The Last Dragonfly

This epic teen fantasy is the newest release from E. G. Moore (and is specially priced for the next few days).

Eragon meets The Forgetting in this powerful story about friendship, loyalty, and discovering that things aren’t always what they seem.

Sixteen-year-old Governor’s daughter Etoiny longs to throw off her upper-class responsibilities and become the first female scientist of Taachat. When she accidentally wounds a thought-extinct dragonfly, she must race to find a bygone cure in order to present it to the Science Society for admission.

She soon realizes two powerful people are on the hunt for the dragonfly and its healing ability. Just as Etoiny finds a way to save her dragonfly, she discovers horrors her father has allowed in the underbelly of Taachat and it makes her question who she wants to be.

Etoiny must decide whether to claim her place as a renowned scientist by offering the creature for experimentation or sacrifice her dream, team up with her animal friend, and fulfill their magical destiny.

Note: In case you’ve forgotten, we profiled this author last year!

About the author

E.G. Moore is an award-winning author and poet who loves to weave subtle fable-like lessons into her stories for middle graders and teens.

The South Dakota Beech Diet

You Are What You Eat. Laura Jenski has released her fourth Motorhome Murder Mystery, “The South Dakota Beech Diet.”

In this farcical novella, protagonists Wendy and Franklin Becker join the Black Hills Outdoor Club on a backpacking trip. When a hiker is murdered, the club members are only concerned about their upcoming dinner. Soon, the Beckers find themselves up to their bootlaces in trouble.

Learn more and read the first chapters of all the Motorhome Murder Mysteries at:

Along Came Cathy

This book, releasing tomorrow, has a story all its own.

First, the book: Paul has met Kate, and suddenly her life holds the key to his own. It might not be a perfect solution or a perfect life, but it far surpassed anything he had lived so far.  Paul finds himself surrounded by a whole new world that his own innocence almost can’t handle.

Now, the story about the book: Boise author Lauren Tyler, who has published several of her own books, is also retelling a series of stories her grandfather had published as Max Collier back in the 1960s, and now published under the name W. B. Ford. Books that were then called “brown-bag stories”–definitely racy for the time.

Find the book both in the store on Lauren’s website and on Amazon.

Fifteen Forever

As part of the Star, Idaho Writers Read program (which we recently posted about), Candy Priano will be reading from her completed memoir relating her story about why for two decades she has continued to challenge a police chase law that values apprehending nonviolent suspects above the lives of innocent bystanders — like Priano’s daughter, Kristie, who lost her life at age fifteen.

Following her daughter’s death, she became the Founder and Victims Services Advocate for PursuitSAFETY, a National 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. PursuitSAFETY’s mission is to prevent innocent bystanders and police officers from being needlessly killed or injured as a result of police chase crashes to capture nonviolent offenders.

Writers Read is a program which hosts local writers reading from their works. Authors and audience members are both invited to reach out to Tina Johnson to learn more; her email address is in this first posting from December.

For Lani Forbes…

The Treasure Valley writers’ community remember with sadness the loss of acclaimed YA author Lani Forbes in February 2022 at the age of 35. But here are two things to celebrate:

June 20

The Sun Still Rises, an anthology in memory of Lani Forbes, will release. (It’s available for Kindle preorder now.) This charity collection of YA fantasy stories celebrates the light found in dark places, just as Lani Forbes once embodied having hope in difficult times. Her spirit shines on through these beautiful, bittersweet tales full of fallen stars and fae princes, werewolves and magic wielders, samurai, and smoky skies.

Light shines brightest in dark places … A selfish empress slowly turns to gold. A highschooler’s hallucinations reveal a dangerous new world of Faerie. An outcast battles shadow demons to save her people from the plague.

With work from ten authors from around the valley and around the country.

August 15

Lani’s final book is Face the Night, available for preorder from Rediscovered Books and Amazon.

Relish this: On a harsh frontier where good and evil contend for people’s minds, a young woman must fight for her true identity in this scintillating YA fantasy from the author of the award-winning Age of the Seventh Sun trilogy.

Once, Catriona Macgregor led a charmed life. Daughter of a wealthy rancher, pretty and educated, she looked forward to all the world had to offer—until fate took a turn. Now family, home, and even her name have been stripped away. As “Black Cat Whitfield,” adopted daughter of an outlaw, she’s wanted by the authorities. It certainly wasn’t the destiny she imagined—especially as one of the Blessed.

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