Today, LitNuts is pleased to shine a spotlight on Black Rose Writing, an innovative independent press that publishes fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. This post includes a sampling of great indie titles from Black Rose Writing, as well as a closer look at this forward-thinking publisher.
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4 stars, 96 ratings
Set in the early 1960s, this is the story of a family-oriented community surrounding a winterbourne stream in Northern California. It is full of average law-abiding citizens who live in picturesque equestrian properties with white, three-rail fences. A violent motor vehicle accident and the attempted resuscitation of the victim (a homeless drug addict) by surgeon Doctor Franklin Carson and his Labrador, Winston, begins a fast-paced story of deception and lies.
Something is wrong, evil is about, and the society's innocence is at risk. A crime ring is rumored, centered around a violent resident of Winterbourne. The man is a ruddy complexioned man with a distinctive disabling appearance. His father is a corrupt, politically powerful resident of the community. It is the search for a young innocent runaway that reveals a secret scandal that will tear apart the very substance of Winterbourne.
"A cast of characters not soon forgotten, with a villain as terrifyingly well-developed as the young doctor you can't help but root for." ~Brooke L. French, author of Inhuman Acts
4.4 stars, 590 ratings
Shell Ferguson visits his incarcerated grandson Cal with tragic news: his daughter, wife, and grandmother have perished in a fire. Cal must rely on his grandfather to uncover the suspicious circumstances of the blaze, as clues unfold to establish his innocence. Compelling revelations link the fire and Cal’s innocence with domestic terrorism. From plots to blow up Mississippi River bridges to threats on their lives, grandfather and grandson take a series of risks, including Cal’s daring prison escape, in an attempt to save the remnants of their family and southern community so disturbingly infiltrated.
"The Prison is an exciting murder mystery led by amateur sleuth Shell Ferguson, who uncovers clues in disarming and lively ways. A brilliant novel!" ~Michael Hartnett, bestselling author of The Blue Rat
4.3 stars, 180+ ratings
A dead man’s money is just waiting to be had. A band of fools and a nobody named Monk Buttman unwittingly find themselves caught in a web of murder and revenge between two unseen factions using them as bait. Stuck between powerful forces he can neither control nor understand, Monk must survive both the fools and those pulling the strings while also dealing with the affections of two very different women, the troubled Agnes and the disaffected Judith, not to mention the irritation of his erstwhile partner, Mr. Jones. With love and life on the line, Monk must use his wits and guile for all of them to survive. Book 1 in the series.
"A well-crafted, enjoyable, and intriguing mystery that, for better or worse, is a little heavy on the protagonist’s breast-level view of the world.” ~IndieReader
4.4 stars, 1400 ratings
Is it too much to ask that a managed care facility refund a year's advance payment when your grandfather dies before he can move in? Frank Johnson doesn't think so, which is why the thirty-three-year-old now lives in a nursing home, locked in a chess match feud with management that doesn't occupy nearly enough of his time.
When foster kid Elroy is thrust into his life, Frank decides to turn this forced relationship to his advantage - launching a string of absurd decisions, inappropriate behaviors, and unexpected glimpses of tenderness that ultimately turn a New Jersey suburb upside down. A laugh-out-loud celebration of bad choices for good causes, Managed Care is an offbeat story about three misfits on the social fringes of suburbia and their ridiculous campaign to introduce an unfiltered version of intimacy to their stale, impersonal community. Because, according to Frank, it's probably what Jesus would have wanted.
"Witty, occasionally crass, and an unqualified delight!" ~Kirkus Reviews
3.8 stars, 650+ ratings
Aimee Trapnell reluctantly leaves her apartment on Manhattan’s Central Park West to return to her childhood home in Georgia for her father’s ninetieth birthday. Also on hand are her two brothers, wily Marsh and ne’er-do-well Trainor. With a forty-billion-dollar inheritance at stake, they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make the old man happy.
To their shock, they learn that what their father wants for his birthday is to kill someone. He doesn’t care who it is. He just wants to know what it’s like to commit murder. Betrayal, double-dealing, and fast-paced action set the Trapnells on a collision course with an unexpected villain. Their journey takes them from the swamps of Georgia, to Italy’s glittering Amalfi coast, to rugged Yellowstone National Park. Book 1 in the Trapnell Thriller series.
"A roller-coaster of a novel that will have you both gasping and laughing on a rollicking wild ride." ~Andrew MacRae, Darkhouse Books
About the Publisher
Black Rose Writing, established in 2006, is an indie publisher that features an array of fiction, nonfiction, and children's book genres, all having one thing in common: an individual's originality and hard work.
Black Rose Writing strongly believes in developing a personal relationship with their authors. It can take endless hours to finish a deserving manuscript, and Black Rose Writing applauds each and every author, giving them a chance at their dream.
Black Rose Writing is a proud member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, Publisher's Marketplace, Crime Writers' Association, a recognized International Thriller Writers publisher, and currently serving on the Ingram Publisher Advisory Board.
You can learn more at BlackRoseWriting.com and by following Black Rose Writing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, and YouTube.