Mindbuck Media 2013 Books in Review

by Jessica Henkle

As the year comes to a close, we at MindBuck Media would like to share a bit about some of the books we’ve had the privilege of promoting in 2013.

Word Up!

WordUpWe kicked off the spring release season in April, when Northwest Brainstorms Publishing brought us Marcia Riefer Johnston’s Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs (and Everything You Build from Them). The title says it all–this book is jam-packed with practical writing advice for grammar novices and aficionados alike. A technical writer by trade, Johnston has the know-how to help you make your words pack a punch, whether you write novels, scholarly articles, Twitter posts, or all three. Word Up! has continued to be a bestseller in the writing/grammar category since its release.

Flashes of War

Thumb_FlashesofWarFlashes of War by Katey Schultz joined the world in May, published by Loyola University’s Apprentice House. Awarded the Gold Medal Book of the Year in Literary Fiction by the Military Writers Society of America, this provocative short story collection illuminates the lives affected by the War on Terror. Told from both sides of the fighting lines, Schultz breaks down barriers, defies stereotypes, and speaks with unflinching honesty into the far-reaching wounds of war. Katey’s website

A Vision of Angels

Thmb_A-Vision-of-AngelsIn July, we welcomed Timothy J. Smith’s A Vision of Angels, a suspense novel that tells of four interwoven lives forever changed by an Easter Sunday terrorist threat. Published by Owl Canyon Press, this is Smith’s second book with us. The first, Cooper’s Promise, was published in October 2012. Drawing from his international background, Smith writes with unique range and sensibility, and in A Vision of Angels, he’s crafted a gripping tale of forgiveness and hope.

Starship Century

Thmb_STARSHIP CENTURY cover 12-12 2As the summer continued, Starship Century arrived, an illustrious anthology published by Microwave Sciences and Lucky Bat in August. Edited by James Benford & Gregory Benford, authors include Stephen Hawking, Freeman Dyson, Martin Rees, David Brin, Richard Lovett and more. Inspired by the discussions that occurred during the 100-Year Starship Symposium, this book combines scholarly essays with stories of science fiction, illustrating the common ground that scientists and sci-fi writers share. It also poses the question, will we reach another star within the next 100 years?

Wally’s Wienerful World of Golf

Thmb_wallys-wienerfulIn August, we worked on Wally’s Wienerful World of Golf. Wally’s is the second in a series of novelty books released through Senovva Productions and Bear Mountain Management by syndicated comic strip author, Kevin Fagan. The series is based on Fagan’s long-running, syndicated comic strip, DRABBLE. We worked on the prequel, A DRABBLE Family Christmas Tale in December of 2012. A third DRABBLE-based book is slotted for 2014, which promises to be as charming as the first two.

Arousing The Buy Curious

Thmb_ATBCCoverBecki Saltzman’s tongue-in-cheek real estate guide, Arousing the Buy Curious: Real Estate Pillow Talk for Patrons and Professionals, rolled out in September from OOMAU Media. This book takes an alluring approach at revealing the inside secrets of real estate. Professionals can learn techniques and “sexy mind-science” for representing clients, while buyers looking to save money will get the scoop on the real (and sometimes naughty) truth about the market.

The Edwin Drood Murders

Thmb-edwin-drood-smallSeptember also brought us The Edwin Drood Murders, the second installment in Christopher Lord’s Dickens Junction series, published by Harrison Thurman. The first, The Christmas Carol Murders, was published in September 2012, when we met bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, Simon Alastair. In this second book, Simon is joined by his dashing life partner, Zach Benjamin, as they step in to investigate when a priceless ring and a rare Dickensian artifact go missing.

Pedal Forward

Thm_PEdalFOrward-CoverMedA busy month for books, September ushered in Trey Hall’s Pedal Forward: The 10 Life and Business Lessons I Have Learned on My Bike, published by Cairn Publishing Denver. When Trey and his bike collided head-on with a car at 75 MPH, he suffered life-threatening injuries, but emerged triumphant. Drawing upon that victory, as well as his years of marketing experience, Hall’s inspirational story encourages top performance, whether on a bike or in a boardroom. No surprise to us that Pedal Forward was voted one of the ‘Must Reads’ for 2013 by greatist.com!

Super Born

Thm_Super_Born_Cover_webThe year rounded to a close with Keith Kornell’s racy fantasy-crime novel, Super Born: Seduction of Being, which flew onto the shelves in October from Harper Landmark Books. It tells the story of a single mom who suddenly develops superpowers, while the men around her are reduced to drooling drunkards. Now, she has to learn how to use those powers and keep the bad guys at bay, all while raising her daughter and holding down a day job.

This was a great year for books, and 2014 is shaping up to be just as stellar. We look forward to telling you more about our new titles in the upcoming months. Until then, 2013’s books offer more than enough material to keep readers good and occupied.