September 1-15, 2004

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September 1-15, 2004 Edition BOOK DEALS Among the more unusual book acquisitions and happenings for August 2004 are these: Tale of Psychic

Visions Sells

to Simon & Schuster

NEW YORK, NY/08/19/04—A debut novel by Will Clarke, titled Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles, has been sold by Jenny Bent at Trident Media Group to Denise Roy at Simon & Schuster. According to Publishers Marketplace, it’s the tale of a man haunted by psychic visions of impending doom, which threaten his family, his career, and ultimately his sanity—that is, until he meets two annoying secret agents who teach him what it really means to lose his mind.

Houghton Mifflin

Buys A Certain

Slant of Light

NEW YORK, NY/08/18/04—Houghton Mifflin/Graphia editor Eden Edwards has purchased Laura Whitcomb’s A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT. Publishers Marketplace says the work is the story of a young woman who has been dead 130 years, who haunts a high school English teacher and falls in love with one of the boys in his class. The agent is Ann Rittenberg of the Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency

John Kerry’s Former

Girlfriend’s Self-Published

Novel Lags in Sales

NEW YORK, NY/08/21/04—Lee Whitnum (writing as Lee Roystone), a former girlfriend of John Kerry from his single days in the 1990s, has written a fictional book featuring a Kerry-like character, THE HEDGE FUND’S MISTRESS. Another publication quoted her as saying on her website that, “I’m dealing with the reality that I had 16,000 hits and absolutely zero book orders.” Authorlink was unable to substantiate the statement. However, we did note that an automatic counter at the bottom of the page showed roughly 7,000 visitors, not 16,000.

A description of the book on her website says:

“Poor Nicki Mathews has gotten herself into a mess! After a heart-wrenching romance with a United States senator, Nicki Matthews wanders the United States eventually ending up in Greenwich, Connecticut. Although it is years later, the repercussions of that relationship influence her future and that of a nation.

Deception, greed and murder set the stage for this modern-day true-to-life drama set in New York City and Greenwich – the unofficial hedge fund capital of the world.”

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