Beach season is here, and no trip to the beach is complete without a juicy, interesting book in the beach bag. This week, we found a few books by San Diego area authors whose southern California roots shine through in their work. Whether caregivers, home care aides and loved ones enjoy history, romance or mystery, these local authors have something great for the first beach read of the summer.
The gritty streets of San Diego seem to inspire its reporters who use what they’ve seen in their fiction. Ron Argo is a San Diego author of thrillers and historical fiction – and former local reporter – whose most recent novel, Baby Love, was published in 2015. The story revolves around a San Diego reporter, cross-border human trafficking, and danger – elements that are familiar to anyone who watches the San Diego local news. Baby Love is the Winner of the 2016 Library Journal Indie Ebook Award in Mystery, and has 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Sarah Bates of Fallbrook spent many years as a freelance writer – for the Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News, the Chamber of Commerce, a travel company, and a book packager. Her short stories, published in newspapers and literary magazines, lead to novels. Her most recent novel, available on Amazon, is historical fiction about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a women’s rights pioneer and fervent abolitionist. The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton traces the path a young, privileged woman in the 1830s took as she imagined and began to fight for a freer, more equal world. Sarah is a writing tutor at Palomar College as well as the leader of a local writing group.
Loren Zahn is the pen name of a third-generation San Diegan who has written two romance/suspense/mystery thrillers set in San Diego. The series follows Theo Hunter through murder, misdeeds and murky secrets as she solves crimes while trying to stay alive. Loren’s most recent book, Sumerland: A Tale of Betrayal and Deliverance is a chilling ghost story based on real events in her own family’s history. All her novels are available on Amazon, and Loren’s next book will be “about politics, paranoia and San Diego craft beer.” We can’t wait!
Surfer, writer and teacher Chris Ahrens’ latest book Behold What Is Greater Than Thyself is a collection of stories in which surfing, and the ocean, are recurring characters. The sun-drenched scenes in the fictional and autobiographical stories will be familiar to San Diegans, and a fitting complement to a day spent soaking up the sun. Once you’re hooked on his story-telling, check out his other books, also available on Amazon. Chris lives in Cardiff, is a full-time writer, and teaches surfing to teenagers.