New Release: Declared Dead by DJ Steele

Available March 14, 2017 from Switchback Press: Declared Dead

Some say the Cold War never truly ended

A rising threat is upon us— the New Cold War

Spies of old are back, bearing secrets from the past

The battle to reveal the truth might be the most treacherous warfare of all

 

Julia Bagal’s life has hit rock bottom. A murder in her duplex, a missing body, and then, her hated supervisor is strangled. Only this dead body was found in Julia’s cubicle.

Now, sitting in a police station, she is scared she might be a suspect…or worse yet, the intended victim.

She suspects who might be involved, but before she can question her, the woman disappears. Entangled in a web of deceit, Julia is afraid the missing woman is in danger and searches to find her. With the clock ticking, she’s forced to accept the help of a man she believes is dangerous. A man trained to kill by the best, the U.S. Army. Julia finds herself drawn to the man who seems to know too much about her.

Suddenly, Julia uncovers a terrifying secret. A bungled CIA operation twenty-three years ago has put her on a deadly collision course of vengeance and betrayal.

­­­One leading all the way to the White House.

About the author:

DJ Steele, a graduate of the University of Georgia, was one of the first female foresters hired in the private sector where she worked in the timber industry for over twenty years. Prior to writing her own thriller, Declared Dead, she edited five award-winning novels for her husband, also a thriller writer. She enjoys research and weaving historical facts into her work of fiction.

She lives in Northern Colorado where she is working on her second novel.

New Release: The Art of Vanishing by Cynthia Kuhn

Available now from Henery Press: The Art of Vanishing (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #2)

vanishingWhen Professor Lila Maclean is sent to interview celebrated author and notorious cad Damon Von Tussel, he disappears before her very eyes. The English department is thrown into chaos by the news, as Damon is supposed to headline Stonedale University’s upcoming Arts Week.

The chancellor makes it clear that he expects Lila to locate the writer and set events back on track immediately. But someone appears to have a different plan: strange warnings are received, valuable items go missing, and a series of dangerous incidents threaten the lives of Stonedale’s guests. After her beloved mother, who happens to be Damon’s ex, rushes onto campus and into harm’s way, Lila has even more reason to bring the culprit to light before anything—or anyone—else vanishes.

About the author:
Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean academic mystery series. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Mama PhD and other publications. She teaches English at MSU Denver and serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado. For more information, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.

Online Plotting Workshop with Karen Docter

Online Plotting Workshop for Authors!! The “W” Plot…Or The Other White Meat for Plotters presented by Bestselling Author, Karen/K.L. Docter

karendocter3I’m dusting off my “W” Plot…Or The Other White Meat for Plotters workshop for 1-TIME ONLY this year for the good folks at STAR (Southern Tier Authors of Romance). If you’ve been wanting to try this plotting method with oodles of help applying the technique (yes, I’m very hands on 🙂 ) to your own book, check out the details of this month-long plotting course!

The “W” Plot … or The Other White Meat for Plotters…

If you don’t know what the W-Plot is, this month-long course is for you. It is perfect for pantsers and plotters, and anyone looking for ways to up tension and conflict in their scenes and WIP. Karen Docter has come out of retirement to give this workshop one time in 2017.

  • Dates: Mar. 6-31
  • Presenter: Karen Docter

Course Content: One of the staples of any writers’ group conversations is the plot.  It’s integral to every novel, holds everything together.  It’s the vehicle that carries readers from page one to “The End”.  It’s one of the scariest things an author faces when s/he decides, hey, I want to write a novel! How many of us have made this decision, then stared at that blank page or computer screen, without a clue how to proceed?  What about those of us who write by the seat of our pants, the pantsters? Do we dare risk scaring off our muse by plotting our story? How do the mega-plotters, the overachievers, know when it’s time to stop and just put pen to paper? Join Karen and uncover the skeleton of your own novel using the W-plotting method and see how easy it is to apply these techniques to the synopsis we all love to hate.

See what New Students of the “W” are saying…

Before I found the W Plotting Method my story ideas started out fine, but eventually drifted off into mayhem. Karen’s technique covers both characterization and plot, and if you do the work, you end up with a full synopsis and a story that’s exciting, fluid, logical and full of surprises for the reader, before you even begin writing. I couldn’t be more satisfied!  ~ Julia Tagan, Author

Karen’s online W course on craft is the best approach to plotting I’ve ever come across. The W method offers a simple, basic way to nail down even the most complicated plot so you can spot holes in the story before you write the first word. No more ‘sagging middles’ and worrying about whether the story I’m writing is living up to its potential. Karen is a terrific instructor who gives thoughtful feedback every step of the way. I left the month long online course with a newfound confidence.  ~ Margaret Carroll, Rita nominated author

I’ve run the gamut–taken classes, attended seminars, won contests, even got agents interested in my work, but there was always a piece missing. When I signed up for Karen’s class, I thought: What the heck–it can’t hurt. But did it help? Wow! Game changer. I now have a viable roadmap to salvage my earlier work as well as a new direction for my WIP. Karen’s method rocks! Totally. ~ Kristen Boe

The “W” for plotting combines the best of practicality and creativity. This step-by-step plan encourages writers to explore their characters and what happens between them. I highly recommend it to both beginning and advanced writers. The workshop is well worth the time.  ~ Jane Choate, Published Author

Recently I attended Karen Docter’s Plotting “W” Workshop, skeptical because I’m an In-the Mist-writer. But let’s face it sometimes In-the Mist writers get derailed due to fog. Karen’s “W” workshop lets you chart a course from beginning to middle to end, not only for your protagonists, but for your antagonists as well. Whether you prefer the most comprehensive roadmap to detail your plot or just the highlights so your muse has its say, Karen shows us an effective way to keep one’s story on track, saving months of time and preventing tossed pages.  ~ Donnell Ann Bell, Published Author

For more testimonials: http://www.karendocter.com/workshop/testimonials

About Karen/K.L Docter…

Bestselling Author Karen Docter writes contemporary romance. When she feels the need to feed the dark side, she writes intense suspenseromcon1 thrillers as K.L. Docter. She’s an award-winning author, a four-time Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finalist, and won the coveted Kiss of Death Romance Writers Daphne du Maurier Award Category (Series) Romantic Mystery Unpublished division. She has a Technical Journalism degree and has taught college level composition. She taught her online “W” Plot…Or The Other White Meat for Plotters workshop to numerous RWA chapters for over 14 years.

Connect with Karen:
http://www.karendocter.com
Twitter: @KarenDocter
Karen Docter FB: goo.gl/6TXc5X
K.L. Docter FB: goo.gl/uD1iGL
Goodreads: https://goo.gl/bsswDd

Join Karen online!

STAR Website/Blog: Fee: $25 RWA members $30 Non-members

W-Plot REGISTRATION FORM

Sponsored by the Southern Tier Authors of Romance. For more information e-mail jmbkosterSTAR@gmail.com

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Award Nominations: Jennifer Kincheloe, Cynthia Kuhn, Ann Myers

chanticleerJennifer Kincheloe’s The Secret Life of Anna Blanc has been named a semi-finalist in the Murder and Mayhem category of the Chanticleer International Book Awards! For more information, please visit Chanticleer Book Reviews.

 

mdCynthia Kuhn’s The Semester of Our Discontent has been nominated for an Agatha Award in the Best First Novel category. For more information, please visit Malice Domestic.

 

 

16rtawardsAnn Myers’s Cinco de Mayhem has been nominated for a Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award in the Amateur Sleuth category. For more information, please visit RT Book Reviews.

 

Congratulations, all!

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Event: Sami Lien and Tracy Brisendine

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: February 11, 2017
Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

9:30-10:00 am Coffee, Donuts, Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm Sami Lien
sami-lien“PR 101: Promoting and Branding Your Book to The Masses”
One of the most influential ways to make a splash in the literary scene is by word of mouth. But how do you reach some of the most voracious readers and book buyers online when the very task of targeting so many outlets and managing social media is so overwhelming? The trick is to learn how to manage your approach to get the most out of your time and hard work. Join Denver publicist Samantha Lien (of Roger Charlie) for a fun workshop and brainstorming session on how to manage your own promotional strategies and expectations so you don’t get derailed from your efforts.

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

1:00-3:00 pm Tracy Brisendine
tracy-brisendine“Homicide for Writers, Not Criminals”
Step beyond the crime-scene tape for a realistic look at homicide and death. The basics of crime scene processing and investigation will be covered in the first hour. During the second hour attendees will learn the fundamental characteristics of gunshot wounds, stabbings, and blunt-force trauma. If you ever plan on offing someone, fictionally of course, don’t miss this workshop.

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

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About the Presenters:

Ever enamored by the experience of others, Sami Lien has always sought out opportunities to put herself in the way of a really great story. After 10 years in promotions, marketing and business management in a variety of industries, Sami stumbled into the world of publicity in 2011 and has found a tremendous joy in connecting individuals all over the map to their own passions and pursuits. Through her publicity and management company Roger Charlie, she provides professional guidance, coordinates national tours and works closely with online and print media outlets to create a memorable and captivating experience for her partners in work.

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Tracy Brisendine lives in Denver with her husband and snaggle-tooth dog. She has over eight years experience working in law enforcement and death investigation. Tracy currently works for Denver Office of the Medical Examiner and in her free time is an active member of the Colorado Human Remains Extraction and Recovery Team.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/tracybrisendine
Twitter: twitter.com/WolvesCanEatMe
Facebook: facebook.com/AuthorTJValour

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Please RSVP above. This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. For more information, please contact sinc.colorado@gmail.com.

Kickoff Party Tomorrow!

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Last chance to RSVP  for our First Annual 2017 Kickoff Party for Sisters in Crime- Colorado!

When: Saturday January 14, 2017 at 11 am

Where: Punch Bowl Social, 65 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203 (303.765.2695)

This is purely a social event to get excited about our new year of activities and to get to know our Sisters better. If you know someone interested in joining SinC-CO, please bring them along, but everyone must RSVP. Please note that individuals are responsible for the purchase of their own food and drinks.

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Can’t wait to see everyone!