HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 43 – Tough Guys

Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — Tough Guys! Listen now, download the mp3, or subscribe to “Hush: a podcast from your library” through iTunes. Tough Guys Our guest this episode is Matt Pettit, a Public Services Specialist at the library who shares […]

Behind the Scenes Author Interview with Romualdo R. Chavez

The behind the scenes interviews with SpeakEasy authors are just as juicy as the actual novel! Find out why Romualdo was nervous when it was his turn to tackle a chapter, how he almost gave the project organizer a heart attack when he suggested killing off a major character, and what he tried to add to the character of Charles, one of the story’s antagonists.

SpeakEasy Chapter 15 by Romualdo R. Chavez

SpeakEasy is our collaboratively written Community Novel Project. Read online, download to your ereader or listen to the audiobook version. Each week, we’ll publish a new chapter by a new Topeka author. In chapter 15, author Romualdo R. Chavez reveals that things can always get worse…this is the darkest hour for both Julia and Ronni…

SpeakEasy Chapter 14 by Rae Kary Staab & Elizabeth Staab Van Deusen

SpeakEasy is our collaboratively written Community Novel Project. Read online, download to your ereader or listen to the audiobook version. Each week, we’ll publish a new chapter by a new Topeka author. In chapter 14, mother-daughter authors Rae Kary Staab and Elizabeth Staab Van Deusen send Ronni, Pete and the whole band to Topeka for an impromtu jazz concert, but everyone gets more than they bargained for…

Behind the Scenes Author Interview with D. L. Rose

Find out how author D. L. Rose made the Community Novel Project Organizer Lissa Staley blush, what challenged her writing process for her chapter, and why she fears the mysterious envelope — then check out her Chapter 13 in the community novel project – SpeakEasy.

SpeakEasy Chapter 13 by D. L. Rose

SpeakEasy is our collaboratively written Community Novel Project. Read online, download to your ereader or listen to the audiobook version. Each week, we’ll publish a new chapter by a new Topeka author. In chapter 13, author D. L. Rose gives Ronni some really bad news …

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 42 – Inspirational Fiction

Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — Inspirational Christian Fiction Listen now, download the mp3, or subscribe to “Hush: a podcast from your library” through iTunes. Inspirational Fiction Our guest this episode is Deb Bryan, a Reader’s Advisor at the library who shares her […]

Behind the Scenes Author Interview with Crystal K. Green

Find out what author Crystal K. Green learned about writing three dimensional characters, why this year’s premise is better than last year’s, and why she was disappointed after she finished reading the chapter before hers in this interview — then check out Crystal’s chapter in the community novel project – SpeakEasy.

SpeakEasy Chapter 12 by Crystal K. Green

SpeakEasy is our collaboratively written Community Novel Project. Read online, download to your ereader or listen to the audiobook version. Each week, we’ll publish a new chapter by a new Topeka author. In chapter 12, author Crystal K. Green takes Ronni, Pete and Julia back to the assisted living facility. They have to get past Ronni’s uncle, the police officers, and the facility staff just to get Julia home, and although everyone looks helpful it is impossible to know who they can trust.

A Really Awesome Mess

An angry girl and a depressed boy, both sixteen, are sent to a therapeutic boarding school. This succinct description summarizes the book, but it does little to capture the complete JOY of this new story from authors Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin. If you like quirky teen characters with real honest emotions, this is the book for you.

Behind the Scenes Author Interview with Dennis E. Smirl

Find out author Dennis E. Smirl’s greatest lesson he has learned about writing, and what connection mowing the lawn has to writing great fiction in this interview — then check out Dennis’s chapter in the community novel project – SpeakEasy.

SpeakEasy Chapter 11 by Dennis E. Smirl

SpeakEasy is our collaboratively written Community Novel Project. Read online, download to your ereader or listen to the audiobook version. Each week, we’ll publish a new chapter by a new Topeka author. In chapter 11, author Dennis E. Smirl takes Ronni, Pete and Julia to a quiet interlude to share information. Their plan must be abandoned in a hurry, and Ronni calls in a favor to try to escape the approaching threat.