THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR, by Pat Kelley
Maggie and Father Matthew enter into another sleuthing adventure when Father Francesco finds a human skeleton near the shore of the Columbia River in northern Oregon. It could be one of the Native American twin girls who disappeared without a trace five years before. Could the other girl, who would now be eighteen, still be alive?
Maggie and the priests dive into the culture of their new community and soon find a hidden side that leads them down an insidious path that puts Maggie’s very life in danger.
This totally fictional novel exposes the totally nonfictional crime of sex trafficking, a taboo subject, that exists all around us. The victims are pulled into a dark world from which they may never escape. This criminal world is about power and money. The Girls Next Door is about the trafficked victims who are too often considered expendable, and whose suffering too often goes unavenged.
THE LAST CONFESSION, by Pat Kelley
Since she was a child, Maggie Callahan has been intrigued by the family legend that her great aunt shot a priest. But family members have never been able to tell her why-or what happened to the priest. But now that she's a career journalist, Maggie decides to use her investigative skills to find out the truth behind her family's scandal.
Knowing only that the event happened in the mid-1930s, during the building of the Grand Coulee Dam, Maggie begins her quest with the bishop of the Archdiocese of Spokane. She quickly discovers that he, like so many others, will do whatever it takes to keep any hint of dishonor behind locked doors and to protect the Catholic Church. But Maggie finds an unlikely ally in Father Matthew, a parish priest who has been given the task of stalling her.
The Last Confession deftly explores the twin mysteries of romance and faith in a story of past and present love affairs that both test a priest's commitment to his vow of celibacy.
Ultimately, will the truth about her ancestor's sins be the key that unlocks Maggie's future?
POETRY FROM THE DESERT FLOOR, by Pat Kelley
Pat Kelley's poetry speaks of the mountain West, and of the people who populate it, through the eyes of someone who has lived there, and loved it. From tiny mountain towns to the harder juniper- and sage-dotted volcanic desert, her poems catch the dignity and stubborn survival of its folk.
"Poetry from the Desert Floor is a patient, honest investigation of the places where external environment and personal identity clash and reshape one another.
"…Kelley’s work emphasizes that relentless struggle is as much a part of the desert as wind and sand, describing the setting as a “barren land” where “men die for water” because “sometimes it rains / sometimes flowers bloom / sometimes little tufts of grass / reach skyward. // But mostly it mocks / the dry cracked earth / and steams its way / back into the sky.”
MAKING FIND SPIRITS, by ZymurgyBob
"THE DISTILLING BIBLE!!!"
Making Fine Spirits is a book for the rankest beginning potstiller who is interested in learning to make naturally-flavored “brown” spirits, whiskeys (and also whiskeys), brandies, and rums.
It will guide him/her through the questions that need to be answered, and the decisions that need to be made to start the new distiller on the way to creating that first amber drop of ambrosia.
You’ll learn distillation lore, which dangers are real, and which are bogus. You’ll learn how to build a small but useful coffeepot still in a day, without soldering, and the next day you’ll learn how to make a respectable brandy from the cheapest grocery store wine in that still.
You’ll build on your experiences with the coffeepot still to construct a 5-gallon potstill, and then a 15-gallon potstill.
Making Fine Spirits is also a book for the advanced potstiller as well. You’ll design and ferment washes, and distill them while making the cuts to get only the finest spirit, and you’ll pick the appropriate aging chemistry to enhance even further the quality and complexity of what you’ve made.
And after you’ve done all that, you’ll realize that your spirits have become as good as, or most commonly, better than, what you are used to drinking. At that point, you’ll start buying the odd very-high-end spirit, just to see what they did and plot to copy it. At that point you can truly say you are making fine spirits.
FIONA'S MONSTER, written and illustrated by Bob Brunjes
Fiona's Monster is a picture story of a little girl with a monster under her bed. While calling to her daddy in his bedroom for help, she is at first frightened (well, just a bit), then becomes frightening herself, and finally accepts the monster as a friend. Her, daddy, who thinks he understands all this, really doesn't, and ends up seriously bewildered, but the story ends happily with ice cream (but not for daddy).
TO THE TOP OF THE TREE, by Sean Patrick Murphy with illustrations by Bob Brunjes
To the Top of the tree: an Ornament’sTale is a delightful story of ornaments coming alive on Christmas Eve and their grand adventure to climb the Christmas tree. Leading the climb is a Boy who has a special dream to speed ride his sled from the top of the tree. Among the many characters met along the way is a snowman, rocking horses, a tiger, eagles, spiders, witches and dragons.