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Welcome New CAL Member Jo Fontana

Jo Fontana resides in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of the Turtle Monkey series. She has also written an anthology under the pen name A.J. Hallows called Approaching Darkness. Her first novel, The Egg Quest is forthcoming.

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Welcome New CAL Member William Hamilton

After a 20-year military career followed by state government service, operating an advertising/public-relations/political consulting firm, editing The Capital Times of Lincoln, NE, teaching at Nebraska Wesleyan University, and writing as a featured commentator for USA Today, in 1992, Bill Hamilton and his wife, Penny Rafferty Hamilton, moved to Colorado where they built a home on the side of Sheepdog Hill, overlooking Lake Granby. Bill was educated at the University of Oklahoma, the George Washington University, the U.S. Naval War College, the University of Nebraska and Harvard University.

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Michele Morris Interviewed on KSJD in Cortez

Cookbook author and cooking teacher Michele Morris was recently interviewed by Austin Cope of KSJD public radio in Cortez, Colorado as part of her book tour through southwestern Colorado. The library system in three cities – Bayfield, Cortez, and Telluride – sponsored her visit to launch their Amazing Authors series for 2018. You can listen to the interview here.

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Book Talks and Cooking Demos with Michele Morris

Michele Morris will be talking about her award-winning cookbook, Tasting Colorado: Favorite Recipes from the Centennial State, and doing a cooking demo and tasting of a recipe from the book. Tasting Colorado, released five years ago this month, has sold over 10,000 copies. The book features 120 recipes from top chefs and destinations around the state and making it a fun housewarming or hostess gift. All events start at 6:00 PM – tasting and book signing following book talk and demo. Read More

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Book Readings and Signings with Natasha Wing

Natasha Wing will have the following readings and signings for her new book, Bagel in Love: Saturday, February 10: Tea with An Author from 2-3 p.m. at the Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Avenue, Longmont, CO / Sunday, February 11: 12:30-2:30 p.m., Valentine’s Party, reading and crafts, Council Tree Library, Fort Collins, CO

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FICTION CAN BE MURDER, by Becky Clark

Mystery author Charlemagne Russo thought the twisty plots and peculiar murders in her books were only products of her imagination. That is, until her agent is found dead exactly as described in her unpublished manuscript. Suspicion swirls around her and her critique group. Which of her friends is a murderer? Available from Amazon,
Barnes & Noble, or Indie Bound.

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Sharon Cairns Mann and Patricia Raybon to Present Writing Workshops

CAL members Sharon Cairns Mann and Patricia Raybon will present writing workshops at the 2018 Writers on the Rock Conference on Feb. 24 at Bear Valley Church in Lakewood at 10001 W. Jewell Ave. WOR’s annual event is one of the nation’s largest one-day Christian writing conferences addressing many genres and skill levels. Sharon will present “The Writer’s Toolkit: Essential Tools for the Fiction Writer”—a focused look at the most important things writers can do to catapult their fiction from mediocre to stellar. Patricia will present “Writing Across the Lines: From Race to Grace”— offering a courageous roadmap for creating writing that addresses racial, cultural, political and social divides. Tickets for the all-day event are $59 including lunch. For more information or to register, visit Writers on the Rock Conference. To learn more about Sharon or Patricia, please visit their websites.

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Welcome New CAL Member Lisa Reinicke

Lisa Reinicke is the majority holder of Our House Publications and author of 4 published children’s picture books for sale on Amazon and independent bookstores. Lisa was honored with the Mom’s Choice Gold Award for lifetime literary excellence for her children’s book “Wings and Feet” in 2017. She is a storyteller and author of 35 children’s stories appearing on local TV shows, elementary schools, and bookstores. The stories have been published in 3 collective recordings for distribution for A Goodnight Sleep Company. She also produced online (virtual) training for service advisors and technicians. Lisa serves as head writer and on-camera talent in the videos. Her books are entertaining yet focus on social issues that engage children and parents to discuss.  Her four children were all uniquely different ranging from physical differences, adoption, and physiological disorders that lead her following experts in each field to help children overcome the stigma around being different.  Lisa passionately works raising money for charities that improve children’s lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

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Tempest-Tost, The Refugee Experience Through One Community’s Prism, by Robert Dodge

Kahassai fled the Ethiopian Red Terror that killed his father and hundreds of thousands of others, trekking through a snake-infested jungle while hyenas followed him at night to find safety. Georgette crossed the Congo while the Hutus and Tutsis struggled for control as millions of defenseless people were murdered and displaced. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Asmi and Leela were children in Bhutan when soldiers burned their villages and drove out the Nepalese-speaking Hindus. Roy narrowly escaped Afghanistan after the Americans began bombing Kabul to drive our the Taliban. Mahn made it out of Vietnam only after his twenty-second attempt. Mohammed survived daily beatings when imprisoned in Syria, though many of his fellow prisoners died. What do these people have in common beyond tales of horror and hardship that caused them to flee their countries, leaving their homes, families and previous lives behind? They all found a new place to live in Denver, Colorado, in the middle the country. But would they be welcome? Available now on Amazon.

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Book News from Virginia White

On November 16, Virginia White went to Antelope Ridge to honor the young girl who gave her the idea of her book, Little Honker and the Swinging Tails. White says, “It was a surprise not only to her but to the entire fifth grade class. Her family was there and Dad took a video of her receiving the book as well as my presentation to the fifth graders about following your dreams.” While also donated a copy of her book to the school, saying, “Kids do have the best ideas and that is what I wanted to share with them.”

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