Local Author Happy Hour - Denitta Ward, Samantha Joy, and Helen Starbuck

Join us for Local Author Happy Hour the second Saturday from 5 - 6 pm near BookBar's bar. Swing by BookBar to meet local authors and enjoy half off all drinks. This month's local authors are Denitta Ward, Samantha Joy, and Helen Starbuck!

About Denitta Ward:
Denitta Ward captures history and writes historical fiction from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Passionate about history and with a lifelong interest in the transformative power of women when they band together, Denitta is a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association, the Historical Novel Society, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. When she's not writing, Denitta serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Director of the Office of Contracts and Grants at the University of Colorado Boulder.

About Somewhere Still:
From the day Jean Ball lands a job at the elegant Empire hotel, she quickly learns the secrets of the entitled class. Dazzled by a Roaring Twenties society on the cusp of radical change, this naive and innocent young woman finds herself dancing, bobbing her hair, and falling for Elden Whitcomb, the handsome son of the wealthy hotel owner. The stakes rise when the Whitcombs’ powerful secrets are revealed and loving Elden comes at a price – one that may be too high for Jean to pay.

Shattered and alone, Jean's in the battle of her life in a city alive with romance, smoky speakeasies, jazz music and scandal, but divided by race and class. With the help and encouragement of influential women, Jean may find what she has always needed, though her choices could echo through generations. But will the man she trusted and so fiercely loves redeem himself? 

Somewhere Still offers a unique window into the history and culture of Kansas City at a turning point in its development and blends history and fiction to tell the coming-of-age story of one young woman's transformative journey of love, betrayal, and redemption. Ward uses historical sites and real events to explore Jean's transformation from an innocent young girl to a self-assured woman, making her way in a society in transition. Somewhere Still aims to give insight into 1920s Kansas City, a city on the cusp of significant change. During this time, the city's society women united to urge social advances, the jazz culture was born, baseball's famous Negro League was formed, and the city had a burgeoning Prohibition bootleg trade.

About Prohibition Cocktails:
Prohibition Cocktails reveals the history, secrets, and recipes of 21 of the most popular drinks of the Roaring  Twenties. For 14 years, from 1920-1933, until the 21st Amendment passed, the production, sale, and transport of liquor were banned -- the rules were clear and made to be broken. The speakeasy cocktail culture flourished. From the sweet Mary Pickford to the startling Monkey Gland cocktail, come learn the secrets and history of  Prohibition Cocktails.

Color photos and a cocktail party planning guide with suggested 1920s appetizers, Roaring Twenties music, photo booth prop ideas, and a cocktails supply shopping list included.

Travel back to the time when the rules were clear and made to be broken.

About Samantha Joy:
Samantha is a Mindset & Empowerment Coach to aspiring entrepreneurs and influencers. Her coaching approach focuses on the concept of minimalism, where she enables others to shift their identity to their most authentic self by decluttering aspects of their life rooted in an old story. Through her own personal journey, she crafted The Less Effect framework, an 8-week course enabling those that feel stuck to gain the freedom to design a successful life full of happiness and fulfillment.

Samantha has a passion for writing, body movement, social impact,and entrepreneurship. Her free time is spent hiking in the mountains with her dog, Juliett, dining out at the hottest new vegan joint, fostering meaningful relationships over decaf coffee, reading personal development in the bathtub, and jetting off on a plane to her next adventure (at least once per year). Samantha believes travel and service to others are life's greatest teachers.

About The Less Effect:
Today’s world is custom-built to pull our attention in a hundred and fifty directions, telling us who we should be and how we should live to become an acceptable member of society. We fall prey to the endless cycle of consumerism and information overload. Before we know it, we wake up questioning how the hell we got here in the first place.

"The Less Effect" is about becoming conscious to the physical environment, social relationships, and daily habits we surround ourselves with so we can clear away what is holding us back and follow our true passion. When we become more aware of the what we've created and remove what no longer serves us, we are able to tap into our most authentic self and design a life of happiness and purpose.

It simply starts with living a life of less.

About Helen Starbuck:
Helen Starbuck is a third generation Colorado native who has spent her career working as a nurse in the main ORs of several suburban hospitals and a major children’s hospital in the Denver area. She then translated her experience and knowledge of OR nursing into a job as a clinical editor on an OR nursing journal, where she helped journalists and English majors understand the intricacies of caring for patients undergoing surgery while they helped her to understand the puzzling concepts of the AMA style book.

Reading has always been a joy and an escape from boredom and Helen has written stories since she was in junior high, having discovered that if you don’t like life as it is, write a different ending. Following the adage to “write what you know,” she writes her mysteries from the perspective of Annie Collins an OR nurse.

About The Mad Hatter's Son:
Annie Collins is an operating room nurse who is used to caring for others, so it isn't a surprise when she is drawn—albeit unwillingly—into the chaos that is her long-time friend and artist Libby Crowder Matheisen's life. The friendship between Annie and Libby began deteriorating after Libby met Edward Matheisen, and quickly ended after she married him.

It's been four years since Annie and Libby parted ways. But now she's back and seeking Annie's help. With puzzling symptoms and a plea for help, Annie can't help but wonder: Is Libby really ill or is there more to the story than what Libby is saying? Annie's suspicions heighten when Libby's close friend is severely beaten and dies. Faced with Libby's own apparent suicide, Annie is beside herself with guilt and unable to stop asking questions to uncover the truth. But the answers to these questions don't come without a price. Annie finds herself drawn into a life that has derailed, and pursuing the mystery of Libby's illness and death threatens to derail her own life as well.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 5:00pm
Somewhere Still Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999301807
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Welbourne Press - November 2017

Prohibition Cocktails: 21 Secrets & Recipes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999301821
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Welbourne Press - March 26th, 2018

The Mad Hatter's Son: An Annie Collins Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999246108
Availability: Special Order - subject to availability
Published: Routt Street Press - October 17th, 2017