Profiles of Beaver Valley authors

A monthly look at local authors with newly published books.

“Liberty’s Lions: The Catholic Revolutionaries Who Made America”

– by Dan LeRoy

The Midland writer, journalist and faculty member of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School provides the historical account of the Catholics who helped lead the American Revolution. The 12-chapter book introduces statesmen, thinkers, and military leaders who were instrumental in founding our nation. The book claims that the revolution was an event that was fundamentally shaped by the beliefs and experiences of American Catholics.

The book will be available on March 23 through Sophia Institute Press and will sell for $ 18.95 in paperback from

LeRoy is the author of three other books, and his work has been published online in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The Village Voice and Esquire. Since 2006 he has been the director of writing and publishing at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland.

“There are no saints”

– by Steve Kanicki

The Monaca author, a Penn State Beaver professor, is setting his new novel in Titusville, Pennsylvania, during the oil boom in the summer of 1857. When the Devil visits Crawford County, an exorcist greets him with a drinking problem and a bad one Attitude.

“Although there is a supernatural element to it, the book is lighthearted and full of lovable but flawed characters,” said Kanicki, originally from Jamestown, NY and author of The Seven Experiments.

A week ago, his publisher ran a special for “There Are No Saints”. It was the 65th most downloaded book on Amazon that week and the second largest downloaded book in the Occult / Horror category.

It sells in paperback for $ 18.95 and is also available on Kindle for $ 6.99.

The new novel by Monaca author Steve Kanicki, which was number 2 on the occult / horror download charts last week.

“A dream that came true”

– by Carl Gasper Jr.

1987-2001 limo service owner Gasper from Allison Park shares his colorful real life stories with celebrities like Mario Lemieux, Michael Jackson, Bruce Willis, Charlton Heston, Dean Martin, Willie Stargell, and others.

“A great thing in the world we live in,” writes Gasper, “anything can be accomplished with hard work, goal setting, team building, and trust in your God to fuel your success.”

The book is sold on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online bookstores. Softcover costs $ 15.95 and hardcover editions cost about $ 25.

“All of these risks”

– by Justin Fleischman

Fleischman is a Blackhawk graduate and a member of the Beaver County Writers’ Guild. He published this novel for teenagers and young adults.

Main characters Kyle McLain and best friend Brett Douglass love to sneak around and commit minor offenses, like smoking weed, which is often given to Brett’s older cousin Dennis Lowden. Things change when Kyle meets Jessie Roy and one of her high school colleagues dies. Then Kyle learns that Brett and his mother have plans to leave town. It is only after Brett and his mother leave that Kyle finds out why they left. The consequences are something Kyle could never have imagined.

Brett and his mother return over a year later. Brett’s father and cousin Dennis are estranged from the family. Kyle soon learns why Brett has returned and it brings terrible events not only for Brett but also for those who are closest to him.

All Those Risks is available in paperback for $ 11.99 and on Kindle for $ 2.99 from,, and most other online booksellers.

The author also works for the Beaver County Housing Authority.

Scott Tady is the local entertainment reporter for The Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He can be easily reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @scotttady

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