Friday, December 12, 2008
By Heidi M. Thomas
Defying family and social pressure, Nettie Brady bucks 1920s convention with her dream of becoming a rodeo star. That means competing with men, and cowgirls who ride the rodeo circuit are considered “
Broken bones, killer influenza, , and family hardship team up to keep Nettie from her dreams. Then she meets a young neighbor cowboy who rides broncs and raises rodeo stock. Will this be Nettie’s ticket to freedom and happiness? Will her rodeo dreams come true?
Based on the life of the author’s grandmother, a real Montana cowgirl..” Addicted to the thrill of pitting her strength and wits against a half-ton steer in a rodeo, Nettie exchanges skirts for pants, rides with her brothers on their Montana ranch, and competes in neighborhood rodeos.
Published by Treble Heart Books
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Desert Cut: A Lena Jones Mystery
By Betty Webb
While scouting locations for a film documentary on Arizona’s Apache Wars, private investigator Lena Jones and Oscar-winning director Warren Quinn discover the mutilated body of a young girl.
The gruesome manner of the child’s death evokes memories of Lena’s own rough childhood. Despite clashing with the local law, Lena investigate’s the child’s death and discovers a small town with a big secret.
Los Perdidos is not the Eden it first appears. Founded by the descendants of pioneers who fought Geronimo, it now holds a significant population of documented and undocumented foreign-born residents who live and work at the local chemical plant. Lena senses a sinister force at work in the town -- but where?
The still vivid memory of Geronimo’s war mixes with the modern immigration war, and the hard life on the Arizona/Mexico border contrasts with Hollywood’s slick production meetings, and the cruelty of an ancient practice is tempered by a growing underground railroad fighting to save its young victims.
Published by Poisoned Pen Press
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The Anteater of Death
By Betty Webb
In The Anteater of Death, an innocent anteater gets framed for murder.
But if Lucy, the pregnant giant anteater from Belize didn't kill the man found dead in her enclosure, who did? California zookeeper Teddy Bentley must find the real murderer before her furry friend is shipped off in disgrace to another zoo.
Then another human bites the dust, the monkeys riot, and the Mexican gray wolves go nuts. Things get even worse when the snooty folks at Gunn Landing Harbor attempt to evict Teddy from the Merilee, her beloved houseboat. And that's just the beginning of Teddy's woes. Her father, on the lam for embezzling millions, gets targeted by a local gangster; Caro, Teddy's socialite mother, a former beauty queen who loathes Teddy's dangerous job, starts introducing her to "eligible bachelors." But Teddy has already given her heart to Sheriff Joe Rejas, a migrant worker's son. Caro is not pleased.
Behind-the-scenes zoo life, animal lore, and the leaky ups and downs of Central Coast California houseboat living create a thrilling backdrop for murder -- and yes, a little romance.
Published by Poisoned Pen Press
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
the press". I'm excited as it's the first of a series of five
children's horse stories I'm going to write, with Deborah DeShon
A horse named Shasta tells the story of his life in this fun, informative children's book. Every page is colorfully illustrated. Shasta's adventures include trying to befriend a porcupine, snowman, kid goat, neighborhood ponies and dogs. By the time other horses finally join him in his pasture, his antics of getting loose and wandering his neighborhood free have become a habit. Shasta lived to be 30 years old.
The story is true.
by Pat Gott
Friday, November 14, 2008
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Friday, October 31, 2008
By Mara Purl
Like a magnet, the unfinished Clarke mansion overlooking the Cove draws Deputy Delmar Johnson, battered wife Stacey Chernak, rebellious environmentalist Susan Winslow and missing reporter Chris Christian--- whose diary comes to light. And while wildlife painter Miranda Jones escapes to an entirely new adventure in Alaska, Zack Calvin tries to recover from his brush with death and sinks deeper into a tangled romance with Cynthia Radcliffe. Sally O'Mally's conscience tells her to confess an ancient sin to her old love, disabled veteran Tony Fiorentino; Zelda McIntyre proves she has no conscience at all, and the deep issues of higher purpose are tackled in the private journal of Samantha Hugo....
Published by Haven Books
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Hard Face Moon
By Nancy Oswald
Hides Inside is thirteen winters—old enough to yearn to be a warrior. His brother, Standing Tall, has given him the first lesson, “A Cheyenne does not fight his own people.” Not even when other boys taunt him because he cannot speak.
On a dim night during the season of the hard face moon, Hides Inside witnesses the unprovoked attack on the Cheyenne that came to be known as the Sand Creek Massacre. His determination to join a warrior society is hardened, but will he follow Standing Tall in the ways of peace?
In her second work of historical fiction, Nancy Oswald again turns to the clash of cultures that was an inevitable part of the settling of the American frontier. Her previous novel, Nothing Here But Stones, received a WILLA Award in 2005.
"Hard Face Moon is a heartrending story of broken promises, close to the earth and sky and to the heart of the Cheyenne people. It is an important look at one of the most shameful events in the history of the American West."
– Mary Peace Finley
Author of the Santa Fe Trail Trilogy
Soaring Eagle, White Grizzly, and Meadow Lark
Published by Filter Press
By Bonnie Ramthun
When his mother becomes the doctor in Snow Park, Colorado, twelve-year-old Torin Sinclair learns of a curse placed on the town’s doctors many years before by an eccentric Ute woman, but suspects that a modern-day villain is hiding behind the curse.
Kirkus reviews says: “Ramthun delivers fast-paced, solid entertainment that is accessible and fun and laced with plenty of facts about snowboarding on the side. A rollicking downhill read.”
The White Gates is honored as a Junior Library Guild premiere selection for 2008.
Published by Random House Children's Books
Days of Eternity
By Louise Lenahan Wallace
Zane and Larissa Edwards, rearing their children Mac and Rose on the family farm, foresee the future spinning out as contentedly as their past. But then, Civil War erupts, shattering their lives and dreams. Zane joins the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and is sent to Fort Laramie in Nebraska Territory.
His friend Ethan Michaels, a widower with a young daughter, Charity, having promised Zane he will help Larissa with the work, moves to the farm as a hired hand. Ten-year-old Mac begins studying medicine under the town’s crusty doctor. But the war clutches each one in its merciless fist.
… Waiting at home, Larissa must endure the day-by-day agony of not knowing whether Zane will survive the fighting and return to her.
… Ethan struggles to reconcile his growing love for Larissa, the wife of his best friend, with the trust Zane has put in him to watch over his family until he returns from war.
…With the war threatening to destroy all Mac holds dear, even his dreams of becoming a doctor are caught in its unrelenting grip.
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Chipeta: Ute Peacemaker
By Cynthia S. Becker
Chipeta: Ute Peacemaker is the eleventh in the Now You Know Bio series from Filter Press. Chipeta was a member of the Tabeguache band of Utes and wife of Chief Ouray. She was partner to her husband during a time of expansion by white settlers into tribal homelands and transition from nomadic lifestyle to settlement on reservation lands. After Ouray's death, Chipeta continued as a leader of her people and a force for conciliation and peaceful resolution of conflicts.Author Cynthia S. Becker collaborated with P. David Smith on an earlier biography, Chipeta: Queen of the Utes, published by Western Reflections in 2003.
Published by Filter Press Books
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Hearts On The Wind
By Leslee Breene
In 1876, Minnesota farm girl Ingrid Johansson meets St. Paul railroad heir Andreas Eriksen.
Unwittingly they become embroiled in a triangle of passion, deception, and revenge when their love pits them against Andreas’ stepsister and the turmoil of the Great Chicago Rail Strike.
"For a peek into the early years of the railroad industry and a heartwarming story of love and the struggle to maintain it, don't miss HEARTS ON THE WIND."
~ Romance Reviews Today
“A well-researched novel about the early days of the
Great Northern Railroad. Fascinating plot twists and a poignant romance make this a splendid read.”
~Jane Candia Coleman
Silver Spur Award
Published by Five Star Expressions
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
By Judy and Ronald Culp
Tilman Wagner is back, this time with his new wife Catherine and her son. In response to a telegraphed plea for help from Catherine’s sister-in-law, Esperanza, the new family is on their way to the New Mexico Territory to help Catherine’s brother try to save his land and his family from greedy cattle rustlers and no-account lowlifes.
They get more than they bargained for in the form of a wayward son’s rage against his father, a stolen herd of cattle, and some unsavory citizens of the Texas cattle town of Tascosa. The roots of greed extend to Santa Fe where dishonest men are hard at work to skin the family out of its land.
Along the way, Tilman calls in a favor from cattleman John Chisum at the Bosque Redondo. Once again, Butter Pegram is on hand to help Tilman in his attempts to aid a frontier family struggling with their search for justice.
This is the third book in the Telegraph Series and is due for release on October 21, 2008.
Published by Avalon Books
Sunday, September 28, 2008
One of the stories was from a lady in Arizona who had been to the Pikes Peak region as a child. She went on to tell me the memories she had of her uncles and grandfather who had performed Native American dances at Seven Falls and The Manitou Cliff dwellings. She was here now to show her own grandchildren what she remembered. The one thing she would not do was drive to the top of Pikes Peak. She said as a child she was afraid, not of falling off the side, but of getting to the top and falling over onto the other side. As she told the story you could see her eyes light up as she remembered that innocent time. She wanted her grandchildren to have those same experiences to pass on to their children and grandchildren.
I will be talking more about oral stories on my website and blog. I think that sometimes we are so busy with our own lives we forget the wonderful gifts we receive when we take the time to listen to other peoples stories. Everyone has one or more to tell. As writers it is our gift to take those stories and make them accessible to the rest of the world.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Colorado Scenic Byways
Taking the Other Road
Text By Susan J. Tweit
Photographs By Jim. Steinberg
Colorado's Governor Ritter has chosen Colorado Scenic Byways: Taking the Other Road, Susan J. Tweit's latest collaboration with photographer Jim Steinberg, as his "personal gift" for the 30 Democratic governors attending the in Denver. The two-volume set of books details the sights and stories of Colorado's twenty-five byway routes, from the ruler-straight roads crossing the expansive plains to the oft-overlooked foothills, and from the ascending to nosebleed heights in the high peaks to the vivid canyon country of western Colorado. Colorado Scenic Byways is due to be released in September, when Tweit and Steinberg will criss-cross the state doing book-signings. (Check www.coloradoscenicbyways.com/ for a signing near you.) Tweit says the duo is "thrilled" by the Governor's choice.
Published by Portfolio Publications
By Irene Bennett Brown
Laila Mitchell has little money, her medical knowledge, a medicine kit, and the clothes on her back when she sets out to search for her last living relatives in 1890's Oregon.
Stranded in the Snake River Canyon, she settles into a small mining community named Venture and from there she serves as practical nurse to scattered miners and settlers. Laila is soon entangled in the hardships of frontier life, guardianship of a "wild child" and reluctant attraction to peach rancher and hotel owner, Ash Corbett. As she faces problems with courage and verve, a magical, never-dreamed-of future opens. Which can be hers, if only she can let go of her heart-breaking past.Published by RIVEREDGE BOOKS
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The two-volume set of books details the sights and stories of Colorado's twenty-five byway routes, from the ruler-straight roads crossing the expansive plains to the oft-overlooked foothills, and from the ascending to nosebleed heights in the high peaks to the vivid canyon country of western Colorado. Colorado Scenic Byways is due to be released in September, when Tweit and Steinberg will criss-cross the state doing book-signings. (Check www.coloradoscenicbyways.com/ for a signing near you.) Tweit says the duo is "thrilled" by the Governor's choice.
Be sure to check the following link for Susan's appearances in the month of September. http://susanjtweit.com
Susan, a member of Women Writing the West, is the author of a range of books on wildlife and landscapes, among many other subjects. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines including, Audubon Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and the Los Angeles Times.
Susan has received a host of awards including the USDA Award of Merit, the Best Trade Book (Pieces of Light) from the Rocky Mountain Book Publishers Association, and the Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children (City Foxes), among many others.
Susan's host of anthologies, feature articles, essays and books can be found in libraries, bookstores and newspapers. While you're out and about, you might just spot her giving talks and readings at the Denver Botanical Gardens, museums, and universities throughout Colorado and many other states.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
By Lee Emory
WhoooDoo Mysteries, a Division of Treble Heart Books
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Charley's Choice: The Life and Times of Charley Parkhurst
By Fern J. Hill
Charley Parkhurst ran away from an orphanage, worked hard learning horse craft, and, over the ensuing years, earned a hallmark reputation driving a six-up in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, and California during the gold rush era. When death overtook Charley, many long-time friends and acquaintances were astounded to learn the tough old stage-driver was a well-endowed woman who had given birth at some point in her life. A member of the all male Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Charley was the only woman known to have voted in California during the 1868 federal election, fifty-two years before women won the right to vote.
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The Last Rodeo
By Linda Sandifer
A professional bull rider's decision to retire from rodeo thrusts him into conflict with his freewheeling dad and brother, and into the arms of a woman he dare not love. A story of love, regret, conviction, and the journey of a family in transition.
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Journey to Tracer's Point
By Gwyn Ramsey
Lured into a get-rich scheme in 1849, is abandoned along the Oregon Trail and is forced to make a life threatening decision. Determined to survive, she pushes forward to find her brother-in-law and obtain her husband’s share of the claim.
Treble Heart Books
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Along the Grapvine Trail
By Starley Talbott
South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska may not spring to mind when people think of wine, but all three states have thriving grape growing and wine-making businesses and a burgeoning reputation among wine connoisseurs. Author, Starley Talbott, introduces readers to many vineyards and wineries, from award-winning, large-scale vintners to family-oriented growers. Information about growing techniques, harvesting, crushing, fermenting, and bottling fill the pages and provide an excellent resource for visitors. Follow the suggested route and visit one or all. Enthusiastic growers and wonderful wines await you at each stop. The book also provides an arm chair journey for those who can't visit in person. It tells the fascinating stories of these modern-day pioneers who have ventured into a new agricultural and tourism enterprise.
South Dakota State Historical Society Press
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This book can also be ordered from Target
A...My Name's Amelia
(Large Print Edition Release)
By Joanne Sundell
Amelia Anne Polley, deafened at a young age, must again learn to communicate. Forced to grow up on the frontier at the Colorado Institute for the Education of Mutes, Amelia is determined to live life the way she dreamed. Her dream did not include becoming a mail-order bride to rancher Aaron Zachary. Can Amelia and Aaron find love through a different language - the language of love?
ISBN 10: 1597227900
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Gems of Yesterday: The poetry and Philosophy of Bee Lewis
By Bee Lewis (Author), Erwin A. Thompson (Editor)
Gems of Yesterday: The poetry and Philosophy of Bee Lewis has been a labor of love for editor and long-time friend, Erwin A. Thompson. Each of the 274 poems in this book was carefully selected and typed by Mr. Thompson as a tribute to a man he thought of as a kindred spirit and mentor. The poems span a period of close to four decades and cover a rare glimpse of a bygone era. The subject matter ranges from the personal to the philosophical, from dialect to description.
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Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
For me those times when I can put the diary or book from long ago in my hands I feel as if I am returning to that time. For my research into the history of an area or for my characters I portray that going back in time is essential. Whenever I get the chance to actually feel the old newspapers I get such a rush of joyful feeling. I am holding a piece of history that someone from that time also had in their hands. For me that is a great gift.
In this day of computers and online information I find sometimes I just want to go back and get the 'feel' of what may have happened in the earlier time. For those of us who recreate that past it is the gift we are giving to our readers or those of us who perform, our audience.
May this summer be a time of re-creating for all of you and have fun with those books, diaries and memories.
Monday, June 30, 2008
I've been planning out my WIP not only on the computer, but driving down the road, talking with my husband, or walking through the grocery isle. Ideas just pop up at the oddest times. I love to sit at the computer and immerse myself in the West, or crack open the myriad of books on the many subjects of the 19th century (my favorite time period). Characters, places, and events are constantly appearing up on new websites. I just can't get enough!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
There is something comforting about what we know and knowing we usually do it well. Still for me there is that small voice that says 'go ahead give it a try'. In many ways that voice has allowed me to do many things I may never have thought of. I wrote my first murder mystery play because someone said can you do it and I said yes. The same went for the one woman show I wrote and performed over ten years ago.
Now I am returning to my writing roots. It feels good, but am I ready to write what I feel I need to say or will I go with what is popular? As I plant the seeds of my future garden in this summer heat, I do hope they will grow to be useful. If not, at least I had fun tending the garden.
Monday, June 09, 2008
My new book, The Last Rodeo, is now available. You can order it from your favorite bookstore or through Barnes and Noble online, as well as Amazon. If you'd like an autographed copy, contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org . Here's the cover and back cover blurb:
The long road home --
Dev Summers wants nothing more than to quit the grind of the rodeo and return to his grandfather's Nevada ranch. At thirty-five, and battling serious injuries, his decision to retire from professional bull riding thrusts him into conflict with his freewheeling dad and brother. . .and into the arms of July Jones, a woman he dare not love.
Running from a failed marriage and an empty life, July is searching for meaning to her existence. She seeks sanctuary at the ranch with Dev, her long-time friend and confidante. As she struggles with her own inner conflict and her growing desire to be more than Dev's friend, she becomes the catalyst that sets his family on a course they did not seek, nor could have foreseen. But before their broken lives can mend, tragedy and a murderous plot will force them to face what they have become.
Filled with heartbreak, passion, and hope, The Last Rodeo, is an enthralling story of love, regret, conviction, and the unforgettable journey of a family in transition.
"Great story-telling, a stunning sense of place. . .one of the finest and most authentic western novels to come along in ages." Irene Bennett Brown, author of The Bargain
"The Last Rodeo brings the world of professional bull riders into sharp focus--the swagger, the glory, the danger, the pain--along with the pride and heartache of the women who love them." Dee Marvine, author of The Lady Rode Bucking Horses
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Sherry Monahan touches on the Ten Tips for Successful Marketing, which covers a range of ideas to get your book out there to the readers. Surprising to most new writers, marketing your own book is a large part of the publication process. Monahan gives ideas on how to get the reader interested, reading and sharing with others.
Anne Schroeder goes on to give us an experienced account of her marketing tactics. From booking radio shows to book signings - which have led to other writing and teaching opportunities - to emailing press kits to various places. This very interesting article is worth reading for both new and experienced writers.
Follow Cynthia Leal Massey as she digs for information about a somewhat hidden cemetery in Helotes, Texas alongside an unusual residence covered with gargoyles and chimney pots. But wait, is it a cemetery? There are headstones, some engraved names...but are there bodies? Are they really there? Massey searches through records, talks to locals and finally gets to the bottom of the mystery. Scroll down through the newsletter and read all about her adventures.
For members, there are several pages of information on getting your books advertised in the 2009 Women Writing the West Catalog, along with information on the upcoming October Women Writing the West Conference.
Be sure to thank Alice Trego, Mary Trimble and Jenny Hancey for a beautiful job of planning, designing and editing the newsletter.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Here's the teaser:
Does the Earth Need People?
June 5: No—unless. . . .
Unless we learn to live more generously. Looking at Earth as a natural system, no species is indispensable, even humans. (Turns out it isn't all about us!) If we aren't essential to life on this unique blue planet—the only home we've ever known, who is? And where do we fit? The pluses and minuses of Homo sapiens as members of this complex global system.
June 6: . . .Getting to Yes
What do we do that no other species does? How can our lives contribute to life on Earth so that we belong in what Aldo Leopold called the "community of the land"? A personal look at an "accidental" land restoration project and what it teaches about staying connected and having a positive impact on the planet we share.
If you're in south-central Colorado June 5 & 6, come to the historic Salida SteamPlant Event Center on the banks of the Arkansas River in downtown Salida at seven each evening. The Series is free, thanks to the foundation that sponsors the talks every summer.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
by Audery Blackburn Johnston
"June 15, 1865, R. Schooley, Vincent Scott, and James Esters left home in Cumberland County, Illinois, for Kansas, tavelled 17 miles, and camped for the night on the edge of the prairie. Rested good."