It’s hard to believe 2014 is almost over. The time’s flying so fast!
The writing year has been very good to me. My first novel Blood Atonement is garnering great reviews. Even Mormon readers or those who know Mormon history are impressed with its historical accuracy. My second novel Clear and Convincing Evidence was trade published in February, also to great reviews. Now, I’m deep into the rewrite of my third mystery, another historical novel titled Tarnished Gold. It’s set in 1930s Wyoming.
Here’s a photo that depicts my best wishes for all my readers in the coming year. Yesterday on my way home, the sky was a crisp, deep blue. The air was frigid, about -12 F (-24 C). The sun was descending in the west. I came upon the top of a hill. With the air being so dry, the wind stirred up snowflakes that were only visible in this rainbow–a phenomenon called a sun dog.
I wish the beauty I saw on the top of that lonely, windswept hill be your experience in 2015.
My publisher, Writers AMuse Me Publishing, is growing!
Its burgeoning list of published books included those that have won national awards. It now offers plays in its stable of literary fare. It’s opening a U.S. location.
To celebrate their success, it’s holding a contest to win a free e-book. The contest begins tomorrow (June 25, ’14). To win, visit the website or blog of WAMM’s authors and collect a letter posted there. (Hint: links to all authors are in the blogroll to your right). After you’ve collected all the letters, descramble them to discover WAMM’s new slogan.
If you’re one of the first one hundred to submit your answer no later than June 30, ’14, you’re eligible to win a free book! All correct entries will then be placed in a draw, and the winner will win three books in any format.
For the contest particulars, visit WAMM’s site and see for yourself what’s happening!
I just got back from a restaurant after an amazing talk. There, a woman came up to me. She said she can’t stop thinking about my historical mystery, Blood Atonement. Later her husband told me that his wife rarely talks to him about a novel she’s reading. He said with Blood Atonement, she was constantly talking about it.
At the restaurant, she told everyone they just had to read it! The Miners Grubstake Restaurant (who sells my books) promptly sold out.
I’m touched and honored that a reader connected with my novel to such a deep level! I was in tears as she described her feelings and some personal information. I’m so grateful to her and her husband for such an uplifting discussion.
Please say hello to Mariah E. Wilson, who blogs about writing and writers! She’s also a published poet and a novelist. Mariah generously interviewed me about my novel Blood Atonement. Check out her blog! Here is the link to her interview with me.
If you’re interested buying Blood Atonement, several Wyoming stores sell it:
Rock Springs: Hastings Books
Riverton: Meadowlark Books
Books & Briar
Lander: Mr. D’s Food Center
Atlantic City: Miner’s Delight Inn Bed & Breakfast
Miner’s Grubstake Restaurant and Saloon
South Pass City State Historic Site: Smith-Sherlock General Store
Online, it’s available through the publisher, Writers AMuse Me Publishing in various forms. Through WAMM, you can purchase e-books for Kindle, digital formats for all e-readers, and trade paperback. Of course, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and Kobo.com sell the book. You’re also welcome to email me.
Well, the Atlantic City [Wyo.] Book Fest was a huge success. A total of 56 folks celebrated the release of Blood Atonement and the book of five other Atlantic City authors! One author, 90-year-old Betty Carpenter Pfaff, came from her home 115 miles away! The furthest someone traveled to attend was from Rawlins, 140 miles away.
The readings were mesmerizing. As soon as the word was out in the saloon that the next reading would begin, the saloon emptied. Most people had never attended book readings, and so many spoke how they enjoyed it.
Hoorah to Atlantic City, a tiny mountain village with a winter population now up to about 25!
Thank you to all who attended!