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.

High School Students – Harriman Time!

Join other high school students 31 July – 6 August 2022 for an intensive week of imaginative writing with professionals in Idaho’s finest outdoor classroom, Harriman State Park. 

  • Experience nature’s beauty and solitude first-hand.
  • Explore your thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
  • Open yourself to new writing styles.
  • Join a community of writers your age.
  • Try watercolor painting, storytelling, or paper making.
  • Ride horses, meet moose, and watch trumpeter swans.
  • Explore the trails and meadows of Idaho’s finest outdoor classroom.
  • Read your work to an appreciative audience.
  • And publish your finished work (or works) in Henrys Fork Journal.

Guiding writers and staff, as of date of this post, include:

  • Christian Winn
  • Nichole LeFavour
  • Dwayne Blackaller
  • Sherry Briscoe
  • Jessica Holmes
  • Daniel Hidalgo
  • Kara Hidalgo
  • Kate Baray

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.

Judith Keim

“Stories with heart” is how you’d describe Judith’s books. A USA Today Bestselling Author, she writes women’s fiction with a touch of romance, featuring strong women facing challenges and finding love along the way.

She is a prolific author and has over thirty-five books either published or available for pre-order.

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

I’m lucky enough to have an office to write in and I write every day. The early hours are spent taking care of social media, administrative things — and then I tell myself I must write 1,000 words per day. I usually do.

What do you do when you hit a wall with your writing?

Warm showers, walks, and even watching TV or reading can spur ideas. Sometimes I simply have to let a plot idea sit for a while.

Do you plan your book in advance (plotting and outlining) or are you a “discovery writer” (AKA “writing into the dark”)? Or are you somewhere in between?

I’m definitely a pantser. I have a story idea, a title, and then write character studies for the main characters so I know them well enough to begin to tell their story.

What’s on your To Be Read pile?

I can’t count the number in my Kindle. I try to read friends’ books, but love to have a variety of others.

What advice do you have for readers?

If you read a book you like, please do the author a favor and leave a review. If you find something you don’t like, don’t be mean, simply don’t review.

What’s the first book you can remember reading on your own?

A Dick and Jane book

What books and/or authors have most influenced you as an author?

  • Barbara Taylor Bradford (A Woman of Substance)
  • Nora Roberts
  • Phyllis Whitney
  • Mary Steward

What do you most enjoy about being a writer? What do you least enjoy about being a writer?

I love the freedom of creating a story. I sometimes don’t like the endless work of creating the story…and then I’m happy when I can write The End.

What would you tell a new writer?

Read as many books as you can in all genres and write every day even if it’s just notes about the book you want to write or are writing. That counts, too. Writing becomes an every day thing.

Find Judith Keim online:

Glida Bothwell

Most recently capturing 19th century America’s struggles in the time-travel historical fiction story Abbey’s Journey: A Long Trail Home, Glida has written screenplays, short stories, flash fiction (including participating in Fiction 101), and memoirs.

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

No routine, but I like to write in the morning. I write whenever I have an idea that needs to be put on the page, or when I can motivate myself to start. I write in my “office” — a space in our sunroom. But with my laptop, I can write anywhere. Sometimes I like to write in longhand as it helps me with the flow.

Continue reading “Glida Bothwell”

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 …