Upcoming Release: Dark of Night by Barbara Nickless

A recent murder is ancient history in a breathtaking novel about a sacred lost treasure and poisonous retribution by the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of At First Light.

What an exotic way to die in Chicago.

When esteemed historian Elizabeth Lawrence is found in her car, killed by a cobra’s bite, only a brilliant professor of semiotics, Dr. Evan Wilding, can see the signs around her strange death. As he helps homicide detective Addie Bisset decipher the scene, the puzzles left behind offer Evan chilling passage into the mind of a killer.

Evan’s investigation merges with that of an Israeli agent, who claims Elizabeth was close to acquiring an invaluable artifact. She was also drawing the attention of unsavory treasure hunters, forgers, and thieves. Was someone desperate to expose the truth of Elizabeth’s astonishing discovery?

The deeper Evan and Addie delve into the case, the darker it gets. A murderer’s archaic crimes are just the beginning. In a race where there can be only one winner, the final victim might be Evan.

Dark of Night releases November 15th.

www.barbaranickless.com

The Fire Thief by Debra Bokur

The Fire Thief (A Dark Paradise Mystery Book 1) E-book is on sale for $0.99 until November 1st!

The scenery may be beautiful, but dangerous secrets are buried beneath paradise in this first thriller featuring Maui detective Kali Māhoe.
 
Under a promising morning sky, police captain Walter Alaka’i discovers the body of a teenage surfer bobbing among the lava rocks of Maui’s southeastern shore. Closer inspection reveals something far more sinister than the results of a savage wave gone wrong. Now that Alaka’i is looking at a homicide, he solicits the help of his niece, Detective Kali Māhoe.
 
Kali sees evidence of a strange ritual murder, a suspicion reinforced by a rash of sightings of a noppera-bō—a faceless and malicious spirit many believe to be more than superstition. When a grisly sacrifice is left on the doorstep of a local, and another body washes ashore, Kali fears that the deadly secret ceremonies on Maui are just beginning. As the skies above Maui grow darker, and as she balances reason and superstition, Kali can only wonder: Who’ll be the next to die? And who—or what—is she even on the trail of?

Sold at all major retailers.

Upcoming Release: The Code by Ann Dominguez

Dr. Kate Deming has spent four brutal years working in a Chicago ER, swinging back and forth from tragedy at work to guilt for what she’s missing at home. The prescription is a new job that will allow more time with her growing daughters: an eight-year-old wannabe pirate planning to run away to the high seas, and a twelve-year old expert in eye-rolling and sarcasm who is the star of her middle school’s new Code Breaking team. 

When a sophisticated ransomware attack paralyzes the hospital’s electronic medical record, the hospital pinpoints Kate’s computer as the electronic gateway. She thinks it’s a misdiagnosis until the FBI raids their apartment and arrests her husband, whose home tech support now appears all but benign. 

Meanwhile, her daughter’s classmate overdoses to get away from a sextortion scheme that her daughter knows too much about.  

Can Kate crack the code before another child gets hurt? 

The Code, Book 3 in the Kate Deming Suspense series, will be released on October 7, 2022, and is available for pre-order now.

Event: October 2022 Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club October 2022 reads are Police Navidad by Becky Clark (Longmont), Spirits and Sourdough by Bailey Cates (Fort Collins), and Until Dead by Donnell Ann Bell (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!

Cover Reveal: The First Fiancée by Rita A. Popp

Cover Reveal: The First Fiancée: A Bethany Jarviss Mystery by Rita A. Popp

Rita Popp is excited to reveal the cover of her debut novel, The First Fiancée: A Bethany Jarviss Mystery, due out from The Wild Rose Press on December 14, 2022. In this classic whodunit, the discovery of human bones near a remote New Mexico mountain village sets a worried sister on a treacherous path to solve a murder. Bethany Jarviss fears her sister’s fiancé killed the long-missing young woman. He was first engaged to her and swears he thought she left him to pursue a singing career. News of the murder swirls as the newly engaged couple get set to open their bed-and-breakfast inn right before Christmas. Bethany, who once solved the murder of a college girl, gives in to her sister’s pleas to investigate this case. Soon she meets many locals besides her future brother-in-law who had motives for killing his beautiful, thieving, secretive first fiancée.

The First Fiancée will be available to order in e-book and trade paperback from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Wild Rose Press Bookstore, and other retailers.

For more information about Rita, visit https://ritapopp.com.

Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel by Becky Clark

This award-winning book is on sale for $0.99 until September 26th!

Want to speed up your writing process and complete a top-notch novel in only two months?

Do you stare at your computer screen, unable to make progress on your word count? Do you feel like all you do is spin your wheels when you sit down to write? Do you talk about your novel more than you work on it? Are you discouraged because of your slow progress? Does the idea of writing a novel seem impossible and daunting?

If you’ve thought any of this, then Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel might be exactly what you need. How?

• By showing you how to create a flexible outline you can live with, even if you hate outlines with an intensity usually reserved for walking into a spider web.
• By teaching you tips and tricks to speed up your writing each and every time you sit down to work on your novel.
• By helping you organize yourself and your writing space.
• By coaching you to devise your own unique, reliable system to get you from premise to THE END in eight short weeks, every single time.

Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel offers solid information in an entertaining, easy-to-digest form, leaving you confident and optimistic with new skills and ideas to make your writing dreams come true.

Career writers must produce completed novels at a dizzying speed, and you can learn the secret to joining their ranks, by adapting the Eight Weeks formula to suit your needs and lifestyle.

Don’t waste another minute! Learn veteran author Becky Clark’s tried-and-true techniques to become the confident, prolific writer you’ve always dreamed of. Buy Eight Weeks to a Complete Novel now!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B085BWJK1V

Upcoming Release: Gingerbread Dead by Kirsten Weiss

Sisters in Crime CO member, Kirsten Weiss’ new book Gingerbread Dead (A Tea and Tarot Mystery) releases September 30th.

A tearoom owner. A Tarot reader. A murder. Solving this quirky case may take a Christmas miracle.

Tea and Tarot room owner Abigail is having a hard time getting into holiday mode. She’s working her assets off to make the tearoom a premier holiday destination, searching for an appropriate Christmas gift for her new boyfriend, and trying to forget her aggravating but oh, so tempting neighbor, Brik. But when one of the Tarot readers finds a nearby business owner dead, Abigail and her Tarot-reading partner Hyperion are on the case.

Now, with a cranky cop on their tails, the duo must find a way to solve the crime and stay out of the slammer before a killer cancels their Christmas.

Gingerbread Dead is a fast-paced and funny cozy mystery, packed with oddball characters, pets, and murder. Buy the book and start this hilarious caper today!

Tearoom recipes in the back of the book! 

www.kirstenweiss.com

Publication News: Mel Lake

“The Diagnostic Demon on Skillman Avenue” by Sisters in Crime-Colorado member, Mel Lake, was published in Bizarre Bazaar by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers on September 1, 2022

“This place smelled like feet and cleaning solution. It was a ‘Save As’ version of every other waiting room I’d been to in the borough. But once you were ushered through the door of this one, you’d be possessed by a demon for a sliding scale fee.”

Meet Todd. He’ll save your life if you step into traffic and might even arrange a meet-cute with your local Starbucks barista. He’s also a demon. “The Diagnostic Demon on Skillman Avenue” is a funny-sad story about a demonic possession gone sideways and the reasons why a human might invite a demon to inhabit them in the first place.

Welcome to the Bizarre Bazaar – a collection of seventeen speculative stories that invite and beguile the reader to look at stories new and old in a fresh light. Fairy tales are reborn as science fiction romps. Silly folklore matures with the weight of tradition to approach truth. And ghost stories teach us all we need to know about love. Moving from tale to reimagined tale, these deft transformations are mirrored in our hearts as we become the change we read.

Join the bewitching bazaar as we once again celebrate the best of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Edited by Veronica R. Calisto and Sisters in Crime-Colorado member, Amy Drayer

The anthology is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bizarre-Bazaar-Collection-Mountain-Anthologies/dp/1734575603/

Publication News: Francelia Belton & Amy Drayer

Red Riding in the Hood in Bizarre Bazaar anthology

“Red Riding in the Hood” by Sisters in Crime-Colorado member, Francelia Belton, was published in Bizarre Bazaar by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers on September 1, 2022

“When Malina found out about Mr. Wolfe’s intentions towards her grandmother, there was only one thing she could do. She hunted him down and stabbed him. Or rather, she tried to. But the old guy was quicker than she gave him credit for.”

Welcome to the Bizarre Bazaar – a collection of seventeen speculative stories that invite and beguile the reader to look at stories new and old in a fresh light. Fairy tales are reborn as science fiction romps. Silly folklore matures with the weight of tradition to approach truth. And ghost stories teach us all we need to know about love. Moving from tale to reimagined tale, these deft transformations are mirrored in our hearts as we become the change we read.

Join the bewitching bazaar as we once again celebrate the best of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Edited by Veronica R. Calisto and Sisters in Crime-Colorado member, Amy Drayer

“Red Riding in the Hood” is a refresh on the Little Red Riding Hood tale, but in this story, Red is the one hunting the Wolf. 

The anthology is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bizarre-Bazaar-Collection-Mountain-Anthologies/dp/1734575603/