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12/31/13

Author Melva Noakes, "April Mourning"

April Mourning
The Story of the Murrah Building Day Care
by Melva Noakes
Tate Publishing, 2013

This a powerful and true story written by America's Kids Day Care operator Melva Noakes, and it tells how time stood still in the aftermath of the bombing. How families faced the reality of losing their little ones, comforting those who were injured, and healing a community as shattered as the glass on the streets.

It was all laughter and playtime at a daycare center in downtown Oklahoma City until 9 a.m., April 19, 1995, when a bomb inside a Ryder truck blew the face off the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building across the street, killing 168 people and injuring more than 680.

Take the journey. Hear the stories. Heal in the Heartland.  No collection on the events of that 1995 day would be complete without this work.  No collection dealing with terrorism, grief and recovery would be complete with out this work by Melva Noakes.

100 pages - $9.99 (paperback) - An E-version is also available.

11/6/13

Author Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers is an Oklahoma author who writes fiction and nonfiction for adults and YA.   "When she’s not strapped to her computer at their rural Oklahoma home, she can generally be found poking around a dilapidated old building or visiting some historical place, perhaps searching for her next “out of body” character.."
 
You see. she is an author who writes about ghosts.  " I write for YA and Adults--but always about ghosts. I created ghost talk to help feed my unquenchable fascination with the paranormal. While the topics will mainly deal with ghosts there will also be post on writing, the road to publication, and of course things just for fun!"
 
On Haunted Ground, a nonfiction adult book can be found here
Angelina's Secret, a YA fiction can be found here
 
 

11/1/13

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS RELEASES NEW CRIMSON MASK

A SON’S REVENGE
 
The Crimson Mask is back…and Airship 27 Productions has him!  The Crimson Mask, the first title in an on-going series, features four brand new adventures by some of today’s finest pulp writers.
 
Veteran Police Sergeant Clarke is gunned down by hoodlums, shot in the back of the head.  As he lay dying, a rush of blood to his face formed a macabre mask, a crimson mask!  When his son, Doctor Robert “Bob” Clarke, saw that strange stigmata he interpret it as a sign, inspiring him to become his father’s avenger, the Crimson Mask!
 
Once again Airship 27 Productions digs into the dusty vaults of long forgotten, second tier pulp heroes to revitalize another great character in brand new, exciting adventures.  Writers J. Walt Layne, Terrence McCauley, C. William Russette and Gary Lovisi took on the challenge of creating new, bizarre mysteries for the pharmacist turned crime-fighter and, in doing so, have put together a terrific collection of fast paced pulp action echoing the thrills of the original classics.
 
“All of which is why Airship 27 Productions exist,” reaffirms Managing Editor Ron Fortier.  “Specifically for great, fun characters like this one. Characters relegated to forgotten back files of the classic pulp hero ranks.  Well, not anymore.  The Crimson Mask always had the potential to be something better; now our writers and artists are making that happen.”
 
Aided by retired Police Commissioner Warrick, his former college roommate David Small, and lovely nurse, Sandra Gray, the Crimson Mask must hunt down the villainous distributors of tainted heroin, stop an invisible thief, learn who ignited the latest city gang war and solve a killer targeting his father’s allies. 
 
Talented artist, Andy Fish, provides twelve stark black and white interior illustrations plus a truly wonderful, colorful and iconic pulp cover painting. Art Director, Rob Davis, handles book design to offer a truly stunning, quality package that will delight even the most jaded pulp fan.
 
Hold on to your fedoras, jump onto the running board and get ready for blazing thrills galore pulp fans as the Crimson Mask is back!
 
AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – Pulp Fiction for a New Generation!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

10/28/13

Short Term Offer: Space at Arts Festival for OKC Area Authors

The Ruth Haddon Fine Arts Festival at Wesley UMC in OKC on Nov. 2-3 has some space they are offering to local authors to sell their books.  Space may be limited but any authors interested in renting a booth should call ASAP Gay Abarr at 745-7799 or 229-6625.  Photographers and artists might wish to contact her as well.

10/21/13

Some Great Oklahoma Based Seasonal Treats


Arts Festival Set for November 2-3

            Wesley United Methodist Church - OKC is the site of the 5th Annual Ruth Haddon Memorial Arts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3, 2013.   The festival hosted by the Wesley Explorers, features Oklahoma artists, and will be held in the church fellowship hall 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, November 2, and 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, November 3.     Wesley UMC is located at 1401 NW 25th (Classen and NW 25th) Oklahoma City.
Art for sale includes paintings, prints, photography, Native American art, glass pottery, jewelry, and more.  
 There is no admission charge and everyone is invited to come view the art and shop this annual event.   There will also be special guided tours of the historic and artfully rich 1928 Gothic Sanctuary on both days.
            This event benefits programs and missions of Wesley UMC, including the school, New Hope Academy, in Liberia.
For additional information contact Wesley UMC-OKC 405-525-3521 or Festival Coordinator Gay Abarr 405-745-7799.

 

Contact:   Susan Howard

                  2020 NW 21st

                  Oklahoma City, OK 73106

                  405-524-1556

                  rshoward@aol.com

                   Date of Release:  September 20, 2013 
 

 

 

 

 

9/14/13

STILLWATER 'READ LOCAL' AUTHORS FAIR





The Stillwater Public Library  is hosting a "Read Local" authors fair on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1-4 p.m.  As the name implies the library will be focusing on locally connected authors.     

"We are inviting any author who has an association with Stillwater, Payne County, any of the town’s in Payne county or anywhere within the 50 miles surrounding Stillwater." stated Stacy Delano of the library.  "Which means if the person lives in the area, went to school in the area, went to OSU/OAMC or worked in the area, then they would qualify."

The Stillwater Public Library, in partnership with Stillwater Writers Group and New Forums Press, is hosting the “Read Local” authors fair on Saturday, October 26, from 1-4 p.m. The fair is intended to introduce the community to local authors and to give local authors a forum for selling books. The fair features writers from Stillwater, Payne County and those who have a connection anywhere within the fifty miles surrounding Stillwater.

This event will be held in the Stillwater Public Library auditorium at 1107 S. Duck. Authors will be provided a table for booth space which may be set up at the authors’ discretion. Sales will be made through the authors. Chairs will also be provided, so that community members can visit with authors.

FEES: 
►FREE with a donation of two books by the author or $25.00
             ►One copy will be a giveaway and one will be added to the library’s Special Collections.
ACTIVITIES: 
►Stillwater children’s book illustrator Tim Jessell at 2 p.m.
►Five minute author readings throughout the event
►Free coffee bar
►Children’s illustrating activities
►Giveaways-eligibility is based on visiting authors’ tables
►We are coordinating the event with the Stillwater Film Festival for maximum attendance at the library.

REGISTER: The fair is limited to 35 authors. To register, fill out the application at http://tinyurl.com/readlocal2013.

DEADLINE: Registrations must be completed by Friday, Sept. 20.

TO BRING: 
►Books to sell, money box, receipts
►Decorations for tables
►Pamphlets, business cards or other information
►Table giveaways, if desired

Although we are asking for the donation of two books (one to be archived in our special collections), we do not want this to be a “deal breaker” for anyone and we’ll be glad to discuss options for anyone who cannot provide the books.

CONTACT:
405-372-3633x124
sdelano@stillwater.org
library.stillwater.org

Stacy DeLano
Stillwater Public Library

9/11/13

Time is Running Out

FINAL REGISTRATION NOTICE!!!

 
SoniaTharpRegina Brooks conference photo
Sonia Gensler (The Revenant), Tim Tharp (The Spectacular Now, film/book) Regina Brooks (Serendipity Agency)


Rose State Short Course on Writing, Oklahoma City (Sept 27-29)


I'm sending this last chance e-bulletin to remind everyone to register for the Rose State Short Course on Writing.  You still have time to enter all the contests at no additional cost, but only if you hurry.  This is the time to dust off your manuscripts and see what happens.  Remember, the contests are open to everyone registered for the conference.  You can enter every category and it still won't cost you anything extra.

According to Poets & Writers, the Rose State Short Course is the best writing conference for the best value in the Southwest.  Do your writing career a favor by taking this chance to learn from the over thirty writers, agents, and editors presenting on three tracks covering fiction, nonfiction, and the business side of writing. One-on-one consultations with writers, editors, and literary agents will be offered at no additional cost.  Because of the College's support, this fantastic value is being offered at the unprecedented low price of $129 ($49 for students, free for Rose State faculty and staff). Register by calling 405 733 7392.

On Saturday, at the First Page Panel, all participants are invited to submit the first page from their work-in-progress to be critiqued (anonymously) by David Morrell and agents Marcy Posner and Regina Brooks.  These critiques are sure to be honest and enlightening.  Drop your first page off at the registration desk when you arrive.

For submission guidelines, or for more information about the conference, visit: http://www.rose.edu/writing-short-course.

Please spread the word about the Short Course to your writing friends.  Rose State is committed to providing meaningful assistance to writers and I want everyone to know about it.

The Schedule

The Short Course begins Friday night at 6 with an informal booksigning and chance to chat with the authors, followed by the evening program at 7, which will feature the announcement of the contest winners and the keynote by David Morrell (Rambo: First Blood).  Sessions will go all day Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. Here's a brief breakdown of the schedule for Saturday and Sunday:

Just In Time for that Outdoor Lover You Know

Dr. Tom Yarbrough retired from a long teaching and counseling career in Oklahoma into full time writing. He has recently finished Treestand Scribbles.  He enjoys spending time with family and friends in the woods at a deer camp cabin which he helped build. The result is this collection of brief sayings written over a lifetime of deer hunting. Nature and wildlife abound in this collection for any hunter to enjoy


This is his third book with two others on the way.  

Endorsement: Neal Keyes, retired writer/photographer for “Outdoor Oklahoma” magazine says: “….this book is not only a great read for the deer hunter, but for anyone that appreciates the outdoor world…..intertwined with a great sense of humor.”

Books are available at Amazon or
Discount for 5 or more at:
River Hawk Books
P.O. Box 381
Ada, Ok. 74820

Free shipping available.

8/27/13

Need a Second Eye?

Melissa Scott is a freelance proofreader specializing in manuscript editing for self-published authors. " I am affiliated with The Editorial Freelancers Association.  I have a BA in Speech and Theatre. My main focus is to work with new writers in the following genres: erotica, inspirational, and contemporary fiction.  As an actress, I truly empathize with people who have a creative spirit. My purpose is to enhance the writer’s vision. I provide a polished, professional finish to your manuscript:
Addressing consistency with regards to layout and style
Attention to awkward non-standard phrasing
Eradicating grammar, punctuation and spelling errors
I offer outstanding attention to detail, a friendly and approachable manner and, when you need it, a quick turnaround."

Melissa Scott
102 Allen Drive
Great Neck, New York 11020
Email: scottylei409@aol.com
Phone: 516-456-9419



[Oklahoma Authors makes no recommendations and assumes no responsibility; authors or potential customers of any business should do their own investigations.]

8/8/13

TURNING PAGES CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL SET


The Turning Pages Children's Book Festival will be  October 11 and 12 in Ada, Ok. It's geared toward K-8th grade students, teachers, and parents and will have lots of contests, activities, and events for the kids. 


It's focus is to promote literacy in Oklahoma's youth and to inspire the next generation of authors and illustrators. We're still looking for vendors and have just a couple of presenter spaces left.  There's a lot more information on the website at turningpagesfestival.com. 

7/10/13

Author John T. Biggs


John Biggs is a relatively new writer--about 10 years--with about twenty published pieces of short fiction. His story, "Boy Witch" was the grand prize winner of the 80th annual Writers' Digest Competition.  "Soul Kisses" won third prize in the 2011 Lorian Hemingway short story competition. His story," :20% Off " won the Creme de la Creme award at the 2012 OWFI conference, and his short story collection, Quantum Entanglement was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award.



"John Biggs' new work, Owl Dreams, was a joy to read (and I had to read it twice, I wanted to savor it that much). Biggs work is crafted with an artists touch that nimbly adds layers and bring to life, with poetic grace, characters who are tangible and solid.  It is full of action, conflict, and an interesting locale and cultural nuances. Every setting and action blended together and the result was gripping journey through the lives of the true to life and sympathetic cast. Owl Dreams is also a modern mystical tale - drawing from Native American traditions - full of portent, heart stopping drama and meaning that lingers like the aroma of sage on the air at dusk.  Like trees tossing leafy branches in a gentle breeze causing shadow and light to chase each other, the plot hides and reveals with a musical fluidity and a totally natural touch. Once finished, there is the sense that this author has created something unique and you have been transported to a place that calls you back to its embrace." --- Marilyn A. Hudson, author of The Bones of Summer and The Mound.

His webpage.
Publisher pre order page.

6/27/13

Book Signing Event with Author Asa Leveaux


Check out the book release of "Why I Won't Hire Black People" written by Asa Leveaux. This event will begin promptly Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm and will end at 10:00 pm. 

This anticipated event will take place at Urban Roots located in the Deep Deuce district of Oklahoma City. The full address for Urban Roots is 322 N.E. 2nd Street Oklahoma City, Ok 73104. 


This event is 100% free for all those who desire to attend. "Why I Won't Hire Black People" will be available for $15.99 USD. With every book purchase you will receive a free gift to assist you in your networking skills. Asa Leveaux will be there to sign your book and discuss the book from its origins to its purpose. For more information please email info@phoenixinkpublishing.com

Mr. Asa Leveaux,
Author
Why I Won't Hire Black People
www.whyiwonthireblackpeople.com

5/24/13

Meet Author Tim Hancock

Author  Tim Hancock writes a gripping blend of action and drama sure to please readers.  HeAmazon.
is a resident of Tulsa and has four books available in print or Kindle versions on

Some of his works include: A-21, When Sparrows Fall, Song of the Nightingale, and Caged Doves.


"I am a die hard Patriot. I am a staunch supporter of gun rights and the 2nd amendment. In fact I am a supporter of the Constitution in it's entirety. Do not label me as a left wing conservative because nothing could be further from the truth. I am registered Independent and have some very liberal views on a lot of issues Gay marriage to name one.

I am a disabled Navy Veteran that loves spending time with my Mother, my wife my 5 children and their spouses and most of all my 3 grandchildren, Writing and promoting my current work is my only job, I do not have another one. I try to do both parts of that job very well and I hope you enjoy."


To order direct or contact the author:  http://www.timhancockauthor.com/about.html


5/12/13

RATTLING GOOD READ: The Bone War of MCCurtain County.


The author Russell Ferrell has crafted a compelling, complex, and epic tale of intrigue, struggle,and determination against all odds. It is a tale of the triumph of the dedicated in the face of great obstacles and the toll the struggle often demands. It involves hard-headed and short sighted academics, controlling corporate entities, quagmire like governmental structures and procedures, and the stubborn strength of individuals pitted against an avalanche of forces determined to sweep them out of the picture. Mythic. Epic. Fictional? No, this is a tale of gripping reality proving the old adage that truth is often more real, and definitely stranger, than any fictional mind could create. A small episode in contemporary American history that proves to have resonance and strong lessons for the wider society. An intriguing, thought provoking, real-life adventure that will have you rooting for the 'two ordinary men'fighting for their rights against the bullies. The Bone War of McCurtain County will appeal to readers of dinosaur discoveries, corporate greed, and the common man struggling against insurmountable odds.



Marilyn A. Hudson,author of The Mound, The Bones of Summer, Tales of Hell's Half Acre, and Noel Brooks: A Life Shining and Burning


Another Review can be found at:  Great2ReadBooks 

4/28/13

Dr. Adkinson and the Adventures of Princess Lizzy


Princess Lizzy provides a wonderful venue for children to learn, think and grow. Such basic life lessons as "How do you handle a situation when you know someone hasn’t told the truth? What do you do when you see a little girl without a coat in the cold of winter? Where do flowers go when they disappear? What do you do when your feet don’t reach the floor?"



Author Dr. Mary Adkinson lives in the heart of Oklahoma on one and a half acres with her husband, Bob. Lots of birds, squirrels, and occasionally coyotes or skunks keep them company.  Their kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids are scattered across Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

The authors readers and parents to "Follow Princess Lizzy on Twitter or Facebook so your child won’t miss a single adventure. I relish your input as to what you like or dislike about the stories. If you have ideas for other life lessons, I would love to hear from you. Perhaps, your idea will become a new adventure for Princess Lizzy."

Ask for them by name at your local bookstore and library. Visit the website for special deals and resources : http://growingupwithprincesslizzy.com/

4/18/13

AN OKLAHOMA STATE SPONSORED BOOK FESTIVAL?

It could happen! If enough authors, publishers, book sellers, educators, school systems, library systems, colleges, readers, literacy professionals and supporters unite to send a message to state officials that such an event could have high monetary, promotional, and life changing impact on Oklahoma.

Oklahoma could join several other states who are focusing on the established and emerging talent of their own writers, authors, illustrators to create an event to bring people to the state, encourage support of the authors, publishers and send a clear message that Oklahoma values reading!

It is important that the event include a purpose to promote reading, promote authors, encourage emerging authors, and  encourage youthful authors.  A cycle of reading, writing, and living!  



4/17/13

Author Mariana Llanos Explores Children’s Imagination in New Book


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma­­--April 2013. In her first published story “Tristan Wolf”, Mariana Llanos takes the reader to the world of a boy raised by wolves who starts a journey to find his real self in an adventure filled with new friends and memories of his loving wolf family.


“I believe that my story will stimulate middle grade children’s playfulness and imagination, something that some books are lacking nowadays”, said the author. Although “Tristan Wolf” is recommended for children age 9 to 12 years old, it is also a book for any avid reader who is in for a timeless story. “I like to explore our ludic side, the creativity and imagination that we lose as we get older” added Mrs. Llanos.


“Tristan Wolf” is now available for sale on www.amazon.com or on http://www.createspace.com/3986785 at the list price of $13.99. The official launch for “Tristan Wolf” will take place in the month of May, 2013.


Mariana Llanos grew up writing short stories and poetry. She has a background in drama and theater in her native Lima, Peru. Currently, Mrs. Llanos works at a local Oklahoma City preschool teaching art and music.


Contact Information:  Mariana Llanos   mariana_llanos@hotmail.com

4/15/13

Graphic Artist and Designs


Need graphic design services for a varity of projects to be done, fliers,book covers, illustrations, photo editing, retouching and more ?  Here is a resource to  check out
@ Junior's Digital Designs located at facebook or artwanted gallery.
 
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Email: DarkGaia2@yahoo.com
 
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http://www.zazzle.com/SlayerX                    

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-Photo Retouching Gallery Book Cover Design Logos Graphic Work-
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4/6/13

SOONER STORIES LOOKING FOR SHORT STORY SUBMISSIONS

PAGES OKC announces "we are looking for short stories written by Oklahoma authors for a series called Sooner Stories". Sooner Stories is a series that will be held once a month from October to May. Five stories from local authors will be read by local actors. There are no themes or restrictions on subject matter. We only ask that the authors be Oklahomans, or the subject matter be about Oklahoma.

Authors will be notified beginning in mid–September.  If you'd like to submit, or learn more please visit the PAGES OKC website at pagesokc.org.

OKLAHOMA WRITERS OF COLOR ANTHOLOGY SEEKS SUBMISSIONS


Call for Submissions for a New Anthology Featuring Oklahoma Writers of Color 

Norman, OK March 2013- Mongrel Empire Press, an Eclectic Publishing House specializing in regional and uncommon literary works, is seeking submissions for an upcoming anthology featuring Oklahoma writers of color. 

Quraysh Ali Lansana and Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, in collaboration with Mongrel Empire Press, seek to publish the writing of People of Color born and/or raised in Oklahoma or who have lived in Oklahoma for five or more years. Though the editors prefer writing that speaks to some aspect of life in the Sooner State (politics, history, culture, the land, etc), all topics and genres are welcome. This anthology will be the first to document exclusively the lives of minorities in Oklahoma. We are looking for essays, interviews, short fiction, poetry and personal reflections for publication that explore life in Oklahoma as well as the state’s rich history. 

If you know of previously published or historical work that should be included, please contact the editors at okiewritersofcoloranthology@gmail.com. 

Born and raised in Enid, OK, anthology editor Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of five poetry books, three textbooks, a children’s book, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. Quraysh earned an MFA at the Creative Writing Program at New York University where he was a Departmental Fellow and he served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing from 2002-2011. Quraysh is a member of the faculty of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA Program at Oklahoma City University. 

Co-editor Jeanetta Calhoun Mish was born in Hobart, OK and raised in Wewoka, OK; she completed her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Oklahoma in 2009. Her second poetry collection, Work Is Love Made Visible, was awarded the Oklahoma Book Award, the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West, and the Western Heritage Award. Jeanetta is a contributing editor to Oklahoma Today and to Sugar Mule: A Literary Magazine. Mish is also editor of Mongrel Empire Press and the director of The Red Earth MFA Program at Oklahoma City University. 

Submission Guidelines: 
1. All manuscripts must be typed. For multiple page manuscripts the title of the work and page number must appear on each page. 
2. Manuscripts may be e-mailed as an attachment in Microsoft Word or in RTF. 
3. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically. 
4. A cover letter must be included with your attachment(s) listing the titles of submitted works and contact information. Also, please include acknowledgments if submitting previously published work. 
5. All submitted material must include an e-mail address. Submissions without contact information will not be considered. 
The deadline for consideration is August 1, 2013. 

Please send submissions to: 
Oklahoma Writers of Color Anthology 
okiewritersofcoloranthology@gmail.com 
e-mail general questions only to okiewritersofcoloranthology@gmail.com 

The projected date of publication for the Oklahoma people of color anthology is January 2014. the anthology will be available through most online bookstores and at local independent bookstores in Oklahoma. The editors are planning for a series of readings throughout the state where writers whose submissions appear in the book can present their work to the public. 

About Mongrel Empire Press 
Mongrel Empire Press was established in 2007 with a mission to publish well-written, thoughtfully-considered works across generic and disciplinary boundaries. The Press actively identifies and promotes Oklahoma and regional writers while at the same time making room for outside the region works that, because of their mixed generic, disciplinary, and philosophical approaches, cannot find a home at other presses that have a more narrowly defined mission. 

Contact the Press:
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Editor
Mongrel Empire Press
mongrel@mongrelempire.org
http://www.mongrelempirepress.org

3/27/13

Ventana Sierra Advanced Writing Workshop,


Attention all writers! Help us help youth-in-need, while deepening your craft, honing your skills and working toward personal writing/publishing goals at the Ventana Sierra Advanced Writing Workshop, June 14-16, 2013 in Carson City, NV. Our stellar faculty includes three top US writing coaches; five literary agents; two publishers; two editors; two college-level creative writing teachers; two poets; and five award-winning, bestselling authors.

The Ventana Sierra Advanced Writing Workshop was created specifically to help writers of all genres reach a higher plateau. The craft breakouts are specifically designed to go deeper than those you might find at other conferences. Faculty-led group critique and optional one-on-one manuscript critiques are apex-level. State of the industry talks and agent/editor panels provide the latest information to help you decide the best way to reach your publishing goals. Plus: networking, food, readings, a “meet the authors” evening, book signing, and an open mic for the brave. We’re talking some serious fun!

In addition, there is a Saturday-only track for teen writers, who will work with an agent and four award-winning, bestselling young adult authors, learning what it takes to become a published author. Best of all, the teen track is cost-free, and Foreword Literary will help the young writers e-pub their best at Smashwords and Amazon.

This event is the brainchild of nine-time NY Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins, whose travels as a young adult author have brought her into contact with young people with big dreams but limited resources. Ellen founded Ventana Sierra, a 501(c)(3), to help youth-in-need off the street, into safe housing and working toward career goals through higher education, vocational training, apprenticeships and the arts. Learn more about our goals here: www.ventanasierra.org. All net proceeds from the Ventana Sierra Advanced Writing Workshop directly benefit Ventana Sierra’s nonprofit programs.

There is a $100 discount for registrations received by May 15, 2013. Find out more about our workshop at http://ventanasierraworkshops.com/

3/24/13

AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING with MARJORIE SIMMONS


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Agora Coffee Shop 4959 South 79th East Avenue Tulsa, OK 74145

call Cheryl for directions (918) 270-9996

Read more about Marjorie at her Amazon author page.

3/21/13

'This Lesser Earth' Is A Superior Read


"Mary Margaret Woodward married a man who could pay one of those debts for her family. It didn’t take Mary long to decide her part in the transaction was paid-in-full, and she escaped into another world far more dangerous than any she knew existed. Surrendering her son, her pride, and any hope she had for any kind of normal happiness, Mary Margaret, the Southern Belle, became Maggie, the parlor girl, selling the only thing she had left to survive.


Jacob Granger was a war-weary survivor with little reason to rise each morning and face another day. After burying his wife, Lydia, with their child still wedged within her body, he couldn’t understand – or accept – God’s will for any of them… including the little woman He delivered to take Lydia’s place.

When two men from Maggie’s past seem to conspire to take her, too, Jacob has to fight another war, return to a god he no longer trusts, and leave Lydia behind – or lose his love again."



This Lesser Earth is available from Amazon in both print and Kindle formats.  exccellent addition to historical fiction and romance collections.   



With a style strongly reminiscent of Daphne duMaurier, author Jennifer Dahl delivers a dark story filled with passion, intrigue, love, hate, obsession, and manipulation from beyond the grave. At no time is there any guarantee that there will be a happy ending. Most of her waking hours are spent listening to the voices of the characters inside her head tell her what she's gotten wrong and how she can make it right. She is currently at work on her fourth novel, Fort Ruby, which introduces us to the challenges facing a woman doctor in her efforts to make her place in a small military town in Nevada's Old West.