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Excerpt and giveaway: Luck Favors the Prepared

 

Luck Favors the Prepared

Luck Favors the Prepared

(non-fiction short stories)

Release date: September 8, 2017
at Take the Stairs Publishing

ISBN: 978-0692874752
also in ebook
203 pages

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SYNOPSIS

In his first collection of non-fiction short stories, Nathaniel Barber allows a peek inside the life observant. Luck Favors the Prepared is a straightforward read, shifting from remote and hilarious documentary to a lived-in memoir, dreamily recalling the absurd dark comedy of death and divorce, landlordship, family, role playing video games, high school, misguided activism, customer service and sudden, unexpected wardrobe failures.

As a son of the Pacific Northwest, his stories are nestled in the mossy bosom of Washington, Oregon and Northern California. His characters and rich dialogue are plucked from the past and set to life. They are belligerents and buffoons. They are the beautiful and the bewildering, plagued by dark and grotesque motives and juxtaposed with a loving objectivity that suspends judgement for a world where no one is defined by their worst deeds.

Luck Favors the Prepared is an unforgettable tour through the ordinary and unconventional—a full collection of real life and all its baggage, handcrafted by the hardest working nobody in contemporary literature.

EXCERPT

Excerpt from Paris, France. Lynnwood, Washington:

That summer I was on exchange with Jerome, who was also thirteen years old. He lived just south of Paris.

Paris was unlike anything. France! Everything you’ve heard about the wonderful country, there to just—walk around, soak it up.

Jerome’s family kindly put me up in the oldest brother’s room (a camp counselor, he was away for the summer). It was too hot to sleep with the covers on and there were far too many mosquitoes to sleep without covers. Their tiny hum rang in my ears. I’d swat and slap them away, but moments later the brave pests would light again and again until, pockmarked with fiery bumps, I turned on the light and rolled up a copy of Les Inrockuptibles.

I worked until late at night, deliriously jet lagged and, tracking the tiny mosquitoes by their telltale buzz, smashing them with the magazine. Eventually I killed them all and the room was silent.

Riddled with itch, I fell asleep hard and didn’t wake up until Jerome’s mother opened the shades late the next morning, almost noon. She was yelling French, screaming at me and pointing around the room like a madwoman.

Blinking awake, I could finally see what she was pointing at: a grim horror scene, decorated by dark smears and splatters of my blood caked with a mash of legs and wings, the gored copy of Les Inrockuptibles by the bedside. We worked through lunch, for hours, scrubbing at the uncleanable eggshell of the plaster walls, my grumpy hostess grumbling unknowns as we scrubbed and scrubbed.

For the month I stayed with his family, we took the train to the city as much as possible. I had my first souvlaki. We made a dizzying tour of food and museums, cathedrals and alleys. As my guide, Jerome noted once, almost as an afterthought, a residence we were walking past used to be Victor Hugo’s. We took a weeklong trip to the Normandy coast, to the beaches American and Allied forces stormed on D-day.

I received my first kiss, from an English girl. She put her tongue down my throat right in front of her parents.

We spent a day at Mont St-Michel, saw the Château du Caen and the Bayeux Tapestry. These things were older than anything I’d seen. I certainly didn’t understand them, or their place in the world, but I was forever changed by the encounter.

The following month, Jerome came to stay with us, in our home in Lynnwood, Washington. We had a Costco and the Alderwood Mall and some parks. To a visitor or passerby, Lynnwood was most effectively introduced by the Black Angus Steakhouse next to the I-5 off-ramp. The restaurant’s massive, well-lit sign proudly called to the north and southbound travelers: Black Angus, except for the “g,” perhaps the most important letter on that sign, which fizzled out and remained unrepaired for several years.

It was late at night when we peeled off the freeway toward our home, the last leg in Jerome’s very long trip. His eyes were bleary but nailed to that sign, lips mulling an unsure translation. Finally he asked, “What is this: Black Anus?”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nathaniel Barber

Nathaniel Barber’s writing is a deadpan examination of life’s banal cruelties. His stories bustle with compelling characters, rich dialogue and moving scenes narrated with an icy, satirical memoir, distilling comedy from otherwise devastating humorlessness.

His forthcoming collection of short nonfiction, Luck Favors the Prepared, recounts life as stumbling about a strange dark room, desperately patting the walls for a light switch. He is also completing a collection of fiction shorts and a book of adult poems for children.

He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and daughter and cat and a collection of bicycles in various states of disrepair. He works in the warranty department for an ergonomic furniture company. He does not use semicolons or Oxford commas.

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Spotlight and giveaway: That Spring in Paris

Ciji Ware

on Tour

August 15-28

with

That Spring in Paris

That Spring in Paris

(women’s fiction / romance)

Release date: May 25, 2017
at Lion’s Paw Publishing

ISBN: 978-0988940871
ebook: 978-0988940864
468 pages

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SYNOPSIS

Two Americans literally collide at the entrance to a Paris hospital, each desperately searching for friends felled in the same unspeakable tragedy.
Patrick Finley Deschanel, an expatriate former U.S. Air Force pilot, quit the military after a career flying helicopter rescue missions in the Middle East. Now resident on a classic barge moored on the Seine, Finn is a man with both physical battle scars and psychic wounds that overshadow his day-to-day encounters at every turn.
Juliet Thayer is a fledgling landscape painter who seeks escape from a tyrannical older brother and her job at his violent video war games company in San Francisco. Her emergency trip to Paris also raises doubts as to her impending engagement to a colleague where she serves as packaging design director and “Chief Branding Officer” of GatherGames, a highly speculative enterprise in which her parents are heavily invested.
As Finn and Juliet form a tenuous attachment in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that traumatized the French capital November 13, 2015, they wonder if the “City of Light” can provide a path out of the darkness for two emotional exiles who fear–along with the world at large—that their universe has descended into a permanent state of chaos and that the renewal of spring might never come.
New York Times bestselling novelist and Emmy-award winning news producer Ciji Ware displays her formidable skill at weaving fact and fiction–delivering a gripping story about the discovery of love and regained serenity in the wake of horrifying events.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

That Spring in Paris - Ciji Ware

Ciji Ware,
a graduate of Harvard University in History,
is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author
of historical and contemporary fiction,
and two works of nonfiction.
An Emmy-award winning
former radio and TV broadcaster for 23 years in Los Angeles,
her numerous writing accolades include a Dorothy Parker Award of excellence,
and being short-listed for the Willa [Cather] Literary Award.
Her family circle includes a husband of many decades,
a grown son and daughter-in-law, and now two grandsons under four,
along with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Cholly Knickerbocker.
Ware lives in a cottage by the sea on San Francisco Bay.

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Book review: The Sorbonne Affair

The Sorbonne Affair:
Hugo Marston #7

The Sorbonne Affair

Author: Mark Pryor
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Publication: Aug 22, 2017
Pages: 287
ISBN: 978-1-63388-261-4
paperback, also available as ebook
Genre: Mystery

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Following Hugo Marston in his investigations around Père Lachaise Cemetery, around the booksellers along La Seine, and in the Paris American Library has been a thrill. Now it is a treat to see him at work in a plush hotel in The Sorbonne Affair.
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