Event: March 2021 Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club March 2021 reads are The Lucky Hat Mine by JVL Bell (Longmont), Summer Club by Katherine Dean Mazerov (Fort Collins), and One of Her Own by Shawn McGuire (Parker).

Free and open to the public. Come chat with the author and other readers! And if you don’t have a chance to read the book, that’s quite all right. Many times we discuss craft and the publishing process as well as the book, so all are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE: During the current coronavirus situation, our book clubs are meeting online via Zoom. Sisters in Crime-Colorado members can get the link to the Zoom meeting on the chapter groups.io listserv. Non-members may request the meeting link by sending an email to: sinccoloradobookclubs@gmail.com.

For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us!

Award Finalist: Francelia Belton

2021 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition Finalist - Francelia BeltonFrancelia Belton’s crime thriller short story, “Knife Girl,” is a finalist in the 2021 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition. Her story was selected out of almost 1,500 submissions.

Hollywood has adapted countless movies and TV pilots from great short stories. The ScreenCraft competition looks for stories with cinematic potential to be adapted for the screen.

To see the list of all the finalists, go to: https://screencraft.org/2021/02/17/2020-2021-screencraft-cinematic-short-story-competition-finalists/

Publication News: Amy Drayer

Now available on Audible and iTunes –

Revelation: The Makah Island Mysteries, Book One.

Written by Amy Drayer and read by Helen Gordon.


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. But when she finally gets that big break, she discovers a community and a way of life forgotten by most lies tangled in a hidden web of deception, drug abuse, and murder. 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 about Joanna Ford and Makah Island at www.MakahIslandMysteries.com.

New Release: One of Her Own by Shawn McGuire

One of Her Own (A Gemi Kittredge Mystery, Book 1) by Shawn McGuire

Gemi Kittredge was thirteen years old when an assault changed her life. That night, she vowed to never be a victim again. She earned a black belt in taekwondo, became the top ranked MMA fighter on Maui, and made it her life’s mission to help vulnerable women and children. Now, armed with ability and the satisfaction that comes from making a difference in people’s lives, Gemi is ready for any challenge.

Then, during an early morning run along the ocean, Gemi finds the body of a young woman. She knows her. Heleena was a fighter at her gym.

Gemi calls 911, but she doesn’t trust cops. They failed to get justice for her in the past, so even though they assure her they’re on the case, Gemi goes hunting for Heleena’s killer on her own. And as she gets closer to the truth, her deepest fears rise to the surface. If she’s right about who the killer is, nowhere is safe.

Reader Quotes:

“A strong female protagonist and a storyline that is refreshing along with characters that have depth and intriguing backstories kept me turning the pages.”

“Gemi is a wonderfully complex character, and this story plunges us into a tropical paradise filled with friendship, suspense, and a glimpse into the world of mixed martial arts competition.”

“From the first page I was drawn in with Gemi’s back story, and the love between two sisters.”

“The mystery that followed had me staying up far too late to finish the book!”

Get your copy here: https://smarturl.it/OneofHerOwn

To learn more about Shawn and her books, visit www.Shawn-McGuire.com

Publication Deal: Debra Bokur

THE LAVA WITCH, the third book in the Dark Paradise Mysteries series by Debra Bokur, has been announced by Kensington Books for release in Spring 2022.

Detective Kali Mahoe will return to discover if an ancient legend of sorcery is behind a new case of murder and mayhem in Hawaii.

For more information about Debra and her series, please visit: https://www.debrabokur.com/

Appearances: Finding Your Side Hustle with Debra Bokur

Finding Your Side Hustle with Debra Bokur
February 13, 2021 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM MST

Join Debra as she and her husband share the challenges of renovating an old Victorian inn built in 1860 in a small Maine town while doing their best not to annoy its two resident ghosts (a friendly lady in the kitchen, and a ghost cat in the guestrooms). While continuing her Dark Paradise Mysteries series—and introducing a new cozy magical mystery series set in (you guessed it) an old New England inn—Debra will also be hosting retreats and weekends featuring visiting authors, artists and other fascinating folk.

The free presentation from the University of Maine at Machias requires pre-registration in order to receive the Zoom link: https://machias.edu/ssc/class/w2104-finding-your-side-hustle-entrepreneurship-in-rural-maine/