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The Gates of Athena, by Carole Ramsay

The Gates of Athena is the second novel released by new CAL member Carole Ramsay. In 2084, prophetic Dr. Anna Orlean saves a select group of individuals, possessing specific mental abilities, from the planet’s catastrophic demise. Traveling together through both space and time, these gifted Messengers are re-connected to an ancient species of empaths, in this the first volume of The Empath Series. Carole’s first novel was published in November, 2016. The God Seed and The Dalai Lama’s Wife has received great reviews and is recommended as a book club selection. Ramsay’s books are available at stereoAtypicalPress.com. Carole also works as a consultant in development economics. Conflict regions and oil and gas industry have been specialty areas.

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Welcome New CAL Member Barbara Stafford

Barbara Stafford, author of Eclectic Entertaining – 15 Complete Dinner Party Menus for Busy People Who Like to Cook and Eclectic Entertaining – Small Plates & Dainty Desserts is a wife, mother, dog lover and eclectic entertainer. She enjoys bringing friends and family into her home for a relaxed and enjoyable evening filled with great food, wine and lots of laughter. Planning ahead is key to making it a success and she helps you with that in her cookbooks and cooking classes.

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The Boys From The Bushes a Bestseller

Lou Dean’s creative non-fiction book, The Boys from the Bushes, a nominee two years ago for a CAL Award, was listed #4 on Oklahoma’s Best Seller’s last Sunday, January 22, 2017 in the Oklahoman.

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The Art of Vanishing, by Cynthia Kuhn

The Art of Vanishing, second book in the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series by Cynthia Kuhn, will be available February 28, 2017 from Henery Press. The series focuses on professor and amateur sleuth Lila Maclean, who encounters mysteries galore on the campus of Stonedale University. The first book in the series, The Semester of Our Discontent, has been nominated for an Agatha Award (Best First Novel). For more information, please visit cynthiakuhn.net – or Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, or Kobo.

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All in Bad Time, by Yvonne Montgomery

Yvonne Montgomery’s Wisdom Court Book 3, All in Bad Time, was released in December and is available at Amazon, Nook Books, Kobo, iTunes, and most other e-book sellers. (ISBN 978-1-61417-995-5) Since her acceptance at Wisdom Court, writer Eve Stewart has been haunted by odd accidents and a voice in her head that she can’t quite recall. Upon arriving at the stately institute, Eve hopes to connect with fellow artists, but finds the women enduring strange supernatural events while attempting to decipher the second journal of Wisdom Court’s late founder, Caldicott Wyntham. The voice inside Eve grows louder. Wisdom Court Book 1, Edge of the Shadow, reached number one bestseller status in Amazon’s “Ghost” category in December. All three of the Wisdom Court Books, including Book 2, A Signal Shown, have been on the Amazon Kindle bestseller list since December.

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Praise for The Mother Factor

Gail Waldstein’s creative nonfiction collection, The Mother Factor, was a finalist for the Howling Bird Press’s 2016 competition.

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Praise for The Semester of Our Discontent

The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #1) has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel.

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Writing Workshop with Laurie Marr Wasmund

Laurie Marr Wasmund will be presenting two workshops at the Arizona Authors’ Association Crafting the Written Word Conference. She will be discussing her own experiences in “Be Your Own Everything! A Journey Through Self-Publishing” and will also conduct a workshop called “Remember the Craft” about editing for a professional result. The Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Biltmore in Phoenix on Saturday, February 25.

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Rocky Mountain Calvary, by Jodi Bowersox

Book 5 of Jodi Bowersox’s Rocky Mountain Series: Rocky Mountain Calvary is now available on Amazon or you can get an autographed copy from the author’s website. Jesus’ Good News Tour continues in a gospel retelling like no other. Marcus took his sister by the elbow, moved her a few steps toward a bench on the edge of the pavilion and sat, pulling her down with him. He awkwardly took her hand. “Steph… I’ve been close to Jesus this whole trip. Believe me, what he’s saying makes sense if you’re… tuned in to the way he talks about things.” She looked skeptical, but he pressed on. “Really. You may not like what he says or what his words actually mean, but he’s not crazy. He just has a mission here that few will understand.” She let him keep hold of her, but her voice was still dripping with sarcasm. “I guess not. Who would have guessed his mission was slicing himself up for lunch.” Marcus released her hand with a breath blown out in exasperation. He knew exactly what Jesus meant. His flesh and blood were going to be sacrificed. He intended to give up his life for humanity. But he didn’t know if Stephanie would be able to deal with that; he barely could himself. And what of Aunt Mari? Does she know her son is going to die?

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Hidden Star a Best Seller

Corinne Brown’s book Hidden Star was recently named a best seller in the Denver Post.

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