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December 11th
Mystery and Mistletoe

Writer's Showcase and Book Sale
Emcee: Helen Thorpe

PODCASTS Teasers: (Members, please log into the "Members Only" section of the website for the full version. Need help with the link, contact the webmaster.)
11-13-2014—Morley Swingle, Former Prosecutor
10-9-2014—Chuck Heidel, Boulder PD, Solving the Cold Case
9-11-2014—Harriet Hamilton, Coroner "Death in a Ski Town"

A few things to crow about:

Christine Goff announced the release of the ebooks in her Birdwatcher's Mystery Series. The first, A RANT OF RAVENS, went on sale November 14th. In addition, she has sold a sixth book in the series to Astor+Blue editions. A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS is scheduled for October 2015.

RMMWA member, Rex Burns had a great review in The Denver Post for his book BODY SLAM. Check it out here. Congrats, Rex.

Robert Kresge was one of the winners at the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. He took home a Tony Hillerman Award for Best Fiction for his Civil War spy thriller, SAVING LINCOLN. In his own words, he now has one gold and seven silvers. Way to go, Robert!

Morley Swingle, Former Prosecutor, with RMMWA members Donnell Ann Bell and Bonnie Biafore.

Congratulations to Barbara Graham whose latest novel, MURDER BY GRAVITY: The Coffin Quilt, is due out from Five Star in late December.

Joan Johnston's original ebook UNFORGET-TABLE will be available wherever ebooks are sold beginning November 15. (Cover attached). Former Delta army sergeant Joe Warren teams up with British socialite Lydia Benedict to search for a missing pearl necklace called "The Ghost."

Colleen Collins was interviewed by Festivale online magazine in conjunction with its review of A LAWYER'S PRIMER FOR WRITERS: FROM CRIMES TO COURTROOMS (co-authored with Shaun Kaufman). Here are the links to the interview and book review.

Terry Odell would like to thank everyone who preordered her latest release, WINDSWEPT DANGER. As mentioned in the October newsletter, Terry promised to donate all preorder royalties to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and thanks to all who ordered she will be writing a check in excess of $300.

Donnell Bell has all kinds of goodnews this month. Her romantic suspense, BURIED AGENDAS, releases November 6. Pikes Peak Library District has picked up BETRAYED, Donnell’s third novel, to be part of its book club. And finally, she learned that her second novel, DEADLY RECALL, received a four-star review from New Mexico reviewer Amber Fox.

Patricia Stoltey's standalone suspense novel, DEAD WRONG, is scheduled for release November 19, 2014 from Five Star. Lynnette Foster is a woman on the run, but she's dead wrong about who's chasing her.

At last, the slideshow from October's meeting. Check it out:



Gerald Elias announces that "Pea Soup," the first in his trilogy of bizarre backwoods New England short stories, has just been released in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #14.

The next, "Christmas Concerto" was selected by Level Best Books for their 2015 anthology entitled Rogue Wave, and will be on bookshelves soon. "Christmas Concerto," with a parrot who wouldn't talk, also received an honorable mention for the Al Blanchard award at the New England Crime Bake.

And in the spring, "The Day After Memorial Day," with shades of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, will be in the May issue of Berkshire Magazine.

Linda Joffe Hull announces the release of BLACK THURSDAY, the latest in the Mrs. Frugalicious mystery series.

When Maddie Michaels, AKA Mrs. Frugalicious, is invited to take a local news crew with her on a Black Friday shopping expedition, she's excited to show viewers at home how to score the season's best savings. Despite a negative comment from Contrary Claire—the sole naysayer in her growing Frugarmy—Maddie is hopeful her first TV appearance will be a bargain-savvy success.

But Black Friday eve takes a bleak turn when a shopper is crushed beneath a pallet of toasters. After learning that the victim could be Contrary Claire, it becomes clear that Claire has made more than one enemy. Maddie finds herself dealing once again with a murder investigation. Will she catch the killer before someone else is slashed like a sale price?

Colorado author and Michigan native M.L. Rowland's MURDER OFF TEH BEATEN PATH, the second in the breakout series of Search and Rescue mysteries featuring Gracie Kinkaid, releases October 7, 2014. The series is published by Penguin Random House under its Berkeley Prime Crime label.

Rowland’s first book in the series, ZERO-DEGREE MURDER, was released in January 2014 to rave reviews. Of ZERO-DEGREE MURDER, Library Journal wrote: "This exciting, seriously good adventure debut deserves a place in your book carts. With her spunky female leading the way, Rowland dishes out generous portions of adrenaline rush. …Her adventure writing style has real flair."

Soft-cover and electronic versions of both MURDER OFF THE BEATEN PATH and ZERO-DEGREE MURDER are available at Amazon (www.amazon.com) and Barnes and Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com), in Barnes and Noble bookstores as well as local bookstores and libraries.

F.T. (Fleur) Bradley's third book in the middle-grade trilogy Double Vision, entitled DOUBLE VISION: THE ALIAS MEN was released on October 14th (HarperCollins Children's). School Library Journal calls the books, "A must read for mystery fans, including reluctant readers." Find out more about the Double Vision trilogy, and where to find Fleur at www.ftbradley.com.

Mark Stevens, RMMWA VP is going on tour with his latest book TRAPLINE. "Colorado’s stunningly beautiful Flat Tops Wilderness hides some nasty secrets ... Allison's third adventure (BURIED BY THE ROAN, 2011, etc.) combines a loving portrait of a beautiful area with an ugly, all-too-believable conspiracy that could have been ripped from today's headlines." - Kirkus Reviews

(click to see full tour):
Friday, Nov. 21
Tattered Cover Book Store
1628 16th St. Denver
7 p.m.
(Launch Event)

Warren Hammond's fourth book, Tides of Maritinia,has been sold to HarperCollins. Part science fiction, part spy novel, Tides tells the story of an assassin on a mission to overthrow the despotic regime of a far-flung world. Working undercover, he'll soon find himself trapped in a web of conflicting loyalties that will leave him wondering who his true enemies are. The e-book will release on 12/2 with a print edition to follow soon thereafter. 

RMMWA has a new Newsletter Editor. Suzanne Proulx takes over for Bonnie Ramthun starting this month.

Bonnie has produced our newsletter for ten years, and done an amazing job! We want to thank her for her long time service and contributions, and wish her well in her new Indie Publishing endeavors. We know she's going to find HUGE success!

Suzanne is a longtime mystery writer and member of the RMMWA community. The author of the Vicky Lucci, Hospital Risk Management series, she is also a freelance editor for William S. Hein & Co., Inc. (working mostly on law-related books) and recently co-chaired Left Coast Crime 2013. We want to thank Suzanne for stepping up to fill Bonnie's shoes (a daunting task). We have no doubts she'll do a bang-up job. Welcome!

Barbara Nickless's WHITE LINE FEVER is a finalist for Killer Nashville's Claymore Award, given each year to the best first 50 pages of an unpublished manuscript not currently under contract.

Darla Bartos's breakout thriller, MIDNIGHT IN MALAMULELE, is now available on Amazon and Smashwords.

A scream pierces the South African night, sending the small Mother of Angels convent into turmoil. Annabelle Chase, a visiting crime reporter from Denver, discovers a murdered nun. This leads her, along with local detective N.F. Baloyi, into a savage confrontation with machete-wielding ritual killers.

Maria Kelson announced she has won the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, administered by Sisters in Crime. The award, for an unpublished work, supports a writer "in activities related to writing and career development." She'll be attending Sleuthfest 2015 to pitch the book. Congratulations and best of luck!

Rex Burns is happy to report that CRUDE CARRIER, published on October 7, received a nice review in Booklist. Set in London and aboard a supertanker at sea, it deals with theft and murder in the oil transport industry. Congratulations, Rex!

Terry Odell will donate all royalties from pre-order sales of her upcoming release WINDSWEPT DANGER, the sixth book in the Blackthorne, Inc. series, to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It's 99 cents on pre-orders, and goes live on Oct. 27th. She describes her book as "the Stepford Wives meet Hotel California." Can a feisty security agent who hates taking orders and a covert ops specialist who has something to prove, put aside their own differences and their own agendas long enough to uncover the secrets of Windswept Heights?

Gumshoe Review had this to say: "Odell manages to keep the characters consistent with their background while ramping up the tension. Readers have to wonder if they can keep their emotions in check long enough to get the job done? While the bigger questions are will they make it out with the information they've gathered, and what will Blackthorne do with it? Just when you think the stories going one way, it takes some pretty twisty turns that keep you on the edge of you chair and flipping the pages."

You can read the full review here: http://www.gumshoereview.com/php/Review-id.php?id=4580

Becky Martinez (writing as Rebecca Grace) has received the art work for the cover of her first mystery, BLUES AT 11. She is waiting for a publishing date to be announced by The Wild Rose Press.

BLUES is a humorous contemporary mystery: When TV anchorman Kimberly Delagarza is falsely accused of murder she finds herself on the other end of the news cycle. Instead of driving a fancy car, she may be on the big bus headed for the big house. Instead of designer clothes she may soon be wearing an orange jumpsuit. And the only man she might ask for help is a man she once wronged.

Sara Sue Hoklotubbe spoke to a crowd of more than 700 people and signed her latest release, SINKING SUSPICIONS, at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Of 100 invited authors, she was one of only nine in the fiction/mystery category. (Look for her presentation on YouTube in the near future.) The annual event brings in more than 200,000 festival goers each year.

SINKING SUSPICIONS (University of Arizona Press, September 2014), Sara's third book in the Sadie Walela series, offers a heartwarming story of loss and redemption, murder and healing in Oklahoma's modern-day Indian Country, a tale that mixes stolen identity with a fast-paced search for a killer. Author Craig Johnson described it as: "One heck of a good read."

Sara's next events are at Clues Unlimited Book Store in Tucson, Ariz., on October 25 where she will discuss "Unraveling the Mystery: Native Sleuths and Storytellers," and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference November 6-8 in Santa Fe where she will sit on a panel with Anne Hillerman.

Ellen Byerrum's10th book in her Crime of Fashion Mysteries, LETHAL BLACK DRESS, is now available as an ebook on Amazon and the trade paperback will be out this month. After being published previously by New American Library, Penguin Putnam, Byerrum is independently publishing LBD, in a bigger and better format, and she is gratified by the reception the book has had so far.

Rob Kresge says, the New Mexico Book Co-op released its list of finalists for the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, winners to be named in mid-November. SAVING LINCOLN is a finalist for Best Historical Novel and a finalist for Best Mystery/Suspense. I’m grateful to make it to this level, but I'm up against some stiff competition in all those categories. (Six times a bridesmaid so far). We're rooting for you, Rob!

Mike Befeler is proud to announce that he has signed a contract with Courtney Literary for the publication of his thriller, THE TESLA LEGACY, and a contract for an audio book release of THE BACK WING with Books in Motion.

Harriet Hamilton, Summit County Deputy Coroner, presented a great program on September 11th, complete with grisley slides and "gallows humor." Here are a few highlight pictures.

Rex Burns is happy to announce that CRUDE CARRIER, the second in his father-daughter private eye Touchstone Series, will be coming out on October 7 from Mysterious Press/ Open Road. Set in London and aboard a super-tanker at sea, it deals with theft and murder in the oil transport industry. Congratulations, Rex!

Rob Kresge is pleased to announcethat his 2013 standalone spy thriller SAVING LINCOLN is a finalist for the Macavity/Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best historical mystery, the winner to be named at Bouchercon in Long Beach the second weekend in November. Fellow finalists include the incomparable David Morrell of Santa Fe for MURDER AS A FINE ART and Catriona McPherson.



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