Sequel Proves a Winner

WotCravenCoverTraverse City, Michigan–Forward Reviews has named Jerry Craven’s novel, Women of Thunder (TCU Press 2014), the 2014 Multicultural Fiction Book of the Year Winner. Women of Thunder is Craven’s sequel to The Wild Part, which was named 2013 Book of the Year Finalist.

According to the publisher:
In an attempt to regain a youthful innocence, Vietnam Veteran Tom Seal returns to El Tigrito, Venezuela hoping to find his childhood friend, Rosa Rojas, nearly two decades after Tom’s family returned to the United States. Tom longs to recreate an adventure he and Rosa shared when they were young and to return to the “Eden of their childhood.” But the ensuing eighteen years have changed not only the jungle but the two friends as well. Departing for the jungle in the rainy season, Tom and Rosa try to regain the same joy and happiness they had experienced so many years ago, but instead they are beset by howler monkeys, flesh-eating butterflies, the Jungle People, and perhaps most dangerous of all—the ghosts of their own painful pasts.

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Victorians Go Psychedelic

Beaumont, TX–Lamar University Press has announced the forthcoming publication of Four-Peace, a novel by Kevin K. Casey. The novel is based loosely on Edward Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, one of the most loved poems of the Victorian era. According to the publisher’s description of the the book:

FourPeaceFrontCovJason Spearman is a lonesome cowboy from Isom, Texas, and he wants only to dodge entanglements and get on down the road. Or so he says. He is also frequently in trouble with the bottle, out of touch with the people around him, and haunted by idyllic memories of the Texas of his youth. Every deliberate effort to further separate himself from trouble leads Jason to magical places with unforgettable characters. Set to the rhythm of the Rubiayat of Omar Khayyam and against the striking beauty of San Francisco and Northern California, Four-Peace is an often humorous, always moving story about finding meaning amid the transitory nature of existence.

Born in Texas, Casey has worked as a California-based and later Colorado-based marketing writer. He has published two series of children’s books, and his short fiction has appeared in Amarillo Bay. Four-Peace is his first novel.