Event: Barbara Nickless and Jennifer Kincheloe

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
November 17, 2018
Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

9:30-10:00 am Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm Barbara Nickless: “Nail Your Research: A Writer’s Guide to Disasters, Drug Dens and Other Surprising Sources”

Writers love research. It’s how we build our story’s foundation and get to know our characters and setting. Best of all, if we’re busy researching, we don’t have to face that blank page. Right? Um, no. Writing and research go hand in hand. But how do we start, where do we look, and how do we know when we’re done? Topics covered include how to:

  • Build a solid research foundation
  • Organize and incorporate your research
  • Track down sources
  • Discover hidden treasures
  • Keep up your word count while researching

We’ll also talk about how some famous authors conducted their research and why research never really ends (and why that’s okay).

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (brown bag or visit nearby restaurants)

1:00-3:00 pm Jennifer Kincheloe: “Behind Bars: What it’s Like to be an Inmate, Deputy, or Research Scientist in the Denver County Jails”

What is the process from booking to release? What is the difference between prison and jail? What is it really like in jail? What is the culture? What are the rules? Plus, interesting anecdotes collected from deputies about inmates and the crimes they’ve committed.

3:00-4:00 pm Board Meeting (all are welcome, location to be announced at the meeting)

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.


You may RSVP via email (click red button above) or at our Meetup page: www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado.

About the Presenters:

Jennifer’s been a block layer, a nurse’s aid, a fragrance model, and on the research faculty at UCLA, where she spent 11 years conducting studies to inform health policy. Jennifer currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two teenagers, two dogs, and a cat. There she conducts research on the jails. Her novels take place in 1900s Los Angeles among the police matrons of the LAPD and combine, mystery, history, humor, and romance. Her debut novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC, was a finalist in the Lefty Awards for Best Historical Mystery, The Colorado Author’s League Award for Best Genre Fiction, the Macavity Sue Feder Award for Historical Mystery, and won the Mystery & Mayhem Award for Historical Mystery and the Colorado Gold for Best Mystery. Her latest novel, THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK, was nominated for a Lefty Award. Find out more at jenniferkincheloe.com.


Barbara has always been interested in things that might get her killed, or at least maimed. She’s rehabilitated wild birds of prey, explored little-known caves, handled rattlesnakes, and raised two children through their teenage years. Her bestselling Sydney Parnell series is how she imagines life would be for Harry Bosch—if he were a railroad cop with a price on his head. Find out more at www.barbaranickless.com.


Please RSVP above. This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. To request more information, please use our contact form.




Publication: Amy Drayer

Amy Drayer made her publishing debut last month in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers anthology False Faces, with “The Clearing,” a short story about a young boy whose perspective is changed forever by summer days spent in a sleepy forest.

This collection of twenty tales by members of RMFW explores what happens when we conceal ourselves behind carefully constructed identities. Why do we hide? What are we afraid to confront? And what happens when the masks come off?

For more information, please visit http://rmfw.org/anthology/2018-2/.

Event: November Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club November read is End of the Road by LS Hawker (Parker/South Denver).

Free and open to the public. Just read the book of the month and come ready to chat with the author and other readers!

RSVP at the website or at our Meetup page. For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!

Appearance: Sandra Murphy

Sandra Murphy is excited to present a FREE workshop on “Demystifying Audiobook Production” with Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Koelbel Library, ​5955 S. Holly St., Centennial, CO 80121.
Creating an audiobook is not intimidating once you know the basics. Go behind the scenes of audiobook production and learn the steps involved in audiobook production.  For more information, visit Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.  > http://rmfw.org/events/free-programs/denver/

New Release: The Spirit in Question by Cynthia Kuhn

Now available: The Spirit in Question
(Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries #3)

English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical. But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage.

The show must go on—yet as they speed toward opening night, it becomes clear that other members of the company may be targeted as well. Lila searches for answers while contending with a tenacious historical society, an eccentric playwright, an unsettling psychic, an enigmatic apparition, and a paranormal search squad. With all of this in play, will she be able to identify who killed her colleague…or will it soon be curtains for Lila too?

Amazon: amzn.to/2unzWF9
Barnes and Noble: bit.ly/2NlGFXe
Indie Bound: bit.ly/2vH7ChC
Kobo: bit.ly/2NVbi71
Bookbub: bit.ly/2pAVlI2
Goodreads: bit.ly/2pwoYtY

About the author:
Cynthia Kuhn is professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver and president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado. For more information, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.

Event: October Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club October reads include Better Off Read by Nora Page (Parker/South Denver) and Red Sky by Chris Goff (Northern Colorado).

Free and open to the public. Just read the book of the month and come ready to chat with the author and other readers!

RSVP at the website or at our Meetup page. For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!

Colorado Gold Contest: Kathleen Donnelly


Kathleen Donnelly is extremely excited to announce her book Free Base finished second in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s (RMFW) Colorado Gold Writing Contest. Kathleen is grateful to RMFW for providing a contest with excellent judges and editors that provide quality feedback towards publication. Kathleen would also like to thank Sisters in Crime-Colorado for all the support and encouragement. For more information on the contest visit: http://rmfw.org/contest-2/.