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It is 1949 and the Chinese Republic is collapsing under Mao Tse Tung’s onslaught. Manying,  must flee Nanjing with her baby, Love, war, sacrifice, corruption and revenge all play their part in this epic story that reaches its climax in twenty-first century Shanghai.
When two legal interns uncover the case of a drug dealer wrongly convicted of murder, their simple intent is to free an innocent man and bring the guilty to justice, but their effort is undermined by a crooked cop, a mobster, his attorney and a secret alliance. 
What if a cure for cancer was found by independent researchers? Would the public ever know about it? Not if big pharmaceutical's 'Mercenary Soldiers of Medicine' have their way. 
Something lurks beneath the layers of everyday life that lures the scrutiny of Madame Lune and fills her with fear. In their midst is another watcher—a monster prowls the district—a serial killer, and he has identified his next victim.
Entitled 'Ordinary Racialized Violence' Open Books author Andrew Asibong addresses the question: "Do you think that racism and racial profiling have increased in the last few years?" His response is direct and eloquent as well as a bit alarming... 
Stories, Poems, Articles, Excerpts, Videos, Interviews, Fine Arts Expo
Literary & 
Cultural Journal
Open Books author Christy Fearn discusses her debut novel, Framed, as well as her novel-in-progress, Notorious, in a video filmed by Andrew Kells at the Nottingham Writers Studio. Christy Fearn writes historical fiction and is an avid devotee of the poet Lord Byron. 
Open Books author Susie Duncan Sexton roasts actress Shirley Jones in a reading from More Secrets of an Old Typewriter: Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels at the Ann Arbor Arts and Culture Series.
Free For Your Enjoyment... Since 2002!   

Open Books author Alan Ramon Clinton talks about his love life (and reads from his letters to women on the web site
Return to Mameluke Bath
A twenty-minute documentary by Eleanor Bowen-Jones about Andrew Asibong's novel Mameluke Bath. Like the book, the film explores in alternately comic, serious and horrific modes, the themes of stigma, trauma and zombification in contemporary and futuristic provincial England. 
An Open Books Event
Book Launch Celebration in Toronto, Canada for As a Thief in the Night by Chuck Crabbe.
In their own voice...
The Butterfly Prison
Reel Roy Reviews: Keep ‘em coming

In his latest book Roy reviews Sting's new musical "The Last Ship", offers musings on shows by Lady Gaga, Cher, Randy Newman, and Katy Perry; and has written one of the snarkiest pieces you will ever read about a "Transformers" film!

San Franciso Book Fair Selection...

Two is for You follows a young software developer’s rise to prominence after inventing the world’s first automated answering service. There’s just one problem: Marco Salazar forgot to include numero dos for Español. 

As the vicious, unrelenting and unprecedented Winter Storm Wanda envelops New York and circles around Marco, details from his past strike at the heart of perception and identity.

Open Books author Miha Mazzini
Author of 28 books published in 9 languages
Winner of the Pushcart & Golden Palm for best film of 2012 and Best Director at Highgate Film Festival, London
discusses the writing of his novel, Paloma Negra
Simply entitled "Donald", this heartfelt biopic video chronicles author Donald O'Donovan's colorful history as well as the characters that populate his fiction. O'Donovan talks about his travels and his lifelong writing career, his love of great literature, his devotion to Southern California and, last but not least, his current indulgence, chicken farming.
A Week with Fiona Wonder
The light-hearted memoirs of one of the pioneers in modern cardiac surgery, Constantine "Dino" Tatooles, M.D. Dino's stories will quite literally "warm your heart" as well as provide a background to the advances in cardiac surgery made over the past fifty years. 
Open Books Titles for 2015
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Game of Chance by Sandra Cuza

Nothing foreshadows the shambles into which the lives of four women of very diverse ages and backgrounds are thrown when their husbands’ chartered plane vanishes in the Amazon jungle. Stunned by the disappearance, along with the news that the pilot neglected to file a flight plan, the wives band together, attempting to track the men on their catastrophic trip and discover whether they are dead or alive.

A whimsical fantasy that reveals the gateway to our recurring challenges and our transcendent triumphs.

Cast into the drama of a revolt against Queen Elizabeth I, Grace Byrne finds herself in the role of the famous Irish female pirate Gráinne O'Malley.   As Gráinne struggles to free her imprisoned son, Grace finds her courage, her inherent sense of purpose, her distant heritage, her present-day raison d’etre, and of course love. Celestial Land and Sea transports readers to the generational source of our shared heritage, and of our recurring challenges and our transcendent triumphs. 
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Game of Chance by Sandra Cuza
To foil a killer Madame Lune must walk in his shoes, enter his evil mind, and eventually learn to kill...

Who is the mysterious Madame Lune and why has watching Rue Lepic become a terrifying obsession for her? To the ordinary observer, Rue Lepic is a colorful street that meanders and climbs the northern part of Paris, from the Moulin Rouge in Pigalle’s red light district to Montmartre. There is, however, something else lurking beneath the layers of everyday life that lures the scrutiny of Madame Lune and fills her with fear. In their midst is a killer—a serial killer, and he has identified his next victim.

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Open Books author Amy McLean reads 
Chapter One of Celestial Land and Sea.
MADAME LUNE by Kathleen Curtin
TWO IS FOR YOU by Bobby Williams
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BOOK GLOW focuses on book news, creative imagery, new ideas, author lifestyles, book history and fast facts, reviews, videos, events, readers and...everything about books!

BOOK GLOW is leave your comments, share with your friends, or simply enjoy daily posts.

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Authors (click photos for full bios)
Adele Elliott
Alan Clinton
Andrew Asibong
Christy Fearn
Chuck Crabbe
David Rat
David A. Ross
Donald O'Donovan
Gregory Heath
James E. Tatooles
John Leahy
Keith Ainsworth
Kelly Huddleston
Linda Sands
Melissa Palmer
Miha Mazzini
Omoruyi Uwuigiaren
Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang
Roy Sexton
Susie Sexton
Sandra Cuza
Teri Louise Kelly
Tim Cole
Amy McLean
Kathleen Curtin
Bobby Williams
Raw, confronting and playful, The Butterfly Prison  redefines criminals, heroes, and poverty.

The Butterfly Prison tells the hushed-up, little stories that unfold within a world characterized by diminishment and shame, the stories of the disenfranchised, the stories of Paz and Mella.

As each fights for dignity in the shadows of poverty, harassment and exploitation, their decisions tell a compelling story of choice, consequence, systematic injustice, and the inner magic of the human constitution.

FRESH CUT by E. J. Bouinatchova
Fresh Cut by E. J. Bouinatchova

The cycle of life as seen through the eyes of “Eve A. Floriste” is divided into hemispheres; half of her curious circle relishes the beauty of the natural world, while the other half of her existence is haunted by memories of abuse, and she expresses her contradiction through passion, promiscuity, and even self-harm.

Author E. J. Bouinatchova looks at Eve’s life without delicacy or apology as she guides us through her world of beauty and decay, sensuality, violence, desire, and anguish. Readers will shudder one moment, laugh the next, and ultimately will find a seed of inspiration in Eve’s story.


Recent and Upcoming Author Appearances, Events & Honors
Official Irish Book Launch
for Madame Lune
by Kathleen Curtin
at Cork City Library
Kathleen Curtin will host a book launch celebration for Madame Lune at Cork City Library on Nov. 11, 2015, 6:30 pm.
Open Books author Sandra Cuza talks with Joe Barlow of CBS Morning about her novel 
Passion Fruit based on her 21-year experience as an ex-pat living in Brazil.
The X-Cure by Bruce Forciea

Dr. Alex Winter, a brilliant biomedical engineer, teams with Dr. Xiu Ling, a beautiful Chinese scientist, to discover a revolutionary cure for cancer. But Tando Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest and richest drug producer, also has an interest in the cure, and when they discover that the treatment is flawed as recipients begin to die after four months, causing a media frenzy and a drop in Tando's stock, they call upon their 'Mercenary Soldiers of Medicine' to maintain global domination.  

Amy McLean
The Butterfly Prison
Ta,ara Pearson
Open Books author Amy McLean to appear at Feel The Force Convention on 10 October 2015, Peterborough, UK
Kathleen Curtin
Open Books author Chuck Crabbe has been tapped to host this year's Junction Reads event. Other writers who will read from their works include Susan Glickman, Jim Bartley,
Vivian Demuth and Carole Giangrande.
Chuck Crabbe
Oct. 25th
4-7 pm
Trailers & Teasers
Madame Lune by Kathleen Curtin
Fresh Cut by E.J. Bouinatchova
Secrets of an Old Typewriter 
by Susie Duncan Sexton
As a Thief in the Night 
by Chuck Crabbe

Night Train
by Donald O'Donovan

Good Morning Corfu
by David A. Ross

by Christy Fearn

Thoughts of Maria
by Gregory Heath

Twin Oaks
by Melissa Palmer

Paloma Negra
by Miha Mazzini

Twin Oaks by Melissa Palmer

Twin Oaks is a self-contained community where it seems that skies are always blue, the grass is always green, flowers bloom prolifically, the houses exude charm and grace and the people are decent and always cordial. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for beneath exteriors lay the darker elements of personality: madness, envy, infidelity and spiritual vacuity.​
Good Morning Corfu chronicles the experiences and observations 
of an American expatriate living on this Mediterranean outpost of dizzying extremes.  
A chance encounter with the sister of his former lover persuades Doran Seeger to return to Greece, where a society that embraces real civility tenderly draws the habitual itinerant out of reticence and cynicism.
 Film reviews composed in tribute to (and sometimes frustration with) the art-form known as "cinema".
Sexton's sensibility is grounded in a desire to see good stories, well told.

With a cast of eccentrics
that rivals 
“The Royal Tenenbaums”,
Alone in the Company of Others asks where each of us essentially exists - within the singular, the plural, or both.
Christie’s determination to uncover Mukelenge’s identity, to rescue Damon from ta zombie-factory, and to understand her childhood hurtle all three toward a macabre fate in the spa town of Mameluke Bath.  
Passion Fruit explores the personal and social lives of ex-pat wives following their husbands along the path of international business: the challenges are momentous; the consequences of bad decisions life-changing.
Can Charlie rise to Fat Dave’s challenge to turn a one pound coin into one million pounds? Or is there an even greater prize waiting for him on the Las Vegas Strip? You make the odds…
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. Only an act of shameful impiety offers Ezra Mignon escape and eventual salvation.
Tamara Pearson Launches Her New Novel 
The Butterfly Prison in Sydney, October 2015!
The Butterfly Prison already has people talking, and author Tamara Pearson will officially launch her new novel with a series of events this October in Sydney, Australia. She will also host a launch event in her adopted hometown of Quito, Ecuador in early November.
Dates and times for Sydney events:
  • "Imagination for liberation: Women in the media and book world", October 17, 2015, 12:00 pm. Women's Library, Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
  • "Resisting with Words and Imagining Another World", October 23, 2015, 6:00 Resistance Centre, 22 Mountain St., Ultimo, Sydney, Australia.
  • Creative writing workshop, book signing & author appearance, October 24, 2015, 2:00, Marrickville Townhall, Sydney, Australia.
Book Launch in Quito!

"Creativity is rebellious" plus workshop and signing, early November, 2015.
Finn McCools, La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador.
A Florist's Life is Weirder Than You Think: 
Excerpts From the Wild-But-True Tale 
Fresh Cut  by E.J. Bouinatchova
eBook Only
 Just $2.99
If you can only afford a small bouquet...
All titles by Open Books author
Linda Sands
on sale through November
at Amazon
Amy McLean to Appear at Sunderland Lit Fest
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, 
City Library 5.45 - 6.45 pm
EJ Bouinatchova
EJ Bouinatchova

Will host a reading by
Open Books author E.J. Bouinatchova
on December 1, 2015 at 12:15 pm
Meeting Room A

Don't Miss OB Author
Linda Sands
Bouchercon 2015 – the world mystery convention – in Raleigh, NC, 
October 8-11, 2015.
 Only $2.99
The story that inspired the novel
Two is for You

"The Voice of Degeneration"
by Bobby Williams
Coming Soon!
Special eBook edition
Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference
October 29-November 1, 2015
Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon
At the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville, TN
Open Books author Linda Sands will
participate in panel discussions and 
sign copies of her novels at the
About Our Times - Three Social Conscience Novels
Christie Smithkin’s determination to rescue her friend Damon from the  horrors of a zombie factory hidden deep in the woods, and to come to terms with her own terrifying childhood, reveals a deeper inequity  in the spa town of Mameluke Bath
The Butterfly Prison 
is a tapestry of vignettes that tells the hushed-up, little stories that unfold within a world characterized by diminishment and shame, the stories of the disenfranchised, 
the stories of Paz and Mella.
Mercy Swimmer  is faced with a decision that will ultimately challenge her own capacity for compassion.
A Week with Fiona Wonder 
exposes the consequences of social exclusivity and suggests the alternatives of inclusion, empathy and mercy.
Something lurks beneath the layers of everyday life that lures the scrutiny of Madame Lune and fills her with fear. In their midst is another watcher—a monster prowls the district—a serial killer, and he has identified his next victim.
Open Books author 
Susie Duncan Sexton
to appear at the 
Whitley County Book Fair 
November 9th 
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

"I have now achieved such an old age that no one remains who can question the authenticity of my memory of places, people and events that were very much never what they were cracked up to be.”  
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Never Dull