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Thanks to everyone who voted over the past month! The race was pretty tight, but the cassette cover narrowly won. I have a publisher now — Cooperative Press — and as we speak, the novel is getting laid out. We will be sending advances to writers to generate a little excitement before making it available to the general public. The book will be available on Kindle, Amazon, and as a quality paperback.
Music critic and Elephant Stone Records founder, Ben Vendetta, has a debut novel coming out, and you can help determine the cover.
Set in the mid-80′s, Wivenhoe Park chronicles the adventures of Drew, a pill popping, dope smoking, heavy drinking, rock ‘n’ roll-obsessed student with journalistic aspirations, who moves to England on a whim to escape various demons, including a goth ex-girlfriend, who he can’t seem to shake out of his system; his drug dealing best friend, who is starting to lose control; and a yuppie family, who frowns on his less-than-conventional lifestyle. In England, Drew experiences the ascent of a new indie music scene that includes The Smiths, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Primal Scream, while befriending a cast of characters, including a trendy James Dean look alike from Manchester, a star Melody Maker journalist, a smooth American mod from New York City, and several enticing British girls. Will Drew find peace, love and understanding or will it all burn down like cigarettes?