Idaho author Julie Weston has a book presentation at 5:30 p.m. MT on Thursday, 2 February, at the Hailey Public Library. The book: MOON BONES, a Nellie Burns and Moonshine Mystery, the 5th in the series.
A book signing will follow.
The death of a Chinese man leads photographer Nellie Burns and Sheriff Asteguitoiri to Vienna, a ghost town in the Stanley Basin in 1920’s Idaho. Sammy Ah Kee, who taught Nellie to drive, found the man’s body and is accused of killing him. With the help of Nellie’s dog Moonshine, they discover a conspiracy dedicated to enslaving Chinese immigrants.
Disclaimer: This book is not intended for the super cool.
If you begin every day by setting an intention while doing yoga on a paddleboard (and somehow not falling off), you’re out of my league. If you are even semi-fluent in the Urban Dictionary, there’s little chance we’ll connect. And if you use a vaginal steamer, well, I think we’re done here. Especially if you don’t have a vagina.
On the other hand…
if your spirit animal is the blobfish or you regularly and inexplicably choke on your own saliva, we might be related. If you find intermittent fasting to be both cruel and unusual, I feel your pain. If your athletic abilities could best be described as blundering and oafish, I’m right there with you. It’s possible that we speak the same language.
From Amanda Turner (aka AK Turner), the New York Times bestselling author of This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store, Mommy Had a Little Flask, Hair of the Corn Dog, Vagabonding with Kids, Vagabonding with Kids: Australia, Vagabonding with Kids: Brazil, and Vagabonding with Kids: Alaska. She hosts an annual writing retreat in Todos Santos, Mexico. You can learn more at AmandaTurner.com.
At the apex of his career, Doug Diehl becomes superintendent of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, and just in time to watch Congress drill it out from under him. The largest refuge in the country. The largest terrestrial megafauna migration on the planet. Turned into an oil patch, and on his watch. And now he has to live with it. If he can.
This debut novel by Boise author Todd Graeff promises to be a page-turner: Rick Arranger of Limberlost Press says, “I don’t know of another environmental novel since Ed Abbey’s that can get your hackles up the way Good as Given does.”
If this is your cup of tea, find Good as Given, with it’s unmistakable cover art by Ward Hooper, at:
An aficionado of the anything-worth-doing-is-worth-overdoing school of compulsive behavior, Todd Graeff has dedicated his first 73 years to conserving wild places, pursuing adventure beyond the borders of good judgment, and writing about his more harrowing experiences. While his non-fiction and fiction have been widely published, Good as Given is his debut novel. Todd, his wife Mary, two high-test English setters, and one lap dog live in Boise, Idaho, where he continues to push the boundaries of good judgment.
The Compagnie des Trouvères are to perform at festivities on the beautiful island of Capreae. When a young illusionist is accused of stealing the duke’s signet ring, Val and the other Trouvères step in to prove his innocence.
Young lovers are here for a betrothal. Powerful nobles are here to put their mark to a peace treaty. But someone is out to ruin both, and no one seems to care if an obscure illusionist pays the price for their schemes.
No one, that is, except for the Trouvères.
About the world of Altearth
The Signet Ring is the first in a series, but it is the fourth book that is set in Altearth, a world where magic is real, monsters roam the land, and the Roman Empire never fell. These include:
Goblins at the Gates, which tells how magic first came to Altearth
A Child of Great Promise, the story of a girl who thought she was half-elf and half-human, but discovers she is neither.
Into the Second World, an adventure story that reveals central mysteries about Altearth.
Mad House, a novelette about the unlikely pairing of a sprite and an ogre, and a house going insane.
And now The Signet Ring.
Here you can meet Valentin, Charlot, Enzela, Miron, and Tusco—acrobats, actors, and magicians—who will fight for you when no one else will. In subsequent books they will travel across Italia, into Germania, and then to Gaul. They will seek justice for the wrongly accused, but eventually must face their own accusers.
This looks so great. Heathcock has envisioned an American future riven with war and spectacle… (Yes, I’ve ordered my copy.)
Here’s the blurb:
In a future America ravaged by natural disaster, pandemic, and political unrest, a fundamentalist faction emerges. As the Novae Terrae gain power, enticing civilians with bread and circuses, a civil war breaks out between its members and the US government. —- Mazzy Goodwin, a young soldier, only wants to find her little sister, Ava Lynn. One day, she wakes in a bomb crater to find wings emerged from her back. Has she died? Been gifted wings by God? Undergone a military experiment?
RELEASED May 2022: Stormy Waters on the Sagebrush Sea
“Between the covers of this book are adventures, raw commentary, and humor that will entertain, educate, and move a reader to step outside and see the Northwest with fresh eyes.
“A native Idaho son, author Richard Howard takes us into the fields of fishing, falconry, and yoga. His “green tea revelations” reflect on a life filled with summits and sunsets, anguish and doubt, courage and adventure.
“Richard Howard has published scientific papers, short stories, essays, and poems. His first book, Never Give Up on the Sagebrush Sea, was published in 2014 by Elkstone Press. Many of his stories, essays, and poems were inspired by his extensive travels in Europe, Australia, South Africa, Central America, and Indonesia. The fictional short stories in Stormy Waterson the Sagebrush Sea are a deeper attempt at exploring current themes of the Northwest and our Nation.”
Mr. Howard’s books are available at multiple bookstores and online at Amazon.com.
Great lesson: sign up for your local public library’s newsletter! This is how I learned about a Book Release Party for LUMBERJACKULA, a hilarious middle-grade story about a boy with a lumberjack mom, a vampire dad — a boy who just wants to be a dancer.
Burdened by the pressing weight of survivor’s guilt, Sean McPherson, an ex-cop, is desperate for redemption. At Pines & Quill, a writer’s retreat in the Pacific Northwest, he and his fiancée, Emma Benton, are planning their lives together. He wants to go back into law enforcement. She plans to walk again.
But that’s before the Seattle-based crime family get involved…
The Desert Rose series has a special meaning to me. It’s about relationships. Father and daughter. Girlfriend and boyfriend. Coworkers. But most of all, it explores the relationships of five women who have nothing in common, yet become best friends. Who we have as close friends says a lot about who we are.
In my own life, it’s my friends who have pulled me through my toughest challenges, raised me from my deepest plunges, and cast their light on my darkest hours. Without my friends, I would truly be lost, and I would not be where I am today. The Desert Rose gave me the perfect opportunity to explore, in my fiction, these types of relationships. How they form and what they do.
This book for younger readers is about two men who marched in different lands, but who evidenced the power of the idea of freedom and equality for all.
Mahatma Gandhi began his nonviolent movement in 1915. Dr. Martin Luther King’s struggles became visible in the 1950s. But both men knew how essential it is to continue to instill the values of peace, equality, and respect for our fellow human beings — today, and in the generations to come.
My name is Mita Pandya-Sandil. I’m a wife, mother, teacher and artist. I was born in India and raised in America. My family shares the same story as many immigrant families who came to America for a better life. My parents valued education and wanted their six daughters to have all the opportunities possible. Every experience and opportunity I have in my life is owed to the sacrifices made by my parents. In the face of hardship, my mom’s motto was always “Yes, we can!” My father instilled the love of literature and always remaining curious in life. I love my heritage and Indian values and will always be grateful to the country I’m proud to call my home. If we all looked at the world in terms of the values we receive rather than the borders we cross, we would see that our visions for the world and its future are shared. I want to make the book available on the shelves of our local libraries, schools, and bookstores. I’ve always believed that where schools fall short, or parents don’t have the answers, books often bridge that gap. Let’s fill the holes in history together!