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:

“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.


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.

Radio Play Production: Amy Drayer


Coming July 2021, Take A Stand Theatre will be staging a murder mystery radio play, Penny Tahlequah and the Ms. Olsen Incident, written by Sisters in Crime-Colorado member Amy Drayer.


Born and raised on Makah Island and born with a nose for news and trouble, Penny Tahlequah finds both when she returns home after an adventure in Los Angeles that goes any which way but right. We join Penny one chilly Makah morning in 1986, live on-air calling the infamous July 4th hydroplane races.

The fireworks start even before the boats put in, and the big one goes off only minutes after the race starts – when the renowned Ms. Olsen goes up in a ball of smoke and flame. The real action heats up when Penny’s cousin is accused of sabotaging the boat and murdering the driver.

Now, it’s a race against time as Penny scours Makah for clues to prove he’s innocent and catch the real killer. It won’t be easy, but that wouldn’t be any fun. Listen live as Penny wades through colorful local characters on her hunt for the truth. She’ll get her man – but will she get her woman, too?

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Award Finalists: 2021 Colorado Authors League Awards

The 2021Colorado Authors League Award Finalists have been announced:

Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing in the category of Fiction: Mystery (Cozy)

Hanging Falls by Margaret Mizushima and Gone to Darkness by Barbara Nickless in the category of Fiction: Mystery (Crime, Suspense)

8 Weeks to a Complete Novel by Becky Clark in the category of Non-fiction: Lifestyle, Travel, How-To

The Forge of Bonds by Wendy Terrien in the category of Young Adult

Winners will be announced July 17, 2021

For more information,  please visit Colorado Authors League.

Award Nomination: David Heska Wanbli Weiden and Fleur Bradley

Bouchercon 2021The Bouchercon 2021 Anthony Award Nominations have been announced: Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco) has been nominated for Best First Novel and Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley (Viking Books for Young Readers) has been nominated for Best Juvenile/Young Adult.

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Publication Deal: Fleur Bradley

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Aneeka Kalia at Viking has acquired Daybreak on Raven Island by Fleur Bradley (Midnight at the Barclay Hotel).

When three kids miss the last ferry to get off Raven Island during a school field trip and are stuck on the island overnight, they must outrun a killer, a weird ghost hunting crew, and a creepy flock of birds—and solve a generations-old mystery—if they want to survive until daybreak.

Publication is set for summer 2022; Laurel Symonds at the Bent Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

For more information about Fleur and her work, please visit: