Random Acts of Publicity Week - Carl Brush
Welcome to the Thursday issue of Random Acts of Publicity Week. Today, I'm featuring fellow Solstice Publishing author, Carl Brush. Carl's book, Second Vendetta, will soon be released, and he's here today to give us an idea what it's all about.Why don't you give us a quick overview of Second Vendetta?
It’s taken Andy Maxwell two summers—1908-1910—to help his family recover from the effects of the murderous attack on them and their Sierra Nevada Ranch. That vendetta nearly killed his mother, severely damaged barn, house, and livestock, and exhumed some long-buried family secrets—including the fact that his father was black. He’s had to alter his whole notion of who he is and where he came from. But now that he’s Shanghaied the vendetta’s perpetrator, nursed his mother back to health, and got the ranch operating again, he thinks he can return to grad school and pursue his history doctorate in peace.
First of all, it turns out they don’t want a miscegenated mongrel in the University of California doctorate program. Just when he’s enlisted the eminent San Francisco journalist, Ambrose Bierce, to help him attack that problem, it turns out that the murderer’s Shanghai arrangement didn't stick. Michael Yellow Squirrel has returned for another try at eliminating every last Maxwell on earth. So much for school. Andy’s back to defending himself and his family against a savage and formidable enemy.
And then there’s the election.
Hiram Johnson is running as a reformer for California governor against the railroad barons and needs a Republican Assembly candidate from Andy’s district to replace the recently-deceased incumbent. Time is short. Andy’s a prominent rancher with name recognition among the local voters, and Johnson wants him on the ticket, but why would Andy make himself an easy target for his nemesis? The answer? The promise of a post-election appointment to the university board of regents where he could influence the policy that bars him from his dream of a place among the academics.
And then there are the women.
Andy’s just revived the relationship with the love of his life, the debutante daughter of a prominent, if corrupt, state senator, and that’s going pretty well. But an Arapaho princess he thought he’d left behind two years ago suddenly returns to threaten the new version of his old love.
So, Andy Maxwell, how are you going to deal with all these quandaries? My historical thriller, The Second Vendetta answers that question and many more with a tale-telling style that pulls readers into the book and doesn’t let them go till they’ve turned the last page, wishing there were more yet to turn.
That sounds incredibly interesting. It's definitely a book I'm putting on my to read list, Carl. Let us know a little bit about you.
Carl Brush has been writing since he could write, which is quite a long time now. His work has appeared in The Summerset Review, Flashfiction.net, Right Hand Pointing, and will grace the pages of the upcoming issue of Blazevox. He has participated in the Napa Valley Writers' Conference, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference.
Carl lives with his wife in Oakland, California, where he enjoys the blessings of nearby children and grandchildren.
If you'd like a copy of this fascinating book, follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Second-Vendetta-ebook/dp/B0094NRU7A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346929394&sr=1-1&keywords=carl+brush
Thank you for joining me today, Carl. I'm sure there are a lot of folks out there who will enjoy reading Second Vendetta.Join me tomorrow for a look at Solstice author, Kim Dahlen, and her current work: Cards of Sin.