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Touring a women’s camp, journalist Viva encounters the bald and mysterious Marisol

In a murder mystery set in the Colorado mountains, author C.C. Harrison brings together distinctive characters -- and ukeleles

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Pointed toward the underworld and told to use his instincts, freshly tattooed Ty begins his adventure

In this mythology-inspired fantasy, author L.D. Colter introduces us to a protagonist sent on a vaguely-defined mission he can't refuse

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A 1984 flashback reveals family dynamics forged in a trying political campaign

Author Elisabeth Hyde creates vivid scenes of sibling love and discord that play out over decades and converge on one weekend in "Go Ask Fanny"

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An intimate bilingual encounter draws a storied gunfighter to a conflicted young woman

The steamy scene sets the stage for a work of historical fiction built around the exploits of Billy the Kid

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Rhinos, wild horses, politics — and dead bodies — set a frenetic pace from D.C. to Kenya

The first chapter of "Killing Godiva's Horse" plants the seeds of eventually converging storylines in author J.M. Mitchell's thriller

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A K-9 detective does his job well, which means Deputy Mattie Cobb has another mystery on her hands

In this edition of her ongoing series, author Margaret Mizushima introduces us to the grisly discovery that raises a multitude of questions

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Filling out an online dating profile can be tricky. Is honesty always the best policy?

In this excerpt from the short story collection "Awayland," we get a peek at how one mythological character pursues the elemental quest for love

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A timeless story of hidden treasure led to another, tragic kind of search

This excerpt from writer Robert Sanchez's longform piece "Lost" typifies the exquisitely-told Colorado tales from this anthology of writing from 5280 magazine

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At the end, a rumination on a daughter’s complex relationship with her adoptive father

In this excerpt from "Bitterroot," American Indian author Susan Devan Harness explores powerful emotions as childhood memories frame her dad's final days