Praise for Sister of Saidnaya

Book bloggers and reviewers are raving about Sister of Saidnaya by Rose Ann Kalister. Based on the author’s experiences as the child of Syrian immigrants, this book immerses readers in the immigrant experience through the biting wit and tenacity of protagonist Nadra.

In 1922, a young Nadra traveled by boat from the small Christian village of Saidnaya, Syria, to the ports of Boston, and on to Hedley, West Virginia. With little education, Nadra navigates an industrialized nation as a young, immigrant woman. She must delicately balance the expectations of her heritage with the temptation of independence in the new world.

Find Sister of Saidnaya on Amazon here in paperback and e-book formats.

Below we’ve sampled reviews from independent book bloggers. These reviews are real and honest, not paid for or provided by family or friends.

I found Sister of Saidnaya to be quite fresh and original, and the doses of irreverence sprinkled at various points in the book made it even more entertaining…Sister of Saidnaya deals with cultural issues like family, religion, marriage and societal expectations of women.

Readers who love learning about new cultures will definitely enjoy this book as the author incorporated quite a number of words from the Syrian language and made references to Syrian food as well.

Recommended, especially for lovers of historical novels.

–Book of the week on Lauretta’s Book Blog

Read the full review here. 

The novel weaves historical facts with the story of Nadra in an engaging manner. The story is one of a kind and highly innovative… The novel weaves themes of immigration, naturalization and the challenges of building new lives in foreign lands.

–Biblichor.com review

Read the full review here. 

Haunting, riveting and easy to read. Nadra has such a strong voice and the plot moves swiftly back and forth. It is easy to read and a real page-turner. The subject content is particularly relevant in today’s political climate. A highly recommended read indeed!

–Sreevarsha Sreejith, NetGalley Publisher Member

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

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

Coming Soon from Boyle & Dalton – Summer 2018

We’re anticipating the release of these five titles over the coming summer months.  Look for additional details and covers to be released soon!

The Adventures of Annie & Ellie-BellyThe Adventures of Annie & Ellie-Belly
Shirley Swindle
May 30, 2018

Sticky drinking glasses full of stolen sugar.
Blueberries plunking into tin buckets.
A disastrous recipe to cure freckles.

While their family follows work from country tobacco fields to city mills, Annie and Ellie chase adventure and always find mischief. Even as their family struggles through the Great Depression, these two young sisters show us that imagination, spunk, and a little faith will guide us through any trouble we may find.

Out of Chaos
Elle Mott
August, 2018

The harrowing true-story of the author’s descent into a life of crime, and her rise from homelessness to stability. Look for additional details soon.

 

French Leave
Francoise Bartram
Release date to be determined.

When Claire’s long-lost French relatives show up on her doorstep under mysterious circumstances, she finds herself ensnared in a plot with international implications. A cozy mystery. Look for additional details soon.

 

Human World
Daniel Amedee
Release date to be determined.

Seven strangers find themselves alone in a mysterious world of white cliffs. Together, they must piece together the origins and demise of the Earth they’ve left behind, and for what intent they’ve been imprisoned. Science fiction/metaphysical. Look for additional details soon.

 

Elmer’s Tribal War
Richard Alumbaugh
Release date to be determined.

A true-crime account of Elmer McGinnis and Patrick Hoffman’s trial for the deaths of two tribal police officers in Washington. Twisted loyalties, circumstantial evidence and suspicious practices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs litter this engaging, well-researched manuscript. Look for additional details soon.

COVER REVEAL: The Adventures of Annie & Ellie-Belly

The Adventures of Annie & Ellie-Belly

Sticky drinking glasses full of stolen sugar.
Blueberries plunking into tin buckets.
A disastrous recipe to cure freckles.
While their family follows work from country tobacco fields to city mills, Annie and Ellie chase adventure and always find mischief.  Even as their family struggles through the Great Depression, these two young sisters show us that imagination, spunk, and a little faith will guide us through any trouble we may find.
The Adventures of Annie and Ellie-Belly by Shirley Swindle will be available from all major markets in print and digital editions on May 30.

How Hybrid Publishing Works — A Better Way to Publish

Boyle & Dalton is a hybrid publisher. We partner with the author for the publication of the book, and the author shares in the production cost of the book.

Our unique approach combines the economic advantages of self-publishing with the quality standards of traditional publishing.

This means that while our authors pay for some of the cost of their books up front, we pay a royalty rate that is 1,000% (that’s 10x) the industry standard royalty rate.

We also vet books for quality and insist that every book undergo a rigorous, professional production process, which is identical to the process a book would undergo if published through a traditional publisher.

Because the author shares in the cost, it reduces our risk, which means that we can look solely at quality when evaluating manuscripts, and take risks on projects that might be passed over by traditional publishing houses for reasons other than the quality of the writing.

And because the author is contributing to the production cost, we give them full creative control of the project, ensuring that the final product is consistent with their artistic vision, but produced to the quality standards of our expert production staff.

Traditional publishing is outdated and slow to adapt. It’s producing poor books for the wrong reasons and letting great books slip away unpublished. And self-publishing is too risky for some authors. There are too many variables and in so many cases, the production quality suffers.

Hybrid publishing is a win-win.  We’ve captured all of the benefits of self-publishing, but maintained the quality and production standards of traditional publishing.  Authors retain the creative control they would have if they self-published, but with the support structure and quality assurance of traditional publishing.

This system has worked well for our authors. Writers like Chris Sumlin, Christopher Stollar and Joseph Downing have proven that it not only works, but the sky is the limit.

We are looking for more great manuscripts. If you have a quality manuscript that isn’t getting the attention it deserves from agents and traditional publishers, let’s start a conversation.

This is the future of publishing.  Let’s create something beautiful together.

Chris Sumlin – Preparing First-Generation College Students

Christopher Sumlin AuthorChris Sumlin isn’t waiting for an invitation to step into greatness.

At only 24 years old, Chris Sumlin is the published author of two books, Dealing with This Thing Called Life and Dealing with This Thing Called College. Both books are published by Boyle & Dalton.

Dealing with This Thing Called College was released in February of this year, and has already garnered Sumlin a slew of earned media opportunities, in print and on television.

“As much as I felt excitement when I held my book for the first time, I also felt responsibility,” Sumlin explained. “I knew that this book was a charge for me to become more confident, believe in myself and try to sell my book to anyone who would listen.”

And people are listening. The book, still in the early stages of its marketing lifetime, is collecting 5-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The reviews are littered with comments like “Excellent insights,” “I couldn’t put it down,” and “This book is phenomenal.”

Coming from a low-income background in Columbus, Ohio, Sumlin was told not to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. It was too expensive and he wouldn’t make it. But he did attend, and he not only earned his degree, but has gone on to graduate studies at Boston University. It’s important to him to share what he’s learned with other first-generation college students who might be intimidated.

Dealing with This Thing Called College by Chris Sumlin“We don’t prepare students for college like we think we do. There is a lot to learn about college,” he told me. “I hope my readers will understand that I’m no different than them and that they can truly do anything they put their minds to.”

When it comes to publishing his books, Sumlin explained that he loved the opportunity to work with professional editors and production staff to improve his craft. His storytelling technique has evolved considerably from his first book to his second. “I enjoyed getting criticisms from my publisher about character development,” he said. “The critiques help me grow so much as a writer. “

Chris Sumlin’s dream is to step into a prominent role in the television industry, and he’s on the right track to make that happen. He’s already interned for both FOX and BET, and his recent TV appearances prove that he has what it takes to engage an audience. Like one of his role models, Dr. Brene Brown, he’s not afraid to be vulnerable and speak the truth.

So what happens next? According to Chris, “I hope to just keep growing, keep perfecting and getting better as a storyteller.”

In the meantime, Chris’s wisdom is on the shelf, waiting for young readers. Dealing with This Thing Called Life and Dealing with This Thing Called College are both available from major bookstores worldwide, in print and digital editions.

As we submerge ourselves in high school graduation season, Dealing with this Thing Called College is the perfect graduation gift. Your graduate will enjoy reading it, and hopefully they’ll avoid some of the (often humorous) antics Chris Sumlin wasn’t prepared for. Find it on Amazon here.

Learn more about Chris Sumlin on his website www.TheChrisSumlin.com.  Or find him on Twitter or Facebook.

Dealing with This Thing Called College by Christopher Sumlin – Now Available

Dealing with This Thing Called College by Chris SumlinChristopher Sumlin’s newest book, Dealing with This Thing Called College, is now available wherever books are sold!

Click the link of your favorite retailers, or ask for it at your local bookstore.  Print and digital editions are available from all major retailers.

Dealing with This Thing Called College on AmazonDealing with This Thing Called College on Barnes and NobleDealing with This Thing Called College on Kobo

Christopher Sumlin knew he was destined for greatness as he headed off to a historically black college hundreds of miles from home, but that didn’t help him thrive in his new independence.

Dealing with This Thing Called College is a heartfelt, sincere introduction to college for the nervous high school graduate. Chris artfully navigates the pitfalls of college life—from campus food to new friendships and even credit cards—with tested advice, earnest humor and straightforward wisdom. This easy-to-read, concise guide is written from the perspective of a recent college graduate.

The information is relatable, relevant and up to date.

Christopher Sumlin AuthorChris Sumlin is a graduate student at Boston University. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and has interned for both FOX and BET.

His first book, Dealing with This Thing Called Life (Boyle & Dalton, 2016), is available everywhere books are sold.

Learn more about Chris at www.TheChrisSumlin.com.

Boyle & Dalton seeks excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

Publishing Announcement: When Jesus Answers

We’re excited to celebrate the national release of When Jesus Answers: Returning to the9781633371910-Perfect.indd Healing Mercies of God’s Presence by Loren Loving. This heart-opening book is now available as a paperback and e-book on all major markets.

Find When Jesus Answers by clicking here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

God’s voice is the essential secret to healing and happiness. It is the answer to our every dilemma and despair.

When Jesus Answers will throw wide the doors of your heart and open your spirit to God’s words of truth and love. Whether you find yourself in the depths of suffering or the quiet struggles of everyday life, Jesus’ presence pierces the veil of grief and loneliness, loss and abandonment. Through personal testimony, Biblical scripture, allegory and powerful songs of hope, Loren Loving forges a path to guide us back to the comforting embrace of our gracious Heavenly Father.

They say if you want to be a writer just open up a vein and bleed on the page. Loren has done that for you. She has poured out her heart’s passion, along with Christ’s, to help you find the healing and love you crave. Loren’s book is not just a book about healing, it is a book that heals and empowers. It will transform you.
–Ken R. Unger, Author of The Ultimate Breakthrough: Spiritual Therapy for Emotional Pain

Loren Loving is an attorney and a former political activist. For over twenty-five years, including eight years on the mission fields of Europe, Africa, India, and Israel, Loren has shared the vital message of the intimacy and power of God’s voice. Learn more about her at www.LorenLoving.com.

Boyle & Dalton is currently accepting a select number of manuscript submissions for 2018. Find our submission guidelines here.

About the Author: Sister of Saidnaya by Rose Ann Kalister

Rose Ann Kalister is the author of Boyle & Dalton’s latest release, Sister of Saidnaya: A9781633371811_cov.indd Syrian Immigrant’s Tale. This fantastic debut novel tells the story of Nadra, a passionate Syrian immigrant woman who fights to balance the expectations of her heritage with the temptation of independence in the new world.

Find Sister of Saidnaya on Amazon.com here, or ask for it at your favorite bookseller. 

While Sister of Saidnaya is fiction, Rose Ann drew from her own experiences as she wrote the book. Below she writes of the changing cultural landscape of America:

When I was growing up the first question we asked a new friend was “What are you?” Those who said something like “Irish” or “Italian” had it easy.  When I said “Syrian” I got the blank look, sometimes suspicious. Once I figured out the location of Syria, I tried the geographical explanation.  That didn’t help.  No one knew or cared about geography.

My family were foreigners to the West by-God! Virginians and what we ate was also foreign.  Now we say “exotic.”  I’m still amazed when my friends haul out pita, olives, and hummus for snacks.  Now everybody even knows the various spellings for tabbouli.  I once asked my mother why she never made falafel.  She raised her brows and said “That’s street food!”  My mother was a purist, in more ways than that.

I see that the new restaurants are hawking imjaddrah, either alone or as a base for meat or veggies.  In my day imjaddrah was what we had to eat on Friday, the day of abstinence, if mother didn’t want to fry fish.  And other than perch, there was no fish worth frying in West Virginia. I still remember the day I saw that large jar with baba Ghanoug swimming in olive oil.  I was afraid of it!

Rose Ann Kalister has a BA in English from Wheeling Jesuit University, an MA in English andRAK SMall Drama from John Carroll University, and graduate courses from Ohio University. She taught English at John Carroll University, West Virginia University, and Ohio University.  Her longest tenure was at Ohio Dominican University where she was Director of the Academic Center and a Lecturer in Humanities. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, the National Association of American PEN Women and Writers Satellite.

Learn more about Rose Ann Kalister and Sister of Saidnaya here: RoseAnnKalister.com

PR: “Sister of Saidnaya” National Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 10, 2018

Boyle & Dalton Releases Sister of Saidnaya by Rose Ann Kalister

Zanesville, OH — Boyle & Dalton, publisher of exceptional fiction and non-fiction, has released Rose Ann Kalister’s debut novel: Sister of Saidnaya: A Syrian Immigrant’s Tale to all major paperback and e-book markets.

In 1921, a young Nadra Zahir traveled by boat from the small Christian village of Saidnaya, Syria, to the ports of Boston, and on to Hedley, West Virginia. With little education, Nadra navigates an industrialized nation as a fierce immigrant woman, her potential torn between the expectations of her heritage, and the temptation of independence in the new world.

This book is an eye-opening read for anyone following current events. Nadra’s experiences immerse us in the immigrant experience, her biting wit and tenacity revealing more than a plethora of detached news reports.

Rosalie Ungar, author of In a Heartbeat, praises: “Rose Ann Kalister captures the history of Middle Eastern immigrants in the early 1920s, building a Syrian family saga into a dramatic and delightful story. Sister of Saidnaya portrays Nadra’s hopes and courage in the frequently hostile and often comical world of family and in-laws. I highly recommend this book.”

Sister of Saidnaya is distributed in paperback form nationally, and is available for download on all major e-reader devices.

Boyle & Dalton is an independent hybrid publisher. They vet all submissions for quality prior to publishing in order to uphold the high standard of the Boyle & Dalton brand.

For submission information, or to schedule a media interview, please contact Boyle & Dalton via email, or phone:

info@BoyleandDalton.com

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Publishing Announcement: Sister of Saidnaya

Sister of Saidnaya: A Syrian Immigrant’s Tale by Rose Ann Kalister, the latest release from9781633371811_cov.indd Boyle & Dalton, is now available as a paperback and e-book on all major markets. This is an eye-opening read for anyone following current events, and a must-read for those who enjoy immersive stories with a strong female protagonist.

Find Sister of Saidnaya on Amazon here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore. 

“You go we all go!” Lila said as she stepped closer to Sami.

“I can’t afford to take us and the four girls!”

“Two of them can stay behind. Mama offered to care for them. Sitto is convinced we will return. We can send for them when we’re settled.”

Nadra crept away quietly, but her heart was shouting, take me, please. She didn’t want her big sisters to be left behind, but if someone had to stay, she didn’t want to be the one.

In 1921, a young Nadra Zahir traveled by boat from the small Christian village of Saidnaya, Syria, to the ports of Boston, and on to Hedley, West Virginia. With little education, Nadra navigates an industrialized nation as a fierce immigrant woman, her potential torn between the expectations of her heritage, and the temptation of independence in the new world.

Rose Ann Kalister captures the history of Middle Eastern immigrants in the early 1920s, building a Syrian family saga into a dramatic and delightful story. Sister of Saidnaya portrays Nadra’s hopes and courage in the frequently hostile and often comical world of family and in-laws. I highly recommend this book.
—Rosalie Linver Ungar
Author of In A Heartbeat

Learn more about Sister of Saidnaya and find complete links to purchase the book at www.RoseAnnKalister.com. 

Boyle & Dalton is currently accepting manuscript submissions. Find our submission guidelines here.