Thursday, August 18, 2016

"One Of The Most Fearless Women In The World"



Newsweek has proclaimed author Tala Raassi to be "one of the most fearless women in the world". Her fascinating story is about to be published. Ms. Raassi was raised in Iran. She states that she was punished there for her interest in fashion and her expression of individuality through clothing. That experience did not stop the author. She continued to develop an eye for style by attending backroom cafes and secret parties. Tala Raassi continued to work hard at her passion and eventually started her own clothing label after moving to the United States. "Fashion is Freedom" comes out on September 6th and it will be available on the Freading site at that time. It is featured in the September issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine as a "fearless" read. 

"Raassi's elegant, conversational style...brings readers into her world effortlessly and keeps them there until the final page. [Fashion is Freedom] offers women everywhere a heroine to cheer for."
Booklist

"Raasi's story is inspirational and very relevant for young entrepreneurs and creative types, providing plenty of insight into the dos and don'ts of running a small business."
 - Publishers Weekly

"Tala can serve as an inspiration to young women everywhere for shedding a dark and difficult past to become successful in business, but the most amazing part of her story isn't her achievement. It's that in spite of what she went through as a kid and aside from the incredible things she has accomplished, she is still an incredibly kind, open person - someone from whom we can all learn. Josh Ellis, Editor in Chief, 
" - SUCCESS Magazine

Thursday, July 7, 2016

As Good As Gone

" Readers won't get a novel any better than this"
- Library Journal, starred review



Calvin Sidney is not exactly the first person you would think of to watch your children.  He has spent the vast majority his life running away from every responsibility he ever had. Calvin's estranged son is out of options when he discovers he needs surgery. He asks his father two watch his two young children during this time. Calvin agrees and trouble soon arrives. This time it is in the form of a young boy who starts to be aggressive with Ann, Calvin's seventeen-year-old granddaughter. Calvin decides that he is done with running away from problems.



*An Amazon.com "Best Book of July 2016"

“There’s a plainspoken toughness to this writer—nothing of the lofty soliloquizing of Ivan Doig or the verbal dash of Thomas McGuane—that has led to him be overlooked in the large herd of fine Montana novelists. As Good As Gone is the latest of his books to forge satisfying drama from the intersection of Western mystique and middle-class reality. Mr. Watson points up some grubby truths behind the archetypal Western tale of the loner who comes to town and dispenses rough justice. It’s typical of this thoughtful novelist that the ending of As Good As Gone is nuanced rather than explosive, and its traces of heroism are found not in violence but in a show of restraint.”
—The Wall Street Journal


“…Watson evokes Big Sky Country as well as Montana writing legends like Ivan Doig, Jim Harrison and Norman Maclean. And like those authors, Watson is a naturally gifted storyteller, plainspoken and unpretentious. Watson is excellent at building suspense, and As Good as Gone is frequently exciting in a cinematic sense. (Just try not picturing Sam Elliott as Calvin Sidey.) …Watson is a generous writer, and his love of the West and the people who live there shines through.”
—Michael Schaub, NPR.org


[A] stunning novel…Having received numerous awards for his fiction, Watson (Montana 1948) is sure to win more praise for his powerful characterizations in the manner of Kent Haruf and Ivan Doig. Readers won’t get a novel any better than this.”
—Library Journal (starred review)


"Deserves a Clint Eastwood performance. Watson's powerful characterizations frame large and connected themes: family loyalty, the conflicting capacities of love, and the tenuous connections between humans."
—Kirkus Reviews