provides an intriguing juxtaposition between the ghostly and physical worlds, “What You Are Now Enjoying” is a collection of stories that includes cleverly updated fairy tales, and “Juggling Kittens” is the tale of an elementary school teacher in search of a missing student.

Incidentally, “Blue Coyote Motel” author Dianne Harman provides new hope for all of you who have said, “One of these days, I’m going to get around to writing this book.” For Dianne, “one of these days” came when she was 68, and she has turned out 30 books since.

Finally, I invite you to check out our currently featured books, “Mosh It Up,” by Mindela Ruby, “Drunk on Salt,” by James Nolan and “Metaphysical Journeys,” by Jenny Haynes, in case you were too busy devouring turkey and entertaining relatives last week to do so.

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A special deal goes along with Juggling Kittens tomorrow. Author Matt Coleman writes:

“My publisher agreed to offer Juggling Kittens for free digital download on the 29th ONLY to coincide with the feature on your site. It’ll be free through Amazon, and you can use this shortened link:  http://bit.do/juggling-kittens

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, NOV. 29-DEC. 5

JUGGLING KITTENS, BY MATT COLEMAN

Ellis Mazer is a soon-to-be father, a first year English teacher, and a directionless twenty-something in a directionless Arkansas town dealing with the disappearance of a little girl from her mobile home. But when one of his own students stops coming to school, Ellis discovers that he may be the only person who even notices. The resulting quest leads him deep into the shadows and calluses of hillbilly noir in an attempt to solve the mystery of a missing kid … or two.

THE THUNDERING, BY MEGAN DAVIDSON

What is “normal?” That question haunts psychologist Cathy Morgen when she takes on the case of a terrified teenager named Joseph. The year is 1961; the place is Portland, Oregon.

In the wee hours of morning, Cathy receives a distressing call from the director of Summerhaven Mental Hospital: They need her expertise. Over her husband’s angry protests, Cathy drives to the asylum, where she observes a bizarre sight: a kicking, neighing boy behaving exactly like a panicked wild horse. He isn’t just pretending. It seems that Joseph thinks he is a horse, or wants to be one. Cathy can’t imagine what has driven the boy to give up on humanity so completely that he is determined to become a member of another species.

Thus begins Cathy’s heart-and-mind-challenging quest to unravel the mystery of the talented, intelligent “horse boy” – and in doing so redeem herself for failing to save the life of a similar young patient years earlier. Many people are working against her methods, including an arrogant chief psychiatrist, a doctor who favors a host of barbaric “therapies,” and Cathy’s own spouse, Dan. There will be near escapes, brilliant insights, shocking confessions, uplifting conversions and unthinkable betrayals before Cathy can discover the true meaning of “normal” – and the key to healing Joseph’s broken psyche. And that victory will come at a great cost to her.

SHIFTING BORDERS, BY JESSIE KWAK

When Patricia Ramos-Waites’ sister asks for help resurrecting her dead boyfriend’s ghost, Patricia knows she should say no. But this may be her last chance to repair the fraying bond between herself and her sister. Of course, nothing ever goes as planned. When the resurrection of Marco is interrupted by a gang of drug smugglers who are also after his ghost, Patricia accidentally becomes possessed by him. Now, she and Marco are stuck navigating the tricky relationship of Host and Hosted — all while trying to parent two difficult teenagers, dodge criminals, and heal the ever-growing rift between Patricia and her sister.

WHAT YOU ARE NOW ENJOYING, BY SARAH GERKENSMEYER

Selected by novelist Stewart O’Nan as winner of the Autumn House Press fiction prize, What You Are Now Enjoying takes us into both the uncanny and the mundane. From Wonder Woman as an angst-ridden teenager to ghost twins to monster catfish to the secret relationships between polygamous wives, the stories in What You Are Now Enjoying approach the familiar in unfamiliar ways, allowing us to recognize and claim the unordinary moments in our own often ordinary lives.  In particular, Gerkensmeyer crafts broken fairy tales that re-imagine the life of women.

BLUE COYOTE MOTEL, BY DIANNE HARMAN

Would you take an anti-aging hormone? What if you could keep your youth? If someone you knew was terrified of aging, and you’d invented the hormone, would you give it to them? Even if it meant discovery would cause you to lose your chance of winning the Nobel Prize?

Blue Coyote Motel is a suspense love story which begins in the barrios of Southern California and spans the globe in such diverse locations as Provence, South America, and the Himalayas. The beautiful Latina, Maria, and her husband, Jeffrey, a scientist fired from a prestigious laboratory, struggle to build a new life in a remote Southern California desert areas as owners of the motel.

Along with the anti-aging hormone, Jeffrey invents a “feel-good” wonder drug to help Maria with her depression. As Jeffrey becomes insane he begins to experiment with the wonder drug. Six wayward travelers, including an alcoholic priest, a couple who own gold mines in Brazil, a depressed widow, a struggling salesman, and a Native American pediatrician find themselves spending the night at the small motel. The next morning, they wake up feeling better than ever. Has Jeffrey’s miracle drug delivered? Or is the nightmare of addiction only beginning? Blue Coyote Motel presents an engaging look at the human frailties present in all of us.

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