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Author Chris Katsaropoulos Book Club event at Second Presbyterian Church – October 28th

Inside the Writer’s Mind and the Reader’s Heart – Class at Second Presbyterian Church October 28th ~ 7pm

Chris will be talking about his novel Antiphony with Wayne Bolton

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What if the Universe is really a giant thought?

Theodore Reveil is one of the leading lights in String Theory physics, on his way to present his latest research at a triumphant meeting of his colleagues from around the world, when he realizes he has lost the notes for his presentation.

At the podium, in the midst of his distraction and confusion, he poses the question: “What if the universe, instead of being a giant machine, is really a giant thought?”

Then he crosses a line which he can never step back over again, saying, “The infinities and singularities in these equations may be telling us that what we are missing is unknowable in terms of physical science. These unsolvable terms in our equations may be road signs pointing to consciousness—to God—as the missing piece of the puzzle.”

Antiphony traces the downward spiral of Theodore’s career in the wake of what he has said, and the remarkable transformation that leads him into the depths of madness . . . or the revelation of the Final Theory, the ultimate secret of the universe.

Learn more about Antiphony and purchase your own copy.

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Avid Reader Musings Guest Post by Jacqueline Kolosov author of Paris, Modigliani & Me

Guest post by Jacqueline Kolosov, author of Along the Way and Paris, Modigliani & Me

It looks like you’ve written mostly historical fiction in the past – was it easier or harder to switch to a contemporary voice for Paris Modigliani and Me? Also, what is your favourite historical period to write and/or read about?

I actually write short stories with contemporary settings, so Paris, Modigliani and Me is less a departure than my two novels set in Elizabethan England, A Sweet Disorder and The Red Queen’s Daughter, initially suggest. That said, capturing Julie’s voice in Paris did prove challenging; even more challenging were the voices of her French love interest, Luc, and her French friend, Jean Paul. Why? Because I wanted to create an impression of their foreignness—which is part of their appeal—even though they speak to Julie in English (at least on the printed page). For Luc and Jean Paul and also for Julie’s French friend, Marie France, I relied on my experience as a student living in Germany and later on my travel experiences to create what I hope are believable European teens.

Read the rest of the post here.

Read more about Jacqueline’s books at the Luminis website. 

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Paris, Modigliani & Me ~ Giveaway on Goodreads through September 7th ~ YA Novel by Jacqueline Kolosov!

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Enter the Goodreads giveaway of 5 Advance Review Copies of Paris, Modigliani & Me by Jacqueline Kolosov ~ through September 7th.

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.

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Luminis in the news – Indiana Library Federation article on authors and books from Indiana

Indiana Libraries: Journal of the Indiana Library Federation

Teens in the Book in Indiana by Edith A. Campbell

Great article about Indiana authors, publishers and teen books set in Indiana. Here’s the excerpt about Luminis Books.

“While many other publishers have flourished in Indiana, three stand out in the young adult market. Luminis Books is headed by Tracy Richardson and located in Carmel, IN. This young company began in 2008 and its authors are achieving national recognition through awards lists such as Laurie Gray’s Maybe I Will appearing as a finalist on the 2014 YALSA Teen’s Top Ten list. Richardson is a Hoosier native who spends much time exploring Indiana for settings in her books. She wrote and published Indian Summer (2010) and The Field (2013).”

Great books to check out if your readers want to read something about the great Midwest!

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Advance reviews on Goodreads for This Ordinary Life ~ 4 and 5 Stars!

This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup publishes on October 1st.

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Goodreads reviews are coming in and they’re great! Sign up for the give-away through August 18th!

“I loved this book! It’s been awhile since I’ve read something that has captivated me enough to keep reading into the night! The characters were interesting and the idea was fresh. Just gave this book to my 16 year old daughter to read.” ~ Julie, Goodreads reader

“A story with a lot of heart, charming characters, humor, and a Jersey girl. What more could you need?” ~ Mrs. Warchol, Goodreads reader

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Jacqueline Kolosov writes herself a letter in Dear Teen Me

Dear Teen Me (by Jacqueline Kolosov),

or as you are often called—String Bean, Green Bean & Monkey,

Take heart! All those sports you learned and practiced while growing up—the hundreds upon hundreds of hours you logged ice skating, swimming, pointing your toes in water ballet, running, cycling with your dad and your best friend, playing tennis, cross country and yes downhill skiing? Well, you may not believe me now, but all that time will pay off. Listen to me because I’m who you will become in the future; and try, really, really hard to forget about the popular girls who spend most weekday and weekend afternoons at the mall and by the time they are sixteen drive their chic little sports cars to school (even though they aren’t really athletic, except for one or two cheerleaders). Those girls may drive Corvettes and even jade green Land Rovers while you ride your ten speed or walk. But those girls won’t grow up and walk the Camino of Santiago all by themselves. Yes, that’s right; I’m talking to you, Monkey. Give it another decade and a half, and you’ll land in the French Pyrenees and climb down those mountains and walk across Spain. Yes, your feet will be sore, and you’ll have blisters on top of your blisters. But you’ll feel really terrific about yourself too, and you’ll never forget the sky—all that blue—the evening you sit on the cathedral steps in Santiago. No, you won’t meet the love of your life on that trip; but he’s out there, I promise. And while he may not love movement the way you do, preferring to meander instead of run, to bird watch instead of run with the dogs, he will love books as much as you do. So keep reading under the covers way past a reasonable hour so that you are agonizing near-sighted by the time you reach college. Keep reading The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Tess of the D’Urbevilles, Laurie Colwin’s heartbreakingly gorgeous novels, and every single Agatha Christie because all that reading is excellent training for a writer. And you’re a quick study.

View the entire letter at Dear Teen Me

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Buy Jacqueline’s YA novel at Luminis Books!

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Booklist Review of ENTREVOIR ~ ‘readers will be richly rewarded’

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Entrevoir by Chris Katsaropoulos

Katsaropoulos’ three previous novels have been widely praised for the author’s elegant prose style and forays into rarefied metaphysical territory most fiction writers avoid. Katsaropoulos’ fanciful, mystical story line may not suit everyone’s tastes, but readers with a yen for offbeat spiritual literature will feel richly rewarded here. ~ Booklist

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Flesh and Bone author William Alton on ‘Why He Wrote the Book’

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By William Alton on Flesh and Bone

I’m prone to visions and voice, nightmares and flashbacks. There are times when I completely lose touch with reality. So I keep a journal. In my head, I see things. They’re detailed and sometimes frightening and graphic. Whether they are memories or imagined doesn’t matter. They become the emotional kernel around which I build my poetry and fiction.

While I am a survivor of abuse, sexual, physical, emotional, I no longer see myself as a victim. But I do remember sitting in my room in the middle of the night shortly after my mother died and things started happening. Flesh and Bone formed in my head like a migraine, full blown and vivid. The book is not a memoir but it is memoiristic. I was much younger than the characters in the novel. I didn’t go through the exact progress they go through. But I imagined and remembered and fought and wrote and the next thing I knew, I had a manuscript.

People ask about my creative process. I am an absurdist and a stream of consciousness writer. I live each chapter and each story with my characters. I become them and they become and for a little while, we each forget the lines between reality and dream.  My style of writing is borrowed somewhat from Sandra Cisneros, Suzanna Kaysen and a slew of flash fiction writers. I’ve tried to emulate John Irving and Tim O’Brien, but I do not think in narrative arcs or outlines. Things come to me piecemeal. I write what comes when it comes.

Part of it is because, at heart, I’m a poet. A Confessional Poet at that. But I like to write in series or inter related pieces. When it ends, it ends. Sometimes, it’s abrupt and nonsensical. Other times, it just peters out. Knowing when to stop writing, knowing when the story is told, is like knowing when to stop making love. It happens many ways, but it’s always clear and definitive.

Learn more at the Luminis Books website.

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Author Tracy Richardson – Work In Progress – Aliens and Earth in Crisis

Tracy Richardson, author of The Field and Indian Summer talks about her current work in progress.

I’m about a quarter of the way through with the very rough draft of my next untitled novel. Titles are really hard and I’m hoping for some inspiration to strike somewhere in the writing process!

As in my other books there is an environmental theme. I’m very concerned about what humans are doing to our planet with pollution, nuclear radiation, fracking, and burning fossil fuels. There is a lot of evidence that what we do harms the planet and I believe that there is a limit to what the Earth can absorb of our throw-away culture. There are better, healthier alternatives to plastic waste, pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and fossil fuels. Don’t even get me started on antibacterial soap! Antibiotics are turning up in mountain stream water! We just have to show a commitment on a personal level. What you do does matter. Corporations and governments won’t change of their own volition. They change in response to economic pressures – buying habits of consumers – and public pressure – how we vote. My way of showing my commitment is to include these issues in my books interwoven with stories of normal teens.

In THE FIELD the characters learn about and interact with The Universal Energy Field and the Collective Consciousness. This book will have aliens. Or star-beings, or extra-terrestrials – whatever you want to call them. If you think about the vastness of the Universe – billions of galaxies, billions of stars with billions of planets – I think it is naive, and really arrogant, as well,  to assume that we are the only form of intelligent life out there. Or that we are the most advanced form of life. These other life forms could be so advanced that they could already be here without our knowledge. At least the knowledge of the general population. There are certainly enough UFO sightings by credible sources such as airline pilots and military personnel to make one wonder about it.

A lot of books and movies about aliens have them attacking Earth. Then there are movies such as Interstellar, ET, Contact, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. What if that is the truth? What if star-beings don’t mean to harm us, but want to help us? Are we ready to accept their help?

Here are some sites with more information.

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute – SETI – Carl Sagan Center

Institute of Noetic Sciences – IONS Founded by Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell – Science and Consciousness

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Al Riske discusses his writing process for THE POSSIBILITY OF SNOW

By Al Riske on The Possibility of Snow

As I look back, I see that I’ve often written about missteps and misunderstands, crossed signals and bad timing, usually between men and women. In The Possibility of Snow, it’s two guys.

They become friends and then, well, not.

Big deal, right? Guys tend to become friends almost by accident—some combination of shared circumstances and sensibilities—and drift apart as easily as they came together.

The characters in The Possibility of Snow, Steve and Neil, meet in college, where, away from home for the first time, guys find themselves in need of new friends as never before (and perhaps never again, not with the same urgency).

It’s also the place and time in which we are all looking to define ourselves, to decide what and who we want to be.

The combination of similarities and differences that bring Steve and Neil together makes it hard for them to either stay friends or simply go their separate ways. Each is unlike anyone the other has ever known.

To me, that dynamic proved fascinating, mystifying, and ultimately unsettling.

Through their story, I found myself exploring the limits of loyalty, compassion, belief, and forgiveness.

Learn more about The Possibility of Snow at the Luminis website.

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