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May 14th
The Escalation of Mass Murder
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PODCASTS Teasers: (Members, please log into the "Members Only" section of the website for the full version. Need help with the link, contact the webmaster.)

4-9-2015 David Morrell
3-12-2015—Jane Cracraft PI
2-12-2015—Sami Jo Lien "Publicity 101"

A few things to crow about:

And more good news for members!!THE LAST HEIR(Minotaur Books) by Chuck Greaves and

TRAPLINE by Mark Stevenshave been namedColorado Book Award finalists inMystery Fiction;

and DEAD WRONG by PatriciaStoltey is up for a Colorado Book Award in Thriller Fiction. We're rooting for you.

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!

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?



Mark Your Calendars!
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May 14thThe Escalation of Mass Murder presented by NYT bestselling author Stephen Singular and Researcher, Joyce Singular

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

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

October 8th—t.b.a.

November 12thEric Esswein-CDC

December 10th—Holiday Party