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About jtzortman

Author of "WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW" - A Grandparent's Journey Through Grief, first place award winning novel "FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST" and award-winning novel "SNOW ANGEL", and the first of three novellas in her The Drifter Series called JAKE - Whiskey, Water & Wildfire. Contributing author to anthologies "Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides", "American Blue", "Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook" and "The Centennial Book of The National Society of Daughters of the Union 1861-1865". Numerous articles, poems and short stories published since 1990. Charter Member of the Public Safety Writers Association and member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Winner of ten writing awards. I live in a quaint Colorado mountain tourist town with my husband and Siamese cat. When deeps snows blanket the terrain and spectacular views from my windows, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write.


It is with great honor that I find myself the featured author on the site of Caleb and Linda Pirtle today with my new book release WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW. You can find it at and I hope you’ll … Continue reading

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WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW – Released today!

Just released ! I am re-releasing my book WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW as its second edition after two years of it being unavailable. It is the exact same book with a different cover. The Kindle is up on Amazon right … Continue reading

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Jake is still anxious to meet you and can’t understand why that feeling isn’t mutual. Afterall, he’s a super nice guy with good looks and a warm personality. Miss Berta adores him from the moment she meets him and Tomi … Continue reading

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Read an excerpt from: JAKE-Whiskey Water & Wildfire

Jake is a handsome free-wheeling firefighter with a Harley. He rides until his clairvoyance tells him he has arrived where he’s supposed to be. This time he is drawn to a wildfire like a moth to a flame where he … Continue reading

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My new book: JAKE – Whiskey, Water & Wildfire

My new book is an eBook novella and is now available on at . It is called JAKE –  Whiskey, Water & Wildfire and is $4.99. This is the first of three novellas in my Drifters Series and … Continue reading

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It’s Starting to Resemble “THE SHINING” Around Here

The winter and constant snow we are having is normal. The problem is we haven’t had “normal” for several years now, so we have become spoiled. We enjoyed those clear roads back and forth to Ridgway and/or Montrose. Today the … Continue reading

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Yes, My Husband Worked the BTK Investigations

My husband’s first twenty-year law enforcement career was for the Wichita Police Department in Kansas. He was a detective for  thirteen years, a homicide detective for the final eleven and retired in October 1981 as the senior homicide detective for … Continue reading

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  This morning it suddenly occurred to me that I have neglected my blog far too long. I’ve been totally engrossed in my work in progress that is taking me in a totally new direction. When I’m seriously writing, I … Continue reading

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My guest author today, J. L. Greger,  is a fellow member of the Public Safety Writers Association and also a  friend and author. She is a triple threat, being a scientist, research administrator and novelist. Her new book The Flu is … Continue reading

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Decided it was time to take down my Christmas blog when I got an email from my husband’s cousin telling me it looks great today. This is that time of year when I lose track of time and stay so … Continue reading

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