Leadville Laurel's
IDES OF MARCH (2016) Newsletter!
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"BEWARE the ides of March."

So sayeth the soothsayer in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. When I first started this newsletter, I planned to release it on the ides of each month, figuring the "ides" would be an easy date to remember and a funny literary allusion. Turns out I was mistaken.

What's an ides? According to, the ides is a day in the Roman calendar marking the approximate middle of the month. For March, May, July, and October it falls on the 15th. For other months it falls on the 13th. Don't worry, though, I'll stick with the 15th for publishing these tidbits. No need for everyone to be confused!


If you missed author Carol Bellhouse's presentation last month, you may still order her work Estate and Legacy along with her other publications on Amazon. Check her out here:

  •  Check out the Chaffee County Writers Exchange for more details on upcoming workshops and consider becoming a member! Their workshops are great fun.
  • I will be the guest author on April 22nd--Earth Day! It will be the perfect day to share my new novel WATERWIGHT and discuss my writing process! Come with questions and an appetite for free pizza and drinks! Follow me on my Leadville Laurel Facebook page for (way-more-frequent) updates! 

(that's an order)

Here are some exciting new authors/bloggers! Check them out!

Jennifer Sweete, the current CCWE president, has a gorgeous new blog. Check it out for a "sweete" dose of inspiration!

Debbie (DJ) Davis is a Colorado girl who can't imagine living anywhere else! T
he rugged high country sets the scene for her stories. When she's not writing, she's hiking with her dogs, photographing the wildlife, or camping with her husband. A Great Dane runs her life. 
A portion of each sale of her novel Courageous Cain is donated to Big Bones Canine Rescue in Windsor, Colorado. Her
 second novel, Summer Star, is due for release by Champagne Books on April 4. Check out the cover on her site.

I met Molly Kate Brown at a CIPA conference last month (consider joining this growing organization) and read her novel Learning to Walk in India. Amazing. Exquisitely written. You will BE in India with her. Here's the link:
and her website is: 

 Cara Sue Achterberg's new novel Girl's Weekend is available at a $3.99 pre-release price until its May 3rd release! Check her out here:


. . . and I just met these 3 local authors at Next Page Book Store in Frisco on March 12th:

Heather Sappenfield, author of
and other award-winning books!
(I just started reading it and I can see why
she wins awards!)
Her site:

Lauren Dittle, author and artist for a gorgeous new children's book called
APPRECIATE (Life is Great)!
Her site:

Wayne Turner, author of 
Family and the Great Outdoors
His link:

And, by the way, Next Page Books & Nosh is a fun, friendly place! Please support your local book stores!

Author Ann Parker may not be new, but I've made her an honorary "Leadvillain"! Check out her beautiful website and dig into her Silver Rush Mystery Series! 

(see photo below of her last research visit to Leadville!)

And now, your prompts for the next 30ish days:

1. Using the words "cashew" (noun), "screeched" (verb), turquoise (adjective), and lovingly (adverb), write a narrative, a poem, or whatever comes from your fingertips. 
And don't ask why those words came to me!
Well, actually, I'd love it if someone would ask (because then I'd know you were reading this!)

2. I got this next prompt from the Chaffee County Writers Exchange Workshop I attended on 3/7/16:

Think back to an early childhood incident. You might want to make a list of discreet memories first, and then pick one. Now, from a 1st person present tense perspective, tell me about it. You'll be using your young memory, youthful words and syntax. Spend no more than 10 minutes on this.

Then, look back on that same incident and write about it from a 1st person past tense perspective from the age you are now. Again, no more than 10 minutes.

If you'd like to see how I wrote from these very different perspectives, here's my blog post about an incident I so clearly remember. I was quite the little hussy at the age of five.
I wonder where Andy is now . . .

1.  Join professional organizations and attend events! CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Association) does SO much for its members and authors and is well worth the annual fee.
Check it out:

2.  See what you might do for your local libraries! It's all about building communities and scratching backs. If your local library know you, they'll find readers for your work. Become a library "friend."
3.  READ (whenever you're not cooking, cleaning, coaching, entertaining, exercising, and--oh--writing!)
4.  Crank the song "Footloose" (or any other kick-butt song) and get up and DANCE! It'll open your mind (and work out some kinks)!
Order yours today!

Paperback is only $13.95. Get the Kindle download for only $1.99 with the purchase of a paperback!
If you like a book,
please write a good
review on Amazon
or Goodreads!
Good reviews are
(almost) as good as
for up-and-coming

Please do NOT say
that you're the best friend of or are related to the person whose work you review. This can adversely affect the credibility of your rating and the author.
Here are links to past newsletters:  (Feb '16)  (Jan '16)  (Dec '15)
My first novel in a new YA fantasy adventure series!
Sign up on Goodreads by March 31st for a chance to win an autographed copy!
There's something in the water...
Ann Parker (center) came to visit our Cloud City Writing Group in the fall!
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