Thursday, June 6, 2013

Local Authors Kick Off Summer Reading Season

To kickoff summer and great vacation reads, four homegrown authors will talk about their road to publishing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Newaygo Area District Library community room in Newaygo, Michigan.
The authors all live in Newaygo County and have more than 16 books including several new releases. Each author will discuss how their books are published in different genres and mediums including children’s, young adult, mystery, and romance books.
Joselyn Vaughn and Climbing Heartbreak HillJoselyn Vaughn has her newest release called Climbing Heartbreak Hill. Vaughn writes sweet romance with her latest featuring a would-be accountant and former cheerleader from her first book, CEOS Don’t Cry. An emergency maternity leave in the last weeks of tax season leaves Tara running the office and trying to help former school friend Ryan with his taxes and depression from a career-ending knee injury.  Together they try to determine career goals that won’t land them in jail. Other books by Vaughn are Hauntings of the Heart, Warden’s Lantern, Courting Sparks and Sucker for a Hot Rod.
JQ Rose and Coda to MurderFormer Fremont business owner J.Q. Rose released her latest electronic mystery book. Coda to Murder features Pastor Christine Hobbs who is accused of murder when the music director is found dead in the church basement. Her flock grows when a pig and kangaroo need rescuing. She also has a non-fiction middle-grade, interactive electronic book called Girls Succeed that showcases several women in nontraditional careers who have mastered their craft. Several of the women have roots in West Michigan. Her first book was Sunshine Boulevard about a retired Florida couple.
Kelly Tinkham and Hair for MamaKelly A. Tinkham works at the Newaygo library. She is a native of Newaygo and currently is working on another novel. Her first picture book, Hair For Mama, was published in 2007. The title and storyline flowed from her son’s offer of giving her some of his hair if she lost hers. She has been cancer-free for more than 12 years.

And me. My fourth mystery book in the Mitch Malone Mysteries was released in February entitled A Case of Volatile Deeds. Reporter Mitch Malone blows off his date to cover an explosion in downtown Grand River only to find his girlfriend is the only casualty of a botched bombing. As he investigates, a woman from A Case of Infatuation returns to tempt and torment him. Other books in the series are A Case of Accidental Intersection and A Case of Hometown Blues which was a finalist in Daphne Du Maurier national awards contest last summer.
 WS Gager and A Case of Volatile Deeds          Please join the lively discussion in the library’s community room. Copies of books will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the library. For more information, contact the library at 231-652-6723 or the website.