Author Nancy Powell is married, the mother of two children, and she has seven grandchildren. She is a member of the Church of Christ, River Valley Writers of Fort Smith, Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. (OWFI), Greenwood Writers, and Roundtable Poets. She retired from the City of Fort Smith with 29 years of service as Traffic Coordinator. She is now a full-time author.

"Dark Secrets," originally called "Ollie’s Angels," won first place in the 2010 Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc, (OWFI) Mainstream Novel Contest. "Angels For All" won third place in another 2010 OWFI Contest category. In addition, Nancy has won several awards for short stories and poetry. The book cover backgrounds and paintings within the books are copies of Nancy’s oil paintings.

Nancy Powell has scheduled two book signings in Faulkner County and one at Heber Springs for her book "Ollie’s Angel Series" of historical novels. She will have all three books for sale. The public is invited.

Book signing schedule:

• Aug. 14, from 3-5 p.m. at the Greenbrier Library.

• Aug. 14, from 7-8 p.m. at the Damascus Library.

• Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at the new library in Heber Springs.

"These locations are special to me. I graduated from Greenbrier School, moved to the Damascus/Martinville area after I married, and spent a lot of time in Heber Springs. My brother, John Glenn, raised his family in Heber; he owned and operated Glenn’s Pharmacy. My parents, Roy and Ollie Glenn, moved to Heber Springs after retiring from their farm near Greenbrier," Powell said in a news release.

Dark Secrets, the first book in the "Ollie’s Angel Series" tells the history of an Arkansas farm girl, Ollie McNew, my mother. Angels for All continues her story as she and her young husband, Roy Glenn, struggle through the Great Depression. In the third book, Listen for the Angels, they travel to California and back again to an Arkansas farm seeking a better life for themselves and their children. These books will revive memories for anyone that lived on a farm or frequently visited in a farming community.