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Heretics: A Love Story, by Mary Saracino

heretics a love storyThe most recent book from Mary Saracino, Heretics: A Love Story, is set in the 1480s and tells the tale of Shardana and Sarda—twin sister healers in Orune, a remote village in the mountainous Barbagia region of Sardinia—and their encounters with Antonio Albóndiga, a heretic-obsessed Spanish priest who’s fervent wish is to become a member of Spain’s Inquisitional Tribunal. After Antonio is exiled to Orune, the sisters welcome him and their families try to integrate him into the village—although many of the villagers are initially suspect and are not eager to embrace the stranger, who is unable to speak their dialect. Read More

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Jerrie Hurd to Speak at the 1st Annual Coloradocado Retreat

avocado1st Annual Coloradocado Retreat
Hosted by The Avocado Sisterhood

When: Wednesday–Monday, October 22–27, 2014
Where: Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, CO
(Rocky Mountain foothills northwest of Denver)
Who: Women and girl writers of all genres and levels of experience
Why: Inspiration, education, expansion, community, contribution Read More

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Gail Mencini to Appear at the Local Author Showcase in Lone Tree

LocalAuthorShowcaseLTGail Mencini will join other local authors on Sunday, July 20 at the Lone Tree Library, 8827 Lone Tree Parkway in Lone Tree, CO, to speak about, sign, and sell her best-selling and award-winning novel, To Tuscany with Love. Gail Mencini won the Readers’ Choice Author award in the 5280 Magazine’s 2014 “Top of the Town”. Her debut novel, To Tuscany with Love, was released in January 2014, and she is busy writing the second novel in her Tuscany series. Come by to say hello and meet Gail!

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Reviewers Wanted for Writing, etc.

writing etc. kindleWriting, etc. is a compilation of writing advice and inspiration that includes more than 250 tips on craft, marketing and the writer’s life from the Colorado Authors’ League. Many members contributed content for the book, which was also edited by CAL members. Last year, Writing, etc. was released as an e-book, and CAL would really like to get some reviews on Amazon for the book. If you have the book, and have found value in the lessons it offers, won’t you consider visiting the Amazon site and writing a customer review? Click here to start writing your review!

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Carol Grever Reading from Glimpses

GLIMPSES-GreverCarol Grever will give a public reading from her award-winning Glimpses: A Memoir in Poetry at Boulder’s premier historic book store. Winner of the CAL 2013 award for poetry collections, Glimpses reveals distinct lifetime stages in slices of time and moments of insight that echo readers’ own experience. The reading will be followed by dialogue with the audience and a book signing.
When: Wednesday, July 16, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl, on the Pearl Street Mall
Cost: $5, which can be applied to cost of the book or any store purchase
More Information: Carol Grever, or 303-499-1532,
or Boulder Book Store, 303-447-2074

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Mazatlan, by Lawrence Dunning, Published Online

MazatlanCAL Member Lawrence Dunning has just had a short story (“Mazatlan”) published online by a new literary magazine out of Boulder, Flatirons Literary Review. Click here for the link to the full story.

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North Mystic, by Margi Evans, Receives Award

purple dragon fly awardIt was just announced that Colorado Author League member Margi Evans’s middle grade fantasy, North Mystic, was the winner of the prestigious Purple Dragon Fly award for excellence in children’s literature in the Science Fiction/Fantasy Category.

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I Promise Not to Suffer, by Gail Storey, Wins Multiple Awards

I Promist Not to SufferGail D. Storey’s memoir, I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, just won the Foreword Book of the Year/IndieFab Award, announced June 27th at the American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas. Her book also won the National Outdoor Book Award, Nautilus Silver Award, Colorado Book Award, and Barbara Savage Award, and was a finalist for the Colorado Authors’ League Award. Gail’s website is

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Welcome New CAL Member Michael Selden

michael seldenMichael has had a strong interest in fiction since he was 10 years old but also liked science. He studied physics and literature in school. He’s published as a physicist – IEEE, Geo Physics Review and Aerospace America – but recently returned to fiction. His middle-grade novel The Boy Who Ran was published in 2013 and received a gold medal IPPY for juvenile fiction.

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Meet Your CAL Board – Christine Goff

goff christineIt’s no mystery why Christine Goff has served on one writing board or another in Colorado since 2008. Everyone wants her. Her ideas. Her contacts. Her energy. Author of five mystery titles, she is beginning her second stint on CAL’s board, this year as co-Vice President of Programs with Denny Dressman. In 2008 she chaired CAL’s Writing Awards contest. In between, she held numerous positions on the board of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, including conference chair. She served as program coordinator for Colorado Humanities the last two years ​when she helped establish its successful ​public ​reading event for Colorado Book Awards finalists. The Evergreen writer just sold her backlist of ​bird watching-themed ​mysteries for digital and print distribution. For someone who has been around awards programs so much, ​Christine just might find herself in one very soon–she just finished her first international thriller set in Israel.

“Meet Your CAL Board” is a regular series of blog posts to introduce you to the new CAL Board – stay tuned for the next installment!

Mike Madigan, CAL President

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