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Tuesday, November 16, 2004  4:23:00 PM

by Roxanne Smolen

Science Fiction
New Paperback Blends Mysticism and Romance

SUPERNOVA!  The word has no meaning in the ancient language.  But that doesn't make the threat less real. 


SynergEbooks Presents:


MORTAR'S KEEP     Author: Roxanne Smolen


Science Fiction           ISBN: 0-7443-0859-3


Trade Paperback         Size: 6" x 9"


Publication Date:        October, 2004


Price:  $9.99



SynergEbooks announces the paperback release of MORTAR'S KEEP, the long-awaited conclusion to the Anneliese Thielman Trilogy.  Written by blind author and poet, Roxanne Smolen, the book is expected to out-sell its predecessors, PRAJNA and RESORT DEBAUCH.


In MORTAR'S KEEP, Anneliese wishes to live quietly with her husband in the land she's learned to call home.  Fate has decreed otherwise.  The primitive people she befriended look to her as a reincarnated prophet, and she feels obligated to keep them from harm.  But when she learns that the sun will soon go supernova and speaks of evacuating the solar system, her followers doubt her sanity.  While the Resort Debauch sells tickets to the end of the world, Anneliese battles time and the death throes of a planet to save the culture and people she loves.


"Although MORTAR'S KEEP is third in the series, each book can be enjoyed independently," said Debra Staples, editor of SynergEbooks.  "The plot deals with reincarnation and has a very mystical feel.  Roxanne is a wonderful writer.  It's hard to put her books down."


Lynn Sholes, author, says, "Ms. Smolen literally takes us to new worlds with new people and creatures through her beautifully lyrical and precise prose.  It is easy to get lost in the worlds she creates.  A great read!"


Randy Rawls, author, says, "A read with Roxanne Smolen is a trip into the future, a trip through space to worlds only a few can envision.  But romance and intrigue are not forgotten even as the technology jumps us forward.  Five stars out of five."


Mishele Horton of Romance & Stuff, says, "I loved all three books.  It was fascinating to watch the main character grow and change, molded by outside influences.  The relationships were real and poignant, and at times brought a tear to my eye.  I recommend these books to anyone."


Of RESORT DEBAUCH, the first book in the series, Brenda Gill of Timeless Tales says, "A riveting read from start to finish. It was enjoyable to see Anneliese change from a weak, frightened girl to a woman of indomitable spirit and will. Entertaining, fast-paced, and imaginative."


Author Roxanne Smolen lost her sight five years ago but refuses to be limited by disability.  Using Braille and screen-reading software, she continues to write and flourish.  Her stories embrace faraway worlds and exotic characters, but her themes are always the same: Believe in yourself and never give up.  Smolen teaches Creative Writing to blind children at the Broward Lighthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


SynergEbooks, founded in March, 1999, has 200 digital titles, 40 of which are available in print.  For further information, contact Debra Staples at 336-994-2405.  Or go to


About Roxanne Smolen

About thirteen years ago I realized all I really wanted to be was a writer.  That was the year I found out I was going blind.

I was born in Detroit, Michigan.  Visitors may know that Detroit is predominately gray—gray skies, gray streets, sooty gray buildings.  (I'd heard of the color green, of course, but I never actually experienced it until I moved to Florida.)  As a child, I read science fiction voraciously, my favorite diversion, and I often said, "I can write a better story than that."

But I never tried.  In fact, I didn't start writing seriously until I was told I was going blind.  I have Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary disorder that destroys the ability to distinguish light.  After losing my job, I took a hard look at my life and what I'd done with my dreams.

Since then, I've won several poetry contests.  I've been published in the Open Sesame Anthology of American Authors, the Miami Herald, and the Coral Springs News.  One of my plays was produced in the round at a community college—and let me tell you, it's quite a thrill to hear the words you wrote applauded by an audience.  I also co-founded the Coral Springs Writers' Workshop, dedicated to honing writing skills by critiquing a first draft into the ground.

My science fiction saga, The Anneliese Thielman Trilogy, made the eBook bestseller list.  In the future, I may revisit Anneliese's universe and write a second trilogy.  Currently, I'm working on a series of science fiction books for young adults, rekindling the wonder of my youth.  And I've learned Braille so that I can continue to read and occasionally say, "I can write a better story than that."

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