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

    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


    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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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 23:30

Life Sucks. Laugh Hard.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:17

Life Sucks. Laugh Hard.

                      Write by the River”

Writer’s Retreat

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Garden Valley, Idaho

Writers are encouraged to register now for limited spaces available at the fifth annual “Write by the River” Writer’s Retreat in Garden Valley, only one hour north of Boise.

This Year’s Theme:

“How to Write and Market a Blog”

Featuring International Bloggers Stephanie Worrell, Ken Rodgers, and Elaine Ambrose

Cost: $60.00

Sponsored by

Mill Park Publishing

Eagle, ID

You Can be a National Blogger

Guest speakers Stephanie Worrell, Ken Rodgers, and Elaine Ambrose will explain the joys, challenges, and potential success associated with writing a blog. Key topics will include:

  • How you can write a regular blog
  • Identify your audience
  • Focus on your subject and platform
  • Attract readers
  • Attract paying sponsors
  • Increase exposure through speaking
  • Promote your blog through social media
  • Convert the blog into a web site and book

Saturday, October 5, 2013

9:30 am – Registration and Welcome


9:45 – “Your Blog as Witty Diary”

            Speaker: Stephanie Worrell


Stephanie Worrell has enjoyed a successful 25-year career as both a freelance writer and a public relations professional. A highlight of Stephanie’s career is starting Red Sky Public Relations in 2008. Red Sky is one of the top public firms in the country and recently established an office in San Francisco.

One of the many services offered to Red Sky clients is blog content creation that resonates with their target audiences, along with guiding clients with regard to the “ins and outs” of blog development with the goal of amassing followers in alignment with their brands. Stephanie has attended a wide-variety of blogging conferences, is a regular blogger and social media lover. In conjunction with releasing a new novel this winter, she will be launching a new blog entitled, Skunk River Living.

11:30 Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm – “Your Blog as Worldwide Forum”

Speaker: Ken Rodgers

Ken Rodgers is a writer, teacher and filmmaker who lives in Boise, Idaho. He has published three books of poetry and recently published an e-book of short stories available on Kindle.

Ken Rodgers writes and manages two blogs, one at and one at In addition he has guest blogged at a variety of sites.

With his wife Betty, Ken is in the final stages of producing and distributing a documentary film about his company of United States Marines at the Siege of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, in 1968. To find out more about the film, titled Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor, visit

2:30 - BREAK – Network and Write

2:45 – “Your Blog as Your Identity”

Speaker: Elaine Ambrose

Elaine owns Mill Park Publishing and is an author of nine books including Menopause Sucks and Drinking with Dead Women Writers. She writes a blog titled “The Midlife Sage” for Annie Jennings PR and a blog titled “Midlife Cabernet” for her web site at

4:00 – Networking and Book Signing

5:00 – Retreat Ends

Retreat activities will be at the cabin of Elaine Ambrose in Southfork Landing next to the river in Garden Valley. Directions: Drive north of Boise on Highway 55. Turn right at Banks onto State Highway 21. Go about 12 miles, turn right at Alder Creek Road and go over the bridge. Turn right on Freedom Ranch Road into Southfork Landing. Turn right on Southfork Lane.

“Write by the River”

Registration Form Due Sept. 5

Space is Limited




City, State and Zip _______________________________________________________________________________________________


Vegetarian meals preferred? Circle Yes or No

Complete, copy and send with $60 check payable to Mill Park Publishing to:

Mill Park Publishing

PO Box 1931

Eagle, ID 83616

Cost of $60 covers speakers, materials, lunch, and snacks. No refunds after Sept. 10.

Questions? Need to use a credit card? Call Elaine at (208) 890-8122 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Past speakers have included acclaimed writers Tony Doerr, Gretchen Anderson, Alan Heathcock, Jennifer Basye Sander, Lance Olsen, Stacy Dymalski, and Amanda Turner. 

Elaine Ambrose recently appeared as a guest on live television in Phoenix, Arizona. Elaine spoke about her national blog "Midlife Sage" on


Monday, 12 November 2012 13:27

Mill Park Publishing Donates $1,000 to WCA


Mother’s Wit Inspires
$1,000 Donation to Women’s and Children’s Alliance


 Mill Park Publishing of Eagle is donating $1,000 to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance in Boise in support of the organization’s child care programs. The donation comes from proceeds of the sale of the book, Mother Knows Best – Wit and Wisdom from Idaho Moms.


"The book is a delightful compilation of silly and serious words of advice that we've all heard from our mothers," said Elaine Ambrose, author and owner of Mill Park Publishing. "Local author Patti Murphy collected and edited the quotes, and next year we'll publish the sequel that will include quotes from across the country."


The Women’s and Children’s Alliance provides shelter and counseling for women and children who are fleeing domestic or sexual assault. The donation will help fund the on-site child care services for the children of women participating in the residential program.


Mill Park Publishing features local authors, produces books by women for women, and donates a portion of the sales to various local charities. The company won the national 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for a book titled Little White Dress – Women Explore the Myth and Meaning of Wedding Dresses. Sales from the sale of Little White Dress enabled Mill Park Publishing to donate $1,000 to Dress for Success Treasure Valley, an organization that provides low-income
women with clothes to wear to job interviews. Find additional information at
the company’s web site:


Nationally acclaimed author Alan Heathcock and Mill Park Publishing owner Elaine Ambrose were chosen as two of the Top Ten Idaho Authors by the Idaho Book Extravaganza.

After swilling their way through libations with literary women in Drinking with Dead Women Writers, authors AK Turner and Elaine Ambrose decided to give the men equal opportunity to belly up to the bar. Surprise! Many male authors were inebriated for much of their adult lives!

Join the authors as they drink with Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, Edgar Allan Poe, and 12 others to explore the lives, work, and vice of these literary giants.

Premiere Party is Saturday, Nov. 17 at SpurWing Country Club in Meridian. The public is invited to attend and share in the literary laughs. Admission is $15 for an autographed book and appetizer buffet.  No-host bar.

The authors will share secrets about Jack London and John Cheever...

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 19:30

Mill Park Publishing to Release 10th Book

Can you find the cover to our new book that will be released in October?
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