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February 9, 2017 meeting

February RMMWA Meeting: February 9


Tuesday, Feb. 9
Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 East Speer Blvd., Denver
6:30 p.m.: Social
7:00 p.m.: Dinner
8:00 p.m.: Program


Pita bar: Create your own perfect pita from the choices of marinated chicken or beef strips along with feta cheese, cheddar cheese, assorted olives, thinly shredded romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, pepperoncini, scallions, diced red onion, and chopped bell pepper all served with tzatziki sauce and sour cream. Paired with a Greek salad and dessert.

Title: An Intro to Sex Trafficking of Children: Why it happens, what it looks like and how you can help.

Amber Urban will discuss why sex trafficking is a thriving industry, the dynamics within the crime, what types of criminals run them, and key elements to successful prosecution.

Amber Urban has worked in various positions in law enforcement since 1995. In May 2012 she was joined by her current partner, Pella, who is a Canine Companions (CCI) facility dog.

In October 2015 Amber and Pella started working at the 18th Judicial District in the Human Trafficking Unit.  Together they participate in criminal investigations and prosecutions to make better cases while minimizing the trauma to all those involved in the legal processes.  Pella is the first dog of her kind in the State of Colorado and has been working with victims and witnesses by Amber’s side in the legal process since May 2012.

They frequently travel to provide training to community, law enforcement and government organizations on various topics in law enforcement.  The topics presented include but are not limited to child death investigations, working successfully with a multi-disciplinary team, human trafficking indicators and how all professions in the legal system can implement the use of dogs to create a better environment for everyone involved.  Amber is a Governor appointed member of the State Child Fatality and Prevention Team, and a member of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Human Trafficking Working Group.




Murder Under the Oaks

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December 2016
Carter Wilson

revelation-carter-wilsonUSA Today best-selling author Carter Wilson’s fourth thriller, Revelation, will be releasing in hardcover and e-book on December 13 (Oceanview). Revelation received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it an “enthralling thriller,” adding “Wilson infuses his terrifying plot with intricate twists and turns, all totally credible.” Earlier this year, Carter’s third title, The Comfort of Black, won the Colorado Book Award. A short description of Revelation:
When Harden Campbell wakes cold and beaten in a dirt-floor cell, he finds only three other things in the room with him: the mutilated body of his good friend, an ancient typewriter, and a stack of blank paper, the top sheet of which has a single, typed sentence.
Tell me a story.
He knows the message is from Coyote, his brilliant, megalomaniacal roommate whose lust for power and reverence has recently revealed him for the true sociopath he is. Now, as the founder of a new religion with disturbing roots―Revelation―Coyote’s most evil side has emerged. From the moment Harden sees that stack of paper, he knows his one chance of escape is through his own words, and only his ability to successfully recount the dark story of what happened over the past year at Wyland University will determine whether he lives to see the woman he loves once again―or is silenced forever.
This will be the most difficult story Harden has ever written, and each word must be chosen with the utmost care. Because Coyote will be reading each and every one of them.


Stone Cold Blooded


When rock shop owner Morgan Iverson’s reclusive neighbor is blown to bits, she doesn’t believe his violent demise was accidental. Her hunt for clues collides with an invasion of alien hunters, and the heated campaign for a small town city council seat. Adding to the stress, Adelaide the aging donkey has still not given birth to her foal. In this return to the small Colorado mountain town of Golden Springs, a Triceratops brow horn may hold the key to solving a prospector’s Stone Cold Blooded death.

Stone Cold Blooded, book three in the Rock Shop Mystery series by Catherine Dilts, is the debut novel for new publisher Encircle Publications.


Blood on the Tracks

October 2016
Barbara Nickless

Nickless-BloodontheTracks-222036-CV-FT-finalA young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can’t shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.

In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.

As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?

Member News

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Signings and Sightings


February 19, 3pm
Andrew Bourelle
Reading & signing Heavy Metal
4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107

 March 22, 7pm
Mark Stevens
Chautauqua Community House
900 Baseline Road
Boulder, Colorado
Denver, Colorado

January Member News

Andrew Bourelle is pleased to announce that his first novel, Heavy Metal, is coming out in February 2017. The novel won the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. Author Dan Chaon described Heavy Metal as an “intense, suspenseful and moving novel” that “grabs you by the throat from the first sentence and drags you deep into a vividly imagined world.” Author Christopher Coake stated that “Heavy Metal is a brilliant debut novel, at once an incisive, complex character study of damaged youth and a ferociously exciting page-turner.” Bourelle’s short stories have been widely published, including in The Best American Mystery Stories 2015. Link: http://www.autumnhouse.org/product/heavy-metal-andrew-bourelle/


Mark Stevens, who writes the Allison Coil Mystery Series, is giving a talk in March as part of the Colorado Chautauqua Association Author Series in Boulder, Colo. The event is on Wednesday, March 22 and starts at 7 p.m. You can buy $10 tickets here: https://www.chautauqua.com/portfolio/mark-stevens-allison-coil-mysteries/


Patricia Smith Wood’s latest book, Murder on Frequency, debuted this month. It’s the third in the Harrie McKinsey mystery series set in Albuquerque, N.M. Here’s the official blurb:

“There’s nothing unusual about a ham radio operator contacting other radio enthusiasts—unless he’s been dead for five years. When Harrie McKinsey and Ginger Vaughn decide to study for their ham radio licenses, they get pulled into this mystery and find a trail leading to a long-lost treasure somewhere in New Mexico. Before it’s over, there’s another murder, an abduction, and a showdown with an aging Mafia don who values treasure more than human life. Harrie, Ginger, and their merry band of FBI, APD, and private detectives have to be on their toes to prevent another murder and save a family.”

The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and can be ordered from any book store. It will be available on Kindle in January 2017.


Colleen Collins is honored that Pursuit Magazine listed her as one of its top 20 PI-contributors in 2016 for her article “A Mysterious Blonde and a Missing Quarter-Million Dollars” Link to article: http://pursuitmag.com/investigative-intel-20-things-we-learned-2016/


December saw the publication of Twist Phelan’s fifth new book of the year: COIN, the fifth entry in my new Finn Teller Corporate Spy mystery series. Other projects, including the next in the series are underway, which might mean slightly less traveling (which is the reason she missed RMMWA meetings in 2016!):

Days away from home: 203 (ten trips)

Air miles: 140,523 (1 RTW)

Road/Train/Bicycle/Foot miles: ?

Cities: 91

Countries: 29

Her new year’s resolution #4: Make it to RMMWA meetings!


Barb Nickless’s Blood on the Tracks was chosen as one of Suspense Magazine’s “Best of 2016” books (debut category). http://www.suspensemagazine.com

And The Denver Post ran a wonderful review of Blood on the Tracks: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/15/regional-books-murder-in-the-mile-high-city-blood-on-the-tracks-and-inherit-the-bones/


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Message from RMMWA President Mark Stevens

By Mark Stevens I went to get my oil changed in my car recently and I received three emails within a week asking me to fill out an online survey about my “experience.” Then, a similar request came in the mail. If we spent all day giving everyone feedback, we might not... read more

RMMWA November meeting: Len Vlahos

“We Just Bought America’s Most Iconic Bookstore. Now What Do We Do?” Writers and book lovers alike were understandably concerned when the doyenne of Denver dustjackets announced in early 2015 that she was retiring and selling The Tattered Cover... read more

The Interrogation

The Interrogation by Zoltan James Ladies and Gentlemen. The story you are about to read is not true. None of the names have been changed. For after all, no one is innocent. A loud banging on my apartment door woke me from a deep sleep. My alarm clock said it was only... read more

Upcoming Events

  1. February RMMWA meeting: Human trafficking

    February 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. March RMMWA meeting: Aviation security

    March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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