Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 Colorado Book Award Finalists

Ernest L. Blumenschein: The Life of an American Artist by Robert W. Larson & Carole B. Larson (University of Oklahoma Press)
Joe Mills of Estes Park: A Colorado Life by James H. Pickering (Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. Press)
Miera y Pacheco: A Renaissance Spaniard in Eighteenth-Century New Mexico by John L. Kessell (University of Oklahoma Press)

Children’s Literature
Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo by Nancy Bo Flood & Jan Sonnemair (Wordsong)
The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog by Marty Crump, Steve Jenkins, & Edel Rodriguez (Boyds Mill Press)
The Tumbleweed Came Back by Carmela LaVigna-Coyle & Kevin Rechin (Rio Chico)

Creative Nonfiction
Animal, Mineral, Radical: Essays on Wildlife, Family, and Food by BK Loren (Counterpoint Press)
Deeper into the Heart of the Rockies: Selected Columns from The Denver Post 1999–2012 by Ed Quillen (Sidewalk Press)
thickerthanpaint: A LIFEWORK by Sandra Wittow (Rose Markus Press)
This is not a dachshund by Craig Marshall Smith (Craig Marshall Smith)

General Nonfiction
Drink It In: Wine Guide of Western Colorado by Dave Buchanan (Grand Junction Media, Inc.)
My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and Their Animals by Leslie Irvine (Lynne Rienner Publishers)
Tasting Colorado: Favorite Recipes from the Centennial State by Michele Morris (Farcountry Press)

Genre Fiction
Changes by Pamela Nowak (Five Star)
Doctor Lovebeads by Gary Reilly (Running Meter Press)
The Mountain Between Us by Cindy Myers (Kensington Books)

Historical Fiction
The Drowning Guard: A Novel of the Ottoman Empire by Linda Lafferty (Lake Union Publishing)
Prairie Grace by Marilyn Bay Wentz (Koehler Books)
The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Novel by Pamela Mingle (HarperCollins)

Deep Roots: AspenPointe and Colorado Springs—Together Since 1875 by Eileen Welsome (Aspenpointe)
Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream by Erika D. Walker, Wendy Rex-Atzet, Sally L. White, Thomas J. Noel, & John Fielder (John Fielder Publishing)
The History of City Market: The Brothers Four and the Colorado Back Slope Empire by Anthony F. Prinster & Kate Ruland-Thorne (The History Press)

Juvenile Literature
Grave Images by Jenny Goebel (Scholastic)
The Miner’s Cap by Ann N. Black (CreateSpace)
A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland (EgmontUSA)

Literary Fiction
An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky by Dan Beachy-Quick (Coffee House Press)
Little Raw Souls by Steven Schwartz (Autumn House Press)
Monument Road by Charlie Quimby (Torrey House Press)

Funeral in a Feminine Dress: Depravity Reborn as Virtue by M.J. Burke Sr. (M.J. Burke Sr.)
I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail by Gail D. Storey (Mountaineers Books)
Kismet: From the Joy of Romance to the Agony of Alzheimer’s by Elizabeth Gibbons Van Ingen (Daniel & Daniel Publishers/Fithian Press)

Desperado: A Mile High Noir by Manuel Ramos (Arte Publico Press)
Fallen Women by Sandra Dallas (St. Martin’s Press)
Missing by C.T. Jorgensen (Five Star Publishing)

Firmament: A Meditation on Place in Three Parts by Andrew Beckham (George F. Thompson Publishing)
The Peaks of Telluride: Labeled Images and Stories Behind the Names of the Mountains Surrounding Telluride, Colorado by Jeff Burch (Jeff Burch)

Little Oblivion by Susan Allspaw (Elixir Press)
Natural Takeover of Small Things by Tim Z. Hernandez (The University of Arizona Press)
Seven by Sheryl Luna (3: A Taos Press)

Finding Cassiopeia by Frank H. Coons (Lithic Press)
Hyacinth by Kyle Harvey (Lithic Press)
Ndewo, Colorado by Uche Ogbuji (Aldrich Press)

Cries in the Night: A Denver After Dark Suspense by Kathy Clark (CreateSpace)
Double Dare by Michael Madigan (Adventure Publications)
The Sacrifice by Peg Brantley (Bark Publishing, LLC)

Young Adult Literature
Ascendant by Rebecca Taylor (Crescent Moon Press)
Backwards by Todd Mitchell (Candlewick Press)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Colorado Authors' League 2014 Award Finalists

Three Top Award Finalists Named in CAL 2014 Award Categories

1.   Book Adult Fiction Mainstream  

Blood Feather by Don Bendell
Ursula’s Yahrtzeit Candle by Steven R. Berger
Not to be Forgiven by Nancy Mayborn Peterson

2.  Book Adult Fiction Genre

The Sacrifice by Peg Brantley
Double Dare by Michael Madigan
Rope Burn by Bruce W. Most

3.  Book Young Adult

Worthy of Trust and Confidence by Donald Brewer
North Mystic by M.J. Evans
Backwards by Todd Mitchell

4.  Book Children

Steppingstones to the Sun by Nawashani, illustrated by Pat Wiles.
The First Rainbow by Phyllis J. Perry, illustrated by Jeff West.
Bandit, The Chihuahua by Pat Postek, illustrated by Brad Davies.

5.  Short fiction: Adult/Children

The Widow of Loreto” by Page Lambert
The Well” by Claudia Cangilla McAdam.
“Footprints in Water” by Twist Phelan.

6.  Book Adult General Non-fiction

Author YOU by Dr. Judith Briles
Natural Childbirth Exercises by Rhondda Evans Hartman
Tasting Colorado by Michele Morris

7.  Book Adult Creative Non-fiction

The Boys from the Bushes by Lou Dean
I Promise Not to Suffer by Gail D. Storey
Sea Monsters by Joseph Nigg

8.  Feature articles/Essay      

The Hotel Jerome” by Kimberly Field.
“A Final Farewell” by Kara L. Stewart.
Alive and Aloft in the Aeolian Zone” by Gary Raham

9.  Poetry 

      We Leave the Safety of the Sea by Art Elser
      Schrodinger’s Cat by Dan Guenther 
      Marked Men by Joseph Hutchison

10.  Blogs

      Choose Happiness. Love all Life by Susan J. Tweit
      Culinary Colorado by Claire Walter.
      Traveling Trees and More by Sandy Whelchel

Join us to celebrate these winners and our first ever Lifetime Achievement Award
Recipient Poet Lois Beebe Hayna. Also, the Tattered Cover’s Joyce Meskis is
also being honored with the CAL Author Advocate Award. 

I want thank Jerrie Hurd ,VP  Membership  and Kim Field, Publicity Chair for
help in coordinating contest information. Also, heartfelt thanks to the South
West Writers for their energy and care in judging the 2014 contest.

Barb Lundy

Friday, March 7, 2014

DNF Discussion

Today my post at Crime Fiction Collective is about those books we Do Not Finish. I'd like to know why you put a book down or if you're like my husband and insist that once you make a commitment by reading the first page, you read through to the last. Stop by and join the conversation.

It's all better with friends.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Writers and Their Pens

I recently posed a question on a writers loop. I wanted to know their recommendations for an easily available pen for book signings.

Imagine my surprise when that simple question became one of the hot topics. I forgot... they're writers!

Here are some of their responses:

  • Sharpie pens... they are acid free, do not bleed through the paper, and this particular set has colors that are dark, so they show up well on light paper.... Also, they dry instantly, or get absorbed, so they don't smudge or smear if your hand drags across them by accident. Nor do they  mark the opposite page if you sign and then close the book, which happens with other pens...

Are you getting a sense of the passion?

  • Fine point black Sharpie. Doesn't smear or fade. That's the type of pen many celebrities use for autographs.
  • Blue sharpie, that makes it stand out from the black type.
  • I once saw Hallie Ephron use a silver Sharpie to sign a black page in the front of one of her books. After that I hoped my book on police procedure would also have a black page so I could steal Hallie's cool trick. Well, it did, and I did (steal the idea). So thanks, Hallie.
  • Thank you for shopping with us. We'd like to let you know that Amazon has received your order, and is preparing it for shipment. (Um... this shows you when I placed my order.)
  • I've been known to use "blood" red!
  • I love fountain pens, but they can be pricy (it's a vanity thing). For cheap and readily available, go with your basic gel pen or rollerball, available at the pharmacies and office outlets... avoid a standard ballpoint (ESPECIALLY a fine point!) because it can leave a groove on the page(s) under the one you sign.
  • Your choice of pen says a lot about you. Personally, I prefer a fine point that isn't going to bleed through the pulp paper of my mass market paperbacks.
  • Roller ball definitely, black ink, medium point (which is actually relatively thick). I collect pens and have a couple that are so pretty pretty to use and feel like a reward.
  • Caribbean blue Sharpie - works great for me.
  • I buy Sharpie Extra Fine Point permanent markers by the box.
  • I'm afraid to think what it might mean when I admit I've never given the pen I use any thought! I usually have two or three pens in my purse and just use whichever one I find first. Quite often these are free pens, picked up in hotel rooms, conventions, banks, etc. As an editor I was known for "stealing" pens and pencils. I would pick one up from wherever, use it and carry it off. Eventually I would have so many that I would have to redistribute them. In my house today are three different pen and pencil stashes so I always have one nearby.
  • There are at least two of us who sign with whatever is handy. In my case it's usually someone else's pen since I'm the opposite of you. Instead of finding pens, I'm always leaving a trail of them behind. I purchased three beautiful pens for my launch part and they all disappeared leaving nary a clue behind. Probably some sticky-fingered author!
  • I collect pens and have some lovely ones—a big chunky bright pink rollerball, a couple of pewter cat themed ballpoints, and my fav—a sterling dragon-motiff rollerball pen.
  • I'm very simple—I buy Foray Gel Medium Points in blue by the box. They're perfect for signings—they write cleanly, don't bleed and if one walks off, aren't expensive. I keep a couple in my purse at all times. For my personal use, I prefer and old-fashioned fountain pen. I've had a beautiful Waterman for several decades now, and don't use anything but blue ink. Writing with a good fountain pen is simple superb—like riding in a Rolls Royce.
  • Twenty years ago or so Montblanc came out with an Agatha Christie fountain pen. I collect pens, but the $250 price was out of my range at the time. Sigh, I often drool over the lost opportunity—especially when I see them selling for close to $5k on e-bay. Still out of my price range, but I can dream.

Do you have a thing for pens? I still get sick when I think of the awesome Parker pen I lost not too long ago...

It's all better with friends.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Rereading Favorite Books

Today at Crime Fiction Collective I'm talking about rereading books. Do you reread? Stop by and let me know why or why not.

It's all better with friends.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

OT: Favorite Holiday Recipes: SPICED PECANS

My sister, Lala Corriere, shared this recipe with me in 2004. It remains one of our favorites.


2 cups water
2 cups plus one teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 plus 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
3 cups vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine water, 2 cups sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne in medium size heavy saucepan. (I use the same dutch oven I use to make peanut brittle.) Heat over medium high heat. Cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the mixture becomes slightly thick. About 10 minutes.

Add the pecans and cook for about 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Drain the pecans in a colander.

Heat the oil to 360 degrees in a deep frying pan. Carefully add the pecans and fry until they are a deep mahogany color, about 4-5 minutes, stirring often. Remove quickly with a slotted spoon an drain on parchment paper. laid out so they won't stick to each other. (This means you're gonna need a LOT of parchment paper.)

Combine the salt and remaining cayenne and sugar, along with the cinnamon. Sprinkle on top. Let cool.

Can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.

It's all better with friends.

Thursday, December 12, 2013


One of the cool things with this recipe is that you aren't taking up stovetop or oven space to make it.

Never Dry Crockpot Dressing

1 cup butter or margarine, melted (You can get away with using a little less, but heck, it's the holidays!)
2 cups chopped onion (I usually add a tad more, but then we love onion in our food.)
2 cups chopped celery
1/4 cup parsley (fresh or dried)
2 cups canned mushrooms, drained (I use fresh sliced.)
2 eggs, beaten
3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups chicken broth, or enough to moisten well
13 cups dry bread, cubed (I can never find unseasoned, so it takes about two of the Italian loaves from the bakery.)
1 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
2 tsp salt
2 tsp sage
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp marjoram

Melt butter or margarine in LARGE fry pan and saute onion and celery until soft. Mix with remaining ingredients and toss well. Pack in large crockpot. Cover. Cook on high for 45 minutes, then turn to low and continue cooking for 6-8 hours. 

Oh . . . the aroma!!!!!!

It's all better with friends.