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Issue No. 19


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Twilight Times Books was established January 1999 as an Internet epublisher. In 2004, we expanded our operations and evolved into a small trade publisher. Due to an exceptional front list of books, all with four star reviews, the print division of Twilight Times Books launched twenty-one titles in trade paperback in 2004. Over seventy titles are currently in print and we plan to release eighteen titles in 2009.

TT Books is a small trade publisher. Our books have national distribution and the author pays nothing for publication of his/her book. We currently publish literary works that are exemplary, that transcend genres and/or are beautifully written. We are highly selective as to what we will accept for publication.

Members of the media, booksellers and retails can download flyers, sell sheets, reviews and chapter excerpts from our media room.

Paladin Timeless Books

An imprint of Twilight Times Books, a traditional small trade publisher. "Tomorrow's classics today..."



Four out of seven books we entered in the ForeWord Magazine 2008 Book of the Year contest made the finals. And of the four, two were category winners and one book received honorable mention. We must be doing something right.

Gate to Nowhere by Leanna Sain is a winner in the category of Fiction - General.

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards is a winner in the category of Writing.

Hiding Hand by Lee Denning received Honorable Mention in the category of Fiction - Science Fiction.

Dog: Pure Awareness by Margot Lasher is a finalist in the category of Pets.


Special Sale

This year is the 10th anniversary of the founding of Twilight Times Books (1999) and the 5th year since we went to print (2004). These are significant milestones.

In celebration, Twilight Times Books will have a book sale from Oct. 1st to Nov. 15th.

Most titles will be offered at a 10 - 30% discount. Subscribers to this newsletter can take advantage of the special pricing now.

Books make great gifts. Check out our recommendations.

The 2009 Fall/Winter book catalog is up.


Book News

New releases!

Twilight Times Books is pleased to announce the recent release of Bobby Becomes Bob, literary by Bob Boan; trade paperback.

Promo blurb: It was April 1974 and Bobby Padgett was in St. Umblers, North Carolina for the first time since his forced departure five years earlier. His mind and heart raced as he struggled along Main Street. His mission was to reunite with the love of his life - Sam. Nothing else mattered.

Author Profile:  Bob Boan has been a member of the space community for over twenty-five years developing RF and optical systems for communications and sensing satellites. He has multiple patents and publications in his field. Bob previously served in academia.

He earned a BS from Campbell University, a master´s from the University of Mississippi and a doctorate from Florida Institute of Technology.

What people are saying: "Bob captures the essence of living in a small southern town. He portrays the characters with great fidelity. His story is simple, yet believable. His heroes are not too large." ~ R. M. "Reds" Helmey, author of The Lemon Dance


Burnout, SF by Stephanie Osborn; trade paperback.

Promo blurb: Burnout is a science fiction mystery about a Space Shuttle disaster that turns out to be no accident. As the true scope of the disaster is gradually uncovered by the principal investigators, "Crash" Murphy and Dr. Mike Anders, they find themselves running for their lives, as lovers, friends and coworkers involved in the investigation perish around them. What happened to the Shuttle? Who is responsible and why? Why is the government calling it an accident? Why is someone willing to kill to keep it a secret?

Author Profile:  Stephanie was born September 23, 1960, in Clarksville, TN. She obtained majors in physics, mathematics, and chemistry, a minor in geology, and a MSc in astronomy. She married Darrell Osborn, artist/magician, in 1983. Ms. Osborn worked in Huntsville, AL in the Space Shuttle/Station programs. Ms. Osborn retired from the space industry in 2006 to pursue her writing career.

What people are saying: "Burnout is a compelling, impossible to put down, first novel in the class of Skylark of Space or "Lifeline." ... It may perhaps be the most realistic view ever published in fiction about what happens behind the scenes at NASA."
~  Dr. Jim Woosley, physicist and Heinlein essayist.

"Hard-edged SF that wraps a compelling mystery around "this is the real thing" space science. Burnout is tight, tense, and gripping--- Osborn tells a damn good story, and tells it well."
~ Holly Lisle, author of The Ruby Key: Moon & Sun I.


(for goodness’ sake), poetry collection by Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti; trade paperback.

Promo blurb: This is not poetry for the faint of heart. Ranson-Polizzotti’s prose reads, as noted in the introduction, like Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets In Cold Blood. There are echoes here of the New York School poets – Ashbery, Ginsberg, to name a few – yet Yeats and Whitman bubble to the surface as do other influences – Notably, Nabokov all combining to create a work that is wholly Ranson’s own. Two of these poems were released with New Amsterdam Records and were widely reviewed and featured on NPRs All Things Considered as part of The Words Project. This is, to quote The Hartford Courant, "A sensual delight."

Author Profile:  It helps to know that Ranson-Polizzotti's father is the trophy cup-winner & owner of the world’s only unrestored top condition racing "Guiletta" by Alfa Romeo. Now imagine driver as poet. Pushing her craft to the very limit. Putting herself, heart and soul, on the line. Dedicated. Risk-taking. Fearless. Inspiring. Sensual. Passionate. And absolutely thrilling for spectators who could never, ever, be so nakedly honest and open about their own deepest emotions. Ranson has been widely published in myriad literarly journals including The Harvard Review, Ex Libris, The Boston Globe, myriad others. Her work in Jason Schinder’s anthology, "Faith and Fiction", was a Book of the Month Club selection and is a course adoption at many universities.

What people are saying: "The word that immediately comes to mind is "sensual." Ranson-Polizzotti poems are alive with the possibilities of the senses - of touching, of tasting, the joy of sight, the pleasures of taste - even in the absence of the spoken word. How sweetly ironic that the two people in "Such Fruit" don't say a single word."
~ Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant


Gaea, fantasy by Robina Williams; trade paperback.

Promo blurb: Gaea, the earth goddess, fed up with the damage Man is doing, decides to teach him a lesson. She ropes in her relatives to help her… and three-headed Cerberus, the hell hound, tags along too. Quant, golden-eyed seraph and quantum cat, is there to keep an eye on them all.
Book III of the Quantum Cat series.

Author Profile:  Robina lives in the U.K. She has an M.A. in Modern Languages from Oxford University, and an M.Phil. pure research degree in English Literature from Liverpool University. She has been a schoolteacher, a college lecturer, a secretary, and a features writer for magazines and newspapers.

She thought that Schrödinger's Cat--a cat that is both alive and dead at the same time--would be a useful character for fantasy novels.


Human by Choice, SF by Travis S. Taylor and Darrell Bain; trade paperback.

Promo blurb: Several alien lifeboats make it to earth in widely separated spots after their interstellar spaceship malfunctions. One of the aliens comes down near the home of Kyle Leverson, a former army intelligence officer and now a widowed science journalist. The aliens think they can never go home but they are able to convert their bodies into duplicates of human beings over a period of time.

Author Profile:  Travis S. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts.

Darrell Bain is a Vietnam Veteran, a former Medical Technologist and Christmas tree farmer. He is now a full time writer and lives on twenty acres in East Texas with his wife Betty, two dachshunds and a cat. He has written almost 50 books, mostly science fiction and suspense/thriller along with a few humorous non-fiction works.


Mazurka, mystery by Aaron Paul Lazar; trade paperback.

Promo blurb: Join Gus LeGarde in this European rollercoaster ride where he unearths a family secret linked to a nineteenth century composer. When brother-in-law Siegfried is framed for a neo-Nazi’s murder, they’re plunged into a sizzling cat-and-mouse game where the stakes are lethal.

Author Profile:  After writing in the early morning hours, Aaron Lazar works as an engineer in Rochester, New York. Additional passions include vegetable, fruit, and flower gardening; preparing large family feasts; photographing his family, gardens, and the breathtakingly beautiful Genesee Valley; cross-country skiing across the rolling hills; playing a distinctly amateur level of piano, and spending "time" with the French Impressionists whenever possible.

Mr. Lazar resides in Upstate New York with his wife, three daughters, two grandsons, mother-in-law, dog, and four cats. Although he adored raising his three delightful daughters, Aaron finds grandfathering his "two little buddies" to be one of the finest experiences of his life.

What people are saying: "Mazurka marches forward with a solid story that beats with passion!"
~ Joyce Handzo, In the Library Reviews


Murder Past, Murder Present, mystery anthology. R. Barri Flowers and Jan Grape, editors; trade paperback.

Promo blurb: A mystery anthology by award-winning, best-selling mystery author members of the American Crime Writers League.

Author Profile: R. Barri Flowers is an award, best-selling crime writer with more than forty books and dozens of short stories published. His mystery novels include State’s Evidence, Justice Served, and Persuasive Evidence. A noir mystery, "The Wrong End of a Gun," appears in the anthology, Seattle Noir. As a distinguished criminologist and Wall of Fame Award recipient, crime nonfiction by Flowers includes College Crime. The author lives in Oregon.

Jan Grape, award-winning author, who won an Anthony for Best Short Story, "A Front Row Seat." Her Policewoman series novels are: Austin City Blue (nominated for a Best First Anthony) and Dark Blue Death. Her stand-alone, What Doesn’t Kill You is due Sept. ‘10. Ms. Grape lives in the Texas Hill County with her two black cats, Nick and Nora.

What people are saying: "Murder Past, Murder Present is an eclectic collection of mysteries that will keep readers turning the pages as they go from one entertaining story to the next. This is definitely one book I intend to add to my library."
~ Carol A. Guy, author of Spirit Lake and Night of the Canid.


Out of the Psychic Closet, non-fiction, (Self-help) by Toby Fesler heathcotte; trade paperback.

Promo blurb: A self-help handbook in two parts that will show the reader how to step out of the psychic closet, to rise above anxiety and distrust, and to incorporate psychic abilities into a more honest model of personal reality.

The first part narrates the author´s psychic experiences. The second part details scientific research, historical background, and previously unpublished anecdotes of the paranormal. The second part also includes print and web resources.

Author Profile: At seven, Toby Fesler Heathcotte saw a ghost. Her family dismissed the episode, and she grew up distrusting her own perceptions. Repeated psychic experiences forced her to learn some coping strategies. She sat in development groups and experimented with techniques like psychometry, automatic writing, and dream analysis. A former high school and college teacher, Heathcotte serves as president of Arizona Authors Association

What people are saying: "This marvelous combination of memoir and research gifts readers with what they need during the questing years and may shorten the journey from the known reality to the unknown reality of the seekers.  Toby combines both within her own bravely exposed experiences and hundreds of research hours-- an interior method and an exterior one.

"Life makes a pattern with her fingers in the air sometimes and you know you’ll have to follow."  Micheál Maciammóir.  57

"Your consciousness could not leave your body and return to it again unless there were biological mechanisms that allowed for such a performance." Seth. 317

Thank you, Toby Fesler Heathcotte, for a magnificent book."
~ Mali Berger, author of New Age Fiction


Rue the Day, literary by Ralph Freedman; trade paperback.

Promo blurb: Jacob Becher, a young American intelligence officer, meets Francesca Mancini, a member of the Italian Resistance on a battlefield in Italy whom he marries after the war.

During an investigation by a "McCarthyite" committee at the University of Washington where they both teach--he betrays his wife. Francesca flees; their marriage ends, but Jacobs spends the next 50 years tormented by guilt and his unabated love for her. Terri, his daughter by a second marriage, is determined to uncover the secret of her father's unacknowledged anguish.

Author Profile:  Ralph Freedman was born in 1920 in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1940. After serving in the U.S. Army in Tunisia and Italy, he studied at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he wrote a prize-winning novel, Divided. Following a doctorate from Yale, he taught at the University of Iowa and Princeton and published biographies of Hesse and Rilke, which were translated into several languages. Rue The Day represents his return to fiction.

What people are saying: "Rue the Day is a novel of compelling moral force.  ...We have inherited the Cold War politics that turned friend against friend and husband against wife. In our troublous times, Freedman’s novel reminds us of the indelible wounds to the soul and the destruction of lives wrought by unchallenged evil, but also of the possibility for redemption."
~ Anca Vlasopolos, author of The New Bedford Samurai


Upcoming releases

By Way of the Rose by Cynthia Ward; historical - $18.95 trade paperback

Caves, Cannons and Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure; YA historical - $18.95 trade paperback

Embraced by the Shadows by Mayra Calvani; vampire romance - $18.95 trade paperback

Far Come the Eyes of Light by Geoff Geauterre; SF/F - $18.95 trade paperback

Krona: the Dragons of Nistala by Bent Lorentzen; YA fantasy - $18.95 trade paperback

Return to Nowhere by Leanna Sain; suspense - $18.95 trade paperback

The Eden Prophecy by Gerald Mills; suspense - $19.95 trade paperback


Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine (FMAM).

"FUTURES Magazine is a welcome member to the small number of gallant publications open to the new and the more established mystery writers and artists. The magazine is well worth reading carefully. Every issue has gems that I would have been sorry to have missed. May they keep up the solid, supportive work of love." -- Stuart M. Kaminsky

Twilight Times ezine

The latest issue of Twilight Times will soon be up. Twilight Times is an award winning digital journal of speculative fiction, fantasy artwork and poetry. Online since July 1998. Twilight Times pays $5.00 for original fiction, artwork, articles or poetry. Check submission guidelines.


Articles of possible interest

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Battle for E-Books battle.html

article about Microsoft, Amazon and Yahoo opposing Google books.

Blog about publicists and publicity. Scroll down to What's a publicist worth? by PJ Nunn.

Creating and Executing a Book Publicity Plan

Directory of book trade people on twitter

Google and Amazon to be the driving force behind digital

Marketing Your Writer Blog

Q2 E-Book Sales Leave Previous Records in Splinters

Slipstream: Is This the Future of the Digital Book?

Sony Crushes Barnes and Noble, Amazon; Claims eBook Store Is Now Largest For eBooks ebook-store-is-now-largest-for-ebooks/

Writing News releases For Fiction Books


Web sites of interest

Darrell Bain

Bob Boan

R. Barri Flowers

Jan Grape

Toby Fesler Heathcotte

Aaron Lazar

Beverly Stowe McClure

Gerald Mills

Stephanie Osborn

Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti

Leanna Sain

Travis S. Taylor

Robina Williams


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Upcoming Events

2009 Muse Online Conference Oct. 12 to 18th.

Twilight Times Books publisher, Lida Quillen, along with a dozen of our authors will be attending. We will be available to answer questions all week long.

Toby Fesler Heathcotte will have booksignings and workshops during October and November in the Glendale AZ area.

Jan Grape will have a booksigning Oct. 3rd at Murder by the Book in Houston TX.

Stephanie Osborn will be attending Con*Stellation, Huntsville, AL, September 18-20, 2009.



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