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From Bud To Blow by Brian ConnorFrom Bud To Blow by Brian Connor

Thanks to Sophia Moriarty of Smith Publicity, I am giving away one print copy of From Bud To Blow by Brian Connor.

Description of From Bud To Blow by Brian Connor

While innocent and naïve to peer pressure, Cory Carter is more self-aware than most going off to college. That is, until pledging a fraternity at Indiana University changes his outlook on life. Hazing leads to blood. Blood leads to regret. Regret leads to a transformation, making Cory into the biggest drug dealer on campus. For the first time in his life, he loses self-control. The power of that feeling drives Cory the rest of college, as he slowly descends into a new reality. 

Instead of buying the weekly weed he smokes, he decides to sell it himself. Instead of lying to his girlfriend, he decides to break up with her. By the time sophomore year comes around, Cory is buying enough weed to supply every fraternity on campus. Friends of friends start asking for cocaine and molly, but to Cory, if the drugs were on campus anyway, why not be the one selling it? All he has to do is pick up a duffle bag on Tuesday, drop off a few baggies on Wednesday, and count the money on Thursday. He has independence, he has power, he has his control back. That is, until a student overdoses and a detective comes knocking on Cory’s door, leaving Cory scrambling for answers. 

He realizes quickly he’s not just driving around town dropping off baggies to friends, he’s the local drug gang’s #1 distributor. And they won’t let him quit. While his friends prep for their biggest party weekend of the year, Cory’s looking down the barrel of a gun with a decision to make. Does he battle the drug gang for his freedom? Or can he outsmart the police and keep dealing?

About Brian ConnorFrom Bud To Blow by Brian Connor

Brian Connor was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from Indiana University in 2013. From Bud to Blow is his first published novel.

Giveaway of From Bud To Blow by Brian Connor

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Institute by Vincent BijloInstitute by Vincent Bijlo

Thanks to Bernadette Jansen of Holland Park Press, I am giving away one print copy of Institute by Vincent Bijlo.

Description of  Institute by Vincent Bijlo

Translated from the Dutch by Susan Ridder. THE INSTITUTE is a beautifully written boarding school novel about a boy who is searching for his identity and a sense of security. It is both hilarious and moving, and paints a frank picture of the 1970s, when ‘everything had to be tried out.’

Otto Iking is an outsider, at home as well as at the boarding school for the blind, but he is also an observer. Otto looks at the world around him with an unpitying sense of humour.

He observes the other children as well as the carers and teachers, who aim to prepare their pupils for the able-bodied world which ‘can be very tough.’

He discovers his feelings for Sonia, a fellow student, and he makes plans for a rescue mission to liberate hostages in the notorious Moluccan hijacking case in Bovensmilde.

But most of all, he wants to escape from the institution for the blind to a school for sighted children. Otto doesn’t want sympathy. He can see a future: working for the radio.

In short, a novel about a boy with remarkable powers of observation. 

About Vincent Bijlo

Institute by Vincent Bijlo

(C) Jurjen Alkema

Vincent Bijlo is a Dutch stand-up comedian, columnist, musician and author. Many appearances on TV, radio and in the theatre have made him a household name in the Netherlands. He is a columnist for one of the Dutch national newspapers

Dutch publishing house De Arbeiderspers published his four novels: Het instituut in 1998, Achttienhoog in 2001, De woordvoerder in 2003 and De Ottomaanse herder in 2009.

In April 2017 Holland Park Press reissued his first novel in Dutch together with the English translation The Institute.

Vincent Bijlo was born blind.

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Play For Me by Céline KeatingPlay For Me by Céline Keating

Publisher: She Writes Press (April 21, 2015)
Category: Contemporary Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Psychological
Tour date: Apr/May, 2017
ISBN: 978-1631529726
Available in Print & ebook, 217 pages

Play For Me

From the Award Winning Author:

It happens without warning: At a folk-rock show at her son’s college, Lily becomes transfixed by the guitarist’s unassuming onstage presence and beautiful playing―and with his final note, something within her breaks loose.

After the concert, Lily returns to her comfortable life―an Upper West Side apartment, a job as a videographer, and a kind if distracted husband―but she can’t stop thinking about the music, or about the duo’s guitarist, JJ. Unable to resist the pull of either one, she rashly offers to make a film about the band in order to gain a place with them on tour. But when Lily dares to step out from behind her camera, she falls deep into JJ’s world―upsetting the tenuous balance between him and his bandmate, and filling a chasm of need she didn’t know she had.

Captivating and provocative, Play for Me captures the thrill and heartbreak of deciding to leave behind what you love to follow what you desire.

My Thoughts Play For Me by Céline Keating

Is Lily having a mid-life crisis?  If not, why would she uproot her life of comfort and success for a folk-rock guitarist?  This is just what she does after attending a concert at her son’s college.  She uses the pretense of making a film of the band, to join them on the road.

It doesn’t take long for Lily’s once strong ethical compass to go askew and for sparks to fly. A musician’s life is usually a difficult one, even that of a famous one.  JJ is certainly not famous but he is young and talented.  How can Lily not be drawn to that.  However, it is one thing to imagine uprooting your settled life to go after the youth you have lost, than to actually act on it.

‘Play For Me’ is a thought provoking study on a woman who gains an obsession.  It is well written with a great cast of characters.  It has some great psychological tension and build up to its final conclusion. It was a bit of a departure from the kind of book I usually read but I am so glad I took it.  I highly recommend ‘Play For Me’ to those who love literary fiction with a bit of suspense.


I received the print version for my honest review.

About Céline Keating

Play For Me by Céline Keating

(c)Alexa Brandenberg2014-07

Céline Keating is the author of novels Layla (2011) and Play for Me (2015), which was a finalist in the International Book Awards, the Indie Excellence Awards, and the USA Book Awards. Céline is also the co-editor of On Montauk: A Literary Celebration (2016).

Her short fiction has been published in many literary magazines, including AppearancesEchoesEmry’s JournalMount HopeThe North Stone ReviewPrairie Schooner, and the Santa Clara Review. Céline’s short story “Home” received the first-place 2014 Hackney Award for Short Fiction. Céline is also a music journalist whose work has appeared in Minor7th.comGuitar World, and Acoustic Guitar magazines.

Website: http://www.celinekeating.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/celinekeating
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCelineKeating/

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