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CAL Writing Awards Now Open for Submissions

CAL Writing AwardSubmissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Colorado Authors’ League Writing Awards in 13 categories—including E-books—with the deadline Jan. 31, 2015. The submission form can be found here. To be eligible, writers must be CAL members and have published their work either traditionally or independently in 2014. In addition to awards of $100 and the prized engraved-glass CAL trophy for all winners, all winners and finalists in the contest will be invited to participate in a CAL signing/reading event at one of the Tattered Cover stores Read More

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Welcome New CAL Member David M. Jessup

David JessupMariano’s Crossing, David M. Jessup’s first novel, was selected as one of three finalists for the Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction.  It also won first place for mainstream, character-driven fiction in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Contest and was selected as a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Contest and the Santa Fe Writers Project. He is working on a second book involving Mariano Medina’s earlier life.

David co-owns Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland, Colorado, where he introduces low-stress, grass-fed cattle raising methods to guests, and guests to the ways of both the old and the new West. A history buff, he is passionate about preserving open space, battling invasive weeds, catching wild river trout on a fly, singing cowboy songs, and telling stories about the American West—some of them true.

Jessup’s blog, Beef, Books and Boots, contains stories of ranch life, articles on sustainable grass-fed beef, and information about his and Linda’s favorite books on the American West.

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Welcome New CAL Member Douglas M. Fain

douglas fainMost of Douglas Fain’s career was spent in the aerospace field where he was on the team that built the Magellan spacecraft that went to Venus in 1989. Fain teaches for three different universities and currently runs an international consulting firm. His first book, The Phantom’s Song, was published about two years ago and won second place in Mainstream Fiction in the Paul Gillette Writing Awards. Fain is currently working on two novels.

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Welcome New CAL Member Mark Wolf

mark wolfMark Wolf spent 24 years (and 23 days) at the Rocky Mountain News. He previously wrote for the Charlotte Observer, and has covered sports, television, local news, features and general entertainment. He now works as publications editor at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Rocky Mountain Sunrise, by Jodi Bowersox

Rocky Mountain SunriseJoe Rhodes had it all—a sweet, beautiful fiancée, a successful construction business, and a three story home that he and his brothers had restored to its full Victorian splendor. Then the housing market collapsed, sending his business to the brink of bankruptcy, and he had to sell the house to save the business. At least he still has Mari. Mari Baker is just a month away from marrying the man she calls her “dazzling Joe” when she repeatedly notices a tall, mysterious stranger watching her. Could he be a stalker? Suddenly she finds herself alone with the man, and nothing will ever be the same again. Joe isn’t sure what to believe about the guy in the trench coat. Mari certainly isn’t making any sense about it all. How can she expect him to believe such a ridiculous story? Before, he would have said he trusted her implicitly, but now he isn’t sure. It’s just too far-fetched. Maybe he has lost it all. Mari knows she sounds crazy, but Joe just has to believe her. She can’t do this alone. Click here to order.

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CAL Spreads Holiday Cheer with Books Donated to The Brandon Center

Brandon Center, Christmas 003 (3)The Colorado Authors’ League delivered 82 books it collected, most for children, as Christmas gifts to the Brandon Center of Denver for victims of domestic violence. Amanda Wentz, project manager at the center, helped sort the books along with Michael Madigan, president of CAL, and Margi Evans, children’s author and chair of this year’s CAL holiday party. All of the books were donated by CAL authors. CAL is a non-profit organization.

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CAL Authors Share Good Cheer at the Annual Holiday Party

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CAL members enjoy the cozy literary ambiance of the BookBar
on Tennyson Street in Denver at the annual Holiday Party.
What do books and writers and wine and food all have in common? Last Sunday (December 7th) it was the Colorado Authors’ League annual Holiday Party at the BookBar in Denver, attended by about 40 members on a splendid, sunny afternoon. The overwhelming reaction to the new venue in what has long been a local authors’ must-go signing spot was very positive. Good food, great location, excellent holiday cheer. Read More

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The Business of Writing – Next CAL Program on January 10, 2015

hand with pen writingColorado Authors’ League has gathered three experts on the business side of writing to offer insights for both traditionally published and self-published authors in the program “The Business of Writing: Negotiating the book deal that’s best for you.” The third program in CAL’s Second Saturday Series, it will be held on January 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Erie Community Center in Erie. Read More

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Just Beginning, by Theresa Rizzo

Just BeginningFrom award-winning author, Theresa Rizzo, comes this prequel to bestselling Just Destiny. Jenny’s life has been a series of screw-ups, but when she and Gabe fall in love, she grabs happiness with both hands, determined to prove herself to all those doubting Thomases — even if that means hiding her past from her one true love. Order on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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Welcome New CAL Member Theresa Rizzo

theresa rizzoTheresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. Originally a Michigander, she currently lives outside of Boulder with her husband of thirty years. She had been writing and learning the craft for seventeen years before taking the plunge into self-publishing. Theresa is a member of several writer groups, and she is excited to announce that she is a finalist in the Rising Star category of BTSemag’s Readers Choice Red Carpet Book Awards for 2014. The Rising Star is awarded to authors with 1-3 books published, with stellar reviews.

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Welcome New CAL Member Robert Garner McBearty

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARobert Garner McBearty is the author of three collections of short stories, most recently Let the Birds Drink in Peace (conundrum Press, 2011). Publications include: Pushcart Prize, Narrative; North American Review; Missouri Review. McBrearty’s stories have been read six times at Stories on Stage in Denver.

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