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It’s No Mystery Why Clemens Slays It As A Best-Selling Author

September 7th, 2020

It was a cold and stormy day. We met at Elly’s. Little coffee joint down by the river. My associate and I walked in, took a look around. Waitress smiled her way over. “Hi. What can I get you?” “Nothing right now, doll, thanks,” I said. “I got business.” He was waiting at a corner table. Back to the hard brick wall, mafia style, eyes on the door, like a guy who doesn’t want to get hit without a chance to go down with some cold steel in his mitts. He wore dark shades. Dark shirt. Drank coffee black as the devil’s heart. Gave us a nod. Yeah. He was the guy we were there to meet. The... Read More

Teen Paranormal Graphic Novel Series, ‘Exorcising Ghosts’ Scaring Up Fans

September 2nd, 2020

A teenager who can see the worlds of demons and the paranormal around us that others cannot is the protagonist of Sean Leary’s critically-acclaimed graphic novel series, “Exorcising Ghosts” The book is available worldwide and in local bookstores. Leary wrote and illustrated the series when he was a teenager and the books seem ripped from the diary of a teen, featuring various perils of growing up, including family issues, relationship breakups, friend squabbles and more, but with an added twist. The anti-hero of the story, Colin Drewry, is a recovering alcoholic and addict who... Read More

Connie Wilson’s ‘Bee Gone’ Wins Gold Medal At eLit Book Awards

June 19th, 2020

Local author Connie (Corcoran) Wilson was notified this week that her latest release, BEE GONE: A POLITICAL PARODY is a Gold Medal winner in the eLit Book Awards. The category for the win was Graphic Novel/Drawn Book – Humor/Cartoon. The book was published by Quad Cities’ Press.   The E-Lit competition, which is highly competitive, offers awards in 65 categories, solely to e-books, world-wide.   E-Lit awards are dedicated to honoring the best e-books published each year for the North American market and also from overseas publishers who publish English-language books designed for... Read More

Retired Putnam CEO Had Stunning Year of Adventures, Change

June 10th, 2020

They say every dog has its day. Well, starting last July, Harley – a beloved 10-year-old Golden Retriever owned by Kim Findlay and her husband, Rick Brackey — had quite a year. Findlay, 60, retired last June 30 as president/CEO of the Putnam Museum & Science Center, which she led for 12 years. She also was formerly president of United Way of the Quad-Cities, for nine years. With Harley, Findlay and her husband set out July 7, 2019 in their new RV for a cross-country adventure, all west of the Mississippi. They put 12,000 miles on the motor home, gave Harley the time of his life, mourned... Read More

Quad-Cities Author Sean Leary Offers Book Of Optimistic Tales For Difficult Times

June 5th, 2020

Change. We undergo transformations every day of our lives, in ways small and significant, in ways good and bad. Sean Leary’s “Does The Shed Skin Know It Was Once A Snake?” offers 11 award-winning short stories dealing with the life changes many of us face, and the positive ways in which our lives can transform, even in difficult times. “Shed Skin” is available in bookstores and webstores worldwide  as a print book and eBook for every eReader format. It is also available direct from the author at seanleary@seanleary.com. “Shed Skin” continues the legacy of characters... Read More

Rock Island Library Introduces Contact-Free Curbside Pick-up

May 27th, 2020

The Rock Island Public Library introduced contact-free curbside pick-up for library materials beginning Tuesday, May 26. There will be no public access to library buildings during this phase of the library’s gradual reopening plan. Curbside pick-up will be available during limited hours by appointment only at the Rock Island Public Library Downtown and Southwest locations. Materials must be requested in advance, either through the Library’s online PrairieCat catalog, or with staff help via phone, email, and Ask a Librarian chat. Library staff will contact the borrower once items become available... Read More

Q-C Burlesque Dancer Reveals More Than Skin in First Novel

May 25th, 2020

Despite its title, there’s not a ton of burlesque in “Burlesque River,” a new romance novel set in the Quad-Cities, penned by veteran burlesque performer Kitty Bardot. There are key club scenes — at the start and near the end of this beautifully written book (part of a planned series) — that reflect the raunch, playfulness, camaraderie, the yearning to be someone different and glamorous, and the ecstatic high you get on stage with an appreciative audience. But the bulk of the 173-page debut novel, released in April by Boroughs Publishing (which specializes in romance fiction),... Read More

University Libraries Celebrates 2019 WIU Authors Virtually

May 22nd, 2020

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – This year’s 15th annual celebration of Western Illinois University authors, originally planned for April, will be held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project, put together by University Libraries, honors anyone who published during the 2019 calendar year, while employed or enrolled at Western. This year’s published works include books, chapters, articles, reviews, poetry, audio recordings, software and exhibitions. University Libraries has compiled a bibliography that includes 260 citations, which represents the work of 185 different WIU authors.... Read More

Quad-Cities Author Wilson Offering Free E-Book Color Of Evil Today

May 17th, 2020

Connie Corcoran Wilson is giving away her horror e-book The Color Of Evil away free today on Amazon! Named both an E-Lit Gold Medal winner (Horror), a Silver Feather (IWPA) winner, and a Lucky Cinda winner while leading all books in recommendations for the Bram Stoker in the YA category (2012), THE COLOR OF EVIL: A Paranormal Thriller, is the first book in the young adult series by the same name (THE COLOR OF EVIL). From Connie, here’s a description of the plot: Tad McGreevy has a power that he has never revealed, not even to his life-long best friend, Stevie Scranton. When Tad looks at others,... Read More

What’s The Good News For May, Quad-Cities?

May 6th, 2020

Even in the age of covid, when there’s plenty of depressing stuff going around, there’s a lot of good news in the Quad-Cities! And every month, as usual, I put together a collection of some of the awesome things happening in and around town, and share them with you here and on KWQC-TV6’s “Paula Sands Live,” airing at 3 p.m. weekdays! So, tune in to PSL, and read on here on your site for fun, free, local entertainment and good news, QuadCities.com! Beck And Woods Teaming Up With Raimi For Sci-Fi Film Scott Beck and Bryan Woods are teaming up with filmmaker Sam Raimi (best known for the... Read More

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