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Celebrate Authors adds more mystery, psychology to Sept. 18 event


Celebrate Authors 2022 will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at Thomas Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., with nearly 50 local and regional artists participating.

Here are more of this year’s participating authors.

  • Amy M. Bennett is the author of the Black Horse Campground cozy mystery series, set in fictional Bonney County, New Mexico and featuring humor, romance, local flavor and engaging characters. Her first book, “End of the Road,” won the 2012 Dark Oak Mystery Contest and launched the series, which introduced Corrie Black, the young woman who owns the campground, and Sheriff Rick Sutton and Detective J.D. Wilder – both rivals and good friends. The eighth book, “In the Heat of the Moment,” was released earlier this year. Bennett is writing a ninth book. She lives in Bent, New Mexico with her husband and son and works in Ruidoso, where she got the inspiration for her mystery novels. Bennett has been writing stories since she learned how to spell and firmly believes that everyone should write the kind of book they want to read.
  • Roberto P. Jacquez and his wife, Maria “Toni” Jacquez, co-authored “Letters to a Child Therapist.” The short book follows a question-and-answer format written to a therapist by parents of children under 12 years old searching for answers to real-life behavioral problems. Roberto Jacquez was in the mental health field for more than 40 years, including more than 20 years as a professional mental health provider in private practice. Toni Jacquez has more than 15 years volunteering with school and state parent-teacher organizations. Roberto and Toni have been married for more than 50 years and have three adult children and seven grandchildren. They live in Chamberino, New Mexico. Roberto is also the author of “Amor in Life and Death.”
  • Susan Finlay is the author of 16 published novels, most of them with international settings, including the Tangled Roots genealogical mystery series. Along with writing a wide array of mysteries, current-day, historical, young adult and time travel, she is an avid reader. One of the things Finlay likes best about reading novels is that you aren’t just seeing words. With a well-written book, you’re seeing a movie in your head, feeling what the characters feel and visiting interesting places. That’s why she wanted to learn to write. She wanted to create that kind of experience. Finlay was born in Germany, raised in the United States and moved to Las Cruces last year with her husband, daughter and cats.

After the event, Moonbow will make a monetary donation to the Children’s Literacy Reading Alliance and to Spay Neuter Action Program (SNAP).  Guests and authors can donate contribute at the event.

The event is free to both authors and the public.

For more information, contact Alice Davenport at 575-527-1411 and adavenport@totacc.com.

Celebrate Authors 2022