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Mountain of Authors

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2018 Showcase Authors A-L

Damon Alan was born in Columbus, Indiana in 1966. Damon feels that it's no coincidence that the original Star Trek was released the same year, and he's been a rabid science fiction fan since. Damon writes space opera, fantasy, and somehow one thriller that he feels is like getting a peanut M&M in your plain M&M bag. Sometimes you get lucky and variety comes to you. Damon is a full time author and lives in Colorado Springs with his beautiful wife, three amazing daughters, two conniving dogs, and a cat who thinks it's a god. 

Ashley Hodges Bazer is the author of the epic sci-fi series, The Crown's Call, which explores the onset and aftermath of a religious holocaust in a space opera setting. She also dabbles in young adult fantasy, bringing chess pieces to life in Checkmate and mixing up fairy tales with fun twists in Once Upon a Heist. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. After earning her bachelor’s degree in theatrical stage management from Arizona State University, she went on to work for Disneyland in that capacity. Currently a content producer for an international daily radio program, she’s become a pro at balancing work, writing, and mom duties. And she's a real duchess!

Janice E. Black is a mother, social worker, mental health professional, and teacher whose insights into psychology, relationships and institutions inform the multitude of stories she has to tell. She has three novels out (and more coming). She publishes articles about children and families, and was Runner Up in the Colorado Independent Publishers Competition category of non-fiction. And, she writes flash fiction and poetry.

Jodi Bowersox writes romance novels that span genres from faith fiction to suspense to time-travel with small town to big city settings. In addition, she has children's picture books to her credit and a non-fiction Bible commentary. Jodi is also a watercolor artist, living with her husband in Colorado Springs

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Fleur (F.T.) Bradley is the author of the Double Vision trilogy (HarperCollins Children’s), a funny middle-grade spy adventure series School Library Journal calls, "a must-read for mystery fans, including reluctant readers." She is the author of numerous short stories, and is working on a new middle-grade mystery novel. Originally from the Netherlands, she now calls Colorado Springs home, with her husband, two daughters, and entirely too many cats. 

Margaret Brettschneider, writing as M.J. Brett, taught twenty-one years in Europe, with seven of them on the infamous Cold War Border during the "hot" times. From viewpoints of single, young married, widow, world traveler, and Army wife, much of life and research find their way into eight historical fiction novels, based in fact. History, comedy, and the difficult pieces of life all merge in books about ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges. Read more about M.J. Brett’s work at http://www.mjbrett.com/.

Atwood Cutting is a pen name used by memoir author Kate Peters. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Hawaii with a major in performing arts in 1972, Peters journeyed to Alaska, where she studied art. In 1975 she joined a work crew during construction of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline, eloped with a fellow worker and began the Emerson-inspired adventure that developed into an epic Alaskan odyssey.

Leaving Alaska in 1988, the retired pioneer ruminated for more than two decades, before deciding to develop an alter-ego entity to pen her memoir. As Atwood Cutting, the author has now produced volumes one and two of the trilogy.

Part 1: Where the Moose Slept, was published in 2017. Since 2016, artist-photographer Atwood Cutting has also begun producing a line of pictorial mini-coffee table books “for moments of waiting,” and Kate Peters speaks publicly, sharing stories about the modern pioneering adventures she and Tim hazarded while homesteading six miles outside of Sleeping Moose, Alaska.

Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado Springs, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life.  Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units.  She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions.  She volunteers for a local cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.

Ann Doolan-Fox is an Irish lady, thrilled to call Colorado Springs ‘Home’ for the past twenty-three years. As a young girl growing up in Dublin, her main Dream was to eventually reach America’s shores. She finally made that happen in 1993 after encountering her Soul Mate Jimmie Fox, while living in The Hague, Holland. In spite of constant obstacles, while being immersed in several European cultures, she experienced other life dreams of living in London, Paris, Milan, Rome, Madrid etc. “Celtic Road Home” (March 7th, 2017) is Ann’s first published work and a Labor of Love. Consistently uplifting, it reminds the reader to never abandon their own Life Goals. Ann is a quintessential Irish storyteller, composing tales in a lyrical Celtic manner, all the while drawing you in to her travels with each and every word. Within the past year, her book has been accepted into Irish National Libraries which feels like coming full circle. For more information: Celticroadhome.com.

F. P. (Frank) Dorchak writes supernatural, metaphysical, and paranormal fiction. Frank is published in the U.S., Canada, and the Czech Republic with short stories and his five novels, Sleepwalkers, The Uninvited, ERO, Psychic, and Voice. His first anthology, Do The Dead Dream? won the 2017 Best Books Award for Fiction: Short Stories. Frank is currently working on his next novel. Please visit his web page, at www.fpdorchak.com!

Peg Gould, MBA, is a career writer/editor from upstate New York who migrated west to Colorado, then Alaska, where she renewed her love of nature and photography on the stunning Kenai Peninsula. She and her husband Todd raised a family with a diversity of pets in Manitou Springs, CO, where they live when not visiting their log home near Homer, AK. The author's staff and freelance work has appeared for decades in newspapers and magazines in New York, Colorado and Alaska. Among other outlets, she also has freelanced for Compassion International, Convergent Performance and Vocational Biographies. Additional training and experience in spiritual care is reflected in her latest book, "Hound Dog Blues," by Balboa Press, a bereavement tale about their beloved dog Duke. The book reflects on the loss and impermanence that accompanies deep love.

Stewart Green, a Colorado Springs native, is an adventure travel author and photographer. A contract writer and photographer for Falcon Guides/Globe Pequot Press since 1986, Stewart has written almost 30 books, including Rock Climbing Colorado, Best Hikes near Colorado Springs, Rock Climbing Europe, and Best Climbs Moab. He is currently writing a field handbook to rock art and an historical novel about Colorado. Visit Stewart’s climbing blog at About.com or follow him on Twitter @StewartMGreen.

J.D.R. Hawkins is an award-winning author who has written for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, e-zines, and blogs. She is one of only a few female Civil War authors, and uniquely describes the front lines from a Confederate perspective. Her Renegade Series includes A Beautiful Glittering Lie, winner of the John Esten Cooke Fiction Award and the B.R.A.G. Medallion, A Beckoning Hellfire, which is also an award winner, and A Rebel Among Us, recipient of the 2017 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award. These books tell the story of a family from north Alabama who experience immeasurable pain when their lives are dramatically changed by the war. Her nonfiction book, Horses in Gray: Famous Confederate Warhorses, has recently been published. She is currently working on another sequel for the Renegade Series. Ms. Hawkins is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the International Women’s Writing Guild, Pikes Peak Writers, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She is also an artist and singer/songwriter. Learn more about her at http://jdrhawkins.com.

Kevin Ikenberry still wants to be an astronaut.  As an adult, he’s managed the U.S. Space Camp program and operated two Challenger Learning Centers, and is a retired Army space operations officer.  His science fiction Sleeper Protocol, which Publisher’s Weekly called “an emotionally powerful debut,” was released in January 2016 and is the first of a series.  Kevin writes mainly science fiction with a strong military bent, but he also writes horror and romance.  He makes his home in Colorado with his family. Visit Kevin online at kevinikenberry.com.

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in several anthologies and magazines, including Space and Time Magazine and The Literary Hatchet, and her short story collection Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations is now available. When she's not writing, she's hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there's always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Find her at www.thewarriormuse.com.

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2018 Showcase Authors M-Z

Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”

She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances.

Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at www.jenniemarts.com and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases. 

John Dwaine McKenna is an award-winning author, reviewer, commentator, publisher and lecturer living in southern Colorado.  His weekly column:  The Mysterious Book Report, appears in the Tri-Valley Townsman, a tabloid-sized regional newspaper published 49 times per year in Sullivan County, New York;  online at: Mysteriousbookreport.com, and Johndwainemckenna.com, as well as on Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, and Twitter.  He has three prize-winning crime-fiction works to his credit: The Neversink Chronicles, The Whim-Wham Man, and Colorado Noir.  Currently, he’s working on his latest, a historical fiction crime novel entitled Unforsaken set in the year 1901 which features a woman named Ella Stringfellow, who’s searching for her missing brother and a determined, but conflicted Texas Ranger. He’s  20 years older than her, widowed, and fatally attracted.  He is also working, at the same time, on a crime-fiction thriller featuring serial character Jake McKern, a hard-boiled CSPD detective born and raised working in Colorado Springs. 

Courtney Miller is the multi-award winning author of the seven-book series “The Cherokee Chronicles” which has received widespread acclaim in the Native American Community for authenticity and has received five awards so far.  The first two books have been published with the third due out in 2018.

Courtney has written over 200 articles for the online magazine, Native American Antiquity. He is considered an expert on ancient Native American cultures.

His newest book series, “The White Feather Mysteries” is carrying on his award-winning tradition; the manuscript for book two, “It’s About Time”, was the winner of the 2016 Extravaganza Draft to Dream Book Competition.

Courtney shifted careers from business management to writing in 2012 and now resides in the Wet Mountain Valley in Southern Colorado with his wife, Lin.

Kim Myers was born and raised in Buena Vista, Colorado, where she had her pet raccoon that her book is about. She has two children and six grandchildren. She has worked at Penrose hospital for 36 years. 

Barbara Nickless is the author of the award-winning, bestselling crime series featuring Special Agent Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde. Prior to the writing gig, Barbara worked as a raptor rehabilitator, astronomy teacher, and sword fighter. She loves to hike, cave, and drink scotch in the Colorado Rockies.

Her second book in the Sydney Rose Parnell series, Dead Stop, has been nominated for a 2018 Colorado Book Award in the mystery category.

Kelsey Norman is the author of the Mystic Hope Duology (an Inspirational Paranormal Romance), consisting of the titles Unbroken Spirit and Love’s Sacrifice. Kelsey is originally from Kansas, but moved to Colorado Springs almost 2 years ago with her family. As a part-time teacher and full-time Mom, it can be hard to find time to write, but she enjoys writing anything from romance to fantasy. When Kelsey isn’t writing, she likes to hike, read, and dance. Find more information on her website: www.kelseynorman.com or follow her on Facebook: @authorkelseynorman

Nancy Oswald is a retired teacher, living in Cotopaxi, Colorado where she writes and helps with the family ranch raising grassfed beef.  She writes mostly Colorado-set historical fiction for young readers but has also published a biography and a baseball/humor/sibling rivalry story. Oswald has won multiple awards, the most recent are for Trouble Returns, the third book in the Cripple Creek-set Ruby and Maude Adventures.  These awards include the Spur Award, Colorado Author’s League Book Award, and the Will Roger’s Medallion.  For more about Nancy, visit her at www.nancyoswald.com or on FB: facebook.com/NancyOswaldAuthor/

Susan Joy Paul is a full-time, freelance, non-fiction author, ghostwriter, journalist and columnist. Her books Touring Colorado Hot Springs (2nd and 3rd editions), Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado, and Climbing Colorado’s Mountains guide outdoor enthusiasts to hundreds of spectacular destinations. When she’s not exploring the backcountry or writing books about it, Susan ghostwrites commercial non-fiction and memoir manuscripts and pens current event and personal interest columns and articles.

Boulder children’s author Elaine Pease is the author of three picture books, Tallie's Christmans Lights Surprise, Even Sharks Need Friends, I’ll Never Leave, and award-winning narrative non-fiction chapter book Safe at LastTrue Stories of Horse Rescues and history mystery MG novel, Ghost Over Boulder Creek.

Visit her website peasepodbooks.com.

I never dreamed I would ever be a writer, but then my father's letters came into my life. I spent many years doing research and meeting family members for the first time. Finally the book was written. It is my father's story and had he lived he would have written it himself. I was only six years old when he died so his letters also gave me the opportunity to know this amazing man who was my father.

I currently live in Colorado Springs, CO with my husband Bob and three kitties and am working on the art of marketing. I'm also working with a screenwriter on selling the book as a movie. I'm looking forward to the opportunities of the Mountain of Authors experience to see where it leads.

Dian Curtis Regan is the author of 60 books for young readers, ranging from picture books to young adult novels.  Titles include Princess Nevermore, Rocky Cave Kids, The Snow Blew Inn, and The Snow Monster, a picture book published by Boyds Mills Press (the third title in the Space Boy trilogy).

Diane Sawatzki earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Colorado. She’s been a park naturalist, nuclear medicine technologist, secondary science and math teacher, and freelance writer. While researching and writing video scripts for historical documentaries, she developed a keen interest in local history, and a tale of frontier Colorado began to emerge. The result was her first novel, Once Upon Another Time, a time-travel adventure set in the Pikes Peak region in 1863. A librarian with the Pikes Peak Library District, Diane lives with her husband near Palmer Lake, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains north of Colorado Springs. Manyhorses Traveling is Diane’s second novel, and is the sequel to Once Upon Another Time.

Visit our website at: www.palmerdivideproductions.com

Cindy Skaggs grew up on stories of mob bosses, horse thieves, cold-blooded killers, and the last honest man. Those mostly true stories gave her a lifelong love of storytelling and heroes. Her search for story took her around the world with the Air Force before returning to Colorado.

Now she’s turning her lifelong love of storytelling into a career she loves. She has an MA in Creative Writing, three jobs, two kids, and more pets than she can possibly handle. She also plays the flute, makes crazy-good sculptures out of tortilla dough, and can wrangle the neurotic dog without getting mauled. Find her as Cindy Skaggs, Writer on Facebook, @CLSkaggs on Twitter, or www.CSkaggs.com to sign up for her newsletter.

Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood, when she was accused of having a very active imagination and cited with talking entirely too much. Today, she has honed those childhood skills to become an author and speaker who works in the health & wellness and personal development industry, helping others become their best from the inside out. She is also an educational consultant with Usborne Books.

 

She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, along with their two children in Colorado. She has sold twenty (21) books so far and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, and LinkedIn.

Rod is a retired former Junior High School social studies teacher and retail manager. He is the author of six novels: When Pasts Collide, Reunion with a Killer (with Richard Edgerton), The Nurse and the Deputy, Return to Paradise, Picture Perfect Cruise, and New Beginnings. He now divides his time between more traditional mysteries and mystery/romance stories. Rod lives with his wife of fifty plus years, Joyce, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has three grown children and eight grandchildren.

Mike Torreano has a military background and is a student of history and the American West.

His debut western mystery, set in South Park, Colorado, in 1868, The Reckoning, was released September 2016 by The Wild Rose Press and his sequel, The Renewal, has just been released March 2018. His as-yet-unpublished coming-of-age novel, Fireflies At Dusk, set during the Civil War. His short story, The Trade, set during the Yukon Gold Rush, was published in an anthology in 2014.

Mike’s written for magazines and newspapers. An experienced editor, he’s taught University English and Journalism. He’s a member of the Historical Novel Society, Pikes Peak Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Western Writers of America and several other western writing groups. He brings his readers back in time with him as he recreates life in late 19th century America. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Anne.

Dr. Linda K. Watts is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado where she teaches courses in cultural and linguistic anthropology. She has published two academic books, several peer-reviewed academic journal articles and invited book reviews, and several freelance magazine memoir pieces.

As a young, vicious reader, Shelly Goodman Wright spent most of her time, either in the restricted reading section of the library, or scribbling away in journals.  Shelly’s first novel A Light into the Darkness earned a Puddly Award in 2013 and in 2015 was nominated for Family Fiction's top ten books.  In 2016, she completed and published her third novel in the Twisted Roots series and started teaching creative writing classes at High Country Home Educators.  Current project she is working on is an apocalyptic romance which can only be described as a cross between Left Behind and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. 

     Shelly lives in Colorado with her husband Tim, three daughters, two dogs, and three guinea pigs. 

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