Author Appearances

Dozens of Colorado authors will be gathering at ReadCon Books & Brews (September 12, Greeley) and ReadCon After Hours (September 26, Firestone). Come and meet your favorites, get an autographed book or two, taste some great Colorado beer, and find something new to keep you reading!

Mario Acevedo

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Mario's Bio:

Ten years ago, I got "The Call." That is, my agent called to say that I had been offered a contract for my Felix Gomez series. Five vampire novels, a graphic novel, some short fiction, and numerous ghost-written books later, I'm still here. In the meantime I've had some adventures and met a lot of great people, artists and writers, mostly.

My big lesson in this journey? Man, is there a big gulf between my world and reality. And so what? I prefer my delusions. The truth would be an unseemly thing for a professional liar like myself.

Martin Balgach

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Martin's bio:

Martin Balgach is the author of Too Much Breath (Main Street Rag). His writing has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Cream City Review, Fogged Clarity, Rain Taxi, Verse Daily, and Stirring, among other journals. He holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, works in publishing, and lives with his wife and son in Colorado.

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Jennifer's bio:

When I was 19, I spent a summer in Manhattan interning for YM magazine and my love affair with the publishing industry bloomed. I've read slush for a literary agent, interned for a regional magazine, worked in a children’s bookstore, been editor of a small literary magazine, was a production editor for a major educational publisher, taught the fundamentals of writing at a community college, and have worked as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader. I studied writing as an undergrad at UC Irvine and earned my MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. I have three middle-grade mysteries forthcoming from Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt/Macmillan, starting with Book Scavenger in 2015.

Stephanie J. Blake

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

jacket description for The Marble Queen by Stephanie J. Blake:

Freedom Jane McKenzie isn’t good at following the rules. She doesn’t like any of the things that girls are supposed to like. She’s good at fishing, getting into trouble—and playing marbles. All she wants is to enter the marble competition at the Autumn Jubilee and show the boys in the neighborhood that she’s the best player. If she can’t be the Marble King, then she’ll be the Marble Queen. First, Freedom has to convince her mother to let her enter. But there’s a new baby on the way, Freedom’s daddy is drinking too much, her little brother is a handful, and her mother is even more difficult than usual. Freedom learns that when it comes to love, friendship, and family, sometimes there are no rules. Set in 1959, The Marble Queen is a timeless story about growing up.

John Daly

Greeley, 9/12 - Book Launch Party for Blood Trade, Kress Cinema & Lounge, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from John's bio:

A lifelong Coloradoan, John graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1996 with a degree in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. He spent the next fifteen years developing accounting software and Internet-based, workflow collaboration solutions.

johnWith a thirst for creative expression that went beyond the logic and absolutes of computer programming, John developed an interest in writing. His early work included newspaper editorials, and film and television reviews for entertainment websites. He later became drawn toward more substantive commentary on world events. He currently writes political, cultural, and media-analysis columns for the website of Bernard Goldberg, former CBS News journalist and New York Times bestselling author.

John felt compelled to take his writing to the next level after watching a television interview with former NFL football player, Tim Green. Inspired by Green’s career transition from a professional athlete to an accomplished author, John found the motivation to begin work on his first novel, “From a Dead Sleep”.

“From a Dead Sleep” is the story of a profoundly flawed man who witnesses a tragic event that no one else believes, and that man’s quest for the truth and redemption. The mystery novel unfolds in the dense mountain ranges of Colorado where John has spent much time, camping, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.

John lives in Greeley, Colorado with his wife and two children

Catherine Dilts

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Catherine's bio:

To Catherine Dilts, rock shops are like geodes – both contain amazing treasures hidden inside their plain-as-dirt exteriors. Catherine caught mountain fever after a childhood vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park. Determined to give up her flat–lander ways, she moved from Oklahoma to Colorado. Her husband, a Colorado native, proposed to her as they hiked Barr Trail on Pikes Peak. Catherine works as an environmental scientist, and plays at heirloom vegetable gardening, camping, and fishing. Her short stories appear in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. In her spare time, she attempts to lure wild donkeys to her property in the mountains.

Bert Entwistle

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Bert's bio:

Almost twenty years ago, I happened to meet up with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), in the second year they were formed. On a whim, I asked them if I could photograph one of their events. I guess they were hard up for some publicity - so they said yes . . . Eventually, Nancy and I traveled around the country photographing their events and were the finals photographer in Las Vegas for six years. We met tons of interesting people and had a great time, even getting paid for our work! In time I began to write for Pro Bullrider Magazine and others and have been doing it steady ever since.
Now, all these years later I have published hundreds of stories, three novels and many more photographs than I can remember, for dozens of magazines - some of them long gone now. I have covered rodeos, ranch rodeos, horse shows, stock shows, ranching, music, and auto racing. I have worked on issues as diverse as water issues, packer and stockyards laws, personal profiles and history of all kinds. I am currently writing my fourth novel, a couple of ebook projects, occasional feature stories and a regular history column called Looking Back for Working Ranch Magazine.

Andy Eppler

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Andy's bio:

Andy Eppler is an artist who is keen to explore various genres and mediums with his prolific work. Though he is most well known as a songwriter Eppler is also a published poet, author, and tireless producer. A Lubbock, Texas native, Andy has used his sharp mind, southern charm and humor to communicate his skeptical messages about religion, art and society. His works include: "There is No Underground" (2007), "Dark Places" (2008), "Disease in the Heartland" (2009), "Strangers in the Modern Era" (2010) "Live Wires" (2010), "Long and Lonesome Way" (2011), "The Wasteland Ramble" (2012), "Andy Eppler's Traditional Christmas" (2012), "Live Wires II" (2013), and "Wasted Tracks" (2013). With each passing album Eppler has honed his craft to a finer point with more purpose, passion and potency. Beginning in 2008 he began producing his work behind closed doors where he would record all his own instruments, mix all his own albums and with few exceptions create his own album art. He and his wife Jessica (of Clandestine Amigo) formed the band The Prairie Scholars in 2010 and have quickly become a favorite of art lovers and keen thinkers all over the world. Andy is also the author of the autobiographical art philosophy book "New Reason New Way: how my skepticism changed my art". Andy and Jessica currently live in Colorado where they perform together as The Prairie Scholars. Andy is a voting member of the Texas Recording Academy and the owner of Velvet Syntax Publishing.

Richard Estep

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Richard's bio:

Welcome to my website! I’m Richard Estep, author and paranormal investigator.

My love of all things ghostly began at a very young age, fed by staying in my grandparents’ haunted house in England and by a constant stream of binge reading at my local library (Syston Library, you’re the best!) I didn’t begin to actually investigate hauntings until the mid-nineties, but when I started, the bug bit me and hasn’t let go ever since. I took this passion with me when I moved to the United States in 1999, and finally formed the Boulder County Paranormal Research Society in 2006. It is still going strong today.

I started to write about my experiences in 2013, and now have a number of books that are either on the market or contracted to be released in the near future. I make my living as a paramedic and clinical educator for a private ambulance company. When I’m not doing that, I volunteer as a firefighter-paramedic, teach EMT and paramedic students at three different medical training establishments, and serve as an on-call communications technician/paramedic on a federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT).

In the tiny amount of free time that does not involve paranormal investigation and writing about it, I am an unabashed geek, with a particular bias towards all things Star Wars. I have a Lego problem that may eventually require professional counseling if it gets any further out of hand. Perhaps above all else, I am a collector and reader of books.

I live in Colorado with my wife and a menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.

Elizabeth A. Fenn

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Elizabeth's Pulitzer bio:

Elizabeth A. Fenn is an associate professor at the University of Colorado–Boulder, where she holds the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Chair in Western American History. She is the coauthor of Natives and Newcomers and the author of the award-winning Pox Americana (Hill and Wang, 2001). She lives in Longmont, Colorado.

Kerrie Flanagan

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - Writing Workshop, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - Writing Workshop, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Kerrie Flanagan is the Director of Northern Colorado Writers, an accomplished freelance writer, instructor, publisher and author. Her recent articles appear in The Writer, Writer’s Digest, the 2011 Guide to Literary Agents, the 2015 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market and in the past four Writers Markets. Six of her essays appear in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, She is the author of Planes, Trains and Chuck & Eddie, Write Away: A Year of Musings and Motivations for Writers and Claire’s Christmas Catastrophe published under her label Hot Chocolate Press. In addition to her own work, she has helped nearly a dozen writers self-publish their work and has guided countless writers to reach their full potential. She teaches writing classes throughout the year in Colorado and Wyoming.

Linda Joffe Hull

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Linda's bio:

That Linda Joffe Hull’s father thought it well advised to read Kafka in general, and The Metamorphosis in particular, to his then eight-year-old daughter is a question better left for the therapist’s couch. As a result however, Linda was bitten by the literary bug.

Always an avid reader, she ignored the corresponding compulsion to write receiving a B.A. in Economics from UCLA, embarking on a career in sales and diving headlong into the all-encompassing job of motherhood.

Thanks to the encouragement of her family and the support of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers she finally gave in to the unavoidable urge and finally sat down in front of the computer.

Linda is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri, but currently resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband and children. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and is currently on the board of Mystery Writers of America.

The Big Bang is her debut novel. She is also the author of Eternally 21 and Black Thursday the first two titles in the Mrs. Frugalicious mystery series.

Frog Kisses, her romantic comedy, is now available wherever books are sold.

Buzzy Jackson

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Buzzy's bio:

She grew up in Truckee, California, a small town near Lake Tahoe best known for its alpenglow, the Bar of America, the Friends of the Truckee Library, and for being the final resting place for several members of the ill-fated Donner Party.

Buzzy also spent much of her childhood in various beautiful parts of Montana, a state best known for being the home of author and radio star Jon A. Jackson (Buzzy’s dad), the historic Art Deco Washoe Theater in the town of Anaconda, the best-named high school in America, and the incomparable Chico Hot Springs.

Not content to divide her time between merely two of the most beautiful places on Earth, Buzzy went on to live in Perth, Australia, Los Angeles, Barcelona, New York City, Cape Town, and the San Francisco Bay Area, where she earned a Ph.D. in History at UC Berkeley. She now lives about a day’s drive away from Carhenge, an amazing place that is really going to mess with future archaeologists.

Jon Kedrowski

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from John's bio:

Jonathan James Kedrowski (born May 12, 1979) is an author, speaker, ski-mountaineer and geographer. Kedrowski is best known for his many mountaineering accomplishments and ski descents: most notably, in 2011, when he became the first person to summit, camp and spend the night on top of all Colorado's 55 Fourteener's. In May 2012, Kedrowski successfully climbed Mount Everest while witnessing and surviving the worst tragedy on Everest since the 1996 disaster.

Richard Keller

from Richard's Bio:

Richard Keller (b. 1969) was born in New Yawk, grew up in New Joisey, raised a family in Maryland and Delaware, and eventually moved to Northern Colorado, which is full of folks from New Yawk and New Joisey. He began his professional writing career when he was 16, eventually producing almost 2,000 articles, essays, and blog entries. His first book, "Coffee Cup Tales," was released in April of 2014. His book, "Dining with Zombies," became a top ten Amazon seller in the fall of 2014 under the categories of Horror Comedy and Short Reads. In addition to being an author, Richard is the founder of Wooden Pants Publishing and Assistant Director of Northern Colorado Writers. His goal is to rule the world of publishing when it comes to humor and dramedy.

Karin Lazarus

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Karin's bio:

In 2009, Karin took home the grand prize in the TuttiFoodie - Scharffen Berger Chocolate Adventure Contest for her Chocolate-Filled Pandan Dumplings and used the prize money to start Sweet Mary Jane. Her approach to cooking with medical marijuana has a clear emphasis on the benefits of cannabis combined with delicious tasting treats. She’s dedicated to using natural, whole foods and fresh, vibrant, adventurous ingredients to create recipes that are both good for you and a pleasure to eat.

Jorja Lewis

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Jorja's bio:

Jorja Lewis was born and raised in Colorado. She loves the state’s rich history and amazing beauty. Jorja is married and has two married children, six grandchildren, and two dogs.

Stant Litore

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Stant's bio:

An emerging voice in weird fiction, Stant Litore is the author of the series The Zombie Bible, which retells history (and the Bible) as a series of encounters with the restless dead, as well as The Ansible Stories, in which twenty-fifth century Islamic explorers become trapped in alien bodies on alien worlds. Litore has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014), as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013), and in Weird Fiction Review and SF Signal. Litore recently released Write Characters Your Readers Won’t Forget, a handbook for young writers, and has been featured on the same topic in Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction. Asked what he does for a living, Litore says, “I chronicle zombie apocalypses from 3,000 years ago and I build collosseums for tyrannosaurs. Author-fu.”

Stant Litore lives in Denver with his wife and two daughters, where he is working on his next novel.

J.C. Lynne

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

I observe the world, access dreams and brave it all to the page.

The Esau Emergence is her first novel. A personal essay, A Girl That I Walk By was published as Editor's Choice in the Pooled Ink Anthology, 2013.

She lives in Colorado with her husband, their two teenage boys, three dogs and two cats.

Liesa Malik

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Liesa's bio:

Debut novelist Liesa Malik considers herself quite lucky to have been steeped in reading from an early age. Both her parents and teachers read widely and out loud to expose her to tales like A Secret Garden and Odysseus. She supplemented this with her own reading of children’s classics like Dr. Seuss books, Happy Hollister Mysteries and Trixie Beldon books.

Liesa’s love of good books led to an interest in writing and she worked on several school publications until graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Mass Communications, focused on journalism.

Today, Liesa lives in Littleton, Colorado with her husband of more than 30 years, her German Shepherd dog, Prophet, and her wonderfully cranky cat, Nalla. Weekly calls with her daughter and granddaughter keep Liesa up-to-date on what’s another new “good read,” and introduces her to her next best friend–a good book.

Kira McFadden

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Kira's bio:

I began telling stories before I could put pencil to paper. In the beginning, my tales revolved around princesses and knights, dragons, space ships, and epic battles. For over the last decade, however, my concentration has been solely on the creation and completion of The Soulbound Curse. Since beginning this massive project, I’ve filled notebooks, sketchbooks, and hard drives with pictures, notes, languages, and pages upon pages of drafts for the Amüli Chronicles, which I expect to someday surpass the 20-book mark.

At the moment, I’m working on the sequel to The Soulbound Curse, to be called The Soulless King, in which new characters will appear, old ones will return, and the story of Clae, Marik, Eti, and Lothar will continue. I’m also hard at work on the first of my Middle Grade Fantasy series, Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun. Plans for more tales from Inrugia are scattered across my desk, such as the Young Adult Fantasy trilogy about Jartia and Christopher, Draemyn Pex’s notebook during the Transition, and the tale of Lothar and Marac in the Pre-Transition Era.

I live in Loveland, CO, with my beloved Micahl and two Cori catfish.

Pat Miller

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Pat Miller and her husband, Lynn, live in Erie, Colorado. Pat is a former Colorado State Representative and is still active in politics. She has one son and two grandchildren.

Manuel Ramos

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Manuel's bio:

Manuel Ramos is a retired lawyer and the author of eight published novels and one short story collection. For his professional and community service he has received the Colorado Bar Association’s Jacob V. Schaetzel Award, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s Chris Miranda Award, the Spirit of Tlatelolco Award, and others. His fiction has garnered the Colorado Book Award, the Chicano/Latino Literary Award, the Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors League, and three Honorable Mentions from the Latino International Book Awards. His first novel, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz, was a finalist for the Edgar® award from the Mystery Writers of America and won the Colorado Book Award in the Fiction category. His published works include Desperado: A Mile High Noir, winner of the 2014 Colorado Book Award in the Mystery category, several short stories, poems, non-fiction articles and a handbook on Colorado landlord-tenant law, now in a sixth edition. He is a co-founder of and regular contributor to La Bloga (www.labloga.blogspot.com), an award-winning Internet magazine devoted to Latino literature, culture, news, and opinion. The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories was published in 2015.

Gini Rifkin

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Gini's bio:

Greetings...I live in beautiful Colorado with my chaotic herd of abandoned farm animals. My friends and family keep me sane, and writing keeps me hungry to learn new things even as I research times gone by.

When you open a book and turn the pages, you breathe life into the characters and set them free. My stories are adventurous romance, past, present, and into the future, sometimes with a bit of magic or fantasy, but always with a happy ending.

If I don't see you in the future, I'll see you in the pasture (or the hat store).

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Aaron's bio:

My writing life changed forever when a genuine literary agent rejected me, reducing me to ashes. After numerous, fist-shaking rants at heaven, hours spent weeping in critique groups, and membership in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, I rose from the ashes, very phoenixy, and started writing books people could read and even like. In my better moments, I think I write genre fiction with a literary twist. In my darker moments, well, I’ll keep those demons to myself.

Currently, when I’m not scribbling and smoking cigars, I work at the best health care company on the planet helping OR nurses with their computers. And I’m a recovering TV addict. My last relapse was with Battlestar Galactica (the new, bleak one) and Firefly (you can’t stop the signal). I attend support groups. It helps.

Laura Ruppel

Firestone, 9/26 - Storytime, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

from Laura's bio:

Author Laura Ruppel and her family have run Sunrise Silhouettes Alpaca Farm and Camelids & Critters Day Camps for many years. Laura is an animal enthusiast and loves spreading the experience that interacting with animals brings. Her passion for all animals is continued thru her children as they help raise and care for the animals on the farm.

Marie Sexton

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Marie's bio:

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

D.M. Slate

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from D.M.'s bio:

Danyelle (aka D.M. Slate) resides in Colorado, where she's lived for most of her life. She attended college at the University of Northern Colorado completing a business degree, and now works as a financial analyst. Danyelle is married to her high school sweet-heart and together they have a young daughter and son.

D.M. Slate’s first sci-fi horror novella was released in 2009 and was voted best Sci-Fi Horror story of the year by two independent review groups. Her first mystery-horror novel was released in 2010, followed by a second paranormal-horror novel in 2012. A trickle of dark fiction short stories has been published since 2009, and in 2013 Slate released her first audio-story.

In 2014 D.M. Slate won the Wicked Woman Writer’s Challenge hosted by HorrorAddicts.net with her audio story Photo Finish. Her film Don’t Play With Your Dinner has been accepted into the Colorado Creative Short Film finals in 2014 at the Mile High Horror Film Festival. This short movie marks Slate’s debut into film directing and editing.

Rachel Weaver

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - Writing Workshop, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Rachel's bio: Rachel Weaver holds an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University. Her work has been published in The Gettysburg Review and the Blue Mesa Review. She has also worked for the Forest Service in Alaska studying songbirds, raptors, and black and brown bears. Rachel currently lives in Colorado.

Marilyn Bay Wentz

Greeley, 9/12 - Books & Brews, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Firestone, 9/26 - ReadCon After Hours, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

from Marilyn's bio:

Marilyn has authored hundreds, perhaps thousands, of news releases, feature stories and web posts over nearly three decades of her public relations, writing and editing career. Prairie Grace, historical fiction set in 1864 Colorado Territory, is her first novel, and she hopes it will be the first in a series of historical fiction novels set in Colorado. Her goal for her writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, is to entertain, educate and inspire readers.