For book/ebook authors, publishers, & self-publishers
Hi, my name's Karl Larew. I'm a semi-retired history professor at Towson University, specializing in military history and philosophy of history. I have six novels on Amazon.com/Kindle; one of them is also on Barnes and Noble (Nook) and Smashwords. I'm talking about "Candles in the Window," a psychological study of the sex/love lives of a bunch of college students at the University of Connecticut in the 1950s. Feeling the generation gap, they form an artificial family for mutual support, centered on a beautiful, extremely talented, but enigmatic girl nicknamed "Silky." They view her from different perspectives, leaving the idea of "truth" up for grabs. A priest with homosexual urges provides a counterpoint to the students' story. There is some coming-of-age, some nostalgia, some (non-genre) romance. This book was originally published in 1999 and got well reviewed in the "Baltimore Sun," the reviewer being so impressed by the realistic and "lively" prose that he assumed it was a memoir rather than pure fiction. (I graduated from UConn in 1959.) It was also used in an English literature course as required reading. Now I have slightly revised the text and reissued it on Amazon/Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. The Amazon/Kindle version has a different cover from the Nook and Smashwords version (which reproduces the 1999 cover), but the text is the same, i.e., the 2010 revision.
I'll say something about my other novels later. Cheers, Karl