Spotlight: Suburban Death Project, by Aimee Parkison

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Suburban Death Project
by Aimee Parkison
Genre: magical realism, dark fiction

A disturbingly brilliant collection of experimental fiction exploring love, loss, and mourning. The twelve stories comprising SUBURBAN DEATH PROJECT sparkle with disturbing brilliance, revealing in full why Aimee Parkison is so widely celebrated for her innovative narratives and experimental fiction.

SUBURBAN DEATH PROJECT breathes life into what is barely surviving: ill-fated families, frightening relationships, and dangerous loves. With a dark humor serving to make unimaginable traumas both tolerable and knowable, Parkison delves into marriage and mourning, lust and loss, and violence and its aftermath. She exposes the horrors of life in its bodily form and relieves them with a passionate wonder burning so brightly it outshines age, death, and family secrets. In average American households, families haunt each other while still alive as they recompose into dragonflies, peach trees, squirrels, ducks, owls, shadows, tunnels, and zoos of endangered species. Pinned to boards for study, peered at by voyeurs, videoed by neighbors, or vivisected for the greater good, each body in these riveting stories undergoes an unflinching examination.

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About the Author:

Aimee Parkison is the author of several books of fiction. Her work has won numerous awards and fellowships and has appeared in numerous journals in English and in translation in Italian. Her fiction has won the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize from Fiction Collective Two, a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, the Kurt Vonnegut Prize from North American Review, the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, the Jack Dyer Prize from Crab Orchard Review, a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, a Writers at Work Fellowship, a Puffin Foundation Fellowship, and an American Antiquarian Society William Randolph Hearst Creative Artists Fellowship.

Aimee Parkison is a full professor at Oklahoma State University, where she teaches novel writing, contemporary fiction, exploratory narrative techniques, experimental fiction writing, and workshops in the Creative Writing Program’s BA, MFA, and PhD course offerings. Parkison has taught creative writing at a number of universities, including Cornell University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Oklahoma State University. Parkison has served as a visiting faculty member at the British Council’s International Creative Writing Summer School in Athens, Greece, and as a fiction faculty member at Chautauqua Writers’ Festival. Since the summer of 2019, Aimee Parkison has served on the FC2 Board of Directors.

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Spotlight: The Songs of Fate, by  K.W. Hall

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Songs of Fate

The Songs of Fate
War of Fate, 1st book
by  K.W. Hall
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: April 22, 2022
page count: 366
Content Warnings: Rated R. Contains adult material such as swearing, violence, sexual activity, etc.

 

The Fates have chosen their warrior.

Charlie, a widowed doctoral student, has been struggling with dark dreams of a gray-eyed warrior.

For the past three years she’s felt a power growing inside her—the strange sparks of light are painful—but brutally intoxicating.

After being attacked by an unknown creature while hiking, Charlie is aided by a friendly stranger, Logan. But Logan is not who he pretends to be…and nothing will be the same again, including Charlie herself.

Because when she discovers her dark dreams are not just fantasies, but linked to missing men in San Diego, she delves into a world beyond her own with a very complicated secret.

A world of darkness.

A world where love is difficult to define.

A world at war… The War of Fate.

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About the Author:

KW Hall

K.W. Hall made the leap into romance writing at the beginning of 2021. She hasn’t looked back after leaving her career as a registered nurse to pursue her dream of writing steamy romance novels. In her previous life, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Belmont, a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alabama, and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Auburn University. After years of searching, she realized creating new worlds of romance and adventure was her calling.

Raised as an Army brat, K.W. lived all over the southern United States during her childhood. She currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii with her own warrior husband. When not reading or writing, she can be found running the sandy beaches of Oahu. Okay, that wasn’t completely truthful. More likely, she is staring at the waves with a drink in her hand.

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Spotlight & Mini Author Interview: Anna’s Bear, by Dena Garson

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Anna’s Bear
Paradise Valley Shifters Series Book 1
By Dena Garson
Paranormal (shifter) Romance
Release Date: 4/13/2022

Anna Cooper wants what every mom wants – human or shifter – a happy, safe home for her young son. Even if it means working multiple jobs to make ends meet. Her struggle is compounded by the fact that she gave up her family ties and her cougar pride in order to escape her abusive ex-husband. So when she meets Cam and her cougar insists he is their one true mate, instead of rejoicing that she found him, she balks. She trusted the wrong man once – she won’t do it again. Even if he can kiss her senseless.

Cameron Wyborn came to town with one thing in mind – reconnect with his bear so he can shift again. But after months of trying everything his doctors recommended, he faces the possibility that he may never shift again. Meeting Anna stirs powerful feelings inside him and he cannot deny he is drawn to her. But his need for control overrides his belief in destined mates.

When Anna’s past comes back to haunt her, Cam is forced to decide if he is strong enough to surrender to fate in order to save them both.

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Mini Author Interview:

1) Where did the idea of the book come from?
I had the idea for a mother bear shifter several years ago. I churned it over and over in my head until I was able to outline what I felt was a reasonable story. As it turned out, Anna’s Bear fell into place while I was writing what will now be book 2 in the Paradise Valley Shifter series (Dax’s Cat). Always funny which characters yell the loudest in an author’s head.

 

2)What is you favorite part of the book?

My favorite part of the book is when Cam has his ah-ha moment about how he feels about Anna. I like strong male characters, but enjoy them more when they finally allow themselves to be vulnerable with THE ONE.


About the Author:

DenaGarson_catDena Garson is an award winning author of paranormal, steampunk, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. She holds a BBA and MBA in Business and works in the wacky world of quality and process improvement. Making up her own reality on paper is what keeps her sane.

She is the mother of two rowdy boys and two rambunctious cats (AKA the fuzzy jerks). When she isn’t writing you can find her at the sewing machine or stringing beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.

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