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Sinfully Funny!

“eccentric, Faustian take on chick-lit.”

  • Kirkus Reviews

the Sinful life of lucy Burns

Elizabeth Leiknes

“I receive an enormous number of first novels, and rarely give blurbs, but I finished The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns yesterday, and am delighted that Bancroft Press decided to take a chance on Ms. Leiknes—she deserves it. She not only came up with a great premise for a story, but her novel is quirky and fun, and main character Lucy Burns herself is devilish and likeable. The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns is a quick and easy read, and one I enthusiastically recommend.” —JanE GREEn, authoR oF such intERnational BEstsEllERs as STraighT Talking, To have and To hold, and Jemima J., and oFtEn REGaRdEd as onE oF chick-lits PionEERs

“I know that whenever I’m struggling in a review to adequately convey how smart and well-written a book is, it’s a winner. I really hope that anyone looking for a witty, literate, wonderfully entertaining read will choose this . . . quirky, intelligent, clever ode to everything from Faust to Walt Disney to the Native American trickster tradition to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” —dEaR authoR REviEw BloG

“Elizabeth Leiknes is an extremely talented, clever, and funny writer who clearly enjoys language and ideas. It was really fun to be let into her world, her mind, and her thoughts. She’s written a wonderful book.” —liBBy malin, authoR oF loveS me, loveS me noT and Fire me!

“I could not put this book down for even a little while, and when I got to the end, I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more to read. Elizabeth Leiknes is definitely one to watch.” —BEllas novElla, which RankEd luCy BurnS onE oF thE BEst Books oF 2009

978-1-890862-6-26 $21.95 Hardcover * 978-1-890862-72-5 $7.99 eBook

“a fast-paced, modern Nancy Drew-type mystery that’s a great read.”

  • Debi Markee, Resources for Children’s Writers

Mystery & Family

Recovering Dad A Bianca Balducci Mystery

Libby Sternberg

“The real draw to this story is Bianca’s voice, which is strong, vibrant, confident, and vulnerable. Her insights into the emotional lives of other characters move the story along. With its light dose of teen issues, Recovering Dad is a good transition for fans of Nancy Drew to contemporary teen fiction.” school liBRaRy JouRnal

“What strikes the reader most about this series is just how all-American girl- next-door Bianca is. So many mysteries written for YAs have characters that are so much more courageous and intelligent than their readers; Bianca is a girl her readers will find familiar, like them. The sisters Balducci operate frequently out of emotion, not exactly cool reasoning, but that makes them all the more believable to YA readers.” —kliatt

“The mostly realistic and believable story moves quickly, aided by the quick-witted, first-person narrative.” —voya (lEsliE wolFson)

“I hadn’t read either of the previous books before reading Recovering Dad, and I found myself comfortably ensconced in a story bursting with likeable characters, everyday problems that every teenager will be able to relate to, and a murder mystery that twists and turns on its journey enough to keep readers guessing. Bianca’s voice is light and entertaining, and the balance between the mystery and the everyday was well done. I thoroughly enjoyed Recovering Dad, and I look forward to reading more of Sternberg’s work.”

  • tEEns REad too (5 out oF 5 staRs)

978-1-890862-58-9 $19.95 Hardcover

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