When Mari Baker moves in next door, Benjamin Rhodes knows she’s the girl for him. Who cares if she’s ten years older than he is. She’s perfect. When Mari Baker moves in next door, Eli Rhodes is captivated by her fiery spirit and brunette curls. Sure, she’s nothing like the singles bar hook-ups he usually entertains, but someone like her could make a man change his ways. When Mari Baker moves in next door, Joe Rhodes is unofficially engaged to Beth Havland, so why is this little snippet of a woman getting under his skin? Yeah, she’s sweet and smart and shares his faith, but he and Beth have made plans. At least they’ve talked about making plans.
When Mari Baker moves to Colorado Springs, she’s looking for a fresh start–a new path. The first path she walks, however, is up the steps of the big Victorian house next door after she slips on the ice and throws her purse down the storm drain before she even has a chance to open the door of her new rental. The Rhodes brothers become her rescuing angels that night, and the next path that forms is the one between their house and hers.
Now available on Amazon and in The Kindle Store. Or for a signed copy, visit the author’s website at jodibowersox.com.
Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek
1475 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80222
(Parking is free)
Featuring special guest Robert Greer
There’s probably some proverb that says if you do something good at the beginning of the year you will be rewarded tenfold. Well, here’s your opportunity. Some friends of CAL Member Peg Brantley in the Denver area had a popular, engaged, football-playing son who was deeply, secretly troubled. Like so many other families they didn’t recognize any of the signs. When Shaka took his own life he left a lot of unanswered questions. Les and Marianne determined to do whatever they could to make sure that devastating, gut-wrenching loss never happened to another family. Les left his job and he and Marianne formed the Shaka Franklin Foundation. Not long afterward, Shaka’s older brother also committed suicide. The staggering loss that might have pushed anyone else to utter despair only strengthened the resolve and commitment of these two amazing people. Les and Marianne Franklin have made what might have crushed any other parents into a focus of hope.
The annual fundraiser for the Shaka Franklin foundation is April 18th. One part of that fundraiser is the silent auction, and last year some gift baskets of books introduced by Peg that went over very well. For this year’s event, we’d love for CAL to have a presence with some potential visibility for the incredibly talented authors in our Colorado. If you’d like to contribute to a CAL basket for the fundraiser, please mail or deliver your book(s) to: Read More
Ihla Nation is a nonfiction writer of essay, articles, reviews, profiles and commentaries that have been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She earned an MA in religious studies (eastern religions) and a BA in Social Work. Her articles have appeared in Denver Post, Science of Mind, Gnosis, and Lotus.
As a motivational speaker, author, and grief consultant, Rachel Kodanaz provides encouragement to those who are suffering a loss. Rachel is a columnist for Living with Loss Magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America. Her latest book Living with Loss, One Day at a Time is newly out from Fulcrum Publishing.
CAL member Julene Bair’s new book, The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning (Viking/Penguin), launches at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 6 with a reading at Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder. On Monday, March 10 at 7:30 pm, she will read at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax Ave. in Denver, as part of the Rocky Mountain Land Series. For further information, visit julenebair.com. Julene spent 10 years writing The Ogallala Road, and her essay about that odyssey will appear in Poets & Writers magazine soon.
Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo, by Nancy Bo Flood, published by Wordsong has been named to the 2014 Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS) award list. This award is sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA) Children¹s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group. Each year 25 books are chosen that represent issues of diversity, social justice, and multicultural literature. Find more information at: clrsig.org/nbgs. Alternatively their journal, The Dragon Lode, includes an annotation of each book and teaching ideas.
If you are at the IRA Conference in New Orleans, on Saturday, May 10th, stop by the BoydsMills Press (Highlights) booth between 1:00 and 2:00 pm, say hello to Nancy Bo Flood, and receive a complimentary signed copy of Cowboy Up! The Children¹s Literature & Reading Special Interest Group annual session begins at 3: 00 pm. Nancy Bo Flood will discuss Stories Untold. Does It Make a Difference?
The End of the Sherry, Bruce Berger’s account of Franco’s Spain as seen from a piano stool, has been declared a “groundbreaking book for February, 2014″ by Independent Publisher. The End of the Sherry recounts what happens to a young American who finds himself abandoned in southern Spain in 1965 with a dog and a dubious car, stumbles into work as a nightclub pianist, and stays for three improbable years. His own adventures blossom into a portrait of Spain toward the end of the Franco dictatorship – bleakness that breaks into unexpected hilarity even as the author discovers his calling as a person and as a writer. His return to Spain after the death of Franco puts it all into perspective. Read the full review here.
Just out is Phyllis J. Perry’s book for tweens, Too Many Secrets, from Custom Press. When Meg’s house burns down, she lives with Mrs. Coles, but is weighed down by her brother’s secret about the cause of the fire, Mrs. Coles’ health secrets; and secrets about the silver theft: too many secrets! Available from Amazon.com or at www.custompublications.com. For more information, visit the author’s website at www.phyllisjperry.com.
The 4th Annual Author U Extravaganza offers THREE amazing days of high content for author and book publishing success on May 1-3, 2014.. Even as someone just starting on this journey, attending will save you massive amounts of time and money in mistakes as you go forward. This is an investment in your success.
Author U brings in Mark Coker (CEO of Smashwords), John Kremer (1001 Ways to Market Your Books), Dan Poynter (The Self-Publishing Manual), Penny Sansevieri (Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon), Amy Collins (book distribution), Georgia McCabe (social media), Daniel Hall (audio books), Joan Stewart (The Publicity Hound), Mary Jo Fay (elevator pitches), Steve Replin (legal), Nick Zelinger (design and common mishaps), Joel Comm (monetizing products and website), Amber Ludwig (websites), Tammy Bleck (blogs), Stephanie Barko (virtual blog tours), Patrice Rhoades Baum (author one-sheets and branding), Kelly Johnson (virtual assistants), Bret Ridgway (repurposing), Kathi Dunn (cover design), and Judith Briles (strategy and platforms)to share their expertise, sage advice and how-tos in a variety of areas including social media, production, marketing–all designed for authors, books and publishing. If you were to hire any one of these individuals for an hour, you would pay more than what your registration fee is. Read More