Event: August Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club August reads include  Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark (Parker) and Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless (Fort Collins).

Free and open to the public. Come chat with the author and other readers!

Please RSVP at our chapter Meetup! 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!

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Event: Shawn McGuire & Sandra Murphy and Doug Cox

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
August 17, 2019
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
Shawn McGuire & Sandra Murphy: “Creating Complex Characters”

No one wants to read about a character who is no more interesting than their driver’s license. The author’s job is to make sure their characters are well-rounded and interesting. The actor’s job is to bring scripted characters to life. In this workshop, you will work with both author, Shawn McGuire, and actor, Sandra Murphy, to explore how characters are created and brought to life.

We will start with the vital stats that tell us little more than what we know about a stranger on the street. We’ll add layers and details that make the story practically start writing itself. Using a developed character, Shawn will walk you through a step-by-step outline as you follow along creating your own character and filling in the details. Sandra will get you up off your chair to put into practice what you’ve learned. Through acting exercises, you’ll engage with your characters on a visceral level and explore your character’s physicality, body alignment, and non-verbal communication.

By really getting to know your characters, you will learn how much easier it is to write scenes that are believable and make sense to the story.

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

1:00-3:00 pm
Doug Cox: “The Art of Interviewing: Going Beyond Good/Bad Cop to Explore Other Strategies/Techniques”

Listening is only one component of a successful interview. Kinesic interviewing is the study of non-verbal communication used to detect deception and discomfort to the questions asked. Understanding these cues shapes an investigator’s questions, may be used to provoke evidentiary details, and hopefully truth. Additionally, the effects of trauma impacts how a victim/witness recalls events. Understanding the neurobiology of trauma prepares the investigator to gather both sensory information and a chronological recollection of events. It is critical to establishing positive rapport with the victim/survivor, and collecting the most relevant and complete information.

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.

Please RSVP at our Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado/events/262899786/

About the Presenters:
Suspense author Shawn McGuire started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid. She couldn’t wait for the next installment to come out so wrote her own. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to tell a tale is as strong now as it was then. She grew up in the beautiful Mississippi River town of Winona, Minnesota and then called the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) home for many years before moving to Colorado. Shawn is a homebody. When not writing or read, you’ll find her find her in the kitchen or crafting something. Find out more at: https://www.shawn-mcguire.com/

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Sandra Murphy, the Voice Mama™, is a versatile voice over actor and award-winning audiobook narrator whose compelling, sophisticated narration fully envelopes the listener in the story, whether it’s a cozy mystery or an intense thriller. Sandra knows that there is so much more to a story than the words on the page and is adept at using her theatrical instincts to bring stories to life fully enveloping the listener in the story. Find out more at: https://www.voicemama.com/

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Doug Cox is a writing consultant aiding crime and mystery writers while also writing creative nonfiction about his own career experiences. He is retired (1978-2015) after serving in several roles as a Law Enforcement Officer, Municipal Street Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Forensics. . . ultimately climbing the ladder to Chief of Police. Doug also has a broad resume and extensive experience in consulting for police agencies and training officers across the Midwest. He is presently focused on educating writers about police procedure, forensic technology, interviews and interrogation, and investigations for acts of violence against women and the use of predatory drugs.

Twitter: @Doug_cox200

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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. To request more information, please use our contact form.

 

New Release: Neighbor Resurrected by Cordy Fitzgerald

The Prequel to SHOPPING CART ANNIE

When Inez Buchanan’s beloved neighbor dies, family and friends believe it was a heart attack. Six months later Gaelen’s grown daughters think differently. They suspect their father was murdered and attempt to get a reluctant Inez involved. But after two police are killed, terrorists become suspects, and one of Gaelen’s daughters goes missing, Inez dives into the investigation using intuition and keen observation.

With the help of her former student, Inez is no longer a reclusive, retired African American schoolteacher, but an amateur sleuth, who grabs the attention of brazen international spies and the CIA.

BUY IT AT AMAZON/ BARNES AND NOBLE
Amazon: Neighbor Resurrected: A Thriller
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Event: July Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club July reads include Most Gracious Advocate by Mary Birk (Parker) and Red Tide by Peg Brantley (Fort Collins).

Free and open to the public. Come chat with the author and other readers!

Please RSVP at our chapter Meetup! 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!

Appearances: Jennifer Kincheloe and Barbara Nickless

Join multiple-award-winning authors Jennifer Kincheloe and Barbara Nickless for cake, surprising silent films, a cool dog slide show, and an appearance by Nate the amazing therapy dog.

They will be reading from their new books THE BODY IN GRIFFITH PARK and AMBUSH.

Come out and join the fun!

TATTERED COVER BOOKSTORE
2526 E. Colfax Avenue., Denver, CO
July 16th, Tuesday at 7:00 PM

New Release: The Body in Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe

The next installment in the award-winning Anna Blanc Mystery series is coming to bookstores July 16th, 2019.

Los Angeles, 1908. Anna Blanc is a former so-so socialite, a flailing police matron, and a killer detective.

Ex-heiress, Anna Blanc, is precariously employed by the Los Angeles Police Department, reforming delinquent children and minding lady jailbirds. What she really wants is to hunt criminals and be alone with Detective Joe Singer–both no-nos that could get her fired. On a lover’s tryst in Griffith Park, Anna and Joe discover the body of a young gambler. Anna can’t resist. She’s on the case.

With a murder to solve and her police matron duties piling up, a young girl shows up at Central Station claiming to have been raped by a man from Mars. The men at the station scoff, but Anna is willing to investigate. Meanwhile, Anna begins getting strange floral arrangements from an unknown admirer. Following the petals leads her to another crime–one close to home. Suddenly pitted against Joe, Anna must examine her loyalties and solve the crimes, even if it means losing the man she loves.

A wild romp through turn-of-the-century Los Angeles . . . Anna Blanc is a blast!
–Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of GIRL WAITS WITH GUN.