Some years ago I wrote a story about my son and grandson’s short stay in the tiny town of Murdo, South Dakota. Their old van broke down, and they were stranded with a long trip ahead of them. I’ve thought about it so many times and felt I should let that town know how much their kindnesses meant to them and our whole family. Finally, I looked up the name of the local newspaper (The Mundo Coyote) and sent them the story. I received a response almost immediately. They said the story was “awesome” and they planned to publish it in their next edition. When they sent me copies, I was taken aback that they printed it on the front page taking up one-half of the entire paper. My son Michael died a year after that stay in Murdo. How proud he would be to have a story about him and his son featured in the town of truly Good Samaritans.

Pat Janda

See story here.

The Way of Yeshua
by Valerie Galante, Ph.D.

The Way of Yeshua

The Way of Yeshua is an exquisitely researched and beautifully written novel about destiny, human nature and purpose that is sure to appeal to people of all faiths and religious backgrounds.

In ancient Galilee, a male child is born.  His name is Yeshua and within days after his birth, Herod marks him for death forcing Yeshua’s family to flee into exile in Egypt.  This is only the first of many journeys Yeshua takes during his life; and, sadly, the first of many times his life is threatened. Mystery and mythology surround every aspect of Yeshua including his conception, birth, life, and death.  Some people say he was conceived by a virgin mother and that he is the son of G-d, a great teacher of the Law, keeper of the faith, and leader of his people. Others say he is a charlatan whose birth was illegitimate according to the Law.   Within the context of his personal challenges, Yeshua finds himself embroiled in the social, political, and religious conflicts of the time.  When the Romans begin denigrating his people, disrespecting their Law, and defiling their land, Yeshua’s mission becomes clear.  There will be no stopping this well-considered, fully human meticulous strategist until the prophecies of Isaiah and Zechariah are fulfilled. And fulfill them he does, by paying with his own life.  Or does he?

What if Yeshua did not die on the cross?  What if the death and resurrection of Yeshua is one of the greatest stories ever told, but it is untrue. Yeshua’s true impact on the world is even greater than the stories we know. And so, the story begins… [more]

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Finding Your Way
by Valerie Galante, Ph.D.

Finding Your Way

Finding Your Way  is an eclectic collection of ‘lessons’ drawn from everyday observances mixed with pivotal historical events that reveal essential themes and truths about the human experience and how each one of us can find our way through this amazing experience. Think of it as a modern-day kind of Aesop’s Fables, but with fewer animals.

Finding Your Way serves as a guidebook to navigate the path of life by providing inspirational, insightful, and informative lessons from diverse sources to the reader for the purpose of encouraging, engaging, and empowering you to make the most of yourself and your life.  Building upon her background as a highly experienced Licensed Clinical Psychologist and ordained Interfaith Minister, Dr. Galante uses humor, cultural references, and every day events to enlighten readers about the nature of being human and how to live their lives with meaning and fulfillment. [more]

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Smith — Angel of Tears

Angel of Tears
by Irene Smith

In 1947, Summer Sobieski is sent to live with Polish relatives in Detroit. Enrolled in Catholic School, she is ridiculed for her name and her mother’s mental illness. When Alva Watson, an aging albino, moves into a long vacant house next door, she is feared and shunned. Summer sees something in Alva that no one else recognizes. The relationship between the two misfits affects the lives of everyone around them.

Summer’s reunion with her parents is less than desirable. Overwhelmed with family issues, spiritual conflicts, and two female tormentors, Summer unwittingly causes a shocking mishap. The consequences are harrowing; redemption and retribution follows.

Often humorous, this is a tale of innocence and ignorance, failure and faith, and the undeniable power of love. [more]

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Readers are needed to help read to the kids at the Read & Feed Program in June and July. If you can, please take a step forward and lend a helping hand. There are 14 time slots, 30 minutes each from 11:30 a.m.-Noon. Please note that readers will need to fill out a Volunteer Application that includes confidential information such as their Social Security number for a background check. Interested readers can call the library and ask for Tracy or Emily, or email Tracy at

May 22, 2017

Jamilla Brooks’ First Book is Published!

I am excited to announce that my first book “Beautiful You Are!: Inspired Poems” has been

I am also excited to announce that I will be a vendor at the first Memorial Day Singles Retreat “Fun in the Son” on Fort Myers Beach. My book and tees will be available for purchase! The Retreat dates are May 26-May 29 and for more information check out the website:

To conclude my good news share I would like to say how honored I am to have been a nominee in the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida for my business Desire To Inspire! I was one of thirty entrepreneurs so this is a huge honor!

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Beautiful You Are!: Inspired Poems  by Jamilla D. Brooks 

Read to Death (Read Em and Eat Mystery)
by Terrie Farley Moran


The national bestselling author of Caught Read-Handed revisits Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where the proprietors of a local bookstore café occasionally take a stab at solving murder…
At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work… [more]

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Hayton — Naga Queen

Naga Queen
by Pauline Hayton


In late 1930s Britain, a young woman yearns for the exciting adventures that seem to be reserved exclusively for men. “Come visit me in India,” her friend Alexa writes, and Ursula Graham Bower does, unaware that Assam is where her dreams will come true. Flouting convention, she goes to live in the jungle-clad hills with reformed headhunters, the Zemi Nagas, where she finds fulfillment and a sense of purpose by recording their culture and providing much needed medical care. [more]

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