Counterbalance, by Fred Melden

Counterbalance, by Fred MeldenFred Melden is the author of a new book, Counterbalance, a novel of eco-activism published by CreateSpace.

CounterbalanceFred Melden, author of five poetry chapbooks and a non-fiction work on education, announces the publication of his first novel.

Science mixes with mysticism. Technology joins with ancient culture. In Counterbalance we meet Esther and her old friends, some new friends, a mystic, perhaps a killer or two. And perhaps there are some secrets about herself she needs to learn.

Readings in the Portland area will be held, but none scheduled at this time.
Counterbalance is available at Amazon.

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Keeping Company with the Bishop, by CJ Ruff

CJ RuffCJ Ruff is the author of a new book, Keeping Company with the Bishop, a factual story published by Andrews UK Limited.

This is a factual story about my friendship with someone who began suffering from Alzheimer’s disease during the last years of his life. I hope it will prove to be an inspiration to anyone who has ever known and/or experienced the loss of someone through Alzheimer’s. It is also a story that I hope will rekindle society’s love for all of humankind whether it be the unborn with unknown possibilities or the oldest who have made countless and often untold contributions to society.

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In Ordinary Time, by CJ Ruff

CJ RuffCJ Ruff is the author of a new book, In Ordinary Time, a collection of fictional short stories published by Andrews UK Limited.

In Ordinary TimeIn Ordinary Time is a collection of short stories surrounding characters whose struggles are compelling and reality based. These heroes fight the good fight, find their destiny, and make every attempt to right their wrongs. They are a unique group of characters with special gifts. To say there is always a happy ending to each story would be an untruth; but there is always an ending that everyone can live with, because life and its purpose have been discovered, understood, and acted upon.

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Arsenic with Austen, by Katherine Bolger Hyde

Katherine Bolger HydeKatherine Bolger Hyde is the author of a new book, Arsenic with Austen, a cozy mystery published by Minotaur Books (Macmillan).

Arsenic with AustenWhen Emily Cavanaugh inherits a fortune from her great aunt, she expects her life to change. She doesn’t expect to embark on a murder investigation, confront the man who broke her heart 35 years before, and nearly lose her own life.

Arsenic with Austen is inspired by Katherine’s work in Colonyhouse, and the town is based on Rockaway Beach, where Colonyhouse is located.

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New Book: The Girl Immigrant, by Patricia Ruiz Steele

Patricia Ruiz SteelePatricia Ruiz Steele is the author of a new book, The Girl Immigrant, a work of historical fiction/genealogy published by Plumeria Press.

The Girl ImmigrantHawaii! Manuela’s small Spanish village buzzed with tales of life in a faraway land free from starvation and angst in 1911. She and her family board the SS Orteric, bound for the Hawaiian Islands. Sugar plantation owners wanted immigrants and promised the world. This 9-year-old girl embarks on a life-changing journey that encapsulates many immigrants at that time to eventually immigrate to America. She was the author’s grandmother, and the story is based on true accounts and documents over time.

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F.I. Goldhaber named finalist in the 2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

F.I. Goldhaber was named a finalist for the 2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award for Watching the Door.

Watching the Door by Joel and F.I. Goldhaber is a finalist in the 2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award.

Learn more at Baen Fantasy Award 2016


Mystery of Place Panel to feature local authors

Joyce Lekas will be at Mystery of Place Panel, Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. The Mystery of Place Panel happens at Another Read Through Book Store, 3932 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland.

For these local mystery writers, the place of action is as important as other characters in their stories. Join with authors Lisa Alber (Kilmoon, Whispers in the Mist), Myrna Daly (Night Falls in the Gorge), and Joyce Lekas (Dyed in the Wool).


‘Letting Go’ Author Panel to feature Sue Parman

Letting Go Author Panel 2016

Sue Parman will be at the “Letting Go” Author Panel, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 7 p.m. “Letting Go” Author Panel happens at Books Inc. Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, Calif.

David Turnoff and Sue Parman read from their essays in the anthology Letting Go: An Anthology of Attempts, edited by M.E. Hughes, published by Bacon Press Books. Best-selling author Gigi Pandian, Sue’s daughter, joins them to read from her own books.


Prepub Peek, featuring Rosemary Lombard

Rosemary Lombard

Rosemary Lombard will be at Prepub Peek June 10, 2016, at10:30 a.m. Prepub Peek happens at Hillsboro Community/Senior Center, 750 SE Eighth Avenue, Hillsboro.

Rosemary Lombard reads from her forthcoming chapbook, Turtles All the Way: Poems (Finishing Line Press). Rosemary explores turtle cognition by giving turtles more power. Ingrid Wendt, Winner of the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, says, “Reader, these poems — with their deft wit and fresh new ways of looking at all that we take for granted — will dance their way into your heart.” Get more information or a prepublication order (enabling a print run): at [Fishing Line Press] (


The Gem Connection, by Michael R. Lane

Michael R. Lane

Michael R. Lane is the author of a new book, The Gem Connection, a Mystery/Suspense published by

The Gem ConnectionClinton Windell is murdered in his home and robbed of $20 million in uncut gems. An anonymous client hires ex-DEA agent turned private investigator C.J. Cavanaugh to solve the case. There’s only one catch. C.J. and his partner must not reveal to anyone that they are involved. Not even C.J.’s lover and dogged homicide detective, Destini Pendleton, who is assigned the high-profile case, can know. The murder mystery requires C.J. to utilize all of his cunning to survive.

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