The Ink Penn’s Books of the Week: Meet the authors who will be at Lemonade Days (Part 2)

by Kathy Manos Penn (The Ink Penn) for The Aha! Connection

Get acquainted with more of our local authors whose books will be available at the Local Authors Bookstore April 27-28. Imagine finding all the books you need for your summer reading without ever visiting Amazon.  

Peter Bein is the author of the memoir, “Maxwell’s Suitcase.” When Peter discovered a hidden suitcase, concealed for forty years in his Brooklyn home, it compelled him to make an appointment with his past, and he has taken a decade-long spiritual journey to find his way home. The son of a Holocaust survivor, Peter teaches writing at a small college in North Georgia.

Jeremy Logan writes suspense thrillers.“The Trigger Effect” is the tale of Two teenagers found dead behind a grocery store and how their deaths trigger a chain reaction that infects everyone they touched, revealing secrets, perversion, and violence beyond measure.

Robin Conte is a suburban mother of four who has entertained metro Atlanta readers for years with her award-winning column, Robin’s Nest. Written with warmth and wit, her essays explore family life in the 21st century. Find forty-nine of her favorite columns in the collection titled “The Best of the Nest.” 

Paul Schenk’s Great Ways to Sabotage a Good Conversation” describes the nine “language traps” with well-known cartoonists providing fun examples of each. “The Hypnotic Use of Waking Dreams: Exploring Near-Death Experiences Without the Flatline” looks at one way that hypnosis can be used to help people explore the origin of an issue by means of what the author calls a “waking dream.”

Erskine Hawkins, Jr. is the author of “Stepchild,” the saga of the Gibsons, Adrienne and Josh, a fictional contemplation of love and race in America in the post-civil rights movement era. Set in Atlanta, Georgia, during the 1980s, it chronicles the love affair of Josh, a dispirited soul haunted by tragedy, and Adrienne, the love of his life. 

Dunn Neugebauer is a Sandy Springs native, a Holy Innocents’ employee, and the author of “Rock Bottom, Then Up Again,” a collection of 71 essays, many of which are about HIES students, growing up in Georgia, and life as an Atlanta resident. He describes the book as “Rated G,” with the essays taking on a spiritual, humorous or sports-related tone.

Bryan Powell is the author of “Loving Miss Bessie.” Says Bryan, “Miss Bessie is everyone’s crazy aunt, spooky neighbor, beloved grandmother, and dearest friend. She can be brutally honest, painfully funny, sweet as honey and prickly as a pear.”

Eileen Cooley has written both a nonfiction book, “Newly Widowed, Now Socially Awkward: Facing Interpersonal Challenges After Loss,” and a children’s book, “Why Do My Feet Say YES When My Head Says NO?”

Sharon Vines is the author of “Artist Wife.”  In this story of love, intrigue, and triumph, you’ll meet Grace, a sheltered daddy’s girl from a supportive middle-class family who enters college as an art major and soon marries one of her professors.

Eugene Vezina was inspired to write “Dementia of the Mind but not the Heart” as he cared for his wife. A celebration of marriage and faith, the book provides strength, encouragement, and useful advice for anyone dealing with Alzheimer’s.

Brian Brown’sThe Heart of a King” is an ageless storybook of bravery, discovery, and love, highlighted by lush, detailed, and whimsical illustrations.

Jennifer Wilson, our youngest author, has written her second book, “Love Letters to the NSA,” a collection of poetry that takes readers through a journey of love, loss, and coping with a psychotic mental illness.

Kathy is a Sandy Springs resident. Find her books, “Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch” and “The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday,” at the Enchanted Forest and on Amazon. Contact her at, follow her on Facebook,, and/or read her blogs at

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