Steve Brown recently had a collection of short stories, entitled Sol Y Sombra: Short Stories From the Sonoran Desert, published by Tiny Island Press (which is in Malta)–you can see reviews at www.tinyisland.org.
"It's on Amazon.com and folks buy it there but my heart is with the independents . . . it's in local independent bookstores here in New England and has gotten a couple of good reviews (see the website) and I'm hoping to come to AZ this fall and do some readings . . . hopefully get it in independent stores in Maricopa, Pima, and Santa Cruz Counties.
I was born and grew up near Patagonia in the Santa Ritas, so that's the setting for the stories."
Patricia Herring, Professional Member, poet and research author of Historical fiction and nonfiction of the Spanish Southwest US, announces the publication of her newest book, Life and Society at the Royal Spanish Presidio of San Agustin del Tucson, 1775-1856 (Wheatmark). The Presidio of Tucson was established by the Spaniards in 1775. Around 1821 it became a Mexican fort until 1856, after the Gadsen Purchase.
Herring stresses she is not a 'local historian' though she discusses the lives and environment of every day settlers. She tries to focus on the bigger picture as in Spain, Europe, Mexico and Sonora. Available on line at http://www.wheatmark.com/bookstore or call 1-888-934-0888 ext. 3.
Kathleen Golden, new Associate Member of SSA is successfully marketing her book, Si The Siamese, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is an adventure tale of a deaf Siamese rescue cat geared for children ages 5 through 9. Kathleen is presenting Si to both children and adult audiences. Second and third graders are captured by the story as are all adult animal lovers. The book was published by Wheatmark Publishers in January, 2009. See Kathleen's blog at www.rescuecatstory.blogspot.com/ then search KGOLDLENSBLOG. Si's website is sithesiamese.com, where you will see the author bio as well as enticing information about the book. Si can be ordered through Wheatmark web, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders or directly through the author email@example.com.
Allen Kates ghostwrote a 400-page historical memoir for Tucson’s Dorothy H. Finley titled: "Just Plain Dorothy: The Life of Dorothy Hunt Finley, Cowgirl, Teacher, Tycoon, Philanthropist." He will even get credit on the cover: "With Allen R. Kates, MFAW, Author of CopShock." It will be published in September.
Allen was recently on The Pat McMahon Show on AZTV7/Cable 13 in Phoenix. One comment Allen received was that it was "informative, well-spoken and entertaining."
"Doesn’t get much better than that," says Allen, "And Pat McMahon must have plugged my book [Copshock, 2nd Edition: Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)] holding it up to camera, at least 6 times. The time just flew by ( two 8-minute segments) and we covered a lot of ground, from the symptoms of PTSD, to 9/11, what it was like for me when I toured the devastation just 3 weeks after the towers were destroyed, and what cops can do prevent PTSD."
Frederick J. Masterman’s third novel, That Which Endures, was released in June 2009. It is an action-adventure story, but the book is not part of the author’s ongoing series, The PlanetCare Discoveries, which contain his first two books, Season of the Plant and The Jewels of Stonehenge. The current novel is a science-fiction thriller, set in Tucson in the year 2140. In this futuristic tale, Tucson has risen to be prime city of the state, and the University is a leading institution in many fields, including time-physics and vertebrate paleontology--two apparently unrelated disciplines which intersect in a dramatic way. The two protagonists, a paleontologist and a professional escort, find themselves caught in a web of violent crime, in which escape by time-travel traps them in a world that has not existed for fourteen thousand years. That Which Endures is published by Orchard House Press, a medium-sized traditional press located in Seattle, Washington. Books may be ordered on line (www.orchardhousepress.com) or directly from the author (firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-9124.)
Ashleen O'Gaea's essay, "Not on the Syllabus," is among the contributions to Out of the Broom Closet, due from Adams Media in late September of 2009. Ashleen's is one of several stories about discovering one's Paganism, first encounters with deities, and coming "out of the broom closet" to friends and family.
Judy Ray's new book of poems, To Fly Without Wings, was published by Helicon Nine Editions (Missouri). The poems range from family memories related to a childhood in southern England; experiences of travel and sojourns in such diverse places as Uganda, Australia, and France; concerns for the environment and peace; and moments that illuminate our relationships. Of this book, the poet Richard Wilbur writes: "Judy Ray is a true daugher of Mnemosyne . . . Such a power to evoke the past depends, of course, on passionate noticing in the present." More information can be found at www.davidraypoet.com/JudyRay.
Ken Weene's poetry was featured in Sol Magazine, a couple of his short stories were accepted by The Legendary, and his novel, Widow's Walk, was accepted for publication by All Things That Matter Press.