Looking for the perfect reading material for cold winter nights?
Petaluma is home and has been home to many authors, so you might want to consider a locally written read. Here is a small sampling of a few Petaluma-grown authors who have released books in the past year.
The Rampage of Ryan O'Hara
Petaluma author James Pera is a former police officer with the San Francisco Police Department for 30 years.
In his latest novel, "The Rampage of Ryan O'Hara," he tells the story of an Army Green Beret who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Out on medical leave, O'Hara's decides to travel around the country to take out former members of a Marxist domestic terrorist organization responsible for the murder of his grandfather, a San Francisco Police Sergeant, four decades earlier. The novel is available at Amazon.com.
Penngrove resident Shelby J. Hotz' book "Destination: Michigan" delves into the myth and mystery of Bigfoot, Sasquatch, the Alligator Man, El Chupacabra, the Jersey Devil and other creatures of legend. "Destination: Michigan" is about 15-year-old Riley Roswell and a summer vacation that turns out to be anything but ordinary.
Hotz first started writing in sixth grade when her teacher liked the story she wrote so much that she asked her to read it to the principal. Encouraged by this, she spent a good portion of her free time throughout junior high and high school penning plots for short stories. Her first major endeavor was a 17-chapter fan fiction book, a sequel to one of her favorite movies. She began writing "Destination: Michigan during her freshman year and finished it right before her last year of high school. She is working on the sequel and intends to add a third for a three-book series. The book is available through Copperfield's Books and Amazon.com.
I Heart Sonoma
Daedalus Howell's "I Heart Sonoma: How to Live & Drink in Wine Country" offers irreverent, but loving verbal snapshots of "Wine Country" depicting the world of vineyards, tasting rooms, and wine aficionados, taken with a dark and comedic zoom lens.
Howell, 40, was born in Santa Rosa and grew up in Petaluma. He credits Petaluma's Copperfield's Books Store with providing him his first validation as a writer. In his early teens his writing took the form of homemade pamphlets called "chap" books. They had card-stock covers and were held together with two staples. Copperfield's allowed Howell and other young authors-in-the-making to display their novice efforts in a professional retail setting. Howell's "I Heart Sonoma" is available through Copperfield's Books and in paperback and Internet versions at Amazon.com.
Lipstick and the Leash
Camilla Gray-Nelson, a Petaluma dog trainer and owner of Dairydell Doggie Dude Ranch and Training Center is author of "Lipstick and the Leash: Dog Training a Woman's Way." Because the vast majority of the dog-owning families leave dog responsibilities to women, Nelson felt it was time to put together a guide to help women properly train their canine by learning to establish boundaries and be a leader — instead of yelling and becoming upset. Nelson's book is available through Copperfield's Books and Amazon.com.
Correct Me If I'm Wrong
For those who need a refresher course in writing, you may want to check out grammarian Arlene Miller's latest offering, "Correct Me If I'm Wrong." A Petaluma Junior High School English teacher, Miller is also author of the handy guide, "The Best Little Grammar Book Ever," which she has used in her classroom. In her second book, "Correct Me If I'm Wrong," Miller offers an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand guide that contains the most common grammar, punctuation, and word usage problems. It includes a special expanded section on comma rules. Also explained is the difference between "I" and "me," "who" and "whom," "lay" and "lie," "like" and "as if," "further" and "farther," "compliment" and "complement," and many more. The book is available through Copperfield's Books, Amazon.com and through Miller's website, www.bigwords101.com.