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The Great River Authors Group is a collection of authors who have joined together to find, investigate and share venues for selling their books. The group will share marketing information and knowledge that will help members realize ideas and opportunities common to the group. The group will invite local authors to join the organization, thereby increasing the group's collective knowledge.  The group will highlight the work of any member that is featured in any news media.  Finally, the group will function as a local social network to promote camaraderie and support for the well being of group members as they pursue any and all book related endeavors.

 
 
 
 
       
 
Barbara Bettenberg  
  mombear777[AT]charter.net  
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  Barb Bettenberg was born and raised in North Minneapolis, MN.  She graduated from North High school in 1969 and went on to work for the City of Minneapolis.  In 1973, she married her husband, Doug and moved to Sartell, MN where she currently resides.
She has 3 children, Ryan, Roddy and Mirla.   She also has 2 grandchildren, Chase and Carmen.  Barb was a Realtor for 10 years and is now retired.   In the early 1970’s, Barb was assigned her own column for a small local newspaper titled “Out of the Blue.”  She wrote humorous articles about married life and raising children.  One of her articles appeared in The Big Apple Newspaper.  She decided to try her hand at writing children’s books after reading several fun books to her grandchildren. Thus, “Edgar, The Near-Sighted Eagle” was born.
 
   
   
Books:
Edgar, The Near-Sighted Eagle (2008)
“Edgar, The Near-Sighted Eagle” is a story about a baby eagle with vision problems.  He and his brother try their hand at flying when Edgar takes a wrong turn and ends up in the forest.  He is frightened and doesn’t know where he is.  He can’t see well enough to find his way back home.  Edgar makes several friends on his journey to find his family tree.  This book teaches children how important it is for all of us to help one another.  They will learn that friendship and caring are the cornerstones for creating strong, lasting friendships.  Humorous and wonderfully illustrated, Edgar’s adventures will have your child cheering Edgar on through all of his adventures.
To contact the author or purchase your copy, please email Barb at mombear777[AT]charter.net
 
       
 
 
       
 
Mary Jane Brewster  
  maryjanebrewster[AT]gmail.com  
   
 

Mary Jane Brewster grew up in Brainerd and has lived in Minnesota most of her life. She graduated with a Social Work degree from the College of St. Catherine and a Masters in School Counseling from St. Cloud State University. She and her husband Roger are both retired in rural St. Cloud and have three adult children.

In nearly 40 years of working with children and families, Mary Jane led thousands of support and friendship groups for children and parents. Her places of employment include Washburn Child Guidance Center, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center, Single Parents' Support Group, Boys and Girls Club, St. Cloud Hospital, Catholic Charities and St. Cloud School District 742. She collected, created and utilized countless activities, stories, materials and group techniques appropriate for the different goals and ages of children. She also supervised interns and students from local colleges. Her passion is promoting mental health for children through their positive experiences with peers and adults.

 
   
   
Books:
COMING SOON: Friendship Circles
Soon-to-be published “Friendship Circles” offer hundreds of examples for teaching and reinforcing positive self-esteem, relationships, healthy choices, and other relevant topics for use in group settings through twelve main themes. Each lesson is divided into age-appropriate ideas for younger, middle, and older elementary students. Lessons include a template for a parent-teacher letter. There are also anecdotes, book and story suggestions, and management tips.
 
       
 
 
       
 
Mary Willette Hughes  
  marywillettehughes.com  
   
Mary Willette Hughes, married to Mark, is a musician, teacher, poet, mother of seven, grandmother of twenty-two, and now great-grandmother of three. She has had three books of poetry published, Quilt Pieces, Flight on New Wings, and The Shadow Loom Poems. During the last eleven years, she has worked part-time for the Saint Cloud Hospital’s Recovery Plus program for addiction and recovery as a facilitator of poetry therapy and has given numerous presentations about poetry as therapy both locally and at national venues. In 2010, the National Association of Poetry Therapy presented her with a Public Service Award for her work at Recovery Plus. She has received two monetary Individual Artist Awards for her poetry, which were granted by the Central Minnesota Arts Board, the first in 1998, and again in 2010. She also has received the Mother Benedicta Riepp Award from the Monastery of St. Benedict in 2010 for “striving to exemplify Benedictine and Gospel values” in her life. It wasn’t until 1989, when her children were on their own, that Mary discovered the world of writing poetry. After careers as a music teacher and working as an instructor for eighteen years at the Family Life Bureau in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, a new vocation arrived. Poetry writing entered her world, bringing a new passion and zest to her life as she attended creative writing classes and worked at learning how to write, to speak, and to sing in this new voice.
 
   
   
Books:
The Shadow Loom Poems (2010)
In her third book of poetry,”The Shadow Loom Poems,” Hughes weaves poems around five central themes: Love, Sorrow, Poetry, Pain, and Joy. With each theme, the poet designs a tapestry of her life experiences and events which may resonate with readers, offering a universal application to their own lives.
Flight on New Wings (2003)
Mary Willette Hughes’ second book, “Flight on New Wings,” contains fifty therapeutic poems for those in a treatment program for addiction. It chronicles the true story of a son, his mother’s, father’s and family’s experiences related to the disease of active addiction. The son had been abused at a young age by an older man. The ramifications of that event and how it contributed to his journey into addiction are revealed through poetry, mostly through poems of memory that relate the events of his life before and after treatment at age seventeen. He is now in his thirty-first year of sobriety. An addendum following the poems is included in the book. It gives basic information about poetry therapy and how it can be used as well as related discussion questions pertaining to each poem.
Quilt Pieces (2001)
The poet’s first published book of poetry is a memoir of her life, beginning with her years growing up, along with five brothers, on a farm in southern Minnesota. Mary’s recollections on college, marriage, and parenting form the middle section of the book, followed by observations of her parents’ and loved ones’ journeys into death. This unique collection of poems brings together pieces of lived experiences, stitching them together like a story-quilt spanning the years between the poet’s birth in 1932 to the time of publication in 2001.
 
       
 
 
       
 
Jeff Falkingham  
  cccaper.com  
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Jeff Falkingham is a mystery lover and history buff who writes for readers of all ages who share those passions. His published works combine early Minnesota history and fictional murder mysteries. A Browns Valley, MN native, currently living in Eden Prairie, Jeff has communications degrees from St. Cloud State University and Augsburg College. His multimedia presentations to schools, libraries and historical societies have drawn rave reviews from audiences across Minnesota, the Dakotas and western Wisconsin.
 
   
   
Books:
Sherlock Holmes: In Search of the Source (2009)
It's December 1896 in the booming capital city of St. Paul, Minnesota. Amid the thousands of German, Irish and Swedish immigrants, Sherlock Holmes has returned to America to attend the wedding of Peter Smith, whom he'd befriended 10 years earlier in the case of the County Courthouse Caper. Suddenly, there are complications. An overnight fire. A life's work destroyed. And worse: a dead body. The only clues? A pair of boot prints. A mysterious fuel. A missing sword. Eventually, a member of Peter's bridal party is implicated in arson---and murder. Now, Sherlock Holms must race against time, and an overzealous police detective, to solve a crime, before the nuptials can proceed.
Sherlock Holmes and the County Courthouse Caper (2001)
It's November 1886 in the tiny frontier town of Browns Valley, Minnesota. A pioneer family's idyllic life is suddenly disrupted by a series of gruesome discoveries: six dead bodies, each hanging in a tree, with a letter burned into their forehead by a branding iron. What do the letters spell? And who is the killer? Even the great Sherlock Holmes is baffled---until a 12-year-old frontier lad named Petey Smith, and a pair of mixed-bloods called Iron Will and Muley, come to his aid. The history, geography and cultural diversity of the Minnesota River Valley are intertwined with tales of political corruption, deceit, vengeance and murder in this intriguing blend of fact and fiction.
 
       
 
 
       
 
Gary Fehring  
  Amazon.com Author Page  
    gmfehring [AT] gmail [DOT] com  
   
Gary W. Fehring is a retired pastor who resides in Milaca, Minnesota. During nearly four decades of ministry, Fehring served Evangelical Lutheran Church in America parishes in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Luther Theological Seminary.
 
   
   
Books:
Maxwell's Ghost (2011)
Ghosts love to go camping.  It provides them a nice break from having to spend most of their ghostly lives alone in broken-down old houses waiting for anyone dumb enough to come in and get scared.  Taking an outing to a cemetery isn't much of an improvement.  Those places are just as lonely, especially at night.

Campgrounds, though, are filled with people, who, from the stories they tell around their campfires, seem to enjoy being scared.  The evening in a campground is when ghosts most like being ghosts.  In campsite after campsite, they listen to families telling stories about them.

The stories in this book are "ghost approved."  Should you make up your own ghost stories and share them around the campfire, make sure they are stories ghosts will like.  One of them could be listening.
A Laugh in the Dark
and Other Minnesota State Park Ghost Stories (2010)
If you were raised on campfire stories involving escaped serial killers with convenient barrels of sulfuric acid, or ghosts who are still searching for their stolen Golden Arms, then this volume of short fireside thrillers will be familiar in tone but not in content. Not content to merely re-write 'old faithfuls,' Fehring has instead spun up a batch of all-new terrors, each involving real and noteworthy camping locales chosen from Minnesota's plethora of fine State Parks.
Dinner with the King: Communion Dramas for Youth (2006)
Here's a set of six chancel dramas that will captivate young people (and the entire congregation) while helping them to learn the deeper significance of the sacramental meal at the heart of Christian worship -- and what it means to be invited guests at the Lord's Table. Originally conceived for middle-school age youth, these flexible pieces can be adapted for any size group; some can even be performed by adults. Minimal props and costumes are required, so the sketches are perfect for smaller churches -- yet they lend themselves to more elaborate presentation as well. These insightful dramas are excellent not only for presentation during worship, but also for congregational programs, youth nights, classroom instruction, or individual devotional reading.
 
       
 
 
       
 
Bob Fulton  
  Pickle Bump Press  
   
Bob Fulton is a Professor Emeritus at Saint John's University in Central Minnesota. He taught in the Saint John's University/College of Saint Benedict joint chemistry department for 39 years. His recent retirement allows him to spend more time traveling, visiting his children, and reading and telling stories to his grandchildren. He and his wife, Jackie, reside on Middle Spunk Lake in Avon, Minnesota.
 
   
   
Books:
Pickle Bumps For Baby Dill (2010)
Pickle Bumps for Baby Dill is a fun, colorful and beautifully illustrated story that encourages young children to accept and support those with differences (i.e., it's okay to be different). Baby Dill is a dill pickle who was born without pickle bumps [Bill Dill, holding their newborn Baby Dill, said to his wife Jill, "Did you know that Baby Dill does not have any pickle bumps? Not even one!"] As the story develops, the reader meets a diverse cast of pickle and olive characters (gherkins, dills, slices, stuffed olives, black olives, etc., with names like Gert and Mertin Gherkin, Olive Pitt and Karl Kalamata). These characters play important roles in helping Baby Dill find pickle bumps and the right kind of pickle bump glue. However, in the end Baby Dill finds the neighborhood friends to be accepting ["We are all different too. We like you just the way you are."] and Baby Dill decides that being different is okay after all. Baby Dill decides to go "bumpless!"
 
       
 
 
       
 
Donna Lovitz  
    lovitz100[at]gmail.com  
       Click here for Donna's most recent entry into the GRAG blog!  
   
Donna Lovitz grew up close to Clear Lake Minnesota. She graduated from St. Cloud Technical High school in 1979. She married Richard Lovitz in 1982 and moved to Sauk Rapids where she lived for 33 years. Currently she has retired and moved to Lake George, Minnesota. She has a daughter Katie who lives in Windom, Minnesota with her husband Brad. Her son Kevin passed away in 2008 from Muscular Dystrophy. Donna has always had a dream to write romance novels and is trying to make that dream come true.

She has had articles printed in the St. Cloud Times and poetry printed in the St. Cloud Unabridged newspapers. She is the winner of several contests involving slogans. Now she’s embarking on her first romance novel and feels she’s found the missing link in her life.
 
   
   
Books:
Coming Soon: "Sewing Northern Fields"
Soon to be published “Sowing Northern Fields” is a romantic, but serious and sometimes comical story that takes you back to 1973 in Montevideo Minnesota. Cheryl Langtree, a grieving young widow, is determined to carry out her husband’s dying wish to stay on the family farm, a feat unheard of for a woman alone at that time. She soon finds herself relentlessly pursued by the two handsome Cameron brothers who live on the farm next door. They compete for her heart as well as her land and both forget that too much fertilizer isn’t always a good thing. The whole Cameron family soon gets involved, and suddenly nothing is off limits, including church or using their own mother. Meanwhile the church ladies are trying to piece together more than just a quilt. The story goes to show you that “Love doesn’t always grow where you plant it but sometimes it grows wild where you least expect it.”
 
       
 
 
       
 
Mary Jo Mosher  
  Email address: mjmd32741[AT]izoom.net  
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Mary Jo Mosher is a retired jouralist with a newspaper background, co-founder of her home-town newspaper in Minnesota, and a free-lance writer, having written several stories for three national horse magazines. She and her daughter, Kristine Mosher, co-authored Hiking Minnesota II, a Falcon Guide pubished by Globe-Pequot Press in 2002. Mary Jo has a deep interest in astronomy, which she studies in her spare time. Possessing a great love for and appreciation of the out of doors, especially wilderness areas, Mary Jo and her husband, Robert Dingmann, have ridden horseback in many of Minnesota's state parks and the Big Horn National Forest. Their favorite place to ride is the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming where they have explored the backcountry for more than 20 years, 13 of those years working as volunteers for the U.S. Forest Service, Tongue District.
 
   
   
Books:
Penny's Tale (2011)

This true story is a must read for anyone who has been touched by adoption, whether you’re an adoptee, adoptive parent or grandparent, birth mother, or you have someone in your extended family that was adopted.

Penny's Tale is a memoir about the author’s experience as a child born to a mother on welfare who, from Penny’s birth, can’t decide whether to keep her or to give her up. Her birth father, famous in the boxing world and from whom her mother is off and on separated, denies paternity. As a result, Penny is passed from foster home to foster home during her first 10 years. An elderly aunt and uncle adopt her temporarily until the county removes Penny from their abusive home and places her in an orphanage in Minneapolis. She is later adopted at age 10. But the story doesn’t end there. Turmoil brews in the adoptive home, separations occur, and Penny searches for her birth family, the truth about her past, and a lost sister.
Hiking Minnesota, 2nd Edition:
A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures
(2009)
Describes over 40 great hikes, highlighting the history and geography of each route. The book includes exhaustively detailed trail descriptions, mile-by-mile directional cues, trail contacts, elevation profiles, and GPS-quality maps.
One Man Against the Mountain (2009)
This story isn't just about a man's struggle to survive an unforgiving Walker Prairie winter in a canvas tent. It's also about Danny Longwell's struggles within himself; his feelings about his overly strict father; his feelings about death; his lack of self-confidence; and his battles with loneliness. Through the unrelenting northern-Wyoming winter atop the Bighorn Mountains that nearly succeed in killing him, as he labors to keep warm and meditates on his life and his sanity for this undertaking, he slowly comes to an understanding regarding himself and others.
 
       
 
 
       
 
Jimmy Olsen  
  jimmyolsen.net/  
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Jimmy Olsen didn't start writing fiction until he was well past 40. In the tradition of American writers like Jack London and Louis L'Amour, Olsen spent much of his life seeking adventure. He began scuba diving in 1961 at age 13 and continues today. A machine-gunner in Vietnam, after two tours he settled down awhile, married, started a family and graduated college with a BS in English. Still at college, he published his first national story in a diving magazine. A year later he moved his family to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic where he taught at a private American school and started the Republic's first professional diving school, Scuba Dominican, C por A. Hearing rumors of shipwrecks and gold, Olsen and a small group of adventurers discovered the site of the French Man-O-War Imperial and several other vessels. After five years in the Caribbean, Olsen completed his MA at the University of Alabama and returned to writing, taking a job with a daily newspaper in Athens, Alabama for a year before becoming an editor back home in Minnesota. This lasted four years before the thirst for adventure overtook him again and he was back in the diving business, traveling to dive destinations from the Caribbean to the South Pacific. The snorkeling scene in Thing In Ditches comes directly from the author's own rich experiences. Jimmy Olsen has written two additional novels, Scuba, due to be released next year and YR-71, a Vietnam seafaring adventure set near Da Nang. In addition, he's completed 20 short stories, some set in his native Minnesota and others from around the globe. Several of these have recently been sold and will soon be in print. Olsen continues to travel extensively, returning to the Dominican Republic to dive his old haunts only hours before Hurricane Georges. Equally at home at the keyboard of a computer or his ancient Royal, Olsen spends his writing days in a north woods setting without even the basic comforts such as running water or electricity and at his modern office in the city. He has three children, now grown, and lives with his wife in Minnesota.
 
   
   
Books:
The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories (2012)
This collection of island stories carries the reader from daring adventures beneath the Caribbean Sea to tense conflict on a deserted island near the Canadian border. Love stories and private eyes, a boy living on a lonely salt cay and a girl's dream of freedom at sea, hurricanes and heroes - all told with humor and the insight that comes from firsthand experience.
Poison Makers (2011)
In Poison Makers, Jimmy Olsen once again turns the traditional mystery on its head and shakes out stories of diplomats run amuck, deadly Cuban lovers, Caribbean voodoo and New York City car chases. Not a drug dealer, terrorist or serial killer in sight, but a protagonist, Edgar Espinosa-Jones (EJ), a reader can root for. A story that can be dark, but with uncontrived thrills that provoke both laughter and apprehension. Characters appear from the depth of Haitian Vodoun and Catholic Santo Domingo, and are little different from those who live next door to us, even if some are zombies. EJ accepts an assignment from his enigmatic mentor Garrett Yancy to investigate the seemly innocent death of U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Adam Quist. His first job is to interview one of the Ambassador s daughters at a secret rendezvous in Port-au-Prince, Haiti where he is drawn to her by an uncanny intensity as they travel dark streets toward a forbidden voodoo ceremony. Soon after, EJ is in terror for his life, running and hiding until he can find nowhere safe and is forced to make his last stand. Live or die. Poison Makers is anything but the usual mystery. Set in the turbulent 1970s, the Caribbean seethes with political intrigue, revolutionaries, superstition, violence and EJ s own tangled love affairs. With the help of his best friend, a crooked Dominican cop, EJ s split nationality (Dominican/American) and quirky view of life combine to solve the mysteries at whatever cost.
Things in Ditches (2000)
A murder mystery novel. The story of Phillip "Dutch" Cleland, a man with a hidden past and a future about to explode in his face. A seemingly average man whose love for two women drives him to such extremes that deception, even murder and suicide are not longer unthinkable. When a lovely corpse is discovered near Dutch's home town, the nearby ditches begin to yield a harvest of secrets, none of them comforting for Dutch. Soon he is forced to flee for his life, before his past and the police slip a noose around his neck. Things In Ditches is peopled with small town characters that are so humorous and eccentric, their oddball antics enliven every paragraph and page. A reader can't help but be reeled in by the strange citizens of Willow River, until soon discovering they're really not so different from all of us and Dutch's story is the oldest story on earth; good and evil, betrayal and laughter. And finally, the power of love and friendship, forging one man's determination to overcome all odds, even death.
Visit Amazon.com for additional Kindle books by Jimmy Olsen
"Wormwood" Kindle Edition (2010)
"The Private Eye" Kindle Edition (2010)
 
       
 
 
       
 
Mike Roberts  
    Email address: mike.roberts41[AT]gmail.com  
  Amazon.com Author Page  
   
  Mike Roberts, the author of the book "The Last Keeper at Split Rock" is a four-year veteran of the United States Coast Guard, serving during the Vietnam War era from 1966 to 1970.  He retired in 2007, and in his retirement, he wrote a book about his military service on the north shore of Lake Superior.  He enlisted in the Coast Guard in April 1966 and was sent to boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey for training.  He was transferred to the Duluth Lifeboat Station and served as a small boat crewman on 'Search and Rescue' as well as 'Aids to Navigation' while there.  He went to the Split Rock Lighthouse in December 1966 and was stationed there for 27 months until it was permanently closed and decommissioned in January 1969.  He was the last Coastguardsman and military lighthouse keeper at the Split Rock Light House.  When the lighthouse was shut down and went dark, Mike and his family were transferred to North Superior Life Boat Station in Grand Marais, MN, where he again was on 'Search and Rescue.' 
When his four-year enlistment was up in April 1970, he went back home to Ely, Mn. and resumed his life as before going into the service.

Prior to his going into the Service, Mike worked as a fishing guide in what is now known as the Boundary Water Canoe Area wilderness.  He also worked in the early 1960's at Ford Motor Company's Rouge Plant in Dearborn, MI. as a Pipe Fitter.  After getting out of the Service in April, 1970, Mike went back to the Peter Mitchell Taconite Mine in Babbitt, MN as a Diesel Mechanic and then as a Pipe Fitter. In 1976, when continuous rumors persisted of the mine closing down due to pollution issues, he took a job teaching Plumbing and Pipefitting at the Technical College in Jackson, MN.  He is a 1980 graduate of Mankato State University and is a Minnesota Journeyman and Master Plumber.  After teaching at Jackson for 13 years, the State of Minnesota changed the way they financed vocational education which caused a ratio imbalance between students and teachers, causing Mike, who was the junior instructor in a two-man department, to be laid off.

He accepted a job in Delaware, where he was the warehouse and distribution manager and a lumber buyer for a specialty (cedar and redwood) lumber company.  After working three years on the east coast, a job opened in Red Wing, MN., so he and his family moved back to Minnesota.  Mike then worked for a mechanical contractor as a project manager for three years, until a job teaching plumbing opened up in Saint Cloud.  Mike taught at the Technical College there for 13 years and retired in 2007.

Mike and Mary Roberts have been married for 47 years, live in rural Saint Cloud, MN, and have 3 sons.  They have 7 grandchildren, all presently under the age of 12, who live in Albertville MN.  Being retired, Mike and Mary enjoy doing anything that catches their fancy, which includes going to their granchildren's many sports and school activities.  Mike spends his summers gardening, doing yard work, going to rummage and yard sales with Mary, looking for old books, bluegrass records, and anything else they absolutely can't live without.  He golfs with his 3 sons and is presently trying to start a vineyard with his son, Tim.  Life is good and retirement is the job he has been looking for all his life.  He also sells his autographed book via mail order and can be contacted at mike.roberts41[AT]gmail.com.
 
   
   
Books:
The Last Keeper at Split Rock - A Memoir (2010)
In 1969, Mike Roberts turned off the light at Split Rock Lighthouse. He was the last duty officer to serve at the iconic landmark. These are his stories of life at Split Rock, of the great Superior, and of making ends meet on the North Shore.
 
       
 
 
       
 
John Roscoe  
  legaciesoffaith.net  
   
John’s writing and historical research has developed from his educational career, teaching literature and writing for the Aitkin and Albany, Minnesota school districts. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from St. Cloud State University with a major in English as well as graduate studies at St. Cloud State and the University of Minnesota. The research involved in writing this book has led him to an even greater appreciation of the immigrant experience and how it produced the remarkable outcomes embodied in its churches.
 
   
   
Books:
Legacies of Faith:
The Catholic Churches of Stearns County (2009)
Scores of remarkable brick Gothic and Romanesque style Catholic churches, perhaps the most significant religious architecture in rural Minnesota, are clustered within the rural core of Stearns County, seeming to be hidden in the wide open spaces of central Minnesota prairie. These remarkably designed churches form the basis of the recently published book Legacies of Faith – the Catholic Churches of Stearns County, written by John Roscoe and Robert Roscoe, and published by North Star Press of Saint Cloud. Renowned Minnesota photographer Doug Ohman’s 180 color images illustrate their magnificent interiors and richly ornamented details. Stearns County’s culturally distinct rural hamlets, many only five miles apart, are similar to their European counterparts. These iconic structures came into form by German and Polish immigrant farm communities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Legacies of Faith – the Catholic Churches of Stearns County brings to light the history of how these magnificent churches came into being from extraordinary circumstances of historical, social and ethnic forces, and why these communities created such great works of architecture.
 
       
 
 
       
 
Richard Steinitz  
  Personal Website  
        Amazon Author Page  
   
Richard Steinitz was born in 1947 in New York, to German Jewish immigrant parents. He grew up in the New York suburb of Harrison, NY and after four unproductive years at S.U.N.Y. / Buffalo, he moved to Israel where he has lived since with his wife Naomi. They have two children and two grandchildren.

As a 40+ year resident of Israel and veteran of more than 20 years’ service as a Medic in the Israeli Army Reserves, he was disappointed by the scarcity of books that paint a true picture of the Israel-Arab conflict. Many works of fiction presume to give an accurate description of the area and events, yet contain glaring errors of fact and even simple translation.
 
   
   
Books:
Murder Over the Border (2013)

His first novel, Murder Over the Border, built upon his intimate knowledge of the country, the people that live in and around it, and on the hopes and dreams of all the peoples of the region. It is a classic detective story, with political and social flavors, set in the turmoil of the Middle East Peace Process.

Yossi Abulafia, an Israeli murder squad detective, is on reserve army duty, and is photographing antelopes instead of watching the border. His post collapses suddenly, injuring him seriously.

After recovering, he discovers that during the collapse he has unwittingly taken a picture of what appears to be a murder - on the other side of the border!

As the result of his injuries, he is on ‘easy duty’, and is sent to an Interpol conference in Amsterdam where he meets a Jordanian police office. They are both attacked by an unknown assailant, Yossi is seriously injured and airlifted back home. After this second injury, he is discharged from the police force and takes a job in the Prime Minister’s office, dealing with the secret peace negotiations.

As part of his duties he meets with the Palestinian delegation and discovers a connection to the shooter in Amsterdam, and to the murder in Jordan. A series of incidents, shootings and diplomatic activity eventually lead to the unexpected solving of the crimes.

It is available both in print [ISBN: 978-0692261828], and as an e-book.
Kaplan’s Quest (2014)

Richard’s second novel, Kaplan’s Quest, is a historical thriller. The disappearance Shmulik Kaplan’s great-uncle Samuel during World War II has shaped the life of the young university lecturer. As part of his Master's Thesis on the history of German between the wars, he sets out to try and discover what happened to his uncle – an outstanding athlete who managed to leave Germany in 1935, and yet incomprehensibly, returned to Berlin, and then vanished without a trace.

From his book lined office at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, to Berlin and to Mont St. Michel in France, and through the dusty WW II archives of the German army, the quest takes him on a rollercoaster journey of personal discovery and emotion. The search uncovers events and materials that no-one had ever heard of before, or seen, since the days of the German occupation of France.

It is available in print - [ISBN: 978-0692250372] and as an e-book.

 
       
 
 
       
 
Eve Wallinga  
  www.evewallinga.com  
   
Eve Christensen Wallinga was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. She lives and writes in St. Cloud, Minnesota, with her husband, Gary. She has two grown children—a daughter and son. Wallinga holds master’s degrees in clinical psychology and business administration. She is a citizen activist concerned with environmental issues, especially those relating to preservation of natural areas, and she has won state-wide recognition for her efforts. She is also an advocate for women’s health issues, specifically those dealing with breast cancer. She co-founded and blogs for Breastoration, a foundation headquartered in New Orleans, dedicated to educating women about their reconstructive options following breast cancer surgery and providing funding for those undergoing breast reconstruction. In 2014, she received the Spirit of Women Award from CentraCare Health Foundation in St. Cloud.
 
   
   
Books:
The Voodoo Breast: A Novel of Healing (2014)
 
“…a story not only of identity and femininity, but of magic…The Big Easy stars in this affecting novel about a couple’s unusual route to redemption.”
     – Kirkus Reviews

“Wallinga has penned a fascinating story of healing and recovery…as a couple deals with the wounds, both psychological and physical, left by a battle with cancer… Wallinga has a talent for evoking just the right emotions with her word choice.”
     – Foreword Reviews
Allie is drawn to post-Katrina New Orleans for restorative surgery after breast cancer. Unusual events and curious coincidences begin to occur—ghostly music, disembodied whistling, and a realistic dream in which she meets a mysterious man who promises her a future journey, if she dares. Allie and her husband find their love and faith tested, as they struggle in a relationship strained by time, illness, and diverging views of reality.
Waterfalls of Minnesota’s North Shore: A Guide for Sightseers, Hikers and Romantics (2006)
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Join Eve and Gary Wallinga on the scenic pathways that lead to the magnificent waterfalls of Lake Superior's North Shore. Maps and directions to over 130 waterfalls are included in this unique guide, many not found in any other book! From the St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park to the Pigeon River on the Canadian border, the Wallingas offer waterfall experiences ranging from highway wayside to invigorating day-hikes. Let the Wallingas be your guides to new North Shore adventures!
 
       
 
 
       
 
Harold Zosel  
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  HAROLD ZOSEL (rhymes with proposal) is a fifty year resident of St Cloud, MN, where he has spent the past 48 years in the Financial Services business. He is a veteran of the Navy, and has a Masters degree in Financial Sciences. His hobby is Deltiology (the collecting and research of postcards). Acadia Publishing recently published his book, ST CLOUD, as one of the postcard history series of books. Harold is a very active member of the Stearns History Museum where he did most of the research on the 240 photo postcards that are pictured and described in the book.
 
   
   
Books:
St. Cloud (Postcards of America) (2010)
St. Cloud, located on the Mississippi River and in the center of Minnesota, was incorporated on April 2, 1856, by merging three towns together. Through the magic of vintage postcards, travel through time to early in the last century. Readers can see buildings and street scenes that are long gone or changed so much they are unrecognizable today. Explore the granite industry, here since the early 1860s. Meet Samuel Pandolfo, who decided to build an automobile here in 1917. Learn about the man who developed a tin can chair, as well as the St. Cloud Reformatory, which has the largest wall in the United States.