Weather Report, August 15

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Our currently featured books, “East of Troost,” by Ellen Barker, “Sticky Fingers,” by Tom Bentley and “Pharoni,” by Colin Dodds, can be found by scrolling down below this post, or by clicking the author’s name on our Authors page.

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UPCOMING FROM SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, AUGUST 16-22

“BIT FLIP,” BY MIKE TRIGG.

Bit Flip is a fast-paced corporate thriller that offers a satirical critique of Bay Area start-up culture. Lured to Silicon Valley to “make the world a better place” during the dot-com boom, Sam Hughes is a high-flying executive at a venture-backed technology company.  When an onstage meltdown leads to his unexpected firing, Sam plunges into a midlife crisis and begins to see his life in the Bay Area’s tech bubble in a new, cynical light.

“ANDREA HOFFMAN GOES ALL IN,” BY DIANE COHEN SCHNEIDER.

Andrea Hoffman is an overeducated, underemployed, and unmotivated recent college graduate—until a harrowing robbery blasts her out of her funk and into a job in the finance world of early-1980s Chicago. At first, it seems like a bad fit. But the world of finance has its own weird charm, and she grows increasingly fascinated by the strange language of trading, the complexity of the stock market, and her colleagues, who navigate it all with ruthless confidence. Even though she has two strikes against her—Jewish and female—Andrea’s quick wit and strong work ethic propel her into an actual sales job and her career takes off. But this is the Wall Street of the eighties, and along with making a lot more money, Andrea adopts a new, fast life of cocktails, cocaine, and casual sex. Drunk on her achievements, she gradually realizes that at some point, she’s going to have to decide what success really means to her.

“BICYLCLES OF THE GODS,” BY MICHAEL SIMMS.

 In Bicycles of the Gods, the main character, Jesse, presents an earthly incarnation of Jesus Christ come to earth in the body of a 12-year-old boy in the company of Xavi, who is the earthly incarnation of Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds, also a 12-year-old boy. The pair stand on a hilltop above the city of Los Angeles contemplating how best to destroy it as a precursor to destroying the entire world to rid it of humanity so it can refresh and rebuild. Xavi is ready to get on with the task The Big Guy, God, has assigned them, but Jesse has a problem. He isn’t sure that everyone deserves to be destroyed.

“TUNE IN TOMORROW,” BY RANDEE DAWN.

\Starr Weatherby is a struggling actor who just can’t get her big break. She found her spark for acting during an improv class where she had to perform as a singing mango – and ever since then, her mantra for finding strength in adversity has been: Be the mango! Fortunately, she was also discovered during that improv performance – and is now the new hire on a reality TV “docusoap” no one seems to have heard of: Tune in Tomorrow. And there’s a good reason for that – Tune in Tomorrow is a show made by mythical creatures, for mythical creatures – starring humans.

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bridgetowriters

Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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