Happy May Day!
Well, it’s finally May and normally that means pools are gearing up to open and it’s time to kick off summer. Yet here in Chicagoland, we may be experiencing our coldest start to the month since the 1940s! Let’s hope an end to this cold is in sight!
Another highlight for the month of May: the fourteenth marks Dance Like a Chicken Day, so mark your calendars and grab the opportunity to do this awesome dance!
In breaking news, it was announced yesterday that Beasts of Upton Puddle by Simon West-Bulford won the gold medal in the fantasy category of the 2014 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards! Congrats, Simon!
Also, Ronald Malfi’s Cradle Lake was named a finalist in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards for popular fiction! Award winners will be announced later this month. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see if Ron takes home the gold.
In the quiet suburb of Harting Farms, the weekly crime blotter usually consists of graffiti or the occasional bout of mailbox baseball. But in the fall of 1993, children begin vanishing and one is found dead. Newspapers call him the Piper because he has come to take the children away. But there are darker names for him, too . . .
Vowing to stop the Piper’s reign of terror, five boys take up the search. Their teenage pledge turns into a journey of self-discovery . . . and a journey into the darkness of their own hometown. On the twilit streets of Harting Farms, everyone is a suspect. And any of the boys might be the Piper’s next victim.
Take a peek at the rave reviews December Park is already receiving:
“First book to hit my best books of 2014 list! It’s going to be too hard to top this one.” ~Haunted Bookcase
“The plot was immediately engrossing, the characters and their dialogue effortlessly realistic. (And at times quite funny. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the conversations and antics of the protagonists.) Ronald Malfi is an exceptional author and I’m genuinely enthusiastic about hunting down his earlier books.” ~Reagan Kendera, LibraryThing
“. . . Ronald Malfi’s December Park could top the New York Times best sellers list. . . . Malfi has created a world that is intriguing, mysterious, and oddly relatable. He invites the reader to experience a roller coaster of emotions: excitement, sadness, euphoria. . . . Go pick up a copy of this incredible book!” ~ LibraryThing
“December Park is an outstanding novel that could go down as author Ronald Malfi’s magnum opus. It contains some of the best parts of Stephen King’s The Body, Robert McCammon’s Boy’s Life, and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and should be compared favorably to those books.” ~Tim Slauter, LibraryThing
“Some novelists find something that works and they stick with it for years; others like to jump around, experimenting with genres and writing styles. Malfi appears to be one of the latter. Although most of his novels fall into the thriller, horror, or science fiction genres, stylistically they are quite different. This one, about a group of teenage friends living in a Maryland beach community from which some children have gone missing, feels a bit like Stephen King crossed with Dennis Lehane—specifically, the early portions of King’s It melded with Lehane’s Mystic River. But, just like Lehane doesn’t sound very much like King, Malfi doesn’t sound much like either of them. He has his own voice, and he’s telling his own story, one that begins with some disappearances, segues into murder, and ends with a violent confrontation. Malfi is a man of many voices, a sort of literary version of Mel Blanc (the “man of a thousand voices”), but all of his voices are captivating, though none of them quite the same. Horror and crime fans will find much to like here.” ~ David Pitt, Booklist
Romance readers, we have a new release for you! Award-winning author Kelli Wilkins (The Viking’s Witch, 2012 gold IPPY winner for best romance e-book) delivers a historical romance twisted with suspense in her newest e-book exclusive, Dangerous Indenture.
But a life of servitude quickly turns to drudgery, and her hopes for starting over and creating a better life for herself are waning—until she meets her master’s roguish son, Ashton.
Shauna fights her growing attraction to Ashton, torn between propriety and acting on her emotions. But amidst their flirting, something dark stirs. Shauna soon discovers why no other servants will work for the strange Stewart family.
Stewart House has an unsavory reputation: a previous servant died there under mysterious circumstances. When another servant goes missing in the middle of the night, Shauna is convinced that a member of the family is responsible.
When Shauna’s investigation leads her too close to the truth, it’s up to Ashton to save her before time runs out.
“Combining mystery with romance, this novel keeps the pages turning. . . . Shauna and Ashton are well-developed characters readers can root for. Overall, a great beach read.” ~ Emily Thompson, SUNY-Oswego, Library Journal
“Kelli A. Wilkins delivers a colonial-era mystery that will appeal to mystery and romance readers alike.” ~ Lisa Marie Wilkinson, author
Until next time . . .
Senior Vice President
Medallion Media Group