New from Avignon Press

 

 

Just Released - June 2016!

 

One definition of noir is "no happy endings." In this collection of nineteen short stories by multiple-award-winning author Warren Bull, don't expect any last-minute reprieves. They aren't going to happen. Dark desires spiral down toward disaster. Bad choices lead toward dangerous consequences and a sucker never gets an even break. A clergyman chosen to speak for the dead is accused of murder A police detective investigating a series of seemingly unrelated murders find an appalling and very personal link between the crimes. A college student challenges a man to a deadly duel.

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Casey Dorman's newest novel: Finding Martin Bloom

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After losing her mother on the day of her high school graduation, Dillon Bloom enters college and discovers that her calling is to become a writer. When she finds out that the father she thought had died in her infancy may be a very much alive and famous, but reclusive, novelist she is determined to find him and discover whether he is, in fact, her father. Martin Bloom, her father, is killing himself with alcohol and, after being fired from teaching positions at Harvard and Stanford, he is living a degenerate life on a boat in Saigon, Vietnam, hoping to regain his ability to write. Dillon’s search for her father, a quest which takes her from Oregon to Massachusetts to California and finally to Vietnam, is an odyssey of alternating hope and despair in which two anti-social people, father and daughter, struggle with their identities and the meaning of the other in each of their lives.

"With Finding Martin Bloom, Dorman ventures into yet another territory, the quest novel in which the young protagonist, suddenly left on her own, goes on a journey to discover her origins and thus her own identity, and the father discovers belatedly his paternity and through it his connection to the world."

                   Anca Vlasopolos, poet, author of Cartographies of Scale (and Wing)

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Azimuths

Azimuths, by R. A. Morean is a literary novel told from the point of view of five different women living in a trailer park on the lip of the Mojave Desert. Azimuths is a story of physical and emotional paralysis and tentative discovery. Each of the women’s voices is unique as they tell a story in which their lives intersect with each other and with secrets from the prehistoric past and from the stars.

“R. A. Morean's Azimuths features five women who live in a trailer park on the edge of the Mojave Desert, where there are no seasons. The possibility of change, though, is something this unforgettable cast of characters longs for and fears. The writing is spot on—lyrical and full of grit exactly when it needs to be. This is a novel that will stay

with you long after the final page."

Lee Martin, author of The Bright Forever, finalist for the Pulitzer

Prize

 

"In the Raceway Trailer Park, Morean has created an indelible American place—the kind of place where people of differing backgrounds come together to make a community of

choice. A good novel is a self-contained world, full of rich individuals rooted in the American Landscape. Azimuths is just that."

Kevin Haworth, author of The Discontinuity of Small Things, Dayton Literary Peace Prize nominee

 

 Azimuths will be released in hardcover and paperback on December 1, 2015. You may pre-order the paperback from Amazon at Amazon.com

 

Visit the Azimuths website at www.womenlit.com 

 

 

I Meet Geronimo and Other Stories

I Meet Geronimo and Other Stories is a collection of nine stories written by author and poet Charles Bane, Jr. These tales range from the title story, about a young boy's memorable meeting with the famed Indian chief, Geronimo, when the chief was a member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, to a thrilling  narrative of a man hired to kill a marauding tiger in India. Each story bears the stamp of the author's prodigious story-telling skill as well as his beautiful command of language, his signature skill as a poet.

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Praise for Charles Bane’s Writing

“If the goal of flash is emotional resonance, the piece is quite a success..”

Review of I Meet Geronimo by Eric Hawthorne, FictionFeed.net

“These stories are short, but oh so rewarding! The ordinary in one phrase turns into the fantastic, we do a double take, and then a flush of recognition. Charles Bane’s shorts stories are simply great fun.”

Roald Hoffmann, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, and author of poetry collections, including Gaps And Verges and Catalista: Poemas Escogidos.

“…insistence for equality and understanding is also manifested in Bane's writing--it is simple, prosaic, and does not sacrifice accessibility in an attempt to gild stanzas with highbrow language. His poems are his readers because his readers are actually able to read them in the first place, which again plays into this idea of connecting with one's fellow man as a means for experiencing divine grace. Indeed, in a genre that has a tendency to praise the esoteric and obscure, Bane's work is gracefully accessible without being gimmicky or immature. Bane's work does not only stand on the shoulders of giants, it shrinks them.”

Patrick Pressl, Huffington Post

About The Author

Charles Bane, Jr. is the American author of The Chapbook ( Curbside Splendor, 2011) and Love Poems ( Kelsay Books, 2014). His work was described by the Huffington Post as "not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them." Creator of The Meaning Of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project, he is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. This is his first collection of fiction.

 

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CARTOGRAPHIES OF SCALE (AND WING)

 

Available in October 2015!

Cartographies of Scale (and Wing) is a meditation on map-making and on migration. We humans draw imaginary lines to segment the globe for our purposes as if it were vacant land, forgetting or unaware of the living lines of migration; these traverse the globe seasonally, or, on occasion, through mass movements, human and non-human.

The poet pays homage to two scientists, Gerardus Mercator and Nathaniel Bowditch, whose work was enormously useful for safer navigation and more accurate cartography, but unwittingly helped lead to conquest, decimation, and in some cases extinction of native habitats, peoples, and non-human life.

These poems celebrate life that often passes unnoticed (intertidal creatures, migrating and “common” birds, amphibians, reptiles, non-charismatic mammals, and disregarded humans), advocate for its worth, habitats, and right to existence.

"A significant contribution to the literature of the ecological imagination, that brings human histories of territorial mastery together with nature's "flitting shape-shifting" creations, through poetics as precise as the maps the poems recreate and as delicate as the dragonfly wings they celebrate: this is Vlasopolos' finest work in a long line of strong books."

          Shirley Geok-lin Lim, winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and author of Among the White Moon Faces, winner of the American Book Award.

Anca Vlasopolos has published over 200 poems, the poetry collections Penguins in a Warming World and Walking Toward Solstice, and the non-fiction novel The New Bedford Samurai. She is Professor Emerita at Wayne State University, where she taught English and Comparative Literature for 39 years.

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THE PEACEMAKER

 

 

A thousand years ago the environment on the planet Talus was dying. Air pollution was killing plant and animal life and global warming was causing the oceans to rise, inundating coastal habitats. The planet’s two dominant races, the warlike and technological Tontors and their studious Falstinian slaves left Talus to migrate to Talus’ twin planet Noruna, leaving the third race, the Aphorians, who had been menial slaves, behind. Now, a thousand years later, the Aphorians have nurtured the natural environment of Talus and brought it back from the brink of disaster while creating a democratic and peaceful civilization that respects the environment they share with other living organisms. But the Falstinians, freed from their own slavery to the Tontors, are returning to Talus to set up settlements on their old lands, bringing back their old, environmentally destructive way of life and threatening the ecology of the planet the Aphorians have brought back to life. The result is a war between the Falstinians and Aphorians that threatens to spread to a war between the two planets. Enter Jason, an empathic peacemaker from a distant planet, whose task is to bring understanding between the three races of Talus and Noruna and avoid interplanetary war. The Peacemaker is a tale of the future, of distant planets and of love, war, and the dangers of ecological disregard. Within its pages is a blueprint for avoiding disaster on Earth.

“The Peacemaker is, plain and simple, a wake-up call. Rising oceans, temperatures, floods, people and animals forced to flee from their homes… sound familiar? Dorman weaves our reality with a great cast of characters and the likely future, making for an excellent read.”

Riya Anne Polcastro author of Left Behind, Book One

“A rollicking interplanetary adventure, which offers an intelligent vision of an ecologically viable civilization. Could become the inspiration for the next generation of environmental activists.”

Lost Coast Review

 


Recently revised, the best-selling thriller from Casey Dorman

PRISONER'S DILEMMA: The Deadliest Game

Prisoner’s Dilemma: The Deadliest Game is a prototypical Cold-War novel with the ominous threat of nuclear war hovering in the background of every political machination. But this time, the prospect of war intrudes onto center stage as the reader discovers how close the United States came to launching a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia – all because of the brilliant mathematician, John von Neumann’s game theory exercise, the Prisoner’s Dilemma. Based upon extensive historical research, including recently declassified CIA and FBI documents, Prisoner’s Dilemma: The Deadliest Game, while fiction, focuses upon real events, real people and even real conversations as it skirts terrifyingly close to the truth. The settings for the drama range from the White House, to the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University, to the infamous “Installation,” in Russia where Andrei Sakharov developed the Soviet hydrogen bomb. 

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IS ROY HOME?

By Randall Mawer

For the many fans of Randall Mawer’s first novel, “Frog’s Field,” his new teen fiction novel, “Is Roy Home?” is a long-awaited treat. Roy Hough, Frog Mott’s best friend, is now a high school student as is another of Frog’s friends, Arthur Shell. Roy is a star of his high school baseball team while Arthur is a loner, befriended only by Roy and Connie Dunn, Roy’s friend and the female manager of the boy’s baseball team. The story follows the fortunes of Roy’s high school team through a season, Arthur’s blossoming into a sociable young grownup, the burgeoning relationship between Roy and Connie and the role all three of the young friends find themselves in when Roy’s mother inherits a house and money and becomes a potential victim of a young tennis pro who wants to take advantage of her. This is a story of small-town, Midwest America in the 1950’s with all the endearing qualities that make that memories of that era remain in the minds of many as one of our country’s last times of innocence.

Available now in paperback at Amazon.com 

 

IS GOD REALLY NECESSARY? 

A glimpse into the mind of an atheist.

By Casey Dorman

Can an atheist believe that life has meaning? Where do his values come from and are they different from those who believe in God or Spirit? Can he view all life as sacred and interconnected? If he doesn’t believe in God, is he free of guilt? These are among the questions addressed in this small book. Written by an atheist, Is God Really Necessary? shares the author’s progression from being a religious believer to being a nonbeliever. He outlines his materialist philosophy and its implications for topics such as belief in spirit, or development of a value system. The book is written in an informal personal style, but contains more formal arguments for the material point of view in the appendices. 

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Fermentation: Stories and Poems About Aging 

Authored by Casey Dorman

Short stories, poetry, observations; this slim volume has a little of everything, all focusing on the experience of getting older. Many of the selections are happy, some are sad, some romantic, and several are downright funny. A great book for anyone of any age who wants to be entertained.

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MORALITY: BOOK TWO—THE PEACEMAKER

By Casey Dorman

The Peacemaker is the second novel in Casey Dorman’s Morality Trilogy. A thousand years ago the environment on the planet Talus was dying. Air pollution had caused the dominant race of Tontors and their Falstinian slaves to live within air-purified enclosures while the lowly Aphorian race, which provided manual labor for the Tontors, lived outside. Plant and animal life was dying and global warming had caused the oceans to rise, inundating coastal habitats. The Tontors and Falstinians and a few of their Aphorian servants left Talus to migrate to Talus’ twin planet Noruna. Now, a thousand years later, the Aphorians have learned to nurture the natural environment of Talus and have brought it back from the brink of disaster. And now, the Falstinians, freed from their slavery to the Tontors, have returned to set up settlements on their old lands. The result is a war between the Falstinians and Aphorians that threatens to spread to a war between the two planets. Enter Jason, an empathic peacemaker from a distant planet, whose task is to bring understanding between the three races of Talus and Noruna and avoid interplanetary war. The Peacemaker is a tale of the future, of distant planets and of love, war, and the dangers of ecological disregard. Within its pages is a blueprint for avoiding disaster on Earth

Buy Morality: Book Two—The Peacemaker in paperback or Kindle editions at Amazon  

 

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Morality: Book One- Where Have All the Young Men Gone

Authored by Casey Dorman 


 

Where Have All The Young Men Gone, the first of three novels in the Morality Series, is a satirical allegory and political thriller, which takes place in a dystopian present reminiscent of George Orwell or Philip K. Dick. Derek Stewart, the last American soldier to have been wounded in the Vietnam war, has been in a coma for forty years. The world to which he wakes is one in which Christianity has become the official religion of the United States, Muslims are jailed or deported, speech is no longer free and ideas that threaten the government are punishable under the Patriot Act III. Stewart is an African-American whose pacifism threatens to gain support in both America and Africa and he becomes the enemy of both U.S. President Fremont F. Ferris, who plans to obliterate Middle Eastern capitals with nuclear weapons and of Moustafa al Adim, the leader of the terrorist group, al Mout li Kafir, which is trying to terrorize the West and radicalize African Muslims. Both of his adversaries are determined to kill Stewart whose aim is to reveal the shallowness behind their ideas and the fruitlessness of their actions. 

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Code Name: Caleb

A historical thriller for young adults

By John A. Bray

Avignon Press, 2012

$8.95 paperback

Code Name: Caleb is available at https://www.createspace.com/4082631

Young and penniless Johnny Madigan lied about his age to become a Union Soldier. And after surviving serious injury on the Civil War’s most notorious and blood-soaked killing fields, was recruited to work under cover to infiltrate Confederate spy rings.

In this sequel to the acclaimed Ballad of Johnny Madigan, Johnny – older than his years, but much younger than believed by the army, battle-hardened and a master of espionage – is sent back to New York to penetrate an underground counterfeiting gang supplying forged US currency to the enemy South.

His assignment takes him to Canada where a murderous Confederate spy ring is plotting an armed uprising to take over New York City and hold it hostage.

Johnny’s dream is to return to childhood sweetheart, Deidre, who kept him alive as a destitute youth in the city’s slums, but there is more than the daily risk of sudden death keeping him from her as he enters the very heart of the conspiracy. Suspected by some plotters, he is seduced by a beautiful woman – herself a key member of the gang – whose orders are to expose him.

Will the war-toughened, but still romantically naïve, Johnny see through sexy Letitia’s love ploy to complete and survive his vital mission and to be re-united with Deidre, or can the conspirators lower his guard with Letitia’s wily help, make their bold, history-changing plan succeed … and see Johnny dead?

John Bray’s immaculately researched and race-paced ‘Code Name: Caleb’ thrusts the reader into the murky depths of intrigue, plot and counter-plot that became the dark underside of the War Between the States. 

 

 

Now Available!

Frog’s Field

A young Adult novel by Randall Mawer

Avignon Press 2012

$8.99

Available now at Amazon and at https://www.createspace.com/3961752

12 year old Frederick "Frog" Mott never met his mother or father. But when his father's sister, Aunt Janet, rescues him from the orphanage he has been in all of his life, he begins to learn about his father and the strange relationship his father had with a number of creatures—a fox, a buzzard, a horse. He finds that he has a lot in common with his father. And he finds that those same creatures—or at least their spirits—still live in the field next door and are determined to protect Frog and help him find a home.

Randall Mawer is a poet and writer. His Sycamore and Other Poems was published in 2000 by Writer’s Club Press. He is currently Poetry Editor of Lost Coast Review. 

 Rave Reviews of Frog’s Field!

"Beautifully done ... a complex, well-paced mystery, simply yet masterfully told ... a gentle exploration of the challenges for boys with absent fathers."

--Michael Austin Shell

Senior Librarian

Jacksonville Public Library

“Randall Mawer’s Frog’s Field takes the reader on a journey to the past as it should have been where delivering newspapers was a solemn duty and friends could be counted on to teach you how to fish or ride a bicycle. When Frog (Frederick) was released from the orphanage into Aunt Janet’s care, neither of them had an inkling of what the future held of how they would enrich each other’s lives. Past mysteries and current adventures combine in this lyrical depiction of life, love and loss. Young readers will fall under the spell of Mawer’s writing from the first page to very end.”

Warren Bull, award-winning author

of Heartland, Murder Manhattan Style,

Death in the Moonlight and Abraham Lincoln for the Defense.

 


UNQUITY  Available now! 

 

Buy at at 40% discount available to Lost Coast Review readers.

Go to Unquity  and use discount code C2B4EEY9 

Unquity is also available in Kindle format at a reduced price. Click on Kindle

By Casey Dorman

341 pages, paperback, $14.95

When Norman Cantwell revisits the tiny New England village of Wacusset, Massachusetts after an absence of thirty five years in order to renew his acquaintance with the woman he was in love with many years before, he begins to reminisce about that earlier love affair. His thoughts take him back to 1975 when, as the son of one of the most powerful publishers in the country, he came to Massachusetts to take over Unquity Press,  a small, struggling literary press in Boston. Norman settled in the small seacoast town of Wacusset where he fell in love with both the town and with one of its inhabitants, the successful and beautiful literary agent, Sandra Hallowell. The novel follows Norman’s struggles to make Unquity profitable while maintaining its literary quality.  He tries to maintain a relationship with Sandra, who sends him a novel written by a new author, a novel which has the potential to win literary awards as well as insure the financial success of his publishing venture. Norman must struggle with the on and off attention of the peripatetic Sandra while at the same time finding himself increasingly attracted to the young novelist. Unquity is a human love story, as well as a story of a love affair with literature and a story of the Boston and South coast area in the mid 1970’s, written with grace and sensitivity, which is sure to engage every lover of good literature.

Casey Dorman is a publisher and the author of several short stories, poems and novels, including I, Carlos (Seven Locks Press, 2004). He is the editor of Lost Coast Review.

 

“A revealing glimpse of the world of literary magazine publishing, coupled with a poignant tale of lost love.”

            Noel Mawer, author of A Critical Study of the Fiction of Patricia Highsmith

 

 

HEARTLAND    Now Available!

By Warren Bull

162 pages,  paperback, $7.95

To purchase Heartland click here

Sixteen-year-old TOM ALLEN’s life is imploding. His father banished Tom from his life; Tom’s stepfather is entirely too interested in commenting on Tom’s behavior. What makes it worse is that his stepfather’s comments are usually right on target. Then Tom’s beloved grandma suffers a stroke, which leaves his mother emotionally distant. Meanwhile his older sister is too sophisticated to worry about his concerns.

When Tom reads an old family memoir from his grandma’s cedar chest he becomes intrigued by his ancestors’ accounts of their struggle to form one unified family from two shattered families. They face man-made and natural dangers while they battle to survive smoldering conflicts in “Bleeding Kansas” that will soon erupt into the bloodiest war in American history — the Civil War. With the help of family and friends, past and present, Tom gradually comes to terms with the pain and possibilities of his own family.

Praise for Heartland

“Part rip-roaring adventure, part heartfelt coming-of-age tale, Heartland is every bit a page turner. Warren Bull masterfully paints the prairie life and harrowing conflict of 1850s Bleeding Kansas, and weaves it seamlessly into a modern-day mystery. I was caught up from the first page and couldn't put it down till I finished.”

                        L.D. Harkrader, Award-winning author of Airball: My Life in Briefs

HEARTLAND was a one of five finalists out of nearly a thousand entries in the 2010 Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest sponsored by the Gotham Writers Workshop.

Warren Bull has won a number of awards including Best Short Story of 2006 from the Missouri Writers Guild and top favorite story as voted by readers of Strange Mysteries, Whortleberry Press, 2009.  He has more than thirty short stories in publication.

 Praise for Warren Bull’s earlier book, Murder Manhattan Style   

“Warren Bull is a short story master, and this collection shows him at his best with quick stories told in crisp, clear prose. There's variety, drama, history, humor, pathos, compassion, and even Shakespeare here, along with surprising and satisfying endings to every story.”

Nancy Pickard, New York Times Bestselling Author

 

“Highly recommended morsels for when you want to spice up your reading diet with variety.

Earl Staggs,  Derringer Award winning Author