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Launching Soon: The Place of Peace and Crickets

tppc_front-cover-webLaunch Party

March 18, 7 pm
The Bookmark Neptune Beach
220 1st St, Neptune Beach, FL

We hope you will join us in Neptune Beach for the launch of The Place of Peace and Crickets: How adoption, heartache and love built a family, Tricia Booker’s absorbing memoir. This courageous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story is a must-read for anyone who has ever loved a child.

AuthorPhoto-TriciaBookerWhen journalist Tricia Booker and her husband had trouble conceiving, they followed the well-worn footsteps of couples exploring in-vitro fertilization. Two years and thousands of dollars later, they decided to have a long fulfilling life – without children.

Instead, they became immersed in the world of international adoption. Their first child, born in Vietnam, introduced them to a poor but loving orphanage where infants slept with their caretakers.

Then came Guatemala, a beautiful, impoverished country where Booker’s two younger children lived in tiny cribs with little human interaction.

In candid, raw prose, Booker tells the story of her family, including her son’s diagnosis of Anxious-Attachment Disorder, the service dog she trained to help him, and her and her husband’s chaotic attempts to simplify their lives in order to heal their son.

If you can’t attend the launch, you can get the book HERE


Upcoming Events

Join these fine writers as they share their stories

NPTP-FrontCoverThursday, September 22nd, 7:00 pm – Launch Party: No Place to Pray by James Carpenter
Adelphia Restaurant & Lounge
1750 Clements Bridge Road
Deptford, NY


INLIKH_small-promo_coverNPTP-FrontCoverWTE_FrontCoverSunday, September 25th, 2:00 pm – Southern Gothic Comes to Boston
Readings by Sally Bellerose, James Carpenter and Pat Spears
Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Studio
135 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

WTE_FrontCoverSaturday, October 1st, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Authors in the Park –  featured authors David James Poissant and Linda Dunlap will be joined by Jane Edwards for Winter Park’s inaugural book festival. They will share their stories and sign copies of Walking the Edge: A Southern Gothic Anthology
Winter Park Public Library
460 E New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL


cvrNPTP-FrontCoverWTE_FrontCoverTuesday, October 18, 7:00 pm – Southern Gothic Comes to Newton, MA
Readings by Emily Franklin, Susan Rukeyser and James Carpenter
Newtonville Books
10 Langley Road
Newton, MA

INLIKH_small-promo_coverWednesday, November 2nd, 7:30 pm – Pat Spears reads from her novel, It’s Not Like I Knew Her
Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA


Wednesday, May 17th, 7:30 pm – Connie May Fowler reads from her memoir, A Million Fragile Bones
Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA

If you don’t see your favorite author at an event you can attend, please check back with us. We will be adding more events shortly.

It’s Time to Vote

Florida and North Carolina are voting in presidential primaries tomorrow. New York will vote April 19 and Montana on June 7th. I’ve spent the day working with the fictional characters of our next two releases – people who, like all of the characters in Twisted Road books, have been marginalized in some way – and it made me start to wonder who the characters in our books would vote for.

Jesse McKnight from Dream Chaser by Pat Spears – single father of three whose job has been moved out of the country and who has been unable to get another decent paying job.
Jesse’s issues would be bringing manufacturing jobs back to the US and parental rights for divorced fathers.

Grandy from Ever Yrs by Nance Van Winckel – lives on top of one of the worst superfund sites in the country. Grandy’s main issue would definitely be environmental protection and superfund site cleanup.

Marco Holomek from Not On Fire Only Dying by Susan Rukeyser – ex-con drug dealer in love with a mentally ill woman.  Marco’s issues would include restoration of civil rights for convicted felons, job availability and job training following incarceration, and appropriate health care for the mentally ill.

Tupelo Honey Lee from Sewing Holes by Darlyn Finch Kuhn – lost her father very young to diabetes. Honey definitely wants universal health care.

Eve Gates from Eve’s Garden by Glenda Bailey-Mershon – the great-granddaughter of Romani immigrants living in a mill town in the Piedmont. Eve would be concerned with immigrant rights, women’s rights, and the loss of US textile mills.

All of the women from The River’s Memory by Sandra Gail Lambert – women in non-traditional roles, living on a river that is being degraded over time by development. I’m sure they all want someone concerned with both the environment and women’s issues.

Who do you think they’d vote for? Clearly, these individuals have some serious issues, just as we all do. But whatever our issues, we all share the singular responsibility to vote.