Publishers Weekly reviewed Nina Solomon’s The Love Book on September 15, 2014. The book will be released by Kaylie Jones Books on January 1, 2015.
“Solomon’s follow-up to her 2003 debut Single Wife revolves around four unlikely friends who first meet during a disastrous Flaubert-themed bike trip in France. There, one of them comes across the titular book about attracting a mate. While the premise of four disparate personalities meeting cute may seem trite at first, Solomon’s effort eventually blossoms into a compelling mix of story lines. Back in Manhattan, Emily, a freelance writer with an impressionable 10-year-old son, catches the eye of Duncan, a charming author with a mean streak that rivals Emily’s ex-husband’s. Fellow New Yorker Max, a tough tomboy who guards her heart fiercely and worries about having fallen for too-good-to-be-true Garrett, works as a personal trainer. Superstitious Cathy, who found the Love Book and keeps trying to get the four together to follow its exercises, lives with her elderly father after having lost her home in a fire. She’s dying to find her soul mate, unlike fiery Beatrice, who is fiercely independent at 69 and determined not to let any man tie her down, even her married paramour Freddy, who wants to marry her, or his brother Malcolm, who is clearly the guy for her. Things may end a little too neatly for the protagonists, but there’s plenty of good banter and characterization before the inevitable happy conclusion.“
The Love Book Nina Solomon. Akashic/Kaylie Jones, $15.95 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-61775-317-6
Staff writer Patrice Wilding from The Times Tribune wrote a Sunday feature on Barbara J. Taylor, author of SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT. The book has sold over 10,000 copies and was selected by Publishers Weekly as a Best Summer Book of 2014. Taylor discusses how she had always dreamt of writing but considered it a “pipe dream,” yet managed to publish her doubt novel four weeks before her 50th birthday and considers it the second act in her own life.
Kaylie Jones Books hosted a book launch party for SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT at the Bluestockings Bookstore in New York City on Aug. 4. Imprint author Barbara J. Taylor read excerpts from her debut novel and friends of the imprint stopped by for a night of celebrating good literature.
Above: Barbara J. Taylor, author of SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT, reads at Bluestockings.
Above: Barbara J. Taylor and Taylor Polites, author of THE REBEL WIFE.
Above: Imprint founder Kaylie Jones and Tim McLoughlin, author of HEART OF THE OLD COUNTY.
Above: SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT by Barbara J. Taylor
Kaylie Jones Books author Barbara J. Taylor wrote a guest post for Akashic explaining what book first inspired her to be a writer and how Doc Rodham, one of the characters in her debut novel SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT, was the paternal great-uncle of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night by Barbara J. Taylor was released on July 1 by Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books. This historical novel, named one of Publisher Weekly’s Best Summer Books of 2014, blends meticulous research of Pennsylvania coal mining communities in the early 20th century with a tragedy inspired by the author’s real family. Jones interviewed Taylor in celebration of the book’s release, discussing her inspiration, her writing process, and what keeps her going. Read the interview here.
Justin Kassab’s interview with New Asian Writing
Justin Kassab, author of Foamers (The Primal Age Chronicles), finished an interview with New Asian Writing sharing the inspiration behind his post-apocalyptic novel following a group of survivors and how they redefine themselves in a lawless world. Kassab explained how he researched historical pandemics, gun specs, and even the behavior of chimpanzees in preparation for writing his novel. Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books, chose Foamers as its flagship eBook publication. There will be sequel to Foamers and visit www.JustinKassab.com for upcoming details.