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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

In “The Body in Griffith Park,” a period-piece mystery combines interrogation with romance

While the authorities seek to unmask a killer in early 20th-century California, two of the questioners mix police work with flirtation

Jennifer Kincheloe built her stories around a relatively little-known venue for women’s rights

In the early 1900s, women in police custody were at the mercy of an entirely male system. Police matrons addressed that problem, and provided rich characters for her novels.

Author Todd Fahnestock wrote “The Undying Man” for one really compelling reason: his fans

In one selection from her collection “Lucid Life,” the poet offers a father’s wish for his daughter

In a second poem, Catherine R. Berra reflects on the process of growing older and wiser -- but not alone

Catherine R. Berra has been writing poems since she was a girl. Last year, she finally published some.

Christmas Eve with grumpy grandchildren inspired Natli VanDerWerken to write her book

With family tempers rising, the author sat in her living room and restored calm with a magical tale that became "WindRunner," one in a series of novels

In this sci-fi fantasy, the imposing WindRunner arrives to call Owen to a dangerous quest

Dragons, magic and evil lie ahead as the giant stallion prepares to transport the uncertain son on a journey to find his parents, missing soldiers and an amulet

Jared Smith evokes sunrise across America in the title piece of his poetry collection

In a few dozen lines, the poet describes the glitz and especially the grit of the nation as it awakens, from sea to shining sea

In “That’s How It Is,” poet Jared Smith celebrates the struggle and dignity of the American worker

From traveling to all 50 states to a wide-ranging work history -- including as an advisor to President Clinton -- the author's life experience laid a broad foundation for his writing

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

Laurie Marr Wasmund watched a single volume of her historical novel blossom into a trilogy

The author of "To Walk Humbly" mixed Colorado's real-life heroes and villains of the 1920s with fictional characters in this final installment of the White Winter Trilogy

In “Sweet Twisted Pine,” a man on a quest to find his missing sister struggles to adapt to the Old West

Author Lori Hodges introduces readers to an eastern transplant who has been making progress -- until he's introduced to a frightened porcupine

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"

In “A Perfect Eye,” a bizarre murder scene reveals puzzling artistic touches

The excerpt from Stephanie Kane's mystery paints a grisly picture of a crime that seems inspired by suitable-for-framing aesthetics

“Immigrants, Ornaments and Legacies” recounts the 1950s rise of Christmas bulbs

Post-war America and its new-found disposable income fueled a rapidly developing market for holiday decorations, with some of the early standards brought to the U.S. by immigrants

“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.

In “Ambush,” a detective seeks a young Iraqi boy with secrets — and so does a ruthless killer

Protagonist Sydney Parnell, blood-stained from her brush with the killer Alpha, continues her search just one step ahead of danger

Barbara Nickless juggled plot and backstory to create a tale inspired by an Army intelligence officer

She also found one of her writing habits disappeared after she was displaced by the 2012 Waldo Canyon wildfire

“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

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