Saturday, December 29, 2012


A new book by David Piper, a native of Colby, is titled Church of the God Particle, the latter being the recently discovered Higgs boson subatomic particle.

Life as a landscape painter on an inherited ranch is easy for Alex Colvin until a peculiar meteorite shatters his complacency. Alex unknowingly possesses the final component of an outlandish physics experiment being conducted by Reverend Lucas Ruthlier, leader of the Church of the God Particle.

Reverend Ruthlier's lifelong dream depends on possessing the meteorite, and now he's coming for it.

Based on the race to discover a unifying theory of modern physics and cosmology, Church of the God Particle sweeps across the high plains of Kansas, uncovers treason in Cold War Romania, and tumbles into Austin, Texas.

Friday, December 28, 2012


Final FREE download on my latest book, Simple Things to Make This World a Better Place, is December 31 and January 1. Please post to your Facebook page and spread the news. We all want a better world and this is the opportunity to learn how for FREE. You can also download to a computer with free software. Just search for it as Kindle for PC or Mac. The book is also available in print form with additional content currently only on Search for the title or Vicki L. Julian. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 27, 2012


This neo-noir hardboiled mystery, Swan Song, which takes place in and around Wichita, marks the debut of H.B. Berlow with Deadly Niche Press.

It is currently available at the Amazon Kindle store and will be released on print after the first of the year. Follow Berlow at Berlow is also knows as the "Rabbi" Dude.


Took a few days off, and basked in the success of Fifty Shades of Santa, a publication of Welkin Press that included my short story, "One Cool Cat".

Well, before basking, we authors went through the agonizing process of waiting for the response of the reading public. First we got ONE five-star review, then we got our SECOND five-star review, and then we got our THIRD five-star review. All the while we were holding our breath, watching the number of "likes" climb up to the magic 50, that being the number which amazon required to begin to do a little promoting of their own.

Remains to be seen what amazon might do with a seasonal title. Christmas Day is past, but the holiday stories can keep the reader entertained until . . . well, until Valentine's Day. We shall see . . .

Friday, December 21, 2012


Joe H. Vaughan will be signing copies of Images of Kansas City, Kansas, at 1 pm on Saturday, December 22, at Books-A-Million, 1859 Village West Parkway, Kansas City.

The new photographic history is by Joe H. Vaughan Jr. The softcover 128-page book, Kansas City, Kansas, was published by Arcadia Publishing in its Images of America series.(From the Wyandotte Daily News.)


Pilate's Prisoner: A Passion Play, written by Fr. Edward M. Hays, has been published by Booklocker.

In this historical and theological novel, Pontius Pilate is enfleshed as a historical person, a man of contradictions, and a religious atheist who superstitiously evokes the Roman gods. Pilate ingeniously arranges to have some time alone with a wandering Galilean and illiterate religious teacher named Jesus. In their often heated verbal exchanges and arguments, Jesus finds his most deeply held religious beliefs challenged, as Pilate too wrestles with his own assumptions and prejudices.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


You can hear Steve Farney, the basketball guy, at10 am on Saturday, December 2, at The Bookshelf/The Hidden Closet at 206 N Main in McPherson. Farney is the author of Title Towns, It’s Time to Play, and his newest, Club 50.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


This gift suggestion was tucked behind an ornament... on the Kansas Sampler webpage. A book, Blackbear Bosin: Keeper of the Indian Spirit The Kansas Sampler Foundation says: This new 96-page hard-cover book was written by David Simmonds, edited by Cynthia Mines and published by Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton. The book includes 44 color paintings by the Kansas artist and never-before-published photos of the construction of the Keeper of the Plains, one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art. You'll see at


Wichita native Kristie Alley will be back at 6 pm tomorrow, Wednesday, December 19, to sign her new book, The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine Al Dente) at Watermark Books and Cafe, 4701 East Douglas.

In this collection of linked essays that’s both hilarious and poignant in turns, Kirstie chronicles all the good, the bad, and the ugly men who have influenced and guided her. She demonstrates how men can be the air that women breathe or the source of all of their frustrations. From


Not sure about the title, but a collection of stories by Robert Day, best known to Kansans as the author of The Last Cattle Drive, has been published by BkMk Press, of the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

The title is either where i am now, or Where We Are Now.

The volume has been named one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year by the Kansas City Star. BkMk's catalogue page is at


Heart of Harveyville: Surviving the Tornado sold out within days of the first edition becoming available. Compiled by Debbie Roberts, the book includes interviews with tornado survivors of the February 28, 2012 tornado.

The tornado struck at night, with no warning. Read more about Roberts' book on the Capital-Journal article at

Monday, December 17, 2012


Whispering Prairie Press is excited to announce we are open for submissions for our upcoming issue of Kansas City Voices. Send us your best Art, Poetry, and Prose.

Go to for full submissions guidelines. Submissions close March 15, 2013.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


Larry Welch, tenth director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, now provides readers with the first history of that agency, spanning the years 1939–2007. His account includes, among other things, detailed case studies of the KBI’s participation in the high-profile arrests of serial killers Francis Donald Nemechek of western Kansas and Dennis Rader, the infamous BTK of Wichita. His taut chapters also highlight the relentless investigators, dedicated forensic scientists, crime analysts, and everyone else who has labored on behalf of the KBI’s pursuit of justice. They take readers behind the headlines to reveal how KBI agents played a key role in capturing Richard Hickock and Perry Smith of In Cold Blood fame, and consider other high profile cases such as Gary Kleypas’s murder of a Pittsburg State student and KU student Shannon Martin’s killing in Costa Rica.” (From University Press of Kansas, publishers of Beyond Cold Blood, by Larry Welch.

The public is invited to attend a book signing at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, December 19, at Regnier Auditorium, Johnson County Community College, 12345 College, Overland Park

Friday, December 14, 2012


5.0 out of 5 stars -- What a wonderful Christmas tale.. By bdoll. Format:Paperback.We really enjoyed this cute Christmas poem set off by the amazing illustrations. This will become a favorite family Christmas book edition. Kitty Claus was written by Terry Needham, illustrated by his daughter.


Local author Susan M. Hoskins signs the latest in her clever, action-packed Twisted thriller series. In her first book, Twisted Lights, a terrorist plans to detonate a bomb when the Plaza lights are turned on. In the third book, Twisted Blues, former FBI agent Joe Morrison grapples with a Kansas City scandal, a psychotic fanatic and unlikely love. (Just another day in K.C.) All three titles are available for sale at Mysteryscape.(From Mysteryscape webpage at

That's at 2 pm on Saturday, December 15, at 7309 W. 80th Street, Overland Park.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for a launch party for Needle in the Bone at 7 pm on Saturday, December 15, at the Lawrence Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland.

Needle in the Bone is the story of how a Holocaust survivor and a Polish resistance fighter beat the odd and found each other. Mirriam-Goldberg's special guests will be Jarek Piekalkiewicz and Jane Frydman.


I always said that if/when I ever got published, I would give myself equal time.

Well, it's happened, a short story of mine, One Cool Cat, has been published in -- are you ready? -- Fifty Shades of Santa.

Yep, it's an ebook on Amazon Kindle, at Fifty Shades of Santa. As the publisher says: "It seems like there's fifty shades of everything these days, but this anthology takes a decidedly different approach to that now famous designation, presenting 12 lighthearted, humorous holiday romances by twelve award-winning authors. We like to call it, 'romance for the rest of us,' the rest of us being readers whose idea of love doesn't include implements of pain."

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


The Chase County Historical Society presents Peggy of the Flint Hills: A Memoir by Zula Bennington Greene, Saturday, December 15th at 3:00 PM at the Emma Chase Music Hall. Everyone is welcome! (A post by Cheryl Unruh.)

Sunday, December 9, 2012


ANNOUNCING: Simple Things to Make This World a Better Place is also now available as a printed book on Amazon. Thank you to everyone who "Liked" the Kindle eBook, and please write a review if you downloaded it and found it to be beneficial. If you want to make this world a better place, please tell your family and friends, and help "provoke others to love and good deeds." After all, that is the message and why the book was written! From Vicki Julian.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Joyce Long will be speaking at the Lions' Club in Caney, Tuesday, December 12. Long will speak on her Frank Bellamy non-fiction historical book BE THE JURY! BE THE JUDGE! WHO WROTE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE? Long believes she prove the case that Frank Bellamy of Cherryvale is the true author of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Friday, December 7, 2012


Tom Mach, author of Angels at Sunset, will be speaking about the history of the sufragette movement at 11 am on Saturday, December 8, at the Leawood Pioneer Library, 4700 Town Center Drive, Leawood.

Angels at Sunset, third book of the Jessica Radford trilogy, portrays Jessica's life through several decades as she battles for women's rights. Mach is the author of the award-winning Sissy! and All Parts Together.


Lynda Sturdevant, author of The Awesome Adventures of Superfeet, will be at the Take Five Coffee Bar, 5336 W. 151at Street in Leawood at 1 pm on Saturday, December 8. Check out Sturdevant's website at


"The newest Images of America title is making its debut in December and Barnes & Noble Oak Park is proud to be hosting the author Suzee Oberg as she signs copies of Overland Park. A beautiful gift and a wonderful addition to any library!"

That's at 1 pm on Saturday, December 8, 2012 1:00 PM at Barnes and Noble at Oak Park Mall, 11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park.


What's even better than being in The Best Times?

It's being on the front cover of The Best Times, an honor which happened to Rich Maxwell, the author of Collecting Marbles: A Beginner's Guide, with the December, 2012, issue.

Maxwell's book "provides step-by-step instructions to help readers identify the basic marble features, recognize the classic marbles, find great marbles at garage and estate sales, and play the old game of ringer.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


A message to share from the Town Crier Book Store in Emporia:

Our CASA book tree could use some help! We still have plenty of children that would love their own book for Christmas. Easy as pie -- stop in, pick an age and gender off the tree, purchase a book for that child and Santa will take care of the rest. We have tons of books under $5. Small sacrifice, big joy.

What book lover could resist? Town Crier is at 716 Commercial in Emporia.


A reminder from Claflin Books and Copies: This Saturday at 1:00 p.m., Greg Kincaid will be speaking and signing his books at the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz. His books include A Dog Named Christmas and A Christmas Home. This event is sponsored by Sunflower CASA.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


A trio of writers will present the program at 7 pm on Friday, December 7, at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City MO.

Richard Robbins' most recent books of poetry are Radioactive City and Other Americas. Piper Abernathy is adjunct instructor at Penn Valley Community College. Denise Low, former Kansas Poet Laureate, is the author of 20 published books of poetry, personal essays and scholarship. She teaches at Baker University.


Andover High School graduate Laura Grimmer has written a novel loosely based on her experiences while caring for very ill burn patients. Burnt is a fictional story “about a group of patients in a Burn ICU who embark on a grand adventure in a fantasy world,” said Grimmer.

Grimmer, a 2003 graduate of AHS, attended Brown Medical School in Rhode Island and is currently a general surgery resident at Rush University in Chicago. It was while working in a Burn ICU that Grimmer’s story began to formulate.



Ray Kurzweil, engineer, futurist, inventor, and author of How to Create a Mind, will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th, Kansas City, MO, at 7 pm on Thursday, December 6. Kurzweil "discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world's problems."

Sunday, December 9, at 1:30 pm, Calvin Trillin returns to Kansas City with Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse. Trillin will be at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 W. 115th Street, Overland Park.

Go to for ticket information for both events.


To the Stars Through Difficulties, the 2012 Kansas Renga, is now ready for Christmas gift-giving.

"A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices, poets in the chain take readers across the mythological as well as physical landscape of Kansas. Each poet begins with the seed of an idea from the poem before, writes, and leads the way for the next poet, all the way to the end."

See the publisher's webpage at


This is what I like the best -- just a simple e-mail from Kansas writers with information to share with Kansas readers:

Sorry it took so long to get this to you. I was waiting to nail down the times exactly. I will be at The Bookshelf, 204 N. Main, in McPherson on Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. until noon. There will be two other authors there as well.


Todd Vogts

Monday, December 3, 2012


Have you been to the new Bluebird Books book store at 2 South Main in Hutchinson?

A great time to visit would be from 6-7 pm on Friday, December 7, to "Enjoy wine and appetizers, browse a great selection of humor and holiday books and hear selected shorts from Hutchinson Theater Guild's production of The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris (For Mature Elves Only). Space is limited. Please email to reserve your place for this exclusive event in partnership with the Hutchinson Theater Guild." When you go to that site, be sure to check out the background wallpaper.

A POST LIKE NO OTHER (Under Construction)

This post will deviate from my normal pattern of posting in ways that will soon become obvious. Please be patient – it may take me some time to get this all posted correctly.

A writing and blogging friend, Theresa Hupp, has nominated this blog for the “One Lovely Blog Award” – I am truly honored.

Nominees for this award are required to: (It remains to be seen if my limited html skills will permit me to comply.)

1. Thank the blogger who nominated them, which I most heartily do. (Check out Theresa Hupp’s blog here.)

2. Post the One Lovely Blog emblem on their blog. (Will try to do.)

3. List seven random facts about themselves. Here goes:

 One of the most incredible places I have ever been is the Paraguay Chaco.

 I love the way the British pronounce my first name -- “Mahgret” as in “Mahgret” Thatcher.

 The Sherman Anti¬-Trust Act became law in 1890 to curb the sugar, and other, monopolies. I’ll never understand why one of the first uses was against Eugene Victor Debs, founder of the American Railway Union during the Pullman Strike of 1894.

 I am desperate to meet Bill Murray, so I can pitch him a movie concept. The book is not finished, but the first chapter won third place in the KWA competition. Only Bill Murray, self-identified son of an Irish pig thief, can play the role.

 The year I was 57, I quit eating cole slaw.

 Something I’ll never forgive myself for is failing to stop the developer of the Olathe Industrial Park (former Olathe Naval Air Station) from obliterating, as street names, the memory of sixteen naval and marine heroes.

 Bob Chrisman is the only person who ever taught me how to be serious in looking for the funny side of life.

4. Nominate fifteen other bloggers for the award, and let them know of their nomination. And the nominees are:

Border Bard’s Blog – my own son, with more poetic talent than he is willing to admit – he was one of the 150 Kansas poems authors – a meticulous researcher for his articles for The Best Times and elsewhere, and about the most critical editors one could ever hope to find.

Book Trends Blog – Bob Spear offers an insider’s view of the publishing world, and along with Barb Spear operates A Book Barn in Leavenworth, one of the few remaining independent bookstores.

Emergency Room Productions – Everett Robert is both playwriter, producer and actor, in a genre with which I should become more familiar.

Inside My Head – I don’t know how Tracy Million Simmons does it all, finds time to write amidst a busy family life, and is a frequent contest winner.

Juliet Kincaid – A talented writer herself, Juliet’s blogs often include cogent reviews of new and significant books.

Flyover People – Cheryl Unruh’s columns in the Emporia Gazette tells us in innumerable ways why we are fortunate to be living here in flyover country.

Gordon A. Kessler – Supports his writing colleagues in two very important ways, with editorial and technological services, and with inspiration from his own writings of thrillers, suspense mysteries, and non-fiction practical writing advice.

One Kansas Author – Robert Collins is a prolific author – in several distinct genres, history, sci-fi and novels, and can often be found a signings and readings around the state.

Poet Laureate of Kansas – Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s incredible innovation resulted in the publication by Woodley Press of Begin Again, 150 Kansas Poems, in celebration of Kansas’ 150th Anniversary of Statehood.

Pursuit of Happiness – The blog of a Thomas Jefferson scholar, Norm Ledgin, to acquaint the world with Sally Hemmings, the mother of Jefferson’s biracial children.

Swqm60 – Bob Chrisman taught me a very important lesson – that there are two sides to every issue, and usually one of them is incredibly funny.

The World of Prose and Verse – Tom Mach is the publisher of Hill Song Press, and the author of numerous works, including poetry. The background of his newest novel, Angels at Sunset, is the women’s suffrage movement over several decades.

Whispering Prairie Press – The publishers of Kansas City Voices, a periodical of literature and art which annually draws submissions from writers and artists all over the world.

Writer Granny’s World – Nancy Julien Kopp is the most generous writer I know, willing to share her tips and encouragement with other writers.

Some of the blogs listed above are on the “Writers about Writing” blog roll of my blog,

And No. 15, Not a blog, but a website is Mediators Beyond Borders. The tab, “NEWS” is a little like a blog, with updates about peacemaking around the world.


Invitation from Todd Vogts: Christmas is right around the corner, and what better gift than a signed copy of Murder at St. Alfanus? If you are in or anywhere near McPherson, from 8 am to noon on Saturday, December 8, come down to 206 N. Main Street and see me at The Bookshelf! I would love to see you all there!


Three writers will appear at 7 pm on Thursday, December 6, at the Raven Book Store, 6 E 7th Street in Lawrence.

Lucas Wetzel is a writer and editor from Kansas City. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 2004 with degrees in German, English and Journalism. He works as an editor at Universal Uclick, a newspaper syndicate in Kansas City. Also giving readings are Richard Robbins and Hannah Roark.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Glen Ediger, a Bethel College 2012 Outstanding Alumnus, is the author of Leave No Threshing Stone Unturned. Ediger describes his book as “a fascinating history book, exploring the rare farming artifact used by Kansas farmers for threshing wheat in the 1870’s.” The book has 192 pages and more than 500 photos, with 17 articles including, Cereal Grains, Turkey Red Wheat, Kansas History, Railroad History, Mennonite History, Farming with Horses, Threshing History, Art and Object, Symbolism, and discovering 100 threshing stones in North America.

-- From The Leavenworth Times, at


After two years in temporary quarters, the State Library of Kansas is returning to its refurbished home in the Statehouse.

The library's 202,000-book collection has been housed in several remote sites since December 2010, when the north wing of the Statehouse closed for renovations. Some items in the collection are more than 200 years old.

-- From the Lawrence Journal-World.


A New York author and literary agent has co-written a memoir about her husband's liver transplant at a Kansas hospital.

From Monday to Wednesday, Barbara Zitwer will be in the Kansas City area to talk to broadcasters and sign copies of Still Livin': The True Story of How One Couple Defied All Odds and Found the Gift of Life. She wrote it with her husband, Gil Alicea.

Because the transplant waiting list was long in New York, the couple went to the University of Kansas Hospital. While Alicea was recovering, she also finished her first book, The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society.

The couple is donating half the proceeds from the U.S. sales of "Still Livin'" to the Kansas hospital's transplant program. A Dutch version of the book was released first.

From The Republic, Columbus, IN,

On Friday, December 7, Zitwer will autograph copies of The J. M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society, at 7 pm at Country Club Plaza Barnes and Noble, 420 W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO