Weather Report, Dec. 12

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OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “ADVANCE MAN,” BY STEVEN JACQUES, “RUNNING IN SILENCE,” BY RACHEL STEIL, “HANK: A STORYTELLER’S STORY,” BY RICK BURNHAM, “THE TELL-TALE TREASURE,” BY DIANE SAWYER AND “METAMORPHOSIS,”  BY ISABELLA MacLEOD, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHORS PAGE.

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This is it for the year — six books, the most we’ve ever featured at one time. After all, this is the season for excess, right?

After the first of January, however, Snowflakes in a Blizzard will return to normal. And we won’t be featuring any authors for the last two weeks of December, because most of you will be otherwise occupied with holiday matters.

The current crop of Snowflakes offerings includes a tasty variety of genres. We have a novel about witches, a murder mystery set in a kitchen, a memoir set in many kitchens, a dreamy excursion into virtual reality, a novel exploring a multi-cultural relationship and another about outer space.

One of our authors, Leda Meredith, is currently living in Israel. Another, P.J. Whittlesea,  writes from Amsterdam.   This fits with one of the goals of Snowflakes in a Blizzard, to expand our offerings beyond national borders.


NEWS & NOTES:

Here’s another Christmas deal from Persis Granger, author of “Adirondack Gold.”

“I’m willing to sell Adirondack Gold at $5 and its sequel,  A Summer of Strangers, for $6. Plus shipping.”

And there’s this from Alex Green, whose book of short stories, “Emergency Anthems,” was featured on Snowflakes:

“My radio show The Heart Goes Boom is now Top Ten on the indie charts and being
a slave to ambition and greed and notoriety, I want to be number one.
“This is how I became a regular occurring character on “Silver Spoons” and this is how
I became the 6th Backstreet Boy in 1999.  
“If you have a second, give the show a quick hit for me. You don’t even have to listen to the
whole thing and not only will there not be a quiz, I’ll let you skip the final.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, DEC. 13-19.

“MURDER IN THE GENERATIVE KITCHEN,” BY MEG PONTECORVO.

Murder in the Generative Kitchen intertwines parallel plots: the Chicago murder trial of McConnery Ellis, a wealthy middle aged woman accused of poisoning her husband with a gourmet meal prepared with the help of her AI “smart kitchen”; and the efforts of juror Julio Gonzalez to hook up with Iris, a beautiful fellow juror, at the Acapulco resort where they have been sent to watch trial footage.

The futuristic trial system, “Vacation Jury Duty,” enables the lucky jurors to stream daily testimony through sleek headsets as they enjoy the amenities at the court-owned resort. But there’s a catch: as in jury trials today, they are forbidden to communicate with other jurors. Under constant surveillance by the resort’s security guards, Julio struggles to devise ways to catch Iris’s attention. He also becomes fascinated by the trial, in which attorney manipulated sims interrogate a lively parade of human witnesses. The plots converge when Julio returns to Chicago for deliberation and valiantly attempts to seduce Iris with his command of the facts, as the jurors clash over whether  the murderer is Mrs. Ellis, or a high tech kitchen capable of intuiting–and fulfilling–its owner’s innermost desires.

“BOTANY, BALLET AND A DINNER FROM SCRATCH,” BY LEDA MEREDITH.

Writes Leda: “This is a memoir about the life of a professional dancer turned botanist and food writer. It has a strong focus on the sustainable food movement and how our food choices impact not only our health and the environment, but also our emotional and cultural well being. This new edition has more recipes than the original did, and also offers insights into how the local organic food movement has grown since the book first came out — and how far it still has to go. Plus, there are some personal updates: When I wrote the book I devoted a chapter of it to a man I’d had an affair with twenty years earlier. I had no idea at that time that I would ever see him again. He read the book, tracked me down, and now we’re married.”

“COMPLICATED BLUE,” BY P.J. WHITTLESEA.

Don’t be fooled by the title. This is not just a book about witches.

There is no hell, there is only unfinished business. This New Year’s Eve, something shady’s going on in the city of Amsterdam. The dead walk the streets, and they’re not alone.

A teenaged witch trapped in the body of a five-year-old.

A deceased rock n’ roll star with an identity crisis.

A librarian with the dress sense of Edina from Absolutely Fabulous.

A mysterious entity with the power to influence the weather.

And a nanny.

All are pursued by an assailant with a hellhound as an assistant.

Put simply, it’s complicated.

“THE COLOR OF HOME,” BY RICH MARCELLO.

Can two people stay connected for a lifetime and each know the complete truth about the other? When New Yorker Nick Satterborn falls in love with Sassa Vikander, he’s convinced the answer is yes.

Nick Satterborn. Songwriter. Dabbler on the spiritual path. Survivor.

Sassa Vikander. Stunning chef. Seeker on the path of most resistance. Survivor.

Contentment percolates for a time, until the two are hurtled into a life of uncertainty, self-evaluation, and growth. Each dreams heroic dreams of overcoming his/her past, rising out of sadness, rediscovering home, finding peace. Their worlds dissolve and reform. People and events threaten to tear them apart.

The Color of Home is a story of love, of loss, of digging deep down to the bottom of things until maybe, just maybe, Nick and Sassa find the strength to become whole. Their journey offers a unique, honest glimpse into the life and love of a palpably rare relationship of our time.

“THE MARS RUN,” BY CHRIS GERRIB.

A young woman on her first real job decides to become an astronaut, which in the late 21st century is equivalent to a truck driver or a merchant sailor, i.e., a tough working-person’s job.  After she’s involved in a fatal accident in training, she gets a posting on a small ship going to Mars.  Halfway there, the ship gets hijacked by pirates, damaged, and she is the sole survivor of the original crew.  She offers to help repair the ship in exchange for her life.  The story then becomes one of her trying to escape the pirates.

“DREAMTIME,” BY ALAN MARTIN.

In the next generation, our addiction to entertainment will order up a technological marvel; full immersion into virtual reality. This global network of experiences will allow man to share in the wonders of the imagination in ways he could not have otherwise fathomed. It will come with an unexpected side-effect. Neural stimulation will rewire the brain to suspend all disbelief in the waking state and usher in the age of mind over matter. Reality and fantasy will become one in the same, and all hell will break loose… To survive, we will have to fight fantasy with fantasy.

What man imagines, he creates. What man creates, shapes the world. What shapes the world, reshapes man. Soon he will imagine the impossible, And this too shall come to pass.

Still guilt-ridden years after the untimely death of his friend, Ayin has drifted most of his life bound to no man’s rules. When he awakens without memory in a mysterious realm, a mythic guardian unloads the weight of all worlds on his shoulders. Aided by a nobleman, a musician, and a scholar, he must protect the Tree of Dreams from a living nightmare before it unravels all of creation.

six authors, four countries,  from four countries, six authors,

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