May 19, 2014

It's release day for "Love Songs of the Revolution!"

Love Songs of the Revolution, by Bronwyn Mauldin

Exciting news around here today -- CCLaP's fourth original book of 2014 has just been released! It's called Love Songs of the Revolution by a Los Angeles writer named Bronwyn Mauldin, and is a real departure for us; it's our first-ever spy thriller, as a matter of fact, although with this being CCLaP, you can rest assured that it's an unusually literary, unusually intelligent spy thriller, something much more along the lines of John Le Carre instead of Tom Clancy. But here, I'll just let you read the synopsis to get a better idea of what I'm talking about...

An official painter for the Lithuanian Communist Party, Martynas Kudirka enjoys a pleasant, unremarkable life with a beautiful wife and all the privileges that come with being a party member. Yet in the summer of 1989, his ordinary world suddenly turns upside down. Political revolt is breaking out across Eastern Europe, and Martynas comes home to find his wife dead on the kitchen floor with a knife in her back. Realizing the police will not investigate, he sets out to find his wife's killer. Instead, he stumbles upon her secret life. Martynas finds himself drawn into the middle of an independence movement, on a quest to find confidential documents that could free a nation. Cold War betrayals echo down through the years as author Bronwyn Mauldin takes the reader along a modern-day path of discovery to find out Martynas' true identity. Fans of historical fiction will travel back in time to 1989, the Baltic Way protest and Lithuania's "singing revolution," experiencing a nation's determination for freedom and how far they would fight to regain it.

This is also an interestingly unique book in that the entire third act is told in "epistolary" style, which means as a series of documents like blog pages, Twitter feeds, income tax returns and the like; and that third act really sheds a new light on the entire traditional narrative that came before it, and is something that I think all you fans of smart, complex literature are really going to love, whether or not you're already a natural fan of spy thrillers. I'm incredibly excited and proud to be putting this out under the center's name, and I hope that this will be the start of a growing amount of intelligent and well-done crime novels being published around here, in the response to overwhelming audience demand for such books.

Love Songs of the Revolution at Amazon

As always, the electronic version of this book is being offered completely for free, in four different formats (PDFs for both American and European laserprinters, EPUB for most mobile devices, and MOBI specifically for Amazon Kindles), over at the book's main headquarters at [cclapcenter.com/lovesongs]; or if you prefer, Kindle owners can order this straight through Amazon for US$9.99, and have it delivered directly to their device with no muss or fuss. And of course we have a 300-page paperback version available too (although as always with our new trade paperbacks this year, production is running behind, so it'll actually be another two or three weeks before you'll receive your copy); that can be ordered by clicking on the button below...

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And finally, don't forget that the book has its own listing over at Goodreads.com as well, and that we really appreciate it when our fellow GR members add the book to their libraries there, and especially when they post a few thoughts about it after reading it, easily the number-one way on the planet that we attract random strangers as new readers. And of course there will be lots of other things coming up with the book this summer too, including a big release party next month at L.A.'s famous Skylight Books; but as always, more on all these things as we get closer to the dates. For now, I hope you'll have a chance to stop by and download the book right this moment; it's a really astounding genre title in my opinion, and will be right up the alley of existing Graham Greene fans and others.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 10:56 AM, May 19, 2014. Filed under: CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Literature | Literature:Fiction |