By: Randall Silvis
Publisher: Kindle Vella
Publication Date: 07/18/2021
My Rating: 5 Stars
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In this dark romantic dramedy, when Marguerite, a small-town femme fatale looking down the barrel of the Big 3-0, blackmails Eddie Childs, the town's bad boy, into helping her murder the married lover who jilted her, his attempts to undermine her plot are complicated by the fog of lust enveloping other characters and by the seeds of chaos sowed by a nomadic shaman armed with a jar of hallucinogenic jimson juice.
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About the Author
Randall Silvis is the multi-genre author of twenty critically acclaimed novels, story collections, and a book of creative nonfiction named a Best of the Year book by the Toronto Globe & Mail. He was the first Pennsylvanian to win the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize (1984), and was chosen for that award by author Joyce Carol Oates. His work has been published in over a hundred editions in several languages.
Also a prize-winning playwright and produced screenwriter, Randall’s work has appeared on Best of the Year lists from the New York Times, the Toronto Globe & Mail, SfSite.com, Strand magazine, and the International Association of Crime Writers, and has been hailed as “masterful” not only by the New York Times Book Review but also by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Mystery Scene magazine, and several other review sources. His two novels from 2017, (Two Days Gone and Only the Rain) were Amazon #1 Bestsellers in Psychological Suspense.
Silvis has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his short fiction, and was a two-time Hammett Prize finalist for literary excellence in the field of crime writing (for An Occasional Hell and Two Days Gone.) The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Award, and six writing fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for his fiction, drama, and screenwriting, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1988, and in 2001 received the same honor from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2007 IUP bestowed upon him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree for “a sustained record of distinguished literary achievement.”
About Kindle Vella
The serialized story is a mainstay of the literary world, a tried-and-true formula for creating a tantalizing tale, from opening hook to closing cliffhanger.
But it’s the rare author who can keep readers engrossed in a narrative when the unparalleled drama of their own lives is just a tap or click away.
That’s the fundamental challenge facing Kindle Vella. I experienced it myself while spending a few hours with Amazon’s new “episodic story platform” after its official release Tuesday afternoon. Despite the “Kindle” in the name, Amazon isn’t offering Vella via its line of e-readers, at least not yet.
Instead, Vella is available in the Kindle app for iOS and on the web. Without the immersive reading experience offered by magazines, books and dedicated reading devices, Vella is competing against text messages and Facebook posts and every other damned distraction delivered by our smartphones and web browsers. Read More Geek Wire