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The Messiah Trilogy

Notes on the Rule of Three

I. Conflict Writers are taught there is magic in the number three: your play needs three acts, your joke needs two priests and a rabbi, and your storybook needs Three Little Pigs to be complete. If that book was called The Forty-Seven Little Pigs, I guess there wouldn’t be much of a story at all […]

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Armageddon, Texas: Cover and Excerpt Release

Editor’s Note: Today we release the cover of Armageddon, Texas, the third and final volume of The Messiah Trilogy (October 2014). To celebrate the cover release, we have chosen the following excerpt to share with our readers. It is an excerpt from a chapter called “Two Great Lights.” So this was what was left of […]

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The Last Book Tour, Part Two

This summer, Atticus author Tommy Zurhellen is driving across the country, from New York to Seattle, to read at local bookstores and libraries in support of the second book in his award-winning Messiah Trilogy, Apostle Islands. He’ll check in with us from time to time, sharing stories from the road while he tries to answer […]

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Zurhellen’s Messiah Trilogy Strikes Gold, Again

MADISON, N.J. — Atticus author Tommy Zurhellen is writing his way across the country with his Messiah Trilogy, a modern retelling of the New Testament, spanning the North Dakota Badlands to the shores of Lake Erie. Last year, Zurhellen’s debut novel, Nazareth, North Dakota, won the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for Best Regional Fiction in […]

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The Wedding at Cana – An Apostle Islands Excerpt

It’s right around midnight when the booze runs out. There’s always that scary window at a party when folks are drunk enough to pick fights but not drunk enough to do everyone else a favor and just pass out. I’ve sat through enough wedding receptions to know they turn into a wake the minute something […]

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A (Class) Room With a View

I’m sitting alone on a rooftop veranda overlooking the steep cavern of the Via del Giglio, listening to a waiter downstairs at bustling Café Giotto patiently answer questions from an American couple. Okay buddy, but what exactly is this one here – chin-gee-al-ee? Seriously? Wild boar? Isn’t that like an endangered species, like bald eagles? […]

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Six Degrees Left: Retelling the Classics in Hollywood and Beyond

Atticus authors John Minichillo, JM Tohline, and Tommy Zurhellen wrap up their conversation on retellings in literature with a discussion on Hollywood film adaptations of books. Read last week’s conversation. The following conversation is conducted by Atticus Books publicist Lacey N. Dunham and editorial/marketing assistant Abby Hess.   Let’s talk about the other great adaptation […]

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Six Degrees Left: Retelling the Classics

  Atticus authors John Minichillo, JM Tohline, and Tommy Zurhellen continue their conversation on retelling the classics. Read last week’s conversation. The following conversation is conducted by Atticus Books publicist Lacey N. Dunham and editorial/marketing assistant Abby Hess.   …it is an altogether unique and enjoyable challenge to create “something new” out of something that […]

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Six Degrees Left: Retelling the Classics

There will always be parts of a story that sound familiar.  Aspects of plot, character, or voice that we’ve seen or heard before as if the authors have swung past each other in similar loops, grabbing snippets from one another as they cross.  Whether you believe that there are really only seven basic plots, or […]

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Announcing the sequel to Nazareth, North Dakota: Apostle Islands by Tommy Zurhellen

Announcing the sequel to Nazareth, North Dakota: Apostle Islands by Tommy Zurhellen

FICTIONAL RETELLING OF THE NEW TESTAMENT EXPLORES THE MESSIAH’S LIFE ON THE SHORES OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN Apostle Islands by Tommy Zurhellen   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2012   ADVANCE PRAISE FOR APOSTLE ISLANDS Like the miracles he depicts in Apostle Islands, Tommy Zurhellen’s new novel is a gift of wonder and audacity.  It is […]

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