Month: April 2013

Writers of Havasu Heat Up the Summer Book List 2013

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Lake Havasu City is growing in the “Arts”! We have a community-music-ensemble for those whose gift is to sing, a community-theater-troupe for those whose gift is to act; and now, a community of writers whose gift is the tumultuous task of putting their heart’s work unto paper. Every two months, Lake Havasu City Writers Group, budding and published authors, meet to network and share their talents in writing. And, every second Saturday of the month, Lake Havasu City’s Book Exchange (being one of Havasu’s best spots in relaxing with a favorite book or acquiring a myriad of literature for all ages) promotes these talented writers where the community can come chat, eat, drink, and get personalized autographs from our very own author community. It’s a great time to make new friends, realize a dream, and read new and exciting literature. Whether you are buying or browsing, the Book Exchange welcomes you! Listed below are the authors, their bios, and best-selling books. Summer is on the way and I hope you, like me, will begin shopping around for the prefect summer reading materials right here in Lake Havasu City. I guarantee you will not be disappointed in Havasu’s 2013 hot summer reads.

Kelley Heckart
I am an author and editor living in Lake Havasu City with my musician husband. My stories reflect my passion for ancient and early medieval history, storytelling, and the supernatural. My latest series is a trilogy set in the Dark Age Scotland, where an ancient curse links an Irish clan to a vengeful goddess. When I’m not daydreaming about handsome warriors and otherworldly creatures, I enjoy making decorative crosses for my Etsy store. My published novels are Of Water and Dragons, Ravenwolf, White Rose of Avalon, Daughter of Night, Dark Goddess Trilogy: Cat’s Curse, Beltaine’s Song, and Winter’s Requiem. You are invited to come visit my web site at

E. V. Medina
I am a blogger, internet writer, illustrator, graphic designer, and author living with my husband in Lake Havasu City. I co-authored a sci-fi medieval fantasy novel called Realmwalkers, which is also available in e-book form. My solo project, a medieval fantasy romance e-book called The Priestess and the Ravenknight, is now available at Sticking to the same genre, I’m now writing another novel based on the world of Tiaera about pirates and sirens with the working title: The Sirens of Swansong. Information on all of these books can be found on my blog: The World of Tiaera at Check out my blog to download a free chapter of Realmwalkers.

Finnean Nilsen Projects
I write with my brother under the hard to remember and nearly impossible to spell-name of our production company: Finnean Nilsen Projects. I’ve spent most of my life around books, and I can remember reading a Don Pendleton at twelve and thinking “$#!%, I can do better than that!” (Yes, I had an extensive vocabulary, even at that age). I think we’ve succeeded to a certain degree, as our zombie series Outpost has been called “awesome” (J. Hinds – Amazon Reviewer) and that it’s “one of the best zombie books about” (Mrs. Z J Burton – Amazon UK Reviewer) with “so much action I find myself holding my breath” (April Mohinani – Goodreads Reviewer). You can find our books locally at the Book Exchange or online at, where we offer giveaways semi-regularly. Visit us at  

Layne Walker
Once the writing bug got hold of me three years ago, I realized I had a natural talent. I joined the Lake Havasu Writers Group (, who helped me hone my skills with short fiction assignments. To date, I have published a short-story collection and two action adventure novels. My next novel will be out the end of April. I like incorporating Lake Havasu area in my novels. Check out my website where you can find action, adventure, wonder, and suspense.

David Bellomy
I’m a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a crime scene investigator and a retired Sheriff’s Captain. My career included employment at the FBI and Army Crime Laboratories. Born on the vast plain of the Mojave Desert, I earned my Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University. I am a lifelong advocate for the Mojave habitat and indigenous species.  All these facts are reflected in my first book–Tude: A Story from the Mohave Desert.
Paul L. Bailey
After more than 30 years of life in the greater Portland, Oregon area, my wife April and I moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona three years ago. A long time member of Toastmasters International, I was pleased to join the Lake Havasu chapter and finish earning my designation as Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). In addition to Toastmasters, I found new friends and an outlet for my love of technology at the HavaMac club (, an Apple products user group. I wrote my first novel, The World Beyond in 2005 and when I learned that in addition to public speaking and technology groups, our new city was also the home of the Lake Havasu City Writers Group, I had to join. With the kind words and insightful critiques of the group, I wrote my second novel, Fate’s Knight last summer and was thrilled to experience such a high level of acceptance that I recently finished my third novel, Knight Fall, a sequel to Fate’s Knight. Author signed copies of Fate’s Knight are currently available on my website, ( Unsigned copies are available at our local Hastings Entertainment store as well as on Knight Fall will be available soon. Keep an eye on my website for pre-launch special pricing and book signing details.

Tom Novak
My name is Tom Novak and I’m retired. For the last 12 years, I’ve been spending my winters in Lake Havasu City and have been writing since the late 1960s. I am a member of the Lake Havasu City Writers Group. I am mainly a Crime Mystery/Historical Novelist. Published works include Among the Tin Cans and Broken Glass and latest book, Alley Justice, which is about a cop in Detroit named Jake Bush during the 1960s and 1970s. You can find me on and My e-book versions are available at under T.A. Novak.

Sharon Poppen
I retired from Pacific Bell in 1992 and moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ. Once settled, I began taking classes at MCC (Mohave Community College). I have always loved to write fiction; but, until I was encouraged by my professors at MCC, I never dreamed I could be published. Before getting my AA in English, one of my poems was published. Since then, I have won awards from the Arizona Authors Association and the National League of American Pen Women. I now have four published novels—After the War, Before the Peace, Hannah, Abby: Finding More Than Gold, and Regardless. More information on me and my books can be found at  Print and e-copies of my short stories can be found in anthologies that include: A Flasher’s Dozen, Desert Treasures, Skive, Offerings from the Oasis, A Long Story Short, Apollo Lyre, Laughter Loaf and many others. I am a member of the Lake Havasu City Writers Group. My goals are—write everyday, publish as often as possible, and enjoy life every moment.

Dolors Altaba
I was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Now, I live in Lake Havasu City with my husband. I obtained a Ph.D. in English at State University of New York at Stony
Brook, a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees at the University of California, San Diego, and a Catalan Philology Degree at the University of Barcelona. My published works include: Aphra Behn’s English Feminism: Wit and Satire (1999), Idle Risks, a comedy, (2011), Steps Ahead, a play, (2013), and “Roots of Change” in Embryonic Landscapes (2001). I have written essays in literary magazines and stories in Offerings from the Oasis: 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. My books are available at and Hastings. If you like to know more, contact me at

Marji Kilb
Since moving to Lake Havasu City, exploring and writing about our fascinating desert, mountains and waterways has become my favorite pastime. I’ve been published


Final Score

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I talked with my mom today– was reminded of these words written for my uncle, my mother’s brother, my cousin’s daddy, my aunt’s husband, and my grandmother’s son.  A man who cried on the American Flag every Fourth of July.  And, a man who prayed, head down, back pew, snoring, during Sunday Service.  A man you’d want to love and strangle at the same time!  I wrote this for my Uncle Bob.

Final Score

When we talk now
We laugh differently
When we think of you we even smile
That’s how it is
That’s how it sounds

Maybe life isn’t ready to call it loss
Maybe life isn’t about departures or goodbyes
I know there’s something more, like how
we talk and remember
Letting the stories of your life pour out
like musical notes
but that’s how it is
that’s how it goes
The memorandum of your life plays on
as we gather stories, words from friends who knew
all about you. We piece together truths and half-truths
and sometimes it works and yet again we
laugh in remembrance somehow

But sometimes we cry for an encore
We’re unaware and uncertain of ourselves at times
but so sweet are now the memories
so sweet is the sound of your life
reverberating something more

The memorandum of your life plays on and
we take it to continue the