I had another good week in books.
Hub City Press sent me In the Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve (May 2013) for a TLC Book Tour in May. The novel opens in 1024 shortly before daybreak in War, West Virginia. A passing train derails and spills an avalanche of coal over sixteen-year-old Emma Palmisano’s house, trapping her sleeping family inside. Emma awakes in total darkness, to the voice of a railroad man, Caleb Sypher, who is digging her out from the suffocating coal. Though she knows little else about this railroad man, Emma marries him a week later, and Caleb delivers her from the gritty coal camp to thirty-four acres of pristine Virginia mountain farmland. Winner of the South Carolina First Novel Prize in 2012, In the Garden of Stone is “a multi-generational tale about the nature of power and pride, love and loss, and how one impoverished family withstands estrangement from their land and each other in order to unearth the rich seams of forgiveness. Bleak, harrowing, and beautifully told, In the Garden of Stone, is a haunting saga of endurance and redemption.”
Susan Tekulve’s nonfiction, short stories and essays have appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, The Georgia Review, Connecticut Review, and Shenandoah. Her story collection, My Mother’s War Stories, received the 2004 Winnow Press fiction prize. Author of Savage Pilgrims, a story collection (Serving House Books, 2009), she has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholarship and teaches writing at Converse College. Learn more about Tekulve and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Harper Collins sent me Dark Tide by Elizabeth Haynes (March 2013). I was excited to get this one since I read Haynes’ debut novel Into the Darkest Corner and enjoyed it (read my review). In her second book, Haynes once again gives readers a hard working female character who gets into trouble. Alternating between two parallel plot lines, the book promises a narrative that is “both mysterious and addictive.” Genevieve has left her sales job and is now working weekends as a dancer at a gentlemen’s club, but when a body washes up beside her houseboat, Genevieve’s life is turned upside down. The victim is a fellow dancer from the club, and it now seems that Genevieve’s life may also be at risk.
Elizabeth Haynes studied English, German and Art History at Leichester University. She is a police intelligence analyst and began writing fiction in 2006 when she took part in Nanowrimo. She lives in Maidston, Kent with her husband and son. Her first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was named Amazon UK’s Best Book of the Year 2011 and film rights have been sold to Revolution Films. Learn more about Haynes and her work by visiting the author’s website.
The lovely Libby Jordan sent me a paper edition of the ARE for the e-book Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps by Jo Piazza (Open Road Media, June 2013). From the publisher:
Cyber-stalking, drive-bys, drunken text messaging, creating fake email accounts—you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to love.
Sophie isn’t dealing with her breakup well. Dumped by her boyfriend, Eric, for his sexting, D-cupped, young Floozy McSecretary, Sophie leaves Manhattan and lands back in her hometown, crushed and pajama-bound, blaming herself and begging her ex for a second chance. But when her best friend, Annie, gets in trouble for driving drunk and is forced to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, something clicks in Sophie’s strung-out mind. Women need love rehab, she realizes, to help fix the craziness that comes along with falling for someone. If you start it, they will come. When she opens up her home to the obsessed and lovelorn, Sophie finds a way to help women out there who have overdosed on the wrong men—and she saves herself in the process.
Love is a drug and the only things that can save us are the steps, rules, and one another. Step one: Admit you have a problem, and keep the hell away from Facebook.
Jo Piazza began her career as staff writer at the New York Daily News after receiving a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast and Slate. Jo has also appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR.
Tor Forge sent me Deep Down by Deborah Coates (March 2013) which is the sequel to Wide Open, Coates’ debut novel. This novel fits into the fantasy/paranormal/thriller genre and once again features Hallie Michaels who has now left the army after solving her sister’s murder. “Her relationship with deputy Boyd Davies is tentative, there’s still distance between her and her father, and she needs a job. The good news is, she hasn’t seen a ghost in weeks.” But when a neighbor begins being stalked by black dogs who are creatures from the underworld and harbingers of death, all that changes. “Stalked by a reaper and plagued by dark visions, Hallie finds she must face her fears and travel into Death’s own realm to save those she most loves.”
Deborah Coates lives in Ames, Iowa, and works for Iowa State University. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s and Strange Horizons, as well as Year’s Best Fantasy 6, Best Paranormal Romance, and Best American Fantasy. Learn more about Coates and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Did any amazing books arrive at YOUR house this week?