Announcements

North Coast Squid

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I’m happy to announce that my essay “Ebb and Flow” has been published in Volume 6 of  North Coast Squid: A Journal of Local Writing, published by the Hoffman Center for the Arts, Manzanita, Oregon.

You can find a copy of the literary magazine here:

Manzanita: Cloud & Leaf Bookstore, Manzanita News & Espresso
Nehalem: Beehive
Wheeler: The Roost
Tillamook: Tillamook Country Pioneer Museum
Cannon Beach: Cannon Beach Books
Seaside: Beach Books
Astoria: Lucy’s Books
Pacific City: The Rowboat Gallery

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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT

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I’m happy to announce that Waiting will be part of an ebook boxed set with two other great books, Goddess of Suburbia, by Stephanie Kepke and The Paris Effect, by K.S.R Burns. Thank you to our wonderful publisher Booktrope for this opportunity, and to Michelle Fairbanks for the fantastic cover.

Here’s the scoop on this exciting new project:

The Perfectly Imperfect boxed book set consists of three novels about strong women in transition.

Suburbia meets scandal in Stephanie Kepke’s Goddess of Suburbia, a hopeful and honest portrayal of that moment in every woman’s life when it’s time to make a change, even if that means risking losing it all. When pillar of the community and PTA mom, Max, finds herself embroiled in an Internet scandal, she must learn to stop living her life on auto-pilot or forever remain a suburban lemming running toward the cliff of old age. This story is a must-read for women looking to reconnect with their passions and live authentically.

In Bonnie Dodge’s Waiting, three generations of Foster women, senior citizen Maxine, attention-seeker Grace, and aspiring artist Abbie, think they are nothing alike. But they all share a secret. They wait. For love, for attention, for life, for death. In their journeys between despair and happiness, they learn there are worse things than being alone. Like waiting for the wrong person’s love. With sensitivity and humor, Waiting carries readers into the hearts of three women who learn that happiness comes from within.

In K. S. R. Burns’s highly praised debut novel, The Paris Effect, a food-obsessed young woman sneaks away to Paris without telling anyone. Not even her husband. Once there, she’s robbed, stalked, arrested, and kidnapped (almost). Worse, she finds that her numerous issues have come right along with her. Grab a croissant and settle in for a decidedly non-touristy trip to the City of Light.

An amazing deal for three terrific stories in one ebook. For updates on our release date, launch parties, and more, like the Perfectly Imperfect Facebook page. Be sure to check the page often.

Lost in Atlanta Places 3rd in Contest

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My short story, Lost in Atlanta, placed third in the 2016 Idaho Magazine Adult Fiction contest. The story is about two women who get lost looking for information about Peg-Leg Annie.

FEISTY AFTER 45 The Best Blogs From Midlife Women

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My blog, Facing Another Birthday with Humor, is in this best-selling anthology just released from Mill Park Publishing. You can get your copy here.

Coming soon: A Cup of Christmas Anthology

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Launch Date: 12/02/2014

Available: Amazon Kindle Only

Promotional Pricing: Free 12/02/2014 to 12/05/2014          Pricing: $1.99 (after 12/05/2014)

 

 

 

 

A Cup of Christmas is a lovely mixture of award winning authors. My story, “Home in Time for Christmas” is a story about Cassie and Jim Mink from my Fairfield, Idaho, collection. Cassie wants to return to Seattle to spend Christmas with her widowed mother while Jim wants his family to experience their first Christmas in Idaho. Other stories include Christmases remembered through the years and family traditions. Just how did Daddy shoot the Christmas tree? Romance, an urban fantasy, a mysterious ethereal boy, an elderly man with a new lease on life, a dog wedding, Santa in love, a Texas beauty pageant, Rich’s Department Store remembered, a Vietnam Christmas, and a fairy tale about wanting your heart’s desire . . . the list goes on.

All proceeds from the sale of A Cup of Christmas will be donated to the children’s literacy charity, First Book. First Book addresses one of the fundamentals affecting literacy with children – access to books. To date, they have distributed over 120 million new books to children in both the United States and Canada.   (www.firstbook.com)

Contributing authors to A Cup of Christmas include: Kimberly Brock, Jackie Bouchard, Karen E. Martin, R. Leonia Shea, Jane-Ann Heitmueller, Renea Winchester, Audrey Frank, Tori Bailey, Cynthia Graubart, Morgen Bailey, DJ Thomason, Beth Crews Rommel, Jackie Rod, Georgia Lee, Rosemary Dixon, Jamie Salisbury, Kerry Alan Denney, Lane Sebesta, Ramsay Brown, Doug Dahlgren, Penny White, Amie Ray Davis, Bonnie Dodge, Michael W. Paul, Deborah Myers Lewis, Tara Joyner Haussler, Rena Blain, Helen Ross, Howard Johnson, Karen Brown and Barbara Barth.

DON’T MISS OUT. MARK YOUR CALENDARS TO GRAB YOUR FREE COPY NOW!

Win a copy of WAITING on Goodreads

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To celebrate Waiting‘s new book award, Top Ten Fiction 2014 Idaho Author Awards, I am giving away three copies of Waiting on Goodreads. Don’t miss out, enter today!

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New kid’s book available now

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We had so much fun putting this book together. Take a tomboy with no friends with a dream to be a daredevil and you have little Billie Neville. Add a skycycle and the Snake River Canyon and there’s bound to be lots of action.

 

Hurry and get your copy now just in time to celebrate the 4oth anniversary of Evel Knievel’s failed jump of the Snake River Canyon.

New kid’s book, ‘Billie Neville Takes a Leap’ is here!

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Check out my new children’s book, “Billie Neville Takes a Leap.”

Ten-year-old Billie Neville wants to be a daredevil, just like her hero Evel Knievel. She also wants a best friend. Riding “the best bike in the whole world” Billie’s desperate to enter a bike jumping contest with three boys named The Meanies and show them her cool bike skills. When Evel comes to town to jump the Snake River Canyon, Billie learns she has to be a friend to make friends and that not all heroes have to soar over canyons.

Billie Neville Takes a Leap is almost here

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Remember back in March, I told you we were releasing a new book:

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WELL . . . CHECK THIS OUT!

To help celebrate the release of this new book, we are holding a contest!

Sixth-graders invited to enter ‘What is a hero Contest

Students entering the sixth grade are invited to write an essay entitled, “What is a Hero?”

There is no entry fee and the winner will receive $50. The contest is sponsored by River St. Press in conjunction with the release of its new children’s book, “Billie Neville Takes a Leap” by Bonnie Dodge and Patricia Santos Marcantonio. The book, which will be released in May, is about friendship and heroes.

Ten-year-old Billie wants to be a daredevil, just like her hero Evel Knievel. She also wants a best friend. Riding “the best bike in the whole world,” Billie’s desperate to enter a bike jumping contest with three boys named The Meanies and show them her cool skills. In the meantime, she also enters an essay contest in hopes of meeting Knievel. When the famous daredevil comes to Twin Falls to jump the Snake River Canyon, Billie learns she has to be a friend to make friends and that not all heroes have to soar over canyons.

The River St. Press contest is open to any student who will be in the sixth grade by September 2014. Essays must be typed or printed, and no longer than 400 words. They must include the entrant’s name and telephone number, and the name of the school the writer attends. The entry deadline is August 15, 2014. Entrants can email their essays to riverstpress@outlook.com or mail them to River St. Press, P.O. Box 5073, Twin Falls, ID 83303.

The winner will be announced at a book party in Twin Falls. The winning essay will be printed on the River St. Press website, riverstpress.com.

So kids, get busy. We’re hoping to see lots of entries.

 

 

 

 

 

Billie Neville Takes a Leap — new book coming soon

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Ten-year-old Billie wants to be a daredevil, just like her hero Evel Knievel. She also wants a best friend. Riding “the best bike in the whole world,” Billie’s desperate to enter a bike jumping contest with three boys named The Meanies and show them her cool bike skills. When Evel comes to town to jump the Snake River Canyon, Billie learns she has to be a friend to make friends and that not all heroes have to soar over canyons.

By Bonnie Dodge and Patricia Santos Marcantonio

Watch for this book, coming soon!

Bones of Pele wins 3rd place in annual Kay Snow Writing Contest

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Check it out! My novel The Bones of Pele placed 3rd in the Kay Snow Writing Contest at this year’s Willamette Writers Conference.


The winners of the 2013 Kay Snow Writing Contest are:

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1st place – “God is Pleased to Hear the Children Pray” by Ruby Murray
2nd place – “Coyote Calls Down the Gods” by Bruce Campbell
3rd Place – “The Bones of Pele” by Bonnie Dodge

 

Hauntings from the Snake River Plain — It’s here!

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At long last, Other Bunch Press is proud to announce its newest release,  HAUNTINGS FROM THE SNAKE RIVER PLAIN. 

Pat, Dixie and I have spent countless hours compiling this anthology, which features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essays by twenty-seven Idaho writers. In some ways the process has been a labor of love, in others, well, lets just say we understand why it takes a publisher so long to bring a book to the public. We love this anthology and hope you will too. Stories about the old Idaho State Penitentiary, Lincoln Elementary School in Twin Falls, and Stricker Ranch are only some of the tales you will encounter in this collection. For more information about the book and where to buy it, go to http://hauntingsfromtheplain.wordpress.com
Then lock the door, turn on all the lights, and enjoy these haunted tales.

Say Hello to Emily

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In May I flew to Portland to attend a writer’s conference and help my son celebrate his birthday. Little did I know I’d be coming home with my own “birthday” present, this cute little Morkie named Emily (after the poet Dickinson). We were looking at dogs for my son and fell in love with this little girl. Half Maltese and half Yorkie she has already brought many laughs and smiles to our family.

Coming soon. Hauntings from the Snake River Plain

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Busy, busy, busy. That’s what I’ve been the last few months, editing and laying out the latest book offered by The Other Bunch Press. Hauntings from the Snake River Plain is almost ready to go to print. As soon as we have a release date, we’ll let you know. A lost cave, a possessed canyon and a visit from mysterious strangers are only some of the stories you’ll find in this anthology by Idaho writers. Lock the door, turn on the lights, and get ready to enjoy these haunted tales.

Blending Fiction and Nonficiton

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I have been a Pam Houston fan ever since I read Cowboys are My Weakness. Her stories resonate so true, it’s hard to know what is real or invented. In her essay on craft–“Corn Maze”–Pam explains her writing process.

By the way, Pam’s new book Contents May Have Shifted, will be published by W.W. Norton on February 6, 2012.

We’re looking for your Idaho ghost stories

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Is your local library haunted? Does a ghost lurk in the shadows of your elementary school? If so, we want to hear from you. The Other Bunch Press is seeking ghost stories for its new anthology, Hauntings From the Snake River Plain.

All submissions must deal with hauntings or ghost stories that take or took place in Idaho. The book will be released in the fall of 2012.

For more information go to http://otherbunch.wordpress.com/hauntings-from-the-snake-river-plain/

We hope to hear from you!