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Interview with Local Designer Erin Rana

FROM THE June 27 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


During Pride, we are featuring some local members of the LGBTQ+ arts community. This week we chatted with transgender designer Erin Rana from Fresno who is also involved in local theatre.

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Gay Mystery Podcast

FROM THE June 27 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


As we continue to feature other mystery podcasts, Pride month seemed like the perfect time to chat with Brad Shreve about his podcast, Gay Mystery Podcast. Earlier this month we reviewed Brad’s first mystery novel, A Body in a Bath House..

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Divide and Concord By J.C. Eaton: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE June 27 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


With only three months to go until her sister and brother-in-law return to take over their Two Witches Winery in Penn Yan, New York, Norrie Ellington is eagerly anticipating the return to her full-time job as a screenplay writer. So far life in Seneca Lake has been inundated by too many corpses, and it doesn’t look like the near future will be any smoother.

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Jessica’s June 2020 Video Game News

FROM THE June 27 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Jessica Ham


June is usually an exciting time for video games because of the E3 conference. Unfortunately, due to what is currently going on in the world, E3 is no longer happening. But this has not stopped gaming publishers and developers from having online, live-streamed press conferences of their own.

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Coming Attractions: Summer of the Virus Edition

FROM THE June 27 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


Hot summer weather makes us yearn for the beach, and what goes with the beach? Beach reads! This month I feature two new books, a new series plus cozies set in beach towns and bookstores. Enjoy!

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New Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast Featuring Vengeance In Cadmium Blue By Margaret Mendel

FROM THE June 27 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more! And listen to our new podcast!

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Summertime at the Seashore

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Maggie Toussaint


My all-time favorite summertime activity is going to the beach. As a kid, I loved bobbing in the waves and body surfing. I delighted in the delightful buoyancy the salty ocean gave me. I also learned a deep respect for the ocean’s power after being pounded by a few waves. That respect taught me to be vigilant even when enjoying the experience because another wave would come along soon.

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Not in Kansas Anymore

FROM THE June 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Edith Maxwell


First, thanks for inviting me as a guest, Lorie and Kings River Life! You do so much to support the mystery-writing community. My first Agatha-nominated short story, Just Desserts for Johnny, was published here in 2014.

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LGBTQ+ Mystery Authors Recommend Their Favorite LGBTQ+ Mysteries

FROM THE June 20 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


In honor of Pride this year we thought we would do something a little different—we reached out to several of the LGBTQ+ mystery authors that we have covered in the past and asked them to share their favorite LGBTQ+ mysteries.

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Fresno Bully Rescue: Kazoo

FROM THE June 20 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Terese Shaw


First and foremost FBR would like to express our humble gratitude towards our extraordinary supporters, adopters, and fosters who have helped when we needed it the most. Though time will pass and life return to a more normal pace, your invaluable support will be remembered. You made sure our dogs were well taken care, and they appreciate you!

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All She Wrote By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE June 20 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Some may not be what they seem. Harriette Pearl, one of the Front Porch Ladies, has had her sights on the very eligible Zeke Grey, letting everyone know about the “lovely scented” thank you note he sent her. However, Florence Gaines is keen on Zeke, too. Florence is the wealthiest woman in Sugar Creek Gap and doesn’t let an opportunity go by to flaunt it, her philanthropy, and with the Front Porch Ladies in attendance, makes sure they hear about the lunch date she is set to have with Zeke. Harriette’s reaction…bright green!

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Q & A With Local Actor/Director/Choreographer Michael C. Flores

FROM THE June 20 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


In honor of Pride this month we wanted to interview a local LGBTQ+ performer, so we chatted with one who does a little bit of everything in the theatre community, Michael C. Flores. Michael was born and raised in Madera, CA and has been very involved with Selma Arts Center since 2015.

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The Matinée Murders By Jeannette de Beauvoir: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE June 20 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


“No one is a movie star forever.” Actor and heartthrob Brett Falcone is stepping away from all the glitz and glamour set to marry his partner and screenwriter Justin Braden. Sydney has been all the arrangements in true over-the-top fashion. Along with the nuptials, the Provincetown Film Festival has enticed throngs of tourists, film buffs, tabloid press, and Hollywood types to attend parties, lots of screenings including a special screening of Falcone’s new movie “Revenge,” and witness Falcone’s acceptance of a lifetime achievement award from the film society.

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Sword of Shadows By Jeri Westerson: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE June 20 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


You probably know by now that the Crispin Guest books by Jeri Westerson are some of my absolute favorite mysteries–they are a perfect combination of the world of knights and castles and a great mystery. In Sword of the Shadows Jeri adds in one of my number one obsessions, King Arthur!

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