Today is Carol and Santa’s book birthday!!

Look what arrived in the mail today!!!

I’m so excited! Soon you can get Carol and Santa in book stores and online on and

Only $7.99!

I’ll see you at the University of Wyoming on Saturday October 20th at 10:30 a.m. at the book store!!!



BOOK BLURB …meet Carol

I’m Carol Bell, just a Wyoming cowgirl that keeps getting blamed for trouble because stupid John Hoboken, the school bully, keeps making me mad. Mom and Dad say I’m on Santa’s naughty list, and I‘m going to get coal for Christmas, but it’s not my fault! I didn’t believe Santa really delivered coal to naughty kids, and I was right! It’s not Santa, but I know who DOES!

Join our intrepid 8-year-old as she learns about herself and the world of Christmas… literally… in one night! Naughty kids worldwide will never be the same.

Carol and Santa is DONE!!!!!

My new book Carol and Santa is now complete and is with the publisher.

Carol and Santa should be coming out this November, or sooner. I’m waiting on the e-mail proof and then the printed proof to approve. Once those two steps are done it will hit book shelves !!!!

Thanks so much to all of the people who made this possible. I couldn’t get everyone on my dedication page and made that page mainly for immediate family and friends.

Carol and Santa is set in 1985 for a reason. I think the 1980s was an amazing time to be a child. My father influenced this book very much. At times it was difficult to write it, especially after he passed away. This is bittersweet because he died eight years ago on Oct. 6 2010.

This book has some remnants of my childhood in it, while it still is a work of fiction. But, in my childhood I met Santa a time, or two. I met him even as an adult, most recently this Summer at the North Pole amusement park in Colorado Springs, Colorado with my daughter. A place that my family took me to when I was a kid and it hasn’t changed one bit and neither has Santa!

There are non-fiction parts of my book, where Carol and Santa tour the world. I researched the many different countries that Santa travels to every year that are tracked through NORAD.

There’s also a fictional mine mentioned in the book. However, my childhood friend who is obviously now an adult, Nathan Robbins, and his family took me on a tour of the mine he works at in Gillette three or four years ago, while I was still working on this book. I apologize to them, well everyone, for this taking so long to get out to you all.

Now, I’m going to admit to you that this book has had its fair share of rejections. So, I totally revamped the manuscript, even making my final edits tonight before sending it to press, which I hope will even add a sweeter touch to this magical story that I’ve had in my head forever, or so it seems!

The people who put the most behind-the-scenes work into this are my mom, Diane Jansen, Don Cotton, Dave Shelles, Stan Yan, Josey Gonzalez and Greg Flores. My husband also read the final manuscript once. I also had a few teachers look it over. I had a friend, Roxann Axtell, who did some illustrating and beginning cover designs. But, then I fell in love with this Santa drawing that Mike Beeman, a nationally known pastel artist from Cheyenne, did and I knew that was it! When he gave me permission to use the design as my cover I was over the moon! It got such a great response from the public when I paid for a Facebook advertisement. A lot of adults stated that his pastel drawing looked just like the Santa from their childhoods. To me, it is SANTA. The same Santa who helped me with my book and Santa’s helpers, like Jim Lynch of Cheyenne. Jim does so many wonderful things for kids, such as the Coats for Kids winter coat drive in Cheyenne every year.

I just hope you like this book and can see all the love and hard work that went into it.

Unfortunately it won’t be ready in time for my book signing at the University of Wyoming bookstore. However, I will be having a big book release at Barnes and Noble of Cheyenne sometime in November, just in time for the holidays! I’ve asked Santa to come and there’s high hopes he’ll be there, but it is his busy season! Hopefully he’ll do a favor for me!

Much love to you, my readers!

I’m waiting until AFTER Halloween to release this book. So for now happy Fall …well now it’s Winter in Wyoming where I live.

It has been snowing these past few days. Trees are definitely changing colors. I’d like it to be warm for UW’s Homecoming for my alumni school’s football game and the book signing.

I’m not sure who e other authors are that they have lined up at UW for homecoming, but when I find out I’ll post that soon!

God bless you all!

I’m headed to bed now. It’s 2 a.m. and I’m one tired author and mom.


You can hear more about how I came up with the story of Santa and Carol during my radio and TV appearances that are upcoming. I’ll post about those soon!





Book signing coming up at the University of Wyoming Book Store during Homecoming

Hey readers! I’m happy to announce that I have a book signing coming up at the University of Wyoming Book Store during Homecoming Oct. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

I’ll be signing books along with other UW alumni authors that are yet to be announced.

I’m not sure if I’ll have “Carol and Santa” out in time for that book signing, but I have hopes (weather depending), to be back over in Laramie during the holidays for another signing for “Carol and Santa.”

At the UW signing on Oct. 20 I will for sure be signing my two non-fiction children’s picture books “K-9 & Deputy Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department” and “Vedauwoo: Hidden Faces in Mysterious Places.”

You can find those two titles for sale at the UW Book Store now.

Thanks so much and I hope to see you there.

If it snows then there’s a chance I may not be able to make it over, but Wyoming is tricky and let’s hope for a beautiful fall day!!!!

Go POKES!!!!!

New book, Carol and Santa, coming out in time for the holidays!

Readers, I’m excited to announce that I’m in the final editing process of my book, “Carol and Santa.”

My children’s chapter book will be released in time for the holidays.

Here is a sneak peek at the cover!

(Please note that the back blurb is in gobbly gook because I haven’t completed that part, yet! Coming soon!)

Santa portrait by Mike Beeman, pastel artist of Cheyenne. You can find his wonderful artwork for sale here:

Cover design by Gregory D. Flores and you can find his artwork for sale here:

This is the cover of my third book, “Carol and Santa.”


The Laramie County Library in Cheyenne, Wyoming adds K-9 & Deputy Heroes to its collection

You can now find my K-9 & Deputy Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department book in the Laramie County Library in the children’s section on the second floor. for more info.

Here’s the link for both of my books that are at the Laramie County Library:

Laramie County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit program proceeds

I just got a check from my publisher for my K-9 Sheriff’s book. I’ll be presenting $72 to the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit Program next week. I’ve sold several books, but due to the cost of printing and the cost book stores take a percentage of, that’s all that I’ve made for the department. Please buy my book to continue to help their program.


Thank you.

Links to the books stores where you can buy K-9 & Deputy Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department can be found on this website under Books by Karen O Cotton.

2018, What a great start!

What a great start to 2018. I have a lot of interest in my manuscript, Carol and Santa, that I submitted various places last fall.

Soon, K-9 & Deputy Heroes will be an audio book with narration by Jim Angell of the Wyoming Press Association. He does voice work on the side and he did an amazing job with my K-9 book. If you’d like to contact him for your services go ahead and contact me on the contact form of my website and I’ll get a message to him.

Here’s a link to the hardcover K-9 book:

I plan to have the K-9 book out soon in paperback form, as well.

I have several book signings in the works for the K-9 book. It’s too soon to delve information on locations, but a lot of businesses have reached out to me. The sales of the K-9 book continue to climb and I thank you, my readers. I have raised some money for the K-9 Sheriff’s Unit Program of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department. I will be able to give them a check once I get paid from my publisher.

My graphic designer for the K-9 book, Greg Flores, is accepting new clients and commissions and you can reach him at

He does amazing illustrating and graphic design work and here’s a sample:


You can buy my books from various places, here’s a link to the Vedauwoo book, “Vedauwoo: Hidden Faces in Mysterious Places,” about Vedauwoo, Wyoming and some of the animals, the history of the area, geology and recreation activities that you can do there. It also has some fun photographs where you can find hidden faces and shapes, as well as animals that are camouflaged.

You can also find links where you can buy my books on my website. They can be found in Wyoming at these independent book stores: Wind City Books in Casper, Wyoming, the University of Wyoming Book store in Laramie, Wyoming, City Newsstand in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

They can also be found in Barnes and Noble Booksellers stores. If they don’t have copies available you can order them.

Also you can find my books at by doing a search for Karen O. Cotton.

I’ve been hard at work on new manuscripts. I finished a fourth children’s picture book, “The Candy Witch,” is its working title. I am working on two sweet romances for adults under a pen name. I’ve also decided to start work on my memoir, since I met a lot of interesting people in my former job as an entertainment reporter, and have had some enlightening experiences in my life thus far.

I’m also teaching piano lessons, taking private violin and guitar lessons, and songwriting. I hope to have an album out at the end of 2018. I will also be taking some drawing workshops through the Cheyenne Artists Guild in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

If you’re interested in buying my photography I just opened an Etsy shop, Karen Cotton Creations:

I also started working with VIDA, a clothing, home and accessory company that transposes my art into wearable and decorative items. This is my favorite piece that I’ve created so far:


Thanks for supporting me.

Much love,

Karen Cotton