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Author Channing Whitaker announces that there will be a book signing event with the new release,“Until the Sun Rises: One Night in Drake Mansion.” Saturday, May 16th at a local coffee shop: Mecca Coffee (Brookside Location) 1330 E 41st St. Tulsa, OK 74105, from 10AM to 1PM. Copies of the novel will be available for purchase for $16.00.

Eighty years ago, a wealthy Midwest family attended a traveling magic show, after which neither they, nor the dark and mysterious magician, Malvern Kamrar, were ever heard from or seen again.  When two police investigators and three bystanders lost their lives inside the family’s mansion, the investigation was dropped and the property sealed off, until today. 

About the book: "Eighty years ago, a wealthy Midwest family attended a traveling magic show, after which neither they, nor the dark and mysterious magician, Malvern Kamrar, were ever heard from or seen again.  When two police investigators and three bystanders lost their lives inside the family’s mansion, the investigation was dropped and the property sealed off, until today.  After nearly a century of rumors, theories, and haunted stories, for a live television event, the Drake family mansion will be opened, allowing five contestants to test their bravery by spending one night in the mysterious house to win their share of a million dollar prize.

Soon after entering the mansion, the aged journal of the family patriarch, Vinton Drake, is discovered, shedding light onto the mystery and just how deeply it’s rooted - all the way back to Vinton’s service as a medic in WWI, when he first met the magician. 

The hand-picked contestants: a commune-with-the-dead psychic, a high-tech ghost hunter, a Hollywood scream queen, a local woman, and a professional skeptic and debunker named Harlan Holt, further fuel excitement as each tries to sort out the mystery for themselves.

A sharp departure from the familiar haunted house tale, through Harlan, this story explores the very nature of belief in the supernatural, with consequences more frightening than any ghost story.

Harlan’s investigation in the present is followed in tandem with Vinton’s own investigation of the magician Malvern in the past. Intensity soars when the contestants discover their lives, along with thousands more, are in genuine mortal peril. Is the mansion haunted? What fate befell Malvern and the Drake family? And will Harlan and the others uncover the truth in time to save themselves?"
Author Channing Whitaker was born in Centerville, Iowa. Channing studied cinema, screenwriting, literature, and mathematics at the University of Iowa. He went on to work in the production of television news, independent films, and commercial videos as well as to write for websites, corporate media, and advertising. His nearly 10-year career in writing has taken Channing from Iowa, to Texas, Alaska, and to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where he resides today. In that time, Channing has also written and directed over 50 short films.

Title: Until the Sun Rises: One Night in Drake Mansion
Author: Channing Whitaker
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Available Formats: Paperback and ebook, 288 pages
Publisher: Oak Tree Press
Released: April, 2015
ISBN 978-1610091633

Current Book Availability: 
Barnes & Noble (Online), 
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Norman Author To Publish New Novel

Norman based author Marilyn A. Hudson and Whorl Books announce the publication of her latest work for later in April.  

Scream all you want. No one is coming to your rescue.

Her luck has always been bad, her decisions worse, and the 'American Dream' is her nightmare. 
He is the envy of many, wants for nothing, and makes it all look so easy.
They are about to meet and one of them will pay the ultimate price.

There are among us dark souls planting seeds of evil in fields most of us don't even care to venture.
In the shadows, along the borders of our civilized world, they reap from the flesh of the lost a foul harvest.

But some things grow tougher in the shadows.  Sometimes they fight back.
See what the preview readers had to say:
"I felt it was very well written. With a lot of cliffhanges that kept you just so intrigued. You never really knew what was around the next corner. Loved the book - now waiting for the movie. "-- Lorene Young, Case Management Assistant

"This is a great read, the manner in which you build fear and delusion in the characters made me wonder if the main character was in danger or just loosing her mind. Good build up of suspense." --Dustin Allen Smith, Mental Health Clinician

Coming soon to Amazon and select outlets.



"Surprising. Thought provoking. Moving."

Stories from the Back Porch: A Collection of Words by Brady Crandall is modern poetry with a conversational tone and an honest feel.  Rough, raw, and realistic vies with  a carefully playful, paced and authentic style. This first collection by Brady Crandall, poet and storyteller, is one adults will enjoy.
He paints diverse word images of real people roofing, being a fool, living life and surviving to the next day. He does it with humor, with pathos and with an understanding of humanity.  As an example the first poem of the collection is "Watching the Grass Grow" and hooks you at the start with "My grandpa was a one armed roofer..." He lures you in with a comic twist but by the time the work is completed he has engaged the reader's heart in profound and moving ways free of vapid nostalgia but filled with significance.
"Someone Might Need A Cup" is a simple and elegant portrayal of lessons learned about the uncertainties of life and being prepared. Lessons that go deeper than just having enough food on the shelf or gas in the car.
Images, ideas, feelings and dreams are aptly conveyed often with great originality and a unique voice. Each entry is unique and offers more than first seen. Read these poems and let them settle down and let the poet - this worker with words - lead you into unexpected encounters with life. 
Contact the author at
Published by the author; cover art by Parker Cunningham-Jones, 2014


Conflict Resolution with Dr. Weeks

The timing for Dr. Dudley Weeks’ latest and cumulative work, THE CONFLICT PARTNERSHIP CATALYST PROCESS, could not be better. A quick glance at the media on any given day demonstrates a world in conflict from top to bottom. Families struggle with preventing collapse of their infrastructures through family violence or divorce due to the stress of unanticipated life events or financial downsizing in response loss of employment. Corporate structures and employees clash as opposing priorities challenge the survival of both the workplace and workforce here in the USA. International groups, public and private, are overwhelmed with one social, political, or environmental catastrophe coming on the heels of the previous one.  

Renowned political scientist, crisis resolution specialist, and author/trainer/consultant Dr. Dudley Weeks PhD, has worked in similar situations his whole career, moving by request from event to event: family counseling to helping with peace building of nations.  

Based on his own experience, Dr. Weeks developed his own unique process aimed at not only resolving a current situation but building a working relationship that would last into the future. It became known as the Conflict Partnership Catalyst Process (TM). As Dr. Weeks continued to use his six clear and doable conflict partnership steps more and more people asked to be trained to use and teach the method. (To date Dr. Weeks has trained over 80,000 people world wide.)

The end result is a package of training materials and case studies related to this remarkable process that has proven to be a valuable useful asset across such a wide sphere of problem-solving. Now a cumulative new one volume book, An Alternative to Traditional Mediation: The Conflict Partnership Catalyst Process is available. It may be purchased on Amazon (print of Kindle formats), on demand from booksellers, or directly through the author at . 

Note: For a multiple copies discount use the email above.

 About the Author:

Dr. Dudley Weeks, PhD, is a conflict resolution specialist with forty years experience in using his own trademarked process to guide conflict parties in situations ranging from family or internal organizational issues to conflicts between nations to effective, sustainable resolutions. He has worked in over 90 countries as a catalyst or trainer as well as keynote speaker. He has been a professor or guest lecturer in both the USA and Europe. He is an author of two other books on conflict resolution, three books of poetry, and is now using his extensive experiences to write intrigue novels and short stories.

Silent Auction Books Sought

Great PR for children's, teens, and adult books, especially if you are in the area of Ponca City, Oklahoma.  If you have books suitable to help their cause consider helping them out.

 Ponca City Christian Academy (PCCA) is a non-denominational, parent-sponsored school (grades K through 8) whose primary goal is to assist parents in raising well-educated, responsible, compassionate children.  The school is non-profit, and is solely financed through tuition, donations, and fundraising events in our city. 

Our annual BBQ Bash will be on Saturday, April 11, 2015, and will include a silent auction.

Events like these are necessary to support the operating budget for our school to continue teaching children in our community.  In the past, over 1800 tickets have been sold in Ponca City and surrounding areas. 

We are appealing to businesses in the area to make donations of gift certificates or products to be put in themed baskets to be auctioned off in our silent auction.
We think your business would be a great contribution to our event. We do this in hopes that we can offer a wide variety of items to our event audience and in return we hope to help out businesses by offering a bit of advertising.
We would accept any business cards, fliers, brochures or signs showing your business’ information to be displayed with your donation.  This event will be advertised on our school’s website, local radio stations, local newspaper and on signs in the community.

Ponca City Christian Academy
901 Monument Road, Building 3
Ponca City, OK 74604
Phone: 580-765-6038
501c3 org - Tax exempt ID#: 73-1589438
Thank you for your time and consideration!
Xenia M. Robertson
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens  me. - Philippians 4:13

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Local Authors Spice Up Colorful Event

Saturday March 7, 2015 at the OKC Fairgrounds local horror writers  were among the vendors at the Underground Monster Carnival.  Present were well known authors Steven Wedel, Dennis McDonald, Scott Cosby, Marilyn A. Hudson, Cullan Hudson, Adrean Messmer, Tommy B. Smith, Don Rosencrans and others.  



An Incredible Journey

Our Incredible Journey. By Tonya Holmes Shook and Clarence Wade Shook ( Tonya Holmes Shook, Publishing Coordinator, 2013).
ISBN: 978-1494424121
Tonya Holmes Shook  resides in Texas now, but for many years her place was in Oklahoma. As a well regarded author she supported others and she founded a book festival in southwest Oklahoma.
It is a visual memory of life lived, choices made, dreams generated, and a faith that was always whispering to the people involved, sometimes in spite of themselves.
" During our thirty-six years together never have we had a creative void...this book consists of many things that we call a creative force from God to achieve things never once dreamed possible or even thought of for that matter. The glory is His." (pg. 4)
If you like history, art, creative expression, and biography, you will enjoy this volume. Multi-talented Tonya Holmes Shook and her talented spouse Clarence Wade Shook,          share the very human progression of a journey through artistic expression: art, weaving, pottery, several novels and then again to art in a full circle that I rich in the challenges of life, the stories we inherit and make, and the way that art reflects the soul of the person producing every brush stroke or every word.
A good addition to art collections, biographies, and so many other areas. She shares that the destination is never as important as what you do with the journey and as such it is inspiring. 
Tonya Holmes Shook's writings include: The Drifters, Canady: The Los Shanty boat Man; Anyone Can Be a Wool Spinner, No Soft Place To Fall, Displaced Cherokee, God's Breakfast Nook, and a Portrait of Christ.  Clarence's works include: Used and Forgotten: A Photographic Journey; The Magnificent Mesquites of Synder.


Fantasy Novel Published By Norman Author

An Ancient Day of Mystery and Violence

Lives and futures balanced often on the skill of the warrior's blade and the daring heart of the brave. Swords are bathed in blood as Evil rises on the horizon...who will stand and fight?

 "She who walks between the worlds..."

Anath's world  is one that is peaceful, ordinary, and sometimes boring. She lives with her family : her father Dagon, her sister Asherah, and half brother Hadad...
As she grows into a young woman, her days are filled with all the normal activities of life.  She masters skills of the hunt, the rites of her religion, and tackles all the tasks of survival in a sometimes harsh world of extremes. 
When a new and very dangerous threat seeps into that world, however, Anath has to decide how she will respond. Can she protect not only her family and herself but her world as well?
The Sword of Anath  - Is an exciting fantasy novel of a long forgotten time filled with violence, the mysterious, and people born to become legends.
Fantasy Fiction



Writer's Colloquium in Stillwater

The Stillwater Public Library and Oklahoma State University Library are partnering to host a Western Writers’ Colloquium on Sat. March 28 from 9:30-3:30pm at the Stillwater Public Library.  Cost is $10 and pre-registration is required.  We would appreciate if you can post the following link on your website and social media: 



A writer's panel will be a featured part of the Underground Monster Carnival at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds on March 7, 2015.  Authors participating include: Scott Cosby, Tommy B. Smith, Marilyn A. Hudson, Don Rosencrans and Adrean Messmer.  Hosting the event will be Will Harrison of The OKC Edge!
The event is sponsored by Art Sunday and Underground Horror Fest  "This is an old school carnival themed convention with prizes, costume contest, Room with special exhibits, vendors, fun workshops, music and much much more..!"
For the collector in everyone the show will be filled with vendors selling sci-fi, fantasy, horror, steampunk, and low-brow arts and crafts, as well as comics, books, movies, Toys and apparel.
"What kind of event would this be if we didn't encourage EVERYONE to get dressed up!"  The event welcomes all:  monsters, super heroes, movie/TV characters, scary creatures from beyond, sexy pin-ups and rockabilly greasers, steampunk, anime/cosplay, Furry's and of course we LOVE anyone who gets creative and creates something new!"

When: March 7, 2015 1pm-9pm
Where: OKC Fairgrounds ....Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
How Much?: $11 adults/11+ , $7 ages 10 and younger
(under 3 years old is free)
(this price includes taxes and fees)
Doors open at 1pm to 9pm
Why: Cause it will be AWESOME!
All ages event..
Please contact Art Sunday for info :


Meet Author Ashlynn Pearce

Once upon a time…You ain’t gonna believe this sh**!

(I always wanted to start a bio like that!) But seriously—scrap that, I’m not serious, but I do love to write. Create characters. Give them hope that there is something better around the corner. It’s my passion. I live and breathe stories. When I’m not arguing with the characters in my head (yes, I do that, you can ask my hubby who thinks I’m nuts btw), I’m taking care of said hubby, my two kids and a melee of furbabies. I’m Okie born and bred and, yes, we get a lot of twisters and, no, there aren’t any teepees around that I’ve seen. Follow me around to see what other mischief I’m up to!






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Pre-order links: FUEL… DirtSlap series – out January 29, 2015


Author Marc Cullison

Marc Cullison, author
Long time Oklahoman Marc Cullison  launched his first novel Where’s the Ivy? as the premiere in New Forums Press Regional Fiction Series. A graduate of Oklahoma State University( in Architectural Engineering ) he once worked as a professional engineer and as a faculty member inother institutions. Look this summer for his next work, The Other Vietnam War. He lives near Sallisaw, Oklahoma with his wife.
Latest book:  “Where’s The Ivy?”
Next book to be out by June:  “The Other Vietnam War,” Imzadi Publishing, Tulsa, OK


Michael Vance - The Thief of Two Worlds!

Anticipated release of science fiction novel for young readers becomes reality.
The wait is over as Author Michael Vance brings his latest Science Fiction novel, The Thief of Two Worlds, to a new generation of readers.
The Thief of Two Worlds introduces Caleb and Veyda McGreggor, a brother and sister who join their father and an alien from Alpha Centauri to capture an intergalactic, power mad thief. This unusual pairing of humans and aliens team up to time-jump into earth’s past to help track and capture the renegade who has stolen the greatest treasure of the planet Tugz, "The Egg"!
On their Angkor Wat adventure they cross paths with -- a rogue elephant, a ruthless "bird god", Kai the Tiger Killer, and...Albert Einstein!! They meet every obstacle with intelligence, faith, courage, and metallic crabs called Twydddle!
Educator Nancy Carlson writes: Vance has skillfully crafted a Christian Science Fiction tale. Young people will be captivated by this story that begins with an alien enlisting the help of scientist-inventor Jon McGreggor to travel to 12th century Cambodia. There's just one problem---his children are stowaways which adds an unexpected ingredient to the mission. I highly recommend this book which grapples with faith and fear along the way.
The Thief of Two Worlds! connects with readers in their everyday life as they discover new adventures. Twelve year old Caleb’s biggest challenge? Learning science cannot solve every problem. All the while, his ten year old Christian sister, Veyda, gains understanding in her quest.
Writer R.A. Jones calls The Thief of Two Worlds! “A thrill ride across space and time.”
“I’ve been looking for the right person to join us in bringing an exciting and entertaining new book to our audience,” says publisher, Derek Bullard. “We were especially looking for stories which parents can feel comfortable with their kids reading. Michael Vance delivers on multiple levels. Interesting characters, a timely plot which fans of today’s young science fiction stories will appreciate, and a whole lot of fun. And that spectacular cover by artist Terry Tidwell - Wow!”
Michael Vance has written for national and international magazines, and as a syndicated columnist and cartoonist in over 500 newspapers. His published novels include Forbidden Adventures, his Weird Horror Tales trilogy, a satiric novel titled Global Star, and the suspense-thriller The Equation. Vance also briefly ghosted an internationally syndicated comic strip and wrote his own strip and several comic books. He is listed in the Who's Who of American Comic Books and Comic Book Superstars.
This is the first middle grade, Christian novel to be released by James Kay Publishing and the book is available on their website or can be purchased through
The Thief of Two Worlds!
For more information cover art, cover art, or an interview with the author, please email Derek Bullard

A Book Signing for Author Joe Harwell, Tulsa, 10/23

Author Joe Harwell, Tulsa announces a special event. "Thanks to the generous support of The Phoenix, located at 1302 E. 6th St. in Tulsa," he notes, "I have a meet and greet book signing there Thursday, Oct. 23rd from 6:30 to 9 PM."
If you can attend please do so and encourage others to be there. "As a true self-published writer, I need and appreciate the support of my work from friends."  He will have four of his novels on display at the event.
"My novels are set in Oklahoma and Arkansas. One is a futuristic thriller and the rest are historical fiction. So far I've written about Vampires, the media and coal mining. Coming soon will be more Vampires, serial killers, abuses in the health care system, erotica and whatever the voices in my head tell me to write."
Harwell has a soon to be released new novel, set in Tulsa,  Welcome to Utica, and it is a page turner with action and suspense to suit every taste.

Authors Book Signing in Ada

ADA—Ada Public Library will host a book signing for the new anthology “Blackbirds First Flight” 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 30. The anthology features stories from Ada author Stephen B. Bagley, Kent Bass, Wendy Blanton, Gail Henderson, Jean Schara, and Tamara Siler Jones.
Bagley, Blanton, Henderson, and Schara will sign copies of the book at the signing. The book will also be on sale at that time for the special price of $10.  

“‘Blackbirds First Flight’ is an anthology of stories and poetry with a dark, sensual twist,” said Pru Simmons, Many River Harbor associate editor. “The stories run the gambit from thrilling Gothic adventure to modern urban fantasy to fantastic encounters with the macabre. The poetry is uniformly excellent and tells dark stories of its own, many related to mythology.”

Simmons said the book might become an annual anthology. “We have had many inquiries about the book and its theme,” she said. “We definitely think there is an interest in dark, twisty fantasy that tells a satisfying story and follows traditional narrative arcs. We hope there will be another flight next year.”

“Gail (Henderson) and I are excited to actually meet some of the other authors,” Bagley said. “Wendy (Blanton) is flying in from Chicago, and Jean (Schara) is driving up from Texas. This is the first time we’ll all be in the same town.”

Stephen B. Bagley wrote “Tales from Bethlehem,” “Murder by Dewey Decimal,” “Murder by the Acre,” “Floozy & Other Stories,” and “EndlesS.” His works have appeared in “Creations 2014,” “Creations 2013,” “Creations 2012,” “ByLine Magazine,” “Free Star,” “Nautilus Magazine,” “OKMagazine,” and other publications. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. He is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. and Ada Writers.

Kent Bass enjoys writing Gothic action/adventure stories. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and from the University of Oklahoma, with a Master of Science in Accountancy. He and his family live in Dallas, Texas, where he works for the nation’s leading tax software company. “Blackbirds First Flight” is his first publication.

Wendy Blanton published three fantasy novels, “The Dragon’s Lady,” “Rogue Pawn,” and “Sword and Scabbard” under the pen name Elizabeth Joy with co-author Scott Carman. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management from the University of Mount Olive and served in active duty for the United States Air Force for eight years. She is an apprentice bard and tells Celtic folk tales at Scottish Highland Games and other venues.

Gail Henderson collaborated with noted Oklahoma photographer Michael Duncan to produce “Bare,” a book of poetry and photography. “Red Bird Woman,” a collection of her poetry, was published in 2013. Her work has appeared in “Creations 2014,” “Creations 2013,” “Creations 2012,” and “ByLine Magazine.” She holds a Masters of Education in English and Social Studies from East Central University. She is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. and Ada Writers.

Tamara Siler Jones is a wife, mom, writer, quilter, and cat-wrangler from rural Iowa. She has three novels in print/eBook (“Ghosts in the Snow,” winner of the Compton Crook Award for best first novel of the year in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genre; “Threads of Malice”; and “Valley of the Soul”; all published by Bantam Books), one book (“SPORE”) under contract with Samhain Publishing for release next summer; one book (“Morgan’s Run”) being marketed in New York, three novels in progress, and a screenplay in first draft.

Jean Schara retired from a 28-year career in the United States Air Force in 2008 and took up residence in Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and of the Troy State University with a Master of Science in Adult Education. She has had several book reviews published in the “Air Power Journal” and several articles published in “Vision: A Resource for Writers.”

“Blackbirds First Flight” is available from,, and other online retailers and in downtown Ada at Karen’s Art & Framing, Inc., 108 East Main.


How We Sleep At Night by Sara Cunningham

A thoughtful and soul searching new work, How We Sleep at Night, is a "mother's memoir."  The author is Sara Cunningham. It is the true life story of how a Christian mother comes to terms with her son being gay through a personal journey that starts with the Church and ends at the Pride Parade.
It is filled with love, confusion, frustration, support and is an excellent and important work that should be read my many and discussed widely.  It offers a voice from an often silent corner of the larger social debate and provides much needed food for thought. Highly recommended.

I was supplied a prepublication copy of the text and found it a very moving read. 

"Sara Cunningham's How We Sleep At Night is an intimate, real, often emotionally raw, ultimately challenging, spiritual and emotional memoir of her personal journey regarding her son's homosexuality.  Her honest chronicle of the fears, frustrations, pains, and deep love of a church-going parent dealing with a confusing situation will resonant with so many people. Additionally, this work offers a much needed voice to the current dialogue of the larger society and especially the discussion of the topic in the church world.  The book will not be easy one for some to read but it should be widely experienced. It is crucial reading for achieving a healthy and positive understanding of the real people involved in the broad and so often abstract news headlines. They are sons and daughters, parents and children, friends and neighbors - in other words we are all family." - - Marilyn A. Hudson
Available as a Kindle format e-book from


Attention Authors and Publishers!

I have begun to be contacted by producers, researchers, interviewers and many others searching for particular authors. They would like to do interviews, include you in their productions, and they can't find you!  
Send me your current contact info, webpage address, etc. and I will add it to a page on this site.  Do not miss out on the potential promotional possibilities because no one can contact you! 


The 6th Annual Ruth Haddon Arts Festival will be held Nov. 1, 2 at Wesley UMC in Oklahoma City (NW 25 and Classen Blvd; west entrance).  Among the many fine arts and creative items there will be a special table to celebrate the re-issue of the popular children's book, Elephant Hips are Expensive! 

Appearing Saturday Nov. 1 from 10 - 3 will find author Marilyn A. Hudson and illustrator Molly Lemmons on hand to introduce their new book, ELEPHANT HIPS ARE EXPENSIVE. 
This children's book is based on true events of 1949 in Oklahoma when local children joined forces to raise money to bring a new elephant, Judy, to the local zoo.   Molly Lemmons was one of "Judy's Kids." Her whimsical drawings reflect the flavor of the times in delightful images.
Copies of the book are available in print and Kindle formats on or a limited number will be on hand for $10.00 at the event.  Order one online or drop by for the special book signing on Nov. 1
Molly Lemmons, Illus.
The author and illustrator are planning a special program to take to schools, libraries and other locations to share stories of the book, the times, and the creative experience.  Contact or to schedule an appearance.


Limited Author Space at November Event

6th Annual Ruth Haddon Arts Festival @ Wesley UMC

 6th Annual Ruth Haddon Fine Arts Festival – Nov. 1 – 2, 2014


The Arts Festival Committee is accepting applications now from artists wishing to secure a display booth at the festival.  

Contact Gay Abarr at 405.229.6625; 405.745.7799 or Susan Howard at  for information. To download an artist application follow link below.

Non-refundable $40/booth.

Application deadline is October 15.

Festival dates/times:

Sat. Nov. 1, 10:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 Download a copy of the artist application on the websiteWesley_2014_Arts_Festival-4




September 26, 2014
Press Release
Immediate Release

Norman, OK-- Whorl Books announces the release of a new edition of the children's book by Marilyn A. Hudson, Elephant Hips Are Expensive.  The book features the whimsical black and white drawings of Mustang resident and well-known storyteller and author, Molly Lemmons.  
In 1949, children across Oklahoma raced to see who could donate the most money to bring a new elephant to the Lincoln Park Zoo. In this fictional work nine-year-old David, seven-year-old sister Molly and their friends are determined to help make it happen despite a troublesome bully.  It includes bonus section with activities and coloring sheets.
This delightful fiction book will be of note to children as they explore what a group of children did in 1949 or for adults who fondly remember the "good old days".  Bullies, obstacles, teamwork and just plain hard work emphasize how these kids of "The Greatest Generation" faced problems to realize a dream.
Marilyn A. Hudson  has been a library professional in public, school, and academic libraries.   She started writing by authoring essays, articles, and editorials in a number of periodicals, serving as a contributing editor for two and as a newspaper stringer in Enid, Oklahoma.  Hudson is also author of The Bones of Summer, The Mound, When Death Rode the Rails, Madame Delaine, Noel Brooks, The Windows of Wesley, Stories Stage Center: A History of Storytelling in Oklahoma, and others.  She received a B.A. in History and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma.

Her first introduction to the story of “Judy” was in taking her children to the zoo and then meeting people who had been part of the fundraising activities bringing the young elephant to Oklahoma in 1949.
Molly Lemmons, illustrator, is a storyteller, author, and artist, and has been listening to stories all of her life. She continues that family tradition by sharing stories and adding her own unique perspective with humor and heart.

Many of the stories she tells are taken from her book, Kind of Heart released in 2000. The book is filled with nostalgic tales about growing up during the 1940's and 1950's.  Her other published works include The Passing of Paradise, As Bright and as Pure as the Driven Snow, Seize the Flashbacks!, We are Invisible, and Hold my Hand, my Precious Child.

 Molly was herself one of those spunky Oklahoma children who were known as “Judy’s Kids.” Their drive, passion and vision leave an important legacy about what working together to achieve a common goal can mean.
"I remember sitting in the audience at the Municipal Auditorium (Aka Civic Center Music Hall) while at a school wide concert, and the emcee announcing: "Boys and Girls, you have bought an elephant for the Oklahoma City Zoo." The entire audience of elementary school children jumped to their feet and screamed and hollered to the top of their lungs. I was one of these children."
The book is available currently on Amazon in both print and Kindle formats.
The authors are planning to tour libraries and schools in the state in early 2015. 


Two-Time Pulitzer Nominated Oklahoma Poet Book Signings

Two-time Pulitzer nominated Oklahoma poet Ed Roberts will be visiting Yukon and Norman in October.
Oct. 11th  - Hastings Bookstore  1-3 PM /1105 Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon, OK 73099
Oct.18th - Hastings Bookstore  1-3 PM / 2300 W Main St, Norman, OK 73069
Ed Roberts works include:
  • A Poet’s Last Stand
  • I’m Still Standing
  • And
  • Everything Must Have a Beginning, a Middle, and an End
  • Whispers, Tears, Prayers, and Hope
And his latest -
  • When Words Escape You, You Can Use Mine
(He has received a Pulitzer nomination for both of these)
For more information
Please visit


Oklahoma Writer Wins National Poetry Awards

George Rhoades of Duncan, Oklahoma, author of "Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems". has won several national poetry book awards, including the Will Rogers Medallion Award and the Benjamin Franklin Award.
He was presented the Franklin Award recently at a ceremony in new York City. The prize was given by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) for the best book of poetry published by independent, university presses or self-published.
The Will Rogers Award, presented at an awards dinner July 28 in Fort Worth, Texas recognizes excellence in Western literature and media. The winning books were judged on literary quality and reflection of Western Americana, cowboy and ranch life.
"This was quite an honor and totally unexpected," Rhoades said.
Rhoades also won second place in the annual Reader Views Literary contest.  Reader Views is a national book reviewer company. In addition, his book was named a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Award, which recognizes books published by independent presses.
Also, the book was nominated for a CIPA Award present by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.
One poem from the book, "Old Men at the Coffee Shop," received an honorable mention award in the 2013 Writers-Editors Network International Writing Competition.
The book contains poems about the Chisholm Trail, cowboys, tall tales, farm life, reflections and observations.  It was published by Outskirts Press.
Rhoades is a former journalist who worked for UPI and newspapers in Oklahoma.  He taught journalism for many years at the University of Texas at Arlington. After retirement, he moved to the Duncan area where he owned a hay farm.


"Just Sayin'" By Author Randell O. Drake

Just Sayin'   
Or as My Wife Says "He is Not a Man of Few Words"
by Randell O. Drake (Tate, 2014)
From nothing to something... you are possible....
A Season of the Unexpected...No Watches. Just Time...Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda...Out Loud? No Thanks...Blue Eyeshadow and Red Lipstick.
These chapters from the book Just Sayin' reflects a collection of ideas, autobiographical stories, thoughts, Biblical exposition, and a good many words from author Randell O. Drake.
Drake is a regular guy who is a minister of the Gospel and loves God, his family, his church, and the world around him. We all have our life anecdotes, our family yarns, and our career chronicles, and Drake's personal recollections will reveal to you how different and similar we all are.
296 pages - $21.99 (paperback) (Tate Publishing).
 "It has been a long time since I read a book that spoke so powerfully to the life and events of a minister. Bishop Randell O. Drake's Just Sayin' does that with wisdom, humor, practical insights and just the right touch on certain very serious topics. You will appreciate the honesty and transparency that comes through as Bishop Drake opens the windows of his life to all of us. This book is a must read for any Christian." Bishop Doug Beacham IPHC General Superintendent.
Catch him today at Hastings in Muskogee (8/30/2014).

Raising Awareness One Book At A Time

Walking down any street in any town or city, have you ever wondered what is going on behind the faces, beneath the dark shades and the hurried pace? Is there any pause to wonder if that exterior is the whole story? To wonder if there is more than meets the eye?  The answer is that often there is much more bubbling under the surface where hidden passions, needs, hurts and fears linger.  That is the terrain one author bravely sets out to explore and in the process bring new understanding. She seeks to raise book at a time.
Author  RH (Rhonda) Ramsey, lived in Oklahoma City/Edmond, Oklahoma until  she was eighteen-years-old.  Currently stationed at McConnell AFB in Kansas,  she is a military spouse, mother, and author with a small independent publisher. Her work is now beginning to take off and just recently, she has been interviewed on a local television show in the Wichita area, "The Brett and Sierra show." "My books have been accepted in The Blue Dragon Bookstore, as well as Bookaholics. My debut novel, Just Beneath the Surface, is also in the Derby, Kansas Public Library." She shared and added that last May, the Derby Informer also interviewed about the passion and focus that drives her writing, namely "Awareness." 

Ramsey describes herself as "very passionate about and dedicated to awareness -- giving a voice to the silenced, silencing those who judge with no intent to understand."  Her efforts are beginning to be noticed.
The need to make people aware of the complexities of a subject as old as time but ever reshaped by modern stresses, gives her writing a reality and passion.  "In my novel, Just Beneath the Surface: Landon's Story, readers learn the pathology of the abuser."
"Readers see that domestic violence does not always mean physical scars. It is also vital to me that those who are hurt do not fall into any particular category of race, personality, or social class. Many say what they would do if they were abused (mentally or physically) yet many do not understand that abusers are just as manipulative and ingenious as they are tyrannical; they chip away at their victim until he/she does not know who or where they are. It breaks my heart that people are critical and judgmental."
Her goal in this creative endeavor is clear and one needed in an increasingly complex and stressful society.  "My mission is to break apart stereotypes and try my hardest to shed light on what really happens behind closed doors, beneath the surface."
Her novels, Just Beneath the Surface I , Just Beneath the Surface 2: Landon's Story. The first novel is about physical violence, while the follow-up, which is not a continuation and has new characters/stories, is about mental abuse.  Released August 2014  her latest work is called, Like Shards of Glass. This is a novel about the aftermath of PTSD. 
For a review of Like Shards of Glass, go here.