One Eye Opened…

Publishers Simon & Schuster say: “Christi Nogle has established herself as a modern Ray Bradbury, this collection adds fantasy, slipstream, and fabulism to her canon.

This Idaho author is now publishing her third and final volume in a three-book short story collection series from the UK publisher Flame Tree Press.

The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future focused on psychological and supernatural horror, Promise focused on dark science fiction and futuristic fantasy, and this latest book focuses on slipstream, fabulism, and dark fantasy. “The three books collect much of my short fiction from 2016 to 2022,” says Nogle.

Releasing 12 March 2024, read more about it and order from simonandschuster.com (links on that page to other online vendors) or preorder from your local independent bookstore.

Misbehaving at Cactus Lanes

“Hilarious and heartwarming — perfect for fans of Judy Leigh, Caroline James, Maddie Please”

Patricia Santos Marcantonio is back with bowling humor and sweet friendships in this new book releasing 15 February 2024.

Margaret Adams just buried her late husband but was widowed long before he dropped dead on the ninth hole at his beloved golf club. Now with children grown and her unhappy marriage over, Margaret goes in search of something, anything.

Enter Las Vegas’s bowling alley, Cactus Lanes. With its beautiful neon sign, legendary chili fries, and family spirit, stepping through the doors does more than put a smile on her face.

She discovers the friendships she’s always craved and a chance at a true love with bowling alley owner Frank Martinez. She also realizes the bowling lessons she learns apply elsewhere, namely how to choose her lane and strike with determination through life.

Available on Amazon.

Screenwriters’ Workshops

With the six-week workshop beginning Sat 10 February, join in either in person at Boise’s JUMP or online.

Join our Screenwriter’s Workshops happening every week in JUMP’s PLAY studio. Story artists are invited to bring their screenplays for story discussion. Develop your screenplay to the point of setting up a table read. Collaborate and network as a community of screenwriters gather at JUMP to discuss the art of writing stories for the screen. 

Read more about it on JUMP’s website.

Secrets Ever Green

The secrets were buried . . . until clues began to bloom.

Ivy Rune’s only goal is to pass her final exam and become an Arborist like her late father, even though she fears she’ll never be able to uphold his legacy. Just before her big test, Ivy discovers her father’s secrets . . . and they had nothing to do with the quiet life he led.

Suddenly, clues unspool from wood carvings and old journals, leading Ivy to the outskirts of town and straight to the Count’s forbidden castle. When Ivy uncovers a hidden world of magic, she and her best friend are unexpectedly altered. As they explore their new powers, Ivy realizes she is capable of much more than the simple life her father left for her.

Now Ivy must decide between inheriting her father’s Arborist trade or continuing to uncover the mystery he kept hidden. But uprooting the past might erase her father’s legacy and change the course of Ivy’s life forever.

Visit Sara Knightly’s website.

Purchase through your favorite online retailer.

Plan Your Best Year

TH 11 January Zoom: AUTHORPRENEUR: Level Up the Business Side of Writing with Laurie Buchanan

When writing is treated as a business, a writer becomes a serious contender in magazines, newspapers, and on shelves in bookstores. In this interactive session, writers will learn what it means to be an authorpreneur and about the business side of writing. Attendees will obtain tips for avoiding burnout and feeling overwhelmed, processes for determining when to take business risks, managing cash flow better, stabilizing a writing business in a fluctuating industry, and managing your business efficiently.

This online meeting of the Idaho Sisters in Crime is open to any writers, regardless of genre, who want to start the new year right.

Register on Eventbrite for this online event. The Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of the meeting.

Photo by ali elliott on Unsplash

Last Year and This

Every year, being a reader (or reader and author) gets more…interesting. This past year two issues revolving around access and control became even more prominent. 

For your perusal and consideration…

Local Book Bans

The West Ada School District decided in December to remove books in a closed meeting. This is following Nampa’s action in 2022 removing books.

Background on the trend, including more specifics on the Florida-based group/website being used as a reference can be found in this USA Today article. (You might want to read to the end for an ironic anecdote about one particular book whose main character endures anti-Semitic attacks which has been marked to be banned because it contains anti-Semitic remarks.)

Update: Though designed for patrons served by the Boise Public Library, much of this Library Advocacy Toolkit [PDF] could be useful statewide.

Ebooks Are Not Books?

There is something called the first sale doctrine in copyright law that lets you take a physical book that you’ve purchased and, without further payments to the publisher, give it to your best friend or donate it to your local library or list it on BookMooch or sell it on eBay or put it out in your Little Free Library or even leave it in a coffee shop (along with its Bookcrossing label) to be found by a stranger.

Ebooks, not so much. The Big Five (Big Four soon?) publishers filed suit in June 2020 against the Internet Archive, a nonprofit which, at the start of the pandemic, scanned and released electronic versions of books via Controlled Digital Lending during a time when public libraries were closed. However, the complaint went further and seemed to indicate that ebooks should be classed as “a temporary, rental-only media—a new class of unownable goods, like streaming-only films from Disney or subscription-only software from Microsoft” [quoted from first article, below]. 

Read more about it:

The Theme is: Tart

The Cabin has opened submissions to their annual anthology, which is always centered on a single word.

This year that word is TART.

Read more musings on the theme word, and study the guidelines for submitting your creative piece (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) on their submissions webpage. Deadline is 3 March 2024.

Submissions are “blind-judged by a local author of acclaim” which this year, as in recent years, will be a poet/nonfiction writer:

  • 2024: “Tart” – poet and nonfiction writer Meg Freitag
  • 2023: “Three” – poet Daniel Stewart
  • 2022: “Moon” – poet and nonfiction writer CMarie Fuhrman
  • 2021: “Rupture” – journalist Harrison Berry
  • 2020: “Apple” – essayist, short story and children’s book author Malia Collins