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finalist: art on fire interview with author hilary sloin


finalist: bright and yellow, hard and cold interview with author tim chapman






finalist: one out of five items that adeline stein left on the bus on the way to the zoo interview with author heather pedoto


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ur cover photo is from the album cover of a nowdefunct indie band, Janu and the Whalesharks, fronted by Jake Pappas. After leaving the band, Pappas moved from California to Nashville, started writing new material, and launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce an EP, City Maze, with his new group J. Thoven. I discovered the photo, and thus the band, rather randomly through an Internet search, and I love their music, which you can sample in the video below and at I cite this story because it speaks to the possibilities of the indie movement today. Thanks to the Internet, artists can be discovered by a global audience—and in some cases even be funded by philanthropic strangers. The challenge, of course, is the discovery part—how do the indie artist and the indie audience find each other? That’s what this special issue of Shelf Unbound—honoring the winner, finalists, and notable entries in our second writing competition for best indie book—is all about. We received more than 1,000 entries, and here we spotlight over 100 of our favorites, connecting our global audience of readers with some of today’s best indie authors. We immensely enjoyed reading all of these books, and we hope you enjoy the issue. Margaret Brown publisher

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Winner of the 2013 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie Book

Nancy Peacock

It’s 1875 in Drunken Bride, Texas, and the eve of former slave turned Comanche warrior Persimmon Wilson’s hanging. Nancy Peacock has created an enthralling character in Persy and a story that is at once an epic adventure, a love story, and a history lesson. We talked to Peacock about the novel. Lystra Books & Literary Services |



Shelf Unbound: How did you come to the Shelf: Your first line is one of the best idea of writing a novel about a slave? I’ve ever read: “I have been to hangings Nancy Peacock: The original idea was to before, but never my own.” Tell us about explore the possibility of a black man rid- writing that line. ing with the Comanche Indians. I’d read Peacock: Thank you. It’s one of my favorite a book several years earlier about white lines too, and it just came to me one day. captives (mostly children) of the ComanI think that writing—and all art—takes a lot che who assimilated into of psychic space, and I was I think that writing — and the tribe and even fought in a place like that, a place with them. I found myself all art — takes a lot of psychic of inner spaciousness, when asking the writer’s favorite I started wondering about space, and I was in a place question—What if? What if a black man riding with the like that, a place of inner a black man rode with the Comanche—and then that spaciousness, when I started Comanche. That led to the line just showed up in my next question—How did he wondering about a black man head. I didn’t so much write get there? I kept on like this riding with the Comanche — it as deliver it. That’s the until I had backed it all the and then that line just showed way it was working with the way up to a cane plantation up in my head. character of Persy. He has in Louisiana. The reason an incredible strength to him, for that location was that and a lot of focus, which I knew New Orleans had fallen early in the made my job a lot easier. I did not need to go Civil War, and I knew that some of the planta- in search of him, so much as get out of his tion owners fled to Texas with the enslaved way and be his writer, and check the historical people so as to keep what they saw as their facts to make all the puzzle pieces fit together. property. I thought that this would be one I really believe that sometimes a story and way for my character to end up in Texas— a character choose a writer, rather than the and it almost happened that way. other way around, and I think that is why that




psychic space, that spaciousness for art is so important. Shelf: The novel takes place in Louisiana and Texas in the late 1800s. How did you go about researching the regions in this era? Peacock: This was hard. These are two places I had never been, and could not afford to visit, so I had to piece it together without the benefit of travel. Once I had accepted that this was the way it was going to be I started trying to figure out how. I felt that Louisiana would not be too difficult. I knew swamps, and I knew rivers. I read a lot about cane planting and processing, and created Sweetmore, the plantation where Persy is enslaved. In the Louisiana section he stays in one place, so once I’d created that place it could continue to serve me as the setting. But Texas! Texas is a big place with lots of ecosystems, and Persy is traveling in most of the Texas section. I watched some movies that were supposed to be set in Texas, but the thing that really helped was drawing my own map, and then looking up national and state parks, getting pictures of them and marking them on a map. In this way I got a



handle on what sort of terrain Persy would be passing through. I also read a lot of memoirs and diaries from the period, and these provided some good description. Shelf: Your characters use the word “nigger,” which would have been accurate for the time. Did you have any qualms about using it? Peacock: Yes, I did. But it was necessary to use it as it is true to that period, and I always try to stay true to the story. I open every reading saying that this is an offensive word, and that I only use it the context of fiction, and apologizing to anyone who still finds offense with it. Shelf: In writing out his life story just prior to his hanging, Persy is candid about his shortcomings, for example of his lies to Chloe about escape plans he never actually makes, he says, “I told Chloe whatever I thought she wanted to hear, and she rewarded me with her love.” Yet he is unrepentant of the murders he commits when he later becomes Twist Rope, a Comanche warrior. Was it your intent

from the start to write him as an emotion- and one that many enslaved people lived ally and morally complex character or did with. I think Persy told Chloe these lies as much to convince himself that he was doing that develop as he emerged? Peacock: I think that to be human is to be something as to convince her. Later, riding with the Comanche he emotionally and morally complex. As a reader I find these sorts of characters the most becomes a warrior, something he could believable and the most interesting. As a never be while enslaved. He carries guilt about not being able to prowriter I hope for my humantect Chloe, but this is someity to touch my characters’ All this came from really thing that will never happen humanity. In other words, trying to listen to the again. He’s empowered. I try to understand what it characters. We all share It’s also important to rememwas like to be that person, something as human beings, ber that these were bloody and to be other people in and this is why fiction is times, and Persy had seen the story. possible, and why being killing before. The killing he If I were Chloe, trapped moved by a story is possible. participated in as a Comanin the big house with a man I think stories connect us che was just sanctioned by who rapes me, I would desa different group of people perately want to escape. in deep ways, ways that we than the killing he’d seen preAnd if I were Persy, I would could not otherwise connect. viously. All the acts of violence be frightened to try. Persy understands the swamps and the danger Persy witnesses were sanctioned by someone. All this came from really trying to listen to the better than Chloe. Yet he is a man, and I think every man who is in love wants to characters. We all share something as human please his woman, wants to save her from beings, and this is why fiction is possible, and any unpleasantness if he can. What Chloe why being moved by a story is possible. I think was going through was more than unpleas- stories connect us in deep ways, ways that we ant of course. It was an impossible situation, could not otherwise connect.




Finalist in the 2013 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie Book

Hilary Sloin

Complex and brilliantly structured, Hilary Sloin’s Art on Fire is rendered as a biography of an enigmatic, famous painter, Francesca deSilva, whose childhood was warped by neglectful parents and a brilliant but emotionally disturbed older sister. Sloin’s debut novel is a story of art and love and loss and coming of age. Bywater Books |



Shelf Unbound: Tell us about your book. Hilary Sloin: Art on Fire, a fanciful fiction, is the pseudo-biography of an imagined 1980s-era painter, Francesca deSilva, who rose to fame almost effortlessly, and whose paintings were celebrated as much for their sensationalized subject matter as for their artistic merit—perhaps even more. DeSilva ran from an unaccepting home at 18 and lived in a cabin beside a railroad track in Wellfleet, Mass. This is where she began painting and where she continued to paint until the end of her brief life. Punctuated by essays on deSilva’s work and written by an imagined panel of experts, art critics, queer theorists, and psychologists, layered with footnotes, Art on Fire merges a coming of age story about love, neglect, and the struggle to be authentic with an absurd, unsparing spoof on art criticism, biography, academia, gay politics, racism, Judaism, mental illness, classism… and more. Shelf: Tell us about Isabella deSilva. Sloin: Though the book purports to be Francesca deSilva’s biography, her older sister Isabella is just as pivotal to the story. Franc-

esca flees her unaccepting home at a young age and begins life anew, elsewhere, and with better results. She never moves on from her childhood love, Lisa Sinsong, a genius chess competitor whom she met through her sister and who, much to Francesca’s surprise, rejected Isabella and chose her. Isabella, a child genius who was pathologically adored and indulged by her mother, seems to invert, becoming obsessed with literary women who came to tragic ends and repeatedly planning and attempting to accomplish her own demise. She spends her life at home, emotionally arrested, mentally ill, alcoholic, and without real friendship or intimacy. And yet the book invites us to find humor in this tragedy. Shelf: What is one of your favorite lines from your book? Sloin: “In the hospital, with no vodka to slow down her thinking, Isabella had learned to soothe herself by enumerating metaphors: the crack of ice cubes under heat (mania) versus the slow bleeding of brown tea into hot water (depression). The patter of boiling water on the pillow of tea (mania) ver-




sus the immeasurable slowness of heat (depression)… Cities were mania; farmlands, depression. Paris was mania; New Hampshire, depression…” Shelf: Where did the idea for the book come from? Sloin: I really don’t know. I was very influenced by The Shipping News and by volumes of Vladimir Nabokov’s playful and subversive writing. The sisters came to me first, but it was when I began to make up the paintings and write the phony analyses and criticism that the book took off for me. Shelf: How did you decide on the title? Sloin: The original title was The Unfinished Life of Francesca deSilva. But it was always too long and not very sexy. When Bywater awarded me the Bywater Prize for Fiction they said they wanted a different title. I was actually pleased at the chance to come up with something more exciting. The book is about art and fire and the link between them—metaphorically, literally. So the title seemed a perfect way to suggest the book’s major themes.



Shelf: Tell us about yourself. Sloin: I am a writer and former musician who lives with an undersized, intense Jack Russell Terrier named Pluto. I live in the middle of nowhere, at least that’s what people tell me. After losing my 25-year editing job in 2009, I searched high and low for something else to do. I wanted, of course, just to write, but that was not feasible. As mysteriously as ideas for writing projects assert themselves, so did a passion for antiques take hold of me. Since that time I have spent countless hours out in my workshop—formerly the garage—restoring antiques and selling as many of them as I can. It is almost like being two people—one who works with her brain and one who works with her hands, though I suppose both pursuits demand the participation of each. Since completing Art on Fire I have written a collection of short stories called The Cure for Unhappiness (these can be previewed at I am now working on my next novel, Pimpin’ the Frontier, about a middle-aged woman coming apart at the seams amid her life as an antiques dealer.




Finalist in the 2013 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie Book

Tim Chapman

Tim Chapman’s Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold is a riveting page-turner about a current-day coroner trying to stop a murderer. Chapman mixes mystery, a stash of missing gold, and 1930s-era Chicago gangland with his main character’s personal life and challenges, adding depth to the traditional crime novel. Allium Press |



Shelf Unbound: Tell us about your book. Tim Chapman: Contemporary Chicago forensic scientist Sean McKinney tracks a serial killer who is targeting senior citizens associated with the 1930s-era Barker-Karpis gang. Can he get justice for a wrongfully accused man, or will the trail of corpses left by the real killer include McKinney? Interwoven with his story is that of Delroy, a Kentucky farmer who brings his young wife to Chicago in the 1930s and falls in with the gang. Shelf: Tell us about your main characters. Chapman: Sean McKinney, a forensic scientist with the Illinois State Police, struggles with the conflict between his desire to prove the innocence of a young autistic man who’s being tried for murder and his obligation as a scientist to remain dispassionate. He’s the kind of guy who thinks of his profession as a responsibility rather than a job. He’s also a widower who feels overwhelmed by the task of raising a teenage daughter by himself. His daughter, Angelina, though devastated by her mother’s death, takes on the role of the responsible member of McKinney’s small family.

Delroy is a sharecropper who leaves his Kentucky farm and ventures to the roughand-tumble world of 1930s Chicago. Unable to find work, and with a wife to support, he reluctantly joins up with bank-robbing gangsters Alvin Karpis and Freddie Barker. His wife, Lucille, is both his motivation and his conscience. Gilbert is a burglar obsessed with the search for a cache of gold that has remained hidden for nearly 80 years. As his hunt escalates he finds himself willing to use ever more extreme measures to attain his goal—including kidnapping, torture and murder. Shelf: How did you choose the book’s settings? Chapman: Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold is primarily set in Chicago, with glimpses of rural Kentucky and Florida. I’m a Chicago native, and I currently live on the north side. I’ve lived in several other towns in the United States, and I think Chicago has a unique personality. It’s simultaneously tough and sentimental. We’re the lovable losers of the Midwest. The novel is composed of three intertwin-




place in the 1930s are the result of a lot of research. That’s a period in our history that’s always fascinated me, though I’m certain that my understanding of Depression-era Chicago owes more to old movies and pulp magazines than to historical accuracy. As for the characters, some part of me is in all of them, even my killer, Gilbert. My interpretaShelf: What is one of your favorite lines tion of the old “write what you know” aphorism is to help a character express what I from the book? Chapman: McKinney, on why he became would feel if I was in his or her shoes. a forensic scientist—“What hooked me, though, was my professor’s definition of Shelf: Tell us about yourself. forensic science. ‘Law is man’s attempt to Chapman: Well, I’ve done a lot of stuff. I’ve civilize society. Science is man’s attempt to worked loading trucks, designing magareveal truth. Forensic science then, is the zines, and analyzing evidence from crimes. I intersection of civilization and truth.’ I like have a couple of degrees. I’ve lived in cities, the idea of having a job that lets me look for in small mountain towns, and on a boat in an ocean harbor. I like to travel and have spent truth.” time in Europe, Mexico, and China. Currently, I’m a teacher. I teach writing at a Shelf: Where did the idea for the book city college and Chinese martial arts. In my come from? Chapman: As a former forensic scientist, it spare time I paint and, to the chagrin of my wasn’t much of a stretch to fictionalize real neighbors, I’m taking saxophone lessons. forensic scientists and other members of I live in Chicago with my lovely and patient the criminal justice system. The sections of wife, Ellen, and our squirrel-chasing dog, Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold that take Mia. ing plot lines, one of which takes place in the 1930s. Those characters live in a Chicago that’s hosting a lavish World’s Fair while coping with the Great Depression and trying to recover from prohibition. It’s an exciting and dangerous place, as is its present-day counterpart.



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Finalist in the 2013 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie Book

Heather Pedoto

In One out of Five Items that Adeline Stein Left on the Bus on the Way to the Zoo, Heather Pedoto has created a dark comedy and a most engaging protagonist in the form of the smart and hilarious Adeline Stein. We can’t wait to see what comes next from Pedoto’s fresh, original voice.



Shelf Unbound: Tell us about your book. Heather Pedoto: Adeline Stein dropped her journal on the bus when she left in a hurry, and instead of trying to return it to her the man who found it published it. One out of Five Items that Adeline Stein Left on the Bus on the Way to the Zoo is that journal, a no names changed, no punches pulled dark comedy in which Addy falls in love, makes friends, and pretends to be a superhero. Shenanigans are shenaned, skullduggeries are skulldugged, and hootenannies are both hooted and nannied. Shelf: Tell us about Adeline. Pedoto: Adeline is an angry young lady navigating a world she doesn’t understand, unflappable in some ways and highly flappable in other ways that might not make much sense to the casual observer. She has a very rich imaginary life and is prone to volatile outbursts and self-sabotage. She never goes anywhere without her journal. Patrick is possibly a spy, if Addy is to be believed (which she isn’t, in almost all cases). He cares for her very much, if she’s to believe him—and given that Patrick is

more trustworthy than she is she probably ought to. He can cook, he loves bad science fiction, and he’s overall a nice guy. Shelf: How did you choose the book’s setting? Pedoto: The book’s setting is a fictional city in California. I’m actually not sure how that came to pass. As I’ve matured as a writer, I’ve learned to become more intentional with the places that I write about, do my research, visit if I can. I think, this being my first book, I was concerned about authenticity. About writing a real place wrong. Shelf: What is one of your favorite lines from your book? Pedoto: A fan favorite is “I think I’m in geek with him,” and my personal favorite section is the part where Addy gets fired, because those three journal entries, in their early stages, are in the very first short story. It’s like looking at Addy’s baby album. It’s hard to choose just one, but I really like this: “A little bit of crazy is good for people. It’s like a little bit of a disease which helps your body make the antibodies it needs.”




Shelf: Where did the idea for the book come from? Pedoto: Adeline truly began as a roleplaying character on a Livejournal game. One of those games my mom considers a major time-suck in my life, though it’s less so now. To get her ready for her book debut I had to do a major overhaul, reexamine each part of her. She’s been around more or less since I was in high school. I started writing her journal in one of my short story classes in college, and I never wanted to stop. So I wrote the rest of her story as my senior honors thesis. And then, the summer that I graduated, I doubled it in size. Everything was out of order. I carried around a Spiderman notebook for the better part of a year that I’d painstakingly drawn a calendar in. I color-coded it and tried to work out what happened when and why. Shelf: Tell us about yourself. Pedoto: I love to create, whether through writing or other outlets. I actually made the masks that Addy writes about in her journal on a writing retreat! My greatest ambition right now is to become a



knight, which I know isn’t technically possible. I asked a couple British friends of mine to hook me up, so, fingers crossed. I’ve been getting into gardening, building miniatures out of everyday objects, and I even do painting commissions on occasion. I never go anywhere without my notebook ...or if I do it feels like how normal people must feel if they leave their cellphone at home. I don’t have a smartphone. Not because I’m a hipster or anything but because I love the internet so I know that I need to disconnect sometimes. I need to step away from my computer when I’m out and about. I’m a huge comic nerd, and I love Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman (and his beautiful, talented wife Amanda Palmer; I’ve adored their work separately for a long time so to see them together is brilliant). This is going to sound cheesy, but helping people really matters to me. It’s the thing I love doing even more than artwork because there’s no pressure other than to go out there and care. Feed people if they need food. Hug them if they need hugs. Just be a human out around other humans, and let them know that they’re valuable.



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Finalist in the 2013 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie Book

Dan Sheehan

After Action: The True Story of a Cobra Pilot’s Journey is Dan Sheehan’s candid memoir of his tours in Iraq and the challenges of returning home bearing what he describes as “the burden of peace.” While a fascinating and moving read, After Action also gives much-needed insight into the veteran experience.



contain all the lessons learned from the past operation—mistakes and successes—and puts them in one place so others can learn from them. When I realized my own journey could help other veterans, the choice of title became clear. This book is my personal After Action Report. The title also serves to show the reader that the main focus of After Action Shelf: Why did you decide to write this is not combat itself, but rather what happens afterward. While it does contain exciting flybook? Sheehan: I initially began writing After Action ing scenes, dust storms, surface-to-air fire, in an attempt to uncover the root cause of and true heroism exhibited by my comrades, my unease. This feeling started in Iraq and the book’s main message lies in my actions didn’t dissipate after my return. In fact, it after combat. grew stronger. Mistaking it as weakness, I suppressed the unease and refused to Shelf: Do you think telling your own story acknowledge its existence for years after I’d is more difficult than writing fiction would come home. It wasn’t until I recognized I was be? in danger of hurting my children’s emotional Sheehan: I don’t think telling my own story well-being that I admitted I wasn’t “okay.” is more difficult than fiction, just different. In Writing became my tool for understanding telling my story, I had the scenes, sequenchow combat had changed me—and count- es, characters, and events all dictated to me by reality. The challenge was finding the less other veterans. right events and reactions to emphasize so the story would build to a conclusion. The Shelf: How did you decide on the title? Sheehan: Every military operation concludes downside of this process was that there with an After Action Report. These reports were large parts of my life, and many indiShelf Unbound: Tell us about your book. Dan Sheehan: After Action is a nonfiction military memoir focused on the invisible wounds of war. It chronicles my combat experiences as a Marine helicopter pilot during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and how they impacted me at a fundamental, human level.




vidual friends and relatives, who were totally excluded from the narrative. These people are incredibly important to me but in order to maintain the focus of the story I simply couldn’t include them in the book. I would like to delve into fiction writing in the future and recognize that it carries its own set of challenges. The sheer freedom of plot and characters to go anywhere my mind creates is paralyzing in its vastness. When I get to that point, I’ll just have to pick a direction and start writing. Otherwise, I’ll never get started. Shelf: Was writing the book cathartic? Sheehan: Incredibly. Before I began writing, the emotions and reactions from my combat tours were jumbled together in my head. I had compartmentalized them in the heat of battle—stripping them away from my consciousness so I could focus on doing my job. On some level I knew I needed to revisit them but that day just never seemed to come. Over time, those caustic emotions began to seep out, poisoning my present day feelings with unpredictable and intense reactions. I was, in effect, living in peace but reacting to war.



The act of writing, of pulling those intense emotions out of my mind and trying to put into words their depth and nuances, served to reattach them to the events that gave them birth. In doing so, they were put in order along the timeline of my life and ceased escaping at inappropriate times. Shelf: Tell us about yourself. Sheehan: I was a Marine officer for 12 years and served two tours in Iraq; the first as an AH-1W pilot during the 2003 invasion, and the second as a Forward Air Controller with a special operations unit in 2004. My personal decorations include the Bronze Star and two Individual Action Air Medals—all with combat distinguishing devices. I left active duty as a Major in 2007 and began writing After Action: The True Story of a Cobra Pilot’s Journey in 2009. In addition to marketing and promoting After Action, I’m actively working on a second book addressing the challenges veterans face upon returning from combat. I’m also a stayat-home dad in San Diego where I live with my wife, our two young kids, and a pit bull named Kitty.


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Finalist in the 2013 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie Book

Kathleen Wheaton

In Aliens & Other Stories, Kathleen Wheaton’s “aliens” are not Martians but people suffering all manner of alienation—from each other, from themselves, from their places of birth. Wheaton’s prose is lovely and precise, her observations astute. This collection of short stories is strong throughout, and we are eager to read more. Washington Writers’ Publishing House |



Shelf Unbound: Tell us about your short story collection. Kathleen Wheaton: It’s a loosely linked collection of stories about people living in some sort of exile—psychological as well as geographic. Many of the stories revolve around a character named Gabriel Baum— a journalist from Argentina who disappears during the 1976-1983 dictatorship, and are narrated from the point of view of his wife, his children, his friends, his parents. Other protagonists include a survivor of a Cuban shipwreck, a daughter of American missionaries to Peru, an expat in Spain, refugees from Nazi Germany and the Spanish Civil War. A couple are American suburbanites who feel like strangers in their own families.

Shelf: Where do the ideas for your stories usually come from? Wheaton: The subject matter of the stories from this book was inspired by my years in Latin America, and then moving back to the U.S. and readjusting to life here. So Latin American immigration was the overarching theme, but I wrote the stories over a long period, so I see the influence of later news events and personal preoccupations—9/11, the Iraq War. There is a teenager, Joaquin, who in early stories resembles my older son. After that son went to college, Joaquin took on some of the characteristics of my younger son.

Shelf: How did you decide on the title? Wheaton: “Aliens” seemed to fit all the stoShelf: What is one of your favorite lines ries better than any other story title in the collection. But I realized it can be misinterfrom your book? Wheaton: “She realizes that what Paul has preted. An early cover design was a photo told Amy about her is that she’s Peruvian. of a street in Buenos Aires where you might What Amy must have pictured is a woman think the slanting sunlight was coming from across a vast cultural chasm: in a wooly cap a UFO. So I went with a human couple dancwith ear flaps, maybe, wearing dozens of ing tango to make it clear this is not science fiction. petticoats, leading a llama.”




as a fiction writer, I feel that the influence of journalism on my fiction has been positive—I’ve learned to be economical and flexible. Nothing stays in just because it sounds pretty. And I think the who-cares question is as important in fiction as it is in nonfiction. Articles are on the front page because you need to know about them, and the best fiction has a similar urgency. Shelf: Tell us about yourself. Wheaton: I started out as a fiction writer—I Not that it needs to be about war or historic majored in creative writing and then got an events, but at the end the reader should be MFA. I published a few stories, but began thinking, Whoa, I’m really glad somebody to feel that I didn’t know enough about told me about this. life to write about it. So I got a job writing and editing travel books. Then I worked as Shelf: Do you have plans to write a fulla newspaper stringer in Spain and Latin length novel or are you going to stick with America. I also got married and had two short stories, and why? kids. The boys have grown up, and I’m back Wheaton: I’ve always loved the compreswhere I was just out of grad school—alone sion of short stories—whole lifetimes packed all day in a quiet house. This time I’m so into 20 pages or fewer. There is a generally accepted idea—and short story writers can happy to be here. have it, too—that one eventually grows up Shelf: You worked for many years as a and starts writing novels. I guess that could journalist. Does having written as a jour- happen to me, and I’d welcome it, because nalist influence the writing style of your short story collections are hard to sell. But fiction? thanks to Alice Munro, there’s less shame in Wheaton: Perhaps because I started out not writing a novel. Shelf: What is your writing ritual? Wheaton: A pot of strong tea, half an hour reading passages from my favorite books, and whatever it takes to stay offline. Now I use a broken computer as a typewriter. Because the Internet is deadly for fiction writers.



Hidden Account of the Romanovs is a book of romantic historical fiction. In preparation for President Putin’s State Visit in 2003, The Bank of England has been instructed to close any remaining Russian Imperial accounts. The Bank’s investigation follows the career of a Grenadier officer through World War I and the Russian Civil War from 1914 to 1922. Against a background of international intrigue and Imperial elegance, the story winds its way through two of history’s greatest mysteries, the murder of the Russian Imperial Family and the Ml6-led plot to kill Rasputin.






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Hidden Account of the Romanovs is a book of romantic historical fiction. In preparation for President Putin’s State Visit in 2003, The Bank of England has been instructed to close any remaining Russian Imperial accounts. The Bank’s investigation follows the career of a Grenadier officer through World War I and the Russian Civil War from 1914 to 1922. Against a background of international intrigue and Imperial elegance, the story winds its way through two of history’s greatest mysteries, the murder of the Russian Imperial Family and the Ml6-led plot to kill Rasputin.

John Browne is a

Pittsburgh Tribune Review columnist, senior investment Notable events include: strategist at Euro Pacific Capital Build-up and fundamental of World WarFellow I. and causes a Visiting of the Path of the Second Battalion Grenadier Guards from Mons to the Somme and Gauche Wood with The Prince of Wales and Winston Heritage Foundation. He was Churchill in the Grenadier trenches. Combat flying with 56 Squadron, Corps. farm near raised onRoyal a Flying family Wall Street’s financing of the Bolsheviks. Bath, historian and Abdication, imprisonment and England. murder of EmperorA Nicholas II and his family. Pressures causing King George V to delay his initial plan to rescue his cousin economist, he graduated from Emperor Nicholas II. Evaluation of the DNA evidence surrounding the Imperial murder Sandhurst, Cranfield and the possibilityMalvern, of a survivor. Institute of Technology and Hard Copy: ISBN: 978-1-4759-7833-9 Soft Copy: ISBN: 978-1-4759-7832-2 Harvard Business School. E-Book: ISBN: 978-1-4759-7834-6 Formerly with Morgan Stanley Library of Congress Control Number: 2013907564 and a Member of Parliament, he lives now in2013Florida. In the AVAILABLE JUNE Through: Grenadier Guards, he served Regimental Headquarters, Grenadier Guards. Telephone: 0207-414-3285; Book Sellers; in British Guiana as the 2nd;; Battalion pilot.

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John Browne is a Pittsburgh Tribune Review columnist, senior investment strategist at Euro Pacific Capital and a Visiting Fellow of the Heritage Foundation. He was raised on a family farm near Bath, England. A historian and economist, he graduated from Malvern, Sandhurst, Cranfield Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School. Formerly with Morgan Stanley and a Member of Parliament, he lives now in Florida. In the Grenadier Guards, he served in British Guiana as the 2nd Battalion pilot.

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Even the vegetarians on our judging team cast enthusiastic votes for Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes as the best-designed book entered in this year’s competition. Gorgeous photos and fun, clean layouts showcase recipes made with zero grains, legumes, soy, sugar, dairy, or alcohol as well as a wealth of information on why and how to eat paleo. 30


BBQ Sauce



naturally sweet and spicy


2 cups







Any respectable BBQ sauce balances sweetness and spice with a touch of sour, all the better to enhance the meatiness of hunks of slow-smoked beef, pork, or chicken. The problem is that most recipes rely on various forms of sugar as their base: commercial ketchup (a.k.a., corn syrup), molasses, brown sugar, honey, and in one classic version, three cups of cola! In this sauce, a humbly-sweet, dried date, sugarfree apple sauce, and the natural sugars in tomato paste do the trick.


ingredients This is stick-to-your-ribs thick, but can be thinned with a little warm water if you prefer.

In a blender or food processor, combine the water, tomato paste, applesauce, vinegar, coconut aminos, mustard, sunflower seed butter, hot pepper sauce, and date. Purée until smooth.

1 cup water 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce 1/4 cup cider vinegar 2 tablespoons coconut aminos 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter (no sugar added) 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1 date, pit removed 1 tablespoon coconut oil 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons) 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper pinch ground cloves pinch ground allspice

Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic, chili powder, cayenne, dry mustard, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, and allspice. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour the tomato mixture into the saucepan, and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently, uncovered, until the sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Enjoy warm or at room temperature. Store covered in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

YOU KNOW HOW YOU COULD DO THAT? Like it hot? Amp up the amount of cayenne. Want it smoky? Add 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke.

tasty ideas BBQ Beef “Waffle” Sandwich, p. 116

Old School Italian Meat Sauce

Sunday Gravy, paleo style

serves PREP


8 to 12






2 1/2 hrs.

In the Italian households I knew growing up, Saturday was sauce and meatball day: You made the sauce in the afternoon so it could simmer all evening. Meanwhile, on Saturday night, you fried up meatballs and put them on the back porch to cool until they were dropped into the sauce on Sunday morning. In addition to quality tomatoes, garlic, and extra-virgin olive oil, a respectable “Sunday Gravy” also included a hefty dose of red wine (both in the sauce and in the cook). But for our good health and happiness, we're replacing pasta with veggie nooodles and wine with balsamic vinegar.


ingredients MEat:

1 teaspoon coconut oil 1 1/2 pounds pork chops (bone in or boneless) salt and ground black pepper 1 pound Italian sausage (chicken, turkey, or pork) Sauce:

2 medium onions, diced (about 2 cups) 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 6 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons) 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2/3 cup beef broth 2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, slivered Meatballs:

TASTES GREAT WITH Zucchini Noodles, p. 168 Roasted Spaghetti Squash, p. 168 Mashed Cauliflower, p. 167 Pizza Veggies, p. 194 Crisp-Sweet Collards, p. 198 Simple Lemon Spinach, p. 170

2 tablespoons warm water 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/2 pound ground beef 1/2 pound ground pork or turkey 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons) 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced (about 2 tablespoons) 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon Italian herb blend 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Brown the meats. Heat coconut oil in a large, deep pot. Sprinkle the pork chops with salt and pepper, then brown them on both sides, about 10 minutes. Remove the chops from the pot and place in a bowl to catch the juices. Brown the whole sausage links in the same pot, about 10 minutes, and place in the bowl with the pork chops. Make the sauce. You’re going to make the sauce in the same pot, so add a little coconut oil if there’s no fat left in the pan. Cook the onions with the oregano until they’re very soft, about 7-10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cocoa. Sauté until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the balsamic vinegar and stir, about 1 minute. Add the broth and crushed tomatoes; stir to combine. Nestle the pork chops and sausage into the sauce. Bring to a robust bubble, then cover and simmer, 2 hours. Meanwhile... Prep the meatballs. Preheat the oven to 400F and cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. In a small bowl, mix the water, baking soda and cream of tartar with a fork until combined. Crumble the beef and pork into a large bowl, then add the garlic, tomato paste, vinegar, parsley, salt, Italian herb blend, red pepper flakes, and water/baking soda. Mix well with your hands (or if you want it very smooth, with a food processor or mixer) until combined. Cook the meatballs. Measure 1 tablespoon of the meat and roll into a ball. Line up the meatballs on the baking sheet, then bake 20 minutes, until browned. The final steps. When the sauce has reached its 2-hour simmer deadline, add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer an additional 15 minutes, uncovered. Remove the sauce from the heat and toss in the fresh basil, then taste and add salt and pepper, if necessary. If you used bone-in pork chops, the meat could fall right off the bones; you might need to liberate them from the sauce (lest you choke a dining companion). Ladle the sauce over a pile of Zucchini Noodles or Roasted Spaghetti Squash (p. 168) and top with a little of each kind of meat. Mange!

Oven-Fried Salmon Cakes


protein & carbs in A CAKE

serves PREP

2 to 4 COOK






I predict that this is going to become one of your go-to recipes. It’s fast – less than an hour from pantry to plate. It uses ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now. It’s great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And like a favorite little black dress that makes you feel good and goes with everything, it’s easy to adapt to your mood. Plus, it has cake in the name. How could it not be a favorite?


ingredients 1 (14.75 ounce) can wild-caught pink or red salmon 1 cup cooked (or canned) sweet potato, mashed 2 large eggs, beaten 1/2 cup almond flour 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced (about 2 tablespoons) 2 scallions, white and green, very thinly sliced 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper zest from 1 lemon garnish: 2 tablespoons ghee, melted Tartar Sauce (p. 54) Remoulade (p. 54) Awesome Sauce (p. 54) minced fresh parsley




Use Better Butter (p. 60) for another taste explosion! Serve these on top of Simple Lemon Spinach (p. 170).

Preheat the oven to 425F and cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Drain the liquid from the salmon and using your fingers, crumble the fish into a large mixing bowl, removing the bones and flaking the fish. Add the sweet potato, eggs, almond flour, parsley, scallions, Old Bay Seasoning, salt, hot pepper sauce, paprika, black pepper, and lemon zest. Mix well and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Brush the parchment paper with some of the melted ghee, then use a 1/3 measuring cup to scoop the cakes and drop them onto the parchment. The patties should be about 2 1/2 inches wide and about 1 inch thick. Brush the tops of the cakes with ghee, then bake for 20 minutes. Carefully flip each patty with a spatula and return to the oven. (Brush with more ghee if that tickles your fancy.) Bake an additional 10 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and your sauce of choice.

YOU KNOW HOW YOU COULD DO THAT? Replace Old Bay Seasoning with these spices and top with sauces listed. Indian: 2 teaspoons curry powder (I like Penzeys Maharajah.) Middle Eastern: 2 teaspoons Lebanese Seven-Spice Blend (p. 84) + Almost Amba (p. 58 ) + Tahini Dressing (p. 74) Mediterranean: 2 teaspoons dried rosemary leaves + Romesco Sauce (p. 70) Tropical:1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger, 1 clove crushed garlic + Spicy Coconut Mayo (p. 54) Spicy-Sweet: 2 teaspoons Sunrise Spice (p. 78) Asian:2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder Tex-Mex: 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, lime zest + Lizard Sauce (p. 68) Jerky: 2 teaspoons Jerk Seasoning (p. 82)



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This Is the C-130 Hercules by Loraine Nunley

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iving in Poe’s cottage following the Civil War, Pat O’Malley reads a strange note hidden on the bedframe and decides to prove that his former employer, Edgar Allan Poe, was murdered in Baltimore, 1849. O’Malley must confront the most dangerous serial killer in 1865 New York City, and he must also learn why he can’t be intimate with women. Available at Amazon.

I Can Always Sleep Tomorrow: Real Life Stories of Love and Larceny, Adventure and Awakening by Everett Elting


dventures in distant lands, hot tubs and cold wars, lawsuits with celebrities, lunches with Presidents. Now that’s how life should be lived.” —Charlie Johnson Nine true tales of adventure, romance, war, criminality, and more take place in the U.S.A. and Canada as well as in Asia, Europe, and Africa. The author’s award-winning short stories have appeared in many magazine and short story collections. Available at Amazon or at a $10 special price directly from the author at


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BOOK Call Me Sonja by Arthur E. Hedstrom


all Me Sonja is a well-paced, classic romance set in the early 1900s. Hedstrom does a masterful job of making this post-Victorian romance interesting. Fans of turn-of-the-century romances will love this book. And there are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep even the most sophisticated reader interested.” —Blueink Review

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The Killvein White by Ralph Reynolds


hat happens when doomsday descends upon a remote ski village? This stark tale of progression to disaster answers that question with a tumbling journey that delivers menace, debauchery and heroism. The Killvein White sets a truly human drama against a cruel and icy landscape. But by the time the thaw arrives redemption and forgiveness may rule the day… for some.

Brandy by Eralides E. Cabrera


he new woman of the 21st century. She’s independent, she’s brave, skilled and thriving. But she is also sensitive. She has not forgotten how to feel and how to experience the human greatest passion. It’s a new identity that craves to be defined and Brandy depicts it in a smooth, easy way. Hard as a shell but emotional like no other novel you’ve ever read. Available at Amazon, BarnesandNoble, and Authorhouse. Far Eastern Overexposure by Paul Tweiten


n the summer of 1995, Tweiten accepts a job that casts him into anything but the familiar. “With a plain, yet powerful style, he lets his story speak for itself. For anyone eager to learn about life in the Russian countryside, Far Eastern Overexposure tells it like it is, the good as well as the bad.” —Blueink Review

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BOOK American Haiku: This is Roger Madon and This is What I Think by Roger Madon


oday our beloved country is in a war of political ideologies. As American citizens, it is our responsibility to protect our birthright and perpetuate the legacy of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness for our future generations. Becoming aware and sharing ideas is the first step towards making a difference. This book is a transliteration of audio presentations which were prepared for radio and have been heard by millions of listeners throughout the country. Available at Amazon. Brassankle by David G. Weaver


Dead Dreams, Book 1: A Young Adult Psychological Thriller Mystery by Emma Right


ighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has much going for her: a loving family on the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might come true—of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality. TRAILER LINK Available at Amazon. Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion and Other Uncommon Tales from the Founder of the Big Apple Circus by Paul Binder; foreword by Glenn Close

rassankle is an historic novel set during the American Revolution. Truly Nolan, half Caucasian/ half Catawba, learns hunting-fighting skills from his tribal leaders then is taken to Charles Town to learn the white man’s ways. Truly becomes a scout for the Patriots under Francis Marion and William Washington. Between battles he enjoys steamy liaisons with several women.

celebration of Paul Binder’s life in and around the circus. Street juggler, talent booker for Merv Griffin, floor manager for Julia Child, Sesame Street regular, and founder of Big Apple Circus, Binder has lived and worked with the finest circus artists. He shows the nuts and bolts of a little-understood life that touches the dreamer in all of us.

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BOOK Other Side by Gene Olsen



lthough man does act civilly at most times, events in human history have shown that when pushed to the edge and starvation and death is near, men G E N E O L S E N can be as savage and merciless as any wild animal. In Other Side author Gene Olsen has created a veritable panorama of fantasy combined with the realistic edge of a survival of the fittest thriller.

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Selected Contemporary Native Issues in Canada—Personal Observations Made in the Field by Eric John Large


his bold and honest account of a former First Nation Chief of the plight of the First Nations people of Canada outlines issues that impact them within the Canadian fabric. The author reveals the control legislation, policies and court decisions have on the Treaty Rights of First Nations such as education, health, development, and inherent rights to land and resources. Available at Xlibris, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local bookstore.

There’s the Rub by Joseph M. Humbert

Connected Obsessions by Neil Mavrick



istorical fiction about the first black

filmmakers in early Hollywood. Jimmy Johnson, a grandson of freed slaves—the Spike Lee of his day—battles racist director D.W. Griffith. But more importantly, he struggles to re-unite his far-flung family. “An intriguing novel … [Its] rich detail and the mystery of Jimmy’s mother’s disappearance make for an engrossing read.” —Kirkus Reviews Available at Amazon/Kindle, Barnes and Noble/ Nook, and iTunes.

ow far would you go to save someone you love? Beyond the boundaries of science? Perhaps, but what if the two of you had never actually met?

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BOOK Artama & The Watchtower Portal: The Second Journey by Bruce Paul “Magical and mystical.” “An imaginative, thought-provoking adventure for teens.” Among the countless stars, there is but one decision to make. Journey with Artama through the watchtower portal, on a quest for answers about dragons, other worlds, and matters of the heart. Available at Amazon.

I am I: The In-Dweller of Your Heart (Part 3) by David Knight


ritten with, from and through “Spirit” this third installment … will uplift, inspire and guide your heart and soul towards self-realization, enabling you to reach your eternal goal in this lifetime. Each “lesson” aims to help you not only find your own truth “within,” but also enrich your life with joy and love, to finally remember who you and why you’re here. Available as an ebook and on all reader formats at Smashwords and as a paperback from Amazon in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Spain, France, and Italy.

Something Wrong with Her by Cris Mazza

The Last Stratiote by LeAnn Neal Reilly



poignant memoir about a girl who didn’t feel the sexual awakenings she knew she was supposed to feel and the boy who loved her nonetheless. Thirty years later Cris Mazza went back to find that boy, now a man, only to discover that he’d never stopped yearning for her. Something Wrong with Her is an astonishing real-time testimony of a couple’s reconnection and their wrestling with 30-year-old memories, questions and regrets. Order direct from the publisher and receive the music soundtrack FREE! Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Elliot Bay, and other fine bookstores.

vengeful Albanian mercenary must choose between the tenets of Blood Law and the law of the heart.

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whirlwind adventure into the depths of Santo Domingo politics, Colombian terrorism and the crooked world of AIDS medicines. Powerful men battle the powerless for information that the murdered Anita Tavares carried. No rule is sacred. Greed and corruption rule the streets as the AIDS epidemic continues to spread, and criminals try to take control of secrets they must hide.

The Dogs … Barking by Jan Notzon


he electrifying story, graced with moments of hilarity, of a boy growing up in small-town Texas battling the demons of his upbringing. To his astonishment, he finally finds redemption in the home he had abandoned and the howl of the dogs that once serenaded him to sleep. “I found this book very compelling. It’s hard to put down!” —Sylvia Klein Available at Amazon, BarnesandNoble, Kobobooks, Booksamillion, iUniverse, and Bol.

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Quiet Horizon by Greg Jemsek

South of Burnt Rocks, West of the Moon by G.J. Berger


uiet Horizon is the dramatic true story of the spiritual journey of one man who sought to honor his childhood mystical experience and ended up in a terrorist boot camp. Author Greg Jemsek intertwines his story with a compelling theory of how ideologies work, and why they continue to dominate our social discourse.

n this mostly true “captivating debut historical fiction, a young Iberian-Celtic she-warrior makes a stand against the invading Roman army.... A wonderfully crafted balance of Romanera drama and the fierceness of battle.” —Kirkus Review, September 2012. Available at Amazon, Trafford Publishing, and Barnes and Noble. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most other booksellers in e-book, soft cover, and hard cover formats.

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BOOK Ezrah’s Plateau by Jacqueline Mahan

Green Gravy, Monster Bread and Other Adventures by Alice Breon Alice Breon gives her readers a glimpse of her generation with this lighthearted historical collection of short stories that chronicle a 25-year journey from her teens during World War II to JFK’s assassination. Her experiences as an Air Force wife and mother of four traveling the world during the Cold War provide the material for her heartwarming stories.

ngela Horne discovers an old diary in the attic of her grandmother’s house that reveals secrets about Ezrah’s Plateau. After reading it, her attempts to shed light on a centuries old town secret and the truth about the local cemetery witch are dismissed. However, some people want those secrets preserved and both Angela and the diary out of the way. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble online and in stores, and Xlibris. Available at Amazon.

Lion’s Head Deception by Chuck Waldron


n investigative blogger uncovers a sinister conspiracy, a billionaire’s plan backed by select government officials, designed to exterminate citizens who do not live up to a predetermined screening matrix; under the guise of rioting and a destabilized city, the plan is implemented and the blogger fights not only to discover and reveal the truth, but to survive. Watch the trailer here: Available at Amazon.


Life in a Jar The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer


he true story of a Holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, but whose heroism was forgotten. Sixty years later, three Kansas teenagers, each carrying her own burden, “rescue the rescuer” and elevate Irena Sendler to an international hero, championing tolerance and respect for all people. 2012 IndieReader Discovery Award 2011 Kansas Notable Book Award 2011 Eric Hoffer DaVinci Eye Award. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the iBookstore.

BOOK Three Monotheistic Faiths by Andrea C. Paterson


he book Three Monotheistic Faiths is a very brief analysis and history of three major religions— Judaism, Christianity, Islam—their similarities, their common grounds, their differences, their good and their bad points. All three of these faiths are worshippers of One God or Supreme Being. In Judaism, He is known as Jehovah. In Christianity, He is known as the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Islam, He is known as Allah. 416.996.0385 Available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon ca, Amazon, Chapters, iBookstore, and Christianbook, among others. Gnash by Brian Parker


NASH is simply one of the best zombie novels I’ve ever read! It reads as kind of a mash-up of Stephen King, Tom Clancy, and just a dash of Dan Brown, which is quite impressive for a first-time self-published horrorgenre author.” —Amazon Review by Larry Duane Available in the U.S. at and in the UK at

The Feasts of Israel by Andrea C. Paterson


he Feasts of Israel discusses the Sabbath and the seven major feasts of Israel. Do they have a relationship to the holidays of the Christian Church? They writer believes that they do. The concept of a day of rest (or Sabbath) is one of the greatest spiritual contributions to civilization made by the religion of Israel. 416.996.0385 Available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon ca, Amazon, Chapters, iBookstore, and Christianbook, among others. Fortune’s Mail by Greg Wright


he discovery of a cache of undelivered mail in an employee’s home while working at a closing post office leads to a wave of letters being delivered years after they were initially sent. Within this collection of stories, mysteries are solved, second chances are given, and truths are revealed as the recipients open correspondence sent long ago.

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BOOK Counterfeit by Scott L. Miller


t. Louis Homicide Detective JoJo Baker asks social worker Mitch Adams to counsel a man arrested for counterfeiting and armed robbery. It looks like an open and shut case, but when millions in fake $100 bills disappear, Mitch’s life hangs on the word of a counterfeiter, the greed of a prosecutor, and his refusal to go down without a fight. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. Devolution by Peter Clenott


Until the Darkness Goes by Renée Ebert


eet Molly Morris, an intense and enchanting East-Coast woman, determined to reinvent herself. Currently a resident of the Long Beach, California barrio, Molly unexpectedly finds her life derailed through unspeakable tragedy. Read this debut novel by Renée Ebert for an enthralling story of rootlessness, love gone astray, drug addiction and redemption. Available at Amazon, Nook, and Kobo.

Available at Amazon. Ejituru by Nwanganga Shields


hiku Flynn wasn’t raised to be human. Born in Africa, she lives with the chimpanzees her parents are studying until her mother’s violent death. Sent back to the States, Chiku grows into a maladjusted teenager until her father disappears. At sixteen she must return to the jungle where murder, civil war and environmental calamity await. And her chimpanzees with whom she can communicate using sign language.

ighteen-yearold Ejituru, a medical student in Nigeria, is pressured by her father to enter into an arranged marriage with an older man believed to be a successful US immigrant. She agrees because she desperately wants a US education. Ignatius, the prospective husband, is actually a taxi driver. He promised his mother that he would marry from the village. Will this be enough for them to make the marriage work?” Available at Amazon,, and Smashwords. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble online and in stores,, and Xlibris.

BOOK The Evolutionist by Rena Mason


lagued by cryptic nightmares in a post-apocalyptic world where she is the sole survivor, Las Vegas woman Stacy Troy must decipher maddening clues hidden within her nocturnal visions. These scenes begin to enter her everyday life and destroy everything that made it worth living. Out of time, she must make a heartrending decision before her cataclysmic dreams become reality.

GOODREADS LINK Available at Amazon and Nightscape Press. Death’s Twisted Tales by J.J. White “Every story ends in death if one waits long enough.”


o quotes Death as he introduces twenty-eight twisted tales for your enjoyment. Written by award-winning author, J. J. White, these tales have been published internationally and have won awards from the California Writers Club, Oregon Writers Colony, Arizona Mystery Writers, Florida Writers Association and Writer’s Digest. Available at Amazon.

809 Jacob Street by Marty Young


he house on Jacob Street calls to them all, but what will they find when they open its door? “This is a writer cutting his own way through horror, and I can’t wait to see where his journey takes him.” —Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Dead City Available at Black Beacon Books and Amazon.


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BOOK Firehurler, Book 1 of the Twinborn Trilogy by J.S. Morin

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liens attack Earth to save the planet from destructive human activity, and to enslave the survivors. This story is predominantly about a middleaged downsized factory manager who makes his way through the Alien devastation and relocation while others plan to repel the Invaders. Available at Amazon.

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One world of magic. One world of reason. Two lives intertwined in a connection mistaken for a dream.


amed one of the “Best Indie Fantasy Books Worth a Read” on Goodreads, Firehurler introduces epic fantasy readers to the world of the Twinborn, where dreams are not what they seem.

The Biology of Luck by Jacob M. Appel


dd-job queen Starshine Hart is about to go on somebody else’s perfect date. It could be with you….”

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Dream Caster by Najeev Raj Nadarajah


is settlement massacred, Weaver seeks refuge in a hidden city, there discovering he possesses the amazing power to cast his dreams into reality. But Weaver is nothing like the Dream Eater, who uses the same powers to bring nightmares to life. Up against these monsters, Weaver must master his powers before his new home and all of mankind are destroyed. Available at Amazon.

BOOK Hush, Boy by George Beddingfield


USH, BOY is a novel about Jonathan Harding, a young boy growing up in the Deep South in the 1930s and ‘40s. Jonathan is full of questions about life, but the only answer he gets is, “Hush, boy, we don’t talk about that.” Jonathan’s tales follow him to mature adulthood when he finally discovers some of the truths he has long sought. Available at CreateSpace and Amazon. Secretsincity by Deray Ogden


RINEY RUZA has created a bizarre graffiti game, but the walls she paints on begin using her to release secrets they were built to contain. One secret lures Briney to Terezin, once a Jewish Ghetto under Nazi control during WWII. Here the walls draw her deep into the conspiracies surrounding the Holocaust, corruption and rise of neo-Nazism … with a deadly outcome. Available at,,, iBookstore, and most major online bookstores.

Deceit by Robert Wangard

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hat do you do when a former lover turns up dead ... and you discover everything she told you was a lie? That question burns in Pete Thorsen’s mind and drives his investigation into the ROBERT WANGARD death of Lynn Hawke in this latest Pete Thorsen Mystery thriller! “... events as chilling as the weather ...“ — Available in independent bookstores and online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The Vampire Girl Next Door by Richard Arbib


ark falls in love with Sylvia, the beautiful, but quirky girl next door, not realizing that she’s a vampire who killed his last neighbor. When Mark first meets Sylvia, he tells her, “You’re the girl of my dreams!” Sylvia smiles and responds with a warning—“Be careful what you wish for.” “Alternately eerie and funny, the novel blends horror, romance, and humor.” —from the publisher’s press release. Available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Paperback and all e-book formats available on author’s website.

BOOK Backseat by Tom Wascoe


n 1969 failure from college or dropping out meant the draft and possibly Vietnam. Michael’s freshman year has not gone well. He believes that pledging a fraternity will put him on the right path. To get in he must hitchhike 1,500 miles in one weekend. The rides he gets, the people he meets change his life. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.

Operation Doublepayback by Jack Freeman


fast-paced thriller set in 1961. An ex-CIA officer turned London-based beat generation bookseller, blackmailed into infiltrating a revolutionary terror group (RPI), is quickly involved in an attack on the U.S. London Embassy, assassination in Amsterdam, bombs in Berlin, fire fights in Venice and L.A., affair in Miami, torture in Mayfair, and a conspiracy to provoke all-out nuclear war in N.Y.C. Available at Amazon.

The Beautiful American by Marilyn Holdsworth

My Prison Without Bars by Taylor Evan Fulks



lizabeth Monroe, James Monroe’s wife, and Jasmine, a young slave girl, develop an extraordinary relationship as they are united by pivotal historic events and personal tragedies. From a bucolic Virginia plantation to the bloodied streets of post-revolutionary Paris, this powerful tale follows the lives of two courageous women from the past as they inspire a woman of today’s world. Available at Amazon and BarnesandNoble.


courageous, harrowing journey through the catacombs of hell, from the voice of a little girl, living with her own monster underneath her bed. This novel is less memoir and more psychological thriller, chronicling one woman’s attempt to claw her way out of the darkness of Child Sexual Abuse. *Dark and Graphic Content. Available at Amazon and BarnesandNoble.

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Sips Card puts short fiction and poetry into local coffee shop venues around the country. We are a publication run by artists, for artists. Each card contains a QR code, loaded with a short story, or set of poems, from an independent writer, meant to last as long as a cup of coffee. Our passion is to share the work of other artists with likely readers. Visit for more information.

Call for submissions: We are accepting short fiction and poetry submissions for our October 2012 issue from August 1st through August 31st. Guidelines can be found at


We asked last year’s competition winner, Jennifer Bresnick, for some thoughts on the state of self-publishing. Bresnick has recently released a prequel to her award-winning The Last Death of Tev Chrisini titled The Spoil of Zanuth-Karun, and she shares an excerpt with us here. We can’t wait to read the new book!



’m going to bet you ten dollars that you don’t remember the Phillips Videopac G7000. And I’m pretty sure you don’t know where your Sony MZ1 MiniDisc player is. You’re probably not even holding on to your old Betamax tapes, because you’ve finally accepted that VHS—wait, no, DVDs—no, BluRay is the standard of choice ... unless you’re just going to stream it. When these products were introduced, the technology market was fluid. There were hundreds of competitors using the sudden explosion of advancement in computer science to fight for a top spot on the consumer’s media shelf. Few of these products succeeded. The market forced out the overly expensive, the inefficient, and the undesirable. Companies failed. Novelties disappeared. And the winners went on to 78


be household names—for a while, at least. Right now, self-publishing is in exactly the same position. Everyone is trying to grab a piece of the action because it’s shiny, new, easy, and holds lots of promise. It’s producing the first generation of household names, and it’s also throwing out an enormous number of failures. It’s a frustrating time for many authors who feel unable to grab a readership, but it’s also an opportunity for those with focus, drive, and a quality product to break free from the crowds as the market defines itself. If you’re feeling squeezed by the competition, try being patient. The herd is going to thin out, and the authors who stick around in five or seven years are going to see a new standard emerge. Just don’t forget to back up your manuscript on a couple of 8-inch floppies.

The Spoil of Zanuth-Karun by Jennifer Bresnick


erdaro Ashosu picked at the grass, plucking a few stalks from the soil and tearing them into pieces. There was dirt under his fingernails, which would annoy his mother, but not half as much as Daralya was annoying him at the moment. “I just don’t see why you won’t come with me,” he said peevishly, dropping the shreds and watching them twist away on the breeze. It was a beautiful midsummer day, and they were sitting at the top of the earthen embankment that surrounded Sayis, a popular spot for picnics and sunbathing. “Because Yarrin offered first,” Daralya said. “I told you that. You should have asked me sooner.” “I wasn’t here. That’s not fair.” Daralya shrugged. “That’s not my fault.” Serdaro made a little noise of frustration. The solstice festival was the biggest celebration of the year, and no one worth a brass farthing would dare attend alone. He had taken Daralya for three years running, which was quite a coup considering that she was the most sought–after girl of his acquaintance, and he was little more than tolerated by his peers.

The Eidarhta boys he knew had been raised to be wary of his people, with their private language, strange ways, and inexhaustible longevity, and they often took it upon themselves to test the claims of his heritage by pushing him down the stairs, throwing rocks and ice at him in the winter, or even slashing at him with bits of glass or pocket knives to see how quickly the wounds would disappear. Daralya never really stood up for him, of course, but neither did she take an active part in the teasing. It was better than being Llorani, she had said to him once, trying to comfort him as he nursed a black eye behind the merchant’s offices where he worked. It hadn’t been much consolation. From The Spoil of Zanuth-Karun by Jennifer Bresnick, Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. UNBOUND



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From how to get a job after college to how to eat like a caveman, 34 books from our competition provide experts’ advice

GET A JOB AFTER COLLEGE Getting Hired: Handbook for College Graduates by Frances R. Schmidt 1

I Wish Someone Had Told Me! Financial Lessons Learned the Hard Way by Charlotte Stallings

CURE THE SEXUAL BLAHS Taking Sexy Back by Jean A. Campbell

BE A BACHELOR FOODIE Man Cave Gourmet: The Single Hunter/Gatherer Foodie by Edward Mudd Gordon

LIVE LONGER Don’t Die Early: The Life You Save Can Be Your Own by Rocky Angelucci


FINANCIALLY NAVIGATE WIDOWHOOD Moving Forward on Your Own by Kathleen M. Rehl, Ph.D, CFP 2

GET YOUR DREAM VACATION IN SCOTLAND 3 FIX THE GOVERNMENT The Golf Widow Travels – New American Revolution: Scotland by Karen Howe The Constitutional Overthrow of the United 8 AVOID RELAPSE States Government by Every Silver Lining Has a William F. Fawell Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety by 4 FIND YOUR WAY, Scott Stevens GROW RESILIENT, AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE 9 CULTIVATE YOUR Bounce Forward by Debra GARDEN AND YOUR LIFE Dane Gardening: A Window on our Soul by Kathleen P. 5 BE IN CONTROL OF O’Beirne YOUR MONEY DECEMBER/JANUARY 2014


NAVIGATE THE CONSUMER CULTURE Conscious Spending, Conscious Life by Laurana Rayne 12




MOVE PAST A LACK OF MOTHERING Ghost Mothers: Healing from the Pain of a Mother Who Wasn’t Really There by Kathryn Rudlin, LCSW 13

HELP THE GRIEVING Griefprints: A Practical Guide for Supporting a Grieving Person by Radha Stern 14

HAVE A SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION The Battle Inside by Wes Hodges 21

FIND HEALING, HAPPINESS, AND SELF-REALIZATION Taming the Invisible Dragon by Sloan Rawlins 15

FIND JOY THE SATCHMO WAY Live Like Louis! Inspiring Stories from the Life of Louis Armstrong to Help You Lead a More Wonderful Life by Phil Lynch 16

LIVE WELL AFTER 60 I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: You’re Old – Tales of a Geriatrician/ What To Expect in Your 60s, 70s, 80s, and Beyond by David Bernstein, M.D. 22

DETERMINE WHAT IS ENOUGH Enough by Rick Rhone LIVE A SPIRITUAL LIFE Fill in the Blank, Vol. 1: Inspiring Truths in a Busy World by Jason M. Frazier

FIND LOVE AND HAPPINESS Becoming What You Want to See in the World by Mary Claire O’Neal

MAKE HEALTHY LIVING YOUR NEW WAY OF LIFE Four Quadrant Living by Dina Colman

CREATE PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS 360° of Success: Money, Relationships, Energy, Time by Ana Weber

BE A FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE MALE Men, Get Real with Your Finances: It’s Time to Face the Spiritual Issues that Cause Our Financial Issues by Bradley Vinson



REPAIR AND STRENGTHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP Couples’ Therapy: A Do-ItYourself Guide to a Better Relationship by Ariel S. Compton, M.D.

MAKE MONEY IN REAL ESTATE More than Cashflow: The Real Risks & Rewards of Profitable Real Estate Investing by Julie Broad 29


LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST 27 Flavors of Fulfillment by Nathan Crane 17

BOOST YOUR VOCABULARY Mnemonic and Association Techniques for English Vocabulary by Henry Davis 28





BE A FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FEMALE Purses, Pearls and Pumps: Straight Talk About Women and Finances by Bonita Vinson, PhD 27

BETTER UNDERSTAND AUTISM Is My Child Autistic or Delayed by Susan Louise Peterson 30

EMBRACE AGING Positively Ninety: Interviews with Lively Nonagenarians by Connie Springer 31

HANDLE BEING A COLLEGE ATHLETE Seasons: What College Athletes Need to Know About Their Future by Ryan Sprague 32

STUDY THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS Travel through Ephesians: Transforming Grace by Thomas L. Hiegel 33

EAT LIKE A CAVEMAN Well Fed 2: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat by Melissa Joulwan 34




Arachne by Joseph Dorazio There’s a spider crawling across the balustrade with my mother’s head on it. She’s laboriously dragging that gray clothesline behind her. I sense she’s happier with eight appendages than with children, and with her husband devoured and out of the way, she’ll accomplish much: a hand each for clothespins & laundry, mop & broom, dustpan & brush. And when her housework is finally done, she’ll weave as only she can weave and hang upon a web finely spun.

From As Is: Selected Poems of Joseph Dorazio by Joseph Dorazio, Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.




Cove with Traveler by Robert Herschbach The women divers of Korea are out in the cove, surfacing and disappearing again among bobbing Styrofoam coolers. Near the bleached weights piled on the dock, hemp nets dry in the sun. Folk song’s coming across a bullhorn on a truck parked in the sand … You wanted to be somewhere else, and you are. What’s not to like? Still, you keep looking out across the bay to that other tapering peninsula, the next one, as though it’s home to further marvels – a rare bird, a village on stilts, the oldest cast-iron bell in the hemisphere – the best of all sights, the one thing you don’t want to miss. From Loose Weather by Robert Herschbach, Washington Writers’ Publishing House. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.




Hurricane Birds by Dawn Lonsinger In the eye of the storm we came up out of basements and found sea birds in our yards – gulls and terns stockpiling debris, and frigate birds gliding flawless over the interstate. A white ibis crawled out of the gutter and loosed its looped limbs into the air. Petrels and doves swarmed wet parking lots. what glistened overwhelmed us, swallows rising like a sheet over the injured.

From Whelm by Dawn Lonsinger, Lost Horse Press, www. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.



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Somehow, This Soft Summer Night (Germany) Margaret Schuyler Sternbergh wrote these poems over the course of her life. Written at a time when women were by Margaret Schuyler Sternbergh meant to be docile and submissive, they reveal a vital and passionate spirit.


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head hit the hard wooden floor in disgust. He placed his right arm over his forehead and closed his eyes. He had to defeat this monster. … Boredom was its name.” Link:




‘You should never turn down the offer of another man’s story,’ the fox persisted ...  ‘Stories are the only thing that separates us from the animals after all.’

— from The Dragon and the Crow by T.B. McKenzie



december/january JENNIFER BRESNICK is a 2007 graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a major in history. Born and raised on Long Island, NY, she now resides in the Boston area, fervently avoiding all discussions about professional sports. Bresnick’s debut novel, The Last Death of Tev Chrisini, won the 2012 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie Book. TIM CHAPMAN is a former forensic scientist for the Chicago police department who currently teaches English composition and Chinese martial arts. He holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Northwestern University. His fiction has been published in The Southeast Review, the Chicago Reader, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and the anthology, “The Rich and the Dead.” JOSEPH DORAZIO began writing poetry in 2007. Since then, his poems have won awards, and have appeared in over 30 literary magazines in the U.S. Joseph Dorazio’s first two chapbook collections were finalists in poetry competitions, and in 2009, his poem, “The Tree of Life” was set to music by the composer, Eleanor Aversa, in response to the Dialogues with Darwin Poetry Project, at the American Philosophical Society Museum in Philadelphia. Mr. Dorazio lives and writes in Wayne, Pa. ROBERT HERSCHBACH is the author of Loose Weather, published in Fall 2013 from Washington Writers’ Publishing House. 

His poems have appeared in Fine Madness, Eclipse, Fugue, Gargoyle, Natural Bridge, Painted Bride Quarterly, South Carolina Review, The Southern Poetry Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Subtropics, Quarterly West, West Branch and other journals. MELISSA JOULWAN writes the blog The Clothes Make The Girl ( She has authored four books and contributed to a New York Times bestseller: It Starts With Food. After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and food as the enemy, Joulwan found the paleo diet in 2009 and has been happily, healthily following it ever since. DAWN LONSINGER is a poet and essayist and the author of two chapbooks: the linoleum crop (chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the 2007 Jeanne Duval Editions Chapbook Contest), and The Nested Object (Dancing Girl Press, 2009). Her full-length collection of poems, Whelm, won Lost Horse Press’s 2012 Idaho Prize in Poetry. NANCY PEACOCK’s first book, Life Without Water was published in 1996 and chosen as a New York Times Notable


Book. It was followed a few years later by Home Across the Road. Her third book, and her first work of nonfiction, was taken from her experiences of living as an artist and a maid. A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life was published by Harper Collins in April 2008. DAN SHEEHAN served as a Marine Officer from 1996 to 2007. An AH-1W pilot by trade, he deployed aboard the 13th MEU (SOC) in 2000 and the 11th MEU (SOC) in 2002. During those deployments he participated in operations in East Timor, Yemen, and in various countries in the Middle East. In 2003 he flew close air support missions during the invasion of Iraq and in 2004 served in Baghdad as a Forward Air Controller with Marine Corps Special Operations Command, Detachment One. HILARY SLOIN began her writing career as a playwright in the 80s. Her plays, which were mostly gay-themed and fairly subversive, were widely produced in the U.S. After a time, she switched to essays and short fiction, publishing in many small journals and anthologies and attending a number of residencies. Sloin has recently completed a collection of short fiction entitled The Cure for Unhappiness and is currently at work on a manuscript about selling antiques, Pimpin’ the Frontier. MARGARET SCHUHYLER STERNBERGH lived from 1887 until 1982. Her father, James Hervey Sternbergh, was the founder of the Reading Bolt and Nut Works which later became Bethlehem Steel. Her mother, Mary Candace Dodds, was the oldest of twelve children born on a farm in Burlington, Vermont. Margaret, or Mardi as she was known, attended the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. as a teenager, and then boarding school in Weisbaden, Germany. She was an independent spirit, an artist, a musician and a poet. KATHLEEN WHEATON has worked for 25 years as a journalist and travel writer, and lived for 12 years in Spain and Latin America. Her journalism and interviews have been published in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The San Francisco Examiner, Town & Country, European Travel & Life, Via, Smithsonian and the Paris Review. She has been the recipient of three Maryland Arts Council grants. In 2013 she received the Washington Writers Publishing House award for fiction. Shelf Unbound is published bimonthly by Shelf Media Group LLC, 3322 Greenview Drive, Garland, TX 75044. Copyright 2013 by Shelf Media Group LLC. Subscriptions are FREE, go to to subscribe.

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