Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coming soon - SW WI Festival of Books Nov 8

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books
at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha
November 8, 2014

Panel discussions
​ & Book Signing
Mystery Writers: A panel with Michael Giorgio, Nanci Rathbun and Patricia Skalka
(Authors discuss creating mystery novels that include Wisconsin settings)   

November 8, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Bodysnatchers! Characters who refuse to follow the plotline & then take over the story!
(Michael Giorgio discusses these quirky, irrepressible and sometimes irascible characters with fellow authors Lynne Carole Austin, Alex Beldsoe, Martha Berland and Kathie Giorgio)

November 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

First Time Book Writers
(Local up-and-coming writers talk about their experience receiving that first book contract and share how they beat the odds.   Michael Giorgio shares the stage with Lynne Carole Austin, Alice Benson, Kerry Crowley, Sandy Goldsworthy, Jim Landwehr, Kelly Risser and Kathie Giorgio)
November 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Michael will be available to sign your book following each session in the author signing area.  Copies of Justice Comes Home available for purchase at the Martha Merrell's Books booth.

Other Upcoming Appearances:

November 13, 2014
Books & Company Oconomowoc, WI

Michael Giorgio and fellow mystery author Nanci Rathbun kick off this fun night by asking the questions...of each other!

Audience Q&A and signing to follow.  Event begins 7:00 pm

Praise for Justice Comes Home...

"Engrossing..." -  Nanci Rathbun, author of Truth Kills and Cash Kills, Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries

 "This novel has it all ..." - Leslie Matthews Stansfield, author of Mr. T and the Traveling Tea Cup
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Debut Author Holly Michael and Crooked Lines

Holly Michael grew up in Door County.
Crooked Lines is her first novel.

On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister’s death, she sets her heart on India, a symbol of peace.

Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse cultural and religious milieus, he labors toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers.

Traveling similar paths and bridged across oceans through a priest, the two desire peace and their divine destiny. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed…and buried memories, unearthed.

Crooked Lines, a beautifully crafted debut novel, threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth.

Purchase Info:

Holly Michael, published in various magazines, newspapers, and in Guideposts

books released her debut novel, Crooked Lines. She and her husband, Anglican Bishop Leo Michael, regularly travel from their home in Kansas City to India. She enjoys watching football, especially when her two sons are playing—Jake (NFL) and Nick (Rajin’ Cajuns). She also has a lovely daughter, Betsy.

Twitter: @HollyMichael

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wisconsin Poetry Festival October 10-11, Fort Atkinson

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The Friends of Lorine Niedecker will host the sixth Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11, at the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson.

Free and open to the public

The Poetry Café will provide the mash-up of poets, writers, publishers, and poetry appreciators.

This year’s highlights include:
A Tour of the poet’s museum archive, the Niedecker Room and regional history in anticipation of a Saturday evening presentation on Increase Lapham.

The Poetry Path created with sidewalk chalk will start at the Fort Atkinson Farmers’ Market on Milwaukee Avenue and continue in front of the library.

Open Mics will be held on Friday evening at the Café Carpe, moderated by Marilyn Taylor.

Meet with poets in small groups for discussion about their work and the poetic process and this year, and two Writers Workshops

For a complete schedule, event descriptions and list of presenters and their biographies at the festival, visit, or Google Wisconsin Poetry Festival or contact Ann Engelman at (920) 563-0416 or Amy Lutzke (920) 563-7790.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sheboygan Children's Book Festival October 10-12

Festival Theme: Feed Your Imagination

The 2014 festival will highlight imagination and inspiration in books for children and teens.

Visit for more information.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Remembering Ben Logan Memorial Service 3 PM Oct 26

Beloved Wisconsin Author Ben Logan passed away September 19, 2014 at the age of 94.

Best known for The Land Remembers, Logan was a a prolific author who enjoyed his audience.
His Seldom Seen farm near Viroqua, Wisconsin was placed in the Mississippi Valley Conservancy in 2008 for protection.

“Once you have lived on the land, been a partner
with its moods, secrets, and seasons, you cannot leave.
The living land remembers,
touching you in unguarded moments, saying,
‘I am here. You are part of me.'”
~Ben Logan 

Ben LoganBen Logan was born in 1920 on farm near Seneca and Mount Sterling; studied agricultural journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Madison. During WWII, he served in the Navy. After the war, he worked as a merchant seaman before returning to finish his master's degree in Wisconsin. Further travel brought him to Mexico where he studied anthropology and creative writing. From 1960-1985, he served as senior producer for United Methodist Communications in New York. Logan published his autobiographical classic The Land Remembers in 1975, for which he won the 1976 Banta Award. After retiring from United Methodist Communications, he moved back to his boyhood home in Wisconsin. He published The Empty Meados in 1983. UW-Platteville awarded him the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1984 and he won an Emmy Award in 1986 for his documentary "Taking Children Seriously."

Read the obituary HERE.
A memorial service is scheduled for 3 PM in Gays Mills on October 26, 2014.

Here is a Goodreads List of his works.
Excerpt from Every Root an Anchor

Author Ben Logan relaxes in his old family farmstead near Steuben in Crawford County in 2006 Photo Credit-Gary Porter, Journal-Sentinel

Author Ben Logan relaxes in his old family farmstead near Steuben in Crawford County in 2006 Photo Credit-Gary Porter, Journal-Sentinel

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Ben Logan 
with Garrison Keillor

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Trevelyan, fantasy book by Naomi Musch

Naomi Musch


     Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. (May 21, 2014)
     ASIN: B00KI26HKW
4.99, 10.95 print

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From the publisher:
Five men and two Elven princes have embarked upon a quest: to save a sister from the wasteland of the Great Winter where she is held in the clutches of a Monster Lord who all believe brought desecration and ruin to the once glorious kingdom of Trevelyan. It is a land where hideous creatures and madness prey upon the careless, a land where faerie magic has taken an evil turn. For fifty years, no man or ally of men has been safe beyond the Cranreuch Plain. 

Until Belle's choice leads them all to discover the truth. 

Now rescuing her might come at a cost no one expects -- and from an evil no one but a princely beast and the faeries of Evensong ever anticipated. 

My review:
Combining the most fun of several genres and fairy tales, Musch’s latest novel for all readers adds a new twist to the tale of Beauty and the Beast.  A ruined, widowed father makes a terrible decision in order to save the rest of his family. His daughter Belle, one of his six children, is loved by all except her two sisters. Their vanity and jealousy rises to a horrible level of selfishness that may ruin not just the family but the world as they know it.
When a prince is cursed by an evil faery queen, the spell is only gentled by a promise of true love. The prince is turned outwardly into a hideous beast and the land around the legendary kingdom of Trevelyan turned into perpetual winter. The prince believes he has found true love, but must convince the woman he has exchanged for her father’s life to return that love. Meanwhile, the young woman, Belle, becomes enraptured with a dream of the love of a young and handsome prince whose portrait and diaries she finds.
Granted a leave to return to care for her ailing father, Belle is able to convince him he is well. When the leave is over, she must decide whether or not to return to her captor. However, the choice is taken from her when the means of return vanishes. Even as she learns her brothers’ search for her has led them to the Beast’s palace, she prays her delay will cause no lasting harm.
As with every good fairy tale, the ends justify the means and the moral of the story teaches us that sometimes what we wish for isn’t what’s best for us. Well done story. Told from multiple viewpoints with enjoyable humor and suitable angst for most readers.  

About the Author:

Naomi Musch loves stories rich in American history, but writes in several other genres as well. Naomi's aim is to surprise and entertain readers while telling stories about imperfect people who are finding hope and faith to overcome their struggles, whether the setting is past, contemporary, or even fantastic. 

She and husband Jeff have five adult children, and enjoy epic adventures with them around their home in the Wisconsin woods. She invites readers to say hello and find out more about her stories, passions, and other writing venues at or look her up on Facebook (Naomi Musch - Author) and Twitter (NMusch). 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Book review of Fallen Angel by KC Berg

Fallen Angel
KC Berg

Create Space
ISBN 978-1500461911
Date August, 2014
Price 13.95 print, 4.99 ebook

From the publisher: Beth loves Sam so much that it hurts, but he is a prisoner to his past. Listening to her broken heart, Beth packs up her belongings and flees Eagle River in the middle of the night, hoping to leave all of the pain and the heartache behind. Five years later, a mysterious stranger—and a phone call from a deceased friend—convince her that Sam is in danger and she needs to go back. With her heart in her hands, she returns to Sam and the Thunder Ridge Ranch, but will her love be strong enough to save both of them before time runs out? "Fallen Angel" is a spiritual romance that examines the theory that souls are bound together across time, and that they travel together through a succession of lives, helping and guiding each other on their way home.

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About the Author

K.C. Berg became a published author at the age of fourteen when her first full-length article appeared in The Hoards Dairyman, a national magazine. She graduated cum laude from Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, where she studied creative writing and received the Mary. E. Morton scholarship for a short-story titled "Bonds." K.C. berg also writes and produces dramatic plays. Two of her plays placed in a national competition. The first one, Adamantine, was performed in New York City in February of 1996, and Clean Linen received a reading in Myrtle Beach, SC, in May 2014. Berg resides in Northeast Wisconsin, which is the setting for her third novel, Fallen Angel, and is active with and supports both the community theater and the animal shelter in her home town. In the Light of the Passing: Book 1, was a finalist in the competition; both In the Light of the Passing and its sequel, Brinda's Promise: Book 2, were awarded the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Commercial Fiction in 2007. 

My review:

Desperation hope learning enough, doing enough good to earn our way to heaven...

Sam and Beth met at an inopportune time in their lives; Beth, in her late forties, is six years older than Sam who never got over his former wife and their shotgun wedding and loss of their baby decades earlier. Ten years of choosing to stay with Cindy who simply leaves him without, in his mind, any warning, tells us what kind of person he is. He didn’t handle it well, broke down and moved up north to run a supper club. People keep leaving Sam until he is in need of saving.

Beth is given a mission by a mysterious stranger, one she feels ill-equipped to handle until she’s taught the theory of old souls who need the help of others on their journey.

In many ways the story is more of a celestial battle between sure and surer, between right and wrong, however you want to interpret that, between who can reap more souls while the other wreaks more havoc. Mysterious people, Peter and Mark, appear to Beth to plead for Sam’s soul, and Beth is unwittingly drawn into this fight between the two. Both use whoever and whatever is at their disposal – loved ones, signs, creatures, miracles, rumors and innuendo, sins even, to reach for what they want.

I was given a pdf proof copy to read for review. I honestly think there could be have quite a lot less narration to get the story told. The story is told mostly from the point of view of Sam and Beth with some other conversations and characters dialog thrown in.

Drawing on the popular supper club, bars, Friday fish fries, Berg’s Wisconsin is as familiar as home, wherever it is…’cept we drink Miller here, or at least Spotted Cow. Buds are fer them across the border. Those who feel curious about someone’s idea of reincarnation will enjoy this gentle story of—dare I say it?—middle-aged people who step out of their ruts.