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SunLit Excerpt: “The Forge of Bonds” follows extraordinary teens craving the ordinary

Protagonists Jason Lex and Sadie Callahan sense that supernatural danger lurks in their outwardly mundane world. They'll need each other to defeat it.

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SunLit Excerpt: Family matters complicate a John Pickett historical mystery

In this volume from her humorous mystery series, "Brother Can You Spare a Crime?" author Sheri Cobb South reveals the relationship that powers the narrative

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SunLit Excerpt: “Killer Chardonnay” leaves bitter finish for wine critic

Kate Lansing's first "cozy" mystery novel intertwines the author's love of the grape with a nefarious narrative in Colorado's wine country

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From new releases to exclusive interviews, SunLit built on its bedrock of Colorado award winners

The challenge of creating a best-of collection proved harder than ever, but here are some highlights from 2021

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Falling Forward,” a widowed mother secretly plots her new path

Pat Benedict Jurgen's first novel tracks protagonist Louisa's loss of her husband and her effort to break free from family she no longer trusts

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SunLit Excerpt: The prose poems of “Bright Path, Dark River” meditate on family life and death

The pandemic moved poet Carol Guerrero-Murphy to a sense of urgency in relating observations about losing family -- including animals

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SunLit Excerpt: In the absurdist novel “The Perfect Stranger,” reason and desire go under the knife

This novel from performance poet Gregory SETH Harris uses every device imaginable -- through language, plot and theme -- to create a narrative that can be consumed in many ways

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SunLit Excerpt: A body at the mine, a politicking sheriff set the stage for mountain mystery

In "The Last Hurrah," dual authors introduce Phoebe Korneal, a mountain-town detective set to uncover what lies behind an unexplained death

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SunLit Excerpt: “Billy (the Kid)” reimagines the legendary gunslinger — or does it?

Author Peter Meech's first novel offers a riddle: Is Billy a fictional rendition of the famous outlaw in his later years? Or is he someone else entirely?

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Skyglow,” a look to the heavens for beauty and meaning

Author Kathryn Winograd's selection from her book of essays, “Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children,” melds the mysteries of the night sky with the search for truth

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Mariano’s Woman,” a mother seeks her dead daughter’s spirit-being

Author David M. Jessup introduces a native woman whose quest to reconnect with her child winds through cultural clashes and enduring spiritual questions

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SunLit Special: “Something Like Treason” tells a bizarre Colorado-based story of WWII

Author William Sonn examined the true tale of some would-be traitors in a misfit Army unit based near the vaunted Camp Hale in the Colorado mountains

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SunLit Special: “Cockeyed Happy” reveals Hemingway’s Wyoming chapters

Author Darla Worden, a longtime Ernest Hemingway fan, delves into the author's trips to her home state and his relationship with second wife Pauline Pfeiffer

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SunLit Special: Claire Boyles’ “Site Fidelity” delves into the trials of rural life

This excerpt from author's collection of short stories offers a window onto the lives of one couple trying to regain economic footing after the Great Recession

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SunLit Excerpt: “The Burn Patient” sends a young teen on an audition that feels all wrong

This selection from Sue Hinkin's Colorado Book Award-winning thriller tracks the girl's path to a dance tryout -- in a studio at the epicenter of L.A.'s porn industry

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SunLit Excerpt: A resource for navigating difficult family conversations about aging

In this excerpt from "Caregiving Done Differently," the authors explain strategies for approaching seniors about possible changes to facilitate their care

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SunLit Excerpt: “Memories in the Drift” charts a woman’s struggle to reconcile her past

This week's selection introduces a protagonist whose short-term memory loss creates conflict between who she was -- and the person she is.

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SunLit Excerpt: “Colorado’s Highest” charts exploration and naming of state’s 14ers

Author Jeri L. Norgren unravels the history behind Colorado's 58 highest peaks, with the help of photographer John Fielder and painter Robert L. Wogrin

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SunLit Excerpt: “Edge of the Map,” recounts the true story of climbers lost in China

Author Johanna Garton recounts how search efforts by U.S. friends hinged on clues from the contents of the legendary Coloradans' backpacks

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Shadow Ridge,” a detective, a crime scene and a curious visitor collide

In this Jo Wyatt mystery, author M.E. Browning introduces the fraught relationship between two cops amid a death that may not be what it seems

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