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Craig author Larri Winslow hits shelves with first novel

‘Her Desert Treasure’ offers romance, suspense in Western setting

Larri Winslow has made her mark in the literary world, putting her heart, soul and countless hours into the creation of a book — but not her name.

— Craig author Larri Winslow's book, "Her Desert Treasure," written under the name Larie Brannick, can be found online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information, visit lariebrannick.com.

Winslow recently had her first novel, the romance "Her Desert Treasure," published under the pseudonym Larie Brannick.

The reason for the name change is an older strategy by book marketers to keep works more noticeable — an author whose last name comes at the end of the alphabet will attract less attention from shoppers who generally see the A's, B's and C's first. However, this applies more to paper copies than content on the Internet.

"With e-publishing, all that's changed, but I just stuck with it," Winslow said. "Brannick was my great-great-grandmother's maiden name."

Winslow said the alteration on the spelling of her first name was a fun change, too, because of the many misunderstandings that have come with the name Larri, given at her father's insistence. Her website, lariebrannick.com, details her young life growing up as a tomboy, falling for reading through "Charlotte's Web" and "James and the Giant Peach," further influenced by historical romance writer Kathleen E. Woodiwiss when she got older.

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She also counts among her favorites Jill Shalvis, Lori Foster and Linda Howard.

"Her Desert Treasure" shares many of the themes of their work with a blend of a love story and suspense, with Winslow's own twist of Western flavor.

The story, set on a ranch in southwestern Colorado, is about heroine Meg Reynolds and her struggles to preserve her family land while contending with an equine veterinarian hoping to start a horse refuge.

Unlike authors who slip some of their own lives into their prose, the book is entirely fictional, Winslow said.

It's also been quite a journey from the time she finished writing five years ago to seeing it in book form through Entangled Publishing. The online feedback and sales have been positive.

"I've got a lot of five-star and four-star reviews on Amazon, so people really seem to like it," she said. "I've even got people in the UK and Canada who have read it."

One problem has been finding a good way to market.

"With e-publishing, you have to be really good at self-promotion, and I'm terrible with that," she laughed.

With the paperback recently released, Winslow is working on arranging book-signing events at Downtown Books in Craig and Steamboat Springs' Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Between that, getting started on a new story and keeping an eye on how the novel is selling, she's got a lot on her hands, in addition to a full-time job, as well as a husband and two grown sons, all of whom have been incredibly supportive, she said.

Writing will definitely stay part of her life if not as her sole career, she added.

"I probably won't be retiring anytime soon, but it's fun," she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

— Craig author Larri Winslow’s book, “Her Desert Treasure,” written under the name Larie Brannick, can be found online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information, visit lariebrannick.com.