Upcoming Release: Denver Noir

Denver Noir (http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/denver-noir/) will be published on May 3, 2022 by Akashic Books. Denver Noir joins over 100 volumes in Akashic’s award-winning Noir Series of location-based dark fiction anthologies. SinC-Colorado member and Denver Noir editor Cynthia Swanson (author of The Bookseller and The Glass Forest; http://cynthiaswansonauthor.com/) has pulled together 14 contributors who know the city best to pen short tales set in distinct locations from Aurora to Washington Park. SinC-Colorado members with stories in the collection include Francelia Belton (Five Points), Amy Drayer (South Broadway), Barbara Nickless (Union Station), Cynthia Swanson (Cheesman Park), and David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Aurora). Release events for Denver Noir can be found at http://www.akashicbooks.com/author/cynthia-swanson/.

Appearances: Writers’ Workshop Tour

Sister in Crime and USA TODAY bestselling author LS Hawker will be teaching two workshops during this writing adventure of a lifetime: “Inspirations: How to Generate Book Ideas” and “(Re)Claiming the Magic in Writing.” 

The train will depart from Union Station in Denver, with overnights in Glenwood Springs and Moab before winding up in Salt Lake City. For all the details, visit https://writersworkshoptour.com/

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


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!

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.

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/

Appearances: 2021 Colorado Book Awards

CBA-Logo-2021_CMYK 300x300Several Sisters in Crime-Colorado members are 2021 Colorado Book Award finalists and will or have appeared for live readings.

Sue Hinkin’s thriller The Burn Patient, the third in her Bea Middleton and Lucy Vega series, is nominated for a Colorado Book Award in the thriller category.

David Heska Wanbli Weiden‘s Winter Counts is also a nominee in the thriller category.

Barbara Nickless has her novel, Gone to Darkness, as a finalist in the mystery category.

They will all be reading from their work on May 26, 2021, at 6PM, Pacific Time on Zoom.

Fleur Bradley is a finalist in the Juvenile Literature category for Midnight at the Barclay Hotel. She read from her story on April 9th.

For details and to register, check out the Colorado Humanities website at https://coloradohumanities.org/programs/colorado-book-awards/.


Appearances: 2021 Northern Colorado Writers Conference

2021 Northern Colorado Writers Conference

2021 Northern Colorado Writers Conference
April 24 – May 1, 2021


Join several Sisters in Crime-Colorado members at the 2021 Northern Colorado Writers Conference.

Amy Rivers is Director of this annual event. The NCW Conference caters to a variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. This year, they’ve adopted a hybrid model in response to the current pandemic conditions. The conference will be split into two parts.

The online conference will feature a wide array of sessions, presented via Zoom and with state-of-the-art interactivity and networking tools by Whova. The in-person component will include hands-on workshopping with top-notch author presenters and industry professionals.


Cynthia Swanson presenting The Cross Genre Novel and Working With Beta Readers.

Sandra Murphy presenting Audiobooks 101: Giving Your Book a Voice and Audiobooks 201: The Nitty Gritty of Audiobook Production.

LS Hawker presenting Let’s Make Marketing Fun!, There’s No Crying in Critique Groups: How to Give & Take Criticism, and Ask the Experts Panel.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.northerncoloradowriters.com/conference