Upcoming Meetings

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

Next meeting: November 10!

November RMMWA Meeting

Kristen Gilligan and Len Vlahos: “We Just Bought America’s Most Iconic Indie Bookstore…Now What Do We Do?”

What: November RMMWA meeting
Where: Historic Denver Press Club
When: Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:30 p.m. socialization and cash bar
7:00 p.m. dinner
8:00 p.m. presentation

COST: Via Paypal, cost for the meeting with meal is $20 for members; $23 for non-members. Payment at door for meeting with meal is $25 for everyone! Attending the meeting without meal is $5 through PayPal and at the door.
RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, spat87506@gmail.com Susan Paturzo by Monday, November 7th, to ensure your reservation or simply RSVP and pay via PayPal. To pay for more than one reservation, click the “Continue Shopping” button once you are routed to PayPal. Walk-ins are welcome if space and food allows. RSVP by Monday, November 7th.

PROGRAM:  Kristen Gilligan and Len Vlahos: “We Just Bought America’s Most Iconic Indie Bookstore…Now What Do We Do?”

November 10, 2016 Meeting

Psst—the bookstore in question is the Tattered Cover, in case you couldn’t guess. Kristen and Len’s presentation will cover things of great interest to authors, including how they came to buy Tattered Cover, trends they’re seeing and their plan for the future, their personal histories working with books, and a brief history of disruption in the book industry. And of course, any questions MWA members might have.

With four locations in and around Denver, and three branded locations at Denver International Airport, Tattered Cover is an iconic brand not only in Colorado, but nationally. Built over four decades by current owner, the legendary Joyce Meskis, the stores are known for an inviting atmosphere, a large and well-curated selection of books, a robust schedule of author events, full service coffee shops, and legendary customer service.

Before joining Tattered Cover, Len was the Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, a national not-for-profit trade association doing standards, research, and education on behalf of the entire book industry. Prior to that, Len spent nearly twenty years at the American Booksellers Association (ABA) where he served a variety of roles, including overseeing ABA’s e-commerce and education programs, leaving in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. In his early career Len worked in indie, chain, and university bookstores. He has also served on the boards of directors for EDItEUR, the International Digital Publishing Forum, and as a citizen’s advisor to the Stamford Public Library. Len is also the author of *The Scar Boys* (Lerner), a critically acclaimed young adult novel published in January 2014 and its sequel, *Scar Girl* (Lerner. He is under contract with Bloomsbury Kids USA to publish to new YA novels in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Kristen also worked at ABA, where, for a decade, she held a variety of positions, including Director of Meetings and Events. As a member of the ABA’s senior staff, Kristen was privy to and participated in strategic discussions on the current state and future of the book industry with many of the industry’s leaders. She was also directly involved in the creation of ABA’s education program; assisted and counseled potential members on opening a bookstore; managed ABA’s public relations and publicity; and advocated on behalf of independent booksellers on First Amendment issues, Internet sales tax, and the development of sustainable local economies. During her tenure at ABA, Kristen was a member of the American Society of Association Executives and sat on the Children’s Booksellers & Publishers Committee, a joint group of ABA, the Association of American Publishers, and the Children’s Book Council. Before joining ABA, Kristen managed an independent bookstore in her hometown of Chappaqua, New York.

Kristen and Len are actively involved in the education of their two sons, Charlie (age seven) and Luke (age five). They live in Littleton, Colorado with one very large cat.


Murder Under the Oaks

New Releases

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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?

The Homeplace


September 2016
Kevin Wolf
The newest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize (for best debut mystery set in the Southwest) is a gripping crime story set in the wide open spaces of Colorado. THE HOMEPLACE by Kevin Wolf introduces readers to Chase Ford, a man returning, under an ominous cloud, to the town where he was born. Ford left Comanche County in Colorado when the NBA offered him a contract and a shot at sports stardom. But a host of problems including a bad knee put an end to that dream. Now Ford has come home. His friends are right there waiting for him. And so are his enemies.

Around the same time that Ford returns, the police discover a field in which four bison have been shot—along with Jimmy Riley, the town’s greatest high school basketball star since Chase’s heyday. And when another death is discovered—one that also shares unsettling connections to him—attention turns towards Chase, causing him to wonder just what he came home to.

Stalking Ground

September 2016

Margaret Mizushima

Stalking Ground coverStalking Ground: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery is scheduled for release via Crooked Lane Books on September 13, 2016. This second book in the series features Deputy Mattie Cobb, her dog Robo, and Cole Walker, DVM, as they investigate what happened to Deputy Ken Brody’s missing sweetheart; but the hunters become the hunted when they find themselves caught in a killer’s stalking ground. “Mizushima’s sophomore outing proves that her acclaimed series debut, Killing Trail, was no fluke…dog lovers will want to read this thriller.” – Library Journal


May 2016

Twist Phelan

FAKE coverTwist Phelan’s new series just launched: Finn Teller Corporate Spy mysteries. FAKE was released in May, EXIT in June, and DOUBT in July, with two more titles coming in August and September.

Have you ever thought about buying a counterfeit product? Maybe a watch or a handbag for fun? After you read FAKE, the first book featuring Finn Teller, corporate spy, you’ll think again.

An assignment with a Milan fashion house leads Finn to an undercover investigation of a train wreck in Croatia—scene of her most tragic professional mistake and home to terrorists still out for revenge. The hunter becomes the hunted and the stakes skyrocket as Finn must win a race against the clock to stop the spread of a deadly African pandemic and escape with her life. FAKE is a page-turning mystery that will keep you guessing up to the end.

Member News

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Signing and Sightings

October 13, 2016
Margaret Mizushima
Book signing with Shannon Baker
The Poisoned Pen
4014 N. Goldwater blvd., Ste. 101
Scottsdale, Arizona

October 15, 2016
Martin J. Smith
Book signing
Juniper Library
316 Garfield Street
Grand Lake
Cascades of the Rockies Book Shop
928 Grand Avenue
Grand Lake, Colorado

November 16
Chris Goff
Chautauqua Community House
900 Baseline Road
Boulder, Colorado

Member News

Circling the RunwayCircling the Runway by J. L. Abramo won the Shamus Award for Best Original Paperback Private Eye Novel of 2015.  The award was presented by the Private Eye Writers of America in New Orleans on September 16.

murder-under-the-oaksMurder Under the Oaks, which included J.L. Abramo’s short story Walking the Dog, won the Anthony Award for Best Anthology of 2015 at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention in New Orleans.


stonecoldbloodedfront-4-1Catherine Dilts is happy to have found a new publisher for her Rock Shop Mystery series, after Five Star dropped their mystery line. Her latest, releasing in October, is the third in the seris, and is the debut novel for Encircle Publications. It is available on Kindle and Nook.

combustion_coverlarge-copyMartin J. Smith has an upcoming signing of his novel Combustion at 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Juniper Library at 316 Garfield Street, Grand Lake, Colorado, with a signing immediately afterward at nearby Cascades of the Rockies Book Shop, 928 Grand Avenue, Grand Lake.

Merit Clark (aka Susan Paturzo) did her very first radio show on KYGT in Idaho Springs. She and host Jerry Fabyanic discussed fun stuff like murder, psychopaths, human trafficking, and of course her books, Killing Streak and the upcoming Killing Innocence. Here’s a link if you’d like to listen:


RMMWA member Chris Goff will be giving a talk on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chautauqua Community House in Boulder. Her talk will be about the research she does for both the Birdwatcher’s Mystery series and her thrillers, what it’s like juggling multiple writing projects, why she chooses to speak through fiction, what she chooses to write about and why, she’ll give a preview of what’s coming next. In the holiday spirit, she is donating her share of the ticket proceeds to the Boulder Bird Club. Tickets are $10 ($7.00 for Concert Members). For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Chautauqua Colorado website at https://www.chautauqua.com/portfolio/christine-goff-a-parliament-of-owls/.


Congratulations and good luck to Jedeane Macdonald, whose cozy mystery, “Deadly Prose,” is a finalist in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold contest. Winner will be announced at RMFW’s Colorado Gold conference banquet on September 10.

Killing Trail_FrontBARK, the dog culture magazine, has named Margaret Mizushima’s Timber Creek K-9 mystery series on its list of favorite summer reads. The item lists the second in the series, Stalking Ground, but shows the cover of the first, Killing Trail.  Here.

Kate Lansing is excited to announce that she’s now represented by Pamela Harty of The Knight Agency.


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