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Looking for a good book?

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.

Destination: Michigan

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.


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