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To Be to Is to Was by Stephen C. Bird

Sunnie Deelite and Isabella Gloucester forge their creative identities while fending off the torments of unrequited love. Disillusioned, they say goodbye to Fascibook and polarized Isolamicka and travel to Planet Gorp, where they study synesthesia and meditate with Bastet the Egyptian Cat Goddess. In the Androgynous Galaxy, four intergalactic witches battle for supremacy while back on the Blue Green Planet, Turmerico Inflammatorio wreaks havoc as the leader of turbulent Isolamicka.

Short stories featuring a mix of genres. Alternates between stream of consciousness, linear and non-linear prose. This work incorporates dialogue, monologue, inner monologue, satirical poetry and devices of blatant satire. The text moves back and forth between realism, surrealism and dream-like scenarios. Characters morph in and out of absurd, fantastical and over-the-top situations. Specific themes, concepts and idea fragments are interwoven throughout its chapters. While at first glance not appearing to be linked, ultimately these short stories meld together, lending an informal sense of unity to this book.

Please refer to the Blog Posting on the Stephen C. Bird Author Profile Page for Reviews and Quotes from Goodreads Reviews for "To Be to Is to Was".

Reality 2048 by Derek Cressman

Win one of 100 free copies of Reality(TM) 2048--Watching Big Mother.

An inquisitive woman goes through the dreary motions of life in a not too distant Los Angeles that has lost its vivacity. Vera escapes her hollow world through a deep search within herself to avoid a deluge of commercial information. She gradually develops the capacity for independent thought, falls in love, and must then avoid a seductive technology that could render her catatonic.

"A potent and sobering wake-up call." -Kirkus Reviews

"The book's monolithic system of business and political corruption has impacts that cannot be ignored or avoided. What promises to be a story of personal transformation turns into a chilling warning about how corporate greed kills individual empowerment." -- Foreword Clarion Reviews

"Reality(TM) 2048 may be a dystopian thriller, but it shouldn't be limited to these audiences. Social Issues and technology fiction readers will find plenty of shock and awe in Cressman's revealing portent of a possible social form of attack on a democratic, free, truly choice-driven life." -- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Reviews

"Reality(TM) 2048 is a thoughtful take on a plausible future. With a generous nod to George Orwell, Derek Cressman weaves a suspenseful tale set in a world where no one believes the news, and no one cares." -- Mal Warwick, Publisher, Mal Warwick on Books and author of Hell on Earth: What We Can Learn from Dystopian Fiction.

Life Came to a Standstill by Gwendolyn Broadmore

How does a parent live through the death of a child? "Life Came to a Standstill, True Accounts of Loss, Love, and Hope," by Gwendolyn Broadmore is a profound and poignant compilation of the courageous personal journeys of seven grieving mothers and one grieving sister. It offers a road map of how to cope with the anguish of traumatic, unexpected loss: giving inspiration for continuing to live. An extensive addendum includes supplementary material with valuable professional insights--guidance to help you navigate, when your once familiar world feels like an alien landscape.

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Enter for the chance to win 1 of 50 Advance Reader's Editions of Linwood Barclay's edge-of-your-seat thriller ELEVATOR PITCH before it goes on sale this fall!

“Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro and Elevator Pitch is a shameless good time.” —Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city’s newest, and tallest, residential tower has its Friday night ribbon-cutting.

Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

Get ready for the ride of your life.

Broken Veil by Jeff Wheeler

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler’s epic Harbinger series comes to a breathtaking conclusion as two women are swept into a battle that could destroy two worlds.

Rescued from a world of poverty, Cettie Pratt has avoided a bleak destiny—until now. Deceived and manipulated, she has been groomed for the ultimate betrayal: to destroy her best friend and stop peace from uniting two war-torn worlds. Her path leads her to a mysterious underworld where appearances can be deceiving.

Sera Fitzempress knows the value she has to her enemies. As heir to the empire, she must keep her foes at bay and prevent them from unleashing a being of unspeakable evil upon the world while fighting a brutal war. But her enemies are more cunning than Sera expects, and the key to their plans is none other than her best friend.

Neither woman knows what to believe. Neither one knows if she can trust the other. Both Cettie and Sera have made decisions that have irrevocably changed them. But the decisions they have yet to make will determine the fate of their world…

Lie With Me by Philippe Besson

Enter for a chance to win this award-winning, bestselling French novel—“the French Brokeback Mountain” (Elle)—about an affair between two teenage boys in 1984 France, translated with subtle beauty and haunting lyricism by the iconic and internationally acclaimed actress/writer Molly Ringwald.

Where the Story Starts by Imogen Clark

A strange encounter. An unlikely friendship. But will it survive when they both know the truth?

As single mother Leah struggles to get her children ready one morning, the doorbell rings. Standing on the doorstep of their terraced house in Whitley Bay is a well-dressed stranger, Clio, who feels an emotional tie to the house that she can’t explain. The story should end there, but a long-buried secret is already on its way to the surface…

In some ways the two women couldn’t be more different: Leah’s a mother of two and the daughter of a barmaid; Clio’s a perennially single heiress to her baroness mother’s estate. But where Leah lacks grown-up company, Clio lacks any experience of the real world, and the unlikely friendship sparked by their curious first meeting offers both of them a welcome respite from the routine of their lives.

It is a friendship that will answer questions neither of them knew to ask, uncovering secret stories from the past that have stayed hidden for decades. But will it also be the catalyst for them to finally feel that they belong?

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Enter to win an early finished copy of the book Elizabeth Gilbert hailed as "a nonfiction literary masterpiece" and Jojo Moyes called "as unputdownable as the most page-turning fiction."

Desire: it thrills us and torments us, it controls our thoughts, destroys our lives, and it’s all we live for. Yet we almost never speak of it. And as a buried force in our lives, desire remains largely unexplored—until now. Over the past eight years, journalist Lisa Taddeo has driven across the country six times to embed herself with ordinary women from different regions and backgrounds. The result, Three Women, is the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written and one of the most anticipated books of the year.

By delving into the sex lives of three ordinary women—a housewife in a loveless marriage, a glamorous entrepreneur whose husband’s needs are increasingly at odds with her own, and a high school student who has an alleged affair with an esteemed teacher—Lisa Taddeo lays bare the longing, anticipation, confusion, and despair that go hand in hand with desire, love, sex, and heartbreak. Told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, we anticipate that Three Women will be the most talked-about book of the summer—powerful, tantalizing, timely, and compelling.

“I literally could not put it down.” —Gwyneth Paltrow on Instagram

"Nothing short of revolutionary.” —Stephanie Danler

"Riveting, assured, and scorchingly original." —Dave Eggers

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