KINGSTON — Outdoor writer and Kingston Elementary School principal Lane Walker is releasing his second book, Scarface’s Secret.
Walker’s first book in his Hometown Hunters Collection, The Legend of the Ghost Buck, was released in May. Since its release, the book has sold well with many positive reviews.
“I was blown away with the response of the first book. I never really doubted though, I had faith in the book. I knew it would do well. But it was still humbling to see the success of The Legend of the Ghost Buck,” Walker said.
Book No. 1: The Legend of the Ghost Buck has led Walker across the state speaking at schools, outdoor clubs and churches. He started working on Book No. 2 this past fall. He actually has 10 books mapped out in the series.
The collection is very unique.
It’s one of the only realistic fiction chapter books that focus on the outdoors.
“I felt a huge need for young hunters and families to have something to read. Reading is slowly becoming a lost art. While the book is aimed at kids, I have had a ton of adults and women buy the book and love it,” said Walker.
Walker added,” I grew up in a hunting family, my family takes hunting to a whole different level. My parents taught us some very valuable lessons while afield. Over the years, we’ve had a lot of great memories made while hunting and fishing, it’s a great place to learn and grow.”
Walker’s second book, Scarface’s Secret, takes place in a fictional town in Nebraska. Twins Kyle and Kent Morris are after a huge turkey that they nickname Scarface.
This isn’t your typical turkey hunt. The hunt takes a strange twist when the boys discover an old map. The map takes the boys on a magical treasure hunt. There is one big problem; someone else is after the treasure. This person will stop at nothing to claim the treasure for himself. The book is full of adventure and mystery. But most important to Walker, it delivers a positive moral message to the reader.
“I think it’s important to put strong values in my books. It’s a big part of my life, so I hope that people get more than just hunting from reading a book from my collection,” said Walker.
The book is available online and in-store at: Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Jay’s Sporting Goods. Locally, the book sells at The Redzone in Kingston, Wild John’s in Cass City and Gambles in Caro. While Walker sells a lot of books at the big stores, he is quick to point to the support from local retailers.
“The Redzone, Wild John’s and Gambles stepped up from the beginning. They were on board with the first book; we have sold a lot of books out of all three of those stores. I really appreciate their belief in the book collection,” said Walker.
Walker’s family, Henry and Margaret Passenger and Kingston high school teacher Shelley Terbush were all important parts of the editing process.
E.J. Johnson, graphic artist at Larsen Graphics in Vassar does all the graphic work as well. The printing is done in Grand Rapids; Walker tries to keep most of his expenses locally in Michigan.
Another Michigan company that is helping Walker is Trophy Taggers. The company is based out of Traverse City and helped with the publishing costs of the books. They also sell the book on their online web store at www.trophytaggers.com
“Rob Garrow, Jr. president of Trophy Taggers read the book and loved it. He has been a big help and another reason I was able to release Book #2 so quickly,” Walker said.
The future looks bright for Walker and his book series.
On Friday, February 1st he will be doing a premiere book signing in Kingston at The Redzone. This will be the first opportunity for someone to purchase the book and Walker will be there from 3:30 – 6 p.m. autographing books. His books sell for $10.
“I wanted to release the book in my hometown. The Redzone is owned by one of my best friends, Bill Harrington and I thought it would be great for our local kids to get the first chance to buy the book,” said Walker.
Walker is also going to be doing a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Saginaw on Saturday, February 9 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
For more information on book signings and future books, check out Hometown-Hunters on Facebook or go to www.hometown-hunters.com.