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SR Staley’s “Renegade” wins 2nd place - 12/12/2012
Renegade, a young adult novel by SR Staley, won second place in the children’s chapter book division of the Seven Hills Literary Competition. This is a national competition sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers Association.
Lori Chaffin of Hawaii Wellness Magazine interviewed author Julie Wanner about her book Diabetes Can Be Sweet ... Once You Bury It.
The book Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012, compiled by the Arizona Press Women, is the winner of the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in the Centennial-Arizona category. Skirting Traditions was also a finalist in the Biography-AZ category.
The awards are presented by the New Mexico Book Co-op, a not-for-profit organization serving authors and publishers. The awards were announced November 16, 2012, at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Albuquerque at a gala awards banquet to a sold out crowd of 232 people. The contest had a record number of entries this year with over 400 titles entered in 45 categories. The judges for the awards were over 70 book sellers, readers, librarians, teachers in many states and each entry was reviewed at least three judges. Any books by a New Mexico or Arizona author or publisher published between 2010 and 2012 were eligible. Any books on Arizona or New Mexico were also eligible. After the judging process, all books entered were donated to libraries, schools, and literacy programs. The 2013 awards program will be announced at the end of January.
Image: Brenda Warneka, president of the Arizona Press Women, at the Yavitt Book Club meeting.
Man with the Banjo Gets Around - 11/19/2012
Photo: George Robert Peabody visiting with Wheatmark’s Lori Leavitt.
The secret life of legendary banjo superstar Eddie Peabody is the topic of his son George Robert’s novel Man with the Banjo, which touches on Peabody’s secret commission as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve and his reconnaissance mission in World War II Germany.
George Robert Peabody was recently hosted for an event by the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City. He was also featured in an article in the Vermillion Plain Talk about his donation of a collection of instruments belonging to his late father, Eddie Peabody, to the National Music Museum.
The September/October 2012 issue of All Frets also discussed the author and his father in the article, “The Spirit of St. Louis… Peabody Style.”
The Arizona Daily Star published an article featuring Michael and Amy Huether, authors of Ju Ju and the Sunblock, which is a story of a little boy who is not a fan of sunblock lotions.
Visiting with Author Mo Griffin - 11/9/2012
Western novelist Mo Griffin flew in from Kansas to discuss plans for his latest book, Night Riders in the Tallgrass, with Grael Norton, Wheatmark’s acquisitions manager.
Visiting with Author Carolyn Masters - 11/8/2012
Visiting author Carolyn Masters and Grael Norton, Wheatmark’s acquisitions manager, had a great strategy meeting today about Carolyn’s upcoming book, The Heart of Your Move.
Mathias B. Freese’s Essays Get Published Online - 11/5/2012
JoAnn Jumper Interviewed on TV - 10/23/2012
JoAnn Jumper, author of On Your Own: Navigating the Road to Independence, was interviewed on KWTX-TV, Waco, Texas, about her book.
The Reference & Research Book News reviewed Penny C. Sansevieri’s book Get Published Today! An Insider’s Guide to Publishing Success in its October 2012 issue.
Col. Ralph Puckett Speaks on Leadership - 10/10/2012
Col. Ralph Pucket (Ret.), author of Words for Warriors: A Professional Soldier’s Notebook, held a leadership seminar for two companies (approximately 150 new armor and cavalry second lieutenants) on October 9, 2012. They discussed the vision for the platoon the leader would like to have, the training objectives to reach that vision, and techniques for developing junior leaders (noncommissioned officers) in the platoon.
Col. Ralph Puckett Speaks on Leadership - 10/2/2012
Col. Ralph Pucket (Ret.) presented to Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, U.S. Representative, Georgia Third District, and 16 members of his staff on the subject of leadership. The presentation and discussion were based on the author’s personal experience in forming, training, and commanding the Eighth Army Ranger Company at the beginning of the Korean War. Col. Puckett also signed copies of his book Words for Warriors: A Professional Soldier’s Notebook at the event.
Portland Tribune Features Allison Clarke - 9/28/2012
The Portland Tribune has published an article featuring the book launch of Allison Clarke’s What Will They Say? 30 Funerals in 60 Days. Read the article “Book about death gives lessons for the living.”
Book Clubs Choose “The Reindeer Keeper” - 9/26/2012
The Reindeer Keeper by Barbara Briggs Ward has been chosen by both the Yahoo Christmas Book Club Group and the Riverfront Library Book Club in Yonkers, New York, as their 2012 December Book of the Month.
Winsonsin Bookwatch Reviews Pet Mystery - 9/26/2012
Midwest Book Review’s Wisconsin Bookwatch has reviewed The Nose Knows by Holly L. Lewitas, “a choice mystery for pet lovers [that] will prove a highly recommended read.”
General Aviation News Reviews Cone of Silence - 8/31/2012
The General Aviation News has published a review of Michael Sloan’s novel Cone of Silence.
SPAWN Reviews “Get Published Today!” - 8/24/2012
The Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network (SPAWN) has featured a review of Penny C. Sansevieri’s book, Get Published Today! An Insider’s Guide to Publishing Success. Reviewer Patricia Fry concludes, “If you want a successful publishing experience, I suggest reading this book as a first step.”
Book on Diabetes Reviewed - 8/23/2012
Diabetes Can Be Sweet .. Once You Bury It, by Julie Wanner Rossetti, has been featured in the Hawaii Wellness Magazine‘s Summer/Fall 2012 issue.
KVOA-TV Features Book on Olympic Trampoline - 8/7/2012
KVOA-TV Channel 4 from Tucson, AZ, aired a segment on My Father’s Dream of an Olympic Trampoline highlighting the connection between author Dagmar Nissen Munn’s book and the 2012 London Olympic Games. View the article and the featured segment here.
Dagmar Nissen Munn and her book My Father’s Dream of an Olympic Trampoline: Life Story of George Nissen, Inventor of the Trampoline were featured in the San Francisco Chronicle on July 30.
Michael Sloan at Lakeville Public Library - 7/27/2012
Wheatmark author Michael Sloan discussed his novel, Cone of Silence, during an event at the Lakeville Public Library in Massachusetts on July 26, 2012. Attendees had the chance to talk with the author about the book, and about their own interests in the creative writing process.
Dagmar Nissen Munn on Network Radio - 7/27/2012
On Wednesday, July 25, 2012, Dagmar Nissen Munn was interviewed by Richard Lee with WHO Radio/Iowa Radio Network/Clear Channel News. Topics discussed were: the Olympic trampoline owes its origins to Iowa and, Dagmar’s book My Father’s Dream of an Olympic Trampoline; Life Story of George Nissen, Inventor of the Trampoline. The taped interview was repeated several times throughout the day and made available to stations around the state via the Iowa Radio Network.
Dagmar Nissen Munn on WKPT-ABC Radio - 7/24/2012
Dagmar Nissen Munn, author of My Father’s Dream of an Olympic Trampoline: Life Story of George Nissen, Inventor of the Trampoline, was interviewed about her book by J.R. Ogden at The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, IA, on June 9, 2012.
On July 10, My Father’s Dream of an Olympic Trampoline was featured in a live on-air book review by WKPT-ABC, a radio station out of Kingsport, TN, on their “Best Books of Mid-Summer 2012” segment. On July 11 the book received a featured front-page article in the Green Valley (AZ) News & Sun.
A thorough and very favorable review of the book If You Have to Wear an Ugly Dress, Learn to Accessorize was published in the Spring/Summer edition of Collagen Connection, the newsletter for the University of Pittsburgh & UPMC Scleroderma Center.
The Midwest Book Review’s Wisconsin Bookwatch featured If You Have to Wear an Ugly Dress, Learn to Accessorize: Guidance, Inspiration, and Hope for Women with Lupus, Scleroderma, and Other Autoimmune Illnesses by Linda Crew McNamara and Karen Kemper. Karen Kemper also spoke at the Scleroderma Foundation’s Ohio Chapter on July 11.
Kirkus Reviews Recommends Novel - 7/20/2012
The publication Kirkus Reviews called Zug Island: A Detroit Riot Novel by Gregory A. Fournier “an engaging, dynamic story that grapples intelligently with themes of race, class and morality.”
Freese a Global Ebook Awards Finalist - 7/16/2012
Mathias B. Freese is a finalist in the 2012 Global Ebook Awards with his book This Möbius Strip of Ifs.
Boing Boing Reviews Yoga Book - 7/11/2012
Mel Robin’s A Handbook for Yogasana Teachers: The Incorporation of Neuroscience, Physiology, and Anatomy into the Practice received a positive review on the popular Boing Boing site.
Deborah Knox Holds Mini-Workshop - 6/25/2012
Deborah Knox, career coach and author of Put Your Spirit to Work: Making a Living Being Yourself, held a mini-workshop at Antigone Books, Tucson, AZ, on June 22, 2012.
Helen McGee Presents to Local Children - 6/19/2012
Helen McGee, author of the Ikky Dikky Dak: Magical Adventures with Googler! series for children, had the opportunity to tell Googler stories to some 160 children and their families in June during the University of Arizona Bookstore’s Children’s Hour program, both at the bookstore itself and at Tucson’s Park Place Mall. Before each event the children made George the talking spider out of pipe cleaners (see inset)!
James Vasquez on KTRW Radio - 6/14/2012
Dr. James Vasquez was interviewed on KTRW radio’s (AM 630) “Cut to the Chase” program on May 26 and 27. The interview focused on his publications, Bible-based poetry in classic rhyming, metered verse, including Women of the Bible and Men Who Knew Jesus Well. Dr. Vasquez, an award-winning, bestselling author of six books of poetry on Scripture-based persons, teachings, and accounts, recently held a couple of book signings at Hastings bookstores in the Spokane, Washington, area.
Mathias B. Freese Wins Indie Excellence Award - 6/12/2012
Wheatmark author Mathias B. Freese won the Nonfiction category in the 2012 Indie Excellence Awards with his book This Möbius Strip of Ifs. In 2008 he was the Indie Excellence Award finalist for Short Story Fiction with Down to a Sunless Sea.
Mr. Freese’s upcoming manuscript I Truly Lament is also a finalist with the Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest, selected from among 424 contestants worldwide. The finalist is selected in early June 2012. I Truly Lament is a weirdly wonderful short story collection exploring the Holocaust from various literary angles ranging from gothic and romantic to phantasmagoric.
Phil Gottfredson Interviewed on WPFW 89.3 FM - 6/11/2012
Phil Gottfredson was interviewed by radio host Jay Winter Nightwolf on WPFW 89.3 FM, Washington, D.C., on June 8, 2012. The show American Indians Truth, “the most dangerous show on radio” has been on the air for eleven years and has an audience of 1.9 million listeners. Mr. Gottfredson was invited to talk about Peter Gottfredson’s book Indian Depredations in Utah.
The Arizona Daily Star published a review of Frank Babb’s Hot Times in Panama: What Would You Do to Serve Your Country? in its Southern Arizona Authors section.
Warren Hull Interviewed on KNBC Los Angeles - 5/23/2012
Warren Robert Hull, author of Family Secret, was interviewed on KNBC Los Angeles about his book and his research regarding the 1947 murder of mobster Bugsy Siegel. Read the article Cold Case: Long-Kept Family Secret May Finally Explain Infamous Mobster’s Murder.
Mark Fiorito a San Diego Book Awards Finalist - 5/22/2012
Kiss of the Marlin by Mark Fiorito was a finalist for the 2012 San Diego Book Awards.
NJ.com Features Lilian Duval - 5/21/2012
Lilian Duval’s You Never Know: Tales of Tobias, an Accidental Lottery Winner was mentioned in the article “New Jersey Authors Write Away” on NJ.com.
Win Your Divorce: An Amazon Bestseller - 5/16/2012
Rick D. Banks, author of Win Your Divorce: Financially, Emotionally, and Socially reached the bestseller list on Amazon when he officially launched his book in March. The day after the book launch, Win Your Divorce reached #1 in the Anger Management category, and #4 in the Divorce category on Amazon. Rick was also recently interviewed on WCEM in Maryland, and has done several Blog Talk Radio interviews.
In this essential guide for anyone going through a divorce, veteran divorce attorney/mediator Rick D. Banks shares his years of experience helping hundreds of divorcing couples avoid the court system and negotiate their issues, safeguard their financial futures, and complete their divorces with the least amount of emotional and financial burden possible.
Library Bookwatch Reviews “Get Published Today!” - 5/15/2012
Midwest Book Review’s Library Bookwatch has reviewed Penny Sansevieri’s Get Published Today! An Insider’s Guide to Publishing Success. The verdict: “Get Published Today! should be considered mandatory reading for anyone seeking to become a successfully published author in today’s ever changing and volatile publishing industry.”
The Midwest Book Review’s Wisconsin Bookwatch featured This Möbius Strip of Ifs by Mathias B. Freese, calling it “very much recommended.”
Escapees Magazine Reviews “Shadows on the Flag” - 5/14/2012
Escapees magazine published a nice review of Russ Graham’s Shadows on the Flag: A Don Carling Mystery in its May/June 2012 issue.
Local Paper Reviews JoAnn Hill’s First Novel - 5/10/2012
The Wenatchee World from Washington has published a review of JoAnn Hill’s first novel, Yet Another Fallen Star.
AZ Daily Star Reviews “Fly Me” - 5/7/2012
The Arizona Daily Star published a review of Robert O. McCartan’s Fly Me: Story of a Female Fighter Jock in its Southern Arizona Authors section.
It’s only been a couple of months that the anthology Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012 was released by a group of authors from the Arizona Press Women, but it has sold over 700 copies and been reported a numerous times in various media.
The editors of the anthology are Brenda Warneka, Carol Hughes, Lois McFarland, June P. Payne, Sheila Roe and Pam Knight Stevenson.
The book, published for the centennial of the state of Arizona (February 14, 2012), has been featured in the following publications: The Arizona Republic, The Arizona Daily Star, The Payson Roundup, The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, The National Federation of Press Women Agenda, The Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly Journal, A Traveler’s Diary, The Arizona State University News site, www.examiner.com, www.azcentennial.gov, and www.AZ100Years.org. The book was featured in a segment on “Horizon” on Eight, Arizona PBS TV, and received coverage by KMOG radio in Payson, AZ.
On April 20, the co-editors had a booth selling the anthology at the Arizona Centennial Conference (annual Arizona Historical Society convention) and participated in a panel discussion.
Co-editors celebrating the publication: Carol Hughes, Lois McFarland, Brenda Warneka, Pam Stevenson
NPR Interview with Shafiq Abdussabur - 4/24/2012
Shafiq R. F. Abdussabur, author of A Black Man’s Guide to Law Enforcement in America, was interviewed on the topic of “Racial Profiling & Red Hoodies” on NPR radio on April 23, 2012. The author, a New Haven, CT, police officer, also held a workshop on the subject and was featured in the New Haven Independent in the article, “Who’s the Next Trayvon?”
Christmas Story for the Big Screen - 4/24/2012
The Reindeer Keeper by Barbara Briggs Ward is being represented by Linda Bergman/Bergman Entertainment in Los Angeles for option of film rights and adaptation of the book for the screen. It has also been chosen as the reading selection for December 2012 in the Christmas Book Club Yahoo Group. The author’s official website is at barbarabriggsward.com.
Army Leadership Seminars - 4/19/2012
Colonel Ralph Puckett, U.S. Army Retired, author of Words for Warriors: A Professional Soldier’s Notebook, held several leadership seminars for second lieutenants.
On March 21, 2012, Col. Puckett led a leadership seminar for approximately 130 new second lieutenants. The subject matter of the seminar was based on his books and objectives established by the Chief of Infantry.
Col. Puckett led a similar seminar to 150 new Armor and Cavalry second lieutenants on March 26, and 150 new Infantry second lieutenants on April 18 and 19. The class discussed the importance of completing Ranger School, “the best life insurance for the battlefield that a person can have.”
Belo Cipriani a Finalist for Eric Hoffer Award - 4/16/2012
Belo Cipriani’s memoir Blind has been named a First Horizon Award finalist for the current Eric Hoffer Award season. The First Horizon Award is given each year to the highest scoring books by debut authors.
The Historical Novel Society published a review of My Enemy’s Tears: The Witch of Northampton by Karen Vorbeck Williams. The reviewer remarks after having read the 450-page novel about the trial of a young woman named Mary: “When I reached the last page, I would have been content to read 450 more pages of Mary’s life. The book is very professionally printed, the cover is a beautiful dark matte finish, and I found no misprints. This was an excellent read.”
Chi Newman at Costco Special Event - 4/10/2012
Chi Newman, author of Farewell, My Beijing: The Long Journey from China to Tucson, was asked to participate in a special book signing event at the wholesale giant Costco. The signing was a success, with all 44 copies sold during the event.
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