My Only Sunshine

My Only Sunshine

Release Date: July 13, 2015 Publisher: Brain Mill Press Series: The Burnside Series; A Lakefield Novella Length: 105 pp. ISBN: epub 978-1-942083-02-3; mobi 978-1-942083-07-8 Buy the Book My Only Sunshine A heart-rending and satisfying romantic novella featuring a musician who appeared as a minor character in Laugh. SummaryPraiseExcerptBuy John Lake owes his label an album—and has for months. Alone in his farmhouse studio outside of Lakefield, Ohio, he hears the music, but he won’t write it down. All the songs remind him of her. Fifteen years ago, Mallory Evans was a fairy-haired warrior-poet. John couldn’t figure out why no one in high school noticed. He noticed, and he came to her window every evening before darkness came and the private violence of her home life threatened. Then, inevitably, one terrifying night broke the sweet spell between them. John hasn’t seen Mallory since, but he’s looked for her—in his audiences, in his dreams. Now he decides that if he can’t find the inspiration to finish an album, he can at least find Mallory and finish what has always been between them. Such a reunion story could have felt schmaltzy, or unconvincing, in the hands of a less talented writer. But Rivers . . . has the writing chops to make a more-than-persuasive case for the power of adolescent love, and its potential to last far into adulthood. –Romance Novels for Feminists “Wow. You really are in trouble, huh?” We’re sitting on the floor in the living room of the farmhouse, our backs against the sofa, making paper airplanes out of staff paper. We have a lazy competition going on to see who can land...
The Dark Space

The Dark Space

Release Date: June 1, 2015 Publisher: Brain Mill Press Length: 240 pp. ISBN: print 978–1–942083–00–9; epub 978–1–942083–01–6; mobi 978-1-942083-05-4 Buy the Book The Dark Space The exciting first collaboration of two award-winning novelists known for delivering innovative, rule-breaking stories in beautiful prose, The Dark Space pushes well beyond existing New Adult and romance fiction to speak to real college experiences of identity, sexual intimacy, and change. SummaryPraiseExcerptBuy College senior Winnie Frederickson has accomplished nothing in four years but summa cum laude and the power of invisibility. A professor’s kid, carelessly popular Cal Darling feels like he’s been going to college forever. If there’s anything left to learn, he’s not going to find it in the classroom. The theater department’s “make-out class” is famously hard to get into, and what goes on between the twelve people who take it every spring is an annual topic of speculation. Winnie needs one more arts class to appear well-rounded for fellowships. Cal is just … bored. The dark space – a class, a place, a state of mind – is ready for them both. Rivers and Knox will pull readers in with their wonderful writing style and interesting story about endings, beginnings, and finding yourself. –Library Journal   “Unlike any New Adult romance I’ve read . . . The Dark Space is a story you won’t soon forget.” –USA Today  The Book Find in yourself those human things that are universal. –Sanford Meisner Cal It is impossible that you will believe everything in this story, even though all of it is true. Even though all of it means that right now, I am smiling...
Snowfall

Snowfall

Release Date: October 28, 2014 (reissue) Publisher: Random House Loveswept Series: The Burnside Series; A Lakefield Novella Length: 150 pp. ISBN: ebook 9780804178389 Buy the Book Snowfall The moving story of a woman who must confront a life-changing event and the man who helps her view the world in a different light—just in time for Christmas. SummaryPraiseExcerptBuy When Jenny Wright becomes involved in an online romance with someone she knows only as “C,” she can’t get enough of their conversations. Flirting online helps Jenny temporarily escape confronting the innumerable changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. It’s easier having a relationship with someone behind a computer screen, someone with whom she doesn’t have to share every intimate detail of her life. Jenny’s occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford, is helping her prepare for the challenges ahead. But the forthright, trustworthy man can no longer ignore his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client. His only option is to end their professional relationship . . . and embrace a romantic one. Now Jenny must choose between the safe, anonymous “C”—or the flesh-and-blood Evan, whose heated kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall. And after receiving an unexpected present for Christmas, Jenny just may find the courage to let down her defenses and trust—in herself, and in the possibility of lasting love. What I love most about Mary Ann Rivers’ stories is how with one hand she keeps a ruthless stranglehold on false hope, and with the other she offers the most delicate of joys. I feel both rational and enchanted when I read them. Her writing does not require...
Rainy Season

Rainy Season

“Summer Rain” is a short story that appears in the Summer Rain anthology. All proceeds from the volume will be donated to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (www.rainn.org), the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States. Release Date: June 7, 2014 Publisher: Pink Kayak Press ISBN: ebook 9781941361009; print 978-1941361009 Buy the Book Rainy Season Rain sparks self-awareness and allows a withdrawn barista to fall in love with a cafe patron — and with her own art. SummaryPraiseExcerptBuy Lisa Shirek is everyone’s favorite barista. She does more than get her customers’ orders right — she gets her customers. She can see the most painful moments of their lives like stormy weather around their bodies, and she does what she can to soothe that pain with the right smile, the right words, the perfect combination of coffee and foam. Except, then, there’s Mark — he’s a sunbeam, a mystery made of light. He breaks through the storm around her so she can see herself, for herself. A sweetly emotional story that deals with disappointment and having the courage to let go of the past in order to move forward. — Smexy Books   Miss Bates loved that Mark and Lisa began from a place that told them they didn’t “get it right;” through conversation, sharing, and touch, they have a chance, a better place together than apart. — Miss Bates Reads Low Pressure   Jerry is telling me about his upcoming hearing-aid appointment when I see him coming. Him not meaning Jerry, but him. Him-him. I stop paying attention to Jerry. It’s okay that I do, because I’ve been hearing about Jerry’s upcoming appointment at high volume for a...
Laugh

Laugh

Release Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Random House Loveswept Series: The Burnside Series (no. 2) Length: 288 pp. ISBN: ebook 9780804178228 Buy the Book Laugh The Burnside family series continues as two people try to share their hearts without losing their cool. SummaryPraiseExcerptBuy Dr. Sam Burnside is convinced that volunteering at an urban green-space farm in Lakefield, Ohio, is a waste of time—especially with his new health clinic about to open. He only goes to mollify his partner, suspecting she wants him to lighten up. Then Sam catches sight of Nina Paz, a woman who gives off more heat than a scorcher in July. Her easy smile and flirty, sizzling wit has him forgetting his infamous need for control. Widowed when her husband was killed in Afghanistan, Nina has learned that life exists to take chances. As the daughter of migrant workers turned organic farmers, she’s built an exciting and successful business by valuing new opportunities and working hard to take care of her own. But when Sam pushes for a relationship that goes beyond their hotter-than-fire escapades, Nina ignores her own hard-won wisdom. She isn’t ready for a man who needs saving—even if her heart compels her to take the greatest risk of all: love. Amazing . . . one hell of a journey for a single book. —Never Too Fond of Books The humor, emphasis on community, and passionate feeling make [Laugh] a lovely read. —Dear Author Laugh makes you want to go out and take life by the horns, hug your friends and family tight and, yes . . . laugh. —For What It’s Worth If you want to read superb quality writing, be...