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FOR WHAT ITS WORTH by Nathan Pettijohn (Sept 2023)

  Author Announces Forthcoming New Title

Nathan Pettijohn, author of PUBLIC OPINION, announces his new book will release in mid-September.  The title, “For What It’s Worth,” is a high school comedy somewhere between Uncut Gems and Superbad and is set in a Tulsa high school in 2006. The author notes, "I personally attended Owasso High School and Tulsa University, so am a native and excited to have my newest novel set in my hometown."

SYNOPSIS:  The prank pact was meant to be fun. Now they just want to live through it.

Tulsa, 2006. Jon Ryan and his three best friends spend the final days of their senior year goofing off and taking mushrooms at casino concerts, keeping adulthood at arms’ length as long as possible. To memorialize their time together, they make a pact: one prank per person, per night, on the last week of school.

From subtle psychological torture and glitter bombs to a stolen llama and a dead body in the trunk, what begins as harmless fun escalates into a matter of life and death.

The pranks lead to a head-on collision with their mailbox aficionado principal, their jewel-thief history teacher, and a slew of petty criminals, oil-money gangsters, and the Japanese mob. It’s a hell of a final exam to pass if the boys hope to live till graduation.

ISBN: Paperback: 979-8-9887424-0-1 ; Ebook: 979-8-9887424-1-8

RELEASE DATE:  Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Nathan Pettijohn is an author and entrepreneur. He is a contributing writer for Forbes on topics relating to what business leaders need to know about innovations in media and technology. Nathan’s previous novel, Public Opinion, is a crime thriller. In 2011, Nathan founded Cordurouy, a digital strategy agency where he serves as CEO. He resides somewhere in South America with his dog, Raphael.


The Book of ELLE by Jocelynn Mitchell and illus. by Alicia Mitchell.

Teen author Jocelynn Mitchell with illustrations by Alicia Mitchell has crafted a delightful book sure to please parents and young readers. 

The cute dog has one mission in life, "I'm Ellie, and I'm the best worst dog ever! I'm awesome at everything, and in this book, I'm going to teach you my secrets so you can be awesome like me."

The adventures and journey will keep readers engaged and finishing it will lead to moving on to book 2! All about a pup named Piper!

A word from the author Jocelynn Mitchell:

"Hello! My name is Jocelynn and I am so glad you found The Book of Ellie! Now, I might be a bit biased, but if I had to guess this book will bring loads of smiles and laughter to its readers, no matter what age! I am currently 13, but have been working on The Book of Ellie since I was 11. I love to read and write, and it has always been a dream of mine to publish a book one day! When my pug, Ellie, was brought home I knew immediately that she would make an amazing main character in my book. Everything you see in the book are events that really have happened! Ellie has been quite the challenge when it comes to training and truly has a mind of her own, but that makes for a great story, and I could not be happier to call her my dog! I currently live in the great state of Texas and aside from writing I love to cook, swim, and be with my friends! I hope you enjoy the book and look out because I can assure you there is more to come!" 

Note: A very proud Oklahoma relatives shared the book with me and I highly recommend it for personal home collections and for classroom or library collections. Talented young authors - and artists - need to be encouraged!


Steven E. Wedel: An Oklahoma Author

Steven E. Wedel began craving fame and fortune in the literary world when he was in high school. After writing his way through careers as a machinist, journalist, corporate writer, public relations specialist, and now as a high school English teacher, he’s decided to keep writing despite the lack of wealth and notoriety.

Wedel has published over 20 books, mostly in the adult horror genre, but he’s also written for the young adult, children’s, Western, and thriller markets. He’s dabbled in other genres using pseudonyms. His non-fiction writing includes how-to articles for writers, literary criticism, and hundreds of articles for print newspapers and online sites.

In 2004 Wedel earned a master’s degree in liberal studies, creative writing emphasis, from the University of Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1999, and graduated from Enid High School in 1984. He is a lifelong Oklahoman, father of four, with three grandsons. He currently lives in Midwest City, Oklahoma, with his dogs Bubba and Bear. He likes to kayak and camp when he doesn’t have papers to grade.

He'd still take the fame and fortune if it comes his way ...

(Source: Steven E. Wedel: books, biography, latest update)


Author Who "Wrote the Book on Oklahoma UFOs" Publishes New Titles.

 One wit noted "she wrote the book on Oklahoma UFOs" when she published the popular, SOONER SAUCERS: OKLAHOMA UFOs 1947-1969 (2020) author-researcher Marilyn A. Hudson has added to the field with these works.

"When I began my research into the topic,'" Author and researcher Marilyn A. Hudson notes, " I was frustrated by the lack of cohesive timelines of the events. So many authors and researchers skipped around in sharing events that it all became a bit muddled.  As a result, I built this chronology of some of the significant events, reactions, and influences of this pivotal year in history. It was a resource I wished had been available when I began to deep delve into the subject of UFO/UAP events. A timeline or chronology in history is vital to understanding if specific events really caused events.  Knowing which came first in some of these cases allows truth to float free to the surface and deeper issues to be visualized."

In response to the positive reception of her first book SOONER SAUCERS: Oklahoma UFOs 1947-1969, Hudson was encouraged to keep digging. As a result, in SOONER SAUCERS: volume 2, she has uncovered first-person accounts of things seen and events experienced never before shared with anyone. She has added to the timeline of events seen over Oklahoma skies from the great Airship era to recent years. 

As a resident of the Route 66 Corridor in Oklahoma, Marilyn A. Hudson, has put together, with co-author Cullan Hudson, stories of things seen in the skies along the longest stretches of existing original Mother Road.  Oklahoma's stretch of historic Route 66 dips into the state in the far northeast corner, angles down to the center and then shoots westward along I-40.  Make the trip, read the stories, and keep your eyes on the skies!

Did something happen in a small Kansas town in the 1960's?  Were there things in the skies over the sunflower state? In this short book read the account of one person who thinks she might have encountered the strange in Kansas.  Was she part of an alien "catch-and-release" program? Read and decide. 

All books are available in Kindle on Amazon. Some are in Paperback as well. 


Oklahoma Author Announces Two New Works

 New works by author and researcher Marilyn A Hudson will be coming about April 2023. In response to the high demand for her book Sooner Saucers: Oklahoma UFO's 1947-1969 she had put together a second volume that will highlight events before, during and after the dates of the Project Blue Book and will include many first person accounts of things seen over Oklahoma skies. Sooner Saucers: Volume 2 will include short biographies of some significant names in Oklahoma related to the topic, an Indepth look at the influences and events surrounding sightings and so much more. 

Also, she will be releasing, with co-author Cullan Hudson, OKLAHOMA UFO's: A ROUTE 66 GUIDE.  This handy little guide book will help add a little something different to the next cruise down the Mother Road by highlighting events of the strange kind in the skies, and on the ground, along the famous and historic highway. 


Sapulpa Public Library Set to Host Oklahoma Authors Showcase, Nov. 19, 2022

 For Immediate Release/ October 12, 2022

Sapulpa Public Library Set to Host Oklahoma Authors Showcase

Sapulpa, OK—Sapulpa Public Library announced today that it will host the first annual Oklahoma Authors Showcase.

The event is made possible by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities, and generous donations from our community partners and patrons.

The Oklahoma Authors Showcase will be held on November 19, 2022, from 10am -1:45pm in the lower- level Frank Hall Auditorium. It will feature three-time US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo as the keynote speaker, and 12 other Oklahoma Authors who will read selections from their works, answer questions from the audience, and have books available for signing. This event is free and open to the public.

“Bringing the Oklahoma Authors Showcase to Sapulpa will help create a kind of cultural hub here at the

Sapulpa Public Library, so people won’t have to go all the way to Tulsa or Oklahoma City to interact with authors and the arts.” Kristin Haddock, Library Director said recently. “It’s just one of the exciting new programs we’re working on here.”

For additional information on the event, contact: Debra Chandler, 918-224-5624 or email

Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.

About Oklahoma Humanities

Oklahoma Humanities (OH) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen

communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understanding new

perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life through humanities disciplines such as history,

literature, film studies, art criticism, and philosophy. As the state partner for the National Endowment

for the Humanities, OH provides a free educational magazine, Smithsonian Institution exhibits, reading

and discussion groups, and other cultural opportunities for Oklahomans of all ages. OH engages people

in their own communities, stimulating discussion and helping them explore the wider world of human experience.

Author Marilyn A. Hudson Visited Middle School Students to Encourage Writing

Stroud area author, researcher and storyteller, Marilyn A. Hudson, spent a day recently visiting with middle school students exploring writing, sensory language, and the writing and publishing process. The day was topped off by a storytelling/writing program at the Bristow Public Library.

Bristow Public Library, October 21, "Marilyn A. Hudson, an author, historian, and storyteller from Stroud, came in and told all kinds of spooky stories and talked about her book 'Sooner Saucers: Oklahoma UFOs, 1947-1969'. 

She was awesome! She's a great storyteller and we were captivated by her haunted tales! We had a great day here at the library! We had two amazing Oklahoma authors visit us and there was a great turnout. We want to thank Connie Cronley and Marilyn Hudson for coming today..."



Renee' La Viness - Meet the Publishers! <> announces several great things. Be sure and mark your calendars! 

One – Meet the Publishers! happens TODAY in Tulsa from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. It is an annual event. More information at my website:

Two – I offer an annual short story writing contest at  My contest information should be updated on April 2, then submissions will be allowed from July 1st through August 31st. Winners are always named in the first week of December.

Three – A monthly emagazine for writers – Writers Monthly PDF. More info at This is our second year.


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Your writing Friend, 

Marilyn A. Hudson


New Book Surveys Oklahoma UFO's 1947-1969

Oklahoma - the Sooner State - has been witness to numerous strange and unusual events over its history and that include things zipping across its skies and landing on its soil. 

Author Marilyn A. Hudson serves as tour guide to a collection of the assorted events that had people looking up to search the skies from 1947 to 1969. Drawn from government records, newspapers, personal accounts and local legends she shares what people saw, what some said the objects were and provides some information and questions along the way.

Today, as 'Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" are becoming news worthy and the term is replacing the well worn "Flying Saucers" and "UFO's" of the past, take a trip to see what was going on over Oklahoma skies...

You might be surprised.

Marilyn A. Hudson, is an Oklahoma research, author, and storyteller who has written both fiction and nonfiction.

Paperback format



For fiction: This answer from author Marilyn A. Hudson  - "I look for a well written and conceived story (beginning, middle, end). Solid grammar and structure skills. Artful use of language. Authentic "people" reacting true to their natures and growing in response to the path they take. Engaging, likeable main characters and conclusions that are logical to the story line and the characters. Finally, a sense that the author transported the reader to someplace else and the journey was worth the time."


Noted Tulsa Paranormal Authority Publishes New Work: Teri French

Traveling down Historic Route 66 through the foothills of the Ozarks, you may be lucky enough to stumble upon one of America s most beautiful cities in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Or maybe you re a lifelong resident of the Oil Capital of the World who wants to uncover the hidden gems of the city you call home. 100 Things to Do in Tulsa Before You Die showcases the art, culture, and people that make Tulsa shine, all while revealing a few of the secrets it hides.

This quick-reference travel guide shows the more diverse, eclectic, and fun things to do in Tulsa that should be on everyone s bucket list.

Get insider tips for visiting the Philbrook Museum of Art housed within the old mansion of oil tycoon Waite Phillips. Hum along to This Land is Your Land at the Woody Guthrie center, or check out the new renovations at The Church Studio where music legends like Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt once recorded their famous songs. Don t miss some of the best barbecue where pig country meets cow country, and find locally-owned favorites from Lebanese steakhouses to Coney Island dogs.

Local author Teri French is known for her ability sniff out Tulsan secrets, and her new guide will serve as an incomparable resource for visitors and locals alike. Make sure to bring it along for your next adventure and find out just what makes Tulsa so distinct.

French is the owner and guide to the vastly popular local tour, Tulsa Spirit Tours.  She draws on nearly 30 years of experience in the paranormal and metaphysical studies to delight and inform tours and readers. Her previous book, Tulsa's Haunted Memories, is a popular favorite about the paranormal side of Tulsa and surrounding areas.


Five-Dollar Indian: A Sam Chitto Mystery by Lu Clifton

Five-Dollar Indian, A Sam  Chitto Mystery (Released 5/15/2020)
Two Shadows Books
978-0-9985284-6-5 (Pprbk)
978-0-9985284-7-2 (Ebook)

Description: Upheaval comes to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma over a proposed Native Theme park. The odd alliance of an Apache and a Sioux promoter attracts the attention of Choctaw officers when a powwow doesn’t seem to be the philanthropic fund-raiser it is touted to be. Then a fourteen-year-old Sioux boy is found dead in the Kiamichi Wilderness. The death looks like a drug overdose, but the country investigator finds other, more baffling evidence that draws in the unauthorized involvement of four tribal officers: one Sioux and three Choctaw, including Lieutenant Sam Chitto.

Lawmen are the “thin blue line” that holds back chaos, but each officer struggles with his own internal demons that put adherence to the code of ethics and the vows he took as an officer at risk. The dead boy’s grandfather, the Sioux officer, believes he has evidence the death was murder and wants to execute his own brand of justice. Meanwhile, Sam discovers one of the promoters is a five-dollar Indian – a white man posing as native to profit at Native Americans’ expense. The imposter is none other than Leon Messina, grandson of old drug lord Victor Messina - the man behind the gangland killing of Sam’s father.

Will mistrust, suspicion, and a deep desire for revenge prevent these four lawmen from working together to ensure justice is served?

About the Author:
Lu Clifton writes adult mysteries set in Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle, with a mingling of Native American cultural beliefs and traditions. She became interested in those cultural traditions while tracing her mother’s Choctaw roots. 

She was born in and spent her early childhood in southeastern Oklahoma, then moved to the Texas Panhandle with her family. She completed an associate degree at Amarillo Junior College in Texas and a B.A. and M.A. in English at Colorado State University. She now resides in Illinois. Her two happily married sons live in Oregon and Illinois and stay in close touch. Her housemate is a gray tabby named Mary Jane that she rescued from an animal shelter.

Writing for adults and children, she is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The first three books in the Sam Chitto mystery series were finalists for the Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction in the year following publication. Released in 2019, Seeking Grace in Beulah Land, a Novel, was a finalist for the 2020 award.

She has three middle-grade novels in print. Her middle-grade novel, Freaky Fast Frankie Joe, received a Friends of American Writers Award for Juvenile Fiction in 2013, and Seeking Cassandra won the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award for Young Adult Fiction.

Books by Lu Clifton
Sam Chitto Mysteries
  Scalp Dance
  The Bone Picker
  The Horned Owl
  Five-Dollar Indian
Stand-alone Novel
  Seeking Grace in Beulah Land
Children’s/YA Novels
  Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
  Immortal Max
  Seeking Cassandra
Lu Clifton


SCWI Conference April, "The Power of Story" in OKC (April 3-4, 2020)

The SCWI - the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society for Children's Writers and Illustrator's - will bring together publishers, writers, illustrators and more in Oklahoma City on April 3-4, 2020. 

Check out the website for more details for "The Power of Story":

Conference on April 3 – 4, 2020
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

at the Embassy Suites Hotel,

1815 S Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108

Friday, April 3rd from 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Saturday, April 4th from 9:00 AM to 6:00

Register now to take part in this awesome opportunity to meet others that share a passion for helping children/teens through the power of art and literature!

Learn from leading industry professionals in the children/young adult publishing business and submit your work to them....


Arkansas Writer's Event - March 2020

March 15, 2020 - Register early for this Workshop on Writing About Religion

What makes this workshop special? Writing about religion presents a unique set of challenges. Whether you’re writing about your own faith or someone else’s, it takes a high level of both objectivity and self-awareness to succeed. The goal of the three-hour workshop is for participants to have the start of a writing project.

Workshop participants will go over some of the thornier aspects of communicating about a religion, religious people, or even sacred objects and houses of worship. We will read from exemplary writing such as Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker piece Sacred and Profane. In this article, Gladwell examines how misunderstanding of religious beliefs can lead to failed communication, illustrated by the tragic result of negotiation between FBI agents and the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. We will also read John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Upon This Rock, the essay in GQ in which he narrates his visit to the CrossOver Festival, a three-day Christian music festival, dispassionately describing the festival scene and only revealing close to the end of the article what his personal relationship to the Christian faith is.

The workshop is appropriate for writers from all genres and all experience levels. Participants needn’t ascribe to any particular faith. It will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, 515 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The class fee is $75 per person. Workshop attendees may reserve a writing suite for a residency at the Colony at the subsidized rate of $75 per night. We have limited the number of participants in order to do the topic justice, so please register soon at


Ruth Nasrullah




Creative Quills New Author Events & Classes for 2020

WRITER'S PROMPT: The fire...

PICTURE PROMPT: What's happening here?
Need assistance writing or editing?  Need to know more about self-publishing or e-books?  We're happy to help!  Come visit at Creative Quills OR sign up for the CVTech classes beginning Tuesday, January 15th.  For more info, contact or call  to
pre-register for classes at 405.422.2201.

Writer's Tip:

Single quotes are only used for one reason: if a person in dialogue is quoting someone else's exact words.


Mary said, "Hey, Joe, what did Mom say?"

Joe replied, "Mom said, 'Don't you dare do that!' So, don't, Sis!"

Double quotes are often used to quote authors or to name articles and sometimes to label things, but single quotes are never used except within another quote.
Creative Quills meets at El Reno Carnegie Library.  Join us for writing exercises and lots of fun  This is a safe place to share your writing and get your creative spark started!  We do lots of extracurricular activities too, so come join us if you have been looking for like-minded writers!  First event of 2020 is Tuesday, January 14.every other Tuesday at 10:30am.

If you can't attend our events, you can surely join our writing community online!  Get all of our prompts from the library meetups, and find out what we're doing, plus get writer's tips and contest/publishing info!  Some of this is private info, so be sure to join to get in on the scoop!  Check us out at !!!

Below are 2 of our graduating classes for WRITE PUBLISH & MARKET YOUR BOOK 2019!

NEED TO ADD TO YOUR RESUME?  We have opportunities for you to get published in local newspapers.  Writing can be fiction or non, but must be clean and be 650 words or less.  In order to be eligible, you must attend one of our FREE Creative Quills meetups OR join one of our Tech School classes for the semester.  Writers who attend our events at least once are eligible to submit.  They will be edited only for spelling, grammar, and punctuation before publication.  We reserve the right to say no to anything inappropriate for publishing standards of the newspapers/magazines in question.  For more info, contact Andrea at addresses below.


WRITE PUBLISH & MARKET YOUR BOOK is an 8 week class that teaches everything you need to know about finishing a book for publication, how to get it published and then how to sell.  The focus is doing all of this on a limited budget.  This class is $89 for 8 weeks, 6-9pm on Mondays.  People who complete this class are eligible for the WORKSHOP class scheduled on Wednesdays.  VETERANS, STUDENTS, and SENIORS MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE a discount, making the class ONLY10 FOR A SEMESTER!! Just ask about discounts when you call.  for 8 weeks. Winter semester starts TUESDAY, JANUARY 14. 6-9PM and runs Call 405.422.2201 to register.
Dear Fellow Writers,
I just wanted to send this note to wish you all a Happy New Year and wishes that all your writing and publishing dreams come true in 2020.  Those of you who know me know that I am devoted to making this happen, and in 2019, over 25 Creative Quills members published their own books.  In addition, Creative Quills published its fourth book of short stories in as many years, entitled Christmas Treasures: From Our Past to Your Present.  
This coming year, we invite you to join us as we set new writing and publishing goals.  We look forward to continuing to submit to literary publications and contests, including Nimrod Journal and The Writing Cooperative as well as Writer's Digest and Oklahoma Center for the Book contests.  We hope to sell our publications at OWFI (Oklahoma Writer's Federation Inc.) as well as participate in the conference with a booth.  We already sponsor a tiny library and hope to have several in El Reno (our place of birth) as well as other towns in NW Oklahoma this year.  Lastly, we will be publishing a book of spooky stories available for Halloween 2020.
Please join us as we return to our home in the newly remodeled and historic El Reno Carnegie Library for our FREE Creative Writing meetup on Tuesdays at 10:30am. (Check the calendar for dates.)  And if you need help finishing your book or getting ready to publish, don't forget our 8 week classes at CVTech on Rt. 66 in El Reno, entitled WRITE PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR BOOK.  CVTech gives awesome discounts to senior citizens, veterans, and students--like $10 for an entire semester!!!  CVTech has enabled many a publishing dream to come true!  
I have been in the writing, publishing, and marketing biz since 1977 and have worked with numerous famous authors.  My expertise can save you a lot of time and money and give you invaluable information so that you won't get tricked or ripped off by publishing vultures.  I also have many great ideas for marketing your book(s), and indeed, you will learn from your classmates' experiences as well.
Again, I thank you for being part of Creative Quills and hope that you join us for the many writing experiences we plan to share together in 2020.  Whether you just want to find some friendly support and camaraderie for your writing journey or if you have more concrete dreams for publishing--whether traditional or self-publishing, we would love to meet you and have you join our safe, fun writing group!
Thank you again, and here's to a new year that fulfills all your writing and publishing dreams!
Cheers, Andrea Foster, aka "The Booklady"  

A Note from Andrea...@akabooklady on Twitter

Join our Oklahoma writers as we head into 2020 Find us at the El Rebo Carnegie Library every other Tuesday starting January 15 at 10:30am.  This event is FREE.  We publish books of short stories, join community events, hold Open Mic Nights, and much much more! Then, join our online community at We hope you will come explore your love of writing with us!  --Andrea


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