The Sixth Storm – Kim Cooper Findling and Libby Findling

Join us for a reading from The Sixth Storm, named one of 4 new and noteworthy teen books for spring 2019 by the Oregonian.

The weather on the Oregon Coast can be deadly.

Every January, Skye Clancy’s mother slips into despair on the anniversary of a devastating storm that claimed her sister. But no one may talk about it, or any of the other strange deaths that haunt the family. This January, days before Skye’s 14th birthday, a new set of vicious storms unleash upon her Oregon Coast town. Clues begin to appear, and Skye realizes the weather is tormenting her family above all others and has been for decades. As a family legacy of death and destruction by terrible weather is revealed, in the face of nature’s fury, Skye embarks on a journey into the wild woods—and into the past—to solve the mystery and reverse the curse.

Kim Cooper Findling is a fifth-generation Oregonian and award-winning writer and editor of stories about her beloved home state. She is the author of Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families, Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler and Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir. For the last two decades, she has worked as a magazine editor, travel writer, memoirist, journalist, teacher and author from Bend, Oregon. See kimcooperfindling.com.

Libby Findling is a sixth-generation Oregonian and a student in Bend, Oregon. She is an accomplished actor, musician, comedienne, writer and storyteller. She loves rivers, rain, wandering the forests of Oregon and jamming out to blasting music. In the future, she hopes to create songs, films, and more books.

 

Beyond the Ripples – Dede Montgomery

Join us for a reading from the latest by local author Dede Montgomery: Beyond the Ripples, a multigenerational mystery set in the Pacific Northwest.

Months after spying a bottle wedged into a fallen cottonwood snag in the Columbia River, Ernest pulls it from the river. The bottle’s note connects Ernest, an old man living in a tiny Oregon town, to teenage Annie, and provokes a mysterious and sudden friendship between Ernest’s daughter Amelia with Sarah, the daughter of the most recent resident of the home Annie once occupied. The two middle-aged women are keen to learn more about Annie and her secret, and in the process, they’re forced to confront unfinished business with their mothers, intimate relationships, and regrets over life choices.

Dede Montgomery is a West Linn resident and a 6th generation Oregonian who presented My Music Man as a 2019 Oregon Capitol Foundation Speaker on Oregon’s 2019 birthday. She also blogs in “Musings on Life in Oregon.” Dede works at OHSU in workplace safety, health and well-being education and outreach. Learn more about her writing at her website.

Paris for Two – Dolores Maggiore

Join us for a reading from Paris for Two: Til Death We Do Part, the latest installment in Dolores Maggiore’s series about two young lesbians finding their way in the world.

As eighteen-year olds Pina and Katie speed ahead toward graduation from Albert Academy and the natural evolution of their relationship, Pina flees to Paris to escape the demands of moving on with her life and possibly away from Katie.

Pina’s burning desire to hang on to Katie and the status quo traps her in the past along with Europe’s seductive antiquities. Does she imagine the haunting return of Craney and her death threats? How toxic is her anxiety over getting on with her life?

Katie and old friends from Albert Academy, along with a cadre of quirky spiritual guides, join Pina on this psychologically thrilling voyage for answers throughout France, Germany, and Italy. Foremost on Pina’s mind: Will her relationship with Katie survive her great escape? More importantly for all, will the eerie lure of Craney and the past swallow Pina up psychologically—or in her entirety?

Author of the Rainbow Award Winner Death and Love at the Old Summer Camp, and sequel Love and Lechery at Albert Academy, and now Paris for Two, Dolores Maggiore weaves traces of her Brooklyn Sicilian heritage into her work. After teaching foreign languages, and selling antiques, Dolores practiced psychotherapy and published books on lesbians, psychotherapy, and child custody. She contributes to The Borrego Sun, SW Community Connection, The Gorge Literary Journal, The San Francisco Bay Times, and Lesbian.com. Dolores enjoys hiking and gardening, and instagramming in Oregon and Borrego Springs, CA with her wife Terrie and Xander, the lynx point critic.

You Matter – Jazzy Mitchell

Join us for a reading from You Matter, the newest novel from author Jazzy Mitchell.

Chrissy Kramer became pregnant during her senior year of high school and was abandoned by her parents, her boyfriend, and her friends. She became a loner, working hard to provide for son. It was her and him against the world. She eventually earns a paralegal degree and works for a powerful female attorney, Reggie Esposito, a senior law partner at a leading Boston law firm. Chrissy’s smitten from the beginning, but she refuses to jeopardize her job by acting on her feelings. When a disgruntled former client attempts to kill Reggie after she loses his lawsuit, Chrissy prevents him from shooting Reggie, but she’s hurt in the process. While Chrissy and her son, Ben, stay in Reggie’s home to recuperate, Chrissy’s connection with Reggie deepens, and they embark on a romantic relationship.

Jazzy Mitchell loves to tell stories, one word at a time. She has taught in some capacity for over thirty years—English, real estate law, ethics, even energy work. She knows words are powerful, and she loves to connect them in different ways. Jazzy likes to watch and listen to what’s happening around her. She’s warned loved ones that everything’s fair game. So, don’t be surprised if you find a memorable moment captured in one of her books.

Her debut novel, Lost Treasures, received an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Rainbow Awards. Jazzy’s second novel, Musings of a Madwoman, was published in June 2018 and currently is nominated for a 2018 Rainbow Award as well as a 2018 Golden Crown Literary Society “Goldie” Award for Paranormal Romance. Her newest book, You Matter, was published in May 2019.

This Will Destroy You – Pedram Navab

Paris, France. 1885. Bernadette Soubirous, a patient at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, where Sigmund Freud and Jean-Martin Charcot treated “hysterics,” commits mass suicide with other women, drowning themselves in the Seine. 1975. Christopher Laurent, a paranoiac with a cardiac condition, seeks the assistance of Dr. Anna Freud, fearing a group of informants is following him. 1985. Marc Bernard, renowned plastic surgeon at the Pitie-Salpetriere, harbors a dark secret that will make him question his identity. After a car accident, he is facially disfigured. It is the unanticipated collision between these disparate characters that propels This Will Destroy You, a compellingly original and gripping psychological thriller, revealing a destructive force that lies within each of us.

Pedram Navab is a neurologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine who currently resides in Los Angeles. Educated at Brown and Stanford, he holds both a graduate degree in English/Modern Culture and Media and a JD. His debut novel, Without Anesthesia, was published in 2015 (Jaded Ibis). In his spare time, he acts and makes short films.

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.

The Sideburns that Empowered Everyone – Kyle B. Hart

The Sideburns that Empowered Everyone shares the story of an unbreakable bond between Murph and her grandfather. After his unexpected passing, Murph is left to navigate her grief as she overcomes bullies, obstacles, and the everyday challenges of life. Just when it feels like everything is too much to handle, she is reminded of her grandfather and the lessons he taught her in a peculiar, hairy way.

50% of book proceeds are donated to the Dougy Center, who provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving death can share their experiences.

50% of book proceeds are donated to the Crossing Bridges Therapeutic Riding Center, who enriches the lives and hearts of individuals and their families through the healing power of equines.

Kyle B. Hart is a Portland, OR based author and illustrator who seeks to empower and unite people through humor, awareness, and appropriate action. His first series of books, commonly known as The Facial Hair Fables, has raised nearly $5,000 for charities in Portland.

Chameleon – Tasche Laine

Recently divorced Tara Spencer is a devoted single mom to her eleven-year-old daughter and is still healing from her failed marriage of fourteen years. As she embarks on an exciting new career, the last thing she needs is a man in her life. Then she meets the alluring Dr. Geoffrey Jensen, a bedazzling psychotherapist who isn’t what he seems. Adept at manipulation, Geoffrey toys with Tara’s mind, compelling her to change for him. When she discovers his shocking secret, will she find the courage to get out in time or will it be too late?

Tasche Laine has worked as a journalist, newspaper columnist, teacher, and studio teacher to child actors in Hollywood. She has authored two novels: the 2018 International Book Award winner for Readers’ Favorite, CLOSURE: based on a true story, and its newly released sequel, CHAMELEON. She grew up in the small town of Sherwood, Oregon, then felt the need to explore the world. She has lived all over the U.S. but was inevitably drawn back to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She now resides in Vancouver, Washington, where she’s attempting to help plan her daughter’s wedding from a thousand miles away. Thank goodness for FaceTime and free long distance!

Running Off Radar, Worth the Wait: MB Austin and Karelia Stetz-Waters

Running Off Radar: Covert operator Maji Rios’s best friend was right: she was an idiot to break up with Professor Rose diStephano, even for the best reasons. When Rose offers her a week of R&R in Sitka, Alaska, she’s ready to let Rose decide if a relationship is worth the danger. But her plans to win Rose back are interrupted when work intrudes and duty calls Maji to help a SEAL team stop a Russian Mobster from harvesting gold from the bottom of Sitka Sound.

MB Austin is a mild-mannered civil servant by day, who plays with real people in the dojo and imaginary ones in her stories. She lives with her fabulous wife in Seattle, an excellent town for coffee-fueled writers who don’t need too much sun.

Worth the Wait: For fifteen years, Avery Crown tried to forget her best friend Merritt Lessing. The late nights studying, the whispered confidences, and the little touches that never turned into something more. Unfortunately, her efforts have not been as successful as her TV career as the queen of home renovation. So when she runs into Merritt at their high school reunion, Avery asks for one night with the woman she’s always wanted.

Merritt spent high school pining after Avery, but never made a move. Their friendship meant too much. The one time it seemed things might change, Avery chose her budding career. So Merritt did the same, throwing herself into her remodeling business. Now Avery is back, and while Merritt still hasn’t forgiven her for walking away the first time, they cant keep their hands off each other. But when their professional paths cross, and it seems like Avery is choosing her career once again, Merritt will have to decide if she’s willing to let go of the past and give herself a second chance with her first love.

Karelia Stetz-Waters remembers a time when romantic love was a holy grail she thought she would never find. Stories about lesbians all ended tragically. At seventeen, she was certain the best she could hope for was to die nobly for the woman she loved (who would never love her back, of course). Four years later, she saw her true love across a crowded room, and they have been together for twenty years. Knowing that happily-ever-after is possible for everyone, Stetz-Waters has made it her life’s mission to craft happy endings for women who love other women. She is also on a quest to spread “cliteracy” across the country, using her work as a romance writer to teach readers about female sexual anatomy, desire, and pleasure.

Karelia writes the Out in Portland series for Forever Yours at Grand Central. Her romance novels include Worth the Wait, For Good, and Something True. Other works include The Admirer, The Purveyor, and Lambda Literary Award finalist Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before. She has a Masters in English and teaches writing at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon.

She’d love to hear from you at www.kareliastetzwaters.com

Dangerous Medicine – Jeff Stookey

Join us for a reading from the third book in Jeff Stookey’s Medicine For the Blues trilogy. Dangerous Medicine follows Carl Holman’s struggles as his standing with the prestigious clinic where he works is strained to the breaking point by pressures from the Ku Klux Klan, societal expectations to marry and have children, and other forces beyond his control. As his compassion compels him to treat unorthodox cases, involving addiction, birth control, and child abuse, he is pushed to make increasingly difficult decisions about his professional and domestic affairs. Can Carl and those he loves find a way to live authentic lives in this hostile world?

“Jeff Stookey’s engaging novel is a brilliantly written story set in the tough Prohibition era. An excellent contribution to the history of our city, the book is also a page-turner. I had to know what happened next.”
—Don DuPay, author of Behind the Badge in River City

Growing up in a small town in rural Washington State, Jeff Stookey enjoyed writing stories. He studied literature, history, and cinema at Occidental College, and then got a BFA in Theater from Fort Wright College. In his 40s he retrained in the medical field and worked for many years with pathologists, trauma surgeons, and emergency room reports.

Jeff lives in Portland, OR, with his longtime partner, Ken, and their unruly garden.