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Maria’s Bookshop (click here to read more)

It was a joy and a privilege to read for an audience at Maria’s Bookshop in Durango, Colorado in October 2018!

There was a nice crowd with attendees of all ages! The staff at Maria’s is wonderful to work with, and they are so supportive to local artists.

Additionally, before the book reading, I was invited to participate in a radio show with Zach Hively with the 4 Corner’s Art Forum on KDUR! You can find an archive of the interview by clicking this link: bucketofwonders.com/the-mango-tree/

http://www.mariasbookshop.com/

 

 

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Bayfield Block Party (click here to read more)

Every summer, Bayfield, Colorado hosts monthly community Block Parties. These events are city gatherings with live local music, food vendors, activities for kids, and a Farmer’s Market! The entire town comes out to celebrate the thrill of summer with each other.

Pictured here, Brooke hosts a booth promoting The Mango Tree and Brinley Discovers Santa at the annual Bayfield Block Parties!

 

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Maggie’s Book Store (click here to read more)

July 2018, Brooke visited Maggie’s Bookstore in Montrose (link below), Colorado. She was joined by a fun and festive crowd of all ages! Here she’s painting children’s hands to create the roots of their very own Mango Tree; a craft presented by Brooke at some of her author events.

This event was a lot of fun to participate with. Maggie’s is a relatively new bookstore in Montrose, Colorado, and Brooke was honored to present her book, The Mango Tree to their welcoming crowd of all ages.

If you’re interested in hosting an event with Brooke, visit the Contact Brooke page on this site!

https://maggiesbooks.business.site/

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Brooke’s Marketing Team (click here to read more)

Meet the Wonder Storm Productions Marketing Team, Nicholas and Warren (two of Brooke’s trio) as they work hard to welcome visitors during the Durango Coffee Company  (now Durango Roasters; link below) Brinley Discovers Santa book signing event.

It takes a network of helpers to work authentically and artistically, and these are just two of the patient people who have supported me in my wild ventures to become an author!

https://www.cooksandcoffee.com/

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Bayberry Jam 2015 (click here to read more)

While riding the SWaG Barrel Train during the 2015 Bayberry Jam, Robbie Myers, illustrator for Brinley Discovers Santa, promotes the book while Brooke promotes Robbie’s business, Waffle Art (link below).

Robbie is an extraordinarily talented artist. She paints emotional pictures and takes elaborate photographs.

During one of Robbie’s visits to Colorado, she and Brooke attended a local music festival: Bayberry Jam, which is put together by one of the organizations for which Brooke was (then) on the board of directors. BAAM (Bayfield Association for the Advancement of Music), is a NPO that supports the Bayfield High School’s music department (link below).

Robbie and Brooke had just worked hard and fast to complete Brinley Discovers Santa for publication and were inspired to share both of their arts – for Brooke, her writing; for Robbie, her paintings and photographs.

Promoting yourself is hard. It’s actually one of the most difficult parts of the artistic process – for Brooke, anyway… and for Robbie, too.

Wandering around this music event, Brooke tried to tell people about her book; and Robbie tried to show people her art. But what they actually found themselves doing was hiding. They were both hiding from the promotional aspect of their work.

Brooke approached Robbie and said, “We need to switch. Give me your business cards, and you take my book, and we’ll promote each other.” It worked. They ended up selling paintings and photos and books!

Sometimes you just need that extra push. And a really good friend.

http://www.whatsyourwaffle.com/

https://sites.google.com/site/baammusicboosters/