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Legendary Liner QUEEN MARY Sails Prominently into Novel "The Travelers" by Keith Wayne McCoy

Established Publisher Champagne Books Releases Debut Urban Fantasy Novel

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- "The most intense journeys are never geographical."


In 1947, the luxury liner Queen Mary transmits a message which is intercepted by extraterrestrial intelligence.  This errant radio signal serves as a beacon for a North Atlantic encounter between James and Jess Bennett, a GI and his British war bride, and an otherworldly, desperate mother and her two small children.  The Bennetts left Southampton with only each other but arrive in New York as a family. In the present day, Guy Turner, a melancholy, black filmmaker, finds himself at the center of a supernatural mystery after a haunting prelude with the now elderly mother in a corridor aboard the retired liner in Long Beach, California.

Standing at the edge of eternity, the old woman and the Bennetts have the complex task of setting certain aspects of the past in order as the doors to their lives are closing.  Guy is thrust into an unexpected and unwanted voyage of self as he is solely enjoined to bring the three together one last time.  "The Travelers" is a journey to the limits of anxiety, despair, grief, and joy that are common to every human experience of suffering and growth.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Keith Wayne McCoy majored in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Indiana.  Although he has published short stories, "The Travelers" is his first novel.  He has won several scholarships to writing workshops and studied under such luminaries as John Hawkes, Bob Shacochis, Amy Hempel, and Sigrid Nunez.  "The Travelers" was a quarter-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.  In addition to writing, Mr. McCoy is a world-class collector of furniture, furnishings, and memorabilia from the 1930s luxury liner Queen Mary.  He lives in southern Illinois.

Media Contact: Keith McCoy, Keith Wayne McCoy, (618) 926-2809, [email protected]

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