This Mother's Day, a New Kind of Book Offers People the Chance to Thank Mothers for Helping Them Learn to Read!

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Better than flowers! Nine authors from the U.S. and Canada, several of them award winning novelists, have contributed short mysteries to an inexpensive anthology that is a perfect gift for the busy Mom on the go!

In the first book of its kind, "Secrets, Fact or Fiction?" from Oxcart Press, offers readers a challenge to read nine short stories and judge whether each is truth or fiction. With all nine stories from nine authors written so like truth, there is already a nationwide scramble for the prize to correctly label each story.

“Many of us learned to read as toddlers sitting with our mom. For that valuable life skill, we owe a debt of gratitude. This Mother’s Day, we can honor that early lesson by giving her a gift that keeps on giving. She might be the lucky recipient of TEN books, instead of just one,” award winning author Diane Newton said.

This trade paperback is a nine-author anthology of gripping, snack-sized short stories. As in life, Secrets, Fact or Fiction? contains secrets that slither across the human stage in many disguises. Some secrets are cherished, while others are hated. Confidences can become pregnant with mystery which, in turn, can harbor startling surprises. While these stories cover a wide range of time, place and style, they all share in one overarching secret. Did the author of each particular story lift it from the pages of someone’s personal diary or did it spring from a fertile imagination? Is it Fact or Fiction? It is this shared secret that challenges the reader’s sleuthing skills, drives a contest built in to the book in which readers can win the prize.

Florida co-author Larry Pontius said, “Reading in general has declined across the board, particularly among young people and that’s a shame. To address shortened attention spans, busy lives and to compete with distractions posed by our pervasive electronic media and gaming, authors must adapt. I think we’ve done that effectively with a book meant to be read in bite-sized portions.” Others agree. Midwest Book Review gave an exceptional review to the anthology, deeming the stories, "Unique and imaginative" and its authors, "Talented and skilled in their craft." Educators have also expressed interest, due to an unexpected twist; the stories are Aesop’s style cautionary tales, perfect for life-lesson discussions for young adults, a marvelous side benefit. However, the book’s theme and purpose to expand the reading public remains key to the authors involved. Mothers will especially appreciate this.

This anthology is the authors’ response to the NEA study showing reading declining nationwide. Secrets, Fact or Fiction? is sure to entertain occasional and regular readers alike. Many literary groups are launching contests within their own membership to see who comes closest to the final answer. The authors are using up to 30% of the proceeds of book sales and book signings to fund reading and literary groups across the US and Canada. Secrets, Fact or Fiction? is available through all web and local bookstores and directly from the publisher at

The nine co-authors are individually available to local book groups, literary clubs and Friends of Libraries groups to present the anthology and raise funds for these key community supporters of reading. You can reach the authors and find more about this unique publication at:

Title: Secrets, Fact or Fiction?

ISBN: 0-9737282-5-6

Price: $10.95


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