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By: judithdisalvo | October 19, 2017

GUEST BLOGGER: Sheila Seclearr

A few months ago we were notified that First Rodeo is a finalist for the category of Western Romance in "The Will Rogers Medallion Awards." The awards, recognizing excellence in Western literature and media, are announced next week in Ft. Worth, TX with festivities connected to "Red Steagall's Annual Cowboy Roundup." I'm excited to be Judith's representative and hope to give an acceptance speech on her behalf ~ plus hear good music and mingle with cowboys!

Aside from a win, this is a case where it really is an honor to be nominated. The award judging criteria states that "All works must represent an accurate reflection of Western Americana, or cowboy and ranch life, historical or conte...

By: PenPower | December 02, 2016

Robins Nest on the Katy Trail
Robins Nest on the Katy Trail

I have lived in Defiance, Missouri for a few years, appreciate the natural beauty and have met some fine people, mostly at the local watering hole,  The Roadhouse. Yet recently, with the launch of my first novel, I’ve discovered a very special local merchant community. They have tucked me and First Rodeo  under their wing. Robin White at Robins Nest (I know—wings, bird,  robins, angels —it’s for real) has carried First Rodeo for weeks now. Their praise has sold countless books.     Now, the Distillery of Defiance has launched their new and delicious vodka, "Judgment Tree," and has partnered with me! How fun could that be? It makes sense if you have read First Rodeo. Kate, the heroine loves her martinis. We'll call these wildly e...

By: PenPower | October 27, 2016

It turns out that I love the Booksigning Events, especially when they go so well. I guess it's that people lover, car seller part of me that always loves a fun gathering. These are pictures from the Barnes & Noble event in Ladue, MO earlier this month. Thanks to old friends, new friends, cowboys, cowgirls, all of you who have been such great support. I loved signing that big stack of books -- every one of them! Yes, and thanks to that handsome cowboy, my husband, Tim!

The other thing that was so enjoyable was all the guys who showed up for this so-called "Chick Lit" book. Look at this picture. OK, they may say they are buying it for their wives or girlfriends, or they may be good friends! But some guys have actually enjoyed Fi...

By: PenPower | October 06, 2016

Back at the Ranch Boots
"Back at the Ranch"

“I’m so proud of you!” I heard it over and over again as people approached me with hugs. Some of these folks I had not seen for several years, yet they were there, at my very first rodeo, the launching of my novel by the same name. The first night, at Evoke Contemporary, my favorite visual art space, I felt so much love and support. Some folks drove over an hour to show up, see me, wish me well and purchase a signed book. It was magical.

The next day at Back at the Ranch, my favorite wearable art custom boot store, I was equally blown away. They had set up the most fabulous table with books, boots, spurs and hides that delighted the senses and made my heart burst open with gratitude. More folks filtered into the store. There were new fac...

By: PenPower | August 12, 2016

I haven't seen the print magazine yet, but imagine seeing this news with the cover of my book front and almost center!

My SparkPress publicist, Korina Garcia, notified me with an email saying,

"Good morning Judy,
I wanted to share some good news with you! Redbook featured your book in its latest “20 Books By Women You Must Read This Fall.” It looks great! Take a look using

this link here.
Hope you’re well,


I responded that yes, I was doing pretty well — with this news! And it gets better! They have a page for each of the reviews and all the books look great. I'm honored to be in the company of authors like Ann Patchett, Amy Schumer, Karin Slaughter, Taraji P. Henson, on and on. Here's the page for First Rodeo. The review is so great...

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