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Attention Book Illustrators and Cover Designers!

Colorado Authors League has long been about the business of storytelling, and now we’re opening our membership to include those who tell stories through art!


Book Illustrators and Cover designers, we invite you to apply for membership and take advantage of the rich benefits that CAL provides its members from friendship to promotion

to a chance to win your very own CAL award for Illustration or Cover Design!


We want to promote your work, click HERE to see just one of the ways.


Bruce Most named CAL's 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner!

By Doug Hawk

Congratulations to long-time CAL member and past CAL President Bruce Most for being selected to receive CAL’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bruce joined Colorado Authors’ League in 1979, and his contributions to the organization cannot be over-looked or minimized. Beginning immediately after joining, Bruce spent many years serving on the CAL Board, holding positions as president, vice president, historian, and several terms as the CAL Awards chair. Back in the days when CAL held monthly luncheons, summer picnics and the annual Awards Banquet, Bruce was always present, always involved and always willing to do what needed to be done.

Bruce has had an enormous impact on CAL well beyond his active participation on the board and his long writing career. He is a friend to all. He interacts with other writers on an honest and open basis and is an unwavering voice for reason, unity and inclusion. Always available to offer advice and encouragement, Bruce is frequently the first to greet a new member, quick to introduce them to others in the organization and never disparages or belittles another writer’s efforts. 

Bruce is one of those courageous writers who built his career as a freelancer without the benefit of a “day job”. Following his stint in the U.S. Army as a public information writer stationed in Alaska, he immediately began working as a freelance writer. A stranger to the corporate environment, Bruce spent his career working from his home office. He was editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, a publication of the Financial Planning Association. In that capacity, he wrote more than a thousand articles on a wide variety of topics within the arena of consumer financial planning. Subsequently, many of these pieces were included in The Encyclopedia of Financial Planning.

Additionally, during his career Bruce freelanced articles to national magazines including Parade, TV Guide, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Travel & Leisure and American Way. It was to the latter that he sold a profile of past CAL President and long-time member the late Clive Cussler. He also ghost wrote the self-help book, THE POWER OF CHOICE, an opportunity that arose from his connections as a CAL member.

In the 1990s, Bruce published two well-received mystery novels, BONDED FOR MURDER and MISSING BONDS, featuring tough-as-iron bail bonds-woman Ruby Dark. His 2015 mystery novel, ROPE BURN, received high praise as well as a CAL Award for best genre novel as did MURDER ON THE TRACK, his first Joe Stryker mystery novel set in post-World War II Denver. It was followed by a sequel, THE BIG DIVE. In addition to his novels, three of his nonfiction articles were recognized for CAL Awards. 

Besides his CAL membership, Bruce is a long-time member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. 

On his website, Bruce has a particularly insightful observation: “Writers without readers is like wine without alcohol.”

Bruce will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at CAL’s annual awards ceremony on June 19th.



Watch Bruce's Lifetime Achievement Award Video



CAL Awards Winners Announced

Watch the Awards Video


Winners are in RED below

The Namer of Spirits

Juvenile


Namer of Spirits


by Todd Mitchell


Juvenile


Bonnie In-Between


by Linda L. Osmundson

Juvenile


BFF or NRF?


by Jessica Speer


The Christmas Light

Child / Early Reader


The Christmas Light



by Claudia Cangilla McAdam

Child / Early Reader


All Around Dogs


by Dolly Viscardi


Sand pounder

Young Adult


The Sand Pounder


by M.J. Evans


Sea Change

Young Adult


Sea Change


by Bruce Leaf


Young Adult


A Matter of Blood


by Kendra Merritt


Historical Fiction


The Only Way Home


by Jeanette Minniti

Death Can Be Habit Forming

Historical Fiction


Death Can Be Habit-Forming


by Sheri Cobb South

Mystery


Red Rabbit

On The Run


by Jodi Bowersox

Striking Range: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

Mystery


Striking Range


by Margaret Mizushima

all that is secret

Mystery


All That Is Secret


by Patricia Raybon

DIAMOND IN THE DESERT

Cozy Mystery


Diamond In The Desert


by Karen Gilleland

Cozy Mystery


How to Book a Murder


by Cynthia Kuhn

Paranormal


Demon Riding Shotgun


by L.R. Braden

The Gorging of Souls

Paranormal


The Gorging of Souls


by Claire L. Fishback

As The Page Turns

Paranormal


As The Page Turns


by Iona Morrison

Red Rabbit on the Run

Romance


Red Rabbit On The Run


by Jodi Bowersox

Romance


Searching For Closure


by Iona Morrison

Undercover Outlaw

Romance


Undercover Outlaw


by Gini Rifkin

Rapunzel's Tower

Sci Fi / Fantasy


Rapunzel's Tower


by Wendy L. Anderson

Sci Fi / Fantasy


Demon Riding Shotgun


by L.R. Braden

Magic and Misrule

Sci Fi / Fantasy


Magic and Misrule


by KM Merritt

Epic Fantasy


Khyven the Unkillable


by Todd Fahnestock

Azelom: The Rise of the Mountain God

Epic Fantasy


Azelom: The Rise of the Mountain God


by B.G. Franklin

Azelom: The Shattered Accord

Epic Fantasy


Azelom: The Shattered Accord


by B.G. Franklin

Thriller


The Mermaid Broker


by Sue Hinkin

Death Can Be Habit Forming

Thriller


Death Can Be Habit-Forming


by Sheri Cobb South

Operation Arctic Sting

Thriller


Operation Arctic Sting


by Robert G. Williscroft

Fragile Saints

Mainstream / Literary


Fragile Saints


by Claire Ibarra

Mainstream / Literary


Dad


by Bob Seay

Trees and Other Witnesses

Mainstream / Literary


Trees and Other Witnesses


by Kathy Taylor

General Nonfiction


Of Books and Beasts: A Cryptozoologist’s Library


by Matt Bille

General Nonfiction


Colorado Springs Then And Now


by Mike Pach

Babies Don't Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?)

General Nonfiction


Babies Don't Make Small Talk

(So Why Should I?)


by Julie Vick

The Amazing Grace of Dogs

Biography / Memoir


The Amazing Grace of Dogs


by Lou Dean

Biography / Memoir


Ordinary Magic


by Todd Fahnestock

Full Circle

Biography / Memoir


Full Circle



by Petra Perkins

Historical Nonfiction


The Glen Eyrie Story


by Susan A. Fletcher and Amy Burch

Colorado Phantasmagorias

Historical Nonfiction


101 Trailblazing Women Of Air And Space


by Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Phd.

Historical Nonfiction


Colorado Phantasmagorias


by Joan Jacobson

A High Plains Year in Haiku

Poetry Collection


A High Plains Year in Haiku


by Art Elser

Begins in Silence

Poetry Collection


It Begins in Silence, Ends in Grace


by Art Elser

Poetry Collection


Under Sleep's New Moon


by Joseph Hutchison

The Doll Room and Other Stories

Prose Collection


The Doll Room and Other Stories


by Claire L. Fishback

queen of the sugarhouse

Prose Collection


Queen Of The Sugarhouse


by Constance Studer

Prose Collection


Food for Thought


by Jerry Fabyanic


Cover Design: Adult


Defined by Fire


Terry Dugan, designer


John Rabins, author

Cover Design: Adult


Death Can Be Habit-Forming


Deirdre Wait, designer


Sheri Cobb South, author

Red Rabbit on the Run

Cover Design: Adult


Red Rabbit On The Run


Tristan Bowersox, designer


Jodi Bowersox, Author


Cover Design: Juvenile


"E" is for Eucharist


Anna-Maria Crum, designer


Claudia Cangilla McAdam, author


Cover Design: Juvenile


Feelings Are Friends


Sarah Nifoussi (age 7), designer


Cheryl Nifoussi, author



On Wings of Wonder

Cover Design: Juvenile


On Wings of Wonder


Anna Cosper, designer


Doug Cosper, author


Essays: Personal


"Ms. Suzy & Mom"


by Petra Perkins

Essays: Personal


"Before Lunch"


by Dianne Blomberg


Essays: Personal


"Cannot Be Seen Nor Even Touched"


by Petra Perkins


Essays: Commentary


"Fireworks in Hong Kong"


by Carol Ann Wilson

Essays: Commentary


"Weiner (mobile) Envy"


Joan Elyse Mickle


Essays: Commentary


"Starlings: Fascinating Garden-Variety Dinosaurs"


by R. Gary Raham


Single Poem


"Indigenous"


by Valerie Szarek

Single Poem

 

"Reflections along the Thames Estuary"

 

by Dan Guenther

 

Single Poem


"Seaglass"


by Jennie MacDonald


Articles


"In the Land of Sky Blue Weather"


by Kayann Short



Articles


"The Comical Hotch-Potch"


by Jennie MacDonald


Articles


"Celebrating Our Female History Makers"


by Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Phd.


Short Stories


"Parachute Drop"


by Joey Porcelli


Short Stories


"Chlorphyllis"


by John E. Stith


Short Stories


"Reality Hack"


by Robert G. Williscroft


In the spotlight: Iona Morrison

Life has a way of creating new avenues for us. After raising my three sons, with time on my hands, I had the desire to reinvent myself. Along with that desire came the long-held goal to write a book. A dream I had tucked away many years prior.

           When my husband went out of state to work for ten months, I began an online writing class through the University of Connecticut called Breaking into Print. The course took me through the elements of fiction and non-fiction. I thought for sure I would write a non-fiction self-help book. What I found was that I loved writing fiction. This gal who never watched or read a mystery found herself in a genre where she had never dared to go before. It fit with my personality and who I’ve always been as far back as I can remember. The teacher told me in that class that my stories had legs and he recommended that I try the novel writing class. So, I did.

           I began writing my first book The Harvest Club in that class. A story idea that was handed to me by the custodian on a new job when she told me, “You know we have a church ghost here.” My imagination went to work and the element of the paranormal and romance seeped into my mystery. I was off and writing.

           Mary, one my teachers, had a way of encouraging me while slapping me upside my head. She could criticize my writing and have me laughing at the same time. Now that’s a real gift. Encouraged by her when the book was finished to query on it, I took the chance. She gave me the name of a few publishers to query and submit my manuscript to. I accepted a contract with The Wild Rose Press.

           Though my books are romantic fantasy fiction I have a real method for why I write the stories I do. In my own strange way, I answer the question through my heroes what would happen if we were aware of what really is happening around us. In the process I touch upon subjects that are important to me.

           Writing fiction has been eye opening for me. It allows me to tell the human story in a way that I can envision it while making me more aware of my human connection and the world in which I live. A kind of therapy, if you will, it helps me come to terms with what I see happening around me. Through fictional characters I can deal with tough subjects in a way that is hopefully entertaining, and the story becomes a part of me in the process. I lose myself in the writing and find myself there too.

           When I’m tempted to believe I haven’t accomplished anything I remind myself that I have ten books, two novellas, and book eleven due out this year all in the past eight years. All my books have finished in the top ten in the Critters Readers Poll. Key to the Past, and As the Page Turns were both finalists in the CAL Awards in 2021 and 2022 respectfully. Searching For Closure, won a Book Excellence Award, was a CAL Award Winner this year and received a Firebird Book Award. I’ve made the Amazon Best Seller List which is a short window in time. I’m no diva when it comes to my work, I am a member of CAL and look forward to meeting more of you.

            I’m grateful for any recognition my books get, I’m most thankful for the readers who read them and tell me what they think. I’ve found that I simply love to paint a story using words. From the the first line to the end, I’m hooked and can’t wait to see where my characters will take me.  Iona Morrison, Mystery Writer

 

 

 

 


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CONGRATULATIONS TO CAL MEMBERS WHO ARE COLORADO BOOK AWARD FINALISTS




Winners listed in RED

For the complete list go to 

Colorado Humanities


Breakthrough

Anthology


Shadow Atlas


edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge, and Joshua Viola

illustrated by Aaron lovett

Bats, Bandits & Buggies

Juvenile Literature


Bats, Bandits & Buggies


by Nancy Oswald


Breakthrough

General Nonfiction


Breakthrough


by Todd Mitchell


The Night of Many Endings

Fantasy


Khyven the Unkillable



by Todd Fahnestock


The Night of Many Endings

Fantasy


Magic and Misrule


by K. M. Merritt


The Night of Many Endings

Mystery


Canyonlands Carnage


by Scott Graham


Breakthrough

Mystery



Red Rabbit OnThe Run


by Jodi Bowersox


The Night of Many Endings

General Fiction


The Night of Many Endings


by Melissa Payne


CONGRATULATIONS TO CAL MEMBERS WHO ARE CIPA EVVY AWARD FINALISTS

Food for Thought: Essays on Mind and Spirit

Anthology


Food for Thought

by Jerry Fabyanic

Feelings Are Friends

Parenting and Family


Feelings are Friends

by Cheryl Nifoussi

Corky Tails: Sagebrush and the Disappearing Dark Sky

Animals, Pets, Nature


Sagebrush and The Disappearing Dark Sky

by Joni Franks

THE ONLY WAY HOME

Historical Fiction

Literary Fiction


The Only Way Home

by Jeanette Minniti

Bats, Bandits & Buggies

Middle Grade Fiction


Bats, Bandits & Buggies

by Nancy Oswald

Red Rabbit on the Run

Mystery


Red Rabbit on the Run

by Jodi Bowersox

The Crooked Forest, Legacy of the Holey Stone

Women's Fiction

General Illustration


The Crooked Forest, Legacy of the Holey Stone

by Joni Franks

Mosaic Heart

Motivational/

Inspirational


Mosaic Heart: Pieces of an Unfinished Life

by Donna Mazzitelli


At-One-Ment

Adult Cover Design

Interior Design


At-One-Ment

Victoria Wolf


CAL Authors Release New Books!

Debriefing

Encouragement for those who serve.

Find it on Amazon

Debriefing

They think they're ready for this mission.

They're wrong.

Get it on Amazon

The Resentment

You're only as sick as your secrets.

Buy yours today!

Rogue Enterprises

Back to basics--a heist!

Check it out on Amazon

Brand chaser

One bad decision...

Find it on Amazon

Monty and Rose Return to Montrose


Support the Plovers with this book-funded conservation project and fall in love with Monty and Rose.

Buy It At Plovermother.com


Find more books illustrated by

Anna-Maria Crum at

AnnaMariaCrum.com

Lorelle

The right path is hard to follow

in The Dark.

Buy it on Amazon

Until Dead

This killer won't stop... until she's dead.

Find it on Amazon

The Road We Left Behind

How much heartache can one woman endure?

Buy it on Amazon

The Highway and the River

Out of Evangelicalism and into faith.

Check it out on Amazon

Threshold

How many will die if she can't stop

the machine she created?

Buy it on Amazon

Viper

Can the crew of the Viper defeat the Vazirans and save their homes?

Check it out on Amazon

Working with the Feds won't be easy or safe.

But neither is prison.

Buy yours today!


Cover Design by CAL member,

Tristan Bowersox

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Can distribution be stopped before more people die?

Get it on Amazon


Up in the Air

What toddler doesn't love airplanes?

This Sing-a-Story Book is for birth to three-years-old.

Check it out on Amazon


And Publish Plays, Essays, Articles, and Poems!

Kathryn Winograd's essay,




Folding Cranes in the Golden Hour




was published at Terrain.org

Poetry Society of Colorado




Cristina A. Bejan's poem was selected for the Poetry Society of Colorado Centennial Anthology.

Barb Lundy has had two short stories published recently:


"Heartbreak Grass" in Flash Fiction Magazine


and "The Executor" in Literally Stories.


Carol Ann Wilson's essay "Live Oaks" was published by The Wrath-Bearing Tree, a literary journal founded by combat veterans and dedicated to issues of social justice and human resilience. 


Robert V. Dodge published an article in the Journal of Indigenous Research: "Indigenous Americans Became Red: Racism as Justification for Exploitation of Native Americans."


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Helping Students

In 2020, CAL members joined together to create Prompts For Young Writers, a book to inspire and launch great stories. Our authors also provided writing tips in the book available in both English and Spanish. To download this FREE Resource, Click here: Prompts Book.

Helping the Community


CAL authors often contribute to Little Free Libraries!

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CAL books are on GoodReads!


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CAL BOOKSHELF




REGISTER NOW for the 2022 Colorado Country Christmas Gift Shows in November.


The Colorado Springs booth will be held Nov. 4-6 at the Event Center.


The Denver booth will be held Nov. 11-13 at the Convention Center.


Read all about it and how you can participate here:


Christmas Booth


CAL Awards

Submissions for the 2023 Awards will open Nov. 1!


Submission period: Nov 1-Jan 31



Eligibility: You must be a CAL member to enter (See Membership tab above)



Categories: Multiple writing categories are judged from essays, articles, and poetry to full-length novels.

Categories also include illustration, cover design, and graphic novels.



2022 Awards announcements: May

Awards ceremomy: June



Awards Info






Joe Nigg


recipient of the 2021

Lifetime Achievement Award


Interview



Watch past Award Ceremonies


79th Annual CAL Awards Video

hosted by Kevin and Jodi Bowersox


80th Annual CAL Awards Video

hosted by Jody Pritzl


81st Annual CAL Awards Video

hosted by Jodi Bowersox, Laurie Marr Wasmund, and Claire L. Fishback


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