Landfall by Joseph Jablonski - Our Next Title

Landfall  by Joseph Jablonski


by Joseph Jablonski

Bacon Press Books is pleased to announce our next title -Landfall, a gripping novel by Joseph Jablonski. It will be out in time for the holidays.

After a long career at sea, Jake Thomas thinks he’s finally put his life in order. He’s got a new wife, a new home, time to tend his roses and to write. But his past and the secrets he’s kept, even from himself, won’t stay buried.
Forty years earlier, a woman was murdered during Jake’s first voyage as a deck cadet on the American freighter, the SS James Wait. Her children want answers only Jake can give. But resurrecting old memories takes him spiraling back to the chaos and upheaval of the late 1960s.

In this riveting story-within-a-story, Jake’s peaceful routine in Portland, Oregon, stands in stark contrast to his days as a merchant seaman in Subic Bay, when he set off on a journey to discover his dark side. A journey that hasn’t yet ended. 
Like Joseph Conrad, Joseph Jablonski has created a novel set at sea that is as much a careful observation of human nature and a powerful condemnation of war as it is a fascinating sea story.

What we love about this book
Landfall is one of those books that won't fit neatly into just one category. It's too large. It's about Jake Thomas's struggle to come to terms with his past. But beneath that is the struggle to come to terms with the war in Vietnam and its casualties. It's about the hypnotic spell of first love, the devastation when it ends, and how both remain for years. And it's about a modern marriage crumbling. Then there's the murder of Alice - the questions left unanswered. The search for truth, no matter the cost. All done in a simple, powerful style that reminded us of Joseph Conrad. 

In other words, there's an awful lot to love about Landfall.   

A Little Shameless Self-Promotion - Interview on Book Marketing Buzz Blog

Here's an excerpt from an interview with Brian Feinblum on BookMarketingBuzzBlog.

Interview With Michele Orwin, Publisher, Bacon Press Books

Michele, what are the rewards and challenges to leading an independent publishing company?
The rewards: I love discovering gifted authors who have written good books and making those books available to readers. I’ve been very lucky to have found a group of talented people to work with to make sure the books are done professionally. And the indie community has been very generous about sharing information and helping small publishers like me who are just starting out.

The challenges: Almost too many to list.
Finding authors with good, finished manuscripts who are ready to try independent publishing and understand the partnership model we’re using. Then finding readers when there are so many books to choose from.

Working almost counter to some authors’ fantasies of what being published is going to be like. Sometimes emerging authors hope the book they’ve written is perfect and doesn’t need professional editing. Or that their book will be an immediate success - friends and strangers will rush to buy it and will be eager to write great reviews. That can happen. But more often it doesn’t. And last is the fantasy that the book will somehow sell itself.  Maybe the hardest for me and our authors is understanding that it all takes time. Time to build a reputation, time to find the right readers.

What are some of your most successful books? In this super competitive publishing world, I think any kind of exposure, sales or reviews for a first-time author are great. I know other people measure success differently. Our nonfiction book, In Search of the Fun-Forever Job by Ellis Chase is the overall most successful. Great reviews from both respected people in the field and readers. Sales every month. Quite a few bulk orders. Ellis is also the only author who does a blog post every week. He’s active on social media, and he has a lot of speaking engagements. Plus it’s nonfiction on a topic of interest. It’s well-written and has a great cover. All those things don’t come together that often.  I think our newest book, Identity Thief by JP Bloch, will do really well. It’s a fast-paced, psychological thriller - a popular genre. Early reviews and sales are excellent. The book that’s coming next, Landfall by Joseph Jablonski has a real shot. It’s beautifully written and an unusual story. The debut short story collection, The Man Who Built Boxes by Frank Tavares, has more than one hundred reader reviews. Not all of them great, but at least it means readers are taking notice. Short stories are a tough sell even for seasoned authors.  For me, the other books have had some success, considering they’re from first-time authors. They’ve gotten very positive reviews. Man from the Sky by Danny Wynn is a novella. Blues for Beginners by Judith Podell is a collection of funny short stories. And The Clear Blue Line by Al Sprague is an action/adventure story set in Panama in the 1970’s. We thought with a lot of sex and sharks, it was bound to be a best seller but it’s too early to tell.

Read the rest of the interview here

Just Released - Identity Thief by JP Bloch

Now out, Identity Thief. The fast-paced psychological thriller from JP Bloch. 

Why we like this book.

  • It’s a page-turner. We get to see an awful lot of manuscripts and the trick is to find ones that engage us from the first page and keep us hooked. Not only did we have to read Identity Thief all the way through on our first reading, but it also has hooked us every time we’ve read it since then. 
  • There really are two sides to every story. In Identity Thief, you get the story from the thief’s point of view and from the victim’s. True, you might not want to hang out with either one, but somehow the thief comes out a little more sympathetic than his vic. 
  • It’s funny, in a quirky, dark humor sort of way. Some of the characters (not saying which) have lines that almost made us laugh out loud. 
  • It’s unpredictable. We’re the kind of readers who try to guess ahead. This story took us by surprise.

Why you’ll like this book.

It’s not for everyone. But if you like edgy, fast-paced, psychological thrillers with interesting characters and great storytelling, then this one’s for you. 

Pick up a copy today. We’re eager to hear what you think.*

*Yes, there's nudity, profanity, sex, and all kinds of shenanigans. But not enough to scare you off. 

 Cover by Al Pranke, amp13