Energy Expert's Novel Offers Chilling Foreshadow of Crimean Conflict


CrossingSavageCover-webApril 8 2014 – When one by one the world's leading experts on alternative energy are assassinated, a trail of deadly clues winds through DC, Moscow, and Caracas. With Russia's recent invasion of Crimea, the plot to author Dave Edlund's latest political thriller reads less like fiction and more like a chilling echo of world events. In Crossing Savage (Light Messages, March 2014), Edlund, a leading expert in alternative energy, brings readers face to face with the promise of energy independence––and its true cost.

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, Peter Savage and his friend Jim Nicolaou race against the clock to preserve the energy secret that promises to change the landscape of the world... or start a global war. With a plot that seems ripped from today's headlines, Edlund presents the theory of abiogenic oil production and the terrifying array of consequences that accompany the pursuit of energy independence.

Dave Edlund isn't just writing from an active imagination. He's a leading expert in hydrogen energy and an inventor on 90 US Patents and more than 120 foreign patents. He has published in excess of 100 technical articles and presentations, and has been an invited author of several technical books on alternative energy. Edlund currently resides in Bend, Oregon with his wife, son, and three dogs.

In Crossing Savage Edlund applies his expertise in alternative energy to create a meticulously researched, action-packed thriller that takes readers to the heart of the Kremlin, the White House, and the Miraflores Palace.

"It should be absolutely clear to Western Governments that Russia and other major exporters of oil and gas (OPEC countries) will use this trade as a weapon––it's happened before and will happen again," Edlund says. "In the case of Russia, as long as Europe relies on Russia for oil and gas, Putin has no reason to fear military or economic reprisals."

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National magazine selects 3 Light Messages Publishing Titles in its search for the best indie books of 2013.

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Durham, NC, March 13, 2014 — Today, Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd. Foreword's awards are more than just a shiny sticker on the front of a book; they help connect the best indie books to readers eager to discover new stories written by previously unknown authors.

Three titles by Durham-based publisher Light Messages were named finalists for the 2013 Book of the Year Awards. A Sinner in Paradise by Deborah Hining is a finalist in the Romance category. A Sergeant in the House by Betty Turnbull and Bonnwit Kabrit by Elizabeth Turnbull (Betty’s daughter) are both finalists in the Picture Book category. 

In the next two months, a panel of over 100 librarians and booksellers will determine the winners of these prestigious awards. A celebration of the winners will take place during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas on Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m. with awards in over 60 categories, cash prizes for the best in fiction and nonfiction, and widespread recognition.

Here is the complete list of Foreword Reviews' 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalists.

About Foreword Reviews: Foreword Reviews loves indie books and the art of great storytelling. They discover, curate, critique, and share reviews and feature articles exclusively on indie-publishing trends in their. Their website features a daily stream of reviews of indie books written by a team of professional, objective writers.

About Light Messages Publishing: We were founded in 1998 by a group of authors who believed that there had to be a better model than vanity or self-publishing for emerging authors. Today, Light Messages is a full-service general trade publisher located in Durham, NC.

For more information please contact: Elizabeth Turnbull, Senior Editor, Light Messages Publishing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 919-886-5498.

Download the press release in pdf format.

2013 Best Sellers

At Light Messages, we might be small, but we’re good at what we do.

In 2013, over 50% of our titles hit the bestseller list at

  • Five Days of Fear by David Kovach
  • The Obsidian Dagger by Brad A. LaMar
  • Can't Buy Me Love by Summer Kinard
  • A Sinner in Paradise by Deborah Hining
  • Autobiography of a Baby Boomer by Robert Schultz
  • Janjak and Freda Go to the Iron Market by Elizabeth Turnbull

How did we do it? Certainly not alone.

  • We have a strong team and industry-leading distributors who help us get the right titles into the right hands.
  • We work hard to create attractive, compelling books that speak to readers.
  • We coach authors on how to build a strong audience.
  • We select books with quality, meaningful stories to tell. And readers are catching on!

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A Sergeant in the House wins Stars and Flags Gold Medal

SergeantCover-AwardDURHAM, NC -- Light Messages Publishing is thrilled to announce that A Sergeant in the House by children's author Betty Turnbull has won the Stars and Flags Gold Medal in the Children's Book category.

The Stars and Flags book awards seek to honor worthy, meaningful books with content about the military. In fact, Stars and Flags is the only national contest where the book content is required to have a military connection.

A Sergeant in the House, this year's gold medal winner for children's books (early childhood) tells the story of Lenny who desperately wants a puppy. His father is in the military, the family must move frequently, and Lenny is still very young to care for an animal, so Lenny strikes a bargain: When his daddy becomes a sergeant, Lenny can have a puppy. When his father is deployed to war, Lenny learns what it means to be responsible, to care for his family, and to help around the house. A dreaded phone call brings the news that Lenny's father has been injured and is being sent home. When Lenny's father explains that this means he'll never become a sergeant, Lenny realizes that what he truly wants is his daddy--puppy or no puppy.

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Contest to Name a Character in Best-Selling Series

Light Messages Publishing and author Brad LaMar are hosting a contest for readers to name a character in The Dominion Pulse, book 3 of the Celtic Mythos series.

The Megalith Union, book 2 of the best-selling YA fantasy series, will be released October 24, 2013. The third installment is scheduled for sometime in 2014.

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  1. Tell Brad "Who was your favorite character from The Obsidian Dagger and why?"
  2. Read the Brad's description of the character in book 3 of the Celtic Mythos series.
  3. Give a character a name that you think is fitting. Tell Brad why you picked that name and make him want to choose it.
  4. Whoever comes up with the most awesome answer and the best fitting name will receive a signed copy of The Megalith Union (Celtic Mythos, #2) and have their suggested name chosen for the character in Book 3. PLUS... Brad will mention the winner by name in the acknowledgements of The Dominion Pulse.

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Celebrating the Release of 'A Sinner in Paradise' by Deborah Hining


Readers Fall for Local Author's A Sinner in Paradise

sinner in paradiseDURHAM, NC -- Light Messages Publishing is thrilled to announce the release of A Sinner in Paradise, an inspirational women's fiction novel by Durham-based author, Deborah Hining. Set in 1977 West Virginia, A Sinner in Paradise is a heartwarming, uproarious affair with love in all its forms.

Though Mrs. Hining has previously published financial books before retiring as a financial planner, this is her first novel. Mrs. Hining began writing A Sinner in Paradise over 20 years ago and since then the book has undergone numerous transformations before being published by Light Messages.

The novel tells the story of Geneva who, when jilted by her fiancé, watches her seemingly idyllic life suddenly fall apart. Bereft and desolate, she packs up her nine cats and leaves her home in Washington, DC, to return to her native hills of West Virginia where she plans to rest and heal from her heartbreak. When Geneva's ambition and machinations run up against rugged mountain ways, she finds herself flung from one perilous adventure and heartbreak to another. After facing illness, disaster in the wilderness, and courtships gone wrong, Geneva finally finds what she's been missing. Ultimately, Geneva realizes she must face herself before she is free to truly love and be loved.

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'Can't Buy Me Love' Hits Top 5 in Contemporary Women's Fiction at Amazon

cant buy me loveDURHAM, NC -- Yesterday, the women's fiction novel, Can't Buy Me Love (Light Messages Publishing, June 2013) by Summer Kinard hit the best seller charts at, coming in at #4 for Contemporary Women's Fiction and #12 for General Fiction, while placing in the Top 50 for paid Kindle books across all genres.

Can't Buy Me Love--which tells the story of a freegan in Durham, NC, who falls in love with a man in a scrapbook she pulls from the dumpster--was chosen as's Daily Deal for Kindle, a move the publisher is crediting for the most recent spike in rankings.

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The Obsidian Dagger Hits No 1 on Amazon Kindle

The Obsidian Dagger Hits #1 in Fantasy on Amazon Kindle

ObsidianDagger-Num1Light Messages Publishing is thrilled to announce that its recent release of The Obsidian Dagger by Brad A. LaMar has hit #1 in contemporary fantasy on Amazon Kindle. LaMar's young adult fantasy received the big boost primarily due to its feature as Amazon's daily deal on April 18, said Elizabeth Turnbull, Light Messages senior editor.

Mr. LaMar, who resides in Indianapolis, said he was nearly floored to see his book on the top of a best selling list. "It's a thrilling sensation that I will never forget," Mr. LaMar said.

Amazon deal shoppers aren't the only ones loving The Obsidian Dagger though. The book has already been met with great enthusiasm by teachers, librarians, and, especially, young readers.

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Iowa Author Garners National Attention

David-KovachWhen Ames, IA author David Kovach released his debut novel, Five Days of Fear, in November 2012, he received much acclaim from reviewers and independent booksellers. But now, Kovach's suspense novel has caught the national attention of bookselling giants and Barnes & Noble.

Five Days of Fear will be featured as one of Amazon's Hot 100 Kindle Books for the month of March. The Hot 100 is reserved for a few select titles in each genre and almost guarantees a place on the best-selling list. Throughout March, the Kindle book version of Five Days of Fear will be available for less than $3.99.

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Celebrating the Release of The Obsidian Dagger


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Light Messages Publishing is excited to announce the official release of The Obsidian Dagger,book one in the new YA fantasy series, Celtic Mythos, by Brad A. LaMar.

The Indianapolis-based authorand Light Messages Publishing will be celebrating the launch of The Obsidian Dagger on Saturday, February 23 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm at Indy Reads Books in Indianapolis, IN. Among other activities for readers, Mr. LaMar will be signing copies of The Obsidian Dagger, the first book in the new young adult fantasy series, Celtic Mythos. Guests will also have the opportunity to have their photo super-imposed on the book cover in a virtual "book cover contest."

In this exciting new release, when a mad witch with a magically crafted and frightfully powerful Obsidian Dagger threatens to obliterate humanity and overtake the magic clans of the Celtic Isles, destiny forces 17-year-old American, Brendan O’Neal, and his younger sister, Lizzie, to intervene.  Joining the desperate princess of the Leprechauns, Dorian, and her two loyal companions, Rory and Biddy, they embark on a dangerous and wondrous adventure across Ireland and Scotland to thwart the witch and save mankind.

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A new Children's Book and Special Partnership Honors Military Families

For Immediate Release

Light Messages Publishing is pleased to announce the release of A Sergeant in the House, a children's book about a little boy's wish and the sacrifices of our nation's heroes.Hope_For_The_Warriors-logo-web

In honor of our military men and women, children's author Betty Turnbull has partnered with Hope For The Warriors, agreeing to donate all of her author's royalties from A Sergeant in the House. Hope For The Warriors is an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.

Betty's latest book, A Sergeant in the House, tells the story of Lenny who desperately wants a puppy. His father is in the military, the family must move frequently, and Lenny is still very young to care for an animal, so Lenny strikes a bargain: When his daddy becomes a sergeant, Lenny can have a puppy.

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Boyarsky’s weightless complications expertly combine menace with bling, making the heroine’s adventures both nightmarish and dreamy. -Kirkus Review

The Bequest is the second book in Nancy's Nicole Graves Mystery series. Nicole Graves, still reeling from her London kidnapping in The Swap, is struggling to balance work at L.A.’s most prestigious law firm and a long-distance romance with her English lover. The fast-paced mystery unravels against the backdrop of L.A. with its peculiar mix of balmy weather, the celebrity-crazed media, and a corrupt power structure hidden by the veneer of glamour and wealth.

 The Bequest is now available everywhere books are sold. 

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“With a hero full of grit and determination, this action-packed, timely tale is required reading for any thriller aficionado.” —Steve Berry, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author

In Hunting Savage, the latest high-octane thriller from Dave Edlund, an unthinkable act of treason and a clandestine pact threaten to redraw the map of the Middle East. When he discovers a decades-old conspiracy, Peter savage is hunted by those he once trusted. To escape assassins from both sides of the Atlantic, Peter Savage becomes turns to the Oregon mountains where becomes both hunter and prey.

With his own fate uncertain, Peter must fight overwhelming odds to reveal the truth before full-scale war engulfs the Middle East.

Hunting Savage is available everywhere books are sold.

Learn more about Elizabeth >>


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“Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you” doesn’t come with an asterisk or a footnote. Neither does “love your neighbor as yourself.” 

Say to These Mountains tells the true story of Wallace Turnbull, one of Haiti’s pioneers in development and missions. Over the course of 70 years, his work changed countless lives and influenced national policy in both Haiti and the United States. As told by Wallace’s granddaughter, this eloquent biography takes the reader on a journey through the life of a complex man and his adopted country, painting a picture of grace and mercy vastly different from the often-grim stories shared about the island nation and her people.

Say to These Mountains is now available where books are sold.

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Scott Mason

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 "When Scott Mason was a little boy someone must have told him to stop, look and listen. He took those orders to heart. For he sees and hears like few others. And that’s what makes him so darn good at telling stories." - Harry Smith, NBC News Correspondent

Faith and Air: The Miracle List offers a curious mix of humor and faith, even as the author struggles with his own faith. The book is part memoir: A skeptic al reporter stumbles upon these miracle stories and begins to make a list—but is also forced to take his own leap of faith. The book is layered with engaging personality profiles. Each person on the list has their own fascinating story. And then comes their miracle story.

Faith and Air is available everywhere books are sold. 


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