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December: Mystery & Mistletoe

$10 for both members and non-members


The event begins at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Assn. headquarters at 290 East Speer Blvd. in downtown Denver. Tickets are $10. The Tattered Cover will be on hand to help those shopping for holiday gifts. The public is welcome. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.rmmwa.org.

Mystery Writers of America members scheduled to read excerpts of their works include Carter Wilson, Catherine Dilts, Shannon Baker, co-authors Carl and Jane Bock, Christine Goff, Jennifer Kincheloe, Kevin Wolf. Francine Mathews, Margaret Mizushima, Sue Hinkin, Jeffrey Alan Lockwood, Barbara Nickless, Charlotte Hinger,

Twist Phelan, J.L. Abramo and Cynthia Kuhn.

In addition, the winners of the Six-Word Mystery Contest will be announced. The contest opened October 1 with final deadline to enter at midnight, November 26. Six-word “novels” can be entered in one or all five of the following categories: Hard Boiled or Noir; Cozy Mystery; Thriller Mystery; Police Procedural Mystery; and/or Romance and Lust.

Cost to enter the contest is $6 per entry (just $1 per word); or $10 to enter six-word mysteries in all five categories. The grand prize winner will receive $100 in cash.

Finalists in other categories will receive valuable gift cards to Tattered Cover and will be featured on the RMMWA website. The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. No residency requirements.

Judging entries in the contest will be The Denver Post’s Features Editor Jenn Fields; New York Times best-selling author Anne Hillerman; award-winning author, lawyer and activist Manuel Ramos; Tattered Cover Book Store owner and author Len Vlahos; and literary agent Terrie Wolf, owner of the AKA Literary Management agency.

Judges will select finalists in each category and winners will be chosen by those attending “Mystery & Mistletoe.”

Visions of Ted Bundy

Murder Under the Oaks

Identity Crisis

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Renowned panel of judges announced for Six-Word Mystery Contest

CONTACT
Z.J. Czupor
Secretary of the Board
Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America
303-503-6677 (mobile)
zjames@interprogroup.com

Renowned panel of judges announced for Six-Word Mystery Contest

DENVER, October 25, 2017 – The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA) today announced an award-winning and renowned panel of judges for RMMWA inaugural six-word mystery contest.

Judging entries in the contest will be The Denver Post’s Features Editor Jenn Fields; New York Times best-selling author Anne Hillerman; award-winning author, lawyer and activist Manuel Ramos; Tattered Cover Book Store owner and author Len Vlahos; and literary agent Terrie Wolf, owner of the AKA Literary Management agency.

The contest opened October 1 and final deadline to enter is midnight, November 26. Six-word novels can be entered in one or all five of the following categories: Hard Boiled or Noir; Cozy Mystery; Thriller Mystery; Police Procedural Mystery; and/or Romance and Lust.

Cost to enter the contest is $6 per entry (just $1 per word); or $10 to enter six-word mysteries in all five categories. The grand prize winner will receive $100 in cash. Finalists in other categories will receive valuable gift cards to Tattered Cover and will be featured on the RMMWA website. The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. No residency requirements.

Finalists will be invited to read their entries at the chapter’s annual Mystery & Mistletoe Holiday Party, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., December 13, 2017, at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80203. The winners will be voted on by those attending and announced that evening.

According to legend, the first six-word novel was born in the 1920s when Ernest Hemingway at New York’s Algonquin Hotel or Luchow’s restaurant (depending on whom you ask) won a $10 bet by writing a six-word story. His dark and dramatic submission was: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” Urban legend or no, memorable, heartbreaking and sublime six-word stories have been penned ever since.

For more information about the contest and how to enter, please visit www.rmmwa.org.

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ABOUT MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA
Mystery Writers of America is a nonprofit professional organization of mystery and crime writers, editors, publishers, and other professionals in the mystery field.

MWA watches developments in legislation and tax law, sponsors symposia and mystery conferences, presents the Edgar® Awards, and provides information for mystery writers. Membership in MWA is open to published authors, editors, screenwriters, and other professionals in the field.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter represents member writers in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico and Montana. The Rocky Mountain Chapter meets monthly and provides educational presentations by subject matter experts on topics related to crime, law enforcement, investigative, forensic, medical and legal issues among others; and often sponsors special events of interest to mystery writers in the region.

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Signings and Sightings


 

December 9

2 p.m.

Chris Goff

Margaret Mizushima

Signing with Shannon Baker and Carrie Smith

Poisoned Pen Bookstore

4014 N. Goldwater Blve. #101

Scottsdale, Arizona

Member News

Identity Crisis, Terry Odell’s 7th book in her Blackthorne, Inc. covert ops romantic suspense series is available. Click for details. A portion of all October royalties will be donated to the National MS Society in honor of her daughter.


 

More photos of bone workshop here.


Carter Wilson’s latest book Revelation won both the Colorado Book Awards (Thrillers) and the International Book Award (Mystery & Suspense).

 


Manuel Ramos is a finalist for the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. Ramos, two-time winner of the Colorado Book Award for his crime fiction, is listed for the Shamus in the Original Private Eye Paperback category for his most recent novel, My Bad: A Mile High Noir (Arte Público Press). The winners in the various categories will be announced in September. The Shamus has been awarded annually since 1982. Click for the complete list of finalists.

Meanwhile, Manuel will be the featured reader at the July 18th FBomb (Flash-Bomb) Reading Series at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., Denver, 7:30 p.m. FBomb is a monthly flash fiction reading series with rotating guest hosts and featured performers, as well as (limited) open mic slots. Flash Fiction = complete stories under 1000 words.


Margaret Mizushima is thrilled to announce the August 8 release of her third Timber Creek K-9 mystery, Hunting Hour, in which Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo investigate the death of a teen; but before they catch the killer, another child goes missing—this time it’s one of Cole Walker’s daughters—and they must lead the hunt to capture a kidnapper before they’re too late.

Book launch party to take place August 12, from 1–3, at the Rolland Moore Park, Shelter #2, 2201 S. Shields, Fort Collins. RSVP by email the number of guests attending to margmizu@q.com.


The Friends of the University of Colorado (Boulder)’s “Just Desserts” event, scheduled for August 3 beginning at 5 p.m. with a dessert reception at Broadway and Baseline in Boulder, will feature Shannon Baker discussing her book, Stripped Bare.


WELCOME to new members Steven Burt and William Frank.
Welcome back to member Arthur Eisenson.


Danielle Girard’s new release EXCISE comes out August 22 from Thomas & Mercer.

 

 

 


Gerald Elias’s sixth book in the Daniel Jacobus mystery series, SPRING BREAK, published by Severn House, will be released in the US on August 1. Booklist recently wrote: “Elias, a professional violinist and composer, does a fine job of establishing the story’s musical frame, and he’s a darned good storyteller, too: the mystery here is tightly constructed and very clever (readers should be wary of thinking they know where it’s going, because it sometimes takes sharp, unexpected turns). In Jacobus we have an imaginative, ornery, reclusive, witty protagonist—a guy who has bits of other mystery leads in him but who feels at the same time wholly original. A very good entry in a reliable series.”

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Bone Stories Recap

Bone Stories: Forensic Anthropology for Mystery Writers Ann Allsopp The table is littered with bones. A yellowed femur rests near a skullcap, sawed off with surgical precision. A jawbone, ripped from the rest of its skull, hangs open in an eternal scream. Toward the...

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New MWA Anthology

NEW MWA ANTHOLOGY TO FEATURE UNLIKELY PAIRS SOLVING A MYSTERY BY BARRY T. ZEMAN AND LAURIE L. KING, CO-CHAIRS, MWA PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE On behalf of MWA’s Publication Committee, it is our pleasure to announce that a new original anthology, Odd Partners, edited by...

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April Mystery Minute

Stop! You're Killing Me! I believe we are the only organization which lionizes murder, death and whodunits. On April 27, Mystery Writers of America will host its 71st annual gala banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City to present the Edgar Awards. The...

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Upcoming Events

  1. Mystery and Mistletoe

    December 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  2. January 11 Meeting

    January 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

RMMWA Programs Online

On the Members Only page, you can listen to the full version of some of our programs. Click the highlighted portion of the program below to hear a short sample. If you need help with the link, or the password to the Members Only page, contact the webmaster.

January 2017 Dale Lovin