KUGR and Wyoming Public Radio

I was on Al Harris’ Let’s Talk show live on KUGR this week.

I will be interviewed on Wyoming Public Radio today and it will be recorded and will air at a later date. I will let you know when.

I’ve been discussing my new book, Carol and Santa and the movie deal that is in the works. Tune in!


Exciting news ! I have a movie producer and an animation studio in talks with me …

Dear Readers,

Thanks so much for supporting my latest book, Carol and Santa. My book has caught the attention of movie producer, Alan O’Hashi of Wyoming Community Media and Patrick Malek of Mighty Fudge Studios.

Alan and Patrick will be sending me a contract next week.

Alan and I were on KGAB radio yesterday, Nov. 20th, and I was on KGWN News Channel Five that evening on the 5:30 p.m. news.

If you would like to learn more about Mighty Fudge Studios here is their link http://www.mightyfudgestudios.com/

Here is the link to Wyoming Community Media’s website: http://www.wyocomedia.com/

Below are the two media interviews that I did on Nov. 20th.



I have a new exciting event! Lunch with Santa and I at Red Lobster of Cheyenne, WY! Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come and have lunch with local author, Karen Cotton, who will be on hand to answer questions about her new children’s chapter book, Carol and Santa. She will also answer any questions about publishing or writing that you may have. A book signing will follow the lunch.

Her friend, Santa, will be on hand to listen to last minute Christmas wishes and for photos that parents can feel free to take of their kids on their cell phones. Lunch includes everything on the Red Lobster menu that is paid separately. This is a non-ticketed event. It is free. Red Lobster manager Chris Ginete asks that patrons RSVP by Nov. 30 to get an official headcount, so he can set up the tables accordingly. People can also bring an unwrapped gift for Toys For Tots. There will be gift baskets raffled off at this event and proceeds of the raffle will also go to Toys for Tots. Gift baskets will include books of your favorite local and regional authors like Josh Walker and Steven Bates, as well as other local prizes.




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 www.barnesandnoble.com and www.amazon.com

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: https://mikebeeman.com/

Cover design by Gregory D. Flores and you can find his artwork for sale here: https://www.facebook.com/colorfulcrittersLLC/

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