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December 2010

Fragil Hopes, Transient Dreams, by Edna Bell-Pearson     Edna Bell-Pearson, District 2, Shawnee, was pleased when Sam Shipley, Research Librarian for the Dodge City Public Library, presented a memorial copy to the library of her book, Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams, (iUniverse, 2006) in honor of his mother, Eunice Shipley. Mr. Shipley was a tremendous help to Edna when she was doing research for the book. Edna's web site (linked from her name, above, has a page on which Edna posts a page called "E-docs" where she updates articles published by various magazines in the past.  These include Meade's "Dalton Gang Hideout," Sublette library's "The Film Clip" and Liberal's "Mid-America Air Museum," from KANSAS! Magazine as well as articles and stories from other publications. Sheadd to theseMoral Dilemma, by Ron Feasel on-line documentsas time permits. Coming up: Johnson County's "Theater In the Park." Recently she posted aChristmas story entitled "The Christmas Deer" which appeared in Grit several years ago.12/14/2010
     Ronald Feasel, District 1, Topeka, announces that his second crime novel, Moral Dilemma, is now available for sale at Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com On December 6, 2010, Ron was featured as an author on freado.com/.12/6/2010
Life Changing Moments     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has a story published in a new Thin Threads anthology, More Real Stories of Life Changing Moments published in October, 2010, by Kiwi Publishers and compiled by Stacey K. Battat. Her story is "College Isn't For Girls." The book is for sale at Amazon and in bookstores. Nancy also had a short story, "My Path To Books," published in the anthology Flashlight Memories published by Silver Boomer Books. Nancy's story was also published at OurEcho.com under another title. 12/1/2010
     Robert N. Lawson, District 1, Topeka, spoke about his work at a "Sunday Afternoon with a Kansas Author" session on December 5, 2010, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Twenty-four of the sonnets from The Collected Sonnets of Robert N. Lawson open the chapters in the novel. Both titles were published by The Bob Woodley Memorial Press, Washburn University. Dr. Lawson also discussed his editing of the novel, Cry to Dream Again, by Bob L. Woodley, for whom the Woodley Press is named. Dr. Lawson and Dr. Woodley shared an office at Washburn University for thirteen years. Following the presentation, copies of the books were available for sale and autographing. A companion website to Zortz Saves Black Friday, by Joyce LongThe Bridge of Dreams is accessible on-line. 12/20/2010
     Joyce Long, District 3, Cherryvale, announces publication of the second book in her series of six books written for children. Book Two is The Misadventures of Zortz: Zortz Saves Black Friday. Book One, The Misadventures of Zortz: The Real Me, was released in October. 12/6/2010
     Peg Nichols, District 2, Olathe, had an article, "An Army on my Doorstep," published in The Best Times, December, 2010, issue. Sub-title of this work is: "Pearl Harbor's aftermath through the eyes of a girl." Peg manages a chatty and informal blog about writing in Kansas, Kansas Plains People. 12/1/2010 Washburn Bookstore author signing
    George Paris, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his first novel, A Distant Home, at a Holiday Open House at Washburn University Bookstore, Topeka, on December 1, 2010. Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, also attended, signing copies of his several works of humorous fiction. Also taking part were Kansas poet Eric McHenry, non-fiction author Bonar Menninger, and children's author Stephen T. Johnson. 12/1/2010
     Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, announces publication of her newest book, Not in Our Town: Coffeyville's response to the Dalton Gang's Bank Robberies. The book tells about the Defenders, and was released December 3, 2010. Max Yoho signs books at Kansas Original Market
      Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his humorous fiction at a Holiday Open House at Kansas Originals Market, Exit #206 on I-70 at Wilson, on Nov. 28, 2010. Although Max was the only author presen,t there was live harp music by RoJean Loucks and a flower arranging demonstration by Pattie Nicholson. 12/1/2010

November 2010 How to Spot Lies, by Mark Bouton

     Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, had front-page coverage of his new book, How to Spot Lies Liek the FBI, published by the Topeka Capital-Journal in "No lie; Ex-FBI agent spots fibbers," written by Jan Biles, on November 27, 2010. George Paris, District 1, Topeka, had his novel, A Distant Home, listed in a related article, "Kansas Authors Line the Shelves", credited to Capital-Journal writing staff, as did Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, whose newest novel, With the Wisdom of Owls. was also mentioned. 11/27/2010
     Sylvia Colombo, District 1
, Topeka, author of I Danced With Crazy Horse, signed copies of her book on November 6-7, 2010, at the "Spirit Mind and Body Fair,"  Topeka Expo Centre, Topeka.  Sylvia's book is a tribute to the great Lakota Chief Crazy Horse, personal experiences of the author, and wisdom of the Spirit Grandmothers of This Galaxy.  11/10/2010
     Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of her three novels (Mariah, Baseball Card Hero, and September 11) and collection of short stories (Home for Christmas) on November 6 , 2010, at Hastings, Fairlawn Plaza, Topeka, and on Nov. 12 & 13, 2010, at Hastings, Lawrence. 11/17/2010
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her short story, "The Long Night," published in Horizons, a Canadian magazine, in its October, 2010, issue. This historical fiction has now been published three times, including on StoryStation—where it may be read on-line. 11/12/2010
    The Bridge of Dreams, by Robert N. LawsonRobert N. Lawson, District 1, Topeka, and retired Professor of English at Washburn University, discussed his novel, The Bridge of Dreams, on November 23, 2010, in the Mabee Library iRead Lounge, Washburn University, Twenty-four of the sonnets from The Collected Sonnets of Robert N. Lawson open the chapters in the novel. Both titles were published by The Bob Woodley Memorial Press, Washburn University. Dr. Lawson will also discuss his editing of the novel, Cry to Dream Again, by Bob L. Woodley, for whom the Woodley Press is named. Dr. Lawson and Dr. Woodley shared an office at Washburn University for thirteen years. Following the presentation, copies of the books will be available for sale and autographing. A companion website to The BriMarbles, by Grant Williamsdge of Dreams is accessible on-line. 11/27/2010
     Grant Willliams, District 3, Arkansas City, discussed his new book, Marbles, at a book signing at the Arkansas City, Kansas public Library on November 18, 2010.  Steve Swaim, DVM also discussed and signed his book, I Wanna See a Veteranarian. Refreshments were served. 11/19/2010
     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his new novel, With the Wisdom of Owls, on November 7, 2010, at Hastings, Fairlawn Plaza, Topeka. An interview with Max,With the Wisdom of Owls, by Max Yoho "'With the Max Yoho signing, with Yvonne Evie GreeenWisdom of Owls' offers child interesting choice," by April Ewing, was published in The Washburn Review, November 10, 2010, p. A6. A review of this novel by Laurel Johnson was published on-line in the Midwest Book Review "Bookwatch," in their November, 2010, issue. With the Wisdom of Owls is now available for sale, along with Max's other titles, on the on-line shopping cart at Kansas Originals Market. Shop Kansas! 11/27/2010

Inherit the Kingdom, by Ralph AllenOctober 2010

     Ralph Allen, District 5, Wichita, announces publication of his memoir, Inherit the Kingdom. This work is third and final book in a series describing the encounters of this chaplain during his 20 years of ministry in jails and prisons—the story of the tragedy that is our nation's prison system, the struggle to maintain human dignity, and how God intervenes. Elizabeth Black 10/25/2010
     Elizabeth Black, District 2 president, Lawrence, was among guest authors attending the 2010 Sunflower State Book Festival, October 9, 2010, in Osborne. She signed copies of her 2006 novel, Buffalo Spirits. 10/15/2010
     Mark Bounton, District 4, Havensville, took part in a panel discussion, Kansas Writers, Inc., at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on October 23, 2010. Discussion focused on interview techniques for writers doing research for journalism or books. Mark is a former FBI interrogator. Other panelists included Morgan Chilson, author's editor; Tim Hrenchir, reporter for the Topeka Capital Journal; and Anita Miller Fry, former newspaper editor. The panel discussed methods for gathering information, including pertinent jargon, from individuals of interest . 10/23/2010
     Cynthia Harris, District 4, Randolph, had an article, "Branches to Beauty," published in The Riley Countian newspaper, Riley, on Friday, September 17, 2010. 10/5/2010
     Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of her novels on October 23, 2010, at Hastings, Hutchinson. Titles of her work include Mariah, Baseball Card Hero, September 11 and Home for Christmas. 10/31/2010
     William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, signed copies of Dispensation, his newest book of poetry, and other volumes of his poetry on October 16, 2010, as part of the Trail Mix Celebration on the Oregon Trail at the George J. Perry Memorial Armory, 110 S. Fifth St.,  St. Marys. Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, shared the booth and signed copies of his detective novels and new work of non-fiction, How to Spot Lies Like the FBI, at this same event. 10/16/2010
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has her story, "My Special Christmas Doll," published in the new Chicken Soup for the Soul book: Christmas Magic. It's now in bookstores and on Amazon.com. Also, Nancy had an article, "An Everlasting Lesson," published in Ozarks' Senior Living, October, 2010. 10/25/2010The Misadventures of Zortz, by Joyce LongJoyce Long
     Joyce Long, District 3, Cherryvale, has published her first book.The Misadventures of Zortz: The Real Me is a children’s book about a green puppet. Long’s sister, Margie Trotter, of Edmond, Oklahoma, illustrated the book. Joyce actually owns the puppet and takes it on tour when she and her husband travel to perform magic shows. Joyce has a second book in production and is completing book #3. Contact Joyce about purchasing her book. 10/30/2010
     Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, author of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation, had a little mini-flurry of interviews in September and October 2010 about the historic visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Scotland and England. Her interview for “EWTN Bookmark” was rescheduled to air on Sunday, September 19 (she has embedded the video of it on her website); she appeared on “The Good Fight,” a two-hour radio talk show on October 2, and she taped an interview on “Inside the Pages” for KVSS Spirit FM radio in Omaha/Lincoln, Nebraska. Stephanie has linked podcasts of the latter two interviews on her blog and she continued her series of brief interviews on “The Son Rise Morning Show” in Cincinnati , Ohio . She also made a presentation and held a book signing on September 22 at the WSU Newman Center —and granted an e-mail interview to the Catholic Writers Guild for their October, 2010, newsletter. 10/25/2010
     Peg Nichols, District 2, Lawrence, had her article, "A Sight for Sore Eyes," published in the The Best Times, October, 2010, issue. The piece was about about micro-lights. 10/25/2010
     George Paris, District 1, Topeka, discussed his new novel, A Distant Home, on October 18, 2010, in the Mabee Library iRead Lounge, Washburn University, Topeka. A book signing followed. Born in Lane County, Kansas, George Paris began his education just as the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl era began. He knows the area about which he writes. 10/21/2010Grant Williams with his collected work, Marbles
     Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, announces his new book, Marbles—273 essays, editorials and ancedotes he spent eight years creating. The book's title alludes to the fact marbles can come in all different sizes, shapes, colors and weights—just as these stories are varied. Grant often reads stories and poetry different care centers. He has read many of of these stories to his resident friends. Books are available on Amazon.com or by contacting Grant . 10/30/2010
     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, was Max YohoMax Yoho, Atchison talkamong guest authors attending the 2010 Sunflower State Book Festival, October 9, 2010, in Osborne. Max signed copies of his collected poems/essays/short stories, Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious, and his four novels, including With the Wisdom of Owls, his newest. Also, Max was interviewed for broadcast by Brian Hagen, News Director, KAIR 93.7 FM, Atchison, prior to his presentation at the annual meeting of the Atchison County Historical Society, Santa Fe Depot, Atchison, on October 18, 2010. 10/16/2010

September 2010 The Second Glass of Absinthe, by Michelle Black

     Michelle Black, District 2, Spring Hill, was featured in an "Absinthe Party" for her new book, The Second Glass of Absinthe: A Mystery of the Victorian West (Eden Murdoch Mysteries of the Victorian West), at the I Love a Mystery Bookstore, Mission, KS, on Saturday, September 4, 2010. 9/21/2010
     Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, announces publication of his new non-ficition book, How to Spot Lies Like the FBI: Protect your money, heart, and sanity using proven tips. As a retired FBI agent, Mark knows his subject. Ninty percent of those taking one survey poll admitted they lie daily. This book, with photos, helps ferret out who may be lying to you. Books are available at amazon.com. Mark's crime fiction novel, The Second Savior, is now available at half-price, hardbound, from amazon.com. 9/22/2010
     Kevin Gray, District 2, On the Strand, by Kevin GrayPaola, is a memoir writer and author of Waking Up in the Studebaker and On the Strand. He participated at the BlitzRead! BookFest! of the Johnson County Public Library, Central Resource Library, Overland Park, on Sunday, August 29, 2010. 9/21/2010
     Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of her books at Hastings, Manhattan, on September 4, 2010, and at Hastings, Topeka, on September 10 & 11, 2010. Reaona's books are Miriah, Baseball Card Hero, September 11, and Home for Christmas. 9/16/2010
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her poem, "Artists All," published in A Long Story Short ezine, September, 2010, issue. The poem can be read on the poetry page (scrolling downward). This poem was also third place winner in the 2007 KAC Writing Contest, Theme Division ("Pen Life As Art.") in Poetry. "Grandpa's Town" was published in the Ozarks' Senior Living, September, 2010. IStories to Enjoy, by Tom Macht's an essay about Nancy's visit to the town in Germany where her husband's grandfather grew up. 9/26/2010
     Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, has published a collection of sixteen short stories  in his new book, Stories To Enjoy. Some of these have won awards, others have been published in magazines. Others are new stories. More information about this book appears on Tom's web site. Tom also provides an introduction to his book on YouTube. 9/1/2010
     Cheryl Unruh, District 2, Emporia, launched her book of essays, Flyover People: Life on the GrouFlyover People, by Cheryl Unruhnd in a Rectangular State, on September 1, 2010, at Town Crier Bookstore, Emporia. She also signed copies at Topeka's SouthWind Gallery on September 15, 2010. Her book is a compilation of columns that have been published in The Emporia Gazette over the past seven years. A number of them have also aired as commentaries on Kansas Public Radio. Rollout of the book included a video interview with Ralph Hipp of WIBW-TV in Topeka and an interview on KANU public radio. Visit the Flyover People web site, which Cheryl maintains with her husband, Dave Leiker, for more information about Cheryl's book. 9/21/2010
     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, announces publication of his fourthMax Yoho, Hastings book signing, Sept. 2010 novel, With the Wisdom of Owls, available through CreateSpace.com, amazon.com, and various local and regional retailers. Max signed copies of four of his titles at Hastings Books, Topeka, on September 17, 2010. With the Wisdom of Owls is humorous fiction features a baby, Harry, and his owl godfather, Wyatt. "Never let reality limit your life" is Yoho's advice to readers of this novel. 9/1/2010

August 2010

Vivid Hues, by Errol Anderson     Errol Anderson, President of District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his new novel, Vivid Hues at Hastings, St. Joseph, MO, on July 23 & 24, 2010; at Hasting, Warrensburg, MO, on July 30 & 31, 2010; at Hastings, Hutchinson, on Aug. 6 & 7, 2010; at Hastings, Manhattan, on August 13 & 14, 2010; and at Hastings, Lawrence, on August 27 & 28, 2010. Vivid Hues is first in a series of four novels filled with exciting twists and turns. 8/31/2010
     Michelle Black, District 2, Spring Hill, who is schedule to give a workshop on self-publishing at the 2010 KAC Convention, had re-published An Uncommon Enemy as an e-book for Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc. On August 26, 2010, the blogger for Kindle Nation reviewed the book and posted the first chapter. In just a few hours the Amazon ranking zoomed from #124,000 to #160. By the next day, the book became the #1 Western novel on Amazon (for any format--paper or pixel). What started out as Michelle's digital self-publishing experiment has now become her best selling book ever. 8/28/2010
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had a memoir piece called "Fourth of July Memories" in Ozarks' Senior Living, July, 2010, issue. She also had two essays published in The Best Times, a Johnson County newspaper for seniors, July, 2010. One was "Reflections On Turning Seventy" and the other was "Past, Present and Future." On August 20, 2010, Nancy's blog was "All On the Same Page," a piece about Cat Tales, a writers group holding monthly meetings in Dover, KS, founded by Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville. 8/20/2010
      Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, author of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation , continued to use radio interviews to promote her book in July and August. She appeared on the “ Kresta in the Afternoon ” syndicated radio program, and gave two interviews in July on the “ Son Rise Morning Show ” nationally broadcast radio program. She discussed the Stuart dynasty on one show and Henry VIII's prosecution of both Catholics and Protestants on the other. In August, she also gave two interviews on the radio program: first discussing John Henry Newman and then Dominic Barberi; attended the Catholic Writers Conference in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and networked with media outlets at the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show. Her article, “Preparing the Church for converts: Newman, Benedict XVI, and the lessons of history,” was published in the August/September, 2010, issue of Homiletic & Pastoral Review . The Catholic Advance (newspaper for the Wichita diocese) published an article about it. Finally, her interview with Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark (taped earlier this year) will be broadcast on the EWTN international Catholic television, radio, and internet network on Sunday, August 29, 2010. 8/20/2010 A Distant Home, by George Paris
     George Paris, District 1, Topeka, discussed his first novel, A Distant Home, at a "Meet the Author" event on Sunday, July 25, 2010, in the Topeka Room of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Can Emily survive in the crowded, unfinished rural Kansas home of her extended family to which her new husband has brought her? George's story is based on the life experiences of his mother. 8/6/2010

July 2010

     Errol Anderson, President of District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his new novel, Vivid Hues, on July 10 and 11, 2010, at Hastings Books, Music & Videos, Fairlawn Plaza, Topeka. Vivid Hues is first in a series of four novels filled with exciting twists and turns. Dangers unfold as the heroes and heroines confront a murderous group led by Middle Eastern terrorists. 7/16/2010
    Arlene Rains Graber, District 5, Wichita, announces publication of "Remembering Matters," an article on Solomon from the book of Ecclesiastes, in the July 18, 2010, issue of The Lookout Magazine. A book signing for her book Devoted to Traveling was held the Barnes & Noble on Rock Rd., Wichita, on July 31, 2010. 7/31/2010
     Ervin Grant, El Dorado, District 5, has been writing a weekly article for the El Dorado Times. Mainly centered around local Butler County history, he is also researching Kansas history and the unique role it has played in the settlement and expansion of the West. Grant is also currently at work on his newest book, The Trials of a Small Town Lawyer, which is an autobiographical sketch of a half-century of his practice of law in Kansas. 7/26/2010
     Mary Jo Davis-Grant PhD, El Dorado, District 5, has had a poem, "Better Way," published in vol 60. no 2 issue of Sacred Journey, The Journal of Fellowship of Prayer.. Davis-Grant is the author of Dream Power: Can Our Dreams Make Us Well? which won the 2007 Literary Excellence Award for Psychology. She is currently compiling a collection of her poetry for publication. 7/26/2010
    Gordon Kessler, District 5, Wichita, hosted "Novel Writing Made Simple—the Workshop," on June 26, 2010, at Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita. The event was a full day event, with a lunch break. Topics included: writing scenes with dynamic characters, conflict and setting; dialogue and internalization; as The Bridge of Dreams, by Robert N. Lawsonwell as hooking editors and agents with great queries and synopses. 7/2/2010
     Dr. Robert N. Lawson, District 1, Topeka, discussed his novel, The Bridge of Dreams, on July 1, 2010,at Washburn Readers group at Washburn University. The book is available in the Washburn Book Store at a 25% discount. Bob answered questions and read some selected passages. His novel was published by Woodley Press for their 30th Anniversary publication and can be ordered on-line from his web site. 7/1/2010
     Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, conducted three radio interviews on the Son Rise Morning Show, 740 AM radio, Cincinnati, Ohio, in May. She discussed the feast of the Catholic Martyrs of England and Wales on May 4, 2010; the influence of Anne Boleyn on the English Reformation on May 19; and the life and death of Margaret Pole, last Plantagenet Princess on May 28. Stephanie also participated in a fund drive for the Son Rise Morning Show in June, discussing the Pilgrimage of Grace. On the June 22, 2010, broadcast she honored John FIsher and Thomas More. She participated in the Fourth Annual Author's Extravaganza on June 26, 2010, at the Town Crier bookstore in Emporia, Kansas, signing copies of her book, Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation. 7/13/2010
     George Paris, District 1, Topeka, discussed inspiration for his first novel, A Distant Home, in the Topeka Room at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2010. 7/30/2010
    Ken Peery, District 1, Topeka, had a book signing for his book, Desires of My Heart, on July 10, 2010, at Hastings Books, Music & Videos, Fairlawn Plaza, Topeka. In a story that spans one-fourth of America's history, the author reveals what can be accomplished when a person learns to "Delight yourself in the Lord." (Ps. 37:4) 7/13/2010
     LeNore Stumpf, District 4, Axtell, had a memoir published in the July-August, 2010, issue of Good Old Days magazine. 7/31/2010
     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had his about-to-be-published book, With the Wisdom of Owls, reviewed by columnist/entertainer Dalton Roberts, in the Life/Entertainment section of the Chattanooga Time Free Press, June 29, 2010. In "Check out Max Yoho's funny book." Dalton wrote, "It will be difficult for anything he ever writes to be funnier to me than The Revival, but I must say that With the Wisdom of Owls appeals more to my "far-out funny bone," and my sister says my far-out funny bone is one of my funniest. " 7/2/2010

June 2010

    Elizabeth Black, District 2 president, Lawrence, had her article, "Spring Valley School," appears in the Summer 2010 issue of Heritage of the Great Plains, a journal published by the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University. 6/23/2010
    Sylvia Colombo, District 1, Topeka, author of I Danced With Crazy Horse, signed books, June 27, 2010, "Building Awareness Psychic Fair," Douglas County Fairgrounds, Lawrence. Sylvia's book is a tribute to the great Lakota Chief Crazy Horse, personal experiences of the author and wisdom of the Spirit Grandmothers of This Galaxy.  6/28/2010
    Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, discussed her books and writing on June 5, 2010, at the Auburn Library Book Sale, Auburn. Her titles include Baseball Card Hero, September 11, and Home for Christmas. They are available for sale on-line at amazon.com. 6/15/2010
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had an essay, "Love on a Plate," published on-line at Women's Memoir website. In March this work won Honorable Mention in their food-theme category, " KitchenScraps." The piece includes a recipe for "Grandmother Studham’s Date Muffins." Space for reader comments is provided. 6/8/2010
     Gail Martin, District 5, El Dorado, had her memoir, My Flinthills Childhood: Growing Up in 1930s Kansas (2009), reviewed in The Great Plains Newsletter, 31(1) Spring, 2010. The review was written by Farrell Hoy Jenab, daughter of the newsletter's editor, Jim Hoy. Jim also wrote a paragraph on page 1 of the same issue about Spatzies and Brass BBs: Life in a One-Room Country School (2004), by Ken Ohm, District 1, Topeka.. 6/15/2010
    George Paris, District 1, Topeka, had a glowing review of his new novel, A Distant Home, as "Topeka author," by Dr. Bill Roy in his regular weekend editorial, published in the June 5, 2010, Topeka Capital-Journal. Can Emily survive in the crowded, unfinished rural Kansas home of her extended family to which her new husband has brought her? George's story is based on the life experiences of his mother. 6/7/2010
   Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, featured her new book, Sirens II, Letters from the Heart (and several other of her book titles) at a booth at the Yellow Brick Road Festival, Sedan, May 29, 2010. On Monday, May 31, 2010, Ursula was interviewed about the new book on Coffeyville's AM radio station, KGGF 690, at 8:30 a.m. On Tuesday, June 1, 2010, Ursula gave a program about Sirens II at the Coffeyville Public Library. 6/5/2010
   Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, had a book he put together as the Ark City Post #18 Historian win second place in a statewide contest of the American Legion. His award was announced at the state meeting in Great Bend. These yearbooks cover events taking place at local posts and also cover national events of interest. Also, Grant had an article published in the Arkansas City Traveler's "Senior Traveler" about a gentleman who is in the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, Kansas, entitled "Everyone has a story," plus a letter, "Discipline, parenting go hand-in-hand," published in the June 12, 2010, Arkansas City Traveler. 6/23/2010

May 2010

     A group of KAC authors sold books in the Kansas Authors tent at the 2010 Kansas Sampler Festival, Leavenworth, on May 1 and 2, 2010. Authors from Topeka included Reaona Hemmingway, who was helped by her family and fellow KAC members Glory Hemmingway and Denise Hemmingway. George Paris introduced his first novel, A Distant Home, hot off the press. Carol Yoho helped Max Yoho present his work. Mike Klaassen and James Yoder attended from Wichita, and District 2 was represented by Elizabeth Black (Lawrence), Carolyn Hall (Shawnee), Norm Ledgin (Stanley), Tom Mach (Lawrence) and Lora Reiter (Ottawa). 5/7/2010
KAC District 2 tableentrance, new Kansas Authors tentTopeka authors table Reaona Hemmingway
    Robert Beattie, District 5, Wichita, has his true crime book, Language of Evil, featured on CBSnews web site: Crimesider Book 'Em.  The site includes an interview withf Beattie, conducted via e-mail by CBS's Barry Leibowitz5/6/2010
    Audrey M. Collins, District 6, Hutchinson, has moved into assisted living. Since January, 2010, she has authored a column, "The View from Waldron Place," in their monthly news letter. Residents and their families each receive a copy and Audrey has full freedom as to what she writes.She will often find a quote to cite, offer a bit of philosophy and a poem. Her column has been well received. Congratulations, Audrey!   5/1/2010
      Sylvia Colombo, District 1, Topeka, author of I Danced With Crazy Horse, signed books on May 7 and 8, 2010, at the Haskell Indian Nations commencement Pow Wow in Lawrence. Sylvia's book is a tribute to the great Lakota Chief Crazy Horse, personal experiences of the author and wisdom of the Spirit Grandmothers of This Galaxy.  5/10/2010
     Devoted to Traveling, by Arlene Rains GraberArlene Rains Graber, District 5, Wichita, announces publication of Devoted to Traveling, a unique devotional book published by AWOC Publishers. The book is a chronicle of the first-hand experiences of the author, whose adventures are written with lessons learned. Multiple adventures allow readers to experience the highs and lows of traveling. As a travel professional since 1983, Graber also gives first-hand accounts of how to pack, security issues, and what happens at the airport when “canceled” blazes over the departure screen. Buy Devoted to Traveling at www.awocbooks.com, amazon.com, and Watermark Books & Cafe (Wichita). 5/1/2010
The Burning Veil, by Jean Grant      Jean Grant, District 2, Lawrence, launched her new novel, The Burning Veil, at The Raven Bookstore, Lawrence, on May 6, 2010. “Elegant and insightful, The Burning Veil takes the reader on a fascinating journey behind the closed doors of Saudi Arabian life, showing Arabs and expats as they struggle to come to terms with their differences. Jean Grant’s novel is a delightful find.” —Zoe Ferraris, Author of Finding Nouf.   5/9/2010
      Reaona Hemminway, District 1, Topeka, was featured in an interview, "Topeka woman writes a dozen novels during grandmother's last three years of life," with Topeka Capital-Journal writer Sheila Ellis. The interview appeared in the May 22, 2010, Sunday edition of the newspaper, and discusses how Reaona wrote to entertain her grandmother, who was in a nursing facility with advancing Alzheimer's disease and couldn't communicate verbally. 5/27/2010
      Gordon Kessler, District 5, Wichita, hosted "Novel Writing Made Simple—the Seminar," on Saturday, May 22, 2010, at Holiday Inn East, Wichita. This seminar is one of several events Gordon has planned. For current information visit his web site. 5/28/2010
      Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her nonfiction story, "Kissing The Blarney Stone," published in LongStoryShort ezine, May, 2010. She had an essay, "What Happened To Mom...and What About Me?," published in The Best Times, a Johnson County newspaper for seniors, May, 2010. And she had "Aleenah's Journey To The Sea" published in Encounter, a Christian magazine for teens, Summer, 2010.   5/14/2010
      B.D. Tharp, District 5, Wichita, author of Feisty Family Values, had a reading and signing on May 13, 2010, at Haysville Community Library; on May 20, 2010, at Arkansas City Public Library; and on May 27, 2010, at Derby Public Library. Her contemporary women's fiction novel shows there is more to family than just DNA. An excerpt and book reviews are available at her web site. 5/28/2010 Rooftops to Rice Paddies, by Grant Williams
   Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, announces publication of his new novel, Rooftops to Rice Paddies, Willie's Magic Horn, the story of a young man from the ghetto. He loves playing the blues on his trumpet, even when he finds himself serving his country as a soldier in Viet Nam. This title is available on Amazon.com and also can be purchased from the author. 5/29/2010
     Joann Williams, KAC state president, District 2, Princeton, received the “Outstanding Achievement in Literacy Promotion” award from the Kansas Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for her article, "The Rewards of Genealogy," published in The Best Times, a Johnson County publication for seniors, December, 2009. The article tells of her genealogical search, beginning long before current times of on-line resources. Joann discovered interesting facts about her great-grandfather, once owner of a large tract of property near downtown Kansas City, KS. She is pleased to be recognized by the Kansas DAR. 5/27/2010

April 2010

     Arlene Graber, District 5, Wichita, signed copies of her books on April 18, 2010, at Watermark Books, Wichita. Her new book is entitled Devoted to Traveling. Graber, a freelance writer with hundreds of articles published in newspapers, magazines, and periodicals, has traced her travels over the past two decades and fashioned them into devotionals for everyday living. Adventures, from the healing aspects of San Francisco to a spiritual renewal in an ancient cathedral, allow readers to experience the highs and lows of traveling. As a travel professional since 1983, Graber also gives first-hand accounts of how to pack, security issues, and what happens at the airport when "cancelled" blazes over the departure screen. 4/20/2010
     Kevin Gray, District 2, Paola, gave a memoir writing workshop at the Paola Free Library on April 15, 2010. Gray taught journalism at Paola High School, has worked for a number of NE Kansas newspapers, and has two memoirs in print: Waking Up in the Studebaker and On the Strand. He has always felt each person has a story to tell. This workshop was meant to jump-start writing that story for participants. 4/16/2010
    Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, discussed her books on April 22, 2010, at Classic Bean, Topeka, and on April 24, 2010, at Baker's Dozen, Topeka. 4/29/2010
     Conrad Jestmore, District 5 , Wichita, has had his article "The Courage to Walk Through Doors" published in the Spring, 2010, issue of The Reiki News Magazine. It recounts his efforts and successes in giving Reiki treatments to puppy mill survivors at the Kansas Humane Society. 4/7/2010
     Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, author of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation started a Surpemacy and Survival blog. She also gave an brief interview on the Son Rise Morning Show on April 7, 2010, and an hour-long interview on station WTMR in Pennsylvania on April 14, 2010, discussing her book. 4/29/2010
     B.D. Tharp, District 5, Wichita, author of Feisty Family Values, signed books at Border's Books, New Market Square, Wichita, on April 3, 2010. 4/7/2010
    Patricia Callahan Walkenhorst, District 2, Blue Springs, MO, was interviewed by The Independence (MO) Examiner for a front page feature story on April 16, 2010. Pat's new book is Irish Settlers of Kansas: Memories of the Pioneer Life. The article, "Honoring her Heritage: Woman Writes Book about Irish Roots," tells how her book is a collection of as yet unpublished stories written by the pioneers or their families and handed down. Stories collected show what it was like to be a pioneer in antebellum and Civil War Kansas. The article was prompted by the reporter's interest in doing an article on our awesome new Midwest Genealogical Library in Independence, which covers all the mid-western states. 4/30/2010
     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, (writer of humorous Kansas fiction) was one of five guest authors at a reception on April 23, 2010, honoring volunteers at Kansas Audio- Reader Network—a program for reading to the blind that is affiliatedAudio Reader reception, April 2010 with KANU Public Radio, Lawrence. The informal discussion between readers, audio reader staff, and authors also included Ken Ohm, District 1, Topeka (writer of Flint Hills memoirs), Tom Averill (Writer-in-residence and Profession of English at Washburn University), Denise Low (Kansas Poet Laureate, 2007-2009), and Stanley Hamilton (retired reporter for the Kansas City Star). 4/29/2010

March 2010

     Kevin Gray, District 2, Paola, announces publication of his new memoir. On the Strand, taking up where Kevin's first memoir, Waking Up in the Studebaker, leaves him: nearing high school graduation in the suburbs of Richmond, Va. These pages are full of the counterculture and places of the late 1960s—including both Coasts...AND SE Kansas. 3/11/2010
     Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, presented a Writers Workshop, March 27, 2010, at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. She demonstrated how to format a book for publication, design the cover, and make it available for sales to the public on-line. Reaona has published three books using do-it-yourself features of CreateSpace.com. She is also a Nanowrimo author. 3/30/2010
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her poem "Play, Gypsy Girl, Play" tie for Poem of the Month with another poem, in A Long Story Short ezine, March, 2010, issue. Read the poem on-line. Nancy also had her story, "The Presence of God," published in Christian Voices ezine on March 22, 2010. 3/22/2010
    Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, continues promoting Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation with radio interviews. On “The Son Rise Morning Show,” March 10, 2010, she discussed the martyrdom of St. John Ogilvie and on March 25, 2010, discussed the founding of Maryland by the Calvert family (where religious freedom was part of the colony's raison d'être). She also made presentations and signed books at the Bishop Helmsing Institute Apologetics Conference, Kansas City, MO, on March 13, 2010, and at the Newby George Parisman Book Club, Wichita, on March 22, 2010. 3/25/2010
    George Paris, District 1, Topeka, is an artist, writer and performer. He has a new web site, By George!, that showcases his arts, including poetry and written work. The site was created and published by his daughter, Jenith Hoover, who hopes to add a shopping cart to the mix. 3/11/2010
    Feisty Family Values, by B.D. TharpB.D. Tharp, District 5, Wichita, author of Feisty Family Values, signed books at Watermark Books, Wichita, on March 18, 2010, and at Barnes and Noble, Wichita, on March 20, 2010. This contemporary women's fiction novel shows there is more to family that just DNA. For an excerpt and book reviews vist her web site. 3/25/2010

February 2010

     Ronald Feasel, District 1, Topeka, was spotlighted on ifogovillage.com, a web site of over 400 writers and readers. Ronald's pen name is "Reid Jackson." 2/10/2010 Spotlighted
    Stanley Hamilton, District 2, Lawrence, reports that his Machine Gun Kelly's Last Stand has been recorded by the Kansas Audio-Reader Network. This nonfiction account of  of Kelly's kidnapping venture, a major crime in the 1930s Gangster Era, was published in 2003 by the University Press of Kansas. 2/21/2010
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her essay, "Love In A Box," published in The Best Times, a Johnson County newspaper for seniors, February, 2010. Also, "In One Corner Of My Heart" was published in Ozarks' Senior Living newspaper, February, 2010. 2/3/2010
     Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, author of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation, made a presentation at the East Wichita Shepherd's Center on February 23, 2010, in the "What Have You Read Lately" series, discussing her book and her process of writing it, finding a publisher, and promoting her work. On February 19, she continued her series of discussions with Brian Patrick, the host of "The Son Rise Morning Show," telling the story of the poet aDesires of My Heart, by Ken Peerynd martyr, Robert Southwell, including a selection of his poetry. . 2/24/2010
    Ken Peery, District 1, Topeka, discussed his book Desires of My Heart: A Lawyer's Journey from Law to Justice, on February 21, 2010, at the Topeka Room, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Ken signed copies his books following a Q & A session. 2/21/2010
      Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, had a short article printed in the latest Capper's Magazine, under the Heart of the Home section, "Blessings in Disguise." They even put a cartoon picture representing Doris and her hubby sitting in first class on a plane. Doris also had an article in the Spring 2010  issue of  Kansas Senior Times, "Spring WILL arrive!" Her son, John, also had an article, "Old fashioned values," published there as well. Doris still does a weekly column, "I Remember," in the Rural Messenger and a twice monthly column, "Remember Whe,n" in the Hutchinson News. 2/26/2010
     Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, was one of ten guest speakers at the "Future Space" event at Cowley College, Arkansas City, on February 11, 2010. He participated in two sessions, speaking about his career in writing. He credited KAC as a contributing factor to his successes as a writer and the weighed the importance of writing in career success and community interaction. The event was featured on the Cowley College web site. 2/23/2010

January 2010

    Dr. Phil Corbin, District 1, Topeka, has published his first book, Trails. The book is a collection of stories about different creatures—only from their perspectives. {Dr. Phil is a retired veteranarian, and communicates well with animals!] The book is available from the author at $25/copy (including postage). This is the first book in a series, with at least three more books planned. Dr. Corbin is working on another book, Glimpses Into the Royal Family, scheduled for completion later this year, and The Lake that Wasn't There, due for 2011 publication. Dr. Corbin's advice? "Write when you can and as often as you can." 1/21/2010
An American Woman's Zest for Living, by Donna Dilsaver    Donna Dilsaver, District 5, Wichita, announces publication of her autobiography. An American Woman’s Zest for Living tells Donna's story as a lifetime Kansan and offers up her own experience as a positive guide to anyone who wants to succeed, personally or professionally. Born to Kansas farmers during the Great Depression, she came through her family’s many moves for jobs and security with clear messages from her closely knit clan to embrace life, use your talent, work hard and never give up. Her book is available at Watermark Books in Wichita, as well as other locations. 1/10/2010
    Ronald Feasel, District 1, Topeka, was chosen as a featured author on fReado.com, December 21, 2009. He has a web place on Book Place and has a video trailer for his novel Rhyme Man, viewable at Books for Film. (Ron's pen name is Reid Jackson.) 1/7/2010
Ronald on Book Place Ronald on Books for Film
Ronald on freadoRonald at Book PlacePoetry is for Everyone, with poems by Conrad Jestmore
    .Conrad Jestmore, District 5, Wichita,has had five poems published in the anthology Poetry is for Everyone, edited by Mary M. Chase and published by Rough Road Books. They include four previously published poems ("Scanning the Cartographer's Lines," "Uisce Beatha," "Red Draw"" and "On the Cottonwood") and one new poem ("Seeking Protection, KS"). The anthology is available through Amazon.com. 1/17/2010
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has a short essay, "Guess What? I Like Football!," published in Ozarks' Senior Living newspaper, January, 2010. 1/14/2010
    Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, author of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation, traveedl to Birmingham, Alabama, to appear on “EWTN Live” on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at 7 p.m. CST. Before returning to Wichita, she was taped an interview on “EWTN Bookmark” to be broadcast later on the international cable network. Also, her article “In the Shadow of Tyburn Tree: Who were the Martyrs of England and Wales” was cover story in the January/February, 2010, issue of The Catholic Answer magazine. 1/29/2010

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