Paige Crutcher of Publishers Weekly continues her Self-Publishing Journey- this time she shares publicity insight (and some advice from our own Julie Schoerke)!


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Library Journal has selected Lori Rader-Day‘s THE BLACK HOUR as the Debut of the Month and the novel received a starred review!

Rader-Day’s Debut of the Month, Coming of Age Thriller THE BLACK HOUR

Chicago’s Rothbert University was rocked when one of its sociology professors, ­Amelia Emmet, was shot randomly; the student attacker committed suicide immediately after. End of story. Readers enter as Amelia returns to teaching months later, determined to take ownership of her own mystery case. Teaching assistant Nathaniel Barber is protective, but covertly he wonders if Amelia might become his dissertation topic. A newspaper reporter has pursued her story since day one, and he hovers too closely for comfort. Finally, there is the suicide hotline staff who seem extra-zealous. All of these behaviors create an air of paranoia. Not until Amelia’s memory begins to loosen does she realize that danger has not left the campus. A seriously scary sailing regatta on Lake Michigan brings it all home, vividly! ­VERDICT With disconcerting timeliness (in the wake of recent shootings), Rader-Day captures the more sinister aspects of campus life. While the author captivates from page one with her psychologically attuned debut, it is the sociological frames that work so well: class, power, and violence. This reviewer was bowled over by the novel’s alternating points of view, superb storytelling, and pitch-perfect take on academia. [A July LibraryReads pick, see LJ 7/14, p. 119.—Ed.]

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Sandra Brannan Begins First of Several Contests

July 28, 2014

Author Sandra Brannan releases Solomon’s Whisper, Book 5 in her Liv Bergen Mystery Series on September 2, and to celebrate, she’s running several fun Hashtag Photo contests over the next month! The first starts today! Head on over to her Facebook Page to enter and to try your hand at winning some cool prizes! Upcoming prizes […]

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JKS Principle Julie Schoerke

June 25, 2014

Our own Julie Schoerke is a featured columnist for literary magazine 2nd & Church.  This month she writes on why it’s important to support your local Indie Bookstore. For more info or to subscribe to 2nd & Church, please visit their website.

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Cheryl Rainfield’s STAINED named Best Children’s Book of 2014

June 18, 2014

Congratulations to Cheryl Rainfield – her YA release STAINED has been named one of Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature’s Best Book of The Year for 2014 for ages 14+! In STAINED, Sarah thinks she knows what fear is–until she’s abducted. Now she must find a way to rescue herself. STAINED will be released […]

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Call Me Amy Selected as Best Children’s Book of the Year!

June 10, 2014

Congratulations to Marcia Strykowski, as her YA Book Call Me Amy has been selected as one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year for 11-15 year olds by Bankstreet College of Education (Fiction: Animals Category). 1973 has been a lonely year for Amy Henderson, filled with too many awkward moments to count—that is, until she helps rescue an injured seal pup. […]

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Congratulations to 2014 Book Bloggie Winners and Finalists from JKSCommunications

June 3, 2014

 Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted for their favorite book bloggers! We had an amazing voter turnout with hundred of votes cast, and JKS is proud to announce your choices for 2014 Book Bloggie Winners and Finalists in each category! Best Variety (Reviewer in all Genres) Winner: Caffeinated Book Reviewer | @kimbacaffeinate Finalist: Books, […]

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Kristi Helvig’s Burn Out Hits Denver Best Seller List!

June 2, 2014

Congratulations to Kristi Helvig who has landed a spot on the Top 10 Fiction Bestsellers List in Denver for the week of June 1!  

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Congratulations to Indie Excellence Winners and Finalists!

May 20, 2014

We are so proud of our talented authors! A number of them landed winning/finalist spots in the 2014 Indie Excellence Awards! A huge congratulations from our JKS team to: Theresa Rizzo Winner in the Romance Category for her novel He Belongs To Me Steven. W. Kohlhagen Winner in the Western Category for his novel Where They […]

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Richard Seidman’s World Cup Mouse Releases on May 20!

May 12, 2014

Check out the book trailer to get excited for the official launch later this month!

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