Between the Voice and the Echo

A Novel

Archive for March, 2009

Enemy Mine

Posted by William Bain on March 24, 2009

ABNA contestants square off...

ABNA contestants square off...

Two more cool people to check out in the Amazon contest.

Scott McFadden and I graduated from Wabash (Scott a few years ahead of me) and his novel, The Lover’s Tree, is also a quarter finalist in the ABNA contest. Check it out here:

In case you are wondering, he’s Dennis Quaid.

Alexis Wiggins, a fellow UNO grad, is also in the running. Her excerpt, Looker, is in General Literature. Check it out here:

Alexis is not pictured above. I’m willing to bet that while Scott and I argue over who gets to be Dennis Quaid and who gets to be Louis Gosset, Jr., Alexis is quietly attending to the adult conversation in some other room.


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Through Black Spruce

Posted by William Bain on March 22, 2009

Joseph's newest novel...

Joseph's newest novel...

Joseph’s latest novel has been released in the States. I got it yesterday and immediately sacrificed a good deal of sleep in its company. This image is from the Canadian release. I like it better than the US cover. maybe that goes without saying.

I will go on the record as saying that both Boydens, Amanda and Joseph, have had brilliant books marred by questionable covers. Amanda’s Babylon Rolling had a gorgeous cover that got rejected for the US release. I wish I could show you a side-by-side comparison with the one she got. Mind boggling.

I don’t hate the US cover of Through Black Spruce, but it seems weaker than the Canadian. This happened with Joseph’s first novel. The Canadian cover captured the beauty and mystery of the story while the American cover made it look like a History Channel documentary of trench warfare.

Me? I guess I just want my own cover about which to complain.

Check out both Joseph and Amanda Boyden. They are great writers and wonderful people.

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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Posted by William Bain on March 22, 2009

Between the Voice and the Echo in the ABNA contest!

Quarter Finals have started! There are 500 hopeful quarter-finalists in this year’s ABNA contest and “Between the Voice and the Echo” is in the mix. There’s a lot of great writing in all the categories. I wish I wasn’t such a slow reader and horrible typist.

Check out my excerpt at and leave a review. Let me know what you think.

more posts to come…

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