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Three Mile Bay resident Ashley Oxenford, a senior at SUNY Potsdam majoring in Spanish, has self-published, through Publish America, the poetry collection “A Jarful of Pebbles.”

The book is a collection of 36 poems.

“At times shocking and almost brutally frank, this diverse first volume will take the reader on a roller coaster of a journey through pain, joy, loneliness, love, and fear,” according to a synopsis of the book.

“A Jarful of Pebbles” sells for $19.95 and is available on the publisher’s website at www.publishamerica.net/product48175.html

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Canton resident Chris Angus has self-published, through Iguana Books, “London Underground.”

The novel concerns the “many secrets” under London, including “hidden laboratories and government offices from World War II” and “looted Spanish galleon.”

Carmen Kingsley, in charge of London projects for the British Museum, and Scotland Yard inspector Sherwood Peets race to unravel some mysteries before London succumbs to a frightening disease. Added to the mix are genetically altered “super rats” that threaten to invade London and the British Isles.

“London Underground” is available from iguanabooks.com as an e-book at $9.99 and print edition for $28.99.

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A former Port Leyden resident has self-published, through lulu.com, a second book of memories from his years growing up in the Lewis County village.

Steve Newvine is a senior program manager for a California utility company. His new book, “Grown Up, Going Home: Reconnecting with My Hometown,” is available at online bookstores for $22.95 or from the Port Leyden Community Library.

Featured in the narrative are stories about the last senior class to graduate from Port Leyden Central School before it merged into the South Lewis Central School District and memories of his uncle, a Vietnam War veteran, who was killed six months after returning home from the conflict.

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David W. Brown, Harvest, Ala., has self-published the novel “Lost Time.”

Mr. Brown, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, set a large portion of “Lost Time” in Watertown. The novel concerns a man from Kentucky who, while on his way to New York, “spaces out” near Syracuse and has no recollection of the lost time. A mysterious gym bag containing a large amount of cash, a knife and rubber gloves that he finds in the back seat of his truck compounds the mystery.

“All of us are born with the desire to want to be the hero, to be able to help others,” Mr. Brown said in an email. “What if you were given that chance and all you had to do was think long and hard about it?”

Mr. Brown, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is a senior analyst at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.

His book sells for $12.78 and is available at barnesandnoble.com

Compiled by Watertown Daily Times staff writer Chris Brock.

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