Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April Member News

Wow, so much talent in our organization! And it looks like WWW nearly "cleaned up" in the Colorado Book Awards. Congratulations to all!
New Releases

Anne Schroeder Cholama Moon (Oak Tree Press) 
A young girl grows to womanhood guided by a Salinan (Mission) Indian woman and a crippled cowhand as Anglo pioneers struggle to establish ranches in 1860's California earthquake country amid banditos, cultural differences and their own internal strife. 

Amy Hale Auker's short story "Quatro in the Late Afternoon" appears in Rough Country, an anthology of western stories. 

Amy Hale Auker also has two poems, "Lightening Up" and "See You at the Barn"  in the National Cowboy Anthology Celebrating 30 Years of Wrangling Words.

Diane Thomas The Buffalo Messenger  
In 1910, two Dakota girls get sick and run away from boarding school to find the buffalo messenger--a red cricket medallion that points toward miracles and healing. Running away causes a chain of events that culminate in a deadly encounter between the tribe and local whites. The book was inspired by the author’s family history and actual events.

Stein's eclectic anthology of contemporary and historical short fiction reveals that sanctuary can often be found with those closest to us and sometimes, even with strangers. Includes her 2011 LAURA Short Fiction Award winning story, "Sulfur Springs." Also available at  Barnes & Noble 

Alethea Williams, Walls for the Wind
When Kit Calhoun leaves New York City with a train car full of foundlings from the Immigrant Children’s Home, she has no clue she might end up as adoptive mother to four of them in rip-roaring Cheyenne, Wyoming.The first time handsome Patrick Kelley spies Kit in Julesburg, Colorado Territory, he wants her. But danger lurks, and they’re all forced to leave behind everything they knew to try and forge new lives in the raw American West. Also on Kindle and Nook

Susan Wittig Albert’s Death Come Quickly (China Bayles #22, Berkley Prime Crime) When China’s and Ruby’s friend Karen Prior is mugged in a mall parking lot and dies a few days later, China begins to suspect that her friend’s death was not a random assault. Karen was a filmmaker supervising a student documentary about the fifteen-year-old murder of a woman named Christine Morris and the acquittal of the man accused of the crime. Is it possible that the same person who killed Christine Morris targeted Karen?


Kayann Short, A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography by Kayann Short was a finalist for the 2013 May Sarton Memoir Award. The Women's Memoir Award is named for May Sarton, distinguished American memoirist, poet, and novelist and is offered annually by the Story Circle Network, an international nonprofit association of women life-writers.


Andrea Jones, Between Urban and Wild, a collection of essays about life at the wildland-urban interface in Colorado, has been shortlisted in the Adult Nonfiction category of the Reading the West Award sponsored by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. The award is designed to promote books whose subject matter is set in the Association’s 12-state region.  

Pamela Nowak  CHANGES is a finalist in the Colorado BookAwards (genre fiction).
Colorado Authors League Awards
Page Lambert’s short story "The Widow of Loreto" (published in Huffington Post's Featured Fifty) is an award finalist in the Colorado Authors' League 2013 literary competition. 

Susan J. Tweit’s blog “Choose Happiness. Love all Life” is a finalist for the Colorado Authors League Awards  for a series of essays about building a life after her husband Richard’s death. 

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A Generation Touched by Fire

By Lorrie Farrelly

Touched by fire was Oliver Wendell Holmes’ description of the three million men – many of them scarcely more than boys – who fought in the War Between the States. Over 600,000 of them would die; nearly all those who survived found their lives changed forever. At the war’s end, veterans poured into the west; some sought adventure, some sought fortune, some wanted only to outrun their demons and find a reason to go on living. Most could scarcely remember peace; many had no choice but to try to start over.

I’ve always been interested in the Civil War, and I love Westerns. My dad used to say he’d always dreamed of riding shotgun with Wild Bill Hickok. True, Wild Bill was a bit before his time, but those Old West stories lived vividly in his imagination, as they do in mine.

Sorting through a box of old family papers, I came across two I’d never seen before. One was a parole pass, and the other, an oath of allegiance. Both had been signed in 1865 by my great-grandfather, William McClain, who had fought in the 42nd Georgia Infantry. In signing, he swore he would never again bear arms against the United States, and he would abide by all new laws, including the emancipation of slaves, So Help Him God. In return, he would be paroled (as a prisoner of war) to go home – assuming he still had any home.

I stared at that young man’s signature for a long time. I had so many questions: Why had he fought for a new country founded on terrible injustice? Had he feared for his home and family? Had he expected excitement and glory? And what had he felt as he signed those papers? Humiliation? Bitterness? Exhaustion? Relief? What would he make of his life now?

And there it was: the inspiration for Western historical romance Terms of Surrender, the story of former Confederate cavalry Captain Michael Cantrell, a young man who has lost everyone and everything he loved. He roams the Western frontier, seeking peace and some purpose to his life. When a violent encounter in Wyoming Territory lands him in the middle of Annie Devlin's war, Cantrell chooses to make a stand with the young rancher, testing the limits of his courage, his mettle – and his passion.

From Readers’ Favorite: “Filled with sweet emotion, but also heart wrenching hurt, Terms of Surrender is exactly why I am such a fan of historical fiction! It…had my emotions all over the place. From the harshness of the West, to the birth of a new baby. Tenderness at one turn, but heartbreak could be right around the corner. The storytelling is done with such amazing clarity that I found myself easily transported into the characters’ lives…each literally jumps off the pages…Great characters, a touching romance with a bit of sizzle, and a plot that provides danger and suspense make Terms of Surrender a stand out historical romance.”

Lorrie Farrelly is the author of a Western historical romance trilogy, contemporary romantic suspense novels, and sci fi/paranomal romantic suspense novels. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Northwestern University, she's been a Renaissance nominee for Teacher of the Year, a ranch hand at Disneyland’s Circle D Ranch, and a “Jeopardy!” television quiz show champion. Her novels have earned Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Awards, and Terms of Surrender is an Orange Rose Award finalist. Lorrie and her family live in Southern California.

Lorrie’s books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks on Amazon and YouTube.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Coming Home to Women Writing the West's 20th Anniversary Conference

Join Women Writing the West as we celebrate 20 Legendary Years in Golden, Colorado at The Table Mountain Inn and The Golden Hotel for four days of jam packed presentations from authors, editors, agents, publishers, and bookstore owners. Our theme? "Coming Home" to where it all began 20 years ago.

It all begins on Thursday, October 16, 2014 with three incredible pre-conference sessions and ends on Sunday, October 19th with High Tea at The Briarwood Inn. There will be a choice of four break-out workshops per session, and the conference will also feature a WILLA Reception, the WWW Quilt, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum tour, and the film Cherokee Word for Water at the Colorado Mountaineering Center.

Start making your plans and come join us! You can stay informed by checking in with Women Writingthe West Facebook and Women Writing the West 2014 Conference page for ongoing updates.