Celebrate WAMM’s growth

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!

Good luck!

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A reader’s review of Blood Atonement!

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.

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Released! Clear and Convincing Evidence

Today is an exciting day.  Writers AMuse Me Publishing released my second mystery! Today was release day for two other books: Emma Clear and Convincing EvidenceEden Ramos’ Young Adult Literary story Still, At Your Door, and Tom Bryde’s mystery Changing Partners; The Gallagher Files.

What my mystery is about: Bones have been discovered in the art studio kiln at Wyoming’s Colter State College. Campus police dismiss the discovery as a prank but Lariat reporter Jennifer Roby isn’t convinced. Haunted by memories of her mother, guided by the experienced voices of her father and grandfather, and hampered by just about everyone on campus, she continues to look into the tasteless joke for the college newspaper. Disappearing students and freak accidents add to her determination to prove that there is more to the story – then the local coroner confirms Jenn’s suspicions about the bones. An impending visit from the President of the United States makes it that much more difficult to get the answers she needs. She must find someone who will believe her as she puts the pieces together, she needs to work quickly before the paper is shut down in an effort to silence her, and she has to make sure she doesn’t become the next victim in the conspiracy and cover-up. How high up on the college administrative ladder will Jenn have to look in order to expose a killer?

The trade paperback is $12.99, and the ebook is $6.99. You can purchase the book at WAMM, or we can make arrangements for me to send it to you, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

The remaining decision is do I celebrate with a dram of Bowmore 18 year old, or Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 year old, or with the big smoke of Lagavulin 12?  Hmm, perhaps I’ll have to sample all three to help me decide!

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The book blurbs for Clear and Convincing Evidence

Welcome to these three talented writers to my blog and a hearty thank you for reading Clear and Convincing Evidence and writing a blurb!  CACE will be released on February 22. These published authors have their own books available for purchase.

YellowstoneIn these pages, you will meet gutsy Wyoming people you will admire and enjoy spending time with. But watch out! You will also encounter some despicable folks you can’t turn your back on. Nor will you want to. The murder on the mythical campus engrosses the reader from the opening page until the end as timeless themes of greed and power compete with integrity and honor.  I only hope that this will not be the last Jennifer Roby mystery we see from the author.
– Marjane Ambler, Yellowstone Has Teeth, a memoir about living year round in the world’s first national park

TravelThe only thing more fun than a Western cozy mystery is one set on a college campus, a small world where anything can happen. In Clear and Convincing Evidence, Barbara Townsend sends her savvy young heroine to solve a campus murder then ensnares the campus art community, campus police, and even the top administration. All this, with only the First Amendment, her dad and grandpa, and the spirit of Walter Cronkite to light her way.
– Julianne Couch, Traveling the Power Line

SPCClear and Convincing Evidence by Barbara Townsend is a compelling and suspenseful read. It is a must for anyone interested in the integrity of information that is furnished to the public and the journalists that struggle to provide the truth.
– Susan Layman, South Pass City and the Sweetwater Mines

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The Book Breeze

The Book Breeze, a monthly publication about books, published two notices about the February 22 release of my novel Clear and Convincing Evidence.  

I love The Book Breeze!  This free publication not only announces new releases, but also posts book reviews, contests, and author interviews. I concentrate on these issues more than I studied my college textbooks (and I studied those diligently).  My “to read” list grows dramatically with every issue.

Available in independent book stores and online, I always snag a printed copy every time I’m in an independent book store.  Thank you to The Book Breeze!

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Cover for Clear and Convincing Evidence!

ImageHere is the official cover of my upcoming second novel, Clear and Convincing Evidence!  This novel is a contemporary mystery, set on the campus of Colter State College.

The back cover blurb: Bones have been discovered in the art studio kiln at Wyoming’s Colter State College. Campus police dismiss the discovery as a prank but Lariat reporter Jennifer Roby isn’t convinced. Haunted by memories of her mother, guided by the experienced voices of her father and grandfather, and hampered by just about everyone on campus, she continues to look into the tasteless joke for the college newspaper.

 Disappearing students and freak accidents add to her determination to prove that there is more to the story – then the local coroner confirms Jenn’s suspicions about the bones. An impending visit from the President of the United States makes it that much more difficult to get the answers she needs.

 She must find someone who will believe her as she puts the pieces together, she needs to work quickly before the paper is shut down in an effort to silence her, and she has to make sure she doesn’t become the next victim in the conspiracy and cover-up. How high up on the college administrative ladder will Jenn have to look in order to expose a killer?

The release date for CACE is February 22, 2014, from my publisher Writers AMuse Me Publishing. It’ll be available in trade paperback and all ebooks.

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Mariah E. Wilson’s blog and her interview with me

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.

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