The Whip author Karen Kondazian interviewed by Linda Thompson

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on June 7, 2017

Karen Kondazian was just interviewed by Linda Thompson for The Author Show. The audio interview focuses on her award winning novel THE WHIP.

THE WHIP has won the Best Western, 2013 International Book Awards, the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards winner, Western fiction category, Award-Winner in the ‘Fiction: Historical’ category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, and the Gold Prize in Historical Fiction & Best Western Fiction – 2013 Global Ebook Awards.

THE WHIP is inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her. Charley was the first woman to vote in America (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.

THE WHIP is available as a paperback and hardcover from these and other online retailers.

THE WHIP is also available as an ebook from these online retailers.


Olguin and Barrios at 2017 San Antonio Book Festival

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on April 20, 2017

B.V. Olguin and Gregg Barrios signing books at 2017 San Antonio Book Festival

B.V. Olguin and Gregg Barrios signing books at 2017 San Antonio Book Festival

Home town authors B.V. Olguín and Gregg Barrios signed books at the 2017 San Antonio Book Festival. B.V. Olguín is author of the award winning collection of poems Red Leather Gloves (Hansen Publishing Group, 2014). Gregg Barrios is author of plays Rancho Pancho (Hansen Publishing Group, 2009) and I-DJ (Hansen Publishing Group, 2015) as well as collections of poetry La Causa (Hansen Publishing Group, 2010) and My Life Has Been the Poem: New and Selected Poems (forthcoming from Hansen Publishing Group November 2017).


Gregg Barrios’ SEVEN-CARD STUD Opens at Overtime Theater

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on February 28, 2017

Poster for Seven-Card Stud by Gregg BarriosPlaywright Gregg Barrios’ new play Seven-Card Stud opens Friday night, March 3 at the Overtime Theater in San Antonio, Texas.  Seven-Card Stud is about the aging American playwright Tennessee Williams and his former lover and Texas native Pancho Rodriguez whom Williams used as a model for his character Stanley Kowalski in Streetcar Named Desire. The tale is told by Pancho’s twin brother Johnny Rodriguez.

If you’re interested in learning more about the relationship between Pancho Rodriguez and Tennessee Williams, Gregg Barrios has written another play about their fleeting love affair entitled Rancho Pancho (2009).

Seven-Card Stud features actors Rick Frederick, Brian Zavala, and Aaron M. Ramos and is directed by Richard David Anthony. Seven-Card Stud runs from March 3-March 25, 2017 with 8pm performances on Friday and Saturdays, along with select Sunday matinees. Please check the Overtime Theater for details.



California State Library Book of the Week: The Whip by Karen Kondazian

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on February 22, 2017

The California State Library selected Karen Kondazian’s novel The Whip as book of the week for February 17, 2017. Karen Kondazian is a California resident, and much of The Whip takes place in California. A historical novel, The Whip follows the life of Charley “Charlotte” Parkhurst a famous stagecoach driver of the old west who spent her life disguised as a man. Many thanks to the California State Library staff for the recognition!


view of new york from the players clubHad the opportunity to see a staged reading of Charlene A. Donaghy’s The Quadroon and the Dove at The Players Club in New York on January 12, 2017. The play was fantastic and the actors were marvelous. The play takes place in New Orleans in 1841. The playwright Charlene Donaghy takes advantage of the New Orleans setting by weaving spoken French and Cajun into the play. Although the play is about the peculiar custom of Plaçage, it is more about group of four women and two men struggling within the confines of the social rules of their time. A must see. Another staged reading is scheduled at The Players Club on January 24th at 7pm.

The Quadroon and the Dove is part of a collection of plays written by Charlene Donaghy entitled Bones of Home and Other Plays (2015).


Lucky Hat Mine: Rave Book Reviews

by Jon Hansen, Publisher on January 12, 2017

The Lucky Hat Mine by J.v.L. Bell has recently received several rave book reviews from traditional media and book bloggers.

Sandra Dallas from the Denver Post writes in her article “Women’s Westerns rare, but can be fun reads”:

The Lucky Hat Mine, filled with period detail and real-life pioneers such as Mountain Charley, Green Russell and the Tabors, is a spirited…tale.

From the book review blog The Bookworm Who Lived entitles the review as “The Underrated Book: The Lucky Hat Mine by J.V.L. Bell.” Here a snippet from the blog:

Our protagonist, Millie, is the most badass women ever. Not in an assassin kind of way but she is stubborn and firm in the best way. She is independent and won’t let any of the (many, many) men who try tell her what to do.

Most recently The Lucky Hat Mine received this review from book blog Just Book Talk:

…a clever tale of greed, murder and suspense with a good dollop of romance and humour.

The Lucky Hat Mine is available as a trade paperback, ebook, and audio.


Charlene A. Donaghy

Charlene A. Donaghy

The staged reading of Charlene A. Donaghy’s The Quadroon and the Dove has just been announced. This great evening of theater takes place at The Players Club in New York on January 12 and 24, 2017.  Donaghy’s The Quadroon and the Dove is being presented by Madison Square Productions and Binder Casting and is being directed by William Brown. An amazing and talented ensemble of actors has been selected for this staged reading: Tiffany Rachelle Stewart as Clarice, Ken Barnett as Lucien, Ayana Workman as Juliette, Heather Alicia Simms as Ellie, Yaegel T. Welch as Charlie-Smith, and Lizan Mitchell as Sage-Femme.

Book cover for Charlene Donaghy's Bones of HomeThe Quadroon and the Dove was published as part of a collection of plays entitled The Bones of Home and Other Plays (Hansen Publishing Group, 2015). It’s a collection of historic plays complicated by Louisiana lore and offers a look at what remains the same and what has changed through the years. The historic plays resonate with struggles we continue to confront today, amid themes of race, gender, and power. Donaghy embraces her characters lives, complicated by choices between disparate worlds, with care and a hunger to explore. Her characters choices are about good and evil, hope and loss, faith and doubt and often involve a search for the meaning of home.


J.v.L. Bell Signs her novel The Lucky Hat Mine at Covered Treasures Bookstore

November 23, 2016

J.v.L. Bell signs her new novel The Lucky Hat Mine at the Covered Treasures Bookstore in Monument, CO as part of their Small Business Saturday and Indies First Celebration this coming Saturday, November 26, 2016 from noon – 2pm. For more information about this book signing of J.v.L. Bell’s  The Lucky Hat Mine, please contact […]

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J.v.L. Bell Book Signing at The Book Cellar

November 10, 2016

J.v.L. Bell will be signing copies of her new novel The Lucky Hat Mine at The Book Cellar in Louisville, Colorado on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from noon-2:00pm. Please contact bookstore for more details. J.v.L. Bell is a Colorado native who was raised climbing Colorado’s 14,000 foot mountains, exploring old ghost towns, and reading stories […]

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Gregg Barrios Reports from the Texas Book Festival

November 9, 2016

Gregg Barrios informs me that he had a great time at the Texas Book Festival.  The performance of his play I-DJ at the 2016 Texas Book Festival was presented by our poet BV Olguín. Actor Joel Settles was fantastic and some theater producers from Austin and Dallas are interested in doing a full production of […]

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