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.

 

Local Author Spotlight

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

HUMAN/CANINE BEHAVIOR CONNECTION

A Better Self Through Dog Training

By Marissa Martino, CTC, CPDT-KA

Human/Canine Behavior Connection – A Better Self Through Dog Training is a dog training and personal growth book designed to help you and your canine companion expand as individuals and grow together as a team. This training and behavior modification approach teaches the reader skills and concepts in order to modify four systems: the dog’s response to the world, the owner’s response to their dog, the relationship between the owner and their dog and the owner’s relationship to their world. The book offers: 1. The 10 steps of behavior modification for you & your dog 2. Identifying the parallels between how you and your dog perceive the world 3. Training techniques to modify your dog’s behavior 4. Steps for you to implement in order to promote a deeper connection between you and your dog 5. Exercises to foster a deeper connection between you and your world. Our relationship with our canine companions can be a window into how we relate to the world around us. It gives us insight into what holds us back and shows us where we can expand and connect in our own lives. Enjoy this process, and let the experience of training and behavior modification go deep within yourself.

This book is available for purchase on Amazon.com. Learn more at www.pawsandreward.com.

MORGAN 512

By H.C. Schaffer

Paul Morgan had lived in the shadow of his older brother Lewis for most of his life. But when Lewis graduated from high school, something happened that altered the direction of the entire Morgan family. Paul suspected that his brother had been influenced by their uncle, a priest and the highest ranking official in the Vatican’s Financial Center. Father Morgan had traveled from Rome for the graduation and what he told the Morgan brothers that day shook Paul to his core. From that day on, Paul was determined to do whatever was necessary to learn his uncle’s secret. What he uncovered at the Vatican would force Paul to use every means at his disposal to stop his uncle’s evil plot and when the truth was revealed it would shock the world.

This book is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

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.

Local Author Spotlight

The Children’s Train: Escape on the Kindertransport

Historical Fiction Book about the Holocaust

By Jana Zinser

In November 1938 on The Night of the Broken Glass, the Jewish people of Germany are terrified as Hitler’s men shatter their store windows, steal and destroy their belongings, and arrest many Jewish fathers and brothers. Parents fear for their own lives but their focus is on protecting their children. When England arranges to take the children out of Germany by train, the Kindertransport is organized and parents scramble to get places on the trains for their young family members, worried about what the future will hold. Soon, trains filled with Jewish children escaping the Nazis chug over the border into Holland, where they are ferried across the English Channel to England and to freedom. But for Peter, the shy violin player, his sister Becca, and his friends Stephen and Hans, life in England holds challenges as well. Peter’s friend Eva, who did not get a seat on the Kindertransport, is left to the evil plans of Hitler. Peter, working his musician’s hands raw at a farm in Coventry, wonders if they should have stayed and fought back instead of escaping. When the Coventry farm is bombed and Nazis have reached England, Peter feels he has nothing left. He decides it’s time to stand and fight Hitler. Peter returns to Germany to join the Jewish underground resistance, search for the mother and sister he left behind in Berlin, and rescue his childhood friend Eva.

This book is available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Learn more on www.thechildrenstrain.com

Local Author Spotlight

A Photographer’s Eye and A Traveler’s Heart

One Couple’s Epic 21 Month World Journey

By Don Mammoser
In late 2010, professional photographer Don Mammoser began an open-ended, world-wide journey of discovery. He took with him just a backpack, a camera and one lens. A female acquaintance, Anya, from Russia accompanied him on a trial basis at first, then permanently after their traveling romance flourished.
Together, the couple moved non-stop across the earth for twenty-one months. They traveled as local people and with local people the entire time. This means that they rode on camels and elephants, in countless tuk-tuks, motorbikes, and on untold overcrowded buses. They went via dugout canoes, old bikes, kayaks, river tubes, and endless boats, ferries and other assorted floating devices. They survived numerous typhoons, food poisoning, a crashed motorbike, wildlife encounters, injuries, and decrepit Indonesian ferries. They were caught in angry oceans, often dealt with inhospitable immigration authorities and got eaten alive by more mosquitoes and leeches than they care to remember. They visited 28 countries on 4 continents.
During their travels, Don and Anya got engaged in Montenegro and married on the beach in the Dominican Republic. What began as a simple friendship between an American man and a Russian girl ended in an amazing partnership where these two vagabonds travel through life together, attempting to simply have an uncommon existence.
This book is one chapter in their story, told through gorgeous, full-color photography along with plenty of personal prose. When not travelling, Don and Anya live in Parker, Colorado.

This book is available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Learn more at www.donmammoserphoto.com.

Pieces of Accordance

By Liz Rau
Sasha Reads has always wanted to be a writer, but she’s never known where to begin. So when her grandmother leaves her an old photograph of a house in Missouri, she finally feels inspired to write. But when secrets of the house begin to unfold, and the town’s most romantic love story comes to light, things start to feel more like a memory from a dream than reality. What has Sasha gotten herself into? The one secret that may unlock the mystery of the house, and the reason Sasha feels so drawn to the small town life, is hidden inside a trunk in the attic. But without the key, will Sasha ever discover what her story is?

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

Local Author Spotlight

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