HELEN DAVIS FEATURED BOOK: THE GUEST ROOM

 

GUEST

 

Chris Bohjalian is an extremely skilled writer in that he never does the same book twice.  Each of his novels is a unique story, but the skilled writing is always there.  The Guest Room could be considered a thriller/suspense.  Richard Chapman decides to throw a bachelor party for his younger brother.  In an attempt to keep the party at a certain level of decorum, he hosts the party at his suburban home instead of in a New York City club.  He could not have made a bigger mistake.  The entertainment hired by his brother’s friend is brought to his house by members of the Russian mob.  When the two Russian mobsters are killed by the girls they had supplied for the party, everyone’s life is irrevocably altered.  Richard’s house is a crime scene complete with all that ugliness and horror.  Richard’s wife is VERY angry at him after the sexual details of the party are disclosed.  This event has so much negative publicity that the investment firm Richard works for puts him on executive leave and his employment future becomes a question mark.  Also, when mob figures are killed, those who were at the bachelor party may have their lives threatened.  Exactly who were the men that were killed and what kind of revenge will be taken?

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Rita’s Review: No Safe Secret

no safe secretNo Safe Secret is Fern Michael’s latest book, and a stand-alone. The story begins in Florida with Maddy Carmichael and her twin brother Marcus. They live in a run- down house trailer with a drunken mother, not enough food or money, and no father. Maddy works and saves enough money for a car and a prom dress. Her charming brother pays his friends to drag Maddy behind the high school bleachers, and have their way with her, on prom night. After the ordeal, Maddy takes her meager savings and decides to leave Florida. On her way out of town she runs into the group who took advantage of her – literally.

Scared out of her mind, Maddy drives until she reaches Massachusetts. She changes her name to Molly and begins a new chapter in her life. She meets a doctor with two young sons, marries, and they have a daughter. Then she gets the call. Someone tells her they know what happened that night. Leaving her family, and her beautiful home, Molly heads back to the scene of the crime. Having kept the prom dress all these years, she hopes for some small slice of justice. Will she find it, or end up in jail? Read No Safe Secret and find out.

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Get Out and Get Active with a Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

Download the MAP brochure PDF The Library Network

Discover Michigan with your Library Card!

This year’s summer reading program, Ready Set Read, is all about health and wellness and what better way to get active than by exploring all the wonderful sites and events that Michigan has to offer!

The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program offers library card-holders a free one-day pass to Michigan’s more than 400 national and state parks, historic sites, historical and cultural landmarks, forest campgrounds and recreation areas.   Seven National Park Service sites in Michigan and 13 other locales are to be added to the upcoming Michigan Activity Pass program, which will run from May 24 to May 23, 2017.

Library users with a valid library card may print a pass, either from home or at the library*, via the Michigan Activity Pass website .  Some venues offer complimentary or reduced price admission; others, discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders only.

Check out the 2016 Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) »

When you print out a MAP pass, you have 7 days to use it.

Parks, Museums, Historic Sites

Some of the participating cultural partners include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette, the Monroe County Historical Museum, the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum in Mackinaw City, the Iron Mountain Iron Mine, Isle Royale National Park, Mackinaw Area Historical Society Heritage Village in Mackinaw City, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with many more.

More Ways to Get Active…

MI Big Green Gym

The MI Big Green Gym initiative is a partnership between Michigan Recreation and Park Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The program is designed to promote overall well-being and a healthy lifestyle through use of Michigan’s state, county, and local parks and recreation areas. The program is part of the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) and offers a calendar of fun outdoor events throughout the state.

Pure Michigan Fitness

The Pure Michigan Fitness program endorses local, regional and state events consistent with the Governor’s Council mission to promote healthy choices, while offering a physical activity event open to all participants, regardless of skill level or age.

Find an Event by using the sites Event Calendar to view a list of endorsed events that are searchable by date, keyword or ZIP code or take the Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge and earn rewards for participating in endorsed events!

Michigan Activity Pass presented by The Library Network

Presented by The Library Network, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Culture Source, and the Library of Michigan.

*normal printing charges apply

Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom

glorySet in 1830, the tale follows Jamie, the son of a plantation owner and his slave Belle, characters from the Kitchen House, the author’s first book.

Henry, an escaped slave in hiding, helps homeless Jamie when he arrives in Philadelphia.

Confusion, truth and lies are at the heart of Jamie’s existence as he passes for white. The road he takes brings him to wealth and prestige but he is uncomfortable with the role he plays in society.

Jamie is compelled to assist Henry in finding his son Pan who has disappeared. They fear Pan is kidnapped and sold into slavery. At the same time Jamie is torn because if he goes south someone may recognize him as an escaped slave. His fears are warranted. Thus begins an escape from North Carolina through the Great Dismal Swamp. The bravery of the Underground Railroad conductors, both black and white are brought to life in the escape.

Especially compelling is Sukey, another slave from the Kitchen House, who tells her story about being sold over and again with resignation, sadness and strength. In the end, she takes control over the helplessness of the life she leads.

It is interesting to think about what attitudes have changed or have not changed in our country during the last 200 years.

If you enjoyed the Kitchen House you are bound to enjoy this story as well.

 

HELEN DAVIS FEATURED BOOK: THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE

 

SWAN

 

Truman Capote was an American author who was known for several reasons in addition to his writing career.  The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin fictionalizes his relationship with New York society.  Benjamin is the bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife, a novel of Anne Murrow Lindberg’s life.  Capote is well known as the author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood.  He also wrote many short stories for magazine publications.  The swans of this novel are several prominent “ladies who lunch” who spent large amounts of time with Truman.  Each one of them is imagined as having issues that Truman tried to help them overcome.  Generally, they were far wealthier than Truman, so there was a symbiotic relationship with Truman staying at their luxurious homes while he provided entertainment and excitement.  There was always a question of whether Truman would go too far.  When he finally did, his downfall was cataclysmic.  The novel delivers very detailed literary and societal history.  It may also encourage the reader to explore Capote’s work

 

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Authors on the Grand: Local Author Fair

Saturday, April 23rd from 11 am – 3 pm
at the DeWitt District Library
in the main library and the Woodruff annex

Meet local authors; attend readings and signings. Find a great new read and support local. Free and fun for all ages!

Schedule for Chapter Readings:

11:00 – 11:20 – Randy D Pearson
11:30 – 11:50 – Darliss Batchelor
12:00 – 12:20 – David Hayes
12:30 – 12:50 – Joanna Morey
1:00 – 1:20 – Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson
1:30 – 1:50 – Kristin Monda
2:00 – 2:20 – Linda Bradley
2:30 – 2:50 – Bryce David Salazar

Meet the Authors:

DARLISS BATCHELOR
51IexrkTGrL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Darliss Batchelor was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Computer Science. After working for several years as a Computer Programmer/Analyst, a family decision was made that she would leave her career to become a full-time stay-at-home wife and mother. God had another plan. He called Darliss to write.

Darliss founded Word in Due Season Publishing in 2010 and published her first novel, “Secrets,” in the same year. She is a member of the Detroit Chapter of the American Christian Writers and the Aspiring Writers Association of America. A wife, mother and grandmother, Darliss is actively working toward the commission to write inspirational fiction to both evangelize and entertain.

Visit her at www.DarlissBatchelor.com


 

LINDA BRADLEY
LB_MaggiesWay_400x600 (1) (1)Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her women’s fiction highlights characters that peel away outer layers of life to discover the heart of their dreams with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Her writing integrates humor found in everyday situations, as well as touching moments that make readers connect with her characters. Maggie’s Way is her debut novel, in her Montana Bound Series. Maggie’s Fork in the Road, Montana Bound Series: Book 2 will be released June 30, 2016 and  Maggie’s Montana, Montana Bound Series: Book 3 will be released September 28, 2016.

Linda has an Associates Degree in Interior Design and a Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts with undergraduate work in Elementary Education and Fine Arts. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book titled, The Hunter for her Master’s Degree. Linda is a member of RWA, as well as the Greater Detroit Chapter of RWA.

Linda was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, but now resides in Royal Oak, Michigan with two grown sons,  husband, and rescue dog.

You can follow her on Twitter @LBradleyAuthor, Facebook and www.LindaBradleyAuthor.com


 

MELISSA GRUNOW
Author headshot_small_GrunowRealizing River City book coverMelissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City: A Memoir
(Tumbleweed Books, 2016). An award-winning writer and Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Yemassee, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, and Limestone, among many others. She is also a live storyteller who regularly competes in NPR’s Moth StorySLAM and is a Metro Detroit 2016 Listen to Your Mother cast member. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from National University and an MA in English from New Mexico State University.

Visit her website at www.melissagrunow.com or follow her on Twitter at @melgrunow.


 

RONI HALL
MontanaWild1800The summer after high school graduation, Roni worked two jobs to pay for nursing school. During the midnight shift as a waitress, a charismatic young man at the counter flirted with her for hours as he consumed seven cups of coffee.  Their first date was eventful enough to be a book itself! Thirty-seven years and two kids later, the love story continues. Just like her novels, life can’t be too simple and you must make it an adventurous ride!

Her favorite place to write is in her hammock at their small Michigan cottage where she literally dodges the feeding hummingbirds while being serenaded by the lake’s loons.  Besides writing, she loves Slow Rollin’ in Detroit and the combination of good food, better wine, and dear friends.

Follow and contact Roni at:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ronihall02
Web site: http://ronihall.com
Email: roni@ronihall.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ronihall78


 

DAVID C. HAYES
WLK Final CoverDavid C. Hayes is an author, performer and filmmaker. His films, like A Man Called Nereus, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, Dark PlacesThe Frankenstein Syndrome, Vampeggedon, Machined, Reborn, Back Woods (and approximately 60 more) can be seen worldwide. He is the author of several novels, collections and graphic novels including The Midnight Creature Feature Picture Show, Cherub, Cannibal Fat Camp, Pegged, American Guignol, Scorn and Muddled Mind: The Complete Works of Ed Wood, Jr.  As a playwright, David’s full-length and one-act plays have been produced from coast to coast with a run Off-Broadway for the comedy Swamp Ho and sell-out performances in Phoenix for Dial P for Peanuts. He is a voting member of The Horror Writers Association, The Dramatist’s Guild and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

Visit him online at www.davidchayes.com.


 

COLLEEN NYE
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Colleen_Maui_BlueDeco eBook Cover.jpgColleen Nye started writing as a teen. Through school days, she won awards for her poetry and short stories including a Sarah Endres Award for Young Writers. As an adult, she now has short stories in Writing at the Ledges’ second and third anthologies, Seasons of Life and Voices from the Ledges, as well as various publications.

In 2012, she published the first book in The Unattainable Series: When in Maui, her first solo novel and a romantic comedy. In 2015, When in Maui moved to Blue Deco Publishing. Book two, When in Doubt, was released February 2016. Her second novel, Immersion, a dystopian tech thriller, was published in 2015 as well.

January 2016, the first book in an anthology series that’s truly unique, designed by Colleen, was released. The series is named The Lunch Time Anthologies. They are full length novels with a variety of authors writing pieces that are embedded into the over-arching storyline written by Colleen. The first book is Gable Heights, and it is a crime drama. The series is signed with Blue Deco Publishing as well and has received high praise for it’s unique outline. Watch for more of these to come!

Coming in 2016, she is expected to release several projects including a coming of age drama called The Long Summer, a sci-fi romance series called The Chimera Saga as well as co-leading and appearing in each of the 5 book anthology release called The Debut Collective.

Colleen also writes press releases for newspapers, magazines and online blogs, web sites and more. Oh, and she is the proud owner of Blue Deco Publishing.

Follow and Contact Colleen at:
www.colleennye.com
Email – author.colleennye@gmail.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/authorcolleennye
Twitter – @Colleen_Nye
Instagram – Authorcolleennye
Goodreads – Colleen Nye
Amazon – Colleen Nye


 

RANDY D PEARSON
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Tell Me a Story - front cover only - Final.jpgRandy D Pearson, a DeWitt High School graduate from the class of 1985, has been displaying his creativity for as long as he can remember. Starting at an early age drawing comic strips and cartoon books, he quickly realized he enjoyed writing stories more than he did sketching.

When he discovered his other childhood passion, the Atari computer, everything came together. He spent many late nights typing stories, winning several writing contests in the process. His writing kicked into high gear in 2007 when he became a member of Writing at the Ledges. This Grand Ledge, Michigan based writing group helped him to turn his interesting ideas into well-crafted works of fiction.

Since then, Randy’s writing has been featured in several publications, including the Washington Square Review, Pets Across America: Volume 3, Small Towns: A Map in Words, Seasons of Life, Voices from the Ledges, Fiction 440: Volume 1, and Retrocade Magazine. His debut novel, Driving Crazy, was published nationally in 2015. It received rave reviews, both locally and internationally. His short story collection, Tell Me a Story, will be released April 23.

Visit Randy online: www.RandyPearson.org


 

INGAR RUDHOLM

IMG_0053.JPGIngar Rudholm was born and raised in Whitehall. His mother owned Homestead Art Gallery on Mears right across the street from the Howmet Playhouse. His father built and remodeled homes in the Muskegon County area. As a child, Ingar’s mother enrolled him in art classes. Thanks to his mother’s art gallery, Ingar met several local painters and attended local art fairs from Traverse City to Rockford.

When Ingar isn’t writing and illustrating books, he’s an engineer for Industrial Assemblies in Fruitport, Michigan, which manufacture’s store fixtures and displays for retail chains.”

Genre: Fantasy/Coming of Age, for 10-14 year olds.


 

ROD SADLER
10887590_1514005338881323_3891053748619620901_o41JXoAmg4QL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Rod Sadler is a 30-year police veteran who spent over ten years researching a gruesome 1897 murder that occurred in the small town where he spent his childhood. Using original court documents, handwritten eyewitness statements, and newspaper accounts, he has crafted an intriguing detailed time-line of the murder and the five days that followed.

https://www.facebook.com/RodSadlerAuthor


BRYCE DAVID SALAZAR

BookCoverImage.jpg516A66p2ZFL._UX250_Bryce David Salazar is the author of She Sees Metaphors and the forthcoming Tales of Timeless Springs. A Michigan native, he can be found roaming about the capital city with Chinese takeout and energy drinks. He has a thing for cats and telling cute stories about his girlfriend that will make you sick.

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LAURIE SALISBURG
Profile-Image81d7240d9c80229b59e2c1d8244e82efElsie Michigan is my hometown, well, more accurately, my village.  It boasts one of the largest herds of milk cows in the world, and on a good day the wind is blowing south.

When I was only 16 God called me to be a stay-at-home-Mom. It has not always been easy, but I have obeyed that call. The call of God on my life has included teaching (both children and adults). Teaching others to love and serve the Lord is my passion. I have taught at least two generations of Sunday school kids.  I was a Sunday School Teacher for more than thirty years and a Children’s Pastor for over ten years. I have lived what I dreamed and loved every minute of my life!

There are many ways to serve God, and we serve God as a Foster Family as well. We have had the privilege of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with 28 foster children.

I serve the Lord with my writing as well. I write because I am compelled to put down on paper the inspiration that He gives. It is fun and crazy how He keeps ideas swirling around in my head! I have written Church Dramas, Children’s Stories, Song lyrics, Children’s Church Curriculum, and Church Policy Manuals.  I only write Christian material, and have made a firm decision to keep it that way.  All of my work contains scripture references because His words will always be more effective than mine.  My heart’s desire is to encourage other believers, and to introduce everyone I can to my friend Jesus.

Website: http://lauriesalisbury.com/


 

JEFF SCHOENHERR
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51Z4i6kbnjL._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_ (1)Jeff  grew up in White Cloud, Michigan.  He has 2 children. A boy and girl both in college.  Jeff enjoys golf and writing about real life.  He has created a series of children’s books called Lillie, a character who is based on his own mother.  Lillie is a thoughtful little girl who loves animals.

 


 

KIM SIMS
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lawsblue2Ky’la Sims is the teen author of a children’s book called, Duck’s First Day of School and the young adult novel titled, Laws of Passion. In addition, Sims runs her own blog called KMJ Book Reveals where she talks about all things in pop culture including issues surrounding the publishing world today. Also, Sims debuted her EP for her hit single ‘What About Now?’ in early February. Ky’la Sims goes by filename-1the pseudonym Author KMJ and is currently working on her next book to add to her children’s series while debuting another new series focused on books for YouTube called KMJ Reveals. Join Author KMJ (Ky’la Sims) as she continues on her writing destiny! KMJ is always seeking to inspire and motivate youth to follow their dreams just like she has.

Contact KMJ at:
Twitter: @AuthorKMJ
Instagram: authorkmj
YouTube: Kyla Sims
Facebook: KMJ (Author)
Email: authorkmj@yahoo.com
Blog: http://kmjbookreveals.blogspot.com


 

EXIE SUSANNE SMITH
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B1YQRLNNWNS._UX250_When I was 12 my life changed forever in one night. I knew I was going to have to grow up keeping a secret. That being I could hear and see things that other people couldn’t. I didn’t go in search of the dead, but it seems the dead have come in search of me.
In my book I talk about the growth of my gift. As time went on, what I thought was a single event, became more. This first event, a seriously creepy thing in my closet was now footsteps on the basement stairs. Over the next few months I was seeing hall way doors closing on there own, faces behind me in the reflection of mirrors, witnessing full body shadow people and more…


 

SALLY STAP
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Smiling Again Cover0001.jpgSally Stap is a writer living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She began writing after brain surgery and a long, ongoing recovery brought her Information Technology career to a halt. Struggling with head pain, facial paralysis, and single-sided deafness, she turned to writing to capture her life-changing experience. In addition to authoring her memoir Smiling Again: Coming Back to Life and Faith After Brain Surgery (2014), she was a contributing author to Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology (2013), The Transformation Project (2013) and Faithwriter’s Trials and Triumphs (2014).

Sally has also become an artist who paints with melted beeswax (encaustic).  When not writing, painting, or taking pictures, she is a mother of two grown daughters and a grandmother to two grandsons.  Her dog named Maxwell also likes to be mentioned for his hours of patience between walks.

She blogs at www.smilingagainbook.com and www.sallystap.com.


 

JUDITH WADE
smileWCBFrontCoverJudith Wade lives and writes in Eagle, Michigan.  She enjoys creating middle grades chapter books, especially stories with a little bit of fantasy–mermaids, ghosts and whatever else her imagination uncovers!  She loves oldies rock music, stained glass, playing in her garden, snuggling with her dogs, horseback riding and, of course, writing, and the next fun project is always just around the corner. She also loves nature, and is often at her most creative when she is taking her ex-racehorse out for an amble through the woods.  

Write to Judith Wade at jwadewrites@yahoo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author-Loraine-Hudson-Judith-Wade-1604938333105435/timeline/
OR https://www.facebook.com/mermaidislandbooks
Twitter: @jwadewrites
Instagram: @author_loraine_hudson


 

AND…

Anjela Renee
Kristin Monda
Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson
Pat Walker Chatman
Robin Marvel
G. S. Scott
Anika Lyn Grace
Rosalie Sanara Petrouske
Brent Kruscke
Kari Roy
Joanna Morey
Janet Vormittag

HELEN DAVIS FEATURED BOOK: THE FLOOD GIRLS

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Richard Fifield’s debut novel The Flood Girls is the story of the women’s baseball team in the small town (population 956) of Quinn, Montana.  Rachel Flood has come back home as a recovering alcoholic to atone for the horrible things she did before she left town.  She is able to live in her deceased father’s trailer next door to her old high school friend.  Krystal has the expected life in a Quinn trailer park, but her son, Jake, is not a typical small town boy.  Every character in Quinn has a strong personality which makes for a very unusual baseball team.  When Rachel is needed for the team and is forced to work in her mother’s bar, nothing feels normal.  Fifield has an amazing ability to portray women who struggle with their life choices, blending humor with despair and tragedy.

 

 

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