Lists and a FREE Book: Lists of Books and Films at Prescott’s Film Festival

For those who like lists and free stuff, this post is for you. The two lists are my ever-changing top seven must read books, this one limited to authors that have passed AND the films I’d see if I was at the Prescott Film Festival opening June 8, 2018. Scroll down for the link to the anthology free until June 10.


I took a Facebook challenge to list seven books I love. My self-imposed rule? Only books by authors no longer with us and ranked in no particular order. Check my Facebook Page to see my final list. I just posted day three. Who knows if I’ll alter this list tomorrow!

  1. A Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. The book made me a fan girl of Richard III and of forensic mysteries.
  2. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters. Discovered this book in a Boston bookstore ages ago. Who wouldn’t love a Victorian archeological mystery set in Egypt?
  3. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. Location brought back childhood memories of times I spent with my Pacific Grove grandparents.
  4. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. I was so obsessed with this book, a blend of fantasy and history of King Arthur, I named my first rescue cat Merlin.
  5. Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny. I don’t blame you if you believe his Princes of Amber series the best ever. I recommend Doorways just because it is science fiction at its best.
  6. Otherwise Known as Possum by Maria Laso. Destined to be a classic with a voice as distinctive as Scout’s in To Kill a Mockingbird.
  7. The Fifth Daughter by Jade Snow Wong. Captivated me in middle school. Memoir of growing up Chinese American in San Francisco.


I won’t  be attending the film festival as I heard about it too late. I spent a morning scouring the film guide and picked seven I’d see if I could attend the first three days of the nine day event at Yavapai College.

  1. A Boy called Sailboat. JK Simmons, a slanted house, and a ukulele come together in a small town.
  2. Downside Up. In a world where everyone has Down syndrome, a normal boy struggles to fit in.
  3. Swimming in the Desert. In a drought-stricken town, a 10-year-old girl challenges her grandfather to bring water back to the dry river.
  4. Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest. In the American Southwest, a unique species of wolf unlike any other is making a comeback. Considered extinct nearly 40 years ago, the little known Mexican gray wolf has slowly pulled back from the very brink, against all odds. Is it possible for man and wolf to coexist?
  5. Meercat Maantuig. (South Africa Meercat Moonship) A fearful 13-year-old visionary meets a little boy who spends his days training to be an astronaut, an enchanting magical journey of hope.
  6. Woman Walks Ahead. Stars Jessica Chastain. A New York widow is an artist in the 1890s who decides to walk away from her privileged lifestyle and head west to Dakota. She hopes to paint a portrait of Lakota holy man Sitting Bull.
  7.  I Got You Babe. An ambitious young woman must decide what she is willing to sacrifice should she marry her boyfriend before midnight to save him from the Vietnam War draft due to an executive order signed by President Johnson on August 26, 1965.


This just in! The anthology ebook is FREE for a very limited time. Grab it quick.

My short story, Last of the Skipjack, reveals a typical day in the life of an engineer—if she were the type to consider mass murder mere collateral damage to win a submarine program for NASA.

Murder, Mystery & Mayhem is available for e-readers and in paperback. Check it out for yourself and your favorite mystery, thriller and suspense reader family and friends.

If you like the anthology, I hope you’ll consider leaving a review on Amazon or Good Reads. Reviews really do help authors and readers.

Happy reading!


About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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