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SLO NightWriters - Member Publications

Many of our members have published books in a variety of categories and genres. We celebrate their successes. We're proud to present you with a selection of their titles.

Included with these authors' book descriptions are live links that will take you to web pages in new browser windows where you can purchase their books. Please understand that if a link reads "," "," etc, the link will take you to the specific location on each of those sites where these books are sold.

Jim Aarons

James E. Aarons, DVM

The ADHD Author and Veterinarian


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Debra Davis Hinkle

Award-winning author and poet  

Anthologies: Tales from a Rocky Coast, Vol. 1; Tales from a Corne

 Poetry Books: Meow Poetry; This 'n That Poetry

Bereavement: Tears to Laughter

Amazon Author Page 

Check out my Blog

R. Read

About Me:

R Read is the author of She Too, a fictionalized account of college culture today. She Too is available digitally and in paperback. Her second book, Describing Water, is memoir/narrative therapy and is available for digital download, soon to be in out in paperback. 

Please follow R Read Writing on FB if you are interested in an advanced reviewer copy of her latest fiction novel Energy Fix. *update* Energy Fix is now available on Amazon, and you can listen to it narrated by John Ruble on Audible -- or contact R Read Writing on FB for a free copy! 

Originally from Saskatchewan Canada, she grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attended Eastern Michigan University where she earned a BA in just two years. A marketing consultant for more than twenty years, she has published internet media, news and magazine press, poetry, and fiction. She lives in San Luis Obispo, CA and is the mother of two amazing women.

Energy Fix by R Read

Also available on Audible.

Judythe Guarnera

Editor of the NightWriter column in Tolosa Press for five years, Judythe has been published in many online publications and local publications, seven anthologies, and one novel.

Twenty-Nine Sneezes

A Journey of Healing.

Ten year-old Emily ran away from her abusive father, but her journey was far from over. During the time he remained missing, she managed small steps forward, finding refuge in the supportive arms of her adoptive family and in the garden her gran, Marissa, created for her. 
The shaky foundation threatens to crumble around Emily and her family when her father and her uncles step into the picture.
Will she manage to summon the courage she needs to face him in court to assure that he can never again inflict his brand of pain on anyone else?
Although the story related here is fiction, others who are moving from victim to survivor status can relate to and experience hope as they share this family’s journey to healing.

y share this family’s journey to healing.

Mark Arnold

Two centuries ago this year, Mary Shelley wrote the book that changed the literary worldbut the story of her life makes Frankenstein look like a bedtime tale for children. This is the story of how she learned to write.

Although her father gave her a far better education than any woman of the age could hope have, her life became a nightmare. By the time she was fifteen, a married man, Percy Shelley, courted her on her mother’s grave. When she was sixteen, she escaped from home by running away for a six-week walking tour of Europe forming a ménage a trois with her sister and her lover. Retuning home, her father threw her out when he learned she was pregnant.

Two mentors, Shelly and Byron, coached her to expand her understanding of writing. Shelley provided polish while her mentor, Lord Byron, challenged her. Together, they urged her prove she was as good a writer as the best poet-philosophers of the Enlightenment. Both men admired her mind, and both wanted more. By the time she was twenty, she invented a new literary genre’, Science Fiction, and published the book that, two hundred years later, has never been out of print.

“M. R. Arnold has managed an extraordinary feat of fiction: He channels Mary Shelley so authentically in this richly researched, vividly executed rendering of the story behind the woman who gave the world Frankenstein, you could almost believe she had written this book herself."  

Rolynn Anderson

A Scottie named Elly plays a vital role in FAINT, 3rd of the funeral planner suspense series.  So does a blind forensic investigator and a free lance embalmer.  Add a man with Alzheimer’s and a very pregnant woman…all involved in solving crimes and facing danger.  

You’re in for a wild ride with FAINT!  

Amazon (Kindle and paperback):

Smashwords (all other formats):


Baxter Clare Troutman


Baxter Clare Trautman is a Lambda finalist for her LA Franco mystery series. She grew up half wild in the Central American tropics, moved back to the States where she continued to haunt favorite treehouses, and eventually settled in a real house on the California coast. Never far from nature, she earns her keep as a wildlife biologist, and lives in the boonies with her wife and a beloved assortment of animals. In addition to the Franco series, Trautman is also the author of  Spirit of the Valley and The River Within. She welcomes you to stop by and say hello at

Baxter Clare Trautman
Author: L.A. Franco mystery series, The River Within, Spirit of the Valley.

SLO NightWriter's Anthology

The Best of SLO NightWriters in Tolosa Press 2009-2013


Edited by Judythe A. Guarnera

Cover design by Steve Kliewer
Cover Photograph by
Dennis Eamon Young Photo

Eldonna Edwards:

Publications by Eldonna Edwards:

Lost In Transplantation: Memoir of an Unconventional Organ Donor
Anne Lamott meets Nora Ephron in this entertaining memoir of massage therapist and single mother Ellie's mission to donate a kidney to an ailing stranger. What starts out as a single act of compassion turns into a four-year struggle peppered with bureaucratic and personal obstacles and an unexpected conclusion. Written with self-effacing humor and warm authenticity,Lost in Transplantation seeks to touch that place in each of us that hopes to find meaning and purpose in our overlapping lives.

From the Back Cover: One Gently Used Kidney, Free to a Good Home. When 48 year-old single mother, massage therapist and returning student Ellie meets a young woman with kidney disease, she decides to make it her mission to save the girl. Unfortunately, outdated rules made it difficult for altruistic donors, and besides, the woman doesn't want a savior. Does this stop Ellie from her quest to "be the change" one seeks in the world? Not a chance.

Told with humor and self-reflection, this inspirational memoir of courage and compassion is interwoven with anecdotal stories that help the reader identify what kind of person commits the selfless act of organ donation. Ellie,a self-described devout agnostic, is kind but often irreverent. She is generous, but she is no saint. Ultimately, becoming a kidney donor has given her a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment. Lost in Transplantation asserts that we are all capable of altering a human being's life for the better, including our own.

Print and eBook available at Amazon:

Or the author's website:

About the author:

Eldonna Edwards is the author of two journaling books, Journaling from the Heart and Loose Ends. Her memoir, Lost in Transplantation, chronicles a life-changing decision to donate a kidney to an ailing stranger. She is also the subject of the award-winning documentary titled "Perfect Strangers" that follows one kidney patient and one potential kidney donor in their search for a possible match. Eldonna--who also goes by Ellie--currently lives on the central California coast where she practices massage therapy and advocates for living organ donation. Her debut novel is planned for publication in 2016.

Eldonna is available as a keynote speaker and/or breakout session facilitator on the topics of finding happiness through altrusim, organ donation, writing the memoir, and living an authentic life as well as screenings of the documentary, Perfect Strangers.

Follow her on Facebook or Twitter:

Lost in Tranplantation

Jerry Smith -

Rattlesnake Smith, Author of the $.99 E-chapbook series,
Exploring Our Relationship with the Natural Universe
Control plus a left click on any of the links (urls) accesses
Kindle E-books at
They are downloadable to your PC, Android or Mac device:



COCKLEBURR: Dad’s Nickname for Me:





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Baxter Clare Trautman

The River Within
The River Within

Three women. Three lies. One chance to tell the truth.
For thirty years Foreign Correspondent Greer Madison has competed brilliantly in a man’s world. But the hardships of a life spent reporting from war zones have caught up to her and she returns to the States to recuperate at the home of her best friend, Darlene Richardson. Darlene has secrets of her own and for the first time in their thirty-year friendship keeps Greer at a distance. Kate, Darlene’s spontaneous, willful daughter is desperate to bring her struggling family together after the death of her brother, Chris.

The bonds the three women share are strained, reforged, and ultimately strengthened as they struggle to choose between the lives they think they should have and the lives they want. But first they must choose whether to stay on the safety of the known shore or to dive into the uncharted but healing waters of The River Within.

I'd also like to encourage any self-publishers who want to get published by a house to keep at it, as The River Within was originally self-published and then picked up by a publisher who loved it. So take heart and keep pen to paper! Or fingers to keys!

Baxter Clare Trautman
Author website at

Beryl Reichenberg:

Beryl Reichenberg, fiber artist and children’s book author, continues her classes for young children at the Almond Acres Academy in San Miguel on October 1 and October 8 from 2 to 3 with new book making forms, including a Halloween themed book and various accordion book forms.

Beryl will also be attending a breakfast sponsored by the Santa Barbara School District office for children’s authors, teachers and others interested in children’s literature on October 2 at the district offices. Her books, currently on sale at Chaucer’s Bookstore will be available along with other authors for sale at the breakfast.

Beryl will also be doing another book making class for children at the Studios on the Park in Paso Robles. Contact the Studios for time and date at The theme of the book will be about Halloween.

Beryl’s new children’s book, Clowning Around. is due to be published by Oak Tree Press in October. It will be available at Whiz Kids Toy Store, the Gallery at the Network and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art among other local bookstores and shops by the end of the month. Clowning Around is a story about Charlie the Clownfish who likes to perform tricks for the children who come to see him at his aquarium tank. The other fish in the tank become jealous and devise a plan to keep him from getting all the attention.


The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake is a fun read for children ages 3 to 6.
Written and Illustrated by Beryl Reichenberg

The story begins with a birthday party for Freda the Frog and a yummy chocolate cake, but when all the animals were playing hide and seek, Freda noticed that her cake was missing. Soon everyone was on the hunt for clues that would lead to the missing cake.

Hunting for clues is an effective way of getting readers to interact with the story, and it’s also good to get their imaginations soaring. A good example of this is seen when Molly the Mouse imagined all kinds of wild monsters when they discovered the clue of the big footprints!

Reichenberg successfully brings out the typical (as we know it) character traits of the animals; for example, Molly the Mouse is timid, Jackie Jay has a sharp eye and is very observant, and Rocky the Racoon is very inquisitive - playing the part of the detective and leading the group to look for clues. The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake encourages bravery, observation, friendship and kindness. It shows the importance of working together as a team and has a good lesson about kindness that can be grasped quite easily by readers of all ages. The illustrations of the animals are uniquely blended with photography of scenes of nature. This lends to the realistic imagery of the book.

The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake can be used to teach sequence of events and it’s a great read-aloud story time book for pre-schoolers and kindergartners.

Connect with the author and check out other fun reads by Beryl Reichenberg on her blog!

Butterfly Girls by Beryl Reichenberg:

Butterfly Girls is about two sisters who find a chrysalis in their backyard. When the Monarch butterfly emerges, she teaches them to fly and takes them on amazing adventures. But the little girls soon learn that Monarch butterflies migrate south for the winter. Deeply disappointed, they must wait until spring for new adventures. Young children from ages three to eight will enjoy reading this fantasy and learning about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies

When Caterpillars Dream:

When Caterpillars Dream is also a picture book for young children, but it contains more detailed information about Monarchs. This story answers the question, what do caterpillars dream about while they are in their chrysalis becoming butterflies. One such caterpillar, named Cathy, dreams of the incredible journey she will make, flying south for the winter after she emerges and the perils of such a journey.

These children's picture books  are now published and ready for purchase on and through Oak Tree Press Both books were published by Oak Tree Press and are in paperback. Both are about Monarch butterflies in a fantasy format, but they contain information about these marvelous creatures and their migration patterns.


Barbara M Hodges:

Barbara is  a published author of eight novels. 

Her latest: 

ONE LAST SIN -  A mystery.


For more about Barbara and her writing, please visit her website at:
Barbara is also host of:

No Limits -  Blog Talk Radio


Tangled WebsTangled Webs, by Susan Tuttle

Lia Willett, professional art quilter and daughter of a serial killer, returns to her hometown after 

a 17-year absence. Suffering from partial amnesia, she finds herself stalked by unknown foes and 

surrounded by ever-more-lethal  danger. 

To save her life, Lia must unearth terrifying, long-buried memories of what happened before she left Mercerville.  

What exactly happened the night Cerise Forrester, Lia’s arch-enemy, died? Is Lia Willett, like her father, 

a murderer? 

Tangled Webs can be ordered through any bookstore and is available on

Autographed copies can be obtained through Susan’s website:

Officer Honey, by Honey French:

At 5’2" Honey   was   one  of  the   first  women officers in a men’s prison. Her traumatic life gave her  compassion,
understanding, and the desire to help men change.   She  knew  hurting  people hurt others.  Her sorrows weren’t wasted
but instead were eventually used for her good and the benefit of others.

Honey had an encounter with God while alone in a gun tower at 3:50 am. Then God gave Honey supernatural knowledge
about inmates and staff to show God’s concern and heart of love for those who are hurt and damaged by life’s circumstances...
both those suffering through no fault of their own and also those whose wrong choices cause their pain.

This book will encourage those who are having difficulty coping with life, families who have incarcerated
love ones, prison staff, and prisoners.

Read about escapes deterred, sexual harassment, amazing transformations and miraculous healings of staff and inmates . . .
Supernatural God adventures!

136 Pages

OFFICER HONEY can be purchased from: Healing Rooms of Santa Maria, from The Parable Book Store San Luis Obispo,

and from the author's web site:  also at, as an eBook at and at

Barnes and Nobles:

Barnes and Nobles Nobles Nook Book Link:

Lusitania Lost
, by Leonard Carpenter:

History, romance, action. This is the final voyage of the Lusitania, the world's fastest luxury liner torpedoed
by a German U-boat in the first year of the Great War. The story is told above and below decks, in the capitals
and battlefields of Europe. We meet world leaders, the swank Broadway party set on shipboard, and the relentless
submarine crew who fired the torpedo that launched America into war.

Alma Brady,a torch singer on the run from a New York mob boss, joins a group of nurses headed for the battlefront
 in Europe. Aboard the Lusitania she meets Matthew Vane, a war correspondent who wants to find out what secret weapons
 may be hidden in the cargo hold. During the one-week voyage, the characters are drawn into romance, intrigue and murder,
 culminating in a disaster whose full harrowing details have never been revealed in history or fiction.

Available in Ebook format at: or

Visit Leonard Carpenter's blog at:


, by Leonard Carpenter: Biohacker is a near-future medical thriller about a designer plague. The anonymous
computer and gene hacker, a physician/stalker obsessed with reducing Earth's population, announces his intent in highly
personal emails to journalists Will and Eva Warner. They soon realize that the plague's creator must be one of the team they've
been helping to fight the Blackpox epidemic. But which one?

Settings are international, from highrise LA towers to hospitals to third world slums in over-stressed 2037. Future hi-tech
includes freeway rail lanes, crowded urban Skylanes, and flying air terminals known as Skyports. The characters are diverse
and at their own risk, become romantically involved. The troubled and delusional antagonist is in treatment with an AI computer
talking-head named Dr. Ergo, but he has difficulty keeping the therapy sessions offline.

From a violent, sinister buildup as the contagion is released, the mystery deepens. Events accelerate to a final chase and
confrontation that will settle the fate of the world and its human occupants.

This highly-charged novel may spark controversy, or even social movements, but it will certainly grip the reader.
The story delivers a tense, mind-bending conclusion as the investigators, or those who survive, learn the diabolical secret of the biohacker. Available in Ebook format at: or

Visit Leonard Carpenter's blog at:


 Mark Arnold


If Wishes Were Horses
(2011), by Mark Arnold:

Ani Bolles hunts varmints for a living. Kira Adams rides in prestigious equestrian contests. Yet this unlikely couple is just what Mikol Collier
needs to find a lost starship. There's more than one answer to age old riddles about love and loss, seeking and finding and what you get as opposed
 to what you wished for.

Ebook: Category: Fiction>Literature>Science Fiction-Adventure
Word Count: 16097 (approximate)

Available in all popular Ebook formats at



Last Resort (2011)

by Rolynn Anderson: 

Corporate fixer Rena Gordon needs to wrench a Canadian resort out of the red in time for the 

Canadian-American Winter Games -- but employees bent on sabotage are blocking her every move. 

When her loose-cannon sister arrives after being kicked out of yet another school, Rena must face the past s

he's worked so hard to hide, while fighting her attraction to a local fishing guide.

CIA agent Neal Jackson is undercover as a fishing guide to find terrorists at Big Bay. He needs Rena's

 confidence to access her employee files without exposing his identity, but despite his vow to keep a professional distance, his feelings for her are anything but businesslike.

Caught between vengeful employees, a sister who likes to party, and a hot CIA agent -- Rena’s corporate 

training didn't prepare her for this. Can she trust her instincts to save the people and resort she's grown to love?

Rating: Sensual
Page Count: 282
Word Count 75000
Print ISBN: 1-60154-925-3

Available at The Wild Rose Press, or Read more about Rolynn Anderson's work on her website, or her blog. Or visit her Facebook page.

Food of Love (Popcorn Press 2011), by Anne R. Allen: 

After Princess Regina, a former supermodel, is outed in the tabloids for gaining weight, someone tries 

to kill her. She suspects her royal husband wants to be rid of her now that she’s no longer model-thin. 

Stalked by the mysterious assassin, she seeks refuge with the only person she can trust: her long-estranged 

foster sister, Rev. Cady Stanton, a right-wing talk show host who has romantic and weight issues of her own. 

Available at

THE GATSBY GAME, by Anne R. Allen:

(Romantic comedy/mystery: Mark Williams international Digital Publishing, October 2011) When Fitzgerald-quoting
 con man Alistair Milborne is found dead a movie star’s motel room igniting a world-wide scandal 
the small-town police can’t decide if it’s an accident, suicide, or foul play. As evidence of murder emerges,
Nicky Conway, the smart-mouth nanny, becomes the prime suspect. She’s the only one who knows what happened.
But she also knows nobody will ever believe her. The story is based on the real mystery surrounding the death of David Whiting,
actress Sarah Miles’ business manager, during the filming of the 1973 Burt Reynolds movie “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.”

Available at as an Ebook; paperback edition soon-to-come from Popcorn Press.

(Romantic comedy/mystery: Mark Williams international Digital Publishing, October 2011)
After her celebrity ex-husband’s ironic joke about her “kinky sex habits” is misquoted in a tabloid,
New York etiquette columnist Camilla Randall’s life unravels in bad late night jokes. Nearly broke and
down to her last Hermes scarf, she accepts an invitation to a Z-list Writers’ Conference in the
wine-and-cowboy town of Santa Ynez, California, where, unfortunately, a cross-dressing dominatrix plies
her trade by impersonating Camilla. When a ghostwriter’s plot to blackmail celebrities with faked evidence
leads to murder, Camilla must team up with the dominatrix to stop the killer.

Available at as an Ebook; paperback edition soon-to-come from Popcorn Press.

SHERWOOD, LTD., by Anne R. Allen:

(Romantic comedy/mystery: Mark Williams international Digital Publishing, November 2011)
Suddenly-homeless American manners expert Camilla Randall becomes a 21st century Maid Maria --
living rough near the real Sherwood Forest with a band of outlaw English erotica publishers -- led by a
charming, self-styled Robin Hood who unfortunately may intend to kill her. When Camilla is invited to publish
a book of her columns with UK publisher Peter Sherwood, she lands in a gritty criminal world -- far from
the Merrie Olde England she envisions. Hungry and penniless, she camps in a Wendy House built from
pallets of porn while battling an epic flood, a mendacious American Renfaire wench, and the mysterious killer
who may be Peter himself. This one was inspired by  Anne’s own adventures in the UK with her first publishers, SilverMoon.

Available at as an Ebook.

THE BEST REVENGE, by Anne R. Allen:  

(Romantic comedy/mystery: Popcorn Press) When Camilla Randall, a 1980s New York debutante, is assaulted
 by her mother’s fiancé, dissed in the newspapers by a sexy muckraking journalist, then loses all her money in
 the Savings and Loan Scandal, she seeks refuge with her gay best friend in California. But her friend has
developed heterosexual tendencies and an inconvenient girlfriend, so Camilla has to move in with wild-partying
 friends. To make things a whole lot worse, a famously debauched TV star ends up dead after one of their parties,
 and Camilla is arrested for his murder. In order to clear her name and find the real killer, she must turn to a
 friendly sanitation worker, a dotty octogenarian neighbor and the muckraking journalist who ridiculed her
who also happens to be her boss.  Available at as an Ebook, and as a paperback book at

Evy Cole

Tough Journey

A Tough Journey, by Evy Cole:

In Huntington Beach, CA, someone is killing the neighborhood dogs. Bernie, a local surfer and 

photojournalist in conflict with his father over politics, tried to find the killer. On the way to discovering 

the identity of the murderer, Bernie travels from the depths of despair to the mysteries of his own heart. 

Available at, or contact Novel available at


Gambling For Good Mail, by Evy Cole: 

Take a romp through contemporary Southern California culture. You’ll encounter self-help groups, 

weird addictions, drive-in religion, romance novel contest, time-share sales, serial marriages, chiropractic

 manipulations and stuffed pets, all overshadowed by an unusual and tragic love story. Contact

Novel available at or at

For Sake

For The Sake Of All Others, by Evy Cole: 

When star high school basketball player Jason Foster III hangs himself in the school gym, principal 

Harold Martin works to discover the reason, for the sake of all the other students in the school. Along the

 way, and at great personal risk, he uncovers the deeply secret flaws of this wealthy seaside community.

But he can’t stop. 

Contact Novel available at and at

Sue McGinty

Murder in Mariposa Bay, by Sue McGinty:


What connects Bella’s husband Mike, an ex-mobster, a local legend known as the Wandering Nun, and a New Zealand librarian? Bella Kowalski, herself a former nun turned sleuth, seeks to solve the puzzle as she becomes embroiled in a murder that sullies California’s pristine Central Coast.

Available at Amazon in print and e-book. Print book also available at Volumes of Pleasure in Los Osos, Coalesce Bookstore in Morro By, at, or through the San Luis Obispo County Library System.

Murder at Cuyamaca Beach, by Sue McGinty:


Bella Kowalski, former nun and dirt-digging obituary editor, becomes involved in a series of murders seemingly connected to the homeless program run by her parish church in Los Lobos, the town itself no stranger to controversy. She is aided, and sometimes thwarted, by her husband Mike, a former detective who now works part-time as a cold case investigator.

Temporarily available only from author at or Volumes of Pleasure in Los Osos, Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay, or through the San Luis Obispo County Library System. Watch for new addition!

Murder in Los Lobos: by Sue McGinty:


Something is rotten in Los Lobos, and it’s more than just waste from the aging septic tanks. Former nun Bella Kowalski and her husband, Mike, find themselves up to their eyeballs in a deadly mix of murder most foul, long-buried family secrets, and snarky local politics.

Temporarily available only from author at or Volumes of Pleasure in Los Osos, Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay, or through the San Luis Obispo County Library System. Watch for new edition!

Anthology: The Best of SLO NightWriters in Tolosa Press 2009-2013


See what happens when SLO NightWriters joins forces with Tolosa Press! Prepare to laugh, cry, be surprised, and thrilled by the essays, short fiction, and memoir featured in The Best of SLO NightWriters in Tolosa Press 2009-2013. Settle back with your favorite beverageundefinedthe California Central Coast is noted for its fine winesundefinedand enjoy! Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop. Sue McGinty’s two contributions: “The Most Dangerous Time,” and her favorite holiday story, “Doggone Good Christmas.”

Available at Amazon or from author:

Anthology: Somewhere in Crime


Historical mysteries are nothing new to literature, but these short stories certainly are! Join us as we go back in time to unravel tales of mystery and suspense from award-winning authors as well as new ones. In co-editor Sue McGinty’s story, “Uncertain Sanctuary,” the year is 1938 and the murderous winds of war converge on historic Piedras Blancas lighthouse

Available at Amazon fr

om author:

Sue’s website is She invites you to Friend her on Facebook.

Destry Ramey -

About Me

What About Me?, by Destry Ramey: addresses contemporary real-life issues through the eyes of two little pugs. 

Available at:

Why Dark

Why Am I Dark?, by Destry Ramey: addresses contemporary real-life issues through the eyes of two little pugs. Available at:


In The Adventures of Hunter and Ramona Pug Series 


Meet Kippy, an ADHD little pug who loves adventure.

She loves it so much that she often rushes in before checking for any danger. Can a 500 pound silverback mountain gorilla teach her to 

think before she acts? 

Or, will she always be too impulsive for her own good?

Kippy’s African Adventure is the third in a series of children’s books related to contemporary real-life issues.

Destry's books are available at:,

There is also a list of other Californian stores where Destry's books are available at

Testimonial for Destry,  January 2016

Juneau, Alaska  January 25, 2016

We are foster parents of some pretty amazing young boys. We have 3 ranging in age, 7, 10, and 19. Our little guy struggles with multiple diagnosis, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder).

Every day is a struggle for him. Our family loves to read and seeing my littles snuggle up with a blanket and a story book make my heart sing. But my little guy will have none of it. I try to read to him and he is ok for a page or two and then he is just done. He struggles with reading at school, and some days this struggle leads to a meltdown.

Well last week he was having a difficult time transitioning from an activity and had a major behavior. Most times just giving him time to process will do the trick, but this day was not a good one. After giving him some time, he was not transitioning out of his meltdown. So I went for your book in hopes that a good read would get him to think of something else. (Yes, I know, books tend to get pushed away by this little guy, but I caught him looking at the cover the day before).

So I climbed up on the bed with the book and just started reading out loud. The next thing I knew, he was no longer trying to hurt himself and stopped throwing things. He was listening!!!!! He then crawled on the bed with me, totally engrossed in this story. The pictures mesmerizing him and as he snuggled closer, I felt his little body melt into mine.  He began pointing and asking questions. He never does this.

After reading for a while and him picking out words he knew, our conversation began about how dogs can talk but not everyone understands what they are saying. That we have to pay attention to their queues. And he turned to me and said, “like when you knew I needed you to read me this book but I didn’t have to tell you?”

And that is our magic moment. He really listened and understood. Not to mention your Feather looks like our little long haired chihuahua, Beaner.

So thank you for this amazing story. He is looking forward to more.      


Anne Schroeder -


Cholama Moon

CHOLAMA MOON, the first in a series of historical western novels that trace the development of the Central Coast through the Spanish, Mexican and American eras.

CHOLAMA MOON (Oak Tree Press) depicts pioneers struggling to build ranches despite earthquakes, banditos, cultural differences and their own internal strife.    

Anne has been a NW member since 1988 and currently resides in Grants Pass, OR with her husband Steve and two dogs. She has two memoirs under her belt including Ordinary Aphrodite (Amazon and Kindle) and a number of published short stories. She is currently President-Elect of Women Writing the West and Director of the LAURA Awards, a national short fiction competition. She blogs at . 

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Branches on the Conejo: Leaving The Soil After Five Generations,
by Anne Schroeder: 

is a social history of Southern California. Written by a descendent of the pioneer Borchard and Olsen families, 
it traces the history of the Conejo Valley from the founding of the Norwegian Colony in 1880s Moorpark, 
to the land boom of the 1950s in Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks. An excellent read for collectors 

of California history. Used copies are already showing up on out-of-print Americana book sites. A limited number are still available through local bookstores.  Available at:

Be sure to visit Anne's popular blog at:

“Reading Anne Schroeder is like sitting across the table from her. Her prose is colorful and conversational;
her memories are honest and hilarious. She looks back on her life with the self-acceptance and clarity of a
wise woman, and, gratefully, has chosen to share her memories with us."

Kathleen Deragon, Former Editor, Women’s Press, San Luis Obispo, CA.


Ordinary Aphrodite, by Anne Schroeder:  

A memoir celebrating life’s small steps as mother, 

daughter, sister, wife, friend. Take-away lessons for enjoying a life full of love and purpose, 

the stories are vignettes of work, play and life on the Central Coast.,, and at (in multiple eBook formats).

Be sure to visit Anne's popular blog at:

Scent Cedars

Scent of Cedars, by Anne Schroeder: is an anthology of short stories and poetry edited by 

Anne Schroeder for Russell Dean Publishing.

The stories and poems introduce the reader 

to the Hutterite community  of Northern Montana, the end of the line for a dying railroad tramp, 

the elusive butterflies of the Amazon, the broken career of a Nisei baseball player sidelined by WWII.  

Excellent stories by writers from the Pacific Northwest.  

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Tangled WebsTangled Webs, by Susan Tuttle

Lia Willett, professional art quilter and daughter of a serial killer, returns to her hometown after 

a 17-year absence. Suffering from partial amnesia, she finds herself stalked by unknown foes and 

surrounded by ever-more-lethal  danger. 

To save her life, Lia must unearth terrifying, long-buried memories of what happened before she left Mercerville.  

What exactly happened the night Cerise Forrester, Lia’s arch-enemy, died? Is Lia Willett, like her father, 

a murderer? 

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The Lodge -- A Tale of Corruption,
by David H. Brandin:

The Los Osos Stags Lodge, a charitable fraternal order, is selling prime beachfront property along
the central California coast. Harry Warrener's best friend, Randy Lismore, dies in a bizarre incident.
At the inquest into the death, an FBI agent reveals startling connections to organized crime. Harry
begins an investigation and joins the Stags. He meets and falls in love with Janet Zimmer.

Together with Thor, Harry's German shepherd, they uncover corruption that has spread from a mansion
 in San Francisco to the Stags' officers, county officials, and construction executives. The corrupt,
 inept Stags have exploited archaic rules and weaknesses in the management of charities.
Kickbacks have been demanded and millions of dollars skimmed through a mobbed-up agent.

As the investigation unfolds, Harry, an ex-Navy SEAL, who panicked in his first and only combat experience in Vietnam, is forced to confront the fears and insecurities that have haunted him for over thirty years. Available at

The Horns of Moses,
by David H. Brandin:

A lust for revenge unleashes a bonfire of murder, deceit, and civil war in the Middle East.
 Michelangelo's statue of Moses sits in Rome on the western slope of the Esquiline Hill in the
 Church of St. Peter in Chains. Much has been written about the horns on the head of the statue
 of Moses and there remains a controversy as to whether the horns represent the horns of the
devil or beams of light that radiate from God. One suspects that the church preferred horns.

The meaning of the horns, devil or saint, is a dilemma that parallels the central focus of this novel about the Middle East - does defense of the state and its survival justify murder? Available at


The Miracle of Alvito (And Other Stories),
 by David H. Brandin:

Why did the town of Alvito, Italy rename its church The Church of the Miracle in World War II? What happens
when an airline misplaces a passenger? Is it gambling if there's no risk? Who was the Greatest Roman-Ever?
What's the easiest way to steal an identity? The author explores these and other questions in this eclectic and fun-filled
mix of fiction, science fiction, and historical fiction and fantasy stories.

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The Earthquake Prophet (And Other Stories), 

  by David H. Brandin: 

In this distinctive collection of thirty-nine short stories, author David H. Brandin mixes satire and 

political incorrectness with startling story-line twists in the tradition of O. Henry.

Divided into four parts, The Earthquake Prophet combines modern history, fantasy, and current events

 to deliver a treasure trove of prose. Brandin delves into a variety of subjects that range from 

earthquake prediction and World War II to the hot political topics of today such as global warming, 

sanctuary cities, and TSA's no-fly lists.

With wit and his own unique brand of humor, Brandin oers an interestingexplanation for the collapse

of the American economic system; deftly describes the inanity of professional politicians; exposes corruption 

in the judicial system; and skewers high-stakes issues in national security. Stories also explore how the 

ordinary can turn extraordinary. Scuba diving takes a strange turn, a piano lesson lapses into terror, 

and an unusual Texas slot machine creates quite the controversy.

Blending political, historical, and general fiction with tales of science fiction and fantasy, The Earthquake Prophet promises a fascinating literary adventure.

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Angel of The Gold Rush: Book One of the Angel Trilogy:
by B. J. Scott:  

Released in February 2004, Angel of the Gold Rush, Book One of the Angel Trilogy, begins the saga of Irish
immigrant Kathleen Connelly and her daughters Megan (born to her) and Danielle (an adopted orphaned French girl).

In 1847, Kathleen, her husband Terry, and Megan flee the Irish potato famine to America, where the 1848 discovery
 of gold in California prompts them to head west. Terry is killed just short of arriving in the gold fields.
Widowed in a savage wilderness, Kathleen struggles for survival in the new frontier of California against the
backdrop of the gold rush. One man is sworn to kill her, another sworn to destroy her, and a third sworn to make her his own.

Kathleen battles incredible odds with the courage and determination that earn her the nickname, "Angel of the Gold Rush." Available at

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Angel's Daughter: Book Two of the Angel Trilogy:
by B. J. Scott:

San Francisco, 1867 - A beautiful heiress is kidnapped and put aboard a ship bound for distant lands, a deed
with mysterious ties to the building of the transcontinental railroad . . . a ferocious sea battle at Hong Kong . . .
an unstoppable warrior . . . a Chinese mistress of unspeakable evil . . . a thrilling locomotive chase through the Sierras . . .
and a family of steel-spined women who yield to no one!

The Connellys are back! The formidable females introduced in 2004's "Angel of the Gold Rush" return in

Book Two of the Angel Trilogy, release in November 2005. An old enemy arises again and allies himself with a new,
more deadly foe. Corruption reaching to the highests levels of the building of the new state of California poses a threat to the Connelly empire.

The pace never slackens as Kathleen and her daughters Megan and Danielle battle enemies at home and abroad in "Angel's Daughter." Available at

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Legacy of Angels: Book Three of the Angel Trilogy:
by B. J. Scott:  
Released in June 2008, Book Three of the Angel Trilogy, "Legacy of Angels", continues the Connelly saga with Bridget Daley, the granddaughter of Kathleen Connelly Wilson,the founder of the empire. Bridget gains the helm of the family businesses, as a legend passes away. But challenges abound. A company ship is lost at sea with all hands save one. Then another. Then a railroad trestle is dynamited, sending a locomotive and its trailing cars to the bottom of a deep ravine, followed by a second such incident soon after. Bridget is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life upon the dawning realization that those tragedies were not accidental. An old enemy, filled with hatred and lusting for vengeance on the Connelly women, has arisen. And then Bridget herself disappears into the Sierra Nevada Mountains during one of the worst snowstorms in memory. Available at

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Light On A Distant Hill:
by B. J. Scott:

A young girl stands at her window.  She is fourteen, on the edge of womanhood. Looking out across the vast sea of grass that is the Great Plains, she dreams of the day when she might set sail upon it. Two years later, she does, venturing forth into that vast unknown as a mail-order bride journeying to meet her husband-to-be, a cavalry officer stationed at Fort Walla Walla in Washington Territory. But her traveling party is massacred by Indians at Elko, Nevada, and she is one of only two survivors. Badly injured, she wanders off into the wilderness and disappears. She will emerge later, older than her age and wiser than her years, having been shaped andl burnished in one of the great tragedies in American history. And now torn between two worlds -- and two men. One man clings desperately to the hope that she is alive. The other would have considered her a mortal enemy -- until he met her. This is her story. Available at

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by Mary Martin Benton:

When her father’s health spirals downward in 1860, seventeen-year-old Dulsey Carpenter is faced
with the overwhelming challenge of caring for the family farm in Tennessee’s High Valley.

Determined to fulfill her father’s request, and against her mother’s wishes, she embarks on a trip across two states to locate
a missing uncle in hopes he will return and help care for the farm. Two friends, Carla Sorenson and Harvey Kendall, join her. Along the way their lives become entangled with runaway slaves, bounty hunters, lawmen and charges of murder.

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 Winds of Time

Winds of Time:
by Mary Martin Benton:

Ex-Confederate soldier, Jed McCabe, returns to his home in Tennessee where he discovers his only
surviving sister, Kate, is missing. Jed vows to find her and traces the wagon train he believes she is with, i
nto Texas. Available at

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Acro Bat:
by Adrian Hurtado:

Because bats are nocturnal, Acro Bat had only been able to dream of participating in the
popular Owl-ympics. 

After much self-determination and self-training, he thinks he has come up with a with a way
to compete. 

Will all his hard work be good enough or will he have to get used to being left out?


You can obtain more information or purchase Acro Bat through

Barnes and, or directly from Adrian at

Forgotten Past, 

by Michael Hake: 

English professor Sean Lordson must rekindle his highly trained skills as an ex-secret 

government operative. Sean has a past he'd like to forget and a past he tried for years to 

remember. The events that pose a threat will uncover truths he had buried long ago. 

Available at For Kindle version click here.

Sins of My Brother, 

by Michael Hake: 

Sean Lordson is faced with solving a murder to ensure he’s not the next to take a bullet. 

The former secret agent will put his life on the line as he attempts to unravel the mystery behind 

the tragic death of a loved one. Available at For Kindle version click here.

Oil Prices Fuel Corruption, 

by Michael Hake: 

Tells the tale of a world dependent on oil but looking for a solution to the soaring costs. 

If there were such a solution, would there be those willing to kill to sabotage the 


 Available at For Kindle version click here.

Awakening the Sleeping Tiger,

by Liu Yu & Dawn Cerf:

When Liu Yu, an impressionable Chinese girl, witnesses the venomous public trial of her mother’s
co-worker and friend during the Cultural Revolution, her life is changed forever. The incident silences
her voice but not her desire to escape from poverty and the wearisome fate her mother endures.

At age eleven, Liu Yu grabs her chance to avoid being sent to the countryside in the government’s plan
to re-educate its young people even though it means leaving her supportive family behind. She catapults
to the top of Communist society by becoming an elite professional athlete, living the dream of every child in
China. Prestige and material comfort, however, are quickly overshadowed by loneliness and a brutal
training regimen.

After Liu Yu endures nearly ten years of rigorous martial arts training, feuding coaches threaten her
dreams of a national championship. She must then decide whether to follow her family’s values and her heart or push
for the championship she feels is within her grasp.

Guided by her grandmother’s wisdom, the young woman realizes what she wants more than fame and fortune
 is the chance to control her own life. Liu Yu risks everything, finding the courage to turn against the cultural tide in
 China to seek her own destiny. In the process she rediscovers her voice, the one she lost as a child of the Cultural Revolution.

 Available as a Kindle eBook here. Also available as a Nook Book (ebook) at Barnes & Noble.

For more information about Liu Yu's and Dawn Cerf's book please visit their website here or their Facebook page here.


Rolynn Anderson

FADEOUT and SWOON are books number 1 and 2 of the Funeral Planner Suspense Series, out in October/November of 2012. 

She's a boutique funeral planner whose clients won't rest in peace.

LAST RESORT is a thriller set in Big Bay, B.C.

She's an American corporate fixer; He's an undercover CIA agent...

Both are looking for trouble in a B.C. resort.

Buy print and e-book versions on my website.

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LIE CATCHERS by Rolynn Anderson

 Lie Catchers

Two unsolved murders will tear apart an Alaska fishing town unless a writer and a government agent reveal their secret obsessions.

Treasury agent Parker Browne is working undercover in Petersburg, Alaska to investigate a money scam and a murder. His prime suspect, Liv Hanson, is a freelance writer struggling to save her family’s business.

Liv pens a series of newspaper articles about an old, unsolved murder. When her cold case ties in with Parker’s investigation, bullets start to fly.

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