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.

Buy Counterbalance


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.

Buy Keeping Company with the Bishop


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.

Buy In Ordinary Time


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.

Buy Arsenic with Austen


Halloween Treat: The Haunting of Colonyhouse


Do you love to be scared? Were you weaned on Alfred Hitchcock? Is Edgar Allan Poe your alter ego? Are you fascinated by all things that go bump in the night?

If so, please join Queen of Halloween, Becky Kjelstrom, and Empress of Terror, D’Norgia Taylor, for a weekend of fearsomely delicious food and writerly exploration of the sinister and macabre.


  • Colonyhouse in eerie finery
  • Discussions on what scares us and how to develop petrifying ideas
  • Workshop “It Wasn’t a Dark and Stormy Night: Moving beyond the Clichés”
  • Evening readings
  • Friday, share a favorite frightening story or short bit
  • Saturday, share your story in progress
  • Gentle critique
  • Time to write
  • Food: Witch Fingers, Graveyard Brownies, Death by Veggies, Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers, Bloody Puddin’, Putrefied Punch and more. (Vegetarian and gluten-free available on request)

The Haunting of Colonyhouse happens the weekend of October 28-30 at Colonyhouse, Rockaway Beach, Oregon. The cost: $125 double occupancy, which includes Halloween-themed lunches, dinners, drinks, and desserts. (Bring your own breakfast.)

Watch for sign up on eblast and website.

*Image: Tim Evanson via Compfight cc


September Literary Lounge Presents Story Slam

OWC’s September Literary Lounge presents Story Slam, an evening of short, short story readings, snacks, beverages and fun.

The event happens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at the June Key Delta Community Center, 5940 N. Albina, in Portland.

There are still a few slots open for readers, if you’re interested please contact Becky Kjelstrom.


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.

Buy The Girl Immigrant


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.