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Lonely loser Howard Feck has just fallen in love over the internet. His online paramour, the sexy and vivacious Deborah Fairchild, seems to be every man’s dream girl. Howard sure lucked out. But when he arrives in Deborah’s small town to consummate their digital relationship, he learns a dangerous truth: Deborah Fairchild is actually the fictitious online persona of violent sociopath Debbie Coomb. If only he had learned this before Debbie kidnapped him. Normally Debbie kills the men she lures into her isolated farmhouse, but Howard’s innocence and kindness has disarmed her. Soon their relationship evolves from hostage and kidnapper to husband and wife. Everything seems to be working out fine until a major event in their relationship unleashes painful memories of severe past abuses. She returns to her horribly violent ways, forcing an ill-prepared Howard to defend himself and save Debbie from herself.Packed full of hope, horror, and humor, along with surprising twists, Howard & Debbie casts a strange and sensitive eye toward love in the digital age, domestic violence, and the dual price of loneliness and revenge.
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After Special Agent Jennifer Morton is fired from the IRS, she pursues a fat-cat financial felon that has fled to an island with no extradition laws. While off the grid, she discovers a community that shelters some of the most wanted white-collar fugitives in the world. Just as she’s about to expose the entire web, she unearths the truth about her father and must choose between two very different kind of betrayals.
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The Bellman’s Secret continues the adventures and misadventures of nineteen-year-old Stanley Douglas, the sometimes bumbling, often unlucky, and always endearing hero from Heidi Barnes’s acclaimed debut novel, The Bellman.Working at the historic and stately Maycliff Inn on the picturesque coast of Maine, Stan must balance a revolving coterie of eccentric guests, solve the mystery of the disappearing beets, and stop an invasion of lovemaking fish from keeping everyone up at night. Above all, Stan must navigate the fickle, everchanging moods of the girl he’s sure he loves before she falls into the arms of his rival.A mad romp through workplace hijinks, friendships, betrayal, and the joys and pains of first love, The Bellman’s Secret is a coming-of-age tale that will humor and delight.
Bellman's Secret, Heidi Barnes
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Paterson Boy is a memoir told as a series of stories. Sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes ironic, and sometimes filled with heartache, Paterson Boy takes you on a journey that will make you reflect on your own childhood with its many disparate pieces. Collectively they are a rite-of-passage story with all the varied emotions that would suggest, minus the drama of war, incest, or physical abuse.With a fresh, wise voice, Jerry Vis tells a marvelous story of the freedom of childhood, its loss, and search for the path back to oneself. It is also a tale of Paterson, NJ, as it starts to decline, of a neighborhood that is an entire world for an only child born into a blue-collar family just months before the start of WW II. It is a place of family-owned stores and horse-drawn vendor wagons, of aunts and uncles, grandparents, teachers, and friends. Jerry has an adoring mother who provides a decade of loving security and the freedom to explore his boyhood world on his own, and a remote father who comes in and out of focus in Jerry’s life until he dramatically emerges center stage, along with a confusing mix of God, religion, and alcohol.At the same time, other family members scheme, lure, cajole, and bribe Jerry in an attempt to shape him into what each thinks he ought to be, and in an attempt to save him from his father. Influenced by those around him, Jerry must somehow learn to find a way to become himself.
Paterson Boy, Jerry Vis
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When 17-year-old Willie's civil rights attorney father is killed while defending a tough case in Detroit, his life in Atlanta is upended. Forced to move to Ohio with his uncle, Willie's addiction to prescription pain pills ramps up, adding fuel to the fire of emotions he's desperately trying to suppress.Trying to get to the bottom of what happened with his father, who in the mob of protestors killed him, leads Willie on a trajectory he never imagined in his otherwise privileged life.Exploring themes of race, class, and addiction, The Crown Lord is a fresh take on the American Dream.
Crown Lord, William Sirls
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Indie bookstore outreachSouthern California eventsFeatures in online lit mags like The Nervous Breakdown
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Easy For You To Say is “Stuttering” John Melendez's memoir of his childhood being bullied in school for his stutter; his years as an on-air personality with The Howard Stern Show; and his subsequent ten-year career as a writer and on-air announcer for Jay Leno's Tonight Show. It details his famously acerbic relationships with celebrities he interviewed/insulted (Raquel Welch once punched him in the face). In the book, Howard Stern emerges as a surprisingly mean, stingy, and megalomaniacal boss—and Jay Leno as a seeming sufferer from OCD.
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Ron Howard is set to do the IntroNever-published 1966 novel from Frank Capra, director of It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonIntroduction being written by Ron HowardAuthorless events around the countryHeavy media with Capra's son doing interviewsFeatures in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, as well as Shelf Awareness and other trade publicationsMajor celebrity endorsements
Cry Wilderness, Frank Capra
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Author is a well-known travel writerHe and his wife are getting married in every country they visit—they've gotten married 19 times in 15 different countriesAuthor has tons of connections to travel media and will be pushing to be on all of his friends' podcasts and to be covered in their magazines—including Tamilee's Tips and Living Thelma podcastsPersonal email contact lists totaling 35k people will receive a notification about the book when we're ready to start preordersMedia targets include New York Times Magazine, Outside, Travel & Leisure, etc.
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Coverage in the Contra Costa TimesEvents all over the Bay Area and in BrooklynAppearance at the Bay Area Book FestivalPromotion to local mediaPromotion to online lit mags like Lit Hub and The Nervous Breakdown
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ashes to AshesWhen the assistant manager of a hardware store in rural New Jersey shows up at the offices of Cubbage & Wakeham, an elite New York auction house, with a worn musical manuscript he hopes to sell for a small (or perhaps hefty) fortune, he is greeted with subdued snickers—and not surprisingly. The title page of the document reads, “William Tell: A Dramatic Symphony” and is signed “Ludwig van Beethoven.” The bearer of the composition claims he recently came upon it in an old attic trunk while cleaning out his lately deceased grandfather’s home in Zurich; several accompanying documents suggest the work was written there during the summer of 1814.Since virtually all lovers of classical music—and many others who can’t tell Stravinsky from Springsteen—know that Beethoven wrote nine sublime symphonies, and so evidence of a new-found tenth one by the supreme master of that musical form sets off an instant international uproar. Is the seemingly miraculous discovery the genuine article or an ingenious hoax?To solve the tantalizing puzzle before placing the manuscript on the auction block at risk of becoming a global laughingstock, Cubbage & Wakeham’s management organizes a team of intensely skeptical investigators, among them the world’s top Beethoven scholars and forensic experts, all of them out to prove the find a fraud. But as evidence to the contrary begins to pile up, tensions rise among the corps of authenticators, the financial stakes soar as would-be exploiters of the symphony gather, the governments of five nations seek to claim the work as a national treasure, and the mystery artfully spun by novelist Richard Kluger deepens by the day.Among the beguiling questions that demand answers:The mountain of archival documentation on Beethoven’s life and works is silent about his activities and whereabouts in the summer of 1814, but why would he have gone to Zurich then and written a symphony in tribute to, of all people, Swizterland’s great folk hero?Why are the form and structure of the Tell symphony—each movement contains a number of vocal interludes seamlessly blended with the instrumental passages—so different from all the other Beethoven symphonies?And why, if he had produced such a monumental work, would Beethoven have abandoned it? Did he think it below his incomparably high standard of artistry? Was it stolen from him? Or did he fear pressing political considerations back in Vienna, where he had long resided, that could have endangered his career if the new work were to be publicly performed?The answers—and a cast of feisty characters with conflicting stakes in the quest—make Beethoven’s Tenth a deftly twisty and challenging detective novel, enriched by the prodigious research of author Kluger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning social historian.
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Debut novelHeavy bookstore outreachPromotions to author's Hollywood networkSouthern California, Chicago, and New York eventsAuthor is a yearly attendee of Thrillerfest, and will be on a panel next year
Second Son, Martin Jay Weiss
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Original stories that appeared in the New York Rocker and LA Weekly featuring the punk rock detective Ford FairlaneWas made into a 1990 film with Andrew Dice Clay as the titular Ford FairlaneCoverage in LA WeeklyOutreach to music magazines such as Rolling Stone and Spin to talk to Rex Weiner about the punk rock sceneEvents in New York and Los AngelesBlurb coming from Bruce WagnerBook will feature bonus materials like interviews with Heathers and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane screenwriter Daniel Waters, screenwriter Floyd Mutrux, and former LA Weekly publisher Jay Levin
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Author has 67k Instagram followersPrevious book Welcome To Paradise, Now Go To Hell was a finalist for the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for NonfictionBook giveawaysCoverage in Surfer and Surfing magazinesPartnerships with local surf clubs in surfing heavy places like Huntington Beach, Santa Cruz, San Diego, etc.Events in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Diego, Huntington Beach, etc.National media outreachOp-ed placementOnline broadcasts with experts in the fieldSpecial marketing to drug treatment centers in surf-centric cities and townsSpecial interest marketing to surf shops, drug treatment facilities, etc.Featured title at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Bay Area Book Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, and Texas Book Festival
Cocaine + Surfing, Chas Smith
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National media outreachBook giveawaysGalley giveawaysNCIBA Spring Trade Show AppearanceFeatured author at Bay Area Book Festival, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and Brooklyn Book FestivalIndie bookstore outreachLibrary outreachEvents in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Corte Madera, New YorkAuthor will be at AWP TampaAppearance at West Hollywood Lesbian Speakers SeriesAppearance at Lambda LitFest
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Detective Joan Lambert works within the fabric of the LA landscape, solving cases with a combined tapestry of plodding police work, bang-on perceptions of the human psyche and guts.For the last five years, media madness has created fresh hell for LAPD’s imminent Homicide investigator, Joan Lambert. She thinks she's seen everything until the victim in her latest case gets up and walks out of the morgue. Ten missing women, a small boy, and a fanatical voodoo cult thrust Joan into an investigation that will put her life and her career on the line. She has got to shut it all down before eleven people are sacrificed for the film and music career of a young starlet. When a connection is made to a private pharmaceutical experiment that suspends the very essence of life, creating real-life zombies, Joan avails every resource she has—black dog hairs, a posh transvestite, a psychic who offers dubious insights and the clues given to her by Hector, a dying pimp whose specialty is runaways. To make it work, Joan takes matters into her own hands, proving her grit as one of LA’s elite investigators.
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In Black Dahlia Avenger III bestselling author and veteran LAPD homicide detective Steve Hodel presents his four-year follow-up investigation into Los Angeles's 1947 Black Dahlia murder and other serially connected 1940s Lone Woman Murders.This edition includes ten new chapters with all new evidence and forensics further linking his father, Dr. George Hill Hodel to the 1947 Black Dahlia Murder, as well as the 1945 Chicago Lipstick Murders, the Manila “Jigsaw Murder” and the 1969 San Francisco Bay Area “Zodiac” murders.

Black Dahlia Avenger II (2018) is the sequel to the 2003 New York Times Bestseller and Edgar-award winning Black Dahlia Avenger, and it raises the investigative bar from rock solid to beyond a reasonable doubt—the legal requirement for readers to arrive at a finding of GUILTY.
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Events in Malibu, Topanga, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, New YorkFeatured at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Bay Area Book Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, Tucson Festival of Books, and moreBookstore and library outreachBook giveawaysNational media outreachBlog tourNational broadcasts
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“I don’t know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide.”Gina Perini manages a bookstore in one of San Francisco’s most lively neighborhoods. Although she thrives in her world of books, her harrowing escape from the war in the Balkans years earlier remains fresh in her mind. There are still those who are searching for her and who are intent on vengeance. Gina suddenly gets news that someone from her past is still alive—someone she had given up hope of finding. This sets in motion a chain of events that will stretch across the country and push her love and resourcefulness to the limit.Through the Bookstore Window grapples with the grim effects of war and violence while exploring how love can transcend age, gender, background, and—perhaps—the readers’ expectations.
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On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the Landscape Architecture Foundation asked a diverse group of the world's leading landscape architects to reflect on the last half-century and present bold ideas for what the discipline should achieve in the future. Well beyond the public conception of the profession as “gardener” or “park designer,” these landscape architects discussed their role in addressing weighty issues like climate change, urbanization, management of vital resources like water, and global inequities.The New Landscape Declaration brings together their ideas and experiences in essays from thirty-three preeminent thinkers, including:James Corner, designer of the High Line in New York CityRandy Hester, founder of the modern participatory design movement in landscape architectureKate Orff, researcher, innovator, and design activistMartha Schwartz, acclaimed landscape architect and artist turned activistCarl Steinitz, Geodesign pioneerRichard Weller, prolific design researcher and authorKongjian Yu, celebrated designer, dean, and author from the People's Republic of ChinaThe New Landscape Declaration asserts the vital role of landscape architecture in solving the defining issues of our time. Relevant to designers across the globe, the ideas cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge current silos of thought and practice, underscoring the need to diversify, innovate, and create a bold culture of leadership, advocacy, and activism.
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