New Releases: “No Substitute for Myth”

NSFMyth_04_1400X2000@150dpiCarolyn J. Rose has another book out in her Subbing isn’t for Sissies mystery series, No Substitute for Myth.

“Is Bigfoot prowling around Reckless River, Washington? Has Sasquatch come to the city? Barbara Reed doesn’t know if she believes the legendary creature exists, but evidence is stacking up. Something big is scavenging for food in city parks. Something tall and heavy left footprints across a dirt parking lot. And something huge and hairy careened into her one night on the riverfront trail.

Did that same creature kill a man and drag his body into a swamp? Or was the killer human? Will justice be undermined by media frenzy, a tide of tourism, and hundreds of hunters?

With help from the usual suspects, Barb, her drug-cop boyfriend, her pearl-powered wealthy neighbor, and Cheese Puff, her less-than-loyal dog, set out to solve a mystery, catch a murderer, and bust a few myths along the way.


Lesbians on the Loose: A reading

ZLori L. Lake, Sandra de Helen, and Sue Hardesty will read from the new crime fiction anthology, “Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 18 at Another Read Through, 3932 N. Mississippi Ave. in Portland.

The lesbians on the loose in this collection are an entertaining mix of protagonists: cops, amateur sleuths, a PI, a judge, a bounty hunter, and one very insightful dog. There’s even an intrepid high schooler and a mystery writer.

Despite greed and grief, rage and revenge, secrets and lies, many of the stories feature humor from a variety of characters trying to find their way in a difficult world—cops who’ve seen too much, revenge seekers, and women who want justice for themselves and others.

These three contributors to the anthology will read briefly, answer questions, and sign.

Their other works will also be available.


Authors to read at Pfeiffer Winery

a7f531_69fbefe02db941409366678c4dc6b512.jpg_srb_p_168_252_75_22_0.50_1.20_0 Kelly-author-best-copy-199x300Danuta Pfeiffer and Kelly Kittel will read from their award-winning memoirs at the Pfeiffer Winery in Junction City from 3 to 5 p.m. June 14.

Join the authors for an afternoon of wine and appetizers.

Breathe –by Kelly Kittel

Kelly Kittel never questioned her Mayflower Society mantra—“Family is the most important thing”—until the day when her fifteen-month-old son is run over by her sixteen-year-old niece.

Chiseled, A Memoir of Identity, Duplicity and Divine Wine–by Danuta Pfeiffer

Danuta Pfeiffer writes of an unwed teenage mother escaping to the tundra of Alaska; a journalist who inadvertently becomes a television evangelist with a ringside seat to a presidential campaign; a wife caught in a web of deceit and substance abuse, the loss of sons and lovers–and how she survived it all.

Pfeiffer Winery, 25040 Jaeg Road, Junction City, Oregon


A conversation with Maggie Chula

Fred Melden will be hosting a conversation with Maggie Chula at 7 p.m. Monday, June 29 at the Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 Brookwood Parkway.

7474192The Haiku poet Matsuo Basho wrote “when writing about the bamboo, become the bamboo. When writing about the pine become the pine.” For twelve years, Maggie Chula lived the life of a poet in a ramshackle Japanese house, wandering around mountain temples and gardens writing haiku. She also taught English and creative writing at Kyoto universities and studied the arts of flower arrangement and woodblock printing. Her seven collections of haiku, haibun, and tanka include “Grinding my ink,” which received a Haiku Society of America Book Award.

Maggie currently serves as president of the Tanka Society of America and will talk about this little-known form as well as haiku, haibun, and how living in Kyoto inspired her writing. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer’s development of his / her art. It’s an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing.



New Releases: “Coyote Willows”

bcb2fa_e1e5fe3b408b4062a43c477f9b35a4bb.png_srz_p_266_422_75_22_0.50_1.20_0Coyote Willows is a modern day environmental thriller filled with murder, mercenaries and mysticism wrapped in the virulent legacy of the western hemisphere’s most deadly nuclear complex.

Major Jake Hawthorn, assigned to Homeland Security and struggling with PTSD, is warned off investigating a friend’s missing “Imminent Threat” report. Returning home to find his friend has died in a fiery crash, Jake turns to a native shaman for help in deciphering rock art clues leading to the murderer. Jake uncovers more than a killer and races the clock to expose a complex conspiracy sixty years in the making, as the land he loves teeters on the brink of an ecological Armageddon.

Coyote Willows is a fast paced, complex thriller with an original plot that kept me reading until the end.”

Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Woman with a Gun

As a fifth-generation Oregonian, growing up in the shadow of radioactive drift from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Sharon Appleman was inspired to set the novel in the high-desert country of the Pacific Northwest.

As the great-granddaughter of a Native American, ancient rock art still hidden on family ranch lands holds special resonance for her and plays a pivotal role in this fast-paced thriller. Coyote Willows is now available on Amazon, Kindle and at select bookstores. A book launch and signing will take place at the Seventh Annual NW Book Festival on July 25 in Portland.


New Releases: “Great Day in the Morning”

9k=Deb Mohr will read from her new book “Great Day in the Morning” at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene.

“Forgotten and perhaps unknown by some, is the epic struggle black people and a number of white people living in mid-century Mississippi, as they fought to obtain voting and public transportation rights for blacks.

In “Great Day in the Morning,” Grace Ann Dunbar, daughter of a Mississippi planter and artist, works through her own personal conflicts before becoming immersed in this important movement.”

Mohr, a Eugene author, was commissioned in 2012 to write an essay for The Oregon Quarterly on her experience living in a sorority house at the University of Oregon. The article, “Cross Burning at Gamma Phi Beta,” won the National Gold Award in Feature Writing from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Her new book is available on Amazon and Kindle.



“Nailed” publishes excerpt from Brian Reid’s second novel

An excerpt from Brian Reid’s forthcoming second novel, “Madonna and Buddy Holly Get Married,” has been published by Nailed as “Hank and the Midnighters.”

“This ain’t one of them stories where the hero ends up damaged, lost, or broken. Everything works out in the end, more or less. So if you’re looking for a good cry, or want to finish a book so you can gaze into the fireplace, philosophizing over the inhumanity of man, best clear on out – this ain’t your kind of ride.”




New Releases: “The Shark Curtain”

The Shark CurtainChris ScofieldSet against the changing terrain of middle-class values and the siren calls of art and puberty, Chris Scofield’s new YA-Adult novel The Shark Curtain invites us into Lily Asher’s wonderful, terrible world.

The older of two girls growing up in suburban Portland, Oregon, in the mid-1960s, her inner life stands in quirky contrast to the loving but dysfunctional world around her. Often misunderstood by her flawed but well-intentioned parents, teenage Lily orbits their tumultuous love affair, embracing what embraces her back: the ghost of her drowned dog, a lost aunt, numbers, shoe boxes, werewolves, rituals, and stories she pens herself (including one about a miscarried sibling she dubs “Frog Boy”).

With “regular” visits from a wisecracking Jesus, an affectionate but combative friendship is born–a friendship that strains Lily’s grasp of reality as much as her patience. From the violence of a peeping tom and catching Mom in flagrante delicto with the neighbor to jungles in her closet, butlers under her bed, and barking in public, Lily struggles to balance her family’s expectations with the visions that continue to isolate her.

“Brilliant, engaging, engulfing, fulfilling, beautiful… The Shark Curtain will turn you inside out and make you see the world differently. As well you should. As well should we all. Because life isn’t about having the answers, it’s about grappling with the questions. Chris Scofield’s fantastically fantastic novel pins the tail on the donkey with a pneumatic nail gun—I absolutely insist that you read this book!”

–Garth Stein, author of Racing In the Rain

Scofield will be in Portland later this month appearing from 5 to 8 p.m. May 30, Burnt Tongue, at Crush Bar, 1400 S.E. Morrison St.


Cindy Brown on How to Be Funny

May-15aFred Melden will be hosting another Conversations With Writers at the Hillsboro Library Main Branch at 7 p.m. May 18.

How to Be Funny On the Page (even if you’re not in real life)

Cindy Brown has been a theater geek – musician, actor, director, producer, and playwright – since her first professional gig at age 14. Now a full-time writer, she’s lucky enough to have garnered several awards and a three-book deal for her madcap mysteries. “Macdeath,” the first in her Ivy Meadows series was released in January and “The Sound of Murder” follows in October.

Join Cindy to discuss the idea that a writer doesn’t need a quick wit, just a sense of humor. Explore different types of comedy, identify your own brand of humor, and learn the basics tenets of comedy in this interactive workshop.

Hillsboro Library Main Branch: 2850 Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro. 503-615-6500

Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer’s development of his / her art. It’s an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing.