Dystopian Graphic Novel – I and You

I and YouI and You
By Beverly Garside
Illustrator: Lucas Duimstra
ISBN: 978-1492187424
ASIN: B00EXVPX5Y
Pages: 205
Genre: Dystopian Future, Romance, New Adult, Graphic Novel

It is the year 2098. Sara Storm has just come of age in a republic founded upon the objectivist principles of Ayn Rand – selfishness, minimal government, and laissez faire capitalism. It is a society in which the collectivist pronoun “we” has been replaced with the ideologically correct “I and You.” A true believer in the ideals of her nation, Sara launches her military career with zeal and great dreams for her future. But the world outside the classroom fails to live up to the one she has been taught to expect. Real people fail to behave like the heroes in Rand’s books or in the science fiction stories she loves. She notices cracks deepening in the nation that bills itself as the beacon of light for all mankind. Winds of change start to howl through the “skyscraper society” of her republic and strange sounds begin to emanate from the Earth itself. Suddenly her world, her career, and her own dreams no longer fit within the narrow confines of Rand’s ideology. Neither does love.

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Recent Praise for I and You:
“An impressive storyline that captures the reader’s attention and holds it firmly from beginning to end, “I and You” is a graphic novel that is as entertaining, original, and thought-provoking, making it highly recommended reading.” – Midwest Book Review

“A brave and massive tale from a solid pairing of talent – I can only hope another book is in conception.” – Cate Baum, Self Publishing Review.

“I AND YOU is a sharp and vigorous political satire, well-drawn and reasonably deftly if unsubtly handled. As with most political satires, though, it will probably appeal primarily to those who agree with its perspective already.” – Catherine Langehr, Indie Reader

About the Author
I and You AuthorBeverly Garside is a graduate of James Madison University and an author and screenwriter. Among her credits is the screenplay for the independent film “Sister Sonya’s Prayer Group.” A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, she served in Berlin during the 1980’s. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, Keith. Lucas Duimstra is a self-taught illustrator from Grand Rapids, MI. Being the son of an artist, he was encouraged by his parents to explore creatively at an early age. When he was 4 years old he began teaching himself to draw by copying art from comic books and trading cards. For the past 3 years he has done freelance illustration and coloring work in comic book series and anthology collections. This is his first graphic novel.

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Paranormal Romance – The Vampire’s Curse

The Vampire's CurseThe Vampire’s Curse
Things in the Night Series, Book 1
By Mandy Rosko
ISBN: 978-1489521125
ASIN: B00CIDBDYO
Pages: 353
Genre: Paranormal Romance

With this kiss…

In a city that cannot be found on any map that is inhabited entirely by witches, warlocks, vampires, and werewolves, Kyle McKane is seeking a cure for a curse that turns him into a blood hungry vampire during the night, and leaves him an exhausted, sleep deprived human during the day.

…She will cure him…

Jackie Moore is probably the worst witch in the city apart from her ability to heal wounds and illnesses with a touch of her lips. She rarely sees outsiders and is stunned to come face to teeth with Kyle when he finally succumbs to his hunger and attempts to bite her.

…Whether she wants to or not…

Instead she grabs him by the ears and kisses away his curse before he can sink his fangs into her. The problem is that the cure is only temporary until Kyle turns again the next night, and then goes out in search of Jackie so that she can cure him again, whether she wants to or not.

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Other books in the Things in the Night Paranormal Romance Series:

The Vampires Curse - 2The Legend of the Werewolf
Book 2
ISBN: 978-1500319687
ASIN: B00F1QPX0A

Mike Carter is a psychic detective in a city that’s not supposed to exist, but he needs a break. When the woman he loves gets married to someone else, he decides to go back home to try and connect with his estranged family.

That’s put on hold when he has a terrifying vision and is attacked by a powerful sorcerer, who also happens to be a psychotic killer. When he thinks his number is up, a beautiful woman comes to his aid. She’s a werewolf, and she has every intention of kidnapping Mike and taking him back to her pack.

Anne believes she’s found the missing link in werewolf history in Mike, and she is such a believer in the legends that she’s not willing to let him leave. Mike wants to find out why he’s wanted for dead, and what the werewolf legend really means, and with Anne’s help, she’ll pull him into a world even he didn’t know existed.

The Vampires Curse - 3The Shepard’s Agony
Book 3
ISBN: 978-1500552855
ASIN: B00IICEXY6

David Shepard thought he’d found the love of his life, the reason to leave behind his career of hunting down paranormal creatures. Gwen is exactly what he needs. Smart and beautiful, and more importantly, in love with him despite his inability to tell her what he does for a living. Until he spots the birthmark on her body that marks her as a born werewolf, forcing him to leave without a word. It’s her pack that he and his family are targeting, and now he must choose between the loyalty he has to his family, or the love of a woman who might very well literally rip his heart out in his sleep. But he can’t believe that Gwen is a wild and dangerous werewolf. Not his Gwen, so when his choice is made, David will prepare for a fight that could cost him the lives of everyone he loves, for the sake of sparing the love of his life.

About the Author
The Vampires Curse AuthorMandy Rosko loves writing paranormal romances with werewolves and dragons. She also does straight, M/M, and a touch of medieval romance under her other pen name, Rizzo Rosko. She enjoys reading and writing about dangerous heroes. Rosko currently lives in Ontario, Canada.

 

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Thriller/Horror – Blindspots

BlindspotsBlindspots
By David Sakmyster
Publisher: Hive Collective
Published: April 2014
Pages: 354
ISBN: 978-0985432539
ASIN: B00K1Q757Y
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Horror

IT’S WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE THAT MATTERS. . . Six strangers from across the globe, all afflicted with Prosopagnosia-a disease that renders the sufferer unable to recognize faces-find themselves drawn to a secluded Vermont clinic specializing in their condition. Once there, to the shock of their lives, these strangers find they are not only able to see, but somehow recognize each other. But before they can learn the amazing truth about their connection, they are targeted by a preternaturally-gifted killer who has been waiting, more than one lifetime, for their arrival.

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Blindspots AuthorAbout the Author:
David Sakmyster is an award-winning author who has nine novels published, including a series about psychic archaeologists (described as “Indiana Jones meets The X-Files”) starting with the book THE PHAROS OBJECTIVE. He also has an epic historical adventure, SILVER AND GOLD, the suspense novels CRESCENT LAKE, BLINDSPOTS and N.D.E, and a forthcoming story collection, ESCAPE PLANS. His screenplay, Nightwatchers, has been optioned for production.

 

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Contemporary Fiction – The Finnish Girl

The Finnish GirlThe Finnish Girl
By Dennis Frahmann
Publisher: Loon Town Books
Published: August 12, 2014
ISBN: 978-0692236482
ASIN: B00MAGHGFO
Pages: 320
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Family Saga

The Finnish Girl is a multi-generational story about a Finnish American family in Wisconsin and how their American dream threatens to become a nightmare. It begins with a young boy discovering his mother’s suicide and an unexpected cache of seemingly meaningless memorabilia. But behind those pieces of paper is a rich tapestry of interwoven lives—the family patriarch who emigrates from Finland to the United States to create his own future, a son who turns his back on his homeland as part of an ill-fated mission to Russia during the Depression, an elderly mother who faces deportation during McCarthy’s Red Scare era, and a young Finnish girl who cares too much about the injustices she sees.

The Finnish Girl was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition and Publishers Weekly wrote, “Melancholic, brooding, and cut-to-the-bone incisive, this is a tale to remember.”

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About the Author:
Dennis Frahmann grew up in Wisconsin, trained in journalism and spent most of his adult life in New York, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. Today he resides in the seaside village of Cambria, California. The Finnish Girl is his second novel. Tales from the Loon Town Cafe was his first novel.

 

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Memoir – Surviving Mental Illness

Surviving Mental IllnessSurviving Mental Illness
By Linda Naomi Katz
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1432783990
ASIN: B007Q2XC3M
Pages: 122
Genre: Memoir

Surviving Mental Illness is a memoir of the heartbreaks and challenges of someone growing up with bipolar disorder and how she dealt with stigma and achieved recovery.

The Road to Recovery – written from the perspective of someone whose life has been challenged by mental illness, this book offers help, hope, and inspiration to others struggling with psychological disorders. It provides information about mental illness in general—and mood disorders in particular—valuable tips about treatment and medication, and resources and organizations dedicated to helping those suffering from these disorders.

Surviving Mental Illness helps break through the fear and stigma of mental illness and focuses on how to find health and happiness. The author shares her personal journey: the heartbreak and challenges of bipolar disorder, and the joy of making her way back to mental health. Through her own story, she shows that help is out there, and with a little faith, recovery is possible.

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About the Author:
Surviving Mental Illness AuthorLinda Naomi Katz, born on March 21, 1969, was raised as a modern orthodox Jew, in which mental illness became a factor early in life. Her mother suffered from a breakdown and had depression which became difficult for the entire family. As Linda was growing up, she found herself with a breakdown in her early 20’s and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Being a modern orthodox Jewish woman, Linda soon discovered how biased and stigmatized her community was towards mental illness. Since then, she has advocating and helped others towards improving their mental health.   She has received several awards with the publication of her book. Today, she is married, a college graduate, and continues her work as a mental health peer advocate.

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