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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Air Tight is playing on our iPod!

One of our favorite bands just released their first EP, Warmth, this Fall and we’re giving them a ‘shout-out!’ Their sound is Chillwave/alternative. The EP is featured on Highlight Magazine this month.

 

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Kim Hoffa, Jack Ramsey and Alex Katsaropoulos

Alex is the singer/songwriter behind the music. He’s also the son of Chris Katsaropoulos, Publisher of Luminis Books and Tracy Richardson, President of Luminis Books. The band members are all students at Columbia College Chicago.

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 We may be biased, but we know you’ll love their sound as much as we do!

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Early Kirkus Reviews for Two of Luminis Books Fall Titles

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“Amy’s first-person voice is pleasant, straightforward… [Amy’s Choice is] Calm, pleasant, decidedly clean.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

Pre-Order your copy of “Amy’s Choice” today! Luminis Books

 

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“Bertrand balances her paranormal storyline with romance.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

Pre-Order your copy of “Second Thoughts” today! Luminis Books

 

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“Just Myrto” gets a great review in Booklists upcoming Sept. issue

“Lush with setting and historic mood this is a rich example of what
historical fiction ought to be and fits well into the New Adult genre.” ~ Booklist

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Order your copy of “Just Myrto” today at Luminis Books

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Summer Sanctuary ebook FREE for Three Days Only!

Yes, that’s right! Summer Sanctuary by Laurie Gray is available in Kindle and Apple iBook for FREE for three days! Get your copy of this award-winning novel today!

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Matthew spends his summer hiding in the local library, away from his frustrating family. That’s where he befriends Dinah, a homeless teen seeking refuge among the stacks. Can they find common ground as they discover the true meaning of friendship?

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