“The truth is that even big collections of ordinary books distort space, as can readily proved by anyone who has been around a really old-fashioned secondhand bookshop, one of those that look as though they were designed by M. Escher on a bad day and have more staircases than stories and those roses shelves that end in little doors that are surely too small for a full-size human to enter. The relevant equation is: Knowledge = power = energy = matter = mass; a good bookshop is just a gentile black hole that knows how to read.” Terry Pratchett – Guards, Guards
Those old-fashioned bookstores still exist. There are many in the area around Kansas City. To introduce new customers to the stores and just have fun we have an annual Bookstore tour that will take you to many of these outlying stores. Those adventurous people who complete the tour, that is who visit every store, will receive a gift to recognize your accomplishment. To qualify for the gift you must complete the tour by the final day. There are eight stores on the tour. Their locations go from Harrisonville on the South to Lexington on the east. Each store has its own personality, specialties and treasures. Most of the stores are planning special events during this timeframe so check the event page in Facebook to see what these may be.
Here is the map to all eight stores on the tour!
“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul. ” – Neil Gaiman, American Gods
So come out and enjoy the countryside, see new places, and find treasures, because there are treasures in these stores. Of course, the stores themselves are the real treasures.
There will be updates on our Facebook event page, so check in often to find new events and exciting offers.
A typical lineup of special events from previous years:
JULIE MULHERN AUTHOR BIO
Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders.
In addition to mysteries, Julie writes historical, romantic suspense. Her first romance, A Haunting Desire, was a finalist in the 2014 Golden Heart® contest and is available now.
Look for A Haunting Need in the early spring of 2016. Or, if your tastes run to 70s-style mysteries, mark your calendars for May when Clouds in My Coffee, book three of the Country Club Murders, will release.
SALLY BERNEATHY AUTHOR BIO
I grew up in a small rural town in Oklahoma where our favorite entertainment on summer evenings was to sit outside under the stars and tell stories. When I went to bed at night, instead of a lullaby, I got a story. That could be due to the fact that everybody in my family has a singing voice like a bullfrog with laryngitis, but they sure could tell stories–ghost stories, funny stories, happy stories, scary stories.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been a storyteller. Thank goodness for computers so I can write down my stories. It’s hard to make listeners sit still for the length of a book! Like my family’s tales, my stories are funny, scary, dramatic, romantic, paranormal, magic.
Besides writing, my interests are reading, eating chocolate and riding my Harley.
Currently I have written four Death by Chocolate mysteries: Death by Chocolate; Murder, Lies and Chocolate; The Great Chocolate Scam; and Chocolate Mousse Attack as well as two Charley’s Ghost mysteries: The Ex Who Wouldn’t Die and The Ex Who Glowed in the Dark. More in each series will be released as soon as I can copy them from my brain to the computer!
LEANNA BRUNNER AUTHOR BIO
Leanna Brunner is a college professor, writer, and editor who strives to help other writers fulfill their dream of publishing their own manuscripts. She has taught high school and college writing classes at various schools for more than twenty years in the Kansas City area.
In 2014, she conducted the Write the Dream conference in Kansas City in an effort to educate aspiring writers about the writing and publishing realm. Since then, she has worked with more than two dozen writers and assisted them with making their publishing dreams come true.
She has written and published four suspense novels, a short non-fiction book, and a series of workbooks and interactive classes on writing; she is soon to release her first children’s book about a spider.
In addition to teaching and writing, Leanna owns a business, Write the Dream, which offers curriculum, classes, coaching, editing, and design services for those who are interested in writing and/or publishing.
JOHNNY STRIFE AUTHOR BIO
Johnny Strife was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but moved away before it became a cool place to live. He spent his teenage years in Kirkwood, Missouri, and joined the army after successfully completing five years of high school. The majority of his military career was spent in Germany and South Korea, places which feature prominently in his fiction. He now lives in Kansas City with his wife Nabou and his son
Pink Crucifix, Being the First Part of the Passion Plaything Trilogy, is a darkly comic romance with horror and fantasy elements. The story of courtship between a vampire and her thrall endeavors to be analogous to that of a young man’s awkward attempts to maintain a relationship with an emotionally distant, much older, much more powerful woman. The story spans one night, but stretches back ninety years into the past, through the recollections of various characters. Ian Raith is an American soldier stationed in the medieval Bavarian town of Bamberg. Since his unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan soon, he and his friend and subordinate, Nikolas Skandalis, take advantage of an Easter training holiday to abscond to the Netherlands. There, they score a large quantity of “Pink Crucifix” ecstasy from the Bosnian drug dealer Omar Amsterdam, in the hopes of selling it to their buddies downrange at a vastly inflated price. While sampling the pills in the Red Light District that night, Ian encounters a lovely German girl named Lorelei Böse, who appears to be surrounded by a glowing red aura. Enchanted and besotted, he follows her into the darkness, and quickly descends into a maelstrom of death and destruction, in which everything he has is taken from him. But Ian might discover that sometimes, one must lose everything in order to find the one thing that matters.
DENNIS YOUNG AUTHOR BIO
When your only option is to write, you write. Worked wonderfully for J. K. Rowling, didn’t it? But that’s not my story (pun intended). I’ve worked a normal job all my life, from high school to the present. But in 2005 I decided it was time to set the tales of Ardwel down on paper (or on the computer screen), and get these stories I’ve carried for thirty years out of my head. So I wouldn’t go… out of my head. Actually it may have been too late. So in eight years I’ve written four novels and one companion piece, have two more novels planned and six more companion pieces. Yeah, well, we all need a hobby, right? After a long day of working in the international construction business and dealing with contractors, engineers, and consultants all over the world, I retreat into Ardwel and its cast of characters; the good, the bad, and the really ugly. We’re talking butt-ugly in some cases, and not just looks. Nothing like a good bad guy to make the story more interesting. You want blood and guts, we got it. You want romance and hot sex, we got it. You want moral dilemmas and hard choices, we got those, too. But mostly we have great adventures, flawed heroes, and bad guys you just love to hate. With your shield or on it, as the saying goes. Don’t give me that “have a nice day” stuff; give me a Red Day. And wipe the blood and gore off your sword before it drips all over the carpet.
AARON HOLLINGSWORTH AUTHOR BIO
Aaron Hollingsworth was born and raised in Jefferson County, Missouri. The son of a Civil War enthusiast/author John Hollingsworth, Aaron grew up on a strict diet of history and politics. From an early age Aaron was fascinated with cartoons such as Voltron, He-Man, TMNT, and The X-Men. When the teen years came he invested all his allowance in comic books such as X-Men, Spiderman, Spawn, Evil Ernie, and eventually his favorite comics, Preacher and Lone Wolf and Cub.
At the age of 19, Aaron moved to Ottawa, Kansas, a small town near Lawrence. When not working in a sweaty factory, he took up hobbies such as playing/making music, playing tabletop RPGs, and studying martial arts.
At the age of 27, Aaron met Stephanie Jacobs. The two are now married and live in Kansas City, Missouri with their two sons, Jude the Dude and Leonidas. Stephanie is the cover designer for Aaron’s first for books, as well as an artist and photographer.
Four Winds-One Storm is a science fantasy series about four heroes who wander the vast, cellular world of The Draybair Cluster to solve supernatural mysteries and combat monstrous enemies. With the lack of a home as their common link, they combine mystical arts and martial skill to right the wrongs of a subjective reality.
This world is governed by theurges, philosphers with powers vast and various. Reality is subject to the will of the individual, which means that the clearer one’s outlook, the more existential influence they obtain; wisdom becomes the supreme weapon.
Polly Gone – The Runaway Mystic: Young, beautiful and mysterious, Polly Gone is a Crimson Theurge, a mystic with power over blood. She is of the Drakeri race, a people rumored to be hybrids of drakes and fey. Walking a narrow path between good and evil, Polly is on the run from her dark past with the faint hope of a brighter future. Knowing only violence and cruelty her entire life, Polly must find a new path to follow, even if she has to blaze it herself.
Hindin Revetz – The Wandering Scholar: A soft spoken man made of granite, gold, and steel, Hindin is a member of the Malrukan race. He is a master theurge of Chimancy, a mystical form of martial arts. Considering knowledge and wisdom as lost treasures that must be uncovered and shared, he lives abroad as both a teacher and student of life.
Will Foundling – The Harker Bushwhacker: Seeking fame in hopes of bringing his lost mentor out of hiding, Will is a crafty warrior and expert of the wilderness. A proud member of the quill-haired Tendikeye race, Will views fighting and farming as the two most important things in life. Cocky, narrow-minded, and fiercely loyal, he is a man of action with no love for the supernatural.
Sir Röger Yamus – The Roving Black Vest: A hugely built human with a mouth and libido to match, Röger is an independent “Black Vest” or monster hunter. Possessing massive weapons and the strength to wield them, he would sooner commit to a challenge before committing to a relationship. Although well-meaning and easy-going, he is not without his secrets.
DAVID J. PEDERSEN AUTHOR BIO
David J. Pedersen is a native of Racine, WI who resides in his home town Kansas City, MO. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has worked in sales, management, retail, video and film production, and IT. David has run 2 marathons, climbed several 14,000 foot mountains and marched in Thee University of Wisconsin Marching Band. He is a geek and a fanboy that enjoys carousing, picking on his wife and kids, playing video games, and slowly muddling through his next novel.
David has written three fantasy novels titled Angst, Buried in Angst and Drowning in Angst. This five book series is about Angst, who is 40-years-old and believes the only way he can survive his midlife crisis is to become a hero, a knight in shining armor. A fun, be careful what you wish for tale for anyone who believes they were meant to do something else.
On the edge of a mid-life crisis, Angst drags his reluctant friends along with him on an adventure into the heart of magic. He’s not sure where they’re going, what they’ll find, or even if they’ll survive. But he knows this is his one chance to be a hero because the only way to fight magic is with magic.