Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October Member News

Marsha Ward, The Complete Owen FamilySaga is a chronological box set of the five novels: Gone for a Soldier, The Man from Shenandoah, Spinster's Folly, Ride to Raton, and Trail of Storms. Join Rod and Julia Owen, their sons, daughters, and neighbors in Colorado Territory and beyond for action, adventure and romance in 19th Century America.

Louise Lenahan Wallace’s short story, “The Warning” is included in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s The Joy of Christmas under the section Holiday Miracles. And a miracle it was. I didn’t know where the overpowering feeling of dread was coming from that Christmas Eve afternoon, but I’m thankful to the depths of my soul that I heeded it.

Heidi M. Thomas, Dare to Dream and Cowgirl Up! A History of Rodeo Women have both received Finalist awards in the Book Excellence Awards contest, Dare in the Young Adult and Cowgirl Up in the non-fiction categories.

Gaby Pratt, Comanche And The Mex Girl is a finalist in the Book Excellence Awards contest, Young Adult category. It’s 1878. Fort Richardson closes. Feisty laundress, Elena Wade, a sixteen-year-old Anglo/Mexican seizes the moment, takes the gold coins found in the laundry sheets, lifts a brand new Army issue Colt from the supply room, buys a horse, and takes off for the Chisholm Trail in search of the American father she’s never known.

Jan Cleere's biography, Never Don't Pay Attention: The Life of Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa, has been selected as a Finalist for the Indie Book Awards and as a Finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.Louise Larocque Serpa often said she was born “in the wrong place, to the wrong woman, at the wrong time.” Born in 1925 and growing up in New York society with a mother who was never satisfied with her rather lanky, unpolished daughter, teenager Louise eventually found happiness when she spent a summer on a Wyoming dude ranch scrubbing toilets, waiting tables and wrangling cattle. Later in life, she settled in Tucson, Arizona, where her introduction to photographing rodeos came about after a friend invited her to watch his children participate in a junior rodeo competition.