Newberg author will unveil her latest novel at book signing
Newberg author Nora Peacock will unveil her next novel with a public release in November.
Her latest effort, "Released," is the second in "The Crescent Ridge Series" and follows the storyline of "Promises," which won the Oregon Christian Writers' Cascade Award for unpublished contemporary fiction.
"Released" is a continuation of "The Crescent Ridge Series" that follows the Franklin and King families, who live in the fictious town of Crescent Ridge, Oregon. The theme of the first book in the series, "Promises," is the challenges the families face and is primarily told from the standpoint of Meg Franklin, who Peacock says "Wrestles with the questions, 'Where is God when life spins out of control. Are his promises true?'"
Peacock explained further that in reading "Released," people will continue to experience life through the eyes of Meg Franklin, whose husband Nate goes missing for two weeks, prompting a massive search that ends when he turns up at a local hospital. Listed as John Doe, he has no recollection of his past. When it's determined that Nate has been struck by a driver while piloting his bicycle to the store, Meg is wracked by guilt for sending him on the errand.
"(She experiences) anger over the actions of the hit-and-run driver, bitterness and unforgiveness that threaten to shut her down spiritually and emotionally," Peacock said. "If for no other reason than the well-being of her children, she longs to find 'release' from these prisons that could destroy not only her, but her children.
"She faces the possibility her husband will never recognize her or their children. How can she face such a future? How can she possibly help her children to survive this when she questions her own ability to hang onto her faith?"
The second novel took about a year to construct, Peacock said, adding that due to health concerns she didn't begin writing it until well after her and her husband self-published "Promises" in late 2017 through their company, The Father's Quill.
Although sales of "Promises" has been slow due to what Peacock characterized as "my own weakness in marketing," feedback has been encouraging.
"For those who have purchased 'Promises" on Amazon, I have consistently received five-star reviews," she said. "I have been humbled on numerous occasions by readers who come to me with tears in their eyes as they tell me the impact the 'Promises' storyline has had on them.
She said the emotional response to "Released" has been similar among those who previewed the book prior to its release: "Those who have read it for endorsement and who have helped me with editing have overwhelmed me with their enthusiasm and heartfelt praise.
Peacock expects the Crescent Ridge Series to stretch to five books and has begun work on the third book, "Embraced."
"Once I have an outline, I find writing the easier part of the journey toward producing the next book in the series. At the same time, I am building outlines for (the fourth book in the series) 'Treasured" and book five, 'Forgiven.'"
Her novels are not Peacock's first forays into the literary world. She authored a devotional book called "Steps of an Everyday Christian" and has had her poetry and articles published in publications ranging from Dr. Gary Chapmen's "Love is a Verb" and "Love is a Verb Devotional" books to Nancy Kennedy's book, "Miracles & Moments of Grace."
She is a member of the Oregon Christian Writers and belongs to a literary group that calls itself "The Encouragers" that serves as a sounding board for writers' work.
Once "Released" hits the bookshelves, Peacock plans to begin pursuing a more concentrated professional marketing strategy.
"At almost age 70, I find the whole world of social media and marketing overwhelming," she said, adding that at writers conferences "I've been told that at the point a writer has five novels under their belt, they are viewed by agents and publishers as serious about their craft and not a one- or two-book wonder. I'm hanging my hat on that as I push forward in this exciting world of writing I've entered in my senior years."
Peacock will sign copies of "Released" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Chapters Books and Coffee, 701 E. First St. in Newberg.
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The St. Paul Mission Historical Society has received a one-year grant from the Schwemm Family Foundation to digitize as many as 90 family histories donated to the society in the 1990s, according to a press release. The family histories will be placed on the society's website and be available to the public to view and download.
"The Schwemm Family Foundation promotes programs that connect communities to their shared past," the release said. "The family histories range from the early French Canadians to the Irish and the Germans. Many of these families have descendants who remain in the area."
Band slates concert at Bauman Auditorium
The Newberg Community Band will perform classical pieces by Moazart and Bach, as well as marches from John Phillip Sousa and John Williams in November. Additional pieces will include "A Childhood Remembered" by Galante, "Dancing on Water" by Ticheli and some patriotic favorites.
The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Bauman Auditorium on the campus of George Fox University.
For more information, call 503-487-7624 or visit www.newbergcommunityband.com.
Library will screen movie 'And They Shall Not Grow Old' on Nov. 8
The Newberg Public Library will present a Veteran's Day showing of the World War I documentary "And They Shall Not Grow Old" at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Black Box Theater at the Chehalem Cultural Center.
The movie shows nearly two hours of restored documentary footage from what was once called "The War to End All Wars." The program will look at the lives of the young men who went to war and the conflict's impact on western culture, according to a press release from the library.
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