Coming soon, just in time
for summer reading!
The electronic version of “Penina’s Letters” is now available at the discount price of $2.99 (and free to Kindle Unlimited Subscribers).
The e-version can be read on any device – with the Kindle app, which can be downloaded for free (click link above).
We don’t recommend reading the electronic version in water, though that might be the best place to read this dynamic novel, but at the low, low price of $2.99, you can certainly read it with your device up on the beach, near the water.
What are we reading?
Joe wrote a book.
Really? What’s it called?
Are there any cats in Joe’s book?
I hear Joe’s working on a sequel.
Tell him to put more cats in it.
Over at тнє ѕυℓтαη’ѕ ѕєαℓ, Youssef Rakha, Egyptian novelist, journalist and photographer, has posted an excerpt from “Penina’s Letters.” Penina has just picked up Salty at the airport, and they are driving to the beach and up into Refugio. Fly on over to Youssef’s “Cairo’s Coolest Cosmoplitan Hotel” and check out the the excerpt.
“Penina’s Letters” has turned up in some interesting places the past few weeks:
Over at the It Kind of Got Away From You blog, Dan Hennessy has posted a thumb’s up review of my novel, Penina’s Letters. Paddle on over and check it out!
Amazon has reduced the paperback price of Penina’s Letters to $10.23. The e-Version is still $4.99. The photo on the left above is the e-Version cover, to the right the paperback front cover version.
I’ve had no control or input into the pricing changes of the paperback. Initially, Amazon suggested a price in the range of $9.99 to $19.99, and I chose $14.50 (I could not go below or above their suggested range). I might have given shipping and sales tax (which we don’t have here in Oregon) more thought.
Below might be too much information for the casual reader, but if you’re considering an indie project of some kind, you might be interested.
The most recent Create/Space sales report is showing 22 copies sold, all paperback. There could be a few more in the hopper, since sales information appears in the reports at different times depending on where orders are placed:
I’ll continue to update information as time goes on, and I’ll also be providing more background information on the book here on the blog, maybe weekly or so.
Thanks to everyone purchasing a copy! If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, please let me know. Feel free to post a review on Amazon after you’ve completed the book. You can do so “anonymously,” if you like. Please keep in mind that I am not Salty Persequi. Sal, my first person narrator, is, like all the other characters in the book, imagined – it’s fiction. Well, if you’ve been reading, you probably have already come to that conclusion, anyway.
Ocean Surfing Love Letters War Epistolary Bildungsroman Santa Monica Bay Beach Cities School Work Family Friendship Self-deception Literary Fiction Folk Song Narrative…
“Penina’s Letters” takes place in the beach cities along Santa Monica Bay, with a fictionalized beach town named Refugio squeezed in between El Porto and Grand Avenue. The town of Refugio takes the place of the iconic towers and power plant between the water and the dunes of El Segundo.
The style includes epistolary writing, bildungsroman, and satire and irony. The time of the setting is not explicitly stated, nor is the war involved given a specific name, but readers may argue the story takes place in the 1960s and the early 1970s – in any case, it’s not a history book.
The main characters include Salvador (Sal or Salty) Persequi, the first person narrator, just returned from the war; his girlfriend, Penina Seablouse; and their two friends Puck Malone and Henry Killknot – all of whom have known one another since high school, and in the present time of the story are in their twenties.
“Penina’s Letters” is intended to be literary fiction, however off it might fall for some readers of that target.
The paperback version of “Penina’s Letters” is 290 pages (around 70,000 words) in length. It was designed for publication using the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform – that means I self-published it.
Draft segments of “Penina’s Letters” appeared in The Boulevard (Summer 2012), a publication of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters. Parts of the “How to Surf” chapter appeared in different form on Berfrois on September 29, 2015.
Errata: The proofreading eye often sees only what it expects to see. I tried reading the whole thing backwards, to avoid that phenom, but soon got pretty dizzy, so it didn’t seem to help much. Of course, some changes will simply never suggest themselves until you hit the send button. It’s like some mistakes hide back, waiting in the shadows, and as soon as you hit the send button, they jump out and scare you, yelling, “Ha, ha! You missed me! You missed me!” If one scares you, or anything seems amiss, please let me know! Meantime, I hope you enjoy “Penina’s Letters.”
An excerpt from Chapter Six, “Light and Sculpture from a Surfboard on Santa Monica Bay,” from the novel Penina’s Letters, is now up in Issue # 5: Special Issue: Liberation, of The Boulevard, a publication of the Attic Institute.
A short excerpt from Chapter Two, “The Truth of Things,” from Penina’s Letters, a novel in progress, is now up at The Boulevard, a publication of the Hawthorne Fellows at the Attic Institute: A Haven for Writers.
I’m a Hawthorne Fellow at the Attic Institute for the period April though August, working on a novel, Penina’s Letters. For information on the Hawthorne Fellows, click on the Attic door below. They are accepting applications now for the next Fellows period, Oct. through Feb., 2012-13.