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.)


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!

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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.