Sun City Anthem Spring 2018 Book Signing

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, I joined seven other members of Anthem Authors at the 2018 Sun City Anthem Spring Arts & Crafts Fair in Henderson, Nevada.

I was pleased to have all three books of my historical fiction trilogy The Iron Horse Chronicles available to offer the many readers who visited my table.

In this photo, I am unfortunately standing in front of my own sign. You can see the Anthem Authors banner off to my right side.

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Antarctic Exploration Posting to Mad About MG History

Periodically, I post to Mad About MG History, a blog containing recommendations for books for middle grade students on selected subjects. The blog is primarily designed for teachers of middle grade students and librarians of middle grade schools, but parents and students themselves can hopefully benefit from our suggestions. This time, I wrote about the early exploration of Antarctica.

My first trip to Antarctica in 1976.

You will find my latest post here: http://madaboutmghistory.blogspot.com/

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Henderson Local Author Showcase

On St. Patrick’s Day 2018, I participated in the 5th Annual Local Author Showcase at the Paseo Verde Library in Henderson, Nevada. As the official program states, “This project is funded in party by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.”

It was an honor to be included among the sixty authors who sold and autographed their books for the many patrons who visited the event. This was my fourth time to participate. It was obvious that the attendance was greater than any previous event. Thank you Henderson Libraries for organizing and managing this great showcase featuring all the talented authors who reside in the Vegas Valley.

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Big Eight-O

This past week I celebrated my eightieth birthday. Many folks sent their good wishes. I extend my thanks to each of you. I want to share a couple of photos from my birthday dinner at Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis in the Green Valley Ranch Casino. Hank’s is one of Las Vegas’s five star restaurants–a must place to dine when you visit our city.

My wife, Barbara, is seated to my left. Opposite me is Carol White, our casino hostess, who arranged the dinner. To my right is Carol’s sister, Connie. We had a delightful meal, as always, at Hank’s. The special highlight of the evening was the birthday cake!

Josef Passalacqua, Pastry Chef at Hank’s, prepared this wonderful German chocolate cake (my favorite) with its book and railroad theme. The individual pages of the book are detailed in the icing around the three sides away from the book’s spine. Atop the book, the caboose is also made with icing, complete down to its coupler. Thank you, Josef.

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2018 Stirrup Award Nomination

I have received a nomination for the Western Writers of America 2018 Stirrup Award. The Stirrup Award is given annually for the best article to appear in Roundup Magazine, the official publication of Western Writers of America. My nomination is for my article “In 1866, the UP made tracks to the first Wild West Show,” that appeared in the April 2017 issue of Roundup Magazine [pictured here]. I wrote about the appearance of the article in a posting to my website on May 8, 2017. You can find that article in the archives section of this website or by clicking on the link provided at the end of this article.

There are 57 articles nominated, so the competition is humongous, to say the least. The authors of most of the articles are well established, famous western authors. Just to be nominated is a great honor. Thank you WWA and Roundup Magazine.

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Henderson Libraries 5th Annual Local Author Showcase

A month ago, I posted an announcement that I will participate in the Henderson Libraries 5th Annual Local Author Showcase on March 17, 2018. I will be able to autograph all three books in The Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy from 1 to 2:30 PM. The library has provided a copy of a poster they are using to advertise this great event. I share it with you here.

The Local Author Showcase allows patrons to: “Meet over 60 authors from the Vegas Valley who write in a variety of genres, from poetry and memoirs, to crime novels, inspirational stories, and everything in between.” This statement, and more, appears on the official website of the library: http://hendersonlibraries.com/local-author-showcase.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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History of the Horse in Western America

Readers of this blog know I periodically contribute to the blog, Mad About MG History. MG stands for Middle Grade, and the purpose of the blog is to provide information for teachers and librarians engaged in encouraging middle grade students to read history.

I reviewed several books suitable for middle grade students to learn about the history of the horse in western America. The readings cover the extinction of the original horse that was native to the Americas before the first humans arrived. The books continue with information on how Native Americans later captured the reintroduced horse brought by the invading Spanish Conquistadors.  The literature explains how the adoption of the horse changed the Indian’s culture, allowing them to become more effective hunters of large game and to evolve into one of the world’s most formidable light cavalry forces.

You can read that blog post here: http://madaboutmghistory.blogspot.com/

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Upcoming Local Author Showcase in Henderson, Nevada

I’m pleased to announce that the Henderson Libraries has extended an invitation to me to participate in the 5th Annual Local Author Showcase on March 17, 2018. This is the fourth time I will participate. It is particularly appropriate this year, because I will be able for the first time to offer all three books in The Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy to attendees. It is an honor to have all three books available for checkout at the Henderson Libraries.

The Local Author Showcase allows patrons to: “Meet over 60 authors from the Vegas Valley who write in a variety of genres, from poetry and memoirs, to crime novels, inspirational stories, and everything in between.” This statement appears on the official website of the library: http://hendersonlibraries.com/local-author-showcase. As the  website also points out: “This project is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.”

The Vegas Valley has a wealth of talented authors, and in order to feature as many as possible, the showcase is divided into two sessions. I will participate in Session Two from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. Robynn Carr, acclaimed author with over 50 novels to her credit, will be a featured guest during the showcase.

Don’t miss this event if you live in or are visiting the Las Vegas area on March 17. What a great way for an author of Irish descent to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

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Outstanding Book Signing Event at South Point Casino

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, from Noon until 4 PM, at South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa, in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had the best book signing event ever. I had all three volumes of The Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy available, and most folks bought Eagle Talons, Bear Claws, and Golden Spike as a package to give to their reader friends and family as Christmas gifts. I was fortunate to have my wife, Barbara, assist me and to have my daughters, Beth and Stacy, hand out bookmarks and encourage shoppers to visit our table. Beth reprised her role portraying Jenny McNabb, the main female character in the novels. Stacy emulated the western garb worn by participants in the National Finals Rodeo, now underway in Las Vegas.

South Point produced the great poster shown here, set up and supported our requirements throughout the afternoon, and periodically announced my presence over their public address system. As the poster states, we were positioned adjacent to the famous Benny Binion equestrian statue in the main hallway leading to the arena. This was the fourth annual book signing at South Point. We look forward to next year. Thank you South Point!

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New Post to “Mad About MG History”

Regular readers of this blog know that I periodically contribute to another blog, Mad About MG History. MG stands for Middle Grade, of course. The purpose of the blog is to provide information for teachers and librarians who are engaged in working with middle grade students.

Since today is Pearl Harbor Day, I devoted this particular blog post to: “December 7–A Day That Will Live in Infamy.” I reviewed recommended books for middle grade students to learn about the attack on Pear Harbor on December 7, 1941, and to study numerous other aspects of World War II that occurred in the Pacific. I point out in my post that many of the issues facing the world today are not new. Our nation and its citizens faced similar problems three-quarters of a century ago.

You can read that blog post here: http://madaboutmghistory.blogspot.com/2017/12/december-7a-day-that-will-live-in-infamy.html

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