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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
Poet Art Elser looked back at life-changing events to fill his collection “It Seemed Innocent Enough”
He finds inspiration all around him, and in life experiences like serving in Vietnam. But his poetic role model was a woman who never stopped writing -- and published a book of her verse at 100.
Cindy Burkart Maynard’s visits to the archeological sites of ancient Puebloans sparked a novel idea
The author of "Soyala: Daughter of the Desert" produced a work of historical fiction that adds to the speculation about abandonment of a Four Corners civilization
“Soyala: Daughter of the Desert” brings to life the great migration of the Pueblo people
Through historical fiction, Cindy Burkart Maynard tells the tale of the 13th-century people in the Four Corners region and why they may have left
In “The Undying Man,” the story begins with a duel of wits and a bit of magic
In “To Walk Humbly,” a historical novel, the Ku Klux Klan’s influence is on display
Author Laurie Marr Wasmund invokes 1920s Denver landmarks in an excerpt where the Klan appeals to the business interests of prospective members
Author Lori Hodges built her first novel around family genealogy — plus her dog’s bouts with a porcupine
Research on her roots and idle hours between emergency ambulance calls gave her the inspiration and the opportunity to create "Sweet Twisted Pine"
“Church of the Graveyard Saints” introduces old flames reunited in southwestern Colorado
Protagonist Addie Decker's return to her hometown will reunite her with old boyfriend Colt. Here, author C. Joseph Greaves introduces him.
“Spurred West” examines the myth of the Wild West, starting with its icon, Buffalo Bill Cody
Author Ian Neligh spent a year researching the legends that inspired the lore that captivated America and beyond, to see if remnants of the dime-novel stories lives on in the West
In “The Secrets of Lost Stones,” a cryptic note presents troubled teen with a choice
Melissa Payne's novel calls on her experience with abused and neglected children to paint a compelling portrait of the troubled protagonist
Colorado author Melissa Payne drew on her work experience to create a lost teen named Star
In "The Secrets of Lost Stones," elements of her work with abused and neglected kids coalesce around the story of one girl's search for family
Kin or hostage? In “Wanted,” a chase across the American West, a woman realizes she’s both
Author Paula L. Silici's excerpt describes a desperate race for freedom and then what could be a last stand for two cousins
For author Paula L. Silici, the trials of a family move made her wonder: What would Jessie Driscoll do?
Silici's thought exercise helped her channel the Old West heroine's feeling of helplessness while on the run from the law in "Wanted"
Longtime Colorado author dug deep, and found treasures in iconic Cheley camps’ past
Mary Taylor Young sorted through lots of camp archives, and the memories of third- and fourth-generation Cheleys, to put together a history that touched thousands of campers
A Florida swamp guide gets launched on a mystery by discovery of a hat — and a very unusual pair of shoes
Co-authors Carl and Jane Bock pull the reader into a world of natural beauty, fish, birds and crocodiles as they set up events for their protagonist and part-time sleuth
From a vantage point far in the future, Colorado author’s “A Once-Dead Genius” examines the human condition
When an emissary arrives from another star system, how will the few remaining humans perceive it? How will it perceive itself?
A Colorado author thought she was done with characters she created 20 years ago. Then one came of age.
Author Sheri Cobb South discovered that one young character, who was only 19 in her series' first novel, had grown up with a story to tell
Money and desperation drive nobility under cover in a Colorado author’s book, setting stage for romance
In this excerpt from "The Desperate Duke," a conversation with the executor of an estate gives this novel all the set-up it needs
Shifting points of view introduce a suicide, a disappearance and set the stage for drama
In Cynthia Swanson's "The Glass Forest," we get the first scent of mystery surrounding a tragedy bound to play out in betrayal