Local Author Happy Hour - Leigh Fossan, Lael Harrelson, and Bonnie McCune

Join us for Local Author Happy Hour the second Saturday of every month from 5 - 6 pm near BookBar's bar. Swing by BookBar to meet local authors and enjoy half off all drinks. This month's local authors are Leigh Fossan, Lael Harrelson, and Bonnie McCune!

About Leigh Fossan:
Painting Blue Water is the debut novel for Leigh Fossan. A creative soul at heart, Leigh grew up with a paintbrush in her hand, and went on to study the arts in Florence, Italy. While abroad, Leigh was one of the few recipients of the Coluccio Salutati Award for Creative Writing. Today, Leigh is a professional artist and her paintings are collected around the world. She lives in Colorado with her artist husband, and their young daughter, who wants to be a scientist.

About Painting Blue Water:
Katherine Ross, a struggling artist-turned-successful-businesswoman, has a life many would envy. At only thirty-one years old, Katherine runs one of the top luxury real-estate firms in Manhattan, and she lives in a fabulous loft with her dreamy husband. That is, of course, until her marriage comes to a screeching halt, forcing Katherine to face the truths she’s been burying deep within her heart. She hasn’t been happy for a long time. And her life, while glamorous, is not the life she ever wanted.

Fighting through the fog of her confusion and pain, Katherine makes the daring choice to start over in a place surrounded by beauty, peace, and quiet. But life in Bluewater Lake isn’t as simple as it may seem, and when her art career suddenly begins to take off in this unlikely setting, Katherine finds herself torn between two worlds. Does she pursue her lifelong dream and become the artist she always wanted to be? Or does she open her heart to the possibility of new dreams and a life she never imagined?

About Lael Harrelson:
Although raised in the Mennonite church, Lael Harrelson left the lifestyle at twenty-six. With her own indoctrinated conscience accusing her at every turn, no financial support, and no friends on the outside, she started a new life of freedom in Christ. She has backpacked across Europe, taught school in Haiti, and worked as a nurse in West Africa. Lael lives in the Rocky Mountains with her best friend and husband of twenty years. She has five children, three of whom are adopted from Haiti.

About Tremors of Doubt:
Would Exploring Her Past Risk Her Future? For a young Mennonite woman who wants to make a difference in the world, growing up on the mission field in Haiti should be the perfect fit. But not for Callie Zimmerman. Raised by her aunt and uncle after the death of her parents, Callie works beside her aunt cooking, cleaning, and sewing each day as the men head off to serve the community. She longs to do more to alleviate the poverty and sickness that surrounds her, but tradition and her uncle forbid her. On the eve of her twenty-third birthday, struggling with hopelessness as another year passes, Callie pleads with God to open a door for her. The prayer has barely left her mouth when she finds a stack of letters with secrets about her parent's lives and their excommunication from the Mennonite church. Devastated, Callie cries herself to sleep, only to be awakened a few hours later by her uncle with the startling news that Noah Koehn has asked permission to court her. Is one of these things the answer to her prayer? Would exploring her parents' past mean losing a future with Noah? Is it worth the risk?

About Bonnie McCune:
Bonnie McCune has been writing since age ten, when she submitted a poem about rain rushing down the gutter to the Saturday Evening Post (it was rejected). Her interest in the written word facilitated her career in nonprofits where she concentrated on public and community relations and marketing. She’s worked for libraries, directed a small arts organization, and managed Denver's beautification program. Simultaneously, she’s been a free lance writer with articles in local, regional, and specialty publications.  Now her true passion is fiction, and her stories have won several awards. Never Retreat is her third novel and her fifth book of fiction. Visit her at www.BonnieMcCune.com, where you also can read her blog “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives.”

About Never Retreat:
Years ago, Ramona (‘Raye”) Soto faced harsh reality when a roving con man knocked her up. Now at thirty-something she’s concentrating on her career in a major telecommunications firm and funding college for her teenaged son. Enter Desmond Emmett—a fast talker and smooth operator. New to the office, the ex-serviceman possesses every negative quality for a guy Raye should avoid.

Thrown together at a corporate retreat in the wilderness, the reluctant duo struggles to complete management’s extreme mental and physical tests for a huge reward. But only one can win the prize, and Des needs the money to underwrite medical treatments for his adored younger sister.

See-sawing between attraction and antagonism, the mismatched couple, Raye and Des, face their biggest challenge: learning the meaning of true partnership. When a massive flash flood sweeps down the rocky canyon and threatens their love and survival, they must put aside their difference to rescue their colleagues—and their future as a couple.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 5:00pm
Painting Blue Water Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732267206
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Blue Water Pub - May 31st, 2018

Tremors of Doubt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946638748
Availability: Unavailable
Published: Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. - March 19th, 2018

Never Retreat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781772233513
Availability: Unavailable
Published: Imajin Books - March 13th, 2018