Happy New Year to all our friends.
2010 was a great year two for our company and we're looking forward to what's coming up in 2011.
The first thing we need to clear up as the year begins is who we are. It's come to our attention that there has been a white supremacist group using the name Sons of Liberty for quite a while. In fact, we believe they may have actually published some books. We just want to make it clear that we are NOT that group, nor are we involved in any activities along the lines of that group's goals. About a year ago, we actually got a rather humorous email from one such group using that name that demanded we stop using it unless our belief system was inline with theirs.
That's not going to happen. The original Sons of Liberty were American revolutionists from the Boston area who stood up to English oppression. Men like Sam Adams (who also happened to be a publisher) put their lives on the line for what they believed in. By using that name, we pay tribute to our New England roots and the spirit of independence and freedom. We will not ever consider publishing any book that involves hate speech or racial supremacy.
Our first release for the new year is a book by J.F. Dacey called "Take the Long Way Home." It's a whimsical story of a taxi driver in a crumbling mill city in the late seventies told in first person.
You can find it here at Amazon.
Meanwhile next month we'll be releasing a great new book by Lowell author Stephen O'Connor called "The Spy in the City of Books."
The past has caught up with Martin LeBris. During World War II, he served the Office of Strategic Services as a spy and saboteur in Lyon, France. Nearly sixty years later, Lowell cop Gerry O'Neil is trying to unravel the mystery of why an assassin is stalking LeBris. The answer to that question lies buried in the dark days of Nazi Occupation, and in the unforgiving memory of The Spy in the City of Books.
On Sunday February 20th, we'll be celebrating this release at the Athenian Corner restaurant in downtown Lowell at 2:00 p.m. Stephen will read a selection from the book and be there to answer questions. We will have plenty of books for sale.
Meanwhile, Mike Girard's "Psycho Chicken & Other Foolish Tales" has easily become our bestselling book in our two year history. Mike has been all over New England promoting the book with a series of shows with his band The Fools, on radio, in print and on television. The book is available at Amazon in trade paperback and now in Kindle format as well.
We'll soon have even bigger news on this book (here's a hint...big screen...as in a silver one...)
We've also set up a store where you can buy t-shirts, mugs and other items with the cover artwork and title. Go ahead and check it out here. It'll make your friends very jealous.
Finally and maybe most important, we are putting together a collection of short stories called "Mill City Tales" which will focus on Lowell. MA and the surrounding Merrimack Valley area. The book will be fiction and non-fiction stories from authors we've previously published and some new literary voices. The best part of this is that we have committed to donate all profits from the sale of this book to a veterans charity. (we'll let you know which one after we let them know). The intent it to have this book out by June with a big release party.
So if you have a story you'd like to submit, please do so by the end of February to firstname.lastname@example.org. You might find yourself a published author.
Next month we hope to tell you more about where Mike's book may be going, a new release for April and what's in store for the rest of the year.