Released today, Redemption's Secret: Understanding the Mystery of Nisan 17 the Most Important Date in History is Sharon Aubrey's second book Christian, nonfiction book.
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The 49 Writers Reading and Craft Talk Series presents Kathleen W. Tarr presenting On the Literary Road with Thomas Merton: Writing As a Pilgrimage. Held at the Indigo Tea Lounge on 530 E Benson Blvd #8 on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7 PM.
This series will discuss how writers must often dance in the “clarity of perfect contradiction,” as the famous Trappist monk and bestselling writer,Thomas Merton observed. Writers work in quiet isolation, and yet confront and answer the impulse to hit the road, turning themselves into wanderers and explorers. Whether physically or metaphorically, writers become pilgrims.
In this 49 Writers Reading & Craft Talk Series event, author Kathleen Witkowska Tarr discusses her newly-released book, part-memoir, part-biography, We Are All Poets Here (VPD House, January 2018), a shared story about spiritual seeking, and a surprising literary pilgrimage.”
Martha Amore is currently a professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage where she teaches English. Her latest release: In the Quiet Season & Other Stories explores the human landscape of Alaska. While the stories take place in modern-day towns, each is laced with a timelessness that comes from their roots in ageless issues: broken trust and heartbreak, hope and rebirth.
The expansive Alaska landscape infuses the stories with a unique chill, as tears freeze on eyelashes and mountain ranges form the backdrop for breakups. Although the people in Amore’s stories know how to survive Alaska’s cold terrain, these characters stumble when trying to navigate through their own lives and lost dreams.
“The characters in Amore's debut collection, In the Quiet Season and Other Stories, grapple with issues of trust and love—and sometimes in direct opposition to the expectations of the people in their lives. At their best, these wise and engaging stories radiate a surprising and redemptive light.”
Ron Spatz, editor of Alaska Quarterly Review
Hilda's first book Small Moccasin Tracks was published in 2009 by PublishAmerica. Small Moccasin Tracks was the first of her memoirs describing the unique life of mountain folk in the Alaska Wilderness during Territorial Days and early Statehood. The stories filled with adventure and tragedy were the daily life of her family. Written in Hilda's distinctive style of plain language, Small Moccasin Tracks was a very entertaining book that almost seemed like a tall-tale except for the fact she lived it. Readers enjoyed this glimpse of a past lifestyle often forgotten in today's modern world.
The previous publisher placed her first book in nonprint status, and Ms. Lindner sought to revive her book and continue the story with her second book. As a result, Hilda has joined the Relevant Publishers LLC author family to bring these amazing real-life stories back to life.
There will be a revised second edition of Small Moccasin Tracks: Memories of an Alaskan Mountain Family coming in 2018. This new edition will have more pictures from Hilda's family life in the 1950s and 1960s and will also contain additional reading material.
Hilda's second book, Johnny and Me: The Story of Two Alaskan Children Growing Up Wild is also scheduled for release in 2018.
We are very excited to bring you these two new books.
Meet Ingrid Shaginoff, one of our local Alaskan authors.
She will be hosting an author reading and book signing
at the Sutton Public Library on
Friday, January 12, 2018 at 6:00PM.
Coming March 17, 2018
Sharon Aubrey releases her second book: Redemption's Secret in March 2018.
Aside from the creation of Adam and Eve, no other date in history has influenced humanity like Nisan 17. The Old and New Testaments have much to say about this mysterious date in history. Six pivotal events occurred on Nisan 17 in the Bible. The last one changed eternity.
Redemption’s Secret reveals the powerful meaning behind the number seventeen hidden within the Hebrew letters’ pictographs. It also reveals why God has repeatedly used this specific number to triumph over the enemy.
Connecting events from Genesis to the New Testament, Ms. Aubrey tells the story of the secret of redemption revealed on Nisan 17 and what this revelation has to do with your future.
Relevant Publishers LLC is looking for TRUE Alaskan stories of Miracles and/or Angelic Encounters for an upcoming project schedule for publication in 2019. If you are an Alaskan and/or were present in Alaska when you experienced a real-life miraculous event, please Contact Us.
The miraculous short stories must not have been previously published and must be based on accurate and true events. Stories should range between 2,500 to 6,000 words. Authors must be willing to provide a recent picture of themselves which will be posted on social media as part of the promotion of their story.
10 winning stories will be selected for publication.
Selected stories will receive $100 and 3 Free Copies of the new book after publication.
Today's Alaska author is our very own neighbor currently living in Sutton, Alaska Ms. Ingrid D. Shaginoff. Ms. Shaginoff's new book Chickaloon Wild is a memoir of an Athabascan family from the Chickaloon Village. The memoirs are from her husband's parents, Johnny and Mary Shaginoff. They were a very dynamic couple and some of the few elders in the 1990's remaining who spoke the original Athna language fluently, having grown up before the "white man" traveled the Talkkeetna Mountains. The Athna language is used in the book with a Athabascan-English translation list located in an index at the back, based on Dr. James A. Kari's work. Johnny Shaginoff was one of the elders Dr. Kari worked with to create the first Athna written language dictionary for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks' Alaska Native Language Center in 1990. Mrs. Shaginoff's use of Athna language in her book brings authentication to the conversations. The Shaginoff family's adventures in life are very interesting and will captivate readers who desire to know Alaska from an original history point of view. The Shaginoffs were some of the first guides assisting the US Army and US Geological Survey employees exploring the new frontier of Alaska from Anchorage to Copper Center along the Chickaloon-Knik-Nelchina Trail System. They lived wild before land claims, then in accordance with homesteading rules homesteaded at mile 89 of the Glenn Highway along the Purinton Creek Trail, part of the Chickaloon-Knik-Nelchina trail system. Later they lived in old Chickaloon, and eventually the family settled in Sutton, where Mrs. Shaginoff currently resides.
Book Synoposis: Chickaloon Wild
Imagine living deep in the Alaska wilderness where survival depends on your ability to hunt, fish, and gather. A place where as far as you can see is dense forest, rivers and sparkling lakes, set against a backdrop of majestic, snow covered mountains where the only sounds are those of nature; the caw of a raven, the lonesome howl of a wolf, or the sharp cry of the loon. In this place education means pulling the brush up around your snare to prevent the rabbit from going around it, or knowing to remove the scent glands from the beaver before you roast it. It means recognizing and following a track through thick brush. This is the ways of their Athabascan ancestors and the only way the Shaginoff family knew. With the Colonists moving into the Matanuska Valley as part of the New Deal their world is about to change forever.
Shadowing Dizzy Gillespie by David G. Brown is today's Alaskan author spotlight. In celebration of Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday, author David G. Brown (Deacon’s Crossbow) shares his intimate experiences and memoirs of this humanitarian, innovator, and magical musician. After a chance meeting in Georgetown, 1985, Brown had the opportunity to spend countless hours with Dizzy at performances, testimonials, all-night card-playing sessions, hotels, restaurants, and street corners. Mr. Brown said, “Without question, the most remarkable man I have ever met. We shared tears and gut-busting laughs that are etched in my mind forever.
God bless John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie, who, by the way, wasn’t dizzy at all.” Along with a book-load of anecdotes, there are select and unique photos spread throughout the pages of this memoir on one of Jazz's most famous musicians.
About the Author: David G. Brown grew up and worked in Woonsocket, RI. He is the father of two sons, has two grandchildren, and lives with his significant better half, Maureen Hanlon. An avid reader and writer, he credits the Creative Writing program at Cuesta College (CA) and the Alaska Writers Guild for advancing his writing career. Mr. Brown freelanced for The Woonsocket Call, Castro Valley Forum (CA), and Edible East Bay (CA). He is the author of a true crime book, Deacon’s Crossbow, and his current writing project is an historical novel, Return of the Free Faller. Extra curricular activities include disliking "politricks," sports (especially fishing), music, creative writing workshops, and spending as much time as possible with his dog, Kaya. He now resides in Anchorage, AK.
This month we introduced Alaskan author, Kellie Doherty and her book Finding Hekate. Ms. Doherty lives in Eagle River, just outside of Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. Today we share her second book in the Cicatrix duology, Losing Hold. Readers will enjoy the conclusion of Mia Foley's adventures in Losing Hold. For an excellent blend of Sci-Fi, action, humor, and even a little romance consider exploring the complete Cicatrix duology with book 1 Finding Hekate.
Book Synopsis for Losing Hold:
In the sequel to Finding Hekate, after escaping Donavin’s grasp, Mia Foley and her crew crash on a prison planet and need to deal with its inhabitants, beasts, and criminals alike. Mia hears Donavin in her mind once again and knows the transformation into one of his drones isn’t far off. Trapped in her own body, lashing against Donavin each chance she gets, and fearful that she’ll lose it all, Mia has to rely on her crew—on Cassidy—to save her. But she’s not the only one transforming in her little group, and things never go as smoothly as they could out in the black.
Solid Stepping Stones by Brooks A. Bryan is our Alaskan author spotlight of the day. This book is a self-help, daily devotional designed to help you grow in your spiritual journey of faith. It was designed to be used with the Bible and is based on passages that contain imperative mode verbs selected from the New Testament epistles. Each devotional contains a Day Title which gives the reader a catchy mnemonic by which to hold on to the thought for the day. It also contains a prayer for each day to help seal the message in readers' hearts.
Mr. Bryan has been a songwriter/musician, followed by 25 years in ministry. Mr. Bryan is fluent in Modern Greek and spent three years as a missionary to Greece. After he retired from ministry, Mr. Bryan went into law-enforcement for seven years and retired as a police chief in 2010. In 2015, he and his wife Marlys, who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, moved to Alaska. They currently reside in Ketchikan with their two Australian shepherds.
Book Synopsis: Solid Stepping Stones is intended as a spiritual growth tool and should be used in conjunction with time in the Word, regular fellowship with other believers, and council with spiritual mentors. We Christians are all on our way toward becoming like Jesus. This means that each day our Heavenly Father carves a little more of his Son's image into our character. I pray this book will be a tool the Holy Spirit can use to guide you through each day's challenges.
The scriptures in these meditations are verses that contain imperative mode verbs in the Greek New Testament epistles and letters. An imperative mode verb is a strong indicator of an author's purpose in a passage, so I give them special attention when I study the Word. Each passage has been chosen for its poignant application to our individual daily lives. The translation is my own and has been translated in a style that I hope will emphasize certain nuances of the Greek language pertinent to each day's meditation. It is not intended to be a new translation but rather a means to emphasize selected thoughts.
The Shadows in My Heart is a memoir based book exploring the life of trauma, abuse, and healing of Mary A. Havens. Born and raised on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin, Ms. Havens moved to Alaska after a 30-year career. Since 2012 when she began writing her memoir, Mary zigzagged across the country on the trails of the Lower 48 to and from Alaska. She continues her journey while promoting and speaking against domestic violence. Mary appeared on numerous TV talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Minneapolis’ Twin Cities Live and The Mary Hanson Show. She was a Twitter contributor for Dr. Phil and The Doctors TV shows.
Book Synopsis: Big families cultivate chaos. Mary Havens knows this all too well. One of twelve children, she grew up on a picturesque Wisconsin dairy farm. Holidays, graduations, marriages, and newborns filled the farmhouse with the light of laughter and hugs. But for Mary, the unspoken eclipsed that light. Unresolved grief, abuse, religious dogma, and secrets left her in the shadows, lost and alone. Her profound story is one of determination, survival, and the ability to rise above the fray. It is a story that will be too familiar to some and unfamiliar to others, but will pull at the heartstrings of everyone.
By Mary A. Havens
Today's Alaskan book is Clever Little Bird by Betty L. Hedstrand is a cute children's story for ages 3 to 8. Released in 2016, this story has five star reviews. Ms. Hedstrand writes, "Just like the moose, she prefers eating plants and being outdoors." Her inspiration to write this story came while on a walk along the Coastal Trail in Anchorage, Alaska. Betty has lived in Alaska for over four decades and has often stopped her car to let moose cross the road. Her background includes working as an substitute elementary school teacher and as proprietor of a retail art store. Betty combined her lifelong interest in reading, art and outdoor activities to create this story. A kid at heart, Betty loves to spend time with children especially reading or making art!
Clever Little Bird. The story begins at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska where Auggie, a bored bull moose lives. He meets a noisy magpie named Maggie who offers to eat his pesky mosquitoes. The two become friends. Maggie learns that Auggie feels lonely and thinks he looks weird. He misses his brother who ventured off to the Chugach Mountains. Maggie suggests a visit, and her clever behavior convinces Auggie to invite her to be his "eyes above." As lookout, Maggie leads him along city trails and finds ways to solve problems they encounter. Through their friendship Auggie discovers that Maggie is not the annoying birdbrain that her reputation suggests, but that she is actually quite clever. By the end of the story Auggie learns a valuable lesson about friendship. Maggie proves she is not a birdbrain!
Join these characters on a reading adventure that features the unique scenery of Anchorage, Alaska. Children will happily engage with the "bird talk" dialog throughout the book and take away lessons about first impressions and friendship. Everyone will delight in the whimsical and expressive art created by Chris Floyd.
Bristol Bay Summer by Annie Boochever is a fascinating tale of life the wild bush country of Alaska's Bristol Bay and also a thrilling tale of survival. Ms. Boochever is a life-long Alaskan who in additional to writing, expands the future of today's youth from her position as a high school English teacher. Previously, Annie taught elementary music and served as a librarian, during which time she wrote and produced award-winning musical plays for her students. Ms. Boochever has a solid connection to Alaska and the hearts of youth, which culminated in her first fiction novel, Annie Boochever earned a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts and has won numerous awards for Bristol Bay Summer, including the Literary Classics Award for Best First Novel. It was also a 2016 Alaska State Battle of the Books Selection for Middle School Grades. The Mom's Choice AwardsÂ® named Bristol Bay Summer as among the best in family-friendly media, products, and services, giving it their highest seal of approval, the Gold Mom's Choice Award.
In addition to the adventure in Bristol Bay Summer, parent educators and teachers will enjoy the FREE extensive Study Guide for Bristol Bay Summer aligned to Common Core standards on her website. Activities in the Student Teacher Study Guide include
Check Out the Trailer for Bristol Bay Summer, below:
âIâm not going!â Twelve-year-old Zoey Morley frowned at the raggedy airplane that would take her farther away, to Bristol Bay, Alaska, where she would somehow have to make peace with ten million salmon, her momâs bush-pilot boyfriend, a boy she doesnât understand, and the only family she has left. Along with its stunning beauty, Bristol Bay spits out one challenge after another, including stalking grizzles, a Japanese typhoon, and a plane crash that threatens to end everything. Will Zoey find the strength to save the one person she wished would go away? Or will they both end up like the pieces of airplane fuselage she saw embedded in a cliffside on her first flight into the huge wilderness beyond Anchorage?
Encounter: Advent Reflections for Catholics in Transition by Anna Schulten is today's book by an Alaskan author. Ms. Schulten was originally born in southwest Indiana, but currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband, a cat, a dog, and assorted fish. Having a strong faith in Jesus, Anna written for The Message, the Catholic newspaper for the Diocese of Evansville, and The Catholic Anchor, the Catholic newspaper for the Archdioceses of Anchorage. She also currently serves as a youth minister in Anchorage in addition to her career as an author.
In Encounter: Advent Reflections for Catholics in Transition, Ms. Schulten takes readers on a journey of finding God amidst the changes in life. From the small-town in Indiana to the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, Anna's adventures of service in Catholic Youth Ministry and as a wife of a US military man are woven into a voyage of faith for readers. This Advent Season, encounter Jesus through her faith journal and browse daily and weekly content containing reflection questions and guided scriptural meditations. As the Christmas season draws near, take a few minutes each day to prepare your heart and open your mind to the relationship Christ desires with you. God is speaking this Advent Season... how will you respond?
This week we present Alaskan author, Kellie Doherty. Currently a resident of Eagle River, Ms. Doherty lives just outside of Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. While Kellie lived in Portland years ago, she states she loves writing in Alaska, because its “long, cold, dark winters make for the perfect backdrop for writing in front of a fire, warm drink within reach, and cats snoozing on my lap.” Thankfully, she’s not only into winter writing, as the extended days brought by our midnight sun in the summer helps her pull together projects too by working longer hours.
Ms. Doherty is the author of two novels: Finding Hekate and Losing Hold, the Cicatrix duology. Her inspiration for the two books developed out of a college class short story assignment. Falling in love with the protagonist, Mia, brought Kellie to a deeper journey of exploring Mia’s story and her motivation, brokenness, and strengths. Readers will relate to Finding Hekate’s main character because of how realistic she is. She is a character with past mistakes that produced a strong resolve but also an emotional defensiveness. Whether you’re new to the Sci-Fi genre or a die-hard fan of it, Finding Hekate is sure to be a favorite. Readers will journey through a hunter-hunted plot mentality while exploring the benefits, challenges, and consequences of technology. For an excellent blend of Sci-Fi, action, humor, and even a little romance consider exploring the Cicatrix duology.
Finding Hekate Synoposis: Mia Foley is running away from the attack that changed her life. She’s captain of a new spaceship when the Acedians find her and try blasting her peaceful crew from the black. She must sever her bonds in order to run, again. But she’s grown fond of this crew, particularly Cassidy Gates. Staying with them will jeopardize their safety, and they have much closer fears than the Acedian hunters. Mia’s time is running out. She’s becoming one of them.
Alaska Beer: Liquid Gold in the Land of the Midnight Sun written by award winning author Bill Howell explores the rich history of alcohol in Alaskan history and today's culture. From Alaska's fermented legacy, today's beer crafters retain the fierce and pioneering independent spirit that propelled early pioneers through the Prohibition and into the future.
Redefining the finances, Alaska's brewing industry has a half billion dollar impact on the local economy. With over 28 breweries in Alaska and many more on the horizon, beer lovers from all over the world are now being attracted to Alaska for more than scenery. By staying on the cutting edge of beer-making technology, Alaskan breweries, like the Alaska Brewing Company, are bringing new flavors to the beer community and expanding options for tourists desiring local tastes.
Bill Howell, an avid crafter since 1998, hosts the radio show "Drinking on the Last Fronter." His show brings news, insight, tips, and breakthroughs in the industry to both professionals, homebrewers, and novices in the beer industry. Mr. Howell has written several books on beer and developed a Beer Appreciation course for the University of Alaska entitled, The Art and History of Brewing.
To get a little taste of Alaskan beer, can check out Bills' blog on brewing: Drinking on the Last Frontier. To be fully refreshed and well informed, check out his last book: