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Meet the Author – Amy Frances

Meet the Author!

Visit us on Friday, July 26, 2024 at Studio Moonfall from 4pm to 7pm to meet Thriller Author, Amy Frances.

Hang out at the shop and take a peek inside their book, Razor Thin: 

A twin’s devotion is unending.

After losing her sister, Kate Vanguard struggles with reality. Weeks before graduating top of her class and securing her dream job, an innocent party ends in murder, leaving the college student unable to focus on even the simplest of tasks. But when a striking businessman visits the breezy lakefront town, visions of blood splattered Nikes, ribbons of yellow, and an eerie murmur, “Sheepish,” haunt her into action.

Desperate with urgency, Kate vows to uncover the truth about that night. The insomniac begins questioning everyone she loves. Even her enemies. And resolves they’re all lying to her.

Will investigating the murder give Kate everything she’s ever wanted, or will her meddling curiosity destroy friendships, love, and her sanity?

Razor Thin is the heart-pounding first book in the Razor Thin psychological thriller series. If you liked Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, you’ll love Amy Frances’ twisty, roller-coaster read.

Get a sneak peek at Razor Thin at https://bookshop.org/a/9574/9798988775119

Amy, a native of Land O’ Lakes, WI, has been a book lover since childhood, always eager to earn free books at Scholastic Book Fairs. Her first priority after moving is registering for a library card. In July 2019, a friend’s challenge to write a book rekindled her passion for literature. 

Amy’s journey included devouring YouTube videos, audiobooks, and creative writing resources, leading her to write and refine her novel Razor Thin with the help of beta readers. The manuscript received praise, with feedback comparing it to best-selling novels. 

As a child, Amy enjoyed series like The Babysitter’s Club and The Chronicles of Narnia. Her current favorites include psychological thrillers such as Big Little Lies and The Silent Patient. While writing the second book in the Razor Thin series, Amy enjoys family time at home in a quaint Wisconsin town, often snuggling with her dog Milly.

See you from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, July 26, 2024 at Studio Moonfall, 5031 7th Avenue with Amy Frances!

Follow the Facebook event at https://fb.me/e/5vJZnnpm0

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Where’s Waldo? (and Walzo…)

Waldo is coming to Kenosha!

Join the search for our beloved striped sleuth this July in local Kenosha businesses! Waldo will be hiding in 25 spots around the city, and your mission is to find him by visiting as many businesses as you can between July 1st and 31st. Collect stamps at each location to win prizes! You might even discover some new favorite stores and hidden gems along the way!

Here are the details:

  • Pick up a Find Waldo Local stamp card at Studio Moonfall or Blue House Books starting July 1st.
  • Throughout July, visit as many of the participating businesses (listed below and on the stamp card) as you can. When you find Waldo, the store will give you a stamp or signature.
  • If you find both Waldo AND Walzo the ZomBean at Studio Moonfall, get a bonus prize!
  • Collect at least 10 stamps and return to Blue House Books for your first small prize.
  • Gather at least 20 stamps to be entered for a chance to win larger prizes from the participating businesses!
  • Join Blue House Books on July 31st for an event to select the prize winners! Attendance is not required to win, but those present will get the first choice of prizes. Event details will be announced soon – https://www.facebook.com/BHBKenosha
  • Remember to support as many locally owned and operated businesses as you can along the way!

Participating businesses:

  • Alpaca Art, 4326 7th Ave, Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • BLAK Coffee Kenosha, 5615 7th Ave, Tuesday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Blue House Books, 5915 6th Ave A, Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cooper’s Uptown, 2401 60th Street, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cut Stone, 5925 6th Avenue A, Wednesday to Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Dinosaur Discovery Museum, 5608 Tenth Avenue, Tuesday to Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • East View Coffee Company, 716 58th Street, Monday to Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • EQUINOX botanical boutique, 5901 6th Avenue A, Tuesday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • House of Nutrition & Wellness, 5824 6th Avenue. Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Jerry Smith Feed & Seed, 7115 38th Street, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm, 7150 18th Street, Monday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • K9 Kibble, 5919 Sheridan Road, Monday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Closed Wednesday and Sunday
  • Kenosha History Museum, 220 51st Place, Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue, Monday to Saturday 10a.m. to 5p.m., Sunday 12 to 5p.m. 
  • Lemon Street gallery & ArtSpace, 4601 Sheridan Road, Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Lettering Machine, 725 50th Street, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Millie Bo Peep, 5720 6th Avenue, Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Modern Apothecary, 5700 6th Avenue, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Once Upon a Child, 4623 75th Street, Unit 1, Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • RK News Hallmark, 5914B 75th Street, Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sandy’s Popper, 5700 6th Avenue South Unit, Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Smartys, 5821 6th Avenue, Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Studio Moonfall, 5031 7th Avenue, Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 7pm, Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • A Summer’s Garden Florist, 5617 6th Avenue, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Trolley Dogs, 5501 6th Avenue, Monday to Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Meet the Author – Amy McNulty

Meet the Author!

Visit us on Friday, July 19, 2024 at Studio Moonfall from 4pm to 7pm to meet Fantasy/Mystery Author, Amy McNulty.

Hang out at the shop and take a peek inside their book, Broomsticks and Board Games: 

Dahlia Poplar is a genuine witch, an unofficial gofer, and Luna Lane’s only cursed resident.

With a werewolf best friend, a vampire ex-boyfriend, and a ghost for a hanger-on, Dahlia is far from the most unusual dweller of her sleepy small town, but she’s the only one unable to leave. Dahlia has to perform at least one good deed per day-or she’s one step closer to turning to stone.

Fortunately, the residents of Luna Lane have plenty of tasks for Dahlia to complete to avert the curse until Cable Woodward, fetching professor and nephew of her elderly neighbor, stops by for the semester on sabbatical. Attempting to help Cable’s uncle work through the trauma of losing his wife, Dahlia uncovers the man’s collection of board games, which leads to him reminiscing about the long-forgotten Luna Lane Games Club.

Dahlia reestablishes Games Club, only to find evidence of a number of horrible demises connected to the original group. While trying to uncover the truth about the deaths, Dahlia has to fight off her curse, protect her elderly neighbor from becoming the next victim, and most vexing of all, keep Cable from figuring out Luna Lane’s supernatural secrets. Only with eerie board games like these, there may not be a loser-or even a winner-who survives.

Get a sneak peek at Broomsticks and Board Games at https://bookshop.org/a/9574/9781952667176

Amy McNulty is an editor and author of books that run the gamut from YA speculative fiction to contemporary romance. A lifelong fiction fanatic, she fangirls over books, anime, manga, comics, movies, games, and TV shows from her home state of Wisconsin. When not editing her clients’ novels, she’s busy fulfilling her dream by crafting fantastical worlds of her own.

See you from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, July 19, 2024 at Studio Moonfall, 5031 7th Avenue with Amy McNulty!

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Meet the Author – Diane Creekmur

Meet the Author!

Visit us on Friday, July 12, 2024 at Studio Moonfall from 4pm to 7pm to meet Children’s Books Author, Diane Creekmur.

Hang out at the shop and take a peek inside their book, Holly’s Big Imagination:

Holly’s Big Imagination is a must-read for children and preschoolers learning to conquer their fear of the dark! It is a story about fantasy and discovery, taking the reader on a whimsical bedtime adventure into Holly’s imagination.

But what appears to unfold in the murkiness of the dim night air isn’t at all what Holly expected! And what happens next when the light goes back on is the biggest surprise of all!

Fall 2021 Pinnacle Award Winner!

Get a sneak peek at Holly’s Big Imagination at https://bookshop.org/a/9574/9780578496580

Diane Creekmur is the Fall 2021 Pinnacle Award winning author of Holly’s Big Imagination! Creekmur has a background in Journalism and Creative Writing. She published a major fashion spread for Milwaukee Magazine and worked as a free lance writer for Amity Leather Products Company and National Business Furniture in Wisconsin. The author attributes the creation of Holly’s Big Imagination to her own childhood beginnings. Holly’s fantasy world is based on a person encounter with imagination and how fear of the dark can manifest in a young child’s mind. Creekmur, now a grandmother, continues to pursue her passion for writing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

See you from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, July 12, 2024 at Studio Moonfall, 5031 7th Avenue with Diane Creekmur!

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Kenosha Book Festival 2024 – Chapter Three

Calling all summer sleuths and saga surfers!

The Kenosha Book Festival is back at Studio Moonfall for our third chapter of 2024! Save the date for Sunday, June 23rd, from 10am to 3pm, at Wisconsin’s indie-est of indie bookstores, Studio Moonfall, located at 5031 7th Avenue.

Come out to dig through THOUSANDS of $1 used books and meet all these local authors!

Al Lytle & Toi Blasier – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-lytleblasier/

Zachary Jeffries – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-zacharyjeffries/

Anthony Wedgeworth – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-wedgeworth/

D. Lieber – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-dlieber/

Mary Beth Bretzlauf – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-bretzlauf/

T.J. Morris /Storiword – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-tjmorris/

Ana Michelle – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-anamichelle/

Dr. Arieahn Matamonasa Bennett – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-drarieahn/

Christopher Kolon – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-kolon/

Richard Sweitzer – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-sweitzer/

Anne Morse Hambrock – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-hambrock/

Audrey Wilson – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-wilson/

Randi Moxi – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-randimoxi/

Kaitlyn Bolyard – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-bolyard/

Justin Rose – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-jrose/

Sharon Angelici – https://studiomoonfall.com/kbf2024-angelici/

Plus A. P. Goodman, Bryan Simpson, Malinda Andrews, Phyllis Fadness, Silviya Rankova, and Hydn Cheese serving up food!

Tell all your friends and family and let’s get reading! Follow the Facebook event at https://fb.me/e/44xpJRLr0

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Randi Moxi – Kenosha Book Festival

Randi Moxi is coming to Studio Moonfall’s Kenosha Book Festival 2024 on June 23rd and July 28th!

Randi Moxi grew up in an animal shelter in West Virginia that was run by her grandmother, Sally. She’s seen first hand how out of control the pet population is in America and asks that you please rescue and spay and neuter your pets. She hopes you treat all animals as the individuals they are and learn their preferences together through communication and proper, positive and loving training methods.

She was exposed to all dog breeds throughout her childhood, but did not fully understand the plight of the most bullied breed in the world, pit bull type breeds, until moving to Chicago. Pit bulls are superior in intelligence, strength and loyalty. When taught to do wrong things, they are efficient in accomplishing what they are asked or made to do to survive. Animals teach us so much and we must help save and guide them to better lives than this. Teaching important lessons through pit bulls to children is her way to give back to the breed that has changed her life in more positive ways than she could ever describe.

Randi lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her loving husband and 5 amazing pitbull mix fur children. She is a certified dog trainer, animal communicator, life coach, event producer, brand strategist and motivational speaker.

Here’s a sneak peek at their book Lucy’s Garden: A Pittie Paradise:

Join Lucy, the most beloved rescued pit bull type dog in her community, as she travels to see her friends and neighbors every day.

Lucy feels it’s her assignment to be a bright light for everyone through her love, positivity and sharing the power of gratitude.

Lucy’s magical adventures take place in her garden, a pittie paradise, next door to her forever home. Lucy’s movements and interactions through her community bring great lessons and blessings to families and classrooms alike. Explore the importance of daily exercise, getting outside, a respect for nature, cohabitation, community, friendship and recycling! Schools and homes will find a new favorite for story time in Lucy’s Garden, the perfect gift for animal lovers, community garden volunteers and animal rescuers.

If you can’t wait until you meet the author at this summer’s Kenosha Book Festival, pick up your copy at https://amzn.to/4bYY17R

Stop by Studio Moonfall for more books by local authors and my friends from the indie publishing world, visit https://bookshop.org/shop/studiomoonfall to shop online, or https://www.libro.fm/business?bookstore=studiomoonfall for audiobooks.

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Meet the Author – Steve Tindall

Meet the Author!

Visit us on Friday, July 5, 2024 at Studio Moonfall from 4pm to 7pm to meet Non-Fiction Author, Steve Tindall.

Hang out at the shop and take a peek inside their book, Underway!:

What was it like being aboard a US Navy destroyer in the 1970’s? Having spent five years aboard two of them I sat down and chronicled my experiences underway. Ports of call, meals underway, the rigors of operations, the sights, smells, and sounds of being on the “big water” are all shared with the reader. It wasn’t glamorous but it was full of excitement, adventure, and learning how to transform from directionless teen to mature adult. So cock your cover at a salty angle, hitch up your bell bottomed jeans, and prepare for the ride of your life.

Get a sneak peek at Underway! at https://bookshop.org/a/9574/9781688987746

Steve Tindall grew up in Syracuse, NY. After enlisting in the Navy in September 1969, he completed advanced training as a Gun Fire Control Technician in Great Lakes, Illinois. He served aboard two destroyers in the Atlantic Ocean for five years before returning to Great Lakes to teach for two additional years. Following his naval service, he worked in the data networking field, performing circuit capacity analysis and protocol interpretation until his retirement on April Fool’s Day in 2016. Since retiring, he has volunteered in various capacities to improve the lives of veterans and educate the communities he serves. His veteran-related awards include the City of Kenosha 1Q22 Hometown Hero, City of Kenosha 2022 Hometown Hero of the Year, and 1st Congressional District Veteran of the Year for 2022.

See you from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, July 5, 2024 at Studio Moonfall, 5031 7th Avenue with Steve Tindall!

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Meet the Author – A.R. Grimes

Meet the Author!

Visit us on Friday, June 28, 2024 at Studio Moonfall from 4pm to 7pm to meet Fantasy Author, A.R. Grimes.

Hang out at the shop and take a peek inside their book, Wyldling Snare: 

Welcome to Tehara: an untamed world where magic is possible, dangerous creatures roam the wilderness, and a hidden adversary schemes to overthrow the rule of the Baron-Knights.

Apprentice knight Enoch Northward returns home from a festival to find the Baron-Knight of the Northern Marches dead, the heir-apparent missing, and himself expected to rule in their stead. While he grieves the loss of his beloved guardian, Enoch is determined to prove his ability to lead despite his incomplete training. But he struggles to follow in such large footsteps. A search for missing people draws him into the forbidden Darkenwood Forest, where he discovers a path to another world… and a secret within himself that may destroy everything he loves.

Wyldling Snare–a young adult portal fantasy and the first installment of the Wyldling Dream series–is a coming of age story with underlying themes of faith, friendship, and found family.

Get a sneak peek at Wyldling Snare at https://bookshop.org/a/9574/9781958718018

Born and raised in Wausau, Wisconsin, A.R. Grimes started writing “books” about dinosaurs in the second grade but moved on to writing fantasy after reading J. R. R. Tolkien, Madeleine L’Engle, and C. S. Lewis. She spent over twenty years trying to complete her debut novel, Wyldling Snare, and is living proof that any fool can get published nowadays. Several of her poems and short stories won awards in her alma mater Carroll University’s literary magazine (1998-2001). She is a member of SCBWI. Other than reading and writing, she enjoys singing in the church choir, listening to music, making fused glass art, drawing, daydreaming, and going on nature hikes. She is married to a martial arts enthusiast and currently lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. They share the house with two male offspring and two cats who—naturally—are the true overlords.

See you from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, June 28, 2024 at Studio Moonfall, 5031 7th Avenue with A.R. Grimes!

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Meet the Author – Carl Bogar

Meet the Author!

Visit us on Friday, June 21, 2024 at Studio Moonfall from 4pm to 7pm to meet Military History Author, Carl A. Bogar.

Hang out at the shop and take a peek inside their book, China on War:

Before the rise of the Shang Dynasty in 1,600 B.C.E., leaders of China developed their ideas on military strategy and tactics. Sun Tzu, authored the first manuscript on military strategy in the fifth century B.C.E. His work, The Art Of War is required reading at military academies globally today. This book is a brief synopsis of over three thousands years of Chinese military thought that shaped Mao Tse-tung’s ideals on how to win a farming peasant revolution and become the leader of a modern China establishing the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Get a sneak peek at China on War at https://amzn.to/4c8mPKh

Carl began collecting military artifact in 1975, when his Grandfather a World War Two Army veteran gave him a German Helmet. Today the collection that he uses to do military exhibits like this one has grown to almost 41,000 items.

In 1988 Carl entered military service in the United States Marine Corps as a machine-gunner. In 1994, with just over six years of active service, Carl left the Marine Corps due to military cutbacks. Later that year, after seeing a recruiting poster reading “Sometimes Marines make betters soldiers”, he joined the United States Army Reserves as a military instructor.

In 1997, Carl was selected to go to the United States Military Academy located at West Point, New York as an instructor of map reading, trooping leading procedures, and basic tactics.

In 2000, after 13 years of service, Carl’s military service ended as an officer candidate due to service-connected injuries.

Carl holds college degrees in Criminal Justice, History, and a Masters of Arts in Military History from Norwich University.

In 2009, Carl was named the Veterans Business of the Year for Wisconsin by the U.S., S.B.A. In 2013, Carl was named the Home-based Business of the Year for Wisconsin and then U.S., S.B.A Region 5.

Carl was recognized as the Veterans Employment Representative of the Year while he worked for The state of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in 2007, by the American Legion Department of Wisconsin.

In 2015, Carl was named a Patriotic Employer by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, employer support of the guard and reserve.

Carl has been a member of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan‘s Veterans Advisory Board and Small Business Advisory Board since 2007. In 2009, he received a certificate of congressional recognition from the Speaker’s office for his service when Congressman Bryan Steil took office. Carl continues to serve on these boards for Congressman Bryan Stile who was elected after Speaker Ryan retired.

Today, Carl uses his degrees and love of military history to run Historic Military Impressions, providing short term military exhibits to add value to public events and other history-related history classes and programs all over the United States.

See you from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, June 21, 2024 at Studio Moonfall, 5031 7th Avenue with Carl A. Bogar!

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Meet the Author – Kaitlyn Bolyard

Meet the Author!

Visit us on Friday, June 14, 2024 at Studio Moonfall from 4pm to 7pm to meet Literary Fiction Author, Kaitlyn Bolyard.

Hang out at the shop and take a peek inside their book, Mr. Wilson’s Wives:

Shunned by the women of her family for writing a tell-all memoir, Elizabeth Rodriguez escapes to northern Wisconsin for peace and inspiration. Before she can even get settled in, an obituary in the local newspaper catches her attention. As soon as she learns about Erwin Wilson and his twenty-three wives throughout his life, she makes it her mission to learn more. She begins by interviewing some of the locals and his remaining ex-wives, and she soon develops plans for her next bestseller. When her younger brother unexpectedly appears at her doorstep, she puts him to work helping her research and gather information. But with each mystery Elizabeth uncovers, she comes closer to the truth: maybe some stories aren’t meant to be told, and maybe building family trust is more important.

Get a sneak peek at Mr. Wilson’s Wives at https://amzn.to/3OCSudz

Kaitlyn Bolyard teaches writing and literature at DePaul University and Carthage College. She lives in Wisconsin with her chef husband, who keeps her well-fed. She writes mostly poetry because it can be finished in one sitting, but she has recently released her first novel, Mr. Wilson’s Wives.

See you from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, June 14, 2024 at Studio Moonfall, 5031 7th Avenue with Kaitlyn Bolyard!