Author J.v.L. Bell writes historical fiction and non-fiction based in Colorado. Her historical mystery series includes The Lucky Hat Mine set in Idaho Springs in 1863, Denver City Justice set in 1864 Denver, and Murder at Buckskin Joe set in 1865 South Park. Her non-fiction biography of Elizabeth Byers, Denver Pioneer is about the wife of Rocky Mountain News editor, William Byers, who lived in Denver from 1859 until her death 60 years later. It is aimed at 5th graders.
Sandra Dallas’ review of Lucky Hat Mine in the Denver Post: “filled with period detail and real life pioneers, a spirited…tale.”
“Bell’s extensive research is apparent as she blends fiction into the facts … wrapped up to create an entertaining read that is sure to refuel and inspire your creativity.” – Rhonda Cratty, Quilter and Reader
“What the author chiefly delivers in Denver City Justice is an amusing, suspenseful, well-written story that will tug at your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone.” – Colorado Book Review
Author J.v.L. Bell loves to attend book groups, present at historical societies and other adult organizations, or visit your classroom. For adults she presents on the history she researched while writing her novels. She has two presentations that can be modified into 25 minute to 1 hour presentations: Colorado’s Colorful History, Pike Peak or Bust: Colorado’s Women ’59ers, or Elizabeth Byers’ Story. She is also willing to come to your classroom in costume and impersonate Elizabeth Byers to teach students about life in Colorado during the Gold Rush.
Recording the Lucky Hat Mine at Coupe Studios in Boulder, Colorado with narrator Nancy Wu
A Book is Born! First Printing at the Hansen Publishing Group
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