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Local author entertains and inspires in new fantasy novel

Pagosa resident Judith Horky’s latest fantasy fiction, “Soul Shift: 2012 and Beyond,” is a 350-page adventure story of love and faith.

It continues the quest of the families of her first novel, “EarthShift,” as they navigate the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges facing mankind in the contemporary world.

The story is set in present-day Pagosa Springs, and the ranch on North Pagosa Boulevard where Judy and her husband, Jim, lived for several years, features prominently in the tale. In fact, Judy says that her description of their first Pagosa home, Wind Dancer Ranch, was written before they had ever heard of Pagosa and it subsequently was built based on her words in “EarthShift.”

As “EarthShift” ended in 2000, the Armstrong family has been given assignments by the Archangel Gabriel that must be completed by 2012. The earth is changing, climate upheavals and economic stresses facing the world are very real, and those people who remain oblivious to the deeper transformations occurring are having a difficult time understanding the chaos in their souls.

“Soul Shift” takes readers back and forth between the Third and Fifth Dimensions, the latter a place where the characters can intuit and share other people’s thoughts. It is a well-written story that features believable dialogue and a fast-paced plot.

“Fiction allows powerful messages to be shared in an exciting and inspiring way that doesn’t lecture the reader,” the author says. As one of her book’s characters puts it, special gifts help you stay in touch with your angels: “Maybe we just need to open our minds and see what comes in on its own.”

Judy has had a passion for the written word since grade school and a long-time interest in the metaphysical world. The Horkys have lived in Pagosa for 13 years.

The author has donated a copy of both “EarthShift” and “Soul Shift” to the library, and they also are available on her website at www.JudithHorky.com.

Christian history

“Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years” by historian Diarmaid MacCulloch takes readers back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and then covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith. “Jesus Wars” by Philip Jenkins recounts the fascinating, violent story of the church’s fifth century when four patriarchs, three queens and two emperors decided what Christians would believe for the next 1,500 years.

Albuquerque author

The first three murder mysteries in “The Pot Thief” series by Albuquerque’s J. Michael Orenduff are now available at the library: “The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras,” “… Who Studied Ptolemy” and “… Who Studied Einstein.”

Memoirs

“Secretariat” by William Nack is the true story of the greatest champion in horse racing history and the only horse ever to grace the covers of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated in the same week. “Colonel Roosevelt” by Pulitzer Prize winner Edmund Morris completes the trilogy of Theodore Roosevelt, this book focusing on his life after being president. “Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee” is the autobiography of network TV’s Hoda Kotb. “Me” by Ricky Martin is the pop star’s intimate and very personal look at his life.

Tax help

“New Tax Laws Simplified 2011” by J.K. Lasser’s provides the tips and tools needed to help you save money on your 2010 tax return — and beyond.

Public schools

“Waiting For Superman,” edited by Karl Weber, offers deep insights into America’s failing educational system by people at the forefront of educational innovation including Bill and Melinda Gates, Geoffrey Canada, Michelle Rhee, Randi Weingarten, Bill Strickland, Eric Schwarz, Jay Mathews and Eric Hanushek. The book also includes special chapters that provide resources, ideas and hands-on suggestions for improving local schools.

Large print

President George W. Bush’s autobiography “Decision Points” is now available in large print, as are “Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme: A Midnight Louie Mystery” by Carole Nelson Douglas, “Port Mortuary” in the Kay Scarpetta mystery series by Patricia Cornwall, “Crescent Dawn” in the Dirk Pitt adventure series by Clive and Dirk Cussler, “Magnolia,” a romance set in Atlanta in 1900 by Diana Palmer, “In Harm’s Way” in the Sheriff Walt Fleming mystery series by Ridley Pearson, “Night of the Vampires” by Heather Graham and “Happy Ever After,” Book 4 in the Bridge Quartet by Nora Roberts.

Mysteries and other novels

“Crescent Dawn” by Clive and Dirk Cussler is the latest in the Dirk Pitt adventure series. “The Finkler Question” by Howard Jacobson is a humorous but penetrating novel that takes on the most controversial issues facing Jews. “Shoot To Thrill” by P. J. Tracy is another thriller featuring the Monkeewrench computer geeks crew. “Of Love and Evil” by Anne Rice is a new metaphysical thriller of angels and assassins set in times past. “Sweet and Deadly” by Charlaine Harris is a Southern mystery by the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series.

Quotable quote

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France (1844-1927), French poet, journalist and novelist.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Sue Kehret, Alex Lane, Susan Thorpe, Beverly Warburton and Codie Wilson.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs, and to reserve books from the comfort of your home, visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.