Author Events: Daybreak on Raven Island by Fleur Bradley

Sisters in Crime – CO member Fleur Bradley has two fun events for her new release Daybreak on Raven Island

Escape Room and Daybreak on Raven Island book signing

When: August 25th at 6 PM

Where: Second Star to the Right Bookstore, 1455 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210

To celebrate the launch of Fleur Bradley’s new MG mystery Daybreak on Raven Island, Second Star to the Right bookstore is hosting an escape room event, Q&A and book signing. There’s a special giveaway for independent bookstore buyers.

Event linkAuthor Visit: Fleur Bradley – “Daybreak on Raven Island” Tickets, Thu, Aug 25, 2022 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Book Launch Party for Daybreak on Raven Island + Plot a Mystery Activity

When: August 27th at 4 PM

Where: The Wandering Jellyfish Bookstore, 198 2nd Ave STE 1A, Niwot, CO

It’s a party at the Wandering Jellyfish Bookstore! We’re celebrating the launch of Fleur Bradley’s new MG mystery Daybreak on Raven Island with an interactive Plot a Mystery Clue Game, book signing (and cake, of course). Special independent bookstore giveaway with book preorders, while supplies last.

Event linkDaybreak on Raven Island by Fleur Bradley (Preorder, Signed Copy, Out – The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop (twjbookshop.com)

Websitewww.ftbradley.com

Twitter: @FTBradleyAuthor

Instagram: fleurbradley

Chapter Meeting: How to Write a Synopsis & In Character Workshop: The Life and Writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: August 13, 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: 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   How to Write a Synopsis by Pam McCutcheon

Most writers hate writing synopses, and no wonder. After you’ve agonized over several hundred pages to make your prose absolutely perfect, how could you possibly distill that down to a measly ten or twenty pages? Or, worse yet, one or two? By the time you’ve written the book, everything seems important, and it’s difficult to know what to put in and what to leave out. 

This workshop will help you understand the elements you need for a traditional synopsis to send to an editor or agent, plus what you need for a back cover blurb.

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

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm   In Character Workshop: The Life and Writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Michael Chandos

Author Michael Chandos will present a workshop on the Life and Writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Learn how and why a detective series which originated in 1887 is still widely touted and relevant in the 21st century. In this interactive in-character workshop, Michael Chandos will reveal: Who were Sherlock and Watson? Why the word “Sherlockian” has long been recognized by Merriam-Webster and dictionaries worldwide, and why this mystery series.

Sherlockian, you ask?  Definition of Sherlockianof or resembling the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes especially in the exercise of unusual powers of deduction solved the mystery with Sherlockian ease could almost see the Sherlockian glitter in the doctor’s eyes— Philip Wheelwright

Please RSVP at our Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/sisters-in-crime-colorado/events/287185899/

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

About the Presenters:

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Pam McCutcheon is the author of how-to books for writers and many kinds of romance novels (sweet, steamy, paranormal, romcom, Sci-Fi, etc.) under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. She can be found at pammc.com or parkerblue.net.

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michael chandos photoSteve Pease writes mystery and suspense fiction as Michael Chandos.  One of his stories (West Texas Barbecue) was nominated for a Macavity award. He is a retired Intelligence Community Officer and is now a working Private Investigator, licensed in New Mexico and Colorado. He has taught seminars in Private Investigation and Intelligence for Kiss of Death. He lives in Black Forest, Colorado. He occasionally presents this Sherlockian seminar and another on The Maltese Falcon to reading clubs in Colorado Springs and at the unique Lewis and Holmes Emporium in Peyton, Colorado. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers (PWA), and Small Mystery Fiction Society (SMFS).

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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.

Event: July 2022 Book Club

Postponed to Aug Book Club imageThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club July 2022 reads are Chasing Justice by Kathleen Donnelly (Longmont-postponed until August), The Desert Hedge Murders by Patricia Stoltey (Fort Collins), and Chasing Justice by Kathleen Donnelly (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 emailing the book club coordinators directly:

Longmont: BookClubLongmont(at)gmail(dot)com

Fort Collins: bookclubftcollins(at)gmail(dot)com

Parker:  bookclubparker(at)gmail(dot)com

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

Hope you can join us!

Event: June 2022 Book Club

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is june-sinc-book-clubs.jpgThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club June 2022 reads are Chasing Justice by Kathleen Donnelly (Fort Collins), Police Navidad by Becky Clark (Parker), and At First Light by Barbara Nickless (Longmont).

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 emailing the book club coordinators directly:

Fort Collins: bookclubftcollins(at)gmail(dot)com

Parker:  bookclubparker(at)gmail(dot)com

Longmont: BookClubLongmont(at)gmail(dot)com

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

Hope you can join us!

Upcoming Release: Chasing Justice by Kathleen Donnelly

Upcoming Release and Launch Party:

Chasing Justice by Kathleen Donnelly

She thought she’d never trust again…

After losing her military K-9, former marine Maya Thompson swears she’ll never work with dogs again. But when she returns home to Colorado and accepts a job with US Forest Service law enforcement, fate brings K-9 Juniper into her life just as another tragedy unfolds.

Juniper, a beautiful two-year-old Malinois, isn’t the only new addition to Maya’s life. Josh Colten, the local deputy sheriff, insists on helping with her new case. Handsome and mysterious, he’s all anyone in town can talk about, but Maya can’t let herself like him, let alone trust him.

When Maya’s grandfather goes missing amid a growing drug war, Maya must put her faith in Josh, and her own battered instincts, to find him. But there’s a web of secrets tying her grandfather to the tragedy that brought Juniper into her life—secrets someone would kill to keep hidden.

Releases May 24, 2022

Pre-order today from your favorite bookseller:  E-book  Paperback  Audiobook

Book Launch Party: Come celebrate the release of Chasing Justice May 29th at the Loveland Barnes and Noble from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

For more information, please visit: kathleendonnelly.com

Chapter Meeting: Editing Fiction for Content & Being a Mitigation Attorney and Saving Someone from the Death Penalty

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: June 11, 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: 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
How to Edit Your Own Story – Carly Stevens

Editing means more than fixing commas or hiring a professional. Before all of that, you are alone with your story. So, how do you improve it? There are plenty of guides for revising nonfiction, but what about fiction? This class will give you a plethora of practical tips on how anyone, regardless of experience, can improve their own work. From plot to character, scene structure to style, you’ll walk away feeling confident that you can make your story shine!

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

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Being a Mitigation Attorney and Saving Someone from the Death Penalty – Brooke Terpening

“Death is different.” That’s what the Supreme Court stated when it recognized the irrevocable nature of a death sentence. There are no do-overs.  Some view the death penalty as fitting justice, others as a deterrent, and still others as a barbaric form of punishment.  No matter what your personal beliefs are, the reality is that the system isn’t perfect. For every 8.3 peo­ple exe­cut­ed in the Unit­ed States in the mod­ern era of the death penal­ty, one per­son on death row has been exon­er­at­ed. The uncomfortable truth is that proportionally more Blacks are sentenced to death than Whites, and the poor disproportionately receive harsher sentences.

To offset these inequities, a mitigation specialist fulfills the constitutional mandate for individualized sentencing in capital cases.  The mitigation specialist is an indispensable but little-known member of the defense team with the skills to recognize mitigating factors in the defendant’s life and to understand how these conditions may have affected the defendant’s development and behavior. Most importantly, the mitigation specialist must present this evidence during sentencing to enable jurors to see the convicted without any preconceived biases of race, gender, or cultural differences. Put another way, a mitigation specialist humanizes the hated.

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/285725766/

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

About the Presenters:

Carly Stevens photoCarly Stevens lives and writes in beautiful Colorado Springs where she has taught high-school English for over ten years. Several years ago, she decided to make her childhood dream come true by becoming an author. Since 2019, she has published three novels, four short reads, and a book of short stories. She primarily writes adventure-filled YA fantasy novels, but she’s currently working on a dark Shakespeare retelling set in the 1920’s. A huge Star Wars and Shakespeare fan, she posts weekly videos to her YouTube channel (appropriately called English Nerd) which tackles topics in literature and all kinds of writing.

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Brooke Terpening bio photo

After nearly thirty years as a software developer and engineering director at startups in Silicon Valley and Silicon Mountain, Brooke Terpening went to law school to become a patent attorney. Law school is where she discovered a talent for writing, a talent which propelled her to first in her class.

While studying for the USPTO bar exam, a classmate introduced her to one of Florida’s top defense attorneys. She became immersed in defending death penalty cases. The next five years took her inside the workings of Florida’s criminal justice system. The cases were sometimes frightening and always heartbreaking. The attorneys and mitigation specialists who did the thankless job of defending accused killers were among the most dedicated professionals she’d ever met. Today she lives in Colorado and draws on her experiences to write legal thrillers and crime fiction.

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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.

Event: May 2022 Book Club

May SinC Book ClubsThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club May 2022 reads are Complicit by Amy Rivers (Longmont), The Mermaid Broker by Sue Hinkin (Fort Collins), and Dark Obsessions by Marie Sutro (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!

Event: April 2022 Book Club

April SinC Book ClubsThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club April 2022 reads are The Mermaid Broker by Sue Hinkin (Longmont), Renegade by Jodi Burnett (Fort Collins), and Crime and Passion: Three Short Stories by Francelia Belton (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!

Event: March 2022 Book Club

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The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club March 2022 reads are Murder at Buckskin Joe by J.v.L. Bell (Longmont), Murderabilia by Carl Vonderau (Fort Collins), and Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima (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!