Happy book-day to Damselfy Inn!

Damselfly Inn Bannerwing Books has much to celebrate. Our editor-in-chief, Cameron D. Garriepy, celebrates a birthday today, and Bannerwing Books is thrilled to welcome Damselfly Inn into our catalog on this special day!

Damselfly Inn is the first novel in Garriepy’s Thornton Vermont series, and you are going to adore the town — and the cast of characters coming and going through the Damselfly Inn — from the moment you begin reading.

You may recognize Thornton Vermont from Garriepy’s From the Earth to the Moon or from Foolish Things, two short works of fiction set in the charming town.

Visit Cameron D. Garriepy for more information about Damselfly Inn — like where Garriepy will be holding live reading events or how you can purchase a signed copy of the novel.

Happy birthday, Cameron, and happy book-day, Damselfly Inn! The Bannerwing Books virtual office is abuzz with happiness today, and we know readers will be thrilled with your words.

Say hello to UNKEPT

UNKEPT

Introducing Unkept by Ericka Clay

From the day we opened — and devoured — Unkept, we’ve been so excited to release it into the world. Ericka Clay introduces readers to Burling Gates with a funeral, and her characters won’t loose you from their grip until their stories unfold.

Bannerwing Books adores new release days. Working behind the scenes to bring a novel to life means reading, re-reading, strategizing, chatting about covers and character motivation, and basically learning each page of the book, each bump in the plot, until you can’t wait for everyone to open the book themselves.

Family relationships are complicated, dark, and sometimes love and betrayal twist together until the only possible response is humor, which you’ll find in Burling Gates when you least expect it. With humor and poignancy, Ericka Clay’s debut novel, Unkept, explores the thorny landscape of childhood trauma and the ferocious politics between little girls — and the adults they become.

An excerpt from Ericka Clay’s new novel

I tell Loretta no, that I could use a little fresh air but don’t mention it’s because the weight of Parker’s cremation is still burdening my mind. I grab my bag from the spot next to the desk, and drop the card from Rosa in. I watch as it settles amongst my wallet, the worn and torn University of Chicago pamphlet I keep to remind myself that the world doesn’t stop existing past the Burling Gates exit – right smack in the middle of Missouri – and the bottle of pills I’ve ignored for three months. I walk outside and head quickly down the porch stairs only because I know Dad and Loretta are probably spying on me through the dark wooden slats of the office window. When I’m out of view of the home I stop, my wrists grazing my short floral dress, the sun bursting the brush of color into flames. I grab my cell phone and call him because there’s nobody else left.

 

 

Ericka Clay, Unkept

3 reasons you need to read Unkept

 

  • Each character in Unkept has definite quirks, and Ms. Clay isn’t afraid to use them.
  • A trampoline scene that bounces — see what we did there? — between humor and pain.
  • Loretta’s wardrobe, garden gnomes, and Rosa’s preferred reading location.
Where to find Unkept

 Amazon (Print/Kindle) | B&N (Print/Nook) | Smashwords (all digital formats)
iTunes Books | Kobo

Today, you can dive into Unkept. We’ll wait for you to come up for air to tell us how much you love it.

 

Countdown to UNKEPT

Bannerwing Books is counting down to March 2!

Unkept, by Ericka Clay, will be released on March 2! Bannerwing Books knows you’ll fall under the gritty spell of Vienna and Heather — we’ve been excited about this project for months, and now we’d like to welcome you to explore Unkept.
UNKEPT a novelUnkept welcomes readers to Burling Gates, Missouri

As the live-in manager at her father’s funeral home in Burling Gates, Missouri, Vienna Oaks has succumbed to the mediocrity and abject loneliness of her life.  Her days are suspended between the mundane and the misery of her clients’ throttling grief, of changing light bulbs, and encountering strangers as bereft as she. But after orchestrating the funeral for a little boy named Parker prompts a severe panic attack, she finds herself at a personal crossroads in which she is forced to confront the pregnancy she’s been hiding, her childhood nemesis, the boy she never stopped loving, and the deep-seated secret surrounding her mother’s death more than a decade before.

In another part of town, Heather Turnbull has just learned from her estranged father that her mother, a lifelong recluse, has died.  When making arrangements for her funeral, Heather chooses Oaks Family Funeral home, where she comes face to face with Vienna – the woman she tortured throughout grade school, the woman who has recently had an affair with her husband.

Together, Vienna and Heather navigate through a makeshift friendship born of circumstance and devised to assuage their ambivalence towards motherhood and their tenuous relationship with reality, discovering, in tandem, the art of forgiveness and the will to go on.

With humor and poignancy, Ericka Clay’s debut novel, Unkept, explores the thorny landscape of childhood trauma and the ferocious politics between little girls — and the adults they become.

 

More about Unkept‘s author, Ericka Clay

Ericka Clay is a published novelist represented by Robyn Russell and the founding editor of Tipsy Lit.  Ericka has been awarded a number of times by Writers Digest for various short fiction pieces, she has written three novels (one of which placed as a quarter-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest) and is in the process of writing her fourth novel, White Smoke. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, daughter, two dogs and a particularly unruly imagination.

 

What you can do while counting down to March 2

 

 

Precipice, Volume III now available for pre-order

PrecipicePrecipice: The Literary Anthology of Write on Edge, Volume III is now available for pre-order.Storytellers took this year’s theme of Boundaries to heart, exploring the lines drawn by law, the universe, and human nature. With short stories, memoir, and poetry, Precipice, Volume III is a collection you won’t want to miss. Order your copy today!

Introducing Blackfern Girls by Elizabeth Yon

Bannerwing Books introduces Blackfern Girls

We are thrilled to announce Elizabeth Yon’s newest collection of stories, Blackfern Girls. Yon’s prose is dark, eerie, and unforgettable, and Blackfern Girls comprises four tales that will capture the reader from the first page.

Elizabeth Yon books

The stories of Blackfern Girls

In “The Undertakers,” Frankie Blanchard’s mother abandons the eight year-old girl on her sister’s remote farm. Frankie’s cousins, Ariel and Poppy, are less than happy to receive her. They have a horrifying secret of their own, and Frankie must find the courage to save another innocent.

In “The Skeptic,” Juliet Pinkney is born into a tradition of paranormal chicanery, and takes for granted that contact with spirits is a ruse perpetrated on the marks. At the same time her first love blossoms in all its sweetness, she is confronted with the dark reality of Sparrowgate House, and pays a terrible price for her disbelief.

In “Local Honey,” Sylvia Peach stands on the cusp of young womanhood, and at the precipice of a repulsive marriage. Her yearning for independence and romance lead her to an alliance with the strange Dark sisters, and the enigmatic Nathan Love. In their forest inn, she will learn that death is a long and varied journey.

In “The Queen of Ever After,” Cricket Carpenter spins worlds, and companions, from air. Abandoned by her father, and orphaned when first her mother, and then her beloved grandmother die, she embarks on a quest for the mythical land of Ever After accompanied by her imaginary father figure, Pop, and Rob, the wild young farm hand.

Elizabeth Yon and Bannerwing Books

Elizabeth Yon isn’t a stranger to Bannerwing Books. Her short story “Love Apples” was featured in Echoes in Darkness, and we can’t wait for you to read even more of her work.

“Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light, Edie.”   

         

Nyctophobic Eden Summerhill has nowhere to go but the lonely family farmhouse she’s inherited, but the darkness is waiting there for her.                                                                                                         

– Elizabeth Yon, “Love Apples”

Blackfern Girls is available for pre-order now.

Introducing Precipice, Volume 3

The Bannerwing Books editorial team is pleased to announce the Precipice, Volume 3 contributing authors. Precipice, Volume 3 will be released in October, 2014.

Fiction

Duffy Batzer

Valerie Boersma

Shelton Keys Dunning

Sara Healy

Dina Honour

Ashley Kagaoan

Laura Lord

Jennifer Williams

Elizabeth Yon

Memoir

Elaine Alguire

Melissa Kirtley

Morgan Kellum

Andrea Mowery

Kristin Shaw

Janice Wilberg

Poetry

Habiba Barry

Angie Kinghorn

Kirsten Piccini

To this year’s contributing authors: Your interpretations of the “Boundaries” theme were varied, creative and inspiring. We can’t wait to share your words this fall.

Thank you to all of the authors who submitted.