Regional author Nancy Powell will have a booksigning at the Faulkner County Library on Feb. 23 from 1:30-4 p.m., the Damascus Library on March 2 from 10 a.m. to noon and the Greenbrier Library from 2-4 p.m.

She will give a $3 discount on any book(s) purchased by students or members of a writing group.

"Dark Secrets" is the first in a series of historical fiction novels, based on the life of Ollie McNew. In early childhood, a grandmother influenced Ollie’s belief in guardian angels and inspired her to heed premonitions as warnings sent by angels. The book begins with Ollie in a semiconscious state, guided by an angel, trying to get home after receiving a head injury in an attack by two boys — the same boys she thinks raped her friend and murdered a girl in a nearby community. She is in a coma for five days, recalling vivid events of her first 15 years.

Ollie is competitive, a tomboy, brave and an expert with a pistol. Each spring and fall, she looks forward to shopping trips her family makes to Conway.

With a gift for premonition and healing, Ollie’s ambition is to become a nurse, but when her papa has to pay a promissory note signed for a friend, he cannot afford to send her to school. With no money for schooling, she worries about becoming a spinster. Still, she rejects all the young men — until she meets Roy.

Powell, a native of Arkansas, is married, the mother of two children and seven grandchildren. She is a member of the Church of Christ, River Valley Writers of Fort Smith, Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc., and Roundtable Poets.

She retired from the City of Fort Smith after 29 years of service as Traffic Coordinator and now lives on a farm south of Fort Smith where she pursues her dream of writing.

Refreshments will be served. All library events are free and open to the public.