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Indie and small press authors speak about the writing craft and their support for each other’s work.

July 19, 2022

Author Emma Palova pens The Lost Town, a historical fiction novel

In the third book of the Shifting Sands series- "The Lost Town"- author Emma Palova of Lowell creates the protagonist, Miss Ida. The historical fiction novel is set in Singapore on the shores of Lake Michigan at the foot of the sand dunes adorned with white pines. Beautiful Ida is torn between her hometown of Chicago and her new home on the other side of the lake, and between two men.

The Lost Town

Developed by New York investors, the once-thriving settlement of Singapore nurtured the dreams of adventurers like Oshea Wilder and pioneer settlers alike. Singapore would rival Chicago and Milwaukee. It almost did with its sawmills, hotels, boarding houses, stores, and a "wildcat" bank.

Entrepreneurial Ida struggles to adjust to the rough environment but finds more than support in her boss who invited her to Singapore to be the "Mistress" of the Big House. A "wildcat" bank was established in Singapore in 1837.

Who will win Ida's heart?

 

Check out the review by Nancy Price Stroosnyder.

Emma's ease at mixing actual history into her stories is remarkable, and so entails Miss Ida's response to an invitation to a soon-to-be bustling "Singapore" on the shores of Lake Michigan.  She is transported away from Chicago, family, and friends.  She quickly learns the duties expected of her in maintaining a boarding house and warehouse in the rapidly growing community.  Soon she falls in love with one of the corrupt founders.  The many colorful characters weave a fantastic story of love, mystery, hope, and faith.  This is a quick, very worthwhile read!

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger, bringing you homegrown stories for more than 100 years.

Palova will be signing her new book The Lost Town at Once Upon A Book in Frankenmuth on July 23 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Fallasburg on July 30, in Holland on Aug. 6 and in Paradise from Aug.19 through Aug. 21.

 

 

June 22, 2022

Authors’ Alley at Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon set for June 25th and 26th

Authors' Alley at the Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF) in downtown Muskegon, set for this weekend, will feature 21 authors representing different genres from mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, and children's books to horror and true stories.

"We get to interact with people," said author Ingar Rudholm. "You can ask as many questions as you want. We will be able to direct you to whatever genre you're looking for."

"If you can smell the food, you found us," said author Jean Davis. "We're a giant bookstore with authors."

Some of the benefits of visiting Authors' Alley include getting a signed book unlike from Amazon plus learning the full back story behind the book directly from the author.

Participating authors will be located in booths along Clay Street across from Hackley Park next to food vendors. Following is a full list of authors.

Andrew Smith 
Bill Jacobks & Lon Hieftje 
Emma Khoury & Ingar Rudhom
Diane Burton & Jean Davis 
G.S. Scott  & Melinda Clark 
Wendy Thomson  & Melanie Hooyenga
Norma Lewis  & Jules Nelson
Loraine Hudson & Randy Pearson
Emma Palova   & Judy Burke
Mike Carrier  
Mikel Classen
Gary Buettner  & Mark Love
 
Bring plenty of water and ice, advised both Davis and Rudholm.
"It's a great networking opportunity," said Rudholm.
 
Episode sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger

 

June 3, 2022

Authors’ Tent at Palmer Park Art Fair in Detroit presents variety of genres on June 4 & 5

The Authors' Tent no. 140 at the Palmer Park Art Fair in Detroit will feature 18 authors representing different genres plus poetry this weekend, June 4 & 5.

"Most of the authors will have readings," said Mark Loeb, Integrity Shows director said. "We'll have poets in between."

The Palmer Park Art Fair is a recreation of an event popular in the 70s & 80s.

"We will have a limited edition poster," he said. "It's stunning."

Palmer Park Art Fair

Signs from Woodward Street direct visitors into the huge park, one mile by 0.5 miles, surrounded by upscale historic district neighborhoods and low-income apartments.

"We are a great melting pot," Loeb said. "It's a joy to be there."

The unique event will have 135 to 140 vendors including food vendors such as Southern Heritage of Detroit.

"I expect a lot of people," Loeb said.

Author and podcast host and producer Emma Palova will be inside the Authors' Tent at 140e. Stop by. Emma will be signing her books including Greenwich Meridian Memoir about the Konecny family immigration saga from Czechoslovakia.

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger

 

 

 

May 20, 2022

Indie book collector supports authors in a unique way

Hauling a cartful of books, you can find Diana Duell at just about any festival in West Michigan, but her favorite one is the Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF) in Muskegon.

"That's where I started my book collection," she said. "I was looking for something new."

Right off the bat, Duell bought 60 to 70 books that the first year when she discovered Indie local authors.

Her collection of Indie authors counts 60 authors, 171 books read, and 350 TBR. She spends approximately $1,000 a year on books.

"It's disposable income," Duell said. "It's my vacation. I fell in love doing this and I collect more books every year."

Now, as an established collector, she knows most Indie authors and writes reviews on Facebook and Goodreads.

"It's all about supporting local businesses and writing a book is a craft," she said.

She has built-in three bookcases with six shelves, all full.

"There has to be a meaning behind a good book," she said. "A great book is one you can escape into. Keep on writing and I will keep on buying. That's a promise."

Depending on her mood, she likes to read anything from a cozy mystery to a short story, and everything in between.

Among her favorite authors are Ingar Rudholm, DA Reed, and Andrew Allen Smith.

"I wouldn't want to be on DA Reed's or Andrew Allen Smith's bad side," she said.

Duell is always on the lookout for new authors and new books.

Watch for Duell at LAF this year on June 25 & 26. Listen in to the interview for a chance to win a signed copy of your next favorite read.

February 9, 2022

Michigan Authors hit the road with Women’s Expos in Lansing and Grand Rapids

Starting off strong in 2022, Michigan Authors are making one of their first stops at the Mid-Michigan Women's Expo this weekend Feb. 11 through Feb.13 at the Lansing Center.

Eleven authors representing different genres will be participating in the upcoming Expo in Lansing. Make sure you stop by the back wall between the concessions and the main stage to meet your next favorite read.

Listen to the special episode to find out how you can win free tickets to the show.

"We're sci-fi fantasy heavy," said author & organizer Jean Davis laughing. "We have two authors with Michigan books."

Author Judith Wade or Lori Hudson can't wait to meet with fans in person. 

"Bring your walking shoes and a big bag to carry your books," Wade said. "It's really a nice thing to help someone who wants to get started writing and publishing. Often they have a well-developed idea."

Approximately 20 authors will be participating in the West Michigan Women's Expo in Grand Rapids set for March 18 through March 20. Follow this podcast for more info about authors and their in-person shows.