February RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.

February 14 Meeting

Audiobooks with Sandra Murphy 

 

January RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


January 10 Meeting



 

 

Panel: Social Media – Magic or Myth?

Authors with varied publishing backgrounds will discuss their social media strategies and experience. Please join them as they share their ideas on internet networking and book promotion. Audience participation and questions are welcome.

Panelists:

Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series: The Semester of Our Discontent, an Agatha Award recipient for Best First Novel; The Art of Vanishing, a Lefty Award nominee for Best Humorous Mystery; and The Spirit in Question. She is professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver and member of the multi-author blog Chicks on the Case. 

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, which includes Killing Trail, Stalking Ground, Hunting Hour, and Burning Ridge. Her books have garnered a Reader’s Favorite gold medal, a TopShelf Indie Book Award nomination, and have been listed as finalists in the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, the Colorado Book Awards, the International Book Awards, and the Silver Falchion Awards. Margaret lives in Colorado and serves on the board for RMMWA as Social Media Director.

Bruce Most loves to read and write classic whodunits. He grew up on a diet of Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, and his grandfather’s collection of Perry Mason novels. A former freelance writer, Bruce’s first published novel, Bonded for Murder, featuring a feisty Denver bail bondswoman, Ruby Dark, was a Colorado Book Awards finalist. Rope Burn, about cattle rustling and murder in modern-day Wyoming ranch country, and Murder on the Tracks, set in 1949 Denver, won best genre novel from the Colorado Authors’ League.

Mark Stevens grew up in Massachusetts. He was raised by two librarians. By law, he was required to grow up loving books. And writing. He writes the Allison Coil Mystery Series—Antler Dust, Buried by the Roan, Trapline, Lake of Fire and The Melancholy Howl. Trapline won the Colorado Book Award in 2016. Buried by the Roan and Lake of Fire were finalists for the same award. Kirkus Reviews called Lake of Fire “irresistible” and The Melancholy Howl “smart and indelible.” Mark was the 2016 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year.

 

Mystery and Mistletoe, Dec. 13, 2018


Mystery and Mistletoe



RSVP by Monday, December 10

Price: $10. Includes dinner and presentation
CADA, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver

Mystery & Mistletoe is back for another round of holiday cheer and delicious food.

The night will also include member readings as well as voting for and announcements of winners in the RMMWA’s Six-Word Mystery Contest!

November RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


November 8 Meeting



 

 

October RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


October 11 Meeting



RSVP by Monday, October 8

Advances in Forensic Technology with David Maloney, Forensic Services Laboratory Manager, Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Learn about the latest in forensic analysis including toxicology, collection and preservation of evidence from the crime scene, controlled substance analysis, forensic biology/DNA, firearms, tool marks, latent fingerprints, trace chemistry, and digital evidence examination. Additional program details and speaker bio to come.

 

September RMMWA Meeting


September Meeting



RSVP by Monday, September 10

Price: RMMWA members $20, guests $25 Includes dinner and presentation
CADA, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver
As a consultant to films, authors, historians, and genealogy researchers, Police Sgt. Dean Christopherson will demystify the real grind and nitty gritty of real police work. In addition, Sgt. Christopherson will give us a history of law enforcement, procedures, and technology. He promises to answer as many questions as time allows.

“Much of the critical work to solve crimes is still done at an initial scene, just not so much by a patrol officer, but by a crew of highly trained specialists and detectives,” he said.

Sgt. Dean Christopherson has been with the Denver Police Department for 18+ years and has been the director of citizen police academies, founder of the Denver Police Museum, a patrol officer, field training officer, and community relations officer.

He worked as a narcotics agent for the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, where he was on the drug task force, worked as a K-9 handler and weapons instructor, and was involved in undercover investigations, the Special Response Unit, and assisting local agencies in criminal investigations.

He also has several years’ experience as a firefighter and arson investigator, and has moved into restaurant and nightclub operations, owning and operating two locations and developing several more.

Boy, Howdy: Lunch with Craig Johnson

Non-members are welcome! Space is limited. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 31.

Lunch: Salads, sandwiches and wraps accompanied with by pasta salad, fruit salad, and dessert.


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“Thinking–I do that sometimes before I talk.” – Walt Longmire

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Colorado Automobile Dearlers Assn., 290 E. Speer Blvd.

Special lunch speaker Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the basis for the hit Netflix series Longmire.

Craig Johnson is the author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. Craig will be on tour for his new novel, Depth of Winter, but is making time for a special talk for Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America.

The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/BibliObs.

Death Without Company, the Wyoming State Historical Association’s Book of the Year, won France’s Le Prix 813. Another Man’s Moccasins was the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award winner and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and Hell Is Empty, selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year, was a New York Times best seller, as was As the Crow Flies. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit A&E drama Longmire, starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Katee Sackoff.

 

The Ups and Downs of the Publishing Business

A Literary Agent and Two Writers Offer Insights on the Topsy-Turvy World of Books and Writing




With Chris Goff, Kevin Wolf & Terrie Wolf
Location: Private Home in Colorado Springs (address and direction will be emailed to attendees).
Time: Thursday, August 9, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $10

Includes a light meal.

Chris Goff is an award-winning author of six novels based on environmental themes and two international thrillers. Her most recent book, Red Sky was a 2018 Colorado Book Award Finalist. Set in Ukraine and Asia, Agent Raisa Jordan must test the boundaries of diplomacy as she races to prevent the start of a new Cold War. Catherine Coulter had this to say: “Breathtaking suspense, do not miss Red Sky.” Goff’s series debut, Dark Waters, was dubbed “a sure bet for fans of international thrillers” by Booklist. Dark Waters was a finalist for the 2016 Colorado Book Award, 2016 Colorado Authors’ League, Genre Award, and the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Crime Fiction Audiobook.

Named the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2002 Writer of the year, Goff’s bestselling Birdwatcher’s Mystery series was nominated for two WILLA Literary Awards, a Colorado Author’s League Award, and was published in the UK and Japan. Her latest, A Parliament of Owls, came out in May 2016.

A long-standing member of multiple writing organizations, Goff has served on several local, regional and national boards, including Mystery Writers of America. She began serving a four year term on the Executive Council of International Crime Writers Association in October 2017, and current serves on the Education Committee of Sisters in Crime.

Kevin Wolf is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Crested Butte Writers. The great-grandson of Colorado homesteaders, he enjoys fly fishing, old Winchesters and 1950s Western movies. He lives in Estes Park, Colorado, with his wife and two beagles. He is the author of A Town Called Vengeance, Brokeheart, and The Homeplace.

 

Terrie Wolf, a full member of AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives) and founder of AKA Literary Management, is a literary agent and foreign rights manager with a background in publishing, international media and criminal investigations. This fourth-generation Colorado ranch kid has built a solid reputation working with authors and entertainers across the globe and has literally traveled the world in search of real answers and unforgettable stories, but she might tell you the skills she developed as a member of The Greatest Show on Earth helped best prepare her – and her clients, no doubt – for the topsy-turvy, ever-changing, literary industry.

 

June RMMWA Meeting

Speaker: Melody Jones
Program: Get Noticed on Social Media: How to Use Visual Content to Build Your Brand and Get Engagement


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A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.

Did you know that social media posts that include images produce 650 percent higher engagement than text-only posts?

Photos, infographics, memes, illustrations, and videos are just a few forms of visual content that are having a huge impact on the way people consume information today.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • What visual content can do to help you build your writer platform and brand
  • How to radically improve Facebook engagement, without paying for ads
  • Who uses Instagram and if a photo of your lunch is a good idea, or not
  • Why you don’t have to be artistic to create killer graphics yourself
  • Tools and tips to design your own visual content
  • Basic social media tools and techniques to manage your time

Come prepared to take notes and ask questions.

If you suffer from hashtag headaches, Facebook fever, or Insta [note: not a typo, refers to Instagram FYI] irritations, Melody Jones can help. She’s the dispenser-in-chief of Social Media Aspirin™.

Melody has been working with writers and authors officially since 2011. She manages social media behind the scenes, does individual coaching one-on-one, hosts social media retreats, conducts workshops, and speaks at conferences. One of her favorite clients was The Las Vegas Madam. Yes. A real madam. From Las Vegas. Who did madam things.

Ever aware of the unique needs of writers and authors, she founded Social Media Aspirin™ for Writers and Authors, an interactive membership community online designed to help members learn what they need to know for real social media success in a crowded market. Connect with fellow writers, get daily, weekly and monthly content-rich instruction directly from Melody, all at writer-budget-friendly membership subscriptions. Find out more information here: bit.ly/SocialMediaAspirin

Melody is a Colorado native who loves soft-eared beagles, giant cups of coffee, and writing. She’s published in Stories Gathered at the Kitchen Table: A Collection of Women’s Memoirs. She currently lives in an A-frame mountain cottage near Sedalia, Colorado.