Writings from Regional Authors

The Adventures of a Helicopter Pilot

Flying the H-34 Helicopter in Vietnam for the United States Marine Corps

By Bill Collier
Nonfiction, 234 pages, 9″ x 6″

ISBN 978-1-500936-13-6

This is a spellbinding, firsthand account of what it was like to pilot a Marine Corps H-34 helicopter in combat during “The Helicopter War” in Vietnam. As a brand-new United States Naval Aviator with a mere 187.5 hours of helicopter flight experience, Second Lieutenant Bill Collier had many exciting adventures. Many were just a bit too exciting, some were horrific and a few were terrifying! Some were humorous. This is the true story of his experiences during his 13 months in the war. Bill watched friends die violently and stood many times 
eye-to-eye and toe-to-toe with Death himself. Each time, Death flinched.

 

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Price: $19.00

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Time To Get Out

Recollections of a World War II B-24 radio operator, POW and escapee

By Robert F. Mundell, as told to David F. Mundell
Nonfiction, 74 pages, 8.5″ x 11″

ISBN 978-1-879628-75-5

“David Mundell has reconstructed his father, Robert Mundell’s, experience in World War II as a radio operator in the 8th Army Air Force. Robert talks about his B-24 that was shot down over Italy, his capture, his escape, and how he eluded capture a second time to survive his tour of duty. A heartwarming tribute by a son to his father.” – Paul Rechnitzer, lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army (retired), World War II veteran, historian and author.

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Price: from $14.95

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Call Me Crazy: Adventures of a Psychic

ISBN/EAN13: 1532782373 / 9781532782374
Non-fiction paperback, 224 pages; 6″ x 9″

Marsha has been a psychic with integrity for 35 years. She has traveled all over the world lecturing and speaks three languages. She has appeared on ABC, NBC and CBS as well as several radio shows during her spiritual quest. Her accuracy rate is over 80% and she specializes in time lines of when events will occur in your readings.

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Price: $15.95

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Snowboard Wisdom

100 reflections on life and riding
By Nick Appl
Nonfiction, 140 pages paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1518630613

What can snowboarding teach us about life? A lot, actually. Life can be unpredictable, bumpy and harsh. Same goes for snowboarding, but it also has the potential for experiencing the highest of highs. In this small but elegantly stated volume, author and rider Nick Appl explores snowboarding as an analogy for all the discoveries, emotions, values and lessons that everyday life can offer. As anyone who rides a snowboard – or yearns to learn – can attest, the act is perfectly suited to teach us about what happiness means and how to find more of it.

Price: $12.95

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Aunt Emily’s Diaries

Edited and Compiled by Cindy Metsker Hayes
Non-fiction, 294 pages; 6″ x 9″

ISBN-10: 1530810477
ISBN-13: 978-1530810475

Aunt Emily’s Diaries is the story of one woman’s life in the mid-to-late 1800s. Through her journals she transports us back to another time that was not always idyllic. The stories she shares of heartache, loyalty and perseverance, are endearing, timeless and inspiring.

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Price: $14.95

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Through the Lens of History

The Life Journey of a Cinematographer
By Erik Daarstad
Nonfiction, 588 pages, 6.25″ x 9.25″ hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-879628-49-6

The author writes: “As I approached retirement after a long career as a cinematographer I thought I would try to put down on paper what my life and work had been like and tell about some of the people I had met during my journey.

From being born and growing up in Norway during World War II, it had spanned 80 years of parts of two centuries. From a young age I loved movies, the process of moviemaking and helping to tell stories. Doing mainly documentaries gave me the wonderful opportunity to travel and meet and work with many different walks of life, from presidents and celebrities to fishermen and farmers. I also wanted to share something about my wife and our children and our life together during the last few decades of the 20th Century.

Because so many things happened during the period that I was part of, I decided to weave many historical events and personalities into the story to give a sense of what the last part of the 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st Century had been like and the changes that had happened – for better of for worse. All of it had been very much part of my life.”

Price: $39.95

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Robbing the Post Office

By H.K. Petschel
Nonfiction; 188 pages, 6″ x 9″ softcover

ISBN 9781879628526 –

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up. This is a mixture of stories. Not all criminals are total idiots nor are all law enforcement agents of heaven. These are stories both of success and failure. In some cases, this is an airing of dirty laundry; stories that I and many others who carried a badge wanted to forget. We should not forget these events and, just maybe, we can learn from the past. More »

Price: $14.50

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Air America: A CIA Super Pilot Spills the Beans!

By Captain Bill Collier
Non-fiction, 6″ x 9″

Publication date: June 2017

From his first-person perspective, retired U.S. Marine Corps pilot Bill Collier tells about the CIA’s secret battle in Laos during the Vietnam War.

Collier’s service with Air America, the CIA’s secretly owned airline, was part of the largest paramilitary operation ever undertaken by the agency, and he tells the story of a close-knit group of young men and their adventures in Long Tieng, Thaland and Hong Kong.

Available in June 2017, but you may pre-order now!

This is the second book from Bill Collier, who previously authored his first-hand account of flying in combat during the Vietnam War in “The Adventures of a Helicopter Pilot,” also available here through Keokee Books.

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Price: $25.00

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Sandra Salo Deutchman: Collection of Selected Paintings 1978-2016

Nonfiction, 64 pages, 6″ x 9″

This monograph of the paintings of Sandra Salo Deutchman began, as she writes “as a visual diary, as self-made evidence of what I’ve seen, the places I’ve been and the emotions I’ve felt. As in a diary, you write of intense feelings, experiences and observations… Sometimes what you write tells you things about yourself you would not have known in any other way. So it is when I begin to paint.”

Deutchman is an Emerita Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University. In her 50-plus years of painting, teaching, lecturing, exhibitions and writing for publication she has lived and worked in New Mexico, Vermont and multiple locations in the Pacific Northwest.

The monograph includes reproductions of the artist’s work in acrylic, gouache, and watercolor – most of which are now in private collections. Sandra continues to paint and show her work.

Price: $45.00

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one more LAST CAST: On the Addictive Nature of Fishing

By Dennis D. Dauble
Nonfiction, 178 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″
ISBN-13: 978-1537185309

What do tiny bars of complimentary soap, spam sandwiches and pillow hogs have to do with fishing? When does one more “last cast” beget another? How can some people confuse fishing with … sex? This collection of short stories answers those questions, and more. Dennis Dauble – biologist, fisherman and author previously of “The Barbless Hook” and “Fishes of the Columbia Basin” – returns with more wry and humorous tales gleaned from a lifetime of fishing experiences and insights.

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Price: $12.95

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The Barbless Hook: Inner Sanctum of Angling Revealed

By Dennis D. Dauble
Nonfiction, 160 pages, 8.5″ x 5.5″

ISBN 978-1-879628-41-0

These stories, drawn from a lifetime of fishing experiences, explore a range of topics anglers often don’t discuss – trespassing, giving up a secret hole, losing fish at the net, competition between buddies and taking turns when on guided trips. While sometimes exposing what might be considered the “dark side of angling,” author Dennis Dauble manages to both entertain and inspire anglers in The Barbless Hook.

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Price: $11.95

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Selkirks Spectacular

By Jerry Pavia and Tim Cady with Ross Klatte

Nonfiction, 180 pages, 11″ x 8.5″ softcover, full color with more than 300 photographs

ISBN 978-1-879628-44-1

A photographic journey encircling the spectacular Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho, eastern Washington and southeastern British Columbia, Selkirks Spectacular features amazing images by photographers Jerry Pavia and Tim Cady. More than 300 images along with chapters by Canadian Ross Klatte on the history, geology, communities, natural features, attractions, and the flora and fauna showcase this beautiful corner of the earth.

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Price: $34.00

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GiGi’s Enchanted Forest

By Patti Clemons, Barbara Merritt and Marsha Ogilvie; illustrated by Bonnie Shields

Fiction, 32 pages, 8.5″ x 8.5″ softcover, full color illustrations
Produced in association with Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc.

ISBN 978-1-492928-46-1

A delightful new children’s book inspired by the late Hazel Hall, GiGi’s Enchanted Forest follows a black bear family as it sets off through an enchanted forest to visit Gramma GiGi. The three mischievous cubs are in for a bigger adventure than they could have imagined.

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Price: $12.00

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Pioneer Voices of Priest Lake

Edited by Kris Runberg Smith

Nonfiction, 224 pages, 6″ x 9″ softcover, 144 black-and-white photos, index

ISBN 978-1-879628-31-1

This collection of oral histories recorded of numerous pioneers, Pioneer Voices of Priest Lake, provides a fascinating window into the past of Priest Lake, Idaho, before World War II through the words of those who actually experienced it.

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Price: $17.00

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North of the Narrows

Men and Women of the Upper Priest Lake Country, Idaho
Claude & Catherine Simpson

Nonfiction, 312 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″ softcover, 115 black-and-white photos and illustrations, index, first printed in 1981

ISBN 978-1-879628-04-5

An Idaho classic now in its sixth printing, North of the Narrows tells the personal stories of the men and women who first settled the Upper Priest Lake region of northern Idaho. This perennial favorite has been in print for more than 30 years  and celebrates those freedom-loving people who created their own way of life on Priest Lake during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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Price: $16.00

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The Land of Starry Night

Dr. Robin Helm; illustrated by Gail Lyster

Fiction, 40 pages, 8.25″ x 8.25″ softcover, full color illustrations
Produced in association with Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc.

ISBN 978-1-463717-42-1

For the child in each of us, The Land of Starry Night is a delightful poetic children’s story written by Sandpoint pediatrician Dr. Robin Helm and magnificently illustrated by Sandpoint artist Gail Lyster.

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Price: $10.00

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Lessons with Love: Tales of teaching and learning in a small-town high school

Marianne Love
Nonfiction, 288 pages, 6″ x 9″ softcover

ISBN 978-1-879628-28-1

For anyone who’s ever gone to school — as student or teacher — Marianne Love’s warm and humorous stories from 33 years teaching at Sandpoint High School in rural northern Idaho, Lessons with Love, will kindle both memories and laughs.

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Price: $16.00

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Out of the Night

Irene Bennett Dunn
Nonfiction, 128 pages, 6″ x 9″ softcover

ISBN 1-879268-16-3

In Out of the Night, Irene Bennett Dunn relates the tragic night of August 17, 1959, when an historic earthquake and resulting landslide killed four members of her family, and how she rebuilt her life after that terrible trauma.

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Price: $10.95

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Flying Over Rainbows

Dwayne Parsons
Nonfiction, 128 pages, 6″ x 9″ hardcover, photos

ISBN 1-879628-19-8

The memoir Flying Over Rainbows charts the lifetime of a remarkable Northwest personality: Buzz Fiorini, founder of an outdoor sports chain whose adventures in fishing, flying and fly fishing covered the continent and brought him friendships with such luminaries as John Wayne, Bing Crosby and others.

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Price: $24.95

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Cowboy Boots and Other Stories

John Sater
Nonfiction, 128 pages, 6″ x 9″ softcover

ISBN 1-879628-03-1

Northwest native and Bonners Ferry resident John Sater takes readers “back to the present” in rural America in this collection of 44 short essays telling stories from a generation whose mothers went from washboards to washers and whose fathers swore by, and sometimes at, Model A Fords. Cowboy Boots and Other Stories explores common experiences from cleaning chimneys and growing gardens, catching mice and raising pigs, to outsmarting ornery chickens.

Price: $8.95

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Archer MacClehan & The Hungry Now

Sandy Compton
Fiction, 181 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″ softcover
Published by Blue Mobius Books

ISBN 1-886591-06-7

Idaho-and-Montana author Sandy Compton puts his ample storytelling talents to play in his novel Archer MacClehan & The Hungry Now, a page-turning tale populated by a cast of colorful characters who find themselves at odds in the wilderness – and pulling together for their very survival.

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Price: $14.00

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