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Weight Of Him by Ethel RohanWeight Of Him by Ethel Rohan


Thanks to Claire Leaden of  St. Martin’s Press, I am giving away one print copy of Weight Of Him by Ethel Rohan.

Description of Weight Of Him by Ethel Rohan


At four hundred pounds, Billy Brennan can always count on food. From his earliest memories, he has loved food’s colors, textures and tastes. The way flavors go off in his mouth. How food keeps his mind still and his bad feelings quiet. Food has always made everything better, until the day Billy’s beloved son Michael takes his own life.

 Billy determines to make a difference in Michael’s memory and undertakes a public weight-loss campaign, to raise money for suicide prevention—his first step in an ambitious plan to save himself, and to save others. However, Billy’s dramatic crusade appalls his family, who want to simply try to go on.

 Despite his crushing detractors, Billy gains welcome allies: his community-at-large; a co-worker who lost his father to suicide; a filmmaker with his own dubious agenda; and a secret, miniature kingdom that Billy populates with the sub-quality dolls and soldiers he rescues from disposal at the local toy factory where he works. But it is only if Billy can confront the truth of his pain, suffering, and the brokenness around him, that he and others will be able to realize the full rescue and change they need.

 Set in rural, contemporary Ireland, The Weight of Him is an unforgettable, big-hearted novel about loss and reliance that moves from tragedy to recrimination to what can be achieved when we take the stand of our lives.

Praise for Weight Of Him by Ethel Rohan


“Rohan [is] one of those rare, courageous writers who dare to take on the ‘ordinary’ and show just how extraordinary it really is.”—John Banville, Man Booker prize winning author of The Sea

“Poignant and inspiring…When you’re finished, you’ll want to go for a long, grateful walk.”—Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

“Involving, terrifying and ultimately quite beautiful.”—Tom Barbash, author of Stay Up With Me

About Ethel Rohan


Weight Of Him by Ethel Rohan

(C) Justin Yee

Ethel Rohan is the author of two story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the former longlisted for The Edge Hill Prize and the latter longlisted for The Story Prize. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, World Literature Today, GUERNICA Magazine, Tin House Online,The Rumpus, and many more. Born and raised in Ireland, she lives in San Francisco.

Giveaway of Weight Of Him by Ethel Rohan


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Night of the Eleventh Sun by Steven BurgauerNight of the Eleventh Sun by Steven Burgauer


Thanks to the author, Steven Burgauer, I am giving away two print copies of Night of the Eleventh Sun by Steven Burgauer.

Description of Night of the Eleventh Sun by Steven Burgauer


The fossil record is unclear.
Did Neanderthal speak?
Did he laugh, have music, feel love?
Did he interact with Homo sapiens or get killed by him in mortal combat or get pushed to extinction on less marginal lands?
This book answers some of those questions in a carefully researched fictional setting.
Now meet Strong Arms, leader of the clan.

Predator species have spite hardwired into their behavior.
Killing the competition before it grows up is always a good genetic strategy for any meat-eater.
Now, take one that’s smart, adaptive, and a consummate tool-user, and you have the makings for a conflict of monumental proportions.
It’s man versus Neanderthal in the mountains of Iberia. Only one will survive.
You may be surprised by which.

Praise for Night of the Eleventh Sun by Steven Burgauer


“A marvelous blend of fact and fiction.  Much more could be said of this excellent piece of historical fiction, but suffice to say, it roundly deserves five stars for its unique ability to entertain as well as inform.  You will never look upon the cavemen in museum dioramas in quite the same way again.  Indeed, Burgauer’s vivid portrayal of day-to-day life back then — complete with bouts of anxiety, somnambulism, and even eroticism — make this novel breathe with an uncannily contemporary touch of reality.” — Publishers Daily Reviews

“A powerful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel, The Night of the Eleventh Sun, is a clear indication of Burgauer’s ability to bring a distinctive voice to multiple genres.  Deserving of a broad readership it is highly recommended.”  — BookViral

“ . . . a fascinating tale that takes readers deep into the prehistoric ages.  Steven Burgauer has a way of breathing life onto his pages.  His characters are three-dimensional.  Clans and their order of living, eating, as well as relationships were stunning.  I felt every emotion.” — Urban Book Reviews, Danielle Urban

About Steven BurgauerNight of the Eleventh Sun by Steven Burgauer


Avid hiker, Eagle Scout, and founder of a mutual fund, Steven Burgauer resides in Florida. A graduate of Illinois State University and the New York Institute of Finance, Steve writes science fiction and historic fiction. A member of the Society of Midland Authors, Steven is included in The Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume 2: Dimensions of the Midwestern Literary Imagination and the ALA’s Librarian’s Guide to Cyborgs, Aliens, and Sorcerers by Derek M. Buker.

His work has been reviewed in many places, including LOCUS, the EUREKA LITERARY MAGAZINE, PUBLISHERS DAILY REVIEWS, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, THE BOOK REVIEWERS, BOOKVIRAL, and PROMETHEUS, the journal of the Libertarian Futurist Society. Science Fiction Chronicle (June 2001) says of his The Railguns of Luna: Steven Burgauer writes old style science fiction in which heroes and villains are easily identified, the action is fast and furious, and the plot twists and turns uncontrollably . . . This is action adventure written straight-forwardly and not meant to be heavily literary or provide pithy commentary on the state of humanity.

When Steven lived in Illinois, the State of Illinois Library included him in a select group of authors invited to the state’s Authors’ Day. He has often been a speaker and panel member at public library events and science-fiction conventions all across the country.

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Good Daughter by Alexandra BurtGood Daughter by Alexandra Burt


Thanks to Diana M. Franco of Berkley, I am giving away one print copy of Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt.

Description of Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt


From the author of Remember Mia comes the tale of a young woman in search of her past, and the mother who will do anything to keep it hidden…

What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed? 

Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions. 

In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she ll learn that in her mother s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered… 

Praise for Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt


“An eerily beautiful novel…Alexandra Burt fills the Texas woods with her haunting prose and multiple layers of faithfulness, blood ties and betrayals. The suspense draws you in those woods and keeps you there until the final page.” Kathy Hepinstall, author of Blue Asylum

 “A stunning read from a superb storyteller.” ~Clare Mackintosh, international bestselling author of I Let You Go and the upcoming I See You

 “THE GOOD DAUGHTER pulled me in tight and didn’t let go. Eerie and wrenching, it’s a captivating story of love, obsession, and the power of secrets.” ~Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author

About Alexandra BurtGood Daughter by Alexandra Burt


Alexandra Burt is a freelance translator and the international bestselling author of Remember Mia. Born in Europe, she moved to Texas twenty years ago. While pursuing literary translations, she decided to tell her own stories. After years of writing classes and gluttonous reading, her short fiction appeared in fiction journals and literary reviews. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter.

Giveaway of Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt


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