Presenting the Laramie Hall of Fame of Western and American fiction! Also why we named them the Laramie Book Awards along with interesting facts about Laramie, Wyoming, and its historical icons. An interesting read that also honors the Laramie Book Awards winners!
LIVING WHERE the RABBITS DANCE (Choestoe Book 2) by J.R. Collins – American Western Fiction, Native American Literature, Coming of Age Fiction
Powerful and magical, two young heroes face more than they bargained for in Collins' second book in the Choestoe series. Recommended.
The USA was founded. Napoleon proclaimed himself Emperor. Jane Austin's works were published anonymously. Thomas Paine publishes his treatise "The Rights of Man." These are but a few historic events that happened in the Goethe years. It is our honor to recognize these awarding-winning historical fiction authors whose works educate and inform us about the post-1750s past.
The BOY WHO DANCED WITH RABBITS by J. R. Collins – U.S. Historical Fiction, Romantic Action/Adventure, Family Saga
A vivid tale of a time and place when the country was new to some and home to others. Taken from original source materials, this story is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
I first met Joe Collins at CAC18 this last April. He's a tall, quiet man who carries himself with a certain nuance, a particular look in his eyes that lets a person know he's looking for fun. He writes from the heart and although he won 1st Place in the Goethe Awards for 2017, his book could have done just as well in the Laramie Awards. I am honored that Joe took the time to participate in our 10 Questions Interview Series. He has a lot to say and I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do. Let me introduce you to J.R. (Joe) Collins: Chanticleer: Tell us a little about yourself: How did you start writing? Collins: I was raised in the Southern Appalachian town of Blairsville, GA. Our whole county had a population of around eight thousand at the time of my birth, 1962. I spent my growing up years helping my father farm beef cattle and attending the local school for my education. I went to church as a kid. Learned a deep respect for a love that would sacrifice itself for me. I believe I was considered normal by the local folks. You knew everybody in my confined, little world, and their business, too, whether you wanted to know it or not. News traveled fast because of how the telephone worked. Most all the homes were on a “party line,” if you had a telephone at all. You knew folks’ business [...]