Friday, June 21, 2013

Sisterhood of the Traveling Book is Proud to Announce New Author Member Holly Robinson

and the soon to be released  The Wishing Hill has joined the Sisterhood of the Traveling Book
Holly Robinson


Biography

My Official Biography
Holly Robinson is an award-winning journalist whose work appears regularly in national venues such as Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Huffington Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, More, Open Salon, and Parents.  She also works as a ghost writer on celebrity memoirs, education texts, and health books.  Her first book, The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter: A Memoir, was named a Target Breakout Book.  Her first novel, Sleeping Tigers, was named a 2011 Book of the Year Finalist by ForeWord Reviews and was more recently listed as a Semifinalist 2012 Best Indie Book by Kindle Book Review.  She  holds a B.A. in biology from Clark University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She lives north of Boston with her husband and their five children.

My Unofficial Biography
I never meant to be a writer.  I studied biology in college because I either wanted to be a veterinarian or a doctor – preferably one of those doctors who’s always jetting off to villages in Africa or Tibet to save thousands of lives while wearing one of those khaki vests that’s mostly pockets.  But life intervened during my last semester of college, when I had to take one more elective and I chose a class in creative writing with a professor who started out by telling us that writers are born, not made.
I believed him.  I was sure that I couldn’t have been born to be a writer, because I’d never imagined myself as one.  In fact, I had never even met a writer.  The only thing I knew about most famous writers was that they were unhappy, drank themselves into oblivion and eventually stuck their heads in ovens, shot themselves, or got run over by streetcars.  Who would want to be a writer, if that’s what happened to you?
Yet, from the moment I sat down to write, I became completely absorbed in my work.  Unlike my clock-watching sessions trying to learn physiology or organic chemistry, whenever I was writing seven hours could pass like seven minutes.  To the horror of my parents, I abandoned the idea of medical school.  I promised them that, if I didn’t get to be rich or famous (preferably both) in one year,  I would let common sense rule and find a real career, something that required an advanced degree and letters after my name.  Something with a steady paycheck.
Of course, none of that happened.  A year went by.  Two.  Three.  As I became even more engrossed in the writing process, I did what all writers do to support my secret habit:  I worked a thousand odd jobs, from proofreading telephone books (really) to construction.  Along the way I earned an MFA in creative writing at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  Some of my classmates there were talented, even brilliant writers, but not all of them became successful.  In fact, as I look back on it now, I realize that the most successful writers to emerge from my program were the ones who were scarcely noticed at the time.  They weren’t necessarily the flashy ones at parties or the award winners.  They certainly weren’t the ones who sat around in pubs chatting about the cabins they would build in the woods with the advances from their first novels.  No, the success stories were the hard workers, the writers who spent a lot of time alone, churning out rewrites and new pages every week.
After finishing my MFA, I meandered into journalism, marketing, and teaching jobs.  Most were enjoyable, but none were as deeply satisfying as writing on my own.  I kept at it, filling up the corners of my life and lots of paper with words and more words.  Every now and then I sent something out and got rejected.

I got married, had children, got divorced, got remarried, had another child.  I worked, too.  All of that took time.  A lot of time.  Still, I kept writing:  at night after the kids were asleep, on weekends at the playground while my kids were eating sand.  Years slipped by with nothing published other than a couple of literary stories and a few newspaper articles, but I was happy.  Writing for me had become  an escape, not away from my life, but into myself, in a life where family responsibilities and work deadlines tried to jimmy themselves into every free minute.

And then a funny thing happened:  as I navigated the strange process of getting divorced and getting married again, all while trying to stay friends with my ex-husband, I read an essay by Joyce Maynard inRedbook magazine about being a single mom.  And I thought:  Hey.  I’d like to write something like that.  So I did, in response to a literary contest.
To my surprise, I won an award in the contest.  This gave me the courage to pluck the name of an editor off the masthead of Ladies’ Home Journal magazine — something the writers’ guides tell you never to do – and send it to her.  The editor bought it.
I found an agent, Richard Parks, who is the nicest, most loyal man in New York.  I sold more essays toLadies’ Home Journal, which led to assignments for other magazines that allowed me to exercise my voice as a writer and make a living with freelance assignments.  Those editors – especially Lorraine Glennon at Ladies’ Home Journal, Kate Kelly at American Baby, and Diane Debrovner at Parents – were tougher on me than any professor of writing could ever be.  Along with Richard, these editors taught me how to research, interview, write and rewrite until a story gleamed.  I wouldn’t be where I am now without their collective help, support and advice.

One day, as I was driving home from the grocery store, a title floated across the windshield of my car: The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter.  After I finished laughing, my mouth went dry.  I had the germ of a book.

I knew nothing about writing nonfiction books, so naturally I went to my local library.  I found several books that told me how to put together a nonfiction proposal.  Again, nobody was more surprised than I was when my agent actually sold the book to Harmony on the basis of that proposal.   Once again, I was lucky enough to find a brilliant editor, Julia Pastore, who was willing to guide me through the process, teaching me, among other things, to “beware of the I on the page” when writing memoir.  The book was born, and along the way I again took new strides as a writer.
So, whether your dream is to write books or raise gerbils, never mind whether you were born to do it.  Your success will be determined not by some miracle of genetic inheritance, but by your own persistence.  We each find our own paths.  Believe in yourself and put in the hours.  The rest will follow.

Holly has been so much fun to have in the group  
Susan may have met her match with this author LOL 

The Wishing Hill: A Novel
First review for 

The Wishing Hill   by Holly Robinson

is from Susan 
5 stars 

Wow!! I truly loved THE WISHING HILL from the very first page. Holly pulls you right in and never lets you go! I was totally caught up in all the characters lives and found myself cheering for Juliet along the way! She learns some deep secrets about herself and her family. Everything she thought was her life was a total lie. From her idiot, soon to be ex husband to her own mother.  She has been dealt a pretty harsh hand and now must find a way to deal with it and learn to move on.  What will she choose? Who will she be with? You are going to have to read THE WISHING HILL to find out! I was flipping the pages like crazy, I couldn't stop! I had to see how the story was going to end. Many times I wanted to take Desiree and shake her to death! How can anyone be so mean spirited?  I was yelling at Juliet to just run away from her! 

THE WISHING HILL deals with family, love, secrets, choices, forgiveness, and learning about your past and moving on. Secrets can be a very bad thing and can lead to a life time of regrets.  I loved this book and can't wait to read more by Holly! Five stars all the way for me!


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Friday, June 7, 2013

The Random House Library Book Club Brochure, Vol. 5 by RHLibrary

  The Random House Library Book Club Brochure, Vol. 5 by RHLibrary
Spring 2013 books perfect for the Book Clubs @ your library. Features sample questions, Reader's Advisory hints, and a new bonus YA Book Club section

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sisterhood of the Traveling Book is Proud to Announce New Author Member Gillian Hamer





The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book is proud to announce that  Gillian Hamer 
Author of   The Charter,   Closure and  Complicit  has joined The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book  She has generously offered to donate all three of her books.


Gillian Hamer
We would also like to thank author  Liza Perrat and our own Naomi of A book and a Review  for making this happen.


Born in the industrial Midlands, Gillian's heart has always yearned for the wilds of North Wales and the pull of the ocean.

A Company Director for twenty years, she has written obsessively for over a decade, predominantly in the crime genre. She has completed six full length novels and numerous short stories. 

After completing a creative writing course, she decided to take her writing to the next level and sought representation. She is a columnist for Words with Jam literary magazine, a regular theatre goer and avid reader across genres.
She splits her time between Birmingham and a remote cottage on Anglesey where she finds her inspiration and takes long walks on deserted beaches with her Jack Russell, Maysie.
Gillian is represented by Shelley Powers of the Shelley Powers Literary Agency.
Crime and thriller writer, founder member of author's collective Triskele Books, and regular contributor to Words with Jam Magazine.


The Charter

The Charter




Sarah Morton hopes discovering the truth about the 1859 shipwreck of the Royal Charter will silence the demons of her past.

But, tormented by visions and threats on her life, Sarah fears the ship may claim her as its final victim.

Set along the dramatic and dangerous Anglesey coastline, The Charter is a story of greed and forgiveness - when the treasures of the past evoke the crimes of today 270 pages
 The legend of the Royal Charter is almost as famous as the story of the dead girl who wanders the cliffs at Point Lynas - a victim of the 1859 shipwreck.
 After more that a decade away, Sarah Morton must return to her childhood home in Anglesey to bury her father. It's her chance to say goodbye, and good riddance, to her past.
Yet her father leaves her a legacy. A letter. And a safe full of documents about the ancient shipwreck.
The Royal Charter had been carrying gold. Huge amounts of it. And her father's death suddenly looks like murder.
Determined to discover the truth, Sarah is dragged into a dangerous journey, discovering she and the girl on the cliffs have more in common than she could ever believe.
Set along the dramatic and dangerous Anglesey coastline, The Charter is a story of greed and forgiveness - when the treasures of the past evoke the crimes of today.
The Charter is the first, but not the last, of Gillian's novels to be based around the dramatic Anglesey coastline.


Closure
Helen West is coming to terms with her
husband’s death and trying to cope with her
six-year-old son’s grief. Jake suffers from
nightmares, and visions of what he calls his
‘other life’. He talks about a boy called Jacob
and a place known only as ‘the island’.

Helen’s journey to find the source of Jake’s torment leads them to North Wales, where the university town of Bangor is in lockdown
following a series of student abductions.

When Jake’s nightmares start to mirror the abductions, Helen begins to believe her son might have second sight. But what could
Jake’s ‘island’ possibly have to do with these crimes? And how can they help without putting their own lives in danger?

It seems that decision will be Jake’s alone.

Set along the beautiful North Wales coastline, Closure is a story of belief, revenge and repercussions of the past. 




Complicit

On the beach stood the adverse array (of Britons), a serried mass of arms and men, with women flitting between the ranks. In the style of Furies, in robes of deathly black and with dishevelled hair, they brandished their torches; while a circle of Druids, lifting their hands to heaven and showering imprecations …’

When Roman historian, Cornelius Tacitus, recorded the invasion of the small island of Mona Insulis off the North Wales coast in 60AD – the beginnings of a propaganda war against the Druidic religion began.

Two thousand years later, that war is still being fought.

For two millennia, descendants of a small sect of Anglesey Druids have protected their blood lineage and mysterious secrets from the world. Until members of this secret society are murdered one by one.

Detective Sergeants Gareth Parry and Chris Coleman, along with new girl,
DC Megan Jones, must stop this killer at all costs. What they discover will
shock the whole police team and leave consequences which have an impact
like no crime in the history of the force.









Sisterhood of the Traveling Book is Proud to Announce New Author Member Melinda Field

 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book is proud to announce that  Melinda Field
Author of  True  has joined The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book .

 We would like to thank Melinda  and Susan for making this happen.

Melinda Field is an award winning writer/poet/playwright who lives in the mountains of Northern California. A version of her short story The Ledge, excerpted from True, was an award winner in the Lorian Hemingway International Short Story Competition. She has authored three sets of ​wisdom cards with photographic artist Lani Phillips, that were created to inspire and empower women of all ages on a daily basis. They are Wisdom of the Crone, Wonder of the Mother and The Journey. The cards can be viewed at www.wisewomenink.com. Melinda is currently working on a sequel to True.

TrueWhen sixteen year old Cat's mother is sent to prison in the fall of 1998, she is forced to leave the streets of Phoenix, Arizona to go live with her grandmother whom she has never met, in a remote mountain valley in Northern California. After a devastating incident, Cat is taken in by nurse/midwife Emma Cassady, and becomes an integral, yet controversial part of her circle of horsewomen friends, Midnight, Lilly, Clare and Briar. Emma's decision to foster the troubled girl, disrupts her serene life, as do her feelings for a man who broke her heart decades ago.

Lilly, blindsided by change, and her fragile sister Clare must deal with their aging mother, Dora, who is leading a secret life at the local nursing home. Midnight, culture keeper for her small tribe is forced to face the truth about her only son; while Briar, a fearless horsewoman and trainer becomes the circle's greatest teacher. Over the course of a year, these authentic women and their ties to their families, animals, their pristine wild environment and each other, inspire an unforgettable story that will be passed from friend to friend and mother to daughter

Excerpts From True..

The following is an excerpt from True. The story encompasses a year in the lives of several beautifully, flawed, extraordinary women, living ordinary lives. The diversity of their ages (from sixteen to seventy) and their different cultural and spiritual backgrounds, and the social issues they face, brings together a story of their unique and challenging friendship. Set in the contemporary West, the main character Emma, is the hub of the wheel... From Chapter Two
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Sisterhood of the Traveling Book is Proud to Announce New Author Member Birgitte Rasine


Czech-American author Birgitte Rasine writes literary fiction that pulls the beauty and the pain of the human experience out into the open by their very roots.  It’s raw, it’s resolute, and it’s real.  Every story Birgitte writes is born from an actual event or experience and probes the deeper, if inconvenient, truths about the human psyche and modern society.



Compared by readers to Franz Kafka, James Joyce, and Edgar Allan Poe, Birgitte’s work cracks open the darker side of the human psyche to illuminate our eternal quest for freedom, success, and fulfillment.  
Birgitte’s innate curiosity about the human soul and the human experience fuels the fires of her propensity to probe far beyond the usual pleasantries of social relationships and ask the questions no one really likes to talk about.  These twisting undercurrents, like grapes slowly maturing on the vine, have shaped Birgitte’s signature literary style, the “thought-stream” stories that debuted with her work “Confession.”
In her professional lifetime, Birgitte has sported a great many writer’s hats: journalist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, business editor, copywriter, to name a few.  As a journalist, she wrote for Business Week, The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety, the entertainment media industry’s two leading publications, and Diálogo Mediterráneo, a tri-lingual journal on policy, economy and the environment in the Mediterranean region.  From 1994 to 1996 she wrote screenplays for an independent production company in Los Angeles; in 1997, three of her plays for children were staged in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Prior to that, she worked in visual effects, camera and lighting on Hollywood and independent feature films for companies such as PDI/Dreamworks, ILM, Universal Studios, HBO, and Disney, and credits them for giving her time in the trenches.
In addition to her writing, Birgitte serves as the Chief Evolution Officer (CEO) of LUCITÀ Inc., a hybrid design and communications firm.  
Birgitte holds a BA in Film Aesthetics from Stanford University, studied cinematography at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and completed a professional masters degree in international relations in Spanish at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain.  She is a Founding Circle member of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and the Environment, as well as member of other professional organizations, and sits on the board of directors of the American Fund for Czech and Slovak Leadership Studies, a non profit organization in New York City dedicated to supporting the leaders of tomorrow.  She lives in Northern California with her family.

Birgitte is giving us 2 of her books

Confession
If your faith could confess, what would it tell you?


It’s us, the devout, who are expected to confess to our pastors. But what if our faith could, in turn, confess its darker secrets to us? 



A silent dialogue between a businessman and a priest takes place against the backdrop of a papal address humming through the Vatican plaza, questioning uncomfortable truths of the Catholic faith and exploring what really goes on in the minds of the devout… of any faith.



A work of fiction written in the breathless “thought-stream” style pioneered by the author, Czech-born writer Birgitte Rasine, “Confession” pulls you into its racing pulse and doesn’t let go even after you’ve read the last word. It breaks through the established walls of the practice of confession in Christianity and brings to light questions about faith and religion that remain debated to this day.



Originally written in 2001 but unpublished until now, “Confession” is finally making its debut in print and as an eBook in both English
 and Spanish.

Bakaly
Would you bet your entire lifetime on a single number?


They say youth is wasted on the young. But it’s not until the young reach old age that they realize just how painfully true that statement is. And sometimes, old age comes far too quickly.



Traveling in the Russian countryside on a trip home after many years abroad, a young expatriot finds himself lost one night in a small town. He stumbles into an underground casino, and his life changes forever—overnight. But it’s not the kind of “golden jackpot” story you might expect… or ever hope for yourself.



Compared by some readers to the chilling narratives of fellow Czech-born Franz Kafka, “Bakaly” reads unforgiving and raw, just like the hard, cutting vodka its two main characters drink during the fateful game of roulette they play on that dark, dark night



Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sisterhood of the Traveling Book is Proud to Announce New Author Member Terry Perrel

Terry  began her writing career in journalism, working for both magazines and newspapers.  One day she chucked it all and returned to school for an M.A., then an M.F.A. in creative writing.  Since then she has written two novels and a collection of short stories.  Her first novel, Cooley and Rose, will be available as an ebook for readers, Droids, Iphones and computers starting in late March 2013.



Cooley & RoseOne morning in May 1948, prudish Rose Godwin wakes, believing mistakenly that someone is trying to kill her. She quickly realizes it is her husband up to his dirty tricks.

Cooley has not meant to scare her. His wife of nineteen years had looked so beautiful lying in bed, gently snoring, her lovely lips parted, and it was the last that reminded him of how the guys home from war crowed about the way women in Europe could make a man see stars.

Fed up with her husband’s constant need for intimacy, Rose announces she is leaving South Norfolk, Virginia – nicknamed by its residents as the Hollywood of the East. Cooley hopes she does go. Then he can spend more time with his girl, LaBelle, an aspiring singer. His wife, Rose, who has failed to produce a child and seems uninterested in trying more often to do so, has had snits before but never has gone father than the few block to her mother’s house. 

This time, however, she surprises him and herself as she heads by way of Route 66 to Hollywood, home to movie stars and the killer of The Black Dahlia, and farther. That is when the real trouble begins as Cooley and Rose, both keepers of secrets, reluctantly confront their own shortcomings and foolish expectations of love. 

A gem of comic literature, Cooley & Rose is an imaginative work that explores the vagaries of the human heart. Beautifully crafted and peopled by unforgettable characters, it is a story that readers will long remember.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Book is Proud to Announce New Author Member Catriona Troth



Catriona was born in Scotland and grew up in Canada before coming back to the UK. She has now lived in the Chilterns longer than she has ever lived in anywhere, a fact that still comes as a surprise.

After more than twenty years spent writing technical reports at work and fiction on the commuter train, Catriona made the shift into freelance writing. She now writes a regular column for Words with Jam literary magazine, researches and writes articles for Quakers in the World and tweets as @L1bCat.

Gift of the Raven grew from a story that had been in her head for many years, but which crystallised after the birth of her daughter. Like much of her writing, it explores themes of identity and childhood memory – in this case set against a backcloth of Canada from the suburbs of Montreal to the forests of the Haida Gwaii.

Her first full length novel, Ghost Town, will be published later this year


Gift of the Raven

The people of the Haida Gwaii tell the legend of the raven - the trickster who brings the gift of light into the world. Canada. 1971.Terry always believed his father would return one day and rescue him from his dark and violent childhood. That's what Indian warriors were supposed to do. But he's thirteen now and doesn't believe in anything much. Yet his father is alive. Someone has tracked him down. And Terry is about to come face to face with the truth about his own past and about the real nature of the gift of the raven.