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.


New Releases: Heart Strings and Chameleon

Chameleon: The SummoningMaggie Lynch announces the upcoming release of two new books: “Heart Strings” on May 30 and “Chameleon: The Summoning” on Aug. 1.

“Heart Strings” (Book 3 in the Sweetwater Canyon series)  — Sarah escaped  her life with an alcoholic father when she left Broken Bow, Oklahoma and joined the Sweetwater Canyon band. Now, called to her dying father’s bedside, she is forced to leave her band–the one thing that saved her. With her music career on hold and her past threatening to silence her, Sarah must make choices she swore she’d never have to face again.

“Chameleon: The Summoning” (Book 3 in Forest People series) – Surviving the ultimate transformation and the Agnoses predators, Camryn Painter retreats to the solitude of the Cloud Forests. To grieve. To heal. To find peace. But the ancient world proves to be anything but quiet and she is far from alone.


Check the author’s website for a series of workshops taught in Hillsboro beginning in July which cover a wide range of topics from maximizing your social media strategy to designing an effective cover.   Lynch offers a 20 percent discount to OWC members. Enter code OWC2014.


New Releases: Love in the Elephant Tent

0Kathleen Cremonesi announces the release of her memoir, Love in the Elephant Tent, through ECW Press.

In her early 20s, free-spirited Kathleen sets off for Europe in search of adventure and joins an Italian circus on a whim, where she becomes and ostrich-riding, shark-taming showgirl. Kathleen bonds with the exotic animals that could strike and kill at any moment, but instead bring her a peace she has never known. When she stumbles into the arms of Stefano, the handsome elephant keeper, she quickly discovers that falling in love is the easy part. As Kathleen and Stefano travel around the Mediterranean with the circus, they both must learn to navigate cultural differences and shed youthful concepts of love in this romantic, coming-of-age adventure.

“The story of Kathleen’s journey toward self-discovery is enthralling … the descriptions of life in the circus, the animals, and the spectacle put on every night vividly take readers into the experience.” Publishers Weekly

Kathleen Cremonesi lives near Eugene. The official Launch Party for “Love in the Elephant Tent” will be held April 25 in Junction City. Check the Events section of her website for details and additional tour dates.


New Releases: “Set in Stone”

Frank Morin’s YA fantasy novel “Set in Stone,” the first part of The Petralist series, will be released Friday May 1.
From the jacket blurb:

“Tomorrow, at sixteen, Connor will reveal his secret curse to the world and take his place as a guardian.
If he survives today.
When armies descend upon his peaceful village, led by superhuman Petralists and clever Builders, most people run and hide. Connor’s not that smart. He manages to get caught in the middle of the escalating conflict. Worse, he learns his curse is the rarest of powers, the Blood of the Tallan, and both sides will do anything to control it and secure his loyalty. Connor is fast, but even he can’t outrun this avalanche.
Truths are sacrificed, loyalties are sundered, and dangerous girls twist his heart into knots.
That’s when things get complicated.”

The author will hold a launch party from 4 to 8 p.m. at Rebel Bricks, 229 SW G St., Grants Pass with hardcover copies available for purchase.


New Releases: Chiseled: A Memoir of Identity, Duplicity and Divine Wine

Danuta Pfeiffer announces the publication of her fourth book, a memoir of her colorful life. She tells the story of an unwed teenage mother escaping to the tundra of Alaska; a journalist who became a television evangelist and a wife caught in a web of deceit and substance abuse.

51jdto1uxDL._UX250_She co-hosted The 700 Club with Pat Robertson and had a ringside view of his campaign for president. After leaving the conservative world of the Christian Broadcast Network, she resumed her broadcast career as a Progressive and hosted several radio talk shows on Air America affiliates.

Pfeiffer says that “Chiseled” explains why she threw off the garb of her evangelical past and discloses a powerful story of a family bound by secrets.

Throughout her life, she says she clung to her Polish father’s legacy, sustained by his tales of fortitude and endurance through the horrors of war. She uncovers long-buried family secrets on a sojourn to the Carpathian Mountains of Poland. Today she is an Oregon winemaker as well as an author.

She begins a national book tour in June.