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.

 

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.

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.

Jazzy Mitchell, Musings of a Madwoman

Three women’s lives interweave as they struggle to navigate life and love. And the effects of a meteorite.

Patricia Steitz, a successful romance writer, is flabbergasted when Rudi Singlewood shows up at one of her book signings and initiates a summer romance. She worries that the fantasies she’s harbored regarding the world-renown Broadway actress may prevent her from accepting who Rudi really is. She relates her fears to her best friend, Marcia Struthers, a successful Manhattan litigator.

Knowing that Patricia has dreamed of Rudi for years, Marcia urges her to give the actress a chance by getting to know who she is behind her public persona. While working a high-profile case, Marcia must confront her resurging feelings for lead opposing counsel, Lexie Yamin, and the appearance of an unrequited love. All is not as it seems, however, as Marcia deals with unexpected physical changes and developing mental abilities after an encounter with a meteorite. Marcia’s not the only one dealing with changes induced by an extraterrestrial rock, though.

Kiernan Connelly, who has received intriguing letters over several months, begins to question her lifestyle. Her casual sexual relationship with Rudi and passable acting career no longer fulfill her. As Kiernan makes changes in her life, she finds herself dealing with the strange reality of being able to hear others’ thoughts. Could it be related to her close encounter with a meteorite?

Jazzy Mitchell loves to tell stories, whether in the classroom or on paper. She taught English in the public schools of her hometown for a decade, giving back to the system which helped her so much. Her debut novel, Lost Treasures, received an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Rainbow Awards and was nominated in three categories for GCLS’s 2017 Goldie Awards: Debut Author, Traditional Contemporary Romance, and Cover Design. Besides writing, Jazzy teaches real estate law, writes fanfiction as Jazwriter, and facilitates energy work through her business, the Lightarian Institute. Jazzy lives in Portland, Oregon, enjoying life with her wife, three children, and two dogs.