"A Literary Triumph," "Lyrical," "Masterful" -- Prepublication Rave Reviews of "The Winter Boy" by Sally Wiener Grotta Are Pouring In

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Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood, Mary Doria Russell and Ursula K. LeGuin, "The Winter Boy" explores important political and social issues within a dynamic, character-driven otherworld, wrapped up in masterful storytelling. A sizable excerpt of this novel now available to the public.

"The Winter Boy" by Sally Wiener Grotta
"The Winter Boy is an intriguing story that's unlike any other I have read." ~ L.A. Sherman

Critics agree: "The Winter Boy" by Sally Wiener Grotta is a great read, as well as a meaningful story. As Dr. Babus Ahmed has written, “[It's]…a very rewarding read that raises your self-awareness in a way that only great books do…. A literary triumph.” On the other hand, as Robin Baum has written, “Sally Wiener Grotta blends pain, love, lust and adventure into a tale you may not want to put down.” While this literary speculative novel (which has roots in both science fiction and fantasy) won't be published until November 6th, the public is welcome to download a complimentary excerpt of the prepublication proof.

About "The Winter Boy":

The Valley of the Alleshi is the center of all civilization, the core and foundation of centuries of peace. A cloistered society of widows, the Alleshi, has forged peace by mentoring young men who will one day become the leaders of the land. Each boy is paired with a single Allesha for a season of intimacy and learning, using time-honored methods that include storytelling, reason and sex. However, unknown to all but a hidden few, the peace is fracturing from pressures within and beyond, hacking at the very essence of their civilization.

Amidst this gathering political maelstrom, Rishana, a young new idealistic Allesha, takes her First Boy, Ryl, for a winter season of training. But Ryl is a “problem boy,” who fights Rishana every step of the way. At the same time, Rishana uncovers a web of conspiracies that could not only destroy Ryl, but threaten to tear their entire society apart. And a winter that should have been a gentle, quiet season becomes one of conflict, anger and danger.

In this video, the author Sally Wiener Grotta reads a portion from one of the Alleshine "teaching tales" from "The Winter Boy."

Review Copies & Pre-Order Discounts of "The Winter Boy"

"The Winter Boy" by Sally Wiener Grotta will be published on November 6, 2014 by Pixel Hall Press, in hardbound, paperback and eBook (all formats). Discounts are currently available on pre-orders of the eBook from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and others.

Reviewers and book bloggers are welcome to contact Cynthia Dadson of Pixel Hall Press (Cynthia[at]PixelHallPress[dot]com) to request a review copy of "The Winter Boy" by Sally Wiener Grotta, or to download it from NetGalley.

About Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta is a consummate storyteller, reflecting her deep humanism and appreciation for the poignancy of life. As an award-winning journalist, she has authored hundreds of articles, columns and reviews for scores of glossy magazines, newspapers, journals and online publications. She has also co-authored numerous non-fiction books. short stories, plus one other novel, "Jo Joe."

A member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors, Sally Wiener Grotta is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events on creativity, writing, photography and the business of writing. She welcomes invitations to participate in discussions with book clubs and other groups (occasionally in person, more often via Skype, Google Hangout, or phone), and to do occasional readings.

About Pixel Hall Press

Pixel Hall Press is a relatively new, old-fashioned small publishing house whose focus is on discovering literary gems and great stories that might otherwise be overlooked. Our mission is to publish books that energize the imagination and intrigue the mind, and to be a conduit between readers and provocative, stimulating, talented authors.

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

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