Raven Books is an independent publishing and online retail store located in Grand Junction, the largest city in Western Colorado. With over 30 years of experience writing and publishing, Jerry and Phyllis Moorman (owners) were ready to leave their lengthy careers but weren’t ready to give up their love of writing and publishing. They decided to create a business where they could combine their talents and provide books designed for those with discriminating taste.
Dr. Jerry W. Moorman grew up in a small cotton-farming community in Mississippi. He often describes himself as “just an ole country boy from Mississippi.” Maybe that describes his inner essence, but he is also a retired Professor Emeritus of Business Research. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, a Master’s degree from Delta State University and a doctorate from Mississippi State University. He spent his career as a Professor and College Administrator, with over 20 years at Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction).
His love of writing led to five textbooks and numerous academic publications, newspaper columns, four novels, and one book of poetry.
He often presented his research and received awards both nationally and internationally for his research projects. In addition, he has spoken at numerous regional and national conferences on business and education. After retiring, his speaking engagements revolve around his books with presentations in bookstores including Barnes and Noble.
Phyllis Moorman grew up on a farm on the plains of Northern Colorado. Her background includes computer programming, college instructor for Business and Office Management, researcher, author and publisher. She has professionally designed websites for companies and enjoys using Photoshop® to create unique images for websites and book covers.
Her love for reading and writing started as a young girl as she found her hideaways in nooks and crannies around the old farmhouse or under shade trees in the vast yard. Her fascination with words grew with her, and many years later she’s still looking for nooks and crannies to snuggle into with paper and pen in tow. She has two active blogs, one for poetry and one for self-publishing.
As a publisher, she has helped bring to print numerous textbooks and novels over the last 25 years. Through Raven Books, she has authored a book of poetry and a comprehensive guide to self-publishing. She offers presentations and book signings to bookstores and writing groups.
Awards and Honors
Whatever Happened to Will: 3rd Place in Fiction: Action Adventure, 2016 Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association EVVY Award
Killer Tuition: a Mystery Book Club selection at Barnes and Noble (Grand Junction, CO).
A Body Less Perfect: 1st Place for Inspiration, 2008 Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association EVVY Award
Coahoma Street: required text for US History class (depicting growing up in the South in the 1960’s)
Select Quotes and Reviews
“His first books were outstanding, but I like this one the best. The pacing outstanding and highly suspenseful.” (Amazon review; Whatever Happened to Will)
“The story is entertaining and I had a hard time putting the book down once I started reading it. … I also think this story might make an interesting movie.” (Amazon review; Coahoma Street)
“It’s a killer. … You think you know what is going to happen, but then ….” (Amazon review; Killer Tuition)
“I have really enjoyed your writing and found it very uplifting. You have a gift for expression.” (Review; Power of a Raindrop)
- A Body Less Perfect
- Coahoma Street
- Killer Tuition
- Power of a Raindrop
- Self-Publishing: Sharing the Secrets
- Whatever Happened to Will