Mill Park Publishing of Eagle, Idaho was created in 2003 by author Elaine Ambrose.
The company facilitates fee-based book publication and marketing for local authors
and organizes writer's retreats.

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  • Elaine Ambrose One Potato, Two Potato - Two New Children's Books!
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
    Written on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:11 in Elaine's Blog Read 42 times
  • Elaine Ambrose One Potato, Two Potato - Two New Children's Books!
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
    One Potato, Two Potato - Two New Children's Books!

     

     

    Bestselling author Elaine Ambrose offers two new children’s books featuring Idaho potatoes, creative stories, and vibrant illustrations.

     

     

    Gators & Taters is available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook as read by the author. The week of bedtime stories features seven original stories with four in prose and three in metered rhyming poetry. The book is one of 50 children’s books selected for Bowker’s National Recommended Reading list.

    The Magic Potato is available in paperback and eBook. The book is a creative, educational, bilingual story book that was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education for the statewide curriculum. The read-out-loud story describes in English and Spanish the adventures of children who ride around Idaho on a magic flying potato.

    Purchase online, from local book stores, or from the author.

    Written on Monday, 13 November 2017 22:14 in Elaine's Blog Read 34 times
  • Elaine Ambrose One Potato, Two Potato - Two New Children's Books!
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
    One Potato, Two Potato - Two New Children's Books!

     

     

    Bestselling author Elaine Ambrose offers two new children’s books featuring Idaho potatoes, creative stories, and vibrant illustrations.

    Gators & Taters is available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook as read by the author. The week of bedtime stories features seven original stories with four in prose and three in metered rhyming poetry. The book is one of 50 children’s books selected for Bowker’s National Recommended Reading list.

    The Magic Potato is available in paperback and eBook. The book is a creative, educational, bilingual story book that was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education for the statewide curriculum. The read-out-loud story describes in English and Spanish the adventures of children who ride around Idaho on a magic flying potato.

    Purchase online, from local book stores, or from the author.

    Written on Monday, 13 November 2017 22:14 in Elaine's Blog Read 41 times
  • Elaine Ambrose Midlife Happy Hour Available in Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
    Midlife Happy Hour Available in Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook

     

     

    Finalist for Foreword INDIES Book of the Year for Humor.

    #1 Bestseller on Kindle.

    5-Star Review from Foreword Clarion Reviews.

    Winner of 2017 Independent Press Award for Midlife.

    Named a "Distinguished Favorite" for Humor from the 2017 Independent Press Awards.

    Elaine Ambrose boldly writes her latest kiss-my-attitude book as a sassy sequel to Midlife Cabernet. Ambrose shares her festive life experiences and career-crushing anecdotes as she explains how to remain relevant after age 50, why grown children make great travel companions, and how to balance midlife without falling over. Ambrose notes that her feminine mystique sprung a leak after years of competing as a funny female in a serious male job market. Now the hard work is done, and she invites midlife women to join her for Happy Hour.

    Order here for the paperback, $16.95, the eBook, $9.99, or the audiobook read by the author, $13.97.

    Written on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:12 in Elaine's Blog Read 190 times
  • Elaine Ambrose Mill Park Publishing Introduces Book about "Angel Bumps"
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
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    Have you experienced an Angel Bump? Mill Park Publishing's latest book features stories of inspiration, comfort, and some humor in Angel Bumps - Hello from Heaven. The anthology was compiled by author Anne Bardsley.

    A sign could come from the sudden appearance of a butterfly, finding a coin or a feather, hearing a memorable song, having a vivid dream, or feeling the presence of a departed loved one. Fifty authors from around the country contributed 60 tender stories in this collection that will console anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Each author shares a sign from Heaven that reassured them their loved one is still near in spirit. While people die, love is eternal. An Angel Bump is like a luminous light in a dark room. Once you receive a sign from your loved one, you will never be the same. Knowing they are still so close will give you solace. The joy it brings is immeasurable. Some Angel Bumps will make you smile. Others may bring tears to your eyes. One thing is for sure. You will feel loved. After reading Angel Bumps, you might want to keep your eyes open. Be aware. An angel bump can come when you least expect it. Don t miss your very own, sweet, Angel Bump and a hello from Heaven.

    Find Angel Bumps in paperback and eBook on Amazon. Additional outlets may be available soon.

     

    Written on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:30 in Elaine's Blog Read 309 times
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Monday, 07 March 2011 23:30

My Friend Gracie

My_Friend_Gracie_coverAuthor Anne Mackenzie Dixon wrote this book as a class project during her undergraduate studies as she worked for a Master of Social Work degree.  The book now is used as a therapy tool to help children become more passionate toward their peers with Autism.   

This limited edition book is available for $22.00 from Mill Park Publishing.

 

 

Monday, 07 March 2011 22:25

Waiting For The Harvest

waiting-for-the-harvestThis book provides a delightful romp through the adventures and growing pains of a young girl in southern Idaho during the 1960s.  Set against the backdrop of a volatile potato harvest, the story tells of waiting for water, waiting for maturity, and waiting for answers to some of life's toughest questions.

 

This limited edition book was written by Elaine Ambrose and originally published by Legendary Publishing of Boise, Idaho, and is available from Mill Park Publishing for $6.99.  Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Monday, 07 March 2011 21:55

Mill Park Publishing – A Brief History


After my children grew up to become wonderful adults, I decided to leave Boise and move to the mountains to write.  In 1996, I built a cabin on the east shore of Payette Lake in McCall.  The location was over the former site of a lumber mill, and near the house was a small area called Mill Park.  (That’s a clue.)

I loved to sit on my deck and watch weddings at the park and hear the laughter from the playground.  And, walking through the park was the shortest distance to Bistro 45 Wine Bar.  Life was grand for those first few years.  Then the winters seem to get longer, and the snow piled up six feet high on my roof, and I feared that I was turning into the female version of Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining.  I would sit at my computer trying to write when all I could imagine was an ax smashing through the door.  It was time to save my sanity.

In the winter of 2003, I decided to create a publishing company – something I could do without leaving my home but that would still require brain activity.  What to call my company?  I was gazing out the window at the frozen lake and saw a brave little sign peeking out of the snow:  Mill Park.  That’s when Mill Park Publishing was born.

I wrote and published two books in 2003 and one in 2004.  Through these books and by attending writer’s conferences in McCall, I was able to sign with an agent who helped me get a national contract to write Menopause Sucks for Adams Media. I moved back to Eagle in 2006, leaving Mill Park but not the company.  Mill Park Publishing is still going strong – Daily Erotica and Gracie were published in 2010, and The Backyard Chicken Fight and Mother Knows Best appeared in 2011. The company also organizes an annual writer’s retreat in Garden Valley.

Mill Park Publishing has been a grand adventure in turning words into books.  And, that’s so much better than turning me into a hermit.

  September 17 – 19, 2010  -  Garden Valley, Idaho 
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Writers are encouraged to register now for limited spaces available at the third annual “Write by the River” Writer’s Retreat in Garden Valley, only one hour north of Boise.

Speakers include:

  • Anthony Doerr, internationally-acclaimed, award-winning author and former Writer-in-Residence for the State of Idaho
  • Alan Heathcock, author, BSU fiction instructor and recipient of the 2010 Literature Fellowship
  • Gretchen Anderson, award-winning humor columnist, media reporter, and co-author
  • Amanda Turner, radio producer and host, writer, and social network expert
  • Elaine Ambrose, award-winning author and owner of Mill Park Publishing

Cost:  $125.00
$100 for members of the Idaho Writer’s Guild

Sponsored by
Mill Park Publishing
Eagle, ID
Or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a brochure

Retreat activities will be at the cabin of Elaine Ambrose in Southfork Landing next to the river in Garden Valley. Directions:  Drive north of Boise on Highway 55.  Turn right at Banks onto State Highway 21.  Go about 12 miles, turn right at Alder Creek Road and go over the bridge.  Turn right on Freedom Ranch Road into Southfork Landing.  Turn right on Southfork Lane.

Friday, Sept. 17 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Informal wine and cheese reception. Mingle with some of the speakers and other writers.  Participants can volunteer to read their work.

Saturday, Sept. 18

9:00 a.m. – Registration

Coffee, light breakfast

9:30 – Welcome – Elaine Ambrose

9:45 – “How and Why I Write”

anthony-doerrAnthony Doerris the author of four books: Memory Wall, The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome.  Doerr’s fiction has won three O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction.  His work has been translated into eleven languages and has won awards including the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Ohioana Book Award twice. He was the State’s Writer-in-Residence.

10:30 – Q & A with Anthony Doerr

11:15 – Break

11:30 – Lunch – Book Signing

12:30 – “How to Build on Writer’s Blocks”

turnerAmanda Turner, a writer from Boise, is the producer and host of The Writer’s Block on Boise Community Radio.  She is active with the Idaho Writer’s Guild and manages several Internet sites, including www.RadioWritersBlock.com.

1:30 – “Story and the Art of Relevance”

 

Alan Heathcock’s new book VOLT will be published in March.  His stories have been published in Zoetrope; All-Story, VQR, and Best American Mystery Stories among others, and he won the National Magazine Award in Fiction.  He’s currently a Fiction Fellow as appointed by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. 

2:30 – Break

3:00 – “Seriously Writing with Humor”

andersonGretchen  Anderson writes award-winning humorous columns in several newspapers and is the co-author of Daily Erotica. A former television news reporter, she is owns a PR firm called Communication Outsource.  Her blog is www.therealgretchenanderson.blogspot.com

4:00 – “Keep Writing or Your Head will Explode”  

ambroseElaine Ambrose is the author of 100 magazine articles, four books and the co-author of two books, including Menopause Sucks.  She has several national writing awards, including a national humor award from Foreword Magazine for her golf book titled The Red Tease. She owns Mill Park Publishing.  Her public speaking topics are listed on www.elaineambrose.com

 

 

5:00 – Break – Book Signing

6:00 – Dinner

7:30 – 9:30 - Break for individual writing or informal group discussions

Sunday, Sept. 19

Take time for individual writing around the area or enjoy informal discussions at Elaine’s cabin.  Light breakfast provided.  Retreat ends at noon.

Commute or stay?  It’s a one-hour scenic drive from Boise.  The Garden Valley Inn, (208) 462-2911, has limited overnight accommodations, or preview www.inidaho.com. Camping also is available.

“Write by the River”
Registration Form Due Sept. 5
Space is Limited

 

Name________________________________________   Address_____________________________________

City ________________________________________    State, Zip ___________________________________

Email________________________________________   Vegetarian meals preferred?  Circle Yes  or  No

Complete, copy and send with check payable to Mill Park Publishing to:

Mill Park Publishing
981 W Cherry Bello Dr.
Eagle, ID 83616

Cost of $125 covers speakers, materials, reception, light breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  $100 for members of Idaho Writer’s Guild.  No refunds after Sept. 10.

Questions?  Call Elaine at (208) 890-8122 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Remember to bring samples of your writing.  Reading is voluntary.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 04:14

About Elaine

elaine-ambroseElaine Ambrose is an award-winning author and public speaker who created Mill Park Publishing in 2003. She grew up on an isolated potato farm in southern Idaho, left home with just a suitcase full of high hopes and tall tales, and graduated from college with Phi Beta Kappa scholastic honors. She became a manager in a Fortune 100 corporation where she discovered that it was more exciting to fly around the country in a corporate jet than to drive a tractor through a spud field.
Elaine’s thirty year business resume includes jobs as Idaho's first female television news reporter and talk show hostess, bank officer, magazine editor, manager at Boise Cascade Corporation, and the author of nine books.  She has traveled to 30 countries around the world but always comes back home to Idaho. 

Author

  • Midlife Cabernet
  • Drinking with Dead Women Writers
  • Drinking with Dead Drunks
  • Little White Dress
  • Menopause Sucks – What to Do When Hot Flashes Make You and Everyone Else Miserable
  • The Red Tease – A Woman’s Adventure in Golf
  • Gators & Taters – A Week of Bedtime Stories
  • The Magic Potato – La Papa Mágica – A Story and Coloring Book in English and Spanish
  • Waiting for the Harvest – A Novel of a Farm Girl

Co-Author

  • Daily Erotica – 366 Poems of Passion

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Highlights of World Travels to 30 Countries

  • Cruised down the Nile and explored ancient pyramids in Egypt
  • Visited the Taj Mahal in India
  • Rode a bull elephant in Napal and witnessed a tiger kill a bison
  • Saw the Jade Buddha in Thailand
  • Hiked across the Haleakala Crater in Maui, Hawaii
  • Cried at Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany
  • Dined on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
  • Bought wooden shoes in Holland
  • Sang in a choir for the Ambassador of Luxembourg
  • Snorkeled at night in the ocean near the British Virgin Islands
  • Watched a leopard drag a deer up a tree while on safari in South Africa
  • Hiked to the top of the dome at the Vatican in Rome, Italy
  • Ate bird’s nest soup in Hong Kong
  • Wrote and publically recited a poem in Ireland
  • Rode in a train across Canada with my mother and daughter
  • Floundered on chocolate in Switzerland
  • Found a haunted pub in London before seeing “Le Miserables” on stage
  • Camped along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho
  • Drove with my daughter through Spain to the Mediterranean Coast
  • Hiked along the Cinque Terre trails in Italy
  • Stood in Mass for two hours at the Duomo in Florence, Italy
  • Rode a zip line through the jungle in Costa Rica
  • Drove a snowmobile to the top of a mountain in Idaho
  • Completed cooking courses in Italy and South Africa
  • Got married on the Greek Island of Paros

 

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Highlights of Professional Career

  • Idaho’s first female television news reporter and talk show hostess at age 21
  • The first female assistant director of school services at the University of Utah
  • At age 24, wrote a promotional campaign that won first place in a national competition sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
  • Received the award at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.
  • Editor of McCall Magazine, Associate Editor of Boise Magazine, Associate Editor of Magic Valley Magazine
  • Received several writing awards from Idaho Press Club
  • Received writing award from Writer’s Digest International
  • Received national humor award as author of The Red Tease
  • Named “Outstanding Citizen” by The Idaho Statesman
  • Received volunteer and civic awards from University of Idaho, Horizon Reading Council, YWCA Twin Program, Delta Gamma Fraternity, Log Cabin Literacy Center
  • Currently on the Governing Board of the Idaho Writers Guild
  • Past president of Ada County Delta Gamma Alumni Association
  • Past National President of the University of Idaho Alumni Association
  • Commence Speaker, University of Idaho
  • Manager in Communications Department for Boise Cascade Corporation
  • Completed Management Excellence Program
  • Created and implemented a nationwide literacy program
  • Organized a corporate media event in New York City
  • Founded and currently own Mill Park Publishing
  • Created and organize annual "Write by the River" Writer's Retreats
  • "Laugh-out-loud funny" - Publishers Weekly 

 

 

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:21

Backyard Chicken Fight

back-yard-chicken-fightThe Backyard Chicken Fight - How Keeping Chickens in Your Yard is Ruffing Feathers Across the Nation and A Beginner's Guide to Hen Keeping is the book you need if you want to raise chickens.  Author Gretchen Anderson chronicles the stories of people who are fighting City Hall for the right to own chickens at home.  Also, she explains how to raise a healthy flock of free-range chickens in your own backyard.  With the growing emphasis on the importance of buying local, organic food, why not do it yourself? 

Find answers to these important questions:

"How do I build an atractive but efficient chicken coop?"

"What temperature is best for baby chicks?"

"Can I have free-range chickens and dogs?"

"How many eggs does a hen lay each week?" 

 

Gretchen Anderson is an award-winning humor columnist, author and former television news anchor/reporter.  Her news stories have been carried on NBC, ABC and CNN around the globe.  Gretchen has been published in various magazines and newspapers, and in 2010 she collaborated on a published book of poetry.  Her five children and one husband keep her going six different directions.

The book is available for $9.99 (plus Idaho sales tax) from the author, and at Boise and Eagle Zamzow's stores. The book is available on Amazon.com and at local Barnes and Noble bookstores.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:18

Mother Knows Best

mother-knows-bestWe remember with fondness the sweet advice of our dear mothers:

"Haste makes waste."

"Don't make me stop this car!"

"You're running away?  Let me help you pack!"

"Just because Grandma farts at the table doesn't mean you can, too!"

Mother Knows Best - Wit and Wisdom from Idaho Moms will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone as several Idaho women and men recall words of advice they heard from their mothers.  Proceeds from this book will benefit the Women's and Children's Allliance in Boise in celebration of 100 years of public service for women and men escaping domestic abuse and sexual assault.  Quotes were compiled and edited by Patti Murphy.

Patti Murphy, an award-winning writer, is the author of more than 100 newspaper and magazine articles.  Her feature story, "Memories of Minidoka," about Idaho's WWII Japanese internment camp, has received statewide and national awards.  She owns Murphy Media Services, a public relations and freelance writing agency in Boise.

Purchase each book for $8.99 (plus Idaho sales tax) from the author. 

 

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:18

The Magic Potato

magic-potatoThe Magic Potato - La Papa Magica
A bilingual color and story book that has been approved by the Idaho State Board of Education for the state-wide curriculum. Hop on the Magic Potato and learn fun and interesting facts about Idaho as he flies around the state! The easy-to-read story includes side-by-side English and Spanish versions that cover days of the week, colors, and numbers.
The Magic Potato was written by Elaine Ambrose, translated by Emily Nielsen, and illustrated by Heidi Winchel.

The book is available for $3.00 from Mill Park Publishing or Click here to preview and order this book
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:17

Gators & Taters - New Illustrated Edition!

 Gators & Taters  - A Week of Bedtime Stories was originally published in 2003 with eight original illustrations. The children's book has been revised and republished with 36 new illustrations created by Boise artist Patrick Buchnak. The new edition sells on Amazon for $19.98 for paperback, $9.99 for eBook, and $4.87 for audiobook read by the author.
 
 
Gators & Taters: A Week of Bedtime Stories
The young and the young at heart will be touched and delighted with this unique collection of eight original bedtime stories created to inspire children to wonder about characters, places, and adventures.  Lyrical language, captivating scenes, and gentle messages provide a safe and soothing message at the end of the day.  Because there is ony one illlustration per story, children can use their imaginations to complete the details.
Gators & Taters has received the following honors:
Selected for Bowker's National Recommended Reading List for 2004 - ony 50 children's books are listed annuallly
Selected for Idaho Public Television "First Books" program with Statewide distribution to underprivileged children
Selected for State of Idaho "Read Out Loud Crowd" program
Selected as "Best Children's Book of 2003" by a national reviewer
Selected for Summer Reading List for the Log Cabin Literary Center in Boise
Selected for the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program in Boise
 
 
 
Gators & Taters was written by Elaine Ambrose, owner of Mill Park Publishing.
 
 Click here for ordering details.
 
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:16

The Red Tease

RedTease_CoverThe Red Tease: A Woman’s Adventure in Golf
“There are many books written for serious golfers. This is not one of them.” - Laura Witvoet, LPGA Director of Instruction
This gift book received a national humor award from Foreword Magazine.  The anecdotes prove that the author writes better than she golfs.
The Red Tease was written by Elaine Ambrose, owner of Mill Park Publishing.

The book is available from Mill Park Publishing for $5.99 (plus Idaho Sales Tax), and on Amazon.com - Click here to preview and order this book
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