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.
PO Box 1931 Cell phone: (208) 890-8122
For Immediate Release, May 12, 2014
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.
Midlife Cabernet: Life, Love & Laughter after Fifty
Mill Park Publishing
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.
Save the Dates
“Write by the River”
Retreats for 2014
Write - Read - Relax
In Two Deluxe Cabins in Garden Valley, Idaho
Details Coming Soon
July 18-20 – “Women, Words, and Wine” – limited to 12 women
Hosted by Amanda Turner, Christy Hovey, Elaine Ambrose
August 8-10 – “Wellness for Women” – Meditation, Fitness, Journal Writing
Hosted by Emily Nielsen and Elaine Ambrose
September 19-21 – “Women, Words, and Wine” – limited to 12 women
Hosted by Amanda Turner, Christy Hovey, Elaine Ambrose
October 3-5 – “Read Aloud to a Crowd” – Reading Your Work and Speaking in Public
(Day-only option available) Hosted by Elaine Ambrose
1. Going Under and Beyond the Knife
2. Midlife Dating and Mating
3. Arousing Fifty Shades of Grey Matter
4. Mother Bear
5. What the Hell Happened to My Body?
6. Blending Fine Wine and Vintage Friends
7. Enlightenment After the Age of Aquarius
8. Observing the Daze in Holidays
9. Desperately Seeking Self-Confidence
10. Blended Families: A Bit Shaken and Stirred
11. Traveling Beyond the Farm
12. The Proper Care and Coddling of Curmudgeons
13. A Time to Laugh, a Time to Get a Weapon
14. It's Time to Face the Music
15. When It's Party Time at the Empty Nest
16. Adventures in Eldercare
17. Grandkids as Speed Bumps
18. Know Your Roots and Color if Necessary
- See more at: http://www.elaineambrose.com/blog/midlife-cabernet-table-contents-and-free-chapter#sthash.Cn8Dn1D4.dpuf
Join Us January 10th-12thDon't miss this weekend writing event for women only! Study writing craft, marketing, publishing options, and how to incorporate the writing life into real life. Receive a manuscript critique, share your work with other attendees, and sit down with a marketing strategist for a one-on-one session to build your author platform. Not to mention you'll have fabulous food, wine, and lots of fun!
Option 1: Full weekend, two nights, private room and shared bathroom. $215
Option 2: Full weekend, two nights, shared room (with a friend or an assigned roommate) and shared bathroom. $165
Option 3: Saturday only, 8 am- 6 pm $80
Space is very limited, especially for Option #1.
Meals, beer, and wine are included with registration.
Schedule of Events:
7-8 Session 1: Intensify Your Writing
10-11 Session 2: Taking Words to the World with Modern Media
11-12 Session 3: Planning Your Route and Means of Publication
3-5 Individual Appointments
5-6 Readings by day-only attendees
6 p.m. event ends for day-only attendess
8 Dessert and Readings
10-11 Session 4: Bring More of the Writing Life Into Your Life
11 Retreat Ends
*All attendees will submit a 10 page, double-spaced manuscript for critique (deadline December 31st), as well as a list of your social media sites, websites, and blog(s). Attendees are also welcome to bring a 5 minute piece to read aloud at the retreat.
A.K. Turner is a coauthor (along with Elaine Ambrose) ofDrinking with Dead Women Writers and Drinking with Dead Drunks. Her "Tales of Imperfection" series includes This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store and Mommy had a Little Flask. She currently at work on a third book in the series, Hair of the Corn Dog. Publisher's Weekly describes Turner as "sincere, laugh-out-loud," and "refreshingly honest." She served as a writer-in-residence for the city of Boise, created "The Writers' Block" on Radio Boise, has published both fiction and nonfiction in a variety of publications and anthologies, and taught the Tenacious Writer Studio Series.
Elaine Ambrose is a writer, publisher, and blogger who organizes writing retreats and donates proceeds from book sales to various charities. She is an author of nine books including the national bestseller Menopause Sucks. Elaine's blog "Midlife Cabernet" is published on several websites including BlogHer and Project Eve. Her company, Mill Park Publishing, publishes books written by women and the company recently won the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) and a humor award from Foreword Magazine. Elaine's author website is www.ElaineAmbrose.com and her publisher website is www.MillParkPublishing.com.
Christy writes for The Urban Liaison magazine and is the Idaho coordinator for National Novel Writing Month. Her first book, Finding Joy in the Midst of Autism is set to release January 2014. She owns several businesses and has been nominated for the Idaho Business Review's Women of the Year 2014 Award. One of her companies, My Social Media Ghost, teaches businesses and individuals strategies to build their platform via social media. She has four children, including one with special needs. She is passionate about teaching women how to find their voice and how to overcome limiting beliefs.
Mill Park Publishing
Proceeds will benefit the Mirabel Davidson Foundation