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Vol. 2, Ed. 5

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TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM!
 
New author Joyce A. Anthony has been saying for several months now that she is "About to take the world by Storm!" She talked it, she wrote it, she focused on it when she was asleep or awake. She put it on the tag line on her e-mails. There was nobody who knew Joyce that didn't hear about Storm.
 
Yet there was a certain element of mystery about Storm too. While she was not shy in the least about Storm, and let everybody know that it was the book she was working on, she did not share enough of the storyline to give any of the plot away. You could figure out that Storm was a person, but who--or what--was Storm?
 
And then the book was finished! How to find a publisher. Joyce decided that she did not want to give up any control of what the industry did with her novel, so she did not even try finding a traditional publisher. She just simply bypassed the rejection letters most authors suffer through, often for years. After considering several print-on-demand self-publishing companies, she decided to try Star* Publish LLC.
 
What ensued, since Star* Publish is pretty choosy about what they publish, was the standard nail-biting, floor-pacing days until she got an answer. By that time, nobody but a special friend of hers who helped her with the submission process (Ron Berry) had read the manuscript.

Kristie Leigh Maguire, Star* Publish LLC's owner, started to read Storm. After an hour or two of reading, Kristie related to Janet Elaine Smith, Star* Publish's Marketing Director, "This book is so riveting--I have to go to pick up some medicine from the pharmacy--but I'm coming right back. I have to finish this book."
Once she finished reading the book, Kristie said, "It is one awesome book for sure! After reading and evaluating the manuscript for possible acceptance at Star* Publish LLC, I couldn't get it off my mind. I even dreamed about it. It won't let go of me."
 
The following is the description from the back cover of Storm:
Storm is a spiritual fantasy unlike any you have ever read. It will change how you look at the world. He's back and the world will never be the same. Are you ready for Storm?

"Who he is and why he's here is a mystery, even to Storm--a mystery that can only be solved within the whirling rainbow. As he searches for answers, he touches the lives of society's forgotten and when he finds his identity, nobody is left untouched."

What do a prostitute, an abused child, a disillusioned minister, a Vietnam Vet and a homosexual have in common?  These and many others find their lives changed when they meet Storm and his companion, an amethyst-eyed dog named Maggie. As you follow Storm on his journey to discover his true identity, you will meet many of society’s forgotten people.  You will laugh, cry and get angry—whatever the emotion, you will feel deeply. When Storm realizes who he is and why he is here, the world is completely changed and not one soul remains untouched.  Upon closing the covers of this book, you will see the world around you in a far different light and find yourself wondering—is it really fiction?

This is the kind of a book that you will remember as long as you live. It will haunt you, embrace you, fill you both passion and compassion, and hopefully make the world a better place.

All we can say with this one is, Ms. Anthony, you don't need luck with this one, your debut novel. You already have a winner on your hands. But please, don't stop now. We want more!

(Click here for an interview with Joyce Anthony and here for a review of Storm. Tentative release date for Storm: March, 2007.)
 

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HOT OFF THE PRESS!
 
Two new books, My Dear Phebe (a young adult historical novel by Janet Elaine Smith) and Far Side of the Sun (a memoir by Kristie Leigh Maguire) were released within the past two weeks. They are both available from Amazon.com, bn.com, hundreds of other online bookstores or many brick-and-mortar bookstores across the country. Interestingly, both books are based on letters between two parties. Coincidental timing, or karma?
 
My Dear Phebe is set in Sault Ste. Marie, MI during the Civil War. While there were no battles fought in Michigan, everyone was touched in some way by the war as family members and friends went to join the battle.

My Dear Phebe is built around the letters that 10-year-old Phebe Irvine received from her Uncle James, who lived near Gettysburg, PA. The content of the actual letters are contained at the back of the book. Phebe Irvine was the author's great-grandfather's mother-in-law (by his second marriage).
 
This is a re-release of My Dear Phebe. Many teachers have used this book, not only to teach today's young people about the Civil War, but also as a means of opening up conversations with students about their fears, trepidations and misgivings about the war of our own nation today when they hear about such things as terrorism every time they turn the TV on, pick up a newspaper, or listen to adults talking.  
 
From the Far Side of the Sun is the relating of the author of e-mails she and a close friend exchanged when she was living around the world, following her husband, who was working for an oil company. It was her link to sanity when she could not understand the people around her, sometimes did not dare to venture out from home because of threats to Americans, and provided her with a way to stay in touch with a new-found friend. It is the story of an ex-patriate, and well worth reading. It even includes pictures from the author's travels.
 
Click here for a review of My Dear Phebe or here for more on From the Far Side of the Sun.

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