Because of the Coronavirus pandemic and sales being down, I am reducing the cost of each of my books until stores that sell my books reopen.

Crossings and Devil Cat will be $20 each,

The Crossings Guide will be $12,

Around Florence will be $17

UNEXPECTED will be $15.

Shipping will also be reduced to $3 for 1-5 books.

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Thank you and stay well!



Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges (published in 2011), gives equal coverage to the building of Highway 101, the career of Conde B. McCullough, and the exciting path to funding of the five major coastal bridges as well as covering in detail the building of those bridges.  Another whole section is devoted to the Siuslaw River Bridge because it best represents McCullough’s aesthetic and technical genius.

To order:  Crossings  can be yours for $24.95 plus $3.50 shipping (for each additional book, add $2).

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It is also available on the coast in bookstores, museums, and tourist hot spots; in Eugene at the Lane County Historical Museum and several bookstores; in Portland at Powell’s and the Oregon Historical Society; and many bookstores, libraries, and museums throughout Oregon. This book makes a good coffee-table book. It also makes a great gift for bridge aficionados, engineering types, or anyone who likes the Oregon coast.


The Crossings Guide cover

The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans (published 2013) takes the reader down the Oregon Coast bridge by bridge, covering 15 of the most impressive bridges. There is some text, at least one historic photo, and a full-page color photo for each bridge.  Plus four newer bridges that show a return to elegance in coast bridge design are also covered briefly.

This guidebook is sized to fit in a pack, purse, or glove compartment and the extremely sturdy pages are up to the rigors of being a guide.

In May, 2020, 1,500 copies of the 4th Edition will arrive. They will look the same as far as front cover and inside photos, but the text has all been updated. 

To order:  The Crossings Guide can be yours for $15 plus $3 shipping (for each additional book, add $1).

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Whether hiking, cycling, or driving, don’t travel 101 without it. It makes a wonderful souvenir and is available wherever  Crossings is sold.

AROUND FLORENCE (Signed copies only available through the author.)

Here is how the Around Florence cover will look. I couldn't resist picking one that had the bridge in it.

Around Florence is a history of the Florence area from 1876 to the present with the emphasis on photos. The publisher is Arcadia Publishing, so it was not published in Florence. It is part of the Images of America series, which means it is primarily composed of images with large captions.  In this type of book, the captions are the text.

To order: Around Florence  can be yours for $21.99 plus $3 shipping (for additional books, add $1 for each book). Order from the author at

 Around Florence is also available at several venues in Florence, through Arcadia Publishing, Amazon, and many Barnes & Noble stores.  This book makes a great gift for those living in or visiting the Florence area.

The author couldn’t resist choosing a photo for the cover that included the Siuslaw River Bridge. It is also appropriate because the building of this bridge was the single most transformative event in the history of Florence.


New Book, Devil Cat

On May 7, 2015, Devil Cat and Other Colorful Animals I Have Known arrived from the printer. The book includes 15 illustrations, plus one for the cover, that were done  by Florence artist Karen D. Nichols. The book also includes 37 photos as well. It comprises five over-the-top stories about animals of which all but one were a rescue situation. These rescued dogs and cats became surprisingly good pets.

These stories cover several decades of the author’s life and two of them represent her first attempts at writing. These stories are precious to the author, and she is thrilled to finally be able to publish them. This book is in color and is the first of the author’s books to be hardback and have a dust jacket.

To order: Devil Cat can be yours for $24.95 plus $3.50 shipping (for additional books, add $1 per book). 

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THE OREGON COAST GUIDE TO THE UNEXPECTED––that which is odd, unusual or quirky!!!


This colorful guide covers the stories behind 26 definitely odd, most unusual, and truly quirky locales on the Oregon coast, ranging from the Astoria Column overlooking the Columbia River to the Chetco Valley Museum 2 miles from the California state line. During her years as writer and editor with Oregon Coast magazine, the author found these places to be totally unexpected upon actually encountering them. Some are tourist hot spots, others barely known. All are visible to anyone—no ghosts. Some are man-made, some are created by nature or show nature in action. But all are unexpected. You too will be able to say, just as the author did, “Who’d a thunk it!”

The 26 stories and their 85 photos (all color except five historic) make this delightful guide to the odd, unusual and quirky a fun read and a must have whether hiking, cycling, or driving the Oregon coast. It is designed to fit in a backpack, tote, or glove compartment. So don’t travel 101 without it!

During 2019, nearly 1,000 copies of UNEXPECTED sold. The author was glad she had ordered 1,500 copies. Once the inventory falls below 200, more books will be ordered. She is thrilled with its popularity! Many people buy it as a gift.

To order: The Oregon Coast Guide to the UNEXPECTED can be yours for $20 plus $3 shipping (for each additional book, add $1).

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Last updated April 22, 2020.

5 Responses to BOOKS

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  2. Wayne Trucke says:

    Thanks. Will send it Monday.

  3. Hi Wayne,
    Order from me. Send me a check for the amount of both books plus shipping and as soon as I receive it, I will ship. $24.95 + $15 + $4.50 = $44.45.

  4. Wayne Trucke says:

    Would like to order “The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans” and “Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges” but can only find “Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges” at the web site Can you tell me where to get both?

    • I responded via a comment on my blog, but I’ll also respond via email. You can order direct from me. In fact, I prefer that. The cost will be $24.95 + $15 + $4.50 (shipping) = $44.45.

      Send a check to 6049 View Loop, Florence, OR 97439. Be sure and include your address. As soon as I receive your check, I will ship.

      Thank you for your interest in my bridge books,

      Judy Fleagle

      On Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Crossings Author wrote: > >

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