IWSG August 2020 – Winter Light by Martha Engber
Good morning, everyone. Thank you for visiting my blog. Today I’m excited to announce that Winter Light by Martha Engber is available for preorder. I love this book so much I’ve chosen not to answer this month’s question. I’m also postponing posting more escapades of my 2019 Bali trip until next month–the novel is that good.
It’s been a while since I read the final draft of Winter Light, but the storyline is still vivid in my mind. From the start I wanted Mary to succeed. I needed her to succeed. It’s not that she sabotages her chances, but Mary Donahue, disillusioned and suspicious, has learned to rely on no one. During the scene where Kathleen’s mum tries to reach out to help Mary, I choked up. I’ve learned the importance of accepting help, Mary hasn’t. There’s another part where she lands herself in a dangerous situation with some very scary people; honestly, I felt my blood pulsating through my veins.
I’m fortunate to have some wonderful and talented online friends; Martha Engber is one of them. I’ve been a huge fan since before her first novel THE WIND THIEF was published. That’s why it’s such a privilege to announce the release of her newest novel, Winter Light.
If you’re passionate about writing, study Martha’s novels. Check out her blog for workshops and seminars. Martha has spent years helping other writers. I promise if you learn one thing from this wonderful author, your writing will improve significantly.
Martha’s Blog: https://www.marthaengber.com/
Fifteen-year-old Mary Donahue of suburban Chicago is a kid on the cusp of failure during the brutal blizzard winter of 1978-79, the end of a hard luck, hard rock era sunk in the cynical aftermath of the Vietnam War.
Though a smart, beautiful kid, she’s a motherless girl raised by an uneducated, alcoholic father within an extended family of alcoholics and addicts. Aware that she’s sinking, she’s desperate to save herself and so reaches out to an unlikely source, Kathleen, a nice, normal kid from English class.
But when the real storm hits, the full force of a harsh adult world almost buries Mary. Only then does she learn that the only difference between life and death is knowing when to grasp an extended hand.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3391 KB
- Print Length: 148 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Vine Leaves Press (Oct. 6 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B08DC8XY66
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Release date – July 14, 2020
$17.95, 6×9 trade paperback, 256 pages
Print ISBN 9781939844729 / EBook ISBN 9781939844736
Writing / Self-Help: Depression – Stress Management
Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series and an editor for Dancing Lemur Press. She started her blog, Write with Fey, to offer aspiring writers inspiration, advice, and hope. At the age of twelve, she started writing her first novel, and since then she has been a dedicated citizen in the writing world.
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I love the cover on Martha’s book! Sounds like a good one, for sure.
The book looks interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Wow, great book reviews, Joylene! I love books you can get really involved in. 🙂
I had never heard of Martha Engber but now I am curious because of your high recommendation. I’ve already pre-purchased it and will check out her website. It sounds like a book that I would be very interested in reading.
Take care and all the best.
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange
Pat, at the start of my blogging career, I promised myself I’d never say anything that I didn’t mean. When Martha contacted me about her release, I knew I had to share the news. The book moved me, it changed me. It gave me perspective on my own history. That’s what I want from a good read, to feel something, besides being entertained.
Joylene I was looking forward to more on Bali but thank you for letting us know about Martha. I just visited her blog and it seems a great place. Congratulations for her book. Seems great.
Sonia, I loved the book. I found it very moving. It brought back a lot of memories from high school.
Great post. The book looks like a great read!
Thanks for the recommendation. That book sounds very appropriate to the other blog hop as well.
Yes, they definitely had something in common.
I pick my form and genre in advance – but just going with the flow works for some people.
I like the quiet time while my brain formulates a story.
Great review. I loved the way you related personally to the novel.
I appreciate that, Lynn.
That cover is amazing! I love it.
And thank you so much for sharing my book in your post. I really appreciate that. <3
You’re very welcome, Chrys. Thanks for all you do.
I’m going to check out Martha’s website immediately. I’m interested in anyone or anything that will make me a better writer. Thanks for the tip, Joylene!
Ken, that’s awesome.
The cover is certainly beautiful. Congrats, Martha.
Anna from elements of emaginette
I loved the cover for Winter Light and the story sounds intriguing. Congrats to Chrys who seems to be just about everywhere today.
Thanks, Lee. BTW, I can’t leave a message on your blog. I keep getting an error from GoDaddy saying I’m blocked.
Hi, Jolene! I remember that rough winter in 1978. The plot of Winter Light sounds reminiscent of The Ice Storm. That’s great you enjoyed it so much. And congratulations to Chrys!
Yes, that was the year we had 12′ of snow. My kids were sliding off our roof. LOL. Thanks for visiting.
That’s great the book really moved you.
Thanks for visiting, Alex. Happy IWSG Day.
The books sound fabulous and must reads for me especially as one who reads teen/ya as much as possible, and has experienced burn out!
I do hope you’re able to read Winter Light, Lynn. I promise you will enjoy it very much.
That says something when you can get that involved in a story and a character.
Thanks for highlighting Chrys’ new book.
My pleasure. I think Chrys’s book is very important.