Valley writers tackle war, murder, mayhem

The Fresno BeeMarch 30, 2013 

Several authors will visit Clovis to sign their books as part of the upcoming Big Hat Days.

Jeff Robinson, author of the crime novel "Keeping the Secret," and David Leue, who wrote his autobiography "Korean Combat," will be at the Valley Writers and Artists Association, 618 Fifth St. from noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

"Keeping the Secret" (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $12.99) is based on Robinson's experiences as a former investigator for the Ventura County District Attorney's Office before moving to Fresno. In his novel, Sgt. Tom Hastings answers a call for a routine car accident but soon realizes it's anything but routine when federal officers take over the investigation.

Leue's book, "Korean Combat" (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $19.95), follows his journey from the perils of naval flight training to becoming a combat veteran in Korea. His time in the service was accented by the pain of losing shipmates and his frustrations over the firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

Janice Stevens and Pat Hunter will sign their books on California history and architecture, along with Karen Moore, author of "Journey of the Knight."

Also, author D. G. Flamand will sign from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at booth A-42 at the Big Hat Days event. The Caliente resident has written "A Thousand Rainbows" (Tate Publishing, $19.99), the story of a mystical land that's known as "the most beautiful region of the world."

"This is a series I created by using the most positive words, such as loyalty, honesty, kindness, etc., and made them into characters," says Flamand.

Other books of local interest

"Freedom to Fall" (Morning Song Press, $12.99): Carol Hampson recounts the year following the death of her son in a rock climbing accident at Yosemite. Through talking with those who knew her son, the author was able to find some peace with her loss.

The book is available on Amazon.com.

"Between The Bylines ... The Life, Love and Loss of Los Angeles' Most Colorful Sports Journalist" (The History Press, $21.99): Doug Krikorian, the Fresno State graduate who was a sports journalist for 44 years in Southern California, talks about how he was able to go from the small farming community of Fowler to a career where he got to talk to some of the biggest names in sports: Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Georgia Frontiere, Al Davis.

The book is available at Amazon.com.

"Hispanic Profiles of Victory -- Interviews With Latinos That Succeeded Against Adversity & How They Did It " (Itasca Press, $14.95): Fresno State graduate Jess C. Rodriguez spent 21 years putting together this book about how those of Hispanic descent have overcome obstacles to find success in America. He interviewed more than 1,000 people and selected 50 to be featured. The book also offers secrets to success based on what he found during his research.

The book is available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

"Yosemite Meditations for Women" (Yosemite Conservancy, $9.95): The book is a mix of photographs of Yosemite, taken by Michael Frye, and a collection of quotes from the likes of Maya Angelou, Marie Curie, J.K. Rowling and Mother Teresa. It can be found at yosemiteconservancy.org.

"The Road Guide to Yosemite" (Yosemite Conservancy, $9.95): Bob Roney's book provides a look at the 214 miles of paved roads in the park. He's divided the tourist attraction into seven different tours illustrated through eight color maps. The book is being sold at yosemiteconservancy.org.

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, rbentley@fresnobee.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.

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