Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Novel Publicity Blog Tour: Sabrina's Window

Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as three new titles from Luminis Books--we're calling them the Luminis Literary Triad—tour the blogosphere in a way that just can't be ignored. And, hey, we've got prizes!


About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Sabrina’s Window by Al Riske, or an autographed copy of its tour mates, Antiphony by Chris Katsaropoulos or A River So Longby Vallie Lynn Watson. Here's what you need to do...

  • Enter the Rafflecopter contest

  • Leave a comment on my blog

  • That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found at: http://www.novelpublicity.com/luminis-3/
    The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on  http://www.novelpublicity.com/luminis-3/ Good luck!

    About the book:  On a chilly morning in Taos, New Mexico, a 17-year-old paperboy breaks the window of a 31-year-old hair stylist — an accident that marks the beginning of an instant, inexplicable bond between them. In the course of one high-desert summer, Joshua and Sabrina share confidences, intercede in each other’s love lives, go on a date that scandalizes the town, and confront questions of fidelity, desire, and the nature of love.
     It's been a long time since I took part in a Novel Publicity blog tour, and I am so glad I did for this one. Sabrina's Window is an amazing book. It was the perfect break I needed from all the paranormal romance, and YA books, I had been reading, reviewing, and writing. As literary fiction goes, this one is as accessible and readable as it gets. It's a story that could have easily been told in a more pretentious way, but by choosing the relatable and simple prose he did, Al Riske penned a sure fire winner.
    The unlikely relationship between seventeen year old Joshua and thirty something Sabrina felt natural and organic. It was sweet and endearing, and never once made me feel uncomfortable. It was told in such a way that I found myself almost wishing they would buck convention and get together. Or at least that Sabrina would wait for Joshua to "come of age". This was in fact a coming of age book, but so much more as well.
    It was a story about human nature, societies conventions, and the pain of loss. Every chapter brought new revelations into each character and what drove them. It was a richly woven tapestry of everyday life, as beautiful and striking as the desert backdrop it took place in. Riske didn't take the easy way out. He faced the relationship between the two head on, and where he could have left it alone and innocent, he pushed the boundaries as far as he could. Without making me as a reader uncomfortable. The changing points of view, the connection to the characters, the deep understanding of different life stages, all of it made this book flow seamlessly and swiftly. Leaving me wanting more. I found myself thinking about the relationships long after I had put the book down.
    I take away lessons from every book I read. Whether it's a lesson about myself, about writing, about the world, a good book challenges you to think. And this one did. 
    I highly recommend Sabrina's Window, and give it five stars. Accessible and thought provoking. You can't go wrong. 
    About the author:  Al Riske grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and ghostwriter. His short stories have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Pindledyboz, Switchback, and Blue Mesa Review, where his story “Pray for Rain” won the review’s 2008 fiction prize. His second novel, Faint Promise of Rain (Luminis Books) is due out in the spring of 2015. He now lives in California with his wife, Joanne, and their dog, Bodie.

    Connect with Al on http://alriske.blogspot.com/


    Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love:  Meaningful Books That Entertain.  Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field.

    Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN.


    Learn more about Sabrina’s Window tour mates here: http://www.novelpublicity.com/luminis-3/


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