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Edward Cozza lived the first half of his life (so far) in Colorado, and has split the second half of his life on the West Coast of Florida, and now Southern California. He worked in the business-to-business corporate world in Colorado, Florida and Southern California (for far too many years to count), until he decided it was time to meet the voices in his head. Those voices turned out to be the main characters for his debut novel of contemporary fiction, Nowhere Yet, book one of a series. Nowhere Yet, Won an Independent Publishers(IPPY) Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction, and 3 Beverly Hills Book Awards. Nowhere Yet looks at reconnection, reunion, redemption, and being mindful of the time one is in.
Near Somewhere, with foreword by Chef Dean Fearing, is the second installment of the series, and is now available. Southern California, New York, Dallas and the California Wine country serve as the backdrop for people connecting with each other. Near Somewhere was a Winner in the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards for New Fiction, Finalist for General Fiction, and Finalist for Fiction Cover.
He has enjoyed a speaking tour around the US with Nowhere Yet, and is currently touring for Near Somewhere. He will be speaking about Near Somewhere at the Ritz Carlton, Central Park South in New York on October 28,2015
To follow the notion of being mindful, he loves to get together with friends to share his near overwhelming passion for fine food, great wine, and smooth bourbon. He has traveled four continents, favoring North America, and is eight states shy of tramping in all fifty of the United States (and eight MLB ball parks shy of all 30). He mostly loves all the magnificent places his wife and dogs lead him.
(Foreword by Chef Dean Fearing)
2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards
2015 Paris Book Festival
HONORABLE MENTION-General Fiction
The second installment of a series by author Edward Cozza, that began with IPPY Gold Medal and 3 Beverly Hills Book Awards winner for his debut novel Nowhere Yet. There are people in the world who lack the feeling of connection. It is not just being close to someone affluent, someone famous. It is having the hope there is someone out there for you to care about, maybe more so that someone cares about you. In Nowhere Yet, the characters were reconnecting with people from their past, people they loved, people they missed. In Near Somewhere,Townes Mantle is beginning to feel crushed by his lack of connection & he doesn’t know how to get out of the vice that is creating. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have someone from their past to help them. Perhaps because Townes has put his feelings out to the universe, he begins to meet some very unique people, people he enjoys being with, people he could spend a life with. It is not just a simple matter of stating your intention and wishing things would get better. Getting what you want can come with unintended consequences. How these characters sort out the consequences makes for a very entertaining journey. It is not always possible to learn a lesson from a novel, but there are lessons here, especially about connecting with the things in life, the things in spirit, that you wish to connect with. There are people in the world who lack the feeling of connection. It is not just being close to someone affluent, someone famous. It is having the hope there is someone out there for you to care about, maybe more so that someone cares about you. Connection. Townes Mantle has hit the wall in his life &he doesn’t really feel a connection with anyone. He has his dog, he has his band partner Zeeder. but he needs more. His life of endless travel is rapidly making his nerves unravel. He needs someone to share his life with, someone to tell him he is all right, tell him he isn’t going to fall apart. He just wants to rearrange, get out the novel he has been writing, & the universe will talk care of the rest. That is when three women enter his life and his complications take on an entirely different tone. With the return of characters Annie and Kat, both of whom take a liking to Townes, but are themselves struggling with their own internal forces. Add to the mix: a despicable person from Annie’s past that won’t go away. Towne’s closest friend Zeeder, with no traceable past. A famous actress with a mystical sense. A high spirited wine maker, and the connections begin in ernest, but not without complication. Trouble lurks within the man from Annie’s past and his unscrupulous cohorts, which could prove to be dangerous for anyone near them.
Southern California, New York, Dallas and the California Wine country serve as the backdrop for people connecting with each other, & Townes doing everything he can to keep from throwing his briefcase in the river & walking away.
When Rex calls after years of being incommunicado, his best friend Grant is hesitant to accept his invitation. Just like the old days, Rex knows the buttons to push. He has invited Annie, the woman Grant thought he was going to marry. Former friends and lost loves reconnect on a long, lively, and soul searching… [Read More]
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