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Local Authors

Jul 26, 2012 10:50AM ● By Style

For the fourth year, Style brings you the latest stack of accomplished area authors and their published works!

Dying for a Dance by Cindy Sample


El Dorado Hills

In Sample’s award-winning humorous mystery, a feisty single mom, Laurel McKay, searches for a killer amid the glamour of a ballroom competition in her hometown area of Placerville, El Dorado Hills and Lake Tahoe.

Available at:

Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills

Placerville News Company in Placerville

Books n’ Bears in El Dorado

The Avid Reader in Sacramento and Davis

Select Barnes and Noble stores (Citrus Heights location) and online @

*Also available in all e-book formats

Engraved by Amber Garza


A missing girl, a young woman with a shameful past, and a person with a dark secret who will stop at nothing to keep it hidden, come together because of a single act of betrayal.

Available at:

The Cove at Lakeside Church in Folsom

Amazon- Kindle and Paperback

Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills

Dimple Records in Citrus Heights

Baseball Between Us by Mike Luery


Baseball Between Us is the story of a father/son team who discover that baseball is their roadmap to exploring the lessons of life. It goes beyond sports; it’s a travelogue of how a father and son discover each other on a journey made possible through the magic of baseball.

Available at:

Barnes and Noble in Sacramento (Arden Fair location) and at

*Available in paperback and e-book format for Kindle and Nook

Bridging the Achievement Gap: What Successful Educators and Parents Do by Rex Fortune

Granite Bay

Rex Fortune, a Sacramento educator for more than 40 years with a doctorate in education from Stanford University, helps illuminate a path for change in the achievement gap for kids in grades K-12.

Available at: (for color book) (for the black and white book and Kindle)

Author Contact number: 916-803-4903

Strong as Silk by Brigit Truex


This book of prose and poems is set in the rugged Sierra Foothills and is the story of the Gold Hill Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony. The collection is based on actual events and is the universal story of a “stranger in a strange land.”

Available at:

El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace in Placerville

Placerville News Company in Placerville

El Dorado Historical Society in Placerville

Merchantile Store in Coloma: 530-344-1895

Books ‘n’ Bears Books in El Dorado

The Book Collector in Sacramento

Lummox Press

The Art of Real Food by Joanne Neft and Laura Kenny


Written for chefs of all levels, The Art of Real Food cookbook helps us remember to eat simply prepared, real food and enjoy the freshest produce that’s in season; find yourself enjoying delicious and healthy meals all year.

Available at:

Office number: 916-663-9745

Whole Foods Market in Roseville, Folsom, and Sacramento

All That Time by Steve Liddick


What if you had the chance to go back in time and correct all of your mistakes, while still knowing what you know today? Ted McBride, a 55-year-old university professor, is given just that; he travels back 40 years to live his life over again.

Available online at:

Making Marriage a Success by Jaleh Donaldson


Making Marriage a Success provides pearls of wisdom from psychotherapists and other relationship professionals on how you can help make your marriage happy and successful.

Available online at:

Your Leaves are Pretty by Joanne Jeffers Veeck


This story – both heartwarming and educational – covers the challenges young trees at Sacramento’s Capitol Park were faced with when they were uprooted and replanted. It relates to challenges children face when they go to school for the first time or change environments, and explains what needs to take place for a successful transition. Ages 5-9.

Available at:

The Avid Reader in Sacramento

The Capitol Books and Gifts in Sacramento

*For a signed copy, please email Joanne Veeck at: [email protected]

Guiding Signs 101 by Kathleen McIntire

Nevada City

Kathleen McIntire developed a set of powerful, yet fun, “divination cards” that come with a guidebook explaining the meaning of each. Together they serve as a bridge to help people access their own, often buried, understanding of what it is they truly want and need out of life.

Available at:

New Leaf Distributing Company (wholesale and retail)

The Fix (Nevada City, CA)

The West Wind (Grass Valley, CA) 

Unity in the Gold Country (Grass Valley, CA)

Zoo Goofs: True Tales of Zookeeper Misadventures by Kristin Hilton

Meadow Vista

Ever wonder what it would be like to work in a zoo? During her career as a zookeeper, Kristin Hilton compiled true behind-the-scenes experiences ranging from comical to tragic. The short, informative tales give insight into the realities of working in this unique profession. Generously supported with photographs and art, the book is perfect for animal lovers.

Available at:

Email: [email protected]

Gecko’s Complaint, a Balinese Folktale by Ann Martin Bowler

Granite Bay

Gecko’s Complaint is a sparkling telling of a classic Balinese folktale. The animals live in a lush and bountiful rainforest, yet everyone is irritable and complaining – until their kind lion leader, Raden, finds a way to restore peace to the jungle. Sly humor and whimsical illustrations bring the jungle and its inhabitants to vivid life, while offering a fun-loving introduction to the Balinese culture.

Available at:

Barnes and Noble in Citrus Heights

300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It’s Too Late by Shannon Alder

El Dorado Hills

Learn from your parents the traditions and habits that have made them who they are today, including their views on spirituality, what they learned in their youth, how they feel about parenting and more! With more than 300 questions, this guide is a great way to get to know your parents better.

Available online at:

Mothers of Molestation Survivors: Supporting Moms to Make a Difference in Their Children’s Lives by Kim D. Johnson


For over two decades, Kim Johnson worked as a therapist and slowly discovered that there were very few resources for the mothers (and parents) of molestation survivors. Thus, she wrote this book and started a nonprofit to help families cope with the situation and better help their children.

Available at:

Sentenced to Life by Kay Baker


Career woman Kathy Williams falls into temptation and embezzles money, leading her to an 11-year prison sentence. It is only when she has hit rock bottom that Kathy finally finds her salvation, regains hope, and forms a close relationship with Jesus Christ. The book is inspired by the true story of the author’s life. (Names, characters and settings have been changed to protect the privacy of the families involved.)

Available online at:

Adrift in the Sound by Kate Campbell


Lizette Karlson looks for life’s meaning on the streets of Seattle in the wake of the “free love” ‘60s. The story is about fighting the tides of change, swimming for shore, and finding the only thing that really matters.

Available at:

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