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.

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

Save Yourself – Julie Grandstaff

Imagine what it would feel like if you had enough money to survive a medical emergency or a short time out of work, or if you had enough money set aside to pursue your dreams or retire without worrying about money. Save Yourself: Your Guide to Saving for Retirement and Building Financial Security will show you how to take control of your finances and build the confidence and security you’ve been wanting. It is a comprehensive guide to saving for retirement and shoring up your financial security so you can do whatever it is you want. Through the stories of real people, it shows you exactly how you can make the changes that will allow you to save for a long and secure retirement so that you don’t need to work for pay. In addition it covers other aspects of true financial security giving you peace of mind throughout your life.

Julie Grandstaff is a twenty-five-year veteran of the financial services industry where she managed billions of dollars for both individuals and institutions. She retired at the age of fifty-one and now lives with her husband and daughter in Cedar Hills.

Eric Flamm, Donald J. Mackie, Benjamin Lederer (Inkwater Press)

Join us for our monthly reading by authors from Inkwater Press!

Portland Zionists Unite! and Other Stories, by Eric Flamm: These raw, interlocking short stories—set in Israel, Portland, and Thailand—explore the complex reality of modern Israel, its recent history, and what it represents to its citizens and foreign-born Jews. With a range of different narrators—three Israel Defense Force soldiers, a hawkish retiree, a synagogue executive director, and a young video game fan—each story viscerally speaks to the contrasts between Israel’s founding mythology and current political realities. Each narrator’s perspective is different, but collectively the voices engage with a growing concern in US Jewish communal life: how to countenance an Israel that increasingly doesn’t reflect the values of American Jews.

When Push Comes to Shove: A Clown’s Demise, by Donald J. Mackie: A recently elected, narcissistic, vengeful president is determined to “put the hurt” on blue states. To blacken Oregon’s eye, he intends to start clear-cutting her ancient forests again. Standing between him and success are a handful of Oregon State University tree huggers and a geriatric men’s group from the north Oregon coast who brandish AR rifles and a “last man standing” mentality. Last, but not least, Mother Nature weighs in and throws a few punches in defense of her home and allies. What follows is an action-packed, contemporary tale of good versus evil that will inspire and fuel your belief in humanity’s better side.

The Garrington Garden, by Benjamin Lederer: Peter Trenton knows everything about Fort Garrington, Illinois, and he’d like to help his coworker Jeff Hansen learn the tricks of the town. Peter hoped to make a friend in Jeff, and when that falls through, Peter seeks other means to fill the void. Meanwhile, Jeff has to decide just how responsible he is for his ailing coworker.

Eric Flamm was raised in southern Minnesota and studied English literature and Chinese at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. After graduating, he worked as a journalist in Taiwan, and then at a startup technology company in Israel, where he became a citizen. In 1996, he was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces and eventually joined an artillery unit as a reservist. In 2001, he moved to Portland, where he still lives with his wife and two children. Since 2012, Flamm has been active in Israel advocacy, including the promotion of a negotiated settlement to the Israel-Palestine conflict. The first chapter of Portland Zionists Unite! is based on a short story which won honorable mention in the Writecorner Press Short Fiction Awards.

Don Mackie is a retired educator who has lived most of his life in Oregon, and is an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hiking, scuba diving, camping, whitewater rafting, hunting, skiing, and fishing in his state’s many stunning environments. He received a degree from Oregon State University in Physical Geography, which furthered his love and appreciation for the terrain surrounding him while he recreates or travels. During his life, he has been dismayed and saddened by the overuse and over-harvest of Oregon’s natural resources. He watched while the lack of planning and foresight repeatedly caused a “boom and bust” business model in his state, particularly in rural Oregon. His future plans include enjoying his family, continuing with his recreational passions, and writing more novels that explore the uses of Oregon’s natural resources.

Benjamin Lederer commonly writes short stories and non-fiction. He began writing fiction while attending the University of Iowa’s Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. Much of his work centers around loneliness and isolation. He published his award-winning novella, The Garrington Garden, in February 2017. In the novella, Benjamin Lederer explores the complexities of social isolation and the human desire to conform. Today, Benjamin Lederer lives in Vancouver, Washington where he writes for a wealth manager.

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!

L. Kris Gowen, Lee Barkmann, Philip Kenney (Inkwater Press)

L. Kris Gowen has a prosperous career, a loving partner, a strong circle of friends … until tragedy strikes. She turns to karaoke: a source of joy. With a half-formed plan and a need to sing, she takes off on a 17,774-mile karaoke road trip through America. She reconnects with old friends, makes new ones—and heals. Each time Kris takes the microphone, she sheds a little more grief, stepping into a world where everyone is accepted simply for singing a song they love. In One Nation Under Song: My Karaoke Journey Through Grief, Joy, and America, readers gain an insider’s look at the unique culture of karaoke while riding and singing along with the author on her once-in-a-lifetime journey.

In Digging Up New Business: The Swiftpad Takeover, GG has a plan to capture the whole world’s attention. She hooks up with local pothead Kip to create SwiftPad, a renegade social media app that promises to convert the world’s fascination with itself into billions in cash for the crew and their backers. But when a sadistic killer’s handiwork is uncovered, new clues to an old crime point to Portland’s IT community. He is out there, using his high-tech talent to mock efforts to catch him. Digging Up New Business is a raffish, satiric account of how we are coping with the sweeping changes of recent decades.

The Writer’s Crucible provides a map for navigating the turbulent, emotional waters of a creative life. It does so by helping writers understand the psychology of vulnerability. Perhaps the most common vulnerability we face is the persistent sense of not being good enough. This troubling insecurity is often present in even the most successful writer, who, despite success, is subject to episodes of self-doubt that undermine creativity. To help authors manage this core experience, The Writer’s Crucible offers an in-depth exploration of the psychological underpinnings governing the internal narrative, “I am not enough.” That knowledge enables readers to begin undoing emotional constrictions and connect with an inner source of spiritual nourishment, allowing creative energies to move with greater freedom. The Writer’s Crucible is not a book that tells you how to write—it is one that shows you how to be a writer.

L. Kris Gowen, PhD, EdM, received her doctorate in Child and Adolescent Development from Stanford University and her Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is also the author of Sexual Decisions: The Ultimate Teen Guide, a book for youth. She lives in Portland, Oregon–despite her dislike of gray skies. Her favorite artists to karaoke are Donna Summer and Olivia Newton-John.

Lee Barckmann was born in South New Jersey in 1951. He played little League baseball, fished and hunted and otherwise had a Huckleberry Finn childhood. He went to college at the University of Kansas with a track scholarship, but was injured freshman year. Lee then became involved in the anti-war movement on campus.
He graduated in 1973 with a BA Economics and in History. Lee moved to Utah, then Oregon, and wrote his first (unpublished) novel in between learning Mandarin and working several jobs. Lee was invited to teach English in China, where he taught for 2 1/2 years. He returned to the US in late 1987. Lee started an IT career, changing jobs frequently for 25 years until retiring in 2015. He now lives in Wilsonville, Oregon with his wife, Mary, as a fulltime writer.

Philip Kenney has practiced psychotherapy and meditation for over thirty years in Portland, Oregon. In addition to these practices, he writes poetry, fiction, and essays on culture, psychology, and the spiritual challenges of our time. Mr. Kenney’s understanding of the many emotional vulnerabilities facing writers and artists is based on his own experiences as well as those of the creative people he sees in his psychotherapy practice. Having worked with these talented people through hours of intimate psychotherapy, and having heard and felt their considerable pain—the pain of feeling not good enough—he was moved to write this book.

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.

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.

James H Bloom, Within Lies Hope

Join us for a reading from Within Lies Hope, a series of inspirational quote books from James H Bloom. Bloom was born in Louisville, Kentucky on December 7, 1950. Becoming an orphan at birth, James became a ward of the court, subsequently being raised in foster care until his adoption at the age of 4. At the age of 17, he joined the Marine Corps and served for a period of two years. Following his discharge, James went into heavy construction work and production fabrication work which he continued for over 42 years. He is married to his wife Diana for 48 years now, and they live in Portland Oregon.

 

Launch! Strongly Worded Women: The Best of the Year of Publishing Women (Anthology)

Not a Pipe Publishing is one of the only companies in the world to accept author Kamila Shamsie’s challenge to only publish women during 2018, making it the Year of Publishing Women. Strongly Worded Women: The Best of the Year of Publishing Women showcases the talent of 18 amazing writers across genres who all demonstrate the strength of their voices.

At this launch party, we’ll hear teasers from:

Chloe Hagerman
Julia Figliotti
Rosie Bueford
LeeAnn McLennan (The Supernormal Legacy)
Tonya Lippert
Maren Anderson (Closing the Store)
Elizabeth Beechwood
Lizzy Carney
Taylor Buccello
Debby Dodds (Amish Guys Don’t Call)