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July 27, National Day of the Cowboy

June 19-22, Western Writers of America. Watch out Tulsa, here we come! For more information on how to join, click here.

May 25, 2024: Goodnight Barn in Pueblo, Colorado for their 2nd Annual Chuck Wagon Cookoff. The preservation on this stunning historical barn is amazing. Eat from an authentic chuck wagon plus vendor booths.

April 26-27, West Texas Ranch Rodeo, Amarillo National Center. Looking for a cookbook or a western romance? Stop by an say hey! I’ll be sharing a booth with Sequoyah Branham who will have her debut novel! Each event exemplifies what Working Cowboys do every day. For more information about the rodeo, click here.

April 10, 2024: Dimmitt, Texas Returning to my hometown at the Rhoades Memorial Library for a book club meeting to talk about my most recent book, END OF TRAIL EATS. I love these ladies!

March 27, Clarendon Elementary. I’m writing with 4th graders today. Do you know where the best place is to find story ideas?

March 23, 2024: Chisholm Trail Museum, Kingfisher, OK for the Chuck Wagon Event. Admission is free!

March 13, Clarendon Elementary. Texas Longhorns and the Great Cattle Drive. This is going to be a fun discussion with 1st graders! They ask really great questions.

March 6, Bushland Jr. High. All about American Energy.

March 1 – 3, Cowboy Days at Las Cruces, New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum. I will be at the Western Writers of America booth with several other award winning authors.

February 21, Highland Park. Let’s write!

February 7, Travis Elementary. We are talking about American Energy!

January 23, Bivins Elementary, writing with 5th graders all day. My favorite thing to do!

December 13, Oaks Christian Academy. Discussion: What makes a great story and Kid Lit Classics that have stood the test of time.

Saturday, December 9th, 5:30 PM in Fritch, Texas at the Aquatic Museum, Holiday Bazaar and light parade! I will be selling and autographing books.

December 6, Bivins Elementary. Let’s talk about writing! Write Stuff all day with 5th graders. I have really enjoyed visiting this school as a Learning Partner with Window on a Wider World and I am thrilled that they have invited me back.

Saturday, December 2, 1:30 to Close, Burrowing Owl Books, Canyon Square for their Holiday Event. I will be joined by several local authors: Jodi Thomas, Taylor Moore, and Bill Briscoe. Come shop the square! Shop local.

Burrowing Owl Books on the Downtown Square in Canyon, Texas

November 4-5: Literacy Lubbock. Lubbock Book Festival will be held at the Cotton Court Hotel, 1610 Broadway St, Lubbock, TX. I will be autographing books. A multi-author, multi-genre book signing event. Autographed books make great Christmas gifts!

Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10am to 6pm, Cotton Court Hotel, Lubbock.

Sunday, Nov. 5 from 1pm to 5pm, Cotton Court Hotel, Lubbock.

November 1st: School program! Write Stuff at Panhandle Elementary. 3rd graders are so much fun. This school has so many creative kids.

October 13-14: Women Writing the West Virtual Conference. I will be moderating a panel about “Writing Believable Native American Characters” with inspirational author Carmen Peone and Choctaw author Elisabeth Sawyer Brown. For more information about how to join Women Writing the West and to register for the conference, click here. This is a group of super talented and very supportive women who love history and love the American West. 2023 conference is virtual, and in 2024 live and in-person conference will be held in Denver, Colorado.

October 2-13, Fall Cow Working. Check out my Instagram for pics! Click here. Instagram @natsgrams

September 21, Thursday: Interview with Bobbi Jean Bell and Jim Bell. Rendezvous With A Writer – Where Readers and Writers Meet. The show broadcasts live, each Thursday from 7:00-7:50pm (MT). I’ll be joining my co-author Denise F. McAllister to talk with Bobbi Jean and Jim about our Wild Cow Ranch Series with CKN/Wolfpack Publishing.

September 15th-16th, Prairie Palooza! 100th Anniversary of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. I’ll be autographing KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN” at the Gallery & Visitor’s Center. Friday – Noon to Close and Saturday – 9am to close. FREE admission to the park. Authentic chuck wagon meal, vendors, and lots of fun. Click here for more information. Register for the 5K Run or purchase a ticket for the chuck wagon meal: click here. Admission to the park is FREE on Saturday.

June 20 – 25: Western Writers of America, Rapid City, South Dakota. I will be on a panel with several award winning authors, Denise F. McAllister, Micki Milom, Paul Bishop, Johnny Boggs, and Richard Prosch to talk about co-authoring. At a membership of around 900, WWA members include novelists, songwriters, playwriters, screenwriters, poets, musicians, historians — highly creative people who love the American West. Click HERE for more information and qualifications for membership.

June 5-9, Sanford Ranch Branding! Follow my social media accounts for pics and videos of this year’s cattle branding.

Casey and Moon. We raise all-natural Red and Black Angus beef.

June 1-3, Amarillo Coors Cowboy Club Chuck Wagon Cookoff

Friday, May 19, 11:30 to 2:00, Reeves-Hinger Elementary, Texas Celebration! Yee-haw! I’m talking about cowboys and FLASH, the horse that inspired several of my books.

Flash, Christie and me.

Saturday, May 17, Region 16, Window on a Wider World Programs Review

April 6th: Bushland Elementary, “Longhorns & Cattle Drives” I will be in Bushland all day, and I’m bringing lots of hands-on cowboy related treasures to see and touch.

March 29: Clarendon Elementary 1st Graders, “Texas Longhorns”

March 29: Clarendon Elementary 4th Graders, “Write Stuff

Clarendon Elementary, talking about cowboys food and Longhorns, and looking at reins, bridle, hat, rope, branding iron, giant coffee pots, and cowhides.
A Window on a Wider World member school!

March 25, Saturday: Chisholm Trail Museum, Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Book Event and Chuck Wagon Gathering. Authentic chuck wagon food, music, and much more! I will be autographing copies of my cookbook, KEEP ‘EM FULL. Website Click Here Super Fun Event!

March 22: Dalhart Intermediate, “Write Stuff

Thursday, March 9, 6:00 PM Central: LIVE Webinar for Writers & Historians with Sarah Sawyer, Choctaw author and storyteller.

March 8: Hamlet Elementary, “Write Stuff

Tuesday, March 7th — Amarillo Desk and Derrick turns 72 this month! I’ll be talking about the organization of our local energy education club and Wes Reeves will join us to talk about the history of downtown Amarillo architecture.

March 3-4: “Cowboy Days” at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico. For details, click HERE. On Friday, kids will rotate through several learning stations. On Saturday, enjoy a parade of cattle breeds, working dog demos, live music, food and crafts vendors. I’ll be autographing books both days and at 2:00 PM Friday and Saturday participating on a panel with several other Western Writer’s of America members. Stop by and say hey!

February 22: McLean Elementary, “Write Stuff”

February 15: Panhandle Elementary, “Write Stuff”

February 3, Friday Noon: GeoWives Luncheon, Oklahoma City. KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’

January 25: Bushland Elementary, “Texas Longhorns”

January 11: Nazareth Elementary, “Texas Longhorns”

In November 2022, the Texas High Plains Writers group awarded me with a Lifetime Membership Award! Total shock and I’m still at a loss for words to say how much I have appreciated this group over the years. Other writers will keep you inspired and on task.

We celebrated in Roaring 20s Style the 100th Birthday of Panhandle Pen Women / now Texas High Plains Writers. This group has been encouraging writers of all genres and meeting together since 1920! We celebrated 100 +2 in downtown Amarillo at The Barfield in the basement speakeasy Paramount Club.

We’ve been meeting and talking writing for 100 years, plus two! Texas High Plains Writers

If you live in the Texas Panhandle area, Texas High Plains Writers meets every other month in Amarillo. Join their Facebook group. Here’s the link to their website.

I am also a member of Caprock Writers and Illustrators Alliance which meets monthly in Lubbock. Here’s the link to their website.

Exciting NEWS: My cookbook won Gold!

2022 Will Rogers Medallion Award

Don and Shirley Creacy with the Wild Cow Ranch Chuck Wagon Cooking Team helped me so much on KEEP ‘EM FULL. Not only sharing recipes, but cooking knowledge and fact checking the book manuscript. I was thrilled to have them standing next to me at the WRMA Awards Ceremony in Fort Worth!

What a fun weekend! In October, the Award Ceremony and Banquet, was held at Cooper’s BBQ, Fort Worth Stockyards. KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’: The Great American Chuck Wagon Cookbook, has been recognized as a finalist for 2022 and received a first place Gold Medallion!

2022 Recipients of the Will Rogers Medallion Awards for excellent in Western literature.
A few members of Women Writing the West attended the Western Writers of America conference in Montana this past June. Back row, l to r, Cynthia Leal Massey, Randi Samuelson-Brown, Carmen Peone, Beverly Hodgins. Front row, me with Jane Little Botkin. Getting a chance to hang around these award winning, brilliant authors is my favorite thing! I look forward to seeing them again in Oklahoma City.


Western Writers of America members Jeff Bloome, Jane Little Botkin, Randi Samuelson-Brown, joined me in Pueblo, Colorado to sign books and meet readers. Had time to explore a few junk stores and we had the most amazing meal at DC’s on B Street.

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The above photo was a Power point for 700 on finding story ideas and fiction vs. nonfiction. Wonderful group with lots of great questions!

Flash and Christy are #1!

Congrats to Flash, your favorite rescue horse, and his owner/trainer Christy Shippy, who took a 1st place win in the horse parade at the Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock, Texas!

FLASH is the inspiration behind several of my books. 

Flash & Christie in the Cowboy Symposium parade.

Visiting Author Week at a Canyon ISD Elementary School (2019) and how fitting. It was John Erickson who told me to never give up at a THPW conference in Amarillo. He is such an inspiration for so many authors in this area.