Tuesday, June 14, 2016


"...this is a rollicking, colorful adventure... A vivid, twisting tale of midlife awakening." – Kirkus Reviews
Yes... That's right... I'm bragging! Just when the writing-gods seem to have turned away, leaving me in hyper-typer -Siberia... when it appears nothing good can come of my 130K-word weighty-tome, The Knife Thrower's Wife and all of the blood, sweat, tears, insanity, and laughter that went into writing the dag-blamed thing; it happened. The revered, venerable, polished, dependable, book-industry insider,  Kirkus gave my as-yet-unpublished manuscript a stellar review! Plus, it is featured in Kirkus Magazine where less than 10% of their reviews are displayed.

However... Oh, the Irony!

That's the thing... my highly-favorably reviewed book is unpublished! In the wacky world of publishing, what would normally come off as putting the cart before the horse isn't as crazy as it seems, since in this case, my review could attract agents and publishers... or quoted passages of the review could be part of my PR if I self publish, which is still a feasible option.
Please click HERE to check out the full Kirkus page; including bio, bibliography, excerpt and such-like, or see below where I have included the review only. Getting such a great review could possibly lead to publication, but for the time being my manuscript is tied up with Amazon Kindle for the remainder of the voting period and decision of whether they will accept it for publication.

That reminds me... Have you voted for my book yet? If not please click HERE and nominate The Knife Thrower's Wife! And pretty-please share the link with friends... after all, it's a cool site where you get to play publishing God.


Sleepwalker Cassie Green, lately painting violent dreamscapes featuring her husband, becomes suspect in his death in this debut thriller/mystery.
Waking up in her suburban Houston-area bedroom, Cassie Green looks up at walls dripping with bats. She then remembers that she “hallucinated those molten bats” ever since confronting husband Austin over “screwing his bimbo coworker.”  She then flashes back to two months earlier, before she consciously knew about her husband’s affair. She began having dreams of Austin as a knife thrower, aiming to injure her, and then, eventually, of her stabbing him. She is rattled by these dreams, from which she awakens in different spots around her house, since they remind her of childhood sleepwalking episodes, one possibly connected to the killing of a neighborhood dog. Yet Cassie, depressed by her husband’s frequent absences and her jobless live-in adult twins’ sloth, is also inspired to paint her experiences, encouraged by best friend Trix, a single, glamorous downtown artist who dislikes Austin. When Austin turns up stabbed to death soon after discovery of the affair, Cassie’s dramatic paintings become a catalyst for putting her on trial for murder. By novel’s end, many pay the consequences. Houston-based McGraw, an illustrator and author of children’s picture books (Love You Forever, 2012, etc.), has written a nifty adult debut that magnificently leverages her artist’s eye. Cassie’s dreams, tableaux featuring a garden snake, clown, dead mother, and more, aren’t only striking (often literally) stand-alone scenes, but also serve as surreal blueprints into this heroine’s mind. Some parts of this novel, narrated by Cassie, run on a bit long, particularly in recounting Austin’s bad and neglectful behavior. Overall, however, this is a rollicking, colorful adventure, complete with a shocking and fitting ending.
A vivid, twisting tale of midlife awakening.

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