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Rogue Festival 2016: Terror on the High Seas

FROM THE February 11 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Les Kurkendaal


Los Angeles based Actor/Storyteller Les Kurkendaal is bringing his brand new solo comedy show Terror on The High Seas to the Rogue Festival. This is the fourth year in a row that Kurkendaal will be performing at the Rogue. The show is the story about how he goes on a cruise to Alaska with his boyfriend and his boyfriend’s family and the ups and downs of dealing with his in-laws.

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A Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre: A Valentine’s Day Mystery Short Story

FROM THE February 10 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Jacqueline Seewald


The Sweethearts Detective Agency was founded by Bob and Nina Harris, two N.Y.P.D. detectives who opted for early retirement from the force. They’d met on the job, been attracted to each other from the first and were married a year after their first date. When Bob, a tall, husky former marine met Nina, a feisty blue-eyed redhead, he started to think it was time to consider marriage.

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The 5th Wave Review: Energy Crisis, Tsunamis and…Aliens?

FROM THE February 8 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Maria Rosemary


The 5th Wave is the latest in dystopian science fiction thrillers that originally began as a young adult book series. What sets it apart from its compatriots is the method by which society falls apart. Playing off today’s fears of disease, climate change and failing infrastructure in a way that is both relatable and chilling, the invading aliens responsible for the destruction come as a mere afterthought as the chaos and drama unfolds.

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Calamity Jane, the Cairn Wannabe: An Animal Rescue Story

FROM THE February 6 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin


When Calamity Jane (CJ) was picked up by an area shelter, her coat was very overgrown, but the shelter staff was sure she was at least part Cairn. They contacted Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network and sent pictures of the little shaggy girl. Looking at the photos, CP volunteers also thought she was a Cairn mix and made arrangements to take her.

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Animal Rescue of Fresno: Pooch Planning 101

FROM THE February 6 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Wendy Hunter


You are a dog. You are a spoiled dog. You are a dog with one crooked ear, and you snooze on a squishy sofa, gobble up leftovers, and bark like mad when those squirrels hijack the bird feeder. You have a human. You love your human, even though she owns a crazy calico cat that hisses in your ear, and refuses to let you drink from the toilet.

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Coffee Date: A Valentine’s Day Mystery Short Story

FROM THE February 6 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Laurie & Josh Pachter



Heather took a deep breath to steady her nerves. Nerves! Her colleagues at work admired the way she kept her head in emergencies, but here she was, as jittery as a teenager.
She twisted the rear-view mirror so she could see herself — tousled blond hair cropped short, hardly any make up, hazel eyes that were steady enough, if a little wary.

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February Penguin Mysteries

FROM THE February 6 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Here is our first group of new February mysteries from Penguin authors-The Grim Steeper by Amanda Cooper, A Turn for the Bad by Sheila Connolly, and A Whisker of Trouble by Sofie Ryan. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of all 3 books, and a link to purchase them.

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New African Exhibit at Fresno Chaffee Zoo

FROM THE February 6 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Mallory Moad



“Look! It’s a rhino! And it’s REAL!” This statement didn’t come out of the mouth of a seven-year old. It was my reaction to seeing this magnificent creature, one of many awesome animals residing at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. There’s no CGI here, folks.

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Rogue Festival 2016: The Mysterium Show

FROM THE February 6 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Erica Valen


Keith and I grew up on opposite sides of the country – he in the Los Angeles suburbs, and I in rural Pennsylvania. We didn’t know it at the time, but we shared an obsession: scaring our friends and the other kids in the neighborhood with the most elaborate haunted houses we could create.

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How I Met My Dinner Valentine’s Day: Fondue

FROM THE February 6 ISSUE

IN THE Alicia Lieu SECTION

by Alicia Lieu


Fondue is one of those dishes that bring you closer to your dinner companions. Not only is there warmth emanating from the candle burning beneath the pot of melted chocolate or cheese, but as a communal meal, fondue magnifies the chemistry between people, whether friends or lovers, acquaintances or family.

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Central Texas Rat Rescue

FROM THE February 6 ISSUE

IN THE Diana Hockley SECTION

by Diana Hockley


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the country because we know how wonderful pet rats are and want to help spread the word about those who help them. This month we are chatting with Kaia Browning, founder of Central Texas Rat Rescue.

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Pralines: A Sweet Nola Treat

FROM THE February 6 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Ellen Byron


Pralines are as synonymous with New Orleans as drunken Mardi Gras revelers, so when I was developing recipes for my debut novel, Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery, I wanted to include a recipe for the delicacy. But what exactly is a praline? On a recent trip to Louisiana, I did a little delicious research.

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Stiff Competition By Annelise Ryan: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE February 6 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


As Thanksgiving approaches, Wisconsin Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston is not feeling very grateful. Her beautiful infant son has left her in a continual state of mommy-angst brain, anxious over the time that he does sleep almost as much as when he doesn’t. Her postpartum body, baby spit-up wardrobe, and inability to find time to comb her hair, also has Mattie feeling more than a little inferior when compared to the gorgeous police videography specialist who is not shy about expressing her attraction to Detective Steve Hurley.

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The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer By Cathy Ace: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE February 6 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


The eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth is getting married, and the entire village of Anwen-by-Wye is eager to celebrate the wedding of Henry Devereaux Twyst to Stephanie Timbers. While everyone seems to have an opinion on which tradition should be honored during the ceremony of the first sitting duke in one hundred years, the one that concerns the Dowager Duchess are the Morris Dancers.

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