From the publisher:
We are excited to share with you that Figure Eight (2019, Little Creek Press) tied for first place in the Mystery/Thriller category of the Midwest Book Awards announced on Saturday!
The second Northern Lakes Mystery, Spider Lake, was released in January. If your library doesn't yet have it, or if you need additional copies, both Figure Eight (2019) and Spider Lake (2020) are available through Baker and Taylor or Ingram. You may also order directly from us or the publisher, Little Creek Press.
We have seen many libraries hold virtual events this year. If you are interested in holding a book talk with Jeff, please let us know. Or, if you have recommendations for organizations, podcasts, blogs, or other media outlets we could contact to share these books more widely, drop us an email!
We truly appreciate your support over these past 18 months and the role you have played in the success of these Northern Lakes Mysteries. We hope to bring you book 3 soon!
I was pleasantly surprised when the New York publisher, Beacon Publishing Group, grabbed it up quickly. I expect that the tumult of the upcoming election and the prospect of impeachment/removal made them believe that there was a market (both domestic and international) for this book.
In the book, I take a problem-solving approach. I carefully examine the problem (the division, the disappearance of the center, fractured tribes and painful histories). Then, I move on to the causes (underlying causes, the role of media and overused manipulation strategies). After that, I look at the potential solutions (winner-take-all, internal realignment as well as moderating factors).
The book finishes with a letter to my granddaughters that explains how the current ruling generations (the Silent Generation and the Baby Boom) created this mess and what the new generations can do to fix it. I have also added an Appendix with a solution that will surely spark a debate among some readers.
I will be traveling and make presentations on the book in various places in the country. I'm already scheduled to speak at a number of Boston area and out-of-state libraries. I will be in your area this coming September 22-24. Please do let me know if you are interested in having me make a presentation at your library.
A note from Jeff & Victoria Nania:
We are scheduling events now for winter and spring. Let us know if you'd like to get something on the calendar to share Figure Eight and Spider Lake with your patrons.
Jeff & Victoria Nania
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Shetan Noir is a cryptozoology researcher and has spent 25 years researching the Paranormal and Cryptozoology fields. Her fascination began with lake monsters at an early age when she first learned about the Loch Ness monster, then hearing reports of lake monsters in her own state of Michigan. Her research has since grown to include Michigan's own Dogman and Nain Rouge, Bigfoot and ghost hunting.
Shetan Noir is currently the lead investigator for the Michigan chapter of the North American Dogman Project, and also runs the paranormal investigation team of Michigan center for unexplained events and phenomenon.
Figure Eight: A Northern Lakes Mystery (ISBN-10: 1942586558) was published in January 2019 by Little Creek Press in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. It's a perfect pick for patrons who read authors like C. J. Box, William Kent Krueger, Victoria Houston, Nick Petrie, Patricia Skalka, and John Sandford, or readers who just love plot twists and a fast-paced story! (See reviews.) It is a book with high regional interest. The second book in the series, Spider Lake, is expected January 2020.
Figure Eight has been featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Here are four outdoors-related books with a Wisconsin flavor to consider as holiday gifts” by Paul Smith and other media outlets. Jeff is a dynamic speaker and has spoken at dozens of events over the past eleven months and would love to support your public library with an author presentation. He has also been interviewed on WRCO Radio and you can watch him in action at Ocooch Books.
Jeff Nania is a feature writer for Wisconsin Outdoor News and other publications. In Figure Eight, the first book in the Northern Lakes Mystery series, Nania draws upon careers in law enforcement and conservation to weave together a thrilling tale of murder and deceit, family and traditions, and second chances and make readers wonder who is on the right side of the law in the Northwoods. Read more.
Figure Eight is available through both Ingram and Follet/Baker Taylor.
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My name is Lori Orlinsky, and I have recently been published with Mascot Books. I'm writing to ask if you might consider offering my featured title in your library. I am a Chicago author and was just featured in the Chicago Tribune.
“Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All)” (ISBN: 978-1643071275) is a picture book about a little girl who doesn’t want to go to school because she’s the shortest kid in class. Through rhyming verse and beautiful illustrations, she eventually learns to celebrate her differences.
Hello, my name is Melanie Burgess. I am from Keyser WV and I am the author and illustrator of the new award winning children's book called Stinky Owl.
I would like to tell you about my book. My book features the birds of prey from the Rocky Gap State Park aviary and the illustrations are from the park's campground. The book is centered around the Great Horned Owl. Great Horned Owls are one of the few birds of prey that regularly eat skunks. This owl enjoys eating skunks so much that he smells bad and has no friends and is lonely and sad.
The book has true facts about each bird of prey in the story along with actual pictures of the birds with additional facts at the end of the book. This story is educational and has a cute story line.
Ann lived and worked all over the world until the age of thirty-one when she realized her Life Dream by finally coming to live in America permanently. She is extremely proud to have become a US Citizen in 1998. For nearly fifteen years, she taught both English (as a foreign language) and Spanish. Fluent in four of six languages, Ann’s favorite motto is: “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today!”
This is her first publication and tells the story of her childhood, international adventurous travels and life journey up until the present day. She lives in Colorado Springs with her devoted husband Jimmie, son Ryan and two cats, Maya and Dexter.
Your Playbooks for Building a Successful Career and Launching a Thriving Small Business
The At Your Best book series that was just released by Skyhorse Publishing. The series provides A-to-Z, step-by-step game plans for building great careers and successful small businesses in the Skilled Trades as a Carpenter, Electrician, Plumber, HVAC/R Tech, Welder, Mason or Painter. Carpenter is also translated to Spanish.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the author, Juan Carosso, at (206) 641-1695.
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