When it comes to fiction, readers may want to sample recent books by several writers with local ties.
Some are by authors whose names are recognizable, but more often these writers are known to few. Most of them don’t really expect to make a fortune although some probably hope to make a living writing. But often they write just for the love of writing.
Here are a few books readers may want to check out:
“Over the Edge” by Mary Connealy (Bethany House, $14.99). This is Book 3, or the conclusion, of the Nebraska author’s Kincaid Brides series. These combine Christian, humor, cowboy and romance genres.
“Water and Abandon” by Robert Vivian (University of Nebraska Press, $18.95). Literary and somber treatment of the repercussions from the murder of a young pregnant woman in a small Nebraska town.
“Charity Kills” by Jon Bridgewater (Boot Hill, $12.95). Murder mystery/police procedural featuring Texas detective David Storm by a University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate. He finds himself hunting a serial killer.
“The Clock Struck One” by James O. Theall (CreateSpace, $14.99). Another mystery, this one by a former Omahan. It features Omaha police officer-turned-private investigator Mike Delo, who investigates a murder even after being violently warned off.
“Powerball 33” by Connie Spittler (RJVS, $13.95). This Omaha author tells the story of a lower middle class guy who wins huge in the lottery. He has to cope with everyone who wants to share his money, evade bad guys and decide what is important to him. It’s a read that is part humorous, part serious.
“The Accomplice” by Charles Robbins (Macmillan/Thomas Dunn, $24.99). The author of this political thriller isn’t from Nebraska, but his main character in this insider’s look at Washington, D.C., is an aide to Nebraska Sen. Tom Peele, who is running for president. Politics, murder, mystery, backroom dealings — it’s all here.
“Mason Michael: The Heaven Projection” by Dawn Dyson (Creation House, $17.99). This Nebraska writer concludes her Christian trilogy about a group of warriors for God who face the end of the world. In this book, a young pregnant woman appears to be the savior the world needs.
“Lake Country” by Sean Doolittle (Random House, $15). Doolittle, one of Omaha’s best-known authors, has come up with a thriller about a former Marine who doesn’t think a driver who killed someone has been punished enough. He kidnaps the driver’s daughter and it’s up to a combat buddy to resolve the situation without causing more bloodshed. Of course, it doesn’t work out that way.
“Merry Hell” by Dennis Timothy (CreateSpace, $6.50). A Nebraska author has written this odd holiday tale. Can Angie and her family members survive forced togetherness when a Christmas blizzard strikes? It’s another half-funny, half-serious tale.
“Bullwhacked” by Kathy Cohen (CreateSpace, $7.99). The author, who grew up in Nebraska, adds plenty of local color to this comic crime novel about a faded rodeo star who begins to live through his son’s stardom. Then things start going really wrong — his son disappears, there’s a murder, strangers start following him. Of course, there’s also Darla ...
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