Posts Tagged ‘literary fiction awards’

An An Act of Kindness

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

This short story is the debut of Harry Jenkins, Toronto lawyer, hero of The Osgoode Trilogy. If you like Harry, try Conduct in Question, Final Paradox and A Trial of One. Harry came into being after my practising law for thirty years in Toronto.

In his law practice, Harry Jenkins frequently visited the elderly and infirm in their homes. Occasionally, he attended upon the wealthy in their mansions. Today, he was visiting Miss Alicia Markley and her friend of many years, Sarah Carmichael. Affluence and infirmity were married in one appointment.

The Rosedale Valley road was an isolated stretch winding through a deep ravine in the centre of Toronto. Dirty slush spattered his windshield, forcing him to slow down until the wipers had cleared his view. Opening his window to clear the mist, he heard the hollow boom of traffic on the span of concrete bridge above. Forests of branches, waving against the bleak winter sky, reminded him of wild spirits fleeing the night. He checked his watch. He was already late.

The two women shared a stone house wedged between the mansions of Binscarth Road in Rosedale. Alicia had called to say they wanted to some sort of open a business. Harry thought the inquiry unusual, since both of them were well in their sixties and financially well off. Known for their charm and devotion to charity, the ladies were paragons of social propriety. Harry smiled as he tried to visualize them, sleeves rolled up and embroiled in the daily mess of business affairs. But he knew torrents, raging beneath a calm exterior, could silently foment major upheavals. Solicitors usually touched only the surface of life and remained unaware of dark currents which often guided events.

He frowned in recollection. Last year, Sarah had suddenly taken to her bed after a funeral to remain there ever since. Perhaps she had miraculously recovered. Otherwise, a business venture did seem strange. Such enquiries were often idle notions created by bored minds. Harry sighed and struggled to maintain his optimism.

He slowed down to catch the turn into Rosedale. His bleak thoughts were mirrored by the dismal February afternoon. He had seen the ladies last year at the funeral of Ronald Hobbs, city councillor. His funeral was a side-show, partially paid from the public purse. (more…)

A Trial of One, Chapter 3

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

If you’ve read Chapters 1 and 2, you’ve already met some of the major characters, Harry, his client Norma Dinnick and the sinister Dr. Robert Hawke. Now you’ll meet Harry’s secretary [and thorn in his side] Miss Giveny and his father Stanley. And, you’ll meet the love of Harry’s life, Natasha. (more…)

Press Release: A Trial of One wins Readers Views best literary fiction award

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A TRIAL OF ONE, By MARY E. MARTIN is a finalist for the best book of the year award at Foreword Magazine, 2007. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Book Expo America in Los Angeles, May 30th.

Austin, Texas: A TRIAL OF ONE [Publisher iUniverse, 2007] was selected as

the best general fiction book of 2007 by Reader Views Annual Literary Awards.

Reader Views Annual Literary Awards were established to honor writers who self-published or had their books published by a small press, university press, or independent book publisher.

About A TRIAL OF ONE:

In an interview, Martin said

“This novel is the third in The Osgoode Trilogy and is preceded by Conduct in Question and Final Paradox, in which a Toronto lawyer, Harry Jenkins, is the protagonist and must deal with murder, fraud and deceit. Creating a rich tapestry of characters which will resonate with the reader, Martin also takes time to explore contrasting issues of love, forgiveness and compassion. At the beginning, Harry is a frustrated middle-aged man, trapped under his senior partners thumb and in a dead marriage. By the end of the third, A Trial of One, Harry is a man who can live his life with energy, conviction and passion.”

Please visit her website at http://www.theosgoodetrilogy.com/ 

For a review of A Trial of One, please click here. http://www.readerviews.com/ReviewMartinATrialOne.html

Any of the books in The Osgoode Trilogy may be purchased at any online or local book store.

Reader Views reviews more than 2,000 books per year from budding authors who have worked hard to achieve their dream of being published,” Reader Views Managing Editor Irene Watson says. “Our Annual Literary Awards recognize the very best of these up-and-coming authors, all talented writers who we know have very promising writing careers ahead of them. The Reader Views Annual Literary Awards are granted in 20 fiction and 30 nonfiction categories, as well as 15 specialized, sponsored categories. The entries are judged by Reader Views reviewers, all avid readers with a wide range of experiences, considered experts in the respective fields. Reader Views is an Austin, Texas, based company.