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Title: The Crows of Bedu
Author: Nye Joell Hardy
$15.99, Paperback, 322 pages
Publishing Date: March 1, 2010
Publisher: Pill Hill Press, 343 W 4th St.
Chadron, NE 69337
Contact: Nye Joell Hardy
Please Release Immediately
Local Author turns Monterey Bay into Mythological Fantasy
Prunedale, CA – Although the new novel The Crows of Bedu is a fantasy featuring Greek mythological characters, lonely teenagers, and a menagerie of crows and other animals, readers will recognize, among other things, the old Holman building in Pacific Grove and Lover’s Point. It is no coincidence: the author grew up and lived in many of the towns edging the Monterey Bay, including La Selva Beach, Watsonville, Salinas, Castroville, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Carmel.
She still lives in the area. Nye Joell Hardy completed a B.A. in Biology at U.C. Santa Cruz, and went on to a career in agriculture. She began writing in her late twenties and has sold science fiction and fantasy to magazines for fifteen years. The Crows of Bedu, her first novel, was released this March by Pill Hill Press. The cover art was also done by a local artist, Tamlin A. Barlowe.
“I wrote this before there was a real Young Adult market, before Harry Potter and vampire romances,” she says, “So it was written for both adults and kids. And it captures the mysterious feel of this area, even on a sunny day.”
The first chapter is available for free at www.pillhillpress.com. The book is available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com. Pill Hill Press also offers free copies for libraries and reviewers.
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Pill Hill Press, my publisher, has just been wonderful. They made arrangements for a web radio interview at www.blogtalkradio.com/search/nye-joell-hardy/ . Ugh. I hate hearing my voice!
Okay. That's enough shameless self-promotion for now...
My first novel, The Crows of Bedu, will be published by Pill Hill Press. It's a wonderful Christmas gift for me, certainly.
What is it about? Well, let me see...
An immense scraggly black tree.
A hoard of juvenile pickpockets.
Murder by bow and arrow.
A thief turning into a white owl.
Frogs blurting out symphonies.
A prison of famous paintings.
A sky that screams like a dying girl.
A dead Queen reigning for hundreds of years.
An ancient belt of crystal and silver links.
A palace which only exists in
the determined memory of one
beautiful, angry enchantress.
And thousands and thousands of crows.I love this story, and I hope you will, too!
"Pandora's Box Anthology," Pill Hill Press 2010
"The Four Horsemen Anthology," Pill Hill Press 2010
"Press "1" to Begin"
The "Futures" column of Nature, December 2009
Abyss & Apex, August 2008
The "Futures" column of NATURE, Feb 2008
In my writer's life:
- Since 1995, I have sold science fiction and fantasy to NATURE, BLACK GATE, ABYSS & APEX, CHALLENGING DESTINY, and other wonderful magazines.
- I read 100 science fiction authors to learn more about the genre and about writing. Halfway through my list, I was convinced I needed to go to Clarion.
- I stopped my life to attend the 2006 Clarion, the last to be held in Michigan. Our instructors were Samuel (Chip) R. Delaney, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Joe and Gay Haldeman, Kelly Link, and Holly Black. It left sparkles in my brain.
- I critique stories with my other writing friends, especially Arwen Spicer and John Kratman.
- Somehow, I ended up with a Bachelors in Biology, remarkable in that I have the mathematical prowess of a guppy.
- Also quite unexpectedly, I am running the food safety department for one of the largest produce companies on the planet.
- I am getting a Masters in Food Safety (the company won't pay for a Masters in English).
- No one is more surprised than me that all of this has occurred.
In my private life:
- I am 44 years old.
- My husband Chris and I were married at Portmerion, in Wales in 2005. If you don't know where that is, google "The Prisoner."
- I have had two best friends since I was thirteen years old., Taryn and Shasta. Have you heard the saying "Friends help you move; real friends help you move bodies?" These two are the real kind.