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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Suspense/Thriller – Molly’s Moon

Molly's MoonMolly’s Moon
By Ron Parham
Publisher: Pen-L Publishing
Published: April 2014
Pages: 317
ISBN: 978-1940222424
ASIN: B00L4NLDUI
Genre: Suspense/Thriller

On a routine trip to Europe, widowed businessman Ethan Paxton learns of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon while landing in Amsterdam on September 11, 2001. Stuck in the Netherlands while fear grips at America’s throat and the world is in chaos, he finds out his teenage daughter Molly has been abducted by terrorists in Mexico while she was on a school mission trip. With America’s airports closed for who knows how long, he is left with few options.

In desperation, Ethan remembers an old Air Force buddy, Jake Delgado – an ex-cop who’s now a broken down, alcoholic private investigator. Tracking Jake to a sleazy bar on the outskirts of the Gas Lamp District of San Diego, Ethan hires him to look for Molly, with Ethan’s son alongside.

In a white-knuckle race against time, the frantic father finds his way to Mexico City, while his distraught but determined son and Jake turn over the dark underside of Baja, California, searching for the girl and her friends. Their journeys converge at the Tijuana border crossing on September 13, with the diabolical kidnapper and his prostitute companion in the crosshairs. But just knowing the solution isn’t the same as executing it.

Will the three have what it takes to outwit and outfight the terrorist to save the girls?

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Recent Praise for Molly’s Moon:
“Ron Parham’s first novel, Molly’s Moon, is exciting and entertaining. With the terror of 9/11 as its backdrop, the story of widowed American businessman Ethan Paxton’s working trip to Europe takes harrowing turn after turn when he learns his teenage daughter has been kidnapped by Mexican sex-traffickers just outside Tijuana. Telling his story from multiple viewpoints, Parham literally shoots for the moon, and he doesn’t miss his mark.” – JB Hogan, author of The Apostate and Angels in the Ozarks

“Move over Grisham, Parham’s on his way. Patterson’s got his Alex Cross, Lee Child has his Jack Reacher, and Ron Parham has Jake Delgado … really an interesting character.” – Trent Fewkes, retired IRS Agent

Molly's Moon AuthorAbout the Author:
Ron Parham is a businessman who worked in California’s Silicon Valley for thirty years, traveling the world and accumulating a vast storage of experiences, memories and friends. He now works for a major golf company in San Diego County and lives in the seaside community of Carlsbad, CA. Ron’s novels will be primarily based upon his unique experiences around the world, set against the exciting events of his generation. Molly’s Moon is an example of merging Ron’s experiences with the terror and chaos of 9/11, creating a suspenseful, thrilling story.

He began writing his first novel, Molly’s Moon, the day after he took voluntary retirement from his high-tech job on his birthday in 2011, and he hasn’t looked back. He finished the first draft of Molly’s Moon in six months, but took a year to complete the editing and rewrite. Pen-L Publishing, a small, family-owned company based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, home to the University of Arkansas, liked what they read and offered Ron a publishing contract in October of 2013.

Ron’s second novel, Copperhead Cove, will be published by Pen-L.com and should be out in late 2014.

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Historical/Religious Fiction – The Reluctant General

The Reluctant GeneralThe Reluctant General
By Herb Sennett
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 978-1490818078
ASIN: B00I9YUHDO
Published: January 2014
Pages: 250
Genre: Historical Fiction, Religious Fiction

Their world was falling apart. They had come to the land of the Canaanites to find a home where they could live in peace after years of slavery in Egypt.  But, now the ancient Israelites faced opposition and persecution from a cruel and vicious king named Jabin and his cold-hearted commander of the army, Cisera. The persecution and hellacious taxation policies continued for over twenty years until a  woman named Deborah and her reluctant hero led a rag-tag group of men to the rescue!

The story of Deborah and Barak from the biblical book of Judges describes amazing courage and fortitude beyond modern comprehension. In this modern retelling of the old story, Herb Sennett brings to life the people of 1150 BC in such a way that their hopes, dreams, struggles, pain, and suffering help us face our own problems in the light of God’s willingness to help his people whenever they are threatened with extinction. The Jewish people of that day knew little of warfare and tactics, but they were able to defeat the most powerful army of the day and then conquer the most heavily defended city in the area. This novel tells of their struggle to live free of oppression and fear through their faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

About the Author:
The Reluctant General AuthorHerb Sennett has spent the last thirty years as a college professor (Palm Beach Atlantic College, Louisiana College, Southeastern University, and currently at Broward College and Palm Beach State College). He was trained in speech and drama education (B.S.E.) at Arkansas State University and holds master’s degrees in speech (M.A., University of Memphis) and theater (M.F.A., Florida Atlantic University) as well as a doctorate (Ph.D.) in theater awarded by the Louisiana State University. He also holds a masters degree (M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) and a doctorate (D.Min., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) in religious studies.

Herb has produced, directed, and/or written three dozen stage plays and eleven short films. He is the author of two books dealing with theater history. He served six years in the pastoral ministry and twenty-one years as a chaplain in the US Army Reserves, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

In 2010, Herb decided to bring his years of research, training, and ingenuity to a new creative effort: writing novels that are historically accurate as well as compelling and exciting to read. Herb believes that some of the greatest stories ever written are to be found in the pages of The Holy Bible as well as in the myths of ancient Greece; and it is these stories he wishes to share in a new and exciting way for the modern world.

Herb writes, teaches, and lives in South Florida with his wife of more than forty-five years. They have two children and one grandson.

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Literary Fiction – The Sands Of Katambora

The Sands Of KatamboraThe Sands Of Katambora
By Rory Johnston
ISBN: 978-1494402761
ASIN: B00J06SZP2
Published: March 2014
Pages: 193
Genre: Literary Fiction

Sure to remind you of an earlier age of innocence in writing, The Sands of Katambora is a sentimental story about overcoming obstacles and pursuing a greater good. It will touch your heart, excite your senses, and open your eyes not only to the beauty of the African landscape, but also to the ways wildlife and wild spaces are affected by human behavior. It has a powerful, prescient message of the devastation caused by modern ivory, rhino horn poaching and loss of habitat occurring in today’s Africa.

The story is set in Central Africa, along the Zambezi River, and is about the BaTonga people, who worship the River God, Nyaminyami. A dragon-like creature with a snake torso and a fish-shaped head, the BaTonga believe he controls their lives, and he is rumored to cast a spell on anyone who sets foot in the Zambezi valley.

And so it was that Colin Somerset fell under her spell, and was bound to Nyaminyami for his entire life and throughout all of his endeavors. After first coming to the valley at age five, he dedicated himself to improving the quality of life for his beloved BaTonga people, and to protecting the land and wildlife held under her dominion.

Set on transforming his family’s business from hunting safaris to photographic safaris, Colin encounters tremendous struggles, opposition, and resistance from those around him, and experiences turmoil in his own personal relationships.

A must-read for anyone interested in Africa, its people and landscape, The Sands of Katambora tells a compelling love story with a timeous message about conserving the world’s wildlife and wild spaces.

About the Author:
Author Rory Johnston has spent a great amount of time in Africa, and has a deep respect and appreciation for its landscape, peoples, and wildlife. He grew up in the safari business, and, as a child, accompanied his parents on trips to some of the most remote and rarely visited regions of the continent.Johnston writes about love and personal relationships, and has been able to cleverly weave his knowledge of Africa and his respect for its land, people, and wildlife into his fiction. He wrote three short stories: Growing Up in Africa, A Major Hoodwink, and co-wrote It Happened at Squeedunc Plantation with his wife, Virginia Doyle. His first novel in a series, The Sands of Katambora, is soon to joined by the second, Katambora Rising.

 

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