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    On August 27, Open Road debuted ten new-to-ebook titles by the best-selling author of romance novels, Cynthia Freeman! Today, we are featuring an excerpt from one of her most unforgettable sagas.

    A World Full of StrangersFreeman’s novels have sold more than twenty million copies worldwide. After raising a family and becoming a successful interior decorator, a chronic illness forced her to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle. At the age of fifty-five, she began her literary career with the publication of A World Full of Strangers. Her love of San Francisco and her Jewish heritage drove her to write novels with the universal themes of survival, love, hate, self-discovery, joy, and pain, conveying her steadfast belief in the ability of the human spirit to triumph over life’s sorrows.

    From the ghettos of New York to the golden hills of San Francisco, Freeman’s first novel, A World Full of Strangers, tells the story of a family whose destiny is shaped by a man who turns his back on his Jewish heritage in order to build a prosperous life in post–World War II America. Katie Kovitz is seventeen when she arrives in New York harbor in the bleak winter of 1932. On the city’s Lower East Side, she meets David Rezinetsky. Cursed with the stigma of poverty, David is on a quest to find love and acceptance.

    Take a sneak read below—

    A World Full of Strangers by Cynthia Freeman (Excerpt) by OpenRoadMedia

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    Since its launch in April 1920, Black Mask has gone from pulp magazine to key influencer of American pop culture. It inspired Quentin Tarantino’s cult hit Pulp Fiction and introduced the character of the private eye, or PI, to crime fiction. The publication hit its stride publishing hard-boiled crime stories from writers such as Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Chandler, and Dashiell Hammett, whose novel The Maltese Falcon would inspire the classic Hollywood film featuring Humphrey Bogart. 

    Founders H. L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan originally geared Black Mask toward a broader audience, offering romance, mystery, and occult fiction. It wasn’t until Joseph Shaw was hired as editor in 1926 that the magazine would shift its focus to hard-boiled detective stories. According to, Shaw “believed that crime fiction could promote the ideal of justice on the increasingly lawless streets of America.” Readers must have agreed. By 1933, the magazine was printing strictly crime fiction with a circulation of 103,000 (compared to 66,000 when Shaw took over).

    Black Mask published the first-ever private detective story, Three Gun Terry by Carroll John Daly, in its May 15, 1923, issue, and with it, the gunslinging tough guy at the heart of hard-boiled crime thrillers was born. The private eye would become a staple of Black Mask fare over the years as Shaw pushed the magazine deeper into detective fiction.

    Although the magazine printed its final issue in 1951, communities of Black Mask fans remain quite active. We’re thrilled to release four gripping titles from the Black Mask vault as ebooks! “Pigeon Blood” by Paul Cain is about a millionaire’s wife on the run from vengeful thieves, whose only ally is a retired judge. Jerry Tracy, Celebrity Reporter is a collection of stories by Theodore A. Tinsley chronicling the adventures of a gossip columnist with a thirst for justice. Tinsley is also noted for having created pulp fiction’s most popular female PI, Carrie Cashin.

    Norbert Davis’s art heist thriller, “Red Goose,” features private eye Ben Shaley on a treacherous mission to retrieve a stolen painting. In “You’ll Always Remember Me” by Steve Fisher, a detective seeks answers from a mysterious boy who may have witnessed a murder.

    Look for these and future Black Mask releases from Open Road wherever ebooks are sold.


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    The fog was everywhere, hugging the road, putting frost on the tall, sear grasses, riming the stones and the spokes of the bicycle. Drenching the body.

    And so begins Mayhem, the first book in J. Robert Janes’s gripping St-Cyr and Kohler Mystery series set in Nazi-occupied France.

    Though it may be hard to believe, Janes wasn’t always a critically lauded mystery writer. Born in Toronto in 1935, he holds degrees in mining and geology. Prior to becoming a novelist, he worked as an engineer, university professor, and textbook author. He began writing young adult novels in 1976, but found his niche in historical thrillers more than fifteen years later.

    Janes is best known for his long-running series featuring French inspector Jean-Louis St-Cyr and Hermann Kohler of the Gestapo. The two men belong to opposing sides of the war, but both are determined to rid the Parisian streets of crime and injustice. These mysteries have been praised for their historical accuracy and fast-paced plots. In the latest installment, Tapestry, a burglary, a rape victim, and a bloody corpse send the crime-fighting duo down a rabbit hole of questions during the harshest Paris winter yet.

    St-Cyr and Kohler aren’t the only ones pursuing justice in World War II–era France. In The Hunting Ground, postwar Paris becomes a different kind of battleground for former Résistance fighter Lily de St-Germain. Having escaped the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, she sets out to take revenge on those who betrayed her years before, including her adulterous husband.


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    With back-to-school deals flourishing everywhere, ’tis the season to spend, save, and splurge. Lucky for you, we’re fans of the “save” aspect and have assembled a back-to-school sale to help you and your children get back into the groove of the academic year with a variety of ebooks for all ages, including a special collection for teachers and parents. So start stocking your ereader for the upcoming stay-indoors months!

    Browse our featured sale of ebooks starting at $0.99 from now until September 9, and check out our collection of excerpts to get a sneak peek of the ebooks before you buy.

    Schoolhouse Mysteryby Gertrude C. Warner

    The Boxcar Children: Schoolhouse Mystery by Gertrude C. Warner [Excerpt] by OpenRoadMedia

    The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein [Excerpt] by OpenRoadMedia

    Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrates Teachers [Excerpt] by OpenRoadMedia

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    book christmas treeThis is it. Our last Sex and the Office Summer Friday. Time for one more pre-Labor Day installment in our romp through Helen Gurley Brown’s 1965 classic, Sex and the Office. The definitive, comprehensive guide to working life for an entire generation of women. Want to know what it was really like to be a working girl in the early days of feminism? Read on—for the final Sex and the Office Summer Friday excerpt. 

    HOW DO YOU SWITCH over to the job with the taffeta-rustle sound?

    One of my successful friends says that from tiny tothood straight through all your slavey jobs, you have to imagine yourself opulent. While transferring files to the basement in sneakers and coveralls, you have to keep feeling mink around your shoulders and smelling Shalimar rising from the valley of your bosom. That way, she says, you inexorably slither toward a high-powered job.

    She’s not kidding me. Annie is talking about Positive Thinking (and it worked for her—she’s a department store wheel now). I, however, couldn’t positive-think myself out of bed in the morning if the mattress were on fire.

    Are you too a molasses-foot? Do you have so little vision or confidence you think the gods would roll over and die laughing if you aspired to a fancier job? Join the club! We meet Tuesdays and Fridays, have the secret handshake, and then pass around a pitcher of martinis. Our trouble is that we’re ready for the bigger job every way but emotionally.

    There is hope for us molasses-feet, however. First, no matter how modest and un-go-gettum you are, a far-sighted management may literally force you to do something bigger if it thinks you’re capable. (It happened to me.) Also, there are other helpers—a few bouts with a psychiatrist, for example!

    I’m not bouncing this psychiatry recommendation around lightly. I know you don’t drop in to be shrunk as casually as you would visit your friendly neighborhood saloon, but it is possible to talk with a psychiatrist without signing away years of your life.

    When I was plucked from my secretarial post to write copy at Foote, Cone & Belding, a major advertising agency, I was utterly terrified. Though I could afford just one half-hour session a week, a patient, adorable psychiatrist used to prop me up and spoon-feed me my ego ration every Saturday morning until I’d begun to score a few points in my new job.

    Why am I plumping for a better job for you if I found taking one so painful myself? Because the only thing painful about it was the fear of failing. Aside from that, the better job, with its new men, more money and more prestige was a pleasure dome.

    There’s another route you can take. Perhaps you have a little money saved, quite a lot of courage and would like to take the plunge into something that has nothing to do with secretarial work. Just on the chance these ideas may spark others for you, here are some possibilities. (Incidentally, each one of them has been tried by somebody I know and it worked.)

    Approach the new venture with the idea that if you fail, it isn’t the end of the world. A chap named Ed Howe—I don’t know who he is, but he sounds wise—said in Forbes magazine recently, “I try to have no plans the failure of which would greatly annoy me. Half the unhappiness in the world is due to the failure of plans which were never reasonable and often impossible.”

    With this in mind:

    1. Get a job selling a product—not in a store where they come to you and commissions are paltry but door to door, office to office or by telephone from leads supplied by a company. Your product could be reducing equipment, insurance, freezers, encyclopedias … anything. Maybe the company you’re in would let you take a whack at their product—or you may have to track down a new one. Some firms will take you with virtually no experience if you’re eager. The prestige may not be great, but the money could be, and someday you may have salesmen who work for you.

    2. Be a decorator. Any bona fide A.I.D. (American Institute of Interior Designers) decorator will spit at the idea that a girl with little more than good taste to qualify her can sneak up on this profession, but I’ve seen it done. Suppose you worked as a secretary for W. & J. Sloane or any other good furniture store. During that time you should have, with your little pitcher ears and big green eyes, seen and heard a lot about fabrics, woods, periods, decors, scaling furniture to rooms, etc. You could augment this knowledge with reading in depth, decorating courses, friendships with decorators and manufacturers, haunting museums, visiting antique stores and touring famous homes when they’re open. You could start with just one client who’s willing to take a chance on you (perhaps while you’re still a secretary). Charge a minimal fee, do a good job and you’re off and running.

    3. Become a couturier. Your taste is superb. The clothes you make yourself look as good to most people as Givenchy’s (though you know better—Givenchy seams could be worn on the outside). Perhaps you could interest one or two women in letting you design and make a costume. They might even want something cop ied they’ve seen on you. Add a few more customers; then you can hire an assistant to sew and open a small boutique shop. You’ll buy some of the things and design others yourself. Easy does it. Start tiny.

    4. Do research for a successful writer. One important novelist I know has experienced none of the adventures he writes about. His research girl has ferreted out everything from the conduct of an archeological survey in Crete to the performing of a lobotomy. You could combine your survey work with secretarial work for a writer, or keep your regular secretarial job and do free-lance research until you gain experience. A girl who hopes to become a writer herself would find this experience profitable (though of course to write, you must write!).

    5. Become a photographer. A recently-fired secretary I know owned a Leica camera (worth about $800 but bought from a distressed party for $100). For years she had been taking pictures in the park of mothers, children, dogs and trees. After she was fired, she got a magazine-editor beau to set up appointments for her with the picture editors of his magazine—food department, fashion department, etc. She took her portfolio, consisting entirely of her Sunday afternoon amateur stuff, around to each editor and got her first assignment—to photograph the Columbia University campus. She expects to work up a lot more pictures and a regular clientele by the time her unemployment insurance runs out.

    6. If you’ve a great face and photograph well (some pretty girls don’t), become a model. For photography, you need some terrific pictures of yourself. You might go to work for a photographer as a secretary and take part of your salary in merchandise. Maybe he’ll use you as a model sometimes. With your pictures you will go visit other photographers, magazines and art directors of advertising agencies. Actually amateur pictures of you don’t do badly if somebody talented takes them and blows them up big. Naturally, being signed by and working with a model agency helps.

    I’m not going to suggest kinds of modeling other than photographic because they don’t pay any better than secretarial work and girls are made to feel very crepey-necked and ancient at age thirty-two.

    7. Be an entertainer. You sing. You play the mandolin. You do flamenco. Start by entertaining at parties for a small fee. You may get enough experience and confidence to audition for clubs or a show. (Ethel Merman did while she was still a secretary.)

    If you have looks and stamina, get a job as a Playboy Club bunny. You’ll make about as much money as a good secretary, but a producer may spot you for a show.

    8. Become a tour conductor. If you’ve been to Mexico nine times and know more about bullfighting than anybody but the bull and the matador, you might as well take people south of the border and get paid. If you know that much about other places, you could open your own travel agency or take tours there.

    9. Cook with your cooking. Write a recipe book. (Yes, there’s always room for one more.) Peg Bracken’s The I Hate to Cook Book has sold over 100,000 copies to date, and she was a busy wife and mother when she wrote it. (She might have been a secretary.) At least send in your best recipes to women’s magazines. They often buy from outsiders.

    10. Open your own secretarial service. You simply rent space in a hotel and hang out a shingle. The public stenographer at the Statler Hotel in Los Angeles wears glorious hats while she types and makes bundles of money.

    Click for more of Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex and the Office. . . .

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    book christmas treeDo you have what it takes to be a Navy SEAL? Or maybe you'd like to know more about the Green Berets? We have just the thing: from the minds at publishing partner Discovery Communications and comes a book chock full of information about the US military and its special units, including their work, their training, and what it takes to be among the best of the best: Green Berets, Blackhawks, Purple Hearts: Elite Units of the US Military.

    SEAL Team Six. Army Rangers and Delta Force operators. Green Berets. Who are these highly specialized soldiers? They're the elite units within the US military and are trained for the performance of extraordinary tasks to preserve peace and protect the United States.

    Most citizens have heard of the five main branches of the US military: the army, the navy, the air force, the marines, and the coast guard. And those men and women work diligently and bravely to protect our nation. Periodically, news breaks of an uncommon event, like the killing of Osama bin Laden or the Battle of Mogadishu. The startling complexity and delicacy of these operations indicate the intense preparation a smaller group of exceptional soldiers must undergo. The warriors who perform these higher-level operations come from the special-forces teams known as Army Rangers, military snipers, Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and the shadowy Delta Force. Learn about their selection and training, the origins of their unique specialties, and their mission and purpose. Learn what it takes to be truly elite in Green Berets, Blackhawks, Purple Hearts: Elite Units of the US Military.

    On sale tomorrow, September 3, our readers get an early look today with a special excerpt on the training of Navy SEALs. 

    Green Berets, Blackhawks, Purple Hearts From the minds behind {Excerpt}

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    Retro ReadsAhoy, me hearties! Avast, ye scallywags! It’s time to grab a parrot, affix some gold to your teeth, and don a tricorne hat. That’s right: International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) is upon us once again. So in honor of this momentous occasion, we’ve picked a decidedly swashbuckling read: Heather Graham’s Bride of the Wind.

    Bride of the Wind

    It’s got all the elements of the perfect seafaring yarn: a cast of knavish rascals, a roguish buccaneer, and a captured lass held against her will on the open sea. When Virginia-born Lady Rose Woodbine meets Lord Pierce DeForte at the court of British King Charles, she is forced into an unwanted marriage. As they journey across the seven seas, Rose spars with Pierce, stubbornly refusing to acknowledge her mounting desire.

    Yes, summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have one last jaunt on the sea. And with this read, don’t be surprised if you find yourself humming along to “Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.”

    Check back throughout the month for updates from our Retro Readers on this month’s picks and find us on Goodreads in the Retro Readers Group. Or, sign up for our romance newsletter and we’ll send you a monthly roundup of everything romance at Open Road, including Retro Reads updates and info on new releases, bonus content, giveaways, special offers, and more.

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    Allen Steele

    Allen Steele didn’t always write about interstellar adventures and futuristic societies. With an MA in journalism, he spent several years reporting for newspapers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Missouri, and his home state of Tennessee. His career as a prolific author of science fiction began with the 1988 publication of his first short story, “Live from the Mars Hotel.” Since then, Steele has published eighteen novels, including the critically acclaimed Coyote series, and nearly one hundred short stories. His works have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Science Fiction Chronicle, Locus, and the New York Review of Science Fiction. They have also been translated into several foreign languages.

    Throughout the course of his career, Steele has received three Hugo Awards and won or been nominated for countless other honors, including the Locus, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards. In 2013, Steele was presented with the Robert A. Heinlein Award in recognition of his fiction promoting space exploration.

    It also appears that Steele may be adding “astronaut” to his resume sometime in the future, having indicated a desire to go into orbit. He has been present for several space shuttle launches from Kennedy Space Center and has operated the NASA shuttle cockpit simulator at the Johnson Space Center.

    In addition to dreaming of space travel, Steele serves on the board of advisors for the Space Frontier Foundation and is a member of Sigma, a group of science fiction writers who serve as unpaid consultants on matters regarding technology and security.

    Not surprisingly, space travel is the name of the game in the latest batch of Allen Steele ebook releases from Open Road. These thrillers feature mystery, intrigue, suspicion, and death against the backdrop of the ultimate unknown: outer space.

    Angel of EuropaIn Angel of Europa, an astronaut is the sole survivor of an exploration of one of Jupiter’s icy moons and becomes a murder suspect as a result. In Labyrinth of Night, strange music plays in the innermost chamber of an ancient Martian maze, and the scientist who discovers it gets trapped inside—forever. Years later, internationally famous guitarist Ben Cassidy is sent to join a research team on Mars to solve the mystery of the chamber, but he soon realizes that the explorers themselves could be just as dangerous as the secrets of the red planet. Orbital Decay

    Winner of the 1990 Locus Award for Best First Novel, Orbital Decay follows a group of space station construction workers who discover the true nature of their home base: it’s a giant antenna designed to spy on every living person on Earth. Rude Astronauts is a collection of fiction and nonfiction stretching back to Steele’s first published story, “Live from the Mars Hotel.”

    The Jericho IterationIn The Jericho Iteration, an earthquake reduces St. Louis to rubble, but reporter Gerry Rosen has other concerns. He must go on the run when he discovers a government conspiracy in the aftermath of the quake. The Tranquillity Alternative chronicles a final NASA lunar mission gone awry. An imposter is discovered onboard the USS Conestoga with a deadly objective that threatens the future of mankind.

    This fantastic selection of ebooks is sure to thrill and entertain. So pick a title and hold tight. You’re in for quite a ride!

    Photo courtesy of the official Allen Steele website.

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    If you are like many of us here at Open Road, you’re still mourning the loss of Game of Thrones on Sunday nights. However, we have just the thing to pass the time between now and the season 4 premiere in spring 2014! Tomorrow, we will debut ten new-to-ebook editions by the world-renowned author, Mary Renault.

    Heralded by The New York Times as “a great talent,” Renault (1905-1983) is an author best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece. Her fictional novels feature portrayals of classic figures such as Socrates, Plato, and Alexander the Great. Initially obsessed with cowboy stories, she became interested in Greek philosophy when she found Plato’s works in her school library. Her fascination with Greek philosophy led her to St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where one of her tutors was J. R. R. Tolkien.

    Renault MullardTraining as a nurse at Oxford’s Radcliffe Infirmary, Renault met her lifelong partner, fellow nurse Julie Mullard. After completing her training, Renault wrote her first novel, Purposes of Love, in 1937. In 1948, after her novel Return to Night won an MGM prize worth $150,000, she and Mullard immigrated to South Africa. The photo shows Renault (pictured right) and Mullard (left) aboard the Cairo on their way to South Africa, where they settled in Durban. There, Renault wrote the historical novels that would define her career including the first-ever British novel to include unconcealed homosexual love, The Charioteer. In 2006, Renault was the subject of a BBC documentary, and her books, many of which remain in print on both sides of the Atlantic, are often sought after for radio and dramatic interpretation.

    “You literally want more— the second you finish one, you want to move on to the next, and that’s something that’s shared by extremely successful books today such as Game of Thrones,” says literary agent, Gordon Wise in our exclusive video on Renault (featured below). Now that your Sunday’s night are open, it’s the perfect time to escape to another world… and still be back for the glorious return of GOT.

    Learn more about Renault and her provocative books:

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    book christmas treeIn 12, 20 & 5: A Doctor's Year in Vietnam, we meet Dr. John A. Parrish, newly assigned to the marine camp at Phu Bai, where he must confront all manner of medical trauma, quickly shedding the naïveté of a new medical intern.

    With this memoir, Parrish crafts a haunting, humane portrait of one man’s agonizing confrontation with war. With a wife and two children awaiting his return home, the young physician lives through the most turbulent and formative year of his life—and finds himself molded into a true doctor by the raw tragedy of the battlefield. His endless work is punctuated only by the arrival of the next helicopter bearing more casualties, and the stark announcements: “12 litter-borne wounded, 20 ambulatory wounded, and 5 dead."

    Now available as an ebook, 12, 20 & 5 is the candid memoir of a young doctor who reluctantly accepts a military commission and finds himself behind the front lines of the Vietnam War.

    Download an excerpt.

    12, 20 & 5: A Doctor's Year in Vietnam by John Parrish, MD {Excerpt)

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  • 09/10/13--10:55: August Retro Reads Roundup
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    Our Retro Reads picks for August—Amanda Scott’sThe Dauntless Miss Wingraveand Heather Graham’s The King’s Pleasureare classic examples of one of our favorite themes: enemies turned lovers. While one hard-headed heroine attempts to save her family’s fortune (without falling in love with the man who could take it all away), another finds herself helplessly drawn to the suitor she has always dreaded. Cue the fireworks.

    The Dauntless Miss WingraveThe King's Pleasure

    The two novels, in all their charming throwback glory, garnered a multitude of unique responses from our reviewers. In one thoughtful review, Regina reflects on how “light and fun” she found The Dauntless Miss Wingrave, adding that she finished it in just a few hours. Reader Stephanie raves about The King’s Pleasure in her review, calling it a “hidden gem,” and Lila added that she found the intensity of the setting extremely interesting, inspiring further research into the era.

    Check out these reviews and our ongoing RR discussion over in our Retro Reads Goodreads group; feel free to join the conversation and add your own topics!

    Bride of the WindFor September, we are taking to the high seas in strict observance of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19). Heather Graham’sBride of the Windis a classic tale of a misled maiden surrounded by scalawags who finds herself reluctantly drawn to her captor. We have a feeling you’ll be saying “Ay” in no time at all.

    Stay tuned to our blog, Facebook, and Twitter throughout the month for updates from our Retro Readers.

    Think you have what it takes to be a Retro Reader? Show us your stuff! Send us an email with the subject line “Retro Reads Submission” and tell us why you love romance. Be sure to include links to a couple of your recent reviews!

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    Yesterday, we added five classic novels by Padgett Powell to our Open Road collection. Today, we are sharing an excerpt from Powell’s debut novel, Edisto.

    EdistoEdisto, the first of Padgett Powell’s six novels and a finalist for the National Book Award, is the coming-of-age story of Simons Everson Manigault, a precocious twelve-year-old living in a seaside South Carolina town. The young, intelligent narrator invites a comparison with J.D. Salinger’s Holden Caufield; however, as bestselling author Walker Percy claims, Edisto is “better—sharper, funnier, more poignant” than Catcher in the Rye.

    Padgett Powell is recognized as one of the most important Southern writers of the last quarter century. In addition to his six novels and story collections, Powell’s writing has appeared in New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Little Star, and the Paris Review. He is the recipient of the Rome Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Whiting Writers’ Award.

    Take a sneak read of Edisto below and learn even more about Powell and his other ebooks in our collection:


    Edisto by Padgett Powell {Excerpt} by OpenRoadMedia

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    Walter MosleyA detective rescues a beautiful woman from murderous thugs in Los Angeles in 1948. A professor hears voices in his head after a brain operation gone awry in a dystopian future society. These people may be worlds apart, but they live in the singular mind of award-winning novelist Walter Mosley, creator of thrills and suspense in any genre.

    Born to an African American father and Jewish mother in 1952, Mosley is most famous for his bestselling hard-boiled mystery series featuring private eye Easy Rawlins. However, his prodigious body of work covers science fiction, nonfiction, and young adult fiction, as well. Mosley often tackles issues of race and class in his novels and has been recognized with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, which honors works that promote racial understanding and appreciation.

    The Easy Rawlins novels are not only great mysteries, they also explore the complex racial and social fabric of Mosley’s native Los Angeles in the years after World War II. The series starts with Devil in a Blue Dress, in which Easy, a young black veteran, arrives in LA in 1948 having just lost his job. A chance encounter with a wealthy gentleman looking to track down a person of interest throws our hero into the fast-paced and danger-ridden detective life. The novel even inspired a film adaptation of the same name starring Denzel Washington.

    What Mosley does with crime fiction he also does with science fiction, posing questions about humanity and the way people operate, whether they live in post–World War II Hollywood or in a similarly broken society in a different universe. In the novel Blue Light, a demon possesses the body of a man named Horace LaFontaine in 1960s San Francisco and wages war on the newly evolved, godlike inhabitants of Planet Earth.

    Big BrotherFutureland is a collection of short stories set in a distant yet familiar future full of people on the run—chasing money and success or fleeing their own demons. In “Whispers in the Dark,” an ex-con is determined to ensure a bright future for his genius nephew—even if it means selling his organs. In “Little Brother,” a man is tried for murder not by a judge, but by a computer programmed to think like one. Futureland’s nine stories are loosely connected, but each offers a unique vision of a society gone mad.

    You can watch Mosley talk about his approach to science fiction in this video. And by the way, Blue Light and Futureland are available as ebooks from Open Road Media, so don’t waste any time—dive right into the thrilling world of Walter Mosley!

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    TypewriterSummer is winding down and that familiar feeling is back. Is it excitement—or dread? No matter how you feel about back-to-school season, you probably don’t expect to be writing novels in between classes. 

    But that’s exactly what Michael Crichton did.

    Before he became the Michael Crichton who wrote Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain, he was Michael Crichton, Harvard Med School student . . . and secretly published author. The years of medical training and research clearly helped the prolific writer to form his unparalleled style of crafting medical and science fiction. Michael Crichton

    Publishing under several pseudonyms including John Lange and Jeffery Hudson, Crichton wrote fast-paced mysteries and thrillers to pay the bills while in med school. The books, known collectively as “the Med School Years,” are considered fairy tales for adults. These thrillers feature an array of colorful characters including drug dealers, snake trappers (The Venom Business), and crooked lawyers—and those are just their day jobs. Mysteries unfold across the globe from Chicago to Egypt (Easy Go)to the deep waters of the Caribbean (Grave Descend). Crichton brings suspense to the hospital corridors of Drug of Choice and the Edgar Award–winning A Case of Need.

    Odds OnOriginally published decades ago, the books hold a certain vintage charm; in Odds On, for example,thieves plan a Spanish hotel heist using an IBM supercomputer. The technology may be dated, but the plots are as fresh as ever.

    Now available as ebooks. these titles showcase the talent of a brilliant young writer at the start of his career. Each book also features an illustrated biography of the author, including rare images from his estate.

    Escape the drudgery of classes with a thriller from Crichton’s Med School Years!

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    Open Road Integrated Media announced today that it will digitally publish nine titles by Samuel R. Delany, including his bestselling and most popular novel, Dhalgren, the Nebula Award–winning Babel-17 and Delany’s Hugo award-winning literary memoir, The Motion of Light in Water

    Delany is noted for addressing issues of class and sexuality as well as for exploring perception, memory, and language in his works. Called “a writer of . . . consistently high ambition and achievement” by the New York Times Book Review, Delany grew up reading the science fiction greats of his time including Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, and Robert Heinlein.

    “Samuel R. Delany’s luminous style and timeless themes continue to impress and intrigue. I’m proud to bring his work to a new audience of digital readers,” says Betsy Mitchell of Open Road Integrated Media.

    Open Road will publish the following titles:

    • Dhalgren
    • Babel-17
    • Nova
    • Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
    • Tales of Nevèrÿon
    • Neveryóna
    • Flight from Nevèrÿon
    • Return to Nevèrÿon 
    • The Motion of Light in Water

    Delany published his first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, at the age of twenty. Throughout his storied career, he has received four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002. Delany’s works also extend into memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. He is currently a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia, as well as the former director of its graduate creative writing program.

    About Open Road Media

    Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company. Open Road creates connections between authors and their audiences by marketing its ebooks through a new proprietary online platform, which uses premium video content and social media. Open Road has published ebooks from legendary authors including William Styron, Pat Conroy, Alice Walker, Jean Craighead George, Bette Greene, and Virginia Hamilton.

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    Today, we are featuring an excerpt from Hortense Calisher’s collection of short stories in honor of the addition of 6 new-to-ebooks to our Open Road collection tomorrow.

    Calisher (1911–2009) was born in New York City. The daughter of a young German-Jewish immigrant mother and a somewhat older Jewish father from Virginia, she graduated from Barnard College in 1932 and worked as a sales clerk before marrying and moving to Nyack, New York, to raise her family. Calisher published two dozen works of fiction and memoir, writing into her nineties.

    Aside from her writing, Calisher was heavily involved in the literary world. She served as a president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and of PEN, the worldwide association of writers.  Furthermore, as a National Book Award finalist three times, winner of an O. Henry Award and Guggenheim Fellowships in 1952 and 1955, Calisher was no stranger to success.

    The Collected Stories of Hortense Calishera finalist for the National Book Award—gathers short pieces that chart the author’s best-loved themes of mindful consciousness and social worlds. This collection includes one of her well-known New Yorker stories, “In Greenwich There Are Many Gravelled Walks,” in which a young man drops his mother off at a sanitarium and acquires a new friend who finally awakens him to the world. Also included are “The Sound of Waiting,” one of the chapters in the Elkin family saga; and the chilling, Jamesian “The Scream on Fifty-seventh Street,” in which a New York widow hears a scream late one night but cannot decide how to investigate without appearing to her neighbors to have gone mad.

    Read an excerpt from this hypnotizing collection and learn even more about this incredibly talented author:

    The Collected Stories of Hortense Callisher by Hortense Callisher {Excerpt} by OpenRoadMedia

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    1. Do you enjoy historical fiction?
    2. Are multi-generational family sagas your cup of tea?
    3. Is your book club looking for something new to read?

    If you answered "Yes!" to any or all of these questions, we have just the thing: Waggoners Gap. And for a limited time the digital edition is $1.99.

    Waggoners Gap, a spiritual place with unique natural beauty and breathtaking vistas, overlooking the Cumberland Valley near Carlisle, Pennsylvania is the pivotal locale in this sweeping story of two disparate families fighting for survival and success in the dark decades surrounding World War II.

    The Genero clan is at the heart of the story. Their lives inevitably affected by The Monarchs, a richer and more influential family who control industry and employment for most of the people living in the shadow of Waggoners Gap. The generational confluence of these players begins during World War I, reaches through the Great Depression, and culminates in World War II.

    The saga winds from Carlisle, Pennsylvania to army bases, ships at sea, battlefields and back again. Through it all, Waggoners Gap remains the tie that binds. 

    Download the Waggoners Gap Reading Group Guide featuring questions for discussion, an excerpt, and an interview with the author. 

    Waggoners Gap Reading Group Guide

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    Harper Lee, Truman Capote, and – of course – J.D. Salinger: Incredible writers who suddenly just stopped… writing. Where’d they go? Why did they stop? Well, Adam Langer has all of the (fictional) answers.

    JD SalingerIn The Salinger Contract, Adam Langer — the narrator of this literary caper by the author of the same name — is a writer and stay-at-home dad in Bloomington, Indiana, drawn into an uneasy friendship with the charismatic and bestselling thriller author Conner Joyce. Conner is having trouble writing his next book, and when a menacing stranger approaches him with an odd—and lucrative—proposal, events quickly begin to spiral out of control. Ultimately, the two writers are forced to navigate a plot neither one of them could have ever imagined. There may be no other escape than to write their way out of it.

    The Daily Beast listed the novel as one of its “Hot Reads;” Kirkus Review gave it a starred review; but what will you think?

    Take a sneak read of The Salinger Contract today to see if you can unravel the mystery.

    The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer [Excerpt] by OpenRoadMedia

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    HellBritish science fiction and fantasy author—and witchcraft supply shop proprietor—Liz Williams grew up in an unusual household. The daughter of a Gothic novelist and a stage magician, she thought nothing of the demonology books on the shelves at home. She also devoured science fiction and fantasy novels growing up, especially those written by science fiction Grand Master Jack Vance. It was no surprise that she would become a writer of stories in the supernatural and extraterrestrial realms.

    Before taking on the literary world, Williams got her PhD in Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge and lived and worked in Kazakhstan from the mid-1990s until 2000. The author credits her travels as inspiration for her writing, as she was often thrown out of her comfort zone and into unfamiliar, eye-opening experiences.

    Williams found critical success straight out of the gate with the 2001 publication of her first novel, The Ghost Sister, which was nominated for a Philip K. Dick Award. Her second book, Empire of Bones, would be nominated for the same award the following year. In addition to writing full-length novels, Williams has contributed works of short fiction to Realms of Fantasy, Asimov’s Science Fiction,and Visionary Tongue.

    Snake AgentAmong Williams’s most notable work is her series featuring Detective Inspector Wei Chen, a cop who pursues justice on earth and throughout the underworld. Oh, and he has a demon for a wife. Our hero’s adventures begin in Snake Agent, when Chen is called upon to rescue the soul of a wealthy businessman’s daughter who has wandered past the gates of Hell on her way into the afterlife. Chen must not only locate the girl, he must also make it out of Hell alive.

    By the series’s second installment, The Demon and the City, Inspector Chen already has a new partner in the form of demon cop Zhu Irzh—and their fun is only beginning. No realm is off limits for this supernatural odd couple as they take on a furious goddess, a psychotic Bollywood star, and a runaway magical book containing the secrets of the universe.

    Open Road Media is proud to release all five Detective Inspector Chen Novels as ebooks this month. Grab them while you can!

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