Event: July 2021 Book Club

July SinC Book Clubs FBThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club July 2021 reads are Metaphor for Murder by Becky Clark (Longmont), The Lucky Hat Mine by JVL Bell (Fort Collins), and Hell and High Water by Keenan Powell (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 filling out the form on our Connect page.

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

Hope you can join us!

Publication Deal: Kathleen Donnelly

Kathleen and Willow resizedDebut author and K-9 handler, Kathleen Donnelly, is thrilled Kerri Buckley at Carina Press has acquired her romantic suspense, Proof.

When a veteran K-9 handler returns home to Colorado, she teams up with an attractive deputy sheriff (and a new K-9 companion) to find her missing grandfather.

Publication is set for 2022. Ella Marie Shupe at the Belcastro Agency negotiated rights (world English).

For more information about Kathleen, please visit: www.kathleendonnelly.net.

Award Winners: Fleur Bradley and Sue Hinkin

CBA-Logo-2021_CMYK 300x300The 2021 Colorado Book Award winners have been announced:

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel (Viking/Penguin Random House) by Fleur Bradley won in the Juvenile Literature category.

The Burn Patient: A Vega and Middleton Novel (Literary Wanderlust) by Sue Hinkin won in the Thriller category.

For more information visit: https://coloradohumanities.org/programs/colorado-book-awards/

Award Winner: Sue Hinkin


The Burn Patient by Sue Hinkin was named 2020 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Winner.

Foreword Reviews, a book review journal focusing on independently published books, announced the winners of its INDIES Book of the Year Awards today. The INDIES recognize the best books published in 2020 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors. You can view all of the winners here: https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/winners/2020/mystery/

“Covid-19 changed the world,” says Editor in Chief Michelle Anne Schingler, “And the INDIES were no exception. While we ordinarily meet in person to vet the thousands of entrants and determine finalists, this year, we had to read books independently, and to come together afterward and discuss our impressions. What we discovered was heartening: we were in agreement about finalists, even when encountering books miles and days apart. We are happy to, with renewed fervor, declare these books the best of the best that we saw.”

For this year’s competition, over 2,100 entries were submitted in 55 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing the finalists. Those titles were then mailed to individual librarians and booksellers charged with picking the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention winners.


About Foreword Magazine: Since 1998, Foreword Reviews has provided trade book reviews of the best titles from independent presses. In print, and online, its FOLIO award-winning design and editorial content makes the magazine a favorite among librarians, booksellers, and readers—an excellent resource when it comes to purchasing books. Foreword INDIES and the fee-for-review Clarion service complement our online content and print magazine, helping to showcase independent presses and their authors.


Event: A Season to Play Mindfully, Write Miraculously & CSI: The Real Story (Not That TV Show)

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: June 19, 2021

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

Also Via Zoom; (Information on how to join the presentation will be posted in the Sisters in Crime-Colorado Groups.io members listserv.)

Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

To request more information, please use our contact form: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/connect/


9:30-10:00 am
Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm
Here Comes Summer: A Season to Play Mindfully, Write Miraculously – Stephanie West Allen

Feeling a little depleted from the rigors of 2020? Join us for Stephanie West Allen’s presentation on playfulness, an attitude, a way of being, that can be valuable in most of life’s endeavors, including writing. Playfulness can boost essential components of the writing process (including imagination, motivation, and creation), and Stephanie will guide us through a look at what neuroscience can teach us about grabbing a reader’s attention, how to be mindful of our own attention, the close alignment between playfulness and miracles, and the benefits of being playful.

Attributes of the attitude of playfulness—such as joy, stress reduction, social connection, improvisation, generosity of spirit, and creativity—are perhaps even more treasured after these last several months of the pandemic. At the end of this workshop, maybe we can declare this summer the season of play?

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

1:00-3:00 pm
CSI: The Real Story (Not That TV Show) – Lisa N Provost, CCSI, Crime Scene Investigations Supervisor, Aurora Police Department

This presentation will discuss how a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) approaches, analyzes, and processes a suspected crime scene, as well as processing techniques and challenges faced in the field. Mrs. Provost will also give participants a chance to view photographs of suspected crime scenes in order to attempt to determine what happened and if a crime actually occurred.

Please note this presentation may include graphic/adult content including nudity, deceased individuals in varying states of decomposition, trauma, mental illness, and addiction.

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.

Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/
To request more information, please use our contact form: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/connect/

Please RSVP at our Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado/events/278777831/

The Zoom login information is posted in the chapter’s groups.io listserv.

About the Presenters:

Stephanie West AllenStephanie West Allen’s career history includes lawyer, candy maker, high school teacher, cocktail waitress, and college instructor. Her diverse background allows her to bring a multidisciplinary approach to the workshops she presents (and has presented for several decades) on topics such as the neuroscience of conflict resolution, improvisation, writing, and the benefits of play. She is a member of several organizations including Association for Psychological Science and a number of writing organizations.


Lisa ProvostLisa Provost has a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Biology with a concentration in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Provost has been in the field of Forensic Science since December 2012, when she started with the Fayetteville Police Department in Fayetteville, NC as a Forensic Technician. In May of 2015, she was promoted to the rank of Forensic Supervisor. In May of 2019, Mrs. Provost moved to Colorado after being hired by the Aurora Police Department as a Forensic Supervisor. Mrs. Provost has over 500 hours of Forensic/Crime Scene training as well as over 500 hours of leadership training and is a Certified Crime Scene Investigator with the International Association for Identification (IAI).

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.

Cover Reveal: All That Is Secret by Patricia Raybon

All That Is Secret_final (1)Patricia Raybon is thrilled and humbled to share the cover of All That Is Secret, her 1920s murder mystery debuting the Annalee Spain Mysteries, releasing Oct. 5, 2021, from Tyndale House.

The series features a prim but clever, young Black female theologian–a fan of Sherlock Holmes—solving crime and murder in Colorado’s dangerous Klan era. But will she unravel secrets and lies before becoming a victim, too?

The book is available for pre-order and to add on Goodreads.

More information is on Patricia’s website.