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Two Happy Girls Who Need One Forever Home

FROM THE June 22 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Donna is a nine-year-old purebred Scottie who has lived in the same home with her daughter, Bunny, all her life. Bunny is eight-years-old and a mix of Scottie and Affenpinscher with rather remarkable ears. Both are a bit overweight and had not been vetted since 2011.

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Traitor’s Codex By Jeri Westerson: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE June 22 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Traitor’s Codex is the latest Medieval Noir Crispin Guest mystery by Jeri Westerson. Crispin is a disgraced knight who turned his talent for finding things into a profession as a Tracker (basically a private detective) to make a living. Over the years he has become quite good at it and developed a reputation for getting the job done.

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Something Borrowed, Something Mewed By Bethany Blake: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE June 22 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Bethany Blake


Piper has always been the favorite child. Daphne’s used to that. After all, Piper’s a veterinarian which means a regular income. She has her own home. Daphne loves to see the world, not much planning involved. Once home again, she started pet sitting and making dog treats. She’s living in a cottage on Piper’s property. And now, Piper’s getting married.

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Love is a Mixtape: The Art of Zachary Bland

FROM THE June 22 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


By definition, a mixtape is “a compilation of music, typically from multiple sources, recorded onto a medium,” and acts as a fitting metaphor for the work of Visalia artist Zachary Bland, both literally and figuratively. His work often involves a marriage of multiple mediums, much like a mixtape, and traces its origins from the object itself. Kings River Life spoke with Bland about mixed media, the vibrant Visalia art scene, and how art is a love letter.

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Hallmark Movies and Mysteries: Picture Perfect Mysteries, Newlywed and Dead

FROM THE June 22 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Doward Wilson


Hallmark Movies and Mysteries newest mystery offering is Picture Perfect Mysteries: Newly Wed and Dead starring real-life husband and wife, Alexa and Carlos PenaVega, Jr.. Alexa starred in the three-part series of movies, Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over as Carmen Cortez. She also has numerous television and other movie credits and has released songs on the soundtrack of the Spy Kids movies.

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A New Place For Summer Fun in Reedley

FROM THE June 22 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Reedley has a new place to take the family for some summer fun, Trimble Park splash pad. The ribbon cutting was on May 22. We took a moment to chat with Reedley’s Community Services Director Sarah Reid to learn more.

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Storm Cursed A Mercy Thompson Novel By Patricia Briggs: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE June 22 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


She’s a shape-shifting daughter of the god Coyote.
She’s married to the Alpha of a werewolf pack.
She has claimed the Tri-Cities of Washington under her protection.
She is rounding up a herd of zombie miniature goats.

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Staging is Murder By Grace Topping: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE June 22 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


After giving up her boring but high-paying IT job to take care of her mother back home in Louiston, Pennsylvania, Laura Bishop is throwing everything she has into her new Staging for You home staging business. It’s why she’s taken on Victoria Denton as a client, despite the ominous warnings by both a horoscope and Laura’s best friend Nita Martino.

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No Saving Throw By Kristin McFarland: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE June 22 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Kristin McFarland


Seeing vampires and space aliens run around the Independence Square Mall is not an unusual experience for Ten Again tabletop gaming store owner Autumn Sinclair. She doesn’t enjoy mediating between players who claim to have been unfairly assassinated due more to being obnoxious than their strength levels, but Autumn loves making her store a safe place for her nerdy customers.

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A Multitude of Podcast Mysteries

FROM THE June 22 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by WKayla J Borree


Nothing is more suspenseful than the first few moments of a mystery show or novel. Those moments in which you are first getting to know a character despite full understanding that something, something terrifying, is about to happen leaves most people with a feeling of excitement and unease in their stomach.

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ValleyPBS Puts On Its First Art Showcase For ArtHop

FROM THE June 19 ISSUE

IN THE Steven Sanchez SECTION

by Steven Sanchez



The local ValleyPBS held its first art showcase for ArtHop in its downtown studio with the spotlight on local artist and author, the legendary Larry Hill. Larry has been one of the most important artistic figures in the Central Valley and has helped put the art scene on the map. He displayed twenty-five abstract paintings of his that were aligned up and down the halls and office rooms of the building. People ranging from casual observers to associates, friends, and family attended this gallery which is one out of many for Larry but the first ever for ValleyPBS.

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Two Beautiful Boys Looking for Their Forever Home

FROM THE June 15 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Joey and Robbie, two miniature black Poodles, came from a breeder of show dogs and were very well cared for. So, when these two beautiful dogs were adopted by a woman, also in the dog show world, their good care and grooming continued, and, in fact, Robbie is a retired show dog.

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