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 Hope Spencer and her mother moved to the tiny community of Cutters Notch in forested southwestern Indiana to hide from Hope’s dangerous and abusive father. Unaware whether he is still in prison or has been freed, they settle into a new life under new identities. The athletic 13-year old becomes close friends with two boys in her quaint neighborhood, and when she mysteriously disappears one Saturday afternoon, they take on the task of finding her. Racing against time, the boys join forces with their state trooper neighbor and three other very unusual allies to battle against the evil taking aim at their friend. Will they find and rescue her or will they fall victim themselves? Still, they are determined. They will not Abandon Hope.  It is late September when Hope disappears. After Maggie, her mother, and their neighbor, Rick Anders, find Hope’s basketball in a nearby stream and her cellphone tossed in the weeds, an Amber Alert is sounded. She has been kidnapped. Rick is a State Trooper, who is assigned to team up with the County Sheriff, J.B. Dunlap, to coordinate an intensive search.  Meanwhile, Hope’s two best friends, Josh and Danny—both twelve years old—have a suspect in mind. After sunset, they decide to launch their own search by sneaking out through a bedroom window. Josh is athletic like Hope, but smaller and fearless. Danny is pudgy, nerdy, hampered by fear, yet very loyal.  Hope awakens in a darkened room, bound to a chair. Suffering from terror, sedation, and dehydration, she finds the resilience to develop her own escape plan. Like her mother, she suspects that the kidnapper may be her father, but she is unsure. Regardless, she is determined to fight.  Watching through a dimensional portal manifested in a mirror are three beings from a parallel dimension. Inherently good, they are horrified by what they see and are moved to action. They decide to take dangerous risks to find a way to help.  Behind the whole event is a dark entity influencing evil minds with violent ideas for its own benefit. Driving those with susceptible wills toward malevolent actions, it draws energy from the pain its puppets inflict on others.  Will the rescuers find Hope in time? Can she survive until they reach her? Will they all fall victim to dark influences? Abandon Hope will keep you guessing, keep you on edge, and keep you turning pages.

Hope Spencer and her mother moved to the tiny community of Cutters Notch in forested southwestern Indiana to hide from Hope’s dangerous and abusive father. Unaware whether he is still in prison or has been freed, they settle into a new life under new identities. The athletic 13-year old becomes close friends with two boys in her quaint neighborhood, and when she mysteriously disappears one Saturday afternoon, they take on the task of finding her. Racing against time, the boys join forces with their state trooper neighbor and three other very unusual allies to battle against the evil taking aim at their friend. Will they find and rescue her or will they fall victim themselves? Still, they are determined. They will not Abandon Hope.

It is late September when Hope disappears. After Maggie, her mother, and their neighbor, Rick Anders, find Hope’s basketball in a nearby stream and her cellphone tossed in the weeds, an Amber Alert is sounded. She has been kidnapped. Rick is a State Trooper, who is assigned to team up with the County Sheriff, J.B. Dunlap, to coordinate an intensive search.

Meanwhile, Hope’s two best friends, Josh and Danny—both twelve years old—have a suspect in mind. After sunset, they decide to launch their own search by sneaking out through a bedroom window. Josh is athletic like Hope, but smaller and fearless. Danny is pudgy, nerdy, hampered by fear, yet very loyal.

Hope awakens in a darkened room, bound to a chair. Suffering from terror, sedation, and dehydration, she finds the resilience to develop her own escape plan. Like her mother, she suspects that the kidnapper may be her father, but she is unsure. Regardless, she is determined to fight.

Watching through a dimensional portal manifested in a mirror are three beings from a parallel dimension. Inherently good, they are horrified by what they see and are moved to action. They decide to take dangerous risks to find a way to help.

Behind the whole event is a dark entity influencing evil minds with violent ideas for its own benefit. Driving those with susceptible wills toward malevolent actions, it draws energy from the pain its puppets inflict on others.

Will the rescuers find Hope in time? Can she survive until they reach her? Will they all fall victim to dark influences? Abandon Hope will keep you guessing, keep you on edge, and keep you turning pages.

 “The Novel Within,” is my debut fiction novel that I started in my master’s program. The story started out as an idea and with the direction of my program I was able to dig into each character and the story arc, creating a map that would become this story. Once I started to fill in the blanks with the story I found myself pulling from nostalgic movies and concepts from my childhood. I lost myself in writing this story, so much in fact that my fingers just took over the keyboard and the words spilled from my fingertips.  I wanted to focus on the alpha-omega relationship between two different characters. Although, a love interest in present for Alfreda Hitchthorn it’s not about that person. That person is only a stepping stone to help Alfreda find her strength and her one true love; the daughter she never had… Morna Stabes. Throughout the story there is a power struggle between each character and it’s never established who is in charge. You, the reader, might see it differently but in the end it may surprise you who was more strong in their desires.  These characters are important because even in their roles they are both strong female characters who represent myself in a lot of ways. Being a woman can be exhausting and exhilarating at the same time, I can be dominant or submissive, I can be happy one second and angry the next. All of these things are Alfreda and Morna at different times in the story. It’s important to focus on the relationship between Alfreda and Morna and how others influence their bond. Even when battle ensues there is still a bond between these two that will never be broken and will cycle throughout lifetimes.  P.S. Fun fact, I wanted the book to have an eerie feel and the names Alfreda Hitchthorn and Morna Stabes were derived from Alfred Hitchcock and his infamous character from Psycho Norman Bates, I thought those details would give the story more depth.

“The Novel Within,” is my debut fiction novel that I started in my master’s program. The story started out as an idea and with the direction of my program I was able to dig into each character and the story arc, creating a map that would become this story. Once I started to fill in the blanks with the story I found myself pulling from nostalgic movies and concepts from my childhood. I lost myself in writing this story, so much in fact that my fingers just took over the keyboard and the words spilled from my fingertips.

I wanted to focus on the alpha-omega relationship between two different characters. Although, a love interest in present for Alfreda Hitchthorn it’s not about that person. That person is only a stepping stone to help Alfreda find her strength and her one true love; the daughter she never had… Morna Stabes. Throughout the story there is a power struggle between each character and it’s never established who is in charge. You, the reader, might see it differently but in the end it may surprise you who was more strong in their desires.

These characters are important because even in their roles they are both strong female characters who represent myself in a lot of ways. Being a woman can be exhausting and exhilarating at the same time, I can be dominant or submissive, I can be happy one second and angry the next. All of these things are Alfreda and Morna at different times in the story. It’s important to focus on the relationship between Alfreda and Morna and how others influence their bond. Even when battle ensues there is still a bond between these two that will never be broken and will cycle throughout lifetimes.

P.S. Fun fact, I wanted the book to have an eerie feel and the names Alfreda Hitchthorn and Morna Stabes were derived from Alfred Hitchcock and his infamous character from Psycho Norman Bates, I thought those details would give the story more depth.

 There are such times and places in history when you have to marvel at people who literally risked everything they had for an ideal. Would we do the same, now? Where else in Indianapolis is there a place that came into existence because its founders were so ticked off at their original community that they felt the need to create a place where education, a degree of equality, respect for nature, and picturesque surroundings would be the norm? Yet when we came to Irvington in 1988, we found that few outside of Irvington knew the compelling story of this historic suburb. I soon connected with the Irvington Historical Society. The group had been discussing a “coffee table book” for quite some time. It had become an agenda item at numerous meetings, almost a recurring joke. I had been looking for a way to update and publish my graduate school ideas from my years in the Ball State Master of Science in Historic Preservation program. “What about something like this, but about Irvington?” I posited to the board, showing them my creative project “capstone” paper about Meridian-Kessler neighborhood. I quickly realized that this book would have to be organized differently. It had to be about the community’s eras, and how the architecture changed during those times. I knew more about Indianapolis by then, and I believe that the book showed it. I also had access to the archives of the Irvington Historical Society and reams of historic photos. I also had my experience with Indianapolis Star articles about houses; I found many of these for Irvington, too. When it came to production, we found Kathy Van Velse, a “confirmed” Irvingtonian (I believe becoming a confirmed Irvingtonian involves a secret blood-oath of some kind, however, no one will tell me). Kathy, a fellow Herron School of Art & Design graduate, did all the layout. So, the book is an Irvington effort through-and-through.  I have been completely pleased by the reaction to this book, now in its third printing. The most gratifying thing is to see that people in places as far-flung as Hawaii, South Africa, and Europe have ordered copies of the book, simply because they lived here for a while at some critical point in their lives. That’s loyalty and hometown pride at its best.

There are such times and places in history when you have to marvel at people who literally risked everything they had for an ideal. Would we do the same, now? Where else in Indianapolis is there a place that came into existence because its founders were so ticked off at their original community that they felt the need to create a place where education, a degree of equality, respect for nature, and picturesque surroundings would be the norm? Yet when we came to Irvington in 1988, we found that few outside of Irvington knew the compelling story of this historic suburb. I soon connected with the Irvington Historical Society. The group had been discussing a “coffee table book” for quite some time. It had become an agenda item at numerous meetings, almost a recurring joke. I had been looking for a way to update and publish my graduate school ideas from my years in the Ball State Master of Science in Historic Preservation program. “What about something like this, but about Irvington?” I posited to the board, showing them my creative project “capstone” paper about Meridian-Kessler neighborhood. I quickly realized that this book would have to be organized differently. It had to be about the community’s eras, and how the architecture changed during those times. I knew more about Indianapolis by then, and I believe that the book showed it. I also had access to the archives of the Irvington Historical Society and reams of historic photos. I also had my experience with Indianapolis Star articles about houses; I found many of these for Irvington, too. When it came to production, we found Kathy Van Velse, a “confirmed” Irvingtonian (I believe becoming a confirmed Irvingtonian involves a secret blood-oath of some kind, however, no one will tell me). Kathy, a fellow Herron School of Art & Design graduate, did all the layout. So, the book is an Irvington effort through-and-through.

I have been completely pleased by the reaction to this book, now in its third printing. The most gratifying thing is to see that people in places as far-flung as Hawaii, South Africa, and Europe have ordered copies of the book, simply because they lived here for a while at some critical point in their lives. That’s loyalty and hometown pride at its best.

 The book chronicles 100 years of my African American family and the robust legacy of music from the famed Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis, IN. The book's subtitle is "Ragtime, Blues, Jazz, Spiritual, Bebop, Doo Wop, Motown, Opera and Hip Hop."  Music legends such as Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, J. J. Johnson, Hoagy Carmichael, Slide Hampton, The Hampton Sisters, Angela Brown and many others are included in this insightful book.  The book features stories of empowered and extraordinary women such as Madam Walker who rose from being a washer woman to a hair product millionairess. It also revealed many African American “hidden figures” in the music business.

The book chronicles 100 years of my African American family and the robust legacy of music from the famed Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis, IN. The book's subtitle is "Ragtime, Blues, Jazz, Spiritual, Bebop, Doo Wop, Motown, Opera and Hip Hop."

Music legends such as Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, J. J. Johnson, Hoagy Carmichael, Slide Hampton, The Hampton Sisters, Angela Brown and many others are included in this insightful book.

The book features stories of empowered and extraordinary women such as Madam Walker who rose from being a washer woman to a hair product millionairess. It also revealed many African American “hidden figures” in the music business.

 One of our neighbors and book store regulars snagged this awesome copy of Bri Rudd’s comic, Perfectly Normal Behavior.

One of our neighbors and book store regulars snagged this awesome copy of Bri Rudd’s comic, Perfectly Normal Behavior.

 "Oh my goodness, I write because I can’t help it! Stories burn in my soul, and if I go too long without letting them out, they pour out until my hands cramp. I write what I love, the stories I want to curl up and read. Creating new story worlds is such fun!" —Michele Israel Harper  Michele Israel Harper spends her days as an acquisitions editor for L2L2 Publishing and her nights spinning her own tales. Sleep? Sometimes… She has her Bachelor of Arts in history, is slightly obsessed with all things French—including Jeanne d’Arc and  La Belle et la Bête —and loves curling up with a good book more than just about anything else. Author of  Wisdom & Folly: Sisters ,  Zombie Takeover ,  Beast Hunter , and  Kill the Beast , Michele prays her involvement in writing, editing, and publishing will touch many lives in the years to come. Visit www.MicheleIsraelHarper.com  to learn more about her.

"Oh my goodness, I write because I can’t help it! Stories burn in my soul, and if I go too long without letting them out, they pour out until my hands cramp. I write what I love, the stories I want to curl up and read. Creating new story worlds is such fun!" —Michele Israel Harper

Michele Israel Harper spends her days as an acquisitions editor for L2L2 Publishing and her nights spinning her own tales. Sleep? Sometimes… She has her Bachelor of Arts in history, is slightly obsessed with all things French—including Jeanne d’Arc and La Belle et la Bête—and loves curling up with a good book more than just about anything else. Author of Wisdom & Folly: Sisters, Zombie Takeover, Beast Hunter, and Kill the Beast, Michele prays her involvement in writing, editing, and publishing will touch many lives in the years to come. Visitwww.MicheleIsraelHarper.com to learn more about her.

 Dakota Jones is a local artist and playwright who has dreamed of becoming a comic book artist ever since he was little. Now, thanks to a successful Kickstarter, you too can delve into the outer rims of space and time with this wacky, edgy and satirical comic for only $5!

Dakota Jones is a local artist and playwright who has dreamed of becoming a comic book artist ever since he was little. Now, thanks to a successful Kickstarter, you too can delve into the outer rims of space and time with this wacky, edgy and satirical comic for only $5!

  You don’t need to read the first novel [ Julie and Horace: A Love Story of Sorts (I Guess) You Decide ] to understand Part II, which does a very good job of explaining who’s who and what’s what from the first novel. This is a good book that keeps your attention. Definitely a page turner, and I’m very impressed with it. It is funny, funny, funny. Lots of hanging-around-a-bar stuff that’s quite fun and full of suspense. The poems in this novel are simultaneously hilarious and provocative. Toward the end of the book, things got kind of dark for about 30 pages or so. While reading that portion, I felt like throwing the book across the room; but I got myself together and forged ahead. The people in this story that I thought would end up with one another did not, in fact, end up with one another. (I couldn’t have guessed.) And the end wasn’t what I expected – it threw me for a loop, in an interesting way. I highly recommend this novel.  - a review of local author, Fred Smith’s new book!

 You don’t need to read the first novel [Julie and Horace: A Love Story of Sorts (I Guess) You Decide] to understand Part II, which does a very good job of explaining who’s who and what’s what from the first novel. This is a good book that keeps your attention. Definitely a page turner, and I’m very impressed with it. It is funny, funny, funny. Lots of hanging-around-a-bar stuff that’s quite fun and full of suspense. The poems in this novel are simultaneously hilarious and provocative. Toward the end of the book, things got kind of dark for about 30 pages or so. While reading that portion, I felt like throwing the book across the room; but I got myself together and forged ahead. The people in this story that I thought would end up with one another did not, in fact, end up with one another. (I couldn’t have guessed.) And the end wasn’t what I expected – it threw me for a loop, in an interesting way. I highly recommend this novel.

- a review of local author, Fred Smith’s new book!