Spring Title Preview ~ THE POSSIBILITY OF SNOW by Al Riske

“Roommates Steve Bourne and Neil Fischer have a lot in common and enjoy their time together until Steve’s growing attachment to Neil creates tensions that reverberate not only in their own lives but in the lives of their friends and fellow students at the small college they attend. In The Possibility of Snow, Al Riske explores the boundaries of male friendship, inviting the reader to consider the limits of loyalty, companionship, and love.” ~ Barbara Shoup, author of An American Tune and Looking for Jack Kerouac

The Possibility of Snow (May 1,2015) is Al Riske’s his third book with Luminis Books. This one promises to be his best work yet.

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An engaging, lyrical, and, at times, disturbing novel, The Possibility of Snow tells the story of a once-promising friendship that dissolves into antagonism. Steve and Neil room together at a small college in New England and soon become fast friends, until things go strangely wrong. Steve is eccentric, slightly paranoid, and too perceptive for his own good. He knows the difference between what people say and what they do. Neil is reflective, sincere, and not as together as he seems. There’s not much he’s sure of anymore. They know each other very well and understand each other not at all.

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AMY’S CHOICE receives four stars from San Francisco Book Review

Amy’s Choice depicts the satisfying tale of love, hope, friendship, and life choices. In essence, Amy’s character fights as she struggles to find her true voice in the outside world. Her companions Cat, Ricky, Craig, Finn, and so on are unbelievable and unforgettable characters throughout the story, leaving the readers with a sweet-natured feeling of the power of believing in one’s self. ~  Four stars

San Francisco Book Review ~ Reviewed by Jyotsna, Age 11

We love getting great reviews from actual readers!

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Chris Crutcher calls FLESH AND BONE “Truth”

We’re pleased to share this wonderful quote from much loved and respected author Chris Crutcher on Flesh and Bone  by William Alton.

“Conventional wisdom says a book is great when the reader says, “I couldn’t put it down.”  You will put this book down.  And you will pick it back up.  Again and again.  In my days as a therapist Flesh and Bone  would have been on my bookshelf labeled “Truth.”  Alton’s book is the reason no book should be censored.”

~ Chris Crutcher, author of Whale Talk, Deadline  and Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

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FLESH AND BONE ~ a Raw and Real YA Crossover Novel

Flesh and Bone by William Alton is a literary novel for young adults that deals with a despairing teen uncertain about his sexual preferences who turns to drugs, alcohol, and unreliable friends for solace. Available May 1st.

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“In a style that manages to be both stark and lyrical, Flesh and Bone is an unflinching portrait of one young man’s pain, desire and search for self.”  ~ Julia Watts, author of Secret City and Finding H.F.

“Alton delves deeply into the dark and desolate side of adolescence where the lost boys and girls—the outsiders—endure the emptiness of existing, wanting so much to fill the void, but not knowing how. Bill describes himself as a small-town boy, a baby queer, neither courageous nor outrageous. He’s a 21st Century Holden Caulfield that troubled teens can embrace and that those in authority will surely want to ban.” ~ Laurie Gray, Award winning author of Maybe I Will, YALSA Teens Top Ten Nominee

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Told in a series of images and fragments, Flesh and Bone is a raw and real portrayal of a teen struggling to find love in his life. When Bill’s father leaves and he and his mother move far away to live with her parents, his whole world implodes. His grandparents are cold and distant, his mom is distant both physically and emotionally as she deals with her own struggles, and his dad is just gone. Bill explores his sexuality with multiple partners as he searches for love and compassion and turns to drugs and alcohol to dull the pain of loneliness. Flesh and Bone is a powerful tale that sheds light on the dark places of the soul.

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LitPick calls THE FIELD ‘electrifying’ ~ 4 Stars!

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The Field is an electrifying …[and] imaginative book full of action and mystery. I liked that the author blended a believable story about a regular high school boy with just enough sci-fi to make it enjoyable. … if you are a soccer fan who also likes a little bit of sci-fi, this book might be for you.” ~ LitPick, 4 stars

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ALONG THE WAY – Three Friends, 33 Days, and One Unforgettable Journey on the Camino de Santiago

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Along the Way by Jacqueline Kolosov is a YA novel about three friends hiking the pilgrimage on The Way of St. James across Spain – the Camino de Santiago – between high school and the start of college. Join them on their adventure of self-discovery and the milagros (miracles) they experience along the way!

“Evocative, cinematic, and romantic, ALONG THE WAY will transport you, taking you on the journey of a lifetime that will test the bonds of three childhood friends.” ~ Megan Frazer, Author of SECRETS OF TRUTH AND BEAUTY, and VERY, IN PIECES

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Three friends, 33 days, and 500 miles walking the Camino de Santiago add up to one journey they’ll never forget Piper Rose, Dani Shapiro, and Alexandra ‘Tessa’ Louise De Mille Morrow share a history that goes back to their preschool years in Chicago when their families were still intact. Now Piper lives in Evanston with her divorced dad, her estranged, unstable mother popping in and out of her life at random moments. Meanwhile, Dani’s been living in Santa Fe with a psychologist mom pregnant with her fiancé’s IVF babies. The blueblood Tessa resides on a prominent street in Boston and dreams of a romantic and well-heeled love story like that of her great-grandmother who went to France during World War II. Now that it’s the summer before college, these radically different friends decide to celebrate their history and their future by walking the legendary pilgrimage along the Way of St. James, from the French Pyrenees to the Spanish city of Santiago. Along the way, each young woman must learn to believe in herself as well as in her friends, as their collective journey unfolds into the experience of a lifetime.

Publishes April 1st. Pre-order your copy today!

 

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ENTREVOIR ~ new novel by Chris Katsaropoulos

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We’re very excited about Chris Katsaropoulos’ new novel, Entrevoir publishing April 1st. It takes place in a single moment and over a million years. It’s about reincarnation; exploring the many past lives of artist Jacob Marsteller. As with all of Katsaropoulos’ novels, the writing is poetic and beautiful.

Grady Harp, art and poetry reviewer, Poets and Artists magazine, says of  Antiphony

“A book so eloquent and brilliant that it requires time…to explore. His deep entrenchment in literature and in music blossoms on the pages frequently. . . . But most of all it is the serene beauty of his writing that mesmerizes and results in starting the book again once finished that proves this is a man of letters who has an enormous gift and future.”

 

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The unveiling of a new work of art by Jacob Marsteller is typically one of the most highly anticipated events in the international art scene—but not this time. Jacob’s new piece is a labyrinth of gossamer fabric perched on the peak of a mountain called Entrevoir in a remote corner of the south of France. It looks as if nobody except Jacob’s teenage children and a few neighbors from the village will bother to show up at the gallery. As Jacob finishes dressing for the party, he and his wife Marya begin to argue. She warned him that moving from the vibrant art scene of New York to a tiny village in the middle of nowhere would be a fatal mistake for his career. As she turns her back to him and walks down the stairs, Jacob tells her there was a reason he had to come here to create this piece—and that’s when Jacob’s whole world begins to unravel. Without realizing what is happening, he is lifted out of his body and taken to another dimension, where he becomes the watcher, the witness, and experiencer of lives he lived six decades ago and thousands of years ago, on other planets and as the highest forms of life. In the span of one instant and over the course of millions of years, Jacob comes to understand that he is not his body, he is not his mind, and he is not even his soul. By the end of the amazing unveiling of Jacob’s true self, he will experience the greatest transfiguration any human being has ever known: the realization of the ultimate nature of human life, and of spirit itself.

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Luminis Books at ALA Midwinter

We braved the Chicago cold to be at the IPG (Independent Publisher’s Group) booth for ALA Midwinter this year. We talked to lots of librarians and gave away hundreds of Advance Review Copies of our Spring titles – more to come about those in future blog posts, but they are all up on the Luminis website now. We had a nice selection of books displayed.

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Author Chris Katsaropoulos did a signing for his new book, Entrevoir coming out April 1st. Read more about it on the Luminis page and look for future blog posts with excerpts!

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We had drinks with a few friends from Booklist on Saturday evening and then got our of town before the big storm hit. It was a great event. We love librarians!

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Check out this Cover Reveal and Enter the Giveaway for THIS ORDINARY LIFE by Jennifer Walkup…

{Cover Reveal + Giveaway} This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

Click on this link to enter~ me, my shelf and i

The Cover

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About The Book

Sometimes Hope is the Most Extraordinary Gift of All.

High-school radio host Jasmine Torres’s life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around.

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her.

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health — not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

About The Author

Award-winning author Jennifer Walkup is most often found writing, reading, and spending time with her husband and young sons. A member of SCBWI and RWA, Jennifer also works as an editor and creative writing instructor, and is an advocate for Epilepsy awareness. This Ordinary Life is her second novel.

You can find her online at www.jenniferwalkup.com

Giveaway

– 1 Winner will get a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card
– 1 Winner will get a physical copy of Jennifer’s first book, SECOND VERSE
– 1 Winner will get a Kindle copy of Jennifer’s first book, SECOND VERSE
Open internationally on electronic prizes, physical items ship in US only. Must be 13+ to enter

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How about a special SNEAK PEEK at one of our Fall 2015 releases!?!

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This incredible cover design is by Jenny Zemanek at Seedlings Design Studio.

A summer in Paris as a nanny should be a dream job for eighteen-year-old Julie, but it feels more like a consolation prize after not getting into the Art Institute of Chicago, her dream school. Her mom wants her to come back to Texas and attend a state college in the fall, but Julie isn’t sure what she wants anymore.

One thing she does know is that she’s going to find the French father she’s never met while she’s in Paris. Whether her mother likes it or not.

Being a nanny to lively, fashion-minded Genevieve turns out to be fun and good for meeting a trio of intriguing guys. Jean Paul, Clay and Luc show Julie different parts of the city and help keep her mind off the problem of What To Do Next. And of course, Paris is, well, Paris, and that certainly helps. Also, Genevieve’s mother, Claire manages an art gallery and Julie gets drawn into the Paris art scene. The situation heats up when a new, previously unknown work by Modigliani, one of Julie’s favorite artists, is discovered and acquired by the gallery.

Julie’s affections are pulled in three different directions while she tries to discover if the new Modigliani is real or a forgery, or painted by Modigliani’s mistress, Jeanne Hébuterne. Can the story of Modigliani and Jeanne provide any clues that will help guide her own path? Another croissant certainly wouldn’t hurt, either.

Paris, Modigliani and Me will release on October 1st from Luminis Books

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