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Author Iris Carignan Tackles Modern Issues with Sensitivity in New Novel

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November 28, 2023


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Author Iris Carignan Tackles Modern Issues with Sensitivity in New Novel

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“The Buzz @ Chicky-Pie’s Cafe" stirs a sweet recipe of Southern hospitality, redefining family beyond blood, upbringing, or skin color, and explores the poignant journey from the trauma of abuse to healing and hope.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -Award-winning Artist and Author Iris Carignan debuts women's fiction novel, "The Buzz @ Chicky-Pie's Cafe," Tuesday, November 14, 2023. This Modern Fiction novel is full of hearty, uplifting humor, a gripping plot, and a strong redemptive message.

Carignan draws from her Southern roots and experience working with community-based non-profit organizations Gabriel's House and Forever Found, to address relevant subjects of women facing abuse and human trafficking with empathy and sensitivity.

Trembling in fear, heart racing, eighteen-year-old Elise escapes the abusive home she'd been confined to since she was six. Fleeing Arizona with a promise to return for Bea, the little girl she nannies, Elise lands on the doorstep of Chicky-Pie's Cafe. Nestled in an eclectic border town in modern-day Southern California, the cafe is run by Mell, the black proprietor with a heart for helping the hurting and homeless. Elise finds courage and hope from a believing husband and friends who embrace her as one of their own.

When the past returns to haunt her, Elise risks everything she's gained and re-enters the fractured and dangerous world she left behind. Determined to save Bea from a similar fate to her own, she battles for her freedom while awakening to her own deepest need - inner liberation and strength.

Carignan's powerful grasp of words in "The Buzz @ Chicky-Pie's Cafe" connects us with Elise's suffering at the hands of evil people and deepens one's compassion for all who endure similar pain. Amidst the tale's shadows of despair and brokenness, Carignan beautifully weaves a testament to the unparalleled hope and healing found in our God. - Shawn Thornton, Senior Pastor, Calvary Community Church, Westlake Village, CA
Author Iris Carignan wearing a red jacket and holding copies of her book

Iris Carignan is a published author, award-winning painter, and inspirational speaker. Her published works include "Fresh Eyes: Seeing God in the Unexpected" and a children's book, "Moriah's Wings," which she also illustrated. Iris serves on the board of Gabriel's House, a transitional home for women facing abuse, addiction, and homelessness. She and her husband reside in Thousand Oaks, California.

Published in partnership with Jessica Suggs Marketing, LLC, DBA JSM Book Co., Carignan's novel is available for distribution through IngramSpark and for purchase in print and eBook on, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.

A launch party for "The Buzz @ Chicky-Pie's Cafe" will occur Thursday, November 30, 2023, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at The Stonehaus: Winery Bar at 32039 Agoura Road Westlake Village, CA. The event is open to the public. Stop by for cake and appetizers and to have your copy of the book signed.

Journey Bookstore at Calvary Community Church will host a book purchase and signing on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2023, before and after church services. Address: 5495 Via Rocas Westlake Village, CA.

On Saturday, December 9, 2023, Iris will be at Marina Towers in Oceanside, CA, from 10:00 to Noon, for a book signing. Address: 1200 Harbor Drive N. Oceanside, CA.


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