Friday, October 24, 2014

Stone Ridge by Nick Hupton

Stone Ridge

by Nick Hupton

Since Zach Sutton's last fateful trip to Pine Ridge, his life has been relatively quiet.  But one year later he begins to see visions of his nemesis, Victor Leppla, which drags him back into the villain's nightmarish world.  Zach's first brush with evil was simply a dress rehearsal for what awaits him now.  How will he ever face Victor again?  Will he find his missing brother, Chris?  Find out in this thrilling sequel to The Ridge.


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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Publisher: North Star Press

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Blue Tooth Sleuth by Cheryl Steininger-Moore

Blue Tooth Sleuth

by Cheryl A. Steininger-Moore
illustrated by Holden Schafer

Come along with the wacky but ever so wise Blue Tooth Sleuth as he introduces you to his colorful and creative friends. As Sleuth uncovers his friends' disabilities, he sends a positive and strong message to young readers that we ought to focus not on our differences but on our sameness.

Blue Tooth Sleuth is intended for the ages of 1-5 and sends a very special message of early acceptance of children with "special needs". All profits from this book is donated to Gillette
Children's Specialty Healthcare.


Cheryl A. Steininger-Moore was inspired by her great niece to create a character different in appearance as a way to reach young readers for early acceptance of children with disabilities. Cheryl has the privilege of working with children of all ages, races, and abilities through a Guardian Ad Litem program in Minnesota. 
"Children are our teachers of tomorrow. If we can reach just one child with our message through Blue Tooth Sleuth, we may just reach generations."
Holden Schafer is a thirteen-year-old boy who is excited about doing something he enjoys-drawing and creating with pen and paper-to send a message that we are all special in our own way, and we all need friends All of the profits from this book support Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota.



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Friday, October 10, 2014

If You Leave This Farm by Amanda Farmer

If You Leave This Farm

by Amanda Farmer

As a teenage Mennonite girl, Amanda lives with her close-knit family in south central Pennsylvania. Life revolves around hard work, faith, and commitment to the family. She doesn’t question the daily routine; it’s the only life she’s known. Her father talks about buying a farm out west with a lot of land in one block. Not only will the family farm there together, but the parents hope to begin a new Mennonite community. To a fifteen-year-old girl, this move begins as an exciting adventure.

In If You Leave this Farm, Amanda shares the story of her family’s relocation to Minnesota and the subsequent challenges they face as farmers, a family, and Mennonites. She tells how the first crop year was a huge failure and her father alone makes the decision to expand the new dairy in an attempt to recoup the losses. This memoir chronicles the years of struggle as Amanda and her younger brother Joseph seek to escape their father’s suffocating and controlling behavior.

Intermingled with the struggle on the farm is the effort to become an accepted member of the Minnesota Mennonite community. The change in Amanda’s father’s behavior and attitude during the first years in Minnesota alienates him and his family from others of the same faith. She shares a mix of emotions as she wrestles with the shame of her family’s standing with the Mennonites and the crushing weight of constant submission to her father’s misguided use of his God-given authority.


Amanda Farmer grew up on the farm and worked there with her family until the age of twenty-nine. She earned a master's degree in nurse anesthesia. Farmer now lives with her husband on a hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. They have one grown daughter.

Publisher: Archway Publishing

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Friday, October 3, 2014

You and No Other by Jane Weiss and Bonnie Zahn

You and No Other

by Jane Weiss and Bonnie Zahn

A memoir by two new authors who 30 years ago found themselves in a new and unique relationship - with each other - though both were married and each had four children.

Learn about the journey that changed their lives in ways they never would have imagined.

They describe their joy of finding each other while navigating through the pain each experienced during the early years of their relationship.  Come to understand how two separate families learned to navigate the challenges that changed the lives of these women and their children. After 30 years, their relationship with each other and their eight children continue to grow.

In telling their story, Bonnie and Jane hope to show that same gender relationships are healthy, nurturing ones that provide strong family connections, support, and love. They see this book as a message of compassionate tolerance, respect, and equality - and a positive message for gay youth and their families.


Bonnie Zahn and Jane Weiss write with true honesty as they take you on a journey through personal revelations, family turmoil, societal reactions, and resolution of a decision neither imagined they would face in their adult years.

They enjoy the opportunity to talk with readers and anyone interested in their book.  If you would like to suggest a speaking engagement, book reading and signing, or book club discussion, please feel free to contact them directly at:


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Publisher: North Star Press

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The Great Way by Greg Schulze

The Great Way

by Greg Schulze

Omaha. There it lay across the river. Looking across that river was like looking at another world. Katherine died there. That’s why James had traveled so far. No one else would come, not even her parents. Hell, James thought, they probably didn’t even know that she died.

James has traveled from Maryland to Omaha, the gateway to the western frontier, to seek answers about the death of the one he loved. Searching deep for answers, James finds that there is more going on than the simple death of a young woman. Encapsulated in the machination of men, James meets an Indian from his past who sets him along his Great Way.


Greg Schulze is from Shoreview, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. He graduated from Mounds View High School in 1989 and the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus with a degree in Forest Resources in 1993.
Greg's first novel, "The Great Way", took two years to complete. After reading one too many novels that were too long, not interesting enough, and stuffed with filler just to increase the novel's word count, he thought that "I can do better" and decided to write a short novel. Believing that every sentence should spark the reader's imagination or further the plot of the story, Greg set ahead to write a novel inspired by the TV show "Lost", the movie "Donnie Darko", and Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse 5". He called it "The Great Way" in which the archetypical young man travels to a new land and discovers something more about himself and his life, but in a different way that is new and fresh.
Greg is currently working on two more novels, each one different than the other. The first not yet titled novel is a fictional autobiography inspired by humorous and absurd writers such as Vonnegut. The second is a fantasy novel titled "The Anarch", inspired by Greg's thirty plus years of playing Dungeons & Dragons and the stories that he shared with his friends and fellow players.
Greg lives in Centerville, Minnesota with his wife of 8 years, Wendy, and his 7 year old son Andrew, who promised to read "The Great Way" someday.