OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW NOW,” BY MARCI DIEHL, “GONE TO POT,” BY JENNIFER CRAIG AND “BLACK HEARTS WHITE BONES,” BY WILLIAM FURNEY, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR PAGE.
Friday marks the second birthday of Snowflakes in a Blizzard. Maybe I’ll buy a cake.
It all started on May 26, 2015 with Brian Simpson’s novel “Island Dogs.” For awhile, we featured one book a week, then two, and now three. As of this week, we’re up to 299, and the variety has been dizzying.
We’ve done books put out by major publishing houses and (much more often) self-published by indy authors with a dream.
We’ve highlighted novels, biographies, creative non-fiction, memoirs, books of poetry, collections of short stories, and a few hybrids. If you go to the site (snowflakesarise.wordpress.com), click on the Author page and scroll through “Books by Subject,” you can see for yourself.
Some of the books have been deeply religious or spiritual. Others have been wildly irreverent. They have ranged from G to R-rated, from all facets of the political spectrum.
I value the collective credibility of this site, so I try not to inflict our followers with something that’s poorly written or difficult to understand. On the other hand, I’m not a literary snob, and sometimes a compelling story can trump A-list writing.
What all of these books have in common, from my perspective, is that each is unique in its own way. I shy away those that appear to have been dashed off to fit a formula, or to sound like someone else’s work — again, not to pass judgement, just to save space for work that may not fit neatly into a genre.
In a nutshell, Snowflakes in a Blizzard has a two-fold purpose: 1. To help interesting but underappreciated books get more exposure and 2. To expose our blog followers to work they might have missed.
Most of the books we feature could use a little love, which means John Grisham or J.K.Rowling probably won’t feel the need to hook up with us. In some cases, though, I’ve included books that have sold well, but are so different that I want to give our blog followers the opportunity to enjoy them.
While most of the authors have been American, we’ve also included work from Canada, Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Trinidad, India, France and Spain.
Incidentally, although this is essentially a one-person operation (and the proverbial labor of love), I refer to it as “we” because I see all the authors who have allowed me to put their work “out there” as colleagues, along with our 3,200-plus blog followers.
In most cases, I don’t know what effect these posts may have had in terms of author recognition or book sales. It seems to me, though, that getting the opportunity to make what amounts to a one-on-pitch to over 3,000 potential readers can only be a good thing.
This week’s offerings provide an example of our diversity. “Grace Period,” by Melinda Worth Popham, is a spiritual memoir; “Between Nowhere and Lost,” by Alexandra Christl, is a novel based on a true story, Iris Sweetwater’s “Texas Roze” is just for fun.
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, MAY 23-29.
“GRACE PERIOD,” BY MELINDA WORTH POPHAM.
“Grace Period” recounts the spiritual journey launched by the break-up of the author’s marriage and her teenage daughter’s descent into an intractable depression that led her to an Ivy League seminary and to the discovery that pain is the Miracle Gro of spiritual growth.
“BETWEEN NOWHERE AND LOST,” BY ALEXANDRA CHRISTL
When 1960s housewife Helen Hodges chances to meet textile mill owner David Drummond in her small South Carolina town, her repressed longing for a child is reawakened and discontent floods her life. As union and racial tensions in the town escalate, Helen is torn between her Catholic faith, her duty to her husband, and her growing desire to be with David. Overrun with guilt, Helen forsakes her lover and chooses to remain with her husband, until she learns some life-changing news and rushes to tell David before he leaves town, and her life…forever.
“TEXAS ROZE,” BY IRIS SWEETWATER.
Introducing beautiful Hollywood hairstylist, Roze Lawrence, who is thrust into the small-town, ranching lifestyle unexpectedly when her father passes away.
Always a privileged young woman who has everything she would ever want in life (a great job, an amazing apartment in L.A., and a hot model boyfriend), Roze Lawrence is bored. She is bored of being that girl who has it so easy. But she doesn’t expect the opportunity to find herself in the form of her father’s will; leaving her ownership of his successful ranch in small-town Texas.