Camel Press Announces the Valentine’s Day Release of The Star in the Meadow
Award-winning author Carla Kelly wraps up the historical romance Spanish Brand series with a fourth and final book, available on Valentines Day!



A Spanish settler in 18th century New Mexico is torn between rescuing his wife from kidnappers and securing the colony’s fragile peace.

The Seven Year Audit of 1784 brings new visitors to the Double Cross, a downtrodden accountant and his daughter, Catalina, who captivates the household with her storytelling. When Paloma and Catalina are kidnapped, Marco is frantic, but a lack of clues and Marco’s obligation to accompany Toshua to a meeting of Comanche tribes vital to the peace of the Spanish Colony of New Mexico prevent their immediate rescue.

The first three books in the series were enthusiastically received by the critics.


The third book in the series, Paloma and the Horse Traders, was chosen as a Top Pick (4½ stars) by RT Reviews: "Kelly knows historical romance, and she also knows how to reel readers in from the get-go. This book will take one’s breath away with the deep, emotional romance and highly likable characters. The story is adventurous and totally out of the ordinary, which makes it a splendid read and a completely satisfying experience."


Of Marco and the Devil’s Bargain, the second book in the series, Publishers Weekly wrote, "Though la viruela is, in some ways, the story's main character, the love between Marco and Paloma, equal parts strong attachment and mutual high regard, takes emotional center stage, a satisfying oasis of beauty in the midst of stark harshness."


All About Romance wrote that the first book in the series, The Double Cross, "packs a full story with plenty of frontier action and believable, sympathetic characters."

"Coming to the end of a series is bittersweet," says Kelly. "Historically, this fourth book fits actual events, which culminated in a treaty in early 1786. I’ll be wishing Marco, Paloma and Toshua well."

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Enter by the Narrow Gate, by David Carlson: A Monk and a Detective Join Forces in Santa Fe


Just how far can religious faith go astray?

Enter by the Narrow Gate ($14.95, 244 pp, 6×9 Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60381-391-4) is the first book in a new mystery/thriller series by David Carlson featuring Christopher Worthy and Father Fortis. After a nun is murdered while on retreat in a monastery, an Orthodox monk solicits the help of his Detroit Detective friend who is in Santa Fe investigating a missing person’s case.
Enter by the Narrow Gate is distributed by Aftershocks Media.

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"The novel’s prose is rich with religious references and imagery, which add to the unique depth of the novel…. The rapport between Worthy and Fortis is easy and enjoyable, and the double case ensures that Enter by the Narrow Gate never slows in action."
    --Foreword Reviews


Enter by the Narrow Gate is Carlson’s first novel. His first work of nonfiction, Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World was selected as one of the Best Books of 2011 in the area of Spiritual Living by Library Journal. His second book on religious terrorism, Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships, will be released by New City Press in 2017.

A teenage girl has vanished in Santa Fe. Nearby, in the Trappist monastery of St. Mary of the Snows, a beautiful young nun is stabbed to death. Father Nicholas Fortis is on sabbatical at St. Mary’s, and when Lieutenant Christopher Worthy of the Detroit Police Department is flown in to help find the missing teenager, the Orthodox monk asks his friend to delve into the nun’s murder as well. The two men make a perfect team: the monk’s gregarious manner opens hearts and the detective’s keen intuition infiltrates psyches.

The Book of Matthew refers to the “narrow gate” that leads to heaven. Each of the key players in these two cases was rattling heaven’s gate in a frantic and even dangerous quest for salvation. Lieutenant Sera Lacey of the Santa Fe Police, with her captivating looks and insight into the Native Americans and cultures of the Southwest, proves both a boon and a distraction for Worthy. As Father Fortis navigates the social hierarchy of the monks of St. Mary’s, he begins to fear their secret agendas. Bowing to the pressure to solve both cases, the investigators let the clues lead them in opposite directions. At the end of one of those paths, Death awaits.
Now Available - Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators, by Priscilla Long


In Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators ($13.95, 128 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-363-1), Priscilla Long shares her secrets to harnessing the creative gift, increasing productivity, and handling the business aspects of the creative life.
Minding the Muse is distributed by Aftershocks Media.

Minding the Muse is a practical handbook for the artist or writer—highly experienced, aspiring, or somewhere in between. Long draws from her extensive background as a poet, writer, and master teacher, but also gathers the insights and practices of a wide range of high-achieving artists, including mystery writer Raymond Chandler, choreographer Twyla Tharp, poet and performance artist Patti Smith, and the painter Joan Miró. Beginning with the first sparks of artistic creation—“Gathering, Hoarding, Conceptualizing”—Long moves through the various stages to “Completing Works” and “Poet as Peddler, Painter as Pusher: Marketing.” Every creative worker will find something here to take to heart and into the studio or workroom.

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Join Priscilla for a reading at Elliott Bay Books on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 7 p.m. or at Village Books on Friday, October 28. For updates on events, click here.