New release: Uprush

Jo BarneyJo Barney announces the publication of Uprush, a rewrite of a novel originally issued as an e-book. She said the new paperback edition has a new title, cover and text via Createspace.

In Uprush, four old friends meet at a beach house for their usual coming together to drink wine, complain about husbands, or the lack of them, compare upper arm flab–the usual stuff old friends do  Except this time one of them, Madge, a writer, asks the other three to help her commit suicide.  She has a good reason. Her friends, once they learn it, agree to help her, despite misgivings and great sadness.   Madge has a gift for them, no matter what happens:  her take on their lives over the past forty-some years, her last novel, stories which will change their futures.

Barney also says her first book, Graffiti Grandma, has received starred reviews from Kirkus, “A gripping book with compelling characters who don’t want your pity,” and from Publishers Weekly. 


Co-author of “I am Troy Davis” presents a special reading

IATD coverJen Marlowe, co-author of I am Troy Davis, and Kimberly Davis will present a special reading of the book combined with video clips connected to the case that has galvanized the fight to abolish the death penalty.

 Troy Davis was executed by the state of Georgia on Sept. 21, 2011 despite compelling evidence of his innocence and worldwide pleas for clemency that included President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI and 51 members of Congress.   Marlowe wrote I Am Troy Davis with the close help of Davis’ sister, the late Martina Davis-Correia.  Kimberly Davis is also Davis’ sister.  His family has led a two-decade struggle to prove his innocence and abolish the death penalty.  The book has been hailed as a revealing picture of the human impact of capital punishment.  Davis, Marlowe and others will read from the book. The free event will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 10 at the First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., Portland.


Robyn Parnell’s latest novel excerpted in WIPS

Robyn-Parnell“The Assassin,” an excerpt from Robyn Parnell’s novel Looking Up has been published in WIPS: Works (of Fiction) in Progress.  Robyn talks about the creative process in an interview in the same journal.

 “I have what might be considered a mutation of the classic writer’s block, but my version ends up affecting me in a similar way: I get “blocked” not because I have no lack of ideas for new stories, but because I have so many, and choosing to focus on this one means setting the other ones aside…”

 She says she completed Looking Up shortly after submitting the excerpt and recently received a request from a publisher who would like to review the novel.


Featured at Left Coast Crime

Christine Finlayson signing at LCCChristine Finlayson was one of the featured debut authors at Left Coast Crime in Monterey. She got to hobnob with some famous mystery authors (including Sue Grafton, Louise Penny, Marcia Muller, and Jacqueline Winspear), give a 50-second-or-less pitch for “Tip of a Bone” at the New Authors Breakfast, and appear on a panel called Day at the Beach: Murder at the Seashore. Christine’s favorite part of the conference was connecting with other writers and mystery fans—plus watching the seals, sea lions, and otters in Monterey Bay.


New releases: Kilmoon

kilmoon_72dpiLisa Alber evokes a world in which ancient tradition collides with modern village life in Kilmoon, her acclaimed debut novel.  She captures the moodiness of the Irish landscape in a character-driven mystery that explores family secrets betrayal, and vengeance.

 Californian Merrit Chase travels to Ireland to meet her father, a celebrated matchmaker, in hopes that she can mend her troubled past. Instead, her arrival triggers a rising tide of violence, and Merrit finds herself both suspect and victim, accomplice and pawn, in a manipulative game that began thirty years previously. When she discovers that the matchmaker’s treacherous past is at the heart of the chaos, she must decide how far she will go to get what she wants.

 The reviews have been glowing.

“Brooding, gothic overtones haunt Lisa Alber’s polished, atmospheric debut. Romance, mysticism, and the verdant Irish countryside all contribute to making Kilmoon a marvelous, suspenseful read.”  —Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Through the Evil Days.

“This first in Alber’s new County Clare Mystery series is utterly poetic … The author’s prose and lush descriptions of the Irish countryside nicely complement this dark, broody and very intricate mystery.”  —RT Book Reviews (four stars)

“In her moody debut, Alber skillfully uses many shades of gray to draw complex characters who discover how cruel love can be.” —Kirkus Reviews.

Launch Party

Please join Lisa for her book launch party at O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 SW Capitol Highway, at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 4. The celebration includes music, book signing, cake, and an Irish goody basket giveaway. 




New releases: Fog of Dead Souls

Fog of Dead Souls book jacketSome wounds never show on the skin but they can be far more hurtful than anything that bleeds. Oregon Book Award finalist Jill Kelly illustrates the powerful resilience of the wounded human heart in her first thriller, Fog of Dead Souls (Skyhorse Publishing, March 2014).

Professor Ellie McKay has a dark and clouded past, one that has left her with a trail of death and shame. When she walks into the Maverick Bar one night, she plans to get drunk, not engaged. But within thirty minutes, she’s met and agreed to marry local rancher Al Robison. Al only knows that Ellie is attractive, vulnerable, and single; he doesn’t know that she has been on the run for months, from Pennsylvania to Paris to Texas, eventually landing in New Mexico as she attempts to escape a psychopath who killed her surgeon boyfriend and raped and tortured her. Among the secrets Ellie keeps are her feelings for Doug Hansen, the detective who originally investigated the case and who is still tracking her killer. Now Ellie has joined her fate with Al’s, whose own past is darkly complicated. Can Hansen find them before the killer does? And can he let Ellie go to this other man?

 A freelance editor and former professor of literature, Jill Kelly has been writing and publishing since 2002. Her memoir, Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman, was a finalist for the prestigious Oregon Book Award. She is also the author of Sober Play: Using Creativity for a More Joyful Recovery and The Color of Longing, a romance. When she’s not offering creativity workshops and leading writing retreats around the country, she’s usually in her Portland, Oregon studio, where she creates deep-color pastels.  



New release: ‘No Substitute for Maturity’

No Substitude for Maturity“No Substitute for Maturity,” the third in the Subbing isn’t for Sissies series, has been released by Carolyn J. Rose.

The first two books in the series have sold 40,000 e-copies. In this newest mystery substitute teacher Barbara Reed returns.

After tangling with killers and a deranged drug dealer in two previous books, Barbara Reed craves routine, relaxation and quality time with drug cop Dave Martin. Living together seems like the way to achieve that, but Dave’s teenage daughter is part of the package—a package filled with drama, conflict, stress and shirked responsibility. Teen issues are the tip of an approaching iceberg.

Meanwhile, Barb’s smarmy ex-husband lands a job at her condo complex, curriculum changes spark teacher turmoil, and Barb’s bombastic sister, Iz, launches a protest against the justice system.

Then the police chief resigns, leaving Dave at the mercy of a new boss with an old grudge, a boss who wants Iz arrested for murder.

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