Saturday, August 10, 2019

For Readers Who Enjoy Adventurous History

River Bend 
by Barbara Shepherd
Belle Strong expected her husband to meet her when she stepped off the ferry in north Texas, but she was in for a surprise—her husband is dying. Pregnant and alone, she faces challenges along the Red River where her world includes fur trappers, Indians, and a rugged sea captain. Jacob Owens spends most of his life on the high seas and is a self-proclaimed bachelor. But when a green-eyed beauty enters his world, he finds his thoughts drifting in different directions. Why can’t he stop thinking about her, and why is he trading fine beaver pelts for exquisite fabrics to surprise Belle to use in her quilting? Can she protect her son in such an uncivilized country? Or will she be forced to rely on a complete stranger?
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Featured Blog: Coffee With Dragons

I Need Your Help
By Wendy Blanton

I was in St Louis over the weekend for the RealmMakers Conference. I took a class on Indie Publishing, and a big part of that was on marketing. Since the prevailing wisdom is that authors need an email list, I’ve dusted off my newsletter and I need some readers!
Read more here

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Delicious recipes to enjoy!

Vittles and Vignettes
By Barbara Shepherd
Vittles and Vignettes is a collection of over 250 family recipes and a sampling of original short stories, magazine articles, essays, and poems, some fantasy, some factual. Vittles is a term used in early days for food. The recipes (once referred to as “receipts”) presented in this book are a compilation of tried-and-true family favorites, some old, others more recent. Find easy-to-prepare dishes for beginning cooks and some more challenging for those who have kitchen experience. Read. Cook. Sit down at the dinner table to visit and enjoy mealtime. Pass recipes down to friends and the younger members of your family. Happy cooking to you!
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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Fantastic Worlds for you to explore!

Bone Sliver 
by Debra Chandler
The World is Changing.... Maxwell Edison, agent of The Office of Human Protection is given an assignment. Sent to Tulsa, Oklahoma, he's staking out a spreading rash of anomalous activity unprecedented in the world so far. With agents and civilians dying all around him, it’s up to him to find a way to stop the oncoming paranormal cataclysm that has been engineered by a mysterious shadow organization. In the face of unstoppable magic, can he hold on to his humanity?
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Nova Wave 
by Debra Chandler
The Office of Human Protection has come to small-town Oklahoma, but the situation is anything but stable.When agents go missing, Maxwell Edison must investigate. When Max goes missing and a coup is staged from within, everything depends on a woman waking up in a changed world. A woman who has suffered a grievous injury, A woman with no training. Can she possibly save him?
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Rogue Pawn 
by Wendy Blanton AKA Elizabeth Joy
Forced from her home, Sieger faced a long road paved with lies and manipulation. Desperate, she did the only thing she could: She turned the tables on her enemies and forged her own fate.
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Sword & Scabbard 
by Wendy Blanton
When Nyakas killed his father to protect his wife and son, he wasn't thinking about the consequences. Because Malitor was a Divine Steward, Nyakas had two choices: take Malitor's seat, or defend himself against those who wanted it. Reluctantly, he and Robyn have moved to Mhovan Rosk. He knows that the other Divine Stewards have their own agendas, but it is not until he arrives that he realizes how corrupt the council is. When his advisors discover a hidden prophecy, the solution to the corruption becomes clear, but it may come at a price none of them are able to pay.
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The Dragon's Lady 
by Wendy Blanton AKA Elizabeth Joy
A young army officer, heading a team in search of missing CIA agents, is captured by intergalactic slave traders. Her team is sold to a man who is much more than he seems.
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WEATHERED 
by Debra Chandler
A shift in the wind. A change in the air. Weather has the power to affect everything around and inside us. What will the next season bring? Will the wind of change bring joy—sadness—or something darker? The pages of this book contain poems and tales that will leave even the most stalwart souls—WEATHERED.
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Anthologies: Something for everyone's reading pleasure

Blackbirds First Flight
By Various Authors

⇨ An unhappy wife can't decide what to do about her boorish husband until an uneaten meal gives her a dark idea...
⇨ Something is raising zombies in Tulsa, and Justina Grave is the only one who can stop it...
⇨ When a fat farm promises to make Edyth thin again, her dream comes true. She will never be fat again—or safe...
⇨ Hopping a freight train can be a cheap way to travel. Unless you pick the wrong boxcar...
⇨ One kiss gives Francois immortality, but at a cost he doesn't see coming...
⇨ A woman warrior must choose her fate as the Romans ravage her land...
⇨ Stalked by terrible creatures seeking vengeance, a band of robbers runs for their lives in medieval France...
This anthology will lead you into dark, twisted places filled with mystery and delight. Enjoy thrilling stories and chilling poems by authors Stephen B. Bagley, Kent Bass, Wendy Blanton, Gail Henderson, Tamara Siler Jones, and Jean Schara.
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Blackbirds Second Flight
by Various Authors
Enjoy new dark and twisted stories and poems from Stephen B. Bagley, Wendy Blanton, Gail Henderson, Ken Lewis, Jean Schara, and Heath Stallcup
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Blackbirds Third Flight
by Various Authors
Enjoy these dark fantasies:
✥ A dead girl asks one final question.
✥ A young man rides a forbidden dragon.
✥ With claw and fang, Malone will fight.
✥ Justina Grave battles a dangerous witch.
✥ A father faces his family's terrible secret.
✥ The end of the world begins in a backyard.
✥ A predator prowls on Halloween night.
✥ Thunder Mountain will kill the careless.
✥ Learn the final truth of the Tooth Fairy.
✥ A wolf reveals the face of the true beast.
And much more in this anthology of thrilling tales and poetry from Kathy Akins, Stephen B. Bagley, Wendy Blanton, Michael Canton, D.E. Chandler, Erin Cochran, Gail Henderson, Mariana Llanos, Jean Schara, and Heath Stallcup.
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Prosateurs: Tales & Truth 
by the Prosateurs
Enjoy articles, essays, memoirs, poems, recipes, short stories, and more from members of the Prosateurs writing group.
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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Barbara Shepherd to speak at Mid-Oklahoma Writers

Barbara (left) displays recent awards with help
from Marla Jones, Doodle and Peck publisher.
Award-winning author Barbara Shepherd is scheduled to speak at the monthly meeting of Mid-Oklahoma Writers on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Midwest City. Her books include: River Bend, The Potbelly Pig Promise, Vittles and Vignettes, and Patchwork Skin. The event at the Family Center (behind East Side Church of Christ), 916 South Douglas, is free and open to the public.

As the recipient of more than 350 writing awards in local, regional, national, and international contests for fiction, non-fiction, screenplay, and poetry, she will present “Secrets from the Contest Queen.”

Shepherd is the 2019 Poetry Society of Oklahoma Poet Laureate and has won the American Christian Writers’ Writer of the Year (twice) and received a Readers Choice Award from miller’s pond, the Creme de la Creme from Norman Galaxy of Writers (two years back to back), and a Creme de la Creme from Mid-Oklahoma Writers. She has been a Finalist for OWFI’s Creme de la Creme award ten times, won the Rose State Writers Conference 2016 Outstanding Author and the 2017 Oklahoma State Fair’s Voice of the Fair Poet. She is also a Woody Guthrie Poet, a former Nominee for Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma, and an Honorary Life Member of (OWFI) Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. To learn more, visit her website here: Barbara Shepherd

Sunday, February 10, 2019

"Potbelly Pig" Is Now Available On Kindle!

The Potbelly Pig Promise picture book is now at Amazon as a Kindle e-book!

The Potbelly Pig Promise 
by Barbara Shepherd (Author), David Barrow (Illustrator)
Dylan made a promise to his friend, Patrick. He’s going to take a photograph of a real potbelly pig at his grandparent’s farm. When he arrives, Dylan quickly discovers Grandpa raises everything but potbellied pigs.
Later, they visit the county fair hoping to find them. Dylan sees pigs of all colors, shapes and sizes, but no potbellies. Their pens are empty.  Will Dylan ever find a real potbelly pig? And will he be able to keep his promise to Patrick?


Thursday, January 10, 2019

March Speaker

In March, the Prosateurs are excited to be hearing from Staci Mauney at their regular monthly meeting.

Staci is a professional writer and editor and indie author. She is the co-owner of Prestige Prose, a freelance writing and editing company. She earned a Master of Education in secondary education from Cameron University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. As an author, she has written four devotionals in the Echoes of Joy series, all of which can be found on her website HERE. You can also sign up for her newsletter to hear the latest on her publishing activities.

Her Yorkshire terrier, Lilly, is the main character in her devotionals and her blog, which can also be found on her website. She has had short stories published in Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul; Owl Hootings, Vol. II; Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland, and the OWFI Report and has worked as a content writer for Oklahoma Farm and Ranch magazine. Staci volunteers for a variety of organizations in her local community.

She has been a member of OWFI since 2007 and is currently serving as the 2019 OWFI president.

You can follow her:
Facebook @StaciMauneyAuthor,
Twitter @SMauneyAuthor,
Instagram @sdmauney

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

2018 Christmas Gift Guide: "Undying"

Undying
By Stephen B. Bagley & Gail Henderson

Enjoy a good shiver on a moonlit night with these thrilling, chilling poems. Oklahoma poets and authors Stephen B. Bagley and Gail Henderson share a sometimes darkly humorous look at the creatures of the ever night, mythical and otherwise. You'll meet a vampire who definitely doesn't sparkle, a werewolf who chooses freedom, gods and goddesses who are all too human, brave astronauts and greedy planet jumpers, and down to earth monsters who may live next door. You'll learn what happens to a modern day Dr. Frankenstein after he creates the perfect woman, why it's better to refuse that crimson invitation, and the sorrow that stalks us even when the sky is bright and the clouds few. You might even discover the creature that goes bump in the night is actually you.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Mind Trip"

Mind Trip
By Heath Stallcup

These are just some of the dark and twisted ideas that have run through the mind of Heath Stallcup over the years. Join him in a journey to the darker side of short story fiction. A compiled collection of short stories for your reading pleasure. Mobsters intent on ruling the world reveals that sometimes you just can’t go home. The release of a zombie virus on a small rural college town, followed by the ramifications on the parent company and the results of trying to hide your culpability. Sometimes reality isn’t what you think it is. Those noises in the attic may not be rats… Dwelling on the past can be introspective but refusing to let go will skew your reality. When asking Santa for something, remember to be specific. The search for ultimate truth and knowledge opens the creator to dark influences. You know you are about to die. You want nothing more than to protect your loved ones. In a fever induced delirium you lead the threat away from those you care most about.

Monday, January 7, 2019

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Tales from Bethlehem"

Tales from Bethlehem
By Stephen B. Bagley

You've heard the story a thousand times: glorious angels, lowly shepherds, brightly shining star, three Wise Men, and wee babe in a manger. But have you ever wondered about everyone else in tiny Bethlehem on that marvel of nights? What did they think? What did they do? How would you have responded? In these funny and touching tales, you'll meet a stable boy, a serving girl, an honest spy, an astounding clerk, an empty innkeeper, a mighty ship of the desert, and many others as they share their amazing "Tales from Bethlehem."

Buy on Amazon!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Whispers of the Past"

Whispers of the Past
By Heath Stallcup

When grave robbers disturb the tomb of Sheriff James ‘Two Guns’ Tolbert searching for Old West relics, a force is unleashed, hellbent for blood. How does a Sheriff’s Department from a small North Texas community stop a brutal murderer that is targeting criminals? A murderer that leaves no physical evidence and commits acts so heinous that seasoned officers find the crime scenes too morbid to imagine. Over a hundred years in the making, a vengeful spirit now hunts for its killers. If those responsible can’t be made to pay, their progeny will.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Patchwork Skin"

Patchwork Skin
By Barbara Shepherd

Patchwork Skin is a collection of "hospital poems" and can take the place of a get-well card to send to someone who may be facing a medical crisis. Shepherd has endured illness and severe injuries but still maintains a positive attitude. In Patchwork Skin, she shares her conversations in and out of the hospital and hopes her words may help others. In this second edition, she includes four new poems, two of which were written when one of her sons died suddenly.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Murder by the Acre"

Murder by the Acre
By Stephen B. Bagley

The librarian and the reporter are back! This time Bernard and Lisa stumble on the body of a local jeweler and ladies' man in an underground house. As the couple and Chief Donaldson investigate, they find themselves drawn into a confusing mystery of lies and alibis that involves the upper crust of Ryton, Oklahoma. Questions abound: Who killed him and how? Why doesn't the widow care that her husband is dead? Why doesn't his mistress? What does the mysterious Aventura Corporation have to do with the murder? What is the corporation hiding? Soon events spiral out of control as the killer strikes again and again. As the three dig for the truth, they upset powerful, vengeful people. The chief might lose his job, but Bernard and Lisa could lose their lives in this suspenseful sequel to Murder by Dewey Decimal.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Caldera"

Caldera
By Heath Stallcup

For years, the biggest threat that Yellowstone was thought to offer was in the form of its semi-dormant super volcano. Little did anyone realize the threat was real and slowly working its way to the surface, but not in the form of magma. Lying deep within the bowels of the earth itself, an ancient virus waited. Recently credited with the extinction of Neanderthal man, the virus erupts into a crowded Yellowstone. The park is packed with sight seers and party goers during a benefit concert who are all now fodder for the ancient rage virus. Follow along as Park Rangers and local Sheriff’s find themselves overwhelmed with a park full of infected human cannibals.

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Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Vittles and Vignettes"

Vittles and Vignettes
By Barbara Shepherd


Vittles and Vignettes is a collection of over 250 family recipes and a sampling of original short stories, magazine articles, essays, and poems, some fantasy, some factual. Vittles is a term used in early days for food. The recipes (once referred to as “receipts”) presented in this book are a compilation of tried-and-true family favorites, some old, others more recent. Find easy-to-prepare dishes for beginning cooks and some more challenging for those who have kitchen experience. Read. Cook. Sit down at the dinner table to visit and enjoy mealtime. Pass recipes down to friends and the younger members of your family. Happy cooking to you!

Buy on Amazon!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "WEATHERED"

WEATHERED
By D.E. Chandler

A shift in the wind. A change in the air. Weather has the power to affect everything around and inside us. What will the next season bring? Will the wind of change bring joy—sadness—or something darker? The pages of this book contain poems and tales that will leave even the most stalwart souls—WEATHERED.

Buy on Amazon!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Sword And Scabbard"

Sword And Scabbard
By Elizabeth Joy (Wendy Blanton) & Scott Carman

When Nyakas killed his father to protect his family, he had two choices: take Malitor's seat as a Divine Steward, or defend himself against those who wanted it. Reluctantly, he became a Divine Steward. But the other Divine Stewards had their own corrupt goals. A secret prophecy may save the empire, but it comes at a terrible price.

Buy on Amazon!

Friday, December 28, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Murder by Dewey Decimal"

Murder by Dewey Decimal
By Stephen B. Bagley

When Assistant Librarian Bernard M. Worthington finds the body of the dreaded Agatha Ryton-Storer, he has no way of knowing her death will begin a series of murders that will stun his small town and reveal secrets hidden for thirty years. He, roving reporter Lisa Trent, and Police Chief Chuck Donaldson must outwit a ruthless, determined murderer. What was stolen from the library safe? What happened to the missing janitor? Why is Lisa a target? Who stole the Ryton jewels? Why did old Eliah Ryton will his hideous mansion to the city? What secrets does it hold and who is killing to hide them?
Appealing characters, sly wit, clever plot, and chilling suspense mark this first novel in the Measurements of Murder™ series.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Hunter"

Hunter
By Heath Stallcup


Born of Viking stock, careered into the Swedish Navy, Sven Ericsson finds himself in the fabled New World. Away from the restraints of society, the young Northman is dragged into long nights of debauchery; nights that lead him into the waiting arms of a dark beauty who will change his very nature forever. Fighting his new unnatural status, Sven steers clear of humanity, skulking along the fringe of society, and filling his inhuman need with the blood of the outcasts or the easily forgotten. A shadow among the shadows... until extraordinary events, centuries later, force him to emerge from the dark. A mishap of his own making pits Sven Ericsson into a moral quandary that will remind him what it means to be a warrior. He is a killer. A fighter. And a Hunter of his own kind.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "The Potbelly Pig Promise"

The Potbelly Pig Promise
by Barbara Shepherd (Author), David Barrow (Illustrator)

Dylan made a promise to his friend, Patrick. He’s going to take a photograph of a real potbelly pig at his grandparent’s farm. When he arrives, Dylan quickly discovers Grandpa raises everything but potbellied pigs. Later, they visit the county fair hoping to find them. Dylan sees pigs of all colors, shapes and sizes, but no potbellies. Their pens are empty.  Will Dylan ever find a real potbelly pig? And will he be able to keep his promise to Patrick?

Buy on Amazon!

Monday, December 24, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Tales from Bethlehem"

Tales from Bethlehem
By Stephen B. Bagley

You've heard the story a thousand times: glorious angels, lowly shepherds, brightly shining star, three Wise Men, and wee babe in a manger. But have you ever wondered about everyone else in tiny Bethlehem on that marvel of nights? What did they think? What did they do? How would you have responded? In these funny and touching tales, you'll meet a stable boy, a serving girl, an honest spy, an astounding clerk, an empty innkeeper, a mighty ship of the desert, and many others as they share their amazing "Tales from Bethlehem."

Buy on Amazon!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Featured Blog: Kelley Benson's Books

Christmas Kindness
By Kelley Benson

Years ago, some people would tie a string around their finger to serve as a reminder to do something. Nowadays, people add reminders on their phone for things they need to do. Reminders are helpful, and we all need them occasionally. In fact, that’s basically what the Epistles served as for the congregations scattered around Asia Minor and Europe – reminders on how to live and conduct themselves.

In my house we have a sign that serves as a reminder; it says: Live fully, Create happiness, Speak kindly, Hug daily, Smile often, Laugh freely, Seek truth, Inspire change, Love deeply. All of these are both helpful and necessary for good relationships to continue to thrive.
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Saturday, December 22, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Nova Wave"

Nova Wave
by D. E. Chandler

The Office of Human Protection has come to small-town Oklahoma, but the situation is anything but stable.When agents go missing, Maxwell Edison must investigate. When Max goes missing and a coup is staged from within, everything depends on a woman waking up in a changed world. A woman who has suffered a grievous injury, A woman with no training. Can she possibly save him?

Buy on Amazon!

Friday, December 21, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Rogue Pawn"

Rogue Pawn
By Elizabeth Joy (Wendy Blanton)

Forced from her home, Sieger faced a long road paved with lies and manipulation. Desperate, she did the only thing she could: She turned the tables on her enemies and forged her own fate.

Buy on Amazon

Thursday, December 20, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Floozy & Other Stories"


Floozy And Other Stories
By Stephen B. Bagley

Got two nuns and a goat? Do you enjoy Sabbath Night Fever? Or own a flying robot monkey army serving our Alien Masters? If you do - and even if you don't - this is the book for you! Enjoy humorist Stephen B. Bagley's views of our world in more than 80 hilarious tales from his decidedly different life.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Need a last minute gift? The Prosateurs have you covered!

🌟
Do
you
need 
any last 
minute gifts? 
The Prosateurs have 
the books for you! From 
cooking, children's books, humor, 
mysteries,  horror, inspirational, and 
more, you can find the right book for all
the lucky people on your list--and for you!



2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "Return of the Phoenix"

Return of the Phoenix (Volume 1)
By Heath Stallcup


Humanity has spent its time enjoying the peace that can only be had through blissful ignorance. For centuries, stories of things that go 'bump' in the night have been passed down and shared. When creatures of the night proved to be real, the best of America’s military came together to form an elite band of rapid response teams. Their mission: to face the challenge and keep the civilian populace safe from those threats and hide all evidence of their existence. But during a routine mission, when things go horribly wrong, the Monster Squad finds themselves having to rebuild from the ashes of what they once were. This time, they face not only the monsters that threaten the peaceful lives of the citizens they are sworn to protect, but their own government as a dark storm brews on the horizon. A storm that will threaten the lives of every human on earth.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Guide - "River Bend"

River Bend
By Barbara Shepherd

Belle Strong expected her husband to meet her when she stepped off the ferry in north Texas, but she was in for a surprise—her husband is dying. Pregnant and alone, she faces challenges along the Red River where her world includes fur trappers, Indians, and a rugged sea captain. Jacob Owens spends most of his life on the high seas and is a self-proclaimed bachelor. But when a green-eyed beauty enters his world, he finds his thoughts drifting in different directions. Why can’t he stop thinking about her, and why is he trading fine beaver pelts for exquisite fabrics to surprise Belle to use in her quilting? Can she protect her son in such an uncivilized country? Or will she be forced to rely on a complete stranger?

Buy on Amazon