Nevada is not only an adult playground it is kid-friendly as well. From Children’s museums to indoor amusement parks with extreme roller coasters and other rides atop buildings in Las Vegas to an orchestrated water show along the strip, there is a lot for children to do here.
The state is a photographer’s paradise. Nature abounds in all its glory with beautiful scenery. Rugged mountains, pristine lakes and pioneer trails through low desert areas offer a variety of scenic images. Historic ghost towns, some with barely visible remains and others blatantly “lively” such as Virginia City greet the history buff’s imagination. Gold enticed people to settle this area in the 1800s. Mining still provides a substantial income to the state in 2012.
For me, Nevada made history come alive. Dull, dry and boring names, dates and places in school education were rote items to dredge through. Here in the physical presence of Virginia City, Fort Churchill, Pony Express stations, and all the other tangible locations, history is brought to life. One can see how immigrants lived and died or survived to establish the state. The Old West comes abundantly to life in what is still Cowboy Country to this day.You will find many of these locations appear in my children’s illustrated books, young adult and adult novels. They are threaded throughout as settings for many of the books.
One young adult series is set in and around Virginia City, Reno, Carson City and many other outlying small towns still clinging to life or flourishing while they proudly protect and share their history. The first in the series, Goodbye Is Forever, was brought out by Great Basin Press in Reno, NV as Mystery in Virginia City. Since then it has been reprinted three times. The second in the series, No Time For Goodbye was recently reissued by Wings-Press.com.
My July 2011 release, Cowboy James, is about a little boy in Pee Wee Rodeo. He refuses to remove his cowboy hat for any reason. His main competitor, a girl, wears a pair of red cowboy boots about which she feels the same. I am excited that this is my first hardback. The Christmas Angel came out in hardback, as well, at Christmas 2011. Conversion of previous releases will follow. Readers will have the books available in digital, audio, video and print (in soft cover and hardback).
Mary Jean Kelso is currently writing more books in the Andy and the Albino Horse series in which a special needs boy and a therapy horse are heroes to each other. Andy and Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen was nominated for a Global Ebook Award. Her children’s publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. of Saint Louis, MO is scheduled to release Andy and Spirit in Search and Rescue and Birds in the Flower Basket soon. Wings Epress will release Annabel’s Story July 1, 2012. Kelso recently received The Nevada Press Association Award and The National Press Association Award. She is a multi-genre' author who has written for many newspapers and magazines. She worked as an Editor and as a Customer Services Representative for a Raytheon Company.
Visit her site: http://www.authorsden.com/maryjeankelso to discover more about her work and how storytelling runs in her blood.
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