Wyoming Writers, Inc., members continue to be busy! Here's the latest Member News:
Peggy Bahus, Wheatland, announces the release of her first nonfiction book, and her first booksigning! A Christian’s Way of Countering Head Games has been published by Tate Publishing. Peggy says she wrote the book reflecting back on “a difficult experience when I was in my late 20s” with the goal of informing people about “the mistakes I made and perhaps help them to not repeat the same bitter lessons.” Her first booksigning was Friday, May 16, at the Platte County Public Library. Learn more about Peggy’s book, which is available in both print and in e-book format, at

Mary Billiter, Casper, tells us her book launch for The XYZ Affair at Wind City Books in Casper, held June 14, was a great success! She also has a signing July 17 at the City Newsstand in Cheyenne, and her book is available at the Tattered Cover in Denver, for which she said she is “thrilled!” Additionally, Mary and fellow Casperite Dana Volney (who is a new WW, Inc., board member) will conduct a presentation, “Finding the Yin to Your Yang: Critique Partnerships that Lead to Publishing Contracts,” at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference September 5 – 7, 2014. Mary will also have a booksigning at the Casper College Bookstore on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Julianne Couch, Bellevue, Iowa, informs us she continues writing for and has a piece in the July issue of Sojourner magazine about social activism in rural communities. And her book Traveling the Power Line: From the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy, is a finalist in the nonfiction category of the High Plains Book Awards!

Gayle Irwin, Casper, has a second literary piece for WREN magazine scheduled for the August edition and a business feature slated for September. She has also been asked to write four articles for this year’s Crossroads magazine (an annual publication of the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce). Gayle also tells us her story “Seeing with the Heart,” about visiting classrooms with her blind dog Sage, will be in the upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog Did What? (release date: August 19, 2014). She will speak and sign books at the Platte County Library and the Platte County Senior Outreach Center Friday, August 8, 10:30 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 2 p.m., respectively, and at the Fort Collins, Colo., Senior Center Thursday, August 20, at 11 a.m. Her talks focus on lessons we learn from dogs. She continues freelancing for Our Town Casper, the Casper Journal, and the River Press (Fort Benton, MT).

Peggy Sanders, Oral, SD, recently had two articles published in Wild West Magazine. The December 2013 issue featured Annie Tallent, who was the first white woman in the Black Hills. Peggy had an article on Fred T. Evans, Sr., entrepreneur and visionary of Hot Springs, SD, in the June 2014 edition. Her columns appear as: “Kit ’n Kaboodle” in The Country Register, Northern Rockies and Great Plains edition; “Rangeviews” in the Edgemont Tribune (SD); and “Confluence Chronicles” in The Fence Post, Plains Edition, (Greeley, CO).

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Sheridan, looks forward to the publication of her poetry collection That’s Life: New and Selected Poems, to be released August 29, 2014 by Finishing Line Press. Her collection “celebrates the ordinary” and “celebrates the strength of the human mind and heart,” according to one reviewer. Abbie will be reading from her book at the Sheridan County Library in August. That’s Life: New and Selected Poems can be pre-ordered from the publisher’s website at
Just after the July newsletter was distributed, Chris Valentine, Birney, MT, learned that she received a 2nd prize and a 3rd prize in the Dancing Poetry Contest and that she may be traveling to San Francisco to read her poems in September! "I am over the moon!" Chris says. Learn more at
Dana Volney, Casper, joins Mary Billiter for a presentation at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference in September while also looking forward to the publication later this year of a book co-authored with friend Shaunna Owens. Edible Espionage, to be published by The Wild Rose Press, is a romance story in which smart and independent Sarah Zion meets Gavin Arnold, owner of a personal security firm. As head pastry chef and co-owner of Crazy for Cake, Sarah feels the small business pressure to keep her dreams alive. Winning the grand prize at the Trio Trifecta would be the icing on the cake. She is caught off guard when smooth-talking, gorgeous Gavin folds himself into her life. Gavin sleeps, eats and breathes his company and is on an assignment to stop at nothing to make sure his client wins the Trio Trifecta baking competition, even if that means acing out Sarah’s bakery. What Gavin doesn’t see coming could cost him. Will personal feelings rise above professional obligations?


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