Dan Berne’s The Gods of Second Chances, my small press’ next novel release, is coming out March 1, and I have a few giveaway copies to share. Contact me if you want one, and specify paperback or ebook. Here’s the description:
Family means everything to Alaskan fisherman Ray Bancroft, raising his granddaughter while battling storms, invasive species, and lawsuit-happy tourists. To navigate, and to catch enough crab to feed her college fund, Ray seeks help from a multitude of gods and goddesses—not to mention ad-libbed rituals performed at sea by his half-Tlingit best friend.
But kitchen counter statues and otter bone ceremonies aren’t enough when his estranged daughter returns from prison, swearing she’s clean and sober. Her search for a safe harbor threatens everything Ray holds sacred. Set against a backdrop of ice and mud and loss, Dan Berne’s gripping debut novel explores the unpredictable fissures of memory, and how families can break apart even in the midst of healing.
I’m actually working a bit with a publicist this time, to hopefully get some more national traction, so here’s your chance to get a buzz-worthy book for free before most people know about it. It’s more on the commercial end of literary fiction–a real page-turner that has kept some of our readers glued to their books for 24 hours, until they find out what happens to Ray. So if you like that kind of book, I’d love to send one your way.
We have fabulous blurbs by Rachael Herron, Karen Karbo, and Rob Yardumian, which I’ll share when we get a little closer.
So I knew I shouldn’t drink too much caffeine before my very first podcast interview recording, but in December, I had time between my two meetings, and I spotted a coffee shop on my way from one to the other, and stopped, with a happy stack of editing to work on, and I ordered an 8 oz. latte, just a little something, and then when I got to the recording, I was relaxed but excited, so glad to be there but not jittery… and then we sat down with the sound board and a giant microphone and I was still okay, until I realized we were recording.
And then I started talking fast.
And then I slowed down again, but by slow, I mean my old New Jersey self version of slow, which is very fast by Oregon standards. I get that way when I talk to my Jersey friends on the phone, or when I’m really, really excited about something. And I was really, really excited to have the opportunity to do this interview.
So here I am, talking about print-on-demand publishing, my relationships with my authors, and my own fiction (yay!) on Late Night Library’s Late Night Conversation series. I had so much fun talking with Executive Director Paul Martone.
And if you haven’t heard of Late Night Library, go check it out. It’s based in Portland and Brooklyn, and recently became a nonprofit. The mission is to promote and support debut authors by giving love to their titles, but also by offering tools and tips from industry members. That’s where my interview went–talking about the behind-the-scenes small press world. If you get a chance to listen to it, let me know what you think!