Literature For All

Why adjust The WILLA Literary Award categories? Romantic fiction has been around since the 18th century, but it was Jane Austen who set the world on fire with a new form of fiction focusing on the lives and everyday struggles of female protagonists–particularly their romantic lives. Pride and Prejudice, published in 1811, did not identifyContinue reading “Literature For All”

Summer Workshop

Have you registered for WWW’s  FIRST Summer Workshop?The very successful author, Christina Dodd once said, ‘Submitting your work is like getting on stage, pulling down your pants, and asking for comments.’ Pitching is the same. Let’s face it; the thought of it is enough to make the strongest shudder and run.  Ahhh yes, we’ve allContinue reading “Summer Workshop”

New Release ~ Square Corners A Horsewoman’s Story by Deb Donley

Growing up feminist, a tenacious woman struggles to become a successful horse trainer, loves and loses her cowboy husband, and fights through panic attacks to resume her career.  This memoir is filled with extraordinary horses, dedicated students, and the ever-present ranch dogs.  Square Corners A Horsewoman’s Story is available in paperback and e-Book . DebContinue reading “New Release ~ Square Corners A Horsewoman’s Story by Deb Donley”

New Release ~ Rescuing Samantha by Heidi Thomas

With dreams of raising Thoroughbreds, Samantha Moser leases the Montana ranch that once belonged to her great grandmother, a trail-blazing rodeo cowgirl. After back-breaking work to fix up the abandoned, dilapidated ranch and a disastrous blizzard, her fiancé lacks the courage that runs in Samantha’s blood, and he leaves her. Struggling with shattered dreams, aContinue reading “New Release ~ Rescuing Samantha by Heidi Thomas”

New Release ~ Falling Forward, a Woman’s Journey West by Pat Jurgens

When her mother dies in childbirth, Louisa at seventeen is thrust into adulthood.  She is suddenly responsible for running the farm household and caring for two younger siblings. Isolated in a late 1890’s Mennonite community with strict religious doctrine and expectations, she yearns to explore the “outside” world. She falls in love and marries Thomas,Continue reading “New Release ~ Falling Forward, a Woman’s Journey West by Pat Jurgens”

New Release ~ Dudes Rush In by Lynn Downey

I’ve been publishing books and articles about the history of the American West for thirty-five years, and have been reading historical fiction and historical mysteries for longer than that. Around my birthday in 2012 I put down the latest Alafair Tucker novel by Donis Casey and said to myself, “I wish I could write aContinue reading “New Release ~ Dudes Rush In by Lynn Downey”

New Release ~ Norske Fields by Anne Schroeder

“Write what should not be forgotten.” —Isabel Allende Norske Fields  A Novel Based on Southern California’s Norwegian Colony  As a young woman I saw a photograph of my grandfather, Oscar Olsen, watching county workers exhume the coffins of his six young sisters and brother from an old family cemetery at the corner of Moorpark andContinue reading “New Release ~ Norske Fields by Anne Schroeder”

NEW RELEASE: Lillian’s Legacy by WWW Member Carmen Peone

Lillian Gardner, a healer in the making using natural medicines, is certain she is the black sheep of the family. In an attempt to prove she is of value, she sets off into the wilds of Eastern Washington and Indian Territory with Doctor Mali Maddox, an elderly Welsh female physician whose husband has recently passedContinue reading “NEW RELEASE: Lillian’s Legacy by WWW Member Carmen Peone”

New Release: ANSWER CREEK by WWW member Ashley Sweeney

Nineteen-year-old Ada Weeks confronts danger and calamity along the hazard-filled journey to California. After a fateful decision that delays the overlanders more than a month, she—along with eighty-one other members of the Donner Party—finds herself stranded at Truckee Lake on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, stuck there for the entirety of aContinue reading “New Release: ANSWER CREEK by WWW member Ashley Sweeney”

New Release: SLOW ARROW: UNEARTHING THE FRAIL CHILDREN by Kathryn Winograd

In a new collection of essays titled Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children, WWW member Kathryn Winograd braids together the pressing environmental issues of today with the sacred and profane intersections of the human and the natural world. She explores in the microcosm of a forty-acre high mountain meadow and its surrounding lands vast worldsContinue reading “New Release: SLOW ARROW: UNEARTHING THE FRAIL CHILDREN by Kathryn Winograd”