"Heavey is a magical realist and a myth maker…"
– Michael Sheldon, author of The Violet Crow 

DOMINO:

"A brilliant new book … This brave little cat has the courage of a lion"
– HillBuzz.org 

"Fantastic fable … Not only is this book a great story in itself, it's also quite clearly a parable for current events."
– Book Horde
 

"What appears to be a delightful tale about the trials and travails of a simple barn cat morphs into an allegorical masterpiece."
– Jack July, author of the Amy Lynn series 

UNDERLAKE:

"A Spellbinding, Supernatural Coming of Age Story"
– Daria Anne DiGiovanni, author and owner of WriteStream Media 

"Underlake is a complex story written to delight and empower the reader … Beautifully done for girls searching for their own voice."
– Literary R&R 

NIGHT MACHINES:

"Warning: DO NOT read this book right before bed! Night Machines is one very freaky ride."
– Let's Book It 

"This is pretty chilling stuff."
– The Goode Word 

“Far more than a romance, Night Machines is a thriller, a fantasy, a mystery. Yes, folks, we have a winner!”
Literary R&R 

"The story itself is unique and something I have never read before."
– The Ultimate Book Nook 

"Night Machines is a unique spin into escapism and its dangers, recommended reading. Five Stars."
–Midwest Book Review 

"When I came to the last 40 pages, I locked myself in my bedroom leaving my husband and children to fend for themselves for a while so I could read the conclusion."
– eFiction Magazine 

"I rarely read a book I find both literary and hard to put down...a unique and inspiring story."
– Meira Pentermann, author of Firefly Beach and Nine-Tenths 

"I did not even expect part of it until two-thirds of the way through Night Machines and I didn’t suspect all of it until the very end."
– The Greenwich Patch 

Monday
Jul182011

My first real review is in. . . .

. . . and I'm very happy with it! Here it is, from the Greenwich Patch dated July 15, 2011:

Author Taps Her Roots for Debut Novel

Kia Heavey of Glenville writes novel about life interpreting life.

Books don’t get much more ‘local’ than today’s debut novel "Night Machines" by Kia Heavey, wife of Greenwich’s new Deputy Police Chief Jim Heavey, although much of the action takes place next door  in Stamford and in the fictional Town of Vale. Vale is described as being another 15 miles up the Merritt Parkway, and reminiscent in some ways of – say – Trumbull but a bit more rural.

Elsewhere in Greenwich Patch is an interview with Kia, so I won’t belabor some similarities she has with her heroine Maggie Moore.  Maggie is married to Rowan, a detective with the Stamford PD, and loving mother of Hazel, aged 5, and Charlie, a toddler. 

As her adventure begins, Maggie is looking for a part-time job to ease back into the working world she left when the children arrived.  An alumna of Columbia’s Barnard College with some experience in advertising copywriting, she landed one at a live-wire pharmaceutical outfit in one of those office parks below the Merritt. It was called NarcoDynamics, and their goldmine was a sleeping aid called Anadreme, invented by the company’s handsome, charismatic and single founder, Dr. Cambien Cuthbert.

It quickly appeared that Cuthbert was a former nerd and high school classmate of Maggie - she didn’t recognize him but he definitely recognized her. Add one more complication: a sensational child-murder case in an upscale Stamford neighborhood - what some homicide squads call a ‘red ball’ case, a top priority to be solved yesterday if not sooner. Right when Maggie was starting at NarcoDynamics, this case absorbed almost all Detective Rowan’s waking hours and absolutely all his energy. When he was home he was short-tempered and distant.

Well, it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes, or even Dr. Ruth, to figure out that Maggie is going to begin thinking about handsome, rich Cuthbert who seems very interested in her. While she does nothing in a physical way, Cuthbert becomes literally the man of her dreams; she fantasizes about him at night, and has a sort of dream-affair with him. I have to say I envied Maggie this ability to ‘dream to order;’ if I had it, I would surely have called up many safaris with Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) in 1920s "Africa," or adventures with the 1960s Mrs. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg when we were both a lot younger) thwarting dastardly deeds as the third, American “Avenger.”

Well, so much for “wandering unchecked in a garden of bright images.” To get back to Maggie, while her dalliance with Cuthbert stays firmly in her dreams, it becomes very complicated when the man of her make-believe dalliance, also her rich, powerful boss, reciprocates her infatuation but in real life. Cuthbert is not at all accustomed to being denied or thwarted in what he wants, and it turns out he has wanted Maggie very badly since his nerd-phase in high school when she was pleasant rather than mocking him. It goes far beyond the conventional wisdom: “Be nice to nerds; you’ll probably end up working for one.”

It is unfair to the reader to say much more and spoil the unexpected denouement, as to which I will only say that I did not even expect part of it until two-thirds of the way through "Night Machines" and I didn’t suspect all of it until the very end.

I enjoyed the book, all the more because the author avoids the common trap of so many novelists, writing about things they know nothing about .(If you want to see what I mean, look at many of the ‘cop’ shows and almost all the ‘spy’ shows on television). As you can see from her interview elsewhere in today’s “Patch” she sticks to what she knows, not just as a successful cop’s wife but even slipping in a bit of her Greek ancestral heritage.

Link is here:

http://greenwich.patch.com/articles/author-taps-her-roots-for-debut-novel

Bonus: Here's an interest piece The Greenwich Patch also ran on me:

http://greenwich.patch.com/articles/kia-heavey-talks-about-her-debut-novel

Monday
Jul182011

Book Launch Party

My gracious and socially talented friend, Pam, insisted on hosting a launch party for me. It was on July 10th in Pam's beautiful back yard, on the banks of the Byram River. About thirty friends and family members enjoyed the lovely summer evening. Our daughters are now old enough to press into labor, and they did a great job filling platters, passing hors d'oeuvres, and clearing empties.

My good friend, Pam, emceeing the evening:

 

From left to right: Me; my feedback partner and friend, Sheryn; Karen, who did my final edit prior to publication. 

 

The hired help. (Yes, if you wait long enough, kids become useful.)

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