Leadville Laurel's
Ides of March (2017) Newsletter!
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It's amazing what you discover when you research weird things for fantasy novels! These nacreous clouds pictured above, for example, simply blew my mind. I had to find a cool place for Odin's home in Waterwight: Flux (book II), and in the nacreous clouds I found it.

I hope you all continue to "March" forth this month with your projects, and if you find yourself "Marching to Pretoria," all the better. (Does anyone out there remember this song from elementary school?)


  • The CIPA EVVY Awards are open for submission through May 20th! Consider joining The Colorado Independent Publishers Association! I've met some wonderful and influential people at their monthly meetings.
  • Interested in a 10-minute Playwriting Competition? Contact Doris Dembosky at for more info!
  • From March 1 - April 30, the Salida Regional Library will have written works by local authors on display! Check them out when you visit, and pick up a library card while you're there!
  • Carol Wolff sent me a long list of upcoming networking and learning events from BOOST Denver, Creative Connections, DaVinci Institiute, and The Opportunity Coalition. Feel free to contact Carol ( )if you'd like more information about marketing and growing your business, and/or visit each site's link.
  • The Hare, Raising Truth--a not-for-children-or-prudes adult fairy tale--is available now! Hope you'll all splurge on a $2.99 download / $6.99 book (free download with book purchase) for yourself or for someone who might enjoy a twisted tale with a surprise ending. Heck, it's worth it just to have a copy of this awesome cover art!
  • Waterwight: Flux (Book II of the Waterwight Series) is unfolding in ways I'd never imagined until I started writing!  Watch for Waterwight: Book I on audiobook soon.

Please be a "Friend." They do so very much for their local authors!

Exciting news about other authors/bloggers and publishing services providers! Check them out!
And if you have news about your work you'd like to share, let me know and I'll include it in my next letter.

Mark Hardcastle is a 1982 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, but I won't hold that against him (as he probably doesn't realize I'm a 1983 graduate of USMA, the really tough academy!) Mark is an inspirational speaker and has the perfect book for our chaotic world: The Symphony of Your Life: Restoring Harmony When Your World is Out of Tune. Get yours today (I think Air Force Officers are taught how to write well)!

Tim "TC" Hall was and always will be a Marine. His book Marines Never Cry "weaves actual tales of intrigue, levity, and danger that most people have never experienced or even thought of in their entire lives." Are you interested in what our soldiers experienced in Vietnam? Do you know any military people? This book is for you/them. I read a pre-publication version, and it was an eye-opening experience.

Grady Birdsong and Bob Fischer (both military veterans) have published a book highlighting the amazing advances being made in healing brain injuries. Check out their encouraging book The Miracle Workers of South Boulder Road: Healing the Signature Wounds of War.

Thinking about turning your book into an audio book? I hear everyone's doing it! Sandra Murphy is the "Voice Mama"! I'll be offering Waterwight in audio as soon as I get her what she needs to complete my project!

How about your web presence? Is it working for you? Do you even know what SEO is? Why not contact Zoe DeVito for a free evaluation?

Helen Hiebert offers an amazing product: exquisite handmade paper! Follow her blog to learn more about her work, her workshops, and her unique offerings!

Cindy Jewkes will find your missing, misplaced, misused words! I have used and will continue to employ her GoodTalesEditing service for my books. She provides copyediting, proofreading and beta reading services, and has an eagle eye for errors!


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

1. Write about Marching.

When you think of marching, what images come to mind? Have you ever marched?

2. Write for 2 minutes on each of these prompts:

  • "Beware the ides of March"
  • Why I feel lucky this month
  • What would make me feel luckier?


1. Don't worry.

2. Be happy.

3. And beware the ides of March.
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