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In honor of Valentine’s Day, here is a short list of Snowflakes in a Blizzard books that incorporate some aspect of romance. If you’re in the mood, and want to learn more about any one of them, you can find them on our Author’s page.
“Double Identity,” by Jaye C. Blakemore, “The Big Bang Theory,” by Lucy Jane Bledsoe; “Lisbeth,” by Marina Brown; “The Gift,” by Barbara Browning; “Hank: A Storyteller’s Story,” by Rick Burnham; “The Burgundy Briefcase,” by Roberta Burton; “Between Nowhere and Lost,” by Alexandra Christl; “Leaving Kent State,” by Sabrina Fedel; “Grand Slams,” by Timothy Gager; “Picture Bride,” by C. Fong Hsiung; “People and Peppers,” by Kevin Christopher James; “An Incredible Talent for Existing,” by Pamela Jane; “Cinnamon Girl,” by Lawrence Kessenich; “The Color of Home,” by Rich Marcello; “End of Men,” by C.B. Murphy; “Hometown Heartache,” by M.J. Schiller; “Enchanting the Swan,” by John Schwartz; “Heart, Soul & Rock n’ Roll,” by Janet Stafford; “Blue or Blue Skies,” by Robin Stratton; ”The Passion Thief,” by Anne McCarthy Strauss; “When Clouds Gather,” by Ryan Jo Summers; “Texas Roze,” by Iris Sweetwater; “Daffodils and Fireflies,” by Claudia J. Taller; “Just Another Sidekick,” by Tara Lynn Thompson; “Resting Places,” by Michael White and “That One Moment,” bv Patty Wiseman.
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“QUEEN OF SPADES,” BY MICHAEL SHOU-YUNG SHUM.
Based on the author’s experience working as a poker dealer, Queen of Spades is a modern re-telling of the classic Pushkin fable of the same name, a highly stylized tale set in a Seattle-area casino that combines elements of a Hong Kong gambling movie with literary language and a lively cast of unforgettable characters.
The three main narrative threads follow Barbara, a recovering gambler trapped in a cultish twelve-step program; Mannheim, a pit boss at the Royal Casino who discovers he has just six months to live; and Chan, a dealer obsessed with the playing style of a mysterious customer known as the Countess.
Queen of Spades invites readers into the murky realm of taking chances not just as a recreational activity but as a way of life. The beauty and complexity of the novel lies in its unique portmanteau structure, its page-turning plot, and its insider view into the late-night card-dealer’s world, where everyone yearns for more than what they have, and where luck plays a curious, fidgety role that may—given the right card at the right moment—change everything, for better or worse.
“HAINT,” BY TERI ELLEN CROSS DAVIS.
Haint is a book of poems that touch on identity, nationality, womanhood, fertility, infertility, and so much more.
Wrote one reviewer: ”A haint is a term for the dead, but in Teri Cross Davis’ hands, Haint is a book of life. Not a book of survival, though the poet survives, not a book of reckoning, though the poet comes to terms with many things. Haint is a book of choices, and witnessing. A book of learning the bodies, territories, pleasures and sorrows. A book that constructs the irrepressible center of a soul, page by page, plank by plank. A book a reader will put down after reading and mutter yes to themselves, haunted.”
“HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America,” BY KATRINA SHAWVER.
When journalist Katrina Shawver met the eighty-five-year-old Henry Zguda, he possessed an exceptional memory, original documents and photos, and a knack for meeting the right people at the right time. Told in an interview format, Henry relates a life as a champion swimmer and coach, interrupted by three years imprisoned in Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a Catholic Polish political prisoner. This bridge to history is told with a pragmatic gallows humor and is supported by extensive research, original documents, and rare photos. Ultimately, HENRY is the story of a resilient young man who survives by his wits, humor, friends, and luck.