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J.V.L. Bell

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in Boulder, Colorado, The United States




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Author J.v.L. Bell is a Colorado native who grew up climbing 14,000 ft. mountains, exploring old ghost towns, and backpacking through the back country. She and her family love to hike, raft, and cross-country ski together.

She loves reading and researching frontier history and incorporating these facts into her novels. Her historic mysteries are interwoven with amusing historical stories and lore, interesting characters, and historic events.

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J.V.L. Bell No, it will come out this August if all goes well :)
J.V.L. Bell Thanks for asking Patty. I'm excited to say I have two books being published in 2019. Filter Press will be publishing my "Now you Know" Bio of Elizabe…moreThanks for asking Patty. I'm excited to say I have two books being published in 2019. Filter Press will be publishing my "Now you Know" Bio of Elizabeth Byers, the wife of Rocky Mountain News publisher William Byers, who came to Colorado in 1859. It is part of their "Now You Know" historical biographies that are aimed at 4-7th graders.

In August, the Hansen Publishing Group will publish the sequel to The Lucky Hat Mine, presently being called Shadows of Justice (working title, may change :) ) Here is a bit about it.

Colorado Territory, 1864: Murder, Mayhem, and Misadventures: The tale of Millie and Dom continues…

Newlywed Millie Virginia has barely settled into wedded bliss when her neighbor, the unpleasant Widow Ferris, is found with an icicle piercing her cold, dead heart. Suspects are bountiful—Widow Ferris has been blackmailing several of Idaho Springs' upstanding citizens—but Millie’s new husband, Dom, soon rises to the top of Sheriff Reynolds' list.

Determined to prove Dom’s innocence, Millie’s life takes an unpleasant turn when Dom is arrested and taken to the Denver City jail. Joined by Idaho Springs’ society matrons and assisted by Tit Bit, Idaho Spring’s fancy girl, Millie heads to Denver City, willing to do anything to keep Dom from swinging from the end of a rope.

Shadows of Justice intertwines Colorado history and historical characters into an engaging mystery that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
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1861 – Odd Fellows Initiation, Riding the Goat

The Society of Odd Fellows opened its Peak Lodge in Denver on December 24, 1860. Many good men have joined the association, although non-members have long speculated about the secret initiation ceremony. Rumors of secret signs, salutations, and passwords have long existed, but the real curiosity is the mumbling about initiates “Riding the Goat.” This year, Denver got to see its own version of this

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Elizabeth Byers (born Elizabeth Minerva Sumner in 1834) was a pioneer woman, a suffragette, an activity community charity worker and so much more. But, first and foremost,
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J.V.L. Paula wrote: "Julie, I just posted my review of The Lucky Hat Mine."

Thanks so much Paula!

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Paula Adams Julie, I just posted my review of The Lucky Hat Mine.

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