Local Author Spotlight

Tom Richter

Tom Richter has been writing songs and poetry since the late 1960s. Having retired from a career in New Hampshire he is back in the North Country with his words and music. You can hear Tom play with the Doghill Road Band; the region’s premier bluegrass band, find his three books of poetry in local libraries, or check out his prints/artwork/merch/CDs along with Idle Acres Farm garlic at the Chaumont Farmer’s Market.

Christine A. Shipley

UNCOVER AN EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY MOUSE “TAIL”. Prepare to be charmed by the magic of “Pocket Mouse, A Series of Tails.” It’s a world where being rescued is the “bestest” thing ever, and the turn of every page is a new adventure.
About the Author: Northern New York native, Christine, a blossoming author from her early childhood days, nurtured by her Gramma Mary, Nana, encouraged her visits to the local library during her summer stays at her favorite little nook, the cottage on the river in Chaumont, NY. Reading became the rainy-day distraction that sparked her love of fantasy and a way to immerse herself in viewing words of text on pages to take her away on adventures and to dream of the visions the books portrayed. Writing was a secret passion of hers, starting with small plays, poems, and stories. When she became a mom, reading books and telling made-up stories to her children was her favorite and most memorable time spent with her boys.

Chris Dutcher

Book 1: The Emergence of Gunnar
Occasionally naive, uncool with the ladies, shockingly brutal when provoked, Gunnar is a modern day barbarian who redefines the term ‘tough guy’. Twenty-two year old Gunnar is exploring the US by motorcycle, taking odd jobs along the way. One particular odd job lands him in trouble with several different factions of local organized criminal bad guys. On top of that, the cops and the feds cant decide whether they want him dead, gone, or incarcerated. Gunnar has freakish physical strength, senses, and abilities, but he’s never fully understood why. One tumultous incident occurs after another. As events begin to filter onto the news, a certain clandestine scientific community becomes intensely interested in Gunnar’s predicament. A very hot and potty-mouthed FBI Special Agent is confused by her feelings for the intense young man, as she is both repulsed by yet strangely attracted to him. The two strike up an impromptu and occasionally hilarious relationship. Gunnar can’t stay, he can’t go, he can’t hide. Finally, he snaps, and the result is appalling. And what does Hitler and the Nazis have to do with it all? Edgy, hysterical, shocking, a wild ride. Storm Rider will leave you speechless.

Book 2: Symphony of Destruction
22 year old Gunnar never fit in anywhere. Abandoned as an infant, raised in foster care and various institutions, his life has always been a struggle. Now, fully grown and physically imposing, he would like nothing more than to travel around on his motorcycle and live day to day. Unfortunately, someone as unique as Gunnar can never remain anonymous. In this sequel to the original STORMRIDER we find that Gunnar has retreated into isolation. Perhaps he could disappear for a while and society would forget all about him. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Immediately upon resurfacing, he is at odds with the authorities. It seems no one has forgotten about him, not Jeff, Dr. Reingerd, and certainly not Special Agent Stacy Carson of the FBI, who is torn between her intense attraction to the young man and her sworn duty as an officer of the law. In fact, more people than ever are interested in finding out just who is this odd young man with the strange eyes and outlandish physical abilities? The only way he can escape incarceration is to cooperate and submit to a series of tests and experiments. Is he really the result of a Nazi genetic engineering program started by Hitler in WWII? He has a shot at freedom, but only under certain conditions. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond Gunnar’s control, those conditions are not met. Soon, the situation devolves into utter chaos. Cops, criminals, the government, the Nazis, everyone wants a piece of him. Once again we find out that when Gunnar is pushed too far, no one is safe. Fast paced, intense, humorous, moving. Symphony of Destruction doesn’t disappoint.

Deputy J M Froelich

Join Abel, a remarkable, fun-loving Belgian Malinios destined for greatness, on his journey from puppyhood to Deputy Sheriff K-9. Watch as he learns the value of hard work and the true meaning of partnership. You just might learn a thing or two, too! Deputy Froelich is certified by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services as a K-9 trainer and loves working with the dogs and the other handlers.

The book is available on Amazon.

Money from the sales will help a non-profit organization called Protecting K-9 Heroes, which helps provide protective vests and first-aid kits to service dogs and their handlers across the country.

Jefferson County deputy writes ‘I Am Abel’

Rick Bates aka Tas Cru

This series chronicles the efforts of Bubba, the Blood-Rhymes-With-Dude Hound in his quest to form an all dog blues band. Bubba lives the blues and loves the blues and wants to share this music with fellow canines everywhere. His pitch: The blues is like a half-eaten sandwich you find on the sidewalk. Give it a sniff, you might like it! Loaded with fun canine characters, the 3 books are a fun read for kids, blues fans and dog lovers alike!
Available at: https://tascru.com/doggone-blues-books

See more of Rick’s music & books on his website: tascru.com

Ellen Marie Wiseman

Ellen Marie Wiseman is the New York Times bestselling author of the highly acclaimed historical fiction novels The Orphan Collector, What She Left Behind, The Plum TreeCoal River, The Life She Was Given, and The Lost Girls of Willowbrook. Born and raised in Three Mile Bay, a tiny hamlet in Northern New York, she’s a first-generation German American who discovered her love of reading and writing while attending first grade in one of the last one-room schoolhouses in New York State. Since then, her novels have been published worldwide, translated into eighteen languages, and named to “Best Of” lists by Reading Group Choices, Good Housekeeping, Goodreads, The Historical Novel Society, Great Group Reads, and more. A mother of two, Ellen lives on the shores of Lake Ontario with her husband and dogs. Visit her online at EllenMarieWiseman.com