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July 19th
RMMWA Gun Shoot and Forensics Workshop
at Whispering Pines Gun Club

DELVE (an online writing community) is offering an extended class with well-known thriller/mystery writer. Character in Conflict with David Corbett will run three Tuesdays in July, starting July 8th 5-6:30 pm MDT. The course is based on David's book, THE ART OF CHARACTER: CREATING MEMORABLE CHARACTERS FOR FICTION, FILM AND TV, which has been hailed as "a writer's bible that will lead you to your character's soul." Thanks to Mark Steven, RMMWA members can take the class for a reduced rate ($99 instead of the normal $125). In addition to benefitting members directly, RMMWA will receive 30% of the reduced registration price, benefitting our membership as well. For more information and/or to register with the discount, please click here.

PODCASTS: We regret to say, we had a technical malfunction on the taping of the April Program. However, Laura Manuel was kind enough to share her PowerPoint presentation with us. Log into the "Members Only" section and take a look!

Podcast teasers below. Members, please log into the "Members Only" section of the website for the full version. Need help with the link, contact the webmaster.

5-8-2013—David Keil, PI Investigations and Strategies

3-13-2014—Kirk Mitchell, Denver Post Columnist on Cold Cases

2-13-2014—Deb Courtney of Courtney Literary and Aaron Brown of Delve Writing on Publicity and Promotion

1-9-2014—Greggory LaBerge, Director of Denver Crime Lab

A few things to crow about:

Catherine Dilts' story "The Last Real Cowboy: a Murder in the Rockies," is featured on the cover of the September issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Way to go, Catherine!

RMMWA member Gerald Elias is having a busy year. While he continues to consider future exploits for Daniel Jacobus, here's what's bearing fruit:

A behind the scenes story in Berkshire Magazine of
a two-week tour of China and Japan from the perspective of the soon-to-be-retired wardrobe trunks.

A concert review of the Utah Symphony and guest artist, Matthew Zalkind.

An op-ed on climate change.

His thoughts on performing "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz on the tour with the Berlioz Society.

Composing a commissioned piece for a Labor Day concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of Canyonlands National Park. Subject William Grandstaff, an intriguing late-19th century African American cattleman.

And an honorable mention in a prestigious short story competition. Stay tuned for more.

Mike Befeler is pleased to announcethe release of the third book in his Geezer-lit Mystery Series, SENIOR MOMENTS ARE MURDER, in audio from Books in Motion. Crank up those hearing aids and get to reading!

Hey, everyone, just to let you know, RMMWA member, Twist Phelan has done it again. She is nominated in the Short Story category for a 2014 Thriller Award for "Footprints in the Water (Ellery Queen). Way to go, Twist! Whoo Hoo! And, breaking news, she won the Ellis!

RMMWA Montana member, Lise McClendon announces her new suspense novel, THE GIRL IN THE EMPTY DRESS, releases in May. The new novel is the sequel to her much-loved mystery, BLACKBIRD FLY. Merle Bennett, middle of five sisters, is back in France celebrating her fiftieth birthday. She's brought her sisters along for a walking tour of the Dordogne. One sister invites a law colleague along who turns out to be annoying and secretive. When this "sixth wheel" finds an injured dog along the road the idyllic summer vacation takes a dark and dangerous turn. Why is everyone after this dog? Merle has to juggle teenagers, sibling bickering, two boyfriends, and the French legal system to find out who the "GIRL IN THE EMPTY DRESS" really is and what she wants.  

Mike Befeler announces that the 6th book in his "Geezer Lit" Mystery Series, NURSING HOMES ARE MURDER, will be released May 21, 2014. The police ask crotchety octogenarian Paul Jacobson to go undercover in a nursing home in Honolulu to assist with investigating a sexual assault. While struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss, Paul discovers clues to what has now become a murder and deals with the wacky residents and their peculiar personalities. Paul puts all the pieces together and must use all his geezer resources when the killer comes after him.

—or not:

Last night's meeting was punctuated with the kind of drama you expect only at Mystery Writers of America meetings. Laura Manuel gave an educational and entertaining program (she's really funny), then ended the evening with the promised "hands-on with handcuffs" segment. That's when things went bad. Jedeane MacDonald ended up manacled and no one--not even the presenters or R.T. Lawton, trusty retired DEA who carries his own handcuff key, could get her out. It took a field trip to the Firehouse (accompanied by Chris Goff and Christine Joregenson), a half-dozen firefighters and the "jaws of life" to free her. in her own words:

When I got home, I called my son, who lives next door: "Can you come over? Something happened this evening."
He thundered into my house. 
I said, "I had to be rescued tonight."
"Oh, my God, Mom.  What happened?"

The abbreviated version of my story went like this.
"It was all Chris Goff's fault because she snapped the manacle on me.  We ended up at Fire Station No. 1 at Colfax and Speer.  The firemen were skeptical of  three nicely dressed women, one with handcuffs dangling from her wrist, because on Colfax kinky stuff happens."

Of course she elaborated on the efforts of  the hunky firemen to release her from bondage—details about the "Jaws of Death" and the tense moments when her wrist was secured in the vise. What she didn't tell him was that she's up for another reason to be rescued! The one who cut her loose—Whoo Boy!

And we totally forgot to take pictures!

Our RMMWA Meeting reader was Bruce Most, a former freelance writer whose articles appeared in such magazines as Parade, TV Guide, American Way, Popular Science, and Travel & Leisure. He also ghost wrote a self-help book. His previous two novels, published by St. Martin’s Press, were about a bail bondswoman, Ruby Dark, set in Denver: BONDED FOR MURDER and MISSING BONDS. He has the e-rights back. Watch for a relaunch of the titles. His new book is ROPE BURN, featuring big city detective, Nick DeNunzio, who passes through a small Wyoming community and hires on to stop a brutal string of cattle thefts and catch the modern-day rustlers. Check out his new website: http://www.brucewmost.com/

And the Edgar® Winners are:

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Simon & Schuster – Atria Books)

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood (Penguin Group USA - Penguin Books)
The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)
America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture by Erik Dussere (Oxford University Press)

"The Caston Private Lending Library & Book Depository” – Bibliomysteriesby John Connolly (Mysterious)
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)

Ketchup Clouds by Amanda Pitcher (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

“Episode 1” – The Fall,Teleplay by Allan Cubitt (Netflix)
"That Wentworth Letter" – Criminal Element’s Malfeasance Occasional By Jeff Soloway (St. Martin’s Press)
Robert Crais
Carolyn Hart
Aunt Agatha’s Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan

MORE ON THE AWARDS FRONT—some RMMWA members to honor!

Colorado Authors' League Award winners include:

Rope Burn by Bruce W. Most in the Book Adult Fiction Genre category

“Footprints in Water” by Twist Phelan in the Short fiction: Adult/Children category

International Thriller Writers Award nominees (to be announced at ThrillerFest in July in NYC) include:

“Footprints in the Water" (Ellery Queen) by Twist Phelan in the Short fiction: Adult/Children category

And, Colorado Book Award nominees (to be announced 6/13/2014 at the CBA in Aspen, CO) include:

In Mystery:
DESPERADO: A MILE HIGH NOIR by Manuel Ramos (Arte Publico Press)
MISSING by C.T. Jorgensen (Five Star Publishing)

In Genre:
DOCTOR LOVEBEADS by Gary Reilly (Running Meter Press) –Mark Stevens, RMMWA  VP, is the publisher.

Way to go Mystery Writers! We're rooting for all of you! Whoo Hoo!

Welcome to new member Janie Chodosh. Her first book, DEATH SPIRAL, A Faith Flores Science Mystery came out April 1st from The Poisoned Pencil, the new young adult imprint of The Poisoned Pen. Death Spiral features 16-year-old Faith Flores, tenacious, whip-smart, and real, as she sets out to find the true cause of her mom's death. Congrats!

Mike Befeler has signed a contract with Worldwide Mystery, a Harlequin imprint, for the publication of a paperback edition of the fifth book in his Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, Care Home Are Murder.

Marcia Rowland is happy to announcethe publication of her new novel, ZERO-DEGREE MURDER, the first in a new Search and Rescue mystery series featuring Gracie Kinkaid, from Putnam Penguin. Congratulations, Marcia! 

THE LAST HEIR, the third installment in Chuck Greaves' Shamus Award, Rocky Award, and Audie Award-finalist series of legal mysteries, will be in bookstores in June of 2014.  When the heir to a California winery empire turns up missing, attorney Jack MacTaggart travels to Napa Valley where he learns the hard way that while blood may be thicker than water, money is a powerful anti-coagulant.

Margi Desmond sold her first first Whodunit, “iMurder,” to the online mystery magazine Over My Dead Body! The story features an obnoxious parent with a smartphone who disrupts a PTA meeting. Once the baked goods run out, so does everyone’s patience. She is also pleased to announce “Goodbye, Poppy” has been accepted for publication by O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. The story features a woman who travels to see her terminally ill WWII veteran grandfather while her husband is deployed in Afghanistan. Margi is an Army wife from Colorado Springs, who is currently stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. Way to go, Margi!

Lise McClendon is re-launching her suspense Novel, BLACKBIRD FLY, with a new cover in anticipation of the sequel, coming in May. Blackbird Fly was originally published in 2009 and has been an Amazon bestseller. The sequel, The Girl in the Empty Dress, finds Merle again in France, on a walking tour with her four sisters. When the sixth member of their party, an unpleasant, secretive woman, finds an injured dog by the side of the road, their idyllic stroll through the backroads of the Dordogne turns on its head. Watch for it in May!

Mike Befeler just got some great news. The fourth book in his Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, CRUISING IN YOUR EIGHTIES IS MURDER, will be published in a paperback edition by Worldwide Mystery, a Harlequin imprint. Whoo hoo!!

Rebecca Hale announces the release of her latest, HOW TO PAINT A CAT, March 4, 2014. Yay, Rebecca. Here's a sneak preview: San Francisco isn't the biggest city in the country, but it feels pretty vast when you're canvassing its neighborhoods looking for clues to your missing uncle's hidden location. Aided by my two cats, Rupert and Isabella, I try to follow Uncle Oscar's painted clues on a trail that leads from Coit Tower's famous murals through San Francisco's New Deal Art—all while hoping my uncle's sudden disappearance is unrelated to the murdered intern at City Hall. Just when it seems our search has hit a wall, we receive some surprising help from beyond. But will it be enough to save us from our own brushes with death? Here's hoping we don't paint ourselves into a corner...

Manuel Ramos has been invited to be part of a panel that will discuss "Chicana/o Noir: Murder, Mayhem and Mexican Americans" at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs annual conference, scheduled for February 26-March 1 in Seattle.  Manuel will join Lucha Corpi (Oakland), Michael Nava (San Francisco) and Sarah Cortez (Houston) in what should be an intriguing and lively discussion. For more information check out his website or lively blog!

Down and Out Books is set to release CHASING CHARLIE CHAN: Special Edition featuring collected crime fiction by J. L. Abramo.  The eBook volume includes two complete mystery novels (Chasing Charlie Chan and Catching Water in a Net), a Jake Diamond short story (One Hit Wonder), sample chapters from three additional Abramo titles (Clutching at Straws, Counting to Infinity and Gravesend), and a sneak preview of the soon to be published fourth Jake Diamond mystery Circling the Runway.

Chasing Charlie Chan: Special Edition will be featured in Amazon’s Kindle Countdown beginning on March 4, 2014.

Shannon Baker is excited to announce that BROKEN TRUST, the second in the Nora Abbott Mystery Series is slated for March release from Midnight Ink. Congratulations, Shannon! Here’s a description: "Hoping for a new beginning, Nora Abbott takes a job at Loving Earth Trust in Boulder, Colorado. But the trust is rife with deceit and corruption and the body count is climbing. With The help of her mother and a Hopi kachina that technically doesn’t exist, Nora races to stop a deadly plot to decimate one of the planet's greatest natural resources."

Lise McClendon released a brand, spanking new mystery short story, SNOW TRAIN, featuring her 1940s Kansas City private eye, Dorie Lennox. Dorie is featured in the mysteries One O'clock Jump and Sweet and Lowdown, published by St. Martin's Press. The short story is set two weeks after Pearl Harbor, in late December 1941, when the US is plunged into war. Dorie is on a train between St.
Louis and Kansas City when a blizzard hits. You can read SNOW TRAIN for free by subscribing to Lise's newsletter. Or you can read it on your Kindle app or device . Congratulations, Lise!

Catherine Dilts has a short story coming in the May issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (AHMM). It goes on sale February 25. "Tweens" tells the story of Caroline Omiata, a Tween—too old to find a job, and too young to retire. When living with her daughter's family doesn't work out, Caroline accepts an offer from a brassy former co-worker that she can't refuse. The late night deliveries and envelopes full of cash convince Caroline they are disposing of Mob hits, but her troubles escalate when she joins an environmental group seeking publicity for their cause, no matter the cost.by Catherine Dilts appears in the May 2014—available February 25.  This is Catherine’s second sale to AHMM! Congrats!

Becky Martinez, aka Rebecca Grace, announces her romantic suspense DEAD MAN'S RULES, has just been released for Kindle.  This is the first of a three part series set in a fictional New Mexico town.

When tabloid reporter Cere Medina decides to dig into the mysterious cold case death of Marco Gonzales, she hopes it will save her career. Instead, she unearths enough secrets to make a small town explode. Not to mention putting her on the wrong side of the town's fascinating sheriff, Sheriff Rafe Tafoya. Behind it all lurks the ghostly presence of Marco, who has everyone playing by a dead man's rules...

Rex Burns, RMMWA Edgar®-winning member, announces the release of his new book BODY SLAM (MysteriousPress.com/Open Road Media) on February 11, 2014. When wrestling impresario, Otto Lidke, is threatened by thugs, he reaches out to an old friend and PI, Jim Raiford, to dig up some dirt on the men who are trying to put him out of business. Instead he gets Raiford’s daughter, Julie—a whip-smart sleuth looking to prove she’s every bit as savvy as her father. As Julie and her dad dig into the vicious world of small-time wrestling, they find that though the fights may be fixed, the danger is all too real. This promises to be a good read!

Our new Vice President, Mark Stevens signed a two-book deal with Midnight Ink. TRAPLINE, the third book in the Allison Coil Mystery Series, will be published in Fall 2014. TRAPLINE follows the first two titles in the series, ANTLER DUST and BURIED BY THE ROAN (a 2012 Colorado Book Awards finalist.) The series is set in the Flat Tops Wilderness of Western Colorado.

David Hansard announces the release of his novel, ONE MINUTE GONE. "In the West, where Porter Hall was raised, the most dangerous animals are bears, snakes and mountain lions. In New York City, where he’s raising two children alone, the most dangerous may be called “neighbor."  Now available on Amazon.



Mark Your Calendars!
(See Authors page for author signings)


July 19thGun Shoot and Forensics workship with Tom Adair

September 11thHarriet Hamilton, Deputy Coroner in Summit County on "Death in a Ski Town"

October 9thChuck Heidel, Solving the Marty Grisham Murder

November 13tht.b.a.

December 11thMember Showcase