Chapter Meeting: Exploring Short Stories & What I Learned in Jail

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: February 12, 2022

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: 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/

PROGRAM/SCHEDULE

9:30 am – 10:00 am
Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Exploring Short Stories – Shannon Lawrence

Short stories are an artform different from novel writing. We’ll discuss what sets them apart, how to pursue writing short, what to look for when editing, and how to submit them for publication, as well as what comes next.

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

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
What I Learned in Jail – Sue Kraus

If you’re writing about jail and/or about prison, it’s important to know the difference. For instance, do you know if a person is in jail, he’s an inmate; if he’s in prison, he’s a convict? For some, jail may be the accused’s first encounter with the penal system, and a place he or she never wants to encounter again. For others, they may become known to the Court as repeat offenders. Still, for others, jail may become a steppingstone as they await trial and face the ultimate punishment, the prison system.

Deputy Sue Kraus (retired) will talk about what she learned in her 19-year career, separating fact from fiction, separating reality from stereotypes, and talk about the very human component of inmates and the deputies who are responsible for their incarceration, well-being, and protection.

Sue will talk about what she learned as a deputy and as a person, and the human component involved on and off the job. Moreover, she will answer your questions. This talk will enhance your writing, and ideally provide an eye-opening experience.   

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/283319872/

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

About the Presenters:

Shannon Lawrence

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in over forty anthologies and magazines, as well as her solo collections. Her craft book The Business of Short Stories: Writing, Editing, Submitting, and Marketing will be out in 2022. You can also find her as a co-host of the true crime podcast Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Find her at www.thewarriormuse.com.

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In September of 2001, Sue Kraus answered an ad for a Booking Clerk position with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. She had no idea she would spend the next nineteen years of her life in jail. During her career, Sue worked as a Property Tech, then as a Booking Clerk, a Detention Operation Technician (DOT), a Deputy and finally as an ISS Supervisor. Her entire career was in the detention facility where she worked in both the male and female pods and with the special inmate population. She worked in the booking area and special housing units. She was the facility’s Compliance Officer as well as a trainer, a driving instructor, and a CPR instructor. She taught in the academies and during in-service training and she was the chairperson for the inmate disciplinary board hearings. Over her nineteen years with the County, Sue was assigned to special tasks, projects, events, and details. Looking back, Sue realizes she started as a new green employee and left as a blue sister, and she had the time of her life.

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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.

Appearances: Becky Clark, Cynthia Kuhn, Kate Lansing, and Barbara Nickless

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Tattered Cover is pleased to present Becky ClarkCynthia KuhnKate Lansing, and Barbara Nickless for a virtual conversation on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 6:00 pm MT.

They will be discussing everything from cozy mysteries to crime thrillers.

Registration details here: https://www.tatteredcover.com/event/crime-writers-conversation.

Hope you can join us!

Event: January 2022 Book Club

January SinC Book Clubs (1)The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club January 2022 reads are CounterIntelligence by Michele Packard (Longmont), Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima (Fort Collins), and Less Than a Treason by Mary Birk (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!

Appearances: Patricia Raybon

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Colorado Matters “Turn the Page” Features All That Is Secret by Patricia Raybon

History and mystery come together in Colorado author Patricia Raybon’s new novel, All That Is Secret, the next “Turn the Page” book club pick by Colorado Public Radio’s Colorado Matters.

Host Ryan Warner invites listeners to grab a copy and join his virtual interview with Patricia on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Mountain). (See registration link below.)

The first of a new series, All That Is Secret is set in Denver when the Ku Klux Klan ruled the state. Patricia’s main character, Professor Annalee Spain, a young theologian who’s a fan of Sherlock Holmes, comes home to Colorado to solve the cold-case murder of her estranged father.

Selected by Parade Magazine as a Fall 2021 “Mysteries We Love” selection, All That Is Secret was also a Masterpiece on PBS “Best Mystery Books of 2021” selection “As Recommended by Bestselling Authors,” a CrimeReads “Best Debut Novels” pick for October 2021, and a BookBub selection of “16 Best Historical Mysteries of 2021.”

CPR’s “Turn the Page” event is free with registration here.

New Release: Crime & Passion by Francelia Belton

FINALCoverC&P_jpgCrime & Passion: Three Short Stories by Francelia Belton is now available.

Love and betrayal—the ingredients in any crime of passion. But how dangerous can desire be? For the women in these tales, falling in love may prove to be deadly.

In “Lewenda Gets Married,” a cold-blooded killer questions if happily ever after is possible for someone like them.

In “Sorry, Wrong Address,” a mix-up in house addresses gives pause to immediate revenge.

In the never published before “Collateral Damage,” a railyard robbery gang member will learn if blood is truly thicker than water.

Philosophers and playwrights say, “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” but will these women find their better angels and learn to live and let live?

Read Crime & Passion: Three Short Stories to find out.

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“The elegant, tightly written stories in Francelia Belton’s collection Crime & Passion slip under your skin with the ease and suddenness of an assassin’s knife. The takeaway? Beware a woman scorned. She’ll unman the villains, clean up the mess, and be on her way before the bad guys know what hit them. Readers who love strong women and terrific writing will applaud this anthology.”
—Barbara Nickless, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author

Available at all these retailers: https://buy.bookfunnel.com/4b0cf2yykn

New Release: How to Book a Murder by Cynthia Kuhn

How to BookHow to Book a Murder (Starlit Bookshop Mystery #1) by Cynthia Kuhn is now available from Crooked Lane Books.

Perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Kate Carlisle, in award-winning author Cynthia Kuhn’s series debut, small-town bookseller and literary event planner Emma Starrs is out to close the book on a killer intent on crashing the party.

To help save her family’s floundering Colorado bookstore, Starlit Bookshop, newly minted Ph.D. Emma Starrs agrees to plan a mystery-themed dinner party for her wealthy, well-connected high school classmate Tabitha Baxter. It’s a delightful evening of cocktails and conjecture until Tabitha’s husband, Tip—hosting the affair in the guise of Edgar Allan Poe’s detective C. Auguste Dupin—winds up murdered.

In a heartbeat, Emma and her aunt Nora, a famous mystery writer, become suspects. Emma is sure the party’s over for Starlit events, until celebrated author Calliope Nightfall, whose gothic sensibilities are intrigued by the circumstances, implores the bookseller to create a Poe-themed launch event for her latest tome. Throwing a bash to die for while searching for additional clues is already enough to drive Emma stark raven mad, but another shocking crime soon reveals that Silvercrest has not yet reached the final chapter of the puzzling case.

Someone in this charming artistic community has murder on the mind, and if Emma cannot outwit the killer, she and her beloved aunt will land behind bars, to walk free nevermore.

Website: cynthiakuhn.net

How to Book a Murder: https://bit.ly/3hvzCgw

New Release: At First Light by Barbara Nickless

Walker-NowThenandEverywhen-28190-FL.inddBarbara Nickless is thrilled to announce the start of a new series.

Ritual murder. Archaic clues. A visionary killer. In this heart-stopping novel by the Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Sydney Rose Parnell series, words can kill.

On the muddy banks of the Calumet River, a body has been found posed next to a series of mysterious glyphs and bearing wounds from a ritualistic slaying. Chicago detective Addie Bisset knows only one man who can decipher the message left by the killer: her friend Dr. Evan Wilding. A brilliant forensic semiotician, Evan decodes the etchings as Viking Age runes. They suggest either human sacrifice or righteous punishment. But to what god? And for what sins?

Only one thing is clear from the disturbing runic riddles: there are more victims to come.

As Evan races to determine the identity of the Viking Poet, he and Addie uncover the killer’s most terrifying secret yet: the motive. This startling discovery puts Evan’s life in mortal danger, and verse by ancient verse, time is running out.

“… At First Light is reminiscent of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. I highly recommend this book to fans of fast-paced thrillers that include riddles, ancient languages and literature.” — Jacksonville Florida Times-Union

More information about Barbara and her books can be found at: https://www.barbaranickless.com/

Event: December 2021 Book Club

December SinC Book Clubs IGThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club December 2021 reads are Into the City of Light by Theresa Crater (Longmont), Social Meeting (no book) (Fort Collins), and How to Book a Murder by Cynthia Kuhn (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!