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Daniel Paisner, author of Balloon Dog, essay out in The Millions

Daniel Paisner, author of Balloon Dog, essay out in The Millions

Daniel Paisner, author of the upcoming Balloon Dog, has a new essay out in The Millions, "How Being a Ghostwriter Has Shaped My Fiction."   Like most writers, I’m surrounded by characters. But unlike most writers, my characters are real. My characters have won...

World Premiere Of Trouble the Water

World Premiere Of Trouble the Water

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum presents the world premiere of Trouble the Water, adapted from Rebecca Bruff's 2019 award-winning historical novel of the same name, recounting the extraordinary story of African American hero, Robert Smalls. The play will run from...

Art Show Opening June 18: Works of Art by John Koehler since 2018

Art Show Opening June 18: Works of Art by John Koehler since 2018

President and publisher of Koehler Books, John Koehler, invites you to an Art Show: Works of Art by John Koehler since 2018   June 18, 7PM, 3705 Shore Drive, Va. Beach, VA 23455. Please RSVP to john@koehlerartworks.com   Read More to check out the full post!...

Submissions Open for Virginia Festival of the Book

Submissions Open for Virginia Festival of the Book

 Every March, the Virginia Festival of the Book presents five days of programming featuring hundreds of speakers discussing their new books, in addition to year-round virtual events in our Shelf Life series. We select speakers through active recruitment as well as...

Let Yourself Be Loved: Big Lessons From a Little Life

By Elizabeth Leon

LET YOURSELF BE LOVED EXPLORES THE HEART of a mother carrying a baby to term with the certainty of death. Diagnosed with trisomy 18, John Paul Raphael Leon lived only twenty-eight hours and ten minutes. Elizabeth Leon writes with unflinching honesty about the tsunami of grief and the exquisite agony of choosing to live and love in its wake.

The Stars on Vita Felice Court

By Emily H. Keefer

VAL BECKLEY IS FACING WHAT MANY TEENAGERS DO-a yearning to escape her small town in hopes of becoming something more. Discovering new meanings of home, love, and family, Val takes a journey that leads her to the most unexpected discoveries of all: what resides in her own heart, what creates a happy life, and where she truly belongs.

Gemini Divided 

By Lauren Kristen Roberts

Everyone has secrets, but the skeletons in Jen’s closet are bigger than most: by day, she writes fanfiction for her favorite TV show, Gemini Divided, but by night, she works as an assassin to pay her mother’s chemotherapy bills. Her world tilts on its axis the day she is assigned to kill Will Bryant-the handsome and charming star of Gemini Divided, and her celebrity crush.


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Kelly Sokol

Author of Breach 


Q. How do you develop your plot and characters?

A: In both Breach and THE UNPROTECTED, I “met” my main characters in moments of crisis. The details provided my first understanding of Marleigh and what a desperate situation she was fighting to escape. We often use the word detail to mean something insignificant or not worthy of note. In fiction, telling detail is so important. 


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