Event: From Manuscript To Masterpiece© – Paulette K. Kinnes

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
June 6, 2020

Via Zoom
(Information on how to join the presentation will be posted in the Sisters in Crime-Colorado Groups.io members listserv.)

PROGRAM/SCHEDULE

10:00 am-10:30 am
Welcome, Introductions

10:30 am-12:45 pm
From Manuscript To Masterpiece© – Paulette K. Kinnes

Have you ever wondered what is the most over-used word in fiction? Have you ever wondered what horrible smells like? Have you ever wondered why your editor might suggest that you use the Oxford comma? Have you ever wondered what a large man looks like? Have you ever wondered how to write dialogue correctly? Have you ever wondered what drives a book editor berserk?

Find out from an editor’s perspective when book editor Paulette K. Kinnes presents From Manuscript To Masterpiece© to the Sisters in Crime-Colorado chapter on June 6, 2020! Paulette will offer attendees ten tips for writing fabulous fiction, with a bonus tip or two thrown in for fun.

About the Presenter:

Paulette K. KinnesPaulette founded Platinum Editing Group in 2005 and is a professional freelance book editor based in Denver, Colorado. Paulette has been writing and editing for more than 40 years. Before taking her love of editing, writing, and freelancing on the road, she spent 14 years drafting, editing, and proofreading documents for Colorado District Courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Colorado Supreme Court. Her legal background has served her in countless ways during her editing career.

Paulette is also a sports nut (the Broncos, the Nuggets, the Rockies, and the Avalanche, and weirdly, the Carolina Panthers!). She has spent many hours over the last several years on the football field on Saturday mornings with her three grandsons. Paulette has two new granddaughters as well.

Paulette has been wild about reading for her entire life. She loves a good mystery or thriller. She is the perfect audience for these genres. . .as she can never figure out who done it!

Social media:
https://www.facebook.com/PEG5280/

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New Release: Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing

Publication date: May 26, 2020 from Berkley

Killer Chardonnay (A Colorado Wine Mystery Book 1) by Kate Lansing

A young winery owner won’t let one sour grape ruin the bunch in the first installment of this exciting cozy mystery series.

Parker Valentine has always dreamed of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. But she gets more than she bargained for when a food and wine critic unexpectedly shows up at Vino Valentine on opening day. A negative review could be fatal for her business, and not only does he seem to hate her chardonnay, he also collapses and dies shortly after drinking it.

Although Parker hoped that the attendees would put a cork in it, soon her winery is at the center of a social media firestorm. With #killerchardonnay trending online, Parker’s business is in danger of closing, and she has no choice but to investigate the murder herself.

To restore her reputation, catch a killer, and keep her struggling business open, Parker needs only one thing: some good proof.

“Lansing’s brisk style and her heroine’s efficient approach make her debut a treat.” —Kirkus

Please join Kate May 26th for a Facebook party (https://www.facebook.com/events/1270643249787820/) and/or May 30th from 4-4:30 MT on Instagram Live (@kmlansing) to celebrate her book launch!

Her website is: Kate Lansing

New Release: The Study of Secrets by Cynthia Kuhn

Publication date: May 26, 2020 from Henery Press

The Study of Secrets (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #5)

There could be nowhere more fitting for English professor Lila Maclean to spend her sabbatical than in a proper Victorian mansion. The whimsical Callahan House seems to have materialized from the pages of the mystery novels she is researching, with its enchanting towers, cozy nooks, and charming library. Unfortunately, it also features a body in the study.

Residents of Larkston have long believed that the Callahan family is cursed—the murder on the estate sets the town buzzing. Wild rumors are fueled by a gossipy blogger who delights in speculation, and further crimes only intensify the whispers and suspicions. A newly discovered manuscript, however, appears to expose startling facts beneath the fictions. When Lila steps in to sort the truth from the lies, it may cost her everything, as someone wants to make dead certain that their secrets stay hidden.

“In The Study of Secrets, award-winning author Cynthia Kuhn once again offers mystery lovers what they crave most: a smart, thoughtful, and fiercely-determined heroine; an intriguing puzzle; an idyllic setting, and a cast of suspects worthy of Agatha Christie–with a charming side of humor.” — Lisa Q. Mathews, author of The Ladies Smythe & Westin Mysteries

Please join us on Facebook May 27 for the launch party of The Study of Secrets and Read or Alive by Nora Page! https://www.facebook.com/events/211758516533192/

For more information on the Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.

New Release: Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel by Becky Clark

EIGHT WEEKS TO A COMPLETE NOVEL—WRITE FASTER, WRITE BETTER, BE MORE ORGANIZED is available now!

Want to speed up your writing process and complete a top-notch novel in just two months?

Learn veteran author Becky Clark’s tried-and-true techniques to:
• Write faster
• Organize yourself
• Create a flexible outline you can live with (even if you hate outlines with an intensity usually reserved for walking into a spider web)
• Devise your own reliable system to get you from the premise to THE END in eight short weeks.
• Become the prolific career novelist you’ve always dreamed of!

I’ve read a LOT of books on craft. This book combines a complete structure with a lot of options on how to work around the typical roadblocks that pop up for most writers. ~ Kim Olgren

I’m in your debt! ~ TR Fischer

You offered a ton of information, and because of your humor, it all made sense to me. You’ve inspired me to get serious about my writing. ~ Seth Pooler

I always have this thought that there just isn’t any time, but really the problem is I have not actively chosen time for all my endeavors. I was surprised at how thorough and actionable the content was. LOTS of concrete steps are provided to help anyone find a plan that suits them. Extremely relatable and helpful. ~ Lindsay Maroney

Buy this book! It takes all the confusion out of writing a novel. Becky breaks down how to go about it from start to finish. ~ Norma Thomas

Buy the book on Amazon: Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel: Write Faster, Write Better, Be More Organized

To learn more about Becky and her books, go to: BeckyClarkBooks.com

New Release: Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett

Released March 10th:

Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett – first book in a new FBI-K9 Thriller Series.

“Couldn’t put it down! This is Jodi Burnett’s first installment in a brand new series of romantic mysteries, and she’s hit it out of the park again!” Five Star Amazon Review

Sparks fly between hotshot FBI Agent Rick Sanchez and no-holds-barred, FBI-K9 Handler Kendra Dean, as they race to stop a serial killer.

While hiking in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, FBI Special Agent Kendra Dean and her K9 partner, Baxter, stumble upon a dead body stashed in the woods. The discovery changes both of their lives forever.

Special Agent Rick Sanchez hunts a serial murderer who is targeting women on a multi-state killing spree. Kendra Dean, an agent Rick met on a joint mission six months ago, has found the most recent victim. Rick and Kendra once shared a tempting chemistry but time and miles made their spark a distant memory.

Now, thrust together to solve a deadly case, Rick and Kendra rekindle their attraction only to find their personal demons are even greater obstacles than their geography. It’s hard for Kendra to see around the chip she carries on her shoulder as she works to prove herself in a man’s world. Rick harbors a debilitating guilt over a past failure that holds his heart prisoner and he’s terrified to love again.

The serial killer sets his sights on Kendra. With her life in the balance, she and Rick must deal with their issues. Will they be able to admit their feelings and embrace their growing intimacy before it’s too late?

You can buy Avenging Adam on Amazon: Avenging Adam

You can visit Jodi at Jodi-Burnett.com.

New Release: Legacy of Secrets by Helen Starbuck

Author Helen Starbuck will debut her new romantic suspense novel, Legacy of Secrets, on March 25, 2020.

Set in Eastern Colorado, Kirkus Reviews called Legacy of Secrets, “An altogether satisfying romance and whodunit.” IndieReader said, “Starbuck has created memorable characters and writes in a way that shows the reader’s enjoyment is always foremost in her mind.”

There will be a Facebook Live launch party on March 25, 2020 at 5 P.M. MST. Please join her at  https://www.facebook.com/helensstarbuck/.

Her website is at https://helenstarbuck.com/.

New Release: Revelation by Amy Drayer


Revelation, Book One of the Makah Island Mysteries, by Amy Drayer is available now!

Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Joanna Ford abandons a twenty-year career and moves to rural Makah Island in the Pacific Northwest to care for her ailing wife. She takes a job at the weekly local paper to pay the bills and it’s as mind-numbing as the endless overcast days – she’d trade all the coffee in Seattle for one more shot at a real story.

But when she finally gets that break, she discovers that gravel back roads lead to dark places and devastating secrets. A small community and a way of life forgotten by most lies tangled in a hidden web of deception, drug abuse, and murder. The effects of what she discovers will change the way she thinks about herself and her world. To crack the case and save Makah, Joanna will first have to save herself – to learn from her storied past, and then let it go.

Learn more and buy in all formats at Amazon or Smashwords – https://www.makahislandmysteries.com/