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Author Discussion & Signing with Helen Macie Osterman

Title: Danger by Design, a Net Petrone Mystery

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ISBN: 9781610090445
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Published: Dark Oak Mysteries - January 21st, 2014

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ISBN: 9780982487617
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Published: Weaving Dreams Publishing - November 1st, 2009

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ISBN: 9781937148140
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Published: Weaving Dreams Publishing - September 1st, 2012

Author Discussion & Signing with Patricia Skalka

Title: Death Stalks Door County 
: A Dave Cubiak Mystery 

(You might want to read this before you make your summer plans.)



Death Stalks Door County
A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery
Patricia Skalka

Introducing The Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: smart, hard-edged detective fiction on a popular vacation peninsula, a scenic wonderland surrounded by the pristine waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan

Six deaths mar the holiday mood as summer vacationers enjoy Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County peninsula. Murders, or bizarre accidents? Newly hired park ranger Dave Cubiak, a former Chicago homicide detective, assumes the worst but refuses to get involved. Grief-stricken and guilt-ridden over the loss of his wife and daughter, he’s had enough of death.

Forced to confront the past, the morose Cubiak moves beyond his own heartache and starts investigating, even as a popular festival draws more people into possible danger. In a desperate search for clues, Cubiak uncovers a tangled web of greed, betrayal, bitter rivalries, and lost love beneath the peninsula’s travel-brochure veneer. Befriended by several locals but unsure whom to trust or to suspect of murder, the one-time cop tracks a clever killer.

In a setting of stunning natural beauty and picturesque waterfront villages, Death Stalks Door County introduces a new detective series, “The Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries.”


Patricia Skalka is a former freelance staff writer for Reader’s Digest specializing in medical and human interest stories. She has worked as a magazine editor, ghost writer, and writing instructor. A native of Chicago, she lives in the city and takes time off at her cottage in Door County, Wisconsin.





 Review in Publishers Weekly 3/17/14


Death Stalks Door County: A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery

Patricia Skalka. Univ. of Wisconsin/Terrace, $26.95 cloth (254p) ISBN 978-0-299-29940-8


The wilderness of Door County, Wis., “the Midwest’s magnificent answer to Cape Cod,” provides the backdrop for Skalka’s tight, lyrical first novel. Homicide detective Dave Cubiak, in drunken despair after the accidental deaths of his wife and daughter, flees Chicago for Door County, where he becomes a park ranger. Just before the Fourth of July Festival, six people die in quick succession. J. Dugan Beck, head of the Peninsula State Park citizens advisory board, is bent on keeping things quiet so as not to jeopardize the summer tourist trade; he pressures the reluctant Cubiak to dig into the deep-seated personal enmities that seethe beneath the surface of the long-standing debate between those who favor conservation and those who prefer development. To the author’s credit, Skalka matches the untamed nature of the peninsula to the roughness of its inhabitants rather than contrasting its natural beauty to human violence. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/17/2014 
Release date: 05/01/2014





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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - May 19th, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with Matthew Drew

Title: Shadows of Chicago: The True Story of Three Men & the Crimes that Shocked America


 Shadows of Chicago is the extraordinary true story of three childhood friends and witnesses to the Great Chicago Fire who became early-twentieth century celebrities, only to have their lives end tragically. Shadows of Chicago exposes shocking facts that prove each of the three men were entangled in the most notorious crimes in the nation's history. The most famous of the three friends, Charles "The Old Roman" Comiskey, was the craftiest player/manager in professional baseball history and the true founder of the American League. His life spiraled out of control when he became wrapped up in the infamous Black Sox Scandal. The second, James "Big Jim" Horan, rises to the rank of First Fire Marshal of Chicago and establishes himself as the most influential trailblazer in American firefighting. His great deeds are cut short when he, along with twenty-two other firefighters, became involved in the most tragic fire in American history. The third, Fred Busse, ascends to Postmaster under President Theodore Roosevelt, and then due to a bizarre accident, becomes Mayor of Chicago. As mayor, after he crumbles the most notorious vice district in America's history, the Levee, his life takes a turn for the worse. A portion of the proceeds from each copy will go towards the Ende, Menzer, Walsh & Quinn Retirees Widows and Children's Assistance Fund to help the widows and orphans of Chicago.

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ISBN: 9781618760180
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Published: Black Oak Media, Inc. - July 15th, 2013

Author Discussion & Signing with Peter Stark

Title: Astoria: John Jacob Astor & Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire : A Story of Wealth, Ambition & Survival.

 In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent.

At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history's dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.

Astoria is the harrowing tale of the quest to settle a Jamestown-like colony on the Pacific coast. Astor set out to establish a global trade network based at the mouth of the Columbia River in what is now Oregon, while Jefferson envisioned a separate democracy on the western coast that would spread eastward to meet the young United States.

Astor backed this ambitious enterprise with the vast for-tune he'd made in the fur trade and in New York real estate since arriving in the United States as a near-penniless immigrant soon after the Revolutionary War. He dispatched two groups of men west: one by sea around the southern tip of South America and one by land over the Rockies. The Overland Party, led by the gentlemanly American businessman Wilson Price Hunt, combined French-Canadian voyageurs, Scottish fur traders, American woodsmen, and an extraordinary Native American woman with two toddlers. The Seagoing Party, sailing aboard the ship Tonquin, likewise was a volatile microcosm of contemporary North America. Under the bitter eye of Captain Jonathan Thorn, a young U.S. naval hero whose unyielding, belligerent nature was better suited to battle than to negotiating cultural differences, the Tonquin made tumultuous progress toward its violent end.

Unfolding from 1810 to 1813, Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship, drawing extensively on firsthand accounts of those who made the journey. Though the colony itself would be short-lived, its founders opened provincial American eyes to the remarkable potential of the western coast, discovered the route that became the Oregon Trail, and permanently altered the nation's landscape and global standing.

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ISBN: 9780062218292
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Published: Ecco - March 4th, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with Kathryn Atwood

Kathryn returns with her lastest "Women in History Series" Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies & Medics.

We are holding the signing on the Centennial of the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914. This started the First World War. 

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ISBN: 9781613746868
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Published: Chicago Review Press - June 1st, 2014

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ISBN: 9781613745236
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Published: Chicago Review Press - August 1st, 2013

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Published: Chicago Review Press - August 1st, 2013

Author Discussion & Signing with Adam M. Baig

Title: Becoming the Pied Piper of Hamelin

Part fact and part legend. Find out what life was like in the 13th century in the village of Hamelin which is in Saxony in what is now Germany. How did the citizens contend with a vermin invasion? How desparate were they to rid themselves of this investation.? What would they pay to have the rats illiminated? 

Who was the Pied Piper? How did he learn his trade? Why was the price so high for this service?

Certainly, you're sad about the loss of the children, but who would you side with the townspeople or the Pied Piper? Buy it, read it, and listen to the author Adam M. Baig talk about this tale. Then you decide where your sympathies lie. 






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