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Locally & Independently Published Fiction

Bookshop Santa Cruz has hundreds of locally and independently published books on our shelves. Our consignment program allows us to continue to accept all of the professionally-produced, self-published books from our local authors and to devote our resources to prominently featuring them throughout the store.

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Margaret McCole

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Born and raised in San Jose, California, L.D. Freitas attended Catholic schools for sixteen years, graduating from Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, and Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He received a teaching certification from San Jose State University as well. L.D.


The Circle Game

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Tanya Nichols is the author of two novels, The Circle Game and The Barber’s Wife.  Her work has appeared in North Carolina Literary Review, Sycamore Review, In the Grove, and San Joaquin Review.  Nichols received her MFA in fiction writing from Fresno State University where she now teaches writing and literature courses. 


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ISBN: 9781940122380
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Published: Alternative Book Press - March 29th, 2018

The Pilgrim's Progress: Graphic Novel

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Ralph Sanders is an independent illustrator currently based in Santa Cruz, California, USA. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts from East Tennessee State University. He has taught at the college level for many years in the South and in Appalachia – the area of the United States with the richest traditions of storytelling and folk art. In the past few years he has been creating his own way of storytelling using a graphic novel approach; his work, “Pilgrim’s Progress The Graphic Novel”, is scheduled to be published in April 2018.

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ISBN: 9780692965740
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Published: Whistle Key Books - January 1st, 2018

Ten Years After the Future

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Bill Stamos grew up in the SF Bay Area and Santa Cruz, and spent much of his youth traveling and wandering, whence came his first book of travel misadventures, “Border Crossings”.  Previously importing art, designing clothing, running his own local career counseling business, and teaching and counseling at Cabrillo Community College, he has left that race now to plant trees, clear jungle, and prepare his next book, while cataloguing the clouds as they roll by in Hawaii.


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ISBN: 9781985035577
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 2nd, 2018

Objects in Space

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D. Jacobson is currently a technician/analyst with the NASA Airborne Science group based in Moffett Field, CA. He lives in a small mountain town just south of the Bay Area with his wife and two daughters. He's had the pleasure of having a career that has taken him all around the world, including both the North and South poles, and recently decided that he was going to start making progress on his bucket-list.

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ISBN: 9781981176656
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - January 1st, 2018

The Wire Recorder

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Los Angeles native Thomas A. Levitt was not yet five years old when, in 1951, both of his parents were caught in the net of the House Un-American Activities Committee as it probed alleged Communist influence in the motion picture industry. Tom’s mother, Helen Slote Levitt, had worked as a secretary in the left-leaning Hollywood Actors’ Laboratory, many of whose graduates became stars; she’d also worked as personal secretary to the actor John Garfield.

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ISBN: 9780997310702
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Published: Thomas A. Levitt - September 28th, 2017

The Adventures of Little Big Jim

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Duncan McCollum's family arrive in Salinas valley circa 1849 having crossed the Great Plains by wagon train. Duncan recalls sitting around the kitchen table for hours listening to the stories his grandparents and all their siblings would tell. Many of the events weaved into his stories come from actual events. Being a 5th generation Californian and not falling far from the family tree, 

Duncan lives in Aptos, CA where he and his beautiful wife Elizabeth raised their three children. He has practiced chiropractic in Santa Cruz County for the last 28 years. 

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ISBN: 9780998960531
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Published: Seton Pubilshing - November 30th, 0002

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ISBN: 9781981544219
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 1st, 2018

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ISBN: 9781986507561
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - March 31st, 2018


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Raised beneath redwoods ijkwhatever is surely moon-drunk tonight, thinking, "without the little things (finch nests, pennies found heads up, termites, ants, or atoms, ash), the big things (tokyo, the amazon, the tarantula nebula, {all that cosmic emptiness} etc...) would likely cease to exist"; thinking, "if there is/was/continues to be a higher power, he/she/they is likely a poet and not a mathematician."  Her books are just a "thank you" for being alive.

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ISBN: 9781387219414
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Published: - September 23rd, 2017

Boundaries: A Love Story

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Christine Z. Mason was born in Chicago and moved with her family to California as a child. She earned her B.A. in English Literature at UCLA and attended UCLA English Graduate School. She served in the Peace Corps, teaching Art and Photography at the Community College of Micronesia in Pohnpei, Eastern Caroline Islands. She earned her law degree at University of California, King Hall and practiced constitutional and criminal law, including death penalty litigation. She has also taught law classes at several universities.

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ISBN: 9780989795883
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Published: Christine Mason - April 20th, 2017

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ISBN: 9780989795890
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Published: Christine Mason - April 1st, 2017


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