Author Ray Ballantyne spotlighted in the Statesman Journal


Ray doing what he does best, telling stories.

The Last Child of Hamelin by Ray Ballantyne

The Last Child of Hamelin by Ray Ballantyne


Our author, Ray Ballantyne, recently launched his book The Last Child of Hamelin to a fabulous crowd at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. Not only did he read a chapter from his newly published book, but he also told a story that inspired him to write it. You can hear him tell this story and read about Ray’s journey to publication online.


Ray signs a book for a local fan.







The woman in the green shirt was a school secretary at Campus Elementary in Monmouth, a school my Ray taught at 40 years ago. The reason she remembered him was that he was so kind and appreciative of the office staff. She recognized his picture in The Statesman article last week and wanted to be there!



BEA Author Breakfast and Middle Grade Raffle Basket sneak peek!

Join some of your favorite Spencer Hill authors before BEA madness on Saturday May 31st at the Westway Diner for breakfast. Tickets are on sale now! The breakfasts are limited to 15 guests so that everyone has a chance to speak with the authors attending. If you’d like to attend a breakfast, please email to reserve your spot!

Authors marked with an * are Middle Grade authors!

Here is the schedule for author breakfasts:

Thursday, May 29
Elizabeth Langston
Jennifer L. Armentrout
A.R. Kahler
Friday, May 30
Megan Whitmer
Kelly Hashway
Rachel Harris
Kelsey Macke
Saturday, May 31
*T.J. Wooldridge
*Daisy Whitney
Errick Nunnally
Jennifer Allis Provost
*Jennifer Carson

And here’s a  little sneak peek at one of the items that will be raffled away in our Spencer Hill Middle Grade raffle basket at BEA! So much cuteness you might just have to squeal! Visit our BEA booth for your chance at winning!