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Even though my book isn't yet available, I think you'll enjoy visiting the Avid Press website.
New Mexico is a beautiful state. With an average precipitation rate of ten inches per year, about the only climate type we don't have is tropical. Still, you'd be surprised how thickly some things grow up in the mountains! Here are some links to sites pertaining to New Mexico.
Travel 66 Silver City Page: http://www.angelfire.com/nm/silvercity/index.html
"Great Locations" New Mexico Area Guidebooks: www.nmgl.com
"Bienvenidos A Nuevo Mexico" (Welcome to New Mexico): www.state.nm.us/welcome.html
Capulin Volcano www.nps.gov/cavo
Carlsbad Caverns www.nps.gov/cave
El Malpais www.nps.gov/elma
El Morro www.nps.gov/elmo
Fort Union www.nps.gov/foun
Gila ClifF Dwellings www.nps.gov/gicl
Salinas Missions www.nps.gov/sapu
White Sands www.nps.gov/whsa
I mentioned that my dad is a writer and a Model T mechanic, but did I mention he's an artist as well? Check out his pencil drawings, rock art, and handcrafted arrowhead jewelry. You'll find his website, Ladino Art, at: http://members.aol.com/ladinoart/index.htm
It wasn't until he'd already launched his site that he realized Ladino was the name of my hero in The Awakening Fire. He apologized if naming his site Ladino Art in any way "stole my thunder." The fact is, the word "ladino" has many connotations here in New Mexico. It can mean "wild and untamed," and it can also mean "half-blood" or "half-breed." In the days of the Old West, many referred to the wild Longhorn cattle as ladinos, or wild ones.
Links for Writers
to several organizations for writers.
Here are their web site addresses if youd like to visit.
EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection): http://www.eclectics.com/epic/index.html EPIC is the place to go for information on electronic publishing.
Women Writing the West: http://www.womenwritingthewest.com
WWW has about 400 members nationwide. For the most part, WWW is devoted to promoting the West as a setting as well as a mindset for novels written primarily by and for women. Many multi-published authors as well as representatives from major publishing companies are members of WWW.
Romance Writers of America: http://www.rwanational.com
Did you know that romance novels comprise 55% of all mass market paperback books sold in the United States? Most romance authors and writers are members of RWA, a non-profit professional and educational association of writers and other industry professionals with over 8000 members worldwide. RWA publishes a monthly professional magazine, the Romance Writers Report, which includes "how-to" articles about writing, industry news, and information about publishing statistics and contracts.
Im also a member of the Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA). Be sure to look for LERA, publisher of "the big blue book" on writing, the LERA Writer's Guide, at http://www.thuntek.net/lera
I participate in an e-mail list of Western historical romance writers. You can check out our WHR "Home on the Web" at: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Park/7001/ Take a stroll through the ranch house and sign the guest book in the parlor.
Looking for an agent?
These days just about anybody can claim to be an agent, and a friend of mine almost signed on with a crook, so its a good idea to find out if an agent is a member of the Association of Authors Representatives. AAR membership is still no guarantee an agent is on the up and up, but it is a good sign. Heres the AAR web site address: http://www.bookwire.com/AAR/ This site lists the member agents and their addresses, the AAR canon of ethics, FAQs, and the AAR newsletter.
Looking for authors, book reviews, online writing classes and critiques? Check out Painted Rock Writers and Readers Colony. http://www.paintedrock.com
Ever wonder about those sayings you heard from your grandparents? Here's a site where you can probably find them and more. Visit AmeriSpeak at http://www.rootsweb.com/~genepool/amerispeak.htm
Susan Wiggs: http://www.mirastars.com/susan/wiggs.htm
Karen Wiesner: http://www.eclectics.com/karenwiesner
Priscilla Maine: http://priscillamaine.tripod.com
Rachelle Morgan: http://www.angelfire.com/tx2/RachelleMorgan/
Katherine Garbera: http://kgarbera.home.sprynet.com
Ruth Owen: http://www.mindspring.com/~rmowen
Melinda Rucker Haynes: www.melindaruckerhaynes.com.
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