Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Badger State Author Event Aug 13 Plan Now

Framed as "an intimate event" by Rochell and Roxanne, the Badger State Author Event is an ultimate "get to know you" opportunity for readers to connect with regional and national authors in the Midwest.

The Badger StateAuthor Event is scheduled for Saturday August 13th, 2016

This event will take place at the Marriott West Hotel located in Madison, WI
The morning session will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
followed by a 2 hour lunch break and
will resume from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets, $15, are now available at

Make sure to get your tickets early before they are sold out as there are a limited number available.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Harold William Thorpe and The O'Shaughnessy Chronicles

Giddyap Tin Lizzie: The Long Road Back to the Plow (The O'Shaughnessy Chronicles, #1)

When a sibling unexpectedly inherits his grandfather’s dairy farm, Will O’Shaughnessy turns to selling Fords in rural, pre-World War I southwestern Wisconsin. But over the next two decades, even as his automobile business booms and he raises a family with his true love, Mary, Will yearns to return to farming. Meanwhile, the small town of Ashley Springs weathers the war, the booming 20s, prohibition and the Great Depression. There’s family drama in devastating illness and an estranged, alcoholic brother. Then, as automobile sales plunge in the deepening 1930s economic crisis, Will sees a reason to finally trade cars for cows. But can he convince his wife and daughters to follow him back out of town?

Bittersweet Harvest: The Weight of the Plow (The O'Shaughnessy Chronicles, #2)

Will O’Shaughnessy has left behind Ashley Springs, and his car dealership, and moved his family to a dairy farm in the hills of southwestern Wisconsin. Now, as the Great Depression gives way to World War II, his daughters are growing up. Neighbors are driving gasoline tractors, but he’s still plowing with horses and milking by hand. Will is living his dream. But challenges bear down. His wife, Mary, insists on taking in their wild teenage niece from Texas. Accidents, unreliable farmhands and weather take their toll. Bills are piling up. He’s wrangling with other dairy farmers about forming a co-op. His troubled, maimed brother Jesse might be back. And did someone purposely set out to sicken his herd? Will is beginning to think that his grandfather was right, that he doesn’t have what it takes to run a farm.

$2.99 Kindle Edition

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Life and Works of Abraham Heschel and Thomas Merton Reflection Workshop

The School Sisters of St. Francis invite you, your friends, and family to an inspiring reflection workshop titled “The God of Infinite Love:  The Life & Works of Abraham Heschel and Thomas Merton.” This workshop will be presented on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., at St. Joseph Center, the campus of the School Sisters of St. Francis, who are sponsoring the event. We hope to see you there!

“The God of Infinite Love:  The Life & Works of Abraham Heschel and Thomas Merton” Reflection Workshop, St. Joseph Hall, 1501 S. Layton Blvd.
 (Greenfield Ave. at 27th St.),
9 a.m.

A treasure trove of stories about the Jewish theologian and the Trappist monk will be presented by Sacred Heart School of Theology’s Sister Mary Carroll, D. Min., lecturer and associate director of pastoral formation, with colleague Bonnie Shafrin, director of the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies. Learn about the memorable spiritual journeys and insights of the two most revered spiritual writers of the 20th century. 

The fee is $12. 
Write checks to: School Sisters of St. Francis, c/o Donna O’Loughlin.  Contact: or 414-385-5272. 

This event is sponsored by the U.S. Province of the School Sisters of St. Francis.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mount Mary Publishing Institute September 30 October 1


Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, 2016

Publishing Institute Save the Date

Friday, September 30, 2016 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Stiemke Hall, Mount Mary University FREE Event!

On Friday evening Dasha Kelly will speak on the importance of poetry in our world. This event is free and open to the public.

Join fellow writers for a Friday-Saturday event exploring the many facets of publishing.  Learn more about query letters, custom publishing, writing communities, and landing the first book deal. The day includes panel discussions with published authors and the option of a one-on-one with an agent. This program is sponsored by the Master of Arts in English Program, and supported by Red Oak Writing community and Barnes and Noble Bookstore. The keynote speaker is author Jacquelyn Mitchard. This event requires registration and a fee. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

GK Wuori comes to ALLWRITERS April 23 for Novella Workshop

WAUKESHA – Embrace the wonderful world of the novella! Pushcart Prize winning author G. K. Wuori is coming to AllWriters’ to be your personal guide through the mysterious waters of those works both too short to be considered novels, yet too long to be called short stories. Learn the do’s and don’ts of novella writing from the best. On Saturday, April 23rd, AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop welcomes special guest lecturer G. K. WUORI with his workshop, IT’S NOT JUST A PRETTY NAME FOR A CAT.
In this workshop, you’re going to explore a unique art form, often referred to as the step child of literature: The Novella. These ‘ugly ducklings’ of the writing world include a range of works too long to be considered short stories, and too short to be called novels. Yet, in spite of its reputation, the novella has recently experienced a burst of popularity, especially among the small presses, causing an interesting market to emerge for writers seeking publication. On Saturday, April 23rd, Pushcart Prize winning author G. K. Wuori will guide you through the world of the novella. You’ll learn what distinguishes a novella from a long short story or a short novel, about character and plot pitfalls that arise in the genre, and how to decide if the novella is right for you and your writing. In the April 23rd workshop, you’ll take a look at some notable novellas (The Barracks Thief, The Pearl, Infidelity, Ethan Frome, The Old Man and the Sea), discuss their special features, and engage in exercises designed to help you leave the workshop prepared to begin your own novellas.
G. K. WUORI, a Pushcart Prize winner, Illinois Arts Council Fellow, and widely-published short-story writer, is the author of the cult-classic story collection, Nude In Tub, and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year in fiction, An American Outrage. He has also published the novellas, Now That I’m Ready To Tell You Everything and Infidelity. His latest novel, HoneyLee’s Girl, was released in spring of 2016 by Black Rose Writing. He is Associate Editor of the literary journal, Kippis, and lives in DeKalb, Illinois. More information on his work can be found at
Celebrity Saturdays are a great chance to broaden your knowledge of what it takes to be successful and to learn from writers who are already knee deep in an author’s life. G. K. Wuori’s workshop will be held on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and costs $95, which includes a lunch catered by Waukesha’s own CafĂ© de Art.
AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop offers on-site and online writing courses in all genres and abilities of creative writing, as well as coaching, editing, and marketing services. A schedule of classes, with online registration, is available at or by calling (262) 446-0284. AllWriters’ is located at 234 Brook Street, Unit 2, in historic downtown Waukesha, as featured in Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wisconsin Logging Camp, 1921

Wisconsin Logging Camp 1921 Cover

Meet Jim Bastian of Brookfield, and his debut book, Wisconsin Logging Camp 1921
published by Big Earth Publishing, Boulder, CO

November, 2015
Historical Fiction
ISBN: 9781934553541
$18.95 Print only
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About the Book: A beautifully written historical fiction novel set primarily in the north woods of Wisconsin during 1920 and 1921. The narrative entwines the fictional story of an eight-year-old boy, Will, within that period's rich historic context. The story meticulously incorporates the history of logging in Wisconsin, the flu pandemic, Prohibition, World War I, and post-war American culture, specific to that time and place. Will's story reflects the challenges, hardships, and ethnic discrimination faced and overcome by American immigrants, then and now. These themes remain as relevant today as they were in 1920, and portray an archetypal immigrant experience, which is part of the proud, shared heritage of all Americans. The colorful language, rich history, characters, and Wild West atmosphere of the region will appeal to all readers.

James BastianAbout the Author: Upon graduation from Michigan State University, with a history and psychology major, Jim was a high school teacher. He subsequently converted to capitalism, earned an MBA and went on to have a thirty year business career. Writing became increasingly more appealing and the grind of business travel less so. This lead Jim to transition to writing as his vocation which resulted in the publication of his first book Wisconsin Logging Camp - 1921. His next project, also a historical novel, takes place in 1971 with an archaeological link to 1712. The title and publication date will be announced in 2016. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

New Hiking Guide from Rob Bignell

New guide details top Chippewa Valley hikes
More than 100 trails described in Day Hiking Trails of the Chippewa Valley

Day Hiking Trails of the Chippewa Valley, by Wisconsin author Rob Bignell, covers trails in Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dunn and Pepin counties. It was released March 28.

“The Chippewa Valley is chock-full of great trails and hidden wonders,” Bignell said. “You can walk beneath startlingly giant conifers and over nearly 2 billion-year-old rock. You can follow the scenic routes of old railroad lines along majestic rivers that feed the Mississippi. You can see waterfalls, pioneer sites, and rare butterflies.”

Two state parks, four major state trails, great city parks, and a variety of other public lands all are open to hikers, bicyclists and other outdoors lovers in the Chippewa Valley. Many are free while the others carry a nominal entrance cost.

Bignell grew up near Menomonie and has hiked many of the trails since childhood. 

The book provides a plethora of information about each featured trail, including:
 Driving directions to the trail
 Where to park and find the trailhead
 Course the trail takes
 Scenic points to look for on the trail
 Wildlife and flora you might spot
 Interesting tidbits about regional geology and history
 Best times to hike the trail

“These trails are perfect for families with children,” Bignell said. The trails run from a tenth of a mile to seven miles in length, with most only a mile to three miles long.

Day Hiking Trailsof the Chippewa Valley is the latest in several bestselling hiking guidebooks Bignell has authored. In January, Best Sights to Seeat America’s National Parks reached No. 1 on’s bestsellers list for Travel>Mountain books. Last year, his Headin’ to the Cabin: Day Hiking Trails of NortheastMinnesota, also hit No. 1 on that Travel>Midwest list.

More than three years of research went into the book. Bignell’s son Kieran accompanied him on a number of those hikes.

An avid backpacker and long-time editor, Bignell is uniquely qualified to write about hiking, especially for families. Bignell has served in the Army National Guard and taught middle school students in New Mexico and Wisconsin. A former newspaper and magazine editor in California, his journalism work has won several awards, from editorial writing to sports reporting. In 2001, The Prescott Journal, which he served as managing editor of, was named Wisconsin’s Weekly Newspaper of the Year.

This is Bignell’s 16th hiking guidebook, almost all of which focus on Wisconsin and Minnesota. He now lives with his son in western Wisconsin.

Book specs:
Day Hiking Trails of the Chippewa Valley
Publish date: April 1, 2016
Publisher: Atiswinic Press
ISBN: 978-0-9961625-4-8
Price: $9.95 (paperback), $0.99 (ebook)
Pages: 124 (paperback)
Cover: Paper (paperback)
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5 (paperback)

Day Hiking Trails of the Chippewa Valley author Rob Bignell and his son Kieran.
(Photo by Bryan Bignell)