Kristin Kramer (@kdkreviews)
Kristin Kramer (@kdkreviews)
Rick Hautala’s The Cove is currently featured on the Barnes & Noble homepage for the NOOK Books store!
Good news! THE COVE will be a Nook First feature at B&N starting on 1/29. This edition will also feature previews of Rick’s other books. For those of you interested in the print edition, I am told that it will happen in late February/early March.
BeforeItsNews.com has posted a review of Dark Duets. The review has this to say about “Trapper Boy,” the story by Rick Hautala and Holly Newstein-Hautala:
“Trapper Boy” by Holly Newstein and Rick Hautala is set in a coal mining town. John’s father thinks it’s time John started working in the mines, while his mother would like to see him go to school. John himself would like to study to become an artist, but he’s nine years old already, and it’s time for him to contribute to the family’s budget. Mr. Comstock hires John as a trapper for sixty cents a week, working 12 hours each day for six days a week. That means John sits in the dark and cold, waiting to open the mine shaft doors for the mules bringing coal to the surface. Things are looking grim for John until his mother buys him a box of colored chalks, and he uses them while on the job to draw animals on the doors by the light of his small lantern. It seems like a sentimental story until the sharp edges come through. This is one of the best stories in the book, a stand-out in the otherwise weaker second half of the book.
Star Road is a new, massive SF opera written by Matthew Costello and Rick Hautala. Today is the official publication date for the book, which is published in hardcover by Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin’s Press).
A rebel and an outlaw lead an unsuspecting group of adventurers on a secret mission across the vastness of space, in Matthew Costello’s Star Road
Ivan Delgato, a former leader of a rebel group called the Runners, is released from jail on the condition that he carry out a secret mission for the World Council. His assignment is simple: stay under cover, but do absolutely anything necessary to reach the planet Omega IX and offer the renegade Runners clemency if they surrender—which may be complicated since Ivan’s brutally violent brother has taken lead of the Runners in Ivan’s absence.
In search of the Runners, Ivan catches a ride out to the wildest reaches of the galaxy via a mysterious transportation system, the Star Road. His fellow passengers on Star Road Vehicle-66 are a suspicious group, all with their own hidden reasons for traversing the star road. As the travelers contend with increasingly deadly encounters, it isn’t long before suspicions build against Ivan.
And as the Runners must choose one brother over the other, on a planet filled with ancient secrets, those who survive will confront a mystery that changes the Star Road, and humanity, forever.
The book is available in ebook and trade paperback formats. It can be purchased from the Crossroad Press store, as well as from:
Holly Hautala says, “This is my favorite book of Rick’s, and I know you will love it too. So go forth and read!”
Most people who visit coastal Maine see only the stark and rugged beauty of the pine groves and rocky beaches. But for those that live and work there, it’s very different. THE COVE tells the tale of a family, deeply rooted in Maine, and of a town where corruption and the Mob play a dark counterpoint to the idyllic postcard images.
Ben Brown comes back to Hudson’s Cove after serving in Iraq. Fighting PTSD and a sense of failure, he finds his hard-drinking fisherman father running drugs, his sister struggling in a violent marriage, and his brother sullen and withdrawn. He falls quickly for Julia, a woman “from away,” who has a devastating secret. As Ben tries to unravel the secret and help his family survive, events in The Cove pull him like a rip current toward a final cataclysm.
Rick Hautala’s only mainstream novel draws heavily on his own experiences growing up in a coastal town, where fishermen struggled to make ends meet and things were not always as they seemed. Rich characters and a gripping story reveal what life at the edge of the sea really is…
A great new review of The Demon’s Wife has been posted on ReadersFavorite.com.
The Dead Lands will be published in February 2014 by JournalStone Publishing. You can pre-order the book from JournalStone Publishing.