Conversations With The Faithful: Seeking Enlightenment Over Lunch by Kerry Parry

Creative Non-Fiction
Print Price: $16.95 SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE $13.50
Paperback
Page count: 270
Dimensions: 6″x 9″
ISBN: 978-1-937178-86-4

Coming to Bookstores July, 2017

Life without faith is a precarious way to exist. This was the position of a wannabe believer, Kerry Parry, who grew up in a family that believed religion was like sex. It was something you had to figure out on your own.

Her parents, who had left their own faiths of Mormonism and Evangelicalism, believed they were doing a favor to their children by shielding them from the trappings of religion. While skipping church had its benefits growing up, it left Kerry feeling adrift. She had no faith to hold onto during times of trouble. Even as a young girl, she envied those who were grounded within a community of believers.

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Sonoma Valley-inspired Author, Joanell Serra, Signs with E.L. Marker™ for Her Literary Novel

SALT LAKE CITY, UT May 16, 2017

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An award-winning playwright also acclaimed for her short stories, Joanell Serra has a love for writing… just not novel writing.  At least that was the case, until her characters practically begged her to bring them to life in a full length novel.

Serra says, “The characters [from my short stories] kept popping up in each other’s stories.  After one editor read my stories, she gave me the bad news: it really needed to be a novel!  I dug back in and rewrote the story, tying all the storylines together.”

As a family therapist, Joanell Serra has keen insight into the theme of identity within the family, a theme she explores in her writing.  She also draws on her love for her home region in Sonoma County, California. Serra states, “I love the interesting layers of community here, across cultures and socioeconomic divides. The landscape is so lush and stunning, it literally inspires one to create.”

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“A Year Without Facebook” / Elizabeth Maria Naranjo

The following post is by author Elizabeth Maria Naranjo (The Fourth Wall, WiDo, 2014). It originally appeared on her website, and we are reprinting it here with her permission. Although we encourage our authors to stay visible via social media if it’s what they enjoy, there are certain times and sites that can be more of a burden than a joy. Elizabeth’s blog post on quitting Facebook is timely, thoughtful and will no doubt strike a chord with many.

Last May, with a deep sense of relief, I quietly deactivated my Facebook account. Since that day one year ago, I have not logged back on. This is not a self-congratulatory post; I’m writing it because I know many people are overwhelmed with Facebook and have considered quitting it for good too, and if you’re one of them, I want to help if I can.

If you absolutely love Facebook or have never considered walking away because it’s a great way to stay connected to distant family and old friends or you need it for your job or you are too involved with groups that only operate there etc., it’s fine. You don’t need to justify that to anyone. This post isn’t for you.

If, however, you often find yourself weighing the pros and cons of the site and wondering if you could do without it because most of the time you actually hate it or you hate the way you feel about yourself and/or people you like/love when spending time on it, this post is for you.

Here’s what to expect when you break up with Facebook:

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Latina Author Linda González Chooses E.L. Marker™ to Publish Her Family Memoir

SALT LAKE CITY UT May 10, 2017

“What is the story that haunts you; that you don’t know how to tell?” This was the question presented to Linda González at a writing retreat. “My gut balked,” González recalled, “but I wrote down my father’s story of leaving one family to start another.

“While I listed other possibilities for the assignment, this story had the scent my nose wanted to follow. It held decisive truths about my current life — my wish to grow up-and-beyond my past and stop the chain reaction of secrets.”

While Linda is always writing, this assignment – this family secret – compelled her to pour her heart and soul into a new project: seek healing by telling the truth of her family in a memoir.

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“Dealing with ADHD as a Writer” / Lisa Kusel

(The following post originally appeared on Lisa’s website. We are reprinting it here in its entirety with her permission.)

Because I make my living as a writer, people might be surprised to know that I have a hard time reading. While the act of writing feels as natural to me as breathing, moving my eyes from word to word on a page sometimes feels akin to pulling a heavy cart uphill.

When I was twenty-five, I asked my eye doctor why, when I read, the white spaces between the words on a page sometimes pop out at me, and why, when I reach the end of a sentence, I often have trouble finding my way to the beginning of the next sentence. I also read slowly and—as demonstrated by my SAT and GRE scores—I suffered from poor reading comprehension.

He said I have a reading disability. “You mean, like dyslexia?” I asked. He shook his head and said there was no real term for my imperfect brain-to-eye connection, but if I wanted to focus better I should 1) move a black sheet of construction paper down the page, sentence by sentence; or 2) trace along the sentences with my finger or a pencil eraser.

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I used those strategies to propel me through graduate school—a piece of black paper was always sticking out from the scholarly texts I lugged around Brown University’s campus. I also was quick to join study sessions, where I would glean from conversation all that I’d missed from my readings.

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Storm Shelter by J.L. Delozier

Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Print Price: $15.95 SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE $12.75
Paperback
Page count: 271
Dimensions: 5″x 8″
ISBN: 978-1-937178-90-1

Coming to Bookstores June, 2017

Dr. Persephone (Seph) Smith is a psychologist with enhanced empathy, allowing her to feel the emotions of others. But her gift comes with a price. Plagued by nightmares and insecure in her work, Seph absorbs the suffering of her patients by day and swills tequila by night.

When Seph is deployed to an abandoned air hangar turned medical shelter during a massive hurricane, one by one, as the wind howls overhead, staff and evacuees disappear into the dark recesses of the vast space. The missing return as mutilated corpses. The living, trapped in the shrieking metal structure by the storm, descend into varying levels of paranoia and madness.

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Citizen Kill by Stephen Clark

35037319 Genre: Political Thriller
Print Price: $16.95 SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE $13.50
Paperback
Page count: 276
Dimensions: 6″x 9″
ISBN: 978-1-937178-85-7

Coming to Bookstores July, 2017

When a devastating explosion kills the new President’s young son, her administration seeks to finally end the war on terror. CIA black-ops agent Justin Raines is among the recruits in a new program that targets for assassination U.S. citizens suspected of radicalizing Muslims.

Haunted by a botched assignment overseas, Justin is determined to redeem himself through the program. But when he is assigned to kill a mysterious Muslim educator that he believes is innocent, he grows disillusioned. Now he must find a way to prove her innocence and derail the program before they both are assassinated.

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Planet of the Red Dust by N. Tolman Rudolph

35036428 Genre:Sci/Fi
Print Price: $16.95 SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE $13.50
Paperback
Page count: 278
Dimensions: 5.5″x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-937178-87-1

Coming to Bookstores June, 2017

Jared Adams is the sole survivor of the space ship Wayfarer, wrecked on a dead planet, alone in this barren world. Until he sees two humans arrive at the crash site.

Aaronia, daughter of the king, and her uncle Porto are in awe of this strange man who speaks babble and yet appears God-like. He rescues her uncle from a deadly beast by throwing lightning from his hand, then takes them back to their camp in a miraculous cart that runs on its own power.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, Daryl Anderson, Selects E.L. Marker™ for Her Third Novel

SALT LAKE CITY UT March 20, 2017

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From teacher to registered nurse to mystery writer, Daryl Anderson has transitioned from improving lives to saving lives to ending them – but fear not. She will see that justice is done.

After penning USA today bestseller, Murder in Mystic Cove, and Death at China Rose, Anderson faced a mystery of her own: who would publish her third book? “When searching for a publisher, I’d heard a lot of positive comments about WiDo’s editors, and I was also impressed by the support you provide your authors. A successful book is a collaboration, not a solo act.” This made WiDo a likely suspect.

When E.L. Marker’s submissions editor, Joseph Jones, read through Private Investigator Addie Gorsky’s third adventure, taking place in a psychiatric treatment center, he knew he had found a gem. “Anderson’s writing is really impressive,” Jones remarked. “This is just the kind of engaging story E.L. Marker is looking for.” He forwarded Anderson’s manuscript to Karen Gowen, Managing Editor for the WiDo family of publishers, and the plot thickened.

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Veronica Hollis Signs with E.L. Marker™ to Publish Grief Memoir

SALT LAKE CITY UT March 17, 2017

gaulden11Few things are as difficult to endure as losing a beloved spouse. The ensuing feelings of emptiness and isolation are hard to bear and most widows and widowers don’t know where to turn. This was where Veronica Hollis found herself when she lost her husband to an accident.

As a new widow and single mother, Hollis found comfort in her faith and hope and felt strongly that she needed to reach out to others in her same situation.

“I came to write this story to help other widows and to release my own grief emotions.  Grief is exhausting and widowhood is a difficult journey,” says Hollis. “I began writing a few months after my husband passed away, as I needed a safe place to release everything, to know I would not be judged, to say what I wanted without repercussions.  I will forever proudly tell my story of love, loss, and hope.”

To bring about her cause, Veronica co-founded www.stillhis.com, an apparel and accessories company for the widowed and faith-based communities. She has also become a public speaker, writer, blogger and leader in the community. She has found great joy in sharing her hope and healing and is excited to publish her book with E.L. Marker, the new hybrid imprint of WiDo Publishing™.

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