• How Do You Go On After You've Lost Everything?


    Over several terrifying summers, deadly wildfires raged across Colorado. Lives were lost, and the flames destroyed thousands of homes. When the smoke cleared and only rubble remained, survivors were left trying to find a way forward against devastating loss. The aftermath of that destruction would span many years, and its effects are still felt today.


    In Phoenix Rising, twenty women share their stories of fire, the terror they felt as flames engulfed their communities, and the dark desperation that followed. And how—in the ensuing weeks and months—they worked to recreate a life from the ashes. Their tales of fear and bravery, of deep compassion and heart-rending grief, offer an uplifting chronicle of human courage and resilience.


  • In this gem of a book written by women united by wildfire, we have the privilege of stepping into those moments to stand in the hallways of their shock and fear, grief and disorientation, and then, armed with the wisdom of retrospection, walking out into whatever comes next.

    From the Foreword by Megan Feldman Bettencourt



    Available at Bookstores everywhere on April 5th and at your favorite online retailers

  • Two women united by wildfire had a dream to reach other women who suffered alone...


    Co-Authors Leslie Aplin Wharton and Kristen Moeller both lost their homes in Colorado wildfires.


    Leslie has a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Along with working on a memoir and gathering stories for Phoenix Rising she is a caregiver for the elderly in Bellingham, Washington.




    Kristen has a Masters in Counseling and she is the author of Waiting for Jack and What are you Waiting For? A TEDx speaker, she has been featured on NPR, ABC, NBC, Fox news and Tiny House Nation.








  • Phoenix Rising Fund

    Giving back what was so freely given to us... 

    Twenty percent of author proceeds will be donated to the Phoenix Rising Fund which supports therapeutic writing programs for women who are dealing with natural disasters in Colorado.

    Please email kristen@morganjamespublishing.com 

    to find out more