Local Authors Night - Aaron N. Hall, Kyle Denning, and Christopher David Borcik
Love Letters to a House on Fire is a collection of stories, letters, poems, and ransom notes that contain thoughtful and quirky observations on the world we live in. Follow along through science fiction- and fantasy-inspired tales of adventure, conspiracy, betrayal, and determination. Enjoy poems exploring themes of love, life, nature, faith, and mental health. Finish by reading the ransom notes documenting a botched kidnapping that blossomed into a family blood feud. These are love letters to the deep parts of ourselves and the parts of the world burning at our feet.
In My Name is Hammerfist, we are introduced to the grimy metropolis of Citytown and meet Herman Fitzgerald, a down-on-his-luck community college graduate. He's broke. He's lonely. And he's missing his right hand after a car crash with a toxic waste truck. When he (naturally) develops powers from the accident, the eccentric Doctor Sidney Saskatoon persuades Herman to fight crime for an exorbitant full-time salary. How? Replace his severed hand with a metal hammer and whack baddies into submission. Sure, his money problems are over, but what Herman discovers in the underbelly of Citytown is danger, friendship, conspiracy, and betrayal. Note: ***THIS IS A NOVEL, NOT A COMIC BOOK OR GRAPHIC NOVEL***
In Foreordained, a poor boy named Jason has been called by the Sacred Dragon to rule Nezmyth. The kingdom is in shambles and hope is spread thin. King Barnabas has ruled for decades, casting everything into poverty and decay. But Jason has been Foreordained by the Sacred Dragon to replace him. At age seventeen, the youth must endure a year of tests before he can rise up to the throne. Will he survive? King Barnabas will retain his power at any cost—so is it worth the suffering of the people he loves? The kingdom? His life? Jason must rely on the Sacred Dragon and become something greater than he is, or Nezmyth will continue to crumble.
About the Author
Aaron N. Hall, a #1 Amazon bestselling author, currently resides near the snowy mountains of Salt Lake City. He loves movies, classic literature, The Legend of Zelda, and probably your dog.
In 2017, he graduated summa cum laude from Utah Valley University with a degree in Public Relations. During school, he worked in fast food, sold neckties, interned for a local startup, and did photography to help pay the rent. Since graduating, he's worked various jobs in copywriting, video production, project management, and marketing strategy. Through it all, his true passion has been storytelling. He started writing his first novel at age fifteen and spent a lot of his teen years writing songs, poetry, and short stories. He's been a worldwide-published author since 2014, and his stories are waiting for you.
If you like epic fantasy with swords, magic, and memorable characters, he recommends that you start with Foreordained, Book 1 of The Wevlian Chronicles. If you’re into hilarious and exciting superhero adventures, he suggests My Name is Hammerfist. If you’d like a delightful sampler of fantasy and sci-fi stories, you should sign up for my newsletter to get a free copy of I’m Sorry, Here’s a Plasma Rifle. His latest book, Love Letters to a House on Fire, will also appeal to speculative fiction lovers, and includes a fair number of poems.
Kyle Denning shares insight, critique, wisdom and humor from a 128-day, 36,000 nautical mile Grand World Voyage on Holland America Line's Zuiderdam in his memoir, Musings from 128 Days Around the World. And experienced cruiser, Denning includes 67 essays about life on the high seas and visits to over 30 countries and 60 ports of call. He writes of people, history, arts, culture, economy, geography, flora and fauna from around the world. Replete with the wonders of the natural world, together with inspirational art, architecture, and individuals, Denning also includes light and humorous observations of life aboard ship. He describes his world cruise as "a geographical, historic, geological, cultural, religious, political, dialectic, oceanic, biological, musical, culinary, botanical, artistic, and navigational class . . . on steroids." In other words, an experience like no other.
About the Author
Born in Rexburg, Idaho and raised in Idaho Falls, Kyle Denning enrolled at BYU as an art major after graduating high school. He switched his major to advertising after one semester, then switched again to business management after the second semester. Finally, he settled on accounting after his third semester. During his business career as a CPA and a commercial land broker in Southern California, he largely put aside his favorite pastimes of writing and painting. During those years, as well, he and his wife, Christeen, raised five beautiful daughters. Then in 2001, after being gifted a set of oil paints, he delved back into his art, becoming involved with local art associations and entering a few shows. In 2018, he and Christeen moved to St. George, where he really began to focus on art, ending up winning over twenty different honors and awards. His medium of choice is oil paint and he has served on the Board of Directors for the Southern Utah Art Guild. In January of 2023, he and his wife embarked on the around the world cruise that would lead to his book. He's also currently working on a series of paintings inspired by his travels around the world.
"Even this Nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground and when the constitution is upon the brink of ruin this people will be the staff upon which the Nation shall lean, and they shall bear the constitution away from the very verge of destruction."
This quote was from a discourse by Joseph Smith Jr. (the prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) on July 19, 1840, as reported by Martha Jane Knowlton. Martha Jane was a recent convert to the Church. She was so convinced of Joseph's prophetic calling that she recorded every discourse she heard him deliver.
Born 120 years later, Christopher David Borcik, also a convert to the Church at the age of 32, lived an ordinary life by worldly standards until he experienced an event in 1995 that changed the course of his life. It was not the first experience that altered the direction of his life, but one that he is ready to share publicly and could impact you!
The common thread between Chris’ experience and the prophetic utterance by Joseph Smith is the United States Constitution. Article II, Section 1, clause 5 reads, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”
The event that Chris candidly shares occurred the same year he “attained to the Age of thirty-five Years” making him “eligible to that Office.” Concerned for the direction of our nation, with a strong sense of duty, Chris shares many of his life’s experiences that have molded and shaped his character which he believes is the most important criteria you and I need to look for when evaluating candidates for the “Office of President.”
About the Author
Christopher David Borcik graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 and distinguished himself from his Navy peers as a front runner before departing for a 30-year flying career at a major U.S. airline. He also served as an instructor pilot for navigators in the Navy and the B-757/767 for his airline. He has served in multiple volunteer capacities in his community and church. He married his bride of 40 years, Chandra, in 1983, and they are the parents of four sons. Their posterity includes three beautiful grandchildren. In his book, I Cannot Come Down, Chris candidly shares many stories and life experiences that will help reveal the mind and heart of a man who loves people, this nation, and its founding principles. It will clarify why he feels compelled to run, and win, as an Independent in this year's presidential race.