Maze

Maze (Daughter of Darkness Book 2) by [Mills, Katya]

Katya MillsTHE BOOK:  Maze.

PUBLISHED IN: 2015.

AUTHOR AND EDITOR: Katya Mills.

THE PUBLISHER: Amazon / CreateSpace.

SUMMARY:  In modern day America, there are those — indiscernible from you and me — who thirst after (human) fear. Ame, in her twenties and the heroine of this tale, has fallen in with them. As a youth she had the same light in her eyes and androgynous form, which marks them. She was abducted and taken to Oakland, California, where she comes to terms with her own dark heritage. Her love interest, a resilient young punk named Maze, skateboards into her life and together they roam the streets, seeking and extracting fear from Ordinaries. Conflicted by her own violent nature, Ame has become nevertheless intoxicated by her new life and associations. Meanwhile, lurking around the boarding house where Ame and Maze stay, a Malafide is busy trapping and hollowing out Ordinaries and leaving them shells. Ame discovers her little sister Kell, in the grips of a terrible addiction. Just as Ame seems to have found her rhythm in the chaos of this new world and city, Kell disappears. Then, searching for her sister, Ame unravels a secret buried on the tapes of a security camera, which threatens to uproot her once again.

THE BACK STORY: I wrote this novel as a way of making sense of a decade living in Oakland, California, which is where it is set. I consider it a creative nonfiction of sorts, but I pubIished it as a fiction, having touched up many of the characters with superhuman capabilities. Having an emotional connection to a place is the foundation off of which I like to build my fictions. Submission of this book won me a table at the Sacramento Library’s 2016 Author Festival. This is my third publication, and sequel to my novella Grand Theft Life, which you can read for free on Smashwords @ https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/550226 I consider Maze a freestanding book, and Grand Theft Life makes for a good introduction.

WHY THIS TITLE: Maze is the name of the heroine’s boyfriend, a punk skateboarder who is slightly psychotic, paranoid and features throughout the story. There is a dark and damaged love story sunk within the plot.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: The book is character-driven, told from the perspective of a young woman who is struggling to makes sense of her life, unable to deny her shared DNA with the tribe that abducted her, and caught between those competing for her love and attention, particularly Maze and her best friend, Bless. The narrative is first person colloquial, flavored with attitude, a coming of age thread woven through it.  Ame makes an honest attempt to recreate herself in the margins of society, and discovers she has inherited superpowers. I have been told (and close to 100 total reviews of my work on Goodreads and Amazon combined, which average 4 out of 5 stars, agree) that my writing style is unique, lyrical and even groundbreaking. Not everyone is into it, so be sure and read the samples beforehand or try the freebie on Smashwords.

REVIEW COMMENTS:

Amazon customer: “Katya’s sui-generis style is like reading poetry with it’s own unique rhythm and cadence; like deciphering a new secret language (much like I felt first reading Frank McCourt). Once you have attuned to the pulse, you feel let in to the secret world of those seeking the Tangy Energetic; you are now on the inside, you are one of them. Katya takes you on a journey where you discover what is like to be different, from the dark origins of beginnings – to the heady days of everyday life; playing, seeking, surviving, using, living among humans, helping, energizing, questioning, and experiencing the thrill and torment of loving the one, or two, that captivate the heart.”

Amazon customer: “I’ve read her first in the Daughter of Darkness series, called Grand Theft Life and this book, Maze, like the first novella in this series proves to be about much more than an urban fantasy… to me it’s about love, fear, friendship, loyalty, learning, introspection, hope, mystery, fantasy, reality.  All of this is being brought to us in the first two books of the series, Daughter Of Darkness… along with lots of juicy, fun filled, introspective, rhythmical flowing prose, expressing thoughts and perspectives on our world and life within it. Katya writes about very interesting characters and in a style so rich and poetry prose filled that it almost makes you forget the unfolding plot, fed to us slowly and teasingly as we get to know life on the street with Ame and her friends.”

AUTHOR PROFILE: I am an Independent, self-published with several books to my name. I do hope to become a ‘Hybrid’ author some day, and am currently seeking representation (of course I wouldn’t wanna lose my humanity or anything). I’m proud to say there are now close to 100 total reviews of my work on Goodreads and Amazon combined, averaging better than 4 out of 5 stars. I also blog daily and publish flash fiction and creative nonfiction on my website, which has over 150,000 page views to date. I started a storytelling project on my youtube channel, where I read my work and enjoy creating video books, reading and writing have always been close to my heart. I get a lot of my ideas while running along the American River, and ran my first marathon last year. Soon I will be running in the ‘Way Too Cool’, my first Ultramarathon on the trails in the American River Canyon and I cannot wait! I do have to slow down my superhero once in a while and morph into a social worker to pay the rent, and have been counseling indigent peoples with mental illness for over a decade. In case you fancy degrees, I have a BA in English from Northwestern U. and a MA in Counseling Psychology. I play guitar for my 3 cats in my spare time, and have lost many a boy and girlfriend over my screeching insolence. I also roast and drink a lot of coffee, what’s new? I love to walk around cool neighborhoods and loiter around sweet coffeehouses, too.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: I wanted to thank Darrell and the owners of this website for helping independent authors find readers and vice versa. And if you do like my work, good news, you can expect many more publications from me going forward.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: https://www.amazon.com/Maze-Daughter-Darkness-Book-2-ebook/dp/B017TCUT8O.

LOCAL OUTLETS:

My author pages:

https://www.amazon.com/Katya-Mills/e/B00F5DWHGC

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7276703.Katya_Mills

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and e-sellers everywhere

PRICE: $2.99 on Kindle, $9.99 paperback.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR:

email: katyamills@live.com    twitter: katya444ever

website: www.katyamills.com

g+ : https://plus.google.com/+KatyaMillsauthor/posts

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KATYA-MILLS-Author-Blogger-317900295992

Weather Report for March 20

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OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “HAPPINESS LTD.,” BY MICHAEL McGHEE, “INCIDENT IN PATAGONIA” BY ISABEL GARCIA CINTAS AND “THE SPIRITUAL AWAKENING PROCESS,” BY CHRISTINE HOEFLING, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING ON THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR “AUTHORS” PAGE.

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As is typical of the short memory span in today’s society, there seems to be a sense with many people that the current Syrian refugee crisis is something new.

John Guzlowski begs to differ. Born in a German displaced person’s camp in 1948, he can still remember the chaos that ensued at the end of World War II.

“Millions and millions of people were displaced,” he recalled. “It took my family six years to get to the United States.”

His parents were Polish, swept up by the Nazis and sent to Germany in boxcars to become slave laborers.

“When you’re trying to conquer the world,” Guzlowski says dryly, “you don’t have time to milk the cows or work in the factories. They needed slave labor to do those things.”

His parents, meanwhile, met by chance when his father was being taken on a “death march” from the Buchenwald concentration camp. That group of prisoners was saved, however, when their guards fled to escape the advancing Allies, leaving the Buchenwald survivors at the gates of a woman’s camp whose occupants had been similarly abandoned. That’s where Guzlowski’ parents met.

This week, we are proud to feature Guzlowski’s fourth book, “Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded,” a collection of poems based on his parents’ harrowing experience.

“They were not Jewish, but Polish Catholic,” Guzlowski said, “but the slave labor camps took in everybody.”

Guzlowski will be reading from “Echoes of Tattered Tongues” on Thursday at City Space in Charlottesville, VA (2 p.m.), part of the annual Virginia Festival of the Book.


Our second book this week, Pat Stanford’s “Fixing Boo Boo,” is also issue-related, a look at a family dealing with a brain damaged member. And Katya Mills, author of “Maze,” is one of my all-time favorite Snowflakes, a writer with a remarkably original sense of plot and language.

The blog writers4hire has published an interview with Pat Stanford.

https://outlook.live.com/owa/?path=/mail/AQMkADAwATE2MjUxLTYxZTUtZTk4ZC0wMAItMDAKAC4AAANPuTXesWfFTrzxsyHaG4hQAQD59MAlxWafT6XJfDglRh80AAACN48AAAA%3D/rp


UPCOMING ON “SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD,” MARCH 21-27.

“ECHOES OF TATTERED TONGUES: MEMORY UNFOLDED,” BY JOHN GUZLOWSKI.

In this major tour de force, John Guzlowski traces the arc of one of the millions of immigrant families of America, in this case, survivors of the maelstrom of World War II. His narrative structure mirrors the fractured dislocation experienced by war refugees. Through a haunting collage of jagged fragments―poems, prose and prose poems, frozen moments of time, sometimes dreamlike and surreal, other times realistic and graphic―Guzlowski weaves a powerful story with impacts at levels both obvious and subtle. The result is a deeper, more visceral understanding than could have been achieved through descriptive narrative alone. This is the story of Guzlowski’s family: his mother and father, survivors of the war, taken as slave laborers by the Germans; his sister and himself, born soon after the war in  Displaced Persons camps in Germany; the family’s first days in America, and later their neighbors in America, some dysfunctional and lost, some mean, some caring and kind; and the relationships between and among them all. As Guzlowski unfolds the story backwards through time, he seduces us into taking the journey with him. Along the way, the transformative power of the creative process becomes apparent. Guzlowski’s writing helps him uncouple from the trauma of the past, and at the same time provides a pathway for acceptance and reconciliation with his parents.

“FIXING BOO BOO,” BY PAT STANFORD.

Do you know a person with a brain injury? Pat did. Her sister, Barb, needed help and Pat wanted to help.

All Barb really wanted was to be treated like everyone else, but it was difficult since she was born with cerebral palsy. All the family wanted was for her to be safe and well cared for, especially after a life-changing accident that left her brain-injured. Stubborn and determined, Barb carved out a life for herself, overcoming many obstacles. After her husband died, she needed assistance to cope with daily meals and chores.

Her sister and brother-in-law encouraged her to sell her house and come live with them. The family thought they were providing a home for a family member, but they had no idea what dealing with brain injury meant. They found out! A story of one family and the struggles they faced to live with the diagnosis of brain injury.

“MAZE,” BY KATYA MILLS.

In modern day America, there are those — indiscernible from you and me — who thirst after (human) fear. Ame, in her twenties and the heroine of this tale, has fallen in with them. As a youth she had the same light in her eyes and androgynous form, which marks them. She was abducted and taken to Oakland, California, where she comes to terms with her own dark heritage. Her love interest, a resilient young punk named Maze, skateboards into her life and together they roam the streets, seeking and extracting fear from Ordinaries. Conflicted by her own violent nature, Ame has become nevertheless intoxicated by her new life and associations. Meanwhile, lurking around the boarding house where Ame and Maze stay, a Malafide is busy trapping and hollowing out Ordinaries and leaving them shells. Ame discovers her little sister Kell, in the grips of a terrible addiction. Just as Ame seems to have found her rhythm in the chaos of this new world and city, Kell disappears. Then, searching for her sister, Ame unravels a secret buried on the tapes of a security camera, which threatens to uproot her once again.

An earlier novel by Katya, “Girl Without Borders,” was featured on Snowflakes in November of 2015.

Happiness Ltd.

 
Happiness Ltd. by [McGhee, Michael]THIS WEEK’S OTHER FEATURED BOOKS, “INCIDENT IN PATAGONIA,” BY ISABEL GARCIA CINTAS, AND “THE SPIRITUAL AWAKENING PROCESS,” BY CHRISTINE HOEFLICH, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR’S PAGE.
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THE BOOK: Happiness Ltd.

PUBLISHED IN
: 2014


THE AUTHOR:
  Michael McGhee

THE PUBLISHER: Laughing Fire Press

SUMMARY:  Happiness Ltd., by Michael McGhee, is a darkly comic dystopia novel set in New York City of the near future, where multiple hurricanes have turned downtown into crumbling marshland; where citizens have signed over their civil rights to corporate sponsors; and where threats to the consumer state are considered terrorism.

When Nelson Young, an employee of Happiness Limited, falls in love with Celia, a disenfranchised rebel, he becomes a liability to his employer. Nelson and Celia try to escape, but are charged with “economic terrorism” and put on trial for their lives.

THE BACK STORY:  The roots of the story go back to 2003, when my wife and I moved to an apartment near “Ground Zero” because the city was offering subsidies to anyone who would live there, in an effort to help downtown recover from 9/11.

 Michael McGheeIt was a paranoid time. Washington was creating the Patriot Act and the surveillance state that Edward Snowden would later expose. At night I would walk our dog around Ground Zero, where soldiers stood guard with machine guns. Yet at the same time, the nearby neighborhood of Tribeca was bouncing back with trendy little restaurants and bars. It felt like people were partying at the end of the world.

 These strange juxtapositions gave me the idea for a novel about Manhattan in the not-distant future, where the sea levels are rising and the surveillance state has become a police state, yet the city remains (as it has always been) a crazy unmanageable stew where the super-wealthy live side by side with the destitute and where love or mayhem can break out at any time.

WHY THIS TITLE?: It’s an ironic title: Happiness Ltd. is the name of the corporation that controls all corporations, and promises “happiness” to consumers who are willing to give up their civil rights.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? 
Anyone who enjoyed “1984”, “It Can’t Happen Here,” and other great dystopian novels, and/or is frightened by the trends in our society today, is likely to enjoy Happiness Ltd. 

REVIEW COMMENTS
:

“A highly original and gripping novel, this is also a frightening commentary on overarching governmental control, with just enough plausibility to be terrifying.” –  Publishers Weekly
 
“If you wonder if Edward Snowden’s revelations matter, read this book and think about it for a while,” Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
 
“The strength of Happiness Ltd. is in McGhee’s clear prose and the depth of this dystopian future…a frightening wake-up call to an American society that could easily move in that direction.”  — Melanie Cordova, Santa Fe Writers Project Journal

AUTHOR PROFIL
E:

Michael McGhee is a pen name, which I use because I work for a company that might not like this book. I have lived in New York City for almost 30 years, but grew up in Chicago and spent several years hitchhiking around the U.S., Mexico, and Canada before marrying, having kids and settling down. I have built a career as a journalist and writer, but was at various times a taxi driver, short-order cook, house painter, antique furniture refinisher and stained-glass repairer, among other pursuits.

 AUTHOR COMMENTS: Happiness Ltd. was published two years ago, but since the election of Donald Trump to the White House, the story is more relevant than ever.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: Read a sample on my Amazon page:
https://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Ltd-Michael-McGhee/dp/0967492246/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488839708&sr=8-1&keywords=happiness+ltd

LOCAL OUTLETS: Publisher: www.laughingfire.comWHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or any popular bookseller

PRICE: Paperback: $17.95; Kindle: $7.99; Nook Book: $7.49

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: authorhappinessltd@gmail.com

Incident in Patagonia

Isabel Garcia CintasYOUR BOOK: Incident in Patagonia.

PUBLISHED IN: 2016 – English edition

THE AUTHOR: Isabel García Cintas

THE EDITOR: Amancay Ediciones

THE PUBLISHER: Self-published through CreateSpace

SUMMARY: This political thriller is set in the beautiful southern city of Bariloche, Argentina during the military Junta years, 1976-83. Alicia Mendoza, a young journalist, works in the press and radio under the government’s strict media censorship. One evening on her way home she has a brief encounter with threatening secret service men. When her best friend Susana Machevsky is kidnapped and later disappears, she becomes aware of the political repression going on. The search for her friend takes her on a risky journey. She travels to Buenos Aires and meets the hurt, defiant and still budding movement of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. She also talks with members of her own family who belong to the privileged class, and simply refuse to admit what is going on. Some friends shun her and others try to help her in a country bitterly divided.

The shady man that earlier threatened her reappears throughout the story. He is an ambiguous agent that may mean hope or doom for Alicia’s quest. A local priest of the ambivalent Catholic Church facilitates a furtive contact with a person that may help and who claims a costly ransom from Alicia. The personal price she pays destroys her emotionally. When a witness confirms the death of her friend, Alicia collapses into depression and incipient alcoholism. To salvage their marriage, her husband accepts a job offer to move to Florida. By chance Alicia crosses paths with the loathed man living as a respected member of the local Latino community and she plots to at last face him.

THE BACK STORY: I worked as a journalist between 1978 and 1987 in Bariloche, Argentina. This story and its protagonists are fictional. The facts of the story were taken from separate real occurrences in the timeframe of the real historical events narrated in this book.

WHY THIS TITLE: The story takes place in Patagonia, the vast area in the south of Argentina, at the tip of the American Continent. Bariloche is located at the foot of the Andes, between lakes and mountains and the arid, dry expanse of the Patagonian Plateau.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: The book has suspense; good dialogues and sustains the interest throughout. The story is a cautionary tale about the damage a dictatorial government can inflict to any society that deems itself safe from state-organized violence.

REVIEW COMMENTS: No reviews available in English.

AUTHOR PROFILE: My name is Isabel Garcia Cintas and I was born in Córdoba, Argentina. I studied journalism and photography in Buenos Aires, and lived for three years in Melbourne, Australia. On my return I settled down in Bariloche, a city in southern Argentina, where I worked in radio and the written press. I moved with my husband and daughter to Ohio in 1987 and I have been living in Florida since 2001. I started writing fiction in 2003 and currently I have three books self-published: The first one, Del Mediterráneo al Plata (Spanish edition, 2012, 527 pgs), is a family saga based on my great grandparents’ immigration experience from Italy and Spain to Argentina, and was finalist at the 2012 Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards in Santa Barbara, CA.

Incidente en la Patagonia (Spanish edition, 2011, 309 pgs) is a political suspense novel. The English manuscript, Incident in Patagonia (English edition, 2016, 257 pgs) obtained Honorable Mention in Suspense or Mystery at the 2015 Latino Literacy Now’s Latino Books Into Movies Awards.

My most recent published book, La Casa Vieja y Otros Relatos (Spanish edition, 2016, 170 pgs) is a short story selection that won Honorable Mention at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards, California, and I just found out it has won Gold Medal in the Spanish category at the 2016 Florida Book Awards, Florida.

I am a hands-on person, so I learned (self-taught) the book-publishing job, which I execute from the manuscript setting to the final publication, including the total cover design of my books.

To keep up with my journalistic profession I am member of the staff of Letra Urbana.com, an international magazine of arts, literature and contemporary ideas published in Spanish.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: http://www.isabelgarciacintas.com/incident-in-patagonia.html

WHERE TO BUY IT: https://www.amazon.com/Incident-Patagonia-Isabel-Garcia-Cintas/dp/0983852308/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489500354&sr=1-1&keywords=incident+in+patagonia.

AUTHOR’S PAGES: http://www.isabelgarciacintas.com, Amazon.com author’s page

PRICE: Retail $18.00 (Paperback)

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: isabelgarciacintas@ymail.com

My writer’s page at Amazon is:

 

 

 

The Spiritual Awakening Process

The Spiritual Awakening Process: Coming Out of the Darkness and Into the Light by [Hoeflich, Christine]THE BOOK: The Spiritual Awakening Process: Coming Out of the Darkness and Into the Light.

PUBLISHED IN: January 2017

THE AUTHOR: Christine Hoeflich.

THE PUBLISHER: Between Worlds Publishing.

SUMMARY: Humanity has reached a defining point in our spiritual history, yet many are unaware that our world is changing from the Age of Darkness to the Age of Light at this very moment. The Spiritual Awakening Process: Coming Out of the Darkness and Into the Light supports our individual journeys towards consciousness and expands our shamanic powers and deep, intuitive wisdom. This nonfiction book will help readers understand, and fully engage in, the worldwide awakening currently taking place: an awakening that offers hope, healing, and ultimately, unity. Vibrant, evocative, and carefully detailed, The Spiritual Awakening Process speaks to the shaman in us all—and it’s also how we return America to its divine destiny.

Christine HoeflichTHE BACK STORY: This book was written at the suggestion of a friend who is an intuitive, who picked me up in her car one weekend and took me to her home in the Santa Cruz mountains. On the drive over to her mountain home I resisted the idea of writing a second book. (No way was I going to do that!) But then the next morning I woke up in her guest room with a plan for the new book, along with the idea that I could complete it in about three months. The book took a little over three months to research and write. Once I started it, helpful synchronicities happened daily that allowed me to complete it in record time. The book was updated in December 2016 and produced into a Kindle book and paperback in January 2017.

WHY THIS TITLE?: The main title is self-evident. There’s also astronomy in the book that proves the point of the subtitle.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? This book explains in easy-to-understand, simple language the what, how and why of spiritual awakening. Anyone who is a truth seeker will want to read this book.

REVIEW COMMENTS (excerpts):

1. “A Lot of Great Information in a Small Space”—Retired Techie

2. “There’s a lot of timely information and solid wisdom in this work, and for that reason I recommend it as a spiritual growth resource.”—Jeff Maziarek

3. “Brilliant read! Christine Hoeflich is an innovative genius! This book is filled with the truth and should be read by everyone on planet Earth! Thank you Christine, for taking a risk and putting it out there! I know the universe will pay you back! Xxoo”—Kerry M. Hegarty

4. “A how to book explaining the important factors needed for raising consciousness, a necessary step to attain Spiritual Awakening.”—Ulla Jacobs

AUTHOR PROFILE: Christine Hoeflich is also the author of What Everyone Believed: A Memoir of Intuition and Awakening (the original hardcover title; Reconnected: A Spiritual Awakening Memoir is the Kindle title). A former materials engineer, she has developed the steps needed for strengthening the relationship with our higher self, gaining trust in our intuition, accessing Interconnectedness, and understanding our soul’s bigger plan. Her memoir was recognized by North Atlantic Books as “One of 4 Notable Spiritual Awakening Memoirs,” along with Eat Pray Love, The Happiness Project, and Star Sister. Christine has written articles, blogged and tweeted on spiritual awakening and personal growth. About nine months after setting up her Twitter account, she was recognized by Mashable in their article, “Nonfiction Tweets: 70+ Authors to Follow on Twitter,” in the Creative Nonfiction category. She was also recognized by CreativeClass.com (online college degrees) in their article, “100 Amazingly Insightful People You Can Learn from on Twitter,” in the Words of Wisdom and Inspiration” category, along with Oprah and Deepak Chopra. Christine has a blog where she writes about spiritual awakening at ChristineHoeflich.com. You may reach her through her blog.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: “My intention is to offer readers words of comfort and hope regarding the state of our world, to spare them a ton of confusion and pain, and to empower them and bring them joy.”

SAMPLE CHAPTER: A sample of the book is available at Amazon at the following link: https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Awakening-Process-Coming-Darkness-ebook/dp/B01NAUA9NJ/.

LOCAL OUTLETS: Not at the moment.

WHERE TO BUY IT: Available on Amazon as a Kindle book and paperback.

PRICE: $9.99 Kindle book, $14.95 paperback.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Contact Christine Hoeflich through her Spiritual Awakening blog at http://ChristineHoeflich.com

Weather Report, March 13

Pataconia River

OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “MIRACULOUS FAUNA,” BY TIMMY REED, “HIPPIE MAFIA,” BY JESSICA EVANS, AND “THE DEVIL’S CHARITY,” BY ROBERT TURVIL CAN BE FOUND, ALONG WITH THE “FIRST TUESDAY REPLAY,” BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST OR CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR “AUTHORS” PAGE.

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It’s impossible to overestimate the importance of writers like Isabel Garcia Cintas, featured on Snowflakes in a Blizzard this week with “Incident in Patagonia.” They are the glue that helps hold a diverse and fragmented world together, and I hope to see Snowflakes in a Blizzard featuring more of them as time goes on.

For one thing, speaking as an American, their work reminds us that people in other countries are not so different than ourselves. Novelists like Isabel often employ universal themes as the paint on their brushes — and if they’ve done their job well, their readers soon set aside any sense of nationality and simply regard the characters as human beings.

Non-fiction is also arguably more effective when it’s indigenous. With all due credit to the valuable work done by intrepid foreign correspondents and travel writers, a lifetime resident of, say, Syria, can obviously provide a better window into what it’s like there than someone who merely visits the country for a few weeks or months.

The sticking point, of course, has always been the differences in language. I have a great admiration for anyone who speaks more than one language (I speak only English, and some days even that not so well), but those “extra” languages are usually more functional than fluent. Translations, meanwhile, often allow the subtleties of a narrative to get, well, lost in translation.

Isabel Garcia Cintas has lived in both Argentina and the U.S., which allows her to walk confidently across the bridge between English and Spanish. I hope you’ll check out and enjoy what she has to offer.

Another important function of novelists is to peer into the future, and Michael McGhee has done that with “Happiness, Ltd.” In the tradition of “1984” and “Brave New World,” his book is an unsettling depiction of life in a world run by corporations instead of governments.

And if stories about past oppression in Argentina or a dark future elsewhere are too depressing, I invite you to consider Christine Hoeflich’s  “The Spiritual Awakening Process,” which offers an optimistic alternative view.


Melinda Viergever InmanAlso, I’d like to share a recent blog post from Melinda Inman, twice featured on Snowflakes for her novels “Refuge” and “Fallen.” It’s a request for readers to consider posting Amazon reviews on books that they enjoy, or that affected them in some way.

She writes, in part: You may be surprised to find that the average author income is less than $2000 annually. The expenses of writing and publishing consume that total and more. Authors do our own marketing, and as a result we’re only able to actually write during about 35% of our work time. The remaining 65% is spent trying to get the word out to you about our stories. We must market because there are millions of books on Amazon alone.

Read the whole post at http://wp.me/p5RQ68-4eh.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, MARCH 14-20.

HAPPINESS, LTD., BY MICHAEL McGHEE.

Happiness Ltd., by Michael McGhee, is a darkly comic dystopia novel set in New York City of the near future, where multiple hurricanes have turned downtown into crumbling marshland; where citizens have signed over their civil rights to corporate sponsors; and where threats to the consumer state are considered terrorism.

When Nelson Young, an employee of Happiness Limited, falls in love with Celia, a disenfranchised rebel, he becomes a liability to his employer. Nelson and Celia try to escape, but are charged with “economic terrorism” and put on trial for their lives.

“INCIDENT IN PATAGONIA,” BY ISABEL GARCIA CINTAS.

This political thriller is set in the beautiful southern city of Bariloche, Argentina during the military Junta years, 1976-83. Alicia Mendoza, a young journalist, works in the press and radio under the government’s strict media censorship. One evening on her way home she has a brief encounter with threatening secret service men. When her best friend Susana Machevsky is kidnapped and later disappears, she becomes aware of the political repression going on. The search for her friend takes her on a risky journey. She travels to Buenos Aires and meets the hurt, defiant and still budding movement of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. She also talks with members of her own family who belong to the privileged class, and simply refuse to admit what is going on. Some friends shun her and others try to help her in a country bitterly divided.

“THE SPIRITUAL AWAKENING PROCESS,” BY CHRISTINE HOEFLICH

Humanity has reached a defining point in our spiritual history, yet many are unaware that our world is changing from the Age of Darkness to the Age of Light at this very moment. The Spiritual Awakening Process: Coming Out of the Darkness and Into the Light supports our individual journeys towards consciousness and expands our shamanic powers and deep, intuitive wisdom. This nonfiction book will help readers understand, and fully engage in, the worldwide awakening currently taking place: an awakening that offers hope, healing, and ultimately, unity. Vibrant, evocative, and carefully detailed, The Spiritual Awakening Process speaks to the shaman in us all—and it’s also how we return America to its divine destiny.

Miraculous Fauna

Image result for Timmy Reed + author + photosTHIS WEEK’S OTHER FEATURED BOOKS, “HIPPIE MAFIA” BY JESSICA EVANS AND “THE DEVIL’S CHARITY,” BY ROBERT D. TURVIL, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST (ALONG WITH THE FIRST TUESDAY REPLAY), OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR PAGE.

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THE BOOK: Miraculous Fauna

PUBLISHED IN: 2016

THE AUTHOR:  Timmy Reed

THE EDITOR
: Cetywa Powell

THE PUBLISHER
: Underground Voices

SUMMARY: Miraculous Fauna tells the hagiographic road-trip story of a pair of fictional mother-daughter saints, one a foster child and teenage mother and the other a miraculously animated stillborn child, as they make their way back and forth across the American landscape and the landscape of their own lives, all while searching for the meaning of sainthood.


THE BACK STORY
: I wrote the book in about 3.5 years. Part of it was written graduate school as my independent study. It was heavily influenced by the saint stories I grew up hearing all the time, as well as road trip novels, horror stories, and my own fear of mortality.

WHY THIS TITLE?: The title comes from the old testament, where Miraculous Fauna refers to the animals of Africa. All animals are miraculous however, so I liked the idea of saints just being another kind of Miraculous Animal.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? 
Miraculous Fauna is an exciting, adventurous story filled with sadness, beauty, magic, and death. 

REVIEW COMMENTS
: “No one writes like Timmy Reed; he has a haunting, unique voice that sticks hard and fast in your head. Miraculous Fauna is freaky in the very best way. You’ll glide straight through to the tender and enchanting end.” -Jessica Anya Blau, author of The WonderBread Summer and Drinking Closer to Home“Miraculous Fauna is nothing less than a miracle of a novel: beautifully strange and richly moving. Timmy Reed continues to create worlds that I long to get lost in, and this novel is no exception. Start reading, and soon you’ll want to get lost in Miraculous Fauna too.” – Laura van den Berg, author of Isle of Youth and Find Me“Timmy Reed’s sense of detail and description astounds me and makes me jealous, that he threads so much of that through this Miraculous Fauna is nothing short of, well, miraculous. Baby Rachel is a beautiful monster and the novel is full of great compassion. Miraculous Fauna is one of the most fantastic and one of the most fucked up novels I’ve read in years.” – Michael Kimball, author of Big Ray, Us and Dear Everybody

AUTHOR PROFIL
E: Timmy Reed is a writer and teacher from Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of Tell God I Don’t Exist, The Ghosts That Surrounded Them, Miraculous Fauna, Star Backwards, and IRL as well as a couple of chapbooks: Stray/Pest and Zeb And Bunny Build Russian Dolls. He has been featured in the Wigleaf Top 50 on multiple occasions and won a 2015 Baker Artist Awards B-Grant. Learn more here: https://underratedanimals.wordpress.com

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SAMPLE CHAPTERhttps://www.amazon.com/Miraculous-Fauna-Timmy-Reed/dp/0990433153

LOCAL OUTLETS: Normals Books and Records, Atomic BooksWHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Booksellers.

PRICE: $10.99

CONTACT THE AUTHOR:  underratedanimals.wordpress.com