Virtual Book Launch with Authors Nina Chapman and Shawna Railey

Join us for a book launch for two amazing authors, Nina Chapman and Shawna Railey, on Sunday, November 8 at 2pm! You can purchase their books, Micah McKinney and the Boys of Summer and The Messy Life of Blue through this page. RSVP to events@bookbardenver.com to be sent the Zoom link.

About the Books: With equal parts humor and heart, Micah McKinney and the Boys of Summer tells the story of twelve-year-old Micah as she embarks on the summer before middle school. More than anything, Micah hopes to undergo a miracle transformation. One that will bring with it new friends, a fresh start, and boobs . . . preferably the round kind. If that happens, then maybe she can finally forget about what happened in the past. About losing her mom, about losing her best friend, and about the disaster she became in sixth grade, when everything fell apart. She and her dad have just moved away from their old neighborhood, and Micah's childhood home, to put some space between themselves and the secret burden they both bear, one that's already changed their lives and has the power to do even more damage. Soon after moving into her new neighborhood, Micah is greeted by the Water twins, Luke and Megan. Micah is surprised to find herself caught between their two worlds. In one world, there's Luke and his band of neighborhood boys, who challenge Micah in feats of strength, crowning her the kahuna at the local pool and vying for her attention, even though she doesn't quite understand why. And then there's Megan, whose world is full of lip gloss and padded bras, and the fine art of being a girl. As Micah awkwardly navigates her way through crushes, friendship, and the challenges of becoming a teenager, she discovers that the real transformation that needs to take place is in how she sees herself.

The Messy Life of Blue: Eleven-year-old Beulah "Blue" Warren spends every waking moment surrounded by boys: her three brothers, her father, her best friend, even the family dog, but that's never stopped her from being her usual rambunctious self. Grappling with the loss of her mother, Blue is determined to do what she wants without fear of consequences. When she is sent to the principal's office, she gets out of it like a pro. When the witchy neighbor next door trashes her yard, Blue doesn't just get even, she gets ahead. No clean underwear because she hasn't done the laundry? No worries. That's what her little brother's Superman underwear is for, isn't it? But everything changes on the day she explores the attic and finds her mother's death certificate. Blue will need to muster all the strength she has to deal with the truth, find forgiveness, trust in her father, and grieve for her mother once and for all.

About the Authors: Nina Chapman spends her days teaching middle school where she has discovered a talent for thriving in the awkward. This career path was chosen by design in order to provide her the opportunity to marinate in pre-teen voices on a daily basis. When she's not gathering feedback from her student test audience, she's reading books or playing outside. Her favorite activities include hot air balloon gazing, barefoot bike riding, and getting lost in the woods. Nina took the scenic route to teaching by first obtaining a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing at CU Denver. A member of RMC- SCBWI, she currently resides in the Denver area with her husband and two daughters.

Shawna Railey taught herself to read at age three, and started writing stories when she was only four years old. Born and raised in Southern California, it was hard to compete with the beach in her backyard . . . but that's exactly what books did. Now that she's lived in Colorado with her daughter for over a decade, she has a new love in the Rocky Mountains. If she isn't reading or writing, you can find her golfing, hiking, camping, playing poker, enjoying a movie, or putting together her extensive Harry Potter Lego collection. The Messy Life of Blue is her first novel.

Event date: 
Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 2:00pm
Micah McKinney and the Boys of Summer Cover Image
By Nina Chapman, Mirelle Ortega (Cover Design by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781684460908
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Capstone Editions - April 1st, 2020

The Messy Life of Blue Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499810257
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yellow Jacket - June 16th, 2020