Author Marketing Ideas Scores Big at 2016 New York Book Festival

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Books and authors will be honored on June 18 at the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan. AMI congratulates its five authors receiving recognition for their work.

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The New York Book Festival has announced its 2016 winners and Author Marketing Ideas is proud to have submitted five authors' books via its Contest Service, all of whom have been chosen for notice.

Runner-up in the Biography/Autobiography/Memoir category is Lisa Stalvey, author of "Food Sex Wine and Cigars." This chef's memoir tells an inspiring story. “This is my account of being a woman in a male-dominated industry, complete with a complicated relationship with food and a man, resulting in a long self-destructive streak. I have been cooking for 38 years professionally, including an apprenticeship in 1980 with Wolfgang Puck, ultimately becoming his head chef at Spago, Sunset,” says author Lisa Stalvey.

At age 24, Stalvey was engaged to be married and working as a line cook at Ma Maison in Hollywood. But it all came to a screeching halt in 1980, when she severed three fingers on her right hand in an industrial Cuisinart at work. She tells how she survived her disability as well as living with anorexia. She slowly began to heal, but it took almost 31 years. Her story travels from the depths of despair to attaining a successful career.

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FOOD, SEX, WINE AND CIGARS: A MEMOIR (e-Book ISBN: Kindle ISBN: 978-1-68181-202-1, eBook ISBN: 978-1-68181-198-7) is available for $9.99. The hard cover version (ISBN: 978-1-63135-363-5, $30.95) can also be ordered through the publisher’s website: http://sbprabooks.com/LisaStalvey or at Amazon and other online booksellers.

Receiving honorable mention in the General Fiction category is Kate McLaughlin, author of "Fast Food Kills."

Yes, fast food can kill. But death comes a lot faster when a murderer decides to help this calorie-laden cuisine along. Madge and Paul Franklin are enjoying their retirement. They live full-time in their RV, traveling the byways of America. When the fast food killer strikes, the two are recruited by a government organization to work undercover. Their assignment is to roam the Southwest looking for the mad scientist suspected of the murders. The investigation takes Madge and Paul to Death Valley, the perfect locale for a few deaths to occur. Can the retirees find out who’s behind this diabolical plot?

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FAST FOOD KILLS: A MADGE FRANKLIN MYSTERY (ISBN: 978-1-63135-886-9) is now available for $15.95 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:
http://sbprabooks.com/KateMcLaughlin or at Amazon and other online booksellers.

Receiving honorable mention in the General Fiction category is Ettore Grillo, author of "A Hidden Sicilian History." This historical novel ponders life after death.

In a musty library in Enna, Sicily, a young man doing research finds an ancient scroll on the floor that appears to have slipped from between two volumes about the Spanish Inquisition. But the scroll is not about the Inquisition; instead it reveals a drama that was performed at Enna’s deconsecrated Church of Santa Croce ages ago.

The man translates the lost manuscript from Italian into English, and history flows from the scroll like that of a Pied Piper, taking a journey back in time to ancient feasts and processions. The text tells how to remove hexes, cure roundworms, and describes life as it was in the local whorehouse. It also shows how societies bound together by a common thread all yearn to understand the meaning of life, and want an answer to the ultimate question: Is there life after death?

A HIDDEN SICILIAN HISTORY (ISBN: 978-1-68181-112-3) is now available for $18 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:
http://sbpra.com/EttoreGrillo or at Amazon and other online booksellers.

Receiving honorable mention in the Science Fiction category is Todor Bombo, author of "Of Rats and Men: The Last Man’s War."

This sci fi thriller considers the future of mankind and how the seeds of that future may already have been planted. In the not too distant future, as nuclear power plants erode and toxic pollution seeps into the ground and groundwater, the species of man has been weakened. But one species has evolved into a super race, empowered by its giant size and voracious appetites. Huge mutant rats are taking over the world. They have developed into strong and intelligent adversaries, capable of reaching the size of sheep.

In this dark future world, the giant rats spread and are ready to wage a war in a desperate struggle with mankind for survival. This war will be unlike any ever fought before, because this is a war between the species, and it calls into question the very meaning of being human.

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OF RATS AND MEN: THE LAST MAN’S WAR (ISBN: 978-1-62212-275-2) is now available for $8 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: http://sbpra.com/TodorBombov or at Amazon and other online booksellers.

Receiving honorable mention in the Romance category is Ruth Finnegan, author of "Black Inked Pearl: A Girl’s Quest." This expressionistic novel explores how far one might go for love. It is the story of a naive Irish girl Kate and her mysterious lover, whom she rejects in panic and then spends her life seeking.

Searching for him, she visits the kingdom of beasts, a London restaurant, an old people’s home, the misty Donegal Sea, the heavenly archives, Eden, and hell, where at great cost she saves her dying love. They walk together toward heaven, but at the gates, he walks past, leaving her behind in the dust. Kate finally realizes that although her quest for her love was not vain, in the end she had to find herself – the unexpected pearl.

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Black Inked Pearl: A Girl’s Quest is available in softcover (ISBN: 978-1942146179, $17.95), hardcover (ISBN: 978-1942146162, $27.95) and for Kindle ($9.99) and can be ordered through the publisher at http://garnpress.com/books/black-inked-pearl/, or at Amazon and other online booksellers.

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