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by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Jill Krantz Viggiano was published Painful Blessing: A Story of Loss, Recovery, Hope and Faith, in which she shares her experience as spouse and caregiver following her husbands stroke.

Viggiano’s ‘Painful Blessing’ sheds light on impact of brain injury

Lake Oswego resident Jill Krantz Viggiano has published her first book, “Painful Blessing: A Story of Loss, Recovery, Hope and Faith,” Viggiano spent 19 years working in commercial real estate before retiring to become a full time mom. An active volunteer, she couldn’t help but raise her hand and take on leadership roles in the community. The opportunity form and advance philanthropic organizations and their causes kept her engaged in local and national efforts. When her husband survived a massive stroke in 2008, Viggiano focused her skills on his recovery. She now assists him in his day-to-day needs as well as in his speaking career. She wrote “Painful Blessings, “ a book about her spouse and caregiver experience, to shed light on the real life impact of acquired brain injury and providing hope and encouragement to those facing significant challenges.

The book is available at Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com/4735394 and Barnesandnoble.com.

Laura Lee Scotts The Santa Switch has won Moms Choice Awards. The sequel, A Trip for Mrs. Claus, will be released this summer.

‘The Santa Switch’ wins Mom’s Choice awards

The Mom’s Choice Awards has named “The Santa Switch,” written by West Linn author Laura Lee Scott, among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. The MCA evaluation process uses a proprietary methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.

“My illustrator, Cheryl Crouthamel, and I am thrilled to earn the Mom’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence Seal of Approval,” Scott said. “We know all the great things the MCA does to connect consumers, educators and caregivers with the best products and services available to families.”

As an MCA award recipient, “The Santa Switch” will be featured at the upcoming Book Expo of America to be held through May 31 in New York City.

“The BEA is considered the largest and most well-known event for books and authors in the U.S.,” Scott said. “So I am hoping good things will come from it.”

“The Santa Switch” is the first in a series of brightly illustrated books starring a smart, modern-day version of Mrs. Claus. A second book, titled “A Trip for Mrs. Claus” is slated for publication this summer by Passionflower Press, Scott’s publishing company which helps indie authors create and publish high-quality books in a variety of genres. For more information, email Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit jessicaclaus.com.

The Plover by Brian Doyle is available from booksellers everywhere.

‘The Plover’ tells what happened to Declan

Lake Oswego author Brian Doyle’s latest novel, “The Plover,” was released in April. Though not a sequel to “Mink River,” the book tells the tale of what happened to Declan O’Donnell, a character readers met in “Mink River.”

“No kidding a hundred times at book clubs and readings people asked me ‘what happened to Declan?’ — who just sails right out of ‘Mink River’ on his boat near the end and gets no normal narrative closure — and finally I thought out of sheer curiosity I would type for a morning and see if there was any energy there — and whoosh, away it went ...” Doyle said in a Shelf Awareness interview with Valerie Ryan of Cannon Beach Books. “Plus I think now — I always think about my books after I write them, not before — I must have wanted to write a sea novel for years — I just adored Stevenson and Kipling and Conrad and Jack London and voyage-logs and sea stories and ‘Kon-Tiki’ as a boy.”

In “The Plover,” Declan O’Donnell has sailed out of Oregon and deep into the vast, wild ocean, having had just finally enough of other people and their problems. He will go it alone; he will be his own country; he will be beholden to and beloved of no one. No man is an island, my butt, he thinks. I am that very man. . . .

But the galaxy soon presents him with a string of odd, entertaining, and dangerous passengers, who become companions of every sort and stripe. “The Plover” is the story of their adventures and misadventures in the immense blue country one of their company calls Pacifica. Hounded by a mysterious enemy, reluctantly acquiring one new resident after another, Declan O’Donnell’s lonely boat is eventually crammed with humor, argument, tension — and a resident herring gull.

“The Plover” is a sea novel, a maritime adventure, the story of a cold man melting, a compendium of small miracles, an elegy to Edmund Burke, a watery quest, a battle at sea — and a rapturous, heartfelt celebration of life’s surprising paths, planned and unplanned.

“The Plover” is available at Amazon.com and wherever books are sold.

Former Lake Oswego resident Leigh Goodiman has published her first novel, Wild Ones.

Goodison releases coming of age novel

Former Lake Oswego resident Leigh Goodison’s coming-of-age novel “Wild Ones,” has been published.

“Wild Ones is the story of 16-year-old Breeze Jordan who, after the death of her mother, is sent to Stark School, a state-run home for troubled teens,” Goodison said. “But just when she has found friends and happiness, Breeze once again faces placement in a foster home, this time on a ranch in southeastern Oregon where there is no Internet or cell phone service. And no friends.”

This is Goodison’s first novel. Her nonfiction books, “The Horse Trailer Owner’s Manual” and “Goodies from the Great While North, Recipes for Dinners, Delicacies and Disasters,” were published in 2012.

“Wild Ones” is available online from Barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com and from the publisher, sheffieldpublications.com.




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