RMMWA May 12th meeting: Self Defense and Empowerment

Where: The Historic Denver Press Club,
1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver CO

When: Thursday Night, May 12th.
6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program

Menu:  Cranberry apricot chicken ~ slow roasted chicken breast topped with a cranberry-apricot relish with herbed rice pilaf served with a caprese salad ~ mixed greens, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and croutons with balsamic vinaigrette. Vegetarian option available, just note the request when you RSVP.

Cost: If paying via Paypal cost is $20 for members; $23 for non-members, $5 for non-meal. Choose the option you want from the drop-down menu (Member, Non-Member, or Non-Meal), and then click the Add to Cart button. Note: if you want to sign up both a member and guest, you must pay for each with a separate Add to Cart transaction. Payment at door is $25 for everyone! RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Susan Paturzo to insure your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, May 9th.

Amelia Norfleet Dorn of IMPACT will discuss the foundations of self defense and the current move to an “Empowered Self Defense Model” (trauma informed, non-victim-blaming, non-prescriptive).  Amelia and one of IMPACT’s famed “Suited Instructors” will demonstrate a dynamic and diverse sampling of personal safety skills, including; verbal boundary setting, awareness strategies and physical techniques.  She’ll describe a typical IMPACT class and even get you up on your feet to learn some skills yourself!

Amelia Norfleet Dorn has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of self defense and empowerment.  Through IMPACT International, she has taught personal safety skills to thousands of men, women and children. She founded IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado (IPSCO) in 2005 and currently serves as its Program Director.  Her greatest passion lies in primary-prevention programming like IPSCO’s EMPOWERED Family courses and rehabilitation programs for convicts in several Federal and local Correctional Facilities. Amelia also facilitates Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.), a comprehensive and values-based sexuality education program for all ages and is the proud mama of two very EMPOWERED children.

(NOTE: No shows and anyone not cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will be expected to pay since RMMWA will be billed for their reservation.)

5-12-2016 Meeting

Check out Members’ Cover Art

Mortal Fall

Christine Carbo

The Better Part of Valor

Rex Burns

The Semester of Our Discontent

A Lila MacLean Mystery

Cynthia Kuhn

The Reckoning Stones

Laura DiSilverio

Brooklyn Justice

J.L. Abramo

In Hot Water

A Triple-D Ranch Romantic Suspense

Terry Odell

Forensic Plant Science

Jane H. Bock and David O. Norris

The Comfort of Black

By Carter Wilson

Perfect Liars

Kimberly Reid

Murder by Kindness: The Gift Quilt

A Quilted Mystery

By Barbara Graham

Murder on the Tracks

By Bruce Most

Killing Trail

A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

By Margaret Mizushima

Tom & Lucky and George & Cokey Flo

By C. Joseph Greaves.

Daisies for Innocence

The first Enchanted Garden mystery
By Bailey Cattrell (a/k/a Bailey Cates)

Deep Night

By Kathy Clark

The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories

By Manuel Ramos

A Parliament of Owls

A Birdwatcher Mystery

Christine Goff

Lake of Fire

An Allison Coil Mystery.
By Mark Stevens

Dark Waters

By Chris Goff

Borderland Noir

An Anthology of Crime Writing.
By Manuel Ramos.


By Joan Johnston

The Secret Life of Anna Blanc

By Jennifer Kincheloe

Rescue From Planet Pleasure

Mario Acevedo


Check out the all the recent member news.

rescueplanetpleasureMario Acevedo will be reading from and signing his latest Felix Gomez novel, Rescue From Planet Pleasure, Friday, April 29, 7PM, at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St, Denver, CO.

”Acevedo has proven once again that he is a very disturbed man–and I mean that in the absolute finest sense of the term.” Tim Dorsey, NYT bestselling author of Shark Skin Suite.



Catherine Dilts and R.T. Lawton both have stories featured in the May issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

In Catherine’s fifth story for AHMM, the Marshall Gasket Company renovation hits a snag when a body is discovered under a newly poured concrete floor. The factory is plagued with thefts of supplies used in meth labs, while animal rights activists protest an art gallery display of taxidermy. Chemistry holds the solution when Dr. Charles Jerome Harrison and his young assistant Tony Gilbert once again become entangled in a murder case.

“May Day” is the 8th story in R.T. Lawton‘s Holiday Burglar series for AHMM. Beaumont and Yarnell find themselves engaged in lopsided labor negotiations at the Ukrainian Vodka Room with their usual fence. When talks don’t go well, they are forced to come up with a nefarious plan. The May issue is on sale as of 3/29.

Bruce Most is excited to report that local agent Sandra Bond has agreed to represent his latest mystery, “No Time for Murder,” set in Denver. When the widow of David Dartman’s best friend demands he prove her husband’s suicide was in reality murder, he reluctantly agrees to look into it. Not only does the former investigative reporter believe her suspicions are wrong, he doesn’t have time in his rat-race Denver suburban life for murder. But his investigation and a string of bizarre, brutal killings unearth uncomfortable truths about his friend’s death—truths that jeopardize David’s marriage and his life, and force him to realize that life is more than one long ToDo list.

It’s awards season…

…and a lot of RMMWA members have been nominated for various things

RMMWA members who are finalists in the 2016 Colorado Book Awards announced by Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book are:

The Reckoning Stones by Laura Di Silverio (Midnight Ink)
Lake of Fire by Mark Stevens (Midnight Ink)

Short Story Collection
The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories by Manuel Ramos (Arte Publico Press)

Dark Waters by Chris Goff (Crooked Lane Books)
The Comfort of Black by Carter Wilson (Oceanview Publishing)

Colorado Authors League awards

RMMWA members swept the “genre” category here. Finalists are:
Chris Goff, Dark WatersCrooked Lane Books
Jennifer Kincheloe, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc,
Seventh Street Books/Prometheus
Bruce Most, Murder on the Tracks,
Black Opal Books

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Writer of the Year

Chris Goff and Mark Stevens have both been nominated for Writer of the Year for RMFW.

International Thriller Writers 2016 Awards
David Morrell’s Inspector of the Dead (Mulholland Books) is a finalist in the hardback category.

Congratulations to all!

Upcoming Meetings

RMMWA meets the 2nd Thursday from September – May,  7:00 pm
at the Denver Press Club

Next meeting: May 12

“Self Defense and Empowerment” with Amelia Norfleet Dorn of IMPACT.


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A Parliament of Owls

May 2016

Christine Goff

A Parliament of Owls - 200In A Parliament of Owls, US Fish & Wildlife Agent Angela Dimato discovers a murdered soccer mom sprawled among the prairie dog mounds on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal national wildlife refuge. With trademarked instinct, Angela digs toward the truth. But when the investigation takes a sinister twist, putting more lives at stake, Angela finds she must turn to the case’s only eyewitness—a burrowing owl—for answers. Available for Pre-Order at Tattered Cover Book Store, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and IndieBound

“You don’t need to be a bird lover to fall in love with Christine Goff’s charming Birdwatcher’s Mysteries.”  — Tony Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author of the Navajo mysteries series.

Perfect Liars

May 2016

Kimberly Reid

main_Perfect_Liars_small_for_webAndrea Faraday is junior class valedictorian at the exclusive Woodruff School, where she was voted Most Likely to Do Everything Right. But looks can be deceiving. When her parents disappear, her life—and her Perfect Girl charade—begins to crumble, and her scheme to put things right just takes the situation from bad to so much worse.
“Reid presents an introspective, morally complex protagonist in Drea as well as an effortlessly diverse supporting cast. Gripping, suspenseful, and refreshingly diverse.” Kirkus starred review

The Semester of Our Discontent

April 2016

Cynthia Kuhn

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Upcoming Events

  1. May 12 meeting: Self Defense and Empowerment

    May 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Member Appearances

  • Friday, April 15
    7 p.m.
    Laura DiSilverio
    Chris Goff
    Mark Stevens
    Carter Wilson   
    Denver Book Bar
    CBA finalist readings

    Saturday, April 16
    2 p.m.
    Mark Stevens   
    Bemis Library
    “Write What You Don’t Know”

    April 20
    Mark Stevens   
    Op.Cit. Bookstore
    Taos, N.M.

    April 23
    11 a.m.–5p.m.
    Mario Acevedo
    Chris Goff
    Robert Greer
    Anne Hillerman
    Manuel Ramos
    Pikes Peak Library District
    Colorado Springs
    Mountain of Authors

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4-9-2015 — David Morrell
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