Event: Sami Lien and Tracy Brisendine

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: February 11, 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 Sami Lien
sami-lien“PR 101: Promoting and Branding Your Book to The Masses”
One of the most influential ways to make a splash in the literary scene is by word of mouth. But how do you reach some of the most voracious readers and book buyers online when the very task of targeting so many outlets and managing social media is so overwhelming? The trick is to learn how to manage your approach to get the most out of your time and hard work. Join Denver publicist Samantha Lien (of Roger Charlie) for a fun workshop and brainstorming session on how to manage your own promotional strategies and expectations so you don’t get derailed from your efforts.

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

1:00-3:00 pm Tracy Brisendine
tracy-brisendine“Homicide for Writers, Not Criminals”
Step beyond the crime-scene tape for a realistic look at homicide and death. The basics of crime scene processing and investigation will be covered in the first hour. During the second hour attendees will learn the fundamental characteristics of gunshot wounds, stabbings, and blunt-force trauma. If you ever plan on offing someone, fictionally of course, don’t miss this workshop.

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


About the Presenters:

Ever enamored by the experience of others, Sami Lien has always sought out opportunities to put herself in the way of a really great story. After 10 years in promotions, marketing and business management in a variety of industries, Sami stumbled into the world of publicity in 2011 and has found a tremendous joy in connecting individuals all over the map to their own passions and pursuits. Through her publicity and management company Roger Charlie, she provides professional guidance, coordinates national tours and works closely with online and print media outlets to create a memorable and captivating experience for her partners in work.


Tracy Brisendine lives in Denver with her husband and snaggle-tooth dog. She has over eight years experience working in law enforcement and death investigation. Tracy currently works for Denver Office of the Medical Examiner and in her free time is an active member of the Colorado Human Remains Extraction and Recovery Team.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/tracybrisendine
Twitter: twitter.com/WolvesCanEatMe
Facebook: facebook.com/AuthorTJValour


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.

Event: Susan Medina

November 12, 2016
Chapter Meeting and Speaker Event:
Susan Medina, Communications Director for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Castle Rock Library ~ 100 S. Wilcox Street
11:30 am Chapter Chat/Brown Bag Lunch ~ 1-3 pm Presentation
RSVP here.

susan-medina-photoHave you ever wondered what the Colorado Bureau of Investigation does? Susan Medina, the Communications Director for the Bureau, will present an overview of the CBI operations, from Investigations to the Lab to the comprehensive criminal justice information section. Susan is confident she has the coolest job in the universe as the spokesperson for the Bureau. Join us to learn the CBI’s story and bring any questions you might have about the CBI, law enforcement communications, and/or what it’s like to be a first responder to major school shootings.

A native of Colorado, Susan Medina has worked in the law enforcement communications field for more than 20 years. Following an extensive career as the spokesperson with the Arvada Police Department, she joined the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in 2012. As the Communications Director for the Bureau, she addresses hundreds of media calls each year, along with oversite of the Bureau’s web and social media sites and internal communications. Her passion is to provide support to agents and local law enforcement in the field. She has responded to numerous major crime scenes during her career, including the shootings at Columbine and Platte Canyon high schools and the Youth With a Mission mass shooting. When she’s not in the office at CBI headquarters in Lakewood, or her “mobile” office at her kids’ baseball and softball games, she enjoys watching and playing sports. She makes a mean marinara and meatballs; she’s an alum of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Big Red!), and she comes from a family of famous (or infamous) people from a stuntman for Hopalong Cassidy to the father of the television.

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.

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Field Trip: The Clue Room

Inviting all members: Sisters in Crime-Colorado is taking a field trip to The Clue Room on October 15, 2016! For this event, you need to make your RSVP directly through The Clue Room website…please check your email for instructions and details.

(ps: If you’re thinking about joining Sisters in Crime-Colorado, now would be a great time. Your dues will cover all of 2017, and we’d love to have you participate.)

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Field Trip: Sherlock Hounds

Please join us for a chapter field trip on Saturday, August 27, 2016 in Ft Lupton, Colorado!

At 12:00 pm, we’re meeting at Wholly Stromboli (410 Denver Ave, Ft Lupton, CO 80621 > http://www.whollystromboli.com/new/) for lunch and socializing.

At 2:00 pm, we’ll move down the street to the Ft Lupton Public Library (425 S Denver Ave, Fort Lupton, CO 80621 > http://www.fortluptonlibrary.org/) for the following presentation. (Note: Portions of the presentation might be in the adjoining park and/or parking lot as we see the dogs in action, depending on the weather, so dress accordingly.)

Dog & PipeSherlock Hounds Detection Canines—The Power of a Drug Dog’s Nose
Can coffee really stop a dog from finding drugs? How potent is a dog’s nose? Are all narcotics dogs German Shepherd’s or Malinois… or police dogs for that matter? How are they trained? Bring all your questions about narcotics K-9s as we bust common myths and introduce the realities of K-9’s working side-by-side with their human partners. See our four-legged friends in action and find out more about how these special dogs are helping to keep schools and communities safe.

Web_Kthln_SH_2041Kathleen Mayger has been training animals professionally for over twenty years, but honed her skills as a drug dog handler when she began work with Sherlock Hounds in 2005. Now co-owner of the company, Kathleen works with multiple narcotics dogs to help make schools and communities safer. She also uses her experience for her current work in progress which stars a female K-9 handler for the National Forest Service.

Please RSVP for lunch and/or presentation to Becky@BeckyClarkBooks.com BY AUGUST 17. (You don’t have to come to both, but we need to know for planning purposes.) Your friends and family (old and young) are welcome to join us for this unique presentation; the cost is $10 for non-members. If you’re interested in carpooling, use the SinC-CO Yahoo group to post your town and major cross streets for organizational purposes.

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Workshop: Book Trailers as Marketing Tools with LS Hawker

Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:30 am
Castle Rock Library ~ 100 S Wilcox Street

Video gets the most clicks online, and if you’re promoting a book, you want to get as many clicks as possible. Book trailers can be an attention-getting promotional tool if you do them right. Her book trailer got almost 30,000 views in a month. This workshop will give you resources for royalty-free stock footage, music, and graphics to make an arresting video piece that will drive traffic to your website and, more importantly, your order page. You’ll learn how to get low-cost help from college and art school film programs. We’ll discuss the dos and don’ts, view effective trailers and tacky trailers, and brainstorm ideas for your very own video baby.

Lisa Hawker headshotLS Hawker is the author of the thrillers THE DROWNING GAME and BODY AND BONE, published by HarperCollins Witness Impulse, with one more title to be released in 2017. She has won many awards, and THE DROWNING GAME is a USA Today bestseller and finalist in the ITW Thriller Awards in the Best First Novel category. Visit LSHawker.com to view book trailers for THE DROWNING GAME and BODY AND BONE, listen to her podcast with daughter Chloe, The Lively Grind Cafe, and read about her adventures as a cocktail waitress, traveling Kmart portrait photographer, and witness to basement exorcisms.

Lisa will have books available for purchase.
Please bring your own lunch.
RSVP here.


Event: Denny Moses

Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11:30 am
Castle Rock Library ~ 100 S. Wilcox Street

Denny Moses of Rocky Mountain Security, Consulting, and Investigations will be speaking to SinC-Colorado members at our next Chapter Meeting/Event.

Firearms: Function, Fact, and Fiction
What Crime Writers Should Know

Mr. Moses will address the overall Function of firearms likely to appear in crime fiction: Handguns, Rifles, and Shotguns. He will also discuss the following terms and concepts in addition to Fact and Fiction relating to those terms and concepts: Point Blank Range, Silencers, Fire Power, Tactical, Knockdown Power, Red Dot Sights, Stopping Power, Iron sights, Semi Automatic, Telescopic sights, Fully Automatic, Night vision sights, Recoil, Inferred (IR) sights, Magazines, Cartridge, Trajectory, Shell case, Energy, Bullet, Caliber, Primer, Lands and Groves, Powder, Suppressor, Vests/Trauma Plates.

If you would like to submit specific questions prior to the presentation, Mr. Moses will ensure those questions are addressed during the presentation: scidenny@comcast.net.

SIC PhotoMr. Moses retired from Northrup Grumman/TRW in 2008 after over 25 years working in the security field supporting classified contracts primarily in the intelligence arena. Prior to that time he served for nine years in law enforcement as a patrol officer and District Attorney’s Investigator. He was also Licensed Private Investigator in California for 5 years and is the Past President, Professional Private Investigator’s Association of Colorado, PPIAC.

Mr. Moses has earned a Bachelors of Science, Criminal Justice, Cal State L.A. and Master’s in Business Administration, University of Redlands. His professional training and certifications include: NRA Basic Pistol Instructor (Current), NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor (Current), Armed Security Officer, Transportation Security Agency (Current), Advanced POST Certificate (Previous), California PI License (Previous), Colorado PI License (In process).

Mr. Moses has been happily married to his wife Sheila since 1970. He enjoys photography and restoring/modifying antique autos. He is actively involved with his and Sheila’s alma mater, the University of Redlands where he has served as a Trustee. Mr. Moses has been a credentialed volunteer with the Parker Police Department since 2008 where he performs various functions including Range Safety Officer. Mr. Moses has successfully competed in various firearm competitions during his 50 plus years of involvement in shooting sports, and keeps abreast of changes and current trends in firearms the industry.

An avid reader, Mr. Moses reads all of the Michael Connelly, John Sandford, James Patterson (Cross Series) novels. Other authors he enjoys are Somerset Maugham, P.D. James, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Stephen Hunter, Nelson DeMille, Jack Higgins, and Ken Follett. He rates A Higher Call by Adam Makos as his favorite work of non-fiction, and Jackdaws by Ken Follet as his favorite novel.

Please bring your lunch.
RSVP here.

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.

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