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Matthew Sullivan - Author

About the Author

Matthew Sullivan grew up in a family of eight spirited children in suburban Denver, Colorado. In addition to working for years at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver and at Brookline Booksmith in Boston, he has taught writing and literature at colleges in Boston, Idaho and Poland, and currently teaches writing, literature and film at Big Bend Community College in the high desert of Washington State. He is married to a librarian and has two children and a scruffy dog named Ernie.

Featured books by Matthew Sullivan

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Author: Matthew Sullivan Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2017

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, it's his favorite store clerk who must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs-the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey McGinty, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's back room, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.

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Other books by Matthew Sullivan

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Author: Matthew Sullivan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

'Not for the faint-hearted.' Scotsman What do you do when the life you've carefully built for yourself comes apart? Lydia Smith lives a quiet life, spent in the company of her colleagues and customers at the bookstore where she works. But when Joey Molina, a young and mysterious regular, hangs himself in the bookstore and leaves Lydia secret messages hidden in the pages of his books, her world starts to unravel. Why did Joey do it? What did he know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

Space Galactic Battles One: The Latokan Empire

Space Galactic Battles One: The Latokan Empire

Author: Matthew Sullivan Format: eBook Release Date: 20/01/2018

The first chapter in the official Space Galactic Battles trilogy. Taking place over a thousand years after the events of SGB Chronicles. A New Galactic Union, governs the Lylet System. This Union has been able to promote galaxy wide peace for many years. However, secret forces are putting a plan in play to ruin this galactic peace. It all starts with the mysterious Latokan Empire and its conflicts in the Eastern part of the galaxy. The stari believe their ancient adversaries, the cometra, have been extinct for many years However this is not true. Ancient prophecies, good and bad come to fruition in this exciting installment of SGB.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Author: Matthew Sullivan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2018

What do you do when the life you've carefully built for yourself comes apart? Lydia Smith lives a quiet life, spent in the company of her colleagues and customers at the bookstore where she works. But when Joey Molina, a young and mysterious regular, hangs himself in the bookstore and leaves Lydia secret messages hidden in the pages of his books, her world starts to unravel. Why did Joey do it? What did he know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

Space Galactic Battles Pre Chronicles

Space Galactic Battles Pre Chronicles

Author: Matthew Sullivan Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2017

Pre Chronicles is the 4 act prequel to SGB Chronicles, which was originally the start of the series. It provides incredible insight to the motivations and beliefs of characters in Chronicles such as Tekrin Lavisco and Henry Baswaski. However, its far more than a back story. It answers many questions: like the story of Robert McCloud, How the Cometra empire came to be, and how the Stari Order was founded. The War of the Stars which was started by the original Cometri, Cainon Lazzaro was a major point of history for the galaxy.

Space Galactic Battles Post Chronicles

Space Galactic Battles Post Chronicles

Author: Matthew Sullivan Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2017

Have you ever wondered what happened to Isaiah McCloud after Chronicles? A lot happens in this exciting finale to the Chronicles trilogy. There is a 2nd Coalition War. There is also a new adversary for the stari, Order users called the Elementi, which are not Cometra. The Elementi were waiting for Head Stari Master Tekrin Lavisco's passing to make their move. Can Isaiah and the stari stop them?

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Author: Matthew Sullivan Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2017

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, it's his favorite store clerk who must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs-the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey McGinty, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's back room, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Author: Matthew Sullivan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/2017

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, it's his favorite store clerk who must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs-the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has inherited his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long-buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. Bedazzling, addictive and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Author: Matthew Sullivan Format: eBook Release Date: 13/06/2017

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogsthe lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the stores overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey McGinty, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstores back room, Lydias life comes unglued. Always Joeys favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joeys suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydias life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Space Galactic Battles: After the Battles

Space Galactic Battles: After the Battles

Author: Matthew Sullivan Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2016

SGB After the Battles is a 2 part story taking place after SGB 3: Resurrection of Comets and The Galactic Civil War. In the first act, the galaxy is at peace under the Lylet Federation. James McCloud has an apprentice, and is still dating his girlfriend, Amber Yae. Unknown to the Stari order, a new threat has mobilized. A secret Cometra follower, Count Tanaka and his disciples intend to destroy the stari and take over the galaxy. However, Alexander has a trump card if he should fail to defeat James; the Resurrection of the dreaded Queen of Comets. The fate of the galaxy will hang in the balance again and not all the stari will survive the evil onslaught. In the 2nd act, Kyle Koro and a group called the Separatist Imperial Nation seek to break from the Lylet Federation and form a new government in the East. A war breaks out to determine the future of the galaxy.

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