Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

December 3, 2012

Oskaloosa author with Centerville parents holds book signing at Tangleberries

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Stephen L. Brayton, 46, held a book singing Saturday morning at Tangleberries in Centerville.

Stephen, who lives in Oskaloosa, had family support during his book signing. Attending were his parents, John, 74 and Judy, retired, both of Centerville and their granddaughter, Lillie Penn, 4.

Stephen said the turnout for the two-hour book signing from 9-11 a.m. was good. "It was a pretty steady crowd."

Stephen's latest book is called "Alpha." It is a story about fourth-degree black belt private investigator, Mallory Petersen, who lives in Des Moines and is investigating the death of her boyfriend.

Brayton's readers will recognize Petersen, as she was introduced in a previous book called "Beta."

Stephen said he did not receive any formal training but he did attend writer's critique groups to help with his stories.

Brayton has three books out. "Night Shadows" and "Beta" are only available in e-book format and can ordered at or Amazon.

"Alpha" is out in paperback and is also available through