Friday, May 22, 2015

Thy Eternal Summer by Colin Mustful


Thy Eternal Summer

by Colin Mustful

Finally, the guard called me out. The crowd was large and boisterous, and their attention was directed solely toward me. Men and women and even some children had gathered in scores outside the courthouse...The crowd grew loud and angry. "He is a traitor!" they shouted derisively while their faces were filled with hate. "He murdered whites! He should be tortured and hanged!" I heard them continually call out. More objects came flying toward me, and I huddled low from between the guards for protection as if they were a walled fortress from which within I could hide. Finally, I made it inside the courtroom and the door was closed behind me.

On December 26, 1862, thirty-eight Sioux Indians were hanged in Mankato, Minnesota, in what remains the largest mass execution in United States history. The Indians were hanged as a result of what is known today as the U.S. - Dakota Conflict of 1862. Through the use of extensive primary source documents, Thy Eternal Summer recreates this conflict in an accurate and interesting manner. The novel centers on Alfred Riggs, a young missionary who becomes intertwined with the people, places, and events of the calamitous struggle. Throughout the conflict Alfred is continually forced to consider the perspectives of all those involved and to do what he believes is right, even at his own peril. The events and people are real and the story is largely historically accurate. Thy Eternal Summer is a compelling story of adventure, hardship, and conflict.

BIOGRAPHY

Colin Mustful is a Minnesota author and historian with an extensive background in Native American history. More specifically the author has studied the subjugation and extinguishment of the Native American as well as the reasoning and justifications for such actions by those who have sought to expel, erase, and destroy western indigenous cultures.

Colin is originally from Minnesota, but travels frequently. Most recently, Colin has set off to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail stretching from Mexico to Canada. In addition to writing and travel, Colin is an avid soccer player and a frequent marathoner.

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Author site: http://www.colinmustful.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7367036.Colin_Mustful

PURCHASE
Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Friday, May 1, 2015

If I Know It's Coming by Nick Hupton


If I Know It's Coming

by Nick Hupton

Thirteen-year-old Tim Hansen lives in a quaint little neighborhood in South Minneapolis. For the most part, he leads a normal, preteen existence. He is concerned about friendships, girls, sports, and even schoolwork from time to time. But when his mother, who is a nurse in the United States Army Reserve, is deployed to Iraq, Tim’s relatively normal and happy existence gets flipped upside down. How will Tim cope without his mother? Will his family ever be the same? Middle school was unpredictable enough, but when Tim faces this sudden dose of mortality, the adventure is just beginning.


BIOGRAPHY

Nick Hupton received his BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1999 and his MA from Hamline University in 2008.  He teaches high school English in Bloomington, MN.  The Ridge: A Zach Sutton Mystery, is Nick's second novel.  He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Tara, and two children.

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Author site: http://www.nickhupton.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/nhupton

Publisher: North Star Press

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Summer of Elves by Joanne Vruno

Summer of Elves

by Joanne Vruno

Summer of Elves is an enchanting fantasy about a twelve-year-old girl thrust into a magical world she knew nothing about. Trained by her grandmother, Aly must learn how her new-found talent and embrace the responsibility of seeing a mythical world that most humans never will see. In this coming-of-age novel, our heroine needs to embrace these powers so that good conquers evil.





BIOGRAPHY

Joanne Vruno was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe), to very adventurous parents who were missionaries at the time. She spent her childhood in Maplewood, Minnesota, houses away from Battle Creek Regional Park. Her childhood introduced her to a love of nature by exploring and hiking the woods, camping with her family, and gardening.

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Author site:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5866463.Joanne_Vruno
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joannevrunoauthor
Publisher: North Star Press

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Girls in Ice Houses by Linda Morganstein


Girls in Ice Houses

by Linda Morganstein

Maxie Wolfe is on track to becoming the most notorious female paparazzo of all time, a dubious goal that reflects her flight from the past. One scorching summer night, outside the Bad Mama Supper Club on Sunset Boulevard, Maxie scuffles with Fisher Jacobs, a celebrity female sports agent. They're both arrested and sentenced to anger-management classes. Things go from bad to worse for the pair in Hollywood, until they flee to Fisher's family in Minnesota.

In the heartland, Maxie begins to bond with the Jacobs family and to use her suppressed talent to take photos that aren't ugly celebrity exposes. While in Minnesota, she begins to uncover secrets about the Jacobs family. Secrets that could destroy them.

Girls in Ice Houses is a thoughtful yet humorous exploration of complex family dynamics, the nature of art and creativity, and the relationship of comedy and tragedy in a tentative world.


BIOGRAPHY

Linda Morganstein is an award-winning, overeducated writer of who also happens to be the product of a Borscht Belt childhood in the Jewish hotels of the Catskills. In the seventies, she dropped out of Vassar College and drove a VW van to California, where she lived in Sonoma County for many years. Later, she studied with Jane Smiley in Iowa. She currently resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her understanding spouse Melanie and her exceptional dog, Courage. In addition to writing, Linda is avid golfer and sourdough bread-baker. In short, she has a phobia for boredom. Due to her Borscht Belt background, she has a distinct interest in humor as an antidote to the complications of life. This includes an arsenal of jokes supplied by her late father, a master comedian.

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Author site: http://www.lindamorganstein.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1009546.Linda_Morganstein
Publisher: Regal Crest Books

PURCHASE
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Friday, April 3, 2015

So Many Africas by Jill Kandel

So Many Africas
Six Years in a Zambian Village

by Jill Kandel

In 1981, Jill Kandel traveled to the remote Zambian village of Kalabo. She was a bride of six weeks, married to a blue-eyed boy from the Netherlands. Amidst international crises and famine, she gave birth to two children, bridged a cultural divide with her Dutch husband, and was devastated by a car accident that took the life of a twelve-year-old Zambian child. She stayed six years. After returning home, Kandel struggled to find her voice and herself. This is the story of how she found her way home.



BIOGRAPHY

Jill Kandel grew up in North Dakota, riding her Appaloosa bareback across the prairie. She has lived and worked in Zambia, Indonesia, England, and in the Netherlands. She now lives with her husband and children in Minnesota where she teaches creative writing and essay. Kandel also teaches journal writing classes to female inmates at a local county jail.

Kandel's book, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village won the 2014 Autumn House Prize for Creative Nonfiction. She was the runner-up of the 23rd Annual Missouri Review Jeffry E. Smith Editors' Prize and her work has been anthologized in Best Spiritual Writing 2012 (Penguin Books) and in Becoming: What Makes a Woman (University of Nebraska, 2012).  Her essays have been published in The Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, Brevity, River Teeth, Pinch, and Image.

AWARDS
2014 Autumn House Prize for Creative Nonfiction

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Author site:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5768678.Jill_Kandel
Publisher: Autumn House Press

PURCHASE
Amazon or directly from the author