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M Press Releases Digital Exclusive Novel, THE RIGHT EYE OF GOD

Race for the Gold writer Thorn Bacon returns in collaboration with Julie A. Mitzel!

MILWAUKIE, OR - Released today is M Press veteran writer Thorn Bacon’s (Race for the Gold) first collaboration with Julie A. Mitzel in The Right Eye of God.
It is estimated that more than 60,000 people were killed as a result of the war on drugs during the six-year reign of Felipe Calderon, the former President of Mexico. The Right Eye of God is a fictional tale of the ruthless pursuit of Thomas and Yuma, a desperate man and woman fleeing across the treacherous Chihuahuan Desert to escape unscrupulous killers from the “Ring of Gold.” Their unremitting adventure culminates in a showdown that ultimately thwarts an assassination plot of Calderon, which is loosely based on fact. Thomas Navarre, an unlikely hero is warned early on by a shape-shifting sin-eater that he will meet death in a tunnel in the bowels of Mexico City. The shattering climax to The Right Eye of God brings Thomas face to face with his grim destiny….

“A hunker-in exciting read for all. Thomas Navarre’s integrity and bastion of strength resonates deep in the soul of a woman and grips at the wild-at-heart nature of a man.” – Julie A. Mitzel

The Right Eye of God exposes the powerful influence of Mexican drug cartels, the innocence of their victims and the need to continue to eradicate their gruesome menacing existence.” – Thorn Bacon

Lose yourself in The Right Eye of God, available for download today through Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Google Books, and the iBookstore!

Joliet Public Library Annual Star Wars Day 6/1/2013 (With Photo Gallery)

GroupShot01On Saturday, June 1st, the Joliet Public Library in Joliet, IL, hosted their annual Star Wars Day.  This year’s event was again held at the Joliet Public Library, with additional displays hosted at the Joliet Historical Museum.

The 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion again provided many of the displays.  These displays included many screen accurate costumes and props constructed by members of these organizations.  Also on hand were the R2 Builders, with a display of several droid units built by their members.  Members of all organizations were on hand to answer any questions from visitors.  The organizations also hosted an Imperial Academy game / training course for children to  train as clonetroopers.

Exhibitors and vendors this year included Graham Cracker Comics, Legoland, The Wandering Dragon, Sincere Costumes, and Gallery 1700.  These exhibitors and vendors hosted stations both in and outside the library for visitors to enjoy.

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Book Review: Bone Quill by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman

Spoiler Warning:  Stop reading here if you wish to remain completely spoiler-free for Bone Quill.  While I tried to avoid revealing any huge plot spoilers in this review, I do touch on some plot points.  Consider yourself warned.




Bone Quill is the highly anticipated second book in the Hollow Earth series by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman.  Bone Quill is scheduled for release in the UK on February 7, 2013, but reports online seem to indicate that it has been released early.  I received my own copy that I ordered from Amazon UK on January 31st, so that may well be the case.  The US release date listed on Amazon US is July 9, 2013.

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“Hollow Earth” Giveaway! Win a Copy Autographed by John and Carole!

You read that right!  We are giving away a copy of the US version Hollow Earth, signed by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman!

Wait, scratch that.  We’re not giving away a copy.  We’re giving away TWO COPIES!

Yep.  Two copies, one of which can be yours if you enter in the ASM Hollow Earth Giveaway!  Use the widget below to enter! Read more

Hollow Earth Conversation with John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman

On Friday night, at Boswell Books‘ Hollow Earth event at Alverno College in Milwaukee, we were privileged to get an interview with John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman about their new book.  John is a highly successful actor and entertainer both here in the United States as well as the UK.  You know him from his roles as “Captain Jack Harkness” in “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood”, plus he’s just started a recurring role as the “Well Dressed Man” in The CW’s “Arrow”.  Carole is an author of several books, written with John, as well as a professor of English at Alverno College.  Join us for a conversation about Hollow EarthTorchwood, and future books and acting roles.

Phil of ASM: Thank you very much for agreeing to meet with us.  We are big fans of you from Torchwood and Doctor Who

John Barrowman: Great.

Phil: And we have several of your books.  We saw you at Boswell several years ago when you signed I Am What I Am.

Carole Barrowman:  That’s right.  Okay.  Good!

Phil: We love Hollow Earth.  Absolutely love it.  As you can see, we got the —

John: The British version.

Carole: Well done.  Good.

Phil: So, Hollow Earth is the story of two siblings, and much of the story takes place in Scotland.  Obviously, the two of you have traveled around the UK and grew up in Scotland.  How much of that got translated into the book? Read more

It’s Hollow Earth Day!

Today, Hollow Earth, the new children’s book from Carole E. Barrowman and John Barrowman hits the shelves in bookstores all across America.  We were able to pick up a copy of the UK version when we were in London over Labor Day weekend.  In case you missed it, you can read our review.

Tonight, Carole and John begin their Midwest book signing tour at The Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077 at 7:-00pm.  Tomorrow, they’ll spend Halloween night giving you literary treats (figuratively speaking, of course) at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 60540, also at 7:00pm.  We’ll be at the Boswell Books signing at Alverno College Wehr Hall, 3401 S. 39th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53234 on Friday at 7:00pm.  And then they’ll finish the tour at 6:00pm on Saturday at The Red Balloon Bookshop. 891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105 (tickets required for this appearance).

Book Review of “Torchwood: Exodus Code” by John Barrowman & Carole E. Barrowman

Torchwood:  Exodus Code is a novel that takes place within the universe of the popular BBC (and Starz for the most recent series) television series TorchwoodTorchwood is a spinoff of the long-running classic series Doctor Who and continues the story of Captain Jack Harkness (portrayed by John Barrowman) after his adventures with the Ninth Doctor in the 2005 series.

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Carole and John Barrowman on a Midwest Tour

Boswell Books, sponsor of the Milwaukee event

Coming soon to a Midwestern city near you (hopefully) — Carole E. Barrowman and John Barrowman!  Yes, Captain Jack Harkness himself is coming to the States. John and Carole are touring several Midwestern cities in support of the soon-to-be released Hollow Earth (did you read ASM’s review of the UK version?  No?  Go.  Read.  We’ll wait. And then read our review of Torchwood: Exodus Code.  Again, we’ll wait.).  Starting October 30th, they will tour northern Illinois, southeastern Wisconsin, and Minneapolis.  You can see the exact tour dates and locations at John’s website. Read more

Book Review: Hollow Earth by Carole E. Barrowman and John Barrowman

Hollow Earth is an upcoming children’s novel by authors John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman.  The book is scheduled for release in the United States on October 30, 2012 but was released in the United Kingdom in February of 2012.

If you think you may recognize the names of the authors, you are probably correct.  John Barrowman is an actor, singer, and theater performer who is widely known to American audiences for his role as Captain Jack Harkness on “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood.”  John will also have a recurring role in the CW’s new show “Arrow” (based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow).  Carole E. Barrowman is a professor of English at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI, crime fiction columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and reviewer for the Minnesota Star Tribune.  She also appears regularly on the Milwaukee NBC affiliate’s morning show to discuss books. Read more

The Kingkiller Chronicle – Review (Books 1-2)

The Kingkiller Chronicle is a trilogy of books by author Patrick Rothfuss.  The first novel, The Name of the Wind, was released in April of 2007.  Book two, The Wise Man’s Fear, was recently released in March of 2011.  The release date of book three is still unknown at this time.

You may ask why I am reviewing books that are not new releases.  The answer is that I find that limiting, as I often do not discover quality books until many years after their initial release.  Many of the best books are quietly released and only catch on via word of mouth after some time.  My reviews consist of both new releases and books that are “new to me” in an effort to share my enjoyment of all books.

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