Monthly Archives: June 2013

Wyoming Writers’ conference

The annual Wyoming Writers, Inc. conference is over for this year.  I am so fortunate to live in a state as Wyoming with so many magnificent folks.  Our president, Pat Frolander, is Wyoming’s Poet Laureate.  (At this moment, she may be the Poet Laureate Emeritus).

Pat’s a rare gem in anyone’s life.  She exudes sweetness, kindness, and generosity, and being in her presence is a gift.  Her poem “She Married Into It” is a seemingly simple memoir-type poem to that goes as deep as any anthem.

Our group draws faculty who include renowned authors, poets, and literary agents.  In one very simple exercise, Margaret Coel (New York Times bestselling author of the Wind River Mysteries) gave me a twist of an idea for Novel Number Three.  The other writers I have the privilege to rub elbows with inspire each other, root for each others’ successes, and broaden horizons.

For anyone who’s interested in polishing their writing craft, being in the company of stellar writers, wishing to mentor young folks, feeling inspired, then by all means join a writers group!  If your interest is simply belonging to a group of people who are educated, interested and interesting, supportive, join a writers group!

If you want to know more about this spectacular group of folks, see WWI’s website or read our Twitters at @WyoWriters.

I’m inspired and refreshed, as I always am during and after our conference.  After the conference, I had dashed off to a local library for a bit of research.  It was closed.  Since I had been dropped off at the library by a friend, I ended up walking back to the conference center.  A few days ago during the Friday night’s portion of Open Mic readings, I had an epiphany for a poem.  During the mile-walk back to the hotel, I wrote the poem.


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Enter to win an advance copy of Blood Atonement!

Enter to win an Advance Review Copy paperback of my debut novel BLOOD ATONEMENT, A PIONEER TRAIL MYSTERY on Goodreads.

The giveaway is open until July 2 for USA, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.

My novel will be released on August 22, 2013, by Writers AMuse Me Publishing. It’ll be available in epub and digital versions and paperback through WAMM’s site, Barnes & Noble, Kobobook, and Amazon.

BLOOD ATONEMENT’s back cover:  Missouri Territory, 1846: Driven by angry mobs, thousands of Latter-day Saints flee their homes in the eastern United States. They gather west of the Missouri River to wait out the winter and hope they survive hunger and disease.

A church leader unveils a shocking, divine revelation to teenage sisters Aveline and Frances Bowmore: they must marry married men. The specter of polygamy promises heaven.  Aveline and Frances feel compelled to obey. They become plural wives. The loss of each other’s support while faced with angry sister-wives and husbands they’d just met stretches their willpower to the breaking point.

Aveline’s world shatters when gentle Frances is brutally strangled. Grief-stricken, Aveline trusts the camp police chief to find the pious Mormon’s killer, but the chief stalls his investigation. She presses him and Frances’ husband for answers. Aveline’s husband orders her to cease—how dare she question men?

Time is running out to discover the truth about Frances’ murder. Spring approaches and the Saints prepare for the overland journey west to Zion. Aveline quietly defies her husband. She discovers secrets of powerful men—secrets they don’t want revealed.

Good luck and thank you!

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