FEATURED WRITERS . . .
Ellen Cooney  

Ellen Cooney is the author of eight previous novels, most recently The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second ChancesLambrusco, and A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker and many literary journals, including Glimmer Train, The Literary Review, and Ontario Review. A Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, she has taught creative writing at MIT, Harvard, and Boston College.  Visit Publerati Author's Page

"This remarkably talented author writes in a refined, understated prose." -- The New York Times Book Review

"A writer with style and heart." -- O, The Oprah Magazine
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M.T. Daffenberg  

Publerati presents An American Gospel by M.T. Daffenberg. After serving his country and earning a philosophy degree, an Iraq war veteran struggles to support his family in recessionary America, pushing him closer and closer to the brink of suicide, when a murdered girl, cancer and a nursing home miracle come together as a message of hope.

M.T. Daffenberg served five years in the US Navy and then earned a BA degree from Northern Illinois University in philosophy with a focus on ethics, and a minor in English with a focus on twentieth-century literary fiction and creative writing. M.T., who also goes by "Empty," hopes his first novel An American Gospel brings attention to the challenges of supporting a family during hard times while staying true to one's principles.  Author's Website.
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John Michael Flynn  

Publerati is excited to publish the story collection Dreaming Rodin by John Michael Flynn.  Flynn, who also writes as Basil Rosa, has published five poetry chapbooks; a story collection, Something Grand; a book of poems, Moments Between Cities; and a collection of translations from the Romanian poetry of Nicolae Dabija, Blackbird Once Wild Now Tame.  Visit Publerati Author's Page.

"There's something dazzling about how John Flynn brings characters to life in
Dreaming Rodin. How he gets outsiders just right. How he evokes beauty and isolation, tragedy and triumph, in language that sings and begs us to sing along, too."  -- Alyson Hagy, author of Boleto

“Flynn is an author who pays attention to the details. With each story, I felt as though I'd moved into town and set up camp with his characters. Vivid and engaging, it's a pleasure to add this collection to my shelf." -- Kristen-Paige Madonia, author of Fingerprints of You
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Richard Hardie  

Publerati is the exclusive literary agent for British author Richard Hardie and his action-packed Young Adult fiction adventure series, which kicks off with Leap of Faith and Trouble with Swords. Four titles in total are planned for this series and any rights inquiries should use the Rights Tab along this site's top navigation.

The Temporal Detective Agency's first case since relocating to the 21st century from Camelot involves the theft of the world's biggest diamond, the disappearance of Lord Nelson's statue from the center of London, and a battle against a gang of ship wreckers and smugglers based in the year 1734. With the help of Sir Galahad, the Agency faces death and defeat in their first real case when they meet the evil Black Knight and cliff where he kills his enemies.... called the Leap of Faith. In Trouble with Swords, the second in the series, we head off on great adventures in ancient Rome.

Richard Hardie has been a leader in the Scout Association for more than 15 years, which has given him great insight into the humor and story likes of children. He has written five stage shows called “Gang Shows” for the Scout Association, which have been performed as far afield as New Zealand and Great Britain. Author's Website.
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Douglas Penick  

Publerati presents Douglas J. Penick's ebook novel Journey of the North Star, a fascinating historical novel set in the Ming Chinese court of Zhu Di.
                                                              
“This meticulously researched historical novel brings to life the Chinese court of Chu Ti, the Yong Le Emperor, who reigned from 1403-1424. After the Yong Le Emperor’s death, Ma Yun, a humble eunuch who faithfully served the emperor, is asked to compose an account of the Yong Le’s reign. After a brief, heartbreaking portion where Ma Yun writes about his youth and early days at the palace, the remainder of the novel is Ma Yun’s chronicle of Yong Le, occasionally dotted with dictations from a secret memoir the emperor was working on before he died. With extraordinarily evocative details, moments of disarming poignancy, and an overall verisimilitude that suggests this might really be the found work of a devoted courtier.”  -- Publishers Weekly
 
Douglas Penick has worked as a research associate at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at The Institute for Urban Studies, and also as a chef at Gordon Matta Clark’s Food. He has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for more than 30 years, and written and taught on Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Indian religion, history, and culture. He wrote the National Film Board of Canada’s prize-winning two-part series on the Tibetan Book of the Dead and the libretti for two operas: King Gesar (Sony CD with YoYo Ma, Serkin, Ax, et. al.) and Ashoka’s Dream  (Santa Fe Opera) with composer, Peter Lieberson. He has also written pieces to music by Philip Glass and for choreographer Katsura Kan. He is the author of three books deriving from the epic cycle on the life of King Gesar of Ling: Crossings on a Bridge of Light, the Warrior Song of King Gesar, and The Brilliance of Naked Mind.  Author's Website.
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Cynthia A. Robinson  

Publerati is excited to publish Tatiana’s Wedding by Cynthia A. Robinson. Middle-aged Delfina's life has been indelibly marked by her mother's violent death at the hands of Delfina's father when she was a young girl. Her grandmother's terminal illness occasions the sudden reappearance of her father, provoking a series of quietly shattering revelations that will permanently alter Delfina's perception of herself and others.

This finely crafted novel probes the intricate tensions and silences that underlie family relationships, tempering unflinching examinations of the scars left by violence and loss with subtle celebrations of compromise, forgiveness, and compassion. Cynthia was recently selected as the winner of the New Southerner Literary Award for Fiction and her stories will be forthcoming in the Arkansas Review and Epoch.

Cynthia A. Robinson has written and published widely and is currently the Chair of the Art History Department at Cornell University.  Visit Publerati Author's Page.
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Lakshmi Raj Sharma  

Publerati presents Lakshmi Raj Sharma’s delightful ebook short-story collection, Marriages are Made in India.  Mr. Sharma’s stories combine humor with deep empathy for the human condition, where his rich cast of characters rarely get what they seek but push forward as they necessarily must. Witty, fun, and full of the wonderful imagery of India, these stories are sure to entertain and inform readers looking to escape via the literary imagination of a master storyteller. 

Lakshmi Raj Sharma is a professor in the Department of English and Modern European Languages at the University of Allahabad. He is the author of The Tailor’s Needle and has written several books and articles on literary criticism and literary studies.  Author's Website.
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Susan Sterling  

Publerati presents Susan Sterling’s ebook novel Dancing in the Kitchen, which is a modern-day exploration of the age-old theme of a married woman who falls in love with another man and the difficult choices she must make. Sterling layers and surrounds this central dilemma of the protagonist with the startling revelation of family secrets in weaving a powerful tale that speaks deeply about the struggle between moral duty and following one's heart.  

Susan Sterling’s stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Best American Sports Writing, Down East, and various literary journals and anthologies.  She was selected as one of six Maine writers to write an essay for A Healing Touch: True Stories of Life, Death and Hospice (Down East Books, 2008). Her essay Radiation Blooms received the 2005 Literary Nonfiction Prize from Crab Orchard Review and was a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2007. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Warren Wilson College and has taught at Colby College.  Visit Publerati Author's Page.

"A warm-hearted, perceptive story about how adults weather compromise and consider change."  -- Debra Spark, author of Coconuts for the Saints, Good for the Jews, and The Pretty Girl.  
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Don Trowden  

Normal Family is a wildly funny coming-of-age novel about a young boy's four consecutive holidays with his eccentric family. Over the course of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Independence Day, our young hero, Henry Pendergast, comes to know his once-famous author (and now alcoholic) grandfather George, who sobers up long enough to help Henry come to terms with the mystery surrounding his mother's mental illness. Henry somehow perseveres through a landmine of dysfunctional relatives amidst a family in decline, including siblings, parents and step family, all set against the social chaos of late-1960s America. Funny, bittersweet, and highly entertaining, Normal Family might be the first novel whose entire action takes place over the family holidays. Visit Author's Page.

Don Trowden knows he's a nobody and likes it that way. In a world where everybody is a nobody despite being misinformed as children that everybody is a winner, Don knows he truly has arrived with the publication of this novel. Years ago, Don's therapist forbade him from attending any family holiday gatherings and since then he has found peace as a curmudgeon who rarely ventures outside. Especially for the holidays. Author's Website.
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Daniel Westover  

Coming May 2015, Michael Fargo’s Epistle by Daniel Westover is the story of a Mormon missionary who accepts an assignment to Bulgaria, a country with a storied past but a bankrupt present. Searching for penance in the shadows of derelict blocks and communist monuments, Michael embraces the sad beauty of Sofia, a broken city awash with corruption. But when he meets Katya, a woman whose abusive marriage disturbs the ghosts that are never far away, he discovers helping her will mean violating the ministry’s strict rules and force him to confront the past he can no longer outrun.

Dr. Daniel Westover is Assistant Professor of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University. He has written several books as well as poems that have been published widely.  Visit Publerati Author's Page.

“Through deeply glimpsed scenes and gospel-worthy prose, Westover’s characters struggle to find their own stories amid the rubble-strewn narratives of Socialism and Mormonism.”                                                                                               
                                             -- Adam Johnson, Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son


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