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Thursday, December 12th RMMWA Holiday Party
The Fourth Denver Noir@Bar
Saturday, December 14th Brunch with the acclaimed
Peter Farris, Noir@Bar headliner 11 am-1 pm
Hanson's Bar & Grill, 1301 S Pearl St, Denver
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few things to crow about:
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.
At 11:00 PST, noon MST, 1:00 PM CST, 2:00 PM EST, John Raab of Suspense Magazine and Suspense Radio will interview bestselling mystery author Beth Groundwater about her two series, the RM Outdoor Adventures series and the Claire Hanover gift basket designer series, including her latest critically-acclaimed release, A BASKET OF TROUBLE. Tune in online.
Shannon Baker, Ted Ritter of the Denver Police Department and Liesa Malik - November 14th Meeting.
Donnell Ann Bell was excited to learn in October that DEADLY RECALL, her January release from Bell Bridge Books is a 2014 EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) finalist in Suspense/Thriller category. Winners will be announced in March in San Antonio at EPICon. Great news,
Patricia Smith Wood has been named a finalist in the 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards for THE EASTER EGG MURDER, in two categories: Fiction - Mystery/Suspense; and First Book.
The winners will be revealed at the annual Awards Banquet on November 15, 2013.
Barbara Graham has a new book. MURDER BY SUNLIGHT: THE CHARITY QUILT is the fifth in the Quilted Mystery series from Five Star/ Gale-Cengage. Available in hardcover and ebook.
"Already sweltering in the summer sunshine, crimes heat up tiny Park County, Tennessee. A corpse in a tree signals the start of an onslaught of murder, mischief and mayhem. Sheriff Tony Abernathy and his small staff are overworked. His wife, Theo, a quilt shop owner, is drawn into the hunt for clues—not just the ones in her mystery quilt (pattern included)."
The First Line, an MWA qualifying professional market for short fiction and
articles publishing four times a year since 1999, just announced the first lines for 2014. Print copies are available
at The Tattered Cover and ePubs via their web site thefirstline.com.
their web site:
purpose of The First Line is to jump start the imagination—to help writers break through the block that is the blank page. Each issue contains short stories that stem from a common first line; it also provides a forum for
discussing favorite first lines in literature. The First Line is an exercise in creativity for writers and a chance for readers to see how many different directions we can take when we start from the same place. (Now paying $25 to $50 per short fiction story.)
2014 First Lines:
Carlos discovered _____ [fill in the blank] under a pile of shoes in the back
of his grandmother's closet.
Due date: February 1, 2014
"Please, Sylvia, give me a moment to think."
Due date: May 1, 2014
Fifty miles west of Bloomington lies Hillsboro, a monument to middle-class malaise.
Due date: August 1, 2014
We went as far as the car would take us.
Due date: November 1, 2014
all stories must start with the appropriate first line, and you cannot change
it in any way unless otherwise indicated.
Befeler’s paranormal Harold and Bella geezer-lit mystery, THE BACK WING (Courtney Literary) feature aging witches, vampires, werewolves and shape-shifters, who use their special abilities to solve two murders in a very unique retirement community. THE BACK WING is now available in print and as an e-book. Here is what Edgar winner Rex Burn's has to say:
“Mike Befeler has crafted a witty and fast-moving paranormal puzzle set in a retirement home. Where else could one enjoy the image of being gummed on the neck by a toothless vampire with dementia? It’s a fun read!”
NYT bestselling author and RMMWA member, Rebecca Hale announces the publication of a novella in August and a new book in October. ODE TO A FISH SANDWICH, a story about a man, a fish, and the daily special, is published by Green Vase Publishing, available as an ebook novella at Amazon, B&N, and Kobo in August.
Jilted at the altar, Dr. Walcott Emerson Jones decides to set off on his honeymoon without his runaway bride.
Along the way, he befriends a chef at the local beachside diner.
But the calculating cook has broader ambitions, and the spurned diamond ring hanging from the doctor’s neck is a prize too tempting to resist.
AFOOT ON ST. CROIX, a chilling tale of mayhem in the Virgin Islands…, is due out in October 2013 from Penguin.
For tourists, the idyllic island of St. Croix is a perfect escape from the world. For Charlie Baker, it's a trap. He hasn't set foot on the island since his life fell apart there ten years ago. But now his ex-wife is luring him back with a promise of a family reunion—a promise she keeps breaking.
He always knew Mira was a little crazy, but returning one last time—determined to see his children no matter what—he's about to discover just how crazy she is. And with a mysterious figure lurking in the shadows who could be the source of the terrifying Goat Foot Woman legend, he will also learn what dark fate the island has in store for him.
Gerald Elias announces that his macabre short story, "A Student of History," has just been released in an Amazon crime anthology called Kwik Krimes. To be included all stories must be under 1,000 words. Gerald's came in at a lean and mean 538.
Mike Befeler’s latest geezer-lit mystery, CARE HOMES ARE MURDER was released on June 19th. In the fifth in the Paul Jacobson geezer-lit mystery series, the crotchety octogenarian returns to Hawaii for a vacation with his family and becomes involved in a series of crimes, while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss. He faces a number of strange coincidences involving acts of vandalism, drug dealers and two murders. The question is, can he put all the pieces together, escape a watery grave, and solve the murders?
From Chuck Greaves: Exciting news, HUSH MONEY was just named a finalist for the prestigious Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America; and GREEN-EYED LADY, my third novel overall and the second installment in my Jack MacTaggart series of legal mysteries, is in bookstores nationwide as of June 25th. It is available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook, wherever books are sold (Amazon, B&N, Apple, etc.) So far, the reviews for the book have been great. For the latest from Criminal Element, you canclick here.
Just in from Gerald Elias:
Here are a couple of recent writings I hope you'll enjoy. The first, a short, tongue-in-cheek essay called "Music To Die For" is about my unlikely descent into a career in writing after a lifetime in music. The second is a remembrance of the great maestro, Sir Colin Davis, who was principal guest conductor of the Boston Symphony for many of the years I was there, and who provided me with inspiration not only for music but also for life. Music To Die For: Sir Colin Davis Remembered:
Coming soon--My own blog in which you, the reader, can be an accomplice to a murder (mystery, that is)! Stay tuned!!
Manuel Ramos' interview with Steve Chavis of KUVO in Denver about his new novel DESPERADO is now posted online. Click here! They talk about noir fiction, North Denver and importance of place in writing, etc.
Steven R. Berger announcs the release of THE 5th ESTATE: A late night knock sends writer SEBASTIAN WREN mentally back 30-some years because the woman at the door resembles his former lover, MORGAN O’CONNOR. It is Morgan’s born-out-of-wedlock daughter CHELSEA. She came to solicit Sebastian’s help to get back her kidnapped mother. Sebastian realizes Chelsea could not be his daughter, but the twin mysteries of her parentage and her mother’s abduction, along with a scant clue on a cell phone, send the pair to L.A. where Sebastian is reunited with several old friends from his college days.
The reunion introduces friends to help the pair on their journey. A phone call demands a ransom to be paid in Seattle––where Morgan had moved to ensure Chelsea’s father would have no knowledge of her. The couple trek up north only to face kidnappers that manage to pull a switch; Morgan is free, but Chelsea becomes captive, and the action switches back to L.A. where a plot more sinister than kidnapping and simple ransom is finally revealed.
Terry Odell announces that ROOTED IN DANGER, book 3 in her Blackthorne, Inc. series has been named a finalists in the romantic suspense category for the 2013 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence! The results will be announced on June 15th. Good luck, Terry.
Mike Befeler’s latest humorous mystery novel, THE V V AGENCY (ISBN 978-1-61009-073-5), is being released by Oak Tree Press in April, 2013. This paranormal urban fantasy follows Befeler’s other mysteries including Retirement Homes Are Murder, Living With Your Kids Is Murder, a finalist for the 2009 Lefty Award for best humorous mystery, Senior Moments Are Murder and Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder, a finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2012.
Imagine a dash of Philip Marlowe wrapped in an urban fantasy. The V V Agency is a paranormal mystery that spoofs the PI subgenre and introduces the transvictus--a unique shape shifter. Van and Vanna run a detective agency, but clients never see them together for a simple reason. A sexual encounter transforms one into the other, and nudity renders them invisible. This presents some interesting dilemmas for his and her love lives, but gives them a distinct advantage when doing detective work. Van and Vanna take the case of a woman suspected of killing her husband.
The V V Agency is available on Amazon.com and Oaktreebooks.com.
What others say about The V V Agency:
"A cheeky PI story with a fresh urban-fantasy twist. It’s a snub nose revolver loaded with intrigue and chuckles." --Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown
Beth Groundwater announces her new release on June 8th: FATAL DESCENT
Between a rock and a hard paddle
Mandy Tanner and her fiance Rob are leading an offseason rafting-climbing trip in Utah’s remote Canyonlands. Experienced guides, Mandy and Rob know they have to keep their cool after one of their group, Alex Anderson, appears to have become bear bait. Walled off from the outside world with eleven shell-shocked clients and miles of Colorado River whitewater ahead, Mandy’s nerves threaten to unravel when she learns that Alex’s death was not the work of a homicidal grizzly. Whether it was a crime of passion or the random act of a psychopath, Mandy fears that if they don’t root out the river rat among them, another camper will be running the rapids in a body bag.
"The tension runs high in Groundwater’s absorbing third RM Outdoor Adventures mystery...Scenic descriptions and folklore add atmosphere to a suspenseful tale." --Publishers Weekly, April 8, 2013
Steve Schreivogel of St. Anthony Health Foundation, Kathleen Mayer Program Director Flight for Life, Sheila Holliday and Tom Holliday at the May 9th meeting.
From Robert Kresge: His fourth historical novel, the Civil War spy thriller SAVING LINCOLN, based on true events, will be published this week. He is taping a segment about it on local TV (KOB Channel 4) and will be speaking at Malice Domestic in DC. But the ultimate gigat noon on Monday, May 6th, he will be speaking and signing at the Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress. Check out his website
for more info. www.robertkresge.com.
Check out Manuel Ramos' trailer for DESPERADO, his latest book. He will be signing on April 27, 2 p.m. at the Broadway Book Mall.
Rex Burns and Darla Bartos flank our Guest Speaker, Dr. Kim Gorgens, at the April Meeting. Next up: Flight For Life on May 11th.
RMMWA does Left Coast Crime 2013. Check out the slide show at LCC 2013 for more pictures!
RMMWA's Concealed Weapons Fashion Show emceed by Ellen Byerrum and featuring RMMWA members C.M. Wendelboe and Twist Phelan, with assistance from Bonnie Ramthun was a BIG HIT at Left Coast Crime 2013!!
Leisa Malik manning the booth!
Twist Phelan and Jack Chapple, the bride and groom!
(See Authors page for author signings)
December 12RMMWA Holiday Party; The Fourth Annual Noir at the Bar
January 9Greggory LaBerge, Director-Forensics and Evidence Division, Denver Police Department .