A retired schoolteacher, retired college professor, retired Internal Affairs police officer and retired ER nurse walk into A Book Barn in Clovis. It sounds like the start of a joke, but it is actually an accomplished collection of romance writers who will offer tips on writing and getting published.
Local writers Krista Lynn, Cora J. Ramos, Bryan T. Clark and Sheri Humphreys will be at the local bookstore, 640 Clovis Ave., 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. They will talk about the sub-genres of romance writing that include mystery, suspense, paranormal, historical and LGBT.
Lynn is the author of “Blood Stones: The Haunting of Sunset Canyon (Vol. 1)” (Black Opal Books, $16.49), while Ramos penned “Haiku Dance” (Black Opal Books, $12.99). Clark’s work is “Before Sunrise” (Cornbread Publishing, $14.99) and Humphreys wrote “A Hero To Hold” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $11.49).
The writers will have copies of their books for sale and to sign.
Former Fresno Giants pitcher John D’Acquisto is releasing his memoir, “Fastball John” (Instream Books, $9.98) on Sept. 13. D’Acquisto and co-writer Dave Jordan offer a look at the pitcher’s rise through the minor leagues and his time with multiple teams in the major leagues.
One of the early chapters explores D’Acquisto’s impressive year in Fresno. During the 1972 season, the San Diego native led the league with 245 strikeouts and had a winning percentage of .739 as he went 17-6. He was voted the best pitching prospect in the league.
He would make the leap to the major leagues in 1973 with San Francisco. During his time with the Giants, he was named the National League rookie pitcher of the year by The Sporting News. D’Acquisto also played for the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos, California Angels and Oakland Athletics.
The book also looks behind the scenes at baseball, plus draws parallels to the music world of the era, including the Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Carpenters, the Temptations, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac to Donna Summer, Don Henley and the Pretenders.
The forward is by baseball historian Dan Epstein.
Essays by David Mas Masumoto have been combined with photographs by Nancy Robbins for “A Sense of Yosemite” (Yosemite Conservancy, $36). The 14-page book is scheduled to be released Oct. 11, but you can pre-order the book at online sites.
Robbins has 25 years of experience in commercial, illustrative, portrait, wedding, fine art, and nature and landscape photography.
Other books of local interest:
“The Compelled” (self published, $8.99): Tulare native Anthony Puyo’s novel looks at the lives of survivors in a deadly time for humanity.
“This is my first novel. I started writing nearly three years ago,” Puyo says. “The genre sort of determined itself, though I feel my mother’s love of horror may have influenced me a bit.”
“Celebrating America’s National Parks, Preserves, Monuments, Recreation Areas” (Shade Tree Press, $47.50) This collection of Clyde Butcher’s five decades of black-and-white photos of 33 national parks is being released to coincide with the National Park Service’s centennial. Yosemite is the first park featured.