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Day of Authors at Bank of Books
January 16, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Ventura, CA 93001 United States
11-1 L.D. Lewis Rory and the Little Dragon Lizard
1-3 Kelly Michelle Baker The Waters of Nyra
3-5 Misty B. If You Leave Me, Can I Come With You? Meditations for Codependents and Al-Anons…with a Sense of Humor
5-7 Jennifer Kincheloe The Secret Life of Anna Blanc
Author Bios and Book Synopsis
- D. Lewisbelieves learning should be fun, and created teaching stories for her own child who dearly loved them and always begged for more. She lives in sunny southern California.
Rory: The Little “Dragon” Lizard Rory is a cute little dragon or is he a lizard? Find out as little Rory makes several discoveries in his life and how he deals with them along the way.
Kelly Michelle Baker Born a U.S. military brat, Kelly grew up on both coasts and everywhere in between. She studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is now finishing her master’s in Ecology and Sustainability. When not writing or trying to save the world, she enjoys drawing, theater, long walks, and new recipes. The Waters of Nyra is her first novel. She calls Colorado Springs home.
Waters of Nyra Never an ordinary dragon, Nyra grew up forbidden to breathe fire or fly. Like her mother before her, she has only known a life of enslavement, held in thrall by mountain dragons, which need Nyra’s ripening wings to secure hunting for the future. But at the cusp of her first flying lesson, new rumors whisper through the herd. Mother pursues friendships in forbidden places, blurring the once succinct enemy line. In a whirlwind of realization, Nyra uncovers a secret in plain sight, one thought unknown to her enslavers, and one putting her at the focal point of rebellion should it come into play. And come it does, but through a terrible accident, killing the slaves’ last chance of escape. To survive, Nyra must conquer the sharp-ended lies cutting her future to ribbons and the war threading in their wake.
Misti B. Let’s face it, Al-Anons aren’t especially known for our humor. (Go ahead, do an online search for “Al-Anon” or “co-dependent” and “humor” or “funny”). The silent sufferers–the hall monitors–of the recovery community, Al-Anon lives are the stuff of country music lyrics. We’ve got a reputation for taking the fun out of a party and popping all the balloons afterwards. Until now.
If You Leave Me, Can I Come with You? Most people in the throes of codependency’s problematic behaviors typically don’t see their plight as a laughing matter. And yet, judging by the peals of laughter often heard coming out of Twelve Step meeting rooms, many eventually do find the humor in their self-defeating thoughts and actions.
If You Leave Me, Can I Come with You? is full of refreshingly original meditations for each day of the year. Infusing her wisdom with self-revealing honesty and humor, Misti B. provides healing insight with a lighthearted touch into the common struggles that codependents and those in Al-Anon frequently face. Issues such as people pleasing, lack of boundaries, and perfectionism don’t have to overwhelm us if we work a solid Twelve Step program and learn not to take ourselves so seriously. Misti B. shows how to do both, delivering the right mix of support, inspiration, and healthy irreverence.
Jennifer Kincheloe is a research scientist turned writer of historical mysteries. She is a winner of the Colorado Gold contest for emerging writers.
The Secret Life of Anna Blanc It’s 1907 Los Angeles. Mischievous socialite Anna Blanc is the kind of young woman who devours purloined crime novels—but must disguise them behind covers of more domestically-appropriate reading. She could match wits with Sherlock Holmes, but in her world women are not allowed to hunt criminals.
Determined to break free of the era’s rigid social roles, Anna buys off the chaperone assigned by her domineering father and, using an alias, takes a job as a police matron with the Los Angeles Police Department. There she discovers a string of brothel murders, which the cops are unwilling to investigate. Seizing her one chance to solve a crime, she takes on the investigation herself.
If the police find out, she’ll get fired; if her father finds out, he’ll disown her; and if her fiancé finds out, he’ll cancel the wedding and stop pouring money into her father’s collapsing bank. Midway into her investigation, the police chief’s son, Joe Singer, learns her true identity. And shortly thereafter she learns about blackmail.
Anna must choose—either hunt the villain and risk losing her father, fiancé, and wealth, or abandon her dream and leave the killer on the loose.