The Bookshelf, located at 206 N. Main St. in McPherson will host three authors from 10 a.m. to Noon on Dec. 16.
Jerry Davies “Brim”
Jerry Davies is the owner of the local radio station KBBE. His book “Brim” follows Tom Brim, a decorated Marine and Korean War veteran, as he faces his biggest challenge as a Miami-Dade police sergeant. A sword and hatchet carrying maniac has killed his partner and threatens to kill Brim and his family.
The chief of police places security patrols at the homes of Brim's parents and fiance', while Brim patrols Miami neighborhoods looking for the killer.
The murderer and his international drug cartel are represented by a famous Miami defense lawyer Sam Brighton. Brim watches Brighton closely, completes his college degree in Miami, and enters law school, pursuing a second career as a prosecuting attorney.
Events collide, leading to an action-packed conclusion.
Judy Carroll and Collette Reichenberger, Cottonwood series
Judy Carroll and Collette Reichenberger will sign copies of “Cameos of Courage” and “Cameos of Stregth” from The Cottonwood series.
Judy Carroll grew up in rural Mound Valley and lived on a family farm. She graduated from Labette County High School and earned a bachelors degree in Business from Emporia State College. She worked as a legal secretary for over 25 years and established herself as a writer when she had several columns published in area newspapers. Her husband, Dan, and she have been married for 47 years and have four children and nine grandchildren.
Collette Reichenberger was born in Independence, attended local schools and graduated with a bachelors degree in Secondary Education and earned an MAT in American History from Emporia. Collette taught in the local school system for 26 years, teaching language arts and advanced placement American History. She served as a writer for state standards and assessments in reading, provided in-services and worked as a mentor for schools not meeting state standards. She has lived on a fifth generation farm with her husband, Frank, for 46 years. They have two sons and eight grandchildren.
Cameos of Courage spans 1850 to 1880 and follows four young girls making homes in Kansas: Maddie, the abolitionist in Lawrence; Elizabeth, the Osage Indian in St. Paul; Callie Mae, the Exoduster in Dunlap; and Richelle, the German immigrant inPretty Prairie. Each story features character traits the young girls develop.
Cameos of Strength is the second book in The Cottonwood series set in Kansas during the 1880s through the 1920s. Three ten-year-old girls are featured as they demonstrate character traits developed while facing the challenges of life on the prairie. Follow the adventures of “Lindsay: the Confident Cowgirl,” “Emily: the Kind Suffragette,” and “Rylie: the Imaginative Writer,” as they navigate through an ever-changing world.
Bill Bush “Vetrix”
Bill Bush grew up in Yates Center, Kansas, and is a graduate of Yates Center High School and Tabor College, where he earned a master's degree in Accounting. He is am accountant and runner, as well as a writer, is author of several collections of short stories, and has written a column in the Harvey County Independent since April, 2013.
His desire to write comes from his mom, Phyllis Roth Lewis, who was a published author and wrote numerous short stories, poems, and books.
Bill lives in Halstead with his two teenage children, who are the inspiration behind many of his stories.
“Vetrix” follows two alien species. Twelve-year-old Flipper didn’t believe in aliens — until he was kidnapped by one. When he wakes up one morning on the planet Vetrix he is trapped in the midst of an inter-planetary war. As Flipper struggles to survive and find a way back to Earth he discovers he may be a descendent of one of the warring species and that his intervening in the war may be his destiny, if destiny is decided by a computer program.
On Earth, Allison begins having dreams that turn out to be real experiences. When she watches a purple man disappear with her cousin, Flipper, no one believes her. Allison’s best friend Josh agrees to help and together the two sixth-graders begin their own investigation that leads them to the truth behind the Roswell Incident of 1947 and current alien activity on Earth.