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Vance F. Lavalle

Marlene

This Alberta born author's first book was delayed by decades as life got in the way. He married his long, disenchanted wife of 43 years, raised five children who now believe anybody can write a book, and built a small but pathetically successful business restoring antique automobiles. A lover of history, politics and dark humour, he is the mortal enemy of political correctness and faux outrage. His future works will undoubtedly disappoint fans of fine literature, but he hopes they will at least entertain.

By the grace of God and the skills of wonderful strangers, Vance is a cancer survivor.

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Marlene


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The German occupation of Poland in 1944 had yet to reach 15-year-old Canev and his parents on their farm, but the German bombs that killed his mother and destroyed their home changed everything. Father and son sought refuge with relatives in Warsaw, only to find themselves trapped in unlivable conditions in the bombed-out, walled section of the city, the living hell of “The Ghetto.” A place under constant patrol and attack from the Nazis with a mission to eventually exterminate all, predominately Jewish, Ghetto refugees.

But how much is too much? How long can fear survive in the face of cruelty and evil? Until all is lost, and there is nothing left to fear losing. Nothing left but anger that knows no limits, and retribution that knows no age. Canev was left lost in such anger, and it meant nothing to the German Nazi war machine - until it did. This is one of a thousand unknowable stories of a Warsaw Ghetto that saw and experienced the unimaginable.

“…and a little child shall lead them...Isaiah 11:6”


About

Marlene Frere

Marlene

(1960 - 2018)

Marlene was so very talented in many areas. Her family was her priority, and being with her children and grandchildren gave her much joy. Her brilliant smile came so easily when she talked about them. She was a steadfast friend, a good listener, able to provide a different perspective and always ready for a fresh adventure and some laughs. Once she formed a friendship with you, you knew she had your back - through thick or thin.

Professionally, she was a teacher among teachers. She pushed her students but treated them with respect and kindness. In return, the students worked hard and respected her. She was ready for a little humour and fun in her classes, coming up with new and improved lesson plans to suit her students. Marlene was an avid runner - determined to improve, as she pushed herself to new levels, including marathons.

She was a very spiritual person, exploring new ways of understanding life. She enjoyed travelling after her children were grown and spending time in new places. Although it is difficult to describe all that made her such a beautiful person, those of us who were privileged to be part of her life remember her with respect, admiration and love.

This trilogy is evidence of Marlene’s inquisitive mind and enduring spirit; her positive, lasting tribute to hope.

Trilogy of 'M' -

Marked

(Adult Fiction)

Marked


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Fiery redhead Keara Graham had no desire to acquire any emotional baggage, or pursue the silly interference or basic controls of romantic entanglements. She was on a path that she’d researched, calculated, and plotted since university. It went like this:

  • become a lawyer;
  • become a partner, and;
  • become a judge.

She had joined the firm of Garner and White and, with the efforts she was putting into building her clientele and her cases, she expected to make partner ahead of schedule. Then she met RCMP Sergeant Scott DuBois, and now her plan was in serious jeopardy.
Why? 

  • Because she was compellingly attracted to him;
  • Because he made her feel safe, and;
  • Because he knew someone was trying to kill her.

Someone. Someone she doesn’t know, for some unknown reason - wants her gone. Did that mean she had to put aside her plan to save her life?

Trilogy of 'M' -

Trust

(Adult Fiction)

Trust

Available in October


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Trust didn't come easy for Lynda Callaway. Years of abuse would do that to a girl, but now she was starting to spread her adventurous wings, just a little bit, after shedding the weight of her hateful ex-husband, Zack. Baby steps, but she would take them with the support of her divorce lawyer and now best friend, Keara.

But had she really shed Zack's weight or was he seeking revenge that was beyond the bounds of anything reasonable? Beginners luck and fear for her safety, as Zack escalates, introduces her to RCMP officer, Nate Burke. With Nate’s help maybe she can learn to trust:

  • Trust her instincts;
  • Trust her strength, and;
  • Trust the love others have for her.

As the terror of Zack's intentions unfold the exact depths and meaning of his determination to annihilate Lynda takes on a more ancient meaning that spirals Lynda, Nate, Keara, and Scott into a battle of the millennia that they aren't even aware of. With deadly consequences.

Trilogy of 'M' -

Hope

(Adult Fiction)

Hope

Available in November


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In the world, there lurks something dark, something subversive yet utterly real and distressingly normal to most. Humans are desensitized to the plots and manipulations that clothe them in the guise of the right and good. Who can be trusted? Who cannot?

RCMP Sergeant Scott DuBois has visions that often shine a bright light on evil disguised as good. He hates them because:

  • They render him helpless;
  • They are graphic and brutal, and:
  • They leave him exhausted.

This last one portrayed a murder so heinous even his experiences as a cop could not prepare him. Worse yet, the victim was to be the woman he loved.

Once again, Keara was in grave danger, and no one knew why. Two strangers arrive in town. One stranger is handsome, pleasing to the eye, yet almost invisible as he weaves in and out of sight like a shadow on a cloudy day. The ‘other’ who claims to be there to help Scott and Keara understand and to protect them, in possession of ancient journals and knowledge of a battle in which they are unknowing participants in; a strange woman with secrets, who Scott doesn’t trust.

New knowledge brings new fears. Who is the real enemy and who can be trusted? Can the depths of long forgotten love, from the unlikeliest of sources, bring hope to the town and the world?


About

Pat McCulloch

Pat McCulloch

Pat McCulloch was raised on a farm in Alberta and developed a love of reading at an early age. There were many animals on the farm and her first pet was Togo, a dog she rescued from the Calgary Animal Shelter when he was about 6 months old. Her favourite books are some general fiction and British mystery. Pat volunteers with the Calgary Public Library in the Adult Literacy Program. She has two adult children, Michael and Megan and she currently lives in Calgary with her dog, Sophie, and her tabby cat, Stanley.


Togo Learns to Play

(Illustrated Childrens')

Togo Learns how to Play

Togo Makes a New Friend

(Illustrated Childrens')

Togo Learns how to Play

Togo Gets a Sister

(Illustrated Childrens')

 

Togo was a small brown dog with one black ear, a little grey beard and a long tail. By dog standards, he was kind of an odd fellow, but he didn’t care. He lived on a farm with all of his farm friends.


In ‘Togo Learns to Play’ he has to learn that fun should be fun for everyone or it isn’t fun at all.

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In ‘Togo Makes a New Friend’ he learns that everyone is beautiful and unique in their own way, and that is one of the things that make this world a special place.

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In ‘Togo Gets a Sister’ with help from Flora-belle the skunk, Togo realizes that love is love and the more you have, the better.

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These are children’s illustrated books for an audience of 0 – 7, hopefully, read to the child on your lap or close at hand so they can enjoy the illustrations and page through the story themselves by following the paw prints that lead them through the book. Also, remember to follow Togo on his future adventures as he learns more things about life on the farm.


About

J. J. Johnson

J. J. Johnson


J.J.Johnson is an intuitive healer. She lives on a farm in Central Alberta, Canada with her husband and family.

She has also written three other books:

The Angel Trilogy
Book One: Soul’s Journey
Book Two: Soul’s Awakening
Book Three: Soul’s Connection

Soul's Beginning

(Young Adult Fiction)

Soul's Beginning

 


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Teenager Jackie Morgan’s life has been turned upside down and sideways when she meets the boy next door and embarks upon a terrifying journey.

Jackie’s life is forever changed when her mom and new husband move her and her brother to a new town in Alberta from Vancouver. Not very popular or socially skilled, Jackie is even more worried about fitting in at a new school when all she wants is to be happy. This worry is compounded when Jackie has an unfortunate accident the first day of classes; an accident that introduces her to the hottest hunk at her school, Tristan.

A renaissance man, he is kinder and wiser than the other teenage boys. He’s also Jackie’s next door neighbour. After an awkward first meeting, they are drawn to one another like magnets which sets Jackie up as a target for the school mean girl and her posse. Now it’s not a question of being popular or liked but one of surviving school on a daily basis.

Unknown to Jackie, Tristan has some pretty big secrets of his own which will lead to his terrifying transformation into something Jackie can no longer recognize. He is unable to be the kind and caring boy she had come to know. Jackie becomes even more terrified when she finds out that she is the only one who can save him. Will she succeed? If she does, will the mean girls find a way to make sure she pays such a high price that she will never find happiness?


About

Nancy Jane

Nancy Jane

Nancy Jane was born and raised in Ontario but she fell in love with all things western and made the west her home. She and her husband live on a horse ranch in the beautiful Parkland area of Alberta where she works as the artist 'Nancy Jackson' and raises Quarter Horses. The ranch is also home to many rescued cats, dogs, llamas, horses and ponies.

The Last Bull at Raymond

(Adult Fiction)

Last Bull at Raymond


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A gifted young Shaman is trying to protect a friend and solve the mysterious disappearances of young women.

Jedidiah Fox is 6’7”, and strikingly unusual in appearance, some would say ugly, especially his own people. He is best friends with Morgan Miller, a socially outcast brain-damaged cowboy. When strange circumstances twist Morgan into a life-altering situation, Jedidiah and his grandfather, the Chief, have to guide him safely through situations that even they have little experience with. At the same time, they have to try and recover what has been stolen from Morgan and keep him safe from those who have wanted him dead for many years.

To complicate things further, young women, including Morgan’s girlfriend, Wanda Eagle Child have been disappearing from the area for several years. Jedidiah and the Chief have their suspicions, but they do not have all the facts and the evidence they need to be believed. As they try to obtain this evidence, they, are also in danger, possibly more than Morgan, due to the long-standing hatred their enemies have for them. A hatred that found its birth in family secrets.

As they all work together to try and correct the wrongs perpetrated on Morgan and solve the mystery of the missing women, the family secrets start to unravel, coming to a fatal conclusion. Will this help them find the missing women and, if so, will they ever be able to come home?

Flying Kites

(Adult Fiction)

Flying Kites


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In 1999, TJ Hunter did not care if she lived any longer. In terms of wealth she had been blessed beyond her wildest dreams but, in terms of happiness, she was sure she had been cursed. Overlooked as an irrelevant girl as a child, she had finally found her perfect life, only to have it wrenched from her grasp in wave after wave of grief. Now, still numb from loss, she is forced to face a life-threatening illness and she just doesn’t care if she survives.

As she is sitting in her doctor’s office, TJ has a chance encounter with a magazine article about hockey legend Wayne Gretzky retiring. The article sparks something deep inside her memory and strange things start to happen, catapulting TJ on a magical journey in an attempt to recover from the horrors of her past and face the uncertainty of her future.

Can TJ find the spirit within her to go on with living? Can the horrors of the past somehow be laid to rest as two stories of loss become entwined and reach a surprising conclusion? Are there any answers to questions that have been floating on the wind, like lost kites, for so many years?


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