Locally & Independently Published Fiction

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Duncan McCollum's family arrive in Salinas valley circa 1849 having crossed the Great Plains by wagon train. Duncan recalls sitting around the kitchen table for hours listening to the stories his grandparents and all their siblings would tell. Many of the events weaved into his stories come from actual events. Being a 5th generation Californian and not falling far from the family tree, 
Duncan lives in Aptos, CA where he and his beautiful wife Elizabeth raised their three children. He has practiced chiropractic in Santa Cruz County for the last 28 years. 

The Adventures of Little Big Jim Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998960531
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Published: Seton Pubilshing - November 30th, 0002

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Raised beneath redwoods ijkwhatever is surely moon-drunk tonight, thinking, "without the little things (finch nests, pennies found heads up, termites, ants, or atoms, ash), the big things (tokyo, the amazon, the tarantula nebula, {all that cosmic emptiness} etc...) would likely cease to exist"; thinking, "if there is/was/continues to be a higher power, he/she/they is likely a poet and not a mathematician."  Her books are just a "thank you" for being alive.

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ISBN: 9781387219414
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Published: Lulu.com - September 23rd, 2017

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Christine Z. Mason was born in Chicago and moved with her family to California as a child. She earned her B.A. in English Literature at UCLA and attended UCLA English Graduate School. She served in the Peace Corps, teaching Art and Photography at the Community College of Micronesia in Pohnpei, Eastern Caroline Islands. She earned her law degree at University of California, King Hall and practiced constitutional and criminal law, including death penalty litigation. She has also taught law classes at several universities.

Boundaries: A Love Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989795883
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Published: Christine Mason - April 20th, 2017

The Mystery of the Ancient Stone City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989795890
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Published: Christine Mason - April 1st, 2017

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Writing has always been my thing, so I am thrilled to finally become a professional author. I published the first book in my Fantasy fiction book series entitled Donemere's Music in late 2016. The second book was published in August of 2017 and I am currently hard at work on the third book. The series chronicles the story of a modern woman, Donemere Saunders, becoming a powerful witch in an ancient world and the subsequent adventures of Donnie and her friends. The story is told with humor and reverence for my characters and for magic.

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ISBN: 9780997841114
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Published: Cheryl A. Gross - November 7th, 2016

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Max Diksztejn lives in San Francisco. City of Cats is her first novel.

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ISBN: 9780996524711
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Published: Four Watt Press - March 20th, 2016

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Peter Coe Verbica lives in the redwoods of Northern California. He earned a BA in English from Santa Clara University, a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, and as an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married and has four daughters.

The Missing Tales of Sherlock Holmes: (As Compiled by Peter Coe Verbica, Jd) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991153534
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Published: Peter Coe Verbica - July 25th, 2017

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Stan Huncilman started mountaineering over forty years ago when he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. Since then he has worn many hats; parade float maker, farmer, fire investigator and sculptor. He has always used his hands to earn a living and express himself. That changed when a friend suggested that he use his sculptures to create and illustrate a story. He took to writing like cats to cream or maybe it’s just that by writing an aging sculptor needn’t struggle so much with gravity. He lives in Northern California and still enjoys peak bagging.

The Sacred Mountain: An Account of the Successful Ascent of Mount Everest in 1924 by Reverend Morton Tutter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997619706
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Published: Stan Huncilman - July 24th, 2016

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Born in Los Angeles in 1942, Edward Moncrief grew up in the rural town of Redlands, California. He spent ten years studying to be a Franciscan priest, receiving a solid grounding in the liberal arts. He decided to leave his studies for the priesthood at the age of twenty-three. He married Judi Carl in 1967. The following year, he entered graduate school where he earned a Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Community Organizing and Development; after which, he moved first to the San Joaquin and then to the Salinas Valley. 

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ISBN: 9781547282104
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 27th, 2017

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Author, Artist, retired English Instructor, T. Mike Walker grew up in San Francisco and received his MA in Language Arts from San Francisco State University, where he taught Creative Writing from 1962-1965. From 1960-63 he worked full time as a San Francisco Policeman. From 1967-1968 he taught High School English in the Haight Ashbury District in San Francisco. From 1965 – 1968 Walker explored making colleges and selling them through the Psychedelic Shop on Haight Street. From 1968-1998 Walker taught English full time at Cabrillo Community College in Santa Cruz, CA.

Escape from Iran: The Re-Enslavement of Women and the Death of Modern Music Cover Image
ISBN: 9781478786672
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Published: Outskirts Press - April 22nd, 2017

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A native of Berkeley, California, Michael Cooper graduated from high school in 1966 and emigrated to Israel. He lived in Jerusalem during the last year the city was divided between Israel and Jordan. He remained in Israel for the next decade, studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and graduated from Tel Aviv University Medical School. Now a pediatric cardiologist in Northern California, he returns to Israel and the West Bank twice a year to volunteer his services to children who lack adequate access to care.

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ISBN: 9781432831004
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Published: Five Star Publishing - August 19th, 2015



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