We look forward to our 11th Local Authors Night at Roundabout Books! Join us for a wonderful panel of three Oregon-based authors and their incredibly diverse books. Each author will speak for approximately 15 minutes and then be available for questions.
Please join us for our virtual author event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/
A Land Divided by Jack Wills
In January 2016, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Oregon is seized and occupied by angry ranchers and armed militants. Tension develops between the occupiers and law enforcement, and the citizens of Harney County find themselves in a land divided--those in favor of the occupation and those opposed.
At the same time, Navy SEAL Shawn Bryant returns home to Burns, Oregon after narrowly avoiding a criminal conviction in Afghanistan. He is faced with his mother's illness, a blossoming romance and emotions surfacing from his childhood and from his time at war. Soon he and his extended ranch family are swept up in the turmoil surrounding this quiet, rural community. He is forced to rely on his SEAL training to protect his family and himself from a rogue group of militants and ranchers attempting to expand the occupation.
Suspenseful, provocative, and even humorous, A Land Divided is a surprisingly redemptive novel that will leave you wanting more.
Jack Wills is an author and nature photographer living in Oregon. His new book entitled A Land Divided is a novel developed around the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. This is the first novel for Wills, who retired from his private practice as a psychologist associate in Eugene, Oregon in 2017. Overlapping his career in mental health therapy, Wills was an avid amateur nature photographer with an emphasis on wildlife images.
Soldier On by Erica Nyden
Just weeks after the Nazis begin their brutal air attack on London, twenty-one-year-old nurse Olivia Talbot is sent to remote Cornwall to care for the blind and embittered Major William Morgan, a former prisoner of war. Major Morgan challenges Olivia’s innate bedside manner with harsh words and ingratitude, but she persists. Her tenacity and courage force him to reckon with his demons and awakens his will to live. Against the backdrop of peaceful Keldor, the major’s family estate, a budding friendship blossoms into an unexpected romance. Now, as war ramps up across Europe, harsh realities intrude. An unwelcome guest visits Keldor, reviving William’s inner soldier. Olivia is caught in an air raid, causing William to act on a decision that changes their future forever. When war comes close to taking everything Olivia holds dear—including her belief that she’ll see William again—can she resurrect the strength she is known for and soldier on without him?
Erica Nyden first discovered the enchanting landscape of Cornwall in Daphne DuMaurier novels when she was fourteen years old. An avid reader of books that bring to life the struggles of everyday people during extraordinary times, she decided to write her own after visiting Cornwall's windswept coastline-the perfect setting for her debut historical romance novel, Soldier On. When Erica's not writing, she's in the classroom teaching third grade or enjoying the beauty of Central Oregon, where she lives with her husband. Erica can be found on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and EricaNyden.com.
Learning to Bend by Michelle Davis
Jenna Moore's flawlessly orchestrated life and engagement to Ben Kelly, “the perfect man,” vanish when she discovers a controlling side of her fiancé. Confused and unsure of who she is without Ben, Jenna decides to uproot from her safe, predictable life in Boston and move to Bend, Oregon, hoping to find her answers there. It’s when she meets Jackson, a former Navy SEAL who battles demons of his own, that Jenna acquires the courage to let go of being perfect and embrace uncomfortable risks, transforming her life through forgiveness, compassion, surrender, and acceptance. Yet the rewards from discovering her true self exceed Jenna’s expectations – not only does she find the greatest love of her life, but she also understands what’s kept her from learning to bend.
Michelle Davis, whose career path includes banking, teaching, and college admissions consulting, holds a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University and a M.S. in Education from St. Joseph’s University. Through her blog, elevate, Michelle’s goal is to inspire others to shift their perspectives and welcome change as they realize their life purpose. A Pennsylvania native, Michelle and her husband enjoy visiting their sons in Boston and spending time in Bend, Oregon, the setting of her debut novel, Learning to Bend. To learn more about Michelle and how to elevate your life, visit www.michellemdavis.net.