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The Rewards of Rescuing a Senior Dog

FROM THE January 21 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin


About a year ago, Josie of Westie Rescue of NY received a disturbing call from an area veterinarian. Rory, a senior Westie, had been dropped off by owners who could no longer care for his many health issues. The vet told Josie, “If you can’t help, we’ll have to euthanize him.” Like all dedicated rescue volunteers, Josie couldn’t say no.

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Dead and Breakfast By Kate Kingsbury: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE January 21 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Kate Kingsburg


Unhappy with her job in Portland as a financial analyst and even more unsettled by her recent divorce, Melanie West is starting over by helping her grandmother renovate a bed-and-breakfast in Oregon’s Sully’s Landing. Melanie and Liza Harris have barely begun to peel off the wallpaper before discovering a skeleton hidden in a wall’s secret compartment. It seems that not only did Angela Morelli never make it to New Jersey after leaving her husband seven years ago, an autopsy reveals that she was pregnant at the time.

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Tulare & Kings Counties Suicide Prevention Task Force: Being A Survivor

FROM THE January 21 ISSUE

IN THE Mental Health SECTION

by Noah Whitaker



January is a time of renewal, an opportunity for a fresh start. Many people work to better themselves via their New Year resolutions. For some, however, like me, January is different. It doesn’t tend to be a time to look forward, but rather it is a time for reflection—especially for those who have lost someone to suicide. There is a common saying among survivors of loss that suicide does not end pain, it simply transfers it onto others.

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Fresno Bully Rescue: New Year New Opportunities to Shine

FROM THE January 21 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Becky Holly


In rescue we sometimes tend to focus on all of the animals who are not safe, who we cannot help, and the overwhelming number of them needing us. At the end of every year, we find ourselves emotionally and physically exhausted. At Fresno Bully Rescue, we are fortunate to be graced with warm-hearted, volunteers, adopters, and supporters who continually amaze and energize us.

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A Palette for Murder By Sybil Johnson: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE January 21 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Los Angeles’s Vista Beach may be in the middle of an August heat wave, but the high temperature is not what leads to the hospitalization of the homeless man known as Kit. After being led to Kit’s unconscious body by his loyal dog Buddy, freelance software designer Rory Anderson discovers that her friend had first been attacked and beaten. It’s one of many crimes plaguing the heat-ridden coast, with a series of home break-ins ultimately culminating in murder.

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Local Band Q & A With Avenue 28

FROM THE January 21 ISSUE

IN THE Music SECTION

by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


Community is the name of the game for Merced’s Avenue 28, which is a relatively new band who came together in January of 2016—made up of vocalist/bassist/pianist Jay Wheeler, drummer Eric Beltran, and guitarist Nathan Ramirez. From the name of their band to the title of their debut EP, Neighborhood, this trio relishes the connection between music and audience.

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Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries By Jenny Kales: Reviews/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE January 21 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


I know it’s not recommended, but I am guilty of ‘judging a book by its cover.’ Bright, colorful graphics, clever puns, and unique fonts always catch my eye, as well as my interest. Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries have ‘eye catching’ covers, but it doesn’t end there…the stories are exciting, the characters entertaining, the mystery is engaging, and the Greek recipes are appetizing.

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Iced Under By Barbara Ross: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE January 21 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


February is when Maine’s Busman’s Harbor closes up for the winter, with snowbirds fleeing and many residents departing for warmer climates. Even Julia Snowden’s winter restaurant has closed up for the season, as her boyfriend Chris takes advantage of an opportunity to help friends sail to Key West. This slow period allows Julia to spend a little more time with her mother, resulting in a routine errand to pick up mail opening up a maelstrom of family secrets, scandals, and indiscretions.

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The Sambici Gambit: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE January 21 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by James Callan



He stood facing Mr. Sambici. Rico never sat in this office. He came in, got his orders, and left. Usually, he said little more than “yes, sir,” or, “No, Mr. Sambici.” Once, he said, “I’m sorry, Mr. Sambici. It won’t happen again.”

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Winter Halo By Keri Arthur: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE January 21 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrence McArthur


Keri Arthur started her Outcast series of novels with City of Light, Winter Halo continues the story. Children are missing, female guards are attacked and disappearing at a massive pharma-tech company, and Tiger is on the hunt to solve the mystery.

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Snow in Greece

FROM THE January 21 ISSUE

IN THE Maria Ruiz SECTION

by Maria Ruiz



“Where are we?” Ted asked.
“I don’t know.” I answered. We were driving through the large Greek city of Petras, and the road signs were big and legible. However, they were written using Greek letters mixed with English letters. I was completely lost. Finally, he spotted a sign pointing our way out of the city.

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Don’t Call Him Father Christmas: C.C. Benison’s Inadvertent Sleuth

FROM THE January 21 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sharon Tucker


Had a little trouble letting go of this past Christmas season? Me too. One of the ways I’ve eased myself on into this uncertain New Year is by reading C.C. Benison (aka Doug Whiteway), the Canadian author of Twelve Drummers Drumming (2011), Eleven Pipers Piping (2012) and Ten Lords A-Leaping (2013). They didn’t make my wish to hang on to the Christmas season come true, since none in the series so far have been set during Christmas, but Benison’s Fr. Tom Christmas is such a gentle, intelligent soul that I felt I would be safe with him newly settled in the small town of Thornford Regis in England’s West Country as he heals himself and his daughter by becoming a part of the life of the village. Ironic really since Fr.

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Blithe Spirit On Stage at 2nd Space

FROM THE January 18 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur



Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote that, and Noel Coward borrowed it in 1941 for the title of his play Blithe Spirit. Now, Coward’s play is at the Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre through February 26.

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5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

FROM THE January 17 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by submitted


An inauguration night performance of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche by Evan Holder and Andrew Hobgood will be staged by The Motley Fools at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Fresno this coming Friday evening.

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