New Releases: Love in the Elephant Tent: How Running Away with the Circus Brought Me Home

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.


Day Passes Available for 2015 Annual Conference

OWC has opened some spaces for people to attend the Annual Conference at the Sylvia Beach Hotel, including workshops and some meals. Sleeping space at the classic hotel filled soon after registration opened.

There is some table and conference space for a few people who can stay offsite for the night.

Best-selling author Cara Black will teach about making setting come alive. Literary Agent Stephanie Cabot will listen to participants’ pitches.

Day passes to the “full” conference are $250. That fee includes —

  • Friday night: meet-and-greet and dinner, along with speaker and agent introductions
  • Saturday full day: breakfast, morning session, and lunch
  • Sunday full event breakfast, morning session, and lunch

For Saturday only, full day, the cost is $200

There are a number of nearby hotels and motels, some within a short block or two of the Sylvia Beach Hotel, and the Sylvia Beach Hotel facilities (lobby and upstairs oceanfront lobby and lounge) will be available to conference participants at all times. The hotel is in the Nye Beach area of Newport.

For information or to take advantage of this option, email Carol Cole.


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.


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.