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I continue my Origin Stories series with my coming of age novel THE SUMMER OF WINTERS.

This particular book holds a special place in my heart. It's a coming-of-age tale (one of my favorite sub-genres) set in my hometown in the early 80s. While the main plot is completely fictitious, there is a lot of autobiographical tidbits from my own childhood in this book. I put in all the places that were important to me growing up, and even had the main character living in the very house I lived in as a child.

When I was writing the book, I always intended to send it to Tom Moran, who had published a few other books by me. Once the book was complete, I did just that but unfortunately Tom passed on it. As did a second publisher I sent it too. Both publishers had nice things to say about the story, but neither felt it really fit in with the kinds of things they were publishing.

I put the book aside and worked on other projects. After Evil Jester Press published THE QUARRY, editor Pete Giglio expressed interest in publishing more of my work. I sent him THE SUMMER OF WINTERS to get his impressions of that novel.

His response was very enthusiastic, and he bought it for Evil Jester almost immediately. He edited the book, and he is also responsible for the cover, which I think is very evocative and powerful in its simplicity.

The book was released in early 2013, and as with my previous book, Pete over at Evil Jester worked his ass off promoting the book and it did well for us. It is my most reviewed book on Amazon, and the notices were overwhelmingly positive.

As I said, this one means a lot to me, and I'm really grateful the book is still available out there for people to discover.

THE SUMMER OF WINTERS can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Winters-Mark-Allan-Gunnells-ebook/dp/B00AW0MVHS/ref=la_B005C18L7Q_1_29?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483194843&sr=1-29&refinements=p_82%3AB005C18L7Q