Sunday, March 27, 2011

Check it Out: Kathryn Meyer Griffith & Loretta Giacoletto

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to be discussing two promising authors & the various books they've written!

The first author is Loretta Giacoletto (click on her picture above for her website), author of Free Danner, a book about a young man in search of how to do the right thing as well as his father. Loretta's no newbie to the writing business, with three books under her belt that range from thriller to drama to the paranormal! Loretta claims both St. Louis & the Ozarks as her home, so let's give a shout out to her newest book, Free Danner! (Available through Smashwords,, and other e-reader distributors.)

Free Danner really is free, after spending ten years in Juvy for what the judge called an unspeakable act and Danner considered merciful. Now he’s determined to find the dad who doesn't know he exists. One thing's for sure: this is not The Maury Povitch Show; it's Danner's. And he figures everybody's out to screw him, especially the big shot who hired him as a hit-man-in-training. So what's a guy to do? The right thing, but can Danner figure out what’s right.

Free Danner is eleven when his party-girl mom sends him to live with her parents on their Southern Illinois farm. The generation gap proves harder on the rebellious city boy than his grandparents and soon results in a tragedy so horrific no one could’ve predicted it. Fast forward to Danner at twenty-two, by-passing those years he spent in the juvenile system and then some. He locates his mom Lark in St. Louis and demands she name the clueless dad. Lark’s not sure but with Danner’s not-so-gentle persuasion, she comes up with three possibilities. Danner’s search for his dad and a better life takes him on a crisscross journey to Las Vegas, Southern California, and the Florida Panhandle. Most of the off-beat characters he encounters along the way either wind up dead or wanting Danner out of their lives. But these people don’t know the real Danner or what being free means to him.

Also well worth mentioning is author Kathryn Meyer Griffith. She too has an impressive literary resume to offer, with 17 novels written as well as several short stories. Kathryn's got a wide repertoire of genres to offer, from historical romance to urban fantasy. She's also not afraid to explore every option that fiction has to offer so there's a little bit for everyone in her books!

Her earlier works from the 1980s & 1990s are getting republished by ebook publishers Damnation Books & Eternal Press, so make sure to check her out! I'm currently reading one of her books now, a Barbara Michaels-esque horror read entitled Witches, available through Damnation Books for the kindle & other ebook formats. (See the DP site here for more info.)

Amanda Givens is careful how she uses her powers. She doesn’t want the people of Canaan, Connecticut, to know they have a witch among them...even a good, white witch. For years, she’s lived quietly in a remote cabin in the woods with Amadeus, her feline familiar.

When she’s wrongly blamed for a rash of ritualistic murders committed by a satanic cult, she knows she can’t hide any longer. She’s the one the cult’s after. More than that, she’s the only one who can stop them and prove her innocence. In doing this, she’s drawn back in time by the ghost of the malevolent witch, Rachel Coxe, who was drowned for practicing black magic in the 17th century. Now, as Amanda tries to rehabilitate Rachel's reputation in an effort to save lives, as well as her own, she has to rely on a sister's love and magical knowledge, and a powerful sect of witches called the Guardians, to help her get home safely.

As always, I want to remind everyone that you still have until April 1st to enter the contest to win a copy of one of Jim Bernheimer's books! (See contest details here.)

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