“...the Herndons have mastered the art of turning out a book you just can't put down .” —The San Francisco Chronicle

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S. Bond Herndon and Heather Hyde-Herndon are making a pre-release announcement of their first collaborative novel, Â?Into the Blue,Â? to be released Fall 2004. ISBN: 1-4137-3141-4

Due to high enthusiasm over S. Bond Herndon’s and Heather Hyde-Herndon’s first collaborative novel “Into the Blue,” The San Francisco Chronicle has provided the authors with advance review quotes to be included on the book’s jacket and for promotional efforts. The full review will be published simultaneously with the release of “Into the Blue,” Fall 2004.

"Into the Blue" is currently under review by The Galveston County Daily News. This paper enjoys a daily readership of 60,000 and could prove crucial to the novel’s success. “Into the Blue” takes place entirely in Galveston County, with a strong focus on The Bolivar Peninsula.

“Into the Blue” is currently being considered for endorsement by http://www.NORML.org.

PMA Literary and Film Agency and Millennium Lion Productions have queried the authors directly about the available film rights for "Into the Blue." The authors have sent review copies and media kits in response to the inquiries.

The Herndons have also received an offer for screenplay collaboration. Although currently dabbling at screenplay adaptation themselves, they have entered into discussion with the interested parties.

As of this press release, the authors still maintain audio book rights and film/television rights. Letters of interest can be directed to The Herndons at TheHerndons@HerndonBooks.com

Synopsis of "Into the Blue"

A passageway has opened into a realm meant to be visited only after death...The Blue.

In this supernatural thriller, Jake Conroy is a successful novelist residing in a remote beach house on Texas’ Bolivar Peninsula. He dies and is resuscitated, shattering the veil that has blinded him from The Blue and finding a companion in a ghost named Spoons.

They retreat to Jake’s Gulf Coast refuge and are soon joined by Jessie, a stripper on the run from Shank Thorbern; Lacy, Jake’s mystifying editor; and Dale, his longtime friend and agent.

With Spoons as his guide, Jake embarks upon a journey to uncover the ancient truth that threatens everyone close to him.

Isolated on a stormy beach, they brace themselves against the evil masquerading as Shank. And from a vast chamber filled with the strength of centuries, Jake prepares to lead them all Into the Blue…

Review excerpts from The San Francisco Chronicle (Full review to be published Fall 2004):

"It's hard to believe this is a first novel. Even more than most veteran authors, the Herndons have mastered the art of turning out a book you just can't put down. Start it late at night and you'll still be with it when the sun comes up in the morning."

"The Herndons know how to tell a very engaging story. They present us with characters that we immediately care for and put them into situations that push them to their limits."

“This will make a great film. The only problem the authors will have is deciding which film offer to go with. I can't wait to get my hands on their next novel. ”

Reviewed by Roger W. Harrington, author of ‘The Journey of Marie-Jeanne’-- “A brilliant touch for the cleverly focused small things makes this a wonderful read.  Balance is superb, with narrowing chapters in good Shakespearian style. Above all, a remarkable ear for the rhythm of dialogue.  How you can do this in a dual-authored work, I just don’t know. Thanks for a fabulous read!”

Full reviews, cast of characters and recent news can be viewed via the authors' home on the web: http://www.HerndonBooks.com

S. Bond Herndon and Heather Hyde-Herndon currently split their time between the Texas Gulf Coast and the island of St. Thomas. They are currently at work on several other novel projects, including “Tormenta,” “A Week in Agony...Texas” and screenplay development for “Into the Blue.”

For more information, please visit The Herndons' official website: http://www.HerndonBooks.com

The authors may be contacted via email at: TheHerndons@HerndonBooks.com

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