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 Best of Treasure Valley Selected Three Top Authors
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  • Elaine Ambrose Premiere Party for "Feisty after 45" April 22 at JUMP
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  • Elaine Ambrose "Feisty after 45" Anthology is Ready!
    Written by Elaine Ambrose

     

    Eagle, ID – Mill Park Publishing of Eagle, Idaho announces the premiere of the anthology Feisty after 45 – The Best Blogs from Midlife Women. The book features 45 midlife authors from across the country and Canada, and topics include humor, inspiration, travel, and caregiving. More than 200 entries were received.

    Mill Park Publishing features award-winning books written by women and organizes writing retreats and creativity workshops. The company’s books have won 14 awards in the past 3 years, and a portion of the sales proceeds is donated to local charities. The anthology Little White Dress won the Bronze Medal for Women’s Issues from the Independent Publisher Book Awards program in 2012. A humorous book for women titled Midlife Cabernet won two national humor awards in 2014, and Publishers Weekly wrote that the book is “laugh-out-loud funny.” 

    Mill Park Publishing has enabled 70 women to become published authors. The company is owned by author and syndicated blogger Elaine Ambrose. Find more information at www.MillParkPublishing.com.

    The paperback book Feisty after 45 retails for $12 and is available now on Amazon.com. The eBook version is $2.99 and available soon on Amazon, Nook, KOBO, IBooks, and Google Play.

    Selected authors:

    Meryl Baer, Ventnor, NJ

    Anne Bardsley, South Pasadena, FL

    Sharon Olivia Blumberg, Chicago, IL

    Susan Swicegood Boswell, Greensboro, NC

    Sherry Briscoe, Boise, ID

    Carol A. Cassara, San Jose, CA

    Cathy Chester, Kinnelon, NJ

    Lynne Cobb, Royal Oak, MI

    Kimberly “Kimba” Dalferes, Fairfax, VA

    Bonnie Dodge, Twin Falls, ID

    Marcia Kester Doyle, Pompano Beach, FL

    Marie Murphy Duess, Newtown, PA

    Janie Emaus, Los Angeles, CA

    Susan Emerson, Corvallis, OR

    Elyse Ericsson, Boise, ID

    Karin Britt Gall, Harrisburg, OH

    Lee Gaitan, Atlanta, GA

    Stacey Gustafson, Pleasanton, CA

    Kimberly Jayne, Austin, TX

    Roxanne Jones, Brunswick, ME

    Rita Kampen, Langley, BC Canada

    Lisa Kanarek, Dallas, TX

    Teresa Bell Kindred, Edmonton, KY

    Ruth Knox, Meridian, ID

    Kristine Laco, Toronto, Canada

    Kimberly Montgomery, Incline Village, NV

    Mary-Leah Moore, Bothell, WA

    Gretchen Higgins Mullins, Boise, ID

    Heidi Naylor, Boise, ID

    Cheryl Nicholl, New Orleans, LA

    Laurie Oien, White Bear Lake, MN

    Michelle Baynes Owens, York, PA

    Kelly Hams Pearson, Parkville, MO

    Elaine Plummer, Wake Forest, NC

    Yvonne Ransel, Bristol, IN

    Betty Rodgers, Boise, ID

    Deborah Ross, Phoenix, AZ

    Candy Schulman, New York, New York

    Amy Hartl Sherman, Glen Ellyn, IL

    Terri Lehr Spilman, Carmel, IN

    Kathryn Streeter, Austin, TX

    Camille DeFer Thompson, San Ramon, CA

    Linda Wolff, Los Angeles, CA

    Roz Warren, Bala Cynwyd, PA

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Start your summer with some fine wine, a good book, and two delightful authors.

Idaho authors Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner share their talents for storytelling in a sassy new book about 16 famous dead women writers. A book signing party for DRINKING WITH DEAD WOMEN WRITERS is Friday, June 1 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at A New Vintage Wine Shop, 1400 North Eagle Road. Autographed copies are available for $10 - and a delightful selection of wine is available for purchase.   

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
 
 

The 4th Annual "Write by the River" Writer's Retreat sponsored by Mill Park Publishing will be Saturday, September 29 at Elaine Ambrose's cabin in Garden Valley.  To keep costs down, the retreat only will cost $50 to cover speakers, materials, lunch, an awesome canvas tote bag and snacks.

This year's theme:  Get Published: On Your Own and by the New York Big Guys.

Speakers include New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Basye Sander and national humorist Stacy Dymalski. 

The retreat will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end around 4:00 pm.  For an additional $20, participants can attend a private reception with the speakers on Friday evening, September 28.

Former speakers have included Tony Doerr, Lance Olsen, and Alan Heathcock.  Past participants who are now published authors include Gretchen Anderson and AK Turner.

Registration details will be added to this site as soon as possible.


 
DRINKING WITH
DEAD WOMEN WRITERS

Immediate Release: April 17, 2012

Contact:         Elaine Ambrose, Author/Owner of Mill Park Publishing                     

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Boise, ID: Idaho authors Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner share their talents for storytelling in a sassy new book about 16 famous dead women writers. The Premiere Party for DRINKING WITH DEAD WOMEN WRITERS is Saturday, May 12 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at Asiago’s Wine Bar, 1002 Main in Boise.

Most early female writers used pen names because women weren’t regarded as competent writers. Margaret Mitchell wrote only one published novel in her lifetime, but Gone with the Wind won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937 and sold more than 30 million copies. Emily Dickinson was so paranoid that she only spoke to people from behind a door. Carson McCullers wrote The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at age 22. Her husband wanted them to commit suicide in the French countryside, but she refused. Ambrose and Turner explore these and other intriguing facts about the most famous women in literary history.

“I was completely enthralled by DRINKING
WITH DEAD WOMEN WRITERS
, as Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner took turns in a fantastical romp through literature and drink, tossing back cocktails with some of the greatest female voices in literary history, cracking wise, prodding for answers to insightful questions, allowing us to know these writers and their minds in essays both hilarious and thoughtful. A rare mix of cleverness and intellect, and a total blast to read.”  

-- Alan Heathcock, award winning author of VOLT

-- AlanHeathcock.com

Ambrose is the author of Menopause Sucks and an author of five other books. Her short stories and feature articles appear in several anthologies and magazines. Turner is the creator of “The Writers’ Block” on Radio Boise. She writes a humor column for the Boise City Revue and served as a Writer-in-Residence. The book is published by Mill Park Publishing.

Available May 12 on Amazon.com!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 03:12

Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous

Mill Park Publishing is a sponsor of the Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous on May 3-5 at The Centre in Boise. Other sponsors include The Idaho Writers Guild and The BSU Story Initiative. 

MPP owner Elaine Ambrose will speak on a panel for "Small Press" on Friday, May 4.  On Saturday, Elaine will moderate a panel titled "Publishing Today."  Elaine also will judge entries in the fiction competition.  Of course, she'll also be an eager and borderline-obnoxious participant in the evening's festivities. Why don't you join us?

Find registration information at www.idahowritersrendezvous.com

 

The 4th annual "Write by the River" Writer's Retreat sponsored by Mill Park Publishing will be Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Garden Valley.  The focus will be on publishing: getting published, self-publishing, and how to produce a book that people (in addition to your mother) will want to read.

Stay tuned for details...

Monday, 16 April 2012 21:07

Drinking with Dead Women Writers

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Idaho authors Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner share their talents for storytelling in a sassy new book about 16 famous dead women writers.

Most early female writers used pen names because women weren’t regarded as competent writers. Margaret Mitchell wrote only one published novel in her lifetime, but *Gone with the Wind *won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937 and sold more than 30 million copies. Emily Dickinson was so paranoid that she only spoke to people from behind a door. Carson McCullers wrote The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at age 22. Her husband wanted them to commit suicide in the French countryside, but she refused. Ambrose and Turner explore these and other intriguing facts about the most famous women in literary history.

The book won First Place for Nonfiction, First Place for Cover Design, and Top 10 Idaho Author awards from the Idaho Book Awards program.

“I was completely enthralled by DRINKING WITH DEAD WOMEN WRITERS, as Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner took turns in a fantastical romp through literature and drink, tossing back cocktails with some of the greatest female voices in literary history, cracking wise, prodding for answers to insightful questions, allowing us to know these writers and their minds in essays both hilarious and thoughtful. A rare mix of cleverness and intellect, and a total blast to read.”

-Alan Heathcock, award winning author of VOLT

Ambrose is the author of Menopause Sucks and an author of five other books. Her short stories and feature articles appear in several anthologies and magazines. Turner is the creator of “The Writers’ Block” on Radio Boise. She writes a humor column for the Boise City Revue and served as a Writer-in-Residence.

Drinking with Dead Women Writers is available from Mill Park Publishing, local book sellers and Amazon.com in paperback or ebook format.


 

Monday, 13 February 2012 18:09

Cowboy Poetry: Using Imagery to Write a Poem

Cowboy Poet Ernie Sites brought his energy, humor, and talent to Boise over the weekend,
and Mill Park Publishing sponsored his workshop titled “Writing the Songs of the West.” Participants were entertained and enlightened as he discussed the various ways to write and recite
poetry. He added some lively guitar playing to demonstrate how he turns his stories into songs.

For one exercise, he showed the group various western paintings: agitated horses in a corral, a medicine woman, a Conestoga wagon crossing a river.  Then he allowed 15 minutes for the attendees to write a poem. We all were amazed as each one stood to recite her or his poetry. Clearly, the assignment sparked some creative writing within the group.

Ernie instructed us to use free verse or rhyme, and I chose to write a poem about the
river crossing. I wrote in iambic tetrameter, a style I have used since my high
schools days (which happened about the same time as the wagon trains coming
west on the Oregon Trail.) Here’s my poem:

 

Crossing Over

 

The raging river shoved the wagon.

Pa yelled at us to hang on tight

but Samuel fell into the water.

He screamed and then slipped out of sight.

My mama held the baby close

and glared at Pa to save their child

but he was struggling with the horses

to get across the river wild.

We reached the bank, he jumped back in

but all he found was Samuel’s shirt.

My mama didn’t smile for years

‘cause life was hard, and she was hurt.

Saturday, 31 December 2011 19:05

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