Robert Balmanno
Author of the Blessings of Gaia series
September Snow by Robert Balmanno
September Snow
Book one of the Blessings of Gaia series

September Snow is Robert Balmanno's first published novel. It touches on some of the most pressing environmental, political and social issues facing our world in the near future. Published by Regency Press of Oakland, it is the fruit of many years of writing, research and extensive reading, and is the first in a series of four books, the Blessings of Gaia quartet. "I have the perfect job for a writer." Said Balmanno, "I'm surrounded by books at work." Many of his co-workers are thrilled about the long-awaited news of the publishing.

Balmanno was born and raised in Sunnyvale and attended St. Francis High School in Mountain View. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science at U.C. Santa Barbara and did post-graduate work in Politics and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He also did post-graduate work at the University of London, King's College.

In the 1970s Balmanno traveled through Europe and Asia Minor, after a stint in the Peace Corps in a remote West African village, and returned to the United States to dedicate his life to writing works of contemporary fiction. He has eight full-length novel manuscripts to his credit, two of which are set in Silicon Valley. Balmanno is presently working on the third book of the Gaia series, Embers of the Earth.

Robert Balmanno has conducted over 100 signings throughout the West Coast of the United States and has completed a 22-city book signing tour in Fall 2010. September Snow has become a sleeper hit in Northern California and has sold over 5,000 copies.

Runes of Iona by Robert Balmanno
Runes of Iona
Book two of the Blessings of Gaia series

While providing a page-turning action novel on a grand scale, Runes of Iona is also an idea-driven work of literature.

Following the traditions of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, the work is set in a dystopian near-future.

The second novel in a planned quartet called The Blessings of Gaia, Runes of Iona continues where the first book, September Snow, left off, but, while continuing the saga, stands alone as a complete work.

Iona, daughter of a rebel, martyred mother and an illustrious scientist, follows the classic hero's journey. Using a female lead adds a refreshing note.

The central dilemma concerns a war-ravaged, environmentally damaged world. Iona's task is nothing less than fighting a corrupt and totalitarian world government with a ragtag force of battle-weary rebels. And the stakes are nothing less than saving our ailing planet from further destruction brought on by environmental recklessness.

Balmanno touches on questions such as the environment, religion and politics, giving satisfied readers both a provocative thinking-person's story and, simultaneously, a thriller. Runes of Iona is a treat to read and savor.

Copyright © 2012 Robert Balmanno