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Clive Cussler to Accept the CAL Lifetime Achievement Award

Clive-CusslerAuthor Clive Cussler, whose adventure novels have landed on the New York Times bestseller list more than 20 times, and who made Dirk Pitt a thriller series legend, will accept the Colorado Authors’ League Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual awards banquet on Friday, May 8. Winners in 10 writing categories will be named in CAL’s 67th contest climax. Guest speaker for the gala at the Courtyard Marriott-Denver Cherry Creek will be Sandra Dallas, author , storyteller, and one of Colorado’s literary treasures. Read More

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Genre Fest, Featuring David Morrell, Now Open for Registration

GENRE FEST (a joint workshop of Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, Colorado Authors’ League and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers) takes place on Saturday, April 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Front Range Community College, 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, CO 80031.

Inspector of the deadDavid Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art and the creator of Rambo for the big screen, will be the featured speaker at the day-long GENRE FEST on April 11. Dubbed “the father of the modern action novel,” David Morrell’s “How to Write Best Selling Fiction” workshop will be followed by break-out master classes in mystery, romance, science-fiction, short stories, young adult and children’s books. Every attendee receives a copy of Morrell’s latest release, Inspector of the Dead.  Read More

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Betty LaVelle Expands Writing to Poetry

ressurectionBetty LaVelle, author of Butterflies, Scarabs and Secrets (2014) is expanding her writing to include poetry. Several of her new poems will be published in local and national journals and books during the next few months. “Resurrection ” (her companion poem to “Captive”) is included in You Belong 2015, an anthology of writings and art of Longmont area residents, which will be published April 1, 2015 and released April 13. Betty will be available for book signings at an author’s open house, April 18, 1-3:30 p.m., at the Longmont Public Library. During the last week of May, Betty will be in northeast Nebraska doing research and interviews for her new book, Don’t Tell Mary. On May 28, she will promote and sign her book, Butterflies, Scarabs and Secrets at the Hastings Book Store in Norfolk, Nebraska.

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Welcome New CAL Member Joe Hnida

Joe-HnidaJoe Hnida is a Colorado native who has been writing novels for ten years. The Taste of Metal was the first work he published and was conceived after living on Colfax Avenue for a few years. Joe is currently working on another novel called The Roll, which will be followed by the sequel to The Taste of Metal, entitled Lament for the Echoes.

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Welcome New CAL Member Jayme Mansfield

jayme_mansfieldJayme H. Mansfield is an author, artist, and educator. She provides vivid imagery as she melds her inspiring writing and artistic talents. Her debut novel, Chasing the Butterfly, released in October 2014. RUSH, her next historical fiction, was recently awarded a contract for publication. Jayme owns, paints, and shares the joy of creating visual art with children and adults at Piggy Toes Art Studio in Lakewood. For many years in public and private education, she has shared a passion for literacy and the writing process with her students and currently teaches at Aspen Academy in Greenwood Village. She is married to James and has three teenage boys. Visit her on The Blank Canvas,

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Grief in the Workplace Guide, by Rachel Kodanaz

Grief-In-The-WorkplaceRachel Kodanaz has just released Grief in the Workplace Guide which offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to support those who have experienced a death at work. By providing tools and practical advice that help manage expectations, this handy and comforting guide enables employees, Human Resources, and Employee Assistance Programs to embrace and address the loss effectively and compassionately. As a motivational speaker, grief consultant, trainer and facilitator, Rachel Blythe Kodanaz provides encouragement to those who are suffering a loss. Her experience in management at Fortune 100 companies and the death of her young husband provides insight into challenges and solutions supporting grief in the workplace. Rachel is the author of Living with Loss, One Day at a Time and has appeared on Good Morning America. Available for purchase and

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Write and Retreat, with Susan J. Tweit

Write and RetreatGive yourself the gift of time away in September to deepen your writing, recharge your creative spirit, and enrich your life with Susan J. Tweit at her weeklong, small-group workshop, Write & Retreat: Yellowstone Country. Tweit says, “we’ll do writing exercises, participate in constructive workshopping, learn how to “listen” to our words and those of favorite writers and use that knowledge to enrich our own work; we’ll discuss the how and why of writing, both the business and the life. And we’ll take time for field trips, as well as time to simply relax and retreat, walking the labyrinth, reading or simply sitting quietly to listen to the ravens and smell the sagebrush.” September 13-18, 2015 For more information, visit or email

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Meet Your CAL Board – Cheryl Carpinello

Carpinello CherylCAL board secretary Cheryl Carpinello is definitely a hands-on personality, right down to continuing her habit of writing out first drafts of her Arthurian children’s fiction in long-hand. Right now she’s toiling over her third Arthurian manuscript. To help her capture the look and feel of the old realm, Cheryl combined a vacation with a trip to Wales last year, where she was invited to speak at Manorbier Castle. Read More

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Helen Raleigh in the News

colorado biz logoHelen Raleigh has published a column with Colorado Biz online: Personal finance lessons from “Downton Abbey” – you can read the full article here. Helen will also will have a book talk about her autobiography Confucius Never Said on March 11th from 11:30-1:00 pm for Chevron Retirees Association, Denver Chapter, at the Pinehurst Country Club. 6255 West Quincy Ave, Denver, CO 80235.

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Welcome New CAL Member Michael Davison

Michael DavisonMichael H. Davison is a freelance writer and a retired engineer. He is very concerned about our current political animosity and alarmed that our great nation is drifting in the wrong direction, and has published two books.

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