A Garden Fed by Lightning

A Garden Fed by Lightning

Synopsis: Marshall Moore’s short fiction is propelled by a scathing wit and a dark imagination, and he does not shy away from taking readers down roads that are less traveled and rarely even mapped. In the title story, a con man cons a beguiling con artist… or does he? In “Grape Night,” a new arrival in Hong Kong enjoys the pleasures and terrors of a wine-tasting party with visiting gods from the Greek pantheon. In “Underground,” the minotaurs who secretly control urban life welcome a new member of their bloodthirsty elite. And in “Cambodia,” a country’s genocidal past and its cosmopolitan present collide atop a ruined temple. In A Garden Fed by Lightning, as in his two previous short-story collections, Moore spans multiple genres of fiction and subverts them all. Metadata: Publication date: Nov. 8, 2016 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 220 ISBN: 978-988-12198-3-1 Price (paper): US$18.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 50,000 eISBN: 978-988-12198-7-9 Price (e-book): US$7.99   Buy E-book: Amazon Smashwords Paperback:  Amazon Book Depository   Blurbage: “Though these tales may be visiting Hong Kong, an upstairs apartment, or the streets where youth went awry, with Moore at the helm places often lie in wait, ready to twist just so. The collection is filled with these moments, those darker than expected followed by tales that aim light at something—or someone—who might have been better left in the dark. Individually, any Marshall Moore story is a skin shiver waiting to happen. As a whole? A Garden Fed by Lightning is a collection worthy of exploring. — ‘Nathan Burgoine, author of Light and Triad Blood Marshall Moore once again raises the barcode on technological angst with his latest collection of short stories. Moore’s unique realities drip of fantasy and shadow, yet still retain a chilling familiarity. From the resurrected fashionistas of “After Balenciaga” and the snorting minotaurs of “Underground” to the medical metaphor of “The Platinum Scalpel Society,” he tumbles you down rabbit hole after rabbit hole, delivering surrealistic delights that mask sharp points. And no one does paranoia, wine, and entropic dread better than Moore.” — Jerry Wheeler, multiple Lambda Literary Award nominee, erotica editor, and bon vivant “Marshall Moore writes with a sublime confidence that comes from knowing how to whittle down to a very sharp nub what the reader needs to know and feel in any given story. This is writing that pierces, that drills deep down into its subject matter, and deftly pulls out what lies beneath. Moore’s fiction is the triple-distilled whiskey of writing.” — Brett Savory, author of A Perfect Machine and In and Do Tongzhi Literary Group Author Bio: Marshall Moore is an author,...

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The 100-Pound Gangster

The 100-Pound Gangster

Synopsis: Henry Lin spent most of his precocious youth involved with the international criminal underworld. By the age of fourteen, he was involved with a notorious San Francisco triad with links to Hong Kong and mainland China, and by the age of eighteen, he had seen, and done, more than most will in a lifetime. Unsure of himself and his place in the world, he fought to survive and earn respect from his peers. But when he learned that his grandfather was a high-ranking member of the Chinese Secret Service, and was one of the most powerful and well-connected men in China until his death a few years before, Henry discovered that he was descended from a kind of underworld aristocracy. After being sent to a series of reform schools in an attempt to rehabilitate him, Henry was eventually incarcerated as a juvenile, and sentenced to eight years in one of the toughest prisons in the United States. It was there that he realized his internal compass had been pointing him in the wrong direction, and through a writing workshop called The Beat Within, he learned to channel his misplaced energies into writing, battling his demons as he set out on the road to redemption… But not before pulling off one last heist, an audacious, real-life Ocean’s Eleven with millions of dollars at stake and the price of failure a long jail term… or a bullet in the head. Metadata: Publication date: September 20, 2016 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 226 ISBN: 978-988-12198-6-2 Price (paper): US$18.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 46,000 eISBN: 978-988-12198-0-0 Price (e-book): US$8.99 Buy E-book: Amazon Smashwords Paperback: Amazon Book Depository   Blurbage:   Author Bio: Henry Lin is a pen name. The author lives in Northern California.  ...

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The Last Gods of Indochine

The Last Gods of Indochine

Synopsis: Jacquie Mouhot and Paaku the Lotus-Born are divided by six centuries but linked by a common curse. In medieval Cambodia, Paaku is an orphan whose community believes he may be a reluctant incarnation of a god, causing sectarian turmoil for the kingdom’s leaders. Meanwhile, in 1921, Jacquie follows the footsteps of her grandfather, a famous explorer, to Indochina, where she becomes immersed in the tragedy of Paaku’s history: a story simultaneously unfolding in the intertwined present and past, a story in which she still has a vital role to play. Metadata: Publication date: Sept. 20, 2016 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 422 ISBN: 978-988-12198-8-6 Price (paper): US$18.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 91,000 eISBN: 978-988-12198-4-8 Price (e-book): US$8.99 Buy E-book: Amazon Smashwords Paperback:  Amazon Book Depository Blurbage: “Ferrer’s debut masterpiece evokes the magic and mystery of a long gone civilisation. This is beautiful fiction that leaves the scent of incense and sandalwood long after you have finished reading it.” — Dania Shawwa, Editor-in-Chief, Haven Books “… rationality and superstition get locked into the kind of epic conflict that is the stuff of all great narratives … an elaborate and self-assured interweaving of historical fact and keenly imagined fiction.” —  Time Out Hong Kong “A sublime tale told by a master storyteller, steeped in the lore of old. Ferrer’s conjuring of romantic Indochine is a journey that lures, stirring up ghosts in a wild phantasmagoria, reckoning with forces both entwined and eternal.” — Angela Kan, Travel Host & Writer, Discovery Channel “Rich in style, exotic in setting and fresh in plot, The Last Gods is a beautifully told return to the colonial novel.” — Lijia Zhang, author of Socialism is Great! Author Bio: Samuel Ferrer is a double bassist and member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the songwriter and bassist for the acid jazz group Shaolin Fez. He holds degrees from Yale and the University of Southern California, and as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, spent a year in between degrees studying in Paris. He is the only non-Asian to be nominated for Asia’s most prestigious literary award, The Man Asian Literary Prize (“The Booker of Asia”). This is his first novel....

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The Bride of Amman

The Bride of Amman

Synopsis: The Bride of Amman, a huge and controversial bestseller when first published in Arabic, takes a sharp-eyed look at the intersecting lives of four women and one gay man in Jordan’s historic capital, Amman—a city deeply imbued with its nation’s traditions and taboos. When Rana finds herself not only falling for a man of the wrong faith, but also getting into trouble with him, where can they go to escape? Can Hayat’s secret liaisons really suppress the memories of her abusive father? When Ali is pressured by society’s homophobia into a fake heterosexual marriage, how long can he maintain the illusion? And when spinsterhood and divorce spell social catastrophe, is living a lie truly the best option for Leila? What must she do to avoid reaching her ‘expiry date’ at the age thirty like her sister Salma, Jordan’s secret blogger and a self-confessed spinster with a plot up her sleeve to defy her city’s prejudices? These five young lives come together and come apart in ways that are distinctly modern yet as unique and timeless as Amman itself. Metadata: Publication date: July 21, 2015 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 250 ISBN: 978-988-12198-9-3 Price (paper): US$17.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 53,000 eISBN: 978-988-12198-2-4 Price (e-book): US$7.99 Buy E-book: Amazon Smashwords Paperback:  Amazon Book Depository Blurbage: Arabic Literature (in Engish) – ArabLit.Org The Arab Observer Words Without Borders Susan Blumberg-Kason It is extremely honest of Fadi Zaghmout to lift the darkest and heaviest curtain on his society. The Bride of Amman tells of a society infested with taboos. In revealing the stories of women and men alike, and by capturing their thoughts and highlighting their tragedies whilst growing into adulthood, we learn to appreciate their sacrifices and share their struggles in an impressive bid for freedom. A very courageous debut. – Hanan Al-Shaykh, author of Women of Sand and Myrrh, The Story of Zahra, and One Thousand and One Nights Think Sex and the Citadel meets Ramadan soap: The Bride of Amman is a dramatic portrait of young men and women looking for love in a time of taboo. An  insightful and impassioned account of the high cost of social conformity—in and out of the bedroom. – Shereen El Feki, author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World. Fadi Zaghmout engages the full range of human emotion as he confronts head-on the destructive, corrosive effects of prejudice, tradition, and male privilege on sexuality, sexual expression, and gender identity. Charged, dynamic, and engaging, The Bride of Amman is sure to disturb and please—and to remain with readers long after they’ve finished Zaghmout’s compelling narrative of four lives...

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The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia

The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia

Synopsis: In The Worst Motorcycle in Laos: Rough Travels in Asia, author Chris Tharp recounts his misadventures in countries across the region he’s called home for the last ten years. He takes us to the back-alley restaurants of Vietnam on a quest to eat cobra; to the neon streets of Japan, where he goes on tour with a jazz band, gets lost in the depraved depths of a comic book shop, and nearly causes a riot at a punk rock bar; to far Western China, where he narrowly misses a terrorist attack and endures a harrowing drive on the world’s highest highway. Whether he’s losing his lunch on the boat ride to the disputed Dokdo islets, surviving a bus wreck on a Korean highway, eating chicken embryos in the Philippines, or riding a dilapidated motorbike through the dirt tracks of Laos, Tharp delivers his tales with a mixture of honesty, wit, and humor that will inspire readers to strap on a backpack and hit the road. Metadata: Publication date: December 2, 2014 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 384 ISBN: 978-988-12196-3-3 Price (paper): US$18.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 94,000 eISBN: 978-988-12196-7-1 Price (e-book): US$8.99   Buy E-books: Amazon Apple Smashwords Paperback:  Amazon Book Depository Blurbage: In The Worst Motorcycle in Laos, Tharp takes us on a wild ride from the neon streets of Tokyo to the dirt tracks of Indochina. The essays are insightful, humorous, and unflinching. A great read for the active and armchair traveler alike. – Michael Breen, author of The Koreans Tharp’s done it again. He’s got a knack for finding himself in, shall we say, interesting places and situations: from fake flowers and monks to persistent touts, these are the stories few can experience for themselves. Make no mistake, Tharp makes life happen on his own terms. – Chris Backe, travel blogger at oneweirdglobe.com The Worst Motorcycle in Laos is a thoughtful rampage through the backwaters of Asia. Tharp writes about his travels with a refreshing, humble honesty, unafraid of exploring the gritty and the grimy, the seedy and the sublime. Witty, poignant and at times even disturbing, this is a great read for both the seasoned journeyer and those content to enjoy from the comfort of home. – Brandon W. Jones, author of All Woman and Springtime Author bio: Originally hailing from Washington state, Chris Tharp has called Busan, South Korea home for over a decade. He is the author of the travel memoir Dispatches from the Peninsula: Six Years in South Korea, and his award-winning writing has appeared both online and in print. He lives with his wife, a dog, and an indeterminate number of...

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