This book won the First Place Award for Fiction Book Non-Published in the 2014 PSWA Writing Competition in Las Vegas and was published in June 2015. “Footprints in the Frost” introduces homicide detective, Max Richards, and involves his life both on the job and away from it. When he is hand picked by the chief of police to work a long and complicated serial rape case involving five beautiful victims with whom he must spend much time, his life with girlfriend and bookstore owner, Sami Murphy, becomes extremely complicated. Escaping from the city hustle and bustle to his beautiful and remote Colorado mountain cabin, the two of them attempt to relax and try to untangle the knots in their relationship. What will happen to this couple who are tremendously bonded, but have to decide if their jobs and lives can meld permanently or if it would be better to go their separate ways?
Trade Paperback: 194 pages – Published by Oak Tree Press as Dark Oak Mystery. $12.95
The winner of 7 writing awards in the last three years, Jackie Taylor Zortman is also the author of the book “We Are Different Now” – A Grandparents Journey With Grief. She has been writing professionally since 1990 and has been a member of The Public Safety Writers Association since its inception in 1994 (known then as The Police Writers Club). A native of Kentucky, she grew up and raised her family in Cincinnati, Ohio. Moving to Colorado 34 years ago, she lives in the quaint and bustling tourist town of Ouray with her husband and Siamese cat in the edge of the woods of the Uncompaghre National Forest where they are daily visited by wildlife animals of all shapes and sizes. Her home lies in the silence of deep snow during the long winters and possesses a spectacular view, making it the perfect spot in which to write.
WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW is about my grief after the sudden and unexpected accidental death of my grandson, Pete. He died beside the river in the pitch black of night after falling 100 feet off a mountain ledge to the rock-strewn canyon floor and riverbank below. He was celebrating July 4th with friends and accidently jumped backwards when he dropped a lighted firework of some magnitude. He was only 21 years old and the apple of my eye. Come with me on my journey through death on the mountain. Read the true story of what has been revealed to us since we lost this young man with an angelic face who was born possessing an old soul.
Trade paperback: 182 pages – Published by Oak Tree Press. $12.95.
Just for fun, I entered WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW in the Non-Fiction Creative Non-Technical Published Book category of the 2015 PSWA Writers Conference. It didn’t win an award, though I did win two others, but I love the judge’s comments. Here is what was said:
“This book fills a niche that is greatly needed. The author takes the reader through her grief process after the loss of her just-barely adult grandson. The writing is raw and gives the reader a deep view into what it feels like to be a forgotten griever. It also makes the reader think about what it means to memorialize someone, especially after an untimely, unexpected death. In some places, I felt the plot dragged a bit and many redundancies existed, but again, this was a journey through a process, so that might have been intentional. This is a great book for an audience who can very much use it.”