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The 10 Spot: Local Authors

07/25/2017 02:09PM ● Published by Tara Mendanha

Crisis of Hart by Darla B. Collette, Roseville

Retta Hart’s disturbing memories have come to light years later, when authorities confirm her suspicions. A crime has taken place and the characters learn to stitch past and present together. Though people’s worlds are unraveled, she thanks God for the truth that was set free. Available at and Barnes & Noble


Grandmas Shouldn't Stink by Freeta Flyaway, Roseville

A young boy gets his grandma to quit smoking when he discovers the dangers. By taking a humorous look at a serious subject, families can broach this sensitive issue thoughtfully, through this gentle and positive book. Available at and Barnes & Noble


True to Your Core: Uncovering the Subconscious Beliefs That Wreak Havoc on Your Life by Bonnie Kelly, Roseville

Learn to eliminate the feeling of self-doubt and insecurities by unleashing the power of the subconscious mind. With the right guidance, insights and tools, learn to unlock your best life. Available at and Barnes & Noble


Nana by Mary Helen Fein, Auburn

This book chronicles the journey of a 16-year-old Jewish girl who leaves her family behind and heads to New York through Ellis Island, where she lives in a tenement apartment and works in the garment industry, to earn money and bring each family member over to safety. Available at


The Little Lemon That Leapt by Karen Sanders-Betts (author) and Hannah Howerton (illustrator), Roseville

Lionel is a sassy little lemon who leaps from his tree to see the world. On his wild adventure, he meets a ballerina buffalo, vegan fox, sporty sloth and more. Join Lionel on his journey of discovering that what makes us weird is exactly what makes us wonderful. Available at


No More Illusions (2nd edition) by Daniel Babka, Lincoln

An ambitious multilayered tale, this blend of mystery, suspense, romance and thriller—with shades of California noir—centers around a small-town detective named Dylan Blake, a dysfunctional family, temptation and morality. The story moves between Big Sur, Northern California and Utah. Available at and Barnes & Noble 


Ride Into the Wild Side of Love by Kathryn Roberts, Granite Bay

Cole Phillips is a mountain man who lives in the Idaho wilderness. Maggie Childs has been sent to see if the wilderness should be reclassified as a national park. Sparks fly when they meet, but soon it’s apparent they are fighting the same enemy. Is it too late to save the forest and their love? Available at


From Across the Room by Gina L. Mulligan, Folsom

In 1888, Thomas Gadwell traveled to Hotel del Coronado to finish his latest novel and fell in love with Mary, the clever daughter of a treacherous railroad tycoon. What begins as a story of passion turns into a tale of counterfeiting, international corruption and blackmail. Available at


Harrigan's Appeal: The Story of a Refugee Newspaper by Patricia Walker and Barbara Deatherage, Folsom

In 1862, just before the Yankees occupied Memphis, Tennessee, the staff of the Memphis Appeal loaded their press, steam engine and supplies on a freight train and fled. The Appeal traveled the war-torn South, printing vital news in advance of enemy lines, and the Harrigan family joined the adventure. Available at, Face in a Book, Colton Books and Barnes & Noble 


10 Wrath by T.R. Ragan, Granite Bay

Before human traffickers murdered her husband and stole her children, Faith McMann was a wife, mother and teacher. Now she’s a furious, merciless avenger on a deadly mission to retrieve her young son and daughter. Aided by unlikely but steadfast allies, Faith plunges deeper into a sickening underworld of exploitation and slavery with steel-forged determination. Available at and

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