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More Than You Think You Know

More Than You Think You Know

More Than You Think You Know, a women’s road (river) trip novel by Cyndi Perkins, has been released by Beating Windward Press. The story of ships and friendships, set in fall 2006, follows Hailey, Robin and Trish, three women piloting the 44-foot luxury trawler Blackout through the Heartland Rivers from Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico.

With her children grown and gone, Hailey can no longer stomach living with her abusive husband. In the midst of both a boating trip and menopausal angst, she steals a sailboat and ventures solo across Lake Michigan. In a Chicago harbor, she meets Robin, the chain-smoking divorcee, Captain of Blackout. When the Coast Guard broadcasts a radio alert for the stolen sailboat, Robin insists Hailey seek asylum and travel downriver with her. In Joliet, they take on Trish, a Las Vegas gold-digger who deserts her Sugar Daddy’s yacht to join the crew and get out of Illinois.

The women navigate the 1,300-mile-long series of rivers and locks through the Heartland Rivers from Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico, keeping weary eyes out for barges and Hailey’s husband. With no sense of destination beyond Mobile Bay, they are on not one journey, but two: America’s Great Loop and the search for their own place to be safe, to be happy, to be themselves.

A Houghton-based writer and editor, Perkins first refined and delivered her successful query for her debut novel at the 2015 Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors (UPPAA) conference in Marquette, in a session on elevator pitches.

“I’m really grateful for all the support and sound advice I continue to receive from my fellow authors,” Perkins says. “They’ve been with me through the editing, query, and revision process, and are now helping me figure the ins-and-outs of marketing and selling the book.” This summer, Perkins teamed up with fellow UPPAA members Corey M. LaBissoniere and Deborah K. Frontiera, along Keweenaw author Kristin Neva, to bring shoppers at Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor art shows a selection of books that spans genres. “It was a great way to showcase regional authors, and we plan to do the same at the 2017 Keweenaw Art Affair on November 11 in Houghton,” says Perkins. “They’ve all got at least two books out—Debbie many more than that. I’ve got some catching up to do!”

Perkins will present her first book talk at Michigan Tech’s Van Pelt and Opie Library from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, October 19.

The award-winning journalist writes and edits for Michigan Technological University digital and print publications. For 10 years, she worked at the Houghton, Michigan Daily Mining Gazette as a reporter and editor, and wrote the popular “Line of Sight” column. Her nautical writing credits include Cruising World, Latitudes & Attitudes, Good Old Boat, PassageMaker, Southwinds, and Northern Breezes magazines.

Reach her at cyndiperkins.com and connect on social media @cyndiperkins.

Contact Matt Peters to obtain high-resolution cover/author images, or for more information. MattP@BeatingWindward.com


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For Immediate Release

Haunted Marqette by Tyler Tichelaar

Haunted Marqette by Tyler Tichelaar

Local Author Tyler Tichelaar Releases New Book about Haunted Marquette

Sep 5th, 2017—Local author Tyler Tichelaar will be giving his readers a treat this Halloween season. On Wednesday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Marquette Regional History Center he will be releasing his newest book, Haunted Marquette: Ghost Stories from the Queen City. The book contains more than forty stories of ghosts and paranormal activity within the city of Marquette.

“For years I’ve heard stories of various hauntings and collected them,” says Tichelaar. “I never thought I’d have enough for a book, but as I interviewed people, one story led to another. I’ve found sufficient evidence to make me believe several buildings in Marquette may be haunted or have experienced hauntings in the past.”

Haunted Marquette is divided into several sections on hauntings in Marquette’s churches and cemeteries, the downtown businesses, the lakeshore, various houses, and Northern Michigan University. Tichelaar researched each location to determine the likelihood of a haunting there and whether any historical evidence existed to make the haunting plausible. He also interviewed numerous people about their personal experiences with ghosts.

“I was afraid I would end up talking to a bunch of crazy people when I set out to write this book,” said Tichelaar, “but everyone I talked to was very sincere. Not one of them was seeking attention; most had not believed in ghosts before until they had a strange experience they could not explain logically.”

Numerous city landmarks are highlighted in the book as locations where ghosts have been sighted, including the former Holy Family Orphanage, Park Cemetery, the Marquette lighthouse, the Landmark Inn, the Peter White Public Library, and the Thomas Fine Arts building at NMU.

“Only a couple of the hauntings can really be described as frightening,” says Tichelaar. “Most of these stories are about unexplainable phenomena; a few are heart-wrenching when you realize the tragedies some of the alleged ghosts experienced while still human, which has caused them to linger on this earth.”

Tichelaar will release Haunted Marquette at the Marquette Regional History Center on Wednesday, October 11. A presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by a book signing. Partial proceeds from the book signing will be donated to the history center.

Tyler R. Tichelaar is a seventh generation Marquette resident. He is the author of The Marquette Trilogy, My Marquette, and numerous other books. In 2011, he received the Outstanding Writer Award in the Marquette County Arts Awards, and the Barb H. Kelly Historic Preservation Award. His novel Narrow Lives won the 2008 Reader Views Historical Fiction Award. In 2014, his play Willpower was produced by the Marquette Regional History Center at Kaufman Auditorium. You can learn more at Tichelaar’s website www.MarquetteFiction.com and at the MRHC’s website www.marquettehistory.org.


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Doubtful Relations Cover


The Seamus McCree Series consists of three published novels (Ant Farm, Bad Policy and Cabin Fever, a the fourth, Doubtful Relations) . Future novels in the series include Empty Promises (2017) and False Bottom (2018).


What will Seamus do this time?

Financial crimes investigator Seamus McCree has wife problems, and Lizzie’s not even his wife anymore. Her current husband disappeared on a business trip to Savannah. Was he kidnapped? Dispatched by his hedge fund partners? Or did he run off with another woman? Police assume he’s AWOL, and Lizzie turns to Seamus for help.

Seamus has no desire to be sucked into Lizzie’s drama again, but her angst is also affecting their son, Paddy. Seamus agrees to help discover the truth, a quest that soon involves the entire extended family. Long buried secrets surface and each member must confront the question, “How far can you trust your family?”

Equal parts road trip, who done what, and domestic thriller, book four in the Seamus McCree series takes psychological suspense to a new level. Seamus McCree fans and newcomers alike will delight in this fast-paced novel that leaves no one in the family unchanged and keeps you guessing until the very end.

What Readers Say …

James M. Jackson has once again proven himself a skilled storyteller with this highly entertaining page turner that takes the reader into the heart and soul of Seamus McCree’s often dysfunctional family. Doubtful Relations is a rollercoaster ride of missing persons, drug cartels, crime lords, shady stock market dealings, car crashes and shoot-em-ups that left me breathless—and not quite knowing who to trust—until the very end.

~ Annette Dashofy, USA Today bestselling author of the two-time Agatha nominated Zoe Chambers mysteries.

Click here for the book club Discussion Guide.

Get a Free Seamus McCree Story

Send proof of your pre-order or purchase of Doubtful Relations during August to jmj@jamesmjackson.com, and I’ll send you a link so you can download a copy of the not-yet-published story, “Power of Attorney.”

The story takes place in the future after Empty Promises and False Bottom and features Seamus and Niki (from Cabin Fever) and is set in Chicago.

Where to buy the book

More retail links for pre-orders are coming soon!
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Growing Berries for Food and Fun

Growing Berries for Food and Fun

March 16, 2016 — Cooks, Michigan


New Book Shares Tips and Experiences for Growing Berries in the Backyard Garden

U.P. author, artist and gardener, Sue Robishaw, has just released her latest book “Growing Berries for Food and Fun – Notes from the Northwoods”, to help fellow northern gardeners successfully grow their own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and grapes. Picking fresh berries from your own home-grown plants is a treat no matter where you live, but in this cold short season climate of the Upper Peninsula there is an extra special satisfaction when you succeed. With almost forty years experience to draw on Robishaw’s book promises to help readers do just that.

Full of color photos this is both a journey and a visit to the northwoods homestead that Sue shares with her husband, Steve Schmeck (also a writer and artist), as well as a book full of practical information and encouragement. Along with important notes on preparing ground, choosing varieties, planting, caring, maintenance, and harvesting, the information on the protective cages they designed and built to keep the birds away from their ripening strawberries and blueberries will be of particular interest to those already growing their own fruit and sharing too much of it with the birds.

Robishaw has been writing about gardening and homesteading for 35 years. Known in the U.P. for her popular presentations, this book will be a welcome addition to her other books and articles. “Growing Berries for Food and Fun” is available as both a digital ebook and a full color paperback print book, giving readers a choice depending on what they prefer. Between them she and Steve have written and self-published eight books (their first book was the incentive to start UPPAA!). They share even more how-to information, tips, and interesting aspects of their solar, sustainable lifestyle on their extensive website at www.ManyTracks.com. Ordering information for this newest book can also be found on their website [click here].

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Superior Plates & Places

We are launching, Superior Plates and Places by the Yooper Goddess, Lori Kulju. The book takes you on culinary adventures across the Upper Peninsula visiting places like Johnny Dog Flanders, Nahma Inn, The Jampot and many more. I also share my personal stories about the place I live and love, the Upper Peninsula, along with my unique recipes.

You may recognize Lori, aka The Yooper Goddess from her television segment on TV6 Fox WLUC-TV6 or from her youtube channel. Her down-to-earth personality and zest for life have created many followers and fans. The special pre-order price is a limited time offer and can only be purchased at The Yooper Goddess site

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GeographyCarrying on the writing tradition (and carrying it further), The Geography of Water, a debut novel by Mary Emerick, daughter of UPPAA founders and independent publishers, Lon and Lynn Emerick, has been released by the University of Alaska Press in its Literary Series.   Mary Emerick is a U.P. native and after graduation from Marquette Senior High School and Michigan State University has lived in many locales, including seven years on the southeast coast of Alaska,  in her roles as backcountry, wilderness and kayak ranger and most recently, as.a Forest Service wilderness recreation consultant.

In this exquisite debut novel, Mary Emerick takes readers into the watery landscape of southeast Alaska and the depths of a family in crisis. An abusive father and a broken home force a teenage Winnie to seek the safety of a neighboring bay and a pair of unlikely father figures. Years later her mother goes missing, and Winnie returns to the hunting and fishing lodge she grew up in to find the world she knew gone. Her once-powerful father disfigured by a bear attack. Her childhood hero revealed as merely human. And her mother’s story rewritten by a stray note. As Winnie uses the help of friends to sort out the details of her mother’s final exodus, she finds herself pulled into a murky swirl of family secrets and devastating revelations. As the search heads higher into the mountains, Winnie must learn to depend on her own strength in order to reach the one she loves.

Mary Emerick spent seven years as a kayak ranger in Southeast Alaska, traveling the wild and remote coasts of Chichagof and Baranof Islands in a small boat. She has published essays and short stories in several magazines and anthologies. She lives in northeast Oregon where she works for the US Forest Service.

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Deer Tales - 20th Anniversary Edition

Deer Tales – 20th Anniversary Edition

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of publication of a popular series of Michigan deer hunting books, Smith Publications in Marquette has printed a special collector’s edition of the first book in the series. Book 1 of Great Michigan Deer Tales continues to be the best selling title of the series, which now includes six books. Each of the 128-page volumes contains a different collection of true short stories about the biggest bucks bagged by hunters in the state.

The 20th anniversary edition of Book 1 is the fifth printing of the title. Approximately 15,000 copies of the book have been sold, but there are an estimated 750,000 deer hunters in Michigan, so there are still plenty of deer hunters who haven’t read the book.

The first book in the series was originally printed in 1994 to commemorate 100 years of licensed deer hunting in Michigan. The state’s first deer licenses were issued in 1895. Preserving the stories about how, where, when and by whom the state’s biggest bucks were bagged was considered a fitting way to honor the proud tradition of deer hunting in the state by the author.

Veteran outdoor writer Richard P. Smith of Marquette is the author of Great Michigan Deer Tales, and his wife, Lucy La Faive, is the publisher. When the pair published the first book, they had no idea how well it would be received. Since most deer hunters dream about shooting “the big one,” they knew the effort was worth a try.

It didn’t take long for the couple to realize printing the book was a good idea. The 5,000 copies they had printed sold out within the first few months. They printed another 5,000 copies the following year and those were also sold.

The introduction promised that if the book proved to be popular enough, a second book with more big buck stories would be printed, and it was. Since Michigan deer hunters bag a new batch of big bucks every year and create a new collection of great deer tales, it only made sense to add to what had been started. So a new book was added to the series every three or four years.

The stories are based on interviews Smith does with the hunters who bag the biggest bucks in the state every year. Only the best of the best make it into the books. Most of the stories in the books contain at least one important lesson that hunters can learn from reading them. Some of the stories are full of advice that hunters can benefit from.

Photos of live bucks with impressive antlers that were taken by Smith, who is also an accomplished wildlife photographer, grace the cover of each of the six books in the series. A banner across the top right hand corner of the cover of the books identifies the number in the series. When Book 1 was originally published, however, the author and publisher didn’t know there was going to be a Book 2, so there was no banner on the cover of that title.

A banner labeling Book 1 appropriately was added to the 20th anniversary edition. A gold label that says “20th Anniversary Edition” in the lower right hand corner also clearly identifies the collector’s edition of the book. The cover isn’t the only thing that was changed on the anniversary edition. The contents of the book were also updated and new photos were added to make it even better than it was.

Many hunters who have read the book say its contents help get them get pumped up for the coming season. Plenty of deer camps contain copies of one or more of Great Michigan Deer Tales. Some hunters even take the books with them to their blinds to help pass the time while they wait for their “big one” to arrive.

As it says on the back cover of Book 1, “If you are interested in bagging a book buck in Michigan, studying this collection of success stories will help make it happen. There’s no better way to learn than from those who have already accomplished the feat.”

Copies of Great Michigan Deer Tales can be ordered through any bookstore. They are also available in some sporting goods stores and gift shops across the state. Autographed copies can be ordered through the author’s website: www.richardpsmith.com. The mail order price for Book 1 from the author is $15.50 and a complete set of the six books is available for the special price of $72 postpaid. Special pricing is also available from the author for multiple books. For those who prefer not to order online, orders can be sent to 814 Clark St., Marquette, MI 49855.

Great Michigan Deer Tales: Book 1
by Richard P. Smith
Smith Publications
ISBN13# 978-0-9617407-5-7
ISBN10# 0-9617407-5-2
Retail Price: $11.95
Mail Order Price: $15.50 (includes tax & postage)
Special Pricing for sets of books


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