Thursday, 15 February 2018

Inspired by Art: The Contest and Other Stories


A Tootie-Do Press Original!



We VALUE your readership! Tootie-Do Press is behind production schedule because I worked in an outside job for three months, and now I'm making an unexpected move to a new location! When all the dust settles, we'll produce and illustrated ebook and possibly a special edition hardcover, and will add the softcovers at Ingram. For now, The Contest and Other Stories is available in full-color and BW print softcover at all international Amazons.
We'd love to receive honest reader reviews at Amazon and Goodreads (and other fine book emporiums as The Contest is listed at these). Indie authors and small presses depend upon reader reviews to survive and thrive!

  ::~The Story~:: 

Inspired by the works of international artists, this Young Adult - New Adult collection of nineteen spellbinding magical realist, paranormal,  slipstream, dark fantasy, alternate history, and fabulist tales (with a connecting novella) is collaboratively authored by Joe DiBuduo and Kate Robinson:
Peter John Rizzo, a 1960 graduate of Yale University’s journalism program, inherits a floundering art magazine from his uncle, John Rizzo, with the provision that he must increase the circulation or forfeit all assets to creditors.  
Peter Rizzo, Pete’s father, is a banker who scorns careers in the Arts and Humanities, and is jealous of his late brother’s influence upon his wife and son. 
Classic Art Exposé’s devoted but unorthodox editorial assistant, Jason, and two university interns, sisters Shirley and Evie, help Pete start a monthly short story contest with artwork prompts, hoping to expand and save the business.
As the four friends publish the winning (and sometimes disturbing) stories over the following eighteen months, Pete battles his father’s attempts to ruin his business and his reputation, and in the process, discovers a sordid family secret. What else could possibly go astray?


“Cheater” first appeared in Western Weird, Volume 4, Manifest West Series, (Western Press Books - Western State Colorado University, 2015).
“Night Café” won the quarterly New Short Fiction Award (Jerry Jazz Musician, 2012).
“Lost Memories” first appeared in The Memory Eater (CP Anthologies, 2012).  
“A Twisted Garden” first appeared as “The Yellow House” in Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy (May December Publications, 2011).  
“The Snow Globe” first appeared in Best Served Cold: An Eye for An Eye (Runewright LLC, 2011).

Editorial Review

“Love the atmosphere and story narration. . . vivid and gripping. The frame narrative is more compelling than expected. . . has hints of beat literature, and the story arc about an art magazine is interesting." 


SALE! Get ANY Tootie-Do Press title at any international Amazon for $2 off in February or check out the ongoing Tootie-Do Press 2 for $22 publisher special!

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Thank you, Indiegogo donors and new readers for bearing with us during the painfully long and slow pre-pub process. We love you and hope that you are as excited as we are about this unique, art-inspired connected short story collection!
Authors Joe DiBuduo & Kate Robinson

 & Tootie-Do Press

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