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Into Enemy Arms, by Rex Burns

Into Enemy Arms, by Rex Burns, was published by Black Opal Books on June 10th. An historical novel set in Eastern Virginia during the Civil War, young, but newly widowed, Lydia Sensabaugh struggles to make a living on her farm. Her husband had attempted to revitalize the worn-out soil with new chemicals. But he died of swamp fever before his experiment could be proven. Now, in 1861, the farm’s quiet isolation is invaded—first by mysterious lights and nighttime trespassers then by rumors of secession and war. Available in print and e-format.

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Hamilton Earns Volunteer of the Year Honors for A to Z Children’s Book

CAL author Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Ph.D., earned the Grand County Historical Association 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award on June 24 for writing two local history books, Around Granby with Arcadia Publishing and A to Z: Your Grand County History Alphabet color children’s picture book. 100% of the books proceeds benefit local heritage projects. The books can be found online at Amazon and in Grand County retail locations: All GCHA museum gift shops, ACE in Fraser & Granby, City Market Granby, Fabric Nook and Corner Mall. ISBN: 978-0-692-83321-6

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Death Rattle: An Arizona Borderlands Mystery, By Carl and Jane Bock

Death Rattle: An Arizona Borderlands Mystery, by Carl and Jane Bock, has been released and is available on Kindle, Nook, and as a paperback. There is a killer at large in the oak grasslands of southeastern Arizona whose weapon of choice is a deadly variety of southwestern rattlesnake. Deputy Sheriff Calvin Creede doesn’t like snakes, but with the help of veteran herpetologist Dr. Hazel Smith and his fiancé, Maria Obregon, he seeks to find the mountain cave from which a collection of Mojave rattlesnakes recently was looted. Then he must determine which of a variety of suspects has taken them home. Was it the leader of a gang of border vigilantes obsessed with keeping the county free of undesirables? Was it a greedy developer who will stop at nothing to gain control of the land and water he desperately needs for his business ambitions? Or could it have been a recently disinherited trust child who supports himself by trafficking in illegal reptiles?

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Prophecy of the Awakening, by Daniel A. Willis

Daniel Willis is excited to announce that his newest novel, Prophecy of the Awakening?, will be released on September 19th. Can a fortune-teller, a scientist, a starlet, and a bounty hunter defy the might of the Vatican to bring about the Prophecy of the Awakening? ISBN (paperback): 978-1-941072-48-6 / Publisher: Bygone Era Books / Also available in ebook and now available for pre-order.

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Phyllis J. Perry to Present at Frazier Manor

Phyllis J. Perry will make a presentation, Colorful Characters from Colorado History, at Frazier Manor in Boulder at 7:30 pm on July 17th. Some of the featured figures in the talk are taken from her book, Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Colorado History.

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Welcome New CAL Member Ethan Proud

Ethan started writing at a young age when traveling to sporting events to watch his siblings compete or on the way to his own tournaments. He began working on his first published work Rebellion in the seventh grade with his older brother Lincoln. Since then they have co-written the Rebellion Trilogy and published all three books.

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Writing Events with Jerry Fabyanic

Jerry Fabyanic will be co-presenting The Road More Traveled: Self-Publishing Workshop for Aspiring Writers and Curious Readers in tandem with the Colorado Independent Publishers Association at the Georgetown Heritage Center on June 3, 2017. Jerry’s session, The Writer’s Path: The Adventure Begins, will focus on moving past the speed bumps that prevent writers from getting to the task at hand. For more, visit http://www.georgetowntrust.org/classes—events.htm. Fabyanic will also participate in Frisco’s Summer Walk with a display of his novel, Sisyphus Wins, at the next Page Books and Nosh on June 9 from 5:00-8:00, and will read in the Local Authors event at the Boulder Book Store on June 12 from 7:00-8:30.

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Recognition for Space Boy and the Space Pirate

Dian Curtis Regan’s picture book, Space Boy and the Space Pirate, published by Boyds Mills Press, received a Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  The book won in the SW division, which includes seven states.  The award will be presented to Dian at the Rocky Mountain SCBWI fall conference in Denver on October 7th. For info visit  http://spaceboybooks.com/ or http://www.diancurtisregan.com.

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Ramos to Deliver Keynote at Confluencia Conference

June 16:  Manuel Ramos will deliver the keynote address for the 32nd annual Confluencia Conference held on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, sponsored by the graduate program of the Department of Hispanic Studies.  Manuel also will conduct a workshop with students (future teachers) on Teaching Chicano Noir Fiction and will participate in a round table discussion on Chicana/o Literature: Past, Present, and Future with the esteemed poet, novelist and professor, Margarita Cota-Cárdenas

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Barbara Nickless Wins Colorado Book Award for Debut Novel

It was a big month for Barbara Nickless and her debut novel, Blood on the Tracks, about a former-Marine-turned-railroad-cop, won both the Colorado Authors’ League Writing Award for genre fiction, in addition, the novel won the Colorado Book Award in the mystery category. Read more about Nickless here.

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