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Ellen Raine–Live!

Visit Ellen Raine Saturday morning at the Loveland Library.  She will be introducing her latest publication Splat! Meet the author and get your autographed copy.

See you there!

Saturday, October 7, 2017 –

2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Loveland Public Library will be sponsoring a Local Authors Showcase on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 2:00-5:00pm. Come meet Northern Colorado’s finest Authors as you browse their works, shop for books and have them autographed.

Loveland Public Library – Gertrude Scott Room & Galleria
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Storytime with Renate G. Justin

201 South College Ave
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Phone: 970.482.278

Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate

Friday, January 20 – Opens to the public during regular museum hours

Storytime with Renate Justin

Wednesday, January 25- 11:30 AM 


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A Long Journey by Renate G. Justin

A Long Journey is the true sory of how a seven-year-old girl and her doll survived the Holocaust.  Justin relates her childhod experience through the eyes of her doll Giesela.

This sensitive topic is gently delivered through the eyes of a doll.  Dr. Justin gives us hope for a world of kindness and love.

All illustrations are authentic World War II artifacts.

Available at

If you are in the Northern Colorado area, check out Wolverine Books 114 North College Drive in Old Town, and have a cup of coffee while you peruse the books!

Wolverine Books now has a variety of children’s books from Crystal Publishing LLC.

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Buy your books at a FOCO Craft Fair

Our very talented Deanna Estes will be selling books and assorted items this today.  Be sure to check out her table. Blemished Beauty and A Long Journey will be on sale for $10–designed by Deanna Estes.


Holiday Craft Fair

November 17th and 18th

9 AM to 3 PM on both days

Skyline Community Center in Skyline Community Park

2211 W. Mulberry Street in Ft. Collins, CO


















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Romance is HEA

If you’re looking for romance in all the wrong places, check out Crystal Publishing @

Blemished Beauty by Brenda Hodnett has been released.  The launch will be October 13-15 in Salt Lake City. Stop by and meet the author.  Details of Brenda’s signings will be announced as we get closer to the date.

Blemished Beauty will be available at Deseret Books, King’s English, Weller Book Works in Salt Lake and Wolverine Books in Colorado.

Stay tuned as our audience grows.  Romance is your Happy Ever After!

Cover by Deanna Estes, Lotus Design

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Romance is Hot

Romance is one of the best-selling genres right now.  Blemished Beauty is available.  Be forewarned:  sweet dreams.  The characters are striking; and yes, there is a HEA (happy ever after ending).

Appropriate for young adult audiences and sheer delight for older readers.  Copies available at

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Historical Non-fiction for Children

Renate G. Justin has had a remarkable life.  Her story, A Long Journey, will bring tears to your eyes.  A Holocaust survivor, Renate wrote this book to explain this moment in history to her grandchildren.  @crystalpubs2014

In 1934, Renate received a Kaethe Kruse doll.  She named her Giesela.  Renate’s sister later received her Kaethe Kruse doll.

Renate tells her story by using the dolls to help temper the atrocities.  In fact, it is because of these dolls, the two sisters were able to survive.  Sent to Holland before the situation became more intense, the sisters talk to the dolls and in return, the dolls bring them comfort.

When the girls are joined by their father and mother, they seek asylum in the US.  However, despite their hopes of safety, the family discovers hatred lurks everywhere.

Renate’s granddaughter was murdered on a college campus simply because she was what she was:  Jewish.  Renate went on to medical school.  She practiced medicine in Colorado.

Three generations later, the two dolls are still in the family.  The dolls represent hope and dreams for all those persecuted.

The pictures in the book are authentic and represent a period of history that should not be denied, underrated, or rewritten.  This is a powerful story for the young and old alike.

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