New Halem Tales: 13 Stories from 5 NW Authors

New Halem Tales: 13 Stories from 5 NW Authors


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New Halem Tales: 13 Stories from 5 NW Authors by Kate E Thompson, L C McGee, Catherine (Cat) Kigerl

"New Halem...I wanted to move there..."

Nestled around a bay at the base of a mountain on the Oregon Coast, New Halem is a strangely exciting place created by a group of writers who live in the Pacific Northwest. Each tale, set in this quirky community, gives a peek into the lives and secrets of its townspeople.

William Cooke, publisher of the FishWrap Bugle, moved to town to escape the attention that comes with winning a mega lottery. A new romantic relationship is complicated by his secret financing of a controversial development.

The Parking Lot Prophet, a mystic, lives in his truck and camper in a park by the sea. He is pulled into the mystery of Miss Linny Jones and a pair of blue jeans that fell out of the sky into her dahlia field. They appear to have a life of their own.

Adele Delacruz, a young widow with a daughter, moves to New Halem to start over.

She buys a bookstore and convinces her brother-in-law, Drew, and his partner, Daniel, to open a restaurant. They struggle to fit into small town life that wants to keep their family relationships a secret.

Kevin McLeod, more ham than actor, detours on his way to New Halem. He stops at the old town of Hemlock where years ago an erotic liaison took him back in time to a strange cave. After leaving Hemlock, he is pulled into a violent past with a hostile shaman, pirates and treasure.

Sheriff Astra Billings wants to know who she is. Her mother claims she was fathered by an asteroid that crashed through the bedroom roof. Astra’s budding romance with a handsome newcomer, Matthew, is threatened by deadly secrets that follow him from his Kentucky past.

There are eight other stories about New Halem folks. You’ll get to know Glenda Gadabout, the society editor at the FishWrap Bugle. There’s a fortune teller in town, a panty bandit, an alien watcher and more. Everyone in New Halem is looking for friendship, solace, a fresh start, truth, forgiveness and true love.

A whimsical look at love and friendship, truth and forgiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990699835
Publisher: TwoNewfs Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kate E Thompson is a Seattle author. Her interests range from the 19th century woman's experience to genealogy to making handcrafted books. She's especially fond of reading old letters and diaries. She stops at all bookstores, art galleries and historical museums. Her dog, Ali, a Goldendoodle, is her loyal writing companion. Currently, she is working on her second novel, A Family of Forgetters, a historical fiction, coming of age story about a Danish girl in 19th century Salt Lake City, Utah.
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L. C. Mcgee, his wife and two fine cats live on the coast of Puget Sound. He enjoys reading, writing, writhing in coils (yoga), gardening and the occasional summer sail. Researching coastal indian lore is a hobby which is enhanced by his son's Tlingit ancestry. He is the author of the new Pacific NW Murder Mystery Series, The Amber Crow, where a mix of murder, mayhem, and an amber crow keep you guessing.
Visit his website for more about The Amber Crow, first in the Pacific NW Murder Mystery Series, along with The Amber Crow and the Black Mariah and The Amber Crow and the Hooting Woman.

Catherine (Cat) Kigerl is the author of two books of poetry: At the Town Café, published by Goldfish Press, Seattle, 2016 and Stirring up the Water, (under the name Cat Ruiz) which was awarded the Native Writer's Circle of the America's First Book Award for Poetry and published by Salt Publishing Ltd. Cambridge UK in 2008. She has completed a third book of poetry, Glimpses, and is working on a novel, The Adventures of the Parking Lot Prophet, based upon a character she introduced in New Halem Tales. With her husband, William, she continues to explore life's truths.

Table of Contents

13 Stories from 5 NW Authors
Don't Let Them Know! 1
by Charles Thompson
Double Whammy 11
by Charles Thompson
It All Falls Down 20
by Charles Thompson
The Parking Lot Prophet 27
by Catherine Kigerl
Those Demon Denims! 34
by Catherine Kigerl
Do Your Dream 67
by Catherine Kigerl
In Which Relationships Are Key 90
by Gwendolyn Van Hout Knechtel
In Which the Best Defense is a Good Offense 114
by Gwendolyn Van Hout Knechtel
The Cave 134
by L. C. Mcgee
Streams of Connections 142
by L. C. Mcgee
Can't Keep a Secret? 212
by Charles Thompson
Hannah's Treasure 216
by Kate E Thompson
The Asteroid's Daughter and the Serpent Handler's Son 220
by Kate E Thompson
Conversation Guide 345

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