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"Science fiction is the improbable made possible, and fantasy is the impossible made probable." ~Rod Serling
He checked all the boxes. Too bad he wasn't who he said he was. Writing letters in English on his brother's behalf for their company's penpal program was Nico's first mistake. Just when he figures out that Zuri is his ideal woman, she announces a trip to Italy to see Alessandro, the one she thinks she's writing to. Now, Nico needs a plan to step out of the shadows and win over the girl of his paper dreams. From $3.99 SHOP NOW /
We normally scour the Internet to find online literary events to recommend, but today we want to tell you about four great in-person events that are happening this weekend:
- Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago, IL. Explore five stages of amazing authors and panelists and support Chicago's independent bookstores. Admission and programs are free.
- Bouchercon, Minneapolis, MN. Join the "Land of 10,000 Thrills" at the World Mystery Convention.
- Hobart Festival of Women Writers, Hobart, NY. Celebrating its tenth year in the Hobart Book Village, “the reading capital of New York State.”
- Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, Burnsville, NC. "One of our goals is to raise awareness of works of literary significance from smaller presses."
“A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.” ~Salman Rushdie
What worked is the question. But does Paige really want to know the answer? Paige wakes up alone in a hospital bed with no memory of why she’s there and she’s asked the same question repeatedly: “Where is your husband?” As Paige works through her returning memories and hidden past she discovers there’s more at stake than her spouse. “It worked,” is the only clue her husband, Leo, left behind. But what worked? And who will Paige become as she struggles to find the answer she may wish she never knew. From $2.99 SHOP NOW /
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Free online tonight: Powell's Books Presents Sasha Fletcher on his debut novel, Be Here to Love Me at the End of the World. Wednesday, September 7, 5 PM Pacific Time.
"There's no big apocalypse. Just an endless procession of little ones." ~Neil Gaiman
"Bradley Charbonneau's unconventional approach to writing, and doing (or not) anything is a delight, and it works. Even taking up a single suggestion from him can transform your outlook and your life. This book has done that to mine." -Genevieve N. There are just three steps. Don’t look away, you might miss them. These three things, when done in this order, over a period of 17 hours, is my secret to clarity, courage, and confidence. FREE - SHOP NOW /
Epic science fiction from a modern master of the craft, New York Times Bestselling author Todd McCaffrey. Six hundred years in the future… His Majesty’s Auxiliary Ship Sparkle — the navy’s laundry ship — is home to the rejects of the Fleet. 5-star reviews: "A great read with solid twists and turns!" "Page-turner." From $2.99 SHOP NOW /
I never saw Paisley coming, but my hero complex grows as fast as the chemistry between us. Maybe it’s just the former soldier and the sergeant at arms in me talking, but I want to protect her from both my past and whoever sent her running to Montana. And I will protect her because this woman is mine. "This beautiful MC story has everything one needs. Honest, rough, hard but respectful protective men who would do anything for the people they love." -Goodreads review. From $2.99 SHOP NOW /
Congratulations to Apple Gidley and our friends at Vine Leaves Press on the release of Have You Eaten Rice Today?, a poignant exploration of Malaya's violent history, merdeka, and how love is found in unexpected places.
"A wraparound sensory experience for not only historical fiction buffs, but anyone drawn to intense, character-driven, drama-filled suspense.” ~Anne O’Connell, Deep Deceit
Have You Eaten Rice Today?
Simon Frampton returns to Malaya as a rubber planter after failing to settle into civilian life in England after the War. His knowledge of the jungle is again put to use when a war-time covert force is reformed and renamed Ferret Force, made up of Malays, Chinese, and Europeans.
Dee Cunningham, an Australian nurse longing to escape the confines of Townsville, Queensland, joins the British Red Cross to help set up and run rural clinics in Malaya.
The violence of guerrilla warfare becomes the backdrop to their love story, but miscommunication leads to sadness. It is not until sixty years later, when Simon's grandson Max comes to stay at his Dorset farm, when he finds a box filled with envelopes with Australian stamps, and the truth comes to light.
Praise for Have You Eaten Rice Today?
"An emotional and satisfying read." ~Janet MacLeod Trotter, author, The Raj Hotel Series
"In the hands of this master storyteller, all the threads of the story come together in a wonderful climax." ~Sally Cronin, Life is Like a Mosaic
"Gidley’s vivid writing pulls you into the past and into the steamy, predator-ridden jungles of wartime Penang with adept story-telling that flows between 1948 and present day." ~Anne O’Connell, Deep Deceit
About Apple Gidley
A transient life has seen Anglo-Australian Apple Gidley live in countries as diverse as Trinidad and Thailand, Nigeria, and the Netherlands, and another eight in between. St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands is home, for now. Her roles have been varied—editor, intercultural trainer for multi-national corporations, British Honorary Consul to Equatorial Guinea, amongst others. Gidley started writing in 2010 and is now working on a contemporary novel whilst researching for two more historical fiction books. She has short stories in anthologies, and also writes a regular blog, A Broad View. Learn more at AppleGidley.com.
Check out the Chirping Bird FREE Comedy Show! See top headlining comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, Sirius XM, Fox, HBO Max, NBC and more! No drink minimum! Killer Show. 15 years old and older. Register to have the Zoom link sent to you. Monday, September 5, 8 p.m. EDT.
“I am satisfied...I see, dance, laugh, sing.” ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
"Loved this book...have become a fan of Scott Hunter's work. I'm looking forward to finishing this series." -Goodreads review. DCI Brendan Moran, world-weary veteran of 1970s Ireland, is recuperating from a near fatal car crash when a murder is reported at Charnford Abbey. The abbot and monks are uncooperative, but when a visitor from the Vatican arrives the truth behind Charnford's pact of silence threatens to expose not only the abbey's haunted secrets but also the spirits of Moran's own troubled past. "A gripping read." -Amazon review. From $2.99 SHOP NOW /