Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 2016 Member News PART 2

Because your blog editor is an "absent-minded professor" we bring you the second installment of June releases and Awards!

Jan MacKell Collins, Lost Ghost Towns of Teller County. Throughout Teller County, history lovers can find abandoned towns and forgotten main streets that once bustled with life and commerce. Even before Teller was carved from surrounding counties, the scenic mountains and lucrative mines of the gold rush era brought thousands of settlers and attracted resort owners and tycoons eager to exploit the rich setting. Seemingly overnight, towns in the Cripple Creek District and other places popped up, flush with gold and people looking for opportunity. 

Alison L. McLennan, Ophelia's War: The SecretStory of a Mormon Turned Madam (Five Star/ Frontier Fiction) The priceless ruby necklace secretly given to fifteen-year-old Ophelia Oatman by her dying mother isn't easily given away-nor is her virginity. But Ophelia must choose between them.


Kayann Short’s article, “Food for Bears” appears in the latest edition of the environmental-literary magazine, The Hopper. “Food for Bears” examines the impact of climate crisis on the food system for bears and humans along Colorado’s Front Range. This edition is available on Amazon or through Indiebound.


Heidi M Thomas, Dareto Dream, was named a finalist in the International Book Awards in the Fiction: Young Adult category. In the spring of 1941, Nettie Moser, now 36, has grieved the loss of a cowgirl friend in a freak rodeo accident. To regain her heart and spirit, Nettie is determined to ride again at a Cheyenne, Wyoming. To her dismay, the male-dominated Rodeo Association of America (RAA) 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.  
Linda Shuler, Hidden Shadows, has been honored with an Honorable Mention, General Fiction, Eric Hoffer Award. The novel has also won Pinnacle Book of Achievement Award NABE; Finalist, da Vinci Eye Eric Hoffer Award; Finalist, Debut category: WFWA (Women’s Fiction Writers Association); Star Award Contest; Finalist, Literary Fiction, NIEA (National Indie Excellence Awards), and Top Ten finisher, Best Other Novel, Predators & Editors Readers’ Poll 2015. Cassie Brighton, devastated by the death of her husband, flees to a remote homestead in the rugged Texas Hill Country. Alone in a ramshackle farmhouse steeped in family secrets, Cassie wages a battle of mind and heart as she struggles to overcome the sorrows of her past, begin anew, and confront the possibility of finding love again. 

Lesley Poling-Kempes, Ladies of the Canyons, won the Reading The West book award for nonfiction from the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. This is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world. These ladies imagined and created a new home territory, a new society, and a new identity for themselves and for the women who would follow them.

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