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The Boys Who Woke Up Early

by A.D. Hopkins

Playing cops was just a game until the bullets were real. The gravy train hasn’t stopped in the hollers of western Virginia for more than thirty years when Stony Shelor starts his junior year at Jubal Early High. Class divides and racism are still the hardened norms as the Eisenhower years draw to a close. Violence lies coiled under the calm surface, ready to strike at any time. Read more...

Roads From the Ashes: An Odyssey in Real Life on the Virtual Frontier

by Megan Edwards

When wildfire destroyed her home in the hills above Los Angeles, award-winning author, Megan Edwards seized the opportunity that her sudden "stufflessness" offered. She hit the road with he husband and dog in the Phoenix One, the four-wheel-drive motorhome that "rose from the ahes." This is the story of how a sabbatical that began with no intinerary and no return date grew into a five-year North American odyssey with a mission" "to be at work, at home, and on the road, all at the same grand moment."
"This is a book to stir dreams of distant places, a remarkable journey down unknown roads of travel and self-exploration. Edwards relates the stories of their Amrican adventures and misadventures in the compelling style of a novelist, with humor, drama and brilliant imagery. A journey worth taking." --Al Martinez, Los Angeles Times (from a review of the 1999 edition)
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Base Camp Denver: 101 Hikes in Colorado’s Front Range

by Pete KJ

Base Camp Denver shows hikers where and when to go–and also how to prepare–to enjoy the best trails this unparalleled region has to offer. Denver is known the world over as the gateway to Colorado’s magnificent Rocky Mountains. Four national forests, a national grassland, scores of regional and city parks and preserves, and Rocky Mountain National Park offer hundreds of hiking and walking trails—all within one to three hours of downtown Denver.
Base Camp Denver: 101 Hikes in Colorado’s Front Range will be released by Imbrifex Books in April, 2019. A party to celebrate its publication will be held at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on 16th Street in Denver on April 4, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Drinks and gourmet hors d’oeuvres will be served. All are welcome. More information about the launch party and pre-order information will be available soon. Read more...

RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips

by Rick Quinn

This outstanding new guidebook adds extraordinary two-lane adventure to straight-line Interstate road trips. Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip, each one side trip beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day.
"Rick Quinn jumps off the interstate to guide travelers on 25 brilliantly conceived road trips. Stunning images of southwestern landscapes and landmarks nicely mix with his insights about historic attractions and roadside treasures along the way." -- Doug Kirby, RoadsideAmerica.com
"Colorfully illustrated, this guide book by well-seasoned traveler Rick Quinn covers Arizona and New Mexico quite well. Enough detail is given about locations and drives to pique the interest and yet not spoil the surprise. As a bonus, the maps are concise but detailed enough to get you to the destination... Overall, I would highly recommend this book by Rick Quinn."--Jim Hinckley, author of Route 66: America's Longest Small Town
"Iconic only-in-America tourist destinations come alive in Rick Quinn’s guide to famed Arizona and New Mexico road trips. From Burma-Shave roadside signs, vortex sites, tree trunk sculptures, and the world’s smallest museum, to architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s former home, artist Georgia O’Keefe’s studio, and Biosphere 2, you’ll be amazed at the seductive pull these diverse, sometimes quirky attractions will have on your western itinerary."--Jeff Blumenfeld, editor, ExpeditionNews.com
“What makes this wonderfully accessible book invaluable to the time-pressed driver is that the author has broken things down into bite-sized detours from the region’s four Interstate Highways. For those who may be passing through Arizona or New Mexico on the way someplace else, it’s an inspirational guide to transforming what would otherwise be a simple A-to-B journey into something special – a road trip that takes you into the heart of the Desert Southwest.”–Peter Thody, RoadTripAmerica.com
"It's not a mirage; this wonderful book brings these legendary, mythical desert regions to life in the best of ways, with compelling stories, gorgeous images and useful information."--Chris Epting, author of James Dean Died Here
"Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips is a must-have for travelers exploring the Southwest. Over 300 full-color photos capture the true beauty of these two states."--Ellen Robson, author of Haunted Highway: The Spirit of Route 66
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Full Service Blonde: A Copper Black Mystery

by Megan Edwards

Full Service Blonde
A working girl is found dead in the desert. Can a calendar girl uncover the truth? It’s Christmastime in Sin City when aspiring journalist Copper Black meets Victoria McKimber, an outspoken prostitute at one of Nevada’s legal brothels. She’s offered Copper the exclusive right to tell her story. Not only will the Las Vegas Light’s “calendar girl” get a byline, but she can also impress her boyfriend and parents when they arrive for the holidays.
""Full Service Blonde" is an original and riveting mystery by a master of the genre. An unfailingly entertaining read replete with unexpected and narrative driven twists and turns, "Full Service Blonde" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections." -- Midwest Book Review
"Readers will enjoy smart, sassy Copper as she handles family and professional crises with aplomb" -- Publisher's Weekly
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Strings: A Love Story

by Megan Edwards

Strings: A Love Story
The Merino Rose Will the Merino Rose bring the two star-crossed lovers together at last, or will their love live only in the melancholy sound of distant violins?
"Edwards’s prose glides as smoothly as Ted’s playing as she articulates how deeply teen love shapes her characters’ adult lives. Readers wanting to dwell on the melancholy of ill-timed loved will devour this beautiful novel." — Publisher's Weekly
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A Justified Bitch

by H. G. McKinnis

It takes a guilty bastard to make a justified bitch. When a severed finger shows up on her doorstep in a seedy section of Las Vegas, Helen Taylor does not freak out. She’s already crazy, as evidenced by her junk-stuffed house and its ever-growing population of cats. There’s also Bobby, her long-dead husband. Helen talks to him regularly, and Bobby talks back.
"When a mentally ill woman is the only witness to a murder, her family rallies around her even though it means running all over Las Vegas in this hard-hitting but affectionate debut...Fast-paced, funny, and gritty—the perfect read for lounging by a casino pool."— Kirkus Reviews
"A Justified Bitch” by H.G. McKinnis is great for teens, adults, and anyone who wants a great read on a lazy Sunday afternoon."—Anna Riley, Reader Views
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Base Camp Las Vegas: 101 Hikes in the Southwest

by Deborah Wall

Base Camp Las Vegas
Hikers can enjoy solitude and unspoiled wilderness by day and world-class urban amenities by night. Situated in the heart of the magnificent Southwest, Las Vegas is surrounded by spectacular natural landscapes. Within easy reach are five national parks, including Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley. Dozens of state parks, regional preserves, recreation areas, and public lands offer amazing variety, from sand dunes and salt flats to alpine meadows, waterfalls, and ancient forests.
"Chapters are ordered according to distance from The Strip. A profusion of color photos fills the book. Each chapter provides an area overview and map, while each hike gets its own description along with direction to the trailhead, degree of difficulty, elevation (and gain), best time of year to go, and other relevant information." -- Al Bonowitz, Westways AAA Magazine
"Diving into the book, it provided a broad cross-section of terrain and difficulty, providing something for everyone. The book uses full-color printing throughout, and the photography is beautiful. There were a number of obscure trails and adventures that I had only heard of in passing, and that’s where Base Camp Las Vegas excels, in whetting your appetite for exploring places you may have heard of but have never been."--Jeff Hester, SoCalHiker
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Getting off on Frank Sinatra: A Copper Black Mystery

by Megan Edwards

Getting off on Frank Sinatra
A scorching Las Vegas summer is about to get even hotter. Aspiring journalist Copper Black has just found out that her boyfriend is responsible for his not-quite-ex-wife’s pregnancy. An unexpected house-sitting job at a notorious Las Vegas “party house” should provide not only a pool with a swim-up bar but also much-needed distraction.
"Edwards makes an assured fiction debut. This amusing mystery stars aspiring journalist Copper Black, a contributor to a Las Vegas newspaper, who must navigate a multitude of personal and professional hurdles...Copper learns enough secrets to make deadly enemies before emerging bruised, battered, victorious, and primed for new comic adventures."— Publisher's Weekly
"Copper's debut has enough pizzazz to make readers want to try just one more roll of the dice.”— Kirkus Reviews
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