SEEN This Week 12/16/13


This week’s book, author, and event news:

Tired of frantic in-your-face promos on book sites and social media? Then settle in, read excerpts and click on the links to discover books and short stories by indie authors on Gev Sweeney’s new blog, Leave the Noise. Submissions are always welcome, but due to limitations of extracting content from Facebook messages, all excerpts and book covers may be sent to Please make sure excerpts are in .doc format and book cover photos are .jpeg. Both should be sent as attachments – not put in the email body itself.

Turning The Pages Awards & Signing is held each April for readers meet and hang out with their favorite authors and an awards event to congratulate winners of December’s Book Of The Year contest. More details on a venue in Florida and official date will be announced in the near future. Meanwhile, there’s still plenty of to vote in the 2013 Book Of The Year Contest at this link. Voting closes on December 27, 2013.

Concert promoter Rich Engler has brought some of the world’s well-known performers to Pittsburgh for over 40 years, and has written about some of his most memorable experiences in a book titled Behind The Stage Door The book is available locally at Giant Eagle and Crazy Mocha and will be sold at Barnes and Noble in the near future. You can read a local news story about Rich’s book here.

Judy Ann Davis’ new release, Up on the Roof and Other Stories, ends with the Christmas short story Holiday Bonding It gives a glimpse into the life of parents learning to deal with their grown children coming home for the holidays. Read it and other stories that will make you laugh and cry.

You may need to scroll down the page a few notches, but be sure to check out a review for Randy Attwood’s Tortured Truths in an issue of Midwest Book Review.

Susan Mac Nicol’s publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, put together a Christmas anthology called The Gift of Magic with magical, festive short stories that they’ve published before in the Lunchbox Romance series. Find a copy on Smashwords.

Freddie Owens received The Kirkus Star for his book Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story.

A new interview with steampunk author Aiyana Jackson can be read at this link.

Doug Bremner’s forthcoming book is You Can’t Just Snap Out Of It: The Real Path To Recovery from Psychological Trauma. Click here to like the Facebook page.

My News For The Week:

The Cruiserweight Series’ books have done well during the last few weeks’ download promotions. As of this post, the books have reached a little over 500 total downloads worldwide.

Just a note that this is the final column for 2013; there will be neither new columns nor Book of the Week features December 23 and 30. I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season and will return with new features in January 2014!