Join us with authors James Battestelli, Linda Kennedy, and Antoinette Truglio Martin.
James Battestelli, author of “Shook: Book 1 of Resolution” – The first book of the greater story of “Resolution”. In Shook, we follow Dylan Stewart, a freshman at Temple University as he struggles to succeed in a life-track that is not one of his own choosing. He has three older brothers and two loving parents who all demand him to do as they have always been taught to do, and he is losing his grip on reality. He then takes an impromptu trip and meets someone who changes everything for him. Find out if the change was good, or if it was bad. And was it enough for Dylan to regain his sanity?
Linda Kennedy, author of “The Number of Man: The Beginning” – Natalie Combs discovers she was not who she thought she was after the sudden death of her parents which produces information that she was adopted. In searching for her true birth parents, she discovers the unbelievable knowledge that she had been cloned and had been being tracked and watched through RFID chip technologies.
Antoinette Truglio-Martin, author of “Daily Bread” – It is 1911. Crammed into a three-room flat in a Mott Street tenement, the large Taglia family needs all the help they can muster. Spunky songbird Lily wants to help by baking Daily Bread at the bakery like her big sister, Margaret. But Margaret says Lily is just a little kid, and there is more to baking Daily Bread than height and an artist’s heart. Lily learns to navigate in a grown-up world when facing bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and treacherous streets to cross by herself.
Join us with authors Richard Marks, Robert Gibson, and Lisa Strahs-Lorenc.
Richard Marks, author of “Rise to the Sun: 7 Footsteps and 7 Prayers for Getting Out of Hell” – Rise to the Sun is a courageous exploration of personal trauma, recovery, and expansion. A timely and necessary work, it illustrates how humankind must seek to heal its own innate suffering before it can hope to succeed in healing the various external crises affecting our planet. Why bother? Why forgive? What are active ways to engage? How do I break free? What does finding freedom mean? The art of living is learning to be good to ourselves. The 7 Footsteps symbolize the way forward—personally, collectively, or spiritually. Guiding us to feel safe in the face of change, this book includes stories and insights from many diverse personalities. Finding freedom is a life-long aspiration that lights our way out of hell. The 7 Footsteps and 7 Prayers unlock a kinder, gentler, and long-lasting engine for transformation.
Robert Gibson, author of “Make it Raine” – “Make it Raine.”That’s the line that made all the women swoon. Hooked on the erotic offerings and tantalizing, seductive verse from performance poet Raine, women melted at the power of his voice. His words call to Jasmine, a spitfire of a woman captivated by the taste of his power and ability to make women weak whenever he speaks. Her desire to play with passion’s fire drives the two into a spontaneous night that will forever alter their lives. Raine’s main goal is to climb the heights of stardom, but Jasmine is not making it easy on him to walk away. Will Raine man up and realize things have changed, or will he continue to use his words to indulge his carnal desires?
Lisa Strahs-Lorenc, author of “Pancreatic Cancer: Families Move On” – Pancreatic Cancer: Families Move On is a follow-up book from the book that was published on September 3, 2010, entitled Pancreatic Cancer: It’s a Family Affair. Ten years have passed for the families, and we want to share what has happened in our lives after the passing of our loved ones, and the one contributor who is a survivor of this very deadly disease. Our stories illustrate that life goes on, not as we all had planned, but in ways that may have surprised us all. In addition, the proceeds of the sale of this book will be donated to the Lustgarten Foundation. www.lustgarten.org.
Join us with authors Pauli Rose Libsohn, Bernadette Walsh, and D E McCluskey.
Congratulations to author Pauli Rose Libsohn, winner of The First Place 2020 Best Northshore Author! Pauli Rose Libsohn, who has worked at Rallye Motors in Roslyn for the past 39 years, launched her literary career in 2014, when she arranged and edited a book of poems by her mother, Mitzi Libsohn, that marked the first book published by either of them. Her latest effort includes romantic poetry that her parents wrote to each other in greeting cards from 1945 on, along with Pauli’s own thoughts.
Bernadette Walsh, author of “The Reluctant Witch” – Two powerful witches, two powerful stories in one book. Fiona Morrissey learned from an early age not to trust her magical powers and certainly not to trust the spirits her “gifts” allowed her to see. Mama always said, “Spirits may act like they are giving you something, but they will take from you a hundredfold anything they give you. Spirits always want something and are not to be trusted.”Being a good girl, Fiona followed her mother’s advice and for years steered clear of spirits and magic. That is until the spirit of gorgeous John Callahan, Fiona’s ex-boyfriend and the only man she ever truly loved, decided to camp outside her door. Now Fiona must decide, can she trust the spirit of her beloved boyfriend or was John like all the other selfish and dangerous spirits her mother warned her about? FOLLOW MEDNA is destiny. Or is it? Nell Donahue was born an echo witch — a weak witch with just enough magic in her to read the tea leaves of bored suburban housewives. Nell’s spent her life envying her more gifted sister and chasing magical powers she could never attain until an unexpected trip to hell increased Nell’s abilities ten-fold. Now Nell has more powers than she ever dreamed of. She’s also being haunted by the ghost of a slain college student, threatened by a pack of semi-human demon-worshipping ghouls and harassed by a brawny detective who’s awakened something in unlucky-in- love Nell that she’d much prefer remained dormant. Too late to return to her status as an echo witch, Nell must learn to harness her enhanced powers before she loses everything, including her heart.
D E McCluskey, author of “Butterflies” – Olivia Martelle has it all. She’s young and beautiful and has just had her fairy-tale wedding to the man of her dreams, the man who makes the butterflies in her stomach swoop and swirl. Life is looking rosy indeed. Then, a cruel twist of fate changes everything. After a devastating accident, every day seems to be a battle—with doctors, with her sister-in-law, with herself. Her beautiful blue butterflies have turned to black. A desperate mistake leads her onto a path she doesn’t want to tread, and her life begins to spiral out of control. Will anything bring her butterflies back?
Join us with authors Sebastian Pandolfo, author of “McGowan At War”, Michelle and Angelle, authors of “Wrong Guy, Right Room” and Srdjan Bogicevic, author of “The Art of the Imagination”
Sebastian Pandolfo, author of “McGowan At War” – Set in 1969 in what was then the Republic of Vietnam, this novel deals with intelligence-gathering and some of those involved in the process, particularly Warrant Officer Francis McGowan, a US Army linguist. His assigned duty is to sit in an office translating intercepted enemy communications but he is drawn into the active hunt for a communist spy. An American counterespionage agent working on the same case begins to suspect that McGowan himself is a security risk.
Michelle and Angelle, authors of “Wrong Guy, Right Room” – Neil and Kaitlyn’s meet-cute is straight out of a romance novel, except for the lack of hot sex. He wants to wait until their wedding night and make it special, but she’s not so sure. Neil’s gesture would be romantic if the love of her life, Luke, hadn’t abandoned her ten years earlier, leaving a string of ghastly relationships in his wake.
The night before Kaitlyn’s rehearsal dinner, her twin brother fills her head with images of erectile dysfunction and deformed penises, sending her to seduce Neil before it’s too late.
Scantily dressed, Kaitlyn sneaks into Neil’s hotel room ready to uncover their chemistry, but discovers Luke in bed instead. A viral outbreak in the hotel forces them into quarantine together. Kaitlyn and Luke must face their heartache from the past and their undeniable attraction in the present.
Wrong Guy, Right Room is a stand-alone contemporary romance where the wrong guy might just be the right man.
Srdjan Bogecevic, author of “The Art of the Imagination” – After having a flash in his mind, the Present Self received an insight that he should write a book by using his Imagination to find the life answers he seeks, answers that his Future Self will provide for him. Stepping into the unknown, the Present Self was surprised when during that interview the roles were reversed, and instead of seeking the answers, he was the one who was providing them. Your Imagination is unlimited. You just need to remember how to use that power to create the life you want. This book will teach you exactly that; how to use your Imagination combined with your Intention to create the Future you’re dreaming about. That’s why you’ve been drawn to this book. There’s something inside of you that knows you’re greater than your current reality. That you can be more. Do more. Have more. Maybe this book is just one more reminder you’ve been looking for. To remind you of how great you are. By the time you finish reading this book, you’ll be in the process of transforming to a higher and better expression of yourself. Just remember this quote that the great Albert Einstein once said: “Imagination can take you everywhere!” The Art of Imagination aims to stimulate the imagination of the reader and is directed towards adults who are in their late 20s and early 30s, who may be questioning their path in life and who they are as a person.
Join us with photographer Holly Gordon and artist Ward Hooper as they discuss their upcoming release, “Parallel Perspectives: The Brush/Lens Collaboration.”
The eye-arresting images in this original contemporary art book feature two popular mediums, painting and photography. Although the art is inspired by the Long Island landscape, its visual appeal in artists’ interpretations of locations is universal. Paired with the dialog of the artists, the narrative becomes an intimate conversation with the reader. Combining life, loss, serendipity and art, it portrays two artists, whose conceptually similar work evolved independently until social media brought them together. Their collaboration continues to produce treasures of stunning, memorable beauty.
The improbable pairing of Holly Gordon, photographer from Bay Shore, Long Island, and Ward Hooper, painter from Northport, Long Island, is a symbiotic match.
Their artistic relationship is an affirmation of the human spirit in an age where most can’t seem to detach from objects.
These two contemporary artists discovered a serendipitous connection to the earlier American artistic and personal alliance of Arthur Dove and Helen Torr, whose work was inspired by the same Long Island locations. The past thus joined the present, deepening Gordon and Hooper’s bond, both personally and geographically.
In Gordon and Hooper’s intimate relationship there is a sense of empathy, connection, and mutual discovery that is invincible.
Ward Hooper and Holly Gordon understand that the meaning of their journey extends beyond themselves. Their camaraderie and brilliant exposition beckons others to do the same and thereby reach their own heights in art and life.
Join us at Between The Covers with our Book Club guests, The Boynton Beach Bookies. We will be discussing Michael Finkel’s The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. SPOILER ALERT! Yes – we will be discussing the WHOLE book, so if you haven’t yet read it, please BE AWARE!
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Michael Finkel, author of“The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” – Many people dream of escaping modern life. Most will never act on it—but in 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight did just that when he left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another person for the next twenty-seven years.
Drawing on extensive interviews with Knight himself, journalist Michael Finkel shows how Knight lived in a tent in a secluded encampment, developing ingenious ways to store provisions and stave off frostbite during the winters. A former alarm technician, he stealthily broke into nearby cottages for food, books, and supplies, taking only what he needed but sowing unease in a community plagued by his mysterious burglaries. Since returning to the world, he has faced unique challenges—and compelled us to reexamine our assumptions about what makes a good life. By turns riveting and thought-provoking, The Stranger in the Woods gives us a deeply moving portrait of a man determined to live his own way.
Join us with authors Poppy Kuroki – author of “A Bard’s Lament” , Izzy Hodder – author of “Someone Like You” and Moe S.D. – author of “Ksneia and the World of Inspiration”.
Poppy Kuroki – author of “A Bard’s Lament” – The town of Veilig is burdened with a terrible secret. Ella is a bard, her sister a prostitute, working in a tavern to pay off their late mother’s debt. But Ella has a secret of her own. Her music carries codes for spies to decipher, working to undo Veilig’s horrific crimes. Then her sister is taken captive. Can Ella save them both, or will their tale end in darkness?
Izzy Hodder – author of “Someone Like You” – What do you do when you’re 17 and you find out you’re pregnant? How do you tell your friends, your family? How do you decide what to do? Meet Amy. Amy is your neighbour, your friend, your cousin, Amy is just like someone you know. When Amy is 17, she finds out she is pregnant. This turns her seemingly average life upside down. In her final year of school and trying to figure out where to go next with her life, Amy must make a decision that, no matter what, will stay with her forever.
Moe S.D. – author of “Ksneia and the World of Inspiration”- Ksenia and the World of Inspiration is the first book in the Bird with Blue Blood series and is based on the author’s real-life journey into the world of inspiration in a dream several years ago, after he was compelled to bring it to the real world. Each book is the product of a dream followed by years of thought, pain, discovery, and travel that has morphed into a story with tangible characters and art with definite colors and shapes. The city of Alyssum is a place plagued by fear and sadness, living in the shadow of a House of Agony until, one day, the music of a flute inherited by a girl named Ksenia brings joy and happiness to all that hear it. As much as she loves to play it, Ksenia soon discovers that the flute carries with it a myriad of secrets and the key to a whole new world outside her reality. Based on the life-changing vision of the author and placed uniquely where art meets literature, Ksenia and the World of Inspiration is the story of one girl’s foray into mystery, fantasy, and breathtaking beauty in pursuit of one thing-the enigmatic bird with blue blood.
Red Penguin Books is excited to announce two of its newest programs, The Red Penguin Collection and The Red Penguin Review. Join us with literary associates JK Larkin and Nika Rose.
We are thrilled to introduce TheRed Penguin Collection – a program for new and emerging authors – along with established authors – to publish their work in short form. Each collection is an anthology that will focus on a different theme or genre, ranging from mystery and romance to coming of age and social changes. Interested authors will submit up to 5,000 words of short stories, or essays. If Red Penguin accepts the submission for the limited spots in each Collection, the submission will be published and promoted through Red Penguin Books.
Our upcoming publications for The Red Penguin Collection are:
WHAT LIES BEYOND
Sci-Fi Stories of the Future
Submission Deadline: September 15
It is all too easy to look back on the science fiction stories of the last century and question how far we have come. “Weren’t our cars supposed to be driving themselves by now? Why can’t my cell phone produce a holographic girlfriend for me? How is it that we can still be dealing with the same global health crises we did so many years ago when we are living in the future?” We can contemplate these questions and many more for hours, or instead we can use this opportunity to escape our current world and dive into the pages of our dreams and recreate the stories of wonder that we are so accustomed to reading.
What Lies Beyond is the second anthology to be a part of the new Red Penguin division The Red Penguin Collection. We are looking for submission of up to 5000 words, all within the scope of the science fiction genre, to include in this book. If you like to tell stories of aliens, holograms, or galaxies far, far, away, this is the place for you!
A Trip For The Books
Submission Deadline: September 30
In a time when the world feels as though it has been paused, we could all benefit from a return to when leaving the house was easier to look ahead toward. A Trip For The Books, the third book in our new publishing project, The Red Penguin Collection, aims to compile essays, short stories, and other works that pertain to travel and what it means to venture forth from the homes in which we have found ourselves limited. In a submission of up to 5000 words, you can send in your selection that speaks of your vacations around the globe, your thoughts and practices regarding such journeys, or even a fictionalized telling of someone else’s travels. The page is your oyster.
We are excited to announce The Red Penguin Review– a quarterly literary magazine dedicated to the emerging author- as well as the mid-career and established author who seek a place to explore their voice in a new way! Interested authors will submit up to 1500 words of poems, essays, and short stories, short plays, and/or excerpts of larger works. After a review process a select number of submissions will be published in the quarterly review alongside a featured interview (of notable authors and other publishing insiders), an article on a special topic in publishing by our founder and president Stephanie Larkin, writing tips & prompts, curated ads and MORE! We would be excited for you to join our network of authors and editors!
Join us with authors David A. Lindsay, Tiffany Adams, and Barbara Josselsohn.
David A. Lindsay, author of “Lost From Atlantis” – 14-year-old Katie Sullivan has vanished from modern-day Atlanta and appears in 1197 A.D. Europe. Captured and taken as slave Katie makes a desperate wager with the king: If she can teach him how to fly, she won’t only go free – she’ll be rich! But if she fails she will die. As a valued but distrusted advisor she counsels the monarchy on famine, bandits raiding the villages, emergency first aid, Black Plague, saves a woman from burning at the stake, and much more. Could you convince a king in 1197 A.D. that you’re worth more as an advisor than as a slave?
Tiffany Adams, author of “Don’t Kiss A Frog” – Kissing causes a chemical reaction in the brain to boost hormones … Surely kissing a “frog” should have been a good thing, considering all the stories about princesses finding their “prince charming” after kissing a frog! Let me be the first to tell you, kissing a frog; allowing a man to walk all over you is NEVER worth it…
Barbara Josselsohn, author of “The Lilac. House” – Summer escapes to the Lilac House has always been a source of comfort for Anna Harris. Though things will never be the same since her husband’s death, she knows that it is there, nestled in Lake Summers in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, that she and her children Zac and Evie can begin to build a new life. The house is just as beautiful as Anna remembers, and caught up in the rhythm of small-town life helping her Aunt Hope run the little shop on Main Street, Anna begins to feel a sense of herself she hasn’t felt in years. Then she meets Aidan. Handsome, strong, and quiet, he also knows what it’s like to lose someone. In each other, they recognize something they’ve both been missing and they feel a spark. But Aidan’s past holds a different set of complications. He’s hiding a secret about why he came to Lake Summers. And just as the Lilac House finally starts to feel like home, Anna learns something devastating about Greg’s death that makes her question everything. The summer might have brought Anna and Aidan together, but can Anna finally let go of the past now she really has the chance for a new beginning?
Join us with authors Dennis Wilson and Reyna Marder Gentin.
Dennis Wilson, author of “Morning Coffee Thoughts” – This book contains a series of positive anecdotes to remind you that there is beauty within all of us. Embrace life, spread love, and live in peace.
Reyna Marder Gentin,author of “My Name Is Layla” – On the first day of eighth grade, thirteen-year-old Layla has a pretty good idea of what’s in store for her–another year of awkward social situations, mediocre grades, and teachers who praise her good behavior but find her academic performance disappointing. Layla feels certain she’s capable of more, but each time she tries to read or write, the words on the page dance and spin, changing partners and leaving her to sit on the sidelines. This year will be different in ways Layla could never have predicted. Her new English teacher, Mr. McCarthy, senses her potential. When he pushes her to succeed, Layla almost rises to the challenge before making a desperate choice that nearly costs her everything she’s gained. Will she be able to get back on track? And who can she count on to help her?
2019 Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Award Finalist in Outstanding Debut Fiction for “Unreasonable Doubts”