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In the Shadow of Revenge

Thanks to Partners in Crime for an e-book copy of In the Shadow of Revenge to review. You can learn about more of the stops on the Partners in Crime Blog Tourhere. If you’d like to win an e-book copy of In the Shadow of Revenge, just leave a comment by Tuesday, September 30.

In the Shadow of Revenge

Author: Patricia HaleIn_the_Shadow_of_Revenge_cover9fb57a

E-Book: 280 pages (also available as an audiobook)

Publisher: Carina Press (July 15, 2013)


Everybody thought brilliant Cecily would leave dead-end Millers Falls for something better. But a two-decades-old tragedy locks her in place. Few understand the fierce bond that Cecily and Amelia share with Hilary, who was assaulted one summer as the two other girls watched helplessly. It’s a bond of love and guilt…and a desire for vengeance that cuts clear to the bone.

So Assistant DA Cecily Minos waits, eager to see the guy in her courtroom. When Amelia meets a man who has the tattoo the girls remember seeing that day, they think they’ve finally caught a break. But the police refuse to reopen the case, and it’s up to Cecily and Amelia to pursue their suspect.

Their investigation soon uncovers secrets best left buried. But the law is slow, and they’ve waited long enough for revenge…


Patricia Hale is very successful at setting a mood with her descriptions: a cat purring to create safety, a rickety old apartment building to create insecurity. I admire her use of all five senses in her writing.

This book keeps you guessing as new characters are introduced with hidden motives. I thought I had this book figured out but boy was I wrong. How can I describe it? Hale has an incredible way of making you think you’re seeing the whole picture, so of course you think you know exactly what’s going one then — pow — she reveals that you were only seeing 10% of the picture and there’s so much more to the story.

This was a great debut book and I think as Hale writes more she will create even richer characters. I look forward to her next book.

Giveaway: Devil in the Hole

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Author: Charles SalzburgDevilinthe Hole

Hardcover: 254 pages

Publisher: Five Star (August 7, 2013)


In the ballroom of a sparsely furnished Connecticut mansion, police find a shocking sight: four bodies lined up next to each other, three teenagers and a middle-aged woman, each lying on a blanket, each shot once in the head. In an upstairs bedroom: an elderly woman and the family dog, both of them shot as well. The only person missing is the husband, father, son, and prime suspect, John Hartman, who’s got a three-week jump on the police.

Through the eyes of almost two dozen characters, including the neighbor who reports the crime, Hartman’s mistress, a dogged state investigator, the family minister, and some of the characters Hartman meets on his escape route, we piece together not only what happened and how these shocking murders affect the community, but how John Hartman evades capture, where he’s headed, and maybe even why he committed this gruesome crime in the first place.


What shape are crime novels? For me, they were always triangles: the victim, the criminal and the investigator/cop/detective. Three people = a triangle. I say “were” because I read Charles Salzburg’s Devil in the Hole. For Charles Salzburg, crimes are less triangles and more icosagons (I totally did not make that word up — it’s a 20 sided figure).

Devil in the Hole is written in a fascinating way. Each chapter is written from a different person touched by the crime (in this case, the murder of a woman, her mother-in-law and two children). In this book we pretty much know who committed the crime: the missing husband/son/father. The book is more about who the murder affected those surrounding the crime and investigation. Everyone from the neighbor who first noticed the family was missing to the the cops, the community’s minister, the suspect’s sister,and even random people that met the suspect as he hid from the police. They all had the opportunity to tell their own piece of the mystery, no matter how small and seemingly insignificant. Even the suspect gets his chance to speak. I loved the unexpected ways the crime affected people. People you think would be devastated by the crime seem shockingly unaffected, more angry than sad or shocked. Others who barely knew the suspect and murdered family become obsessed with the crime.

The criminal’s motives are interesting but what makes this book stand apart from so many others that delve into a criminal’s mind is the expansion to investigate the thoughts and feelings of everyone touched by the crime. At the start I thought this would get confusing, so many people, so many voices, so many thoughts. But Salzburg did a great job of creating individuals that were unique and memorable making it easy to see the whole picture of this crime even though there were so many pieces/people. If you’re ready to abandon triangles for icosagons Devil in the Hole is the book for you. After reading so many crime/mystery books some begin to merge together, you aren’t quite sure what details are from what book. This will NOT happen with Devil in the Hole. This is a memorable book that you will never forget.

To win an e-copy of Devil in the Hole, just comment on this post by September 17. This is a haunting book you won’t want to miss!

Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away

Love Star Wars, teenage angst, mysterious disappearances, old movie theaters or the 70s? Then Trisha Slay’s debut novel Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away is the book for you. Don’t forget to leave a comment before Monday, July 29 and you could win your won copy! Need a little more convincing? Why not read a sneak peek of the book here.

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Author: Trisha Slay

Paperback: 316 pages (also available in e-formats)

Publisher: Deeds Publishing (May 21, 2013)


It’s a terrible thing to live under a question mark…. When Erika’s best friend, teen beauty queen Cassandra Abbott, disappears during the early hours of Memorial Day 1977, Erika isn’t exactly surprised. After all, they’ve been plotting and planning Cassie’s escape for months. But then Cassie’s departure unleashes a whirlwind of questions, suspicions and accusations that Erika never expected. She’s lying to the police. She’s being bullied by older students. Worst of all, she’s starting to doubt she ever REALLY knew Cassie Abbott at all. Under the weight of scrutiny and confusion, Erika struggles just to breathe…until a strange new movie transforms her summer with A New Hope. For Erika, Star Wars changes EVERYTHING. So she volunteers to do chores for a local theater owner to gain unlimited access to a galaxy far, far away from her current reality. At the Bixby Theater-a beautiful but crumbling movie palace from a more civilized era-Erika discovers new friendships, feels the crush of first love and starts an exciting new romance with Super 8 film making…but she can’t hide in a darkened movie theater forever. As the summer wears on, tensions escalate over the unsolved mystery surrounding Cassie’s disappearance. Someone seems to think Erika knows too many of Cassie’s secrets. Eventually, Erika must step out of the shadows and, armed only with her Super 8 camera and the lessons she’s learned from Star Wars, fight to save herself and the theater that has become her second home. Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away is a quirky, contemporary, coming-of-age novel set during the earliest days of the Star Wars fan phenomenon.


At first glance this book is not what it seems. Initially, I thought this would be a book about sci-fi fans living through the blockbuster release of Star Wars in 1977. Wrong. Although almost everyone can relate to the movie Star Wars: they love it, hate, saw it, or at a minimum know the plot, this book is about something even more universal: growing up.

We can all remember those times growing up when we realized things were not exactly the way we saw them — or chose to see them. That’s what this book is all about. Erika spends the summer reconciling reality to what she’s chosen to see. She realizes that many of the people around her were not what she saw…some were better, some were worse and some were just different.

Author Trisha Slay does a great job of capturing teenage life. The way you look at your crush, the realization that your parent is also a person, the pressure of trying to fit in and feeling like you’re the only one who doesn’t know what they’re doing. If you’re a teenager you’ll love this book because, despite 35 years time difference, it reflects your experience today. If you’re an “ex-teenager” you’ll love to go back to that time when every feeling, every look, every action was so intense and end-of-the-world feeling. Most of the characters in this book may be teenagers but everyone, no matter what their age, will enjoy Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away.

Giveaway: Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away.

Thanks to WOW Blog tours and author Trisha Slay who gave me a review e-book to review in exchange for my review. Looking forward to your next book Trisha!

Giveaway: A Certain Summer

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Author: Patricia Beard

Paperback: 336 pages (also available in e-formats)

Publisher: Gallery Books (May 21, 2013)


“Nothing ever changes at Wauregan.”

That mystique is the tradition of the idyllic island colony off the shore of Long Island, the comforting tradition that its summer dwellers have lived by for over half a century. But in the summer of 1948, after a world war has claimed countless men—even those who came home—the time has come to deal with history’s indelible scars.

Helen Wadsworth’s husband, Arthur, was declared missing in action during an OSS operation in France, but the official explanation was mysteriously nebulous. Now raising a teenage son who longs to know the truth about his father, Helen turns to Frank Hartman—her husband’s best friend and his partner on the mission when he disappeared. Frank, however, seems more intent on filling the void in Helen’s life that Arthur’s absence has left. As Helen’s affection for Frank grows, so does her guilt, especially when Peter Gavin, a handsome Marine who was brutally tortured by the Japanese and has returned with a faithful war dog, unexpectedly stirs new desires. With her heart pulled in multiple directions, Helen doesn’t know whom to trust—especially when a shocking discovery forever alters her perception of both love and war.


I have just three words:

Everyone read this!

This book has had something for everyone I’ve recommended it to (which is everyone!).

Like romance? Got it!
Like coming of age tales? Got it!
Like shocking twists? Got it!
Like history tales? Got it!
Like mystery? Got it!
Like full rounded characters? Got it!
Like tension filled writing? Got it!

Patricia Beard did a marvelous job of creating a book with universal appeal. It was a book that introduced question after question that both made you want to continue reading to resolve the issues but, in those brief times when you could convince yourself to take a break from reading, made you wonder “What would I do if..?” Beard is a master storyteller that immerses you in a world and characters so real you feel that, if you could just find the right map to get you to Wauregan, you could meet Helen, Peter, the Judge and everyone else that summers on this island that seems magical but is just better at hiding its dark side.

If you read one book this summer, read A Certain Summer.

Patricia Beard  photo by David Braga

Patricia Beard
photo by David Braga


Patricia Beard and Gallery Books are hosting two summer contests. One is a photo that you think portrays the perfect summer, the other is 1,000 words of an epilogue to A Perfect Summer. If you’re interested in winning a whole basketful of Simon & Schuster books — you’ll be set for summer reading until Labor Day rolls around! — check out the details here


Want to revel in the world that is Wauregan? Just leave a comment telling what summer is to you…I’ll start the ball rolling. For me summer is fresh strawberries and the smell of suntan lotion (my family has two blonds and two redheads — I slather them in lotion from April to October!) Ooh! and barefeet. My husband’s grandfather always says he knows it’s summer when he sees me wandering around without any shoes. So what makes you think summer?

Tons of thanks to Kristin Dwyer at Gallery Books who not only gave me a review copy but two — TWO — copies to giveaway. Enter by June 21

A Diet to Die For

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Author: Sarah Steding

Paperback: 352 pages (also available in e-formats)

Publisher: Pocket Books (June 25, 2013)


Meet Jen Stevens—a hungry New York City event planner who’s 31 years old, 30 pounds overweight, and flirting with disaster when it comes to sticking to her diet. Working for the food-centric Yummy Channel, it’s hard to resist temptation. But when there’s a crime for Jen to solve, it’s easy as pie. . . .

Baker extraordinaire Bess Brantwood is one of the Yummy Channel’s brightest stars—and biggest divas. Despite the off-camera drama, Jen has to admit that Bess’s chocolate buttercream cupcakes drizzled with caramel are simply to die for—and kill for, as it turns out—when Bess’s body, like a baked good gone bad, is discovered . . . in a Dumpster.

Who iced the cupcake queen? Jen is determined to find out. With the help of her BFFs—fab foodblogger Gabby and lively life coach Elizabeth—she starts sifting for clues. She’s got all the ingredients to solve the perfect crime, including one delectable detective, one divalicious diary, and enough industry rivals for a battle of the network stars. But is Jen prepared to risk her life as well as her waistline? No matter how you slice it, revenge is sweet—and loaded with carbs.


Although I’ve never been a big fan of dieting ( I LOVE my cookies), I have lived with people for whom dieting is their hobby. Because of that experience I have no trouble thinking that a diet could drive someone to murder. And it seems that everyone in this book is dieting or dealing on a daily basis with a hard core dieter. So did the diet make her (or him) do it?

I enjoyed A Diet to Die For but I wish the heat in this book would have been turned up. It was a bit slow in the n= beginning but things really picked up for the round-up of the book. I wished for more scenes full of urgency like the one where the crazy suspect tried to set fire to the ____ (don’t want to give it away!).

Author Sarah Steding’s strong point seems to be characters. Billy, Jen’s ex and a bakery employee, was wild — I would love an entire book with him as the main character. And the workplace chefs at the Yummy Channel, complete with baking specialties and personalities to match livened up the book. This would be a fun book for a cozy mystery lover to read while wiling away a summer afternoon at the beach or poolside.

A Glittering Chaos

A Glittering Chaos

Author: Lisa de NikolitsAGlitteringChaosOFC

Paperback: 300 pages

Publisher: Inanna Publications (May 30, 2013)


The adage about “what happens in Vegas” is funny precisely because we know it’s wishful thinking. A Glittering Chaos is about what happens when “what happens in Vegas” comes home to haunt you. Melusine is a German librarian whose ho-hum world wobbles after she tags along when her husband Hans attends a Las Vegas optometry conference. A newly empty nester who speaks no English, Melusine’s voyage of self-discovery is punctuated by the poetry of Ingeborg Bachmann, nude photos in the desert, a black dildo named Kurt, autoerotic asphyxia, and the unravelling of her husband’s sanity because of a secret from his youth. A smart, funny and incredibly wise novel about marriage, secrets and lies, and unusual sexual proclivities.


At times when reading A Glittering Chaos I could hear my grandmother’s voice in my head saying, “Oh dear me.” (Seems Melusine’s husband Hans isn’t the only one hearing voices :)) Yes, it’s true there were a few parts of A Glittering Chaos that were a bit shocking for a small town gal like me.

But it quickly became clear that those sections weren’t the pivotal part of the story. It wasn’t the actions as much as the motivation. WHY did the people do what they did? A Glittering Chaos is the literary equivalent of the pebble dropped into a pond. The ripples of one young girl’s actions extend further and further across time, people, and places affecting everyone. And there are other smaller pebbles…like Dietrich falling for Martin. The way people’s lives are woven together after the most minor actions is fascinating.

At times the action slowed, we seem to be killing time, waiting for the next important event. But after Hans rapid descent into madness things really pick up as countless new and old people are thrown into the mix and you feel a bit mad yourself as you try to determine what will happen next. Love? Motherhood? Reunion? Death? New relationships? Old relationships? Forgiveness? Revenge?

My hubby, who was trying to peacefully watch some sports event on TV while I read this book, can attest for my wonder measured by my random outbursts. “Nooo…I don’t get it…Wait, is it the sister…OMG, does **** kill her?” Poor guy, some nights I talk more to my books than I do to him.

Thanks to WOW Blog Tours and author Lisa de Nikolits for a review copy of A Glittering Chaos. If you’d like a chance to win your own copy of A Glittering Chaos stop by the WOW blog here.

Review and Giveaway: Heart of Ice

When I was ten we visited Michigan and I first heard about Mackinac Island. A magical place where no one has a car — they use horses and buggies — , there’s a huge elegant hotel, and they’re famous for their fudge. Chocolate fudge and horses! What more could a ten year old girl ask for? We never did actually make it to Mackinac Island but I’ve never forgotten wanting to visit. So when I heard that Heart of Ice takes place on Mackinac island I just had to read it. Of course I don’t know if I would have been as brave as Louis Kincaid’s 10 year old daughter when she visited Mackinac Island!

Thanks to Melissa Gramstad of Pocket Books for giving me an arc to read and a finished copy to giveaway! You can get a sneak peek at Chapter 1 of Heart of Ice here. Then just leave a comment before April 24 and you’ll be entered to win the copy — US addresses only.

Heart of Ice

Author: P.J. Parrishheart-of-ice-175

Paperback: 422 pages (also available in e-formats)

Publisher: Pocket Books (February 26, 2013)


Florida PI Louis Kincaid wants to wear a badge again. But before he can, he must return home to Michigan— and some unfinished business. He hopes to bond with ten-year-old Lily, the daughter he only recently learned existed, and reunite with girlfriend Joe Frye. But new clues to an unsolved murder put his plans on ice. A trip with Lily to enchanting Mackinac Island turns grim when the child falls on a pile of old bones; the dangerous discovery reopens the cold case of Julie Chapman, a teenager from one of the wealthy summer families, who vanished two decades ago. And when Louis is forced to cooperate with a tough state investigator who once worked with Joe, tensions skyrocket. Now, what was supposed to be a time of building lasting ties splinters into disturbing fragments, personally and professionally, as Louis pursues a mystery entangled in dark family secrets and twists even he can’t predict.


This book is eerie from start to finish. The people, the places, the relationships, the secrets…I’ve got shivers just thinking about it. I love that this book is totally unpredictable. Even when you think you know what’s going on you are oh, so wrong.

P.J. Parrish’s Louis Kincaid is a rich character with many sides. Although I could easily follow the plot of Heart of Ice even without reading other Kincaid books, now I want to go back and learn more about Kincaid from earlier books. Even the setting, Mackinac Island, is a rich character. This is a story that couldn’t have happened anywhere else and I enjoyed learning about ferries, ice bridges, Bluff boys and lots of other things unique to the island.

This could be a very dark and overly intense book but the author does an excellent job of inserting brief periods that lighten the mood. This will a book you won’t be able to put down.

Giveaway: Totlandia Series

Don’t you hate coming into a series in the middle? Well author Josie Brown doesn’t want you to start the new year out with that problem! So she’s offering one of my readers a digital copy (Kindle, NOOK, iOS, or Android) of book one AND book two of the Totlandia Series. Escape the cold of winter with a book that takes place in the lovely California climate! My review of Book Two is below and you can read my review of Book One here. Just leave a comment below before Wednesday, January 16.

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E-Format: 309 KB

Publisher: Colilquy (Nov. 19, 2012)


In this second book of the Totlandia series, five mommies are just one misstep away from entry into the elite Pacific Heights Moms & Tots Club. Everyone has a scandalous secret to hide, but who will be the next to fall?

As the club’s founder, Bettina, ratchets up the stress level with a series of holiday-themed challenges, the cracks begin to show. Jade’s past catches up to her in the most unlikely of settings. Jillian’s struggles to make ends meet are complicated by Bettina’s demands. Ally’s work and home lives collide, threatening to expose all of her secrets. And Lorna’s already fraying family ties are torn to shreds by a series of devastating events.

With just four spots remaining, will the five remaining ladies turn cutthroat? Or will their newfound friendships be strong enough to help them band together?


Well, the Mean Girls have grown up and spawned! Time and again one character or another remarks that “everyone has secrets”. Boy, do these girls have secrets. But it’s what they do with that brings the real fun: some they share, some they keep, and some they save so they can do future mischief! In the world of the Pacific Heights Moms & Tots Club secrets are more valuable than gold…or a slot for their offspring in the best private school in town.

Half the fun of Totlandia is recognizing the women we all know in the characters. Of course these women are WAY over the top but we’ve all seen the manipulations, the self-esteem issues, the power struggles in a sandbox in our own neighborhood. Maybe that’s why it’s so easy to sympathize with these women (the nice ones) or pity them (the really nasty ones).

Against a setting of holiday parties that take the group from Thanksgiving to New Year’s this book just flies by. And, in Josie Brown’s typical fashion, leaves you begging for more. Who will find love, lust, money, belonging, revenge or success next? Totlandia Book 2 is a perfect diversion while you’re waiting at your child’s next tuba lesson or basketball practice.

Don’t forget you have a chance to win e-copies of Books 1 and 2 by leaving a comment before Wednesday, January 16.

KidLit: The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton

The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton: Crash Landing on Ooleeoo

Author: Angela Shelton

Paperback: 272 pages (also available in e-formats)

Age Group: Grades 5 and up/ages 10 and up

Publisher: Quiet Owl Books (July 31, 2012)


Somewhere out in the Sombrero Galaxy, Tilda Pinkerton is being hunted by the Keeper of Darkness. But Tilda isn’t worried. Of course that could be because she doesn’t remember who she is or what she’s doing on the planet of Ooleeoo.

Even in the middle of cosmic danger, Tilda does what she does best: creates hats that make people…not better, but MORE of the person they are meant to be. When the mayor of Ooleeoo bans Tilda’s hats is he just being a curmudgeon or is he secretly working for the enemy? Can Tilda figure out who she is in time to save the galaxy?


I’ve been describing The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton as a “middle reader” but I now think that is a book that the whole family will enjoy. It is rare when you can find a book that the whole family will truly love, and would read even if they didn’t have other family members to discuss it with but this is one of those rare birds. In our family a mom, a teen, and a nine year old all read the book (the nine year old needed some help with the 50 cent words…so did the mom!). In fact two of us read it at the same time which created a “sharing” situation that got a bit heated at times.

This book is incredibly descriptive. The worlds come alive in vivid color and make you wonder at the mind behind all this. Angela Shelton has created a world I think most of us wish we could visit, if just for a day. This book is a mish-mash of adventure, mystery and science fiction that will enthrall most readers.

Although Angela generously gave me a copy of her book in exchange for my review, I can’t bring myself to part with it for a giveaway! But you’ll have plenty of chance to win a copy on her WOW Blog Tour. Check out the schedule here or just stop by Cathy C. Hall’s blog tomorrow where she’s having a giveaway!

Interview and Giveaway: Death in the Memorial Garden

Death in the Memorial Garden

Author: Kathy Deviny

Hardcover: 141 pages (also available in e-formats)

Publisher: Camel Press (October 15, 2012)


Just as the sexton is about to inter the ashes of one of Grace Church’s last wealthy patronesses in the Memorial Garden, he unearths a wine crate containing the ashes of an unknown. Next to the ashes is a distinctive pair of shoes. Not only are the woman’s relatives furious at the interruption, but they soon have grounds for a lawsuit: yet another piece of the church’s tower comes crashing to the ground.

With their congregation dwindling and their world literally falling in around them, Father Robert Vickers and his colorful staff members and volunteers put their heads together to solve the mystery of the anonymous ashes and find the means to save Grace Church from the developers … all in time for the Bishop’s visit.


I would have read Death in the Memorial Garden even without a murder…I just loved following the day-to-day activities of this crazy group that is keeping Grace Church running on a wing and a prayer! Author Kathy Deviny does a great job creating three-dimensional characters, not only the aspects of them that play into the solving of the mystery but random miscellaneous traits that simply make them REAL. The characters of this book felt very familiar…perhaps I met them at my church? And I have a feeling that the way the characters become instant friends will have many readers returning for the next adventure at Grace Church.

If I had to describe the plot of this book in one word (or is it two?) I would say spiderweb (spider web?). This is not a simple clothesline of a plot where we follow along as the detective searches for clues and uncovers the criminal. No, Death in the Memorial Garden has plots stretching out in every direction.

Where is the organist’s mysterious missing father? Why is Clare fascinated by birds and who is she? What’s the deal with the shoes and unidentified ashes found at church? Who is tossing boulders at the parishoners? Will the mourners sue the church? Does the Bishop want to save Grace Church or destroy it? Will the mega-developers turn Grace Church into a gentrified neighborhood? Will the pastor find true love? So many questions, so much going on — just like life!

Giveaway: Thanks to Kathie and Partners in Crime Blog Tours for an e-copy to giveaway. If you’d like to win a copy just leave a comment after this post by December 6. The winner will be announced on Friday, December 7. And if you want to improve your chances of winning a book, jump on the tour and enter to win at several blogs! Here’s the schedule!

5Ws with Kathie Deviny

Who would you like to meet if you could meet one cozy mystery author (dead or alive)?

She may not strictly qualify as a cozy author, but Lousie Penny, who writes the Inspecter Gamache series, is a favorite. The artistic residents of her Canadian village, Lone Pine, have fascinating personality flaws, and her Montreal characters, including the Inspector’s family and his police colleagues are equally well drawn, and in some cases are deeply and murderously flawed.

Why did you decide to take the plunge and write Death in the Memorial Garden?

I had been writing nonficion articles essys and memoir, and wanted to tackle my topics in more depth and with greater flexibility. I decided to tackle the mystery form as a project for an ongoing creative writing class. That provided me with professional guidance from the instructor as well as immediate reaction from my classmates/readers. I also joined a writers group which provided even more feedback as I wrote draft after draft.

What is the most difficult thing about writing? The most rewarding?

For me the biggest challenge is plotting, and providing enough sensory detail a close second. Dialogue and characterization come most easily.

When did you connect with Camel Press?

I contacted them a little over a year ago on the recommendaton of a writing friend. They are locally based, provide wonderful hands-on service, and have been able to bring the book to publication in a remarkably short time.

Where will you be taking us in your next book? Back to Washington?

I plan to stay in Seattle in the immediate location of Grace Church. The next book will focus on the church’s on-site food bank.