Category Archives: Old Firehouse Books

Free St. Pat’s Book

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Win this book at Old Firehouse Books!

Enter your guess as to how many leprechauns are on the cover and on the interior pages of this book at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins by March 15th for a chance to win a signed copy. Artist Amy Wummer cleverly inserted those wee little men throughout the book, so look carefully!

Luck be with you.

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The Tenth Book of Christmas

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This is the tenth day of my “The Twelve Books of Christmas” blog series. Each day through December 12 I will showcase a book written by a Colorado author who lives in the Fort Collins area. Please spread the Support Local Businesses love by purchasing a book by a local author at a local bookstore. That way your purchase will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Two independent bookstores that I recommend in Fort Collins are: Old Firehouse Books in Old Town, and Reader’s Cove on Harmony Rd. You can also find books at JAX Outdoor Gear on North College, Clothes Pony in Old Town, and the Northern Colorado Writers Studio at 108 East Monroe Dr. (Across from Tres Margaritas). Ask if they have any autographed copies in stock.

If you like period romances, you’ll love…

A true WWII story

Remember Wake is that rare book that women pass to their husbands, and husbands pass to their wives. It’s the true story of the civilian men taken prisoner by the Japanese on Wake Island at the outset of World War II, and the women they left behind. Based on interviews with real people, this page-turning novel is at once authentic and inspiring. Though written for adults, it is gaining a new following among teenage boys and girls, making it the ideal holiday gift for anyone on your list. Remember Wake is a book club favorite. Author Sandra Dallas called it, “A compelling story of young lovers caught up in the events of wartime that will haunt you long after you’ve finished the book.”

Teresa Funke

Teresa Funke is the author of five books about World War II, including Remember Wake, the true story of the Wake Island survivors, and Dancing in Combat Boots: and Other Stories of American Women in World War II, a collection of eleven narratives based on real women whose wartime experiences were both ordinary and extraordinary! She is also the author of the Home-Front Heroes series for middle grade readers, including Doing My Part, The No-No Boys, V for Victory and the soon-to-be-released Wave Me Good-bye. Teresa’s other writings have appeared in numerous national publications, and two of her essays were honored as Notable Essays by the prestigious Best American Essays series. She is popular speaker, presenter, and writer’s coach.

The Eighth Book of Christmas

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This is the eighth day of my “The Twelve Books of Christmas” blog series. Each day through December 12 I will showcase a book written by a Colorado author who lives in the Fort Collins area. Please spread the Support Local Businesses love by purchasing a book by a local author at a local bookstore. That way your purchase will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Two independent bookstores that I recommend in Fort Collins are: Old Firehouse Books in Old Town, and Reader’s Cove on Harmony Rd. You can also find books at JAX Outdoor Gear on North College, Clothes Pony in Old Town, and the Northern Colorado Writers Studio at 108 East Monroe Dr. (Across from Tres Margaritas). Ask if they have any autographed copies in stock.

If you like true heart-warming story collections, then you’ll love…

Actual kids' letters from Fort Collins

Letters From Katrina is a coffee table book that draws inspiration from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Mississippi children share their Katrina survival stories and are inspired by thousands of pen-pal letters from students around the United States. Peek over the shoulder of our children, read their heartwarming letters, and discover the magic that occurs when we ask life’s most magical question…Will you be my friend?”

Note: Another wonderful book about Hurricane Katrina to pair this book with is Two Bobbies. It was written by my writer friends, Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson, and is true story about a cat and dog orphaned in the hurricane who help each other survive.

Mark Hoog

Mark Hoog is the author of the Growing Field children’s leadership series, a sought-after motivational speaker, the Executive Director of the Children’s Leadership Institute and a Captain with United Airlines. Speaking throughout the world, Mark is inspiring youth, business organizations and corporations to live life without limit through his message of Conscious Leadership.

The Third Book of Christmas

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Today is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

This is the third day of my “The Twelve Books of Christmas” blog series. Each day through December 12 I will showcase a book written by a Colorado author who lives in the Fort Collins area. Please spread the Support Local Businesses love by purchasing a book by a local author at a local bookstore. That way your purchase will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Two independent bookstores that I recommend in Fort Collins are: Old Firehouse Books in Old Town, and Reader’s Cove on Harmony Rd. You can also find books at JAX Outdoor Gear on North College, Clothes Pony in Old Town, and the Northern Colorado Writers Studio at 108 East Monroe Dr. (Across from Tres Margaritas). Ask if they have any autographed copies in stock.

If you like science fact and fiction, you’ll love…

A gift for young adults

Walk the beaches of ancient seashores 67 million years ago with “J”, a mysterious time traveler familiar with the territory. Enjoy the glittering shells of now extinct ammonites and baculites and watch young plesiosaurs hatch and thrash their way home beneath the waves. Make way for herds of dinosaurs that use the shoreline as a seasonal highway. Listen for predators who search the beach for unwary prey. And join the time traveler in his search for the amazing creatures that transformed the Mesozoic world and helped make this place the dinosaurs’ last seashore.

The Dinosaurs Last Seashore will appeal to wannabe time travelers of all ages who love learning about the age of dinosaurs and see it come alive with elegant, black and white illustrations. This book honors the writing and vision of Loren Eiseley, a scientist who was also an accomplished literary artist. The Dinosaurs’ Last Seashore was a finalist in the Colorado Author’s League awards for YA nonfiction.

The Dinosaurs’ Last Seashore is available from Biostration at www.biostration.com Also, check there for information on other books and services by the author, including school visits. The book is also available at the Third Annual Just in Time Art Show at 1154 West Mountain Ave. in Fort Collins from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Gary Raham

Gary Raham, author of 17 books for children and adults, specializes in writing and illustrating science fact and science fiction. Raham’s background as a biology teacher, naturalist, and amateur paleontologist, provide him with rich resources from which to spin this wild adventure tale that spans deep time and deep space with memorable characters and solid science.

The Second Book of Christmas

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This is the second day of my “The Twelve Books of Christmas” blog series. Each day through December 12 I will showcase a book written by a Colorado author who lives in the Fort Collins area. Please spread the Support Local Businesses love by purchasing a book by a local author at a local bookstore. That way your purchase will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Two independent bookstores that I recommend in Fort Collins are: Old Firehouse Books in Old Town, and Reader’s Cove on Harmony Rd. You can also find books at JAX Outdoor Gear on North College, Clothes Pony in Old Town, and the Northern Colorado Writers Studio at 108 East Monroe Dr. (Across from Tres Margaritas). Ask if they have any autographed copies in stock.

If you like true adventure stories, then you’ll like …

Two best friends—Jim Davidson and Mike Price—climbed Mount Rainier, an ice-capped volcano in the Pacific Northwest. Seasoned climbers possessed by a desire for self-growth through extraordinary challenge, they choose to ascend Liberty Ridge, one of the mountain’s most difficult and dangerous routes. On the way down, just thirty minutes from solid ground, a snowbridge collapses beneath Jim’s feet.  Tied together, the partners drop eighty feet into a hidden glacial crevasse, land on a ice ledge, and are buried in a collapse of snow. Mike dies instantly, leaving Jim to do the impossible: to scale an eighty-foot wall of overhanging ice in the wake of losing his best friend.

Told in parallel narratives, The Ledge (Ballantine, 2011) not only recounts Jim and Mike’s amazing story of tragedy and survival, it is an inspirational tale that illuminates the importance of simple determination and resiliency in the face of challenge and loss. A heart-stopping adventure story, The Ledge chronicles one man’s transforming odyssey from the dizzying heights of elation to the punishing depths of hard-won wisdom.  The Wall Street Journal said in their review “The Ledge is a moving portrait of friendship and loss”.

This real-life survival epic was selected by Amazon.com as one the Best Books of 2011 in the Outdoors & Nature category so it is perfect for any climber, hiker or mountain lover on your gift list. Also, non-climbers will embrace the life lessons about resilience and perseverance.

Jim Davidson

Written by Fort Collins resident Jim Davidson, an accomplished climber, speaker, and writer and by co-author, Kevin Vaughan, a versatile reporter and writer at The Denver Post who was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.

The Twelve Books of Christmas

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Today I am beginning a blog series called “The Twelve Books of Christmas.” Each day from Dec. 1 to Dec. 12 I will showcase a book written by a Fort Collins, Colorado author. Please spread the Support Local Businesses love by purchasing a book by a local author at a local bookstore. That way your purchase will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Two independent bookstores that I recommend in Fort Collins are: Old Firehouse Books in Old Town, and Reader’s Cove on Harmony Rd. You can also find books at JAX Outdoor Gear on North College, Clothes Pony in Old Town, and the Northern Colorado Writers Studio at 108 East Monroe Drive
(Across from Tres Margaritas). Ask if they have any autographed copies in stock.

If you like art, then you’ll love…

How the West Was Drawn: Cowboy Charlie’s Art is a non-fiction children’s picture book for ages 7-12 (but actually for 7-107) that interactively looks at the art of Charles Marion Russell, famous American West painter/sculptor around the turn of the 20th Century. Questions encourage readers to see things casual viewers miss. A fun read for children and adults alike. It’ll keep the kids busy on Christmas day and beyond.

Linda L. Osmundson is the author of art, children, parent, Senior, teacher, newspaper, religious, travel, Chicken Soup and Family Circle articles. Her next book in the series, Frederic Remington’s Art, comes out February 2012. Visit Linda’s website for more information.

Linda Osmundson

Book Signing a Roaring Good Time

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Saturday’s signing at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins was attended by some very enthusiastic dinosaur lovers! They followed along and lifted the flaps, then ended the reading with a rousing dinosaur romp! Thanks to everyone who came and made it fun for me, too.

There are a few signed How to Raise a Dinosaur books left, and some more The Night Before Halloweens being ordered. Thanks, Old Firehouse Books for your hospitality!