Event: Peg Brantley, J.A. Kazimer, Cynthia Kuhn, Margaret Mizushima, Andrea Orozco, Tan Smyth

October 28, 2017
Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

9:30-10:00 am  Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm Peg Brantley, Cynthia Kuhn, and Margaret Mizushima: “Writing Compelling Characters”

One of the most important elements of a novel is its characters. But how can you create dynamic characters that capture a reader and won’t let go? Join mystery writers Peg Brantley, Cynthia Kuhn, and Margaret Mizushima as they share ideas for creating a character profile, deepening characterization, and developing personality traits that can make your characters come alive.

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

1:00-3:00 pm J.A. Kazimer,  Andrea Orozco, Tan Smyth : “Private Eye Stories and Secrets”

Have you ever wondered what private investigators are doing hunkered down in their cars or diving through dumpsters? Is the real job like it is on TV? What are the real-life challenges and joys? Get all your burning questions answered and hear some anecdotes, possible plot points, and potential character studies from our Private Investigator Panel.

3:00-4:00 pm Board Meeting (all are welcome, location to be announced at the meeting)

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

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You may RSVP via email (click red button above) or at our Meetup page: www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado.

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About the Presenters:

Peg Brantley: I worked in Corporate America for years, but when my bonus son had a stroke at a very early age, I happened to have a home-based business. The upside was that I could focus my attention where it was needed—on Jeff—the downside was that my business tanked.

After a couple of years it dawned on me that since I was home all the time anyway, maybe this was the perfect opportunity to write a book. After all, I read a lot… how hard could it be?

Many years, and countless failed attempts later (the proverbial novels in a drawer), Red Tide was finally ready to meet readers. Jeff is fine now, living independently in Nevada, so it’s easy to say that it took a negative family event for me to find my passion.

Since that first book I’ve researched, studied, taken courses, and conducted interviews with all sorts of professionals. I’ve appeared on panels and given workshops on writing. It’s a game that never gets old, and I’m profoundly glad to get to play.

Website: www.pegbrantley.com
Twitter:  @pegbrantley
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PegBrantleyAuthorPage


J.A. (Julie) Kazimer lives in Denver, CO. When she isn’t looking for a place to hide the bodies, she spends her time with a pup named Killer. Other hobbies include murdering houseplants and avoiding housework. She spent a few years as a bartender and then wasted another few years stalking people while working as a private investigator before transitioning to the moniker of WRITER and penning over 15 titles. Visit her website at jakazimer.com and sign up for her THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MURDER Newsletter.


Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series, which includes The Semester of Our Discontent, an Agatha Award recipient, and The Art of Vanishing. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD, and other publications. She is professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver and current president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado.

Website: cynthiakuhn.net
Twitter: @cynthiakuhn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cynthiakuhnwriter


Margaret Mizushima is the author of the Timber Creek K-9 mystery series, which includes Killing Trail (Crooked Lane, 2015) an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee for best first mystery; Stalking Ground (Crooked Lane, 2016) a Colorado Book Award and International Book Award finalist; and Hunting Hour (Crooked Lane, 2017), an RT Book Reviews Top Pick. She has a background in speech pathology and practiced in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehabilitation agency, which specialized in services for children and adults with developmental delay and acquired neurological disorders. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. She enjoys reading and hiking, and she lives on a small ranch in Colorado where she and her husband raised two daughters and a multitude of animals.

Website: http://margaretmizushima.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/margmizu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMargaretMizushima


Andrea Orozco has been a professional investigator for over a decade and a half and has spent the majority of her career working in Colorado. As former VP of Training for the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado, she was responsible for the training and education of investigators throughout the state. Andrea is currently the 3rd VP of the national association for the investigative profession (NCISS), and also serves on her state board for investigators (PPIAC) as VP of Legislation. Andrea is committed to raising the standard of professionalism as well as protecting the legislative interests of investigators in Colorado and across the country. Her background includes internal investigations and surveillance for a major casino. Andrea specializes in surveillance, worker’s compensation defense investigations, child custody investigations in addition to personal injury defense, employee misconduct and other related investigations. 

Tan Smyth has been an investigator for ten years. She is a Cold War veteran, and met her husband (a fellow Airman) in Berlin. They moved to Colorado from Maryland in 2005. Tan has been an active member in the PPIAC (Professional Private Investigator’s Association of Colorado) since 2006, and has been on the Board of Directors for 8 out of 10 years. She also met her mentor and BFF Andrea Orozco through PPIAC. Her investigative specialties are OSINT and Witness Interviewing.


Please RSVP above. 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.

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ALA Midwinter Meeting

We are thrilled to announce that Sisters in Crime-Colorado will be attending the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting  in Denver, February 9-13, 2018.  Chapter members will have the opportunity to participate at our exhibit booth. Information will be forthcoming as we get closer via chapter email loop–in the meantime, please save the date!

(Special thanks to Sisters in Crime national for your support.)

Event: Sisters in Crime-Colorado Book Club

Thanks to authors Mary Birk, Peg Brantley, and Leeann Betts for kicking off the new  Sisters in Crime-Colorado book club as our September reads!

October reads include Blood on the Tracks  by Barbara Nickless (Parker/South Denver), A Rant of Ravens by Chris Goff (Denver/Brighton), and Trafficked by Peg Brantley (Northern Colorado).

Free and open to the public. Just read the book of the month and come ready to chat with the author and other readers!

RSVPs are now open at the website or at our Meetup page. For more information, including dates and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us!

SinC-CO Book Club

We are excited to announce our new Sisters in Crime-Colorado Book Club! You are cordially invited to join us at one of three locations.

Book club is free and open to the public. Just read the book of the month and come ready to chat with the author and other readers!

Click the links below for more particulars–including book selections, dates, and locations.

September reads include Hidden Assets by Leeann Betts (Northern Colorado), Mermaids of Bodega Bay by Mary Birk (Parker/South Denver), and Red Tide by Peg Brantley (Denver/Brighton).

We hope you can join us. Please RSVP using the red button on the appropriate page or visit our Meetup!

Questions?  Please submit via the website contact form.

Event: Elli Reid, Becky Clark, Karen Docter, Becky Martinez

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: August 5, 2017
Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

9:30-10:00 am Coffee, Donuts, Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm Becky Clark, Karen Docter, and Becky Martinez : “Take Two Beckys and Call Your Docter: Plotting Panel”

Have you ever wanted to speed up your process and write a complete and non-crappy novel in only two months? Learn how to create a flexible outline you can live with (even if you hate outlines), how to write fast, and how to organize yourself using Becky Clark’s tried-and-true techniques.

Hate plotting? Learn how to plot your novel in 12 easy steps with a simple method that can take your story idea from beginning to end. Whether you are a plotter or write by the seat of your pants–like Becky Martinez– she can show you how to turn your story ideas into a cohesive plot that moves in logical fashion while providing emotional conflict and action. Becky Martinez worked with writers her entire professional life as a journalist and has spent the past 12 years writing fiction, non-fiction and teaching writing classes.

How many of us have decided to write a book, then stared at that blank page or computer screen without a clue how to proceed? What about those of us who write by the seat of our pants, the pantsers? Do we dare risk scaring off our muse by [shudder] plotting our story? How do the mega-plotters, the overachievers, know when it’s time to stop and just put pen to paper? How do we avoid sagging middles and plot holes big enough to drive a truck through them? For “pantser at heart” author, Karen Docter, the “W” plotting technique is the method she not only uses but taught online for over 20 years to hundreds of new and published authors. It’s a flexible technique that give authors a way to plot just what they need without destroying their creativity.  

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

1:00-3:00 pm Elli Reid, “Human Trafficking 101 and Then Some”

Human Trafficking 101 (the difference between smuggling, boy-friending, and kidnapping) followed by a case review. You’ll learn about the enterprise of human trafficking, how easy it is for a victim to fall into, and how the prosecutorial aspects can be extremely difficult. You’ll also learn how and why victims are vulnerable.

3:00-4:00 pm Board Meeting (all are welcome, location to be announced at the meeting)

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You may RSVP via email (click red button above) or at our Meetup page: www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado.

About the Presenters:

A highly functioning chocoholic, Becky Clark is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them, too. She published her first novel in 2001, and is a sought after speaker. Visit her online at www.BeckyClarkBooks.com.

 

 

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Bestselling Author Karen Docter writes contemporary romance. When she feels the need to feed the dark side, she writes intense suspense thrillers as K.L. Docter. She’s an award-winning author, a four-time Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finalist, and won the coveted Kiss of Death Romance Writers Daphne du Maurier Award Category (Series) Romantic Mystery Unpublished division. 

 

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Becky Martinez has spent her entire professional life working with writers. She is an Emmy award winning former broadcast journalist who spent 30 years writing and producing television newscasts in Los Angeles and around the west. She went on to work in public relations and video production. For the past 12 years she has also written fiction and non-fiction books as well as teaching writing classes online for Savvy Authors and other writers’ groups. She also gives workshops on plotting, creating characters, editing and writing the dreaded query and synopsis.

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Detective Elli Reid joined the German Police Force in 1996 serving in the Riot Unit and Major Accident Unit. After moving to the United States in 2002, she joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 2006 and served eight years in the Sand Creek Division as a Patrol Officer. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Colorado State University.

Detective Reid is currently assigned to the Metro Vice, Narcotics, and Intelligence Division of the Colorado Springs Police Dept.

In January 2014, Detective Reid was selected to join her city’s first Human Trafficking Unit. Since then, she has undergone over 100 hours of training and does public speaking engagements to educate the community and law enforcement agencies about Human Trafficking.

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Please RSVP above. This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. For more information, please contact sinc.colorado@gmail.com.

Sisters in Crime 30th Anniversary Celebration

You are invited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Sisters in Crime with the Colorado chapter!

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, please join SinC-Colorado mystery authors at the Lone Tree Library from 1-3 pm for cake, chat, and book signings.

Free and open to the public.

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

This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. For more information, please contact sinc.colorado@gmail.com.

Event: Bree Weber, Sandra Murphy, Robert Toth

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: June 10, 2017
Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

9:30-10:00 am Coffee, Donuts, Welcome, Announcements

10:00-11:00 am Bree Weber of The Book Octopus: “The ABCs of Author Branding”
You’ve written a great story and you’re ready to get your book into the hands of readers. Whether this is your first book or your 50th, you might find that your marketing isn’t attracting the right readers or bringing in enough sales. The most common cause of meager sales or marketing campaigns falling flat is branding. Your author brand should clearly and consistently express who you are as a writer and what readers can expect from you, yet we often feel unsure of how much to reveal or uncomfortable with promoting ourselves. In this workshop, we’ll explore what makes up an author brand and how you can incorporate your values, goals, and personality into your own author brand. Then we’ll put it into practice!

  • The ABCs of Author Branding
  • What Your Author Brand is Missing
  • Getting to Know Your Target Reader
  • How to Create Your Brand Guidelines

11:00 am-12:00 pm Sandra Murphy, the Voice Mama™: “Giving Your Book A Voice”
Did you know that over the course of the past three years the highest growing segment of publishing is audiobooks? You’ve worked tirelessly to have your amazing, phenomenal, beautiful book published. Why not leverage your existing customer
base to try out a new format and generate more sales?

Whether you specialize in short story, fiction, or non-fiction, choosing the right voice for your book is essential to bringing your message to life. The attention span of a contemporary American is 30 seconds at best. If you don’t have them hooked in the first few minutes – you’ve lost your listener. If they make it to 10 minutes, you possibly have a fan for life. That’s why choosing the right voice for your book is so important. We’ll discuss all the details needed to help you give your book a voice and secure more lifetime fans of your work. Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Why Audiobooks?
  • Writing Music for Your Ears
  • Top Audiobook Genres
  • Audiobook Rights
  • Audiobook Distribution
  • Finding the Right Voice
  • Making Your Audiobook Profitable

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

1:00-3:00 pm Robert Toth: “Anatomy of an Arson”
The presentation is a case study of a Colorado fire/arson where three children were murdered by their parents. The theme of the subsequent trials was “Money, Meth, and Murder.”

 

 

 

3:00-4:00 pm Board Meeting (all are welcome, location to be announced at the meeting)

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About the Presenters:
Bree Weber is an author branding consultant, creative marketer, book designer, and publishing coach. Bree has had the pleasure of working with internationally and #1 bestselling authors including Catherine Coulter, Lisa Scottoline, and J.T. Ellison. As Founder of The Book Octopus, she works with authors to develop brand platforms, design beautiful books, and grow author readership.

Her presentation explores the essentials of an author brand and through the workshop, members will be able to put those concepts into practice. For those interested in taking it a step further, she provides one-on-one brand development for authors and will create an exclusive offer for members of Sisters in Crime Colorado. Talk to her about this after the workshop.

www.thebookoctopus.com
www.twitter.com/thebookoctopus

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Sandra Murphy, the Voice Mama™, is a versatile voice over artist and storyteller. Whether in front of a camera or behind a microphone she uses her love of the English language, creativity, and business background to deliver amazing results on projects ranging from commercials to audiobooks for clients around the globe. Regardless of the genre, Sandra feels blessed to have the opportunity to bring her clients’ stories to life.

www.voicemama.com
https://www.facebook.com/theVoiceMama/
https://twitter.com/VoiceMama_

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Robert Toth’s professional career started with nearly 21 years in the fire service. The last 10 years included law enforcement and conducting fire investigations in both the public and private sector. Retiring from the fire service in 2002, he started IRIS Fire Investigations, Inc. and has conducted and assisted in origin and cause investigations in Colorado, surrounding states, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

In addition to running his business, Robert is also sought after for his lectures and presentations on fire investigations, NFPA 921, interviewing, internet technology, and digital photography training.  He has presented various topics to public agencies and private enterprises across the United States, in Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Botswana, and South Africa.

He is a past president of the Colorado Chapter, and past director of the International Association of Arson Investigators. Currently, he is a member of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), Fire Scene and Explosives Subcommittee’s Documentation and Report Writing Task Group

www.irisfire.com

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Please RSVP above. This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. For more information, please contact sinc.colorado@gmail.com.