Now in print: WOOF, a novel by D.T. Good

Now in print from Bear Bones Books:

Woof, a novel by Dylan Thomas Good

WUF frcoverrevThe Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press is pleased to announce the release of its 27th title, Woof, the debut novel by Dylan Thomas Good.

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Advance Praise for Woof:

”Imagine your ex asking you to star in a documentary movie detailing the downfall of your relationship and you still won’t predict the emotional and psychosexual places Woof goes. It’s like a found footage film turned sadomasochistic gay bear fiction.”

— Daniel W. Kelly, Boys, Bears & Scares blog

“Compelling, witty, and shocking, Dylan Thomas Good’s debut novel Woof is a must for film noire loving Bears everywhere.

— Doug Langway, screenwriter & director, BearCity, BearCity 2: The Proposal, and BearCity 3.

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“How bad do you want it?”

Job leads, prescription medication, and days until eviction are all in short supply for Carl Danielson.

His aspiring filmmaker of an ex-boyfriend, Dwayne, shows up a year after their breakup, offering his destitute former flame $25,000 for the lead in a low-budget feature. There’s a catch, though — the film is based on their relationship.

Soon, it’s “lights, camera, chaos” as Carl and Dwayne expose the past year of their separate lives to one another — the broken, nightmarish secrets culminating in a gut-wrenching finale even Hollywood could never imagine.

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  • Paperback, 244 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • $18.00 softcover, $6.99
  • ISBN-10: 1-59021-082-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590210826
  • Bear Bones Books
  • Release date: October 18, 2015

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About the Author

Inspired by his years in the gay and bisexual men’s Bear community, author Dylan Thomas Good fused a potent mix of screenwriting, sex, and suspense to create his first novel, Woof. Mr Good served as associate producer on the 2014 Double Windsor Films documentary, I Am Santa Claus. He currently resides on the shores of Washington State.

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Woof, a novel by D.T. Good, soon in print

Soon in print from Bear Bones Books:

Woof, a novel by Dylan Thomas Good

WUF frcoverrevThe Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of its 27th title, Woof, the debut novel by Dylan Thomas Good.

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“How bad do you want it?”

 Job leads, prescription medication, and days until eviction are all in short supply for Carl Danielson.

His aspiring filmmaker of an ex-boyfriend, Dwayne, shows up a year after their breakup, offering his destitute former flame $25,000 for the lead in a low-budget feature. There’s a catch, though — the film is based on their relationship.

Soon, it’s “lights, camera, chaos” as Carl and Dwayne expose the past year of their separate lives to one another — the broken, nightmarish secrets culminating in a gut-wrenching finale even Hollywood could never imagine.

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About the Author

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Dylan Thomas Good, author of Woof

 Inspired by his years in the gay and bisexual men’s Bear community, author Dylan Thomas Good fused a potent mix of screenwriting, sex, and suspense to create his first novel, Woof.  Mr Good served as associate producer on the 2014 Double Windsor Films documentary, I Am Santa Claus. He currently resides on the shores of Washington State.

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Advance Praise for Woof:

”Imagine your ex asking you to star in a documentary movie detailing the downfall of your relationship and you still won’t predict the emotional and psychosexual places Woof goes. It’s like a found footage film turned sadomasochistic gay bear fiction.”

— Daniel W. Kelly, Boys, Bears & Scares blog

“Compelling, witty, and shocking, Dylan Thomas Good’s debut novel Woof is a must for film noire loving Bears everywhere.

— Doug Langway, screenwriter & director, BearCityBearCity 2: The Proposal, and BearCity 3.

  • Paperback, 244 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • $18.00 softcover, $6.99
  • ISBN-10: 1-59021-082-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590210826
  • Bear Bones Books
  • Release date: October 18, 2015

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2015 Bear Bones Books bookshelf

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2015 Bear Bones Books bookshelf

July sale on BearCity and Bearotica!

July sales on BearCity and Bearotica!

BearCity:The Novel front cover

BearCity:The Novel front cover

To celebrate the announcement of the initial stage of development of the feature-length hirsute romcom movie, BearCity 3, Bear Bones Books is offering the hilarious BearCity: The Novel for half off this month, only at our website:

http://www.lethepressbooks.com/store/p100/BearCity%3A_the_Novel.html

And look for a special sale price of the softcover at the BBB booth at  Bear Market during Provincetown Bear Week on Thursday, July 16th!

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Bearotica front cover

Bearotica front cover

BBB is also offering Bearotica ebooks on sale for 99¢ only this month from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/57857

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Bear Market 2015

Look for these sales specials at the BBB booth at  Bear Market during Provincetown Bear Week on Thursday, July 16th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm!
~ With a purchase of two books, get a third book of equal or lesser value for 1/2 off.
~  With a purchase of $50 or more, get a free copy of BearCity: The Novel.
~ With any purchase of $100 or more, get a free copy of BearCity: The Novel and a BBB ballcap.
Quantities are limited, so plan to come early to get your paws on some great bear lit at great prices. Sales specials cannot be combined.

Interview with author Wayne Hoffman

Interview with author Wayne Hoffman

Strobing Limelight

Hard headshotAward-winning novelist and journalist Wayne Hoffman offer a no-holds-barred look at gay life in his latest books. AN OLDER MAN, his newest release, is a sequel to his first novel, HARD, which is also being reprinted by Bear Bones Books. Together, the books follow a group of gay men searching for sex and romance against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic, anti-gay repression, and the challenges they face simply by getting older.

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One of the reviews of Hard said: “think Woody Allen meets ACT UP.” That’s quite a combination—what does it mean?

Wayne Hoffman: To me, it means that there’s a lot of humor in the book, even though Hard is about very serious subjects: sex, politics, and AIDS. There’s anger, there’s lust, there’s jealousy and betrayal, but it’s the humor that ties the book together. The things the characters are dealing with are important—sometimes matters of life and death—but they keep their ability to laugh at themselves and each other. Well, most of them do.

HardWhat is Hard about?

WH: Hard centers on Moe Pearlman, a 20-something gay man in 1990s Manhattan. He’s sexually active—very much so—and a budding AIDS activist. But just as he’s trying to navigate his sexual and romantic exploits in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he keeps butting heads with Frank DeSoto, an older journalist and veteran activist who has a very different idea about sex and politics. As the city cracks down on gay sex, Moe and Frank end up on different sides of a personal and political battle.

A lot of Hard sounds like it’s based on real life.

WH: Hard came out of a very specific time in the 1990s, a turning point in the AIDS crisis. On the one hand, new drug treatments were transforming AIDS into something that was potentially more manageable. But on a political level, AIDS was still being used as a political football in the most cynical way by people who hated gay men, as well as those who pretended to be our friends. Sadly, two decades later, even though some of the specifics have changed, the broader story is still familiar.

In An Older Man, you come back to Moe’s life, about 15 years later. Did you always plan to revisit him?

WH: Readers have often asked me what ever happened to Moe and the rest of the guys in Hard, and I always said I honestly didn’t know. Then, after several years, I realized that I did know what happened to them—because they’d be going through things a lot of gay men go through as we get older. So I got started on the sequel.

AOMDo all the characters in Hard come back in An Older Man?

WH: Yes and no. Moe is the main character in both books, and some of the other characters show up again in An Older Man; his ex-boyfriend Gene and best friend Aaron are back, for instance, although Moe’s relationships with them have evolved over the years. A couple other people from Hard get mentioned in passing, but they’re not really part of Moe’s life anymore…and some new people have joined him.

An Older Man takes place during Bear Week in Provincetown. Why take the action outside New York?

WH: Like many of us, Moe needs to step outside of his everyday life to truly understand what he’s going through. His sexual appetite hasn’t changed much, but after spending decades chasing older men, he’s starting to find that he can’t attract the men he’s used to attracting quite so reliably anymore, now that he’s over 40 himself. Bear Week is a very intense vacation—sort of a sexual carnival, a solid week of non-stop fun—that makes it apparent to Moe that the way he’s been doing things for 20 years isn’t working anymore.

For gay men, is there sex after 40?

WH: Yes. God, yes. It’s different from sex when you’re younger, but I’ll tell you something that nobody under 40 will truly understand or believe: I’ve found that it’s even better than it was in my 20s. And it was pretty damn good back then.

There is definitely a lot of sex in both books, but it’s not pornographic. What’s the difference, to you, between sexually explicit fiction and porn?

WH: The motivation. My books are explicit because the specific details are essential to the story, if you want to understand the characters’ desires and vulnerabilities and the risks they’re willing to take. In porn, the point is to turn the reader on. If my intention was to write porn—there’s nothing wrong with writing porn, mind you, but it’s not what I’m trying to do—the scenes might be a bit more titillating, a little more rooted in fantasy than very concrete reality. My husband pointed out that even thought there are a lot of sex scenes in Hard, in most of them, something goes wrong. That doesn’t happen in porn, where there’s almost always a happy ending.

In Hard, there’s an inkling that Moe might be intrigued by bear culture—he even poses for a magazine called Woof. But in An Older Man, he’s more explicitly bear-identified. What finally drew him in?

WH: Back in the 1990s, Moe knew that he liked hairy guys, older guys. As he became a hairy, older guy himself—with a gut that wasn’t going away any time soon—he naturally gravitated to the place where he felt not only tolerated but actually embraced for his looks.

Older Man headshotHow much of Moe Pearlman is based on you?

WH: I’m less neurotic than Moe, and happily married, so I’m not searching for Mister Right—I found him a long time ago. But Moe and I both share anxieties about our bodies and have similar tastes in men, and similar notions about sexual politics and chosen families. If you’re asking if my sexual skills measure up to Moe’s, well …

How can readers find out more about your books, and your events?

WH: They can check out waynehoffmanwriter.com for the latest updates.

 

Wayne Hoffman readings of Hard, An Older Man

Wayne Hoffman readings of Hard, An Older Man

Events

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Thursday 7/16/15
PROVINCETOWN

Wayne will be selling and signing books at the Bear Bones Books booth at Bear Market, held at the Crown & Anchor, from 12-2 p.m., and then reading at the Provincetown Public Library, 356 Commercial Street, at 7 p.m.

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Saturday 9/26/15
CATSKILLS

Wayne will be reading from An Older Man at Catskill Art Society, 48 Main Street in Livingston Manor, NY, at 2 p.m. Books will be for sale (cash only), with 20% of proceeds going to benefit CAS.

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Monday 10/5/15
BOSTON

Wayne will be reading from An Older Man at The Harvard Coop, at 1400 Mass. Ave. (3rd floor) in Cambridge, at 7 p.m.

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LOS ANGELES

Wayne will be reading from An Older Man at Book Soup, at 8818 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, at 3 p.m. He will be joined by fellow Bear Bones Books author Daniel M. Jaffe.

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Tuesday 10/20/15
SAN FRANCISCO

Wayne will be reading from An Older Man at Books Inc. in the Castro, 2275 Market Street, at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by Bears of San Francisco.

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Wednesday 10/21/15
SAN FRANCISCO

Wayne will be the featured reader at Smack Dab’s monthly open mike night in the Castro.

More info at Wayne Hoffman’s events page.

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Hard, a novel by Wayne Hoffman

Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press • April 20, 2015 • Categories: Novels, Gay Fiction

ISBN-10: 1-59021-290-4 • ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-290-5

364 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 inches • Paperback: $18.00 • eBook: $5.99

Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram.

Also available in Kindle and all other electronic-book formats

Order Hard directly from the publisher here.
Order the softcover book from Amazon here.
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Call for submissions: Bi Guys 2

Bi Guys, volume 2

Firsthand Fiction for Bisexual Men and Their Admirers

R. Jackson, editor
Lethe Press
Call for short story (fiction) submissions

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Everyone knows that Bi Guys make the best lovers, because of the range and depth of their sexual experiences. But not everyone knows that Bi Guys also make the sexiest fiction anthologies.

In 2006, the first groundbreaking collection of bi men’s erotic writing came out, and was subsequently named a Lambda Literary Awards finalist. Now the same editor of Bi Guys is seeking original submissions for a second volume of bi-rotic fiction for bisexual men and everyone who loves them.

We are once again bringing together a unique collection of outstanding sensual writing about the bi male sexual experience. This is bisexual-themed erotica with a decidedly masculine viewpoint, erotica with undeniable male heat, erotica you won’t soon forget!

We’re looking for memorable stories of bi/poly/pan male sex, love, romance, family, and community from 3,500 to 7,000 words long (firm upper limit — sorry, but if you can’t tell your story in less than 7K words, it’s not for us). Genres are open: settings may be contemporary, historical, mythical, or fantastic, but the central male character(s) must be bisexual.

We especially welcome strong stories that express ethnic/racial/gender diversity in its characters.

BiG Lethe frcoverTo learn the particular type of short fiction we seek, please familiarize yourself with the first volume of Bi Guys: follow this link to see the book on Amazon and use their free Look Inside the Book function to read a few stories. Better yet, buy the book, read all the stories, and then write us a compelling and completely unique story.

Payment per word for original work: 2 cents ($0.02 USD), payable after publication. Previously published stories and book excerpts accepted at half the original rate: please include complete prior publication information. All contributors will receive one gratis copy of the softcover book.

Proposed timeline (subject to change):

  • Contributor confirmation / story synopsis requested by         September 1, 2015
  • First story drafts requested by         October 1, 2014
  • Final story drafts due by      November 1, 2015
  • Contributor contracts issued by        January 1, 2016
  • Publication release date:        March 1, 2016

Send synopsis or story submissions, along with complete author contact information (including your legal name (and pseudonym, if you choose to use one), complete mailing address, telephone number(s), and email address; and author biography <75 words, to:

bearsoup AT gmail Dotcom, and ron.wolfbear AT gmail.com.

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About the editor: R. Jackson is editor of several groundbreaking collections of men’s erotic fiction, including:

  • Bearotica (published by Bear Bones Books)
  • Bear Lust (published by Bear Bones Books)
  • Bears in the Wild (published by Bear Bones Books)
  • Bi Guys: The Deliciousness of His Sex (published by Lethe Press)
  • Tales from the Den: Wild & Weird Stories for Bears (published by Bear Bones Books)

Now in print, Wayne Hoffman’s novels: Hard, An Older Man

The Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press is pleased to announce its 24th and 25th releases: the reissue of a funny, sexy, smart novel, Hard, and its new sequel novella, An Older Man, written by Wayne Hoffman.

Hard, a novel by Wayne Hoffman

Hard“Smart, fast-paced, raunchy and funny, a sexy comic strip of a novel about the way gay men live now.”

— Christopher Bram, author of Gods and Monsters

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“A breath of fresh air in gay male fiction.”  — Lambda Book Report

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“Sexual politics—both public and private—play out against the cityscape of mid-1990s Manhattan in Hoffman’s absorbing year-in-the-life of a group of gay men…The larger issues of sexual rights and AIDS add depth to their voices, making this sexually explicit debut novel an intriguing exploration of politics and psyche.”

— Publishers Weekly

In the late 1990s, Moe Pearlman finds his sex life under attack. A conservative mayor is closing down bathhouses, sex clubs, and adult theaters—with the secret cooperation of Frank DeSoto, publisher of the only gay newspaper in town. As the crackdown escalates, the tensions between Moe and Frank boil over into a full-scale battle—and, eventually, a personal tug-of-war—between two people with opposing ideas of what it means to be a gay man in the age of AIDS.

When Moe isn’t organizing safe-sex parties, posing for bear porn, or entertaining buddies he meets online, he’s looking for romance with the daddy of his dreams—a man named Max Milano who might not be looking for the same thing. And Frank, after a decade-long drought, is enjoying a sexual rebirth as his 50th birthday approaches, but he’s not sure if he can find a partner without having to pay for it. Added to this mix is Moe’s best friend Aaron Chiles, who’s having trouble accepting his new boyfriend’s job as a go-go boy and hustler. Meanwhile, Gene Macintosh, Moe’s HIV-positive ex-lover, is delighted to find that his viral load is undetectable, but his obsessive partner still treats him like a health risk.

From backrooms to newsrooms, the Meatrack to City Hall, Hard offers a no-holds-barred look at gay life in New York, where sex is a matter of life or death, and politics make the strangest bedfellows.

 

An Older Man, a novella by Wayne Hoffman

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Moe Pearlman—once the 20-something protagonist of Hard—is now over 40, overweight, and going gray. For someone used to being the adorable younger guy chasing after older men, that’s not particularly easy. But Moe’s whole conception of himself is challenged when he spends Bear Week in Provincetown, an event that brings thousands of mature gay and bi men to the tip of Cape Cod the week after Independence Day to revel and relax.

Still singular in his focus and sexual appetites, Moe hopes he’ll find a hot older guy and have an intense summer fling. Joining him on vacation is Moe’s ex-lover Gene and Gene’s new boyfriend Carlos, so Moe has no reason to feel lonely, but when the older objects of Moe’s affection start looking right past him in favor of younger rivals, Moe is shaken to the core.

Advance praise for An Older Man:

An Older Man is a bear-hug of a book that is equal parts burly bouquet of bear culture, a love letter to Provincetown, and a sexy story about our hirsute hero Moe’s quest to find ‘the one.’”

— Gregg Shapiro, author of Lincoln Avenue

 

 

Hard headshotWayne Hoffman’s acclaimed debut novel, Hard, and its sequel, An Older Man, are published by Bear Bones Books. Another of Wayne’s novels, Sweet Like Sugar, won the Stonewall Book Award. The author lives in New York City and the Catskills.

Author photograph by Frank Mullaney

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Hard
Hard, a novel by Wayne Hoffman

Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press • April 20, 2015 • Categories: Novels, Gay Fiction

ISBN-10: 1-59021-290-4 • ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-290-5

364 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 inches • Paperback: $18.00 • eBook: $5.99

Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram.

Also available in Kindle and all other electronic-book formats

Order Hard directly from the publisher here.
Order the book from Goodreads here.
Order the softcover book from Amazon here.
Order the ebook from Amazon Kindle here.
Order the book from Smashwords here.
Order the book from BN.com here.
Order the book from Amazon.uk here.

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AOMAn Older Man, a novella by Wayne Hoffman

Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press • June 1, 2015 • Categories: Novels, Gay Fiction

ISBN-10: 1-59021-291-6 • ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-291-2

148 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 inches • Paperback: $15.00 • eBook: $X.99

Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram.

Also available in Kindle and all other electronic-book formats

Order An Older Man directly from the publisher here.
Order the book from Goodreads here.
Order the softcover book from Amazon here.
Order the ebook from Amazon Kindle here.
Order the book from Smashwords here.
Order the book from BN.com here.
Order the book from Amazon.uk here.

Stealing Arthur featured in Instinct Magazine interview

Joel Perry and his new novel from Bear Bones Books, Stealing Arthur, are featured in a typically hilarious interview in the February 2015 issue of Instinct magazine.

“Joel Perry Knows Exactly Where to Stick That Little Gold Naked Man” by Jonathan Riggs StealingArthur_Instinct

Correction: Ron Suresha is cofounder, acquisitions editor, and chief chaiwallah of Bear Bones Books. The publisher of the Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press is Steve Berman.

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Now in print: Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry

Now in print from Bear Bones Books:

Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry

The Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press is pleased to announce the release of Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry.

Stealing Arthur,  a novel by Joel Perry

Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry

“Joel Perry’s new book, Stealing Arthur, is a hilarious page-turner that I just could not put down! His work is one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood. With this book, I predict that his name will be on everyone’s lips. Read it now!” — actor & comedian Jason Stuart

Based on an actual event, 55 of Hollywood’s highest awards — the Arthurs — have been stolen, setting in motion the kind of crazy only turn-of-the-millennium L.A. can provide. Intrigue, murder, comedy, sex, romance, celebrity dish, and ultimately redemption play out for characters from Skid Row to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, including all the desperate wannabes in between. In a town where people would happily kill anyone for a part, what would they do for a gilded Arthur statuette?

Joel Perry

Joel Perry

Joel Perry is the author of Funny That Way; That’s Why They’re in Cages, People!; Going Down: The Instinct Guide to Oral Sex; and The Q Guide to Oscar Parties and Other Award Shows. He grew up hairy, heavy, and homo in North Carolina. He has been an actor, writer, comedian, producer, and spiritual director. After 28 years in Los Angeles, Joel has returned to his hometown of Wilmington, N.C., where he lives with his husband and two cats that are so adorably cute you just want to vomit.

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Stealing Arthur, a novel by Joel Perry

Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press   •   January 5, 2015   •   Categories: Novels, Gay Fiction

ISBN-10: 1-59021-586-9 •  ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-586-9

380 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 inches   •   Paperback: $20.00   •   eBook: $6.99

Distributed by: Baker & Taylor, Ingram.

Also available in Kindle and all other electronic-book formats

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Order the book from Goodreads here.
Order the book from Amazon here.
Order the ebook from Amazon Kindle here.
Order the book from BN.com here.
Order the book from Amazon.uk here.