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News and updates about RMMWA and Our Members

March member news

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in the mystery category.

The Art of Vanishing (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #2) by Cynthia Kuhn will be available February 28, 2017 from Henery Press. For more information, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.

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. Congratulations! And good luck!

John E. Stith’s Death Tolls, a science-fiction mystery, will be re-released by ReAnimus Press on March 15th in trade paperback and all major e-book formats and markets. When disaster strikes on Mars, one news team is always first. Death Tolls won the CAL Top Hand Award for best adult fiction original paperback. “…succeeded where so many others have failed…. respectable both as science fiction and as mystery.” —Drood Review of Mystery. Find John atwww.neverend.com and Facebook.

Colleen Collins and her partner in crime, Shaun Kaufman, will be teaching a half-day pre-conference workshop on Thursday, April 27, for the Pike’s Peak Writers Conference. Title: Misdemeanors to Murder: Nothing but the Truth from a Criminal Lawyer and Private Eye. Link (scroll down page for class syllabus): https://www.pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/activities/thursday-programming/

Coney Island Avenue, the follow-up to the acclaimed novel Gravesend by Shamus Award-winning author J. L. Abramo, will be released by Down & Out Books on March 13—and offered at a discounted price for Kindle or Nook editions through March 12.

Twist Phelan has a collection of short stories out this month: Criminal Record: Collected Crime & Mystery Stories. The thirteen stories originally appeared in either Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine or Mystery Writers of America anthologies. They were critically well received, garnering awards and nominations, including two Thriller Awards for Best Short Story of the Year.

Manuel Ramos will talk about his books and the concept of “Chicano noir” at the Central Library of the Denver Public Library on March 28 from 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. in the Burnham Hoyt Book Club Room.

Manuel also will be a keynote speaker and presenter at the annual Graduate Student Association Conference at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX from March 30–April 1.

RMMWA members who are among the featured authors at the 11th Annual Mountain of Authors in Colorado Springs include  Donnell Bell, Catherine Dilts, Cynthia Kuhn, and Barb Nickless on April 8. MOA is a free annual community program that provides an opportunity for the public and local authors to meet and listen to notable authors and writers, and for aspiring writers to learn more about the craft of writing.

The 2017 keynote speaker is area author, historian, and musician Mark Lee Gardner.

Welcome to new member Allyson Condie!

February member news

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

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/

Member News

Maria Kelson writes: Hola comadres and compadres of the pen! Guess you can teach an old(er than I once was) poet new tricks!

I have a story up today on this daily flash fic site. Have a look, hit those “share” or “comment” buttons if you take a notion, and thank you for being the inspired and inspiring Light that you are. Link: http://flashfictionmagazine.com/blog/2016/11/23/goodbye-headache/

 

USA Today best-selling author Carter Wilson will be featured at the Tattered Cover (Colfax) on Friday, January 13 at 7pm. He will be interviewed by Ed Bryant, followed by a reading and a signing of his fourth thriller, Revelation, to be released 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

 

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.

Deep_Quarry_John  Stith - front_cover_600highReAnimus Press is re-releasing nine titles by John E. Stith during 2016 and 2017 in paperback and ebook.  Some of the titles have been unavailable in paperback for more than a decade  The first title is Deep Quarry (July 1), which follows a private eye who uncovers a buried starship still occupied by nasty aliens. Deep Quarry won the Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand Award. Sign up for giveaways at www.neverend.com.

BadBloodCover2Suzanne Proulx has reissued Bad Blood, the first book in her Vicky Lucci hospital risk manager series, as an ebook. Link.

 

 

 

Macavity nominees

annablancChuck Greaves‘s Tom & Lucky and George & Cokey Flo (Bloomsbury) and Jennifer Kincheloe‘s The Secret Life of Anna Blanc are both nominees for the Sue Feder Historical Mystery award, to be presented at Bouchercon in September. Congratulations to both of them!

Appearances

  • Friday, April 15
    7 p.m.
    Laura DiSilverio
    Chris Goff
    Mark Stevens
    Carter Wilson   
    Denver Book Bar
    CBA finalist readings

    Saturday, April 16
    2 p.m.
    Mark Stevens   
    Bemis Library
    Littleton
    “Write What You Don’t Know”

    April 20
    Noon
    Mark Stevens   
    Op.Cit. Bookstore
    Taos, N.M.

    April 23
    11 a.m.–5p.m.
    Mario Acevedo
    Chris Goff
    Robert Greer
    Anne Hillerman
    Manuel Ramos
    Pikes Peak Library District
    Colorado Springs
    Mountain of Authors