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Grace Rellie

Bleeding Ice-COVER ART - Grace Rellie Outside the air was cold and inside Florence Keenan’s blood was cooling. It had been three hours since her heart had given its final struggle with the Angel of death and lost. With each final pump her pain had increased ten-fold until Florence prayed for death. With her last exhale she’d mentally screamed in terror as reality sank in. She was going to die. Her time had come and she wasn’t ready. She didn’t want to die. She wanted to live. So terribly bad did she want to live. And then it was all over but she didn’t immediately realize it.

…… Standing over detective Bill Smythe’s shoulder Florence began to read his notes. “They’re like reading chicken scratches,” she harrumphed . “Imagine a grown man whose handwriting is worse than a second graders.”

Slowly as she studied the page she began to see similarities and discerned his letter styling…

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Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. and come to the Huntley Library to meet Carolyn Batzlaff, a member of the Algonquin Area Writer’s Group, who will speak about her passion for writing, and how she came to author four books in four years.

Carolyn looks forward to sharing her experiences and hopes to encourage others to live happy and follow their dreams because life is too short to be routine and boring.

A book signing is planned after the slide presentation. Attendees are asked to please call the Huntley Library at 847-669-5386 to register.

October 5, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Kay will be at the State Street Market Shops in Elgin on Rt. 31.

October 9, she will be at the Onion Pub in Lake Barrington at “Just Girl’s Night Out” with both her book and photo greeting cards. Time is 6-9 p.m. free admission and first 25 ladies receive a really nice goodie bag. Fabulous raffle prizes!

October 12 & 13 at the Prairie State Cat Club show in Franklin Park at Centre at North Park.

October 17 at McGonigals in Barrington for another “Just Girl’s Night Out” from 6-9 p.m.

Amy Gail  Hansen, founding member of the Algonquin Area Writers Group joined visited the Algonquin Library for a presentation on how her novel “Butterfly Sister” evolved and her experiences publishing. After the presentation, Amy signed copies of her book.

For several years Amy worked as a journalist for Pioneer Press during the day and worked on her novel on the side. During this time, she brought excerpts from the book to our Algonquin Area Writers Group critique sessions.

The book evolved over the years incorporating feedback from our group, book agents and publishers. “Butterfly Sister” is published by Harper Collins and is available in bookstores and on Amazon.com.

Butterfly Sister a novel by Amy Gail Hansen

Butterfly Sister a novel by Amy Gail Hansen


Rebels Divided

Rebels Divided

Rebels Divided, a sequel to The Rebel Within but also a good stand-alone story, is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other outlets.

After the Second American Civil War, the Federal Union pursues a world without men by rounding up the remaining males.

Annabelle is a tomboy who lost her parents at age three. Despite her rebellious acts against a conformist society, the state pushes her to become a cop intern at age 16 to catch escaped boys. Then she’s forced to choose between joining the elite military unit that took her parents or being torn from her beloved sister and adoptive mom. Meanwhile, she meets a handsome boy who escaped prison, and helps him get away.

While facing a cop intern boss who hates her, a military commander who demands too much, and an amazon bully who won’t leave her alone, Annabelle struggles with conscience. Will she risk everything by hunting for her imprisoned birth mother and helping escaped boys avoid the federal roundup? Can she stand up to the amazon? Will she survive the rigorous military qualifying program so she won’t be sent away, while remaining true to herself and protecting her family?

Three of our self-published authors will be at the East Dundee Farmer’s Market this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Joyce Kocinski, Carolyn Batzlaff and Kay Clark will be offering their books for sale. Weather is to be awesome, so come on out and take a look.

From Joyce Kocinski (author of Letters From Mom: A Daughter’s Journal of Healing): I will be having a book signing Aug. 17, 1:00pm, at Elgin Books, 66 S. Grove, Ave., Elgin. Please RVSP if you can make it.