TONIGHT — JUNE 10 — 7 PM
Former residents and Lyons High School graduates, Carol Roth Englehaupt and Martha Gilstrap Verlander will be at the library for a book talk and signing of their respective titles. Carol, who was born in Kingman, KS and spent her school years in Lyons, is a mother, grandmother, caregiver, and author writing as C.L. Roth. She is in Kansas launching a new series. Her book, BONE WEARY, is a mystery that takes place in the small fictional town of Weary, KS. Roth uses her love of the Flint Hills, her family ties to Coffey County, and her experience as a caregiver for her son, Joshua, in the crafting of this new series. BONE WEARY is book #1 in a projected three book trilogy. She has also written COSMIC SHIFT, a middle grade fantasy story. Both books are available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Createspace. Carol is the June featured author at the Kansas Writers Association. Additionally, she is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.
Martha Gilstrap has been writing almost as long as she’s been reading. Always lured by the magic and the wondrous, she has chosen fantasy as her genre. Her books ELEGY: THE BLACK DIAMOND and A SPRIG OF ADVENTURE will be featured. In addition to writing, Martha has a continued interest in martial arts though no longer actively training. She earned a 5th-degree black belt and membership in the elite Oyata Shin Shu Ho Ryu organization within Ryu-Te®. She says, “The rank isn’t that important – what I learned is what matters – but it shows a solid background for writing fight scenes in my stories.” Her family’s oral tradition claims descent from the legendary Leif Erickson, the discoverer of America-a tale of which she is inordinately proud, although her mother always wondered why she’d claim “that old pirate.” Martha has ridden motorcycles, owned her own dojo, trained on the grounds of an Okinawan castle destroyed in WWII, and edited and published an international karate newsletter. She’s taught Latin to grade-school children, worn a bite sleeve for a Rottweiler “attack,” was thrown by a horse twice within five minutes, spent New Year’s Eve on the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, and survived a tropical storm in Acapulco. She’s visited wolves (well socialized, of course) in their pen, played with horny toads, petted snakes, rode an elephant, and once sang with the band on a yacht in Acapulco Bay. Martha has long standing ties to the community. Her father was the minister at the First Christian Church for a number of years.