Kila Springs Press
Where's Mother?
A Novel in Three Voices
Christine Leigh-Taylor

Margaret Drake is one capable woman. She’s happily married
to engineer Tom, teaches college English and is raising three
bright, good-looking, self-possessed kids.

Then the idyll is shattered, Tom decides to try the single life and
teenage daughter Laura is instantly plunged into management of the
household while Margaret reenters the social scene. The situation
turns murkier when Margaret moves with her children to Nashville
in a foolhardy attempt to maintain a relationship with a young drifter
who fancies himself a budding country music star.

The time is 1985. There are no cell phones, no laptops, no social
media. What happens unfolds first from Laura’s viewpoint, then from
Tom’s, and finally from Margaret’s. Where’s Mother? is simultaneously
a coming-of-age story and a cautionary tale of mid-life delusions.
Transformation is the thread that unites the reflections of each
ISBN: 0971648173
Paperback, 228 pages
Publication date: September 22, 2012
List Price: $12.95
My Life in Sports
A Novel in Four Quarters
David Ollier Weber

So there I sat, bare as a baby in a diaper under my swaddling cloths, nearly three-
quarters of a century of experiences embodied in the sack of wrinkled gooseflesh
uncomfortably enclosed... reviewing the table of contents for my "Apologia Pro Vita
Sua." My "Scenes from the Seven Ages of Man"... or rather, of "A man".... Only why
seven? Far be it from me to question Shakespeare or his source, apparently
Ecclesiastes. But that seems an odd divisor, doesn’t it? In more than the numerical
sense? You could just as easily use three, say, like the periods in ice hockey and
lacrosse. Childhood, vigorous adulthood, senility. Or five, like the sets in men’s
tennis. Or nine, for that matter, like the innings in baseball... even fifteen, the
rounds in a championship boxing match, if you’re into really fine-grained detail.
Granted, the World Series can go to seven games. But four strikes me as the most à
propos segmentation—like the quarters in football and basketball. Childhood, young
adulthood, middle age, old age. "My Life in Four Quarters." Obvious sports metaphor.
I like that title....
ISBN: 0971648142
Paperback, 529 pages
Publication date: July 23, 2012
List Price: $19.95
Bad Trips: Stories
David Ollier Weber

Jerks. Bitches. Punks. Spades. They’re on the roads. They’re crossing the roads.
They're fouling the buses. They’re fouling on the basketball court.

In "Jerks," a comfortably “well-insulated middle-class middle-manager—padded by
file-folderfuls of official paper against these vicissitudes”—responds to an act of road
rage with a conflicted equanimity that, as he prowls the streets of Berkeley, quickly
spirals into a something else.

In "No Fault," a car-proud investment advisor on his way home from a frustrated tryst
encounters a dog and a moral dilemma on a lonely highway in Northern California.

In "Bus Ride," a lawyer commuting across San Francisco Bay after teaching an evening
class agonizes over how to react to the vicious provocations of a trio of loutish young
passengers. In "American Pastime," a graduate student at an urban university works
off his ennui in a pickup basketball game that wounds more than his pride. White,
liberal, educated, affluent, the protagonists in these four stories find they are not who
they seem—to themselves or to the “others” who suddenly loom to test their character.
ISBN: 0971648180
Paperback, 230 pages
Publication date: September 22, 2012
List Price: $11.95
David Ollier Weber

In a remote cabin above California’s Big Sur coast, Roger Nall lights a candle and
kneels before his paperback copy of the I Ching. His potter girlfriend Sharon,
slumbering nearby, is pregnant. They’ve talked about having their baby here in the
cabin—alone, without electricity, unassisted. It occurs to Roger to consult the ancient
Chinese Book of Change for a Confucian augury.

The year is 1968. Roger writes poetry while living on savings from his pre-Vietnam
Navy service. To him, “natural” childbirth is a romantic and philosophical choice. In
his own eyes he’s “a bearded recluse with his hippie woman resolutely scorning all
the frou-frou of civilization, determinedly celebrating the joys of rusticity according
to the great American transcendentalist tradition.” When it comes to childbirth, he
maintains, millennia of human history prove “Nature is perfectly capable of blipping
a baby out of the womb without any fourth-party interference.”

Sharon agrees. She’s been encouraged by a Berkeley friend who gave birth at home
using only an emergent breathing technique for pain control called the Lamaze
method. Sharon is young, vigorous, healthy and brave. She is as committed as Roger
to the organic life.

Roger tosses the coins to derive the fateful l Ching symbol. It’s a set of six broken and
unbroken lines—yin and yang—labeled CHUN. This hexagram, he reads to his
dismay, stands for “DIFFICULTY.”

But he finds a hopeful coda in the explanatory text. “If we heed the omens,” it
promises—and there will be no lack of them when Sharon goes into labor—“our
success is assured....”
ISBN: 9780971648166
Paperback, 230 pages
Publication date: July 1, 2012
List Price: $13.95