Spotlight on Idaho authors: Sally DeMasi, W. Thomas Faucher, Samuel Cronin

“Survival Quest: True Stories of How the Ordinary Do the Extraordinary”

by Sally DeMasi (McCall); Self-published ($14.95)

What gets us through physical or emotional crises? What helps us survive?

Sally DeMasi’s new book takes readers along on a personal journey, exploring the true stories of ordinary people doing the extraordinary.

These are normal people facing fear and taking risks — kayaking in extreme locations, facing storms in the backcountry, surviving an airplane crash in the jungle, and living through random accidents and unexpected disasters.

Most of them survive, but some don’t. What makes the difference? This is a book that explores what roles physical preparedness, emotional stability, spirituality and even luck play when the unexpected situation throws our future into question. Her conclusions may surprise you.

“Describing Color to the Blind: A Novel to Stir the Soul”

by W. Thomas Faucher (Boise); Outskirts Press ($19.95)

A woman hears a voice guide her for almost 70 years. She survives abuse and tragedy. In the year 1988 she wants her story to be told. But the interviewer is a skeptic, convinced at first that she is just a mentally imbalanced harmless old lady. He soon discovers that she is much more than that. It is a book about abuse and survival that raises many more questions than it answers.

“Warm Gold”

by Samuel Cronin (Kuna); CreateSpace ($16.95)

As an orphan living in the slums of Boston during the Civil War, Sollinger is betrayed by his belated father’s partner and sent to prison for 35 years. He is released into the bustling Industrialized America of 1896, minus an eye, and begins his personal quest to find not only his father, if he’s alive, but also a vein of gold, even though the Gold Rush has long since passed.

Driven west, physically ill, he arrives in Canyon City, where he learns of a mysterious, some say haunted, mine up in the mountains. What he finds is something he cannot live without — gold, of course, but of a purity more valuable than anything he’s sought before. He finds his son. His journey will draw him close to the writings of Job and will demand from him not only all the relationships around him, but also the depths of himself. His decisions will impact the mine, the miners, his family and the entire town of Canyon City, struck hard by the Depression of 1893.