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NEW Book Release: Trusting the Heart

Trusting The Heart

An author takes on the challenge of
searching for a reader’s missing mother,
only to find her own lost family secret.

Trusting The Heart

Author Roberta Insley receives an email from one of her readers
in Hamburg, Germany. It seems that the name of a character in
one of Roberta’s books matches that of Nina’s American-born
mother, Anne Belcher, who has been missing for fifty years.

Intrigued by Nina’s story and determined to help her find her
mother, Roberta leaves for Edinburgh, Scotland, where Anne was
last known to live. In her search, Roberta is thrust back in time to
war-torn Poland and the secret rescues made by a small group
of war resisters, saving one thousand Jewish children destined for
Nazi death camps.

After facing one road block after another on her elusive search
for Anne, Roberta is forced to confront the secrets that have
haunted her own family — secrets kept hidden for decades.

Trusting the Heart was inspired by a true story.

Order your Trusting The Heart
or visit Seaside area bookstores and gift shops.


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New Novel: The Legend of Hattie Springfield

A sneak peek at the new Honey Perkel Novel:

A man and his demons, a wife and her dreams weave a chilling tale of obsession and intrigue..

The year was 1904, the place was Astoria, Oregon. A prominent banker’s wife had unexpectedly died of diphtheria at Blackmoor Hall, or had she?

Why hadn’t those caring for her in her last hours succumbed to the highly contagious disease, why was the house not fumigated after her death, and why was she buried in such a shallow grave if her body was so infectious?

What had caused this exceptionally beautiful and talented young wife and mother’s death? So many questions and no one demanding answers until the deceased’s eccentric, old aunt comes to visit. Having an inquisitive mind, she begins to unravel deep secrets of desire…and murder.

Paperback $15

Purchase The Legend of Hattie Springfield here

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Gluten-free Company Chili

Gluten-free Company Chili

Gluten Free Chili

Gluten Free Chili

1 pound organic grass fed ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
3/4 cup water
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 Tbs. baking cocoa, not hot cocoa
1/2 tsp. each of pepper and chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 pinch of cayenne
Brown ground beef and drain. Stir in all the rest of ingredients. Bring to a boil.
Then cover and simmer 30 minutes. Season to taste. Serve with a dollop of organic
sour cream and crushed chips or grated cheese. (I use the ground beef sold at
Costco and chips under the brand name of Good Food tortilla chips.
This recipe can also be made vegetarian. It is important on a gluten-free diet to use
organic ingredients whenever possible. This helps aid in clean eating, which
greatly lowers the risk of allergy symptoms.

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Honey’s Rum Cake

Honey’s Rum Cake


1 stick margarine
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup maraschino cherries
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1 pkg. Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup rum, light- white

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place stick of margarine on a bundt pan and melt in oven. Brush up sides to grease.
Sprinkle brown sugar over melted margarine.
Dot with cherries and sprinkle chopped nuts over all.

Beat remaining ingredients for 2 minutes. Pour into pan and bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool in pan for 5 minutes on rack. Turn out onto plate and pour an additional 1/3 cup white rum over entire cake. Cool.

This cake is a favorite and so festive to serve during the holidays.

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‘Just Breathe’ Now Available as eBook

Article Published  http://www.prweb.com/releases/Just-Breathe/Honey-Perkel/prweb13130549.htm

Honey Perkel tells of her personal journey in Just Breathe, a raw look into raising a child with mental illness and addiction.

Just Breathe, author Honey Perkel

Just Breathe is an intimate portrayal of Seaside, Oregon, author Honey Perkel’s fight to save her child. Since Brian was fifteen months old, Honey battled with his defiant behavior, beginning an endless pattern of worry and frustration. And it only grew worse from there. The symptoms were many: separation anxiety, wild rages, explosive temper tantrums, marked irritability, oppositional behavior, risk-taking behavior, depression, and low self-esteem. He was a child unafraid of anyone or anything. First acting out at home, then in school, then out in the world, the family’s dynamics were soon out of control, pain and fear ruling every situation. Out of desperation the police were called countless times as the years progressed until Honey finally had her son arrested on an assault charge.

Honey reached out for help wherever she could. In nine years she took her son to nine different therapists, each one offering new hope for a solution to bring their family together. She hospitalized him twice for being suicidal and turned custody over to the state of Oregon, placing him in a residential home for fifteen months. Read complete article “Just Breathe”

Buy eBook “Just Breathe” Now!


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A literary journey along the coast at Beach Books

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Authors Honey Perkel and Gloria Linkey at Beach Books in Seaside. Photo by RJ Marx

Seaside Signal Published: October 30, 2015 9:56AM

Literary lions gather at Beach Books in Seaside, and their works are an eclectic mix of history, science and fantasy.

In case you don’t appreciate it yet, Seaside is lucky to have Beach Books, a thriving and pulsing center of the literary arts. They’re 10 years here in November and that is a milestone to be celebrated.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, we passed through the waist-high gate (to keep the cat in) and stepped upstairs to the balcony. There, authors engaged in the timeless art of hawking their books, one which I have done once or twice myself. Nothing could require more nerve than to stand there with your newest “child” in front of you for the world to see. Some authors are grateful if more than a handful of browsers stop by their table in an afternoon — it can feel like the loneliest job in the world.

But at Beach Books, business was buzzing, with authors and the readers to match. It was a testament to the literary connections of the store’s proprietress Karen Emmerling, and to the authors themselves who were able to inspire weekend walkers and bumper car enthusiasts over to the Gilbert District.

The place was “lousy with writers” to paraphrase Raymond Chandler, and bringing to mind those film noir days were the dashing Nestucca Spit Press authors, Bill Hall and Matt Love.

Hall is the author of “McCallandia: A Utopian Novel,” and also happens to be the chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. Kind of makes me want to check out what goes on at those meetings.

The book was inspired by a picture of Ronald Reagan and Tom McCall. Hall’s friend, author and publisher Matt Love, hypothesized what if it had been McCall who was president, not Reagan? I love this book, which is filled with history and cultural commentary, and so seamless you sometimes don’t know which is real history and what is Hall’s creative vision.

Astoria’s Love showcased his newest work, “The Great Birthright: An Oregon Novel.”

Like much of his other work, “Walking in Rain” or “A Nice Piece of Astoria,” Love uses narrative and collage to celebrate those who fought for Oregon’s famed Beach Bill — Oregonians’ “birthright.”

Love creates a diabolical entrepreneur who seeks to take that birthright away, to “promote private ownership and economic development of America’s undeveloped coastal place”?

Love calls this “a work of pseudo-pulp historical environmental detective socialist metafiction.”

Take that, Batman!!!

Rocket man, coastal poet

A solemn presence belies a gentle man, Gregory E. Zschomler. The Cannon Beach author was displaying a table stacked with his titles, including “Rocket Man: From the Trailer Park to Insomnia and Beyond.” He culls wit and wisdom from around the spectrum sprinkled into an inspirational memoir. The title comes from his lifelong fascination with outer space: “Something was out there and I felt it,” he writes. “Was that something calling to me? I wanted to know. Maybe not just then, but eventually (certainly by the time I was six).”

Poet Nancy Slavin saw my Cubs cap and immediately confessed to Chicago origins. Her first book “Moorings” explored her experience as an Alaskan fishing guide. Now living on the Oregon Coast, her poetry hikes some of the same inspiration guiding Oregon’s literary laureates: the sea, the beaches and the forest.

In “Ecotone,” she describes the “natural zone between land and sea, where life holds to rock while waves work to wash life clean.”

Her pen is unawed by painful truths: cold snaps, cold winds, wintry damp and the displaced poor. “When night falls and there is no heat, will they know the taste of death is bittersweet?” Slavin writes in the poem “November Flood.”

Seaside scribes

My favorite “new” author at the Beach Books signing was Gloria Stiger Linkey, Seaside’s “historian” and resident since 1941. We had a fascinating talk in which she shared the inner history of Seaside’s riots — the first in the 1960s, in which spring break kids erupted — and the second in the 1990s, when a film crew incited a crowd into violence.

Stiger Linkey is the author of “Great Indian Women” and is working on her seminal work, “A Town Called Seaside,” scheduled for release in February. She describes it as looking back from Memorial Day 1941 to Memorial Day 2015, “a compelling story about survival and rebuilding a small town, the war years, recession, riots and a tsunami. The spirit of the town is reflected by the spirit of the citizens who would not let the town die. It was the love and unlimited energy of these people who turned the town into one of the leading resort towns on the Oregon coast.”

Finally, I have wanted to read the work of Honey Perkel since I arrived in Seaside, and picked up her stunning memoir, “Just Breathe,” her compelling, emotional story about the loss of her son. I read it in an afternoon.

For tJust Breathe, author Honey Perkelhose of you who think there are any easy solutions when a loved one is suffering from mental illness, Perkel’s transformational story leaves you with the sense that the process is the path, and redemption is only found within our own courage to move forward. I wish this book could have had a happy ending.


Perkel’s newest book is a mystery, “House of Sand,” and it takes place in Seaside. Scary title!

If these types of speeding-signing author-meets appeals to you, I hope you were able to get to Seaside Public Library this week for “Crazy Eights Author Tour,” presented by the Seaside Library Foundation. And may I recommend a visit to the Community Room of the Seaside Public Library Thursday, Nov. 7, when Friends of the Seaside Library welcome Bill Hall and you can ask him all about Tom McCall.

Beach Books is located at 616 Broadway; 503-738-3500. Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway. For more information call 503-738-6742.

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