Sue Ann Sellon of Nebraska City has scheduled a book signing event for "Secrets of the Porch" at the ReLeasT Lifehouse, 406 N. 22nd St., in Nebraska City from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Author Sue Ann Sellon is scheduled to release her second novel Secrets of the Porch with a Jan. 11 book signing event at the ReLeasT Lifehouse, 406 N. 22nd St.

The fictional story, which artfully reveals the guarded tragedies, triumphs and romances of a farm widow and a granddaughter she has only just met, includes references easily recognized by Nebraska City residents.

It is officially set near St. Paul, Neb., but offers references to the town of Morton Falls and an overnight stay beneath the Steinhart Bridge.

Sellon will be available from noon to 4 p.m. to sign copies of her book, which Tate Publishing says breathes with memories of love -- and secrets.

The story opens after 16-year-old Sophie Mae Randolph, caught robbing a gas station with her boyfriend Gabe, avoids the juvenile detention center by accepting the judge's alternative that she spend a year on a Nebraska farm with her grandmother, Lila.

None too happy at first, Sophie eventually settles into farm life and opens up to the love of her grandmother, a dog named Hunner, and a new boyfriend named Blake.

Along the way, Sophie realizes that not only does she have her secrets, but Lila does too.

Sellon expects to be busy with public appearances coordinated by Tate Publishing over the next eight months, but says she is glad to start out in Nebraska.

"I'm proud of being from Nebraska and I want Nebraskan's to love this book first," she said. "It's fiction, but Nebraskans will relate to the farm, the trees that line its driveway and things like the machinery cemetery," she said.

Sellon said she is particularly excited because the book is being published by one of the nation's leading Christian publishers.

The story does not have as much focus on spiritual awakenings as her 2003 novel, Carly's Calling, but the country church is the primary setting for the story line outside of the farm.

"It's focus is on Sophie and Lila and the transformative power of unconditional love," she said. "Even though they had spent their years apart, not knowing one another, Sophie finds faith in God and trust in her relationship with Lila," she said.