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Book Excerpts
Book Excerpts

SunLit Special: “The Holly” tells the story of Terrance Roberts, his Denver neighborhood and much more

Author Julian Rubinstein focuses on north Park Hill's gang culture, but also other forces that shaped the neighborhood -- from cops to gentrification to George Floyd

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In “Lean and Strong,” the author guides readers toward effective motivation for diet and exercise

Josh Hillis steers individuals away from harmful psychology that thwarts healthy efforts, and toward practices more likely to achieve success and satisfaction

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In “Yanks Behind the Lines,” the author sheds light on a little-known WWI humanitarian effort

Jeffrey B. Miller's grandparents were part of the massive project that kept millions in Belgium from starving. Their story sent him on a mission to research and write about an undertaking that defined American aid.

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“White Trash Warlock” introduces a young man versed in the supernatural, on a mission

In David R. Slayton's trailer-park fantasy world, Adam Lee Binder encounters magic, evil and romance in a quest to find his father

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In “Other People’s Pets,” an animal empath battles her bizarre upbringing

Author R.L. Maizes introduces protagonist La La, whose parents raised her as a burglar -- though she's well on the path to becoming a veterinarian. Will her life veer off the rails?

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In an excerpt from “Once Again,” a mother suddenly finds herself reliving the loss of her daughter

Author Catherine Wallace Hope introduces a grieving woman, barely clinging to her sanity, who's jolted back in time by a phone call from the girl's school

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In this excerpt from “Creatures of Charm and Hunger,” astral projection yields heartbreaking results

After escaping the Nazis to England in the waning days of World War II, Miriam Cantor employs special powers to determine her parents' fate. Her nocturnal adventure reveals a startling truth.

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In “Death of a Car Salesman,” a daughter discovers her semi-famous father’s death could be a homicide

Author Collin Brantmeyer introduces a woman returning home to settle family business involving her car-hawking dad, whose goofy TV ads made him a celebrity and overshadowed his checkered past

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“Bridging Worlds” tells of Pemba Sherpa’s journey from Everest to Boulder, and back

With co-author James McVey, Sherpa traces his steps from the high Himalaya to Colorado, where his business success triggered philanthropy in his native land

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“Heartbreak Kennel” tells a grim tale of abuse, but also the complex story of a breeder who fooled everyone

Through dozens of interviews and stacks of documents, author Cary Unkelbach weaves the story of deception and mistreatment. Somehow, her own dog Max defied the odds.

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In “Wesley Yorstead Goes Outside,” the sheltered protagonist finds his existence disrupted

Author Stephanie Harper introduces the title character and the apartment that is his world. And then an unexpected visitor arrives.

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“The Loneliest Band in France” takes on a new member to help perform its killer song

Author Dylan Fisher's single-sentence excerpt tells the meandering story of an aspiring diplomat who winds up pulled into the band -- despite his lack of any musical talent

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“Wild: Uncivilized Tales” collected stories from more than a dozen Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

In "Castles in the Sky," author Rick Duffy tells the story of a literal dream merchant peddling her original creations to an inexperienced client

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“The Bad Old Days of Colorado” explores the dark underbelly of the unruly early settlers

The author takes an unsparing look at the dark characters who ventured west, with sordid tales of cannibalism and behavior frequently fueled by whiskey, including the aptly named Coffin Varnish

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Exclusive excerpt from “Going to Trinidad”: A patient arrives at a gender-confirmation crossroads

For 41 years, Dr. Stanley Biber's practice made the southern Colorado town a destination for the surgery. Upon her arrival, Claudine Griggs reflected on how she got there.

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In this excerpt from “No Man’s Son,” the author recounts her husband’s final day

Michael Chowdry, a Pakastani immigrant, built a cargo airline and a life in Colorado. It all ended too soon when he and a journalist died in a crash.

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“The Three Mrs. Wrights” explores how protagonists fell victim to an emotional grifter

In this excerpt, one of the women enchanted by the same unscrupulous guy awakens from a dreamlike nap to a whirlwind romantic wedding on a Mexican beach

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“Runes for Writers”: How solving writer’s block is kind of like recalling where you left your keys

Though it may sound "a bit woo-woo," author Marc Graham writes that understanding where stories live in our minds can help us tell them better

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In “Beware the Eyes of Mars” an android starts to fall for a human under its surveillance

Author Jodi Bowersox puts a unique spin on relationships in this passage about a robot assigned to keep an eye on a beautiful -- by human standards -- criminal suspect

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A selection of poems from Art Elser’s collection “It Seemed Innocent Enough”

These excerpts cover meditations on being drawn into poetry, appreciating nature, remembering love's spark and even the cosmic significance of a spider's death

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