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

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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.

 

Introducing Quill & Spark!

Bannerwing Books is excited to announce we are now accepting submissions for the introductory edition of our new literary magazine: Quill & Spark.

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Submissions are open in the following categories:

Flash Fiction

Word Limit: 500

Fiction

Word Limit: 10,000

Memoir

Word Limit: 7,500

Poetry

Limit: Three Poems

Submissions close on March 31, 2015. You may submit work in three categories. (Ex. You may submit three poems, one flash fiction, and one memoir.) All submissions must be publication ready and follow our standard formatting requirements and will be blind read with the top entries gaining publication. For more information on how to submit your piece, please click here.

Sharpen your Quills and let your imagination Spark. We can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeves.

 

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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

 

 

Small Press Tuesday

While large box stores see record sales on Black Friday, with the advent of Small Business Saturday, we are witnessing growing support for small scale artists and craftsmen – both online and in our local communities – often paying more for unique and lovingly produced finds.

Small press publishing, however, remains on the outskirts of this movement. We at Bannerwing Books are increasingly confused by the idea that mass production equals quality in the publishing world whereas the opposite holds true with nearly every other product.

Last year, Bannerwing Books Senior Editor, Cameron Garriepy, wrote:

Increasingly, the more time I spend with professional authors who happen to publish independently or through small indie presses (which I will lump together for the purposes of this ramble), I see more interesting writing, more daring, genre-crossing thinking, and more collaborative spirit than I’ve seen in most of the mainstream writing I’ve read in the last couple of years. The indie publishing community exchanges services, supports one another, and is constantly learning and evolving to stay competitive. If you ask me, that’s pretty impressive.

We agree.

This year, we’d like to encourage you to buy small press. Since most small press authors lack the advertising budget of their traditionally published counterparts, we’d like to help you find some amazing authors. The links below will set you onto the path of adventure and poetry, mystery and romance, all under the guidance of authors who may be small, but their words are mighty.

If you are small press or self-published author, feel free to add a link to your work below. Bannerwing Books is offering this advertising service free of charge because we believe in the talent of independent authors and the community we are helping to build. If you link, please snag our Small Press Tuesday code and share it with others to help build exposure. Don’t forget to like Bannerwing Books on Facebook for more news and other ways to support indie authors.

Small Press Tuesday with Bannerwing Books