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Comment by Vagabondage Press on Tuesday

New Creole Novel Explores African-American Women's Experiences

 

Battered Suitcase Press launches a new novel from Louisiana author and Center for Black Literature fellow, Maggie Collins. CELESTIAL BLUE SKIES is a heart-tugging tale of family, poverty, death, and redemption in the Creole South.

 

In Belle Place, Louisiana, where the sugarcane grows a mile high to the bright blue sky, Celeste struggles with her mentally ill mother, Tut, and works with her grandmother Maymay to hold the Creole Bastille family together. Celeste has bigger dreams for her life, and is falling for the handsome and wealthy Vashan. But, when Tut runs away to live with the man she met working in the sugarcane to escape her reputation as the town whore, Maymay fears that Celeste will end up like her mother. And just as things are finally looking up for Tut, her past returns with violent, tragic results. Will Celeste end up like her mother, or will she redeem her family from the hoodoo curse that haunts them? And will she find love with someone from a culture just as exotic as her own?

 

"Ms. Collins' prose is as hypnotic as the buzz of catydids in the Live Oaks. I was instantly taken with her vivid imagery," said managing editor, Fawn Neun. "We're immensely proud of CELESTIAL BLUE SKIES, a classically styled African-American book for young adults. Ms. Collin's has brought the powerful voice of black women authors to storytelling for the young adult market. In the true tradition of Southern fiction, CELESTIAL BLUE SKIES is a story that embraces both the best and worst of small town rural life and presents it lovingly and without apology."

 

Maggie Collins was born and raised in Loreauville, Louisiana. She majored in English at the University of Louisiana and later earned a Master’s degree from the University of New Orleans. An excerpt of CELESTIAL BLUE SKIES was published in “Louisiana Cultural Vistas” and was a 2009 finalist for the worldwide William Faulkner William Wisdom writing contest. Ms. Collins is a Center for Black Literature fellow and an Educational Diagnostician.

 

For a sneak preview of this novel, visit our website at: http://www.vagabondagepress.com/bookpreviews/celestialblueskies.html

 

CELESTIAL BLUE SKIES is available from all major online bookstores in both US Trade Paperback and e-Book format, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Powell's books, as well as on the Vagabondage Press website at http://www.vagabondagepress.com. Readers can also order it from their local booksellers.

 

Review and promotional giveaway copies in digital format are available on request. Ms. Collins and Battered Suitcase Press welcome your inquiries for review copies, giveaway contests, and blog guest appearances.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Fawn Neun

Managing Editor
press@vagabondagepress.com

http://www.vagabondagepress.com

Vagabondage Press LLC


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Comment by Donna M. Zadunajsky on Tuesday

     NOT FORGOTTEN      

Twenty-six years later, Deanna Iris and her son Brent move back to the town she grew up in — back where her secret began and when her life changed forever.

As she is unpacking boxes, she receives a call from Officer Bates stating her sister and son have been taken to Mendota Community Hospital after being critically injured in a car accident.

Sitting with her son who is unconscious and her sister Sheila who is in a coma, Deanna meets their doctor who reminds her of someone she once knew. Could it be possible that Dr. Sheldon is her daughter, who Deanna was told died minutes after being born?

After meeting her old friend who knew about her secret, and is later found murdered, Deanna receives a note in her mailbox telling her to leave town or she will suffer the same fate. What transpired all those years ago and who is the mysterious woman she spots as she drives by her sister’s house?

Will Deanna ever allow herself to be loved and to let go of the past? Or will searching for the answers lead to her death.Amazon


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Comment by Brandi S. on Tuesday

A beautiful, emotional story about unexpected love between two strangers that proves finding true love at any age is possible.

RAINE
by J.C. Valentine

“There are so many things that I loved about Jerret, he said all the right things and, his feisty attitude made him that much hotter! I wish there was more! It was an awesome story! I'm not going to say any more other than...Go 1~ Click This Now!! It was SO GOOD! J.C. Valentine took my heart and squeezed it with this one. I cannot wait to read more from J.C! “ ~Juls, I Love Story Time


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Comment by John G. Evans on Sunday

A top Hollywood director is about to embark on his dream project. He has the money in place, a superb script, and the sets and locations prepared. However, there is one huge problem - his leading man. The eccentric actor and the director soon lock horns with humorous and disastrous results....

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Comment by Ella Hansing on October 17, 2014 at 6:10pm

Bloggers/readers, get a FREE Epub from my website in exchange for reviews! Or get a copy now at any online retailer! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AL2AJL2

Author website: http://ellahansing.weebly.com/


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Comment by Book Buzz on October 17, 2014 at 3:29pm

Memoir About Child With Special Needs For Review
http://amzn.to/1qK2Y6F

With Angel's Wings
Stephanie A. Collins
ISBN: 978-1627766807
ASIN: B00GYL9DCA
Genre: Memoir
Formats Available For Review: print (only available to qualified bloggers/reviewers), pdf, mobi, kindle

With Angels Wings is the true story of Laura, a young wife and mother of a three-year-old daughter. Her husband, Kevin, a marine, is deployed overseas, leaving Laura to give birth to their second daughter and handle the two young children on her own.

Thirteen days after the birth of her youngest, the pediatrician detects a heart murmur. That leads to just the first of multiple diagnoses for both of her daughters, sending Laura on an unexpected and emotional journey into the world of parenting medically-fragile, special needs children.

Right when Laura fears she will break under the incredible pressure, she encounters the beauty of true love, in a most unexpected and unconventional way.

For review copies contact:

Stephanie Collins
Email: withangelswings@gmail.com
Website: http://www.withangelswings.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/withangelswings
Twitter: https://twitter.com/W_Angels_Wings
BRB: http://bookreviewbuzz.com/memoir-with-angels-wings/



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Comment by aparajita basu on October 13, 2014 at 1:33am

Le' Grande Codex - 3rd Blogoversary & Birthday Giveaway [INT, US & INDIA only]
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Win goodies courtesy Michelle Madow, Gennifer Albin and Marissa Meyer. 5 copies of Thirteen by Tom Hoyle. The Cuckoo Calling & The Silkworm by#RobertGalbraith (J.K. Rowling) and an extensive selection of ebooks.


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Comment by WE Coble on October 11, 2014 at 9:57am

Press%20Release--Tiger%20Pieces.pdf

Author Website

Print - https://www.createspace.com/4981890

Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OC0LVZW

Vy Mueller has been searching for the right partner his whole life. Instead, he seems to only meet freaks. As he nears 40, he wants to settle down, but it looks more and more unlikely.

Gordon Maybray is lucky to be alive. He barely escaped Vietnam with his life. He is looking for love, but has a problem with control.

When the two meet, Vy is immediately drawn to Gordon’s icy-blue eyes. There is also something oddly familiar about the man…

Tiger Pieces is a single tale told from two perspectives that converge in a powerful love story. As the two men’s fates begin to intertwine, their shared history becomes unbelievable. The question is no longer, “Have they met before?” but rather, “How many times?”


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Comment by Rosanna Leo on October 10, 2014 at 2:29pm

When Nina Suzuki discovers the body of her best friend Janine, her world turns upside down. Things go from bad to worse when Janine’s corpse seems to transform into that of a large, brown wolf. For the first time, Nina is faced to confront all the clues indicating her BFF was not what she seemed. A letter from the dead woman opens Nina’s eyes to a strange, new world. The same letter warns of a sinister group called the Alpha Brethren, and urges her to find Killian Moon of the Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort on Gemini Island.

Killian Moon is a jaguar shifter and teen mentor at the Ursa Lodge in Northern Ontario. He may be a comfort and inspiration to confused teen shifters, but he also has a fiery past. His past comes back to haunt him when human Nina arrives at the resort, demanding to speak with him. Demanding answers. Can he trust her with knowledge that will not only change her life, but possibly endanger those around him?

As Killian begrudgingly tutors Nina on all things shifter, their mutual curiosity flares into passionate need. Once they touch, once they succumb to desire, there is no going back. Killian realizes Nina is his mate and they both begin to comprehend the terror threatening those on their shifter-friendly island. He is forced to confront the tragedy in his family and determines to protect Nina at all costs.

But can they protect everyone they love from a cult of dangerous shifters, intent on horror and destruction?

Available at http://www.lsbooks.com/predator-s-fire-p946.php

as well as Amazon, Kobo, B&N and ARE.

 
 
 

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