Here is a round-up of some Now Write! contributors brand new books this year – some not even out till a little later this month. The first two authors listed below, Kim Dower and Derek Taylor Kent, are guest speakers on a free Now Write! panel this Saturday, Sept. 17 in West Los Angeles: “Capturing Your Dreams: How To Craft A Bestselling Fantasy Novel.”
Last Train To The Missing Planet by Kim Dower (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)
Red Hen Press (March 29, 2016)
Kim Dower is known for combining the accessible and profound in her poetry. This third collection is about love, longing, and passion tipped sideway. Sounds pretty sexy and intriguing!
Kubrick’s Game by Derek Taylor Kent Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)
Evolved Publishing (August 7, 2016)
What if Stanley Kubrick left behind more than just his classic films? What if he also left behind an elaborate puzzle cleverly buried within his films, which would lead the player toward a treasure that could change the course of human history.
A puzzle/action/adventure theme adds to the suspense as each clue is discovered. Shawn Hagan, a college film student obsessed with legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, discovers hidden clues in his movies, which lead him on a harrowing quest toward a mysterious treasure. Endangered by sinister groups on the same quest.
Revolution’s End by Brad Schreiber (Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)
Skyhorse Publishing (August 2, 2016)
The most famous kidnapping in U.S. history is fully explained, detailing Patty Hearst’s relationship with Donald DeFreeze (known as Cinque) head of the Symbionese Liberation Army. Not only did the heiress have a sexual relationship with DeFreeze while he was imprisoned, she didn’t know he was an informant and a victim of prison behavior modification. Neither she nor the white radicals who followed DeFreeze realized that he was molded by a CIA officer and allowed to escape, thanks to collusion with the California Department of Corrections. DeFreeze’s secret mission: infiltrate and discredit Bay Area anti-war radicals and the Black Panther Party, the nexus of 70s activism.
The Listener by Rachel Basch (Now Write! Fiction contributor)
Pegasus Books (May 3, 2016)
The challenges to identity that arise in both adolescence and middle age―and the student and therapist who just may have the power to save each other.
Told from two points of view, The Listener explores the ways in which we conceal and reveal our identities. As truth after truth is exposed, characters are forced to reconsider themselves and reorder their lives, with few easy answers to be found for anyone.
Mercury by Margot Livesey (Now Write! Fiction contributor)
Harper (September 27, 2016)
A psychological drama and emotional thriller exploring love, obsession, and the deceits that pull a family apart.
As an optometrist Donald believes he knows all there is to know about seeing and is sure he and his wife, Viv are both devoted to their two children and to each other. But when she begins to dream of competing again, embracing the ambitions she had relinquished, as a young woman. Her daydreams soon morph into consuming desire, and her infatuation with the thoroughbred escalates to obsession.
Dating Your Character: A Sexy Guide to TV and Screenwriting by Marilyn R. Atlas (Now Write! Screenwriting contributor)
Deborah Cutler-Rubenstein (Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor), and Elizabeth Lopez
Stairway Press (August 30, 2016)
Based on the principle that interesting characters actually are co-creators in the writing process, this book is organized into some of the standard stages in an evolving romantic relationship.
Unlike writing books that approach character development using a winnowing process involving general categorization and list-making, without an in-depth synthesis of the collage of facts in the character’s biography, this approach focuses on the importance of characters’ individuality: their eccentricity, drive, and relative “basis in fact” inspired in part by people you know or you yourself.
The Quest For Peace by Laurie Lamson (Now Write! Screenwriting co-editor, Now Write! Mysteries co-editor, Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror editor)
JaZzyMaE Media (August 6, 2016)
A thought-provoking short story Kindle book about a young man’s quest for peace in the Middle East.
Happy International Peace Day!