Training the Teacher As A Champion
Performance Learning Systems, 1989
This collaboration with PLS Founder Joseph Hasenstab, founder of the nation’s leading teacher-training firm with headquarters in Emerson, NJ, and Nevada City, California, outlined programs such as Project T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Effectiveness and Classroom Handling) in articulating the successful practices of successful teachers, taught in PLS classes in every state for college credit. ($15.95)
Both Sides Now
This collection of previously-published humorous essays and poetry started life as a gift for family and soon took on a life of its own. With pictures and Erma Bombeck-style humor, Wilson depicts the life and times of a young, working mother in today’s hectic society and also muses in a serious vein through her poetry, discussing JFK, Jr.’s death and 9/11. The title Both Sides Now pays tribute to the trip from the sublime to the ridiculous that the book represents. (Available on Amazon.com)
Ghostly Tales of Route 66: Chicago to Oklahoma (Vol. I)
Quixote Press, 2009, ($9.95)
This first volume in a three-volume trilogy of ghost stories set along historic Route 66 takes the reader from Chicago to Oklahoma. ($9.95, available on Amazon.com or by phone at 1-800-571-2665).
Ghostly Tales of Route 66: Arkansas to Arizona (Vol. II)
Quixote Press, 2009, ($9.95)
The second volume in the trilogy, a solo effort, picks up with a story about the Hanging Judge of Fort Smith, Arkansas, which is near (but not on) Route 66. It continues traveling the 2,448 mile-long Route 66 to the Arizona border, with more to come. (1-800-571-2665 to order.)
Ghostly Tales of Route 66: Arizona to California (Vol. III) ($9.95)
As with Volumes I and II, the book can be ordered from its own website, www.GhostlyTalesofRoute66.com, and comes autographed. (Add $3 for postage).
This last of the Route 66 trilogy utilizes four college-aged friends, Four from Flagstaff, who have adventures while traveling the route in search of ghostly experiences.The four may reappear in a Florida adventure in the near future. (College students on spring break, this time in Key West, Florida).
As with the two previous volumes, the volume has plenty of pictures and is priced at $9.95 (plus postage and handling). It is also available from Quixote Press by calling 319-372-7480 or the 800 number listed elsewhere on this website. If you order from the dedicated website Ghostly Tales of Route 66, your book will come autographed and you will receive free postage and handling if you order all 3 books in the trilogy for the total sum of $30.00. There is also an E-book version of just Connie’s ghostly tales (no pictures) available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (red cover) for $8.95.
Out of Time
Lachesis, December, 2009, ($14.95)
When a series of man-made and natural disasters strike the United States, altruistic rock star Dante Benedick (AKA “The One”) must travel back through time to rescue the world and the love of his life. (www.outoftimethenovel.com). This 80,000 word novel is a sci-fi romance thriller that will amaze you with its timely political predictions of female candidates and duplicitous Vice Presidents. It is available only from the author at this time, by contacting her at www.ConnieCWilson.com. Add $3 for postage and handling.
Hellfire & Damnation
The Merry Blacksmith, 2010, $10.95 paperback, $2.99 E-book
“Connie Wilson’s debut short story collection, Hellfire & Damnation, marks her not so much as a writer to watch, but one to watch out for. Exploring the 9 levels of Dante’s Inferno via contemporary settings and sensibilities — and the sins punished therein — this collection veers from sinister noir (“Going Through Hell”) to the bizarrely whimsical (“Amazing Andy, the Wonder Chicken”) to the outright, no-holds-barred horrific. Never have the 9 Circles of Hell been so much fun. I had a blast following Wilson on her tour of the inferno, and you will, as well.”
–5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner Gary A. Braunbeck, author of Coffin Countyand Far Dark Fields
This lengthy short story, which will appear in the sequel to Hellfire & Damnation, Hellfire & Damnation II, represents the 9th circle of hell, where treason, especially towards a family member, is punished with icy cold. Available only as an e-book for 99 cents on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
It Came from the ‘70s: From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now
The Merry Blacksmith Press, 2011, $15.95 paperback; $8.50 E-book
This 300-page retrospective look back at a golden age of cinema is punctuated by 76 photos of films, reviews which Wilson wrote for the Quad City Times between 1970 and 1979 while serving as their film and book critic. Reprinted by permission, the 50 reviews and 76 pictures have come “from the archives,” saved for 40 years by a true film buff who loved movies like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Alien,” “Star Wars,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Saturday Night Fever,” both “Godfathers,” the films of Woody Allen, “Dog Day Afternoon,” and “Marathon Man”—to name just a few of the films included. Each review is like a tiny time capsule, taking you back to the ‘70s when the films were newly released, with interesting well-researched of-that-time information about the making of each movie, major cast lists and trivia for cinephiles (Answers are upside down, so no cheating!) If you were alive in ’75 and you love the movies, you’ll love this book. Said Mick Garris (“Fear Itself,” Stephen King’s “The Stand”), “…a wonderful and inclusive chronicle of the films of the 1970’s.” Winner of 5 national awards, including an E-Lit Award, an Illinois Press Women’s Silver Feather, a NABE award and a Pinnacle award.
Laughing Through Life
Quad City Press: July, 2011, $10.95 paperback; $2.99 E-book
A collection of humorous essays and anecdotes that reviewers have compared to “Erma-Bombeck-meets-David-Sedaris.” Whether as a political observer on the campaign trail in 2004 (avoiding arrest at Coors Amphitheater, but just barely), a young mother and teacher, or grandmother to twin two-year-olds (pictured on the cover), this book will help you to laugh through life, providing many chuckles over familiar and universal life situations, whether lost cell phones or golfing foibles. Check the Amazon reviews at Connie Corcoran Wilson! Winner of a NWPA (National Women’s Press Association) award, June, 2012.
Review from “UReadMoreBooks.blogspot.com” on 12/11: “An amusing book to read. I have to say that I really enjoy Connie’s sense of humor. She has written some interestingly funny essays and put them together in this book. There were several laugh-out-loud moments while I was reading the book that I can honestly say that, even as I am now thinking of them while I am writing this, I am still smiling…Connie has certainly experienced many interesting events, such as covering the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns which she shares in th book. I did find much of it to be quite humorous. I didn’t really expect to laugh as much as I did at the end of the book. Coincidentally, I am not speaking solely of the chapter entitled “The End.” Her conversational piece with the Verizon Guy was wonderfully amusing, but, for me, the final laughing began with the “R.I.P. Gerard” and continued all the way to the end! I want to say thank you to Teddy Rose for putting this book in my hands. I agreed to read it and review it here, which I am very glad I did.”
From “A Life Sustained” and Courtney of Iowa City, Iowa, on 12/10/2011
“The thirty-one essays that make up Laughing through Life (Quad City Press, 2011) by Connie Corcoran Wilson represent a broad selection by this prolific writer: a collection of “hits,” if you will. Topics range from anecdotes of everyday life to notable bits from the local news to coverage of the 2004 and 2008 Presdiential elections. They span a large chunk of time —at least 25 years. A fellow Midwestern woman, Wilson writes with honesty, an eye for detail, and without pulling any punches. She seems to always be searching for the kernel of levity in all interactions and stumbles upon some poignant life lessons along the way. My personal favorite detailed a conversation between the author and her cell phone company regarding her daughter’s phone usage: we all should be so bold. Corcoran’s observations are wry, and we might take a lesson from her willingness to say exactly what is on her mind.”
The Christmas Cats in Silly Hats
December, 2011, Quad City Press
This illustrated children’s book is the story of two cats who argue and fight, at first, and like to get into mischief, including wearing silly hats. Told in Dr. Seuss-ical rhyme, the Christmas cats in silly hats eventually learn a valuable life lesson about getting along. Illustrations by Andrew Weinert and Emily Marquez, a Venezuelan artist. The book was written as a Christmas gift with a worthwhile moral for the writer’s 2-year-old twin granddaughters, Ava and Elise Wilson.
THE COLOR OF EVIL
“The Color of Evil,” a novel about a young boy with para-normal abilities. Think “Carrie” meets “The Fury” meets Television’s “The Medium.” Released in 2012. First novel in a trilogy following young Tad McGreevy as he completes his junior and senior years of high school and his freshman year of college, all the while struggling to defend his family and friends from the evil that surrounds us all.