Book Signing Event at Vallejo Bookstore

Kurham Press has reopened under a new name and new ownership. The booksigning event originally to take place there on Halloween, has been rescheduled for:

The Vallejo Bookstore
628 Marin St,
Vallejo, CA 94590
Saturday, December 28, 2104
from 2pm to 5pm

Live Appearance in Northridge, CA Jan 9, 2015

I will be reading from “Happiness and Other Diseases” and signing books at:

$10 or Less Bookstore
9054 Tampa Avenue in Northridge, California.
Phone Number is (818) 701-0047

Friday, January 9, 2015 – 7pm to 9pm

I am working on getting the book shelved at a couple of Los Angeles area bookstores, and will let you all know where when that happens.

In the meantime, here’s a review of the book (by Josh Bisher):

Happiness 11Happiness and Other Diseases touched my heart, then ripped it out through my chest, but I was begging for it, and I’m ready for more.

Flynn, a troubled young man is plagued with nightmares. As with most things, help doesn’t come cheap, and things are usually more complicated than they appear. When Gods play chess, we are their pawns. Limited and weak, but still capable of taking the king. Happiness and other diseases is Sumiko’s chess board, sitting in the rec-room of a mental hospital, and she’s a Grand Master.

I loved the way this book was written. It’s a fusion of many great genres and her use of them was very tasteful. She has a unique voice, and I would put her in the same bracket with all the best authors in fiction. I look forward to reading more from this series, and collecting more of her work as it comes out.
The Characters were all believable and vivid. Even her villains were the kind that you love to hate, and I enjoyed the moments of the story when we got to see things from their perspective.
One of the most notable features of this story was the control of mood. When she wants you to feel uncomfortable and scared you do, when she want’s you to laugh you laugh, and that might all happen within moments of each other. A very vivid and natural reading experience.

The Cons:
The book was too damn eventful, I couldn’t put it down.
I learned my lesson after the first night of reading. It was already past my bedtime, but I picked it up. 4 Hours later I had hit 50% and had the worst sleep deprivation and dehydration headache. It was cool though because it helped drive the theme for me.

For some reason there was a small portion in the middle of this book that bored me. I was thinking “Oh Gawd please don’t be like this for the rest of the book”, but the lull only lasted a few pages. I’ll have to admit it was more a false expectation on my part, not really a flaw in the novel. I’m trying really hard to find something to complain about, but I can’t, it was really solid.

I’m afraid to describe too much, because spoilers suck, so I’ll end my review with this :

Do you like Greco-Roman, Weird Fiction, Dark Humor, Good Dialog, Wild Sex, fun plots, and a splash of horror? Then this book’s for you.

Random Photos

Not related to the review, but if you send me some pictures of you holding the book, totally will post them. In the meantime:

Jessa the Bearded Lady with author Sumiko Saulson

Jessa the Bearded Lady with author Sumiko Saulson at Freakshow Venice Beach