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San Joaquin Valley

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Despite all of the terrible things happening in the world right now, there are a lot of amazing things happening online. Performers of all sorts are going online to provide concerts, classes, readings, and many other wonderful things-both locally and worldwide. Local musician/actor Nate Butler is involved in something local that not only provides entertainment for the rest of us, but helps out local musicians who aren’t able to go out and play their normal gigs. I chatted with Nate recently about this.


California Drinkin’ Part II

IN THE September 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Linda L. Kane

Rudy Kurniawan was a wealthy 20- year-old from California with a fondness for wine when he first started rubbing elbows with the high rollers at wine auctions. As one collector remembers him, he was “just a geeky kid drinking Merlot.”


California Drinking


FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Linda L. Kane

I became interested in the forging of wine after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal. I grew obsessed and researched every article I could find about the theft and counterfeiting of everything from low-end table wine to more expensive wine.


by Lorie Lewis Ham

Jon Koobatian is best known as the owner and head chef of Jon’s Bear Club in Reedley, California. His history with the Bear Club (he added Jon’s to the name when he became the owner) started many years before that. Jon was born in Dinuba, California and has had a love for food for most of his life.


by Terrance V. Mc Arthur

You know what a “gottado” is, don’t you? It’s one of those things that are so much a part of living in an area that—if you admit to someone in conversation that you haven’t been there/done that—that person will look at you with shock and amazement and say, “You haven’t? Man, you gotta do it!”


by Lorie Lewis Ham &
Diana Hockley

Visalia, California born mystery author R.P. Dahlke joins KRL today for a short interview, and Diana Hockley reviews her books set in the Central Valley featuring a female crop duster. At the end of this post you will find instructions on how to enter to win a copy of both of these great books!


by Allison Lambert

Feeling a kick, hearing the heartbeat, seeing that first smile. The happy moments new moms experience can make it hard for many to feel comfortable admitting that they’re feeling down. Those “baby blues” become something they just can’t shake.


by Eve Fisher

South Dakota winters are so brutal that even we get tired of them. My mother hated them. Of course, being of sound Norwegian descent she couldn’t admit it publicly, any more than she could admit that she hated cleaning, cooking, laundry and yard work. But she did. Her goal in life had always been to retire and head south, far away from cold and duty, where she could watch soap operas, play cards, read murder mysteries, and gossip, while someone else cooked and cleaned. That was her fantasy, and as soon as she retired, she made it a reality.


by Lorie Lewis Ham

KRL had the wonderful pleasure of interviewing mystery and TV writer Lee Goldberg, who was a writer for the Monk TV show and now continues the stories in books. I don’t know if he remembers this, but I first met Lee at a Left Coast Crime Convention in San Diego in the late 90’s when I attended his panel on Star Trek and Mysteries. After the interview is a review of the latest Monk book, Mr. Monk on the Road, & a chance to win a copy of this book!


by Lorie Lewis Ham

The first local production of Rent to hit the Valley will be taking place this July in Visalia. A special twist on this production is that it will also be an HIV/AIDS fundraiser. The idea to do Rent grew out of a casual conversation director Corey Ralston had with his student co-director. “This has been one of my favorite musicals for a while and when I found out the rights were available the process just got rolling.”


by Marilyn Meredith

Marilyn Meredith interviews Lemoore mystery author Sunny Frazier and reviews her second book, Where Angels Fear. At the end of this article are details on how to enter for a chance to win a copy of both of her books!


by Pat Browning

Since we are in the midst of the Blossom Festival, now seemed like a good time to review mystery novel, Out of Tune, set during the Blossom Festival and written by KRL’s editor-in-chief Lorie Lewis Ham. At the end of this review are instructions on how enter for a chance to win a copy of this book.

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by Sheri Humphreys & Marilyn Meredith

Sheri Humphreys shares with KRL about a wonderful writer’s group right here in the Fresno area, the Yosemite Romance Writers, and Marilyn Meredith then reviews a book by one of the group’s authors, Diane Story.
Two years ago a small group of women founded Yosemite Romance Writers, Inc. (YRW) as a chapter of Romance Writers of America® (RWA). Although the Fresno/Kings/Madera area had several different fiction writing groups established, nothing was available for writers specializing in romantic fiction.

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by Sue Owens Wright

After Roscoe’s family moved, they had no room for their 10-year-old Basset Hound. Luckily for him, Susan Nickleson opened her heart and home to the aging hound. Roscoe, who when she adopted him weighed 103 pounds (no wonder they had no room for him!), is now in great shape at 79 pounds.


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