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Ava’s “cute” and wears “adorable glasses” but she’s really a fierce monster slayer. When her beloved Piggy is left in the basement, Ava knows she’ll have to face the ferocious monsters lurking in the dark to rescue her favorite stuffed animal.

It’s the fall of ’82, and Jessica Turner has finally been set free, entering a public high school after being homeschooled. But her mother wears a frown and her father wears his Colt .45s, with a warning: no dating allowed. Seeking warmth, Jessica finds herself in a secret relationship with bad boy Paul Peterson. When the relationship–and Jessica’s pregnancy–are discovered, Paul will be dead by nightfall.

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  • September 10th, Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bensenville Artists & Authors Fair at Fischer Farms, 16W680 Grand Ave., Bensenville, IL.  I will be selling & signing Home from Within & Ava the Monster Slayer. Hope to see you there!
  • September 11th, Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Fall Festival at the Children’s Lighthouse; 2600 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60618. This event features fall themed games, face painting, snacks and a Miss Jamie Concert at 3pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Children of all ages are welcome. Rain or shine. Please RSVP using the Children’s Lighthouse link above. I’ll be reading Ava the Monster Slayer around 2:30 p.m. and selling/signing books.

  •  September 18th, Sunday from 11-2 p.m. Story Sessions at the City Winery,1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL, 60607.  I’ll be sharing how a positive pregnancy test saved me from failing out of college. This month’s Story Sessions assignment is “Pass/Fail”, stories of flying colors and abject flunks. Join us for a brunch that features the musical musings of Wallace and seven true tales from some of Chicago’s finest storytellers! Tickets are required, $12. Click here to purchase! 

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