May 17, 2013
"Ryan’s prose is controlled, engaging, insightful, and optimistic in its portrayal of its characters' abilities to overcome hardships," writes Robert Keegan of Survival Skills in Four Ties Lit Review. "All of Ryan’s stories chart humans’ survival patterns in careful, controlled detail."
May 6, 2013
"With her debut collection Survival Skills, Jean Ryan brings to the short story what Mary Oliver does to poetry," writes The Los Angeles Review. "Both writers enrich their work extolling the wonders, as well as warning of the dangers, found in nature; and both intimately align women with the natural world."
May 1, 2013
Thanks to the Animal Legal Defense Fund for choosing The Tourist Trail as an Animal Book Club pick: "Throughout the book, the passions and sincerity of animal advocates are captured with immense respect…the story becomes unstoppable."
April 28, 2013
"Survival Skills by Jean Ryan is a life-affirming short story collection that role models understanding, acceptance, and celebration of differences in life, in all its forms," reads this review in Booklover Book Reviews.
April 25, 2013
"In these jewel-box stories, Nature often serves as a metaphor for the conflicts or questions bubbling between the human characters–and Nature also plays the foil," writes Rachelle Newbold in Newbold Ink of Jean Ryan's Survival Skills. "These stories examine core issues of life–love, loss, change, damage, togetherness–but in such a precise way that one doesn’t feel weighed down by the truths as they are revealed."
April 23, 2013
"Life's brutalities—amnesia, coma, and quirks of human nature—are extreme yet familiar in this captivating collection," writes Publishers Weekly of Jean Ryan's Survival Skills. "Ryan controls devastating psychological material with tight prose, quick scene changes, and a scientist's observant eye."
April 20, 2013
"[Jean] Ryan gently examines her characters and lays them out for the reader to love and protect," reads this review of Survival Skills in Luxury Reading. "Her stories invite introspection and an encouragement toward empathy…I loved each one."
April 19, 2013
April 19, 2013
Thanks to the Ashland Daily Tidings for this article on green reading and publishing.
April 18, 2013
April 3, 2013
"This collection touches on the insecurities that exist within all of us and manages to capture the moment when happiness intersects with longing," reads this review of Survival Skills in Book Chatter. "Ryan handles both with dignity and grace."
March 28, 2013
"Stunning," writes Serena Agusto-Cox of Survival Skills in Savvy Verse & Wit. "[Jean Ryan's] collection melds nature and human nature flawlessly as Ryan explores the parallels between the natural world and the human world."
March 15, 2013
Author Jean Ryan "is not only a gifted wordsmith but a skilled anthropologist, creating, analyzing, and pulling apart at the cross section of each character," writes Lindsay Denninger in The Summerset Review. "Ryan's writing is honest and hopeful, tinged with compassion and the sense that there is always tomorrow, no matter what today brings. This combination of reality and humility is few and far between in today's fiction, and it is impeccable in Survival Skills."
March 8, 2013
February 28, 2013
"In a literary alchemy, Gloucester author JoeAnn Hart has transformed the essence of the word 'float' and its multiple meanings into an environmental novel featuring Maine characters as complex as those who reside in this city, the nation’s oldest seaport," writes Gail McCarthy of Float in The Gloucester Times.
January 25, 2013
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January 6, 2013
"Only a skilled writer could make readers care about a Komodo dragon. That's what Mindy Mejia does in her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, a sort of ecological love story in which zookeeper Meg Yancy guards and protects Jata, the Komodo dragon that has been in her care at a Minnesota zoo since it arrived from Indonesia," writes Mary Ann Grossmann in Twin Cities Pioneer Press. "After a heartbreaking/terrifying scene (I dare you not to cry), we're given a perfect ending."
January 4, 2013
December 28, 2012
Out of Breath is "worth reading just to experience that feeling of being completely taken in by the story," reads this review on Carabosse's Library. "Kat, the protagonist, [i]s the kind of resilient heroine that we need to keep in most young adult books. She is a fully capable young woman who you immediately start cheering for."
December 16, 2012
The Dragon Keeper "is a skillfully, well-researched story that will keep your attention from the very first page. The book will entertain you, but more importantly make you question the ethics of keeping animals in captivity," writes Lee Khatchadourian-Reese in The Vegan Version. "A stunning first novel by Mindy Mejia, this is well worth the read and would make for some interesting book club discussion."
December 12, 2012
"The Dragon Keeper is a layered and complex story…In this wonderful debut novel, [Mindy] Mejia captivates her readers with a story in which the fates of an exotic Indonesian dragon and a Minnesotan zookeeper are intertwined. She addresses themes of freedom, independence, wildness versus captivity, and the (im)possibility of any living thing ever being tame…A highly ambitious and complicated debut novel," writes Inge Lamboo in Switchback literary magazine.
December 8, 2012
The story in Balance of Fragile Things "is developed through eloquent prose and original, vivid details that leave the reader with a clear portrait of each character’s internal and external design. Like the earth itself, the layers of the narrative may seem simple and insignificant at first, but the chapters coalesce into a complete novel that is greater than the sum of its parts," writes Kristen Leigh in The Los Angeles Review.
December 7, 2012
November 27, 2012
Blair Richmond's The Ghost Runner "mixes environmental concerns with themes of finding your ground amidst a turbulent sea and the ghosts of the past," reads this review in Savvy Verse & Wit. "It’s about dealing with your responsibilities as a part of nature and as a part of a wider society, and more than that it’s about changing your own actions and behaviors to make the changes in the wider society and world you seek."
November 23, 2012
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October 31, 2012
Thanks to Cascada Travel for this review of The Tourist Trail: "[T]he multiple narratives romp along at an exhilarating pace whilst the classic trick of consistently switching viewpoints keeps you pressing on through the quieter passages…Ultimately, this is a story of a group of individuals each struggling in their own way to find a path through the conflict of what it means to be human. As animals of instinct we are drawn to consume the earth’s resources and to dominate the natural world for our own comfort and enjoyment. Yet our self-awareness and rationality have led us to question the morality of our interaction with nature, and to understand that our own success is often unsustainable."
October 30, 2012
"Maintaining the fast-paced, mysterious tone of the first book, [Out of Breath], Richmond has succeeded in developing Kat’s character and that of those closest to her. Never wavering from the unexpectedly blended themes of environmental awareness and the paranormal, the reader is reminded that things are often not as they seem, and that sometimes we have to look back in order to move forward," writes Erica Settino of The Ghost Runner in this new review.
October 26, 2012
The Ghost Runner is a "fast-paced trilogy…[Richmond] does a great job capturing the flavor, politics and issues of the town…The Ghost Runner perfectly captures its setting while adding in engaging characters and a dose of the supernatural," writes Vickie Aldous in Ashland Daily Tidings.
October 26, 2012
"Everyday Writing: Tips and Prompts to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life by Midge Raymond is a slim book, just what writers need — practical advice, but not lengthy practical advice that causes them to procrastinate about their projects. Raymond’s writing style as engaging as her advice, and the writing prompts can be used for any project," writes Serena Agusto-Cox in this review in Savvy Verse & Wit.
October 23, 2012
"Mindy Mejia’s debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, is a rare combination of suspense and eloquence," writes Erica Settino in this review of The Dragon Keeper. "Factually precise and educational—providing scientific theory and research—while also creatively drawing on the moral issues that surround said research, Mejia has managed to produce a story that will leave the reader questioning everything they thought they knew about the animals held captive in zoos, and even more about the individuals whose duty it is to care for them."
October 22, 2012
"[Olivia] Chadha's absorbing first novel depicts a family of first-generation immigrants in upstate New York encountering the difficulties of survival, assimilation and longing for home…It's a delightful intrigue, with strong characters who develop and grow throughout the book as they face frightening turns," writes Publishers Weekly of Balance of Fragile Things.
October 22, 2012
Float "is all of these things: joyful and troubling, hilarious and somber, evocative and introspective," writes Stefanie Freele in Necessary Fiction. Check out this Q&A with JoeAnn Hart, author of Float (coming in February 2013).
October 19, 2012
October 8, 2012
"The question of who will prevail in this battle of good against evil, of humility against greed, is the most pressing of several cliffhangers that will keep readers eagerly awaiting the third and final volume in Richmond’s compelling trilogy," writes Our Hen House of Blair Richmond's The Ghost Runner.
October 6, 2012
Mindy Mejia's The Dragon Keeper is "an excellent novel with real, imperfect characters," writes 5 Minutes for Books in this five-star review.
September 26, 2012
Blair Richmond's The Ghost Runner is "thoroughly entertaining," writes Kirkus Reviews.
September 20, 2012
John Colman Wood "knows the best way to write about the research anthropologists conduct, while at the same time maintaining the reader’s engagement in the story of his protagonist and his wife…A well-written and paced debut novel that will surprise readers with its journey into the customs that bind us together and how they are shaped by the people that create them," writes Serena Agusto-Cox in Savvy Verse & Wit.
September 3, 2012
"John Colman Wood’s novel, The Names of Things, a quiet story with a philosophical center, is [an] example of how a well-traveled theme becomes relevant and remarkable in its retelling. This isn’t just the transposition of a familiar story into an updated timeline; this is a story that takes all of its intensity from its contemporary context…In short, what could be just another grief story becomes absolutely unique, even exotic," writes Michelle Bailat-Jones in Necessary Fiction.
"Raymond has a gift for dispensing gentle, intelligent advice that even the most harried and overworked will find inspiring," writes Melissa Hart in the September 2012 issue of The Writer magazine. "Everyday Writing gives us permission to call ourselves writers, and found time to practice our craft."
August 27, 2012
The Dragon Keeper is a "layered, complicated, and challenging story…While painting a portrait of an imperfect but idealistic and dedicated woman, The Dragon Keeper also raises some difficult questions about the preservation of endangered species and our responsibilities for non-human animals," writes Our Hen House in this review.
August 14, 2012
August 6, 2012
"Author [Cher] Fischer explores an impressive number of environmental concerns, including little-known problems like the fatal consequences to sea life of desalination machinery. While entertaining, Falling Into Green is also an education," writes Piper Hoffman in this review from Our Hen House.
"With vivid detail and thoughtful prose, [John] Wood delivers a unique and heartbreaking story of love, loss, and the universal human experience of seeking acceptance," writes Dani Burlison of The Names of Things in The Los Angeles Review.
July 18, 2012
The Names of Things "is a beautifully written book permeated with a sense of sadness and regret, set against the backdrop of the desolate Kenyan landscape," writes Kim Kovacs in this review in BookBrowse.
July 17, 2012
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June 15, 2012
Everyday Writing "offers good tips for busy writers," writes Vickie Aldous in Ashland Daily Tidings. "One of the most useful things about Raymond's book is the list of more than 150 writing prompts…Raymond's prompts are so intriguing."
June 8, 2012
John Colman Wood's The Names of Things is "beautiful and haunting. I highly recommend reading this book," writes David S. Atkinson in this review in The Lit Pub.
June 1, 2012
"From the first page, Fischer’s debut eco-mystery novel [Falling Into Green] pulls the reader into a mesmerizing whodunit adventure that weaves the motivation behind the victim’s murder with the self-destructive acts that human beings are committing against nature," writes the Palos Verdes Peninsula News. Read the PV News interview with author Cher Fischer here.
May 25, 2012
May 9, 2012
"Two of Ashland Creek Press' latest releases, The Names of Things by John Colman Wood and Falling Into Green by Cher Fischer, are among the best books I've read this year," writes Nina Sankovitch in The Huffington Post. "The writing in The Names of Things is beautiful, hypnotic, and exacting…[Falling Into Green] is an eco-mystery set at a fast pace, punched through with staccato sentences, twisting plot, shifting landscape, and a mighty heroine for the 21st century."
May 1, 2012
Cher Fischer's eco-mystery, Falling Into Green, is reviewed in Library Journal: "Fischer's debut mystery introduces a fascinating topic—ecopsychology…readers intrigued by a New Age topic, psychological work with troubled clients, and Los Angeles's cultural diversity may enjoy."
April 27, 2012
Midge talks about book trailers in this Ashland Daily Tidings article.
April 25, 2012
Neuroanthropology reviews John Colman Wood's The Names of Things: "The Names of Things explores fieldwork in the deepest sense of the word, the transformative effect of moving our lives to another place, often a strange place, for months or years at a time...The novel is also the story of a journey, a seeking of truth or at least revelation, and the inevitable gaps and betrayals and transcendence such journeys can bring."
April 24, 2012
Erica Settino at This Dish Is Veg writes of Falling Into Green: "Cher Fischer, an ecopsychologist who writes fiction and mystery as well as any veteran novelist I can name, has produced an exciting, educational, and thought-provoking story that is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about the interrelation of environmentalism and our mental health."
April 15, 2012
Thanks to Lee Khatchadourian-Reese at The Vegan Version blog for this wonderful review of Cher Fischer's eco-mystery Falling Into Green: "Both a love story and a murder mystery/thriller, Fischer skillfully makes you think about the linkage of the psyche to our surroundings and the world in which we live. This book will capture and keep your attention until the very last page."
March 12, 2012
Publishers Weekly reviews Cher Fischer's eco-mystery Falling Into Green: "Fischer’s appealing fiction debut introduces feisty Irish Latina eco-psychologist Esmeralda Green…the aptly named Dr. Green and her friends are fresh enough to recycle."
February 12, 2012
January 12, 2012
Out of Breath gets a wonderful recommendation from Booklist: "Combining mystery, romance, vampires, and strong vegan and environmental messages, this will have readers of light paranormal novels running to the next book in Richmond’s trilogy."
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December 28, 2011
Out of Breath is "a fast-paced, clever story with a protagonist who is both tough and sympathetic and with equal measures of the paranormal and the ecological," writes Literary Ashland.
December 2, 2011
Out of Breath is "a well-written novel ... an entertaining, fast-paced book that would make a good holiday present for that teen or young adult in your life," writes Ashland Daily Tidings.
November 2, 2011
The Snowdrop Dreams of Books blog writes that Out of Breath is "a great story based on trying to find out who you really are, who you want to be, and how to get there."
October 31, 2011
"Out of Breath is a fast-paced read…a haunting and inspired read…not just another vampire novel," writes Lost for Words.
October 28, 2011
Thanks to the Curling Up by the Fire blog for this review of Out of Breath: "Out of Breath is the first novel in a planned trilogy and features a host of intriguing characters who are mysterious, quirky, and interesting. I found myself fascinated by the added running culture that was intertwined throughout the novel and how it was woven so seamlessly into the plot and into the characters' lives...an enjoyable novel." Read the whole review here.
October 25, 2011
Another great review of Out of Breath: "You'll find this one a treat because it's much along the lines of a Twilight venue...Blair Richmond is a very strong author. Her style is not only agreeable but engaging, and it has a flow that makes one want to keep digging for answers. I was hooked from the beginning." Read the whole review at Bookish Dame Reviews.
October 24, 2011
Lovely review of Out of Breath from 1000+ Books to Read: "From the very first page you get hooked into this book...I couldn't put it down...This is a book to add to your collection. A unique paranormal twist added into a spectacular story of an odd town with good-hearted people."
October 21, 2011
October 20, 2011
Thanks to Literary R&R for this lovely review of Out of Breath: "This book is extremely well-written. I became engaged in this story from the first page...I would definitely recommend this book to readers of YA and mystery books."
October 18, 2011
"An eco-friendly, vampire-ridden mystery with a love triangle...a quick read with love of the environment, vampires, and a little mystery." Click here for the full review of Out of Breath on the Girls in the Stacks blog.
October 15, 2011
Mad as the Mist and Snow is "part of the library you need in the back seat when you wander Oregon," according to The Gresham Outlook.
October 14, 2011
Another fabulous review for Out of Breath, from Our Hen House: "In this young adult novel, author Blair Richmond weaves together the seemingly incompatible themes of vampirism (in other words, killing and consuming sentient beings) and veganism (not doing that) in a tale that explores the moral implications of what we eat and how we treat the environment along with the more traditional literary themes of romance, friendship, and the inescapability of one’s past. All this in a compulsively readable story..."
October 13, 2011
Wonderful new review from the Savvy Verse & Wit blog: "Out of Breath by Blair Richmond is a young adult novel that will have readers quickly turning the pages to find out what secrets Kat Jones is hiding and why the town of Lithia where she ends up seems so ethereal and mysterious...Readers will enjoy the mix of paranormal, young adult coming of age story, romance, and suspense mixed with a theme of environmental conservation and appreciation."
October 7, 2011
"This series opener blends genre tradition with West Coast environmentalism ... the pseudonymous author delivers plot twists with minimalist (for the genre) panache, producing a green parable infused with a rich sense of place: an organically grown confection." — Kirkus Reviews.
"Out of Breath far surpasses the industry standard for young adult literature, and introduces an exciting and rare form of thought-provoking subject matter into mainstream storytelling," according to this review.
June 16, 2011
Thanks to The Vegan Version for this wonderful review of The Tourist Trail: "The book is full of excitement and suspense and reads easily while adeptly addressing ethical issues of animal protection and animal rights..."
May 20, 2011
The Tourist Trail receives an excellent review from The Literary Lioness: "The Tourist Trail by John Yunker is an exciting, thoughtful, intelligent, and extremely well-written ecothriller...kept challenging me at every turn."
April 26, 2011
Ashland Creek Press is pleased to present Patti M. Marxsen's essay, Archaeologies, available in Kindle and PDF formats.
March 16, 2011
Ashland Creek Press is featured in the business section of the Mail Tribune.
March 10, 2011
The Tourist Trail is "an emotionally charged story of personal evolution, sacrifice, and redemption," writes Erica Settino in this lovely review.
John Yunker is interviewed by FARM about animals, writing, The Tourist Trail, and who our biggest heroes are today.
The Tourist Trail "is a reader’s pleasure" ... read more in this review by Phoebe Journal of Literature and Art.
John and Midge produced a book trailer, of sorts...