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If it seems like you missed the August issue of my newsletter, it’s because I’m combining August and September in this issue. The last month of summer flew by for me, but I am very excited about September. I will be attending the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference in Denver, CO this month. My book cover designer, Karen Duvall, is highlighting the cover of my book, Zelfar, The Discovery in her workshop at the conference. Karen has been in the writing industry for several years. She is an amazing graphic artist and author. I’m thrilled to be attending this conference with her.

Sales are going well for book one of my Zelfar Trilogy and readers are anxious for book two. I hope to have a release date for you in the October newsletter. I’m looking for reviews of Zelfar, The Discovery. I need four more 5-star reviews to qualify for a specific online marketing group. If you have already left a review, THANK YOU so much. If you haven’t done so yet, I would appreciate a book review from you at:

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My personal short story in this issue is about my favorite ghost town, so read on. In case you missed earlier stories, you can access previous issues of my newsletter at www.ruthcolter.com.


Zelfar, The Discovery is available with direct links for ibooks with itunes, and nook with Barnes & Noble, plus kindle and paperback through Amazon. Other e-reader formats can be downloaded through Smashwords.

If you love a light Sci-Fi adventure, join Zophie as she embarks on a hair-raising journey from her utopian world through a secret portal to the historic Pacific Northwest. Babies in Zelfar are dying and this brilliant young doctor will do anything to keep her world from becoming extinct.

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Do you have a place that draws you back time after time? Bodie, CA is a place like that for my husband and me. It is an infamous ghost town preserved as a State Park. Several times in the past fifteen years, we have traversed the ten miles of narrow winding curves and three miles of washboard gravel road to partake of this marvelous piece of history. Last year, we gave our daughter and son-in-law their first exposure to Bodie. They agreed it was the most authentic ghost town they have ever seen. Walking the dusty streets and peering into old buildings, including school house, general store, blacksmith, jailhouse, undertaker, hotels, church and homes leaves you in awe of the folks who actually lived there.

During the gold-rush days of the late 1800’s, Bodie’s two thousand buildings housed nearly seven thousand people. You’ll find this fact even more amazing when you see how remote and desolate its location really is. It sits at 8,379 feet in the Bodie Hills, thirteen miles east of Hwy 395, about two and a half hours south of Reno, NV. It boasts some of the coldest winter temperatures and snowfall levels anywhere in the US. Understandably, the park closes for the the winter.

One of the founding prospectors, William S. Bodey, perished in a blizzard while on a supply trip to Monoville, (Mono City, CA). He never got to see the rise of the town named after him. The name went through various phonetic spellings. When a painter made a sign, Bodie Stables, Bodie became the formal spelling.

Visiting the cemetery on the western edge of town confirmed that Bodie’s inhabitants lived a rather short lifespan, particularly those anxious to use their guns. Bodie had the reputation of being the roughest, toughest, most lawless place to be. The local newspapers told of killings nearly every day. One little girl wrote in her diary, as her family was moving there: “Good-bye, God. I’m going to Bodie.”

We took a guided tour of the old stamp mill where rock was crushed day and night to filter out the gold and silver deposits. The guide said a ‘real’ ghost lived in the mill. We hoped to catch at least a wisp of it, but no such luck that day. Perhaps the ghost will be more social on our next visit.

If you are up for a little adventure and enjoy glimpsing into the past, I highly recommend Bodie State Historic Park. No replicated structures or staged shoot-outs, just an authentic rustic old town waiting to share its nostalgia with you.

Love and Joy, Ruth Colter