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 neighbors call "The Loons."

The book is the story of Christy Prentice, a young, married con-artist who makes her money attending funeral services for super-wealthy men, and then passing off a doctored photo of herself, revealing that the dearly departed was her father. Estates would usually send her a few thousand dollars just to keep her quiet, and as far away from the reading of the will as possible.

At the funeral for her latest mark, recently deceased mega-rich tycoon Parker DeLune, Christy, to her surprise, is welcomed with open arms into the upside-down world of the seven Delune cousins. Celebrate the DeLunes with Christy as she navigates their eccentricities, discovering in the process that hers is not the only con-game afoot: the wily estate attorneys are running their own scam, and aren't at all inclined to welcome to another player.

The discovery phase continues as Christy finds herself fighting for "The Loons," and ultimately for her own dreams and sanity.

In these time of social, political and economic unrest, I invite you to kick back and enjoy THE LOONS. And I hope to be back soon with Norma Jean and Kate in CALLING NORMA JEAN, the sequel to HELLO, NORMA JEAN (Savant 2010).

Sue Dolleris
Author of
     THE LOONS (Savant 2012)
     HELLO, NORMA JEAN (Savant 2010)


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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Riots, Rock and Roll, Casual Drugs and Recreational Sex

February 15, 2012
Forty years ago, during the height of the anti-Vietnam War movement, a large number of students at the University of California at Santa Barbara rose up in outright rebellion, burning down a branch of the Bank of America and clashing with police in three separate riots. The Isla Vista Crucible  takes place at the university and the nearby student community of Isla Vista during that tumultuous 1969-1970 academic year. The story follows three roommates trying to live and enjoy their student liv...
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Not-So-Random Views of Asia from the Mid-Pacific

February 1, 2012
RANDOM VIEWS OF ASIA FROM THE MID-PACIFIC weaves together a series of analyses focused on contemporary events in the Asia-Pacific region.

This book is best seen as a learning tool to help both the general reader and Asia specialist to better understand the complexion of the region and true dynamics of individual events. Newspaper articles, internet commentary, political discussions and debates come excitingly alive, and suddenly relevant, meaningful, and understandable.

Of course, that alone ...
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