Shifting Sands Short Stories book press release

Local author pens Shifting Sands book of short stories

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July 25, 2017

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Emma Palova





Lowell, MI- Local author Emma Palova of Lowell has published the book Shifting Sands Short Stories, formats kindle and paperback, now available on Amazon for $7.99 and $11.99.

Palova’s book will also be available at the Kent District (KDL) libraries, the Hastings Public Library and in Big Rapids.

She will have a book signing event at the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse museum on September 16 & 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the Fallasburg Fall Fest and the Fallasburg village bazaar, with more local author events to be announced. The public is welcome.

The Shifting Sands Short Stories book is a collection of 13 short stories that Palova wrote and collected over the span of more than two decades. The fiction’s genre is magic realism, a combination of fantasy with reality.

“In magic realism you combine the fictitious with fantasy and sometimes you use real characters to model the fictitious characters,” Palova said. “It can be a hybrid. I don’t write about Martians. I write about real people.”

Palova started writing for the Czechoslovak Newsweek based in New York City in 1990 upon arrival in the USA. She initially wrote a column, “A Place for Commentary” in Czech.

Many of the stories are based on experiences Palova has had during her time living and working in the greater Lowell area,  West Michigan.

“I am passionate about the hometowns in Midwest America their characters and personalities,” she said. “They are a hardy bunch.”

Palova has been writing for the area publications since 1997 when she launched her journalistic career with Kaechele Publications in Allegan. In 1998, she joined the staff of the Ionia-Sentinel Standard where she received awards for community reporting from the Ionia Chamber of Commerce in 2000 and the Ionia County Community Mental Health, 2003. In 2011, she received an award from American Legion for covering veterans’ events. In 2015, Palova also had a community blog in the Ionia Sentinel-Standard.

Palova worked as a correspondent for the Grand Rapids Press, the Advance Newspapers, Gemini Publications and the Lowell Ledger.

Palova is currently working on the second volume of stories, as well as on the memoir “Greenwich Meridian, where East meets West” about the Konecny family immigration saga from Czechoslovakia to the USA.

She is preparing her first novel, “Fire on Water” based on her communist experience for publication.

Palova has a lifetime passion for history and politics. She does social media marketing for the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS), and she is working with the Tri-River Historical Museum Network.

“I am deeply humbled by the opportunities this country has given me,” Palova said.

Shifting Sands Short Stories on Amazon, author’s page

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Pure joy

Watching pur French granddaughter Ella perform during Vacation Bible School Wilderness Adventures through the Sacraments 2017 at Saint Pat’s School was pure joy.

It came as a reprieve after hectic months of working on the Shifting Sands Short Stories new book that has just come out on Amazon. 

My husband Ludek and I get to be with her only once a year, but for a magic time in summer. 

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Be Grateful For All The Good In Your Life Today

Today I am grateful for everything in my life.
That includes my new book Shifting Sands Short Stories with the July sun shining on it, for our French granddaughter Ella who is attending Saint Pat’s school in Parnell, for this morning’s mass at Saint Pat’s with a sense of urgency and for the Picnic Pops concert tonight in Cannonsburg with the band Chicago performing.

I am grateful for my parents Ella and Vaclav Konecny  who attended my first book signing on July 16 at the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse museum.

A friend said how appropriate the 1872 schoolhouse setting was for a family of educators. Yes, it dawned on me later how many years my dad had dedicated to the education of others and his own.

He learned two new languages Spanish and French at an advanced age due to his persistence and determination.

He will be celebrating his 83rd birthday this weekend.

Happy birthday, dad. You have been the inspiration of my life.

Your infinite persistence is uprising.
Summer 2017 is the best summer in my life.
Thank you for following me on the Storyteller2017 route from writer journalist to author.

You make me who I am.
Love always,

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Book trailers Happy Ever After & more

The upcoming book trailer to Shifting Sands Short Stories reveals the underlying forces that push over the edge characters like the obsessive professor Martin Duggan in the Temptation of Martin Duggan. 

Professor Martin buries his obsessions in his wife’s garden.

The characters shift their destinies like the grains of sand in an hour glass to emerge victorious or defeated in face of adversity.

Visit author’s profile page on Amazon 

Review stories on Goodreads at Emma_Palova

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