A House of Light and Stone



Growing up is never easy.

This Golden Crown Award-Shortlisted literary novel follows young Duffy Chavez as she struggles against her troubled family and her own cultural identity.

302 pages (78,500 words)

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For young Duffy Chavez, the journey to adolescence is particularly painful.

Swimming against the tides of her troubled family as well as her own cultural identity, Duffy struggles with the cards she has been dealt. Buoyed up by the belief of a select few, she strives to achieve the kind of self-knowledge that comes so naturally to the ‘real girls’ all around her.

As gaps in the narrative begin to fill, and the truth surrounding Duffy’s birth is unearthed, her determination to succeed is rendered all the more astounding.

Told in uncompromising clarity through the eyes of a child, A House of Light and Stone is at once full of heartbreak and hope, offering respites of warmth in the coldest of places.


E.J. Runyon lives in the US Southwest. Since 2002 she’s found herself moving on to smaller and smaller desert towns, while working to become the author and writing coach she planned to be.

E.J.’s passion is focused on writing fine prose and on getting folks writing, her aim is coaching them in writing well. She participates yearly in National Novel Writing Month – an event she’s been involved in since 2001. Some characters in this novel are also featured in E.J.’s book of short stories, Claiming One.

You can learn more about E.J. Runyon by visiting her author page here on the IQ website.

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E.J. Runyon
Category: Literary
Release Date: September 2014

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-908600-40-0
Pages: 302
RRP: £9.99 / 12.99€ / $14.99

Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
ISBN: 978-1-908600-41-7
RRP: £3.49 / 3.99€ / $3.99


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We immediately became very invested in Duffy and in her quest for happiness, and it was impossible not to root for her. This was largely the result of the masterful use of first-person point of view (POV) by the author. Duffy’s explanations for events and conflicts were beautiful and nuanced in the language of the delivery. [This novel] is an original, powerful, and well-written book that we highly recommend.

LOTL Magazine

The only reason this book took me so long to read was because I couldn’t imagine it ending! I instantly loved Duffy, a ten-year-old girl on a personal Quest. I’d find myself thinking about her hours after I’d set down the book. Reading the final words of this book, all I could think about was how soon can I read it again? It’s a must read!

Jacqueline Winters, author of the Willow Creek Saga

It is a wonderfully told story, and utterly compelling. Not only is the writing outstanding, but the core essence of the story is well worth pondering as it carries its painful realities to a completely satisfying resolution. I urge you to read and savor this exceptional book. You’ll be glad you did.

Lloyd A. Meeker, Out In Print

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