Until next meeting
Brief But Deadly
with Catherine Dilts, R.T. Lawton, Shannon Lawrence, and Steve Pease
RMMWA Panel Thursday, July 13, 2017
6:30 PM social
7:00 PM dinner and program
Location: Home of Catherine Dilts (address will be emailed to you after your Paypal payment has been received)
Cost: $10 includes light supper, beer and wine
All about the benefits of writing short—writing short stories to drum up readers for your novels, writing short fiction for the sake of the story, awards, and visibility.
- Writing to a theme versus writing what strikes your fancy. Is it worth writing to an anthology theme, especially if it’s a very specific theme they might not be able to place elsewhere if rejected?
- Do you need to market short stories? (Posting to social media, participating in blog cover reveals/advertising hops, featuring on your website).
- What happens when you try to write a short story, but it turns into a novel?
- What does “short” mean? Definitions of flash, short, long, novella.
- Favorite short story authors and magazines.
- “The return of the short story,” with efforts by groups like SMFS and Sisters in Crime to encourage reading and writing short.
- No one reviews short fiction – wrong! Mystery Scene Magazine, blogs.
- Anthologies – and where to find calls for submissions.
- Magazines vs. anthologies – The benefits of both.
A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her short stories can be found in nearly twenty anthologies and magazines, including Space and Time Magazine, Dark Moon Digest, and The Deep Dark Woods. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Find her at www.thewarriormuse.com.
R.T. Lawton is a retired federal law enforcement agent, a past member of the Mystery Writers of America board of directors and a three-time Derringer nominee with over 110 short stories in various publications, to include Blood on the Bayou(2016 Bouchercon anthology),The Mystery Box ( 2013 MWA anthology), And All Our Yesterdays anthology,Who Died in Here? anthology, the West Coast Crime Wave anthology, Deadwood Magazine, Easyriders, Outlaw Biker, Woman’s World magazine, and 37 sold to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. He also has four e-collections at Amazon.com and at Smashwords for other e-readers. You may have attended one of his Surveillance Workshops at various writers conferences.
Steve Pease aka Michael Chandros
Steve writes fiction under the name of Michael Chandos. He is a retired career Intelligence Officer and he teaches an occasional course in the writer’s dual approach to writing with Intelligence. He has placed mystery short stories online (SHOTGUN HONEY) and in themed anthologies (BLACK COFFEE), and science fiction also online and in themed anthologies (ALIENS). He has at least three short stories in submission at all times and several novels in the plotting and free-writing process.
Catherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. With a day job as an environmental regulatory technician, Catherine’s stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains, fishing, and running. Her story The Chemistry of Heroes was a 2017 Derringer finalist. This fall, she takes a turn in the cozy mystery series Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library. You can learn more about Catherine’s fiction at http://www.catherinedilts.com/
July 13, 2017 Meeting $10
Please RSVP by Monday, July 10
Murder Under the Oaks
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“A terrific plot—with a surprise around every corner.” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Say No More
When Professor Lila Maclean is sent to interview celebrated author and notorious cad Damon Von Tussel, he disappears before her very eyes. The English department is thrown into chaos by the news, as Damon is supposed to headline Stonedale University’s upcoming Arts Week.
The chancellor makes it clear that he expects Lila to locate the writer and set events back on track immediately. But someone appears to have a different plan: strange warnings are received, valuable items go missing, and a series of dangerous incidents threaten the lives of Stonedale’s guests. After her beloved mother, who happens to be Damon’s ex, rushes onto campus and into harm’s way, Lila has even more reason to bring the culprit to light before anything—or anyone—else vanishes.
WILD LIVES by Laurie Robinson and Janie Chodosh
“A children’s-zoo veterinarian who became an advocate for the world’s dwindling cheetah population. An intrepid Indian scientist who confronted the dangerous scourge of elephant poaching. A pioneering female biologist who became the world’s leading expert on giraffes…With the world facing an unprecedented spate of species extinction, the survival of iconic wildlife, such as the polar bear and such lesser-known creatures as Israel’s long-billed hoopoe, is often up to courageous individuals who commit to their passion and sacrifice their comfort so that the planet maintains a healthy biodiversity. Thanks to the environmentally committed interviewers Robinson and Chodosh, 20 conservationists succinctly tell their stories in this illuminating volume that may well inspire readers to take up the cause.”
“ …Wild Lives is so desperately important. The people in this book are united by their belief that it is not too late to turn things around. You will be inspired by their stories. You will realize that there is hope for the future if we join the fight, if each of us does our bit.” – Dr. Jane Goodall
WILD LIVES is available on Amazon, IndieBound, Barnes & Noble and at many local bookstores.
Coming June 13: RED SKY by Chris Goff
RED SKY, the second in Chris Goff’s thriller series, hits the stands with a launch signing at Tattered Cover-Colfax, Thursday, June 15 at 7 pm, followed by a signing at Hearthfire Books in Evergreen, Thursday June 22 at 5:30 p.m. In RED SKY, U.S. Diplomatic Security Service Agent Raisa Jordan is sent to investigate when People’s Republic Flight 91 crashes in northeastern Ukraine with a U.S. diplomatic agent on board. It quickly becomes apparent that the plane was intentionally downed, but why? As international relations crumble and more lives hang in the balance, Jordan races to stop a new Cold War. “Breathtaking suspense, do not miss Red Sky,” says Catherine Coulter, NYT bestselling author of The Devil’s Triangle, while Booklist recommends you “give this to readers who like Matthew Palmer’s blend of diplomacy and thrills.” RED SKY is now available to Pre-Order at Tattered Cover, Hearthfire Books or on Amazon.
RED SKY, Book #2 in the Raisa Jordan Thriller Series COMING June 13, 2017 from Crooked Lane Books
Signings and Sightings
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July 21, 6 p.m.
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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Stalking Ground: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima has been selected as a 2017 International Book Award Finalist in the mystery/suspense category.
Come celebrate the launch of RED SKY, Chris Goff’s latest thriller. She will be at the Tattered Cover-Colfax on June 15 at 7 p.m., and at Hearthfire Books in Evergreen on June 22 at 5:30 p.m. As always, she’d love to see you there, and greatly appreciates your support! If you want a signed book, but can’t make it to one of the signings, please send your request to Tattered Cover or to Hearthfire Books. They’ll make it happen. ALSO, for those who haven’t had a chance to read DARK WATERS, the first in the series, Goff’s publisher has significantly down-priced the book from now until RED SKY launches. Copies can be ordered through Amazon.
Red Sky, the second in Chris Goff’s thriller series, hits the stands with a launch signing at Tattered Cover-Colfax, Thursday, June 15th at 7:00 pm, followed by a signing at Hearthfire Books in Evergreen, Thursday June 22nd at 5:30 p.m. In Red Sky, U.S. Diplomatic Security Service Agent Raisa Jordan is sent to investigate when People’s Republic Flight 91 crashes in northeastern Ukraine with a U.S. diplomatic agent on board. It quickly becomes apparent that the plane was intentionally downed, but why? As international relations crumble and more lives hang in the balance, Jordan races to stop a new Cold War. “Breathtaking suspense, do not miss Red Sky,” says Catherine Coulter, NYT bestselling author of The Devil’s Triangle, while Booklist recommends you “give this to readers who like Matthew Palmer’s blend of diplomacy and thrills.”
Red Sky is now available to Pre-Order at Tattered Cover, Hearthfire Books, or on Amazon.
Jeff Lockwood’s Poisoned Justice (Pen-L, 2016) has been named one of three finalists in the IBPA’s 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition in the category of Mystery & Suspense. The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has nearly 3,000 members and is the largest publishing trade association in the United States.
Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless and The Homeplace by Kevin Wolf have been nominated for a Colorado Authors’ League Writing Award in the genre category. Winners will be announced Friday, May 5th, at the CAL awards ceremony.
Catherine Dilts‘s short story “Unrepentant Sinner” appears in the May/June issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
Congratulations to Cynthia Kuhn, whose The Semester of Our Discontent, the first book in the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, presented at Malice Domestic.
Christine Carbo is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of The Weight of Night, the third book in what has come to be known as The Glacier Mystery Series. Each book stands alone, so they do not need to be read in order, but each shares the common threads of Glacier National Park, the surrounding areas, and the communities. The Weight of Night will come out on June 6th, but is available for pre-order now. In the world of publishing, pre-ordering a book always helps an author.
A short story by Carter Wilson was one of ten selected out of 150 entries to appear in MWA’s first-ever middle-grade anthology, edited by R.L. Stine. Scream and Scream Again! will be released by Harper Collins on Halloween 2018.
Janie Chodosh’s Wild Lives, Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love (Skyhorse Press) came out in April.
“ …Wild Lives is so desperately important. The people in this book are united by their belief that it is not too late to turn things around. You will be inspired by their stories. You will realize that there is hope for the future if we join the fight, if each of us does our bit.”— Dr. Jane Goodall
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