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In her debut novel, the hydrogeologist author stuck to the adage: Write what you know

Harper McDavid put her characters in familiar south Texas and Mexico settings, with the protagonist reflecting another familiar feature -- women in STEM pursuits

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An eager new investigator proves indispensable in a novel about a Colorado cold-case murder

Author Donnell Ann Bell specializes in close-to-home thrillers -- like this 14-year-old unsolved killing suddenly revived by clues from a new crime

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The violent death of a childhood friend steered a Colorado author’s writing toward crime — and justice

The horrific incident in award-winning author Donnell Ann Bell's life had a lasting impact on Bell, prompting an interest in law enforcement, investigations and the exhaustive research that guides her fiction

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Remember hitting rock bottom in high school — and then facing friends in the cafeteria?

In "There's Something About Sweetie," author Sandhya Menon explores teen angst and the fraught world of finding young love without losing yourself

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Sandhya Menon was searching for a place to put a plus-size, body-positive character

In "There's Something About Sweetie," she found an irresistible storyline that already has sparked helpful conversations about body image among young adults

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Torrential storm, vibrations of holy energy arise from forbidden objects and places

In this excerpt, author John Nizalowski weaves an intricate tapestry, rich with detail, of ancient tradition that still speaks

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Author John Nizalowski follows the footsteps of one of his favorite authors in tales of the Southwest

In "Chronicles of the Forbidden," he displays the influence of regional icon Frank Waters in his essays on the deserts and mesas that "form a landscape that dwells on the edge of the transcendent"

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Introducing a girl named June in a fragmented novel about rising above one’s circumstances

In BURN FORTUNE, author Brandi Homan offers glimpses of her protagonist through engaging, clipped sequences that also introduce those close to her

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How a poet who always wanted to write about corn detasseling became a novelist

Author Brandi Homan dug into her Iowa roots for BURN FORTUNE, but also did extensive research on film star Jean Seberg, who hails from the same town