August New Releases

It’s August, which means summer is coming to a close, all the kids will soon be heading back to school, and parents are sighing with relief. With more free time on your hands, why not sit down with one of our three new releases?

Our first new offering is the true story of a mother’s unending love and her son’s wish to become a train. With raw emotion and honesty, Debi Tibbles welcomes readers aboard for the inspiring journey in Ollie Tibbles: The Boy Who Became a Train.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“I’m going to be a train.”

I laughed. “You mean you want to be a train driver, right?”

“No.” Ollie put his hands on his hips. “I want to be a train, silly, and I’m going to be someday.”

Debi’s life as a stay-at-home mum of three began to change the morning the elementary school secretary called. Her five-year-old had a headache. When he had another and another, each progressively worse, worry set in. Something in the doctor’s kind eyes told Debi, Prepare yourself. This child is in for a fight.

Ollie Tibbles: The Boy Who Became a Train is a journey down the track of the unending love between a mother and her child. It is a story of hope and the true miracle of a young boy’s wish come true.

Ollie is being awarded five-star reviews on Amazon. Check out what readers are saying:

 “As you read this compelling account, you are so immediately drawn into her story, it almost feels as if Debi Tibbles is sitting beside you as a friend telling you about the joys and sorrows happening in her life.”

Audrey Lawrence, Fresh Fiction

 “I would recommend this book to any person who wants to read a feel-good book and anyone who wants to be inspired!”

 – Amazon Reader

 “. . . Debi Tibbles will steal your heart with Ollie Tibbles: The Boy Who Became a Train. . . . By the time you finish, Debi will make you feel such a part of the Tibbles household you will ‘consider yourself one of us, consider yourself part of the family.’” 

– Amazon Reader

 Debut author Phil Brody has toiled in the madness that is Hollywood. Working as a writer, producer, and director, he knows the inner workings of the entertainment industry. Leaning on this experience, he has created a novel that immerses readers in The Holden Age of Hollywood.

 “Hollywood died on me as soon as I got here. Welles said that, not me, but damn if he didn’t nail it, you know?”

Sam Bateman came to Hollywood to settle a score, but amidst the sunny and 75, his plans went astray. Everything changed the day he drank in the intoxicating legend of Meyer Holden, the greatest screenwriter Hollywood has ever known, the one who pulled a Salinger and walked away. Holden now tacks pseudonyms onto his works and buries them in the bottomless sea of spec that is Hollywood’s development process. They’re out there for anyone to find—but at what cost? In his quest, Bateman severs all ties and sinks into a maddening world of bad writing and flawed screenplays. Paranoid and obsessive, the belligerent savant encounters an eccentric cast of characters—each with an agenda—in his search for the one writer in Hollywood who does not want to be found.

Phil Brody’s The Holden Age of Hollywood is at once a detective novel, an unexpected love story, and a provocative exposé of a broken industry. With dark humor and incisive commentary, the novel immerses readers in a neo-noir quest to attain the Hollywood dream, integrity intact.

Brody’s debut is stirring up a lot of fantastic reviews, including one from feature film actor Doug Jones. Check them out:

The Holden Age of Hollywood by Phil Brody delivers the premise and promise of its title. It is an original, rollicking, picaresque novel that would make J.D. Salinger proud.”

Stan Corwin, former publisher/CEO of Pinnacle Books, author of Betty Page Confidential and Oxy-Morons I Have Known

 “Brody’s debut novel has an ambitious agenda. It’s a coming-of-age novel, a mystery, a love story, and a stinging, knowing send-up of the movie biz. Brody melds these disparate elements with energy, wit, snarky insider dialogue, and a clipped, telegraphic narrative style. . . . The Holden Age of Hollywood is fine entertainment.”

Thomas Gaughan, Booklist (May 1, 2012)

 “As the sun came up today, I turned the last page of Phil Brody’s The Holden Age of Hollywood. That’s because I couldn’t put it down. I can rarely make time for novels, but this one had me riffling through pages with constant anticipation. The backdrop of this story is the same backdrop I live and work in. Hollywood. With all its fast-talkers, posers, and users, Brody weaves a tale through all the madness that is Hollywood with a voice of reason, integrity, and hilarious sarcasm. . . . I have rarely been this entertained, while being informed, all from reading the same book.”

Doug Jones, actor, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy and Hellboy II, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

 “We found ourselves sad to leave every chapter and didn’t want the novel to end—that’s how good it is. In a way, The Holden Age of Hollywood never really ends though, does it? Hollywood loves a star in any form. Guess you’ll have to pick up the book to see what we mean.”

Johnathan Ruggiero, CEO/Founder of and Michelle Luchese, Community Outreach Coordinator of

“If anyone knows Hollywood, author Phil Brody knows Hollywood. The Holden Age of Hollywood is a cynical and witty look at the real town . . . exposing the often underappreciated business of screenwriting, all while unfolding an unexpected love story. . . .”

Jessica Druck, The Five-Stir

 “Readers will enjoy watching a fascinating Bateman get sucked into the Hollywood drama machine. Filled with a quirky cast working humorous scenes, this is a fascinating character study as Bateman goes the extraordinary extra kilometer to find a Holden screenplay.”

Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round Reviews

 Multipublished author Kelli A. Wilkins whisks readers off to ninth-century Scotland in her newest historical romance with a paranormal twist. Check out the e-book exclusive The Viking’s Witch.

 Scotland, 803 A.D.

About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her.

But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence and be used for his ambitions?

After Rothgar witnesses Odaria’s powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village?

Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other . . . before time is up.

Be sure to come back next month as we celebrate the release of the autobiography of Booker T. Huffman, six-time world champion and holder of thirty-five major titles in WWE, WCW, and TNA, Booker T: From Prison to Promise and the award-winning romantic suspense Pleasant Lake P.D. by Kelly Fitzpatrick.

For those in the Chicago and Toronto areas, come out and meet Medallion Press authors Booker T. Huffman, Gregory Lamberson, and Adam Mock at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con August 9–12 and at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto August 23-26!

Until next time . . .


Heather Musick
Vice President
Medallion Press, Inc.

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