March 2015:

2015 CoverHere’s the shiny new cover for This New Mountain!

After nearly a year of designing and tweaking, Casa de Snapdragon sent the new cover out into the world. To find out the reasons behind the redesign and all the elements that went into it, read my article “This New Mountain Gets a Makeover.”

June 13, 2013:

This New Mountain Bday Cake2Happy Birthday, This New Mountain!

We celebrated the one-year publishing anniversary of AJ Jackson’s memoir This New Mountain with a book event at Bookworks (a local, independent bookstore) in Albuquerque. It was a standing room only crowd of friends, family, and well-wishers. Despite my nerves (read my post “2 Simple Keys to Survive a Book Event” to see how I got through it), all went well with the reading and the discussion during and after the presentation. Cake, brownies, and cookies! Thank you to all who made it a great night and all those who’ve come along for the ride during this past year.

November 16, 2012:

My husband and I, along with Art and Jan Brennan from Casa de Snapdragon Publishing, had a great time at the 6th Annual Awards Banquet for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in Albuquerque. We enjoyed dinner, met with old friends, and waited with anticipation as the winners were called. The night would have been complete if AJ had been able to attend, but she was stuck at home recuperating from surgery. It was a fun experience and we are honored to be finalists in the New Mexico biography category.

September 28, 2012:

We just received news that This New Mountain was chosen as a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in the biography category. Winners will be announced on November 16, 2012 at the 6th Annual Awards Banquet to be held in Albuquerque. We’ll let you know how it all turns out.

Rhythm of My Heart by Frances Fanning (another book released by our publisher Casa de Snapdragon Publishing) was also chosen as a finalist – in the first book category.

Thank you Casa de Snapdragon for your hard work and for all you do for your authors.

August 24, 2012:

l to r: AJ, Cate, and Janet Brennan (Editor in Chief at Casa de Snapdragon Publishing)

We had our first book signing for This New Mountain on August 24th. It was great to have so many friends and family come by to support us. Some well-wishers bought books for themselves or as gifts for others, some came to have their previously purchased books signed, while others just dropped by to say hi and chat. Thank you to all who came and cheered us on – you helped the hours fly by and chased away our nervousness with your friendly faces.

In case anyone missed this book signing, we’re scheduled for another one on Friday, September 28th from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Hastings on Juan Tabo (southeast corner of Lomas and Juan Tabo). Hope to see you there next month.

Thanks again!

August 13, 2012:

The first book signings for This New Mountain have been scheduled in Albuquerque:

  • August 24, 2012 • 5-8:00 pm • Hastings Books (Wyoming store, 505-299-7750)
  • September 28, 2012 • 5-8:00 pm • Hastings Books (Juan Tabo store, 505-296-6107)

If you’ve already bought the book (thank you!) but haven’t had it signed yet, come on by — AJ and I will take care of it for you. And if you’re in the neighborhood and just want to stop by and say hi, we’d love to chat.

Hope to see you there.

July 9, 2012:

For all those waiting for the Kindle and Nook editions of This New Mountain – they’re here!

Thanks to the hard work of the managing editor of Casa de Snapdragon Publishing, AJ Jackson’s memoir is now available in several e-book formats, with Apple and Kobo books to follow soon.

Books-A-Million has been added to the list of online booksellers in the United States who carry the paperback version of This New Mountain. Internationally, readers in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Norway, Sweden, India, and Italy can now order the book from their online stores as well.

We want to thank all those who already ordered our book. Don’t forget to come back and let us know what you think of AJ Jackson’s adventures.

Thank you!

June 7, 2012:

This New Mountain is now available to order on Amazon!

This New Mountain final cover

Final cover: This New Mountain


The folks at Casa de Snapdragon Publishing told us things would move quickly at a certain point – and they certainly have. After months of going through the too-slow (but necessary) process of proofing and tweaking the manuscript and front/back covers, the final-final-final proof was approved last night…and today AJ Jackson’s memoir is ready to order. Amazing.

Availability at Barnes & Noble will follow in the next few weeks, with e-book formats coming out sometime later this summer.

May 8, 2012:

This New Mountain is in the final proofing stage. We hope to have it available for all you anxious readers in late spring or early summer, 2012. Subscribe to our blog and we’ll keep you up-to-date on all the news as publication draws near.


2 thoughts on “News

  1. I just finished reading This New Mountain. What a fun book! What a gutsy person you are, AJ! Well written, Cate! I’ll be sharing my recommendation for this book with friends and family.


    • Thank you, Nadine! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. Listening to AJ’s stories as I wrote This New Mountain helped me be less fearful in my own life, I hope reading it did the same for you.


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