Thanks to Netgalley and my status as a librarian I have the opportunity to review books before they are published, or to those familiar with book lingo, to get ARC copies. These reviews will always be 100% my own thoughts and opinions and unbiased regardless of how I receive copies of books.
Honeybee is set to launch on June 1st, 2018 and if you haven’t checked it out and added it to your amazon cart, seriously, go do it now.
You can pre-order the Kindle version for $3.82 or a paperback for $12.95.
“Honeybee is an honest take on walking away and still feeling like you were walked away from. It’s about cutting love loose like a kite string and praying the wind has the decency to carry it away from you. It’s an ode to the back and forth, the process of letting something go but…
What follows is the first few chapters of prologue from the novel, originally published over at Flash Fiction Online. You can read the full prologue by heading over there and giving them some visit-love.
The girl waits. There are only the silver threads of a web swooping precariously over the top left corner of a splintered window frame. There are no rays of warm light seeping through mottled glass. There is no slight breeze, no swaying jacaranda branch heavy with purple blossoms her mother sometimes plucked before church and pinned to the brim of her straw hat. These simple luxuries disappeared hours, perhaps days, ago.
She is not sure how long she’s been curled up in the darkness, under the frame of a stepladder tented with a blue tarp. Long enough so that there is only the faintest odor of paint, turpentine, urine, and a piney cleanser. Long enough that her empty stomach no longer gurgles, and the certainty of a machete blade slitting her neck no longer brings up the sour taste of fear. For as long as she can remember, her family has lived with the threat of death—maybe today, maybe tomorrow—as if each day is a gift, so easily snatched away. It occurs to her that fear is what has given the Hutus their power all of these years. The boys who sometimes shove her into the dirt while walking to school and steal her lunch. The men who come to take her father’s crops or burn the fields if he refuses. It is some small comfort that they no longer have power over her.
Happy New Year and please join us in welcoming two new books to the world: Grace of a Hawk and Until Tomorrow, both penned by the fantastically talented Abbie Williams.
Grace of a Hawk is the third and final book in the award-winning Dove series of an ex-Civil War prostitute and 3 ex Confederate soldiers looking to make a new life for themselves in the North. It’s historical fiction at it’s best and the first book, Heart of a Dove, won best Romance in the IPPY’s in 2015 and Soul of a Crow was a Foreword Reviews Indies Finalist last year.
Until Tomorrow is the seventh book in the Shore Leave Cafe series of a family of women on a lake in Minnesota. This book follows Tish, a young woman on her way to making it big in corporate law in Chicago, until she meets Case Spicer that is, a small town boy who captures her heart and soul.
Please celebrate the launch of these two great books by shooting a tweet over to @WilliamsAbbie77 to congratulate her!
It’s that time of year when we start winding down work, spending a little more time with our families and friends and enjoying some well-deserved rest.
For Central Avenue, this year has been one of quantum leaps, wonderful surprises, disappointments, and intense, heartfelt gratitude. Here’s a few highlights for this little press and some sneak peeks at what’s to come.
8 New Titles in 2017: From Ant to Eagle, Winter at the White Oaks Lodge, Wild Flower, The First Law of Love, Amanda in New Mexico, OMG… Is He Also a Witch?!, The Goblins of Bellwater, I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017
Awards & Mentions
From Ant to Eagle (Silver Birch Fiction – shortlist; Cybils – shortlist; CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens)
Soul of a Crow (Foreword Indies Finalist)
An Elegant Theory (Foreword Indies Finalist)
The Goblins of Bellwater (Top 100 Most Popular October Books – Goodreads; YALSA Alex nomination, Cybils shortlist)
Listings & Partnerships
Chain, indie & specialty channel national listings for From Ant to Eagle, The Goblins of Bellwater; I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017; Amanda in New Mexico; Shore Leave Cafe series
Major ARC campaigns with NetGalley, Edelweiss+, ABA, and Baker & Taylor
Foreign & Audio Rights sold for several titles in several countries
Alex Lyttle – ALA National Conference
Molly Ringle & Jennifer Haupt – PNBA Annual Trade Show
Darlene Foster – Vancouver Public Library
Abbie Williams – Heartland Fall Forum
9 New Titles for 2018: Grace of a Hawk, Until Tomorrow, The Way Back, Return to Yesterday, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, Honeybee, Five Hundred Poor, [Dis]Connected, Walhalla.
All in all, this has been one heck of a year. I consider myself extremely lucky to work with a group of extremely talented, driven and professional authors; I live vicariously through them. I’m surrounded by marketing, sales and distribution experts at IPG who have helped Central Avenue grow by leaps and bounds by helping us connect with the amazing librarians and booksellers who are the backbone of the book business. I particularly thank all the readers of our books: the bloggers, reviewers and regular bookstore customers like me, who pick up a book by a small press/lesser known author and decide to take a chance on it.
May your holidays be bright and merry and your new year full of hope, love, excitement and joy.
The reviews for one of our spring titles, IN THE SHADOW OF 10,000 HILLS by Jennifer Haupt are starting to roll in. Below is a wonderful review of the book, and pretty much sums up how I felt about it personally.
This is one of the finest books I have read recently. It opens with the picture of a blood spattered child, hiding in a ruined shack, frozen with fear.What she witnessed,the horror of people chopped to death with machetes, will never leave her,the screams of friends and family who did not escape haunting her dreams forever.She cowers in the filth waiting for the return of a man who has wrapped her in his shirt,promising to return when it is safe. This is Rwanda during the horrific genocide that occurred there in the 1990s.
The story moves to the present day in New York where Rachel and her husband are struggling with another miscarriage and the recent death of Rachel’s mother. The trauma has awakened Rachel’s fond memories of her loving father…
You will meet people in your lifetime who demand to have poems written about them. It’s not something they say. It’s something about their hands, the shape of their mouths, the way they look walking away from you.
Honeybee is an honest take on walking away and still feeling like you were walked away from. It’s about cutting love loose like a kite string and praying the wind has the decency to carry it away from you. It’s an ode to the back and forth, the process of letting something go but not knowing where to put it down. Honeybee is putting it down. It’s small town girls and plane tickets, a taste of tenderness and honey, the bandage on the bee sting. It’s a reminder that you are not defined by the people you walk away from or the people who walk away from you.
Consider Honeybee a memoir…
To celebrate the release of I Wrote This For You: 2007-2017 by Iain S. Thomas and Jon Ellis, there are lots of giveaways and fun things going on right now.
We had a limited run of absolutely gorgeous art cards printed. They’re designed by Lavanya Naidoo and signed and numbered by Iain. You can win a copy of the book and an art card by entering at these giveaways: