Whether it's because we like the book cover, the synopsis, or it has relevance to a current affair, we will spotlight a book or two here from a local author. Sometimes, however, we won't.
We may do something random like feature a literary event, contest, publishing press,
or site that just simply Rocs.
2/25/2018 0 Comments
SUNDAY ROC-LIGHTS: FEB. 25, 2018
Title: Absolute Zero
Author: Phillip Tomasso
Publisher: Severed Press
Genre: Military / Sci-fi / Horror
Why: Because the genre mixture sounded interesting and different.
Synopsis: When a recon becomes a rescue . . . nothing is absolute!
Earth, a desolate wasteland is now run by the Corporations from space stations off planet . . . A colony of thirty-three people are part of a compound set up on Neptune. Their objective is mining the planet surface for natural resources. When a distress signal reaches Euphoric Enterprises on the Nebula Way Station, the Eclipse is immediately dispatched to investigate.
The crew of the Eclipse had no idea what they were getting themselves into. When they reach Neptune, and send out a shuttle party, they hope they can find the root cause behind the alarm. Nothing is ever simple. Something sinister lies in wait for them on Neptune. The mission quickly goes from an investigation into a rescue operation.
The young crew from the Eclipse now finds themselves in the fight of their lives!
2/18/2018 0 Comments
SUNDAY ROC-LIGHTS: FEB. 18, 2018
Title: Always Want More
Author: Banke Awopetu-McCullough
Publisher: Concrete Rose Publications
Why: Because it's rooted in education, takes place in Rochester, and we like amplifying voices that offer real and raw perspectives.
Synopsis: Tracy Mitchell loves to love. Her childhood love of writing and community landed her in Harlem, where her career as a hip-hop journalist flourishes until she publishes the wrong story. Blacklisted and heartbroken, she returns to her hometown of Rochester, New York, where she begins teaching at-risk students.
This new love affair dwindles quickly, when Tracy becomes frustrated with the school’s overwhelming problems. She meets Oxford Quinn, otherwise known as “X,” during this time. True to form, Tracy quickly falls in love with X and his “by any means necessary” lifestyle.
This whirlwind romance removes Tracy’s illusions and forces her to see Rochester as it is. In love and sick of running, Tracy and X decide to take a stand. Will their love be enough to drive out darkness? Or will Tracy be left to always want more?
2/18/2018 0 Comments
Sunday ROC-Lights: Feb. 11, 2018
Title: Seven Little Secrets
Author: KL Gore
Why: Because bringing awareness to teen suicide is always relevant.
Synopsis: Seven popular high school cheerleaders. Seven distinctive lives. Seven little secrets. And the truth that haunts them all.
The Janes have everything: beauty, brains, a secure future. So why did co-captain Natalie Greene trade her perfect life for eternal sleep? Her teammates hold pieces of the puzzle, but putting the parts together means revealing defects and vulnerabilities.
And when you're a Jane, you're flawless.
An afternoon of mourning turns into a day of disclosures. A day that challenges the teammates to discover the true meaning of friendship.