Announcements & Celebrations

The latest Member News:

Barbara Townsend’s third novel, Tarnished Gold, was published July 21, 2017. The novel is available in paperback and various ebook formats on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble. In 1933 Wyoming, Em Olson struggles to operate her beloved family hotel after her father’s abandonment and her mother’s death. A new lodger, a handsome geologist searching for gold, brightens her lonely life. He makes discoveries of murder and swindles embroiling the family hotel and her father’s gold mine. Stressed to the breaking point, she must examine her past to find her father’s killer and decide her future while the man she has grown to love prepares to depart on his next assignment.

Steve Gardiner recently published a book (with John Jancik) called Highpointing for Tibet: A Journey Supporting the Rowell Fund which is an account of eleven years of climbing mountains around the US and in several other countries as a means of increasing awareness of the situation of the people in Tibet. They also raised money to support The Rowell Fund for Tibet, an organization that gives grants to Tibetan writers, artists, and musicians.

Helen R. Davis has published five novels: 

  • CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, published with Savant Books and Publications, is the first in a series that tells the story of Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt, from the perspectives of Isis, Cleopatra’s goddess, and the great pharaoh queen herself. The sequel, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS, will be released soon. Also available as an ebook. More information can be found at the following links. A podcast on this novel is featured here:
  • EVITA: MY ARGENTINA, published with Custom Book Publications, is the story of the infamous Eva Peron.  Also available as an ebook. A podcast is available here:
  • ATHENA: THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF YAVDOLO, published by Christian Faith Publishing, tells the story of a woman far in the future on another planet. More information can be found at this link  A podcast is here:
  • Upcoming Features: The Most Happy: An alternate history of Anne Boleyn: Anne Boleyn is known throughout the world as the beheaded wife of King Henry VIII.  This novel centers on Anne, not Henry.  Release Date July 25, 2017. ISABELLA UNASAHMED: Queen Isabella is a thorny subject for many people in our time period. This is an alternate history that imagines Queen Isabella choosing to complete the Reconquest of Spain, but not expelling the Jews. Co-authored by up and coming author Carolina Casas with Helen R. Davis,  Isabella is re-imagined and reborn. Both of these novels will be published with Calliope Editorial, based out of Madrid, Spain, Isabella’s homeland.

Steve Rzasa has recently had two books released: Man Behind the Wheel, a near future science-fiction mystery; and Multiverse, a collection of short stories. Both are available on Amazon: – Man Behind the Wheel; – Multiverse.

Julianne Couch is the author of a Kansas Notable Book for 2017. Her non-fiction exploration of contemporary small towns is titled The Small Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-first Century (University of Iowa Press). The Kansas State Library awards “Notable” status to 15 books annually. Books either have some relevance to Kansas, or are written by authors with Kansas connections. In this case, it is both. Julianne will be part of the awards event at the State Capital in Topeka and be a featured author at the Kansas Book Festival, in September.

M.W.Gordon, author of the award winning Macduff Brooks Fly Fishing Mysteries, has released a the ninth episode of Lucinda and Macduff Brooks’ adventures. Toxic Trout turns to deaths associated with an abandoned Montana gold mine toxic waste spill that kills thousands of trout in Mill Creek and the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley. The Brooks find themselves unintentionally drawn into the problems caused by the mine spill. Toxic Trout is the first of the series available in hardbound as well as softbound and an e-book.

Mike and Kathy Gear have eight releases scheduled in the coming twelve months:
SUN BORN in mass market paperback from Tor Books – Aug. 29, ’17
COMING OF THE STORM in trade paperback from Gallery Books – Nov. 8, 2017
MOON HUNT in hardback/e-format from Tor Books – November 29, 2017
FLIGHT OF THE HAWK in hardback/ e-format from Five Star Press – Jan. 16, ’18
DONOVAN: OUTPOST in hardback/ e-format from DAW Books – Feb. 9, ’18
MAZE MASTER in hardback/e- format from St. Martin’s Press – Spring ’18
THIS SCORCHED EARTH in hardback/e-format from Forge Books – April ’18.
DONOVAN: ABANDONED in hardback/e-format from DAW Books, Fall ’18.

Kimberly Brown self-published Appalachian Diary: One family’s story of tragedy and redemption during the Harlan County, Kentucky, coal strikes, a new book that is available on in paperback and for Kindle.

Gayle M. Irwin’s short story, “Jasmine’s Journey,” about a dog she transported for a regional rescue, will be part of the upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul book titled The Dog Really Did That? which is scheduled for release on August 8. This will be Irwin’s seventh story in a Chicken Soup book during the past nine years. Gayle has had a busy few months, and things aren’t slowing down! May 1-7, Gayle partnered with other children’s authors for multiple events for Children’s Book Week. In addition, May 1 – 7 was Be Kind to Animals Week, and Gayle provided activity pages about kindness toward animals for young audience members that day. On July 15th, Gayle will participate in a special book signing for “They Served with Honor: Vietnam.”  She and other freelance writers from across the state will gather at the Natrona County International Airport for an event sponsored by the Casper Star Tribune and Casper Journal. “This two-year endeavor touched my heart,” Irwin said. “I not only learned a lot about the war and our military’s sacrifice, but I heard their stories of struggle and recovery — our veterans are special people who can teach us all about courage, perseverance, and friendship, and I’m honored to have shared their stories.”

Su Child and Contemporary Indian Awareness reported on KODI a summary of this summer’s Indian events. Upcoming collaborations between groups include wonderful educational programs on American Indians from Cody museum’s annual Solstice Powwow and a July-August Contemporary Indian Art and Media exhibit in the Cody City Hall Foyer. The National Museum of the American Indian has shipped 400 past issues to distribute in Cody’s downtown for participating shops to provide to tourists and residents alike.

Cork Kelly won gold medals in the 50-, 100- and 200- meter breaststroke events in the 80-84 ages group at the Western Iowa Senior Games in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He has now competed in six states: Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, Hawaii and Iowa. He trains at the Pinedale Aquatic Center, where he is the poet in residence.