Tuesday, April 30, 2013



            “The Silverville Saga” series of books by local authors Kym O’Connell-Todd and Mark Todd continues to grow with the publication this week of “Little Greed Men.”
            This was preceded earlier this year by the publication of “All Plucked Up.”
            Both books were published by Raspberry Creek Books, Ltd., of Gunnison.
            “Little Greed Men” was published originally in 2006 under the title “The Silverville Swindle” by Ghost Road Press of Denver. Raspberry Creek Books and the Todds agreed to publish a series of books based on the first one and decided to change the title of the original novel, which has since been revised for publication as the first in a series.
            The Todds are at work on a third book in the “Silverville Saga.”
            The books are all set in the small fictitious Colorado mountain town of Silverville, which some say reminds them of Gunnison.
            “Little Greed Men” sets the stage for the other books in the series and is built around the question: What happens when a town’s local resident spots a UFO?
            In this case, Silverville sees nothing but dollar signs 
            The book description invites readers to “ride along on this irreverent adventure that reveals Colorado mountain culture at its most outrageous and where just about everybody shares in the madness of money, murder and mayhem.”
            The book was nominated for the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Fiction Award and has been placed on the Washington Center for the Book recommended reading list at the Library of Congress.
            The humorous science fiction novel has been praised by reviewers including the late Ed Quillen, a syndicated columnist for the Denver Post and co-publisher of Colorado Central magazine who called it “a howling funny ride all the way.” He asked “how far will a mountain town go to get more tourists? Clear to Arcturus, maybe, and along the way to the stars, there are con men, scam artists, hustlers, perhaps even a few honest citizens.”
            “Little Greed Men” is the first book in the series with “All Plucked Up” the second. The third, tentatively titled “The Magicke Outhouse,” is scheduled for publication later this year or in early 2014.
            Both current books in the series are available at local bookstores, via Amazon.com or at Barnes and Noble online.  A Kindle e-book will be available soon.


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