Entries by David Jessup

Our Promise

With three last great breaths, our dog Promise passed into the Great Beyond on a beautiful sunny Friday morning, September 2, 2016.  What we had thought was some sort of spinal injury, detected only two weeks earlier when she had difficulty keeping her hind legs under her, turned out to be a rampant form of […]

New Book Launch – October 1, 2016

My new book, Mariano’s Choice, will be featured at a book launch event on October 1, 2016, at Sylvan Dale Ranch.  The event includes a tour of historic sites described in the books, breakfast and lunch, followed by a reading and book signing, with proceeds going to the non-profit Heart-J Center for Experiential Education.  For […]


Book Review: Epitaph, by Mary Doria Russell

  So much has been written about the OK Corral I almost passed this book up. Now I consider Epitaph one of the best historical novels on the American West I’ve ever read. Historical fiction often suffers when authors dwell too much on historical fact at the expense of a good story, or as in […]

The Future of Agriculture: Mark Shepard to Speak at Sylvan Dale Ranch Jan. 8-10

If you’re at all concerned about the food we eat and how we grow it, you’ll want to attend this special workshop with Mark Shepard, acclaimed author of Restoration Agriculture, on January 8-10 at Sylvan Dale Ranch. Mark is one of the world’s foremost authorities on perennial eco-friendly agriculture.  Topics include soil restoration, multi-species grazing […]

Tour of Historic Sites from the novel Mariano’s Crossing

                    Please join David Jessup for a fun and informative presentation and tour that explores the real-life people and places that inspired his award-winning historical novel, Mariano’s Crossing. We’ll begin with breakfast at Sylvan Dale Ranch, followed by a presentation and a walking tour of the […]

Review – The Home Place, by Carrie LaSeur

The Home Place, by Carrie LaSeur This book has it all:  an amazing combination of mystery, romance and family dysfunction, with dark secrets from the past.  Above all, it’s an ode to kind of pull that brings you back to the place you grew up, even after you’ve tried to leave it.  I have felt […]

Little Sleepyhead, by Elizabeth McPike

Here’s a book for the little ones.  A sweet, bedtime story to read to one, two and three-year-olds.  It’s gentle rhymes are the kind of verse that when repeated, will pop back into children’s heads after they are grown up.  We sent the book to our new grandson, Orion, and can’t wait to read it […]

Book Tour by Laura Pritchett

One of my favorite authors may be coming your way. If you live in any of the cities listed below, be sue to attend Laura Pritchett’s reading and book signing event. She’s a prize-winning author from northern Colorado, and is a neighbor of ours. Two of her previous books are among my favorites: Hell’s Bottom, […]