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August 21-22
Mystery Roundup
RMMWA Roadtrip to Albuquerque, NM
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5-14-2015—Mass Murder - Stephen and Joyce Singular
4-9-2015David Morrell
3-12-2015—Jane Cracraft PI
2-12-2015—Sami Jo Lien "Publicity 101"

A few things to crow about:

Boulder, Colorado, May 26, 2015—Mike Befeler's non-fiction book, For Liberty: A World War II Soldier's Inspiring Life Story of Courage, Sacrifice, Survival and Resilience (ISBN 978-0692444603), is now available from Green Leaf Publishers, priced at $19.99.
Mike and the subject of his biography, 96-year-old Ed Gitlin, will be speaking and signing at two events on D-Day, June 6, 2015. At 9 AM they will be at the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum, 12 Garden Center, Broomfield, CO, and at 12:30 PM they will be at the Spirit of Flight Center, 2650 S. Main St. Erie, CO.

New RMMWA member, Cynthia Kuhn was one of two recipients–along with Keenan Powell–of The William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers (of Mystery).  The grant was awarded at the Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda, MD on May 2, 2015.
Also, she has signed with Henery Press for a new academic mystery series. The first book will be out in 2016. Look for more information on her website.

As a prelude to the Colorado Book Awards ceremony in Aspen on June 21, finalists Chuck Greaves (Mystery), Andy Gulliford (Anthology), and Katrina Blair (General Nonfiction) will all be speaking and reading from their nominated works at the public libraries in Telluride (June 15), Ignacio (June 16), and Cortez (June 18).  Each event begins at 6:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served, and the nominated books will be available for purchase and signature.  Also, Chuck Greaves will be Pam Stack's guest on her Authors on the Air radio podcast airing live on Wednesday evening, June 17 at 9:00 ET/7:00 MT.

Doug Johnson's novel CATCH ME IN RIO and pastiche novella THE MORIARTY CARD are just out, only at Amazon for now. Brief descriptions: Ben Maxx, a young man with a dream in the Golden Age of Hollywood, travels to Rio to make a travelogue about this tropical paradise. Before he can do that, he must solve the murder of his cameraman, and the disappearance of a new Brazilian friend. Not to mention what to do about the mysterious English girl he met on the way. Or how to sort out a few spirits from another world. Doug would also like to thank the U.S. Supreme Court whose ruling last fall made it possible to publish The Moriarty Card, "a new message from an old Nemesis."

Lise McClendon's thriller, PLAN X, is one of six stories in the new box set called British Bad Boys. Three Brits and three Americans got together to put this set, available in digital formats everywhere. The other authors are Barbara Silkstone, Helen Smith, Anne R. Allen, Sibel Hodge, and Gerry McCullough, who describe the set as "Danger, love, and laughs wrapped in the Union Jack." The box set is 99 cents for a limited time.

JL Abramo's CIRCLING THE RUNWAY will launch (or should we say "take off") on Thursday, May 28 with a reading and signing at the Broadway Book Mall, 200 S. Broadway, Denver. Signing starts at 7 pm. Check out JL Abramo's Facebook page to see the trailer and more thrilling attractions. Abramo was interviewed in the April issue of OmniMystery News. Read the interview here.

Shannon Baker will be this year's speaker at the Friends of CU Libraries Just Desserts event on June 5th. It is free and open to the public. A dessert reception will take place at 6:30 in the foyer of the Wolf Law School in the Wittemyer Courtroom on the CU campus, with the program to follow. The law school is located at the south end of campus at the corner of Baseline and Broadway. You must enter on Regent Drive from Broadway to get to the law school. Shannon would love to see some familiar faces and you know you love free dessert!

Cricket McRae aka Bailey Cates has contracted with Penguin/NAL for the first three books of the new Enchanted Garden Mysteries. They will be written as Bailey Cattrell, and the first, DAISIES FOR INNOCENCE, will release in January of 2016. The series features Elliana Allbright, the diminutive owner of Scents & Nonsense, a custom perfume and aromatherapy shop in Poppyville, California.

Darla Bartos has some great news to share. E-reads in South Africa is carrying MIDNIGHT IN MALAMULELEI, and she received an honorable mention in General Fiction from the San Francisco Book Festival!

Mark Stevens was awared the Colorado Author's League Genre Fiction Award on May 8th for his novel, TRAPLINE. Way to go, Mark! Congratuations.

For all fans of Gerald Elias's Daniel Jacobus mystery series! On Tuesday, May 12 from 8:00-9:00 PM KBYU-FM's hit program, Highway 89 will have an entertaining and provocative discussion of the stories and the music that inspired Elias's award-winning novels. Gerald, with pianist Heather Conner, will perform in-studio all the books' title songs, DEVIL'S TRILL, DANSE MACABRE, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, and DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION. And on the show Gerald will be making a very special announcement regarding the Daniel Jacobus series!

Local Utah listeners can listen via Classical 89.1 and 89.5 FM. Out-of-state listeners can tune in via classical89.org. Then after the show airs it will be archived and available for on-demand listening for free, anytime, at byuradio.org/highway89. Be sure to tune in!

Mario Acevedo Announces a new Felix Gomez. Book #6, RESCUE FROM PLANET PLEASURE, is everything you've been waiting for. Coyote is back! Plus monsters. Aliens. And Carmen, the most bodacious vampire ever! A Special Advanced Copy can be had at Denver Comic Con. Look for it at the WordFire Press booth and in the dealer's room. Copies will also be available through his website.

But wait, there's more. he's also got two short stories in an awesome horror anthology from Hex Publishers. Look for it this September. 

Joan Johnston has been nominated for a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Writer of the Year Award. Whoo Hoo! Everyone who is a member of both organizations, be sure and go vote for her!

Two of our members—Mark Stephens and Chuck Greaves—will be reading and signing their Colorado Book Award nominated titles at the Denver Book Bar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver on Saturday, May 9, 7 pm.

Come get your copy of THE LAST HEIR(Minotaur Books) by ChuckGreaves and

TRAPLINE by Mark Stevens have been namedColorado Book Awardfinalists in Mystery Fiction;

Also up for a Colorado Book Award in Thriller Fiction is Patricia Stoltey for DEAD WRONG.

The Colorado Book Awards Celebration is coming up Sunday, June 21, 2:30-5:30 pm. . Writers, readers, editors, photographers, book buyers and booksellers will gather at Aspen's Doerr-Hosier to honor some of Colorado's finest literary professionals. Everyone is welcome to attend! Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door.

Hey, everyone, look who have just been named finalists for the Colorado Authors'' League Award for Genre Fiction. Three of our own!! Rex Burns for BODY SLAM (Mysterious Press/Open Road), Wick Downing for THE WIDOW OF DARTMOOR (MX Publishing), Mark Stevens for TRAPLINE (Midnight Ink). Way to go, guys! Best of luck to all of you.

If you'd like to support them, the CAL Awards Banquet is Friday, May 8, at 6 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott-Denver Cherry Creek. Tickets for the banquet are limited. For information, please visit the CAL website at www.coloradoauthors.org. Clive Cussler will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement award and Sandra Dallas is the keynote speaker.

Sara Hoklotubbe wants to share her good news. SINKING SUSPICIONS has been named a finalist for two awards: The 2014 Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year and the 2015 Oklahoma Book Awards. The book was also chosen as the March Book of the Month by Native America Calling, a nationwide live radio show broadcast from Albuquerque. The March 25 interview is available now for listening.

Ellen Byerrum is delighted to announce that her middle grade mystery, THE CHILDREN DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING, is now available in print and can be ordered from Amazon and from bookstores.


Patricia Wood's second Harrie McKinsey mystery, MURDER ON SAGEBRUSH LANE is now available on Kindle. The print version will be in her hands this week. It continues the adventures of the characters from The Easter Egg Murder.

When Harrie goes out to retrieve her morning newspaper, she discovers a small child sitting next to her flower beds. The little girl's pajamas and teddy bear are smeared with blood, and Harrie's journey to find the child's parents involves her in a grisly murder investigation. Before the week is over, there's another murder, an attempted kidnapping, a race to uncover a plot to steal top-secret data, and an encounter with a desperate killer who intends to make Harrie his final victim.

Stacy Verdick Case interviews Shannon Baker live 6 PM Colorado Time on Friday, March 20th. on Authors on the Air. You can pop in and ask questions or catch it in the forever after at http://tinyurl.com/lj8k3no

The fourth installment in J. L. Abramo's Jake Diamond series, CIRCLING THE RUNWAY, from Down and Out Books lands April 19th in both Trade paperback and eBook.

Private Investigator Jacob Diamond and San Francisco Detective Sergeant Roxton Johnson are famous for not getting along.  Cats and dogs.  Oil and water.  Liston and Ali.  Jake and Rocky.  When an Assistant District Attorney is murdered in his high-rise apartment building, and Johnson suspects his lieutenant may have something to do with it, he can think of no one else to turn to for help—no one he can trust—but Jake Diamond.  If the mismatched duo can avoid stepping on each other’s toes long enough—they may be able to stop circling the runway and land on the villain's doorstep. Lieutenant Laura Lopez, Detective Ray Boyle, Joey Clams, Vinnie Strings and Darlene Roman are all back in the first new Jake Diamond escapade since COUNTING TO INFINITY.

Manuel Ramos will read from and sign his short story collection, THE SKULL OF PANCHO VILLA AND OTHER STORIES, at the Tattered Cover, Colfax store, on April 9 at 7:00 p.m. The collection includes Manuel's first published short story from 1986, which featured a protagonist who later reappeared in his Luis Móntez series.

Steve Pease announces that Darkhouse Books has accepted his story, "Master of the Underworld" for publication in their upcoming anthology, STORIES FROM THE WORLD OF TOMORROW. Steve, who also writes sci-fi and mystery under the name Michael Chandos, also has two mystery stories out there. Keep us posted and way to go, Steve!

Catherine Dilts received the cover art for book two in her Rock Shop Mystery series, to be published by Five Star-Cengage  in 2015. In STONE COLD CASE, Morgan Iverson's discovery of human remains guarded by a Sasquatch look-alike reopens a cold case, while her find of a rare gemstone sparks a dangerous treasure hunt.

Mike Befeler signed an audio book contract with Books in Motion for the sixth book in his Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series,NURSING HOMES ARE MURDER.

Darla Bartos has a new website. Check it out at www.darlabartos.com. She also has some pointers for collaborating with a long distance web site guy at http://darlabartos.com/blog.

Chuck Greaves' short story The Weight of a Feather was featured in London-based Short Story Sunday on March first.  To read it, or the accompanying author interview, you can visit: http://shortstorysunday.com/

Plus, he has a new book coming out. TOM & LUCKY (AND GEORGE & COKEY FLO) by C. Joseph Greaves:  A gripping novelization of gangster Lucky Luciano's controversial 1936 vice trial (November 3, from Bloomsbury.)

News from MWA HQ — The Edgar® Week Symposium happens Tuesday, April 28th, just before the Edgars®. For more information, check out the lineup on the MWA National website.

Live from 2-12-2015 with Sami Jo Lien - Publicity 101


Chris Goff has a pub date for her new international thriller series from Crooked Lane Books. DARK WATERS will launch on September 15, 2015. Congrats, Chris!

DARK WATERS tells the story of DSS Agent Raisa Jordan. While stationed in Israel, Jordan is assigned to protect a US federal judge and his daughter, and to investigate the death of a colleague. In the course of her investigation, she discovers she may be protecting the wrong target and uncovers a sinister terrorist plot that threatens the region and only she can stop. But can she?

Manuel Ramos will read from and sign his short story Collection, THE SKULL OF PANCHO VILLA AND OTHER STORIES, at the Tattered Cover, Colfax store, on April 9 at 7:00 p.m. The collection includes Manuel's first published short story from 1986, which featured a protagonist who later reappeared in his Luis Móntez series. Manuel Ramos and Mario Acevedo will appear on a panel, along with professor Flor Lovato, to discuss "Literature of the Chicano Movement" at the Museo de las Americas in Denver on February 27 at 6:00 p.m. The panel is part of the Museo's exhibit CHICANO, which in turn is part of the Colorado History Museum's 1968 exhibit.

Shannon Baker's TATTERED LEGACY, the third in the Nora Abbott series, was released on March 8. TATTERED LEGACY is set in the iconic red rocks of Moab, Utah. Working to solve the murder of her best friend, Nora uncovers an unlikely intersection of ancient Hopi legends, a secret polygamist sect and one of the world's richest men. Will Nora put all the pieces together in time to prevent disaster?



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August 21-22ndRMMWA Roadtrip to Albuquerque, NM

Summer Hiatus! Check back for possible special get-togethers.

September 10th—"It's a Crisis" with FBI Crisis Negotiator "Matt"

October 8th—Forensic Facial Reconstruction Artist, Keli Rae

November 12thEric Esswein-CDC

December 10th—Holiday Party