New Halem Tales: 13 Stories from 5 NW Authors
"New Halem...I wanted to move there..."
Nestled around a bay at the base of a mountain on the Oregon Coast, New Halem is a strangely exciting place created by a group of writers who live in the Pacific Northwest. Each tale, set in this quirky community, gives a peek into the lives and secrets of its townspeople.
William Cooke, publisher of the FishWrap Bugle, moved to town to escape the attention that comes with winning a mega lottery. A new romantic relationship is complicated by his secret financing of a controversial development.
The Parking Lot Prophet, a mystic, lives in his truck and camper in a park by the sea. He is pulled into the mystery of Miss Linny Jones and a pair of blue jeans that fell out of the sky into her dahlia field. They appear to have a life of their own.
Adele Delacruz, a young widow with a daughter, moves to New Halem to start over.
She buys a bookstore and convinces her brother-in-law, Drew, and his partner, Daniel, to open a restaurant. They struggle to fit into small town life that wants to keep their family relationships a secret.
Kevin McLeod, more ham than actor, detours on his way to New Halem. He stops at the old town of Hemlock where years ago an erotic liaison took him back in time to a strange cave. After leaving Hemlock, he is pulled into a violent past with a hostile shaman, pirates and treasure.
Sheriff Astra Billings wants to know who she is. Her mother claims she was fathered by an asteroid that crashed through the bedroom roof. Astra's budding romance with a handsome newcomer, Matthew, is threatened by deadly secrets that follow him from his Kentucky past.
There are eight other stories about New Halem folks. You'll get to know Glenda Gadabout, the society editor at the FishWrap Bugle. There's a fortune teller in town, a panty bandit, an alien watcher and more. Everyone in New Halem is looking for friendship, solace, a fresh start, truth, forgiveness and true love.
A whimsical look at love and friendship, truth and forgiveness
About the Author
Catherine (Cat) Kigerl is the author of two books of poetry: At the Town Café, published by Goldfish Press, Seattle, 2016 and Stirring up the Water, (under the name Cat Ruiz) which was awarded the Native Writer's Circle of the America's First Book Award for Poetry and published by Salt Publishing Ltd. Cambridge UK in 2008. She has completed a third book of poetry, Glimpses, and is working on a novel, The Adventures of the Parking Lot Prophet, based upon a character she introduced in New Halem Tales. With her husband, William, she continues to explore life's truths.
Kate Thompson is a BACP senior accredited counsellor and supervisor and a journal therapist. After gaining a degree in English Literature from Cambridge University and therapeutic training, she developed a method of combining the two. She is a faculty member of the Center for Journal Therapy and Institute for Therapeutic Writing and lives in Colorado, USA.