March 2019 Local Authors
Desperate Paths by E. C. Diskin of Geneva
In her latest novel, Geneva author E.C. Diskin demonstrates that she is not afraid to jump into hot-button topics with both feet. Set in the climate of #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter, Desperate Paths opens with the shooting of a celebrated black actor within hours of returning to his small, mostly white hometown of Eden, fictionally located in southern Illinois. The twists and turns of the investigation soon reveal that the victim was working on a screenplay set in the town where he was raised — and the stories he planned to tell could destroy the careers, reputations and families of some of Eden’s most beloved citizens.
At rapid-fire pace, secrets and lies are laid bare — and a suspect, another outsider,sits in jail, challenging one sheriff’s perception of justice. With multi-layered characters, shocking events, and an all-too-believable premise, the novel leads readers to question their own biases and find empathy where they least expect it.
E. C. Diskin is a Geneva-based mystery writer whose previous works include Broken Grace, Depth of Lies and The Green Line.
I'm Not Done by Patti Temple Rocks of Geneva
Informed by her experiences over a four-decade career in the communications industry, in I’m Not Done Temple Rocks exposes the widespread and insidious nature of age discrimination in the workplace. This practical self-help book sets out to reveal examples of ageism and how it harms employees and businesses alike. Inspirational stories combine with easy-to-implement strategies that will help readers know their value and ensure career growth.
TIime Benders: The Machine by J.B. Yanni of St. Charles
Yanni’s debut novel, planned as the first in a series of four, is a sci-fi adventure for young adults. Still reeling after the sudden loss of their parents in a tragic accident, four orphaned siblings stumble upon a discovery — a way to travel through time and change events in history. Their yearning to return to the normalcy of their past life forces the siblings to answer looming spiritual and moral questions while finding a path through their shared grief.
Internment by by Samira Ahmed of Batavia
Building on the success of her first novel, Love, Hate and & Other Filters, Ahmed consolidates her appeal to young adult readers with a dystopian tale set in the near future, when 17-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim-American citizens. With help from inside and outside the camp, Layla leads a movement for freedom, taking on the camp’s director and guards. The result is a message of hope in the face of adversity.
I’m Very Ferris by Tess Kossow of Geneva
This delightful picture book takes young children into the complex world of infertility and in vitro fertilization. Children follow Ferris through his life adventures and learn to understand a different yet special and beautiful way to create a family. Through a heartwarming, rhyming story and charming illustrations, the book gently opens a door for parents who want their children to understand the unusual but amazing process through which they entered the world.Edit Module