I'm With Cupid by Don WellsPublished on July 25, 2011
5.25" x 8", 75 pages
Don Wells writes about finding love, having love, and losing love.
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
Hog Heaven by Susan Buchert
Illustrated by Trisha Barnes
Published on February 15, 2011.
8" x 10", 24 pages
Poetry and Children's
What will happen when all of the piggies fly home? Will breakfast ever be the same?
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.
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
From the author, Susan Buchert:
"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 protect and honor a truly noble creature?"
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
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
"Sandwich of musings
A creamy seven middle
Squeezed by tasty fives"
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.
Originally 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 past
14+ years, I have made the Portland, OR area my home.
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 BarnesPublished on October 9, 2011
8" x 10", 24 pages
"William Keyser's debut title is a charming tale that shows encouragement and inspiration can lead to a change of heart."
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.