A Listing of Wyoming Writers, Inc. Members’ Published Works
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Yellowstone Has Teeth, a memoir of living year-round in the world’s first national park. In the 1980s, Marjane Ambler and her husband lived year-round inside Yellowstone National Park. The beauty was magnificent, but Ambler discovered that Yellowstone “had teeth.” The book chronicles the stories of her small community of park employees and spouses and how they responded to living in such an unforgiving place.
Atlantic City Historical Society
The Atlantic City Historical Society has published a book to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the gold mining town. Three WW, Inc. members participated: Bob Townsend as the editor, Marjane Ambler as a writer and proofreader, and Barbara Townsend as a writer. Written by more than 50 different people, it covers the five boom-bust cycles in the town’s history with many never before published photos.
You can order by mail: softcover, $35 plus tax ($1.75 if within Wyoming) plus $7 shipping; hardcover $50 plus tax ($2.50 if within Wyoming) plus $7 shipping. Make checks out to ACHS and send to: ACHS,15 S. Dexter, Atlantic City, WY 82520. Call 307 332-9402 or email ACWYhistoricalsociety@gmail.com if you have questions.
Kimberly S. Brown
Historical Fiction: One family’s story of tragedy and redemption during the Harlan County, Kentucky, coal strikes.
These tender poems trace the ebb and flow through a woman's life while documenting the journey. Every path is unique, but this poetry will find a place in every woman's heart.
Patricia A. Campbell
After locating family photographs in an old barn, Boone May’s historian provides a detailed family history narrative on one of the most mysterious lawmen in early Deadwood history: U.S. Deputy Marshal May was undoubtedly the most active shotgun messenger employed by the Black Hill’s Stage and Express Company. His life and legend are explored using previously undisclosed family documents and reminiscences as well as other primary sources. He was a Deadwood trailblazer and the protector of Wyoming’s famous Robbers’ Roost Station.
Lynn G. Carlson, Editor
“You have seen my descent. / Now watch my rising.” – Rumi
And rise we have, as chronicled in these 37 stories and poems, each celebrating recovery from addiction. Proceeds from the sale of this anthology benefit programs and services offered by Recover Wyoming.
Describes in some detail the author’s trip through the Soviet Union in 1972 as a Russian-speaking guide on a U.S. Government cultural exchange exhibit to the USSR.
Melissa L. Cook
"I went to Alaska searching for a job and found an adventure!" - Melissa L. Cook
The Call of the Last Frontier is an adventurous memoir of school teacher Melissa L. Cook who moved her family to an Aleut bush community on the Bering Sea in 1995 and later to Prince of Wales Island, where they measured rain in feet. Together, she and her husband taught school while raising their young family in remote Alaska. Melissa discovered humor in unique situations found only in the Last Frontier. Her true story captures the essence of bush life, intriguing neighbors, and life with multiple sclerosis. Historical tidbits are sprinkled throughout this riveting tale where adventure arrived on the Cook's doorstep daily for 20 years in this world of few luxuries or conveniences. This tale is sure to delight Alaska and adventure fans.
Larry Kaniut, besting-selling author of the Alaska Bear Tales
series wrote, "It's all here-living in bush Alaska, fighting off men, packing a pistol for bear protection, suffering the ravages of weather, flying with white-knuckled fear, facing down 100-mile an hour winds as well as fearing erupting volcanoes. And that's only part of their journey. You had to be there. Oh, wait. Melissa's book takes you there."
In Sylvan Grove, Iowa, you can eat at Sally’s Sylvan Diner, shop at a family business in the square, read your news in the Sylvan Grove Gossiper, spend the night at the Sylvan Inn, and live out your final days at the Sylvan Valley Care Center. Or you can hike the Sylvan Ridge and look out on prairie and farmland to find your way out of town along the Sylvan Trail. From there, you might land a job at a toll booth along a Kansas Highway and be asked to do some mighty unusual things.
You might leave for a legislative job until your politician loses re-election and you drift back to your childhood home on the high plains. You might find yourself in the Nebraska Panhandle, trying to convince western ranchers to open their property to hikers and cell-phone photographers. But if you are budding plant scientist Amber Jensen, Sylvan Grove is your touchstone, the place to heal a broken heart and start a new life restoring a historic bar in the foothills of Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains.
Alaskan fine arts dealer, Caribou King, has closed up shop for the season and is looking forward to a peaceful winter, capped off by the birth of her sister’s first child. When she discovers the body of Mrs. Nash, an elderly woman, in the old Tilamu house, Cara can’t help poking her nose into the investigation.
Unraveling the mystery of the old woman’s death takes Cara and the town’s one-man police force, Dan Simmons, on a perilous journey through decades-old hatreds, bitterness and greed. With the Alaskan winter closing in, Cara finds herself caught between two men who say they love her and one who wants her dead.
cAROL L. DEERING
Imagine watching a moose drink from a lake at nightfall. Gazing deep into a coyote’s eyes. Dancing rain that makes everyone young. Is it possible to experience an American region through writing? If the possibility exists, it is through Carol L. Deering’s book.
Keri De Deo
Rebecca Kendall has a life any nineteen-year-old would envy: musical talent, love, romance, and a promising future. When a tragic accident erases her past, present, and future, Rebecca’s life turns into turmoil and irreconcilable loss. Becca faces her new life alone, angry, depressed, and DEAF. Becca wants nothing but a song, but will her dream survive such insurmountable odds? Will she ever take another chance at love? Only a mysterious stranger can answer those questions.
Colleen Eccles Penor
ISBN 978-1-7340037-0-3 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-7340037-1-0 (paperback)
ISBN 978-1-7340037-2-7 (audiobook)
ISBN 978-1-7340037-3-4 (e-book)
They believed Daeios would be a safe haven.
They were wrong.
Fleeing apocalyptic weather, a young survivalist woman and her family seek safety deep underground. But a new danger awaits them.
When the leaders of the shelter announce their plans to repopulate the earth using all fertile females, Shea knows she will be forced to become a breeder. Horrified at her impending fate, Shea must make the gut-wrenching decision whether to breed with an elderly, sadistic man and bear his child, or to fight the breeding, knowing that defiance will endanger her life and that of those she loves most.
A dystopian thriller with overtones of The Handmaid’s Tale, Shea’s chilling story will appeal to readers with an interest in family and survival.
Contains mature situations and language.
It Seemed Innocent Enough is a collection of lyrical and wide-ranging poems that focus on family, love, sadness, joy, fear, death, God, myths, and man’s place in nature and the universe. Vignette’s of the human condition speak of the poet’s own humanity. Although serious, the poems also show the poet’s sense of humor and his feeling that this earth, this life is paradise enough for him.
Wyoming rancher Patricia Frolander's previous work Married into It received many prestigious awards, including a Western Heritage Center Wrangler Award and a Women Writing the West WILLA Award. After a period of loss and adjustment, Frolander “embraces a second wind” in these poems of validation and renewal, shown through community, family, nature, and ranch life. Frolander once again is able to capture on paper the essence of Wyoming ranch life. These 61 elegantly crafted poems, divided into three sections—Old Pasture, Drought, and Fresh Grass, take us through the seasons of her life on a working ranch.
Seraphina faces the savage “uncivilized” world of the Vikings only to find a connection with the Norse way of life, which can be both noble and cruel. Through this incredible journey, Seraphina discovers she has an untapped warrior spirit. Torn between the land of her birth and the fierce world of the Vikings, she must make a choice only her heart can decide.
Buy Norse Hearts on Amazon.
Steve Gardiner, Co-author
John Jancik wanted The 50 for Tibet project to spend a year climbing state highpoints to raise money for The Rowell Fund for Tibet. That was eleven years ago. The project extended to international highpoints, raised significant money, and increased awareness of human rights violations in Chinese-occupied Tibet.
The 50 for Tibet group experienced planning and dreaming, hope and joy, fear and sadness. Highpointing for Tibet: A Journey Supporting The Rowell Fund takes the reader across the United States and beyond the borders to Ecuador, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Australia, Spain, and more as Team highPoint chases adventure in support of The Rowell Fund for Tibet.
Death threats. Love triangle.
Kidnapping and murder.
The movie shoot on location at the TRO Ranch in the Montana Rockies is in turmoil. Death threats have been delivered to a crew member. Tempers flare between the co-stars. A year-old kidnapping and murder case re-emerges.
Courtney McKeena, consultant on the film, quickly becomes immersed in the drama. When the lead actress disappears during a campout scene, Courtney and fellow crew member, David Brown, launch a search. . . what awaits across Raven River?
In Origami Stars and Hot Air Moon, Mandie Hines traverses through the process of grieving, finding understanding of what loss is, and what it is not. These poems take you through a journey of reclaiming hope, remembering love, and rediscovering memories, while taking you down a path that eventually leads to healing.Buy Here!
ISBN 978-1-64191-332-4 (Paperback)
ISBN 978-1-64191-333-1 (Digital)
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Hello is a book of 40 short stories reflecting the day-to-day stories that anyone could be experiencing as they walk the daily walk of life in this modern time in America. The stories are set in a beautiful park where the author would meet people on the walking trail and say Hello. The manner in which a person would respond or not, was quite telling to her, and she would wonder what their story was, and why they were walking or running in the park that day. Each story has a thought provoking idea or a value or lesson for the reader to reflect upon.
In the tradition of Terry Tempest Williams, Gretel Ehrlich, and Linda Hasselstrom, this universal story of the modern search for roots and traditions offers a deep initiation into the process of connection to place and the resilience that rootedness offers. As she and her family face heartbreak and ultimately prevail, Lambert finds balance in the one unbending link to the future: the land itself. Emotionally powerful, lucid and insightful, In Search of Kinship is a moving portrait of our ultimate kinship with the land.
Defying logic, but not magic, Renaissance Princess Aqualine the Wise and modern-day Princess Allison the Benevolent communicate through their dreams. Aqualine inks proclamations and Allison holds webcasts, inspiring their loyal subjects and solving problems through ideas and influence gained from each other’s world. Together they will face their biggest problem and solution yet. Novel and Screenplay, with musical adaptation at www.theprincessinmyhead.com.Buy Here!
Joy that Long Endures is the second of the Irish Blessings series of historical novels that began in Cheyenne with Walls for the Wind. This time the action takes place at Bryan City and South Pass City, where Devin Cavanaugh and Dulcinetta Jackson are each doing their best to make a living in Wyoming Territory. What happens when these two very different people with different ambitions team up to gamble on achieving their dreams?
Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lie is the story of Clifford Gustafson, born Clifford Whitetail on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Orphaned as a young boy, Clifford is adopted and raised by a farm couple in Minnesota—which, he learns after beginning college, was part of the ancestral Cheyenne homeland prior to the 1700s. Clifford takes the fact that he was brought back to Minnesota through no choice of his own as providence, and as a sign.
The revelation kicks off a voyage of discovery for Clifford that leads to a degree in anthropology and a summer job at an important archaeological site on the west slope of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. What begins as a carefree, educational summer for Clifford is ripped apart by the apparent murder of a beloved workmate, a young woman who had become more than a friend. Clifford immediately takes on the responsibility of solving the mystery …and then the adventure begins.
At the dawn of the 19th century, fourteen men will succeed George Washington in leading the young United States. As their personal tales intertwine and overlap with one another on their way to the Presidency, they craft an election system that is, at once, chaotic and orderly.
Their ambition forces them to join political parties even as those parties’ agendas are not always clear. Their supporters engage in ever more vicious public and private campaigns. They rely on political favors and a partisan press to win votes and to solicit compromise. And yet, they follow Washington’s example and hand over power after each election to the newest victor, typically with unprecedented grace and humility.
These are the practices that survive, even as a Civil War looms that threatens to destroy virtually everything else about the young country.
When researcher Grace Talbot’s team discovers a possible solution for weight loss they’re targeted by a group dedicated to controlling the diet product industry worth billions. With her colleagues either dead, missing, or on the run she must trust the local deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?
The Black Gold Rush transforms the Old West into the new--it's the seventies in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, and a cheap "clean" coal strike promises a 500-year supply. Coal-fired power plants are built in record times, railways duel for the rights-of-way in and out of the coal fields, and wide spots in the road burst into towns and cities, demanding housing and schools, recreation and entertainment, hospitals and clinics. Miners and trainmen are hired by the hundreds--money flows while the good times roll.And true to the nature of the boom-and-bust American West, prosperity is followed by depravity--drugs, prostitution, and gambling, all to be dealt with by law enforcement that is understaffed and underfunded. Add to this storm of uncertainty a veteran of railroad law enforcement, Special Agent Will Allen. Retired (almost fired), Will is a private consultant working, when the spirit moves him, for any railway with a need for discretion--the unsolvable theft, the combustible tragedy, or--as in this case--the regrettable "accident," his specialty. In this case: a 15-year-old girl learns her dad's railway death was faked, and only Allen can help.
John D. Nesbitt
Wilf Kasmire is surprised to hear from his ex-girlfriend, Dawn Jenkins, and he is hesitant when she asks if she can stay with him “for a while.” Her stay with Wilf is cut short when she disappears without a note, and Wilf finds himself following a trail of drug dealers and sexual opportunists who resort to desperate measures in order to cover their tracks.
An adventurous romance trilogy set in the 1960's with two Wyoming ranching families. They struggle against the rugged and wild Rockies with predators such as wolves, grizzlies, and coyotes. The individuals face challenges in love, friendship, betrayal, death, and grief. The families have riveting situations which have unexpected outcomes. The three novels are an emotional journey with many twists and turns.
Betty Jean Pearson
A Priceless Gift features Steven Harlan, a puppy raiser, who shares his experiences with Carmine, a yellow lab. A puppy raiser spends 24 hours a day 7 days a week with a puppy and up to 22 months to complete a puppy’s basic training. After training, then the puppy gets specialized training before getting matched with an individual with a disability. As a service dog, Carmine helped bring independence to me, which is truly a Priceless Gift.
Jane Coletti Perry
Inspired by events in the life of the author's family, Marcello's Promise is the heartfelt journey of a husband’s promise to his wife for the American dream, from the hills of Italy to a Wyoming coalmining town, 1915-1926.
Link to purchase: janecolettiperry.com
Anna Schutz is the story of a suicidal private stationed in Germany who’s depression leads him to see the ghosts of people who were on his post during WWII, including the white cladapparition of young woman often seen running through the fog. After falling in love with her, the soldier is lead to a warren of tunnels under his barracks and a forgotten clinic once used by the Nazi’s where he tries to solve her murder.
Helen M. Pugsley
A 26 year old dentist finds out she is actually a fairy switched with a human, during the Covid-19 pandemic. She decides try to save the human girl from the fairies.
So what’s it like to be a cop in a small Wyoming town in the heart of flyover country? Is it like Barney Fife’s sleepy little Mayberry? Sometimes. Is it like Dirty Harry Callahan’s San Francisco? On occasion.
ISBN: 978-1432834050, 9781432836993
The BEATEN TERRITORY delivers a compelling look at the intrigues of the Wild West, where women were enterprising and justice could be had…for a price.
Finalist – Genre Fiction. Colorado Author’s League 2018.
Frederick H. Savage
Black Indian – Red Heart (White Justice) is a story set in the Civil War era that takes the issues of slavery and injustice head on. The main character, Colton Sage, is the son of a runaway slave and an Indian woman. He is born free into a world of unending prejudice and bias. He grows up to become one of the most notorious Indian outlaws in the land, the infamous “Black Bat from Hell.” This is a no holds barred account of the events that led up to the Indian war of 1862 and the largest mass execution in US history.
This book includes a novella, which records the most memorable and exciting events in the life of a northern Wyoming cowboy, and several short stories about life on a ranch. These stories combine recollections of some actual events in the author’s youth embellished with fictional material to present a realistic view of ranch life.
Abbie Johnson Taylor
Sixteen-year-old Natalie learns a family secret from her grandmother, who suffers from dementia. After doing some research and realizing that her grandmother didn’t make this up, she tells her parents, and it tears the family apart. Will they come together in time for the holidays?
In 1933 Wyoming, Em Olson struggles to operate her beloved family hotel after her father’s abandonment and her mother’s death. A new lodger, a handsome geologist searching for gold, brightens her lonely life. He makes discoveries of murder and swindles embroiling the family hotel and her father’s gold mine. Stressed to the breaking point, she must examine her past to find her father’s killer and decide her future while the man she has grown to love prepares to depart on his next assignment.
Laurie Marr Wasmund
1918 At a time when it takes courage to love, hope, or have faith, three young Irish-Americans dare to believe in themselves and in America. As a Red Cross relief worker, Kathleen O’Doherty offers hope to the wounded and comfort to the dying. Kathleen’s cousin, Corporal Sean Sullivan of the American Expeditionary Force, proves his valor during fierce fighting in the trenches near Verdun.
In Colorado, Sean’s sister, Maggie, finds herself shunned by neighbors and friends because of her husband’s opposition to the war. Meticulously researched, this second book in the White Winter Trilogy explores how hope is shattered and rekindled, hearts are broken and mended, and faith is lost and found in a world in which nothing is certain.T