Now Write! Contributors: New Work

Now Write! contributors sure keep busy. As usual, there’s something here for everyone, including spooky scary short stories in time for Halloween from Elizabeth Eve King, a contributor to Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (Feb, 2014).

MYSTERY/THRILLERS

What A Mother KnowsWhatamotherknows
by Leslie Lehr (Now Write! Nonfiction contributor)
Sourcebooks Landmark (May 2013)

How far will a mother go to protect her child?

An unsettling, emotional and suspenseful novel of the unshakable bonds of motherhood, in which Michelle Mason not only loses her memory after a deadly car crash, but can’t find her 16-year-old daughter, the one person who may know what happened that day. But the deeper Michelle digs, the more she questions the innocence of everyone, even herself. A dramatic portrayal of the fragile skin of memory, What a Mother Knows is about finding the truth that can set love free.

(Read Leslie’s guest blog post Wrecking Ball Revision – about writing the novel)

QuietDellQuiet Dell: A Novel (hardcover)
by Jayne Anne Phillips (Now Write! Fiction contributor)
Scribner (October, 2013)

Based on a real-life multiple murder by a con man who preyed on widows — a story that has haunted the author for more than four decades.

In Chicago in 1931, Asta Eicher, mother of three, is lonely and despairing, pressed for money after the sudden death of her husband. She begins to receive seductive letters from a chivalrous, elegant man named Harry Powers, who promises to cherish and protect her, ultimately to marry her and to care for her and her children. Weeks later, all four Eichers are dead.

One of the few women journalists in the Chicago press becomes deeply invested in understanding what happened to this beautiful family.

goodasgoneGood as Gone
by Douglas Corleone (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
Minotaur Books (Aug. 2013)

A former U.S. Marshal, haunted by his own daughter’s disappearance, investigates a child abduction which becomes a terrifying international chase.

Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who were kidnapped by their own estranged parents. He only has one rule: he won’t touch stranger abduction cases. He’s still haunted by the disappearance of his own daughter when she was just a child, still unsolved, and stranger kidnappings hit too close to home.

Until, six-year-old Lindsay Sorkin disappears from her parents’ hotel room in Paris, and the French police deliver Simon an ultimatum: he can spend years in a French jail, or he can take the case and recover the missing girl.

badgirlsBad Girls (paperback, kindle and audio book)
by M. William Phelps (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
Kensington Publishing Corp. (Sept. 2013)

A  tale of sexploitation, lust, and betrayal.  49-year-old Bob Dow shot execution-style in his own bed, his invalid mother locked in the next room—and a cache of homemade porn starring the town’s underage girls. The two accused killers—teen lovers Bobbi Jo Smith and Jennifer Jones—were on the run, intent on going out in a cross-country blaze of glory. Were both girls equally guilty of murder? Or was one merely a pawn in the other’s dainty, blood-stained hands?

LethalTreasureLethal Treasure: a Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery
by Jane Cleland (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
Minotaur Books (June, 2013)

Josie Prescott pursues her newest source of inventory — the contents of abandoned storage units sold at auction. A crowd gathers at the storage facility, including local Henri Dubois, who bids against a man new to the local auction scene. The larger unit won by Henri has some exciting discoveries but when Josie receives a frantic call from Henri’s wife, the next morning, she learns that Henri never made it home after the auction. Police find Henri, dead in the storage unit. Was he killed over one of the objects? Is his wife hiding secrets that led to his death? And who was the stranger who bid against Henri? When the police turn to Josie’s antiques expertise, she discovers more than provenance—she uncovers a murderer.

 

STORY COLLECTIONS

AnotherHappyEndingAnother Happy Ending
by Elizabeth Eve King (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror contributor)
Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing (October, 2013)

A collection of short fiction and a novella – Funny and dark, E.E. King offers a unique perspective on life, love and the meaning of the universe. These tales will have you up all night.

blackberriesBlackberries, Blackberries
by Crystal Wilkinson (Now Write! Fiction contributor – her exercise is available as a sample here.)
AmazonEncore (November, 2011)

An enchanting, haunting collection of stories by a self-described black country girl and poet from rural Kentucky. The stories explore the joys and pain of the women of “Affrilachia”.

NurseI Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse
Edited by Lee Gutkind (Now Write! Nonfiction contributor)
In Fact Books; 1 edition (April 9, 2013)

This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses, who provide the first vital line of patient care. Here, nurses remember their first “sticks,” first births, and first deaths, and reflect on what gets them through long, demanding shifts, and keeps them in the profession. What connects these stories is the passion and strength of the writers, who struggle against burnout and bureaucracy to serve their patients with skill, empathy, and strength.

Youth

RiverMeet Me at the River  (hardcover and kindle)
by Nina da Gramont (Now Write! Fiction contributor)
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October, 2013)

We can’t choose who we love…but can we choose to let go?

Stepsiblings Tressa and Luke have been close since they were little…and when they become teenagers, they slip from being best friends to something more. Their relationship makes everyone around them uncomfortable, but they can’t—won’t—deny their connection. Nothing can keep them apart.

Not even death. Luke is killed in a horrible, tragic accident, and Tressa is suddenly alone. Unable to outrun the grief and guilt and longing, she is haunted by thoughts of suicide. And then she is haunted by Luke himself.

SasquatchStreetball Crew: Sasquatch in the Paint  (hardcover)
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror contributor)
Disney-Hyperion (September, 2013)

Thanks to the six inches he grew recently, eighth-grader Theo has lost his invisibility. The basketball coach conscripts him, but Theo’s so uneasy in his new body that he’s uncoordinated and self-conscious on the court. He doesn’t want to quit, though, even when he’s nicknamed Sasquatch during his first game. The more he studies and practices the game, the more he loves it, but “to want to do something you weren’t good at was begging to be let down.” Meanwhile, he’s having trouble balancing other responsibilities, including the academic team that has been a huge part of his life.

One thought on “Now Write! Contributors: New Work

  1. I’m going to be having a reading of my new collection of short fiction (and a novella) “Another Happy Ending,” at Ray Bradbury’s and my favorite Bookstore the “Mystery and Imagination (238 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale.)
    October 20th, Sunday, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    It will probably be yours too if you live in Los Angeles. Everyone’s seen a book store like the M & I, at least in their imaginings.
    Narrow aisles packed with books so thick characters rub elbows with you. Fat patrons get wedged between the shelves and have to survive on a diet of short fiction until they can squeeze free. It’s organized, but so jam packed with ideas and fancies it makes one’s head spin.
    I remember when I finished my first book, “Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.” Of course I called Ray. “Fabulous,” he cried. “I’ll send it to my agent!” and he did. His agent was less impressed.
    When it finally came out in 2010, I told Ray. “Evie,” he said “I want to host an opening at my favorite bookstore.” And he did. Sadly Ray couldn’t attend as the day was 110 degrees. Hot enough to melt my friends into the upholstery of their cars. Hot enough that patrons climbed into novels about Mars hoping for cooler temperatures.
    (The Book was released in Spain in 2012 by the lovely, aptly named Jesús Ortiz of Milrazones publica.)
    The new collection I should add is my second. The first “Real Conversations with Imaginary Friends” released in 2012 by a good man but a bad – or rather an inexperienced- publisher. The press lasted not even a year and the book with it. Most of the stories in that collection -reworked and improved– are included here – along with many, many more.
    This collection “Another Happy Ending” so titled because few of the tales – like life – have joyful outcomes.
    Also in this tome, inspired more than a little by “The Illustrated Man,” is a novella. Fate, Destiny, Chance and Luck are playing a game of cards under a crescent moon. An ill wind blows up destroying their game so they decide to tell stories, each card revels a tale.
    When I told Ray I was stealing his idea of using a narrative to connect my tales he beamed. “Excellent,” he cried “Steal more!”
    I have not yet titled my next novel. I’m vacillating between “Fahrenheit 451” and the “Martian Chronicles.”
    “Enough already,” I can hear Ray saying. He leans over my shoulder smiling, strong and seventy years young – Only yesterday and almost half a world ago. “This needs a bit of cutting,” he says.
    And so I will obey – if not my inner voice than Ray’s remembered.
    I hope you’ll drop by. If you come, be sure to look around. Somewhere in a corner just out of sight, yet visible to the heart you might see Ray smiling that great engulfing smile of his – including us all in that galaxy of imagination, hope, belief and love that he created, Inviting us all to stop by for a chat.
    If you can’t come for my reading, stop by anyway – The most mysterious imaginative bookstore in Glendale is well worth a visit. Better check the times though…. on their Facebook page it says
    “Closed until tomorrow 12:30 pm – 7:00 pm”
    Mysterious and Imaginative indeed.
    238 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA.
    +1 818-545-0206

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