Ryburn Dobbs Discusses The Sebastien Grey Novels – A Virtual Event – at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

Ryburn Dobbs will be at Mysterious Galaxy on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:00pm for a Virtual Event to discuss his books The Comfort of Distance (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 1) and The Boxwood Torso (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 2).

The Comfort of Distance (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 1) by Ryburn Dobbs

Deep in the forests of the Black Hills, human remains are being discovered – one bit at a time. Rumors of a rogue man-eating mountain lion are spreading through the county and panic is starting to swell. Sgt. Hank LeGris of the Custer County Sheriff’s Office is feeling the pressure; he needs to find out who the dead are, and how they got that way. Hank suspects that the bodies are the result of a more sinister predator. But in order to solve the mystery, he will have to reach back into his own dysfunctional family history and pull in the only person who can get to the bottom of these strange cases – his estranged and disordered brother, the brilliant forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey.

When Sebastien arrives in the Black Hills, he takes his brother, and Detective Tiffany Reese, on a whirlwind tour of forensic thinking and deductive reasoning, not only solving the mystery of the human remains, but the murder of a local thug as well. In the process, Sebastien himself is forever transformed by his own success and by the charm and kindness of the lovely Detective Reese: “One day I hope you give yourself permission to be different, Sebastien. You’ll be happier.”

The Comfort of Distance is equal parts forensic mystery, police procedure and character study, with dashes of comedy and romance thrown in. Readers will be cheering at the end and ready for more. 

The Boxwood Torso (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 2) was released in July 2021.

A skull in one place, a torso in another. Are they connected? Thirty years ago, the authorities didn’t think so. But the ingenious forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey is now on the case, and he believes they both belong to the same victim – an unidentified man who was shot, dismembered, scattered in two states and burned. But time is not the only thing standing in the way of the truth. A pair of professional rivals, a spy inside the sheriff’s office and a local family with a dark secret are all obstacles to untying this murderous knot.

This second book in the Sebastien Grey series finds Dr. Grey once again in the Black Hills of South Dakota and teamed up with Tiffany Reese – a shrewd and tough detective who doubles as the love of his life and the only woman who can coax him out of his awkward social isolation. Will their relationship survive the pressure of high stakes cold case work?

About the Author:

Ryburn Dobbs taught biological anthropology and forensic anthropology at several colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and spent ten years as a forensic anthropologist, working dozens of death investigations. In addition to his anthropological pursuits, Ryburn also worked as an investigative analyst specializing in homicides and unsolved cases.

His work as a forensic anthropologist inspired him to write The Sebastien Grey Novels. The first book in the series, The Comfort of Distance, was released in September 2020, followed by The Boxwood Torso (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 2) in July 2021. Where the Blood is Made (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 3) will be released in Spring 2022.

Readers can connect with Ryburn Dobbs on Instagram, Facebook, and Goodreads.

To learn more, go to: https://ryburndobbs.com

To attend this virtual event, go to: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/4132022RyburnDobbs

Katerina Canyon and Raúl Sánchez, Poetry Reading – IN PERSON – at Village Books in Bellingham, WA

Join us in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Bellingham, WA with Katerina Canyon and Raúl Sánchez for a poetry reading on April 16, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:00PM.

Katerina Canyon is an Award-Winning Poet, Best Selling Author, civil rights activist, and essayist. She is a writer who has overcome some serious obstacles and trauma. She will be reading from her new book Surviving Home, which was released on November 9, 2021. Surviving Home is a collection of poems that serve as a memoir of the trauma she experienced and overcame. Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family. Katerina Canyon is a 2021, 2020, and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York Times and The Huffington Post.

Raúl Sánchez will be reading from his new collection When There Were No Borders. These poems present and re-present our “tongue,” our “language,” our “culture and pride.” Steeped in history and “blood blood blood” unforgotten and dignified, these poems are never what you expect yet are as familiar as an ancestral landscape. Deeply layered like culture itself, this book es una flor, multi-petalled, many-voiced – sin frontera and utterly unique. From rich love poems to Neruda-esque declamaciónes to canciones and cantos, this book represents as we were, and are, When There Were No Borders, by presenting the multiverse that is US of America through the voice of one, Raúl Sánchez, crossing borders.

Raúl Sánchez is the former City of Redmond Poet Laureate 2019 – 2021. He teaches poetry in Spanish through the Seattle Arts and Lectures (WITS) program, also through the Jack Straw Educational Project. In the last three years he volunteered for PONGO Teen Writing at the Juvenile Detention Center. He runs the “Poetry in the Park” event at the Meadowbrook Pond in NE Seattle. His work has appeared in a multitude of journals, magazines, and anthologies such as IN XOCHITL, IN CUICATL or Floricanto – “Flower and Song” 100 years of chicanx/latinx poetry, published by Editorial Polibea, Madrid, Spain. His new collection When There Were No Borders was released by Flower Song Press, McAllen Texas July 2021. His latest book is All Our Brown Skinned Angels.  

Spaces are limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to secure your spot so don’t delay.

COVID protocol for our in-person events requires proof of full vaccination upon arrival to the Readings Gallery. Masking is optional. Thank you for your cooperation.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT*

*Online registration closes one hour prior to event start time. There may still be seats available at the door.

Village Books is located at 1200 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225.

To learn more, go to https://www.villagebooks.com/

Wine Novelist Steven Laine Announces the Release of His New Book ‘Dragonvine’

Steven Laine, Wine Scholar and author of ‘Root Cause’, has announced the release of his new book Dragonvine.

Steven Laine is known for writing edge-of-your-seat wine thrillers. Here is the synopsis for his new book Dragonvine:

When his father dies in a wildfire, Carmine Cooper takes over the family winery in the middle of harvest, putting his dreams of becoming an architect on hold. He soon finds himself fighting with a vengeful neighbor, blackmailed by a local gang, harassed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities, and the target of an ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives) investigation.

Carmine’s only hope to solve his problems and finish his first solo vintage successfully rests in identifying an unknown grape variety his father grew and made into wine for a quarter century with links to an ancient Chinese grape variety and the First Emperor of China.

Can Carmine save his father’s legacy, his family, the winery, and his first harvest before it’s too late?

 


About the Author:

Steven Laine, Wine Scholar and author of ‘Root Cause’, is an award-winning restaurateur and hotelier. He’s travelled the world working in luxury hotels and visiting hundreds of wineries – in Napa, Sonoma, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Lebanon, Australia and South Africa. He has worked two harvests at Canadian wineries as a winemaker-cellarman at Mission Hill Family Estate (2020) and at Trius (2021). His circle of friends is made up of winemakers, Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, restaurant managers, and wine distributors from all over the globe.

His debut novel Root Cause (Turner Publishing, February 2019) has received rave reviews from book reviewers and wine enthusiasts alike, with Kirkus calling it ‘an entertaining, wine-soaked mystery.’

In Root Cause, Steven Laine pairs his experience in the wine industry with his passion for writing and world travel to create a mysterious international thriller.

“Root Cause is a pithy, pitch-perfect story… Having traveled to over one hundred vineyards and wineries, and after many years of working in the wine industry, it’s safe to say that Laine knows his grapes. Root Cause is the perfect application of Laine’s extensive knowledge of vineyards, and is, to boot, a thoroughly researched story that will both educate and entertain readers.” — ★★★★★ – Red City Review

Can you imagine a world without wine?

Corvina Guerra is a flying winemaker who dreams of one day settling down in her native Italy on her family’s vineyard. On a visit to a vineyard in Italy, Corvina makes a startling discovery: Phylloxera, a menacing plant louse that devastated vineyards in Europe more than a hundred years ago, has infested the vines.

After reporting her findings to her company, Universal Wines, Corvina is charged with investigating the spread of the bug. Nicknamed Philomena by the media, the aphid is soon discovered in vineyards around the world. To aid in her investigation, Corvina recruits a wine expert in London, Bryan Lawless. In pursuit of its origins, Corvina and Bryan embark on a thrilling globetrot on which they uncover that Philomena is being intentionally spread.

The deeper Corvina and Bryan search, the more they become convinced that Universal Wines holds the answer to everything, and the harder they pursue their investigation the more surprises pile up.

In spite of devastating consequences, Corvina and Bryan vow to continue their investigation and do what they can to contain the spread of the infestation – but time is running short and they always seem to be a step behind. Unless they can find a way to stop the Philomena  – vineyards around the world will be ruined for decades; potentially causing the collapse of the wine industry. Can Corvina and Bryan get to the root cause and save the international wine industry from ruin?

Readers can connect with Steven Laine on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

To learn more, go to http://www.stevenlaine.com/

 

Robert J. Davis Releases His New Book FITTER FASTER: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day

Robert J. Davis a.k.a “The Healthy Skeptic” released his new book FITTER FASTER: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day.

Robert J. Davis hosts “The Healthy Skeptic” video series, which examines the science behind popular health claims, revealing what’s believable and what’s not. Busting myths and cutting through the health hype, his work has appeared on TIME (Why Counting Calories Isn’t an Effective Weight-Loss Strategy / Why You Shouldn’t Exercise to Lose Weight), CNN, WebMD, The Washington Post (Breakfast really doesn’t have much to do with controlling your weight), and in The Wall Street Journal. The author of three previous books on health: Supersized Lies: How Myths About Weight Loss Are Keeping Us Fat – and the Truth About What Really Works, Coffee is Good for You: From Vitamin C and Organic Foods to Low-Carb and Detox Diets, the Truth about Diet and Nutrition Claims, and The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting through the Hype about Your Health. In his latest book FITTER FASTER: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day, award-winning health journalist Robert J. Davis and celebrity fitness trainer Brad Kolowich, Jr. show you how to get fit in a fraction of the time – without ever setting foot in a gym.

FITTER FASTER: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day (Everwell Books; March 2022; $16.95 Paperback) shares a time-efficient, comprehensive, varied, customizable, convenient, and effective workout plan for real people.

Although it requires as little as 15 minutes a day, the FITTER FASTER plan is far from exercise “lite.” It provides aerobic, muscle-building, and fat-burning benefits similar to—and potentially even greater than—regimens two or three times longer. How does it accomplish all that? The key, as Davis explains, is incorporating high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which alternates vigorous and gentler exercise in short bursts, with the use of circuits for strength training and heart-pumping routines that work multiple muscle groups. The plan also includes two drudgery-busting features: choice and variety.

Most importantly, FITTER FASTER produces results—significant, sustainable improvements in endurance, strength, and overall health. The proof is not only in compelling personal stories, peppered throughout the book. The plan’s benefits are backed by reams of research. “For me, the science is paramount,” Davis assures anyone fed up with hype or burned out on empty promises.

Shattering misconceptions that aggravate exercise-related anxiety, FITTER FASTER delivers clear, evidence-based answers to common questions. For starters: What’s the best time of day to work out? Does more sweat mean a more intense workout? Are those ab devices on infomercials really effective? Overcoming those daunting barriers with solid, reassuring information, FITTER FASTER makes it easy for readers of all fitness levels to get on board with a doable exercise program in four sections:

  • Get Ready focuses on the benefits of regular exercise (the big six plus seven surprises), secrets to getting and staying motivated (short-term payoffs matter), and the essentials of workout clothing (consider wool, but not the itchy kind) and equipment (dumbbells only required).
  • Get Smart provides the lowdown on each of the three components of the FITTER FASTER program: aerobic exercise (learn how to increase cardiovascular fitness without the hassle of heart-rate monitoring), strength training (targeting all the major muscle groups), and stretching (with simple flexibility self-assessments).
  • Get More Out of Exercise discusses what and when to eat to complement workouts (including the answer to: Which type of protein supplement is best?) and how to prevent and ease pain (and distinguish dull muscle soreness, which is normal, from sharp pain that signals an injury).
  • Get Going lays out the detailed workout plans developed by Davis and Kolowich, with step-by-step descriptions and photos of each exercise, along with suggestions for varying activities for fitness level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) and personal preference (for instance, using an elliptical machine at the gym versus running in the park or rowing on a lake).

In today’s demand-crammed world, working in working out can be challenging—to say the least. Opening minds to shorter routines and ample possibilities, FITTER FASTER makes exercise rewarding, fun, and convenient.

 

“This book eliminates all the excuses and obstacles to getting in shape.” — Joe Decker, “World’s Fittest Man,” Guinness World Record Holder



About the Author

Robert J. Davis a.k.a “The Healthy Skeptic” hosts “The Healthy Skeptic” video series, which dissects the science behind popular health claims. His work has appeared on TIME (Why Counting Calories Isn’t an Effective Weight-Loss Strategy / Why You Shouldn’t Exercise to Lose Weight)  CNN, WebMD, The Washington Post (Breakfast really doesn’t have much to do with controlling your weight), and in The Wall Street Journal. Davis holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree in public health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and a PhD in health policy from Brandeis University, where he was Pew Foundation Fellow.

Readers can connect with Robert J. Davis on:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RobertDavisHealthySkeptic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthyskept/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4725364.Robert_J_Davis

To learn more, go to www.healthyskeptic.com

Other Books by Robert J. Davis, Phd:

For more information, to request a review copy or an interview with Robert J. Davis, please contact Kelsey Butts at Book Publicity Services at Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com or (805) 807-9027.

Forensic Anthropologist Ryburn Dobbs Has Written a Captivating New Police Procedural Series

Ryburn Dobbs spent ten years as a forensic anthropologist, working dozens of death investigations. He also worked as an investigative analyst specializing in homicides and unsolved cases. His work as a forensic anthropologist inspired him to write The Sebastien Grey Novels. The Comfort of Distance is the first book in the series.

The Comfort of Distance (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 1) by Ryburn Dobbs

Deep in the forests of the Black Hills, human remains are being discovered – one bit at a time. Rumors of a rogue man-eating mountain lion are spreading through the county and panic is starting to swell. Sgt. Hank LeGris of the Custer County Sheriff’s Office is feeling the pressure; he needs to find out who the dead are, and how they got that way. Hank suspects that the bodies are the result of a more sinister predator. But in order to solve the mystery, he will have to reach back into his own dysfunctional family history and pull in the only person who can get to the bottom of these strange cases – his estranged and disordered brother, the brilliant forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey.

When Sebastien arrives in the Black Hills, he takes his brother, and Detective Tiffany Reese, on a whirlwind tour of forensic thinking and deductive reasoning, not only solving the mystery of the human remains, but the murder of a local thug as well. In the process, Sebastien himself is forever transformed by his own success and by the charm and kindness of the lovely Detective Reese: “One day I hope you give yourself permission to be different, Sebastien. You’ll be happier.”

The Comfort of Distance is equal parts forensic mystery, police procedure and character study, with dashes of comedy and romance thrown in. Readers will be cheering at the end and ready for more. 

The Boxwood Torso (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 2) was released in July 2021.

A skull in one place, a torso in another. Are they connected? Thirty years ago, the authorities didn’t think so. But the ingenious forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey is now on the case, and he believes they both belong to the same victim – an unidentified man who was shot, dismembered, scattered in two states and burned. But time is not the only thing standing in the way of the truth. A pair of professional rivals, a spy inside the sheriff’s office and a local family with a dark secret are all obstacles to untying this murderous knot.

This second book in the Sebastien Grey series finds Dr. Grey once again in the Black Hills of South Dakota and teamed up with Tiffany Reese – a shrewd and tough detective who doubles as the love of his life and the only woman who can coax him out of his awkward social isolation. Will their relationship survive the pressure of high stakes cold case work?

Where the Blood is Made (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 3) was released in July 2022.

How can a living woman’s bones be inside a box in the morgue?

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey is certain that they are. But unless he can convince the Custer County Sheriff that a long-forgotten missing persons case is a homicide, the truth may stay hidden forever.

Sebastien and Detective Tiffany Reese team up once again to solve one of the county’s most baffling mysteries. Amber Harrison disappeared ten years ago, and most people believe she left town with a new boyfriend. But others feel that the investigation was botched from the beginning. The evidence will uncover a dark conspiracy of perpetrated by the most unlikely suspects.

As if that weren’t enough, an odd man visits Sebastien and promises him a large sum of money in return for his professional opinion. But the request — help prove that Native American remains were brought onto a construction site by accident — seems far too simple to be real. Something isn’t right. Will he live long enough to find out what’s really behind the strange offer?

About the Author:

Ryburn Dobbs taught biological anthropology and forensic anthropology at several colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and spent ten years as a forensic anthropologist, working dozens of death investigations. In addition to his anthropological pursuits, Ryburn also worked as an investigative analyst specializing in homicides and unsolved cases.

His work as a forensic anthropologist inspired him to write The Sebastien Grey Novels. The first book in the series, The Comfort of Distance, was released in September 2020, followed by The Boxwood Torso (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 2) in July 2021, and Where the Blood is Made (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 3) in July 2022.

Readers can connect with Ryburn Dobbs on Instagram, Facebook, and Goodreads.

To learn more, go to: https://ryburndobbs.com

 

Award-winning Poet Katerina Canyon – Zoom Poetry Reading

Bookstore1Sarasota (https://www.sarasotabooks.com) will be hosting a special Black History Month Zoom poetry reading with award-winning poet, bestselling author, civil rights activist, and essayist, Katerina Canyon. The event will take place on February 27, 2022 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Katerina Canyon is a 2021, 2020, and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York Times and The Huffington Post. She is a writer who has overcome some serious obstacles and trauma. Her book Surviving Home which was released on November 9, 2021, is a collection of poems that serve as a memoir of the trauma she experienced and overcame.

Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family.

You can purchase Katerina Canyon’s latest poetry collection Surviving Home here.

There is no charge for this event, but registration is needed for the Zoom link. There is the option of a $7 fee to help defray the cost. The Zoom link will be sent prior to reading. After you have reserved your place, look for a confirmation via email. To learn more, go to https://www.sarasotabooks.com/event-details/award-winning-poet-katerina-canyon-zoom-poetry-reading