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Triple Tale of Love, Death and Destiny Grips Fiction Fans in New Book


ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (PRWEB) February 20, 2013

From the award-winning playwright Mary Casella, It Happened in the Pine Barrens is a compelling saga of love, death and destiny set in the heavily forested area of coastal plain stretching across southern New Jersey. Casellas newly published book transforms this Pinelands into a center of thrilling events that arouse the curiosity and excitement of fiction fans through three riveting stories: Snakes with Ruby Eyes, Love and Death in the Pines and Closure in the Pines.

Snakes with Ruby Eyes follows the mysterious turn of events in the life of Elizabeth Little. After the death of Catherine, her artist mother and owner of The Little Antic Shop, Beth strangely inherits a huge amount of cash and a long list of questions about her parents life. Stan Turner, who perseveringly pines for her love and affection, witnesses and supports Beth throughout her journey towards self-rediscovery.

Love and Death in the Pines picks up the story from where the first tale left off. It revolves around the entwined destinies of Dr. James Bradley, physician, and Dr. Meghan Malloy, an assistant art history professor. They met at the opening of The Pines Antique Shop (formally The Little Antic Shop). James was a friend of Meghan’s aunt. Meghan had created an art gallery in the shop to display the art work of Catherine Little. Both never knew that a chance encounter would lead them to love.

Closure in the Pines completes the trilogy in stunning fashion. James, who was secretly an FBI /Interpol agent, wants to resign from the department. His resignation is denied. While finalizing some cases, Meghan suddenly disappears. A manhunt ensues. Drug trafficking and gunfight also makes this final story a perfect closing salvo. However, as one of the characters aptly put it, There is no closure in the crime business.

Creatively blending fast-paced drama, mystery and romance with the slow-paced life in Pine Barrens, Casella has successfully put the place on the map for another remarkable reason. It Happened in the Pine Barrens is a book that leaves readers deeply satisfied yet eagerly longing for answers to more questions inherent in the saga.

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About the Author

Mary Casella is an educator and an award-winning playwright (New Jersey State Council on the Arts). Mary Casellas latest endeavor is to translate some of her plays to novels. Written in the Sand is a novella that had its original life as her play, A Is For Andy. This play had a staged reading at the Urban Arts Theater in New York City, sponsored by the now defunct Forum of Italian American Playwrights (Past-President, Mario Fratti). Her personal claim to fame was she was chosen for a brief stay to be a visiting playwright at New York Citys acclaimed Actors Studio. Here a scene from Scampolo (her translation from the Italian) had a workshop presentation. Mary Casella is presently transcribing her play, Between First and Third. It had a full workshop production at The Players Guild of Leonia, the oldest continuous Community Theater in New Jersey.

It Happened in the Pine Barrens * by Mary Casella

Publication Date: November 19, 2012

Trade Paperback; $ 19.99; 133 pages; 978-1-4797-3763-5

Trade Hardback; $ 29.99; 133 pages; 978-1-4797-3764-2

eBook; $ 3.99; 978-1-4797-3765-9

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“The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale” Is Newest Release by Award-Winning Children’s Book Author Linda Leopold Strauss


Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) March 13, 2012

Award-winning children’s author Linda Leopold Strausss latest picture book, “The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale” (Holiday House, 2012), has been released just in time for Passover. An original folk tale set in a village that was sometimes Poland and sometimes Russia, the book is illustrated with stunning hand-painted woodcuts by Alexi Natchev. Suggested for ages 4 8-years old, it is the story of young David Lippa and Rachel Galinsky, whose families are feuding, but who, with the help of their neighbors and the town rabbi, devise a scheme to bring their two families together to once again celebrate Passover at the same festive table. Strausss ninth book for children, “The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale” lists for $ 16.95 and is available at Amazon.com and independent and major bookstore retailers across the country.

Publishers Weekly wrote, The Galinskys and the Lippas have been neighbors and friends for generations, but a small bartering disagreement has sundered that friendship. Young Rachel Galinsky and David Lippa have always known they would marry, but now that fairy tale ending seems impossible. As Passover approaches and the families refuse to share the holiday meals as they always have, the two children realize that the time has come to enlist the aid of their wise rabbi who quickly implements a plan to help bring peace to the Seder table. Natchevs artworkcreated by carving an image into wood and linoleum plates, inking the image with a roller, printing it by hand, then hand-coloring with watercolorsdoes a magnificent job of bringing this Jewish Romeo and Juliet fable to life.

A graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University, Strauss began her writing career more than thirty years ago. She has previously published eight books for children and stories in numerous childrens magazines (including Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, Hopscotch, Astrapi and School). Books include “Preschool Day Hooray!” (Scholastic/Cartwheel, 2010), “Drop Everything and Write!” (E&E Publishing, 2010), “The Princess Gown” (Houghton-Mifflin, 2008), and “A Fairy Called Hilary” (Holiday House, 1999). Her work includes fiction and non-fiction for a wide variety of ages and has been translated into French, Italian, Swedish and German. The mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of two, the author lives with her husband, William Strauss, in Wyoming, Ohio. She regularly visits schools and libraries to engage with young readers and has taught writing to students from kindergarten-age to adults. More information about her work is available at http://www.lindaleopoldstrauss.com.

Illustrator Alexi Natchev was born and educated in Sofia, Bulgaria. A graduate of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, his work has been shown in many international exhibits and biennials, and he has received a number of national and international awards. Since moving to the US in 1990, he has published more than fifteen childrens books with major American publishers. Currently he is the Illustration Area Coordinator at Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington.

More reviews of “The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale”

a lovely story about maintaining peace and the importance of community for young people.

Southwest Ohio & Neighboring Libraries (SWON)

Childrens author Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge wrote, Long ago, in a small village that was sometimes Poland and sometimes Russia, the Lippas and the Galinskys lived in side-by-side houses. They were fast friends whose children, Rachel Galinsky and David Lippa, would someday marry. Until the incident involving the two fat geese and the six laying hens (it’s complicated…don’t ask!) turned them into arch enemies. Enter the rabbi who, along with Rachel and David and the entire village, hatches a plot that brings the two families back together over a very long Seder table. Seder supper details (tracking down crumbs and, of course the Elijah door) are neatly tucked into this warm, rollicking plot illustrated with folksy prints hand carved on wood and linoleum blocks. Best of all, the book has arrived just in time for Passover!

Such a beautiful book. It stirred so many memories of mineabout the long table at my grandparents home. A table that stretched from the living room, through the dining room, through the pantry, up to the kitchen door, and seated God knows how many Rozens. And of course there was always room for more. ????????

Janet Rozen, New Haven, Connecticut

“The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale”

By Linda Leopold Strauss

Illustrated by Alexi Natchev

Published by Holiday House (March 2012)

Picture Book: Ages 4-8

$ 16.95 (US)

ISBN 978-0-8234-1911-1





New Xulon Book is a Tale of Adventure with a Biblical Message


Maitland, FL (PRWEB) March 16, 2012

Christopher Shennans new book, Skip Jordan and the Angels of Light Book 2 ($ 16.99, paperback, 978-1-61996-387-0; $ 26.99, hardcover, 978-1-61996-388-7; $ 8.49, e-book, 978-1-61996-389-4), is the second volume in the SKIP JORDAN series. The author tells the tale with a blend of fantasy, drama and adventure, which cannot fail to excite, challenge, and bless all who read it.

My book holds close to the central message of the Gospel, and as such, brings the power of God to everyone who believes, states the author. My book is aimed at counteracting the modern trend of glorifying witchcraft and the occult, so prevalent in literature and in cyber-space. It reveals the demonic source of these things, and reveals the superior power of the Gospel to bring peace and salvation to the souls of men, women, boys and girls.

Christopher Shennan has been studying, preaching, and writing the Gospel for well over forty years. He has been writing books of poetry, commentaries and books of fiction and non-fiction extolling God. The author is a husband and a father of two.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the worlds largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Skip Jordan and the Angels of Light Book 2 through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.





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