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Local Author Meet and Greet

Event date: 
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Mysterious Galaxy brings you the latest in our regular community events showcasing the local talent of more than a dozen authors — in our genres and beyond — who are enthused to share their works with us. We will mingle for a bit, hear a little about each author’s work, and have some tasty refreshments to top off the afternoon. There will be a variety of genres and subjects — ranging from the end of the world to retellings of historical events — from history to mystery to fantasy. These fun gatherings are a great opportunity to meet new people and have a chance to support our local authors. You just might be the first to discover a future bestselling author of our time!

Participants at present include: Rusty Williamson, Don Westenhaver, Wanjiru Warama, Judy Ames Stephens, Kirk Raeber, Cherie Kephart, Mario Acevedo, Jenetta Penner, J.Y. Olmos, Ross R. Moore, Steve McGovern, Frances Mahan, Michelle Lowe, Michael Dale Kimmel, Ethan Howard, Lyndon M. Hardy, Sandra de Helen, Cynthia Diamond,  Laura Daleo, David Agranoff & Edward Morris, Bob Siegel, and Anna-Marie Abell.

Master of the Five Magics: 2nd edition (Magic by the Numbers #1) By Lyndon M. Hardy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997150162
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Published: Bartizan Press - November 16th, 2016

Back in print after almost thirty years! 
“One of the most logical detailing of the laws of magic ever to appear in fantasy” – Lester del Rey
Alodar was a mere journeyman, learning the least of the five arts of magic. As such, he had no right to aspire to the hand of Vendora, Queen of all of Procolon. But aspire he did.

Holy Crap! The World is Ending!: How a Trip to the Bookstore Led to Sex with an Alien and the Destruction of Earth (Anunnaki Chronicles #1) By Anna-Marie Abell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947119024
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Published: Alien Abduction Press - September 21st, 2017

End Times Are Here! Now You Can Eat Whatever You Want and Not Care if You Gain Weight!

The president has announced that Earth is going to collide with a rogue moon, and in the process, our entire planet is going to be smashed to bits. As one would expect, upon hearing this news, humans went ballistic. It was as if every sports team in the world lost their championship game at the same time. No car was left unrolled—but oddly enough, Taco Bell remained open and made unfathomable profits in the last days. Apparently, Doritos Locos® Tacos were a popular last meal.

Autumn (who for the purpose of this retelling asked to be portrayed as drool-inducing hot with kick-ass ninja skills) has just been handed the task of saving all of humanity. With the help of her unbelievably sexy alien boyfriend and her kleptomaniac friend with fire-retardant hair, Autumn races to save her fellow humans by using the Ark of the Covenant. Along the way, she discovers how sheltered people are from the truth of extraterrestrials and their power to either protect us or destroy us.

Stupid government.

Grab a bottle of wine, a shipload of snacks, and prepare to take a ride on this humorous chick lit romantic sci-fi paranormal adventure. If you’re into Ancient Aliens, conspiracy theories, UFOs, crave a little sexy time in your reading, are curious if we were genetically engineered (like the Sumerian cuneiform texts claim), and are dying to find out the meaning of life, then this book is for you.

The Vow By Laura Daleo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997846102
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Published: Author Laura Daleo - August 27th, 2016

130 years ago, vampires and humans entered into a vow, combining both worlds. A vampire’s survival no longer required a human sacrifice…or so they thought. The discovery of two mummified exsanguinated bodies changed everything for Claire Matthews. Her world is turned upside down as the deceased are her mother and father and her brother, JJ, is missing. The predator accused…a vampire.

Third Monday in May By Ross R. Moore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937968342
Published: Broadstone Books - May 15th, 2017

 It is spring 1875, and in an effort to boost the prestige of his new racetrack in Louisville and the first running of his Kentucky Derby, Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. has invited the most famous couple in America to attend. Abraham and Mary Lincoln, living in retirement in Springfield since the end of his eventful years as president (nearly cut short by a failed assassination attempt), accept his invitation to revisit their home state. But for Alexander Delacroix, a New Orleans gambler, this presents the opportunity for him to exact long awaited revenge for the defeated Confederacy. As the Lincolns make their way to Kentucky, a dark conspiracy takes shape against the backdrop of final preparations for the opening day of the track. Together with a cast of thoroughbred horsemen and African-American trainers and jockeys all dreaming of racing glory, their fates will collide on the THIRD MONDAY IN MAY.

Missing Star By Don Westenhaver Cover Image
ISBN: 9781506903668
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Published: First Edition Design Publishing - January 3rd, 2017

Danny Parker, a pilot wounded in the Great War, returns home to Long Beach California hoping to reconcile with his former girlfriend who is now a silent movie star. But Joyce has disappeared. As Danny searches for Joyce, clues lead him to the stunt pilot who taught him to fly, an old priest scarred by the Indian Wars, a police chief who prefers justice to politics, a big tent evangelist who preaches women’s rights, and a Barnum & Bailey showman who owns hundreds of Nickelodeon theaters and is now running for mayor of Los Angeles. In 1919 Southern California is booming with four new industries: aviation, automobiles, oil exploration, and entertainment. Beneath the shimmering exhilaration lies the dirt of human greed.

The Hounding By Sandra De Helen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991079216
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Published: McCorkle Ink - November 20th, 2013

Book One of the Shirley Combs and Dr. Mary Watson series, THE HOUNDING, introduces the private investigator and her sidekick as they meet each other, and Mary begins to chronicle the cases. Shirley is hired to solve the murder of Priscilla Vandeleur, who is hounded to her death by what she has felt cursed by her entire life. A rich heiress, she leaves plenty of suspects. As Shirley Combs investigates, Mary tags along and learns a few things. Set in Portland, Oregon where the trees provide so much: beauty, lumber, paper, fuel, and fodder for a murder mystery.

The Illustrious Client By Sandra De Helen, Nann Dunn (Editor), Beverly Standish (Photographer) Cover Image
By Sandra De Helen, Nann Dunn (Editor), Beverly Standish (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780991079209
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Published: McCorkle Ink - November 22nd, 2013

Book Two of the Shirley Combs and Dr. Mary Watson series, THE ILLUSTRIOUS CLIENT, shows us the private investigator and her sidekick sharing an office, and introduces their receptionist, Lix. They are hired to influence a young international pop star, Oceane Charles, to pry her away from her older, richer, player of a girlfriend. The cast is made up of people with various ethnicities and backgrounds, and of course the job soon includes solving a murder mystery. Along the way, Mary discovers her latent lesbianism. Set in Portland, Oregon on a superyacht, in a hospital VIP room, at Rose Festival, and other fun places.

A Journey Into the Mind By Frances Mahan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781482896879
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Published: Authorhouse - August 27th, 2014

Often time, we don't expand our mind because of our belief system. Out thoughts influenced our beliefs. However, we are not our thoughts. We do reflect our inner state of mind with our way of thinking. Our mind does not create our perception about life, we do. When we dream, we create what we want with our mind in a conscious state but dreaming, just with our inner thoughts.
If we allow our mind to go beyond the comfort zone, we can discover not only our true potentials but also how the world we create internally has an effect in our life externally. We must be careful what we think. Our thoughts have tremendous energy. 

In life, nothing happens by mistake. We are all a constant flow of energy vibration with an innate desire to expand our energy to others and grow as we enhance our own internal powers to acquire success in life. If we can see beyond the now, we can and will expand our minds to grow not only mentally but also physically as well as spiritually. Life is a constant expansion and we must move along with it.

A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing By Cherie Kephart Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947127012
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Published: Bazi Publishing - September 7th, 2017

Cherie Kephart, a young woman who longed for adventure, traveled the world from the remote villages of Central Africa to the majestic coastlines of New Zealand until a mysterious illness thrust her to the precipice of death. The persistent health challenges led to years of suffering, during which her symptoms time and again were undiagnosed by well-meaning medical doctors and healers who were sometimes competent, sometimes careless, sometimes absurd, and always baffled. The anguish, the uncertainty, and the relentless pain would have caused many people to simply give up and end their lives—and Cherie came close. Told with brutal honesty, astonishing wit, and a haunting vulnerability, A Few Minor Adjustments is an unforgettable memoir that will move you with its fiercely inspirational account of one woman’s incredible journey to find life-saving answers. In the end, she finds much more than a diagnosis.

Starry Messenger By Robyn Elizabeth Ramsey (Editor), Ethan Howard Cover Image
ISBN: 9781544661582
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - March 15th, 2017

A powerful and enigmatic stranger comes to Earth with a message:
"What you believe is false. What you know is wrong."

The stranger, who calls himself Quentin, slowly peels away the facade to reveal that humans have been manipulated since the dawn of man by shadowy forces. Earth is infested with Degans – the hideous masters of deception. Everything transpiring on the planet is merely a precursor to unspeakable horrors destined to occur in the year 2020.
The forbidden love of an human woman causes Quentin to question the true purpose of his mission and the integrity of his masters. He begins to have ominous visions of a destroyed planet, which causes him to doubt his chances of mission success.

Forgotten Letters By Kirk Raeber, Mario Acevedo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997263800
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Published: Honey Rock View Publishing - June 13th, 2016

In 1924, eight-year old Robert Campbell accompanies his

missionary parents to Japan where he befriends a young

Makiko Asakawa. Robert enjoys his life there, but the dark

tides of war are rising, and it won’t be long before foreigners

are forced to leave Japan.

Torn from the people Robert has come to think of as family,

he stays in contact by exchanging letters with Makiko, letters

that soon show their relationship is blossoming into something

much more than friendship.

The outbreak of total war sweeps all before it, and when

correspondence ends with no explanation, Robert fears the

worst. He will do anything to find Makiko, even launch

himself headfirst into a conflict that is consuming the world.

Turmoil and tragedy threaten his every step, but no risk is too

great to prove that love conquers all.


Bounce Back: 12 Transforming Tales from the Resilient Realtor By Raymond Aaron (Foreword by), Judy Ames Stephens Cover Image
By Raymond Aaron (Foreword by), Judy Ames Stephens
ISBN: 9781542545709
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - January 13th, 2017

Are you a VICTIM or a HERO?
Is Your story one of success in mastering challenges or are You always telling the same sad story of how things never work out for You? The Hero’s path is always about overcoming fear and adversity through determination and courage. BOUNCE BACK Transforming Tales illustrate through authentic, actual Real Estate experiences how you can gain the skills and tools you will need to walk that Hero’s path whether in business or in your own personal relationships. YOU WILL EXPLORE:
• The Power of Belief 
• True Intention and Motivation
• Knowing the Right Time to Act
• Loyalty and Telling the Truth
• Recognizing Miracles
• Become the Hero of Your Own Life!

Alchemy's Hunger By Cynthia Diamond Cover Image
ISBN: 9781545130049
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Published: ​Cynthia Diamond - April 4th, 2017

After escaping the terrors of his dark cabal, Tony Harris craves redemption. With just one ritual, he could resurrect the mother he accidentally killed. All he needs is a Conduit; a being that holds an endless well of magic. But when the Conduit turns out to be a quirky, optimistic woman named Faith, his world is turned upside-down. Now Tony must choose: bring Cybil Constance back to life, or give his heart to someone who believes in him. With the cabal hot on his tail, Tony is unsure he’ll survive long enough to make the choice. 

Faith Conway longs to forget her abusive ex-boyfriend but between the emotional scars, and an overprotective mother, she has lost all confidence in herself. Now, thrust into a strange place called the Wyrd, a devastatingly handsome mage appears to protect her. All she has to do is help him with one mysterious, magical ritual. Despite his smooth promises, Faith wonders if Tony’s motives are honorable, or if his devilish smile will only lead to more heartbreak.

Configured: Book #1 in The Configured Trilogy By Jenetta L. Penner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781548114305
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 20th, 2016

In a society where emotions are nothing and function is everything, Avlyn Lark is just trying to blend in. 

She's lucky to be alive, unlike her twin brother Ben who died when they were four. And she's lucky to have been taken from her biological parents and assigned to a Level Two family. But mastering her emotions? That's a problem, especially when a rebel bomb blows up a building right in front of her.  

Then on Configuration Day, Avlyn's official transition to adulthood, she starts seeing strange visions. And instead of being placed with a low-level tech company where she could hide herself away, she's hired by Genesis Technologies, the government firm that monitors every citizen.  

Now, instead of blending in, Avlyn fears she'll be exposed for what she really is. If Gen Tech finds out how deeply she feels, it will ruin her life. And if they find out about her secret meetings with a mysterious but handsome member of the rebel forces, her life will be more than ruined. 

It will be over.

The Matriarch Saved: The Hive, Book 1 By J. y. Olmos Cover Image
ISBN: 9781546583813
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - May 18th, 2017

My protagonist is Evonne, a woman in her 40's, who witnesses the death of her husband and teenage child after Earth is invaded. She wakes up in a room overfilled with women half her age. They undergo torturous experiments before being rescued by seemingly human alien warriors on a reconnaissance mission. Evonne's ordeal has unleashed new abilities in her, powers she can't fully understand or control. 

She is thrust into a volatile society in which matriarchal leaders and warrior males maintain a complicated balance of power, where minds can be read and animals speak. Evonne is drawn to Kalerant, one of her rescuers and a dominant figure in this strange society. He is drawn to her strength as well as her beauty, and he offers her a place in his world. As their passion intensifies and their relationship deepens, Evonne navigates new friendships and loyalties - and faces dangers she never anticipated. 

Encounters By Rusty Williamson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781537605135
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - January 1st, 2013

An advanced alien race called the Loud make first contact with the humans of Amular, a planet that lies at the edge of the Great Coma Wall of galaxies. The social impact plus the scientific and political upheaval, is only exceeded by the gift the Loud have brought—one humans have always dreamed of. However, it is a two-edged sword and one they may not survive. Then, a shocking discovery is made: since the dawn of time, a force has been working its way across the observable universe and is now upon them. As the mind-boggling truth is uncovered, it becomes clear that it’s an ancient alien who intends to destroy them on their way to a far more devastating and unfathomable objective. Neither the Loud nor the humans can hope to stop the approaching blight. There is no negotiating, no surrender and nowhere to run. A hopeless battle must be fought and somehow survived.

Tammany Hall: A Jack Shields Novel By Steve McGovern Cover Image
ISBN: 9781545467435
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 9th, 2017

Retired Homicide Detective turned best-selling true crime author Jack Shields, is offered a job he cannot refuse; to write the biography of dying Mafia Don, Paul Busoni. Struggling with a crumbling marriage, a haunted past, and a friend’s betrayal, this is a chance to turn things around. It is the writing opportunity of a lifetime…if he can survive long enough to finish it!