On the Radio and Here – My Interview on KXL 101 FM Radio

I am very happy with my interview about Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s that KXL News Anchor Rebecca Marshall conducted!  A shortened version ran during morning news on KXL on Tuesday, November 17.  Here is a link:  https://soundcloud.com/voicepdx/janna-orkney-joes-book-on-kxl-11-17-15

Thanks to Rob Barker for sharing his recording .   He is moderator of the Facebook Page, Joe’s Sports and Outdoor Alumni.book.party.425

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KXL Radio Airing My Interview on Tuesday, 11-17

display.table.425.10.15Please listen to KXL FM 101 radio in the Portland area to hear my interview with news anchor, Rebecca Marshall, on Tuesday morning, November 17.  It runs at 5:17 a.m. and 7:17 a.m!  Yes, it is early, but it is during “morning drive.

Rebecca had great questions for me and was enthusiastic about the book and friendly to me last Friday morning during the interview.  It has been edited and will be broadcast tomorrow.

Thanks for tuning in if you can….



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Where is the Book?

book.party.425There are a number of places to get the book now!

For  Kindle e-book edition, Amazon will start loading Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s Thursday, November 12th.  It is probably easiest to search Amazon for the book using mu name, Orkney, Janna.  The paperback is for sale on Amazon, too, but as of today, they are temporarily out of stock, soon to be remedied.

http://www.Powells.com offers the book and it is stocked in at least 2 stores – their downtown location and in Beaverton and probably more.  You can also find a copy at Annie Bloom’s Books in Multnomah, and at the Oregon Historical Society store as well.

And, of course, you can order a signed copy from the publisher, http://www.ColumbiaPress.net, and request a dedication from me, too.

So, if you want the book, it is out there!  Let’s keep on reading!

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Buy Books Online Now at Columbia Press!

display.table.425.10.15You can now order a book or books quick and easy at http://www.ColumbiaPress.net!  My publishing website is now online and taking orders with immediate mailings of the books.  And, in a special introductory offer, we are only charging $3 for shipping, no matter how many books you order!  They will be shipped USPS Priority Mail, too, so will arrive to you 2-3 days after being mailed.

But there is more…I will sign the books and there is a place in the order for comments…if you want a dedication included, just include what you want it to say there

We will be shipping the books out Tuesday and Wednesday, November 10th and 11th and then take a break in shipping until we start up again on Wednesday, November 18.  You can place orders between November 12 and November 18, but those orders won’t ship until the latter date.

So…place your orders, we are ready to go!

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KXL Newscaster, Steve Leader, Interviewing me Friday, November 13

me.close.307.showIf you live in the greater Portland area, please set your radio dial to KXL FM 101 on Friday, November 13 at 10:00 in the morning!  News anchor Steve Leader will be interviewing me about Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s,  and I am so looking forward to it.

Being behind the mike at KXL will take me back to my own radio days in the mid-1980s.  I worked at a few Portland radio stations as a news intern while studying broadcasting, and then ripped the airwaves as a DJ in Dallas (Oregon) and Woodburn.  At the Woodburn station, my radio name was Jan Morgan, with the slogan, “Making you feel at home in the country!”

Link to KXL:  http://kxl.com/

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Suppliers to G.I. Joe’s From Unexpected Sources


While I was in Portland the first week in October to share my book at the PNBA book trade show, I made the time to visit Ed’s House of Gems at 77th and N.E. Sandy Blvd.  Was I glad that I did!  I love that store from when I used to shop there in the 1990s, and on this trip I found rock specimens to take home with me, including for gifts.

When I was checking out, I told the woman helping me that I was promoting my book about G.I. Joe’s at the nearby trade show at the Holiday Inn.  She called her husband to come talk to me and we had such a good time visiting!  It turns out that the “Ed” in the store’s name was his dad, and he reminisced about how his dad started the rock store after World War II, just like my dad started G.I. Joe’s.

Then the two stores paths crossed when my dad started selling leisure time merchandise in Store 3 in North Portland in 1968.  Dad sold items for rock enthusiasts including rock polishers.  He bought them from Ed’s House of Gems!  Eventually the supplier set up his own wholesale channel for the polishers, but till then, Ed’s was G.I. Joe’s supplier.


What a small world it is!

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Party Time!


A book launch party for Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s is happening the second weekend in November in the Portland area.  If you would like to be invited, please email me at ColumbiaPress22@gmail.com, so that I can email you an invitation.

Unfortunately, I can only send invitations to the first 20 folks that email me because of the space limitations of the party location.  However, if there is more response, perhaps we can put together another party!  So, even if you see this post a day or two after it appears online, still email me.

In the meantime, it is just a few weeks more until the book is available.  The pub date (book talk for publication date) is November 10.  Not much longer…

By Janna Orkney, author

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