Mari Bauer was taking a creative writing college course when she wrote her final short story, "Small Sacrifice." Mari received an 'A' on the assignment, but her professor told her the plot was too deep for a short story - it needed to be written as a book. Bauer took the advice to heart, and in December 2009 she began re-writing her story as a book, finishing the book in May of 2010.
The Book Vine, 204 W Main St., Cherokee, will be hosting a book signing with Bauer for "Small Sacrifices" this Saturday, April 23, from noon- 2 p.m.
"Small Sacrifices," set in Sioux City, is about Maddy Sheridan, a 36-year investigative reporter who lives by one rule, her personal and professional lives should never become intertwined.
Maddy has been running from her past for 10 years in an effort to keep from remembering what her mind has blocked out. After not working a case for a couple of months, Maddy decides to tag along with a friend and police source to the scene of a missing persons case. However, what at first appeared to be a simple missing person's case turns into a serial murder investigation, and when FBI SSA Bryan Mayland, Maddy's former partner and lover, is assigned to the case, tensions run high, as Mayland forces Maddy's hand into rejoining the Bureau.
He not only puts her emotions at risk, but also the mental stability she has worked so hard to hang on to. Maddy's role as an investigative reporter, an FBI profiler, and a crime scene expert, move her to the forefront of the investigation, and she becomes the personal target of the killer they seek.
"Small Sacrifices" is the first volume in the Maddy Sheridan series. The second one, "My Game, My Rules," is due out this summer, and Bauer is currently working on the third book in the series.
Mari Bauer, a 1982 graduate of Cherokee Washington High School, has been the editor and publisher of the Holstein Advance newspaper since 1994. She resides on a small acreage near Holstein, raising and training horses, enjoying her dogs, and - most of all- spending time with her daughter, Kelsey, and her son, Tyler. Bauer has taken several courses in criminology, forensics, and abnormal psychology, and feels that this knowledge and "lots of research" make her novels credible reads.
"It was such a rush to finally hold the physical book in my hand for the first time," said the first-time author. "I really enjoy talking with my readers, getting their opinion on the book. My favorite comment is when they tell me they couldn't put it down."