Sunday, October 31, 2010


From the Poets and Writers website:

Poets & Writers, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers, invites Kansas writers to apply for the 2011 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. Each year, Poets & Writers invites fiction writers and poets in a selected state to apply for this award. This year, writers who are residents of Kansas and have never published a book, or have published only one full-length book of fiction or poetry are eligible. The winning poet and fiction writer will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with top literary professionals, including editors, agents, publishers, and prominent writers. Winners will also give a public reading in New York.

Guidelines and application forms are available on the Poets & Writers Web site: GO HERE . Completed applications and manuscripts must be postmarked by December 1, 2010.


Greg Kinkaid will be signing his new book, Christmas with Tucker, at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday, November 3, at Rainy Day Books, 2706 West 53rd, Fairway.

Christmas with Tucker is the promised pre-quel to the immensely popular A Dog Named Christmas, which was a Hallmark television special last holiday season. For more about the books and the author GO HERE.


. . . views of Kansas you may never have seen before.

Mike Blair's A Kansas Year is better than a calendar, it's a view of Kansas season by season. To borrow from a review: "Covering the breadth of the state, Blair’s captivating book appeals equally to the emotions and intellect, to the seasoned naturalist as well as the casual observer."

Order from the University of Kansas Press . Read more about A Kansas Year at the blog Book Talk

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Full speed ahead into uncharted territory, that's for sure. What's a confused author to do?

You can gain some insights at Bob Spear's Book Trends Blog. You'll find Bob's suggestions both thought-provoking and helpful. Share your thoughts, leave a comment.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Wanna do something different this Hallowe’en? Here’s your chance -- Attend the “launch party” of Issue #27 of Coal City Review, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, at the the Raven Bookstore, 6 East 7th Street, Lawrence.

Since 1990, Coal City has published 20 annual reviews and 7 collections of poetry. The review and press publish both new and experienced poets and writers

Thursday, October 28, 2010


A post from Errol Wayne Anderson:

What a grand and wonderful time I had last weekend at my book signing. I met many nice people. A bookstore is, of course, a good place to meet book-readers. I signed 14 books and many said they wanted a book and would contact me later. There is something so grand about having people read your stuff.

The Borders book store management, 119th Street and I-35 in Olathe, Kansas, was very pleased also. In fact, they invited me back for the Christmas season. I haven't made the arrangements yet, but I'm sure I'll take them up on their kind offer. I'll let you know when. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you.


I opened the book at random, and these words met my eyes: "Ask someone from New York or California to describe Kansas in one word and they'll say it's flat. West of Salina, they'd be right, but northeast of Topeka, they couldn't be more wrong."

What more did I need to know that I want to read this book, Joel Goldman's newest, No Way Out, about ex-FBI agent Jack Davis who can't seem to stay out of trouble. (I sure hope he got his living arrangements worked out -- in The Dead Man Jack had rented a house in Brookside from someone who turned out not to be the owner!)

I bought my copy at I Love a Mystery in Mission, but I'm sure it's available at all the usual sources.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Are you needing an absinthe spoon?

Here's your chance. Hasten to Michelle Black's blog at The Victorian West . Follow the directions and you might be a winner. Michelle is the author of The Second Glass of Absinthe.

(Get there before Hallowe'en.)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


The Kansas Writers Association 2010 writing contest is open until November 30. Go to and click either on Competitions at the top of the page OR the link of 2010 KWA Contest is Open for details.

Can lightning strike twice? I won a second-place prize a couple of years ago -- I think I'll try again.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Come Join us for some great fun this weekend at The STORYTELLER Writers Weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lenexa, KS (I-35 and W. 95th ST in the Greater KC area). It will be a weekend dedicated to novel-writing: the how’s, why’s, who’s, when’s and where’s—and the whole event is only $50 (preregistered), or just $35 for Saturday only. For more info: Writers Matrix , email: or just give me a call at: 316-208-6961. See you there!


Sunday, October 24, 2010


Maybe Marsha Lytle knows -- she's the one who wrote The Closet Monster for the Mid-West Children's Authors Guild anthology, October Nightmares and Dreams.

Copies of the book will be given as prizes (they'll also be available for purchase/signing) at the Family Fun Costume Party at 7 p.m. Friday at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City, Missouri, Library system. If you see a plump, five-foot-two kid in a gray-haired grandmother's outfit standing in the costume-judging line, that won't be a costume and it won't be a kid, it'll be me, hoping to win a book.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


The Newsletter Writing Challenge is still open, in fact, the deadline is not until December 15.

If you haven’t started already, think of someone you met at the 2010 KAC convention. Maybe you were so busy at the workshops, you didn’t have much time to get acquainted, but there’s still e-mail, or snail mail, to get better acquainted. Write up what you’ve learned about your new writing friend in 300 words or less, and send it off to Tracy Million Simmons, newsletter editor, and your name will go into a drawing for a prize.

I’ll be back later with her e-mail address.

Friday, October 22, 2010



For Friday night family fun, a spooky story costume party and trick-or-treat extravaganza be at the Kansas City Library Plaza Branch at 7 p.m. on October 29.

The Mid-West Children's Authors Guild and librarians will provide fun activities designed around the Guild’s latest collection of stories, October Nightmares and Dreams. Prizes will be given for the best costume, as well as 10 copies of the book. There will also be books available for purchase and signing. More Information Here


Mark Bouton and several area newspaper reporters will provide a panel discussion on how to effectively conduct interviews at this Saturday’s meeting of Kansas Writer’s Ink at the Topeka/Shawnee County Library.

Kansas Writer’s Ink is a writers’ group that meets at noon on the fourth Saturday of the month. Anyone interested in writing is invited to attend and consider joining the group. Books from famous authors and from members are available for sale at the meeting. Mark will have his latest novel, The Second Savior, as well as his recently published non-fiction book, How to Spot Lies Like the FBI, available for signing.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Have you been wondering about Vivid Hues? Here's the inside story:

Vivid Hues is a novel about a Middle Eastern sect from the mountains of Iran which has entered the U. S. illegally and is attempting to destroy the U. S. from within. It was Abraham Lincoln who said with friends to the north and south and two great oceans to the east and west the possibility of the United States being conquered is unlikely unless it’s done from within. That is exactly what the Iranians have decided to do.

Creating a novel which compels the reader to continue turning pages can only be done by creating compelling characters. Vivid Hues is a four-book novel. Each book has its own ending, but the reader is also aware there is more story to be told.

Come and fall in love with the Vivid Hues Characters. (Scroll down to see Errol Anderson's book-signing schedule.)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


When Errol Anderson tells you he will be signing copies of Vivid Hues at Borders, be sure to get the address. On Friday from 4:00 to 9 p.m., and again on Sunday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., he will be at the Borders in Olathe, at I-35 and 119th Street, around the parking lot and a little to the north from the IHOP.

Do not go to the Borders in Overland Park, about 120th and Metcalf -- that was last week!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I confess I didn't know where the Crown Plaza Hotel is -- the place for Gordon Kessler's Storyteller Mini-Retreat on October 29-31.

Well, easy as pie to find at 12601 West 95th Street (95th and I-35) in Lenexa. For a map, go to Writers Matrix. Click on the words New Date. which is a link to the next page, which has a link to a map, as well as a complete description of all the sessions.

A quiet Mini-Retreat? Sounds like interactive, supercharged workshops to me.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Brad Sneed, a writer and illustrator of children’s books, will be at The Book Barn in Leavenworth on Saturday, October 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk about and “personalize” his many children’s books.

Among the titles that Brad has written and/or illustrated are the newest, Mr. President Goes to School, as well as The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians, Big Bad Wolves at School, and Aesop's Fables.

The Book Barn is 410 Delaware, half a block away from the soda fountain at the Corner Pharmacy (hint, hint).

Sunday, October 17, 2010


What better place than Leavenworth and what better time than October to discover the Ghosts of Kansas? Be at The Book Barn, 410 Delaware street, on Friday, October 22, between 6-8 p.m.

There’s probably not a ghost in the entire greater Kansas City region that Beth Cooper doesn’t know about. Beth is the owner of Paranormal Adventures USA, a tour business whose trip schedules include haunted dwellings, haunted battlefields, and even haunted wineries.

Beth is also the author of soon-to-be published Ghosts of the Prairie and Haunted Wichita.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Max is not hard to find, you just have to look in the right places. On Monday, October 18, that will be at the Santa Fe Depot Museum, 100 S. 10th Street, in Atchison. The Museum will reopen at 6 p.m. for a social hour, followed by the Historical Society annual meeting, with a program by Max at 7:15.

Max's new novel, With the Wisdom of Owls, is available online at two locations, or at

For information on ALL of Max's books, go to Dancing Goat Press.

Friday, October 15, 2010


Elizabeth Black drew on her school day memories when she wrote "Spring Valley School" which appeared in Heritage of the Great Plains, Volume XLIII, Summer 2010 No. 1, published by the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University, and edited by Jim Hoy.

Memories of a rural school in Grant County are also part of Elizabeth's award-winning Buffalo Spirits, a novel which reveals how people from different times and other roots can be bound by their love of the same piece of land. Read more at Buffalo Spirits.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


A Storyteller Writers' Seminar/Weekend will be offered October 29-31 at Crowne Plaza, Lenexa/Overland Park. The BUZZ SESSION on Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. tackles what's hot/happening in the publishing world. NOVEL WRITING MADE SIMPLE -- THE SEMINAR from 9a.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday includes multiple topics, such as getting started, writing effectively and getting published. Saturday evening 6:30-9:30p.m. will be a Critique Session.

Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be a WRITERS MS WORD AND COMPUTER WORKSHOP, with instruction in filing, navigating and shortcuts.

If you missed Gordon Kessler's workshop at the KAC convention in Lawrence, here is another chance to tap into his expertise. Cost of weekend is $50 for preregistration, $65 at the door. The Saturday day session only is $35 for preregistration, $45 at the door. For more information, visit, or e-mail Gordon at .

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Mark Bouton will be signing his new nonfiction book, How To Spot Lies Like the FBI, which teaches you to read faces, bodies, and voices to detect deceit, as well as presenting talks, as follows:

10/16, Sat., 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. signing Oregon Trail Festival armory St. Mary's, KS

10/21 Thurs., 8:00 p.m. interview on Red River Radio (see online) about How to Spot Lies

10/23 Sat., 1:00 p.m. signing and panel on Interviewing at Kansas Writer's Ink Topeka Library

11/6 Sat., 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. signing Barnes & Noble bookstore Topeka, KS

11/13 Sat. 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. signing Town Crier bookstore Emporia, KS

11/20 Sat. 12:00 noon presenting PP talk on How to Spot Lies and signing at Kansas Author's Club, Topeka

12/6 Mon. 7:00 p.m. PP talk on How to Spot Lies and signing at Lawrence, KS library


Becky Bridson, began her catering business, Cool Beans Catering, with a bang at the Kansas Authors Club state convention at the Holiday Inn in Lawrence the first weekend in October. Using a coffee-based theme - coffeecake, coffee muffins, chocolate expresso brownies, and coffee-flavored pork tenderloin and ribs - Becky prepared quite a spread for the guests at the convention. The tables surrounding the hospitality suite enabled convention goers to visit, network, write, and relax. Members raved about the food, and Becky was delighted with their response. Her recipes for chocolate mousse, pumpkin cookies, and curried almond chicken on are the KAC website at 2010 convention recipes


Errol Anderson will be signing his books, Vivid Hues, at Borders in Overland Park on Sunday, October 17, from noon to 5 p.m. That's the Borders at 12055 Metcalf.

If you miss him there, he'll be at the Olathe Borders on Friday, October 22 from 4 to 9 p.m., and again on Sunday, October 24, from 2 to 7 p.m. That address is 15350 119th Street.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


On November 6, 11 a.m., Tom Mach will be at The Book Barn in Leavenworth to sign copies of his new book Stories to Enjoy.

In fact, one could spend the whole day in Leavenworth, First City of Kansas, browse the book store at 410 Delaware, shop at unique stores, eat at one-of-a-kind restaurants and coffee shops, tour any number of museums, both in the city and at Fort Leavenworth -- in fact, one day isn't enough -- plan to go back again.

OR, you could order Tom's new book for $14 at Order Online.

Monday, October 11, 2010


On Saturday, October 16, sports fans will have an opportunity to meet Todd Reesing, former KU quarterback, who will be signing copies of his new book Rising to New Heights: Inside the Jayhawks Huddle.

It all takes place at The Book Barn at 410 Delaware in Leavenworth, 10 a.m. to noon.


What I'm reading:

I want to nominate a book written by William Allen White for the Kansas' 150 Books list which is being compiled for our 150th birthday celebration in 2011, so I asked Don Pady, KAC archivist, for a recommendation.

Masks in a Pageant was his suggestion, and I'm finding it a fascinating read about every president from Grover Cleveland to Calvin Coolidge.

Donald Stuart Pady is the author of Poetry of William Allen White. Read more about it at Flint Hills Stories.

You can nominate more than one book, but you have to do it before October 31, 2010. You can find the guidelines and form at 150 Kansas Books.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Hard to believe that Kansas Plains is available as a blog address. This blog takes up where ended. "One Free Nation, Many Voices" was the theme of the 2010 Kansas Authors Club convention, hosted by District Two.

Now it's District Three's turn, off and running with a new theme, "Kansas: Freedom Frontier for 150 Years." The convention will be the first weekend in October in Coffeyville.