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Local writes vampire novel

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Local author David B. Riley’s new vampire novel, “The Brotherhood,” has been released just in time for Halloween. The brothers of St. Andrew’s Monastery have kept a very dark secret for centuries – they’re vampires. The story spans 2000 years and takes up the premise of what would happen if a bunch of vampires accepted Christianity and gave up killing people. The answer, for these monks, proves very complicated. The author describes the book as a character-driven vampire novel, written for people who like horror fiction that is entertaining, but not exceptionally gruesome. The book is currently available from bookstores, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com or directly from the publisher at http://www.publishamerica.com. The list price is $19.95.Riley has written short stories for over 15 years. This is his first published novel. He also has a second novel under contract with another publisher, which is due out early next year.Local artist wants to paint your gardenLocal artist Cindy Harlan Youse wants to paint your garden. She has painted all of her life. Her landscapes, garden scenes and still lifes have appeared in National Juried Exhibitions and private collections nationwide. “My artistic goals are to share an appreciation of and the naturalistic representation of something beautiful, be it a garden scene, organic forms of nature, an expressive face or my fellow artists in action,” Youse said in a press release.Youse’s paintings are almost always executed alla prima, working wet into wet, thick paint over thin paint, all in one session. If you would like her to paint your garden, contact her at her Edwards studio at 926-1333.Poetry contest open to Vail Valley residentsThe International Library of Poetry has announced that $58,000 in prizes will be awarded this year in the International Open Poetry Contest. The deadline for the contest is Sept. 30.”Any poet, whether previously published or not, can be a winner,” said Christina Baylon, contest director. To enter, send one original poem to: The International Library of Poetry/Suite 19920/1 Poetry Plaza/Owings Mills, MD 21117. The poem should be 20 lines or less, and the poet’s name and address should appear on the top of the page. You may also enter online at http://www.poetry.com.Vail, Colorado


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