Monday, December 5, 2016

Leaving Paris reviews

Collin’s ability to construct three weighty novels on the foundation of the comparatively simpler ideas of Conquering Venus is impressive. He cared enough about his characters and their potential to carry them over several years and through a lot of extraordinary circumstances, to say the least. He excels at threading together different plotlines and maintaining readers’ care for them. – SubtleTea

Read the full review at this link

Like any good mystery, there is a final twist and surprise “reveal” that leaves the door open for Kelley to showcase secondary characters in new stories. If those stories are as deftly drawn as Leaving Paris, I’m willing to take the journey. - Lambda Literary 

Read the full review at this link.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Leaving Paris eBook out now!

The eBook edition of Leaving Paris is now available for the Amazon Kindle. The eBook is also available in the .mobi format for Kindle and .ePub format for iPad, iPhone, Nook, etc. directly from Sibling Rivalry Press. Thank you so much to all of you who have asked about the eBook and waited patiently for its release. Sibling Rivalry Press wanted to make sure the digital version looked just as good as the print. They do fantastic work!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Readings for Leaving Paris plus a radio interview

Sibling Rivalry Press Authors in Conversation
Charis Books & More, Atlanta
May 12 at 7:30 p.m. 
Megan Volpert ("1976"), Collin Kelley ("Leaving Paris") and Theresa Davis ("After this We Go Dark" and the forthcoming "Drowned: A Mermaid's Manifesto") discuss their journey with award-winning Sibling Rivalry Press and the creation of their latest books. The authors - who work in essay, poetry and fiction -- will read short excerpts from their work and take questions from the audience about the process of working with a small press, creating work in various genres and more. All authors books will be for sale and availble for signing at the event. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5. 1189 Euclid Ave. in Little Five Points.

Mysterious Ways: Collin Kelley & Erica Wright in Conversation
Georgia Center for the Book at the DeKalb Public Library, Decatur
June 2, 7:15 p.m.
Novelists Collin Kelley ("Leaving Paris") and Erica Wright ("The Granite Moth") will discuss and read from their new mystery novels at the Decatur Library. Kelley's latest wraps up his Venus Trilogy as Paris teeters on the brink of chaos that eerily foreshadows the city's recent turmoil, while Wright's disguise-skilled private detective, Kat Stone, is on the trail of a deadly gangster. Eagle Eye Book Shop will provide books for the evening. 135 Sycamore St., Decatur.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Leaving Paris is out now

Leaving Paris is officially out and Sibling Rivalry Press is offering a sweetheart deal for those who haven't read the whole trilogy – all three books for just $30. You can also by them separately, but that's an incredible bargain for three trade paperbacks. Click this link to order. The offer is only good through April 30.

You can also download the song "Leaving Paris" created by Vanessa Daou and brokenkites at iTunes and other digital retailers. Watch the music video below.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Leaving Paris - the song

I am thrilled to announce that electronic music diva and poet Vanessa Daou has collaborated with brokenkites on a song based on Leaving Paris. The single (from Kid Recordings and Daou Records) will be available for download via iTunes and other outlets on April 15, the same day the novel is officially published. 

Vanessa has been one of my muses and inspirations for 20+ years now, so the fact that I've been able to collaborate with her and brokenkites on a song (and a music video, too) is surreal! 

Here's the blurb for the single:

‘Leaving Paris’ is the haunting collaboration between electronic jazz-pop chanteuse Vanessa Daou and experimental electronic/IDM composer James Willard (aka brokenkites). Inspired by author Collin Kelley’s novel ‘Leaving Paris’ (Part Three of ‘The Venus Trilogy’), the meditative torch-song conveys a sense of longing and romantic nostalgia for the eternal City of Light. Daou’s bare lithe vocals and intimate poetic lyrics hover seductively over brokenkites ambient electronic textures which coalesce into a delicate melodic epiphany that’s both hedonistic and transcendent.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Leaving Paris book tour

The galleys for Leaving Paris!
Since I last posted, I proofed the printed galley of Leaving Paris. I'm expecting my author copies in the next week or so. It was so strange to hold the book in my hand and realize that this is the end of a 20-year journey to get these books into the world. I was overwhelmed and a little verklempt. Soon, the final volume in The Venus Trilogy will be with readers.

Leaving Paris will launch at two upcoming events: the Association of Writers and Writing Conferences (AWP) in Los Angeles (March 30 - April 2) and at the Rainbow Book Fair in New York City (April 9) At AWP, books will be available at the Atlanta Review table at the book fair and I will also being giving a reading and signing. Details on that soon. At Rainbow, books will be available at the Sibling Rivalry Press table and I'll be reading from the book during the opening night event on April 8. More details on that soon.

The book will officially launch in Atlanta on April 19 in conjunction with Georgia Center for the Book and Eagle Eye Bookshop. I will be in conversation with mystery writer Erica Wright (The Red Chameleon and The Granite Moth) and we will both read short excerpts and talk about the writing of our books. This special event will be held at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., starting at 7:15 p.m. Mark your calendars!

Be sure to check back for more dates on the Leaving Paris tour and pre-order your copy of the book today directly from Sibling Rivalry Press. There's plenty of time to read Books 1 and 2 – Conquering Venusand Remain In Light – so you can get caught up in time for April.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Pre-order Leaving Paris today!

The final novel in The Venus Trilogy, Leaving Paris, has an official release date of April 15, but you can pre-order your copy today direct from Sibling Rivalry Press at this linkYou can find out more about the entire trilogy at this link.

Plans for a small book tour are underway and you can see the current dates at this link. I'll be at AWP in Los Angeles, the Rainbow Book Fair in NYC and there will be a special event here in Atlanta with Georgia Center for the Book where I'm in conversation with fellow novelist Erica Wright (The Granite Moth).

So go ahead and pre-order the book and get your hands on it a week before everyone else. You'll also be supporting and independent press, which is more vital today than ever.

More updates soon!