Local and regional authors and those with local ties have written novels, poetry and nonfiction on a variety of subjects.
The books and their authors are:
“Ten Thousand Gods: Book One in Tales of the Lalloure” by Sally C. Fink of Johnstown is a science fiction-fantasy novel containing love and suspense.
On the fantasy world Ertaetha, a catastrophic accident cuts off real time, but now realtimers have found their way back.
During the millennium in which they were gone, the Lalloure, an entirely new race, mutated into being.
They are telepathic, neutered and seemingly emotionless, living separately from the humans, with their lives and citadels protected by walls of ritual, tradition and stone.
On a routine pilgrimage, Rasong, a Lalloure, discovers a human child with abilities that appear almost Lallourean, and inadvertently bonds with her.
And when the realtimers begin to covet the rich, verdant planet that is perfect for agricultural development, the very existence of the Lallourean race is jeopardized.
Fink graduated at the top of her class from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1972.
Her book contains her own illustrations of maps and characters.
Fink has worked as a department store fashion illustrator, manager of a fabric store and copywriter-layout artist for The Tribune-Democrat, where she eventually was promoted to art director.
Best known as a costumer, Fink began costuming in 1973 when she entered a futuristic fashion design contest.
She also has made historical clothing in the Society for Creative Anachronism and recently returned to science fiction-fantasy conventions and competition costuming.
Fink has had more than a dozen one-woman costume and art-to-wear shows at local venues in western Pennsylvania.
From 2004 to 2011, one of her fantasy costumes, “The Iron Orchid,” was on exhibition in the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Wash.
“Ten Thousand Gods” is the first of four novels Fink began writing in 1988.
Book two in the series is “Gods of Crystal, Gods of Dreams,” due out in the spring; book three, “Gods of Changeling Love,” is expected in the summer or fall, and book four, “Gods in Flux and Flame,” and “Lalloure Dreams,” Fink’s short stories and poetry, are both due in 2014-15.
The first book of the series is available for $10.99 in paperback and 99 cents as an ebook on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and smashwords.com.
Fink’s website is www.lalloure.com.