Monday, November 30, 2009

Diane Keyes - The Spirit of the Snowpeople

The Spirit of the Snowpeople

By Diane Keyes

ISBN-10: 0892727101

Down East Books

The Spirit of the Snowpeople is the story of a small village of north woods folks who brighten the long gloomy days of winter for their children by building amazingly detailed and lifelike snow sculptures. Soon visitors come to see the snowpeople and find themselves touched by the villagers’ gentle goodwill and simple hospitality. But when warm spring winds melt the snowpeople the visitors must learn how to keep the spirit of the snowpeople alive in their hearts all year.

On the surface, Snowpeople is an entertaining and uplifting children’s book that captures young imaginations with its beautiful illustrations and joy-filled story. However, its deeper message reminds us how much easier life is when we surrender to the passing of each season and find ease in its gentle rhythms.

Diane Keyes has worked as a home stager, floral designer, lay minister, grief counselor and book reviewer. “ As a child, I always said I was going to be a writer,” she recalls, ”but I never pursued it until the day I was sitting at a stop light and every word for Spirit of the Snowpeople came to me in the short space between the red and green lights.

“Because I believe it was sent to me, I feel a real passion to help the book find its way in the world. It took 12 years get an agent and find a publisher but it was finally released last fall by Down East books. It broke all presale records in their sixty-year history and sold out within 3 weeks of its publication.”


Diane Keyes is also the award winning author of This Sold House-Staging Your Home to Sell in Today’s Market.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ann Hinnenkamp - Dyad Quest

by Ann Hinnenkamp

ISBN: 9781419923005

Cerridwan Press

Aiden Rawlings has had centuries to perfect the art of staying unconnected. For over four hundred years, he’s served as human partner to one of the immortal Dyads, protecting mankind from their worst enemy—themselves. But all his carefully built emotional walls start to crumble when he finds Jude Kapfer dying from gunshot wounds and asks the Dyads to heal her. They agree on one condition, Aiden must protect Jude and discover who is behind the attempt on her life. He’s only got one problem with that—how can he protect her if he can’t take his eyes off her?

Jude is having a bad week. First, a masked madman shoots her, then, two insanely sexy men show up and heal her and she discovers humans are not alone on the planet. Now, in order to save her life, she must team up with Aiden and allow herself to be drawn deeper in to the mysterious, hidden world of the Dyads. Maybe she should take her chances with the masked gunman. At least he’s human.

Ann started writing at a young age, convinced she was staring in a movie that needed a better script. Decades later, her love for all things paranormal led her to write the Dyad books.

Her plan had been to accept aging with the same effortless grace as any movie star with the last name of Hepburn, but now that her forehead is sliding down around her nose, and her neck attracts every rooster in the yard, she’s given up on grace and put her faith in a good moisturizer and turtle neck sweaters

Besides writing, she freelances as an actor and director in Minneapolis where she’s played everything from Eleanor of Aquitaine, to the third extra on the right with the gap in her front teeth.

Like many actors, she never quit her day job. Her years in the courier business have taught her a few valuable lessons: When designing a floor plan, never put your own office across from the bathrooms. It’s impossible to pick up a monkey at the airport, look him in the eye, and then deliver him to a testing lab. And transporting caskets, even when they’re empty, is just plain scary.

Dyad Dreams


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Helen Brenna - Mirabelle Island Series

Mirabelle … an Island to Remember

by Helen Brenna

First Comes Twins

Next Comes Love

Then Comes Baby

Harlequin Enterprises

The seed for my Mirabelle Island series came from family vacations. We’ve camped for years in northern Wisconsin, taken the ferry numerous times to Madeline Island, one of Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands where I learned my favorite camp song, and watched Fourth of July fireworks over the water from Bayfield.

Then there’s our visit to Michigan’s Mackinac Island, the quaint idyllic location of the famous Grand Hotel. My daughter will tell you she spent one of the best days of her life on Mackinac, horseback riding, eating homemade taffy and getting her first ever horse-drawn carriage ride. Add Mackinac to Madeline, and you get Mirabelle, the fictitious setting for my new Superromance series.

Set amidst cobblestone streets, Victorian bed and breakfasts, and hundreds of acres of virgin forests, each Mirabelle Island book tells the story of a different hero and heroine. They are a mixture of straight romance and romantic suspense, and although each book stands alone, the stories of the secondary characters, the islanders, carries through.

Currently, there are four books in the series, three of which release in August, October and December of 2009. The fourth, ALONG CAME A HUSBAND will be released in June 2010, and there are three additional Mirabelle books in the works for 2011.

Mirabelle … visit once and you’ll fall in love for a lifetime.

Since her first book was published in 2007, Helen Brenna’s romances have won numerous writing awards, including Romance Writers of America’s most prestigious, the RITA, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, the HOLT Medallion, and Book Buyers Best.

Helen grew up in central Minnesota, the seventh of eight children. Although she never dreamed of writing books, she’s always been a voracious reader of romances. After taking a break from her accounting career, she tried her hand at writing the romances she loves to read. Helen currently writes full-time and lives with her family in the Twin Cities.

FINDING MR RIGHT, October 2008
DAD FOR LIFE, June 2007
TREASURE, February 2007

"Highlighting the eternal tension between safety and risk and the familiar and the unknown, this poignant, sweet, gently humorous story focuses on a pair of deeply conflicted protagonists and nicely sets the stage for the Mirabelle Island books to come."
Library Journal

"A talented storyteller, Brenna has a gift for writing category romance. She understands how to create intimate, heart-touching stories with the kind of vigorous writing that makes a series romance a satisfying little peak into the lives and loves of unique people and families. If you don't know her work, NEXT COMES LOVE is a nice place to start."
Michelle Buonfiglio, Barnes and Noble



Harlequin Enterprises

Friday, November 20, 2009

Carl Brookins - Devils Island

Devils Island

By Carl Brookins

ISBN: 978-1-59080-643-2

Echelon Press

Lake Superior has called Mary Whitney once more to its shores. While her husband, Michael Tanner, finishes several projects in Seattle, Mary flies alone to settle into her chartered sailboat in Bayfield, Wisconsin. She is looking forward to a relaxing solo sail and a few days communing with the lake. Neither she nor Michael are aware that Edwin Tobias, a wealthy and determined hedge fund operator and corporate raider–not to mention Mary's twisted ex husband–has been tracking her movements.

With a yen for intrigue, Mary intends to visit most of the Apostle Islands and being on her own allows her that blissful freedom. Shrouded in mystery, the island that draws her highest interest, aptly named Devils Island, is isolated and lacking a protected anchorage. No one lives on the island and it is rarely visited. Its dramatic history and unceasing wave action has left the formation of great caves that emit sonorous moans and booming sounds. It is there, off that rocky coast, Mary meets the ultimate challenge of her life. Will all her mental and physical resources be enough to save her life and protect her boat?

Brookins writes three series; a sailing adventure series featuring Michael Tanner and Mary Whitney. The Sean Sean private investigator series set in Minneapolis, and has introduced a new protagonist, Jack Marston, an administrator at an urban college for working adults. His short work appears in anthologies, "Silence of the Loons," and "Resort to Murder," "Heat of the Moment," and "Out of the Gutter." Before he became a mystery writer and reviewer, Brookins was a freelance photographer, a Public Television program director and producer, a Cable TV administrator, and a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

He has reviewed mystery fiction for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and for Mystery Scene Magazine. His reviews appear on his own web site, and on Internet review sites, including Books n' Bytes and The Mystery Morgue. Brookins is an avid recreational sailor. With his wife and friends he has sailed in many locations across the world. He is a member of Sisters in Crime, Private Eye Writers of America, MWA, and EPIC. He can frequently be found touring bookstores and libraries with his companions-in-crime, The Minnesota Crime Wave.

He lives in Roseville, Minnesota, with his wife Jean, a retired publisher and editor.



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Michele DeVille - The Path To Forgiveness

The Path to Forgiveness

by Michelle Deville

illustrated by Shawn McCann

ISBN-10: 1592982980

The Path To Forgiveness is an inspirational journey of the heart to a place where one can discover the power of forgiveness, peace and hope. This beautifully illustrated book offers a gentle but powerful message to all ages on the importance of forgiveness and brings hope and comfort to those struggling with past hurts and regret.

The heart-felt and moving words make The Path To Forgiveness an excellent gift book for anyone seeking the inspiration to forgive.

The Path To Forgiveness is a gentle and insistent reminder to let go of our wounds and forgive. It provides nicely illustrated exhortations to move on with kindness and love and does so in an open hearted and sweet way…”—Frederic Luskin, Ph.D., director of Stanford Forgiveness Projects, author of Forgive for Good

Michele DeVille has a wealth of experience with over 20 years in business development and inspires change in others through her work as a life coach and motivational speaker. She has a passion for volunteering and has worked as a youth grief counselor, as well as speaking for the SAVE organization. Michele is the author of the newly released book The Path To Forgiveness and a second book that is planned for release in 2010.

The Path To Forgiveness is a direct result of DeVille’s own life experiences and it is her hope that the simple but powerful message in this timeless piece for all ages will inspire people to celebrate the most important things in life, promote healing and truly help others to forgive and face the tough challenges in life.

Michele resides in Minneapolis with her family and enjoys travel, writing, speaking, movies and spending time with family and friends up north. She lives with intention, plays with abandon, continues to learn and does what she loves!

DeVille is championing The Path To Forgiveness message with organizations, churches and groups through her writing, coaching and a variety of workshops and is dedicated to fulfilling her life’s purpose to helping others discover a joy filled and extraordinary life at any age!

Monday, November 16, 2009

New York Times Best Seller - Cindy Gerard

Feel The Heat

by Cindy Gerard


Pocket Books

Bold, blond Defense Intelligence officer B. J. Chase isn’t exactly thrilled when she’s summoned from personal leave to investigate an alarming national security breach—until the suspicious death of a government official blows her covert mission sky high.

Gorgeous Black Ops bad boy Raphael Mendoza always feared his family’s dark history would haunt him. But he never expected it might hold the key to dismantling a rogue weapons system. Now with cool B.J. Chase posing as his hot babe fiancĂ©e, he returns to his uncle in Colombia to convince him he can be trusted with the family’s dirtiest business secrets.

Carrying out a deception among ruthless killers brings Rafe and B.J. too close to ignore the heat between them. Now, they must work together as the closest of partners as the countdown to international catastrophe closes in.

Since her first Loveswept hit the Waldenbooks National Number 1 bestseller slot in 1991, Cindy Gerard has made 6 back to back appearances on the New Times Best-seller list. She's also appeared on the Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today Bestseller lists and her work has twice been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine. She’s a 6 time Rita finalist and is proud to display 2 RITAs in her office along with a National Reader’s Choice Award. Cindy writes fast, sexy action adventure romantic suspense featuring former Spec Ops warriors and is proud to count many military families among her readers.

While Cindy lives in Iowa on a mini ranch with a spoiled dog, two equally spoiled cats and her hubby, Tom, who raises quarter horses, she spends as much time as possible in the family's cabin on Lake Kabetogama, in northern Minnesota. and considers Minnesota her second home. When she can find the time, she loves to read and travel and spend time with her family and friends. Catch up on Cindy’s news at

TO THE EDGE - 5-05

RISK NO SECRETS – Release date May 18, 2010



“Ms. Gerard artfully reveals the secret, previously known only to wives, girlfriends and lovers of our military special-operations warriors: these men are as wildly passionate and loving as they are watchful and stealthy. Her stories are richly colored and textured, drawing you in from page one, and not simply behind the scenes of the warrior life, but into its very heart and soul.” –William Dean A. Garner, Former US Army Airborne Ranger and Corporate Mercenary, NY Times bestselling ghostwriter and editor

“Cindy Gerard’s Black Ops series kicks romantic adventure into high gear. Dark, dangerous, and sexy, it’s a winner.”—Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

Sunday, November 15, 2009

David LaRochelle - Author - Illustrator


written by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Richard Egielski

ISBN - 13: 978-0-439-64011-4

Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic

And they all lived happily ever after. That's how most fairy tales end, but in this story, that's how the tale begins. Starting with the festive marriage between a clever princess and a soggy knight, this fairy tale winds backwards past a frightened dragon, one hundred bunny rabbits, a runaway tomato, and a hungry giant, until finally reaching the beginning where a bowl of lemonade triggers all the wild events about to come. Illustrated by Caldecott-winning artist Richard Egielski, THE END has received starred reviews in School Library Journal, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist.

A former elementary school teacher, David has been writing and illustrating children's books for over twenty years. He is the recipient of the Minnesota Book Award for THE BEST PET OF ALL, a picture book illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama. His first young adult novel, ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY NOT, began as a short story about a teenager who takes his friend's golden retriever to prom rather than admit to his parents that he's gay. The book went on to win the SCBWI Sid Fleischman Award for young people's humor writing. His next picture book, 1 + 1 = 5, is scheduled to be released in September, 2010. When he is not writing, illustrating, or visiting schools to talk to kids about creating books, he enjoys carving fancy pumpkins, which you can view at his website.




Friday, November 13, 2009

Mark Johnson - Triangle Top - The Tale of a Troubled Tribe

Triangle Top: The Tale of a Troubled Tribe

by Mark Johnson

ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-040-7

Penelope Press

Triangle Top: The Tale of a Troubled Tribe is a tale that tracks a tribe of Trylicans as they traverse the tremendous triangular territory known as Triangle Top. Seeking trumples, the tasty treat of the trumple tree, Trylicans triumph over tenuous talents by working in tandem. The tale takes a turn when Travis, a tenacious Tweeble, trounces ahead of the tribe where he targets terrain that is quite troubling.

Mark Johnson is a Twin Cities native and graduate of St. Olaf College where he earned a degree in music composition. He honed his writing skills editing technical manuals for Finale music notation software. This is his first picture book. He currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Born of a multicultural military family overseas, Christina Rodriguez is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and an award-winning children's book illustrator. She enjoys cooking, hula-hooping, and spending time outdoors with her husband and rescued dog. She lives and works out of a renovated 19th century church in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Christina Rodriguez's Website

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Susan Runholt - Rescuing Seneca Crane


by Susan Runholt

Viking Children’s Books

ISBN-10: 067006291X
ISBN-13: 978-0670062911

When Kari and Lucas first see Seneca Crane up on stage, playing the piano in front of hundreds of people, they are in awe. She is beautiful. She is amazingly talented. And she is only thirteen! But then they get to know her at the Edinburgh Arts Festival and realize that she envies them. Soon the three are becoming friends . . .until Seneca disappears. There’s no stopping Kari and Lucas from jumping on the trail and tracking her down. Even when it leads to the heart of the Scottish highlands!

Following in the spine-tingling tracks of The Mystery of the Third Lucretia, Susan Runholt’s second book featuring super sleuths Kari and Lucas is just as smart and fast-paced as the first!

Susan Runholt shares her teenage heroines' love of art and travel and commitment to feminism. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and Africa, and lived in Amsterdam and Paris, working as a bank clerk and an au pair. She's also been a waitress, a maid, a motel desk clerk, a laundress, a caterer, and director of programming for South Dakota Public Television.

For the past two decades she has lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she serves as a fundraising consultant for social service and arts organizations. She was named runner-up for the Debut Dagger Award by the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain for The Mystery of the Third Lucretia.

The Mystery of the Third Lucretia



Sunday, November 15, 10:00-11:15 am

Workshop presentation
Writing Suspense for Kids
Loft Mystery Festival
Open Book
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Friday, November 20, 4:00 pm
Benefit reading and signing for
St. David's Center
Barnes and Noble
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

David Fingerman - Edging Past Reality

Edging Past Reality

by David A. Fingerman

Two Harbors Press

ISBN: 1-935097-07-5

Edging Past Reality is a book of twenty-two short stories of speculative fiction. A number of reviewers have compared them to "Twilight Zone" episodes. As the forward states ". . . be ready to walk through a world of unhinged assumptions." Imagine a mirror that holds more than mere reflections, a lush meadow that thrives while drought kills everything around it, or a pocket watch that can bring back the dead. Some stories will frighten, others will fill you with wonder (maybe an uneasy wonder, but wonder none the less). All the stories will keep you guessing up to the last page.

David Fingerman was born in St. Paul and presently lives in Minneapolis. He graduated with a BA from the University of Minnesota. With a Journalism degree almost certain, he realized that if he switched his major to Speech, he could graduate a quarter earlier. He has no regrets. After working over twenty years in the Hennepin County Court system, he walked away to do what he loves to do - write. Again, no regrets.

He has published over twenty short stories appearing in magazines and anthologies, and recently published "Edging Past Reality" a book of speculative fiction short stories. His novels, "Silent Kill" and "Spyder" have been accepted by L & L Dreamspell and are expected to be released in 2010. He is currently working on a sequel to "Silent Kill."



Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ellen Hart - The Mirror and the Mask

ISBN: 0312375271

Minneapolis restaurateur Jane Lawless is at crossroads. The rough economy has put her plans for a third restaurant on hold, and her long distance romance is on the rocks and quite possibly unsalvageable. Unsure of what to do next, she takes her good friend A. J. Nolan up on his standing offer to take her on as a private investigator.While still in training, her first job seems simple enough. All she had to do is find Annie Archer’s stepfather. Jane tracks down a likely match—a man who has made a small fortune in real estate. While she’s happy to close her first case, she finds it hard to reconcile the difference between PI work—finding what people pay you to find—and uncovering the truth, the whole truth, especially when clues in this seemingly simple case point to more threatening family secrets than where Annie’s father has been hiding out.Ellen Hart’s The Mirror and the Mask is another engrossing mystery filled with the deceit and psychological intrigue that fans have come to expect from this Lambda and Minnesota Book Award--winning author.

Ellen is a five-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, as well as a three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Best Popular Fiction. Entertainment Weekly recently named her one of the "101 movers and shakers in the gay entertainment industry." For the last eleven years, Ellen has taught "An Introduction to Writing the Modern Mystery" through the The Loft Literary Center, the largest independent writing community in the nation.

Ellen lives in Minneapolis with her partner of 30 years.


Nominated: 2008 Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian
MysteryShortlisted: The Golden Crown Literary Award for Best Mystery

Hallowed Murder (1989)
Vital Lies (1991)
Stage Fright (1992)
A Killing Cure (1993)
A Small Sacrifice (1994)
Faint Praise (1995)
Robber's Wine (1996)
Wicked Games (1998)
Hunting the Witch (1999)
The Merchant of Venus (2001)
Immaculate Midnight (2002)
An Intimate Ghost (2004)
The Iron Girl (2005)
Night Vision (2006)
The Mortal Groove (2007)
Sweet Poison (2008)
The Mirror and the Mask (Nov. 2009)

This Little Piggy Went to Murder (1994)
For Every Evil (1995)
The Oldest Sin (1996)
Murder in the Air (1997)
Slice and Dice (2000)
Dial M for Meatloaf (2001)
Death on a Silver Platter (2003)
No Reservations Required (2005)



Saturday, November 7, 2009

Laurie Hertzel - Book Editor for the Star Tribune


Laurie Hertzel is Senior Editor for Books/Special Projects at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. Her memoir of journalism, “News to Me,” will be published next year by the University of Minnesota Press. This essay is adapted from one she wrote last year for “A View from the Loft.”

Every Monday morning, an overflowing shopping cart of books waits for me in the mail room of the Star Tribune. That’s right, a shopping cart—just like those you see at Target, or Lund’s. It has a sticky, cockeyed wheel, and it is useful for moving large quantities of heavy objects around the building—such as books.

I have been the books editor here for something more than a year, and in that time I have faced this shopping cart nearly every day. On Mondays, it is overflowing. On really busy Mondays, a second cart shows up, also full. Later in the week, the cart might only be three-quarters full. But not a day goes by without someone—either me, or a news assistant—pushing it into the elevator and riding with it down to the book room to unload its cargo.

That small, locked room in the center of our basement is a blessing and a curse. It is a symbol of hope and despair. OK, now I sound melodramatic, but trust me: that room is packed with books. Tall shelves all around the walls hold review books and galleys, organized by pub month. Stacked on the floor and under my sorting table, are hundreds of sadder, other books. Those on the shelves still have a prayer; I think they might be worth reviewing, if only I could figure out how to shoehorn another review onto our pages. But those on the floor, sadly, don’t stand a chance. They’re too old, or too obscure, or too amateurish, or too textbooky, or too scholarly, or too lite.

Or maybe—and this is actually the case more often than all those others combined--they’re excellent, worthy books that we just don’t have room to mention. The good news (the hope part) is that there are still hundreds of wonderful, intriguing, intelligent books published every month. The bad news (the despair part) is that most of them never see the light of day, at least not in our paper.

And, increasingly, not in a lot of newspapers.

When our former books editor, Sarah T. Williams, left the paper in spring 2008, many of us fully expected her job to go dark. Everybody knows that these are tough times for newspapers, and we have watched a lot of jobs disappear over the last two years.

Across the country, many newspapers have eliminated the position of books editor. They’ve cut back on their books coverage or folded it in with other general arts and entertainment writing. It was, frankly, a very happy surprise when we didn’t follow suit.
For years, the Star Tribune has run two full pages of reviews every Sunday, and one review every Wednesday. None of that has gone away; as a matter of fact, in my time here I have added another day, running two short book reviews every Monday. We even squeeze in a review on the occasional Saturday. (So it’s good to read the paper every day.)

Over the last year, I have given a lot of thought to our coverage, to how best to balance the big national books that deserve mention against the more modest local and regional books, that also deserve it; how to balance reviews of literary fiction and scholarly nonfiction with reviews of perhaps more popular genres; how to be everything to all readers and writers. Which, of course, I cannot be.

You might have noticed some changes. Our reviews are shorter; it’s one way to squeeze one or two more onto the pages each week. We’ve become more interactive, updating our online presence and adding a couple of reader-generated features. We are on Twitter, and we have a Facebook fan page, which I update often. I also post book news on the new Star Tribune “artcetera” blog.

And I’ve taken a concept that started years ago—the “Bookmark” column, which highlights local and regional books—and expanded it to run every week. There is more than enough news to fill it.

I’ve also increased the number of reviewers I use regularly, and I use many more local and regional reviewers than previously. While the national writers are unquestionably excellent, there’s something to be said for having a more Midwestern sensibility to the pages. I try to review at least a book a week myself, though I don’t always meet that goal. I tend to bring home eight or ten books a week, read the first 10 or 20 pages of each one, in order to figure out whether or not they are worth reviewing, and then bring them back to the office and mail them out to reviewers.

And so I am fast becoming the person who has read part of hundreds of books, but who no longer finishes very many of them.

In the end, my goal is for the books presence in the Star Tribune to have the feel of a great local bookstore—some new books over here, some staff recommendations over there, some mystery here, some biography there, a shelf of memoir, a table of chick lit, some local stuff, a couple of best-sellers, and an array of quirky, offbeat books that you might not hear of anywhere else.

It’s true that the stacks of unreviewed books are much taller than the short stacks of books that I am mailing out for review. It’s true that I have to say no many, many more times than I can ever say yes. But it is because of this wonderful place we live, this wonderful state filled with writers, publishers, and avid readers, that I get to look up from my overflowing shopping cart and say yes as often as I do.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Minnesota Railroad History Books



10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

On Sat. Nov. 14, 10 AM-5 PM there will be the largest ever book signing by the authors of Minnesota railroad history books. It will be part of the Northstar commuter train grand opening, held on the 5th Street side of the new Twins stadium, upstairs from the commuter rail station.

The following authors are scheduled to appear.

o John W. Diers, Twin Cities by Trolley

o Patrick C. Dorin, Milwaukee Road Passenger Service, Great Lakes Ore Docks and Ore Cars, Minnesota-Ontario Iron Ore Railroads, Chicago & North Western Passenger Cars

o John Gjevre, Saga of the Soo Vol. 1-3

o Steve Glischinski, Milwaukee Road 261, Regional Rails of the Midwest

o John Gruber, The Milwaukee Road Hiawathas, Travel By Train: The American Railroad Poster

o Donald Hofsommer, Tootin' Louie, Minneapolis and the Age of Railways, Minneapolis & St. Louis: A Photographic History

o Aaron Isaacs, Twin Cities by Trolley, Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Trackside Around the Twin Cities

o Byron Olsen, Great Northern Album

o Russell Olson, Electric Railways of Minnesota

o David Schauer, Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range in Color; Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific in Color; Trackside Around Duluth

o Lorenz Schrenk, Northern Pacific Supersteam Era, Northern Pacific Classic Steam Era, Northern Pacific Diesel Era

o Jon Severson, Delivered with Pride (Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific)

o Richard Thompson, Taylors Falls & Lake Superior Railroad

This book event is sponsored by the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board.

For more info, contact Aaron Isaacs, 612-929-7066

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

J L Wilson - Human Touch


by J L Wilson

ISBN: 9-781-601-547-071

Wild Rose Press

Isbel Kensington's lack of paranormal talent makes her unique, especially given her powerful paranormal family who run the planet Delmorna. Isbel's studies into ancient diseases uncovered an old family secret which threatens the stability of the government run by Isbel's devious sister, Dru.

Cyrus Durant is a cloned human and undercover cop who has to act as Isbel's Paid Male during her research holiday. He has to get close to her and determine if she's involved in Dru’s treasonous plots. Cyrus has never been this close to a woman. The experience is overwhelming, especially when he and Isbel start to form an intimate psychic bond.

As Isbel's research unearths the truth about the planet's history, she and Cyrus become targets in a deadly political struggle. In a final confrontation with her family, Isbel finds out just how deeply blood ties run -- and how easily they can be severed.

J L Wilson is a Midwestern author who writes ‘mysteries with a touch of romance … and romance with a touch of gray.’ She also writes time travel books and has just kicked off a paranormal-political thriller series, set on another planet.
She has 13 books out with contracts for 5 more books in 2010 and 5 more in 2011. After that, it’s anybody’s guess. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and a few blogs here and there.

Romantic Suspense

Brilliant Disguise
Nowhere to Run
Your Saving Grace
If Not For You

Brownies, Bodies and Breaking the Code
Candy, Corpses and Classified Ads
Autographs, Abductions and A-List Authors
Sun, Surf, and Sandy Strangulation
Mayhem, Marriage, and Murderous Mystery Manuscripts

The History Patrol

Paranormal/political thriller
Human Touch


Monday, November 2, 2009

Jeff Holmes - Illustrator

Jeff Holmes - Illustrator

Creating abstract art taps into my passion, but I'm growing fonder of illustration every day. Abstract art is a solitary experience, but with illustration I have the opportunity to collaborate. I completely enjoy working with authors, connecting with them through their writing, getting feedback and listening for clues that help me translate the substance of their own art form into an image that honors the author's vision and sells books.

Jeff Holmes is an illustrator and fine artist working from his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He had always known that being an artist was inevitable, but didn't get serious about it until the mid-1990s.

Taking a drastic detour, Jeff graduated from Control Data Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1984 and was immediately hired as a computer programmer. Working as a Systems Analyst for 20 years wasn't the creative adventure he'd imagined, but good fortune introduced him to digital art in 2003 and it would become his primary creative outlet from that point on.

While working on his fine art portfolio in 2007, his father, author David P. Holmes, asked him to try his hand at illustrating the cover for his new book - Secrets - which was published in the fall of 2009. The cover was a hit with the publisher and since then he's created three additional covers, of which two were published in 2009.

Jeff is currently working on CD album art for local Jazz group BlueMood and has a number of book covers lined up for 2010.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

David Holmes - Secrets


by David Holmes

North Star Press

ISBN-10: 0-87839-297

Jessica Morneau is four years old when it is believed she stabbed her father to death. Fourteen years later, she is sent to prison for twenty-five years for the killing of her mother in the same way. At age forty-three, denied a half-way house, she is released into the custody of her grandmother.

Adelle Morneau is an old wealthy manipulative wretch who owns a mansion on the shores of Lake Superior, out of Duluth.

Jessica is haunted by her past, but has no recollection of killing her parents. Traumatized by the color red, she visits a psychiatrist to help unravel her fears. Her attempt to stabilize her life is upset as the secrets keep surfacing to possibly drive her to insanity.

Born and raised in South Minneapolis, I went looking for, and found trouble. Somehow, I managed to graduate from the old West High School, and did my stint in the Air Force. My career was primarily drafting, engineering, and technical writing. Telling people how to put tab A into slot B, while educational, was less than interesting.

Blessed with an active imagination, I have been writing for my own pleasure all my life. When I retired I started putting my visions into a form with expectations of writing a book. Several years later, I finally caught onto what was required to write a manuscript. I hope to have

EMILY’S RUN published soon, and will have SALT OF THE EARTH ready for the FinnFest, in Sault St. Marie, in the fall of 2010. A who-dunnit mystery, LOOSE GRAVEL, is nearing completion, which will introduce the irascible Detective Harold Bruntz.

November 14, 11:00 AM
Maple Grove Barnes & Noble
Maple Grove, MN