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The 10 Spot: Local Authors

Jul 25, 2017 01:59PM ● Published by Tara Mendanha

From Across the Room by Gina L. Mulligan, Folsom

In 1888, Thomas Gadwell traveled to Hotel del Coronado to finish his latest novel and fell in love with Mary, the clever daughter of a treacherous railroad tycoon. What begins as a story of passion turns into a tale of counterfeiting, international corruption and blackmail. Available at

 2 Harrigan’s Appeal: The Story of a Refugee Newspaper by Patricia Walker and Barbara Deatherage, Folsom

In 1862, just before the Yankees occupied Memphis, Tennessee, the staff of the Memphis Appeal loaded their press, steam engine and supplies on a freight train and fled. The Appeal traveled the war-torn South, printing vital news in advance of enemy lines, and the Harrigan family joined the adventure. Available at, Face in a Book, Colton Books and Barnes & Noble 

 3 Kisses for Cash...T1D meets T2D by A. K. Buckroth, Carmichael (author and illustrator)

Diabetes in children, adults and animals continues to be the topic of exploration and knowledge in the third part of this series. Diabetes in children (T1D) is greatly misconceived and misunderstood from elder counterparts (T2D), and this book provides a gentle learning curve. Available at and

 4 Dying for a Diamond by Cindy Sample, El Dorado Hills

Newlyweds Laurel McKay and Tom Hunter can’t wait for their honeymoon cruise. After a series of diamond thefts and a murder, Laurel discovers that suspicious shipmates are as plentiful as calories on board. When a relative becomes a suspect, Laurel’s determined to unmask the killer before her dream honeymoon becomes a nautical nightmare. Available at, Face in a Book, Placerville News Company and Barnes & Noble

 5 Dangerous Duplicity by Sherry Joyce, El Dorado Hills

El Dorado Hills cop Evan Wentworth struggles with guilt over his sister’s death, turns in his badge, and becomes a well-known artist in New York. He vacations in Saint-Paul-de-Vence and becomes embroiled in not only solving his sister’s cold case, but yet another murder. Riveting suspense is onboard multi-million dollar yachts in the Cote d’Azur. Available at and Barnes & Noble 

 6 Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann, Fair Oaks

Autumn, 1565: After fleeing Kyoto, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo take refuge with Hiro’s ninja clan in the Iga province mountains. But when an ambassador from the rival Koga clan is murdered during peace negotiations, Hiro and Father Mateo must find the killer in time to prevent a war between the clans. Available at, Face in a Book and Barnes & Noble

 7 Avenged by Lynn Carthage, El Dorado Hills

Teenagers Eleanor, Phoebe and Miles discover that they share a powerful connection. Together, they might be strong enough to untangle an ancient prophecy hanging over Arnaud Manor, a troubled place where old, deep magic mingles with greed and revenge. They might save Phoebe’s baby sister and other innocents. They might even save themselves. Available at, Face in a Book and Barnes & Noble

 8 At What Cost by James L’Etoile, Cameron Park

Detectives John Penley and Paula Newberry of the Sacramento Police Department are leading an investigation into a local serial killer who has dumped three bodies in six weeks–all missing internal organs. While pursuing a lead, the detectives stumble upon a personal message the killer left for Penley...and it’s attached to a human kidney. Available at, Face in a Book and Barnes & Noble 

 9 Sachi: Drawing Pictures on Water by Katherine Kemp Velez, Cameron Park

What happens when security becomes more important than freedom and fear is used to make prejudice seem necessary? This well-researched, historical fiction novel describes government decisions regarding the Japanese and Japanese-Americans, and the impact those decisions have on the lives of one family and community—before, during and after internment. Available at, Face in a Book and Barnes & Noble

10 Ride Into the Wild Side of Love by Kathryn Roberts, Granite Bay  

Cole Phillips is a mountain man who lives in the Idaho wilderness. Maggie Childs has been sent to see if the wilderness should be reclassified as a national park. Sparks fly when they meet, but soon it’s apparent they are fighting the same enemy. Is it too late to save the forest and their love? Available at

Article by Tara Mendanha

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