Keynote Speaker Janette Rallison

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At 8:30 a.m., Janette Rallison will give her keynote presentation, “The Book That Will Make All the Difference: Yours”
Janette says one sentence changed her writing career. She was perfectly happy writing adult romantic comedies, because as she says, “Who doesn’t want to write about men who are tall, dark, and brooding?” That all changed, however, when she heard her seventh-grade daughter’s commentary on her Language Arts reading list.
Rallison’s daughter, Asenath had always loved books and read voraciously. ...

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Hal Cannon will wow the crowd

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As the founding Director of the Western Folklife Center and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, Cannon published dozens of books and recordings on the folk arts of the West. He received three Wrangler Awards from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, the 1998 Will Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Folklore Society’s Botkin Award, and the Utah Governor’s Awards in both the arts and humanities.
Cannon recently retired from the Western Folklife Center but continues, along with ...

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Muffins and Mayhem: Meet Author Mercedes M. Yardley

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Muffins and mayhem. Werewolves, witches, and delicious little lemon cakes. Mercedes M. Yardley has carved herself a niche in the world of dark fiction by blending beauty and horror in unexpected ways.
“I don’t like things to be dark simply for darkness’ sake,” Mercedes says. “I very much believe in hope. I believe that suffering makes us stronger, and we can overcome our obstacles. I want the reader to realize that although things don’t always turn out ideally, there’s ...

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Muffins and Mayhem: Meet Author Mercedes M. Yardley

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Muffins and mayhem. Werewolves, witches, and delicious little lemon cakes. Mercedes M. Yardley has carved herself a niche in the world of dark fiction by blending beauty and horror in unexpected ways.
“I don’t like things to be dark simply for darkness’ sake,” Mercedes says. “I very much believe in hope. I believe that suffering makes us stronger, and we can overcome our obstacles. I want the reader to realize that although things don’t always turn out ideally, there’s ...

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Author Keeps Grandmother’s Legacy Alive

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“Born with ink in her veins,” Heidi M. Thomas was also gifted with a grandmother who rode bucking stock in Montana rodeos during the 1920s.
That tidbit of information has resulted in two published novels with a third in the series to come out in May 2013. In addition, a non-fiction book about the old-time cowgirls of Montana will also be published in the fall of 2013 by Globe-Pequot/Twodot Press.
“It’s amazing what a tiny piece of information can lead ...

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Author Keeps Grandmother’s Legacy Alive

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“Born with ink in her veins,” Heidi M. Thomas was also gifted with a grandmother who rode bucking stock in Montana rodeos during the 1920s.
That tidbit of information has resulted in two published novels with a third in the series to come out in May 2013. In addition, a non-fiction book about the old-time cowgirls of Montana will also be published in the fall of 2013 by Globe-Pequot/Twodot Press.
“It’s amazing what a tiny piece of information can lead ...

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Finding Her Magic

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Laurisa White Reyes dreamed of writing novels since she was a child. That dream finally became reality in 2012 when her first book, The Rock of Ivanore, was published with Tanglewood Press. “It took some time to find the courage,” says Reyes who celebrated her forty-fifth birthday in September. “For too long, I just didn’t think I had it in me.”
After earning her undergraduate degree in creative writing in 1992, Reyes spent the next thirteen years writing everything except ...

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Writer Bridges East and West

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Tanya Parker Mills was one of those “Third Culture Kids”—an American child raised abroad, resulting in a mix, in her case, of east and west—a third culture, so to speak. And her writing, particularly her fiction, reflects this.
“I grew up in the violence of the Middle East,” Mills says, “and yet came away with a real appreciation for all the positive aspects of the Arab culture. Their sense of family ties, their generosity and hospitality. So I tend to ...

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Writer hears the West’s many voices

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Hear the words “Western writer” and you’re likely to think of shoot-’em-ups and stampedes, stagecoach robbers and rustlers. But the West was, and is, much more diverse than that according to writer Rod Miller, and so is his writing.

“There’s no place on earth like the American West,” Miller says. “From the earliest days of the frontier to today, we live in a unique place that’s rich in people and stories. You can look at the West from many directions and ...

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