Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June Member News

Congratulations to you all on your new releases and Kudos to those who have won awards.
Cynthia Woolf, Mail Order Outlaw. Lizzie can’t find a husband and then one shows up unexpectedly. Ed Talbot isn’t husband material. He’s an outlaw, was forced into his father’s gang at the age of thirteen, and is wanted Dead or Alive in more than one territory. Can Ed get away with impersonating Lizzie’s intended? 

LaDene Morton, The Country Club District of Kansas City. One of the grandest experiments of American urban planning, the Country Club District, lies tucked in the heart of Kansas City. Initiated in 1905, it eventually spilled over 6,000 acres and attracted national attention to a city still forging its identity. In her new book, author LaDene Morton examines a project that required a half-century of careful development to fully fulfill the vision of founder J.C. Nichols. Home today to many of the city’s most exclusive residential areas and commercial properties, the district served as a model for residential development in cities all over America in the ways it built communities to stand the test of time.

Vella Munn, One Day, a novella, introduces her four-book contemporary romance series set at Lake Serene in the Oregon mountains where forgiveness and love is possible. The complete series is now available at Amazon and other retailers. Five years ago Jes and Shyla Croft spent their honeymoon at Lake Serene. Now they've returned to end their marriage. They will not speak of what they once believed would last forever. Then Jes hands Shyla something that will make more of an impact than
divorce papers.



C.M. Mayo's Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I.Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual (Dancing Chiva), has won the National Indie Excellence Award for History. A blend of biography, personal essay, and a rendition of deeply researched metaphysical and Mexican history that reads like a novel

Jane Kirkpatrick, A Light in the Wilderness (Revell) is a 2015 Western Writers of America Spur Award finalist. This is a story of one of the first African American women to come to the Oregon Country. Letitia Carson had reason to bring a lawsuit, a rare thing in a territory that excluded free blacks from even being in it. 
Marsha Ward, Gone for a Soldier, the prequel to the Owen Family Saga was named a 2014 Whitney Award Finalist for Historical Fiction. The novel introduces the Owen Family and details their trials on and off the battlefield during the American Civil War. The main characters, Rulon and Mary Owen, learn that not all enemies wear the Union blue.

Carolyn Neithammer The Piano Player The International Book Awards has named as a finalist in the category Fiction: Western. When well-bred Mary Rose follows her dream to rowdy 1882 Tombstone, she quickly discovers that her sheltered life has not prepared her for the challenges of being a piano player in The Bird Cage Theater.

Mary E. Trimble’s memoir, Tubob: Two Years in West Africa with the Peace Corps received the IndiePENdents’ Seal of Good Writing. The IndiePENdents celebrate and recognize the work of independent writers and, as a group, are on their way to making a change in the industry by opening the gates to self-published writers. Tubob: A newly married couple who discover themselves in new light as they work and learn about the culture in a third-world country. They find strength and frustration trying to make a difference.

Andrea Downing, DearestDarling received the Golden Quill Award for Best Novella from Desert Rose branch of RWA. 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 a chance for escape. 

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