Registered nurse Lucia Thornton took the advice of writing about what she knows with her new book "Whole Person Caring: An Interprofessional Model for Healing and Wellness" (Sigma Theta Tau International; $44.95).
In the book, Thornton, who has lived in Fresno for the past 30 years, offers a model of care to redefine who we are. She suggest concepts and practices to create healing and wellness.
"It's a model that shifts us out of disease care toward health promotion and also invites the integration of healing therapies and systems of medicine into the current model. With the inclusion of section 2706 in the Affordable Care Act, people can decide if they want to see a chiropractor, acupuncturist, naturopath, etc. as their primary provider," Thornton says. "This book is useful in creating a model to help everyone learn to play well together."
The book also includes information for anyone looking to create healthier patterns in their life.
It's available at amazon.com.
Bullard graduate Nancy Olds left the Central Valley to go to school at UCLA. Although she's lived in other parts of the country, including her current home outside Washington, D.C., the author still feels a strong connection to her hometown, especially the high school English teachers who inspired her to write.
Her latest work — written under the pen name of Delancey Stewart, a tribute to her grandfather — "A Rare Vintage (Wine Country Romance - Volume 1)" (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $8.99) — is set in a fictional winery in Paso Robles but has Fresno roots.
"Growing up in Fresno had a lot to do with my decision to write about wine — or specifically the production of grapes and wine. I've always been fascinated by the wine — it's a living, breathing thing, and for thousands of years, it's been associated with romance and enjoyment of life. It seemed like the perfect focus for a series of romances," Olds says.
Her previous work includes the self-published "Through a Dusty Window — New York City Stories 1910-2001." You can find her books at Amazon.com.
More books of local interest
"Cheating Death & Taxes /10 Secret Powers of Life Insurance" (Soob Enterprises LLC, $2.99): The new book by longtime Fresno resident, author, speaker and life insurance professional Arsen S. Marsoobian shows how using life insurance wisely will allow you to "act from the grave" to have an impact on the lives of the living.
It's available on Amazon as an e-book.
"Perfect (30 Minutes or Less)" (Amazon Digital Services, 99 cents): The latest offering by Turlock author Ruth McLeod-Kearns is set in the Central Valley. It follows a successful gay couple dealing with an estranged mother who is dying. The "30 Minutes or Less" series are novelettes designed to be read in a half hour.
Look for it on Amazon.com.
"Vengeance Is Mine" (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $13.22): Gary Walker's book is crime fiction — loosely based on a true story — about a family tragedy involving his father that occurred back in the early 1950s.
"After writing a non-fiction account and learning that it was not publishable, I turned it into a novel and, after three years of writing and re-writing, the result is a 360-page thriller that spans four generations and involves Mickey Cohen and the L.A. mob," Walker says.
It's available at Amazon.com.
"Listening Long and Late" (University of Pittsburgh Press, $15.95): Peter Everwine, emeritus professor of English at Fresno State, has written a book of poetry that includes such titles as "The Migration of the Turkey Buzzards" and "Elegy for the Port Charles Moulton."
All of his books are available at Amazon.com.
"Alzheimer's: Dutiful Daughter" (Amazon Digital Services, $2.99): The new book from Shawn Graves and Don Canaan looks at what happens when a woman decides she has had enough of taking care of her family and abandons her Alzheimer's afflicted father at The Big Fresno Fair. It's up to detective Liz Roberts to figure out who the man is based on the the only identification: a piece of paper in his pocket stating "My name is Larry."
Graves lives in Exeter with her youngest daughter, and according to her, "a slightly psychotic cat."
The book is available on Amazon.com.
"A Split Second: The Life and Faith of Jim Aldredge": (iUniverse, $17.95): Jerry Guibor, a retired sportswriter and editor who lives in Fresno, tells the story of Jim Aldredge. At 17, Aldredge signed a professional baseball contract. In his second season, after being hit in the left eye by a thrown ball, he loses the sight in the eye. After failed attempts to make a comeback, he went on to get his degree at Fresno State and teach at Fresno City College.
Look for it at Amazon.com.
TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, firstname.lastname@example.org or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.