CIPA Member News

EVVY award-winning author Bill Thompson will release the first six books in his best-selling Bayou Hauntings series on Amazon September. 4. The seventh book, The Proctor Hall Horror, will be out in paperback and ebook on October 1.

CIPA finalist Dr. Jenny Pieratt, author of Keep it Real with PBL just published a new quick guide titled Planning and Assessing PBL. Learn more here.

Linda Osmundson’s Papa’s Changes, Dementia Through a Child’s Eyes, was a finalist in the international Next Generation Indie Book Awards for children’s picture book – education 6 and up. Papa’s Changes also won the Colorado Authors League’s picture book award.

Laural McHargue’s DARK EBB: Grim Tales is a finalist for a CIPA EVVY™ Award! So excited, and proud of my first short story collection!

Also, a completely different book–Peace by Piece: 10 Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle–will be released on September 7, 2020! I wrote it in collaboration with a friend, Nadine Collier, who is a licensed professional counselor. It’s a humorous self-help book based on my experience of completing a 2,000-piece jigsaw puzzle! You can preorder here.

For a completely different laugh, check out my COVID Duck Chronicles on YouTube (as I’m now a duck wrangler, too!)

Five Seals: Gredian by high school authors Briana Chen and Elizabeth Zhou is a finalist for the CIPA EVVY™ Awards! As their debut book, they’re thrilled that it will be a part of the event. The epic fantasy novel follows a ragtag group of adventurers as they escape towards enemy territory. All the while, their world seems to be tearing apart, slowly but surely, at the seams… Learn more about the Five Seals series at Join the adventure on Amazon at

CELTIC KNOT A CLARA SWIFT TALE, Ann Shortell’s debut novel & winner of Canada’s 2019 Whistler Independent Book Award for Fiction, is now a finalist for a CIPA EVVY™ and in two other Autumn 2020 competitions— The Wild Bunch Film Festival and the Royal Palm Literary Awards. Described as ‘Alias Grace meets dark, twisty Anne Of Green Gables’, this twist of history is inspired by Canada’s greatest murder mystery: the 1868 assassination of Father of Confederation T. D’Arcy McGee.

Need A Good Laugh?

“What do you call a woman who throws her bills in the fire?” Bernadette.

The Name Game by Mary Nelson is a humorous look at life through the imagination of names. With over 200 popular names, it is a fun way to challenge yourself, use as a road-trip game, enjoy for an evening of family fun, or for great laughs with friends.

The idea for using names as challenges and jokes originated with my son when in grade school. He put it aside, but it was so clever I saved it. In 1986, I added names and drew stick figure illustrations. Last summer I found it and added 100 more names – this time with the help of my grandkids. I hired a very creative illustrator and dedicated this unique book to my son.

I am honored it is a 2020 CIPA EVVY™ Award finalist.

Alisa Hope Wagner (writer) and Albert Morales (illustrator) are finalists for their Young Adult Fantasy Fiction/Graphic Novel Hybrid, the Violet Moon Series, for the 2020 CIPA EVVY™ Awards!

In F’lorna of Rodesh (Book 1), travel with F’lorna in this coming of age saga as she finds out that life is more than simply song and dance. Destiny cries out!

And in Chieftain’s Daughter (Book 2), F’lorna finds herself in a distant land, fighting to unlock memories buried deep within her. It's time for F’lorna to wake up!

The author has created a very magical world seeped with its own lore and mythology that is utterly fascinating.” – Judge, 7th Annual Writer’s Awards

Colorado authors Nancy Walker and Loretta Gilbert are delighted their book, Caregiving Done Differently: A Commonsense Approach for Families, Caregivers, and Seniors is a finalist in the 2020 CIPA EVVY™ awards. We’d like to thank CIPA for the support they provide to independent authors like us. During this challenging time of change, it is more important than ever to be open to doing things differently and with compassion.

Caregiving Done Differently is a commonsense resource for families, caregivers, and seniors. It looks at challenges, issues not talked about, and elements that affect the aging process. And it offers practical ways to do things differently and encourages a balanced approach to caring for loved ones. You can purchase the book at Amazon.

Michael Dane, IRDA Award Winning Author of HomoAmerican – The Secret Society is featured in IndieReader’s Author Interview Series at Read more here.

HomoAmerican is an engaging memoir of an artist who has led a richly creative life. As Dane takes readers through the unsettled and formative ‘60s and ‘70s, the author’s evolving sense of identity as he creates and re-creates himself makes for intriguing reading. Throughout the book, Dane’s writing provides poetic flourishes and sharp insights. Dane has led an interesting life by any measure. Readers looking for a compelling story about a gay artist making his own path through life will enjoy this memoir.” From BlueInk Review, March 2020.
Available through Amazon.

Author Joni Franks is pleased to announce that her fourth book in the Corky Tails series Sagebrush and the Butterfly Creek Flood is the WINNER of TWO American Fiction Awards in the categories of Juvenile Fiction and Children’s Picture Book Softcover 2020. To learn more about the author and her books please visit

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