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Holly Fox Vellekoop is an accomplished writer, poet, columnist and speaker. Her first novel was Stone Haven: Murder Along the River published by Avalon. The fictional murder mystery is set in Danville and Riverside, Pennsylvania where Holly grew up, and includes well-known sites such as The Thomas Beaver Free Library. She incorporated some of Danville’s past into the story, weaving historic fact with fiction.

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Murder Along River When Parents Grieve

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Holly’s work as a nurse and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Instructor at Penn State provided the professional background to write the non-fiction work How To Help WHEN PARENTS GRIEVE, a book with its roots embedded in Holly’s own grief at losing a son to cancer.

Her third book takes on the question of Justice and Revenge in a world where the justice system often fails the victim and their families.

Learn more about Holly and her adventurous side, plus enjoy Holly’s poetry, reviews, photo gallery, and news as you visit this website.

Holly’s latest book for Grandparents, Grandchildren and Everyone in between!

This amazing Gramma is way ahead of everyone, including bad guys, pit bulls, zombies and everyone else who crosses her path. From one end of the world to another, Gramma shows she's got what it takes to solve mysteries, keep up with her active grandchildren and thwart criminals. Is there anyone worth knowing whom Gramma doesn't know? I don't think so! Rock stars, heads of state and everyone else contact Gramma when they need help. Along with her grandchildren and crime-stopping friends, she lays claim to worldwide success, but Gramma's not without her enemies. There are those who want to take her out in more ways than one!

Oh, we can't forget Gramma's pampered Pomeranian Sweetums, her doggie friends, and their contribution to the story, too!




TEEN LOVERS: Murder Along the River - the sequel to Holly's murder mystery, STONE HAVEN: Murder Along the River - is available in paperback at and as a Kindle E-book.

In November 1954, the most popular couple in their senior high school class were discovered murdered under the goalposts at the school’s athletic field along the river. Sadly, their case went unsolved for decades. The teens’ photos remained on the state police board until State Policeman Thomas Sheski and his partner Mike were assigned to find the killer or killers.

They interviewed surviving witnesses, family members and suspects, including some eccentric, controlling characters in an attempt to solve the murders. Sheski, now retired, is reviewing the TEEN LOVERS case which caused him so much anguish because of the violent deaths of two beautiful, talented and promising teenagers. The teens’ lives and futures were stolen from them by an unknown someone for an unknown reason. To this day, Sheski remains concerned about troubling details and unresolved issues of the investigation. Who would do such a horrible, violent act. And why?

True life stories of successful people who have been inspired by the Encouragers in their lives.

Encouragers are everywhere, in groups, families, and on the job. Read how they can influence your life and well-being. Learn how Defeaters lurk on the fringes, ready to put up roadblocks to your success.

Through personal interviews with successful people, Holly Fox Vellekoop highlights the similarities among the Encouragers in their lives — lives that could have been much different had an Encourager not been part of their journey. Learn how you can be an Encourager to people in your life.

Captain Winston Scott is a high achiever by anyone's standards and was encouraged throughout his life first and foremost by his parents.

"All I've accomplished has been an evolutionary process over my whole life. My earliest encouragement came from my parents. I come from an old fashioned home with both parents in the home. They instilled in my siblings and me the value of an education."

—Winston E. Scott, Captain, USN, Ret. NASA Astronaut


Those Who Help Others Succeed