Deep Indigo: mainstream fiction

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THE POWER AND BEAUTY OF THE PUREST LITERATURE

these are those works above categorization, titles that touch, teach and transform us. read and delight in the works of these authors.

PAT BERTRAM

Pat Bertram is the author of a number of novels published by Indigo, including 
A Spark of Heavenly Fire, More Deaths Than One, Daughter Am IGrief the Great Yearning and Light Bringer. Bertram’s prose continually lifts her work to the list of Indigo bestsellers. Her literature has made her a darling of multitudes of readers and sets a bar against which all mainstream authors must measure their work.

light bringer

Becka Johnson had been abandoned on the doorstep of a remote cabin in Chalcedony, Colorado when she was a baby. Now, thirty-seven years later, she has returned to Chalcedony to discover her identity, but she only finds more questions. Who has been looking for her all those years? Why are those same people interested in fellow newcomer Philip Hansen? Who is Philip, and why does her body sing in harmony with his? And what do either of them have to do with a shadow corporation that once operated a secret underground installation in the area? 

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a spark of heavenly fire

A Spark of Heavenly Fire: In quarantined Colorado, where hundreds of thousands of people are dying from an unstoppable disease called the red death, insomniac Kate Cummings struggles to find the courage to live and to love. Investigative reporter Greg Pullman, is determined to discover who unleashed the deadly organism and why they did it, until the cost — Kate’s life — becomes more than he can pay.

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daughter am i

When twenty-five-year-old Mary Stuart learns she inherited a farm from her recently murdered grandparents — grandparents her father claimed had died before she was born — she becomes obsessed with finding out who they were and why someone wanted them dead. Along the way she accumulates a crew of feisty octogenarians — former gangsters and friends of her grandfather. She meets and falls in love Tim Olson, whose grandfather shared a deadly secret with her great-grandfather. Now Mary and Tim need to stay one step ahead of the killer who is desperate to dig up that secret. 

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ROBERT N.CHAN

Robert N. Chan, a founder of the New York City boutique law firm Ferber Chan Essner & Coller LLP, has been litigating for forty years with appalling success. His eight prior novels—Apparitions, Axe of God, Science Fiction, Bad Memory, Painting a Burning House, Lying in Wait and To Gain the Whole World—have been hailed as transformative underground classics of unparalleled brilliance . . . and people actually enjoy them. With girl, he turns his attention to a young woman’s fight to overcome hypocrisy, isolation and injustice, and the result of her struggle on all those around her.

Coming soon, No Such Agency

girl

One chilly winter afternoon, Hannah, a brilliant fifteen-year-old living in a closed ultra-orthodox community, is raped in the back room of a kosher butcher shop. Unwilling to blame a homeless black man, as her parents demanded, she runs from the community. On her own in New York, she is drawn to a pedophile who teaches her the ways of the world. She falls into a life of prostitution and hard drugs before becoming a devoted mother, then a protected witness banished to a backwards Appalachian town. Depressed and alone, she re-discovers her calling, tikkun olam, repairing the world. But first, she must leave witness protection and face homicidal drug dealers set on revenge.

No such agency

When arthritic New York lawyer and failed novelist Jack Kahn is abducted and tortured by "No Such Agency," he discovers that his novel, in which a billionaire investment banker is murdered, has been copied in real life. Retained in a major case involving cyber-security, Jack realizes that he played an inadvertent part in setting it in motion a civilization-destroying conspiracy. But what can a lone lawyer and a sultry, sociopathic terrorist do to thwart one of the richest and most powerful families on the planet?

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CALVIN DAVIS

In explosive 1968, Calvin Davis spends a year in the City of Light, sitting at the Left Bank sidewalk cafés  penning endless drafts of The Phantom Lady of Paris. On café tables, he learns more about writing than he has in the lecture halls of two American universities—Hampton and Howard. He also learns how to wear out the seats of ten pairs of jeans. The honor of birthing such a unique and remarkable woman as the Phantom  Lady, he says, was worth the loss of the pants and the bearing of the pain . . . for today, his “child,” The Phantom Lady, lives.

the phantom lady of paris

The Phantom Lady of Paris? I knew her well. On the other hand—as I later discovered—I didn’t know her at all. The woman did everything wrong. She did nothing wrong. She was a Jezebel, deceptive in every way. I’ve never known a more honest and straightforward person. During our relationship, she kept me constantly jittery and perturbed. The happiest days of my life were those I shared with the Phantom Lady of Paris. They were the golden days, the good times, good, that is, until… 

sheila deeth

Sheila Deeth is the author of Divide by Zero and other "mathemafiction" contemporary novels. She's a Catholic Protestant English American mathematician writer, who moved to the Pacific Northwest a few years after immigrating to the US from England with her family. Before writing (and editing) novels, Sheila studied mathematics at Cambridge University, wrote (and broke) computer programs for a living, and brought up three (grown) sons. Now she enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and walking with her husband around the neighborhood, where many wonderful cats and dogs have been known to roam.

Coming soon, Imaginary Numbers and Infinite Sum

divide by zero

It takes a subdivision to raise a child, and a wealth of threads to weave a tapestry, until one breaks. 
Troy, the garage mechanic's son, loves Lydia, the rich man's daughter. Amethyst has a remarkable cat and Andrea a curious accent. Old Abigail knows more than anyone else but doesn't speak. And in Paradise Park a middle-aged man keeps watch while autistic Amelia keeps getting lost.  
Pastor Bill, at the church of Paradise, tries to mend people, Peter mends cars. But when that fraying thread gives way it might takes a child to raise the subdivision-or to mend it. 

infinite sum

A slash of red; a slash of black; then Sylvia’s paintbrush turns beauty turns into terror and darkness again. Her youngest child is almost ten, but Sylvia’s world seems destined to fall apart. Her therapist believes the answers lie in her art, but will they be found among boxes and frames in the attic, or in the angry colors she pours onto canvases in class? As memories new and old pile ever higher, Sylvia learns life is more about the infinite promise of joys to come than the sum of things done. Even so, will her nightmares let her go?

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DENE HELLMAN

A native of Iowa, Dene has lived in North Carolina for two decades. She is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin Green Bay and has written professionally in numerous genres, including corporate publications, executive speeches, newspaper feature writing, and commercial videos. Most recently she penned the highly regarded novel of a Midwestern event—a story related by four first-person narrators, The Ninety-Ninth Reunion. She has co-authored two books of poetry, An Explosion of Toads and Swirls on a Green Plate. Her biography/memoir, The People Under the House, is a triumphant, bittersweet recounting of the life of her second husband, a Holocaust survivor who never escaped the demons of his youth. She currently lives and writes in Winston-Salem, NC.

the 99th reunion

The 99th Reunion is a sometimes nostalgic, sometimes macabre, venture into the world of class reunions. Two sisters, one a dyslexic psychic from Wisconsin and the other a purveyor of New South corporate etiquette, tackle a class reunion in the small Iowa town of their youth. In doing so they inadvertently open a hidden wellspring of better-forgotten events. The sweet reunion of two people with long-ago yearnings taps into a vein of hidden evil that had been, until now, dying a natural death. Country tradition contrasts with the dictates of the future. As different as old fashioned windmills viewed past acres of modern wind machines, the characters of The 99th Reunion play their roles against the background of a state that is, by turn, the first playground of would-be presidents and the last bastion of pioneer ethics.

JOHN CALVIN HUGHES

John Calvin Hughes holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of South Florida. His publications include The Novels and Short Stories of Frederick Barthelme, a critical study; The Shape of Our Luck, a poetry chapbook, and Twilight of the Lesser Gods, a novel. He lives in Florida with his wife and three children. His first Deep Indigo title is a rollicking, hilarious, poignant and bittersweet story of tender, brotherly love.

killing rush

In Killing Rush John Hughes delivers a wonderfully detailed account of a whipsmart redneck’s last ditch effort to help his Ph.D.-wielding brother who is beset by sudden onset spiritual smithereens. On a road trip through the bottom of Florida, ostensibly in aid of the brother’s cock-eyed but soul-cleansing plan to terminate the coward Limbaugh, the brothers share and celebrate a hurricane of doubt, grief, self-loathing, and fast food –Frederick Barthelme 

CHRISTIAN JENNETTE

Christian Jennette is taking a break from life as a pediatric nurse practitioner to play the role of full-time Army wife, and mother of two amazing boys, two cats, and one really naughty dog.  When she's not busy chasing her kids, she takes time to pursue her passions: acting, writing, dance, and photography. Christian lives wherever the Army sends her, but will always call the beautiful city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina home.  This is her first novel.

ties that bind

"Jennette defines 'page turner' with her first novel, Ties that Bind.  The heroin is a relatable character from the very beginning.  You'll find yourself pulling for her, frustrated with her, sticking up for her, questioning her, and loving her all at the same time.  A must read!" - Missy Barsz Carroll - Author of Magnolia Blooms

helen donovan

Helen is retired from the position of director of educational publications for Prevent Child Abuse America, a national nonprofit based in Chicago. She is a member of Chicago Writer’s Association, a Bronze Life Master member of the American Contract Bridge League, and sang professionally throughout Chicago and the six county areas. She founded and served as president of Arts Unlimited, a nonprofit that provided a variety of live performances from music to magic for institutionalized adults in Chicago and surrounding six counties and received the City of Chicago, Heart of Gold United Way volunteer award, was Citizen of the Month by Pulitzer Newspapers, and received Honorable Mention in the Governor’s  Home Town Program.

what goes around

Adopted as an infant, Phoebe has had a burning desire for as long as she can remember to know about her birth family. Now twenty-two and having recently graduated from college, she finally follows her heart and hires a private investigator to search for her foots. She is initially elated when the search reveals she has two living blood relatives, a grandmother and twin sister. Thrilled with the discovery, Phoebe envisions a joyous reunion and happy, loving future. Things take a turn for the sinister, however, when meetings with the two women reveal them both to have complicated, even criminal pasts—pasts that have not only followed them into the present, but which now threaten to drag Phoebe into a world of mind games, manipulation…even murder.

The fairy hunters, uriel's gift

Children’s tales aren’t about murder. Bedtime stories rarely involve corporate corruption and ruthless, power-mad billionaires. Fairytales don’t center on environmental terrorism and the end of all life on earth. Grown up novels are never about lost fairies or magic. Or are they? The Last Fairy is at once a touching story of a terminally ill child with enough love in her heart to risk everything in order to preserve the life of a dying fairy, as well as a thrilling, terrifying adventure filled with murder, corruption and the taste of supernatural power, all wrapped in a poignant, pertinent message about the future we share.

the last fairy, the fairy hunters

Feryl is back and Uriel's Gift has changed everything, but at what cost? Her father was murdered and she was left with her cold-hearted mother. Intelligent and fiercely driven Karen Gabriel began to suspect something was wrong when the people in her company started changing. The closer they were to the "project" the more listless and zombie-like they seemed. Enter private investigator Mike DeLago Hired by Ferly to uncover the truth surrounding her father's death, Mike became trapped in a stream of intrigue and murderous corruption. No one had ever hunted this quarry before and the devout loner would need help. Mike knew what to look for thanks to the appearance of the mysterious and oddly persuasive stranger. The hunters were drawn together for one reason. Ferly had a fairy. Brace for a new level of excitement, danger, mystery and heart-warming emotion as the characters from the first book return on a mission to survive against all odds and find the last Fairy.

Inspired by Dante's Inferno, from The Divine Comedy, The Last Apocalypse is Donovan Galway's wistful, creative fantasy of the unexpected twists and turns that occur when humanity finally comes up with technology that allows them to invade Hell and overthrown Satan.

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donovan galway

Missouri born Donovan Galway spent much of his youth a slave to his rambling bone.  After a short stint in the Navy, he moved to Phoenix where he studied Broadcast Journalism at ASU.  He soon shifted his interests to literature and took courses in creative writing. As with most first novels, his was unpublishable and he elected to keep writing as a hobby and forged an unhappy career in banking.  Nearly two decades later, he met a woman in Ireland who took notice of his hobby and convinced him to publish one of his works.  Galway published two books in print-on-demand, moved to Ireland, married the woman and has been writing ever since.  Donovan Galway presently resides in Northern Ireland with his wife, traveling to the U.S. occasionally.  He is a lover of classical music as well as rock, (the only music he doesn’t like is accordions, marching bands, bagpipes and gospel) and enjoys the theatre and the classics in all forms.

the last rain, rain of light

In this final novel of the beguiling trilogy, the characters who have suffered, triumphed and struggled before us return to finish their epic battle. Feryl, Karen and Michael lead us through a life and death gauntlet of treachery, greed and opportunism. Once again their ally is the frail, powerful, marvelous creature Uriel.

Coming soon from Donovan Galway:
the last apocalypse