Attention Book Reviewers & Beta Readers: Prepublication Copy of "Annabelle" by Nancy Christie Available, A Haunting Lyrical Short Story eBook About the Cost of Passion

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"Annabelle" is an exquisitely written short story about love, longing and loss and a passion that demands very personal sacrifice. Pixel Hall Press is publishing "Annabelle" as part of its new PHP Shorts eBook imprint.

"Annabelle" by Nancy Christie. Cover art by Mark Webber.
He picked up the brush and swirled the soft bristles in the oil before stroking it slowly on the canvas, and Annabelle imagined she could feel the silken tip caressing her skin.

Book reviewers and beta readers are invited to request a prepublication review copy of the new short story eBook "Annabelle," which will be published September 8, 2013 by Pixel Hall Press as part of its new PHP Shorts eBook imprint.

Book reviewers and beta reviewers may request a copy of "Annabelle" by emailing Cynthia Dadson (cynthia(at)pixelhallpress(dot)com), the Director of Communications of Pixel Hall Press. Individuals who are interested in being beta readers should read the specifics on the Beta Reader Program below.


We all have our fantasies—our hopes and dreams of what we want our future to be. But what happens when our fantasies are based on an erroneous interpretation of past events, when our hopes and dreams are so far from reality that they prevent us from having any kind of a normal life? A lonely young woman, all Annabelle wants is to love and be loved. But the twin emotions of fear and guilt, from a passion born on a summer day so many years ago, hold her fast.

In the short story "Annabelle," author Nancy Christie paints a lyrical portrait of a young woman, the daughter of a painter and his devoted model. Their obsession with the creation of art binds the family and twists the soul of a child. "I've been haunted by Annabelle since the first time I read it and knew we had to publish it," says Cynthia Dadson of Pixel Hall Press. "Unlike so much that I have read, "Annabelle" holds up and gives me something new with each reading."

"Annabelle" will be published September 8, 2013, and will be sold as an eBook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and other online bookstores for $0.99.


Nancy Christie’s essays and fiction can be found on the pages of magazines as diverse as "Full of Crow," "Fiction365," "Red Fez," "Wanderings," "The Chaffin Journal," "Woman's Day," "Experience Life," "Writer's Digest" and "Xtreme." Christie’s book, "The Gifts of Change" (Beyond Words/Atria), explores ways to make the most out of life’s challenges. She is currently working on several book projects: a novel, a short story collection and a book for writers.

A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Christie writes articles for print and online publications as well as handles copywriting for corporations and marketing/advertising firms. She also teaches writing workshops at writing conferences and schools across the country and hosts the monthly Monday Night Writers group in Canfield, Ohio. You may connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or her blog.

Contact Cynthia Dadson at cynthia(at)pixelhallpress(dot)com to arrange an interview with Nancy Christie. A book cover image and author headshot are available for download from the Press page of the Pixel Hall Press website or from Cynthia Dadson.


Before the release of most Pixel Hall Press books, a select group of readers are chosen to receive free pre-publication eBooks. These beta readers are asked to:

  • Help ensure that the eBook formatting works and looks good on a variety of eReaders, smartphones, tablets and other devices.
  • Provide feedback on the book.
  • If they like the book, to help spread the word among their friends, on social networks and through honest reviews on their favorite online bookstore(s).

If you are interested in becoming a Pixel Hall Press Beta Reader, please send an email to info(at)pixelhallpress(dot)com with "Beta Reader Program" in the subject line, or fill out the Contact form on Pixel Hall Press's website.


Pixel Hall Press is a relatively new, old-fashioned small publishing house whose focus is on discovering literary gems and great stories that might have otherwise been overlooked.

In this era of digital technology, Wall Street involvement and merger mania, mainstream publishers seem to have lost sight of the core principles and purpose of publishing. At the other end of the spectrum is an avalanche of self-published books that are notoriously uneven in quality. Small boutique imprints, such as Pixel Hall Press, are reclaiming the heart and soul of publishing by reviving the idea that a publisher's raison d'être is to find and nurture great writers, and to provide readers with beautiful, meaningful, truly enjoyable books.

Determined to keep Pixel Hall Press small, we will be moving forward slowly and deliberately. We plan to add only one or two new book authors a year, giving them more creative control, the opportunity for greater dialogs with readers, and a higher percentage of the profits. In addition, we will add a handful of new short story authors per year, publishing their stories initially as eBooks only, as part of our recently announced PHP Shorts series. Eventually, Pixel Hall Press will publish one or two print short story anthologies a year. A significant portion of the profits from each anthology will be donated to a charity relevant to the subject of the anthology.

Authors interested in submitting novels or short stories to Pixel Hall Press should read the Writers Guidelines first.

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