Mill Park Publishing of Eagle, Idaho was created in 2003 by author Elaine Ambrose.
The company facilitates fee-based book publication and marketing for local authors
and organizes writer's retreats.

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  • Elaine Ambrose Midlife Happy Hour Available in Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
    Midlife Happy Hour Available in Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook

     

     

    Finalist for Foreword INDIES Book of the Year for Humor.

    #1 Bestseller on Kindle.

    5-Star Review from Foreword Clarion Reviews.

    Winner of 2017 Independent Press Award for Midlife.

    Named a "Distinguished Favorite" for Humor from the 2017 Independent Press Awards.

    Elaine Ambrose boldly writes her latest kiss-my-attitude book as a sassy sequel to Midlife Cabernet. Ambrose shares her festive life experiences and career-crushing anecdotes as she explains how to remain relevant after age 50, why grown children make great travel companions, and how to balance midlife without falling over. Ambrose notes that her feminine mystique sprung a leak after years of competing as a funny female in a serious male job market. Now the hard work is done, and she invites midlife women to join her for Happy Hour.

    Order here for the paperback, $16.95, the eBook, $9.99, or the audiobook read by the author, $13.97.

    Written on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:12 in Elaine's Blog Read 21 times
  • Elaine Ambrose Mill Park Publishing Introduces Book about "Angel Bumps"
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
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    Have you experienced an Angel Bump? Mill Park Publishing's latest book features stories of inspiration, comfort, and some humor in Angel Bumps - Hello from Heaven. The anthology was compiled by author Anne Bardsley.

    A sign could come from the sudden appearance of a butterfly, finding a coin or a feather, hearing a memorable song, having a vivid dream, or feeling the presence of a departed loved one. Fifty authors from around the country contributed 60 tender stories in this collection that will console anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Each author shares a sign from Heaven that reassured them their loved one is still near in spirit. While people die, love is eternal. An Angel Bump is like a luminous light in a dark room. Once you receive a sign from your loved one, you will never be the same. Knowing they are still so close will give you solace. The joy it brings is immeasurable. Some Angel Bumps will make you smile. Others may bring tears to your eyes. One thing is for sure. You will feel loved. After reading Angel Bumps, you might want to keep your eyes open. Be aware. An angel bump can come when you least expect it. Don t miss your very own, sweet, Angel Bump and a hello from Heaven.

    Find Angel Bumps in paperback and eBook on Amazon. Additional outlets may be available soon.

     

    Written on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:30 in Elaine's Blog Read 15 times
  • Elaine Ambrose Mill Park Publishing Sponsors Children's Writing Challenge
    Written by Elaine Ambrose
    Mill Park Publishing Sponsors Children's Writing Challenge

     

     Illustration by Patrick Bochnak - Image from new book The Magic Potato

    Children's Writing Challenge for Idaho Potato Drop

     

    Mill Park Publishing of Eagle is sponsoring the “Children’s Writing Challenge” in conjunction with the 5th Annual Idaho Potato Drop on December 31, 2017 in Boise, Idaho.

    We expect hundreds of submissions so to avoid disqualification, please follow all the instructions

    1. The writing contest will be open to children between the ages of 8-12 living within 50 miles of Boise. Students in public schools, private schools, and home schooling programs are eligible. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to read on the Main Stage at the event on New Year's Eve.

    2. Stories must be original manuscripts from 250 to 500 words and include references to potatoes. Entries can be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Content must follow acceptable guidelines for family-oriented publications.

    3. Stories must be submitted in an email, one entry per person, between September 20 and November 1, 2017. Hand-written stories can be scanned and attached to the email. There is no entry fee. A panel of judges from the local writing community will select the winning entries by December 10 and winners will be notified by email. Winning stories could be published with attribution in prominent newsletters and websites.

    4. Each entry must include name, email address, school, and age of the student writer. If the student doesn't have a personal email address, use the email address of an adult or school contact.

    Idaho Potato Drop - Children's Writing Challenge

    https://idahopotatodropwritingcontest.eventbrite.com

    6. There are two ways to submit an entry:

    Click on the "Contact the Organizer" link at the bottom of this Eventbrite page. Include student's name, email address, and add the entry in the "Message" box. Hit send.

    Or, send separate email with entry embedded in the body of the email, not as an attachment, to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Write in the Subject Line: Children's Writing Challenge

    18 Winners!

    The top 18 entries each will receive a certificate, $25 from Mill Park Publishing, and a copy of the award-winning books Gators & Taters: A Week of Bedtime Stories and The Magic Potato. The top 18 winners will be introduced during a special program on the Main Stage at 6:00 pm on December 31.

    Five of the top 18 winners will be chosen to read their winning entries at a special ceremony on the Main Stage in front of the Capitol on December 31 at 6:00 pm.

     

     

    Mill Park Publishing was established by bestselling author Elaine Ambrose, a third-generation Idahoan who grew up on a potato farm near Wendell, Idaho. She is the author of 10 books, including two children’s books: Gators & Taters and The Magic Potato. She organized the children’s talent show for several years during the Idaho River Festival and now organizes writing retreats in southern Idaho. Find more details at MillParkPublishing.com.

     

    Written on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:19 in Elaine's Blog Read 16 times
  • Elaine Ambrose Best of Treasure Valley Selected Three Top Authors
    Written by Elaine Ambrose

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    Written on Monday, 20 June 2016 03:16 in Elaine's Blog Read 1317 times
  • Elaine Ambrose Premiere Party for "Feisty after 45" April 22 at JUMP
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    Written on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 05:02 in Elaine's Blog Read 1399 times
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Click on the link above for details, cost, and tickets. Space is limited.

 

Garden Valley
Women’s Wellness
and Writing Retreat

May 1-3, 2015
Garden Valley, Idaho

"This retreat changed my life! I was meant to be here."


Please join us for our quarterly wellness and writing retreat. The cost begins at $250 and includes healthy meals, accommodations for two nights at two deluxe cabins in the Idaho mountains, materials, speakers, writing workshops, gentle yoga, fireside chats, individual readings, and wellness workshops. The retreat is located in Garden Valley, Idaho, approximately one hour's drive north of Boise. Limited spaces are available, and tickets are non-refundable after April 15. This retreat is sponsored by Mill Park Publishing of Eagle and Balance Family Fitness of Meridian, Idaho.

Friday, May 1

4:30 – 6:00 pm - Check in – Cabin 1
Unpacking/settling in (Cabin 2)
Nature actives and intention setting, explore the grounds
6:00 pm - Dinner – Cabin 1 - Baked wild-caught salmon with kale and pineapple
Mango-chickpea – cucumber salad, Quinoa pasta with tomato sauce
Balsamic-glazed strawberries with coconut gelato
8:00 pm - Fireside Chat - Cabin 1

Saturday, May 2

7:00 – 8:00 am Sunrise Yoga & Meditation – Cabin 2
8:30 am - Breakfast - Vegan green smoothies (vegan protein powder option)
Fresh fruit and nuts, coffee and tea
9:30 am - Writing Workshop: What Inspires You? – Cabin 1
12:00 pm - Lunch - Sweet & Crunchy Salad Bar
1:00 pm - Hike & hot springs OR relax & write
3:30 pm - Snack
4:00 pm – Self-Worth Workshop – Cabin 1
5:00 pm - Free time – read, write, relax
6:00 pm Dinner - Vegan chili, Quinoa, Garbanzo bean blondies
8:00 pm - Fireside Chat, poetry slam, conversation starters, sharing – Cabin 2

Sunday, May 3

7:00 – 8:00 am - Sunrise Yoga & Meditation – Cabin 2
8:30 am - Breakfast - Vegan green smoothies (vegan protein powder option)
Fresh fruit and nuts, coffee and tea
9:30 am - Workshop: Why Your Story Matters – Cabin 1
11:00 am - Sharing, open mic
12:00 pm - Safe travels!!

Retreat is facilitated by:


Elaine Ambrose, Author, Syndicated Blogger, Motivational Speaker

www.elaineambrose.com

Emily Nielsen, Personal Trainer, AFAA. Group Fitness Instructor, ACE


www.balancefamilyfitness.com

 

Sponsored by Mill Park Publishing, Eagle, Idaho and Balance Family Fitness of Meridian, Idaho.

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-by-the-river-wellness-retreat-for-women-tickets-12677471659

 

Imagine a fun weekend in the Idaho mountains with other women who want to focus on fitness and writing while having fun! Click on the above link for details and registration form. Space is limited.

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Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:23

Reading and Book Signing June 5

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New Book by Idaho Author Wins National Humor Award

Midlife Cabernet – Life, Love & Laughter after Fifty by local author Elaine Ambrose won the Silver Medal for Humor in the annual Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) competition that honors independent authors and publishers worldwide. More than 6,000 entries were judged in this year’s competition to recognize and reward independent spirit and creativity in publishing. Awards will be given on May 28 in New York City.

              Midlife Cabernet was published by Mill Park Publishing of Eagle. Ambrose founded the company to publish works by local women writers and donate proceeds to local charities. This is the company’s second IPPY award, and Ambrose’s other books also have won a national humor award from ForeWord Magazine and five awards from recent competitions sponsored by the Idaho Book Extravaganza.

“We are thrilled to receive another award to acknowledge quality books from Mill Park Publishing,” said Ambrose. “The success of Midlife Cabernet proves there are millions of middle-aged women who would rather laugh than break something, preferably while holding a bold Cabernet.”

A national review by ForeWord Reviews wrote that, “Elaine Ambrose’s Midlife Cabernet is an Erma Bombeck-esque tribute to women who are over fifty and ready to explore life on new terms. It’s a humorous and sassy-yet-compassionate view of life over the hill, as well as a retrospective on the climb to the top. The writing and mechanics are solid, and the tone is cheerful and friendly.”

In the past few years, Mill Park Publishing has donated more than $10,000 to local non-profit organizations and charities. Proceeds from the novel The Angel of Esperança by Judith McConnell Steele provided $1,000 to fund a Writer in the Schools teacher sponsored by The Cabin. Other recipients include Dress for Success Treasure Valley, the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, the West Valley YMCA, and the University of Idaho music program.

Ambrose is the author of nine books, including the bestseller Menopause Sucks. Her blog “Midlife Cabernet” is featured on www.Blogher.com and on her web site www.ElaineAmbrose.com. Mill Park Publishing also organizes writer’s retreats throughout the year, and details are listed on www.MillParkPublishing.com. Books are available from the web sites, amazon.com, and local book stores.

 

Clarion Review

HUMOR

Midlife Cabernet: Life, Love & Laughter after Fifty

Elaine Ambrose

Mill Park Publishing

978-0-9883980-7-8

Four Stars (out of Five)

Elaine Ambrose’s Midlife Cabernet: Life, Love & Laughter after Fifty is an Erma Bombeck-esque tribute to women who are over fifty and ready to explore life on new terms. It’s a humorous and sassy-yet-compassionate view of life over the hill, as well as a retrospective on the climb to the top.

In a series of themed essays in which her enjoyment of good wine is the connecting thread, Ambrose eschews ladylike censoring in her tale of life over fifty. With frank sexual references, sagging body parts, and visits to the plastic surgeon, Ambrose moves the reader from skin-deep concerns to the social and emotional challenges of working motherhood, child rearing (“It comes down to survival of the funniest”), post-career life transitions, friends with later-inlife illnesses, the richness of decades-long friendships, empty-nest syndrome, caring for older parents, and the joys and challenges of grandchildren. Through it all, Ambrose returns to the metaphor of good wine, facetious in her described devotion to celebrating the special occasions as well as the everyday: “I’ll drink fine wine if my hangnail heals.”

The writing and mechanics are solid, and the midlife focus is perfectly matched by the cover, with its antique typewriter. What is mostly a punchy and humorous series of essays—(“If you are what you eat, I’m a gigantic chocolate chip cookie floating in a vat of red wine”)—at times turns tangential, such as when, in an essay about bad investments and “avoid[ing] crooks,”

Ambrose dives into a nostalgic reflection on what she learned in English class, thanking her “heroes” (English teachers), who taught her how to diagram a sentence. Later chapters also contain lists of a mix of sensible and humorous advice for travel with grandchildren and travel alone, lists that at times lack the same energy exuded in earlier chapters.         

                        Throughout, though, the tone is cheerful and friendly. Ambrose reads like a not-too-tired fifty-something who still has the energy to play a joke on a friend, enjoy romance with her spouse, and hop around with grandkids—appreciating life all the more when in relief against its inevitable challenges.

Midlife Cabernet is an argument for joy despite parents with dementia, grandchildren with Down syndrome, financial loss, broken relationships, and slow metabolisms: “Your challenge throughout the year is to keep the music playing. Sing and play your own songs long after the confetti is thrown into the garbage, the bills are past due, and prosperity is still elusive.” Ambrose will draw readers looking for frank conversation and a pick-me-up in the face of all the challenges midlife has to offer.

Heather Weber

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