The Storyteller, Volume I - A Must Read Book
New Book Offers Supernatural Tales Involving Everyday People
Martha Whittington invites readers to take a break from the doldrums of daily
routine and delve into a world where ordinary lives are blindsided by the bizarre.
The Storyteller: Volume I (now available through AuthorHouse) provides a feast of
paranormal delights that satisfy the imagination.
Comprised of six intriguing tales, The Storyteller delves into the lives of a colorful
variety of people who suddenly find themselves in unsettling situations. In "The
Fennigan Case," two news reporters step across the threshold of a creepy house and
into another dimension. "A Unique Team" follows another investigative journalist as
he plunges into international intrigue. Readers explore the mind of a psychic
teenager in "The Hidden Knowledge" and meet a wicked woman who holds an entire
town hostage with her dark magic in "The Witch". Two brothers endure tragedy in a
remote corner of the world in "Sand," and a couple experiences any parent's worst
nightmare in "The Gifted Child".
Throughout The Storyteller, Whittington weaves a macabre tapestry of drama,
suspense and fast-paced action. From the dangers of the Egyptian desert to the
cold streets of New York, she takes readers on a thrilling journey along the knife-
edge between this world and the unknown. A captivating read for fans of the
disturbingly weird. The Storyteller delivers thrills and chills at each turn of the page.
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Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Whittington set out to see the world when she
was 21. She holds a Degree in Communications and a Master's in Public Relations,
and she speaks fluent Spanish, English, German and French. Whittington comes
from a family of published authors. At a young age, she wrote short stories that won
awards in international contests. She currently lives in Houston, where she
continues to nurture her passion for writing.
A new report issued by Bowker found that a total of 786,935 ISBNs were issued to self-published authors in 2016, an 8.2% increase over 2015. According to the report, ISBNs for print books rose 11.3% to 638,624 titles, while e-book ISBNs for self-publishers fell 3.2% to 148,311 (a unique ISBN is issued for each format of a book.) Since Bowker measures the number of self-published books by ISBN, its count does not include e-books released by authors through Amazon's KDP program, as they use ASIN identifiers rather than an ISBNs.|
It's all true, and the incontrovertible proof has gone on display in the British Library. Side by side with original manuscripts and illustrations for the Harry Potter books, in an exhibition that opens on Friday and has already sold a record 30,000 tickets, there are dragons' bones, a mermaid, a step-by-step illustration (on a scroll six metres long) of how to create a philosopher's stone, a black crystal ball owned by a 20th-century witch known as Smelly Nelly, and a broomstick on which another west country witch regularly startled Dartmoor walkers...
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's classic novel about racism and the American south, has been removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district because the language in the book "makes people uncomfortable."
Politico reports on the intense competition by cities to host "HQ2" - Amazon's planned second headquarters. It also looks at the pros and cons for the winning city of "bringing in 40,000 highly paid employees to compete for the same relatively constant supply of housing," and asks how much of Amazon's success is due to the unique nature of Seattle, and whether those conditions can be replicated elsewhere.
California state lawmakers have exempted bookstores from a requirement that "sellers of items that carry their creator's autograph include a certificate guaranteeing that the signature is authentic," the San Francisco Chronicle reported. AB228 passed both houses without a dissenting vote and has been signed by Governor Jerry Brown. The law takes effect immediately.
By way of background: A law passed in 1992 required dealers in autographed sports memorabilia to authenticate the signatures or face financial penalties. With backing from consumer advocates, film studios and police chiefs, who said there was widespread evidence of forged signatures in the memorabilia market, legislators expanded the requirement, as of this year, to all sellers except pawnbrokers and online merchants.
George Saunders's first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, has won the Man Booker Prize. Originally, the award was restricted to novels written by authors from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth nations, but in 2014, it was opened to any novel written in English and published in Britain. This is now the second year that the prize has been won by an American author - last year's winner was Paul Beatty for The Sellout.
Bookstore sales in the USA fell 10.9%, to $1.4 billion, compared to August 2016, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. For the first eight months of the year, bookstore sales are down 2.6%. Total retail sales for the year to date have risen 3.8%.
The British Library has revealed that its Harry Potter exhibition has sold more than 30,000 tickets - the highest number of advance tickets it has ever sold for an exhibition.
Richard Wilbur, whose meticulous, urbane poems earned him two Pulitzer Prizes and selection as U.S. poet laureate, died on Saturday in Belmont, Mass. He was 96.
In an extensive interview with Maureen Dowd, Tom Hanks talks about many topics including his just published short story collection, Uncommon Type.