Becca Litman will lead the discussion, where we look at a book from the POV of publishing professionals. Sure, we'll argue about what's to like and not to like about the book itself, but we will also discuss common issues we've encountered in our own and/or our client's efforts to publish fiction.
Look for updates as June 4 gets closer--I may be able to invite Amy to speak with us about her adventures in publishing. In addition to independently publishing her own books, she offers publishing services to other writers in the science fiction genres (think thriller/mystery, not so much fantasy and robots).
Amy Rogers writes a regular science column for Inside Arden, and is an active member of California Writers Club, Sacramento branch. I chatted with her at the Local Author Book Festival April 12 and decided to purchase a Kindle version of her book, Reversion (it's $5.99). Here's the book summary from Amazon:
Rabies kills. Can it also cure?
Tessa Price, PhD, knows what it’s like to lose a child to an inherited genetic disease. To spare another mother this pain, she invents a radical new gene therapy that might save the life of seven-year-old Gunnar Sigrunsson. Unable to get regulatory approval to treat Gunnar in the US, she takes her clinical trial to the Palacio Centro Medico, a resort-like hospital on a Mexican peninsula where rich medical tourists get experimental treatments that aren’t available anywhere else.
When the hospital is taken over by a brutal drug cartel, Tessa hides with a remarkable trio of Palacio clients—rich Texan Lyle Simmons, his much-younger Brazilian girlfriend, and his protection dog, a German shepherd named Dixie, only to learn that gangsters aren’t the only deadly threat they face. A rabies-like infection that began in the Palacio’s research chimpanzees has spread to humans. Tessa investigates and finds a shocking connection to her gene therapy experiment. In the wake of this discovery, Tessa must weigh the value of one human life against another—including her own.