Two more books are out from our house to yours

One of the two new books by Richard H. Nilsen is shown. (Photo submitted)

So, guys, since I released my book “Training Wheels” last month, not to be outdone, Herman (aka Richard H. Nilsen) has come out with two books.

Apparently while still working on his third installment on the Hallum Johnson Adirondack Mystery series, he decided to put out a collection of stories along with a short “spiritual” memoir called “Short Rounds.”

But with Easter Sunday upon us (let alone April Fools’ Day), Richard has also released a photo book of full color photography called “A Garden Voyage.”

I should also add we are in the midst of Passover Week which began at sundown Friday (Good Friday for Christians) and ends at nightfall next Saturday.

“A Garden Voyage” is neither a spoof nor a religious tome, but just a record of his day at Central Park in Schenectady last summer among the flower gardens, fountains and sculpture there. And with spring finally starting to look like a reality (or “Mud Season” here in Caroga Lake) it is a time to celebrate new growth and the beauty of plant life.

One of the two new books by Richard H. Nilsen is shown. (Photo submitted)

In his Short Rounds collection, Richard states he tried to make the contents “as eclectic” as possible with mystery, horror and even science fiction included with unpublished poems and his short spiritual memoir called “Faith Came Easy.”

For “A Garden Voyage,” Editor Shawn M. Tomlinson states, “There’s a garden in Central Park. No, not that Central Park. The other one, in Schenectady, the ‘Place Beyond the Pines.’

In the midst of a city trying to rebirth itself, revive itself from its industrial past, there is a patch of beauty most residents don’t even know exists.”

For those who would like to see the colors, details and celebrate the new life and hope that spring can bring, I recommend this “coffee table” photo book to you without reservation.

You can find his books (and mine) at Mysteries on Main Street in Johnstown, Canada Lake Store in Town of Caroga and for those out-of-town at,, and

Happy Easter, Passover and Spring everyone!

 Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake, in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website . You can also follow her on Facebook under Kathryn Phillips-Spira, where her columns will also be posted.