The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #1) by Cynthia Kuhn has been nominated for an Agatha Award in the Best First Novel category.

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/

Manuel Ramos is scheduled to read at Epic Brewing, 3001 Walnut St., Denver, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. to help celebrate the launch of several new “dark, sour beers that are funky and tart.”  Beers and books will be plentiful. Check out http://epicbrewing.com/

Lise McClendon has a new short story available on Kindle. “Indian Summer” was originally published in an anthology and is now available on its own. It features a Montana rancher at the end of her rope. When a woman is pushed to the edge, well, anything can happen. “Indian Summer” has been called a “great mix of good writing, good characters and a strong element of mystery.” Check it out on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2jy29nH