Member News

Here's the latest on what our busy membership is doing:
 
Pat Blair, Sheridan, writing as P.L. Blair, recently released the e-book version of Sister Hoods, Book 4 in her Portals urban fantasy/detective/romance series. Find it on Amazon at http://goo.gl/Is6rTJ. All of Pat’s books – the first three are Shadow Path, Stormcaller, and Deathtalker – are available on Kindle and Nook. Her series is based on the premise that all of the creatures of human fantasy and myth are real, and in a not-too-distant future are returning to the human world, bringing their magic with them. When magic is used to commit crimes, police detectives Kat Morales and her elven partner, Tevis, are called in to investigate. Pat is now working on Book 5 (possible title: Unholy Cause).

WW, Inc. board member and former Wyoming Poet Laureate Patricia Frolander, Sundance, recently received news that her poem “Bittersweet” placed fifth in the national Writer’s Digest Poetry Contest! Among her prizes: recognition in Writer’s Digest and a copy of the 2014 Poet’s Market. More than 2000 entries were received for this competition. Pat was also recently notified that two poems, “Riding the Edge” and “Provenance,” are included in the new anthology Ankle High and Knee Deep: Women Reflect on Western Rural Life, edited by Gail L. Jenner and due out in June 2014. Congratulations and way to go, Pat!

Andi Hummel, Hulett, writing as A. M. Hummel, is pleased to learn an article she wrote in 1996 has been voted “Best of 1996” in the Collector’s Edition of Susquehanna Life Magazine’s Best of the First Twenty Years. The article, “Bloomsburg’s Best Community Asset,” was written about the Bloomsburg (PA) Theatre Ensemble, begun by a group of talented, determined post-graduate students from Chicago’s Northwestern University who came to Central Pennsylvania seeking legendary theatre instructor Alvina Krause, hoping to beg her away from retirement so they might study Chekhov with her. Andi was also pleased to learn others of the articles she had written for Susquehanna Life had also been “in the running” for similar recognition.

Gayle Irwin, Casper, has been assigned at least five articles for WREN Magazine, starting with the February issue. She is also writing Devotions for Dog Lovers and sending them out via email – people can sign up at her website (www.devotionsfordoglovers.com) to receive three free devotions a week. Her Kindle book edition of Devotions ... is available at http://goo.gl/jWKwrz. Gayle will be speaking to two Stonecroft Ministries ladies’ groups in Cheyenne in March on the topic of perseverance. She will also be teaching an OLLI class through Casper College in April, a repeat of the course she taught last summer (“I’ve Written Something: Now What?”); check out www.caspercollege.edu/olli/index.html if you’d like to register.

Elizabeth Martin, Casper, announces Kindle publication of the second book in her The Valley trilogy, The Valley: Monahan’s Purpose. We met Monahan in the first book, Sahara’s Quest — an outlaw then, Monahan is now, in his own story, one of the ‘good guys.’ He sets out to capture and punish the man who runs the town of Godstown with savage and sadistic tyranny. Monahan faces adventure, friendship, treachery, and love in his search for justice. The book is available at http://goo.gl/pRxkIc.
 
Barbara Townsend, Atlantic City, tells us that her second novel is under contract and will be released Feb. 22, 2014, by Writers AMuse Me Publishing, the same company that published her first novel, Blood Atonement. Her latest book, Clear and Convincing Evidence, is a murder mystery set on the Wyoming campus of Colter State College. After journalism student Jennifer Roby reports in the student newspaper about a prank in the ceramics studio, she becomes obsessed that the skeleton found in the kiln wasn’t a prank after all. She just has to live long enough to prove it. See a book trailer at http://goo.gl/GdcHDe http://goo.gl/GdcHDe.
 
Christine Valentine, Birney, MT, recently had a poem published in The Lowestoft Chronicle, Issue 16. “Song of a Seaport” appeared in the winter edition of this quarterly online literary magazine which accepts fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, with preference given to humorous submissions with an emphasis on travel.
 
Chris Williams, Green River, writing as Christi Williams, has another release from Torrid Books at Whiskey Creek Press. Titled Clay’s Quest, this contemporary romance explores what a married couple will do to each obtain their own desire: she - a baby, he - his wife. Available from both the publisher and Amazon, you can find the book at http://goo.gl/DJow2B or by visiting http://goo.gl/ZP81L5.