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Book Release: A Beautiful Land

Congratulations to Susan Beth Miller on the publication of her novel, A Beautiful Land!

A Beautiful Land is a story of menace, the maternal imagination, and the forest primeval.

Raissa, middle daughter of three, watches her family flee their violence-torn homeland.

But she stays behind, bound to her birthplace by memories of a sweet young man.

Driven by danger and grief, Raissa struggles toward a mysterious forest and imagines solace through the unexpected allure of a child. She joins many who have fled their beautiful homeland. Each speaks in turn as they parse their tangled stories and consider whether they dare return to what once was home.

A Beautiful Land is available worldwide at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all major retailers as a paperback and e-book. (We recommend ordering it from your favorite local bookstore!

Praise for A Beautiful Land

Every genocide is unique, and yet the suffering and endurance of the survivors of each such outbreak of madness transcends both time and place. In A Beautiful Land, Susan Miller has rendered with exquisite compassion the struggles of those who have been exiled from their homes by the unspeakable violence of their former neighbors. Detail by detail, she follows their journeys as they attempt to carry on, to continue breathing, to continue loving, to comprehend what they have been through, to find a new home and perhaps even return to the old one. These characters and their stories are unforgettable.
—Eileen Pollack, author of The Professor of Immortality and Breaking and Entering


Throughout, Miller’s prose is crisp and powerful, with evocative imagery and metaphors that are often stunning … as she develops her expertly crafted characters, she beautifully and compellingly considers pressing human questions regarding evil, motherhood, and the possibility of redemption. A striking, searing work that will linger long in readers’ memories.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review), Best Indie Fiction List


Miller’s A Beautiful Land is rich in detail, often mythical in nature, timeless in relevance, and beautifully, thoughtfully, written. I feel as if I’ve been on a journey. She takes us into worlds we cannot see and reveals them. As with Indigo Rose, her ability to convey the human condition through character and events is as compelling as it is meaningful. I was drawn deeply into the story.
—James Meyer, author of These Fair Days


Susan Miller’s novel, A Beautiful Land, explores the lethal tension between rival ethnic groups and the resulting destroyed lives. With vivid prose and page-turning suspense, she follows the paths of Raissa and her son as they struggle to survive a deranged world in a mysterious forest and create a new family. Miller’s archetypal fable examines life after the worst has happened as the etched characters reinvent families, heal their humanity, and resurrect community.
—Ann Pearlman, author of the Pulitzer nominated Infidelity and The Christmas Cookie Clubseries


Susan Miller’s A Beautiful Land quickly bonded me with its truthful characters. I became enthralled by the sheer humanness of the heroine, Raissa. Susan Miller expresses a deep solidarity for the hardships her characters suffer, and Raissa shines throughout with an inner resiliency giving hope through whatever hardships life hands us.
—Doug Wheeler, host of the podcast From the Belly

About the Author

Susan Beth Miller lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is the author of Indigo Rose, a novel (Bantam 2004), and a number of psychology books: The Shame Experience; Shame in Context; Disgust: the gatekeeper emotion; When Parents Have Problems: a book for teens and older children who have a disturbed or difficult parent; and Emotions of Menace and Enchantment: horror, disgust, awe, and fascination

Book Release: LIES IN BONE

Happy publication day to Natalie Symons, author of Lies in Bone!

Told by a tart-tongued young woman with a love of Bruce Springsteen, Lies in Bone is at once a mystery and coming-of-age tale fueled by dark secrets involving love, murder, and the truths worth lying for.

On Halloween 1963, eleven-year-old Chuck Coolidge and his brother Danny are lost in a toxic smog covering the steel town of Slippery Elm, Pennsylvania. When the smog lifts, half the town is sick and twenty people are dead. And Danny is missing.

Now, over twenty years later, Chuck’s teenage daughter Frank plots escape from this “busted and disgusted” town. When a murdered child is found in the river, investigators link the crime to the disappearance of Danny in ’63, and Frank’s life is turned upside down. In the face of her worst fears, she must uncover her family’s dark past if she wants to keep her sister Boots from the hands of The State. Led to discover the unimaginable truth about Danny’s disappearance, Lies in Bone culminates in a shocking eleventh-hour reveal and an emotionally charged finale.

Lies in Bone is available worldwide at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all major retailers as a paperback, hardback, and e-book. (We recommend ordering it from your favorite local bookstore. Click here to order!)

Praise for LIES IN BONE

“The fantastic, fallible characters leap to life in these dialogue-filled pages and draw readers into an immersive world involving mysteries of missing children, mental illness and unsolved murders. A gripping tale of outcasts that keeps you guessing and, more importantly, caring how it will unspool. Mystic River meets Stranger Things in this engrossing debut novel.” —Lane DeGregory, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, The Girl in the Window

“A moody, hard-edged coming-of-age story that keeps the horrors coming until the very end.”—Kirkus Reviews

“…Fierce teen protagonist, Frances “Frank” Coolidge… impolite, foul-mouthed, self-mutilating and rebellious, and she’s loving, loyal and has backbone to spare; a female Steve McQueen, a young Sarah Conner; totally icon-worthy. A heart-stopping work of suspense fiction… a tour de force of friendship, love and redemption. Organically woven and expertly balanced, Lies in Bone lightens the load of its heavy subject matter with quirky northern town humor. Gritty, campy and dark wit and, especially, a keen grasp of family dysfunction and its many varieties, all add to Lies in Bone‘s hypnotically page-turning appeal…” —Julie Garisto, 83 Degrees Media

“Symons’s language crackles and sparks…”—Diane Chiddister, author of One More Day

“This extraordinary story…refused to leave my thoughts for even a moment until I reached its explosive conclusion. Lies in Bone is dark, tough and visceral, and it’s rich with twists, turns and breathless suspense—the very definition of a page-tuner.” —Bill DeYoung, St. Pete Catalyst

“Finally, a heroine of substance growing into her own magnificence, bearing witness to the unspeakable with bravery outpacing her years. A tale told with unapologetic realism and voice crafted with skill and humanity.” —Lori D. Shannon, author of Superwoman Died Tonight

“Dickensian in the best sense of the word, Lies in Bone is a novel that grabs the reader and does not let go.” —Paul Wilborn, author of Cigar City

“Gripping and dark, Lies in Bone so precisely captures the angst of long hidden secrets and dysfunction—the slow, corrosive descents and the hard-won triumphs. To me, the most disturbing thrillers are the ones that are all too plausible—almost familiar. Consider me disturbed.” —Cindy Stovall, Beauty & the ‘Burg Podcast

“Symons displays her adept playwrighting skills with earthy dialogue that flows effortlessly…I’m reminded of the way Joan Didion writes about similar themes…in The Year of Magical Thinking, but in this one, we have an intriguing mystery thriller on our hands…This small-town mystery with family ties is an engaging and at-times humorous literary thriller.” —Frank Pizzori, Independent Book Review

Lies in Bones is a spellbinder…The book just refuses to be put down..” —Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review

“You will want to read Lies in Bone all in one sitting – but don’t cheat yourself out of moving fully through the evolution of the story in its own time. An extraordinarily satisfying work.” —Roxanne Fay, author of Upon this Rock: The Magdalene Speaks

“A serious new novelist whose work cannot be ignored.” —Greg Fields, author of Through the Waters and the Wild

“The melancholic force of Lies in Bone will hold you hostage. The humor in this gritty, coming-of-age mystery is driven by a whip smart young heroine like none other.” —Hannah Benitez, author of Dike

Human World by Daniel Amedee, Now Available Worldwide!

Artwork by Michael Protzik Collage.

Happy release day to Daniel Amedee, author of Human World!

Human World is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide. Find it on Barnes & Noble here, Amazon here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

As the Iron Age comes to a close, Earth is a flooded planet invaded by an alien race.

The fractal cycles of humans, nations, and planets are resetting as Earth prepares for the beginning of a new Golden Age.

Told through glimpses into worlds beyond our physical universe, and those beyond our scope of reality, this is a story of humanity’s introspection at the end of the world.

Human World is the right kind of challenging. It tells a story that’s futuristic, yet indelibly intertwined with commentary on the world that we live in today. Part revolutionist fiction, part science fiction, part environmental commentary, part social commentary, Human World is an example of modern literature that’s pushing boundaries.

Human World melds science fiction and spirituality, peeling away the typical layers of recognizable space in its quest to lay bare hidden realities. Amedee’s novel, haunting and demanding, draws the reader into science fiction on its own lower frequency, spinning light and sound into equal parts social commentary, speculative vision, and path to enlightenment.”
—Eddie Ardeneaux IV, Assistant Professor of English at University of the Ozarks

Human World has it all—space travel, time travel, mind travel, astral travel, genetic engineering, cold-blooded super soldiers, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual unenlightenment, and bearded monks in blue robes.”

—Zack Godshall, filmmaker (Lord Byron, Low and Behold)

“This book challenged me. Sometimes I found it intriguing, sometimes frustrating, sometimes enlightening, and sometimes just plain infuriating. All in a way that kept me thinking and considering what I had experienced. But honestly, isn’t that what great art is supposed to do?”

—Eric Stevenson, co-founder of Pocket Vinyl

Daniel Amedee began his work as a writer in the music industry and has been writing and performing for the last ten years.

From 2008 to 2011 he was living in Ireland, writing and playing bass in an Indie Rock band called Remma. The band was signed for a time to Morrissey’s Attack Label and had an EP produced by Noel Hogan of The Cranberries.

In 2012, he started touring full time under his own name and released two LPs and two EPs that featured performances by Pat Spurgeon of Rogue Wave and Sylvain Carton of Beats Antique. The music was described as meditative with an edge and urban folk. He spent 2012 to 2016 touring the US and Canada full time.

In 2017 he moved back to his hometown, New Orleans, to begin work on his current band, LIGHT // SOUND.

Grab your copy of Human World today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.

The Design and Construction of the Nautilus by Demetri Capetanopoulos – Now Available Worldwide

The Nautilus Cover ImageThe Design and Construction of the Nautilus by Demetri Capetanopoulos is now available in print from retailers worldwide.

Find it on BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com, or ask/search for it at your favorite retailer, online or in store.

The Design and Construction of the Nautilus on AmazonThe Design and Construction of the Nautilus on Barnes and Noble

Is there anyone, of any age, who has read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and not sketched their vision of the Nautilus in their imagination or down on paper? For 150 years, the submarine created by Jules Verne has captivated readers and inspired countless interpretations.

Jules Verne was meticulous about incorporating the cutting-edge technology of his time and making reasonable extrapolations. The Design and Construction of the Nautilus takes Jules Verne’s in-text descriptions, paired with extensive research on the technology of the time in which Verne’s iconic book was written, and presents detailed construction plans, design notes, and operational theories based on modern submarine technologies.

The Nautilus is more than just a 19th-century mechanical marvel. She has always represented the ultimate technological triumph over nature, a symbol of mankind’s mastery of our domain, and the human desire to explore the unknown.

Demetri Capetanopoulos is a nuclear submarine engineer and deep submersible pilot living in Central Ohio. Learn more about him and The Design and Construction of the Nautilus on the official website: www.PreciseImagination.com.

“The Design and Construction of the Nautilus is the most technically accurate compendium of Nautilus re-imagining I’ve ever seen,” Emily Hitchcock, CEO of Boyle and Dalton, said. “A perfect synthesis of imagination and engineering, this book contains historical references, expert submarine knowledge, blueprints to pore over, and a solid dash of adventurism. A must for any true Verne fan.”

Grab your copy of the book today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.

Boyle & Dalton is actively seeking excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

COVER RELEASE — The Design and Construction of the Nautilus by Demetri Capetanopoulos

We’re thrilled to present the cover of Demetri Capetanopoulos’s fantastical book, The Design and Construction of the Nautilus.

Is there anyone, of any age, who has read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and not sketched their vision of the Nautilus in their imagination or down on paper? For 150 years, the submarine created by Jules Verne has captivated readers and inspired countless interpretations.

Jules Verne was meticulous about incorporating cutting-edge technology of his time and making reasonable extrapolations. The Design and Construction of the Nautilus takes Jules Verne’s in-text descriptions, paired with extensive research on the technology of the time in which Verne’s iconic book was written, and presents detailed construction plans, design notes, and operational theories based on modern submarine technologies.

The Nautilus is more than just a 19th-century mechanical marvel. She has always represented the ultimate technological triumph over nature, a symbol of mankind’s mastery of our domain, and the human desire to explore the unknown.

“Captain Capetanopoulos invites the reader to an exciting dive in the fantastic world of Jules Verne. A world in which, page after page, fiction gives way to reality… Reading it will enthrall all those who love the undersea world. A book to put in the hands of all the passionate Jules Verne submariners.”

Bernard Micaelli, Submarine Design Architect, FRANCE

The Design and Construction of the Nautilus is available for pre-order now! Click here to secure your copy, or ask for it wherever books are sold on October 13, 2018.

An Inconvenient Herd

SOMEONE LETS FARMER’S COWS OUT.

Fueled by idealism and curiosity, the herd follows a bike path into the big city, chasing a dream of a new way of life. The good-natured cattle make lots of friends, but life in town is complicated. They encounter religion, local politics, and manicured lawns.

Meanwhile, Farmer is frantically searching for the wayward cows, racing to save them from the perils of celebrity and the urban machine before it’s too late.

This book grabbed me immediately and took me on a terrific, laugh-filled ride! The author creates a world set just a little off the axis we are all familiar with and populates it with characters who feel like people we know, but are also just a little off. The dialog is smart and funny and the situation, while zany, is grounded in a reality and a message that is beautiful. Plus, now after reading this book, I want to hang out with cows!” -Amazon Reviewer

Grab your copy of An Inconvenient Herd by John Wiley at a major retailer or find it at your favorite bookstore! Don’t forget to leave a review when you’re finished.

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Coming Soon: French Leave by Francoise Bartram – July 31, 2018

French Leave by Francoise Bartram will hit bookstores worldwide in print and digital editions on July 31, 2018.

This cozy mystery follows Claire, a spunky but bored ghostwriter living in a small city in Ohio.

French Leave by Francois BartramFirst Claire finds cryptic messages written in a foreign language she doesn’t recognize.  Then a mysterious package arrives. When her estranged French aunt shows up on her doorstep only to suddenly disappear again, Claire’s world begins to dissolve.

Amidst her self-obsessed boss, a mysterious oil tycoon, nosy neighbors, and an active police investigation, something strange is happening in town and Claire is stuck in the middle of it.

French Leave will be available on Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, iTunes, Kobo and more next week!

Early readers love this cozy mystery.

“French Leave builds an original plot filled with twists and turns and laugh-out-loud humor. A good read that I highly recommend.”
Rosalie Linver Ungar
Author of In a Heartbeat

 

“A maelstrom of twists, turns, and surprises that leave the reader (and Claire, the heroine) guessing until the end…a must-read.”
Rose Ann Kalister
Author of Sister of Saidnaya

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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

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.

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.

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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.

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