SPRING, 1956, BRIGHTON BEACH, NEW YORK: an old man crossing a street eerily foretells the future of the young man sitting in the car waiting for the red to turn to green...
...the day a middle aged woman sat down in a bus, and a Southern Baptist minister gained national prominence?
...the day a mysterious, intermittent beep, beep, beep... ushered in the dawn of the space age?
...the day that ushered in America’s dawn of integration – when two U.S. armies stood face to face with bayoneted rifle’s outside an American high school?
...the day America tottered on the brink of nuclear war?
...the day a line was drawn in the ocean, and the other guy blinked?
...the winter’s day when America forever lost its innocence.
FOR BETTER OR WORSE
Seven years that changed the history of the world and the complexion of America. Taking place in New York City, Chicago and Central Illinois, the characterizations and situations coinciding with historical events.
Paths crossed when he was five years old while crossing a street with his mother on the west side of Chicago, the same old man seen again crossing a street in Brighton Beach, New York... seventeen years later.
Through seven years as two familiar young people become an adult man and woman, a husband and a wife and, eventually, responsible parents.
Realistically written, humanistically, visually sexual, be there as this love-to-hatred, hatred-to-love marriage entwines throughout the history of the mid-1950’s into the ‘60’s
A Chronicle of Metamorphosis by Mark Lichterman
Do you remember...
The first time you inhaled a cigarette? Your first swallow of hard liquor? The thrill of the first exploration of the body of your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife... your own body? Your first orgasm?
Remember when as a people we loved America, and showed it?
Then you might be ready for a nostalgic, funny, romantic, sexually frustrating novel.
A novel that may remind many of us of ourselves, “way back then,” when God’s most mysterious creation was the opposite sex. A novel about life and the often funny, sometimes sad, day-to-day things that stir the memories of our lives.
Reminiscent of the Neil Simon trilogy, Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and the humorous writing of Jean Shepherd in the mid and late sixties; uniquely original, we are introduced to five-year-old Mitchie in 1939 in an ethnically diverse, lower middle-class neighborhood on the west side of Chicago.
As children do, subtly growing over the next sixteen years, seeing World War Two through the eyes of this Jewish child, and later, lying about his age, joining the National Guard, “’cause girls love guys in uniform.”
Accidentally getting caught up in the Korean war at age fifteen, Becoming follows Mitchell’s life in a series of nostalgic, comical, romantic, sad and — because “those” situations with girls, and later women, rarely conclude as young men hope — vividly described, extremely funny sexual situations.
Becoming climaxes hilariously in 1955, in Brighton Beach, New York, when Mitchell is twenty-one and a man… or, because it takes
more than age and size to “become” one...
the semblance of a man. Click here for details
award-winning Rose of York trilogy
The Rose of York series has won literary awards
in Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Texas and Arizona,
including the Francis Ford Coppola New Century Writers Award.
Love & War
Set in Malory’s England during the Wars of the Roses, this acclaimed winner of a remarkable seven awards tells the true story of two star-crossed lovers -- Richard of Gloucester and Lady Anne Neville -- before they become King and Queen of England. A stirring tale of romance and intrigue.
340 pages, $16.95
Crown of Destiny
Richard III is said to have murdered his royal nephews for the throne but this second historical novel in THE ROSE OF YORK series-- winners of a remarkable eleven awards-- tells a different, well-documented and dramatic tale: In a court rotten with intrigue, the late Edward IV’s detested queen makes a grab for power, forcing Richard of Gloucester into an excruciating decision that changes history.
176 pages, $14.95
Fall From Grace
Defying Shakespeare portrayal of Richard III, this well researched novel concludes THE ROSE OF YORK series-- winners of a remarkable ten awards, including the first place prize in the Francis Ford Coppola NEW CENTURY WRITERS AWARDS. Set in Malory’s England, it traces Richard’s remarkable reign, his passion for justice and undying devotion to Anne, and delves into the still-unresolved mystery of his nephews’ disappearance. A stirring saga of courage, sacrifice and love.
272 pages, $16.95
may order from Biblio Distribution: 800-462-6420
history is a long-time passion of mine; the Plantagenets
in general and Richard III in particular. I have devoured
every book I can find on the subject. This book is, by
far, the very best I have ever read about King Richard.
Ms. Worth makes the people so real that I feel I know
them personally. In fact, they are so real that I felt
slightly voyeuristic while reading the love scenes between
Richard and his Anne. I actually had tears in my eyes
when the lovers were re-united in the cookhouse. I can
barely wait for the sequel. Thank you, Ms. Worth."
Ink wins its second Glyph award with Sandra Worth's The
Rose of York: Love & War.
this hard, cold, heart-breaking publishing world, Metropolis
Ink is a small publisher worth its weight in gold. In
days when so-called marketing experts determine what books
are birthed for readers, with money driving the final decision,
Metropolis Ink, the creation of partners David Major and Kurt
Florman, returns book publishing to the way it ought to be:
with their vision, faith and innate ability to know a good
book when they see one, Metropolis Ink publishes wonderful
books truly deserving to be on our book shelves. With
an increasing list of fiction and non-fiction covering the
whole spectrum of our existence, Metropolis Inks books
entertain, inform, make us cry and are simply unforgettable.
Many of them written by first-time authors, the marketing
departments of bigger publishers may never have allowed these
books to see publication because despite their obvious
worth they might have been deemed too great a risk.
In 2003, one of Metropolis
Inks books, Dear
Heart, How Like You This? brought home the Arizona
Book Publishing Association semi-annual Glyph Award for Best
Adult Fiction. Now, The
Rose of York: Love and War has won the 2005 Glyph
award for best general fiction; the second award in a row
for Metropolis Ink!
But thats only part
of the story. Love and War, despite receiving
many awards as an unpublished manuscript, languished for years,
a book rejected by countless publishers, before arriving on
the desk of Kurt Florman, Metropolis Inks editor-in-chief.
Seeking well-written manuscripts with broad appeal, Florman
knew "Love and War" was a winner and, after publishing
it in End Table Books, an imprint of Metropolis Ink, hes
been proved right, yet again.
Sandra Worths debut
novel, the first novel of a three-part series about Richard
III, has now ten awards to its credit and Metropolis Ink its
second ABPA Glyph. The second volume in the series, Crown
of Destiny, is currently in the late stages of preparation,
and will be available soon.
OF THE GLYPH AWARD
FOR BEST ADULT FICTION
First runner up
Writers Notes Award
heart-rending tale of love and loss. Narrated by the poet
Thomas Wyatt, the reader embarks on a fascinating journey
that takes us from the yews of Hever Castle in Kent to the
intrigue-laden courts of England, France, and Rome, as Wyatt
recalls his desperate, and often helpless, desire for a woman
whom he cannot save - the ill-fated Anne Boleyn. By turns
wildly romantic and imbued with poetic melancholia, Dunn's
assured prose brings to life the charismatic Wyatt, depicting
through his eyes Anne Boleyns transformation from a
spirited child to wronged woman bent on exacting vengeance
from a heartless king, and a queen tormented by her own ambitions,
until her final horrifying hour on Tower green - an hour that
destroys Wyatt's innocence forever.
depicts Anne, and her brother George, as warm-hearted, intelligent
persons, confidants in a triptych that includes Wyatt. Each
in their own way is caught up in Henry VIIIs brutal
machinations, but it is Wyatt who truly captures the imagination:
a man with an abiding curiosity in the world around him, who
cannot help but bear witness to the Boleyns dizzying rise
and terrifying fall, even as he, too, is swept up in events
beyond his control. His own faithless alliance with an adulterous
wife; his love for a father succumbing to a relentless illness;
his ambivalence toward his children; and his self-doubts as
to his ultimate importance in a society overturned by the
tumult of the Reformation underpin this tender story that
dares to ask the question: What does it mean to love?
framed as an account of arguably the most famous of Henry
VIIIs six wives, Dear Heart is far more than
another re-telling of a well-trodden tale. For entwined with
the glamorous, ultimately tragic, story of Anne Boleyns
life and death, is that of an inherently good mans struggle
with the evils of his time, and of the toll that is often
exacted of those who finds themselves immersed in the sweeping
tides of historical change..."
Gortner, author of The Secret Lion
"Funny, perceptive and hard-hitting by turns – welcome to a new and witty voice in sf satire."
-- John Grant, co-editor, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy
Wendy J. Dunns Dear Heart, How Like You This?
novel about Anne Boleyn, the lovely, ill-fated Queen, has
won two prestigious awards: the 2003 ABPA GLYPH AWARD WINNER
for Best Adult Fiction and First Runner Up in the WRITERS
More importantly, it has won a slew
FIRST PLACE WINNER of the Francis Ford Coppola-supported 2003 NEW CENTURY WRITER AWARDS and a $1, 000 Prize.
Chosen from 490 entries for best unpublished and emerging writers. The final judges of the contest included top industry producers, directors, film marketing professionals, fiction writers, playwrights, fiction editors, screenwriters, executive producers, and literary agents. New Century Writer Awards is an annual screenwriting, playwriting and fiction writing competition and educational organization supported by Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope All Story.
See Moxie Films , www.jasonmarchi.com, or this page for more info
Winner of the Bay Area Writers League
GRAND PRIZE of $1, 500 dollars
2003 Open Manuscript Competition
The panel of judges included university professors of the University of Houston. Comment from the judges, “This is one fine masterful work, the true quill.”
of the 2005 Glyph Award for Best General Fiction.
of the 2004 Royal Palm Award -Published Historical Fiction
Florida Writers Association FloridaWriters.net
winner in the 2004 More Than Magic contest of the
Romance Writers Ink - Romance Writers of America, Tulsa,
2004 ~ The Rose of York: Love & War receives four
nominations and wins the number 2 spot in the Editors
and Preditors Readers Poll of Best Books of 2003. Please
2000 ~ THE ROSE OF YORK SERIES swept all nine categories
of the Authorlink Competition to win the Grand Prize in
the Authorlink International New Author Awards Competition
which is given to only one First Place Winner. The competition
was judged by Thomas J. Colgan, Berkley Publishing Group
(Penguin Putnam). Sandra was flown to the University of
Georgia by Authorlink to receive her certificate and $500
2000 ~ THE ROSE OF YORK SERIES won the First Place Prize
of $100 in the Historical/Western category of the Authorlink
International New Author Awards Competition.
Blood and its Third Element has a new site: www.bechamp.org.
The site is an information resource for people researching
Bechamp and his work. Articles, links, books, etc.
Man's Guide To Pregnancy is a fun look at pregnancy from
the man's point of view. It makes an especially good gift book
for the expecting father as it is full of "humorous helpful
hints" to guide a man through this sometimes confusing, always
hectic time. No expecting father who has a shred of a sense of
humor should be without this book.
This book is mostly cartoons from the comic panel Working
Daze. Working Daze is syndicated in a few lucky
papers and over the web by United Media. We call this book
an extended cartoon collection because it also adds a few
witticisms and handy hints here and there, just to be different. Working Daze highlights
(well, mostly skews) the trials and tribulations we all go
through in our daily work lives when dealing with a group
of individuals and a corporate mind set. It doesnt
take place in your office, but sometimes you swear it does. More...
for the World's Greatest Kids is a serious, but humorous
guide for raising awesome kids. It is written by a mother of six
children in a way that is easy for anyone to understand and relate
to, and is based on true accountings of her own experiences with
her family. TimesLeader.com
has posted an article
about Maya, her book, and Kobi's Korner.
Hall: a corporate rebel who finally meets her demise after committing
infractions such as stealing bottled water from the company caterer,
going to the movies during the workday with her best friend, and
defying the company's open-toed shoe policy. The spunky Heather
Hall sashays her way through unemployment -- and into several
different job disasters -- until she finally finds what she was
meant to do all along. More...