Inkwater Authors Night – Henry Alley, Peter Swan, Erik L. Welchoff

Join us for another night of readings from Inkwater Press authors! This month we have Henry Alley, Peter Swan, and Erik L. Welchoff.

Set against the background of the Measure Nine (anti-gay rights) crisis in Oregon in the early 1990s, Henry Alley’s Precincts of Light explore the combined quests of a brother and sister, both newly out, try to recover the lost affections of their children, from five points of view in a novel of continuously rich and poetic language. The voices of Joanne (poet and mother), Harold (minister and father), Appleton (retired law professor and grandfather), Eleanor (collectibles broker and grandmother), and Samuel (politician, father and secret member of the homophobic Oregon Protection Alliance) comprise a book that explores diversity, the possibilities of a potentially peaceable kingdom-the precincts of light. The characters move, each in his or her own faltering way, toward fighting not only intolerance toward gay and lesbian people but toward anyone who might be considered different. Thus the novel becomes the story of the American Family coming to new terms with itself after many shocks and surprises and affirming, ultimately, its own immense flexibility.

In Peter Swan’s Countdown to Contagion, a jihadi microbiologist with the lethal virus he has created is smuggled into Portland, Oregon, on a cargo ship. A river pilot sees more than he should and is murdered by a cell of “sleepers” based in Portland. The murdered man was the best friend of retired FBI counter-terrorism agent Tad Madison whose discoveries convince the FBI to mobilize. They have four days to stop the terrorists’ attack from infecting hundreds attending a national conference at the Portland Convention Center. Tad’s life is on the line, and his fiancé is kidnapped as the terrorists show they will stop at nothing to complete their mission. When he learns that the sleepers are controlled by a brilliant and devious Egyptian, Tad—now an FBI consultant—goes to Nashville, where he joins forces with the FBI and Mossad agents to track down the mastermind. They must stop the terrorist network before it can carry out an East Coast attack against passengers on a huge cruise ship.

Erik L. Welchoff’s Transformations is the story of super-human Warrior Anton Seven as he struggles to prove himself to his new friends in a new world filled with magic—a Wizard, a village of small people called Primords, a Djinni, and a small Faerie—in an effort to justify his existence. After meeting another Warrior of his own origin, he is whisked off to another dimension only to encounter even more strange creatures. Confused and enamored with his new friend’s trust, Anton begins to take charge as his own magical abilities begin to emerge. Yet he remains unsure of himself as he moves ever closer to confronting both his past and the ominous Necromancer. Never has any Warrior had to defy odds that would conceivably destroy even the best genetically engineered super-human. Never before has any Warrior met demi-gods and immortals and survived. The exciting next installment of Anton Seven awaits you in Book Two, “Transformations!”

Henry Alley is a Professor Emeritus of Literature in the Honors College at the University of Oregon. He has five novels, Through Glass (Iris Press, 1979), The Lattice (Ariadne Press, 1986), Umbrella of Glass (Breitenbush Books, 1988), Precincts of Light (Inkwater Press, 2010), Men Touching (Chelsea Station Ediitions, 2019) and a collection of stories, The Dahlia Field (Chelsea Station Editions, 2017). For nearly half a century, such journals as Seattle Review and Virginia Quarterly Review have published his fiction.

Peter Swan has practiced marine casualty and product liability law in a large San Francisco firm, worked as a tenured law professor, and served as General Counsel of the University of Oregon. His interests have included mountaineering, traveling abroad, investing, playing saxophone in a swing band, skiiing, and golfing. Upon retirement, he has turned his hand to writing mysteries and thrillers. His published novels are “Past Due,” “Unnatural Causes,” and “Forest Park” all in the Rick Conwright, PI series and “Fealder’s Choice” in the Parkinson Fealder, homicide detective series. He and his wife of 51 years live in Portland, Oregon.

Born in 1960 near Hayward, California, Erik L. Welchoff began his story after college. Over many years, it evolved in his thoughts, until finally it could be contained no longer. The second novel in a series, “Transformations” is the result of thousands of hours of character development and hundreds of snippets of Welchoff’s personal interests and life experiences, all wrapped together to produce a science fiction/ fantasy epic beyond your imagination. It is filled with new, fresh ideas and is gripping from cover to cover.

Inkwater Authors Night

Join us for our monthly reading by authors from Inkwater Press! This month we welcome Justin A. McWhirter, Lisa Manning, and R.M. Allan.

Thorne in the Rose City by Justin A. McWhirter: Thorne is an out of town loan shark who arrives in Portland, Oregon, for what was supposed to be an easy pick-up job. That is until he finds his target already dead, leaving him accidentally caught in a tangled mess of gun running, drug dealing, shady non-profit organizations, and Portland’s darkest secret— a secret the city is desperately trying to forget.

Falcons in the City by Lisa Manning: Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a bird of prey? Frida, the peregrine falcon, narrates the story of how her family came to live in the city of Portland, Oregon, in the early 1990s. Although you might not expect it, cities—densely populated areas of the planet—can be permanent homes to all sorts of wildlife: coyotes, skunks, raccoons, red-tailed hawks, and even peregrine falcons!

“Falcons in the City,” a tale created from true stories of human-falcon interactions in Portland, is accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations. Once you learn this story of a falcon living on a bridge in a river city of the Pacific Northwest, you will be sure to bring binoculars on your next visit—and maybe catch a glimpse of Frida’s peregrine family!

Marco Martinez by R.M. Allan: 1867. The American Civil War is over, yet confusion and bitterness live on throughout the country and in the hearts of many. Marco Martinez steps out of the ashes of the war, a young man turned bounty hunter in search of his share of the legendary dream of something shiny and new and different calling from somewhere out West. Will the shadows of the near past—the sounds of the battlefield and the phantoms that haunt his dreams define him? Or will Marco Martinez somehow find himself while searching to bring outlaws to justice?

Justin A. McWhirter lives in Portland, Oregon, but like most people here in the Rose City is originally from somewhere else, having called Connecticut home before.

A naturalist, story lover, teacher, writer, and artist at heart, Lisa Manning lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Dennis and daughter Lucy. She has a Masters degree in Outdoor Education and teaches elementary art, sings and plays her ukulele in Cajun and jug band jams, and designs T-shirts and wine labels. “Falcons in the City” is her first book!

R.M. Allan is a native of Oregon, where he currently resides with his family and a couple of cats named Harry and Sassy. He enjoys Americana, pinball, travel, American History, Action and Spy/ Thriller novels. He considers himself a dreamer: an imaginative and creative person always looking forward to what’s ahead.

Emerge – LeeAnn McLennan

Join us to celebrate the release of Emerge, the third book in the Supernormal Legacy series from local author LeeAnn McLennan.

She has badass, monster-fighting superpowers. They may be the death of her.

When Olivia Woodson Brighthall set out to rescue Benjamin Hallowfield, she didn’t expect to get herself and her friends captured. She wakes up in the worst place imaginable, Mountain of Ash’s lair, where her traitorous cousin Emma introduces Olivia to Isaac Milton. When Isaac can’t persuade Olivia to join Mountain of Ash, he discloses a plan to use her powers against her will to further his evil plan to destroy all normals.

Can Olivia emerge from her captivity, rescue her friends and Ben, and stop Mountain of Ash? Or will she be trapped in a nightmare of Isaac’s making?

Growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, LeeAnn Elwood McLennan was always looking for any opportunity to read – under the covers in bed, in the car, and in class using the book hidden in the textbook trick. When her father introduced her to sci-fi/fantasy through a book of short stories from Astounding Stories, the possibilities in every word captivated her interest and her daydreams involved other worlds, magical powers and time travel.

Despite graduating from Clemson University with a degree in English, LeeAnn has spent her career working in computer engineering related fields. LeeAnn lives in Portland, OR with her husband, Andy, and three cats (number of cats subject to change at any moment). Visit her at lemwritesstories.com

Ana Levley and A.R. Hellbender

Join us and two authors, one local and one visiting, for a night of fantastical worlds that mix with today’s issues.

Beasts: Beginning of the End by Ana Levley: Humans in the future are split into humans and lessers after the world is destroyed by climate change and nuclear war. Since there are no longer animals or plants the seemingly utopian society that survived in a dome resorts to using lessers as… nourishment. Atlia discovers this when she is framed and sent to the farm as she writes back to the past telling her story to change the future.

Unicorn Hunting by A.R. Hellbender: Caught between her family’s expectations and her own conscience, reluctant unicorn hunter Caoilinn “Cal” Valderan questions the morals of slaying these mystical creatures, and finds herself in a position where she must choose between them and humanity. In this coming of age story, Cal must not only defend her principles and values, but also figure out her crush on the girl next door, as she finds herself caught in a battle between light and darkness, but she must find answers to what others dare not even to question…

Ana Levley has always been a storyteller. After surviving a difficult childhood, Ana began to use her storytelling abilities to change peoples minds and hearts about different progressive issues. This San Diego author published her first novel called “Beasts: Beginning of the End” and made waves in the publishing world. She has been touring throughout the US. She has just started her northern tour as she finished her southwest tour to Florida and back with 16 book signings. She is so excited to introduce totally different worlds, animals, perspectives, and characters into people’s lives. She hopes that her writing moves people to act and see real issues differently, and that it will make people rethink about what they currently are doing. She hopes it challenges people to be the heroes of their own lives, as well as others. May we all be heroes striving to bring peace to a world that needs it so much.

A.R. Hellbender is the author of Unicorn Hunting and the upcoming Unicorn Revenge. She lives in Washington with her husband, three dogs, and two cats.

SFF Book Group – May

This month our book is Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. The Science-Fiction and Fantasy book group meets once a month to discuss works in this broad and varied category. All are welcome for the discussion.

John H. Fitchen, Ingrid Kincaid, Jim Nail (Inkwater Press)

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER

Join us for readings by three authors from the same publishing house, the first in a new monthly series.

The tales in John H. Fitchen’s Life Through the Lens of a Doctor-Birder are about two grand passions: medicine and birds. Through the eyes of a physician and a birder, we witness the glory that is nature. From a remote Aleutian Island to his own backyard, and from the research lab to the bedside, we see what makes birders tick and doctors marvel.

Ingrid Kincaid’s The Runes Revealed will challenge you to remove the tainted, distorted lens of patriarchal interpretation and start seeing the runes with clearer vision. Long before Odin, the Vikings or Christianity, the runes were. Written in a style that’s a mixture of both prose and poetry, this unconventional book about the runes presents a perspective that is challenging, thought-provoking and controversial.

In Jim Nail’s The Ballad of Johnny Arcane: A Novel, seven summers pass without a champion climbing the silo to claim the Cornfest Prize. Enter young Johnny Arcane, who brings down the hive of bees, the townspeople hefting him onto their shoulders, crying, “Arcane! Arcane!” The legend of Johnny Arcane is born, a saga of a reluctant hero on an epic journey, from his glory at Cornfest, through his shame at the Dolmens, to his most perilous quest-to cross the border between the known and the unknown worlds.

John H. Fitchen, MD, is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. After nearly twenty years in academics, he accepted a leadership role at Epitope, Inc., the Portland-based biotech company that developed OraSure, the first and only oral HIV test. He has published articles in The Atlantic, Birding, the New England Journal of Medicine, and dozens of other peer-reviewed medical journals. He is an avid birder and lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Ellen.

Ingrid Kincaid is the daughter of Arctic glaciers, rocky shorelines and windswept moors. She was born knowing the runes. They’re etched in her bones. They’re her lineage, her ancestry, her bloodlines. Their wisdom informs all that she does. People in the community know her as the rune woman. The Runes Revealed is a companion text to an online course of the same name. Visit her website to discover all that she have to offer: classes, rituals, online courses and private, spiritual guidance.

The Ballad of Johnny Arcane started with a song Jim Nail composed in 1973. The song stuck in his mind until, decades later, it exploded into a full novel. Nail is a songwriter, author, father, husband. He lives in Oregon with his wife and fellow author, Claire. They have two grown sons, Brendan and Devin.

The Dim Continent – Jo Sparkes

Marra travels to the heart of a fabled Continent – and the center of a fight she doesn’t know exists, among men she thinks an ocean away.

The Agben School taught the art of using herbs to heal or enhance. Yet Marra saw one woman’s brews detect a passing prince and cloak a creature’s true appearance. A forbidden discipline – and being wielded against Tryst’s throne.

The key ingredient grows only on the Dim Continent.

Journeying with her mentor to this fabled place, she stumbles on another secret. The Women of Agben include Terrin females – the same hairy creatures that kidnapped a king. Now the trust that bound the two species together is rapidly corroding.

Marra doesn’t know Prince Tryst has also pursued the traitors to this wild, dangerous land. Or that Drail travels with him, to provide gamesmen cover.

In a land of strange beings and dangerous animals, Marra, Tryst, and Drail must again pool their skills, this time not just to save themselves – but to save all their people. The fate of Skullan and Trumen alike depends on defeating a powerful enemy who has plotted their destruction for centuries.

The final battle looms in the evil heart of power – the Dim Continent.

Renouncing life in the corporate world, Jo Sparkes studied screenwriting with Robert Powell, student of renowned teachers Lew Hunter and Richard Walter, head and heart of UCLA’s Screenwriting Program. Her body of work includes scripts for Children’s live-action and animated television programs, a direct to video Children’s DVD, commercial work for corporate clients, and a feature writer on ReZoom.com.

Called the Arizona Sports Fans Network’s most popular writer, she garnered renown for her humorous articles, player interviews and game coverage. Jo was unofficially the first to interview Emmitt Smith when he arrived in Arizona to play for the Cardinals.

She has served as an adjunct teacher at the Film School at Scottsdale Community College, and even made a video of her most beloved lecture. Her book for writers and artists, “Feedback How to Give It How to Get It” was born to help her students — and indeed, all artists.

She’s won a Kay Snow award for best screenplay, and a Silver IPPY and two B.R.A.G. Medallions for her fantasy series, The Legend of the Gamesmen. Her dog, Oscar, has chewed two of the four so far.

Local Author Diane Rios

POSTPONED! New date will be announced when we know more.

Join us for a reading from Bridge of the Gods, a middle grade fantasy from Diane Rios.

Twelve-year-old Chloe Ashton is an only child living in the remote wilderness of Oregon. She spends her days happily exploring the forests around her home, and is astonished to find the animals seem to know her, to follow her, and even try to speak to her. When a family tragedy results in Chloe’s abduction and sale to the vagabonds, she is taken deeper into the woods, and finds out just how much the animals know. Bridge of the Gods is a novel for all ages about the magical power of nature, and of finding friendship in the darkest of places.

Diane Rios lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Greg, and rescued Labrador, Faye. As a child she spent several years on the road with artisan parents, selling their crafts out of a wooden house truck. Those years on the road gave her the experience of living in the woods of Oregon, drinking from streams and washing in rivers, and learning how to build a good fire by the age of eight. She is also a Francophile; she received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in French, lived for a year in France as a student, and worked for three years in the French section at Powell’s City of Books. In 2006 she was published as illustrator for Gayle Forman’s travelogue You Can’t Get there From Here on Rodale Press, and in 2012 she wrote and illustrated her first picture book, Dizzy’s Dream, available at Blurb.com. Bridge of the Gods is her first novel.

Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Group – March

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Our book this month is Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. SFF Book Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month. All welcome for the discussion!

Local Author C. LaVielle

Join us in celebrating the launch of Mainly by Moonlight, book two of the Mage Web series by C. LaVielle.

Murder and Magic Make Devastating Partners

Molly Adair is a warrior mage. Her parents are dead and she’s just moved to Portland, Oregon to live with her grandmother. She is so totally not looking forward to starting her junior year at Grant High School. She
doesn’t know anyone and even if she did, she would have nothing in common with them. Things improve immensely when she discovers that Grant is the Mage Web’s magnet school for the United States’ West Coast. She begins
making new friends, both mage and normal, and attending Tesseract Academy, the Mage Web’s school at the center of the circle of time.

But then, someone steals Flick, her sentient sword, from its pocket between the worlds and stabs her best friend through the heart. Molly’s search for her friend’s killer reveals a dark and dangerous secret, forcing her to either find the murderer or become his next victim.