Authors with Kaylie Jones Books read at KGB Bar in New York City on Aug. 21. Pictured above, Matthew McGevna, author of the forthcoming novel LITTLE BEASTS (2015).
Author Cheryl Bazzoui reviewed Barbara J. Taylor’s SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT for Pennsylvania’s WPSU, a Penn State public access radio station. Bazzoui, the granddaughter of a coal miner who died of lung cancer at the age of 52, said the story helped her to reexamine her own family story by understanding what life had been like for her grandfather and other miners like him. She wrote in her review:
“I highly recommend this book. It gives a poignant look at what life might have been like for my coal-miner grandfather and shows how much daily life has changed over the last 100 years. And though the plot may sound bleak, ultimately it’s a story of hope and survival that will stay with the reader long after the book is done.”
A picture of an underground mine hospital. For other historical photographs related to the novel SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT, visit Barbara J. Taylor’s Facebook page.
Aviation journalist and author Colleen Mondor wrote a review of UNMENTIONABLES on her blog, “Chasing Ray.” Mondor enjoyed the novel and called it a “surprise,” explaining that:
I found a certain amount of “earthiness” to this novel–a perspective on life that reads very much about people most readers know and will recognize. I think I especially liked the history here though, how Lowenstein so effectively weaves bits about milk inspection and disease and racism and education into the overall story. This is how we live, after all, with so much big and small going on around us.
A picture of the Chautauqua Assembly in Clarinda, Indiana circa 1908, courtesy of the Library of Congress, was posted with her review.
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.
Terminally diagnosed with Huntington’s disease as a child, Kade gave up on living a productive existence. He spent most of his time preparing for the Primal Age, even though he knew the end of the world wouldn’t happen in his shortened lifetime.
In Kade’s twenties, the United States is being ravaged by the Feline Flu. After the Flu hits pandemic levels, a vaccine is released to the public. Viewed as the last chance to stop the virus, over ninety percent of the population receives the vaccine within a single day.
The vaccine takes on a life of its own and deprives the recipients of their higher functions, leaving them with only their primal urges. These bloodthirsty monsters become known as foamers because of the red foam that forms around their mouths when they hunt.
As the world as he knows it descends into the Primal Age, Kade finds that he is not only useful, but is expected to lead other survivors. His group is constantly assaulted by foamers and a warmongering paramilitary unit. In an unrelenting fight for their lives, his group is forced to redefine humanity in a world without law.
“When a screwed-up flu vaccine mutates sixty percent of humanity into mindless beasts, ‘Trust your intelligence’ becomes the leitmotif of a group of survivors. Fast-moving, violent, and vividly imagined, Foamers creates a dangerous world made disquietingly believable.”
—David Poyer, author of Stepfather Bank and The Cruiser