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

Built to Last (Hidden Hearts Book #1)

Author Bio: 

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

All's Forgotten Now

Author Bio: 

Michael S. Ripley was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, in an age before cell phones and home computers. His formative years were heavily influenced by dinosaurs, Ray Bradbury, Avalon Hill Wargames, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dungeons & Dragons, Godzilla, and H.P. Lovecraft. After graduating High School, he spent four years in the U.S. Army spying on the East Germans during the Cold War. After his military stint, he earned a four year degree in European History, with a minor in Military History, from San Jose State University and began working for the Santa Cruz Public Library.

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ISBN: 9781728328171
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Published: Authorhouse - September 23rd, 2019

Wildfire Weeds

Author Bio: 

I write stories that reflect the magnitude of the times we’re living in as modern humans. My innovative creative fiction grapples with the complex juxtaposition of living in the world we have been given and creating the world where we want to live, simultaneously. I’m birthing a unique style of creative prose which tempers the intensity of current environmental upheaval by offering thoughtful, playful, and magical word-craft to uplift, enlighten, and enchant!

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ISBN: 9781543973617
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Published: BookBaby - September 1st, 2019

The Lost Chapter

Author Bio: 

Tod Connor has previously published non-fiction and fiction works. His writing has appeared in Talon Magazine, Raphael's Village, Ohio Reviews, The Apropos Literaty Journal, The Short Humour Site, Christianity Today, and many others. He lives with his wife in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.

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ISBN: 9781946005755
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Published: Hawkeye Publishers - October 15th, 2019


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