It All Begins With A Fabulous Query Letter

It all begins with a fabulous query letter!

Rita Leganski’s debut novel The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow came to us through the “slush pile.” She grabbed us right from her query letter. Now, the book is soon-to-be published by HarperCollins! Already receiving great reviews on Goodreads, and a starred review in the Library Journal- comparing her to Alice Hoffman- Rita is proof that if your manuscript has what we’re looking for, and the query grabs our attention, you too could be headed for publication!

Starred Library Journal review: “When Bonaventure Arrow was born, he came into the world with nary a whimper or cry. Five years later he’s still speechless, but this child communicates better without a voice than most speaking people ever do. Instead of talking, Bonaventure listens and hears things others will never experience: the joy of possibility in the white of a cloud, the music of earthbound time in a glorious sunset, the whisper of growth in a blade of grass. And the most comforting sound of all, the voice of the father he never knew, murdered while Bonaventure was still in the womb. One day, Bonaventure’s symphonious world is invaded by a new phantom, a discordant voice whispering secrets that could destroy his family. VERDICT Suffused with the mystical charm of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou, Leganski’s lyrical debut novel conjures dreams of voodoo, the power of healing, and the distinction between hearing and listening. This extraordinary, evocative novel will cast a spell over fans of magical realism in the vein of Alice Hoffman, Kaye Gibbons, and Sarah Addison Allen. Simply enchanting.” —Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon Lib., NY

There are many more fantastic reviews on Goodreads, so check it out and stay tuned for more exciting news about The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski.

When Was the Last Time You Tried Something New?

Congratulations to Janis Thomas on the publication Something New!

Something New

If you stop trying new things, you might as well just stop.

Ellen Ivers has it all: a nice house, great kids, and a husband who loves her no matter how much she’s let herself go. There’s just one problem: Ellen is completely, utterly bored. Maybe it’s a mid-life crisis, or maybe it’s just time to make a change. Ellen starts taking care of herself and decides to start trying new things. As the pounds melt away and she begins to feel more comfortable in her own skin, Ellen’s cousin prompts the former writer to enter a blog competition.

At first Ellen is hesitant; after all, what exactly is she supposed to write about? But soon the words start flowing and Ellen gains confidence, in part because of the attention she’s getting from her cousin’s new neighbor, handsome detective Ben Campbell. Both Ellen and Ben are married with kids, and they know their friendship is heading down a dangerous path. As her attraction to Ben grows and her blog starts attracting a lot of interest, everything else in Ellen’s world begins to unravel. Now, she finds herself wondering if the life she has is what she really wants, or if something new is exactly what she needs…

We love this video she made herself asking women, “When was the last time you tried something new?”

Yesterday, she had a book signing at her local Barnes and Noble in Huntington Beach, CA. The book sold out before the event even started! Check out her Facebook page for more info about her successful event. We are so happy for her!