A hale and hearty new client welcome to voice artist, Gail Shalan!

Gail Shalan is a talented professional story-teller who loves narrating audiobooks from her professionally equipped home studio in New England.

In 2015, Gail was selected as one of Audible’s ACX University Up-and-Coming Narrators. She holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University and has trained with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Dame Judi Dench’s Mountview Academy, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Shakespeare and Company.

In addition to narrating audiobooks, Gail also adores acting Shakespeare and telling new stories—from local Boston premieres, to touring premieres at the NYC & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

Gail is currently at work narrating the award winning The Lady & The Lionheart for Blackstone Audio; Gail’s second title with Transatlantic author, Joanne Bischof.

Gail is represented by Sandra Bishop.

The Lady and the Lionheart Wins the 2016 RT BOOK REVIEWS Reviewers’ Choice Awards

We are proud to share that THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART by Joanne Bischof has won the 2016 RT BOOK REVIEWS Reviewers’ Choice Awards for Best Inspirational Romance! Congratulations to Joanne on this great achievement!

The Awards Ceremony will be held in Atlanta on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 7 – 9pm.

Please visit the following link for further information about the award and the full list of winners: www.rtbookreviews.com/blog/135351/announcing-2016-rt-reviewers-choice-and-career-achievement-awards-winners.

Joanne is represented by Sandra Bishop.

Sheila Hamilton’s ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW – Newest addition to our film rights roster

Sheila Hamilton’s ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW is a prime candidate for the screen, and we’re honored to represent the film rights.

Originally released in hard cover by Seal Press, this highly dramatic and timely memoir chronicles the rising career of an Emmy award winning journalist and reporter who — in spite of her skills in investigation and observation — still missed the signs that her beloved, brilliant husband’s life was spiraling out of control due to a misdiagnosed and mistreated bipolar disorder.

ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW was a Booklist Starred Review recipient, nominee for the 2017 Oregon Book Awards, an Gold Medallion winner of a 2016 Independent Publisher Book Award. Mass release edition coming May, 2017.

The warmest welcome to you, Sheila. We’re proud and humbled to be working with you.

Click here for additional information about the author and the book

 

Sheila is represented by Sandra Bishop. All the Things We Never Knew was acquired and edited by Laura Mazer.

Celebrating with Rachel Macy Stafford on the release & special Target promotion of ONLY LOVE TODAY

 

We are celebrating with Rachel Macy Stafford today as her newest book ONLY LOVE TODAY makes its way into the world. Huge thanks to her amazing launch team, and the dedicated staff at Zondervan who have worked tirelessly to get the word out in traditional and new ways.

Thanks also to The Salt Project for their stunning video work which is now playing on Target’s Showcase walls across the land. Their work so perfectly captures Rachel’s positive, love building, life changing message in her brand new book, ONLY LOVE TODAY.

We are always proud to see our authors’ books offered by various retailers, but we’re especially excited to stand beside Rachel today, and want to offer a special word of thanks to Target for creating this special opportunity to help Rachel’s book soar.

To purchase a copy of ONLY LOVE TODAY, please visit your favorite retailer, or stop in at your local Target to see Rachel’s smiling face on their Showcase wall, pick up a copy, and leave behind a little of your own “evidence of a day well lived…”

 

TWO-TIME RITA WINNER Wendy Warren’s brand new release KISS ME SHERIFF! already arresting hearts of readers

I truly appreciate enthusiastic reader reviews. If you appreciate deep characters, a touch of real life, and a well crafted but surprising happily-ever-after, don’t take it from me: read what Elizabeth H. has to say about two-time RITA winner, Wendy Warren’s latest Harlequin SE romance:

“KISS ME, SHERIFF is a beautifully fragile love story that will well your tears and warm your heart! The story was magical, the romance, heartbreakingly beautiful. I had tears streaming down my face more than once! And it’s not just a romance. It’s about learning to love in all forms. It’s about taking chances.”

Wendy Warren is represented by Sandra Bishop.

Stephanie Morrill’s LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET

From the glitzy homes of the elite to the mob-run streets of 1920s Chicago, Stephanie Morrill’s jazz-age mystery shows just how far a girl will go to save her friend.

Lydia has vanished.

Lydia, who’s never broken any rules, except falling in love with the wrong boy. Lydia, who’s been Piper’s best friend since they were children. Lydia, who never even said good-bye.

Convinced the police are looking in all the wrong places, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail begins her own investigation in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. With the reluctant help of a handsome young detective, Piper goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, determined to find Lydia at any cost.

When Piper discovers those answers might stem from the corruption strangling the city—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

CLICK HERE to order THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET

Advance Praise:

“Combining the fascinating setting of the Roaring ‘20s with a smart, savvy heroine, Morrill has hit the perfect note with this captivating story.”  RT Reviews, 4 Stars

“A well-plotted mystery with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings.” –Publishers Weekly

“Piper Sail is a character I’d follow to the ends of the earth—she had me from the very first page. With its smart, savvy heroine and moody Jazz-Age setting, Stephanie Morrill has penned a winner from start to finish.” – Bestselling author Hillary Manton Lodge

“Morrill has a keen eye for historical details and setting, making Jazz Age Chicago Piper’s invisible yet omnipresent sidekick. Here’s hoping this won’t be the last case for this strong and admirable female sleuth to solve.” –Kirkus Reviews

The Lost Girl of Astor Street boasts a strong, smart, and courageous heroine, a note-perfect Jazz-Age Chicago setting, and a terrifically engaging plot that kept me reading into the middle of the night.” -Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of Moonlight Over Paris

Witty and compelling, The Lost Girl of Astor Street is as thick with romance as it is with evolving mysteries. Piper Sail is a 1920s heroine to root for and the dashing Mariano Cassano a detective sure to win more hearts than just her own. A truly fresh and engaging story that not only kept me guessing until the very end, but that left me with a satisfied sigh for more please!” – Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of The Lady and the Lionheart

For further information about Stephanie Morrill, and to play a fun Clue Hunt book giveaway, CLICK HERE

Happy Book Birthday to you … Mark and Jill Savage

With a glowing foreword by the author of the #1 NYT bestseller THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES, Mark & Jill Savage’s newest book, NO MORE PERFECT MARRIAGES offers couples — even those struggling to come back from infidelity — guidance in the fundamentals of building (or rebuilding) a healthy, intimate marriage. Though directed at couples who share a Christian faith, NO MORE PERFECT MARRIAGES is a useful for any couple looking to guard against the seven “slow fades” that threaten every marriage.

Warm Welcome to Atz Kilcher, Sr.

Photo Credit – Scott Dickerson

Atz Kilcher grew up the eldest son of Yule and Ruth Kilcher, who emigrated Switzerland in the late 1930’s and settled in the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, joining some of Homer’s earliest pioneer homesteaders.

Today, Atz performs music around the country, occasionally alongside his singer-songwriter daughter, Jewel. When he’s not singing or writing, he spends his time cross-country skiing with his wife Bonnie; supporting the endeavors of his three grown sons; weaving root baskets; riding herd at the head of Kachemak Bay; hunting; yodeling; and appearing regularly on Discovery Channel’s popular show, ALASKA: The Last Frontier.

Atz Kilcher is represented by Sandra Bishop

For more information about Atz, see atzkilcher.com   For a look at the popular Discovery program about his homesteading family, see Alaska: The Last Frontier

A Mighty Duo: An author’s hard work and a marketing team’s unwavering support

We always appreciate the hard work our authors devote to writing the absolute best book they can. But, as most authors know, that’s just the beginning. Getting the word out about an upcoming release takes a lot of emotional energy, and a whole lot of hustle, long hours, & tons of good old fashioned hard work. And often, this all takes place during a long period of waiting accompanied by a hefty dose of wondering if any of it will make a difference.

So, when we see positive things happening as a result of an author’s hard work and the support of the marketing team who gets behind her ideas and is willing to invest and help break the marketing mold, we get pretty excited.

Check out the collaboration between author Rachel Macy Stafford, her publisher, and an award winning video company which resulted in this gorgeous, uplifting book promo:

GET OFF THE SCALE written & read aloud by Rachel Macy Stafford…

A stranger recently offered me an apology containing some of the most heartbreaking words I’d ever heard—words that indicated she was “too much” and “not enough,” all at the same time. I knew her words by heart. I’d inhabited them for nearly a lifetime. I can’t say exactly how many years it went on like that, but I can remember when I finally questioned it. This powerful shift led me to write a freeing manifesto for myself, for my children, for my sisters, and my brothers. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined it could become THIS—an uplifting short film created by the Emmy Award winning SALT Project. As you will see, it features people just like us, people who are ready to live bravely, boldly, flawed & full of hope. I hand this piece of my heart over to you, my friends of The Hands Free Revolution. I know how fast and far you can spread good news, and I am counting on you today. Please share, tag a friend, or simply write, “It’s time.” It’s time to stop looking at all the things we’re not and start looking at all the things we are. Come as you are, beautiful souls. It’s time. #onlylovetoday #getoffthescale #comeasyouare #flawedandfullofhope * ‘Get Off the Scale’ Manifesto can be found in my new book: ONLY LOVE TODAY: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, & Choose Love. I’d be grateful for your support ==> http://amzn.to/2auBHHj

Posted by The Hands Free Revolution on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Its release today undoubtedly helped her book, ONLY LOVE TODAY, become a #1 title on Amazon.

And new opportunities are still unfolding. For one, the author was invited by Barnes & Noble to pre-autograph 1,500 copies of the book for exclusive sale … available soon.

Congratulations, Rachel, and team. We’re excited that your hard work is getting the attention it deserves, and we’re very much looking forward to celebrating the big day with you on March 7th.

Posted by Sandra Bishop.