March 9, 2013
THE DESPERATE CYCLE (Savant 2012) is Tony Tame's second dramatic novel of Jamaica, but the theme is not confined to Jamaican society. It examines the ways in which succeeding generations of people in what is loosely called "third world countries" handle, with courage, humor and resilience, the mountain of odds which history stacks against them.

This book does not treat any one participant in this "cycle" of inequality with particular distemper or sympathy. All the characters, from shifty politicians, to the harsh men of the law, to those who bear the ultimate pressure from their position at the bottom of the pile share elements of inevitability within their personalities. The reader is thus left to make his or her own decision about what made them the way they are, and, how, if they do, they will change in the future.

THE DESPERATE CYCLE traces three generations of a family who must survive with no inherited advantage. They confront and battle with environmental, social and economic forces the scope of which are so great that it is all they can do to work out survival techniques, and do it with ingenuity and often employing unusual "island" solutions and sometimes abject illegal behavior to avoid admitting defeat.

On another level, the novel constantly and subtly contrasts the absolute beauty of the island of Jamaica with the harsh reality of what it means to live in a physical Garden of Eden while dealing with the facts of human life in a paradise lost.

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November 13, 2012
LIGHT SURFER follows the life of an enigmatic, abused child named Tony Jess. While Tony retreats further and further into autism, fate is plotting an out-of-this-world plan for his future that, even in his wildest "psychotic" dreams, he couldn't imagine. Sometimes, one needs to remain naïve for sanity's sake. At least, until the future has sufficiently gestated and is ready to become the present.

On the other hand, the fate of Dr. Baird, Tony's psychiatrist, appears, like that of Dr. Baird's ...
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October 30, 2012
Back in the 1930s, Americans would struggle to part with twenty-five cents in order to spend part of an afternoon at the movies trying to forget the Great Depression and the uncertain times outside the theater. Screwball comedies provided the antidote to their desolation in this difficult time in our history.

In THE LOONS (Savant 2012), I've recreated the spirit of laughable chaos reminiscent of the screwball comedies of the thirties with an eccentric family of seven DeLune cousins that neighb...
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September 29, 2012
David B. Seaburn draws from over thirty five years’ experience as a minister and psychotherapist to address some of the most basic issues of the human heart: loss, uncertainty, hope, fear, love, joy, seeking, wonder, and redemption. Seaburn has written and published three novels, DARKNESS IS AS LIGHT (2005) and PUMPKIN HILL (2007), and CHARLIE NO FACE (2011), which was a Finalist for the 2011 Indie Excellence in Books Award. Seaburn continues his focus on the dilemmas of human experience wi...
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August 10, 2012

“There are keys in the river.  Life is one long river, a pretty voice sings.”

Sometime during mid-1994, I started writing essays, poems, and short stories to help me pass the O-level English exams which I had failed a couple of times in the past. I never thought I was writing pieces that would be read; rather, I began writing simply as practice for this important exam, a rite of passage to higher education in Zimbabwe.

The works, however, continued to develop and evolve, as if they were st...
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June 28, 2012

When I first started writing TRAVELER'S REST back in 2005, it wasn’t my intention of writing a book. I had spent the last year and a half writing scripts for an Atlanta production company, my first paid gig as a writer. I enjoyed writing scripts, but I longed to writing stories. Given, the similar ruthlessness of both the book publishing and film-making worlds, I felt prepared.

A screenplay doesn’t really come to life unless it is produced. If it isn’t produced, the script might as well...
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June 14, 2012
Flush with success after receiving first place for poetry in the 2011 London Book Festival for WAVELENGTHS - The 2011 Savant Anthology of Poetry, we bring you FIFTY-EIGHT STONES - The 2012 Savant Anthology of Poetry!

FIFTY-EIGHT STONES presents thirty-four outstanding poems by eleven exceptional and many award-winning poets including Shawn Canon, Nadia Cox, Helen Doan, David Gemmell, Richard Hookway, Daniel S. Janik, Vivekanand Jha, Doc Krinberg, Julie McKinney, Francis Powell and Jean Yam...
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Alive and Aware, Living Life as It Really Is

June 4, 2012

ON MY BEHALF was never meant to be published. It was merely a journal for my venting. Nothing formal. My intent was to bring my life to light to myself and hopefully band-aid some old gaping wounds.

As I was writing, however, I had an epiphany. I thought ever-so-reluctantly: What if my story mattered to someone, even helped them to realize things about themselves that would have otherwise been swept under the rug and ignored? Wouldn’t that be worth publishing? It suddenl...

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May 6, 2012
As I mentioned just before Savant Books released my previous novel, MANIFEST INTENT, I had returned to my roots as a lawyer after my first novel, the Hawaiian thriller KANAKA BLUES.  My newest work, RULES OF PRIVILEGE, stays in that world, but strays from the environment of the big law firm into the orbit of solo practitioners, who sometimes struggle just to stay afloat. 

While the problems of large and small firms often are radically different, all lawyers, no matter the size of their firms,...
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BLOOD MONEY - The Ultimate Collection of Post-Modern Short Stories

February 28, 2012
In my opinion, an outstanding short story collection is the crowning glory of post-modern literature, and as proof, I offer my readers BLOOD MONEY - TALES FROM TWO CONTINENTS.

Each story is complete, but together, transcends individuality to timelessness and immortality. A dramatic vision of humankind's greatness and shortcomings, BLOOD MONEY takes on Love, Regret, Lust, Revenge, Hopelessness, Hope, Security, Adventure, Frustration and Acceptance. In my stories, it's the characters' uniquely ...
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