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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) presents a new publication called the U.P. Reader. This will be an annual anthology that will feature the collected works of the best of the authors of the Upper Peninsula.

“The U.P. Reader is something I hope will put Upper Peninsula authors in touch with the readers to expand their exposure to a much greater and more effective level,” commented Committee Chair, Mikel B. Classen.

This collection will be published by the UPPAA and will showcase the multitude of talent within the membership of the organization. The U.P. Reader will average 45 – 50K words and will include all genres of writing including non-fiction and poetry. Artwork and photography pertaining to submissions are encouraged.

The U.P. Reader will be available to book sellers as well as authors for sale and promotion. This will allow the members an opportunity to participate in a project that will not only showcase their talents as writers but also to get the finished product in front of readers so they can discover the U.P. authors that interest them no matter what their reading preference.
Submissions will be juried by a panel and those chosen will appear in the U.P. Reader. Authors chosen to be published in the anthology will see their submission published along with an author’s bio to steer readers to more work by that author.

“This is a publication about discovery. Finding new favorites and maybe rediscovering some old ones too. I think it is underestimated how many really talented writers we have living right here in the U.P. and the Reader will be the place to find them.” said Mikel Classen.
Tyler Tichelaar, President of UPPAA, adds, “A collection of short stories, poetry, and essays will allow readers to enjoy a hodge-podge of U.P. literature from many different voices and will offer numerous visions and definitions of what it means to live here. The U.P. can be many different things to many different people and such a collection will help make that clear.”
Proceeds from the U.P. Reader will be used to support operating costs of the UPPAA and its many events to educate its members about writing and publishing and to get U.P. literature into the hands of potential readers.

For more information, including submission guidelines, contact Mikel B. Classen at mikel_classen@yahoo.com

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Hi Everyone,

The Forsyth Township Library in Gwinn has invited UPPAA members to tea. This annual tea party is a fundraising for the library. The event is Saturday, October 8th from 1 pm to 2:30.PM. The library is seeking 4 or 5 authors from different genres to give a short presentation about their book(s). You will have the opportunity to sell your books. In exchange for no table fee, organizers request you consider donating a percentage of your proceeds to the library. This event is well attended by library patrons and the community. For more information, email our UPPAA VP Gretchen Preston at prestongretchen@gmail.com

Note: the time has been changed from the original posting

Doubtful Relations Cover

Novels

The Seamus McCree Series consists of three published novels (Ant Farm, Bad Policy and Cabin Fever, a the fourth, Doubtful Relations) . Future novels in the series include Empty Promises (2017) and False Bottom (2018).

PUBLISHED TODAY 8/23/16

What will Seamus do this time?

Financial crimes investigator Seamus McCree has wife problems, and Lizzie’s not even his wife anymore. Her current husband disappeared on a business trip to Savannah. Was he kidnapped? Dispatched by his hedge fund partners? Or did he run off with another woman? Police assume he’s AWOL, and Lizzie turns to Seamus for help.

Seamus has no desire to be sucked into Lizzie’s drama again, but her angst is also affecting their son, Paddy. Seamus agrees to help discover the truth, a quest that soon involves the entire extended family. Long buried secrets surface and each member must confront the question, “How far can you trust your family?”

Equal parts road trip, who done what, and domestic thriller, book four in the Seamus McCree series takes psychological suspense to a new level. Seamus McCree fans and newcomers alike will delight in this fast-paced novel that leaves no one in the family unchanged and keeps you guessing until the very end.

What Readers Say …

James M. Jackson has once again proven himself a skilled storyteller with this highly entertaining page turner that takes the reader into the heart and soul of Seamus McCree’s often dysfunctional family. Doubtful Relations is a rollercoaster ride of missing persons, drug cartels, crime lords, shady stock market dealings, car crashes and shoot-em-ups that left me breathless—and not quite knowing who to trust—until the very end.

~ Annette Dashofy, USA Today bestselling author of the two-time Agatha nominated Zoe Chambers mysteries.

Click here for the book club Discussion Guide.

Get a Free Seamus McCree Story

Send proof of your pre-order or purchase of Doubtful Relations during August to jmj@jamesmjackson.com, and I’ll send you a link so you can download a copy of the not-yet-published story, “Power of Attorney.”

The story takes place in the future after Empty Promises and False Bottom and features Seamus and Niki (from Cabin Fever) and is set in Chicago.

Where to buy the book

More retail links for pre-orders are coming soon!
BUY THE E-BOOK
Amazon Kindle Global (All Countries) BN Books
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BUY THE PAPERBACK

logoU.P. Author Fair – Escanaba Public Library – Thursday, August 18th from 5:00-7:30 pm.

Fifteen authors from across Upper Michigan will be present to meet and chat with their readers and to sell and autograph their books. Complimentary refreshments will also be provided.

Authors attending will include:

  • Eleanor Benedict
  • Kenneth Bloom
  • Rick S. Escamilla
  • Deborah Frontiera
  • Don Gothe
  • Nancy Brighton Keaton
  • Corey LaBissioniere
  • Elizabeth Lynch and John Beck (coauthors)
  • Phil Lynch
  • Paulette Noble
  • James Nelson
  • Sue Robishaw
  • Steve Schmeck
  • Richard Smith
  • Tyler Tichelaar

NMUAs you might or might not know, the NMU bookstore was recently acquired by the Barnes & Noble chain.  As such, a complete changeout of inventory was made, leaving some local authors in doubt of whether they could be stocked (again).  Tyler writes:

I have followed up with the NMU bookstore and they do want to carry local books. They are still working it out, but if you want to contact Paul Wright there, he can get you set up. He’ll need a list of your books with the retail and wholesale prices and then he’ll arrange to get you into the B&N system by having B&N send you a vendor application. I returned my vendor app last week and am still waiting for the bookstore to place an actual order with me, but the process is hopefully moving along.

They want 40% as a discount which is standard for most stores.

Just call the NMU bookstore and ask for Paul Wright. The number is 906-227-2480. They are on summer hours right now, so call between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

27th Annual Parade of Nations

27th Annual Parade of Nations

Bob Wenc writes

I’m looking to find find UP authors who write about the area’s ethnic heritage to be part of a panel discussion during the week prior to the Parade of Nations Sept. 17 date.  This would fit into the “Passport to the World” theme of the 27th Annual Parade of Nations and they could talk about how they became interested in writing about their subject matter.  Writers of all genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, etc.) are invited to participate.

Writers of any background who have ethnic / cultural expertise on populations who currently live (or did live) in the Upper Peninsula (regardless of whether they were in the local the Keweenaw Bay area) are encouraged to contact Bob Wenc ( rjwenc@mtu.edu ) as soon as possible.

Robert Wenc is the Program Representative for INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES at Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI).

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