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Bruce Most named CAL's 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner!

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By Doug Hawk

Congratulations to long-time CAL member and past CAL President Bruce Most for being selected to receive CAL’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bruce joined Colorado Authors’ League in 1979, and his contributions to the organization cannot be over-looked or minimized. Beginning immediately after joining, Bruce spent many years serving on the CAL Board, holding positions as president, vice president, historian, and several terms as the CAL Awards chair. Back in the days when CAL held monthly luncheons, summer picnics and the annual Awards Banquet, Bruce was always present, always involved and always willing to do what needed to be done.

Bruce has had an enormous impact on CAL well beyond his active participation on the board and his long writing career. He is a friend to all. He interacts with other writers on an honest and open basis and is an unwavering voice for reason, unity and inclusion. Always available to offer advice and encouragement, Bruce is frequently the first to greet a new member, quick to introduce them to others in the organization and never disparages or belittles another writer’s efforts. 

Bruce is one of those courageous writers who built his career as a freelancer without the benefit of a “day job”. Following his stint in the U.S. Army as a public information writer stationed in Alaska, he immediately began working as a freelance writer. A stranger to the corporate environment, Bruce spent his career working from his home office. He was editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, a publication of the Financial Planning Association. In that capacity, he wrote more than a thousand articles on a wide variety of topics within the arena of consumer financial planning. Subsequently, many of these pieces were included in The Encyclopedia of Financial Planning.

Additionally, during his career Bruce freelanced articles to national magazines including Parade, TV Guide, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Travel & Leisure and American Way. It was to the latter that he sold a profile of past CAL President and long-time member the late Clive Cussler. He also ghost wrote the self-help book, THE POWER OF CHOICE, an opportunity that arose from his connections as a CAL member.

In the 1990s, Bruce published two well-received mystery novels, BONDED FOR MURDER and MISSING BONDS, featuring tough-as-iron bail bonds-woman Ruby Dark. His 2015 mystery novel, ROPE BURN, received high praise as well as a CAL Award for best genre novel as did MURDER ON THE TRACK, his first Joe Stryker mystery novel set in post-World War II Denver. It was followed by a sequel, THE BIG DIVE. In addition to his novels, three of his nonfiction articles were recognized for CAL Awards. 

Besides his CAL membership, Bruce is a long-time member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. 

On his website, Bruce has a particularly insightful observation: “Writers without readers is like wine without alcohol.”

Bruce will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at CAL’s annual awards ceremony on June 19th.



CAL Awards Winners Announced

Watch the Awards Video HERE


Winners are in RED below

The Namer of Spirits

Juvenile


Namer of Spirits


by Todd Mitchell


Juvenile


Bonnie In-Between


by Linda L. Osmundson

Juvenile


BFF or NRF?


by Jessica Speer


The Christmas Light

Child / Early Reader


The Christmas Light



by Claudia Cangilla McAdam

Child / Early Reader


All Around Dogs


by Dolly Viscardi


Sand pounder

Young Adult


The Sand Pounder


by M.J. Evans


Sea Change

Young Adult


Sea Change


by Bruce Leaf


Young Adult


A Matter of Blood


by Kendra Merritt


Historical Fiction


The Only Way Home


by Jeanette Minniti

Death Can Be Habit Forming

Historical Fiction


Death Can Be Habit-Forming


by Sheri Cobb South

Mystery


Red Rabbit

On The Run


by Jodi Bowersox

Striking Range: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

Mystery


Striking Range


by Margaret Mizushima

all that is secret

Mystery


All That Is Secret


by Patricia Raybon

DIAMOND IN THE DESERT

Cozy Mystery


Diamond In The Desert


by Karen Gilleland

Cozy Mystery


How to Book a Murder


by Cynthia Kuhn

Paranormal


Demon Riding Shotgun


by L.R. Braden

The Gorging of Souls

Paranormal


The Gorging of Souls


by Claire L. Fishback

As The Page Turns

Paranormal


As The Page Turns


by Iona Morrison

Red Rabbit on the Run

Romance


Red Rabbit On The Run


by Jodi Bowersox

Romance


Searching For Closure


by Iona Morrison

Undercover Outlaw

Romance


Undercover Outlaw


by Gini Rifkin

Rapunzel's Tower

Sci Fi / Fantasy


Rapunzel's Tower


by Wendy L. Anderson

Sci Fi / Fantasy


Demon Riding Shotgun


by L.R. Braden

Magic and Misrule

Sci Fi / Fantasy


Magic and Misrule


by KM Merritt

Epic Fantasy


Khyven the Unkillable


by Todd Fahnestock

Azelom: The Rise of the Mountain God

Epic Fantasy


Azelom: The Rise of the Mountain God


by B.G. Franklin

Azelom: The Shattered Accord

Epic Fantasy


Azelom: The Shattered Accord


by B.G. Franklin

Thriller


The Mermaid Broker


by Sue Hinkin

Death Can Be Habit Forming

Thriller


Death Can Be Habit-Forming


by Sheri Cobb South

Operation Arctic Sting

Thriller


Operation Arctic Sting


by Robert G. Williscroft

Fragile Saints

Mainstream / Literary


Fragile Saints


by Claire Ibarra

Mainstream / Literary


Dad


by Bob Seay

Trees and Other Witnesses

Mainstream / Literary


Trees and Other Witnesses


by Kathy Taylor

General Nonfiction


Of Books and Beasts: A Cryptozoologist’s Library


by Matt Bille

General Nonfiction


Colorado Springs Then And Now


by Mike Pach

Babies Don't Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?)

General Nonfiction


Babies Don't Make Small Talk

(So Why Should I?)


by Julie Vick

The Amazing Grace of Dogs

Biography / Memoir


The Amazing Grace of Dogs


by Lou Dean

Biography / Memoir


Ordinary Magic


by Todd Fahnestock

Full Circle

Biography / Memoir


Full Circle



by Petra Perkins

Historical Nonfiction


The Glen Eyrie Story


by Susan A. Fletcher and Amy Burch

Colorado Phantasmagorias

Historical Nonfiction


101 Trailblazing Women Of Air And Space


by Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Phd.

Historical Nonfiction


Colorado Phantasmagorias


by Joan Jacobson

A High Plains Year in Haiku

Poetry Collection


A High Plains Year in Haiku


by Art Elser

Begins in Silence

Poetry Collection


It Begins in Silence, Ends in Grace


by Art Elser

Poetry Collection


Under Sleep's New Moon


by Joseph Hutchison

The Doll Room and Other Stories

Prose Collection


The Doll Room and Other Stories


by Claire L. Fishback

queen of the sugarhouse

Prose Collection


Queen Of The Sugarhouse


by Constance Studer

Prose Collection


Food for Thought


by Jerry Fabyanic


Cover Design: Adult


Defined by Fire


Terry Dugan, designer


John Rabins, author

Cover Design: Adult


Death Can Be Habit-Forming


Deirdre Wait, designer


Sheri Cobb South, author

Red Rabbit on the Run

Cover Design: Adult


Red Rabbit On The Run


Tristan Bowersox, designer


Jodi Bowersox, Author


Cover Design: Juvenile


"E" is for Eucharist


Anna-Maria Crum, designer


Claudia Cangilla McAdam, author


Cover Design: Juvenile


Feelings Are Friends


Sarah Nifoussi (age 7), designer


Cheryl Nifoussi, author



On Wings of Wonder

Cover Design: Juvenile


On Wings of Wonder


Anna Cosper, designer


Doug Cosper, author


Essays: Personal


"Ms. Suzy & Mom"


by Petra Perkins

Essays: Personal


"Before Lunch"


by Dianne Blomberg


Essays: Personal


"Cannot Be Seen Nor Even Touched"


by Petra Perkins


Essays: Commentary


"Fireworks in Hong Kong"


by Carol Ann Wilson

Essays: Commentary


"Weiner (mobile) Envy"


Joan Elyse Mickle


Essays: Commentary


"Starlings: Fascinating Garden-Variety Dinosaurs"


by R. Gary Raham


Single Poem


"Indigenous"


by Valerie Szarek

Single Poem

 

"Reflections along the Thames Estuary"

 

by Dan Guenther

 

Single Poem


"Seaglass"


by Jennie MacDonald


Articles


"In the Land of Sky Blue Weather"


by Kayann Short



Articles


"The Comical Hotch-Potch"


by Jennie MacDonald


Articles


"Celebrating Our Female History Makers"


by Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Phd.


Short Stories


"Parachute Drop"


by Joey Porcelli


Short Stories


"Chlorphyllis"


by John E. Stith


Short Stories


"Reality Hack"


by Robert G. Williscroft


Attention Book Illustrators and Cover Designers!

Colorado Authors League has long been about the business of storytelling, and now we’re opening our membership to include those who tell stories through art!


Book Illustrators and Cover designers, we invite you to apply for membership and take advantage of the rich benefits that CAL provides its members from friendship to promotion

to a chance to win your very own CAL award for Illustration or Cover Design!


We want to promote your work, click HERE to see just one of the ways.


In the spotlight: Wendy Terrien

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Like many authors, writing has long been a part of my life. When I was young, I remember wanting to write my own story after reading The Ghost of Dibble Hollow, and I did just that. In retrospect, I realize my story was a bit too close to the original – ghost of a boy on a farm who needed assistance from his living cousin. I did hand write the entire story, so clearly, I was committed to my project, but writing as a career wasn’t encouraged.

 

Years later, before I was grown-up-serious about my writing, I wrote a fairy tale as a gift for my mom’s birthday where I used elements from her childhood – her friends and family members, pets she shared her life with, activities she enjoyed, foods she loved, etc., incorporated into a fantasy world. I remember the thrill of the story coming together, how it almost felt like magic, and I adored every minute. The story is even more special now since my mom has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Those memories have a special place to live on.

 

But still, I set writing aside as a “someday I will” thing I’d do again. Being laid off from a job about fifteen years later was the trigger that helped me rediscover my passion for creating stories. I embraced the time I had and dove into learning everything I could about writing and publishing, including attending my first writers’ conference: Pikes Peak Writers. The education was stimulating and the people I met were amazing. Even though it was all new to me, I felt like I belonged.

 

The idea for my first book came from a television show where they mentioned “Chupacabras” and “cryptozoologists.” Not knowing what those things were, and being the curious type, I Googled the terms, went down the relative rabbit hole, learned a ton, then started musing on how creatures like Big Foot and, yes, Chupacabras, could live amongst humans without being discovered. From there, The Rampart Guards was born, the first book in my Jason Lex urban fantasy series. Good things can come from watching television.  (Click for a free and easy download of The Rampart Guards, if you are so inclined.)

 

There are now four books in the Jason Lex series with the fifth and final book to be finished later this year. Right now, I’m writing my first psychological thriller with a female serial killer and I’m exhilarated about how this is stretching me in a new direction. It’s a great challenge, a lot of work, and I’m excited about how the story is developing.

 

Writing feels like a gift to me. The adage is true – hard work doesn’t feel like work when you’re doing something you love. In fact, it feels like magic.

 


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CONGRATULATIONS TO CAL MEMBERS WHO ARE COLORADO BOOK AWARD FINALISTS




Winners listed in RED

For the complete list go to 

Colorado Humanities


Breakthrough

Anthology


Shadow Atlas


edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge, and Joshua Viola

illustrated by Aaron lovett

Bats, Bandits & Buggies

Juvenile Literature


Bats, Bandits & Buggies


by Nancy Oswald


Breakthrough

General Nonfiction


Breakthrough


by Todd Mitchell


The Night of Many Endings

Fantasy


Khyven the Unkillable



by Todd Fahnestock


The Night of Many Endings

Fantasy


Magic and Misrule


by K. M. Merritt


The Night of Many Endings

Mystery


Canyonlands Carnage


by Scott Graham


Breakthrough

Mystery



Red Rabbit OnThe Run


by Jodi Bowersox


The Night of Many Endings

General Fiction


The Night of Many Endings


by Melissa Payne


CAL Authors Release New Books!

Visions of Recurrence

The next generation's exciting adventure.

Find it on Amazon

A little troll goes for a stroll.

How will she get home?

Get it on Amazon

The Resentment

You're only as sick as your secrets.

Buy yours today!

Rogue Enterprises

Back to basics--a heist!

Check it out on Amazon

Brand chaser

One bad decision...

Find it on Amazon

Monty and Rose Return to Montrose


Support the Plovers with this book-funded conservation project and fall in love with Monty and Rose.

Buy It At Plovermother.com


Find more books illustrated by

Anna-Maria Crum at

AnnaMariaCrum.com

Lorelle

The right path is hard to follow

in The Dark.

Buy it on Amazon

Until Dead

This killer won't stop... until she's dead.

Find it on Amazon

Deep Waters of Destiny

In between black and white

 is a whole lot of grey.

Buy it on Amazon

Hot Diggity Dog



A sizzling collection of 65 brat, hot dog, and sausage recipes for all occasions.

Check it out on Amazon

Threshold

How many will die if she can't stop

the machine she created?

Buy it on Amazon

Lipstick Covered Magnet

Jack has a brutal murder to solve.

If he can stay alive long enough to do it.

Check it out on Amazon

Blue-Eyed Devil

Working with the Feds won't be easy or safe.

But neither is prison.

Buy yours today!

Lipstick Covered Magnet

She's running from her past.

He's trying to become her present.

Get it on Amazon


California Disasters

Major catastrophic events from pre-statehood to the 21st century.

Check it out on Amazon


And Publish Plays, Essays, Articles, and Poems!

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Kathryn Winograd's essay "Floating"

was published in River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narratives.


Lou Dean, Closer To Heaven

Lou Dean's article "Closer To Heaven" was published in Guideposts.

Watch the Video

 

 

Art Goodtimes has two poems in Kinship: Belonging in a World of Belonging, a five-volume series published last year in Chicago by the Center for Humans & Nature.


Gregory SETH Harris's short story "First, the Clowns" was published in LIGHTWOOD

 


CAL Awards

Submissions are now closed for the 2022 Awards!


Submission period: Nov 1-Jan 31



Eligibility: You must be a CAL member to enter (See Membership tab above)



Categories: Multiple writing categories are judged from essays, articles, and poetry to full-length novels.

Categories also include illustration, cover design, and graphic novels.



2022 Awards announcements: May /June

Awards ceremomy: July



Awards Info






Joe Nigg


recipient of the 2021

Lifetime Achievement Award


Interview



Watch past Award Ceremonies


79th Annual CAL Writing Awards Video

hosted by Kevin and Jodi Bowersox


80th Annual CAL Writing Awards Video

hosted by Jody Pritzl



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