BOOK EXCITEMENT WITH FOUR NEW RELEASES FROM DANCING MOON PRESS AND NEW eBOOK PUBLICATION SERVICES
Carla Perry, of Dancing Moon Press, announces the release of four new books by Oregon and California authors. Two are poetry collections, one is a novel, and one is a full color, large-format, hardcover children’s book. Perry also announces the addition of eBook conversion services in association with Wayne Plourde of SolaLuna Studios in Toledo. Separate eBook files can be prepared for uploads to Amazon (Kindle), Sony (Nook), and Apple (iBooks). Books can be prepared for both print editions and eBooks.
The two books of poetry recently released include “Greatest Hits: 60 Years of Lookin,” by Mary L. Slocum of Gaston, and “On A Clear Day!” by Sandy Davis of Oregon City. Joan Ritchey of Forest Grove released her first novel, “The Brooch,” and Ron Kay, of Oceanside, California, produced both paperback and hardcover versions of his children’s book, “Would You Rather Be A Monkey Or A Tree?”
The poems in Mary L. Slocum’s first full-length collection, “Greatest Hits: 60 Years of Lookin,” don’t hold back. Manly work, revenge, even the ghosts of dead shoppers are given their page time. Real people roam territories that are everything but pastoral. There is dirt underneath Mary’s fingernails, and laughter in her voice. Slocum is a former social worker who labored as a shipyard Marine Electrician, IBEW Local 48, in Portland, Oregon, for 17 years before that. Her poems, mostly about work issues, have appeared in numerous northwest magazines and anthologies. She is a winner of the Washington State Poetry Association’s humorous poetry competition, and the author of the two chapbooks: “Work” (1993) and “Stray Works II” (1995), both under the name Mary Misel.
“On a Clear Day!” is a compilation of poems by Sandy Davis based on her memories, experiences and inspirations. The book also includes the writing, photography, and artwork of her nieces, nephews and sons, which is her way of encouraging their talents and inspiring them to go after their dreams. Davis is a full-time student at her local community college.
“The Brooch,” a novella by Joan Ritchey opens, “The dark pink, multifaceted, sapphire brooch sparkles in the window of the pawnshop in Portland, Oregon. Franklin Adams is intrigued, not only by its beauty, but by the irresistible pull that draws him into the shop. He buys the pin for his wife, Johanna, and presents it to her for their fifth wedding anniversary. When Johanna opens the velvet box containing the brooch during a weekend trip to the Oregon Coast, she discovers an inscription etched on the back.” Their search for the pin’s previous owner is a mystery that ties in members of their extended family when they return to Saugerties, New York, for Christmas. Joan (Michalke) Ritchey has also published “From Him… Through My Fingertips,” a collection of poetry.
Ronald A. Kay’s children’s book, “Would You Rather Be A Monkey Or A Tree?” has two audiences: the child, of course, but also the adult. The book’s interactive aspect creates two-way communication between the adult and the child, and between the child and the words. Two types of thinking are woven throughout the text: magical and logical. Magical thinking allows a child to imagine and believe in fantastical things like fairies and talking trees. Logical thinking allows them to make real choices and provides the rational reasons behind those choices. Ron Kay is a retired teacher who still volunteers in the public school system. The illustrations in this book were done by young children.
For purchase information: Carla@DancingMoonPress.com
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