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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Midlife Cabernet: Life, Love & Laughter after Fifty

Elaine Ambrose

Mill Park Publishing


Four Stars (out of Five)

Elaine Ambrose’s Midlife Cabernet: Life, Love & Laughter after Fifty is an Erma Bombeck-esque tribute to women who are over fifty and ready to explore life on new terms. It’s a humorous and sassy-yet-compassionate view of life over the hill, as well as a retrospective on the climb to the top.

In a series of themed essays in which her enjoyment of good wine is the connecting thread, Ambrose eschews ladylike censoring in her tale of life over fifty. With frank sexual references, sagging body parts, and visits to the plastic surgeon, Ambrose moves the reader from skin-deep concerns to the social and emotional challenges of working motherhood, child rearing (“It comes down to survival of the funniest”), post-career life transitions, friends with later-inlife illnesses, the richness of decades-long friendships, empty-nest syndrome, caring for older parents, and the joys and challenges of grandchildren. Through it all, Ambrose returns to the metaphor of good wine, facetious in her described devotion to celebrating the special occasions as well as the everyday: “I’ll drink fine wine if my hangnail heals.”

The writing and mechanics are solid, and the midlife focus is perfectly matched by the cover, with its antique typewriter. What is mostly a punchy and humorous series of essays—(“If you are what you eat, I’m a gigantic chocolate chip cookie floating in a vat of red wine”)—at times turns tangential, such as when, in an essay about bad investments and “avoid[ing] crooks,”

Ambrose dives into a nostalgic reflection on what she learned in English class, thanking her “heroes” (English teachers), who taught her how to diagram a sentence. Later chapters also contain lists of a mix of sensible and humorous advice for travel with grandchildren and travel alone, lists that at times lack the same energy exuded in earlier chapters.         

                        Throughout, though, the tone is cheerful and friendly. Ambrose reads like a not-too-tired fifty-something who still has the energy to play a joke on a friend, enjoy romance with her spouse, and hop around with grandkids—appreciating life all the more when in relief against its inevitable challenges.

Midlife Cabernet is an argument for joy despite parents with dementia, grandchildren with Down syndrome, financial loss, broken relationships, and slow metabolisms: “Your challenge throughout the year is to keep the music playing. Sing and play your own songs long after the confetti is thrown into the garbage, the bills are past due, and prosperity is still elusive.” Ambrose will draw readers looking for frank conversation and a pick-me-up in the face of all the challenges midlife has to offer.

Heather Weber

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“Write by the River”

Retreats for 2014

Write - Read - Relax

In Two Deluxe Cabins in Garden Valley, Idahocabin in fall

Details Coming Soon

July 18-20 – “Women, Words, and Wine” – limited to 12 women

Hosted by Amanda Turner, Christy Hovey, Elaine Ambrose

August 8-10 – “Wellness for Women” – Meditation, Fitness, Journal Writing

Hosted by Emily Nielsen and Elaine Ambrose

September 19-21 – “Women, Words, and Wine” – limited to 12 women

Hosted by Amanda Turner, Christy Hovey, Elaine Ambrose

October 3-5 – “Read Aloud to a Crowd” – Reading Your Work and Speaking in Public

(Day-only option available)  Hosted by Elaine Ambrose


1. Going Under and Beyond the Knife

2. Midlife Dating and Mating

3. Arousing Fifty Shades of Grey Matter

4. Mother Bear

5. What the Hell Happened to My Body?

6. Blending Fine Wine and Vintage Friends

7. Enlightenment After the Age of Aquarius

8. Observing the Daze in Holidays

9. Desperately Seeking Self-Confidence

10. Blended Families: A Bit Shaken and Stirred

11. Traveling Beyond the Farm

12. The Proper Care and Coddling of Curmudgeons

13. A Time to Laugh, a Time to Get a Weapon

14. It's Time to Face the Music

15. When It's Party Time at the Empty Nest

16. Adventures in Eldercare

17. Grandkids as Speed Bumps

18. Know Your Roots and Color if Necessary

If you would like to receive a free copy of the first chapter of Midlife Cabernet, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and request either the word document or the PDF version.

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Sunday, 22 December 2013 23:45

Upcoming Writers Retreat

Women Words and Wine Winter Writing Retreat - 2 Spaces Available for Jan. 11

Join Us January 10th-12thDon't miss this weekend writing event for women only! Study writing craft, marketing, publishing options, and how to incorporate the writing life into real life. Receive a manuscript critique, share your work with other attendees, and sit down with a marketing strategist for a one-on-one session to build your author platform. Not to mention you'll have fabulous food, wine, and lots of fun!

Register Here!

Option 1: Full weekend, two nights, private room and shared bathroom. $215
Option 2: Full weekend, two nights, shared room (with a friend or an assigned roommate) and shared bathroom. $165
Option 3: Saturday only, 8 am- 6 pm $80

Space is very limited, especially for Option #1.
Meals, beer, and wine are included with registration.
Schedule of Events:

5-7 Reception/Dinner
7-8 Session 1: Intensify Your Writing

8-10 Breakfast
10-11 Session 2: Taking Words to the World with Modern Media
11-12 Session 3: Planning Your Route and Means of Publication
12 Lunch
1-3 Write
3-5 Individual Appointments
5-6 Readings by day-only attendees
6 p.m. event ends for day-only attendess
6-7:30 Dinner
8 Dessert and Readings

8-10 Breakfast
10-11 Session 4: Bring More of the Writing Life Into Your Life
11 Retreat Ends
*All attendees will submit a 10 page, double-spaced manuscript for critique (deadline December 31st), as well as a list of your social media sites, websites, and blog(s). Attendees are also welcome to bring a 5 minute piece to read aloud at the retreat.


A.K. Turner
A.K. Turner is a coauthor (along with Elaine Ambrose) ofDrinking with Dead Women Writers and Drinking with Dead Drunks. Her "Tales of Imperfection" series includes This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store and Mommy had a Little Flask. She currently at work on a third book in the series, Hair of the Corn Dog. Publisher's Weekly describes Turner as "sincere, laugh-out-loud," and "refreshingly honest." She served as a writer-in-residence for the city of Boise, created "The Writers' Block" on Radio Boise, has published both fiction and nonfiction in a variety of publications and anthologies, and taught the Tenacious Writer Studio Series.

Elaine Ambrose
Elaine Ambrose is a writer, publisher, and blogger who organizes writing retreats and donates proceeds from book sales to various charities. She is an author of nine books including the national bestseller Menopause Sucks. Elaine's blog "Midlife Cabernet" is published on several websites including BlogHer and Project Eve. Her company, Mill Park Publishing, publishes books written by women and the company recently won the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) and a humor award from Foreword Magazine. Elaine's author website is and her publisher website is

Christy Hovey
Christy writes for The Urban Liaison magazine and is the Idaho coordinator for National Novel Writing Month. Her first book, Finding Joy in the Midst of Autism is set to release January 2014. She owns several businesses and has been nominated for the Idaho Business Review's Women of the Year 2014 Award. One of her companies, My Social Media Ghost, teaches businesses and individuals strategies to build their platform via social media. She has four children, including one with special needs. She is passionate about teaching women how to find their voice and how to overcome limiting beliefs.

Sponsored by:
Mill Park Publishing
Proceeds will benefit the Mirabel Davidson Foundation

Register Here!

Mill Park Publishing

Elaine Ambrose, author and owner

981 W Cherry Bello Dr.

Eagle, ID 83616

Phone: (208) 890-8122

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Local Publisher Donates $1,000 for Writers in the Schools

Eagle, ID - Mill Park Publishing of Eagle has donated $1,000 to the Writers in the Schools Program sponsored by The Cabin, a literary center in Boise. The donation comes from sales of the new novel The Angel of Esperança by local author Judith McConnell Steele.

“The donation will enable The Cabin to have a literary instructor in another area school,” said Julie Strand, program director. “We appreciate this opportunity to bring professional writers into the classrooms to engage students and classroom teachers in the pleasure and power of reading and writing.”

Mill Park Publishing was founded by author Elaine Ambrose. The company publishes books written by women and donates the proceeds to local charities. More than $10,000 has been given over the past four years and recipients include Dress for Success Treasure Valley, the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, the Learning Lab Literature for Lunch, and the Interfaith Sanctuary.

Mill Park Publishing won four of 40 awards given recently by the Idaho Book Extravaganza. The Angel of Esperança won first place awards for fiction, interior design, and cover design. Drinking with Dead Women Writers, historical fiction by AK Turner and Elaine Ambrose, won second place for cover design. Other books have won prestigious awards, including the 2012 Independent Book Publisher Award (IPPY), a national humor award from Foreword Magazine, and a designation as “Best New Children’s Book.”

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Moving your Novel from your Head to your Hand

A Workshop at The Cabin

Judith McConnell Steele, author and poet, and Elaine Ambrose, author and publisher, will present a three-hour workshop on writing and publishing a novel. The workshop will be Saturday, November 16 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at The Cabin located at 801 S. Capitol Blvd. in Boise.

The cost is $35 – or $30 for Cabin members – and includes an autographed copy of The Angel of Esperança, written by Steele and published by Ambrose’s Mill Park Publishing.

Steele will facilitate short writing exercises for participants, and she also will describe her journey from writing her manuscript to holding the finished book. Ambrose will discuss format, designs, reviews, promotion, and costs of publication.

The workshop is open to writers beginning a novel as well as those with completed manuscripts. Participants should bring a few pages of their novel they want to rework, their writing instrument of choice, and a willingness to explore. Space is limited, so please complete the registration form and mail before November 8. There will be registration at the door if space is available. The workshop is sponsored by The Cabin and Mill Park Publishing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the novel will be donated to the Writers in the Schools Program sponsored by The Cabin.


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Enclose check for $35 – or $30 for members of the Cabin – made payable to Mill Park Publishing. The cost covers the speakers, materials, light refreshments, and an autographed book.

Mail to: Mill Park Publishing, PO Box 1931, Eagle, ID 83616

Questions? Email Elaine Ambrose at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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