Of the books I’ve published so far under my own name, here are a few that still interest me and that might interest potential readers:

The Mountain Made of Light
Publisher:  Montemayor Press
Format:  paperback, 408 pages

MML imageIn the years immediately following World War I, a young anthropologist named Jesse O’Keefe ventures into the Andean backwoods to find a culture worthy of study. There he stumbles upon the Rixtirra, a complex society fixated on locating a legendary Mountain Made of Light that these people believe offers a sanctuary from the modern world. Jesse soon finds himself caught up in this culture’s political and religious machinations and, worse yet, in conflict with Forster Beckwith–an aristocratic interloper whose presence further endangers Jesse’s life. The ensuing adventures have prompted some reviewers to call this book “the thinking person’s Indiana Jones”–a breathtaking “lost race” novel that is also an allegory about the inner journey toward what matters most.

When Parents Die:  A Guide for Adults
Publisher:  Viking Penguin
Format:  paperback, 256 pages
ISBN-13: 9780140262315

WPD image 2A practical guide for adults coping with the loss of a parent. Current research makes clear that even high-functioning adult sons and daughters can find a parent’s death to be a difficult, disruptive, even devastating experience with long-lasting implications. Including advice from therapists, practices for self-help groups, and first-person accounts, When Parents Die describes the grieving process, the sometimes differing experiences of sons and daughters, the differences between the aftermath of a mother’s death and a father’s death, and the differing impacts of a sudden death compared to a slow decline. The book also offers advice for funeral planning, dividing personal property, and resolving feelings such as guilt, shame and isolation.

Publisher:  Montemayor Press
Format:  paperback, 218 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-9674477-9-8

IceHigh school seniors Jenna Clooney and Seth Sumner share a tragic loss: Jenna’s sister Frannie—Seth’s girlfriend—has died in a car accident. But this tragedy hasn’t brought Jenna and Seth closer. Instead, it’s made them the worst of enemies, for Seth caused the accident that took Frannie’s life. These former friends now carry a huge burden of anger, regret, and grief. Ice tracks two teenagers on a collision course. Trying to ease his guilt, Seth joins a volunteer ambulance squad as an emergency medical technician (EMT). At the same time, Jenna undertakes her own quest to understand how a good person like Seth could have committed such a terrible deed. This quest ultimately prompts her to become an EMT just like Seth and then pursue her ex-friend into his refuge, the local first aid squad. Played out amid the constant dangers of EMTs’ work, the events that happen next will either ruin these two teenagers’ lives—or else grant them the peace that both crave but neither has been able to attain.

Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:  hardback, 288 pages
ISBN-13: 9780618695416

9780618695416From Kirkus Reviews:  “A youngster tired of ordinary stories demands that his grandfather tell him something different.  So begins the tale of Jack the Storyteller. Elements from familiar folktales are interwoven with new twists and modern sensibilities in this many-layered story within a story that contains still more stories. Its framework is the picaresque tale of Jack, who sets out to seek his fortune and finds love, adventure, political intrigue, adversity and sorrow. The cast of magnificently varied and multidimensional characters includes a viciously greedy king, an evil illusionist, a princess who feels trapped by her royal position and a brilliant, talking bird who is hopelessly in love with a fish. The stories Jack tells along the way are not mere diversions, but act as clever devices that provide insight into the nature of power, love, good and evil. As Myers engages the reader in the tale, he also deftly and subtly explores and illuminates the writer’s craft and the very basis of story and the power of storytelling. Marvelous.”

Climb or Die
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Format:  paperback, 192 pages
ISBN-13: 9780786811298

C or D coverAfter a back-country car accident in the Colorado Rockies seriously injures their parents, athletic fourteen-year-old Danielle and her brainy younger brother, Jake, set out together to find help. Walking twenty miles through deep snow is the most obvious option but seems too risky. The teens decide instead to make a more audacious move:  climbing a mountain that Jake believes is nearby and that has a manned weather station at its summit.  As they head upward, they soon realize that they’ve taken an all-or-nothing gamble.

Duck and Cover
Publisher:  Montemayor Press
Format:  paperback, 218 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-9674477-9-8

Duck & CoverThe year is 1962. If the U.S.-Soviet confrontation over Cuba degenerates into a shooting war, at least 100 million Americans and as many Soviet citizens would have died. In Duck ‘n’ Cover, Andy MacLean, a sixth grader in Denver, Colorado, doesn’t fully understand what is happening around him. All he knows is that a terrible situation is taking shape. Like everyone else, Andy watches and waits, holding his breath, dreading the worst. But to complicate matters, he faces another crisis, a crisis right in his own schoolyard. Jim Smith, a boy Andy has known for years, suddenly turns against him. Far worse than an ordinary bully, Jim makes life miserable in every possible way—spreading rumors, turning friends against him, and threatening physical violence. Soon Andy finds himself in a conflict that seems as dangerous as the international tensions developing so far away. Andy can’t help but wonder how he’ll survive  these crises: both the big conflict out there in the world, and the smaller private conflict right in his own neighborhood.

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