Secret Rockford Anthology is Now Available!

We are happy to announce the release of our latest anthology, Secret Rockford, edited by Michael Kleen, with a forward by Jim Phelps.

Secret Rockford edited by Michael KleenWhat do you really know about Rockford, Illinois? Secret Rockford pulls back the curtain to reveal the hidden side of life in the Forest City. Join us as we go behind the headlines to explore the interesting people, places, and events that make our city unique. On these pages, you will find the unconventional, gritty, and sometimes shocking truth.

This anthology contains many snapshots of life in Rockford: A history of Mattison Machine Works. The battle over a mural in Roosevelt Junior High School. The story of a simple basketball game with a shoeless youth. The truth about local connections to organized crime. Infamous murders. The day Santa Claus fell from the sky. All are merely a peek behind the curtain, but each contains meaningful truths about our Rockford experience.

Men and women from all walks of life have come together to share their stories in this anthology. They are journalists, teachers, writers, photographers, entrepreneurs, or just average citizens who are being published for the first time. All have a deep and abiding interest in their community.

Contributors include Jeff Havens, Brandon Reid, Kathi Kresol, Jim Phelps, Kevin Rilott, Dan Creviston, Ted Biondo, D.B. Lane, Ernie Fuhr, Heath Alberts, Nicole Lindsay, Stanley Campbell, Karen Mahieu Lyddon, Scott Farrell, Jami Beck, and Michael Kleen.

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Secret Rockford is Now Available for Pre-Order

Secret Rockford edited by Michael KleenWith its official release date nearing, Secret Rockford is now available for pre-order.

What do you really know about Rockford, Illinois? Secret Rockford, a new anthology from Black Oak Media, pulls back the curtain to reveal the hidden side of life in the Forest City. Join us as we go behind the headlines to explore the interesting people, places, and events that make our city unique.

Pre-Orders of Secret Rockford will be accepted for one week between January 13 and January 20, 2014. Pre-orders will ship on Friday, January 24, 2014. After that, the book will be available in local retail stores, as well as Amazon.com and for Nook and Kindle e-readers. Secret Rockford will retail for $16.95.

Secret Rockford contains many snapshots of life in the Forest City: A history of Mattison Machine Works. The battle over a mural in Roosevelt Middle School. The story of a simple basketball game with a shoeless youth. The truth about local connections to organized crime. Infamous murders. The day Santa Claus fell from the sky. All are merely a peek behind the curtain, but each contains meaningful truths about our Rockford experience.

Men and women from all walks of life have come together to share their stories in this anthology. They are journalists, teachers, writers, photographers, entrepreneurs, or just average citizens who are being published for the first time. All have a deep and abiding interest in their community.

For information on how to pre-order Secret Rockford, please visit http://www.secretrockford.com/pre-order.html

List of Secret Rockford Contributors Revealed

Secret RockfordSecret Rockford, a new anthology written by and for Rockfordians, is nearing its date of release. We have chosen 18 of the most interesting articles and short stories submitted to us. Topics range from the meteor buried under East High School, to the Simon Peter Nelson Murders, the struggle over Rockford’s abortion clinic, the skydiving Santa tragedy, and much more.

Contributors to our anthology come from all walks of life. They are journalists, teachers, writers, business owners, photographers, politicians, or just average citizens who are being published for the first time. All have a deep and abiding interest in their community.

Contributors include Jeff Havens, Brandon Reid, Kathi Kresol, Jim Phelps, Kevin Rilott, Dan Creviston, Ted Biondo, D.B. Lane, Ernie Fuhr, Heath Alberts, Nicole Lindsay, Stanley Campbell, Karen Mahieu Lyddon, Scott Farrell, Jami Beck, and Michael Kleen.

Secret Rockford
will be published by Black Oak Media, Inc. and released in late January, 2014. Our anthology will feature nonfiction articles, short stories, poetry, artwork, and photography revealing the hidden side of life in the Forest City.

Join us as we go behind the headlines and explore the interesting people, places, and events that make our city unique. Secret Rockford will expose the unconventional, gritty, and sometimes shocking truth.

For more information about the project, please visit http://www.secretrockford.com or https://www.facebook.com/secretrockford

Secret Rockford Anthology Accepting Submissions

Secret RockfordRockford, Illinois – What secrets does the Forest City hide? Secret Rockford is a new anthology written by and for Rockfordians, to be published by Black Oak Media, Inc. and released in 2014. Our anthology will feature nonfiction articles, short stories, poetry, artwork, and photography revealing the hidden side of life in the Forest City.

Join us as we go behind the headlines and explore the interesting people, places, and events that make our city unique. Secret Rockford will expose the unconventional, gritty, and sometimes shocking truth.

What we are looking for: Nonfiction articles about Rockford politics, business, environment, and culture. Literary urban fiction (short stories set in Rockford). Rockford-themed art, photography, and poetry.

Submission Period: November 1 – December 21, 2013
Reading Period: December 22 – 28, 2013
Final Decisions Announced: December 30, 2013
Publication and Distribution: January 13, 2014

For more information about the project, guidelines, and how to contribute, please visit www.secretrockford.com or www.facebook.com/secretrockford

Even More History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois is Now Available!

We are happy to announce the release of Even More History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois: The 618 Files by Bruce Cline and Tracey Todd Bragg.

Even More History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline and Tracey Todd BraggSouthern Illinois can be a strange and fascinating place. Just ask Bruce Cline and the Little Egypt Ghost Society. They have been exploring the mysteries of “Area 618” for more than six years. In the third book of their “History, Mystery, and Hauntings” trilogy, they bring you some of the most interesting stories yet uncovered.

Does a monster glide through the waters of Stump Pond?  Does a ghost named Henry haunt Shryock Auditorium? Where are the Herrin Massacre victims buried? Don’t be left in the dark. From ghosts in the attic, to the legend of Pott’s Inn, to the home of outlaws and bootleggers and beyond, join the Little Egypt Ghost Society as they explore some of Illinois’ oldest and most interesting places!

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Tales of Coles County Now Available

The 10th Anniversary Edition of Tales of Coles County, Illinois was formally released today. Long before TV stations like SyFy and the Travel Channel took an interest in the area, Michael Kleen was researching and writing about remarkable episodes from the county’s past. With a blend of fact and fiction, Tales of Coles County is a unique look at the history and places that make Coles County such an interesting place to visit.

First published in 2004, Tales of Coles County, Illinois by Michael Kleen follows the journey of four students from Eastern Illinois University who are stranded in an old cabin during a storm. The elderly couple who live there tell the students four stories, each related to Coles County history: a battle with Indians near Blakeman’s Mill, the Charleston Riot, the Coles County Poor Farm, and the body found at Airtight Bridge. After one night, these students will never look at Coles County the same way.

The 10th Anniversary Edition of Tales of Coles County will also feature a section on the legends and lore of Coles County. With everything from haunted houses, to the Mad Gasser of Mattoon, ghost towns, and buried treasure, this book will leave no stone unturned. The new edition will include four new places not appearing in any previous edition, as well as nearly a dozen photos.

Michael Kleen lived in Coles County from 2000 to 2008 and received his BA in philosophy and MA in history from Eastern Illinois University. He currently lives in Rockford, Illinois where he owns an independent publishing company, Black Oak Media, Inc. He has written several books, including Haunting Illinois: A Tour Guide to the Weird and Wild Places of the Prairie State.

Upcoming events will be posted at the book’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ColesCountyTales

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