Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November Member News

Just in time for Christmas shopping! New releases from our prolific WWW members!

Sherry Monahan, Frontier Fare
Drawn from the author’s ongoing column in TrueWest Magazine, this cookbook combines myths, nostalgia, and legends with usable, delicious, and fun recipes for use at home or on the trail--all with a western theme. Readers will be surprised to learn the stories behind some of their favorite recipes, and they’ll find inspiration from the days of cooking along the trail or in the old iron cook stove in these dishes interpreted for a modern cook’s kitchen.

Andrea Downing, Dearest Darling Stuck in a life of servitude to her penny-pinching brother, Emily Darling longs for a more exciting existence. When a packet with travel tickets, meant for one Ethel Darton, accidentally lands on her doormat, Emily sees her chance for escape. Daniel Saunders has carved out a life for himself in Wyoming—a life missing one thing: a wife. Having scrimped and saved to bring his mail-order bride from New York, he is outraged to find in her stead a runaway fraud and, even worse, the impostor is the sister of his old enemy…

Gretchen Wiegand and Anna McDermott, The Circle of Na'mow In 1974, Bridget, Ella, and Lola, three naive adolescents, leave behind their mundane, predictable lives to pursue unconstrained passion and adventure. They find their way to Na’mow, a mountain hidden behind Boulder’s majestic Flatirons in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. For two decades, the polarity of nature – the blizzards, windstorms, and wildfires coexisting within Na’mow’s mesmerizing landscape – serves to shape the character of these young, spirited, and undaunted women.

Nanette M. Day, pen name Corrissa James. Heart So Sweet is the third in the Great Plains romance novella series. With four older brothers, rancher Susannah Clark is used to dealing with men and getting them out of trouble. But when her childhood crush Tate Trudell returns as sheriff of Harrington County, Susannah must decide whether to save her brothers yet again, even if means losing the man she loves. When Tate Trudell unexpectedly returns to Harrington, a lot has changed, but not the bad blood between him and his former best friend. To get the woman of his dreams, he must work through his issues with the Clark family—if his best friend doesn’t kill him first.   

Shanna Hatfield The Christmas Calamity   
Dependable and solid, Arlan Guthry relishes his orderly life as a banker’s assistant in Hardman, Oregon. His uncluttered world tilts off kilter when the beautiful and enigmatic prestidigitator Alexandra Janowski arrives in town, spinning magic and trouble in her wake as the holiday season approaches.

Wanda Porter Riding Babyface   
More than anything, fourteen-year-old Winna Beckman wants a horse, unaware when she gets one, riding Babyface will teach her about life, love, and true friendship.

Gail Jenner has two short stories recently published in two anthologies by Prairie Rose Publications: Lassoing a Bride and Present for a Cowboy (coming out for Christmas).

 Ankle High and Knee Deep (Globe/Pequot/Two Dot) was listed as #3 in June on's list of Top Books about Country/Rural living and has continued to stay in the Top 20 since then. A number of WWW members were part of the 40+ authors who contributed to the anthology.

Randall Platt Incommunicado (Sky Pony Press) Patriotism blossoms into paranoia when the residents of a small, Oregon Coast town turn on its leading citizen, a Japanese-American, in the first turbulent months of World War Two. The town’s most bullied girl, a dopey bloodhound, and a weak-kneed priest join forces to stand up for what is right.

Susan Marsh War Creek (MP Publishing) When ostracized daughter Agnes Clayton, now in her thirties and alone, returns to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest after a life in various western cities, she is determined to make moving her father out of their family home at the old War Creek Ranger Station as quick and painless as possible. Reconnecting with her estranged father, a retired forest  ranger, proves difficult at best, and extracting him from his fiercely beloved ranger station seems impossible. Over the course of a long summer Agnes becomes entangled with opposing forces in an isolated rural community in the North Cascades. Agnes hopes to answer questions from her past and find not only closure but redemption. 

Susan Marsh A Hunger for High Country, part memoir and part profile of place, is set in the mountains surrounding Yellowstone National Park. As a woman in the U.S. Forest Service and one of many professionals hired by the agency in response to environmental laws passed during the 1960s and 1970s, the author finds that her background and values often place her at odds with the agency she works for, and her dream job in Montana ends in sorrow and frustration after six years of trying to fit in. Humbled by her failures and the part she played in her downfall, she begins again in the mountains of western Wyoming. Here she comes to understand that technical expertise and excellence do not bring the success she hopes for, while the beauty and grace of the wild world shines new light on her personal world and the importance of conserving the national forests. Her journey of deeper self-awareness brings greater understanding of the relationship between people and nature and what that relationship can teach us all.

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