Pages Navigation Menu

Author Events

Need a program? My Topics include writing/story craft, finding inspiration & story ideas, Cattle Driving Era based on my cookbook KEEP ‘EM FULL, and American Energy. Programs suitable for kids or adults.

Click on the CONTACT button at the top of this page, and let’s get your group added to the calendar!

Wednesdays are for WOWW Schools.


Every Wednesday throughout the school year I will be visiting classrooms as a Window On A Wider World Learning Partner to talk about writing or Texas history and Longhorns. I have some really cool props for the Longhorn presentation; chaps, coffee pot, spurs, bridle, buffalo rug, cowhide, branding iron. It’s a fun hands-on program.

Here are a few of the schools I’ll be visiting so far this year: Thomas R. Helton Wheeler, Austin Elementary Pampa, Wilson Elementary, Nazareth Elementary, Bushland Elementary, McLean Elementary, Clarendon Elementary. Looking forward to meeting teachers and students.

For more information visit or to book a talk, click on the CONTACT button at the top of this page.


Wednesday, December 7, Panhandle Elementary

Wednesday, November 30, Wilson Elementary in Pampa.

Saturday, November 12, 10AM, Caprock Writers & Illustrators. Jodi Thomas is the keynote. This is a fun group of writers.

Wednesday, November 9, “Aspects of Leaders”, Ag Class, WTAMU. Looking forward to meeting these agriculture majors and talking about leadership.

We’ve been meeting and talking writing for 100 years, plus two! Let’s eat cake!

Saturday, November 5, 100th Birthday of Panhandle Pen Women / now Texas High Plains Writers. This group has been encouraging authors and meeting together since 1920. We celebrate 100 +2 in downtown Amarillo at The Barfield in the basement speakeasy.

Exciting NEWS: My cookbook won Gold!

Will Rogers Medallion Award

Saturday, October 29, Award Ceremony and Banquet, 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.

2022 Recipients of the Will Rogers Medallion Awards for excellent in Western literature.

WESTERN COOKBOOKS Category, Will Rogers Medallion Finalists

*It’s a Cowboy Christmas by Sally Harper Bates (Arizona Cowboy Collection)

*Keep ‘Em Full and Keep ‘Em Rollin’: The All-American Chuck Wagon Cookbook by Natalie Bright (TwoDot)

*Cooking With Gas: The Quiet Revolution in Texas Kitchens by Charles Williams (Cowbarn Cowboy)

Creative works by authors from two countries and 24 states have been named finalists for the 2022 Will Rogers Medallion Awards (WRMA) celebrating excellence in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and photography of the American West. To see a complete list of 2022 Finalists, click here. Congrats to all of these authors. I look forward to meeting them in Fort Worth.

Saturday, October 29, Monkey & Dog Books, Fort Worth, 11am – 2pm, Author book signing. I’ll signing copies of KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’ along with other finalists.

Monkey & Dog Books, 3608 W 7th St, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Friday, October 28, 10:00 – 12:00, Red Steagall Trapping Show, Fort Worth Stockyards. I’ll be at the Will Rogers Medallion Award booth. Stop by and say hey!

October 20-22, Women Writing the West Conference, Oklahoma City. RED EARTH VOICES: We All Have a Story to Tell! This year’s theme will focus on the connective power of story craft. To uplift. To empower. To inspire. For more go to the WWW website

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.

October 15-16, Lubbock Book Festival, Mahon Library 2nd Floor. Support Literacy Lubbock and meet authors! Stop by my booth and say hey. I’ll be joined by a few author friends, Jane Little Botkin, Chris Mullen, and Randi Samuelson-Brown, for a panel discussion and writing workshop: “Author Promotion on a Budget.” We’d love to see you there!

Help Support Literacy. Check the website: Literacy Lubbock

Saturday, October 15 from 2:30 to 4:00 PM,
this all-star author Panel will be at the Mahon Library!
From l to r: Chris Mullen, Randi Samuelson-Brown, Jane Little Botkin, and me. We’re leading a discussion on unique ways to promote yourself and your work. This will be a fun and lively discussion, with writing too. Hope to see you there.

September 19, Canyon Cancer Survivors, a book club discussion. Looking forward to talking books and reviewing MAVRICK HEART. Thanks to Burrowing Owl Books for hosting the group.

July 19 & 20, 1:30 to 2:30 Rm#429, R16 READ WRITE CONNECT, WTAMU. How can we inspire kids to write! Let’s talk about it. I’ll also be hanging out at the Window on A Wider World booth. Stop by and say Hey!

Region 16 Read Write Connect Conference

June 22-26, Western Writers of America, Great Falls, Montana. I’ll be joining an author Panel. Our topic is “Promoting Books on a Budget”, with Jane Little Botkin, David Crow, Randi Samuelson-Brown, and Chris Mullen. This 700+ member group promotes the stories and history of the American West through song, verse, screenplays, novels and historical books. To learn more and to become a member, Website click here.

June 15, 2022 Creek House Honey Farm, Canyon, Texas: The WOWW Board invites you to a private evening to meet several WOWW Board members, learning partners, and I’ll be sharing a little bit about my experiences on writing with students. RSVP by June 13th, 806.342.5600.

Creek House Honey Farm Winery and Retail Shop, Canyon, Texas.

June 3-4, 2022 in Amarillo, Texas: Noon to 4:00ish PM. Coors Cowboy Club’s Chuck Wagon Cooking to be held at the TriState Fairgrounds. I will be at the Wild Cow Chuck Wagon camp along with Shirley and Don Creacy, signing copies of KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’. This is a great chance to get an autographed copy from several of the chuck wagon cooks who contributed to my book.

May 20-21, Goodnight Barn, Pueblo, Colorado. A big celebration and Chuck Wagon Gathering at this amazingly refurbished historic site. I’m excited to be going back to Pueblo to autograph books along with Randi Samuelson-Brown and Jane Little Botkin, plus many other vendors. For more information about this important historic structure and to contribute to the cause, go here:

May 6 – 8, ADDC West Region Meeting, Amarillo. The Amarillo and Pampa Clubs are looking forward to hosting and welcoming Region members to our beautiful city!


Get an autographed book for your Mom or sweetheart!
I will be at the Burrowing Owl Bookstore April 29 in Canyon 12:00 to 1:00 or Amarillo 2:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, April 29.

Saturday, April 29, 2:00 to 3:00, Burrowing Owl Books in Amarillo, 7406 SW 34th Ave Suite 2B, The Summit Shopping Center.

Burrowing Owl Books, on the Square in Canyon, Texas.

Saturday, April 29, 12:00 to 1:00, Burrowing Owl Books in Canyon, downtown on the square. Get an autographed book for your mom or sweetheart! I’ll throw in a pretty ribbon and wrap it up for you.

Saturday, April 2, 10:00 AM, Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center. I’ll be speaking to the Caprock Writers and Illustrators Alliance about co-authoring. This group is comprised of writers and artists and is based in Lubbock. Here’s their website for more info.

Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center,
4215 University Ave, in Lubbock

March 23, Clarendon Elementary. KEEP ‘EM FULL! Let’s talk about Texas Longhorns and the great cattle trailing era. This is my favorite subject to talk about, and I always get some great questions. This will be a fun discussion with fourth graders.

March 19, Saturday: Chisholm Trail Museum, Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Book Event and Chuck Wagon Gathering. This event was rescheduled from Fall 2021. I will be autographing KEEP ‘EM FULL. Website Click Here

March 13, Sunday: Tucson Festival of Books. I will be autographing books one day only at the Wolfpack Publishing booth. My co-author Denise F. McAllister will be there too! I’m so excited. Please stop by and say hey. Discover some great authors and fantastic books from our award winning publisher. Website Click Here

Denise and I will both be at the Tuscon Book Festival on Sunday only to autograph books at the Wolfpack Booth!

March 2, 7:30 PM, The ALAMO, sponsored by Lone Star Ballet and Window on a Wider World. Amarillo Globe Center for the Performing Arts. I’m so excited about this performance. Should be a great history presentation.

March 2, Lawndale Elementary, “Write Stuff”

February 23, McLean 4th-6th Grades, “Write Stuff”.

February 16, LeFors High School. I’m excited about this opportunity to chat with High School students about writing and the power of words.

February 9, Dalhart Intermediate “Write Stuff” — Let’s write!

February 8, Miami ISD, “Write Stuff” with the Elementary School.

January 28, Lamar Elementary. Wind, solar, hydro, gas and crude–we will talk about them all and how important they are for American Energy.

Book booth at the Pueblo Museum. Such a fun evening!

New Year, New Projects ~ Bring It!


December 11, Saturday, Pueblo Heritage Museum, Pueblo, Colorado. Open House and Author Event.

Western Writers of America members Jeff Bloome, Jane Little Botkin, Randi Samuelson-Brown, joined me in Pueblo, Colorado to sign books and meet readers. Fun time hanging with my writer pals. Jane gave an exceptional talk to the Historical Society. Had time to explore a few junk stores and we had the most amazing meal at DC’s on B Street. Hope to see you again soon, Pueblo!

December 8 ~ Happy Book Birthday! “A Wild Cow Christmas” Book Six

Book Six WILD COW RANCH Series. Read it NOW.

December 07, Tuesday, Guymon Public Library, Oklahoma. All Day Event! Write Stuff 2nd Graders. 12:00 Noon, a Brown Bag lunch for authors, “You Wrote a Book; Now What?”. Let’s brag about our NaNoWriMo accomplishments. In the evening, the public is invited to a lecture, “150 Years of Cowboy Tradition.”

November 3, Happy Book Birthday!
Buy The Book

November 3 ~ Happy Book Birthday! “A Wild Cow Wedding” Book Five

October 14, Thursday. Pueblo County Historical Society, Pueblo, Colorado. “Life on the Trail” PowerPoint and book autographing.

October 13, “Food on the Trail” Dimmitt Book Club, Rhoades Memorial Library and Autographing.

October 4, PEO Chapter, Guymon, Oklahoma “Food on the Trail” & Autographing

September 29, Happy Book Birthday!
Buy The Book

Beginning Fall 2021: As a Learning Partner with Window On A Wider World, I will be conducting programs on writing, chuck wagon history and American Energy for member schools. So excited about this new opportunity! I look forward to meeting area teachers and working with students. promotes arts, sciences and cultural programming and is dedicated to enriching the education of Texas Panhandle students.

July 24, Saturday: Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. Book Event and National Day of the Cowboy! Signing KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’ beginning at 10 am. Cowboys and horses will be onsite at the National Ranching Heritage Center demonstrating horse training methods and visiting with guests in order to celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy!

July 23, Friday: The Gallery and Visitor’s Center, Palo Duro State Park. Signing KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLLIN’ all day!

July 17, Saturday: Book Event & NRHC Chuck Wagon Day. I will be at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, signing copies of the newly released KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN‘, The All-American Chuck Wagon Cookbook.

June 23-26, WTAMU Writers Academy. Founded in 2009 by then Writer in Residence Jodi Thomas, the Academy has just gotten bigger and better every year since. I’m looking forward to learning from Jolene Navarro. While Ms. Thomas is not as involved as she once was, she will be giving the keynote on opening night. Click HERE for more info, schedule and list of instructors.

June 17, Thursday: “Author Boot Camp”. Panel Presenter. Loveland, Colorado, Western Writers of America 68th Annual Convention. I’ll be joining a panel of Western Authors to talk about best tips on navigating the publishing world. This should be an informative and lively discussion so bring your best questions!

June 15: Keep ‘Em Full & Keep “Em Rollin’ launches today! More delays, but hopefully this time it really is a Happy Book Birthday. This has been a year long project of research and writing, and over a year of waiting as the first pub date has changed several times because of the pandemic.

Attention Public libraries, clubs or groups: I would love to show you a power point presentation about the food on the cattle trails. If you are interested in learning more, contact me. Click on the tab above.

May 12, Wednesday: Speaker. Dimmitt Book Club Luncheon, Rhoades Memorial Library (my hometown!). Book Talk about my new Christian Western series, Wild Cow Ranch.

March 10: Happy Book Birthday! Book #3 FOLLOW A WILD HEART is now available. Get all three books at a special bargain price for only 99 cents. Click the book tab above for more information.

February 10: Book 2 A WILD COW WINTER launches! FREE to Kindle Unlimited subscribers, also available in eBook or print formats. Click the books tab at the top for more information.

January 13: MAVERICK HEART, Book #1 in the new Wild Cow Ranch series is out! Thanks to Lauren Bridges at CKN Christian Publishing and Mike Bray at Wolfpack Publishing. Click on the series link above under the books tab to learn more and order your copy from Amazon.

Interested in an Author Talk?

 Contact me at my office 806.655.4046


Cowboys and Cattle Drives

Beginning Spring 2021, I’ll be talking about my book KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’. The power point presentation will cover the great cattle driving era, Charles Goodnight and his chuck wagon, life on the trail, and the food they ate. If your library, group or club is interested in this topic, let me know.

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

For Schools: Let’s Write!

I LOVE talking about writing! I have several programs suitable for all ages.

*Where do story ideas come from? Secrets authors use to find inspiration and craft stories.

*Crafting a story from beginning to end using an idea generator exercise. Let’s build a story spider.

*Cattle trails and cattle drives. I love talking about Texas history. 

FEES: $200 per day for as many sessions as you need. I am very flexible, and will work within your school’s guidelines and schedule. 

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. PC: Steve Head.

Visiting Author Week at a Canyon ISD Elementary School (2019) and how fitting. It was John Erickson who told me to not ever give up. Keep writing the stories I want to tell. He is such an inspiration for so many authors in this area.