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‘Split Decision’ for all to see!

carmen smallOur client Carmen Capuano got in touch in great excitement yesterday, with some important news. She’ll be counting the cars racing by on the Aston Expressway this autumn, when the large digital billboard located there is displaying an advertisement for her latest book.

“I really can’t believe that my novel will be up there for everyone to see – it’s almost beyond my wildest dreams!” said Carmen, whose reputation as an author is gaining momentum as her popularity grows. “Thousands of cars pass that spot every day – and now they will see the cover of Split Decision!”

To add further to Carmen’s excitement, WHSmith will be stocking the newly released book on its shelves, facilitating its shoppers’ searches for a good read. Said a WHS spokesman, of the decision to put Split Decision on display in a prime spot in the window, “We are aware of exactly what our customers are looking for in a book. They want something they can fully immerse themselves in; good writing with a great plot. So if they haven’t already discovered Carmen Capuano for themselves, we are happy to bring her to their attention.”

So things may not quite be ‘written in the stars’ yet for our client, but they are certainly getting higher in the sky.

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Two new books at P’kaboo!

It’s an exciting time at P’kaboo this month as two new books have been published in rapid succession.

SplidDsmlcarmenFirstly there is Split Decision by Carmen Capuano, a new novel for the young adult readership.

How was Natalie to know that the decision she was about to make between two potential dates, would forever be a pivotal point in her life? That it would mark the time where childhood innocence ended?

How could she even imagine that the wrong decision would send her life spiraling into the stuff of nightmares where she might not come out alive?

Life takes a cruel twist of fate when Natalie, a completely average [almost] 16 year old is forced to make a split-second decision… a decision that will change her future and forever alter her perception of trust, love and the realities of life.

Following two alternate plotlines as if each were the real one, the reader is kept in suspense right up until the last moment, unable to tell which guy Natalie accepted and which she turned down. And at every step there are twists and turns which will keep you on the edge of your seat, as one thread takes Natalie on a romantic discovery where events take on a more ominous edge than expected, whilst the other takes her on a dangerous slide into the dark side of life, a shadowy world of danger, where the reader is unsure whether she will make it alive to her forthcoming birthday.

This is a book of intensities, of sweet discoveries and dark revelations which you will not want to put down.

First stop for a copy is, of course, the publisher’s web site, but if you want a Kindle version head straight to Amazon. Here’s a nice tweet from Carmen shortly after publication:

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Then there is the children’s book Pink Wish Ice Cream by Andrea Kaczmarek, with illustrations by Eva Kuenzel.

pink2pink3As you might guess from her name Mrs Polly Pink-Witch is a witch. In the summer she makes her delicious Pink Wish ice cream and likes nothing better than traveling from town to town in her bright pink ice cream van.

Why is Mrs Polly Pink-Witch’s ice cream called ‘Pink Wish’?

That’s a very good question, and the answer is easy too: if you buy, and enjoy, her delicious Pink Wish ice cream you get a free wish!

Of course, there are conditions attached. This means there are only certain children who get a wish granted. Mrs Polly Pink-Witch can’t stand rude children, so they absolutely never get a wish granted. And you must say please and thank you. Mrs Polly Pink-Witch knows if you really mean it; she can tell if it’s a proper please and a proper thank you.

So which children get a free wish? That’s easy too, I am sure you will guess, but what kind of wishes come true?

Again, call in at the publisher’s web site.


Help Carmen Capuano’s ‘Split Decision’ reach escape velocity!

SDprelimcoverWe’re looking for at least 100 people to help Carmen Capuano‘s new novel Split Decision launch with a bang on 4th of July. We’re doing it using the Thunderclap web application, and we need your support. There’s no money involved, no catch, and only a couple of minutes of mouse-clicking to do. But we have to gather those 100 by the 4th in order for this promotional tool to work.

Will you join in? It will benefit all authors, clients, and potential clients in the long run, because if this campaign is a success then we’ll use it again in the future. Click here to start the process. Thank you in advance.


Carmen Capuano moves into journalism

GEM-SWB-2013-04carmen2Our client Carmen Capuano has been head-hunted by Gem Media, and vibrant and growing media company in Birmingham. Carmen is to be Copy Editor and columnist of Gem Magazine, the glossy, go-to magazine for food, wine, fashion, beauty, motoring, health, gardening, heritage, culture, house, and home for Birmingham and its core districts. The magazine has events management at its heart; Carmen will be taking over her duties in the July issue and is set to provide insights into her creative writing process and to her daily life in the column.

“I am delighted to be involved with this informative and inspirational magazine. I have always read GEM with great interest and it’s wonderful to think that I will be a part of it now,” said Carmen.

Said a spokesperson for the group, on the appointment, “We are so pleased to be welcoming Carmen onto our team. We feel that she has an often quirky and unique take on life and are sure that she will entertain our readers in her own inimitable style.”

We know Carmen’s talents first-hand, and we’re sure she will make a success of this new venture.

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News from P’kaboo

We picked up the following news of planned publications from the personal blog of Lyz Russo, who heads P’kaboo Publishers:

dsc_0446Split Decision by Carmen Capuano is only a proof-edit and a cover short of e-publication.  The cover artist will be available only at the end of June; however this gives us time to raise some publicity.  Split Decision is YA, though I’d actually like to classify it as YA crime fiction; a girl (Natalie) is faced with a choice of two dates, and decides to…  go on both.  That is, the author follows this young lady down both possible decisions, and while the one date very quickly turns sinister, the other, apparently sweet and halcyon, has its surprises too, things that in an ideal world, a young girl just short of sixteen should never have to encounter.  Capuano manages to balance these two contrasting paths with delicate skill, not losing traction in either for even a moment.  A manuscript I could not put down, even though it was long past midnight and I was overtired.

Carmen Capuano is also a popular indie author, which makes P’kaboo very proud to publish her.  Her science fiction series, “The Owners”, is regularly attracting attention.  Read more here about Carmen.

pink-wish-catPink Wish Ice Cream by Andrea Kaczmarek, illustrated by Eva Kuenzel, is due for e-publication – a last proof-edit, and then some publicity, and this lovely children’s book will be on its way.

Pink Wish Ice Cream deals with a sweet, rounded, good-natured Polly Pink Witch teaching some brats to be nice.  It is a classic kiddies book with classic morals, the type your mom, grand-mother and aunt would have instilled in you.  It’s really simple:  Say “please” and “thank you”, and your wish will be granted; be rude and obnoxious and you forfeit your wish.  This even applies if you’re a mommy trying to bend the rules a little for the sake of your kid…  I’m curious which lessons the other witches will be instilling in potential sequels.

The illustrations are simply delightful.  We’re very happy to be introducing these two fresh creative spirits to our readership.

durbslaunchles1Darx Circle by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble has been waiting far too long, and many of you have been following its development from the very first idea, on Colonialist’s blog.  It is darker and far more serious than the light-hearted YA fantasy we are used to from this versatile author.  I’m almost tempted not to place it in YA at all but into general fantasy; but it would be doing it an injustice as firstly the protagonists are young teenagers, and secondly it relates closely to the fantasy worlds he created in “Baa Baa Black Belt”, “Regina” and “Forest Circle Quest”.  Tyrannical young Tyrentia accompanies the dreamer Hugh and his friend Dengana onto a quest to discover what is going wrong in the Darx realm.  Their epic journey, laced with danger and heartbreak, leads them into the dark heart of the realm, and straight into the palaces of the evil forces trying to corrupt the very core of nature.  During this journey Tyrentia also undergoes an inner journey, coming to terms with the evil that lies in her own personal past…

morrigancoversmfrontlThe Morrigan (Solar Wind 5) by yours truly, Lyz Russo – is not yet ready.  It has been professionally edited; notwithstanding this, I am still going to go through it in the July holidays, because something about it bothers me.  I’ll find it, and then the first cycle of Solar Wind can (hopefully) finally receive its final volume – no promise yet as to the time frame!  (After all I don’t know yet what it is that I’ll find to fix.)

The Morrigan:   The Solar Wind is headed into space, on a helter-skelter trip chasing after a “Morrigan Treasure” that may or may not exist – Dana’s treasure.  But things get weird pretty quickly.  The limited experience of space the crew has from Captain’s Earth-based Space Base falls far short.  A species of “space crawlers” starts colonizing the ship; interstellar phenomena are not what they are supposed to be; and an evil entity with a deity-complex demands blood.  The politics aboard the ship get loopy as Dana, Perdita and Captain wrestle for the command.  Federi’s mission is to keep himself and Paean sane and the Captain on his toes.  The return to Earth fails to shake off the Morrigan, leaving Federi with a riddle to solve.

fmcuh-bookseeker-imageAnd then there is Marie Marshall’s gripping new YA vampire novel,

From My Cold, Undead Hand.  Two generations on, and darkness has fallen (quite literally) over the world.  Vampires rule supreme; there seems to be no escape whatsoever.  In KWIREBOY vs VAMPIRE, the grandson of the brave heroine Chevonne Kusnetsov from the first volume grasps at a lifeline that is thrown to him, and makes his near-lethal way right across the American continent to find out if there is any hope for the survival of humankind.

Drowned in the kind of bathos we have come to expect from Marshall, the ending – no, I’m not going to spoil it!  You will have to be patient – barring fires, floods and it being found by a larger house, we’re looking at October.

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Carmen Capuano in the Bromsgrove Standard

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Our client Carmen Capuano was recently asked to write a short story for The Bromsgrove Standard, her local newspaper, and came up with a tale called ‘The Wanderer’, a lovely depiction of infidelity with a twist at the end. Carmen said this about the Standard:

brom3I remember the very first time I ever read the Standard. I was house-hunting in Bromsgrove and it seemed like a good idea to read the local newspaper to get a flavour of what life could be like here. It was also the first time I had encountered a local newspaper, since none of the cities I had lived in before [Glasgow, London, Birmingham] had published anything so closely linked to the lives of its inhabitants.

brom2The distinction between a national newspaper and a local one, is more than just a difference in the types of articles they cover, for the disparity lies not just in scale but in proximity. The Standard knows its readers [‘demographics’ to other newspapers] better than just by their bank balances and the size of their homes – it knows their hearts, the things that make them tick, their whims and their foibles and it knows this because the people who write for it are local too. 

If you click on this link you can navigate to the Standard. ‘The Wanderer’ is on page 12. Enjoy.