Monday, November 3, 2014

Security Squad, a Mars Cannon book by Nicolette Pierce

Security Squad (Book #3 in the Mars Cannon series)
Nicolette Pierce

October, 2014
E-Book, $3.99

From the Publisher: The ladies are at it again. They’ve switched gears and designed uniforms to become Madison’s Security Squad. The uniforms? Hideous. The job? An arcade that pays in tokens. Figuring that it’s a low-key job, Mars hopes that the ladies will stay out of trouble. 


So very wrong. 

When the arcade wall is vandalized repeatedly, Mrs. Janowski calls the squad for immediate action. With Aaron’s help, they decode the message on the wall, leading them to a seedy bar where danger lurks. The bar’s parking lot is full, but where are the customers? 

Mars has her own problems to work through. Evan and Brett . . . and the envelope. Mars discovers a secret that Evan’s been keeping, threatening their new relationship. And Brett . . . God, she doesn’t know what to do about him. But she’ll have to figure it out, and soon. 

My Review: Third in the series...after reading Pierce's Nadia Wolf series in which I wanted Nadia for my best friend, it took a little bit for me to change gears and learn to like Mars. She's different, but still gutsy. This series is set in Wisconsin, and takes full advantage of all the quirks the state has to offer, from our love of fried foods to biker heaven and biker bars, to our outer space obsession. Mrs. Janowski and the girls are such a hoot I can't help but love them as they attempt to make a name for themselves as a protection squad and use all their weapons—from keen observation to frying pans and Internet research. The relationships in the book are all quirky, from the Mars-Evan-Brett triangle to T and Emmy, to the ladies of the Squad.

For those who enjoy humorous, quirky characters solving a mystery with clues and actions out in left field, along with some steamy romance. Standalone-able, although you'll want to read the other books in the series too.

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

Buy on Amazon
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).