New Release: The Forge of Bonds by Wendy Terrien

Wendy Terrien is set to release the newest chronicle of the Adventures of Jason Lex, “The Forge of Bonds,” on Feb. 25, 2020, by Camashea Press.

The latest installment of Wendy’s award-winning YA contemporary fantasy is a coming-of-age story where friendships thrive despite adversity — and ultimate danger. With loyal dogs Shay and Finn, Rampart Guard Jason Lex and Yowie Sadie Callahan continue their quest to protect humankind from the malevolent cryptids among them.

“The undeniable strength of Terrien’s writing is … in her ability to warmly express the very human nature of her characters as they stumble, grow, and triumph, always with the genuine support of one another.” — Colorado Book Review

About the author:
Wendy Terrien is an international best-selling author whose debut novel, “The Rampart Guards,” was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016. She lives in the Denver area with her husband, Kevin, and their dogs, Shea and Boon. For more information, you can visit

Event: Maria Heater and Andrew Traver

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
November 16, 2019

Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

(Feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.)

9:30-10:00 am
Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm
Maria Heater, Nelson Literary Agency: Stand Out Submissions: What Makes a Literary Agent Say “Yes” (or at the very least, “Maybe”)

Seeking representation can be a daunting and anxiety-producing endeavor. You’ve poured months or years of work into your manuscript, spent hours researching agents, polished your query and first pages till they shimmer, and sent your book baby out into the wild…

Only to get a mix of form rejections and radio silence. For many writers who want to be traditionally published, it’s a worst-case scenario, and the stress is only compounded by the mystery surrounding the whole process.

This talk will give you a peek behind the curtain of how a literary agency screens submissions and give you some tips to improve your chances in the slush. We’ll cover writing an engaging query letter, finding the hook of your story, what makes first pages work, and more. Hopefully, you’ll leave feeling confident in how to improve your submission package, but also your writing as a whole.

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

1:00-3:00 pm
Andrew Traver: True Crimes and Presumptions of Guilt

Additional information forthcoming.

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:

About the Presenters:
Maria Heater studied literature at American University and began her career in education, teaching in South Korea and Singapore before transitioning to the literary world. After attending the Denver Publishing Institute in 2016, she interned for two literary agencies and managed an independent bookstore before joining Nelson Literary Agency in 2019. She enjoys reading in almost every genre, but is most drawn to historical, speculative, and mystery. She tweets about writing, books, and her cats at: @mariatheheater.


Andrew Traver is the Executive in Residence/Special Advisor to the President for Leader Development at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  He is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, teaching “American Gangs” and “Federal Law Enforcement” for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. He also engages in external and internal outreach and speaking engagements on behalf of the MSU Denver President, Dr. Janine Davidson.

 From October 2013 until June 2019,  he served as the Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)-only the second NCIS Director to be appointed from outside of the organization.

NCIS investigates and defeats criminal, foreign intelligence, cyber and terrorist threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps wherever they operate: ashore, afloat and in cyberspace. He also served as the senior executive for law enforcement/criminal investigation, counterintelligence and counterterrorism for the Department of the Navy.


Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit, with that said, we do allow those who are interested in wanting to learn more about us to attend one meeting for free. After that, we hope you will join our chapter. You can learn more about us and our chapter here:

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.


Event: November Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club November reads include The Mad Hatter’s Son; An Annie Collins Mystery by Helen Starbuck (Parker); The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe (Fort Collins); and Low Country Blood by Sue Hinkin (Longmont).

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

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!

Appearance: Becky Clark

Becky Clark is doing a half-day workshop for the Pikes Peak Writers on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Colorado Springs. She has combined her workshops about outlining, writing fast, and time management so this will be chockful of info anyone can use. Everyone who registers will get a beta version AND a final copy of the companion book she is publishing, so your $20 fee will go far. Here’s the info. Register through PPW at the link below. She hopes to see you there!

8 Weeks to a Complete Novel

Have you ever wanted to speed up your process and write a complete and non-crappy novel in only two months? Learn how to create a flexible outline you can live with (even if you hate outlines), how to write fast, and how to organize yourself using Becky Clark’s tried-and-true techniques. This workshop will teach writers how they can devise their own system to reliably get from premise to THE END in only eight weeks, allowing them to write multiple books per year..

COST: $20

1-Go to
2-Press “Add to Cart” button, which will take you to Paypal.
3-After you pay, send an email with your NAME, PHONE NUMBER, and PAYPAL CONFIRMATION NUMBER to
4-You will receive a confirmation email from PPW.


Presenter Becky Clark published her first book in 2001 and has been honing her writing process ever since. She has developed many tricks and tips to speed up her writing because the key to a professional writing career is to consistently produce books. She is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them, too. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books. Readers say her books are “fast and thoroughly entertaining” with “witty humor and tight writing” and “humor laced with engaging characters” so you should “grab a cocktail and enjoy the ride.” She writes the Lazy Low Cal cookbooks, the Dunne Diehl novels, the Mystery Writer’s Mysteries, and the upcoming Crossword Puzzle Mysteries.

New Release: The Burden of Hate by Helen Starbuck

Author Helen Starbuck will debut the third installment of the Annie Collins Mystery Series, The Burden of Hate in October. One of the many complimentary Kirkus Review comments was “A thriller that offers a master class in suspense.” The Blue Ink review said “Starbuck injects humorous moments while also instilling a credible sense of fear and delivering intelligent, compelling characters.”

The launch party will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Washington Park Grille, 1096 S Gaylord Street. She hopes some of her SIC can attend.

Update on the second in the series: The audiobook of No Pity In Death won first place in the Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association’s EVVY Awards.

You can follow Helen on Facebook at @helenstarbuck and on Instagram at @helenstarbuck.

Her website is at