We have several new books out this month and a respectable number of awards. Congratulations to all!
Jonnie Martin, Wrangle is set on a Texas quarter horse ranch in the 1970s. Into this tactile and sometimes dangerous world comes city-bred Shannon Murphy to help her father manage his ranch and train-up a promising race horse. Despite a series of setbacks, the success of the ranch's prized race horse seems assured until a tragedy strikes – a tragedy for which some blame Shannon. Exiling herself to the Davis Mountains, Shannon embarks on a journey of self-reflection that challenges her every notion of life, love and family loyalty. More details on Amazon and on Jonnie’s website.
Heidi M. Thomas, Dare to Dream, completes the “Cowgirl Dreams” trilogy based on her rodeo-riding grandmother. In the spring of 1941, Nettie, now age 36, is regaining her heart and spirit, and she is determined to ride again at an event in Cheyenne, Wyoming. To her dismay, the male-dominated Rodeo Association of America enforces its rule barring women from riding rough stock and denies her the chance to ride. Her fury at the discrimination can’t change things for women—yet. this sweeping rodeo saga parallels the evolution of women’s rodeo from the golden years of the 1920s, producing many world champion riders, and shows its decline, beginning in the 1930s and ending with World War II in 1941.
Heidi M. Thomas, Cowgirl Dreams and Follow the Dream, the first two novels in the “Cowgirl Dreams” trilogy have been re-published by Globe-Pequot/Twodot Press.
Shanna Hatfield, Ilsa (Pendleton Petticoats Book 3) One of the most talented seamstresses of her time, Ilsa Thorsen could sell her creations anywhere in the world, but she ends up on her sister’s ranch in the western town of Pendleton, Oregon. Disgusted with the dust, smells, and nearly every aspect of rural life, Ilsa wonders how she’ll survive, particularly with the arrogant Tony Campanelli constantly underfoot.
Enterprising and hardworking, Tony Campanelli embraces life in the small community of Pendleton with his sister and their friends, especially since Ilsa Thorsen moves to town. The uptight seamstress just needs to learn to have some fun and Tony’s convinced he’s the man for the job. Links: Kindle Amazon
Amron Gravett and Christine Robinette, Chimney Rock National Monument (Arcadia Publishing)
The appreciation of the Chimney Rock region goes back more than 1,000 years. Here in southwestern Colorado, the Ancestral Puebloans inhabited the northern San Juan River Basin as an outlier community of Chaco Canyon. This book explores the archaeology, geography, geology, and stewards of this archaeoastronomy site and its nonrenewable, cultural resources.
Marcia Melton, Joe Henry's Journey: Up the Missouri River to the Montana Gold Fields, 1862 (Raven Publishing) When eleven-year-old Joe Henry Grummond and his Pa board a steamboat going up the "Big Muddy" Missouri River to Fort Benton, Montana, they travel into the hard life of the frontier. Come along as Joe Henry pans for gold, finds friends, has adventures, meets the prettiest girl he's ever seen, and learns about law and lawlessness, vigilantism, and the elusive questions of justice.For middle grade readers.
C.M. Mayo, the Spanish edition of MetaphysicalOdyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book,Spiritist Manual is now out in Kindle. The Spanish translation Odisea metafísica hacia la RevoluciónMexicana: Francisco I. Madero y su libro secreto, Manual espírita Por C.M. Mayo, traducido por Agustín Cadena (Dancing Chiva) Francisco I. Madero was the leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution and President of Mexico, 1911-1913.
Amy Hale Auker has had an essay, "Infinite Pink," published in a new women’s magazine SteviZine.
Correction from April
Pamela Nowak's historical romance novel, Changes, is a Colorado Book Award finalist in the genre fiction category.
Kayann Short, A Bushel¹s Worth: An Ecobiography, has received a silver medal in Green Living and Sustainability for the Nautilus ³Better Books for a Better World Awards.
Andrea Downing, LAWLESS LOVE is finalist for the 2014 Best historical Novella RONE Award: Lacey Everhart has carved out a tough existence in the wilds of 1880s Wyoming, working hard to build a secure life for herself and her younger brother, Luke. She will stop at nothing to protect what’s hers and keep them safe. Even if it means keeping a secret that could destroy their lives.
Tammy Hinton http://www.westernfictioneers.com/ Western Fictioneers has named Retribution as a finalist for their Best Book award.
PageLambert has been selected for The Spirited Woman's Top 12 Spring Pick List. LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE! WRITE IT! LIVE IT! LOVE IT! Author, retreat leader, book doctor, writing coach, Page helps women creatively reconnect! Page was also a finalist in the Colorado Authors’ League awards for fiction, and in 2013 was awarded her the 2013 Wise Woman Fellowship by AROHO.
Susan Tweit won the 2014 Colorado Authors' League award for her blog. This is Susan’s third CAL Award and recognized a series of blog posts she wrote that are the seeds for the memoir she’s working on. Susan and Page at the awards ceremony.