Local Author at Page 1
Ashley Gallegos, local writer and paralegal, will be at Page One Books at 3pm on Sunday, July 10, to talk about and sign her 2016 romantic mystery novels, Vegas Candy and Last Chance Baby.
Vegas Candy is described as such: "When Cat reluctantly agrees to attend her future sister-in-law's bachelorette weekend in Vegas, adventure is the last thing she expects to find. But when she finds herself in profound danger, it appears that marriage to a mysterious stranger is the only way out. Handsome, enigmatic Thomas is determined to keep the alluring Cat safe but was unaware how much his vow would put his own heart at risk. With the risk of danger closing in, both Cat and Thomas must decide how much they are willing to gamble on love before the odds double down against them."
And in her Last Chance Baby, Hailey sought adventure in Seattle "the second high school was over but what she found was more than she had bargained for. When Hailey suddenly comes back home to New Mexico pregnant and harboring secrets, everyone assumes that it is the father of the baby that she is running from. Hailey is happy to let everyone make those assumptions if it keeps them safe from the truth. But Gram's new farm hand Chuck has his own secrets and is too highly trained to ignore the red flags coming from Hailey's direction. When her dedication to keeping her secrets leads to grave tragedy, Hailey finds that she may have to let Chuck in more than she would like as they find themselves navigating a world of crime, danger and loyalty that neither had anticipated. Can Hailey keep those she loves safe or will her past cost her the ultimate sacrifice?"
Gallegos is addicted to school, and is currently pursuing her MBA in Legal Management. She also is a contract Paralegal. She loves to travel and is torn between Vegas and Haiti as her favorite destinations. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband and their crazy dogs.
Academic Turned Mystery Master at Page 1
Robert D. Kidera, former academic, will be at Page 1 Books at 3pm on Sunday, May 8, to talk about and sign his second mystery novel, Get Lost: Gabe McKenna Book 2.
The book is described as such: "What do you do when the dead come back and your loved ones disappear? All Gabe McKenna wanted was a new floor for his barn. What he got was seven corpses, all long dead. Seven rich men, missing from New York. One of his closest childhood friends is gunned down in an Albuquerque casino. After escaping two attempts on his own life and with time running out, McKenna must uncover the connection and prevent his loved ones from joining the growing ranks of the dead. From New Mexico to New York to a lonely cliff once home to an ancient people, McKenna struggles against a bloodthirsty criminal enterprise for whom money matters more than any man’s life."
Kidera’s debut novel, Red Gold, received the Tony Hillerman Award for Best Fiction of 2015, and won Best Mystery of 2015, and Best eBook at the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. Red Gold is the first novel in the Gabe McKenna Mystery series. After an early fling in the motion picture industry, and a long and successful career in academia, Kidera retired in 2010. With his desire to play major league baseball no longer a realistic dream, he chose to fulfill his other lifelong ambition and became a writer. He is a member of Southwest Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the International Thriller Writers organizations. The author lives in Albuquerque with his wife Annette and two cats. He has two daughters, a grandson and granddaughter.
Page One Books is located at 5850 Eubank NE, Suite B-41, in Albuquerque's Mountain Run Shopping Center (southeast corner of Eubank and Juan Tabo). The Kidera event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 294-2026 or visit www.page1book.com.
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Gift or Warning?
Bizarrely marked pencil suspiciously placed on my desk
When I arrived at work today, there was a strange item smack in the middle of my desk. It was a pencil, but not one I had used or left there. It is a near-perfect number 2, unsharpened with an only slightly used eraser. But near the business end, there are three deep, narrow, perpendicular grooves, equally spaced and cut down to the lead.
What does this mean? Who left this pencil for me to find? What were they trying to communicate? Is it someone who, as a coworker suggested, is harboring a secret, tormenting crush on me and has to chew up pencils? Doubtful. The grooves are too small and regular to be caused by normal human teeth. Is someone trying to send me an ominous message? Confuse me? Make me waste time writing this blog?
Admittedly it's not as bad as a dead bird left by your cat, or a horse head left by the Godfather. But it's freaking me out. Who are you, mystery pencil leaver?!
Musician disappears in the desert; 35 years later his masterpiece is reissued
Jim Sullivan was an American musician who in 1975 left his wife and son on the West Coast, striking out for Nashville to find success. He didn’t make it there, though—his car was found abandoned and motel room unused outside of Santa Rosa, N.M. In ‘69 Sullivan had released U.F.O., an album backed by the acclaimed Wrecking Crew—session musicians employed by Phil Spector on numerous hit songs. Sullivan and his psych-folk-rock masterpiece went mostly unnoticed until late last year when crate-diggin’ reissue label Light In The Attic rereleased U.F.O. NPR’s “All Things Considered” did a story on the album—listen here. Find out more about Sullivan, listen to audio samples or buy the record here.
The First New Roger Zelazny Novel in 15 Years
Purely by accident, in the Mystery Section of a local bookstore (and I'm not a big mystery fan, but a loud weird-out-nerd-out conversation in the Science Fiction section forced me over a couple of aisles. Guys, keep it down, there are girls in here), I noticed a spine with " Zelazny" on it. Turns out it was a manuscript discovered posthumously in Zelazny's piles, lost for 30 years. That's from around the time of My Name is Legion but it's not science fiction; it's a spy/crime/adventure novel, and that's fine with me. I've said it before: nobody writes a classier fight scene than Zelazny, and few manage to propel a story with mystery as well as he did. Anyway, I haven't read it yet because I'm bogged down in Jungle Tales of Tarzan (haha) but at least I have something to look forward to besides drinking and getting made fun of for reading books with monsters on the cover.