Peter Van Buren to attend Louisville’s IdeaFestival…and another great review for his book “Ghosts of Tom Joad”

Peter Van Buren has been keeping very busy so far this Fall and it doesn’t look like things are going to slow down anytime soon for this writer!

Take a look at what’s next for the talented author of “Ghosts of Tom Joad”

Louisville’s IdeaFestival: What would Tom Joad do?

Another incredible review-

“My favorite parts of the book are astute observations by various characters about the deliberate destruction of America’s social, economic, and even moral sustainability by the top 1% for fun and profit, and the often subconscious collusion they get from most of the rest of us because of how we’ve been told to think since birth.”  Click here to read the entire review~ The Barbarian’s Book Review

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Reader’s Entertainment Presents: Chris Katsaropoulos

Listen to Chris Katsaropoulos on his recent radio interview about Complex Knowing.

Sit back, open your mind, and take in all the goodness of this excellent conversation.  Just click here-  Reader’s Entertainment Magazine

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“Consolations” pleases readers and writers alike

“In Sister Bridget, Sally Wolfe has created a brave and intelligent heroine, whose spiritual quest tests her mercilessly. Consolations, a beautifully-told story of spiritual longing and forbidden love, moves across the landscape from leafy New England to the arroyos of Santa Fe, carrying the reader along on an engrossing journey of spiritual and sexual awakening.”
-Elizabeth McKenzie, author of the critically-acclaimed “Stop That Girl”

 

 

Click here to purchase your copy today- Consolations

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“Second Thoughts” reviewed in the School Library Journal

“Second Thoughts” is the follow up book to “Lost In Thought” written by Cara Bertrand. If you’re a YA fan of the paranormal then this is a series you don’t want to miss.

Order your copy here- Second Thought by Cara Bertrand

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“The love story can be a bit too adorable at times, but it’s realistic enough that you’d wish something similar for yourself. The cutesy, aww moments are well-balanced by the level-headed decisions that the two make as a couple. Highschoolers who are fans of the “Wings” series (HarperCollins) by Aprilynne Pike will enjoy this book.”—Alexis C., age 18   School Library Journal

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Standing room only At the Bookshop Santa Cruz for Sally Wolfe’s Book Launch!

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Sally had a very successful Book Launch event at the Bookshop Santa Cruz on September 16th! Thank you to everyone who attended and to the Bookshop for hosting the event!

 

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Sally’s novel, Consolations is available now! Buy your copy here.

A beautiful and haunting story of forbidden love, Consolations portrays a woman’s lifelong struggle to reconcile her all-too-human feelings with her quest for the highest spiritual life.

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Author Peter Van Buren attends the NAIBA book convention in Virginia

Peter Van Buren spent a lovely day at the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association trade show in Virgina over the weekend signing copies of his book “Ghosts of Tom Joad.”

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To order your own copy and read Peter’s blog please visit We Meant Well

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Domestic Violence in the News and in our Books

Domestic violence by NFL players has been everywhere in the news lately. People are outraged, shocked and dismayed. The real shocker is how little the players have been held accountable for their actions. The victims were also portrayed as somehow culpable. That they did something to deserve being punched or beaten with a switch.

The best thing that has come of all of this is the attention it brings to the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault. Luminis has two critically acclaimed books that give very real portrayals of how abuse affects the lives of the victims. Fiction isn’t real, but it is True.

SHELTER by Patricia Aust is about Miguel, whose father abuses his mother and starts targeting him and his sister. It is about how his mom gathers the courage to escape to a women’s shelter and how that fails to stop his father. It is the story of a young man finding the courage to stand up to the man he thought he loved.

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Buy Shelter now!

MAYBE I WILL by Laurie Gray is about Sandy, a high school sophomore who is sexually assaulted by an acquaintance. We find that sexual assault is not about sex, it’s about violence and control.

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Buy MAYBE I WILL now!

Our mission at Luminis Books is to publish Meaningful Books That Entertain. We believe that these works of fiction contribute in a meaningful way to the conversation on domestic violence and sexual abuse. We hope you enjoy them.

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New Adult (NA) A Growing Genre

 

Check out this great article in the Library Journal!  Our very own Tracy Richardson, president of Luminis Books, sees the category as “a huge opportunity, because this is a group of people who may have gotten away from reading and [new adult] may draw them back in.” Also, make sure you read the entire article in Library Journal so you don’t miss the mention of “Second Thoughts” by Cara Bertrand. Pre-order your copy of the sequel to”Lost In Thought” now at Luminis Books.

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Author Sally Wolf to appear at Bookshop Santa Cruz to discuss the path to “Consolations”

“Wolfe comes to Bookshop Santa Cruz on Tuesday, Sept. 16 to discuss the path to “Consolations” (Luminis Books). The novel is centered on the “divided heart” of the nun’s experience. It’s the story of a young novice named Fiona who gives up a promising career in academia to become a nun and what happens when she instead falls in love with a charismatic Jesuit professor of theology.” ~Wallace Baine

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If you live near or in the Santa Cruz, CA area stop by the Bookshop Santa Cruz on Sept. 16th at 7pm located at 1520 Pacific Ave.

If you aren’t able to attend but would like to purchase this great book click here~ Consolations 

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Author Chris Katsaropoulos Interview on Reader’s Entertainment Radio tonight at 6pm!

Catch the interview tonight at 6:00pm EST on Reader’s Entertainment Radio! Chris Katsaropoulos will be talking about his upcoming collection of poetry, Complex Knowing. Call in to talk directly with Chris!

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The poems in Complex Knowing send the reader on a journey into the hidden realm of the subconscious, where the sixth sense of knowing overwhelms the other five. Chris Katsaropoulos has written a collection of poems that turn words and phrases inside out, bringing forth the intricate truths that can be found within a frozen landscape, a lost tribe of warriors, a funeral cortege, or a chrysanthemum weathering a drought. The dark existential themes capture the uneven and inexplicable nature of the human soul as it tries to muddle through a world that sometimes seems designed to thwart every attempt to love, while at the same time filled with beauty and overflowing with life.

Chris Katsaropoulos  is the author of more than a dozen books, including two critically-acclaimed novels, Fragile and Antiphony. Visit his website to read more of his poetry.

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