New Release: Body and Bone by LS Hawker

Body and Bone (HarperCollins Witness Impulse) releases May 3, 2016!

He wants to destroy her reputation.
He wants to destroy her life.
He wants to destroy…her.

bodyandboneNessa Donati used to be a happily married mother with a successful music blog and satellite radio show. But that was before her husband John relapsed on drugs and went missing. That was before he was presumed dead. And before she was framed for his murder.

When a commenter on Nessa’s blog starts harassing her online, Nessa shrugs it off. Trolls are a part of internet life. But eventually the troll begins threatening her safety and releasing personal details… details only her husband would know.

As Nessa’s life is dismantled piece by piece, her only option is to find John and put a stop to the lies. But when their son becomes a pawn in his twisted game, she must face a disturbing truth: Maybe John isn’t tormenting her, after all. But if he’s not…who is? And how far will this monster go to exact revenge?

Available for pre-order now.

About the author:
LS Hawker grew up in suburban Denver, indulging her worrisome obsession with true-crime books, and writing stories about anthropomorphic fruit and juvenile delinquents. She wrote her first novel at 14.

Armed with a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, she had a radio show called “People Are So Stupid,” edited a trade magazine, and worked as a traveling Kmart portrait photographer, but never lost her passion for fiction writing.

She’s got a hilarious, supportive husband, two brilliant daughters, and a massive music collection. She lives in Colorado but considers Kansas her spiritual homeland.

LS Hawker is also the author of the HarperCollins Witness Impulse thriller The Drowning Game.


Appearances: Pikes Peak Writers Conference

The following Sisters in Crime-Colorado members will be appearing at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs, CO on April 14-17, 2016. (Presentation title follows the name below–please check the program for additional information.)

LS Hawker, “How to Produce a Non-Cheesy Book Trailer on the Cheap” and “There’s No Crying in Critique Groups”

DeAnna Knippling, “Building Blocks of Horror” and “Who Are You? How to Write a Better Bio” and “How to Build Better Monsters in Fiction: A Psychological Lexicon”

ML Rowland, “Building Blocks for Writing More Powerful Fiction” and “Building Fictional Characters from the Inside Out”

Becky Clark, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Pikes Peak Writers Conference” and “The Three R’S: ReGroup, ReAssure & ReEnergize”

Donnell Bell
Cynthia Kuhn
Su Wright

For more information, visit the Pikes Peak Writers Conference website.

New Release: Five and Twenty Blackbirds by Leeann Betts

Available Now:

Five_and_Twenty_Blac_Cover_for_KindleCarly Turnquist, forensic accountant, accompanies her husband Mike to his twenty-fifth college reunion in Arizona. She’s looking forward to relaxing and reading the latest mystery book she picked up at the airport in Boston. However, when Mike’s favorite college professor is murdered and Mike’s least favorite teaching assistant is arrested, Carly’s nose for murder is on high alert. When one of her former college friends, who now works for The Family, shows up then gets blown up, leaving a bag of money and some incriminating evidence behind, Carly tosses her book on the bed and tries to keep herself and Mike safe from the goons and bimbos from Chicago intent on fitting them with cement shoes. Can Carly find out who killed both the professor and the mob accountant, or will she be swimming with the fishes?

About the author:
Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. No Accounting for Murder and There Was a Crooked Man, books 1 and 2 in her By the Numbers series, released in the fall of 2015 Book 3, Unbalanced, released in January. Book 4, Five and Twenty Blackbirds, releases in April, with more planned for later dates Leeann and Donna have penned a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, and Donna has published a book of short stories, Second Chances and Second Cups. You can follow Leeann at

All books are available on in digital and print, and at in digital.
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Appearances: Ann Myers and Ross Gresham

Ann Myers and Ross Gresham will be doing a reading at Colorado College on Monday, April 11. Ann will read from Cinco de Mayhem (book 2 of the Santa Fe Café Mysteries), and Ross will read from his soon-to-be-released mystery White Shark (book 1 in the Jim Hawkins series).

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Monday, April 11)

Location: Bemis Great Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs (west of

Cutler Hall on the Colorado College campus)

Award Nominations: ITW and CAL

LS Hawker’s The Drowning Game is a finalist in the International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards for Best First Novel. For more information, please visit

Jennifer Kincheloe’s The Secret Life of Anna Blanc and Chris Goff’s Dark Waters are both finalists for a Colorado Author’s League Award in Genre Fiction. For more information, please visit



New Release: The Semester of Our Discontent by Cynthia Kuhn

Available now from Henery Press: The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #1)

English professor Lila Maclean is thrilled about her new job at prestigious Stonedale University until she finds one of her colleagues dead.  She soon learns that everyone, from the chancellor to the detective working the case, believes Lila—or someone she is protecting—may be responsible for the horrific event, so she assigns herself the task of identifying the killer.

More attacks on professors follow, the only connection a curious symbol found at each of the crime scenes. Putting her scholarly skills to the test, Lila gathers evidence, but her search is complicated by an unexpected nemesis, a suspicious investigator, and an ominous secret society. Rather than earning an “A” for effort, she receives a threat featuring the mysterious emblem and must act quickly to avoid failing her assignment…and becoming the next victim.

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