In Trouble Returns, middle-grade author Nancy Oswald brings eleven-year-old Ruby, donkey Maude and the cat aptly named Trouble together once more in real-life Cripple Creek, Colorado. Set in the late 1890’s after historical fires devastated the buildings of the gold-mining town, Oswald’s protagonist Ruby is thrown into the fray of a town tripping over itself to discover the meaning of so many fires (is it arson? is it something more sinister?) and the person(s?) behind it.
Trouble Returns picks up during the reconstruction of Cripple Creek, but also places Ruby in Colorado Springs where she must take the stand in the trial for her nemesis, Jake Hawker. Beyond that troubling scenario, Ruby’s also in trouble with a number of people: her Pa, her future step-mother, her cat and her school. Will Ruby ever get out of trouble?
Published by Filter Press in April 2017, Trouble Returns is the third installment of the Ruby & Maude Adventure series. It should be noted that all three books can be read out of order and independently. Trouble Returns is also the winner of a 2017 Spur Award and a 2017 finalist for a Colorado Author’s League Award.
Nancy Oswald is a retired teacher who now lives on a working family ranch. Her days include herding goats, cows, and chickens and spending time with cats and dogs too. Oh, and there’s a donkey who thinks it’s a person as well. Nancy writes middle grade historical fiction and middle grade humor, and has published a biography for young readers. Discover more at http://www.nancyoswald.com/
Clara, fourteen and Geneva, sixteen are close friends until Geneva secretly marries Clara’s widowed father. Feeling betrayed by her pa and a girl she idolizes, Clara wants nothing to do with her new young stepmother. Geneva retaliates, beginning a clash of wills that lasts from 1884 to the flu epidemic of 1918.
For spite, Clara marries a handsome cowboy Geneva fancies, but ends up living in a freezing cold cabin and a house infested with bugs. She takes in ironing and feeds miners to make ends meet, discovering love and purpose in the process.
It takes tragedy to bring the family together again, but can Clara and Geneva see this as an opportunity to put aside the past? Can they salvage a relationship that was once the center of their world?
Ginger Dehlinger’s novel was released on April 21 2017 by The Wild Rose Press and is inspired by Dehlinger’s great-grandmother’s memoir.
Ginger Dehlinger writes acclaimed and award-winning poetry, essays, and short stories set in the American West. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and their cat named Kiki. Ginger is a very active member in many writing organizations, and has lived across America throughout the years. In her spare time, Ginger hikes and reads and still travels extensively. For more, visit http://gdehlinger.blogspot.com/
Nancy Oswald’s latest, TROUBLE RETURNS, was a 2017 WWA Spur Award Winner.
FINDING DOROTHY SCOTT, LETTERS OF A WASP PILOT, by Sarah Byrn Rickman, was awarded the Sarton Women’s Book Award.
Barbara Marriot’s “PAINT ‘N SPURS: THE MEN WHO FOUNDED THE COWBOY ARTISTS OF AMERICAS” a biography of the founding members of the Cowboy Artists of America was announced a finalist in the International Book Awards.
Published by Fireship Press
BAD BOY, BIG HEART by Andrea Downing
When New Yorker K.C. Daniels heads to Wyoming for a summer job, she wants nothing more than to fit in with the staff of the Lazy S Ranch. Yearning to be independent of her mom and dad, and have a taste of the west before she starts her Master’s degree, getting involved with a cowboy is the last thing on her mind—especially when she’s greeted with warnings about ‘Bad Boy’ Chay Ridgway.
High school dropout Chay Ridgway sees summer as his time to be a rodeo star and win a girl in his life, while facing the responsibilities he has for his father. Although working to bring in cash to help his dad, he’s never had a problem finding a woman who’s happy to be that summer love—until K.C. Daniels appears on the scene.
As two different worlds collide in a season that will end all too soon, is this going to be another summer romance or a love that will last for years?
Andrea also has a story, CITY BOY, COUNTRY HEART in the collection COME LOVE A COWBOY
Don’t miss this great collection from USA Today, Amazon Bestselling, and Award-Winning authors!!
THE GIRL WHO WOULDN’T DIE
by Randall Platt
publisher – Skypony
They call her the Arab of Warsaw.
Some say she’s Jewish. A few know she’s a girl.
Most agree she’s high on the Nazis’ hit list.
One person believes she could become a hero.
Poland, 1939. Arab knows that looking out for anyone but herself is as good as painting a target on her own back. So she plans to survive the Nazi occupation the way she always has: disguise herself as a boy, lead her street gang, and refuse to get involved.
But though Arab starts the war with just one goal–staying alive–others have different ideas for her. And when a stranger who claims to work with the resistance tries to recruit Arab for a rescue mission, she has to make a choice. Acting like a hero is a surefire way to get killed. But is she doesn’t do it, who will?
Available at your local independent bookstore, or at Amazon
The trade paperback of Randall’s previous book, INCOMMUNICADO, is also now available. Learn more at http://www.plattbooks.com.
Ordinary Skin: Essays from Willow Springs
by Amy Hale Auker, previous WILLA winner
published by Texas Tech University Press
Amy Hale Auker’s first book of essays, Rightful Place, was the story of a woman finding beauty in her place, the Llano Estacado. Her new collection of creative non-fiction, Ordinary Skin, explores her mid-life transition with prose poems and essays that illustrate a new terrain as well as new ways of being in the world. Touching on faith and body image and belonging, these essays explore our role in deciding what is favorable or unfavorable, as well as where we someday want to dwell, and who came before us. In that touching, they feel their way with observations about current affairs, drought, mystery, and the hard decisions that face us all as we continue to move toward more questions with fewer answers. This exploration is informed and softened by hummingbirds, Gila monsters, bats, foxes, bears, wildflowers, and hidden seep springs where life goes on whether we are there to see it or not. It is about work in a wild and wilderness environment. In the end, even as life changes drastically around us, we are better off for knowing that the ugly mud bug turns into a jewel-toned dragonfly.
Susan Matley’s story, THE AUDITOR is included in a new anthology, Incarceration (WolfSinger Publications). “The Auditor” is a horror story set in near-future China, inspired by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. It’s more eastern than western. The publisher, however, is in Colorado! The details:
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