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Now, where were we? Oh, yeah. Here’s what my peeps got yesterday:

Pamela Fagan Hutchins releases her debut novel under the SkipJack Publishing imprint.

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Announces The Release Of Saving Grace, by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Saving Grace
Award-winning Debut Novel Saving Grace Released

SkipJack Publishing is thrilled to announce the release of Saving Grace, the debut novel from Pamela Fagan Hutchins.

Sometimes the problem with running away is the things you can’t leave behind.
  • Winner of the 2010 Writers League of Texas Manuscript Contest (Romance).
  • Winner “Best Ghost Story” in 2012 from the Houston Writers Guild (adapted excerpt). In addition to appearing in the novel itself, the adaption appears in the new release Ghosts.

Texas attorney Katie Connell escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and her Bloody Mary-habit when she runs to the island of St. Marcos to investigate the suspicious death of her parents. But she trades one set of problems for another when she is bewitched by the voodoo spirit in her abandoned rainforest house and, when worlds collide, finds herself reluctantly donning her lawyer clothes again, to defend her new friend Ava who is accused of stabbing her very married Senator-boyfriend.

Saving Grace is the book you’d get if Janet Evanovich wrote Wuthering Heights meets How Stella Got Her Groove Back: zany, tropical, intense, and eerie, all at once. Readers of Lisa Scottoline will love Katie, Annalise, and the unique and beautiful Saving Grace.

What People Are Saying About Saving Grace

“Katie is the first character I have absolutely fallen in love with since Stephanie Plum! I’m hoping for a series!” Stephanie S., reader

“This is a book you’ll read more than once. Hutchins has a brilliant way of painting detailed pictures in the mind using an economy of words. At no point does the story drag. Though the MC (Katie) moves through life rather clumsily, she’s so well written she doesn’t become a caricature. You will immediately empathize with her. Your heart will break for her. You will root for her. Living through her was at times nerve-wracking, embarrassing, exciting, frightening, but most of all, it was really funny. It almost feels wrong to say I laughed at a woman dealing with alcoholism, unrequited love, the mysterious death of her parents, and a voodoo spirit – but I did. I LOL’d all the way through. It even had me tearing up.” Heidi D., reader

“Saving Grace is a spell-binding, fast paced mystery that will make you consider your life and the choices you live with. It is a well crafted, entertaining and lovely story that reads itself and will scarcely leave your hand once you start reading it. If courage can come from inspiration, this book will help you be brave enough to finally be yourself.” Paul F., reader

“What separates Saving Grace from other novels? Two words: Katie Connell. Katie isn’t a perfect leading lady. And that’s why I adored her. She’s a hard drinking lawyer who hates lawyering and she’s got major man troubles. Her solution? Run Away From Home. But THIS girl does it all with the right amount of snarky southern sarcasm. I have two wishes: Please, please, please let this novel turn into a movie so Emma Stone can play Katie AND would the author please please please hurry up with the next book (please please please let there BE a next book).”  Betsy B., reader

“Katie is someone who could be you, your sister, or your best friend — someone you can really connect to.” Rene R., reader

“Saving Grace is a remarkable debut novel. It is everything a good read should be, with an exotic setting, vivid characterization (including jumbies), authentic-sounding dialogue, and real emotion, all balanced with page-turning doses of action and suspense. Fun, witty, exciting, and unputdownable!” Rhonda E., editor and reader

“Great fun adventure read. See the island through the eyes of those in the know. Thoroughly descriptive of exotic places and things you have to have experienced to know they are true. A picture well painted. Ava is a charmer.” David B., reader

“This is one of those books you just don’t want to put down and are sad when it comes to an end! I can’t wait to meet up with Katie and the St. Marcos gang in the next book… there better be a next book! 😀 Alternately funny and suspenseful, this book has it all covered – great characters, beautiful scenery, and jumbies!” Heather M., reader

“This book was worth every moment I spent savouring it, and I can’t wait to read the next one.” Joana James, author of Finding Romeo and reviewer for Book Wormz

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining!, October 11, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Look out, Evanovich. Hutchins is clever and hilarious., October 10, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave enough to find herself., October 5, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Sassy, Thrilling, and Smart Page Turner! October 2, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Next best thing to living on St Marcos… October 1, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Can’t WAIT for the sequel! September 30, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! More from this author please! September 30, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Grace! September 30, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to move to St. Marcos!, September 27, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable! September 26, 2012

 

Saving Grace Book Launch Party November 3rd, Open to the Public

On Saturday November 3, 2012, SkipJack Publishing and River Oaks Bookstore will host the launch party for Pamela’s debut novel, Saving Grace, at River Oaks Bookstore (3270 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77098). The Caribbean-themed event features live steel pan music by Steel Vibrations as well as tropical food and beverages, and it is open to the public. It will run from 4-6 p.m. For more information, contact Eric@SkipJackPublishing.com, 713-721-4773.

Hot Flashes and Half Ironmans

How You Can Help

The world of publishing is changing rapidly, but word of mouth is still what sells books. Want to help? It’s an easy formula: Read. Recommend. Review. For more tips on how you can help an indie author like me succeed, please check out “How You Can Help An Indie Author.”
All of my books are available in print and ebook on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Omnilit, Apple (iTunes books), Kobo, Sony, and Diesel, as well as on my publisher’s website, SkipJack. You can also find “brick and mortar” bookstores that carry my books on SkipJack’s Rockstar Stores page. Watch my website for book signings and other events.
I promise only to email you about new releases — anticipated at two per year — and I would be honored if you stayed on my enewsletter list, or even referred a friend for subscription.
Thanks! — Pamela

ADDitude Magazine Review: The Clark Kent Chronicles

The Fall 2012 edition of the premier publication on ADHD/ADD, ADDitude Magazine, featured a review of the Clark Kent Chronicles by Kay Marner. Marner writes, “Pour a cup of coffee, grap a tissue, and stay for awhile. You’re in the company of a good friend.” To read the entire review, CLICK HERE.

Earlier Relases: Strong Sales, Increased Availability

SkipJack published five of Pamela’s narrative nonfiction books in May of 2012. Based on their strong sales, Pamela held a series of book signings, each of them a record-setter for the venue. A growing list of “brick and mortar” stores and libraries have picked them up. The top seller to date is Hot Flashes and Half Ironmans, an informative and humorous look at the effects of aging and periomenopause on the female athlete. Others include: The Clark Kent Chronicles (a mother’s tale of life with her ADHD & Asperger’s son), How to Screw Up Your Kids (success tips for blended families, and winner of the 2012 Houston Writers Guild Narrative Nonfiction Manuscript Award), Love Gone Viral (on a sizzling second marriage), and Puppalicious and Beyond(interrelated stories of pets and ghosts, enjoyable to young teens through adult).

Popular Website Syndicates Health Piece

BlogHer Publishing Network picked up “When Anaphylactic Shock happens at the Family Dinner Table,” a true piece written about Pamela’s teenage daughter. To read the article, CLICK HERE.

Upcoming Anthology Contributions
Ghosts
Pamela has contributed pieces to two upcoming anthologies. Ghosts, from Aakenbaaken & Kent, is available now. Easy to Love but Hard to Teach, the sequel to Easy to Love but Hard to Raise from DRT Press, comes out in 2013.

Copyright © 2012 Pamela Fagan Hutchins, All rights reserved.
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In case you wondered, I’m super excited about it. I can’t wait to share some upcoming reviews and interviews with you. Meanwhile, sign your book club up for Saving Grace. You’ll sound super cool when you tell them you can arrange a Skype Q&A or reading by the author 😉 If you want to score a free ebook, get your local library to order my books from Ingram — be sure they use my whole name, Pamela Fagan Hutchins, and all of them will pop right up!

Woo hoo! I am so amped up. And ready to ship out these 2000 consignment books in my office, LOL.

Nobody ever said this was an easy road. They just didn’t tell me about all the dang boxes!

Can’t believe I’m finally here. Thanks for sticking with me on the journey, y’all.

<3

Pamelot

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6 Responses to Announcing announcements.

  1. Vidya Sury says:

    I am so excited for you! I have been spending some quality time with my dentist (it helps that he’s good looking and has a sense of humor). It is a good thing I can type and read cuz I can’t talk right now. Which in itself is an amazing experience for my folks 😛 My own “Saving Grace”, as it were!

    Hugs! I am so looking forward to posting the book review on my blog this week!

  2. Woo hoo!! Was so happy to get this in my email — enjoy every second of your success!
    xo Heidi

  3. Ooooo, a real book! One you can touch! One you can fondle! One you can rub and smell and open and see. This is the real thing, baby!!! I’m hearing the halleluia chorus… oh wait, that’s my cell phone (snicker). Just kidding – I am so excited for you and will ask our libaray! This is just way too cool, my friend!!

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