A Few Things to Crow AboutNews and updates about RMMWA and Our Members
The Spirit in Question (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #3) by Cynthia Kuhn has been nominated for a Lefty Award (Best Humorous Mystery) and has been named a finalist in the Foreword Indie Book of the Year Awards (Mystery category).
Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima has also been named a Foreword Indie finalist!
Board members Chris Goff and Jeff Lockwood invite RMMWA members (and partners) for a day in Wyoming, Saturday, June 22nd, to extend the reach of our mystery writing community into the rarified air of Laramie (attention Denverites: we are really a Rocky Mountain high at 7200 feet). Laramie is about a 2½-hour drive from Denver. Taking I-25 to Fort Collins and then Highway 287 from Fort Collins to Laramie is a rather pretty way to go.
Our day will begin with a special, 2-hour group tour of the Wyoming Territorial Prison on the outskirts of Laramie. We’ll convene at the entrance at 10:00. The prison once held Butch Cassidy, and those who have an interest in the twisted crimes and gruesome punishments of the frontier are sure to find some darkly enchanting material for stories.
At 12:30, we will gather at the Altitude Chophouse and Brewery in downtown Laramie for lunch (individuals will pay for their own food/drinks), where we’ll be joined by NY Times best-selling author of smart historical fiction, Tasha Alexander, and her husband, mystery/thriller author Andrew Grant.
After lunch, we’ll walk a couple blocks over to Second Story Books former brothel converted into Laramie’s finest, independent bookstore. There, Andrew and Tasha will be joined (we hope—the plan is still in the works) by best-selling author Lee Child (Andrew’s brother). That intriguing conversation/interview and book signing is open to the public.
The cost for this day of incarceration, mastication, and rumination is FREE (not including your gas and lunch, of course). However, to arrange the prison tour (the cost is being covered by RMMWA), we need an accurate head count. So please RSVP directly to Jeff Lockwood by June 17 to pre-register for this day on the high plains. And, when you RSVP, also indicate whether you are interested in attending an end-of-the-day dinner cookout provided by RMMWA, which would mean staying overnight or getting back on the road at perhaps 7:00 or later.
Join Christine Carbo for an evening of discussion at Boulder’s Chautaqua Community Center February 20 (tickets $12) as she draws from her newest book, A Sharp Solitude. She will discuss her latest novel and talk about her journey to becoming an author and writing crime fiction in northwest Montana.
The acclaimed author of The Wild Inside, immerses readers in the beautiful, but often unforgiving landscape of Montana while delivering a compelling portrait of two damaged souls running from the past. In the darkening days of autumn, a journalist’s body is found near the Canadian border. The victim was last seen with a man named Reeve Landon, the secretive subject of an article she’d been writing. Now Reeve is the prime suspect. FBI investigator Ali Paige is not assigned the case, but Reeve is an ex-boyfriend, the father of her child. If she can find out what really happened, she might be able to save her daughter from the pain of abandonment. Meanwhile, a reckless and paranoid Reeve ventures deep into in the woods, assuming his karmic punishment has finally arrived. As the clock ticks and the noose tightens around Reeve’s neck, Ali isn’t sure how far she’ll go to find the truth. And what if truth isn’t something she wants to know?
Propulsive and suspenseful, evoking the breathtaking beauty of Glacier National Park and its surrounding areas, A Sharp Solitude demonstrates that people can’t outrun their demons, even in the vast, wild terrain of Northwest Montana.
Carbo is the author of the Glacier Mystery Series, an ensemble series set in and around Glacier National Park. Her books include The Wild Inside (2015), Mortal Fall (2016), and The Weight of Night (2017). A Sharp Solitude (2018) is a finalist for the Barry award for best paperback original. Carbo is a recipient of the Women’s’ National Book Association Pinckley Prize, the Silver Falchion Award, and the High Plains Book Award.
Catherine Dilts is pleased to announce the February 28 release of her novel Survive Or Die, from Encircle Publications. “You think you’re gonna Survive, but you’re gonna Die. Die. Die.” The owner of a dysfunctional company arranges a mandatory team-building exercise at the Survive or Die survivalist camp, once the setting for a defunct reality TV show. When he receives a death threat, what surprises employees is not that someone wants their lecherous, hard-drinking boss dead. The surprise is that he’s not the first casualty. This humorous amateur sleuth mystery is available online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and directly from the publisher at http://encirclepub.com/, from Encircle Publications.
Terry Odell released The Mapleton Mystery Novellas, including the IDA Award–winning Deadly Engagement. She’s also revealing the cover of her ninth Blackthorne, Inc. novel, Personal Assessment, due out in April.
Mark Stevens will be at Off the Beaten Path in Steamboat Springs (68 9th Street) on Friday, February 15 at 4 pm to sign copies of the entire Allison Coil mystery series, including his latest, The Melancholy Howl, a book that Kirkus Reviews called “smart and indelible.”
Fleur (F.T.) Bradley will be presenting at Pikes Peak Writers’ Write Your Heart Out, a free pre-conference event held at the Colorado Springs Marriott (note: the website shows the venue as Library 21C, but it was changed to the Marriott). Six authors who will be on the Pikes Peak Writers Conference faculty in May will be there for an afternoon filled with fun and learning centered around the craft and business of writing. RSVP required. https://pikespeakwriters.com/ppw-events/write-your-heart-out-2019/
Barbara Nickless will teach a mystery-writing workshop at Murder in the Mountains, a mini-noir festival presented by Crested Butte’s Center for the Arts on February 22 and 23. In addition to Barbara’s workshop (which includes flights of Pinot Noir), there will be a Noir at the Bar event, a live panel with local authors and several luminaries of Scandinavian noir, a mystery dinner, and a forensics workshop for elementary and middle-school kids. More information at https://crestedbuttearts.org/Murder-in-the-Mountains.
Barbara will also be participating in “Love Your Local Author” at the Bemis Public Library in Littleton on February 16 from 10am-1pm. More information at https://www.littletongov.org/
Francine Mathews’s latest book, That Churchill Woman, pubs January 29 under her Stephanie Barron author name. It’s historical fiction (not suspense) about Winston Churchill’s American mother, Jennie Jerome, from Ballantine.
Stina Grossman, writing as Stina Branson, will be reading at DimeStories Wednesday, February 13, 7pm, at the Forge Publick House in Old Firehouse Alley in Old Town Fort Collins. (It’s directly behind Old Firehouse Books on Walnut.) DimeStories is a monthly event of three minute prose presentations.
- Friday, April 15
Denver Book Bar
CBA finalist readings
Saturday, April 16
“Write What You Don’t Know”
Pikes Peak Library District
Mountain of Authors