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Nov 27, 2016 01:29PM ● By Elena Hutslar

Gretchen de la O, Pleasant Hill   

Raw, powerful, and moving, Broken Girl is simply beautiful in its complexity.


My name is Rose Newton, and I sell my body on the streets of San Francisco. I’m what you call society's dirty little secret. On the outside, I'm in control, the woman who makes her own rules and gives nothing away for free. Inside, I’m broken and numb. Torn and shattered by my past, my life is nothing more than the lost fragments of what's left of me.  

Shane West represents everything that’s foreign to me. He’s brave, kind, funny, gorgeous and persistent. When fate brings us face to face, an undeniable attraction blazes between us. He becomes the constant I've never had and the only man I'll ever trust. There is nothing simple about falling in love when you're keeping a secret like mine.

 "With a heartbreakingly raw, gritty, yet beautiful storyline paving the way, Mrs. de la O manages to open not only your eyes but your soul to the dark, haunting truth consuming the reality of one too many innocent lives walking this earth. Gripping in every way possible, Broken Girl left her scars all over me. The end result is de la O's finest work yet!"~ Gail McHugh--New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of the Collide series.

Broken Girl, a contemporary romance, is Gretchen’s fifth published full-length novel. *Reader's discretion advised. Certain content might not be suitable for some readers.

 To learn more about Gretchen de la O and her books, visit her online at:,,

Gail Johnston, Pleasant Hill & Eric Nichols, Alaska

Creative Cues from the Cat:

Visionary Virtues of Our Feline Friends

 Cat lovers are a creative bunch, judging by the proliferation of cat videos and adorable cat photos with cheeky sayings on the Internet. But creativity comes in many forms, and the authors of Creative Cues From the Cat want everyone to be in on it.

 Pleasant Hill author Gail Johnston and Eric Nichols (who resides in North Pole, Alaska!) call our attention to fifteen traits that cats and creative people have in common. Courage, curiosity, focus, flexibility, patience - these are some of the features we observe in the cat that are exactly what we need for our creative, innovative spirits to flourish. With humor, quotes, clever analogies, and great photography, Creative Cues From the Cat amuses and inspires the reader on every page.

Critics have their say:

“A fun, insightful read that will keep you thinking long after you’re finished.” - Jonah Berger, best selling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On

“Gorgeous photography paired with feline wit, wisdom and inspiration. As beautiful as it is thoughtful.” – Debbie Glovatsky, founder of Glogirly, voted 2015 “Best Cat Blog”

“This is catnip for cat lovers!” - Michael Larsen, co-founder of the San Francisco Writers Conference

Creative Cues From the Cat is available at and on Amazon.

Dennis Koller, Pleasant Hill 

The Custer Conspiracy

 Pleasant Hill author Dennis Koller recently announced the release of his latest mystery/thriller, The Custer Conspiracy. “This is my third Tom McGuire novel,” Koller said. “He’s a SFPD homicide inspector and, like Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, the public has started to embrace him. A hero, but one who has the insecurities and limitations of a real person. He makes mistakes. He’s a good cop, but not a superhero.”

 In The Custer Conspiracy, McGuire is invited by a friend to the Little Bighorn Battlefield to share a secret he’s uncovered about Custer and what really happened at that battle. When McGuire arrives, he finds his friend lying on Last Stand Hill with the back of his head blown off. This starts the action and the who, what, where, and why of the mystery.

 “One reviewer compared the writing and story to a cross between Dan Brown and Michael Crichton,” said Koller. “While that’s high praise, and I can only aspire to write like either of those two, The Custer Conspiracy is similar to their novels in that all three of us have intricate, yet believable plots; interesting and credible details; and short, sweet, and compact chapters.”

 The Custer Conspiracy is available in both eBook and paperback editions. It can be found on Amazon or through your local bookstore. Personalized and autographed copies are available on Koller’s website:

Andree Prendergast, Pleasant Hill                                                                            

Toby Got Out!

 Toby is a gentle, brown-eyed, shaggy white dog adopted by a great family that thinks he is the best dog ever. Although Toby loves his new family, his adventurous nature gets the best of him and off he goes!  He plans to come back, but along the way he gets in a little bit of trouble.  Children will enjoy listening to Toby's story as they travel with him and learn how, through courage, determination, and the love for his family, he follows his heart home. 

This heartwarming Toby Got Out! is available in print, as a book CD, and now as an audio book on Audible at Beautifully narrated by Becky Parker, this children’s book makes a great gift for kids 5-10 and pet lovers of all ages. To see some of the beautiful illustrations and learn more about the book, go to the author’s website, Also available on and Barnes and   

Andree Prendergast, lives with her husband, her dog Toby, and his buddies Lila and Dolly (not to forget his 4 feline friends). This is Prendergast’s second children’s book; the first was Every Little Girl is a Princess, published by Create Space in February 2012.