You know the fever pitch people get into once we hit June and the chatter starts about “summer reading lists” and the like? In fact, as soon as Memorial Day is over the buzz begins: press releases holler, “here’s this year’s best of summer reading list!” (I even made one of those!); bloggers question, “have you put your summer reading list together?”; friends on social media want to know “what are your reading recommendations for the summer?” It’s a literal literary frenzy filled with images of sand and shore and bikini-clad women reading on the beach…
Apparently summer is the one time people wear bikinis, read, and make lists… or at least talk about reading and making lists. In bikinis.
But what about after summer… that next chapter? Autumn. Golden leaves, hot cider, turtleneck sweaters… books lists? Not so much. Say what you will about the season, but there’s not quite the same exhilaration about “Autumn Reading Lists” as those summer ones. We either read less during the fall or we’re just less jolly about it. Probably something to do with “back to school” distractions or the rumbling of approaching holidays.
But whatever it is, I’m here today — as one who reads year-round with equal doses of interest and immersion — to change that paradigm. I’m inaugurating my very own Autumn reading event… the “Welcome to Autumn 99¢ Sale.” Books, Autumn, 99¢… what could be better than that??
And this will be a two-part party: one next week for my novel, After The Sucker Punch, and one starting today for my short story, She Tumbled Down. A double feature, if you will; a cornucopia of literary celebration (and cornucopias are seriously Autumn!).
The She Tumbled Down 99¢ sale starts just past midnight, Saturday morning, September 20th and extends until noon on Monday, September 21st… 59 whole hours in which She Tumbled Down will be available for 99¢!
For those not yet familiar with the book’s premise, here’s a synopsis:
New Year’s Eve. It’s late, well past the midnight hour. A woman looking for respite from noise, champagne, and tensions with her boyfriend steps out to clear her head. She calls out that she’ll be back shortly and heads down the quiet neighborhood street… and never comes back.
A man with too much to drink and too fast a car roars by on that same darkened street and, in a flash of motion and impact, is stunned to see the face of a startled woman smash into his windshield. When the car stops he shakes in silence, waiting for… something. But when no one approaches, no cars go by and no inquiring lights flick on, fear and panic take over and he makes the unfathomable decision to drive away… and never look back.
“She Tumbled Down” follows the ripple effects of this tragic hit-and-run attempting to answer that unanswerable question, “Who could do such a thing?” From that first fateful moment through the months and years that follow, the narrative weaves through the lives of seemingly disparate characters, threading the initial event into another story, a love story, that ultimately links to the tragedy in unexpected ways.
It’s a dark, dramatic read inspired by a real-life story, one that touches on a number of powerful, unsettling issues. Some reader responses include:
“…pulls the reader in from the very first paragraph. The author has a fine gift of telling a story in a way that plays out in living color. There is an authentic life-force in her voice. Real heartfelt emotion that comes across as true as day.”
“I was engaged right from the outset, and this was one story I couldn’t put down. I liked how the author played with time, and covered a very sensitive subject that ended up being satisfying in its conclusion. Secrets have a way of tumbling out, and the results are not often predictable, as Lorraine Devon Wilke shows In this gripping drama.”
“So well-crafted, one is not wanting it to end, wanting it to go on in longer-form fiction (a book.) Achingly real characters, textured prose — you’ll get hooked.”
“This is a very well written story of a tragedy and how it affected so many lives forever. Lorraine Devon Wilke is an excellent writer.”
(Thank you, readers.)
I invite you to start your “Autumn Reading List” with She Tumbled Down for only 99¢ during the three-day sale. And be sure to check back next week for the After The Sucker Punch “fall extravaganza.” Heat up the cider, curl up with the orange and brown quilt, and have a couple of Autumn reads on me!
Follow Lorraine Devon Wilke on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Huffington Post. Her article archive can be found at Contently, her photos at Fine Art America; details and links to her other work @ www.lorrainedevonwilke.com.
Both her novel, AFTER THE SUCKER PUNCH (ebook and paperback) and her short story, “She Tumbled Down,” (ebook) are available at Amazon, and you can follow her adventures in independent publishing by accessing her Amazon Author page and her book blog at www.AfterTheSuckerPunch.com.
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