Karavan Press: A LitNet interview with founder and publisher, Karina M. Szczurek

What kind of books would you be interested in printing? And why?

Books I can be passionate about, of any genre, any length, but mainly literary fiction and non-fiction. I read extremely widely, and don’t want to box myself or Karavan Press writers and readers in. I want to nurture authors and their creativity, establish strong bonds between Karavan Press writers and readers, and offer a literary home for those who treasure words and stories. Excellence, integrity, and love for the book as an object are the cornerstones of what Karavan Press is about.

Click here to read the entire interview: LitNet

Printing pains

Apologies to our author Melissa A. Volker and all our Readers, but because of a glitch in the printing process the delivery of A Fractured Land and Shadow Flicker to bookshops countrywide will be delayed. We hope it will be by only a few days. They are almost ready …

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First Karavan Press titles go to print

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A dream comes true.

The first Karavan Press titles –  A Fractured Land and Shadow Flicker by Melissa A. Volker – went to print last week. Official publication date is 1 June 2019.

Karavan Press wants to thank all the people who have made the publication of these titles possible, especially Melissa A. Volker who entrusted her beautiful books to our care. We are proud to publish her work in South Africa.

For further information, please explore karavanpress.com or contact us: karavanpress@outlook.com.

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Karavan Press title: Shadow Flicker by Melissa A. Volker

Shadow Flicker_LR for web

DESCRIPTION

Kate Petersen keeps her panic attacks to herself, until the day she experiences one in front of her boss. With her personal life in ruins, her job is all she’s got. When an important renewable energy assignment in an Eastern Cape surfing village comes up, she is allowed to take over only if she promises to get her anxiety under control. She decides not to tell her boss that he is sending her to the very place where all her troubles began with a tragedy which continues to haunt her.

Determined to put the past behind her, she arrives in St Francis Bay ready to placate environmental opposition to her employer’s planned wind farm. Trouble brews when she begins to fall for Matthew Sykes, the attentive vet and surfer who is still grieving the death of his wife.

Meanwhile, the parochial locals escalate their protests, from peaceful resistance to creepy threats, and Kate is forced to confront her worst fears as well as risk exposing her fragile state of mind to Matthew and her client.

Then the violence intensifies and Matthew turns out to have a few secrets of his own. Kate understands that their growing relationship and her job are at stake, but she doesn’t know that her life is also in danger …

ISBN: 978-0-6399942-0-8

Also available on Kindle: Shadow Flicker by Melissa A. Volker

Publication date: 1 June 2019

 

WHAT READERS SAY

“An enthralling tale of romance, surfing, environmentalism and healing.”

— Martinique Stilwell, surfer and author of Thinking Up a Hurricane

 

“Melissa A. Volker deftly weaves romance, eco-fiction and surf noir into a gripping saga in Shadow Flicker. In the small coastal village made popular by The Endless Summer, the restless wind brings waves, haunted memories, and the promise of a green energy future. Volker takes you to the heart of the turbulence.”

— Glen Thompson, surfer, historian & writer

 

ROSA-Strelitzia-Winner-Badge“The Romance is thoroughly believable and satisfying. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year!”

“I especially enjoyed the very real South African setting and characters, the unique surfing background, and also that the hero and heroine and their conflicts were not clichéd.”

“It was fresh, well written.”

— ROSA’s Strelitzia Award Judges, 2017

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa A. Volker 1MELISSA A. VOLKER was born in Port Elizabeth to an American mother and a South African father. She is a reader, writer, blogger, recycler and award-winning stand-up paddler. A few years ago, while taking a break from a career in beauty therapy, she studied creative writing. She now writes romantic environmental fiction and blogs about writing and surfing. Her first novel, Shadow Flicker, won the Strelitzia Award from the Romance Writers Organisation of South Africa in 2017 (given to the most promising manuscript), and her second novel, A Fractured Land, was published in the United States a year later. Karavan Press is proud to publish new editions of both titles in 2019.

Karavan Press title: A Fractured Land by Melissa A. Volker

A Fractured Land_LR for web

DESCRIPTION

Left with a huge debt by her runaway ex-husband, Lexi Taylor is out of money and out of luck. In search of a new beginning and determined to be on her own, she returns home to sleepy Graaff-Reinet. She becomes the manager of the inn at Apricot Farm. Free of the burdens of her old life, Lexi finally feels she’s getting back on track – until American Carter O’Brien arrives in town.

South Africa is a long way from his home in Texas, but it’s the fresh start Carter needs – and his last chance. A former musician and the wayward son of an oil industry tycoon, he has been sent to the Karoo Basin in search of shale gas, and is expected to succeed. Harbouring serious mistakes in his private and professional past, he can’t afford any distractions, no matter how alluring.

Carter was prepared for potential problems – angry farmers, anti-fracking protests, tricky negotiations – but fighting his attraction to Lexi wasn’t one of them. As Lexi is drawn into Carter’s work and his complicated life, the pair must confront danger from an unexpected enemy in the Karoo … and from their own hearts.

ISBN: 978-0-6399942-1-5

Publication date: 1 June 2019

WHAT READERS SAY

“Take some fracking in the arid Karoo, mix in the disappearance of a young woman, add some sinister environmentalists, a dashing Texan geologist and a kick-ass heroine and you get a fabulous romantic suspense. Melissa A. Volker’s great sense of humour and her passion for the environment shine through in this eco thriller. Really enjoyed it.”

— Pamela Power, author of Ms Conception, Things Unseen & Delilah Now Trending

 

“I loved the evocative setting, intriguing storyline and memorable characters in A Fractured Land. The romance was palpable and this was a delightful and easy read.”

— Belinda Mountain, writer & award-winning parenting blogger

 

“I absolutely loved how Melissa managed to capture life in small town Graaff-Reinet, and her use of language to so perfectly depict the arid landscape of the Karoo was breath-taking.”

— Sharon Van Wyk, lifestyle blogger, sales & communications manager

 

A Fractured Land combines sizzling romance with environmental awareness – the novel is a declaration of love for passion, adventure and the beauty of the South African landscape.”

— Karina M. Szczurek, Cape Times

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa A. Volker 1MELISSA A. VOLKER was born in Port Elizabeth to an American mother and a South African father. She is a reader, writer, blogger, recycler and award-winning stand-up paddler. A few years ago, while taking a break from a career in beauty therapy, she studied creative writing. She now writes romantic environmental fiction and blogs about writing and surfing. Her first novel, Shadow Flicker, won the Strelitzia Award from the Romance Writers Organisation of South Africa in 2017 (given to the most promising manuscript), and her second novel, A Fractured Land, was published in the United States a year later. Karavan Press is proud to publish new editions of both titles in 2019.

 

Author: Melissa A. Volker

Melissa A. Volker 2MELISSA A. VOLKER was born in Port Elizabeth to an American mother and a South African father. She is a reader, writer, blogger, recycler and award-winning stand-up paddler. A few years ago, while taking a break from a career in beauty therapy, she studied creative writing. She now writes romantic environmental fiction and blogs about writing and surfing. Her first novel, Shadow Flicker, won the Strelitzia Award from the Romance Writers Organisation of South Africa in 2017 (given to the most promising manuscript), and her second novel, A Fractured Land, was published in the United States a year later. Karavan Press is proud to publish new editions of both titles in 2019.