Respected book blogger Dr. Babus Ahmed ranks "The Winter Boy" as the #1 "Top Best Book of 2014"

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As the Internet buzz builds about "The Winter Boy," book reviewers, bloggers and readers are raving about this Pixel Hall Press speculative novel that's "unlike anything I have ever read."

"The Winter Boy" by Sally Wiener Grotta
"This book is a masterpiece. I am in awe of the author's storytelling skill." ~ Evie Harris, 'Sammi'

Respected book blogger Dr. Babus Ahmed isn't alone in her estimate of "The Winter Boy" by Sally Wiener Grotta as "a literary triumph." In fact, when she rated all the books she had reviewed in 2014, Dr. Ahmed gave "The Winter Boy" the number one slot in her list of "My Top Ten Books of 2014."

Many other reviewers and bloggers are adding their raves for "The Winter Boy." For instance, Charline Ratcliff, reviewing "The Winter Boy" for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, called it "...a great book... in the 'must read' category for anyone who enjoys a cultural fantasy...”

Wendy Delmater wrote in Abyss & Apex Magazine, "An amazing, tour-de-force literary work completely unlike anything I have ever read.... People will be studying and talking about 'The Winter Boy' for years to come."

Designated a "Bookwatch" Reviewers' Choice, "The Winter Boy" is also gaining momentum among readers who are helping to spread the word about this unusual book that breaks the mold, straddling several genres: literary fiction, science fiction and fantasy.

  • About "The Winter Boy"

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.

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 a 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 dialog, reason and sexual intimacy. 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 threatens to tear their entire society apart. And a winter that should have been a gentle, quiet season becomes one of conflict, anger and danger.

"...intriguing, thought provoking and highly enthralling." ~ Lynn Worton, Zavive

  • Availability of "The Winter Boy"

Published by Pixel Hall Press in hardbound, paperback and all eBook formats, "The Winter Boy" is available from all bookstores including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple iBookstore.

  • 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, essays and reviews for scores of glossy magazines, newspapers, journals and online publications. She has also written numerous non-fiction books. Her fiction includes "Jo Joe," a Black Bear, Pennsylvania novel. A member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors, Sally Wiener Grotta is a frequent speaker at conferences, schools and other organizations on storytelling, creativity, and the business of writing.

  • 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 “raison d'être” is finding and nurturing great writers, and to provide readers with beautiful, meaningful, truly enjoyable books.

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