Local Author Spotlight – October 2017

Return to the Scene
by Carmella Gates

Liliana Martelli Delaney dreads returning to the Massachusetts farm where she grew up and recently inherited. She hated the farm and everything to do with farm life! She hopes that sorting out the detritus of the 250-year-old house, once an inn, and the outbuildings will help resolve her anger and animosity. She plans to sell the place, and put an end to that negative portion of her life.

But Lily and her family discover evidence of some shady dealings by former owners who operated the inn and tavern during Prohibition. Rumors and stories she heard as a child about bootlegging and a missing Revenue Man may have had some truth to them. She becomes determined to solve the mystery!

Lily’s story is often poignant, and sometimes frightening, but her adventurous spirit, loving heart and ability to see a little humor in any situation make this book a must read!

Return to the Scene is available online at amazon.com.

 

THE STONE OF MERCY
Book1 of the centaur chronicles
By M.J. Evans

Be it known throughout the land that the rightful heir to the throne of Crystonia will be the wearer of the Silver Breastplate with its four stones of light: The Stone of Mercy, The Stone of Courage, The Stone of Integrity and the Stone of Wisdom.

By tradition, the ruler of Crystonia will be the one in possession of the Silver Breastplate. Yet the rightful heir has not appeared and the throne that sits atop Mount Heilodius has stood empty for a century and a half.

The kingdom is being torn apart as the biggest and strongest races battle for control. Even the herd of peace-loving Centaurs has splintered into two factions, one awaiting the promised bearer of the breastplate, the other seeking power and control over the land.

Unbeknownst to all but a very few, the Silver Breastplate has been created. In due course, it is presented to a sixteen-year-old Duende girl named Carling, one of the tiny descendants of the fairies that once filled the land. But the Silver Breastplate is not complete. In order for its wearer to have the skills to rule the land righteously, the young Duende needs to find the four stones of light that are needed to finish this magical source of power and authority.

This is the riveting story of Carling’s quest. She, along with her friends, must risk their lives to save their land and fulfill the assignment given to them to complete the silver breastplate.

Award-Winning Author M.J. Evans takes the reader on another fantastic adventure. Immerse yourself in her fantasy world of Centaurs, Cyclops, Ogres and the Duende.

The Stone of Mercy is online at amazon.com.

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In the Heart of a Mustang

By M.J. Evans

In the Heart of a Mustang is one of the finest books ever written for teens and pre-teens. This book is strongly recommended for young readers.” Literary Classics Seal of Approval

A boy is told that his father was a brave and virtuous man, a soldier who traded his life to save the lives of countless others. He was the man that Hunter needed to emulate. The only problem is the story is a lie, all of it. The truth, which Hunter discovers as he begins his sophomore year of high school, is that his father has actually spent the boy’s entire life in jail, paying his debt to society, but not mending his ways.

A wild mustang mare is rounded up by the BLM, the spring rains had been sparse, the forage on the plains even more so. The mare and her herd are rescued from certain starvation and placed for adoption. In a sandy corral at Promise Ranch (named for the local therapeutic riding center in Franktown,) a home for troubled teenage boys, the boy and the mare meet. A weathered, old cowboy brings them together – a mentor for one, a trainer for the other.

The bond that forms between the boy and the horse becomes one that saves the lives of both.

All of M.J. Evans’ books are available in print or ebook format. Autographed copies may be obtained at www.dancinghorsepress.com. These books are also available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and independent bookstores. Popular local children’s bookstore: The Bookies, has them currently on their shelves.

Among the Lesser Gods: A Novel

By Margo Catts

For fans of authors like Barbara Kingsolver and Leif Enger, a stunning new voice in contemporary literary fiction.

“Tragedy and blessing. Leave them alone long enough, and it gets real hard to tell them apart.”

Elena Alvarez is living a cursed life. From the deadly fire she accidentally set as a child, to her mother’s abandonment, and now to an unwanted pregnancy, she knows better than most that small actions can have terrible consequences. Driven to the high mountains surrounding Leadville, Colorado by her latest bad decision, she’s intent on putting off the future. Perhaps there she can just hide in her grandmother’s isolated cabin and wait for something–anything–to make her next choice for her.

Instead, she is confronted by reflections of her own troubles wherever she turns–the recent widower and his two children adrift in a changed world, Elena’s own mysterious family history, and the interwoven lives within the town itself. Bit by bit, Elena begins to question her understanding of cause and effect, reexamining the tragedies she’s held on to and the wounds she’s refused to let heal.

But when the children go missing, Elena’s fragile new peace is shattered. It’s only at the prospect of fresh loss and blame that she will discover the truth of the terrible burdens we take upon ourselves, the way tragedy and redemption are inevitably intertwined–and how curses can sometimes lead to blessings, however disguised.

This book is available in hardcover and ebook formats and can be found at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Local Author Spotlight

A Perfect America
By Peter Meredith

Phil Tarsus is a dreadful instrument of State Justice. He is an Inquisitor, a man who makes his living rooting out and executing those people who have been charged with treason. Guilt or innocence mean little to him – he has his quotas to fill after all. Yet when he unwittingly stumbles upon a secret involving someone high up in the new American government, he becomes a target himself. Unfortunately for Phil there’s nowhere to run that the government can’t find him. In the year 2122, in the perfect state of America, the government owns everything: from the shoes you wear, to the apple you eat, to your next door neighbor. Under these conditions Phil can trust no one, but the man he is next slated to murder.

This book is available for purchase on Amazon.com

Pilgrim Wheels
Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America
By Neil Hanson

A splendid story of journey, discovery, and place. In 2011, at 57 years old, Neil Hanson began a 3400-mile cross-country bicycle journey, exploring an America that can only be discovered on winding back roads from the saddle of a bicycle.

More than just a travelogue of a bike ride across the country, Hanson’s delightful and beautifully written story takes the reader on a journey that is engaging and insightful, often hilarious, sometimes poignant, and always inspiring. It’s a must-read adventure that will stir your soul.

If you enjoy this book be sure to check out Pilgrim Spokes (Book Two) – The Journey Continues… Cycling East Across America as well! A captivating adventure reflected in beautiful prose. Pilgrim Spokes weaves a story around the eastern half of Hanson’s cross country bicycle journey, continuing the saga begun in his award-winning previous book, Pilgrim Wheels.

About the Author
Neil Hanson is a lifelong cyclist. Originally from Kansas, he currently lives in Colorado. His eclectic career path has included jobs ranging from carpenter to high-level executive. His first book, Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty, was published in 2010.

This book is available for purchase on Amazon.com: Pilgrim WheelsPilgrim Spokes

Local Author Spotlight

The Trials

Secrets, Spells and Tales

By Liz Rau

The Salem Witch Trials are widely known throughout history, but it’s the lesser known black curse that has been weighing heavily on Harry. But when a mysterious new girl arrives in town with a hidden past, dark secrets come to light and new stories are woven throughout the threads of time with the help of a gypsy. The only question is, will this be enough to break the curse?

This book is available for purchase on Amazon.com and on Kindle.
Learn more on www.lizrauofficial.com.

Three Silly Words

The Tale of a Car, a Banana and a Ladybug

Written By Ericka Harrell & Illustrated By Krysta Parr

Three silly words, one silly story! What do you get when you take two silly brothers, one day at the carnival, a bunch of imagination, and oodles of family fun? Oh yes, and let’s not forget… a car, a banana, and a ladybug?!? One silly story, of course!

A little about Three Silly Words…
Ericka Harrell is a new children’s book author based in Parker. Her illustrator, Krysta Parr, is based in Centennial.

Last year, Krysta and Ericka were chosen to be bridesmaids in their dear friend’s wedding. Having never met before, the two began talking, and lo and behold, they both had life-long dreams of writing and illustrating children’s books. Last fall, after 17 years of service at Ericka’s beloved company, she hung up her corporate high heels and decided to chase her dream of becoming a children’s book author full time. Krysta also recently accepted her dream job and is working as a graphic artist at a large company.

Ericka’s children inspired her book series. When they were little and couldn’t fall asleep, Ericka would ask them to think of three words, any three words, and she would make up a silly story that included all of them. The more unrelated the words, the sillier the story! Ten years later, Three Silly Words, the book series, was born!

All of the “three silly words” used in Ericka’s books are created by her children, their silly friends, and the young students she reads to. Ericka has two titles self-published to date, “Three Silly Words: The Tale of a Pizza, a Treehouse and a Shark,” and “Three Silly Words: The Tale of a Car, a Banana and a Ladybug.” Both are available on Amazon.

Her first title is also available on BarnesandNoble.com.

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MY LOVED ONE SHINES ON!

A GIFT FROM BEYOND

By Disa Van Orman & Dylan Skye Goedeker
Oh, you are wrong if you think I’m gone, I am right there in your favorite song…” is how their new adventure began. Grandmother and Grandson. Gebra and Buffalo Boy. Disa and Dylan.

A poem is given to a grandmother by her 6-year-old grandson who dies suddenly. In great pain, she intends to write about the wonderful times they shared. Instead, she hears her amazing grandson tell her a poem that lets her know that he is not truly gone and is still with her.

Gebra cannot see or touch him as she did before. Yet, if she uses all her senses, she is aware of his presence. As an artist and photographer, Disa uses her beautiful photographs of animals and nature to bring to life the feelings and emotions this amazing child is sharing to repair his family’s broken heart.

Dylan sends her signs that he is there, right by her side. As she writes his words, he asks her to share them with the world, to young and old, to give hope to others that their loved one shines on too.

Hey, don’t forget that part about blossom, because I want this to end with, ‘Man… that would be awesome!!’

Learn more at MyLovedOneShinesOn.com

THREE SILLY WORDS:

A TALE OF A PIZZA, A TREEHOUSE AND A SHARK

Written By Ericka Harrell & Illustrated by Krysta Parr
Three silly words, one silly story! What do you get when you take two best friends, one little brother, a bunch of imagination, and oodles of teamwork? Oh yes, and let’s not forget… a pizza, a treehouse and a shark?!? One silly story!

A little about Three Silly Words…
Ericka Harrell is a new children’s book author based in Parker. Her illustrator, Krysta Parr, is based in Centennial.

Last year, Krysta and Ericka were chosen to be bridesmaids in their dear friend’s wedding. Having never met before, the two began talking, and lo and behold, they both had life-long dreams of writing and illustrating children’s books. Last fall, after 17 years of service at Ericka’s beloved company, she hung up her corporate high heels and decided to chase her dream of becoming a children’s book author full time. Krysta also recently accepted her dream job and is working as a graphic artist at a large company.

Ericka’s children inspired her book series. When they were little and couldn’t fall asleep, Ericka would ask them to think of three words, any three words, and she would make up a silly story that included all of them. The more unrelated the words, the sillier the story! Ten years later, Three Silly Words, the book series, was born!

All of the “three silly words” used in Ericka’s books are created by her children, their silly friends, and the young students she reads to. Ericka has two titles self-published to date, “Three Silly Words: The Tale of a Pizza, a Treehouse and a Shark,” and “Three Silly Words: The Tale of a Car, a Banana and a Ladybug.” Both are available on Amazon. Her first title is also available on BarnesandNoble.com.

Local Author Spotlight

My Journey Through Chronic Pain

By Peggy Robinson
This is the author’s autobiography of her journey through the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. The book goes beyond focusing on fibromyalgia to all those who suffer chronic pain. The book covers topics that do not appear in other books about pain. The author discusses the issues of grief and loss, levels and stages of pain, changes in relationships, dealing with the voice of pain and coping techniques. There is an appendix that gives insight and support for those who care for the chronically ill.

About the Author
Peggy Robinson has been a counselor for 27 years, a college professor for 13 years, and foster mother of 9. She has recently retired to further her writing career. Her next book with Christmas stories for all ages will be out this fall.

My Journey Through Chronic Pain can be purchased from the author by contacting her at probinson@gmail.com or through Amazon. Books will also be available at Barnes and Noble.

Never The Same

By S. Donovan
Taylor Montgomery is an intelligent, assertive, capable young Chicago police detective. While working on a case, Taylor disappears. She is found two days later, savagely beaten and left for dead. Taylor recovers physically, but emotionally she is devastated. She remembers nothing of what happened though now she is fearful, cautious, weak, unsure of herself. Her life as she knew it is over. She is trapped in the middle of nowhere; a past she can barely remember, a future that holds nothing but agonizing fear. With therapy and the love and support of her friends and family, Taylor slowly begins to trust again. She moves to Arizona to get a fresh start and meets a woman whose spiritual teachings help Taylor begin to accept what happened in her life and to realize she has the choice to move forward or stay mired in the past. This is the story of a young woman’s awakening to the belief that we are the creators of our lives and only we can choose how we want that life to be.

About the Author
Sally Donovan lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, two daughters, five cats, three dogs, horses, chickens and their cow named Dinner. She began consciously walking her spiritual path many years ago and plans to open a metaphysical bookstore within the next year.

For more information or to order additional copies of this book, call 602-697-6291.
Sally Donovan 1101 Auburn Dr. #2306 Castle Rock, CO. 80109

LOCAL AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

A Colorado Day: Nature’s Inspirations from the Centennial State

By Kristin Acker Miller
Illustrated by Tracy Herrmann

Trail alongside animals as they go about their day in this lovely children’s picture book about life in the natural world from dawn until dusk. Featuring vibrant colors, beautifully expressive illustrations and a melodic, rhyming story including the names of Colorado wildlife and vegetation. Plus a bonus “Facts About Colorado” page offers interesting facts about the state of Colorado. Ideal for children ages 2-7.

About the Author
With a lifelong love of writing, Colorado resident, Kristin Acker Miller has written countless articles spanning 20 years as a magazine editor and writer. Following a long-held dream to publish a children’s book and possessing a profound sense of appreciation for nature, Ms. Miller created Dreaming Tree Books with the intent to publish children’s picture books that highlight the fascinating wildlife and landscapes of the natural world. Her hope is to encourage reading and an enthusiasm for nature among young children.

A Colorado Day is available at www.dreamingtreebooks.com

A Pocketful of Seeds

By Debbie Johnson

Each person has a “Pocket of Seeds” to plant for positive change. Inspired by the teachings of Christ, this book is for anyone wishing to make a difference in the world around them. In A Pocketful of Seeds, author and social-change agent Debbie Johnson issues a challenge to herself and her readers: let’s sow “seeds” into the world every day for a year and see how we – and the world – are changed.

A Pocketful of Seeds isn’t just a devotional; it’s a collection of inspirations and ideas for world changers. And it’s not just for established Mother Teresas or Nelson Mandelas, but for everyday people who itch to break free and make an impact – a real impact. If that is the cry of your heart, then you are the perfect person to take on the 365-day challenge of A Pocketful of Seeds.

Each entry combines a compelling story with an action – a seed to be sown that day, like hanging out with someone of a different socioeconomic group or calling an elderly friend or making a microloan. Some daily seeds will fill you with delight, and some will call for sacrifice. All will make the world a better place, because one thing is definitely true: when seeds are sown, life happens.

A Pocketful of Seeds is available at www.debbieljohnson.com and Amazon

Local Author Spotlight

localauthorspotlight-dec2016SONS OF IO

A Trilogy By Alain Medel

Sins of IO (Book One)

Sins of the Father (Book Two)

Apotheosis (Book Three)

In the year 2086, three friends, Virgil, Haley and Cameron, are prisoners in Purgatory. After a nuclear war on Earth, the remaining humans now inhabit IO, a moon orbiting Jupiter. The inhabitants of Purgatory are told that they have a deadly virus and must be quarantined. Virgil knows the truth. There is no virus, but the 124 children in Purgatory do have unique Gifts. Virgil has telekinesis, Haley can manipulate sound waves, and Cameron can heal others. Determined to escape their prison, the three friends hatch a daring plan. Will they make it out of Purgatory? What will they find if they do?

The Sons of IO trilogy is available on Amazon, B&N Nook, & iBooks

Local Author Spotlight

localauthorspotlight-oct2016
WASHINGTON’S PROVIDENCE

By Chris LaFata

Former history professor John Curry has been recruited by a time-travel company to scout the best vantage point for clients to witness the inauguration of the first President of the United States. There’s just one problem: When he arrives in 1789, there is no inauguration—and no United States. Until this point, the time-travel job has had its perks. Getting relationship advice from the legendary lover, Casanova, was valuable. Accompanying Casanova to the opening night of Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni, was even better.

But being stranded in the British Colony of New York isn’t what he signed up for. Few people have even heard of George Washington, and the short-lived American Revolution failed—presumably because Washington wasn’t alive to lead it. John always knew history could change on a dime, but not after it already happened. Right?

After learning Washington was killed thirty years earlier during the French and Indian War, John realizes the only way he can return home is to ensure there’s a United States to return to. Everything hinges on keeping Washington alive—not the easiest task protecting someone famous for leading battles on the front lines while perched on a horse. While traveling further back through time to protect Washington, he uncovers a secret the Freemasons have kept for more than two and a half centuries and learns that the history he thought he knew was completely wrong.

Available at Amazon or www.ChrisLaFata.com

STRENGTH FROM TRAGEDY:
ANNE FRANK’S FATHER SHARES HIS WISDOM WITH AN AMERICAN TEEN

By Cara Wilson-Granat

The Diary of Anne Frank, one of our enduring inspirational books, published by the only family survivor, motivated people all over the world to carry on Anne’s message of love and hope in their own lives. Otto Frank never wanted Anne remembered as a victim but as a living spirit through her words.

A generation later, a young American girl began conversations with Otto through letters reflecting her own chaotic teenage years and the violence in America in the 1960s and `70s. His responses helped her as she matured into a loving, trusting woman.

Cara Wilson-Granat (Weiss-Wilson at the time of their correspondence) wrote this book from her extraordinary friendship with Otto and the inspiration she drew from it. He validated her need to be heard and respected; he became her mentor, her wise “grandfather” as he was for many, many others worldwide. He taught the importance of tolerance and true spirituality, focusing on the power of love, not revenge. He said “If the end of the world would be imminent, I still would plant a tree today.” He truly lived his message.

Cara’s nearly twenty-year correspondence with Otto culminated in a memorable meeting shortly before his death, the impact of which continues to influence her life even today. Her remarkable book helps others lead fulfilling lives and renews our faith in the possibility of hope, peace, and making positive choices every moment.

Available at Amazon or www.WordsFromCara.com

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LocalAuthorSpotlight-Sept2016STILL MISSING MAX:
FINDING HOPE AFTER MY MARINE SON’S DEATH

By Julie Burget Schrock

Missing Max is a compelling story of one mother’s journey as Julie recalls the extraordinary events surrounding the death of her Marine son, Corporal Max W. Donahue, who was killed in Afghanistan in August, 2010. You will share her despair, fears, tears and finally, her hope as Julie moves through the days and months following word of Max’s injury, and then his death.

Missing Max is a must-read for anyone who has lost a loved one. It encourages the reader to live a life focused on making their lost loved one proud. Julie writes of moving through the grieving process and, through her faith and the love of family and friends, begins the healing process and going forward with her life.

Julie’s hope in writing Max’s story is that it will provide strength, hope, courage and faith to those who need it. And she hopes that Max, and all fallen soldiers, will never be forgotten.

Still Missing Max: The Expanded Version tells of the intimate way God carried Julie through the years following Max’s death. Even if the reader doesn’t share her faith, most won’t dispute that something miraculous was and is occurring.

INSPECTOR HUNNAM MYSTERY:
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER

By Davin Colten

An impetuous young girl helps the gorgeous Inspector Hunnam solve the case, in this suspenseful, romantic, murder-mystery adventure set in 1920’s London.

1928 London, we are introduced to all the guests who are attending the murder mystery dinner, two attractive party girls, a young couple from West Sussex, a mother and daughter, and a last minute reservation, are among the interesting guest list. One by one they arrive at the elegant Brown’s Hotel, where the host greets them, and the murder mystery event begins. Halfway through the evening, one of the guests is murdered!

A room full of suspects, we find out the victim had many enemies, and several of the guests had a motive for murder. The tall, blonde, gorgeous, Detective Inspector Hunnam, and his partner, Detective Sergeant Weston, are brought in on the case to investigate the murder. During the course of their investigation, Inspector Hunnam falls for one of the suspects, the beautiful Miss Grey. A romance blossoms as she helps the Inspector investigate.

One of the suspects is a runner. A mysterious stranger in a pinstriped suit leads to a dangerous chase and a second murder occurs. We find a stolen pearl necklace, a diamond bracelet worth several thousands of pounds, the murder weapon, bad business dealings, gambling debts, and cocaine. Inspector Hunnam, along with his Sergeant and the help of Miss Grey, solve the case, knowing this is just the beginning for the two of them till their next exciting murder mystery adventure.

Available at Amazon and B&N in paperback and on kindle.