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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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In This Land of Plenty

Author Bio: 

Mary Smathers grew up in Los Altos, California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Latin American Studies. She earned a Master’s degree in Education and another MA in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. From 1983 to 2013, she worked in public schools throughout California as a high school teacher, administrator, teacher trainer, grant writer and educational entrepreneur, helping to found three education companies and a public charter school.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780997855722
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MKS Publishing - July 10th, 2020

Precious Moment in Hell

Author Bio: 

The world is full of tragedy, and no one is exempt from having times where they feel like giving up on life because of the pain and misery they feel when living in their version of “hell on earth.” Author and survivor Charli’s new memoir titled Precious Moments in Hell sympathizes with readers and reminds them to never give up on themselves and the Lord in the midst of tumultuous events, He is always present in the form of life’s precious moments.

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By Charli
$13.99
ISBN: 9781400328000
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Published: ELM Hill - June 16th, 2020

In This Land of Plenty

Author Bio: 

Mary Smathers grew up in Los Altos, California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Latin American Studies. She earned a Master’s degree in Education and another MA in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. From 1983 to 2013, she worked in public schools throughout California as a high school teacher, administrator, teacher trainer, grant writer and educational entrepreneur, helping to found three education companies and a public charter school.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780997855722
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Published: MKS Publishing - July 10th, 2020

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$11.99
ISBN: 9780997855715
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Published: MKS Publishing - September 15th, 2016

Discerning Human

Author Bio: 

I was born in Southern California, and never deviated from my lifetime goal of becoming a marine biologist. I'm a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in marine biology. I commit myself to research in the field, and have scuba dived in California, the Mediterranean, and Alaska, studying organisms like kelp, sharks, and moray eels. I'm dedicated to marine research as a lifestyle as much as a profession, and as a way of thinking about this beautiful and continually exploited planet.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781712722152
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Published: Self-Published - November 19th, 2019

Built to Last (Hidden Hearts Book #1)

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Kate McBrien writes sexy and witty contemporary romance. She has an MA in art history and has taught art history at a local college. For many years, Kate has worked as a dental hygienist, courageously offering encouragement to her non-flossing patients. Kate is a San Francisco Bay Area native who lives in Santa Cruz, California with her husband and Lola, their spoiled Labrador Retriever. When not writing, she enjoys cooking, movies, reading, and listening to music (especially The Kinks and The Grateful Dead).

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$12.99
ISBN: 9781733246415
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Published: Self-Published - October 7th, 2019

The Bard and the Bone King

Author Bio: 

James Kovacs has 25 years of experience in meditation, Buddhism, Taoism, and holistic medicine. He has taught many classes and workshops related to meditation and spiritual growth, and weaves these traditions into his stories and poetry. James believes in the power of stories to inspire hope, empower people and catalyze change. He has a great love for community, nature and life's many adventures.  He lives with his fiance in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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$19.00
ISBN: 9781791664244
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Published: Blazing Dawn Books - May 9th, 2019

The Other Cheek: Boy meets girl. Girl beats boy. Just your typical love story...

Author Bio: 

Jafe Danbury hails from the trenches of the Hollywood production scene, where he spent decades as a camera operator, director of photography, and director. He has also worked as a teacher and is a decorated U.S. Navy veteran. He enjoys noodling on the guitar, long road trips, likes his bacon crispy, and loves a good dive bar--especially if it happens to have a twenty-two-foot shuffleboard table. He prefers a leisurely walk to running, unless being chased by a clown with a chainsaw. Jafe and his lovely bride currently reside in central California and are working on their exit plan.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9781733344005
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Published: R. R. Bowker - October 8th, 2019

Archer’s Grace, Book One in the Dahlquin Series

Author Bio: 

Born with the horse gene, in Oakland, California, my first spoken word was “worsey” for horsey. I was drawing, painting and spinning tales of my imaginary equines for years. My Medieval Fetish is nearly as long. Still married to my high school sweetheart, while raising our daughter and son, I researched the Middle Ages into and beyond middle age.

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780989130202
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Published: Anne M. \Beggs - September 16th, 2019

Fruit of the Devil

Author Bio: 

Mary Flodin’s first novel, Fruit of the Devil, was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction and the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Competition. A native Californian, Mary lives in a cottage on the Monterey Bay with her husband—a retired NASA scientist who participated in ozone hole and climate change research—and their dog, koi, chickens, and gopher herd. She spends her time gardening, swimming, hiking, bird watching, practicing Tai Chi, making art, reading, and of course . . . writing.

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$22.99
ISBN: 9781949139730
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Published: Paper Angel Press - October 14th, 2019

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