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.


New Release: The Accidental Alchemist

Accidental-Alchemist-Cover-May-20-2014-from-Terri-194x300Gigi Pandian’s “The Accidental Alchemist,” the first in a new mystery series set in Portland, was published by Midnight Ink in January.

Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can’t help but notice she’s picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-a-half-foot gargoyle—not to mention a master of French cuisine—and he needs Zoe’s expertise to decipher a centuries-old text.

Library Journal says: “Pandian launches a supernatural cozy series that hits high marks for a modern twist on an ancient practice. Amusing supporting characters and historical details solidify this engaging mystery.”

RT Book Reviews says: “This new series is off to an excellent start with an intriguing, eccentric amateur detective. This reviewer is eagerly anticipating more from this series, and a return of a cast more fun than an episode of Portlandia.”


Book Release Party: Leslie Budewitz and Lisa Alber


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Agatha-Award winning author Leslie Budewitz is celebrating the publication of “Assault and Pepper,” the first in her Spice Shop mystery series. She will join local author Lisa Alber, author of “Kilmoon,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 at Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Highway.

Join them as they interview each other about their processes and inspirations with a question and answer session to follow.

Leslie Budewitz is the bestselling author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and now the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries. She is passionate about food, great mysteries, and her native Montana. Also a lawyer, Leslie won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure, making her the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction.

Leslie loves to cook, eat, hike, travel, garden, and paint—not necessarily in that order. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their Burmese cat, an avid bird watcher.

Lisa Alber is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation writing grant and a Walden Fellowship, both of which she received based on early drafts of KILMOON, her debut mystery. Kilmoon has been nominated for a Left Coast Crime Rosebud Award for best first novel. The novel is the first in a series and features a matchmaker with a dark past, his long-lost daughter, and a conflicted detective. RT Book Reviews says “utterly poetic.”

Ever distractible, you may find Lisa staring out windows, dog walking, or drinking red wine with friends. Travel, reading, animals, photography, and blogging round out her distractions.


Poet Willa Schneberg reading Feb. 16 at Glyph Cafe

unnamedPortland poet Willa Schneberg will be reading at Glyph Cafe & Arts Space, 804 N.W. Couch St., at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16 with Heather Bourbeau, a poet from the Bay Area.

Schneberg is the author of five poetry collections, including the recently released “Rending the Garment.” Her poetry has appeared in numerous poetry reviews and anthologies. She has won an Oregon Book Award, two Oregon Literary Arts Fellowships in poetry, two Professional Development Grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and a grant in poetry from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She is also a ceramic sculptor, photographer, and a clinical social worker in private practice in Portland.


Kay Kenyon releases new novel, Queen of the Deep

Kay KenyonKay Kenyon has released a new novel titled Queen of the Deep.

Queen of the DeepThe Palazzo is a magical ship, both a colossal ocean liner and a Renaissance kingdom. Ruling over its denizens — both human and otherwise — is an exotic and dangerous queen. Jane Gray is lost in a dazzling world of court intrigue and deadly intent. To find her way home, Jane must discover who — or what — guides the Palazzo and what is the urgent secret of its endless voyage.

“Fascinatingly conceived, brilliantly handled.”

— Mike Resnick.

“Romantic, theatrical, magical”

— Sharon Shinn.

Kay Kenyon is the author of 12 science fiction and fantasy novels. Her work has been shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick and the John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, the Endeavour Award, and twice for the American Library Association Reading List awards. She is a founding member of the Write on the River organization in Wenatchee, Washington.


New Releases: “Dulci’s Legacy”

Dulci's Legacy OTHER SITESMargaret Pinard announces the publication of her novel “Dulci’s Legacy” by Taste Life Twice Publishing.

Dulci Oyselle is a 13-year-old girl living on Cape Breton Island, excited about the new experiences awaiting her in high school. Starting a Celtic music club and being asked out by the cute new junior should mean that things are off to a good start, but then the bizarre events begin to unfold. She sees a man wailing in the snow, another dodging a knife swipe, and the body of a Mi’kmaq Indian girl–all in places where they shouldn’t be: a classroom, her bedroom, the high school field.

She knows she isn’t dreaming, but what else could it be? She needs to find out what’s going on, especially when it turns out the visions might point to a threat to her best friend’s family. How can Dulci satisfy the power behind the visions to make them stop, when she can barely believe that they’re real?

The novel is available on Amazon and coming soon to bookstores.


Meet VoiceCatcher Authors at Rain or Shine Coffee House

cropped-VCwebsiteheader_Fall2012 VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions kicks off its 2015 reading series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 at Rain or Shine Coffee House at 5941 S.E. Division St. in Portland.

Come early to grab a drink or bite to eat from Rain or Shine’s special menu for the event.

Meet authors, editors and VoiceCatcher’s new president of the board of directors, Tiah Lindner Raphael.

Featured readers are Kelly Coughlin, Deborah Dombrowski, Stephanie Golisch, Christa Kaainoa, Annie Lighthart and Audra McNamee.

Kelly Coughlin is a Fire Lookout at Dutchman Peak in Southern Oregon. She has been a firefighter for US Forest Service since 2001. Having had a long-standing habit of writing and taking pictures wherever she goes, she has documented her fire career in words and pictures. Kelly lives in Portland, Oregon during her off-seasons. She has co-founded a writer’s group and has also helped select entries for a recent Write Around Portland anthology. In 2013, she won a fellowship to the Tomales Bay “Writing by Writers” conference.

Deborah Dombrowski is a writer and photographer who discovered Portland at 22 and has lived here ever since. She fell in love with the visual world and earned a BFA in photography, but is also drawn to the perceptions and secrets that a poem can hold. Deborah is fascinated by the way a poem accumulates meaning and sound so that it becomes a room that contains comings and goings. Her website brings words and images together to consider the passage of time. Read more about Deborah at

A 2014 Oregon Literary Arts fellow, Stephanie Golisch writes screenplays, short stories and travel essays. She has spied on penguins in New Zealand and Chile, hiked the Yellow Mountain in China and endured several traffic jams on the Autobahn. She has been published in Bengal Lights, Word Riot, and Mission at Tenth. She will have pieces in upcoming issues of Rivet and Ragazine. She lives in Portland. Read about her adventures on and off the road:

A life-long Oregonian, Christa Kaainoa is a writer, rock climber, feminist, activist, and life enthusiast. She teaches middle school English at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon. Her poetry is featured in Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

Annie Lighthart started writing poetry after her first visit to an Oregon old-growth forest. Since those first strange days, she published her poetry collection Iron String with Oregon’s own Airlie Press and earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College. Annie has taught at Boston College, as a poet in the schools, and now teaches poetry workshops through Mountain Writers. She lives in a small green corner of Portland, Oregon.

Audra McNamee is a freshman at Franklin High School, dabbling in writing and drawing and gently meta third-person biographies. She’s still trying to figure out why she writes, but it has something to do with excess commas.


“MacDeath” – Murder, Comedy and Beer at Fertile Ground Festival

blue-cindy-small-webAuthor Cindy Brown and Portland Actors Ensemble (the Free-Shakespeare-in-the-Parks folks) present a reading of MacDeath, a madcap mystery set in the off, off, off Broadway world of theater. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 22 at O’Connors Vault in Multnomah Village (7850 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219) as part of the Fertile Ground Festival, which features new works by Portland artists.

Brown’s debut novel, MacDeath is the first in a new series of Ivy Meadows theater mysteries published by Henery Press. Ivy is an actor who thinks she’s finally scored her big break when she’s cast as an acrobatic witch in a circus-themed production of Macbeth. Too bad she’s forgotten about the curse of the Scottish play.
This isn’t your typical book launch, but a performance by some of Portland’s finest Shakespearean actors, a little insight into the backstage world of theater, plus free cake and a cash bar. Murder, comedy, and beer—Shakespeare would be pleased.
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New Releases: “The Devil’s Tombstone”

The Devil's Tombstone_1000X1600@300dpiVancouver author Carolyn J. Rose has just released the third of her Catskill Mountains Mysteries, The Devil’s Tombstone. Rose has lived in the Pacific Northwest for more than 25 years, but grew up in upstate New York and says “the Catskills are always in my heart.” Devil’s Tombstone, set in the tiny community of Hemlock Lake, deals with cold cases, fresh crimes, ghosts and legends.

“The Catskill Mountains are rich in folklore, legends, and tales of the supernatural. Once guided by ghosts, Dan Stone doesn’t disbelieve what can’t be explained. And there’s no logical reason for the patch of blighted ground beside a boulder near Hemlock Lake. Known as the Devil’s Tombstone, the rock marks the spot where, two centuries earlier, a man murdered his young wife and then disappeared.

As a part-time investigator assigned to cold cases, Dan is troubled by more recent deaths and disappearances. Reviewing files dating back two decades, he sets out to discover new leads. But it’s slow going. A massive snowstorm socks the mountains. Dan’s infant son disrupts his sleep. And dynamic preacher Wesley Falton pitches his revival tent, challenging Hemlock Lake traditions and the spiritual leadership of Reverend James Balforth.

As Dan digs deeper into the past, he suspects his cold cases are linked to a fresh murder. When hard evidence eludes him, he appeals for help from beyond the grave. As he does, he wonders whether ghosts make their presence felt because we believe in them, or because they believe in us.

The answer may lie at the Devil’s Tombstone.”


New releases: Mentoring Boys to Men: Climbing Their Own Mountains

front-cover122214Neal C. Lemery, a retired judge and lawyer who mentors young men in prison, announces the publication of his book: Mentoring Boys to Men: Climbing Their Own Mountains. The book is available in print on, and an e-book edition will be available within the week.

Mentoring Boys to Men: Climbing Their Own Mountains is a guide to inspiring and guiding young men, most of them fatherless and unloved, into manhood, the adventures of mentoring, and the rewards of helping them find their way in the world. The heartfelt and inspiring stories of courage are about overcoming obstacles and making a difference. This book will help you change one person’s life, and thereby changing the world.


“After years of working in law enforcement, I found that we always end up dealing with the same people over and over. The problem is that we don’t take the time to engage in conversation with that person to find out where the source of the problem really comes from. The book was an eye opener for me and I think that more people in law enforcement should take the time to read it. I have found the author to be a great person for opening his heart and mind to these young men that see no future for themselves.”

Alex Ramirez, Clark County (Washington) deputy sheriff, Jail Re-entry Program

“Civil servants who judge in the morning and heal in the evening are very rare. I recommend for those who seek greater health and well-being to listen and implement these lessons from the wise Judge Lemery.”

Wells Kempter, former Army Ranger and counselor for the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

“I am, personally, profoundly, forced to take another look at our society and especially myself, after reading this book. Thank you for sharing.”

Sandra K. Pattin, parole officer for the State of Washington Department of Corrections

Neal Lemery is a past president of the Oregon Justices of the Peace Association, Oregon YMCAs, retired youth accountability court judge, and is the current president of the Tillamook Bay Community College Foundation. He is also a writer, former school board member, former district attorney, and lawyer. He has served as a pro tem circuit court judge, and a municipal judge and Justice of the Peace. He has served on numerous local, regional, and statewide committees on juvenile and social justice, substance abuse, and domestic violence.