I'm With Cupid by Don Wells

Published on July 25, 2011

5.25" x 8", 75 pages

Don Wells writes about finding love, having love, and losing love.

For a year after his wife passed away, Don wrote poems and short essays about the love that they had shared. As a widowed father of a teen-aged son and facing his own diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease, Don's work shows that the tenderness, the passion, and the closeness found in a relationship can endure the heartbreak that grief can bring. Don's unique perspective and his sense of humor are revealed through his poetry.

Hog Heaven by Susan Buchert
Illustrated by Trisha Barnes

Published on February 15, 2011.

8" x 10", 24 pages
Full color
ISBN: 978-0981591445
Poetry and Children's

What will happen when all of the piggies fly home? Will breakfast ever be the same? 

Poet Susan Buchert weaves a cute and imaginative tale about what would happen if all of the piggies left. Her clever phrases and sparkling humor bring the story to life. 

Accompanied by the bright and colorful illustrations by artist Trisha Barnes, this book will quickly become a favorite of any child. 

From the author, Susan Buchert: 
"I’ve been writing poetry since early elementary school. This came naturally, as my father was also a spontaneous poetry writer. We would sit around the kitchen table while he composed humorous rhymes to make us laugh. As a teacher, I have also emphasized the beauty of poetry, encouraging my students to create everything from concrete poetry to odes." 
"The term pig has such negative connotation, yet pigs are incredibly intelligent and affectionate animals deserving of more than a shelf display at the supermarket meat counter. Legends and traditions have contributed to the bad press pigs have received over the centuries. But what if the bad press was simply a reflection of human misinterpretation? What if those restrictions and prohibitions were put in place to protec
t and honor a truly noble creature?" 
"I have a collection of poems inspired by the redwood forest that I’d like to expand upon and perhaps publish in the future. Also, as a mother of a child with autism, I am considering chronicling our struggles and accomplishments in the often confusing and seldom predictable world of autism."

Riding Shotgun Into The Promised Land by John Lloyd Purdy

Published on February 15, 2011.

5" x 8", 232 pages

“Riding Shotgun is powered by quirky characters whose actions reveal the odd twists and turns of the American character in the latter 20th century, and today.” “At once a travel narrative and a journey into the wild west of the latter 20th century, Riding Shotgun gives voice to the common, and uncommon, people whose lives play out in relative obscurity, although they are the indicators of our society’s civic health.” Riding Shotgun Into The Promised Land follows a returning war veteran as he tries to reintegrate into family and friends, but instead finds himself on a journey over the blue highways that trace the course of the Oregon Trail. In the hundred and fifty years since tens of thousands traveled the route looking for a new start, the land and people have changed, and the folks he encounters—from genetic engineers to militia members, Native Americans to New Age gurus—mark that change, but also reveal a core good will hidden in unexpected places. Coming home from a war is no easy matter, and if you are an inherently unlucky individual like the protagonist, it gets even more complicated. No longer interested in the things that still center his friends, he walks away from job and home looking for warmth and some vague idea of connections, only to fall into a series of events that spirals out of his control and sends him on a journey back across the Oregon Trail in modern times, looking for home. Attempting to act as a responsible citizen in the era of global warming, he accidentally kills a scientist; escaping the scene, he falls in with a truck driver who is also a gun runner for an anti-government militia; spending his last dollars for a good meal and night’s lodging, he accepts a ride from a college co-ed financing her education through prostitution; looking for work, he is befriended by a family of Native Americans and given a job that provides him the time and insight necessary to reinvent himself. There is more: failed towns, racist posses murdering immigrants, and an itinerant New Age guru hopping from meeting to meeting in his BMW along this well worn, mythic trail.

About the author, John Lloyd Purdy:

I was born and raised in Oregon. My great-grandfather and grandmother homesteaded there in 1872, so in a way the novel is concerned with how the present has been shaped by the past and various immigrants. Also, one grandfather came to Oregon via California from up-state New York, and to fund his travels up from Sacramento (an ironic name in this case) he founded “God’s Religious Army.” Holding tent meetings along the route, he relied “upon the kindness of strangers.” However, near Grants Pass his wife died, and this is where he met and married my grandmother. So, I am also interested in the ways that fortune brings families together, tears them apart, and then reconstitutes new families out of the old: the past in the present again. I am also a Vietnam veteran and curious about the ways military experiences a long way from home work their ways into our society, for good or for ill. Under all these interests and curiosities, though, is a deep concern about the future of our environment, which has borne the brunt of the transplanted ideologies our ancestors brought with them as they immigrated here looking for “The Promised Land.” How, I would ask, can we avoid the damage done by short-term desires meeting an ecosystem based upon stability and change that takes place over long periods of time?

Opposites Attract by Mary Braun and Adam Kupka

Published on February 9, 2011

5.25" x 8", 120 pages

ISBN: 978-0981591438


"Sandwich of musings 
A creamy seven middle 
Squeezed by tasty fives" 
Opposites attracting. . . a familiar concept that virtually everyone can relate to. Mary's "Yin" to Adam's "Yang" provides the backdrop to a sometimes humorous and sometimes philosophical perspective on life. Random topics create a haiku discussion between the authors, bringing perspective and depth to the back-and-forth conversation. The result is a beautiful symmetry of happy opposites that gives the reader an opportunity to smile and contemplate life.

Image of Mary BraunOriginally from California, I grew up in a small town in the Northern Sierras. I later graduated from Santa Clara University where I boldly declared in my sophomore year that I would someday write a book. And for the pastImage of Adam Kupka 14+ years, I have made the Portland, OR area my home.

"Opposites Attract: A Haiku Tete-A-Tete", cowritten with Adam Kupka, is the result of a combination of serendipity and sarcastic humor that I hope you will enjoy reading as much as we enjoyed writing it. I'm currently working on humorous essays, in addition to a much anticipated haiku sequel with Adam!

Once Upon A Night by William Keyser - Illustrated by Trisha Barnes

Published on October 9, 2011

8" x 10", 24 pages

Children's Fiction

"William Keyser's debut title is a charming tale that shows encouragement and inspiration can lead to a change of heart." 
Zack's mother tells the little boy an interesting bedtime story about the heights that can be reached through determination, hope, and self-confidence. Even though the story is quite fantastic, Zack wonders if it really is a story after all. 
Written in rhyme, children's author William Keyser brings his wit and talent to this colorful and educational book.