Now Available for Pre-Order: “Bitter Springs” by Laura Stone

Henry Burnett was like no one Renaldo had ever met. He made Renaldo want to be on his best behavior, want to be respected and liked. With a pang, he realized that when this trail ride came to an end, he might not ever see the man again.

In 1870s Texas, Renaldo Valle Santos, the youngest son of a large and traditional family, has been sent to train with Henry “Hank” Burnett, a freed slave and talented mesteñero—or horse-catcher—so he may continue the family horse trade. Bitter Springs is a sweeping epic that takes themes from traditional Mexican literature and old westerns to tell the story of a man coming into his own and realizing his destiny lies in the wild open spaces with the man who loves him, far from expectations of society.

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Laura Stone is a born and bred Texan, but don’t hold that against her. She’s a former comedian, actress and Master Gardener, and currently keeps busy as a media blogger, ghostwriter and novelist when not busy raising her three children. They’re not fully raised, but then, neither is she.

She lives in Texas as proof that it’s not completely populated by hard-line right wingers—and because that’s where the good tamales are. Her first novel, The Bones of You, was published by Interlude Press in 2014 and was named a finalist for two Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards.

Cover Design by C.B. Messer

Cover Art by Colleen M. Good

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Bitter Springs by Laura Stone

Publication Date: December 3, 2015
US/Canada: Pre-order the  print edition of Bitter Springs from the IP Web Store and receive the multi-format eBook free!
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ISBN: 978-1-941530-55-9
Pages: 302
Price: $17.99 US print*/ $7.99 US multi-format eBook
*Print editions pre-orders available for US and Canada only. eBook orders available worldwide.



Interlude Press authors Charlotte Ashe and Courtney Lux, and the writing team spearheaded by Managing Editor Annie Harper were recognized today as finalists in the 18th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.

Interlude Press titles were singled out in three separate categories:

Fantasy: Charlotte Ashe’s epic novel of political intrigue, escape and romance, The Heart of All Worlds, Book One: The Sidhe.

LGBT: Courtney Lux’s acclaimed debut novel, Small Wonders, a delicate tale of a runaway’s unexpected discovery of love in the big city.

Anthology: Summer Love, a collection of nine short stories about young love, from Duet Books, the Young Adult imprint of Interlude Press.

“We’re honored to again be singled out by Foreword Reviews in multiple IndieFab categories.  Interlude Press takes great pride in publishing exceptional LGBT fiction and introducing readers to extraordinary writers,” said Harper, the company’s founding partner. 

“The 2015 INDIEFAB finalist selection process is as inspiring as it is rigorous,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “The strength of this list of finalists is further proof that small, independent publishers are taking their rightful place as the new driving force of the entire publishing industry.”

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in June.

About Interlude Press: Launched in summer 2014, Interlude Press is a boutique publisher of exceptional LGBTQ fiction.

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc is a media company featuring a Folio:-award-winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 170 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors.