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New Books by Members

The Ring of the Mountain

by Lois Batchelor Howard

On sale July 8, 2014. Available for pre-order now.

Go to Tate Publishing website to order now.

“Grandpa, remember how you told me about the search for the ring of the mountain, that you found it and you won’t tell me where it is. Why won’t you? Why won’t you?”

Why does Jason’s summer with his grandparents-the mountain they lived by and the secret of the ring-change his whole life?

Jason, visiting his grandparents, is in search of an extremely valuable ring. Throughout the story, the closeness of Jason to his grandparents is shown in many ways. The mysterious ring and love are central themes. In searching for the ring, Jason finds an increasing closeness to God. The story goes from great sadness to joy.

44 pages – $7.99 (paperback)

On the Museum Steps: Poems by Roberta Bearden

Roberta Bearden’s book of poetry captures far-ranging events, topics and memories of a life lived in the Central Valley of California, but also is the telling of universal truths that touch our hearts and chill our spines. Front Cover my Book Bearden writes, “my husband the poet wrapping me in love and wondrous words.” Remembering her father, she writes “sometimes traditions are made without our consent.” She writes with tangible longing of her mother. Chillingly, Bearden describes the fog that “slithers across the hushed terrace – a lightly stepping stalker.” She writes of “Winter peeks around the house, looks for old bones to rattle.”

Roberta Bearden’s book of poetry evokes the truths of love, friendship, loss and death. I will return often to this volume to refresh my soul and warm my heart.—Nancee Kinkaid Maya

To purchase a copy for $12.00, email: bert714@sbcglobal.net

SPLIT Poems, a new collection of poems, by Lorraine Walker Williams

SPLIT Poems by Literary Chair of the SW Florida Branch Lorraine Walker Willimas is a must read. This is Lorraine’s fourth book of poetry and the first to have a narrative thread. She says the collection is “a poetic journey when life changes challenge us and the healing power of the words begins.” Indeed this is true. Everyone can relate to Lorraine’s poetic journey. Her poetic voice cuts to the chase with ease and grace– the kind you find in ONCE, by Alice Walker. Alice Walker and Lorraine Walker Williams are poetic kindred spirits. Lorraine is setting the bar to new heights for poets.

SPLIT Poems can be purchased on line at: http://www.lorrainewalkerwilliams.com/books.html

FLICKER: Poems by Lynn M. Hansen

Flicker cover Photo

Flicker, Poems by Lynn M. Hansen is a memoir in verse of a life well lived. Lynn takes us along on
journeys that welcome all comers. A trained scientist, her poetry reflects the natural world in words that are wonderfully lucid, evocative and heartfelt.

To link to this book on Amazon, click here.

Mind Over Bladder: I Never Met a Bathroom I Didn’t Like!

Jill M. Rabin, MD and Gail Stein, M.A

This wonderful book by an accomplished specialist in treating incontinence is about far more than just the bladder, however important that elastic, muscular sac might be. Mind Over Bladder: I Never Met a Bathroom I Didn’t Like! offers its readers friendly explanations, assurances laced with humor, and empowering guidance for directing a lifelong care plan for their own pelvic health.

Visit the Mind Over Bladder website.


The Story of Monsignor William A. Hemmick, The Vatican’s First American Canon.

Patriot Priest Front

PATRIOT PRIEST tells one man’s personal experience over several epochs and areas of history. It is also in part, the story of one unique individual, author Patricia Daly-Lipe’s great uncle Msgr. William A. Hemmick. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, and raised in Europe, he became fluent in five languages. When the first World War broke out, he felt committed to help the troops. After the war, upon his return to Washington, DC, he was proclaimed the Patriot Priest of Picardy by the Army and Navy. After years spent in Paris, William Hemmick was asked by the Vatican to come to Rome. Ultimately, he became the only American Canon of St. Peter’s Representing the Knights of Malta to the Holy See.

It was he who performed the nuptials of American film star Tyrone Power and Linda Christian. He also converted the future Queen Astrid of Belgium. Although, many stories and famous people permeate Hemmick’s life the the events of both world wars, this is not only the story of one individual. It is a personal glimpse at an epic era in history, from WWI to Paris between the wars, to WWII and its aftermath.

Patricia Daly-Lipe puts us back in time to 1916, where we are caught up in the bloody, unrelenting trench warfare of World War I. The PATRIOT PRIEST is the true story of her great uncle, a Catholic priest who lived through the nightmare of a war that couldn’t be won or lost, but had to be endured. His steadfast sense of duty in the face of death and destruction is especially moving to us today, as we try and make sense of the endless wars that rage around us, and the inevitable moral question of whether we should “get involved.”

Donna Evers, Consulting writer, The Georgetowner

The Trial of Misella Cross

Trial of Misella Cross cover The Trial of Misella Cross, has been awarded a 2013 gold seal for fiction from the Literary Classics organization. (www.clcawards.org).
Katie Witek, National Letters Chair and Member-at-Large, has published her historical novel, The Trial of Misella Cross (Sky Parlour Press). Inspired by the writings of Samuel Johnson, the novel tells the story of a young woman’s decline into a brutal life of prostitution in eighteenth-century England, her arrest for murder, and the fight to save her from the gallows. For more information, visit www.catherinewitek.com.

C is for Cape Cod

C is for Cape Cod book cover

Amazon.com has just listed Christina Laurie’s new book, “C is for Cape Cod”, an alphabet book that introduces children to the sights, sounds, culture and history of Cape Cod. For each letter a 4-line verse gives younger readers a fun introduction to the subject, while the main text provides information that will appeal to both older children and adults. The stunning photographs, by award-winning Cape Cod Times photographer Steve Heaslip, tell stories unto themselves, from the doleful eyes of seals to children whirling on carousels, from a frog peeping out of a cranberry bog to the engineering marvel of the Cape Cod Canal. This is Cape Cod with its natural beauty, rich history, tourist attractions, and much more. To preorder the book, save 33% and order it on Amazon.

New books by NLAPW member Annie Laurie Smith

Sally Ride and Neil Armstrong biographies and YA contemporary novel, First Place, Love
Annie Laura Smith of the Huntsville, AL Branch announces the release of these two Early Readers astronaut biographies. The books were published in response to librarians needing biographies for young readers ages 6-8. Both biographies contain extensive color illustrations from NASA. The books are available in paperback on Amazon.
A YA contemporary novel, First Place, Love, will be released this summer by Topaz Publishing. The YA romance centers around a Science Fair competition in a high school in Florida. It includes the dynamics of the peer, parental, and sibling relationships of the characters. The paperback will be available from the publisher. http://www.topazpublishingllc.com.

Book Signing
August 25, 2013
Huntsville Museum of Art

Ms. Smith will give a presentation and sign copies of her four novels set during World War II at the AP World War II Photograph Exhibition. These novels for young readers include: The Legacy of Bletchley Park, Will Paris Burn?, Saving da Vinci, and Alexandra’s Secret.

All of her books can be viewed at http://www.annielaurasmith.com.

To listen to one of Patricia Daly-Lipe’s stories from “Messages from Nature,” click here.

Reading List

Gathering Light

E-version published by Northampton House Press, 2013
By Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

In Gathering Light Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, former Poet Laureate of Virginia, transports us to locales as diverse as Lake Nakuru, Kenya and Machu Picchu, Peru in lyrically intense poems that remind us that the art of seeing, like making a friend, takes time. “By wandering through countries where the pace of life is slower,” she states, “it’s easier to appreciate the charm of a sun-drenched Inca city high in the Andes, as well as the majesty of a sleek cheetah’s run across an African savanna.”
An accomplished visual artist, Kreiter-Foronda has been influenced by Georgia O’Keeffe, who painted flowers that covered the expanse of a canvas to enable her viewers to notice every detail. The poems in this collection resonate. They share the author’s meticulous portrayal of subjects, ranging from Auguste Rodin at work in his studio to a search for the elusive condor in the Bolivian highlands.
A skilled wordsmith, this gifted writer turns poetry into song in the tradition of Yeats, Thomas, Wordsworth, and Keats. She entices readers out of the world of Facebook and Twitter and allows them to experience the marvels of life they might otherwise miss.

Gathering Light is now available as an e-book on Nook, Kindle, and Kobo for only $5.99. See www.amazon.com
ISBN Number: 978-1-937997-22-9

The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

Print edition published by San Francisco Bay Press, 2013
By Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo features monologues inspired by Rivera’s monumental murals and Kahlo’s enigmatic self-portraits. Kreiter-Foronda explores Rivera’s revolutionary “art for the people” stance in poems spoken by an array of memorable characters, ranging from a miner’s son to a capitalist to a homeless indigenous child. Kahlo’s difficulties with her husband’s infidelities, her physical disability, and her inability to bear children are depicted in dramatic dual-voice poems that broaden the interpretation of the iconic artist’s paintings. As the book progresses, the embrace enlarges to include Kahlo’s beloved dogs, monkeys, jewels, and her husband’s mistresses. Kreiter-Foronda’s eye for detail and her masterful craft engage the reader’s attention for an extended period of artistic discovery about these renowned Mexican artists, whose popularity in recent years has soared.

The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo is available on www.amazon.com, www.sanfransiscobaypress.com, or www.carolynforonda.com
ISBN: 978-0-98-282956-1

For more information on Dr. Kreiter-Foronda’s books, see www.carolynforonda.com or Wikipedia

The Little Cape Cod Witch Cookbook

by J. Bean Palmer
A children’s cookbook of wholesome, tasty treats for young folks to make with their grown-up helpers and to enjoy with friends, graced with original full-color art, whimsical stories, and entertaining facts, winner in the Cookbook category at the 2012 New England Book Festival
recently held in Boston, MA.
To buy on Amazon.com, click here.

Other books by Annie Palmer, writing as J. Bean Palmer, have recently won awards worth noting: My Cape Cod Magic, a beautifully illustrated first reader picture book poem of classic Cape Cod scenes, co-written with husband Chris Palmer and illustrated by Jenny Kelley, received Honorable Mention in the Children’s Books category as well.
To buy on Amazon.com, click here.

Also, ElsBeth and the Halloween Haunt (published in hard copy as The Cape Cod Witch and the Pirate’s Treasure, Book I in the Cape Cod Witch series of magical adventures for middle grade readers) received Honorable Mention in the Pre-Teen Literature Fiction category at the 2012 Global eBook Awards held in Santa Barbara, CA.
To buy on Amazon.com, click here.

Morning Walk in Mesa

Linda Marie Prather, new member of NLAPW’s Modesto Branch, CA, has a new chapbook of poems inspired by morning walks in Mesa, AZ.
She writes: “Morning Walk in Mesa is a collection of poems written on my walks when I’m in
Mesa, Arizona, the place I lived for twenty-five years, and where my family still resides.
I’ve been returning recently, not just to visit, but to help my sister in care-giving to my ninety-seven year old mother. These walks are times of rest and refreshment, a chance to get out of the house to enjoy, and describe the beauty of the desert I love so well. The poems are not actual meditation exercises, but, for me, do bring a kind of inner quieting in moments of observation and reflection.”

The cover art work is her own, and the reviews from the back cover.

Unforced Rhythms, Ms. Prather’s new chapbook, is available for preorder from Finishing Line Press.

Death for Beginners Your No-Nonsense, Money-Saving Guide to Planning for the Inevitable

(Quill Driver Books, June 2010, 2012)
Karen Jones, Chesapeake Bay Branch, VA
Humorous, insightful and completely practical, Death for Beginners helps readers quickly accomplish the difficult but necessary task of planning for death. Written in a workbook, bullet point format, Death for Beginners shows readers how to plan ahead practicality, frugality and efficiency with a spadeful of graveyard humor.

How to buy:
1. Paperback can be purchased at Amazon.com

2. Can also be purchased on Kindle and the worksheets downloaded from the Death For Beginners website.

Cocoon To Butterfly- A Metamorphosis of Personal Growth Through Expressive Writing in The Pen Woman.

Ronni Miller, Sarasota Branch, FL

Just about all of my opus stems from expressing events, feelings and experiences in my life journey through writing often in fiction as in The Pine Tree. It’s what I’ve been teaching others to do for the last twenty years in my Write It Out program for the purposes of the healthy value of creating and developing the person you were meant to be. Information about the book can be viewed at www.writeitout.com.

On the Face of Things

Lois Batchelor Howard, La Jolla Branch, CA
“This book is a flight of fancy. Lois is our guide. Just grab hold of the kite string. Let your imagination soar as she evokes the sights and sounds of her active intuition. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.” —Pat Cohee, Laguna Poets.
Advance sales last until June 8. The publication date is August 3.

Click the link below to order online.

Taking on Water

Ellen McNeal, member-at-large,
May release of her chapbook, “Taking on Water,” published by Finishing Line Press. Details are available at: www.finishinglinepress.com

Chased by Demons: How I Survived Hitler’s Madness In My Native France

Jacqueline Grossman
“…a beautifully written, compelling and haunting memoir. A must-read for everyone!…” –Carine Nadel of the Orange County Register said of this true WWII story. See amazon.com for more reviews and to order.

Spare Change

Bette Lee Crosby, Boca Raton Branch, FL
Click here for her publisher blog, where you can read an excerpt and check out her other books. Click here for the Amazon link to read an excerpt or download a sample to your Kindle.

Memoirs of a Middle-aged Hummingbird

Suellen Zima, Laguna Branch, CA
available for e-readers at the E-Book Store or at Amazon.com Kindle Store . Follow the senior hummingbird on Suellen’s blog as she wanders, wonders and writes.

A Rainbow for Christmas

The first western romance by author Mary Montague Sikes takes place in 1869. Set on a wagon train traveling from Missouri to Denver, Colorado, this story describes hardships and adventures experienced by those brave women who journeyed west. Sikes was inspired to write A Rainbow for Christmas after visiting several mountain towns in Colorado where she purchased a variety of books that related stories of the lives of early settlers in the area. She was especially intrigued by a volume of diary entries by women who crossed the prairie on wagon train. Her book won first place for young adult fiction in the Virginia Press women 2012 Communications Contest.

Purchase here: amazon.com

Make a Wish, Stories written for Real People Where They are the Star

Marlayne Giron

If you had one deep, heartfelt wish what would it be? Then suppose that wish came true in story form and it was nothing like what you expected but was exactly what you needed to hear?
Make a Wish is a collection of short stories written as gifts for real people. Each story was created either because I was inspired to do so or because I received a “wish fulfillment” request. Each story is preceded by a paragraph that describes the person for whom the wish was written, what their wish was and why.

My book covers, book trailers and books can be seen and purchased here: http://marlaynegiron.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html

Letters News

A poem by Linda Ohlson Graham, Cape Cod Branch, MA, Entrance into…’A Quiet and Peaceful-AGE-‘ is featured within online magazine Cape Women Online: http://capewomenonline.com/2012_Issues/Spring_2012/Spring_2012Articles/Entrance_poem.html

Anne Hoiberg, La Jolla Branch, CA, will be the recipient of a Freedoms Foundation National Award for her excellent article, Women’s Struggle for the Right to Vote which appeared in the Union Tribune. She was also inducted into the The San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame in January. Click here to read the article.

Virginia Nygard’s short story, Fish Tale, originally published in the March 2010 issue of A Golden Place, won second prize for published short story in the 2011 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition, sponsored by The Florida Writers Association. The heartwarming tale can be read in its entirety at www.agoldenplace.com, select the March 2010 issue. Virginia Nygard is Vice-President of the Vero Beach, FL branch.

Carolyn Vieth Boyles is the co-author of a new book, Searcy, a photographic history of Searcy, Arkansas. The book profiles the history of the city in Northeast Arkansas from its early days through its current status as a city. Her first book, A Complete Plain-English Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Valuable Information From A Survivor, was published in 2007.

Humorist, Jan Marshall’s newest satirical survival book, DANCIN, SHMANCIN with the SCARS will be issued in the next two months. In an acknowledgment chapter she has designated an area for Pen Women to brag about their books, art or music description in a couple of lines for the special fee of $200. Longer ads, written in a supportive manner, can be negotiated. The cover of the book can be seen on the “Jan Marshall” face book page. Visit her website for more information and to contact her about being included in the new book.

Sarah Darer Littman, Greenwich Branch, CT, young adult book author, has received national attention for her latest book, published by Scholastic Press: Want to Go Private? This is a must read for teens and their parents. She reports she has been getting some intense email from kids who’ve gone through experiences with internet predators, and also, from kids who have been talking to people online and after reading the book, have blocked them. Check out her other Young Adult books, on sarahdarerlittman.com.

Mary (monti) Montague Sikes, Richmond Branch, VA, announces her latest books, available on Amazon.

A Rainbow for Christmas, Dec. 2011
Jungle Jeopardy, adventure, Aug. 2011
The Jefferson Hotel – A Snapshot in Time, Oct. 2011
The Homestead – A Snapshot in Time, Oct. 2011
Hilltop House – A Snapshot in Time, Oct. 2011


Patricia Daly-Lipe, Washington, D.C. Branch, past president of the La Jolla Branch, CA and Washington, D.C. Branch, has published five books that make fascinating reading. See her website www.literarylady.com for more information and to order.

La Jolla: A Celebration of Its Past is a rich and varied collection of vignettes and essays about historic La Jolla. Since this author believes that “history is someone else’s point of view”, the emphasis is on the extraordinary people who helped build and shape this special place. The book began as a series of newspaper articles and covers every aspect of life in La Jolla, CA.

Myth, Magic and Metaphor: A Journey into the Heart of Creativity attempts to awaken the creative muse who lurks within us all. My task as author is to enhance the creative spirit through myth and metaphor, to restore the sense of wonder adults experienced as children. My method is multisensory, interdisciplinary, and holistic. There are no limitations to what thoughts, ideas, observations, or research could and might be used to stimulate the creative process. The ultimate tool is the human heart; the medium is words. Philosophy, art, music, and linguistics are some of the disciplines used as stimulation.

All Alone, Washington to Rome, A ’60s Memoir Reading the words written so long ago in my diary, I was astounded at what I saw and heard and thought about as a teenager and later a young twenty something living in Europe. From Rome to Paris to the University in Belgium with visits to London and then back to Washington, this was the world of the ’60s as experienced by a young lady left alone after her (my) mother died when she was 18.

A Cruel Calm: Paris Between the Wars visits an era of idealism and innovation on all levels when Paris was the cultural capital of the Western World. Politics, religion, social mores and a special time in history (1927-1939) determine the fate of a young Catholic socialite from Washington, DC as she tries to find out if it is only after great sorrow that love can come again. Well Researched, A CRUEL CALM includes Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic and the huge crowds that awaited him at Le Bourget Aeroport; Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Joseph Campbell and Hemingway in their own words; the Surrealist movement; lady pilots Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart; a train ride to Reno, Black Thursday; the ravages from the Great War and omens of a new war brewing, and much more.

Messages from Nature is a collection of short stories about animals, trials at sea, and the evolutionary journey of man and nature. It is a book for all ages. Based on my personal experiences, most of the stories were previously published in journals, newspapers and magazines over the years. Also included is one poignant tale about a greyhound written by my late father, Daly Highleyman, and published in the 1930s.

Chased by Demons: How I Survived Hitler’s Madness In My Native France, by Jacqueline Grossman “…a beautifully written, compelling and haunting memoir. A must-read for everyone!…” is what Carine Nadel of the Orange County Register said of this true WWII story. See amazon.com for more reviews.

Bette Lee Crosby, Boca Raton Branch, FL, announces the launch of her newest book, Spare Change. Click here for her publisher blog, where you can read an excerpt and check out her other books. Click here for the Amazon link to read an excerpt or download a sample to your Kindle.