Welcome New CAL Member A. M. (Amy) Watson

A. M. Watson is an attorney, author, and teacher whose soul awakens when visiting libraries, museums, and historic sites. She resides in Castle Rock, but grew up in Victor, Colorado, a mountain town that she will always consider home. Infants of the Brush: A Chimney Sweep’s Story is A. M. Watson’s debut novel.

Welcome New CAL Member David Allard

David Allard worked for over 35 years as a petroleum geologist and from 1988 to 2006 worked internationally in more than 20 countries, including living in Egypt and Scotland. He recently retired to have more time to market his recently published book, A World of Culture, Oil and Golf. David has had a varied career involving many new field discoveries, publications and public presentations. Beginning in 2017, book marketing efforts include speaking events as a subject matter expert in petroleum geology and international experiences. He is pleased to live in Denver and still loves golf.

Welcome New CAL Member Betsy Schwarm

Having a dozen years on the air with the vintage KVOD, “The Classical Voice of Denver,” and over two decades on the music faculty of Metropolitan State College of Denver, Betsy is a familiar voice to classical music lovers along the Front Range and a frequent guest speaker for Opera Colorado and the Colorado Symphony. Her books are based upon the observations and insights that she has shared with many thousands of audience members.

Welcome New CAL Member Bethany Turner

Bethany Turner knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she’s chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight. The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck was published by Revell/Baker Publishing Group in October 2017.

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.

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.

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.

Welcome New CAL Member Ian Neligh

Ian Neligh is an award-winning journalist and the editor of a newspaper based in the town where the Colorado Gold Rush first began. Neligh developed his passion for storytelling at the family dinner table, where he learned that a good story must be captivating and, if possible, hilarious.

Welcome CAL Member Fleur Bradley

Fleur (F.T.) Bradley is the author of the Double Vision trilogy (HarperCollins Children’s), a funny middle-grade spy adventure series School Library Journal calls, “a must-read for mystery fans, including reluctant readers.” She is the author of numerous short crime stories, and manages a freelance writing career along with a YA thriller and middle-grade novel project. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two daughters, and entirely too many cats.

Welcome New CAL Member Margaret Mizushima

Margaret Mizushima writes the Timber Creek K-9 mystery series. She has a background in speech pathology and practiced in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehabilitation agency, which specialized in services for children and adults with developmental delay and acquired neurological disorders. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. She enjoys reading and hiking, and she lives on a small ranch in Colorado where she and her husband raised two daughters and a multitude of animals.