New Environmental Thriller

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:

More about the author

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.

First ‘Trouvères’ Adventure

A new book from our recently-profiled Idaho author, Ellis “Skip” Knox.

Theft, illusion, and murder in a ruined paradise

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.

Alan Heathcock’s New Disaster

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?

Read the accolades on Alan Heathcock’s website then pick up a copy at Rediscovered Books or your favorite local or online book vendor. Not to be missed!

Follow the author on Twitter @alanheathcock

A Sagebrush Sea

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 Waters on 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.

And Dad’s a Vampire?!

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.

The event is Tuesday 19 July 2022 from 3 – 5 p.m. MT in the William F. Hayes Memorial Auditorium in Boise’s Main Library downtown with help from Rediscovered Books. Read more about it on the Library!’s website.

Author Mat Heagerty and his family moved to Boise in the fall of 2021. You can read this interview on IdahoPress.com … or visit Mat’s website.

As you can see from the header graphic, this isn’t Mat’s first book — just his most recent, and we look forward to many more!

Sean McPherson is Back

If you enjoyed Laurie Buchanan‘s first book in this series, Indelible, you’ll want to know that Iconoclast hits the shelves May 3rd.

PLUS: Make a note to attend the May 5th virtual launch event hosted by Rediscovered Books at 7 p.m. (MT).

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…

Pick it up beginning May 3 from your favorite bookseller.

They’re Up to No Good

The women of the Desert Rose Hotel & Casino are up to no good, and that’s where the fun begins!

Sherry Briscoe will be releasing the third in her new series in late May. Here’s the Desert Rose series so far:

  • The Dutiful Daughter (Book 1) – Betrayed, isolated, on the lam. Can Carmela find the key to her husband’s death before the killers find her?
  • The Evolution of Uma (Book 2) – A rotten childhood, a haunted house, a crappy job, a narcissistic boyfriend … and things are about to get even worse for Uma Bettencourt.
  • Lost in the Lyrics (Book 3) – Working at the Desert Rose is just like any other job at a hotel and casino. Haunted corridors, murdered guests, and hunky construction workers building a new pool.

Find this book

Available exclusively at Amazon. Here’s Sherry’s Amazon Authors Page.

In the author’s words

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.

Celebrating Powerful Peaceful Warriors

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.

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In the author’s words

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!

A meaty, majestic adventure…

Three Boise authors combine their efforts to pen historical fiction in this first of a series. (The second book, All the Tea in China, will be released later this year.)

An American frontiersman and an undercover British officer become entangled in a web of intrigue, war, and love as their search for a mythical cure and a fabulous gem takes them to the heart of a dying Amazonian empire.

(Find it in the Treasure Valley at Rediscovered Books or order online from Amazon.)

Timothy David Mack is the pen name for Kevin McNeill, David McNeill, and Timothy Wendland. Long-term Boise, Idaho residents, they’ve expressed how indebted they are to Kevin’s wife, Sheila McNeill, for suggesting they write a novel about the orchid hunters after a visit to the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina. A source of inspiration, Sheila’s influence persists even after her untimely departure from this life. A third of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to breast cancer research.

The story

William Gunn wants nothing more than a quiet life. After returning home from the Napoleonic wars, he accepts a position on the Duke of Devonshire’s idyllic estate. Destiny, however, intervenes when his young daughter Sarah falls prey to a mysterious sickness, and Gunn must strike out once more into the unknown and search for an unusual cure—the black orchid, a plant found only in the forbidding Amazon rainforest, where the last man who saw it went insane.

Across the Atlantic, American frontiersman Nathanial Yankee has left his country and his past behind to join a new revolution, fought by General Simón Bolívar to free South America from the Spanish. Nate, however, is no hero—he fights for land, and a chance at a fresh start.

Pursued by a cruel enemy in a race against time, William and Nate must survive the battlefields of the Spanish Main, cross the snow-covered peaks of the Andes, and finally reckon with the rulers of a dying Amazonian empire. For one man, the goal is a chance to save his daughter’s life; for the other, a priceless treasure beckons. If they cannot learn to work together, one of a thousand enemies will kill them (that is, if they don’t kill each other first).

Unbeknownst to them, both men are pawns in a far larger game, and some secrets cannot be hidden forever …

Time Travel to the Frontier

Glida Bothwell’s debut novel is a sumptuous journey, following Abbey from contemporary Seattle, where her life can’t seem to get much worse, to — initially — an extended stay with a widowed mother suffering mental decline.

Sorting through an attic of forgotten keepsakes, she finds herself transported to a westward-traveling wagon train in 1852.

How did she get there? How will a young woman from the twenty-first century survive the hardships and tragedies — and will she eventually find a long trail home?

Available on Amazon in ebook and print.