Three’s company at Exeter book signing
East of the Great Valley, written by Sylvia Ross, is a historical novel set in California’s Sierra Mountains during the time of the Gold Rush (1850-1870).
Ross’ other works include her first novel , Acts of Kindess, Acts of Contrition, as well as the cultural children’s books which she wrote and illustrated, Blue Jay Girl and Lion Singer. Ross, who makes her home in Merhten Valley east of Exeter, has also written short stories and poems included in several anthologies and published in the award winning magazine, “News from Native California.”
East of the Great Valley shines with cultural and historical detail, based on considerable research. This returned an accurate and enthralling portrayal of the Yokut and Miwok natives during the invasion of white men.
It was a grueling time where greedy opinions shaped ugly and evil action. During this time of the Native genocide the characters in this story were seen as natural enemies in society’s eyes. However they set on a path of tolerance, resilience and loyalty. This is a story that is inspiring and informative.
You will be wondering what happens next during the captivating tale of Merab McCreary and smile while recognizing geographical locations based on our own Central Valley. This would be a wonderful read for most anyone, especially for those with interest in our valley’s rich cultural past.
Because East of the Great Valley accurately captures California’s native past so well, it has become available for purchase at The Three Rivers Historical Museum and Porterville Historical Museum. Also, not to be missed, on the evening December 6th, at the Book Garden in Exeter, East of the Great Valley will be available for signing by Sylvia Ross. Along with Ross, local authors, Gloria Getman and Jeff Spalsbury will be signing their new novels.
Gloria Getman’s book, Lottie’s Legacy, is a mystery that takes place in a town suspiciously like the author’s city of residence – Exeter. Lottie’s Legacy is a cozy mystery which, by definition, is a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. So, when private investigator Deena Powers discovers the officer investigating the crime is her former high school sweetheart, Avis “Buzz” Walker, sparks fly, while the book remains suitable family reading.
Getman admitted she used Exeter as a backdrop for her fictional town of Four Creeks. She also said Lottie, the rather colorful murder victim slain in the opening sequence, is loosely based on a former Exeter resident, now deceased. The reader may also recognize some locales including a variety of Exeter restaurants, given fictional names, where some scenes occur as the story progresses.
Searching for greener pastures, in 1973 the Getmans and five of their six children moved to a 10- acre plum ranch in Exeter. When the plums did not prove profitable, they pushed out the plum trees and planted orange trees. Getman’s husband passed away in 1995. Gloria continued to operate the ranch on her own until 2002 when she decided it was too much work, sold it and bought a beautiful home in one of Exeter’s newer suburbs where she began to focus on her writing. The result of her newfound time was Lottie’s Legacy.
Jeff Spalsbury of Visalia presents the reader with a classic western, The Hunted Return. After being framed for robbing a gold shipment, “Big John” Warner receives an early release from prison, and now payback’s coming to Ross Butcher, the outlaw who set him up and destroyed what he cared about most. Though the aches in Big John’s bones tell him he isn’t young anymore, nothing will keep him from his vengeance.
Doc Whitfield and his brother, Red, also have a score to settle with Butcher. They head to Montana to square off with the man who set them up for murder and chased them out of town. But revenge isn’t their only reason for returning home: Butcher is intent on claiming their ranch and keeping their mother hostage. Now Doc, Red, and Big John will team up and drive a posse straight into Butcher’s black heart.
Spalsbury, who has been a research librarian, director of a college library and a college professor is now a full time novelist. He writes Christmas short stories, contemporary, western and science fiction novels. For his western novels he has traveled extensively throughout the Southwest, exploring unique locations for his Western novels. Using factual sites, people, and events to enhance his fiction, he manages to capture both the spirit and the mystique of the Old West. His desire is to instill in the reader a respect and a wonder for the courage and the fortitude of the men and women who settled the American West.
All of these books available at the signing this Thursday would make wonderful Christmas gifts for the readers on your list.