A Fateful Issue

April 30, 2018

3.5 stars: Review of A FATEFUL MELODY by Megan Rivers

by Amanda McSweeney       Reviewer Rating: 3.5 Stars      

A FATEFUL MELODY: A FICTIONAL MEMOIR is the first book in Megan Rivers’ Song for You series. It tells the story of Christie Kelly, an American teenager living a humble, but happy life with her mother in Chicago. She is a typical high school student who is obsessed with her favorite band. One day her long-lost father contacts her out of the blue to tell her that he has remarried and wants her to come to Australia to live with him. Despite her misgivings, Christie agrees to go. She is nervous and unsure if it is a good idea. However, after she boards her flight, she discovers her seatmate is Gavin Kismet, the lead singer of her favorite band. The two bond on the long flight to Australia, providing Christie with a new friend and a strong support system she’ll need when her time in Australia turns out to be much worse than she expected.

SHELFIES: Catherine Lundoff of Queen of Swords Press

by Bill Kieffer            

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I’d been working on starting up Queen of Swords Press for several years, but hadn’t reached the stage of actually publishing books until January of 2017. It’s been amazing to see the cover art in progress, interior design work by our designer and the reception the books have gotten so far. I’m not sure that small press publishing had a great year, however, Lots of small publishers have folded recently, some of them quite dramatically. I think that’s always hard on readers as well as writers and the whole publishing ecosystem. It’s been a tough year for me personally, with lots of juggling and some health issues, but I’m hoping that I’ve got enough of a handle on things to apply what I learned last year to this one and work smarter.


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