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Publishing Spotlight — Maman

Every culture has its own term of endearment for the comforter, the matriarch, the bedrockMaman_Cover at the center of the family. In Persian, that word is Maman.

Maman is a touching tribute to the author’s mother. This book weaves the life story of a Jewish-Iranian woman whose identity is fiercely bound to her family, her country and her faith. Married at a very young age, Maman raised seven children in the midst of poverty and the chaos of political upheaval in Iran. Her unfailing faith in God and her love for her homeland gave her strength to provide the best memories for her family, even during difficult times.

Maman provides a powerful perspective on motherhood—the reserves of faith that cannot be quelled with tragedy, the bonds of family that cannot be broken by distance, and the love of one’s home that cannot be extinguished by hatred.

Find Maman here in paperback or e-book format, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore. 

Reader and reviewer praise for Maman:

“I found Maman to be interesting and educational. The author maintained a comfortable style which made the story a relaxing but fascinating read. I found the story to be especially relevant given today’s political climate.”

“I think this would be a great introduction to Persian Jewish culture for middle and high school students. Persian Jewish culture and religion is a difficult niche in which to create a reading audience, but Niknam has offered an encouraging view of the challenges and their resolution through emigration or aliyah.”

Maman was vetted from a pool of other submissions before being accepted for publication by Boyle & Dalton. As with all Boyle & Dalton books, Maman underwent a rigorous production process identical to that of a traditional publisher.

Learn more about Boyle & Dalton’s publication process here.

Boyle & Dalton is now accepting manuscripts for consideration. To submit a sample of your work, read our submission page here

Publishing Spotlight — Dealing with This Thing Called Life

Ebook_Cover_SumlinChristopher Michael Sumlin’s inspiration is contagious. He finds life lessons in trials, in moments of stress and anxiety, and in those happy moments that many of us take for granted.

While encouraging his friends and colleagues, Chris discovered a hole in the market where self-help books for young people should be. Determined to create a tool to help his peers, Chris wrote Dealing with This Thing Called Life. Through relatable anecdotes from his own life, Chris encourages, entertains, and motivates men and women alike to bust negative thinking and persevere toward greatness instead.

Find a copy of Dealing with This Thing Called Life here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

…before you know it you feel like you are with the author at a coffee shop listening to his stories. I am encouraged, empowered, and motivated by this book… I was able to finish it in one sitting, but I know I will be able to refer back to it to remind me of the pearls of wisdom found in his book.

–Patricia de Souza, Professor, Claflin University

Dealing with This Thing Called Life was released by Boyle & Dalton in spring of 2016. Like all Boyle & Dalton books, Dealing with This Thing Called Life was vetted for quality prior to acceptance. Upon its inclusion, our team of editors and designers worked on every facet of Chris’ book, using the same processes as “Big Five” publishers. The result is a professionally produced book that will continue to inspire young people for generations.

If you’re interested in becoming a Boyle & Dalton author, we invite you to learn more about our selection and publication process by clicking here.

The Black Lens — In the News

It’s only been a few months since the release of The Black Lens — Christopher Stollar’s black_lens_front_covernovel of sex trafficking in rural America — but reviews are already pouring in. From parents and educators, to sex trafficking survivors and activists, those who have read The Black Lens are spreading the word:

This is a book you won’t soon forget.

Find a copy of The Black Lens for yourself here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore. 

In case you’re out of the loop, we’ve collected some of the most recent news stories and write-ups about The Black Lens and the work Christopher is doing to fight sex trafficking.

Find the feature story from This Week News on The Black Lens by clicking here: “Novel all too real for trafficking victims”

“‘The characters in the book were so realistic,’ said Theresa Flores, another survivor of human trafficking and the founder of the nonprofit awareness organization Traffic Free. ‘I was just amazed that he (Stollar) would take the time to interview so many people to get it right. The point of his book, and for many of us, is this could happen to anyone. Nobody is exempt from this happening.'”

Read the Columbus Underground book review of The Black Lens by clicking here: “Book Review: The Black Lens Captures Hidden Reality of Domestic Sex Trade”

“The Black Lens is clearly the work of a journalist. It exists to inform and disrupt, and it succeeds. Stollar researched sex trafficking for more than three years to write The Black Lens, conducting interviews with survivors and experts.

“There is no attempt to sugar coat the life of abuse lead by those forced into the sex labor industry. But beyond graphic scenarios and adult language, The Black Lens is a mirror for the casual reader.”

Check out a post by the author highlighting a special review from one survivor of sex trafficking: “The Black Lens: Survivor Recommended” 

“…my concern of this book adding to those misconceptions diminished more and more as I read. This book is not only an engaging page turner but also accurately portrays how some young girls get pulled into this horrific life. I highly recommend this book.”

Interested in becoming a Boyle & Dalton author? Learn more about our submission process here. 

Publishing Announcement — A Package of Moods

We’re happy to announce the release of A Package of Moods by Adam Bassett. This debutapom_basset_ebook novel tells the stories of several strangers as their lives intertwine, bound together by a new medical breakthrough–mood patches.

What if you could be happy, affectionate, lustful, calm, alert or full of inspiration, just by applying a convenient adhesive patch to your skin? Royce Pharmaceuticals’ latest products are gaining popularity, but the true effects of the drugs remain masked by those who stand to gain the most.

Through its twists and turns, A Package of Moods will send you spiraling into a rabbit hole of emotions, both real and manufactured, always one step away from the truth the drug company wants you to avoid.

Get your copy of A Package of Moods here, or ask for it at your favorite book store.

A Package of Moods was vetted from a pool of other submissions before being accepted for publication by Boyle & Dalton. As with all Boyle & Dalton books, A Package of Moods underwent a rigorous production process identical to that of a traditional publisher.

Learn more about Boyle & Dalton’s publication process here.

Boyle & Dalton is now accepting manuscripts for consideration. To submit a sample of your work, check out our submission page here

Publishing Announcement — Herm’s County

We recently released Katherine Mitzel’s latest small-town mystery, Herm’s County. Set in aMizel_Proof_FrontCover close-knit Ohio community, Herm’s County takes you through the twists and turns that arise when a local boy goes missing.

Sheriff Herm Sands knows his county well. Or does he? Small town secrets start to unravel as Herm investigates the disappearance of a teenager, a four-year-old and a senile grandfather–all within county lines.

Find a copy of Herm’s County here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

As with all Boyle & Dalton books, Herm’s County was vetted for quality prior to its acceptance under the imprint.  All books accepted by Boyle & Dalton undergo a complete production process, just as if they were accepted and published by a traditional publisher.

Learn more about Boyle & Dalton’s publication process here.

Boyle & Dalton is now accepting manuscripts for consideration. To submit a sample of your work, check out our submission page here

Publishing Announcement — The Black Lens

We’re excited to announce the release of Chrisopher Stollar’s thrilling novel, The Black black_lens_front_coverLens. Told through the eyes of a fierce female protagonist, Stollar’s book delves into the horrors of the sex industry–and how close to home traffickers can prey.

In a dark world of meth addiction, trailer parks and abuse, Zoey has seen it all. But when she and her disabled sister are forced into a small-town sex ring, the teenage girls find out just how brutal the world can be. And when someone kills her mother as retaliation for a failed escape attempt, Zoey decides to fight back.

Teaming up with a photojournalist, Zoey exposes wealthy and powerful men who play in the dirty, back-alley world of modern slavery. The price for her cooperation is freedom. The cost of failure is her life.

Find a copy of The Black Lens here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

The Black Lens is both compelling and heart wrenching. It shows the realistic, complex components of human trafficking in the United States. I know only too well how easily this can happen and how hard it is to escape. Excellent writing!”

— Theresa Flores, survivor of human trafficking, founder of TraffickFree and best-selling author of The Slave Across the Street

Stollar is a former reporter with a master’s degree in journalism. He spent over three years conducting research on sex trafficking for The Black Lens, which included interviews with prostitutes, police officers and social workers.

Learn more about Christopher Stollar at this website here.

Stollar is donating 10 percent of his book royalties to organizations that battle modern slavery. Learn more about how you can fight back against sex trafficking in your community, and around the world, by clicking here.

Boyle & Dalton is a publisher of great books. If you’re interested in submitting a manuscript for consideration, we invite you to read our submission guidelines by clicking here

Publishing Announcement — Mons Graupius

CoverWe’re excited to announce the release of Mons Graupius by M.G. Anderson. This beautifully written tale follows Moira Fiorelli, an upper-middle class girl in post-war Edinburgh, who yearns to become a mountaineer — a bold choice at a time when there are very few women climbers. On her route to her summits she faces the ups and downs of romance, falling precipitously and disastrously for the most unsuitable man possible.

Find a copy of Mons Graupius here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

Mons Graupius mixes eloquent prose, a spitfire snob of a female protagonist, and harrowing mountaineering adventures–all set in the summits of Scotland.

“A highly entertaining read. The beguiling shifts in the narrative … give the writing a distinctive voice, characterised by sustained wry humour which kept me chuckling from page to page. These are juxtaposed with lyrical descriptive passages which transport the reader to magical – sometimes nerve-tingling – sojourns in the high and wild places of the Scottish mountains and the Alps.”

–Amazon.com reviewer

Mons Graupius was vetted for quality before its acceptance as a Boyle & Dalton book.  All books accepted by Boyle & Dalton undergo a complete production process, just as if they were accepted and published by a big five publisher.

If you’re interested in becoming a Boyle & Dalton author, we invite you to learn more about our selection and publication process by clicking here.

The Joy of Argument — Reviews Are In!

The Joy of Argument is still a new release, but it’s already getting noticed by readers andperf5.500x8.500.indd reviewers.

This compact guide to arguing teaches readers how to effectively get their point across in an opinion-saturated world. Check out these preliminary reviews of The Joy of Argument, and then pick up a copy of the book for yourself here.

“I was hooked. Each of Navarra’s ways was solidly argued and seemed to illustrate the very purpose of the work, and it did so brilliantly. The author’s writing style maintains a balance of informality and reason that makes reading The Joy of Argument both a pleasant and an enlightening experience.”
Jack Mangus, Readers’ Favorite

“A decidedly simple guide to argument, written with understated style.”
Kirkus Reviews

“With precision and clarity, Albert Navarra proves that argument does not need to be a damaging expression of conflict, but a powerful tool to express ourselves confidently, to achieve our goals, and to open up communication with others in a positive way. Navarra knows his subject and provides easy to understand, simple tools that anyone can benefit from.”
Joe Downing, attorney and author of The Abundant Bohemian

If you’re a blogger, reviewer, or member of the press, we encourage you to contact us here for a copy of The Joy of Argument.

Boyle & Dalton is now accepting manuscripts. To submit a sample of your work, check out our submissions page by clicking here

Publishing Announcement — The Flycaster

We’re pleased to announce the release of R.K. Blessing’s second novel, The Flycaster. Thisperf5.000x8.000.indd coming-of-age story follows Brody, a young man on the run from an abusive father and the foster care system that’s failed him. When he falls asleep on the back porch of a dark shop in Eugene, Oregon–half-starved, sick and unsure where he is—he awakens to a world he never imagined.

Get a copy of The Flycaster here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

Wholesome, yet exciting, heart-wrenching, but inspiring — The Flycaster illustrates the difficulty of learning to love, learning to trust, and learning to belong, after a lifetime filled with abuse and disappointment.

As with all Boyle & Dalton books, The Flycaster was vetted for quality of content.  Blessing’s book was selected from a pool of other submissions because of its exceptional potential, and the author’s willingness to work with an editor’s suggestions.  All books accepted by Boyle & Dalton undergo a complete production process, just as if they were accepted and published by a traditional publisher.

Learn more about Boyle & Dalton’s publication process here.

Boyle & Dalton is now accepting manuscripts for consideration. To submit a sample of your work, check out our submission page here

Publishing Announcement: The Joy of Argument

Boyle & Dalton is pleased to announce the release of The Joy of Argument by Albert perf5.500x8.500.inddNavarra.

Find a copy of The Joy of Argument here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore. 

Everyone has an opinion. Whether you use argument in your professional life, or you’re trying to become better at everyday discourse, The Joy of Argument is a compact resource to help you get your point across.

Divided into simple, concise chapters, this book is an easy read, but a valuable resource. Reviewers are already raving about this latest Boyle & Dalton book:

“I was hooked. Each of Navarra’s ways was solidly argued and seemed to illustrate the very purpose of the work, and it did so brilliantly. The author’s writing style maintains a balance of informality and reason that makes reading The Joy of Argument both a pleasant and an enlightening experience.”
Jack Mangus, Readers’ Favorite

“A decidedly simple guide to argument, written with understated style.”
Kirkus Reviews

“With precision and clarity, Albert Navarra proves that argument does not need to be a damaging expression of conflict, but a powerful tool to express ourselves confidently, to achieve our goals, and to open up communication with others in a positive way. Navarra knows his subject and provides easy to understand, simple tools that anyone can benefit from.”
Joe Downing, attorney and author of The Abundant Bohemian

Learn more about The Joy of Argument by visiting the book’s website here: JoyofArgument.com

Each of Boyle & Dalton’s books are vetted for quality. If you’re interested in working with Boyle & Dalton,  please visit our submission page here