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(Photo from the Kansas City Star)

Our currently featured books, “The Fun Master,” by Jeff Seitzer, “Finding Grace,” by Maren Cooper and “Indiana Nocturnes,” by Curtis L. Crider and Kevin McKelvey, can be found by scrolling down below this post, or by clicking the author’s name on our Authors page.



Who would leave Silicon Valley for Kansas City—especially the east side of Kansas City, an area most white locals avoid? Only someone who suddenly can’t afford anything else and who also has a shred of emotional attachment to the neighborhood, just enough to make it seem like home. It’s a struggle: a white woman in her childhood neighborhood, which is now mostly Black. An expressway slices through the area now, bringing noise and separating the residents from the commercial district.

Unknown to her, the neighbors wonder what a white woman is doing here, moving into an abandoned house that wasn’t even for sale, with nothing but what she brought in her car. Then a break-in occurs, not an unusual event in this neighborhood, and barriers are breached. She makes friends with the elderly teacher next door, who is relieved to see her long-vacant house occupied, the grass mown, repairs being made. And there is a mystery about the break-in, which lingers until the end of the story.


There’s only one thing more excited than a kid in a candy store: a kid in a candy store who can steal as much candy as he needs. The same kid later realizes that budgeting for high school is so restrictive—why not just steal all those shiny little (and big) things that caught his eye? 

Tom Bentley was that kid. He was a dedicated, accomplished shoplifter through his high school years, so much so that he treated it as a business, taking orders for record albums, tape recorders, clothes, liquor and all sorts of glittery little gewgaws from his peer clients, and instructing a small team of fellow five-fingerers in matters of the trade.


When Harry Injurides returns from the dead, it sends his friends in strange directions – before long, tech empires built on digital pain and reluctant religions lead those friends into a vicious conflict that forever changes what it means to be human.

Writes one reviewer: “Completely fresh and utterly surprising, Pharoni is an off-the-wall novel that will keep you scratching your head until the last unpredictable scene.”

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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