Bombings Reunite Old Penpals
Okay, the best I can tell, the full Dutch headline reads as follows:
American writes blog about Flemish penpal from his youth: Bombings reunite old penpals
It’s been an incredible week. This moment last week, I posted my column about my pen pal Carmen and the attacks on her city. In addition to posting the story to my web site, I sent it to Het Nieuwsblad, a newspaper that covers Flanders, in Belgium. Then I went to bed. Click here to read the full report.
On Pen Pals, Brussels, and Hope
Over the years, I’ve wondered how she might be doing, that Belgian pen pal of my youth and friend of my early adulthood, all the more so since March 22’s explosions at the Brussels airport and at that city’s Maalbeek metro station. At the time of this writing, more than 31 people have lost their lives and at least 270 others are injured.
To be specific, Meert Carmen is both Belgian and Flemish. Click here to read the rest of the story!
Recognition: 2016 Winter Okra Pick
In her dark thriller No One Knows (Gallery Books; March 22, 2016; Hardcover; $26.00), New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison expertly peels back the layers of a complex woman who is hiding dark secrets beneath her unassuming exterior.
The day Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring the closure she needs to move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn’t want to move on, she wants Josh back.
It’s been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage—they were happy, weren’t they?—screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in her husband’s disappearance.
Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. Why didn’t Josh show up at his best friend’s bachelor party? Was he murdered? Did he run away? And now, all this time later, who is the mysterious yet strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting Aubrey’s new life?
This masterful thriller is for those who love Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paul Hawkins, pulling readers into a you’ll-never-guess tale of danger and deception. Click here to learn more!
Anthony and Lefty Award-nominated mystery novelist James W. Ziskin releasing Heart of Stone in June 2016
LOS ANGELES – Following the success of three stellar suspense novels that have been optioned for development into a television series, acclaimed author James W. Ziskin is releasing Heart of Stone on June 7, 2016, with Seventh Street Books.
On a summer day in 1960, two men dive off a lakeside cliff and plummet to their death on the rocks below. By all appearances, this is a tragic accident. Or was it? Ellie Stone jumps in with both feet to investigate, risking her safety, and her heart. Heart of Stone is the fourth installment in Ziskin’s Ellie Stone Mysteries.
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Urban Youth Mentor Corey D. James Shares Touching Story of Empowering Inner City Kids in Inspiring New Book, Painting Pictures
NEWARK, NJ – After more than a decade dedicated to working with urban youths, mentor and activist Corey D. James is sharing the story of how his New Jersey nonprofit is reshaping the lives of young men and women and empowering them to seek brighter futures in an inspiring new book, Painting Pictures: Reframing the World of Inner-City Youth releasing in April 2016.
Painting Pictures shares stories of success and tragedy, featuring real accounts of youth whose lives are permeated by negative influences. Growing up in disadvantaged neighborhoods, our youth learn at an early age that they have to adapt to the rules of the streets or fall victim to it. They replicate the image of their environment, resulting in the ongoing cycle of violence, drugs, incarceration and intense tragedy. James believes this cycle can be broken.
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Artist-turned-author Jacqueline Dreager blends historical fiction and memoir in epic new tale, Looking East
LOS ANGELES – Combining historical fiction and memoir, renowned Los Angeles artist-turned-author Jacqueline Dreager has released a touching new novel illuminated by a colorful period in history that has been all but forgotten: Exotic China, the USSR's dark and dangerous past, greed, romance, racial inequities and war, and heartbreaking agony. Looking East is based on true events, telling the story of her long-time friend, Victoria Francis, her family and how she came to meet her father for the first time at age 48.
At age 9, Guoshi Mo was betrothed to Sister 13, a little girl his own age. He was against this arrangement, and years later he changed his name to James Mo and sailed from Shanghai to New York City to work for the American Communist Party and fight to right the wrongs of feudalism and corruption. There he fell in love with Celia Edelson, a young pioneer from the communist youth division.
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Between Black and White by Robert Bailey
Writer, Attorney Robert Bailey Pens Legal Thriller Brimming with Courtroom Drama, Racial Tensions in the Deep South
‘Between Black and White’ releases March 15, 2016
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After the success of his bestselling debut legal thriller, “The Professor,” civil defense attorney turned author Robert Bailey is returning with a new story brimming with suspense, courtroom drama and turbulent racial tensions in the Deep South in “Between Black and White” (March 15, 2016, Thomas & Mercer).
Set in Pulaski, Tennessee, “Between Black and White” tells the story of Bocephus Haynes who, as a young boy, witnessed the brutal murder of his father by 10 local members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an African American lawyer practicing in the birthplace of the Klan years later, Bo has spent his life pursuing justice in his father’s name. But when Andy Walton, the man believed to have led the lynch mob 45 years earlier, ends up murdered in the same spot as Bo’s father, Bo becomes the prime suspect. Click here to see full press release.
Astonishing prose brings to life a forgotten woman and a lost world in a strange and bittersweet Southern pastoral
Brad Watson (Photo by Nell Hanley)
Since his award-winning debut collection of stories, Last Days of the Dog- Men, Brad Watson has been expanding the literary traditions of the South, in work as melancholy, witty, strange, and lovely as any in America. Inspired by the true story of his own great-aunt... Click here to read the full press release!
Suspense novelist Jenny Milchman, YA author Martina Boone named 2016 JKS Communications Authors-in-Residence
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – JKS Communications has named Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning novelist Jenny Milchman (above, Left) and SIBA Okra Pick author Martina Boone (above, Right) as the book publicity firm’s authors-in-residence for 2016. Click here to read the full press release!
Cultural Historian and Author Joseph McBride Chronicles Emotional Youthful Struggles in Moving New Memoir, The Broken Places
BERKELEY, California – After writing 17 books including acclaimed biographies of Steven Spielberg, John Ford and Frank Capra, internationally renowned cultural historian Joseph McBride is now sharing his own story, recalling his troubled youth in the Midwest in the 1960s. Writing with unflinching candor, The Broken Places (Nov. 1, 2015) chronicles McBride’s breakdown as a teenager and his triumphant recovery from psychological and physical abuse, family dysfunction and sexual repression. Click here to read the full press release.
#1 Bestselling Author Samuel Marquis Prepares to Launch Fourth Thriller in Planned Six-Book Publication Schedule
Bestselling, award-winning author Samuel Marquis is redefining “prolific” with six highly anticipated thrillers scheduled for release in one year: his thrillers were #1 Denver Post bestsellers, received national award recognition, and garnered glowing reviews from #1 bestseller James Patterson, Kirkus, and Foreword (5 Stars). Marquis again showcases his trademark versatility with a gripping new WWII espionage thriller, Bodyguard of Deception (Mount Sopris Publishing, Trade Paperback, $13.99, 331 pages, March 29, 2016). Click here to read the press release, learn more about the book, and access a Q&A with the author.
JKS Communications Expands Literary Publicity Team with New Publicist and Publicity Assistant
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Literary publicity firm JKS Communications is proudly announcing the addition of two new team members, publicist Caroline Davidson and publicity assistant Jenna Smith, who bring a wealth of knowledge, creativity and energy to its staff. Click here to read the full press release!
7 Minutes With...
Last year, Roy Burkhead had the opportunity to sit down with Nashville novelist J.T. Ellison for her on-going interview series entitled, "7 Minutes With..." Click here to read the interview! (Note: Authors J.T. Ellison and Mary Laura Philpott took the reins as hosts of A Word on Words in October, 2015!)