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Margaret Mizushima’s Sweet Success

Congratulations go out to Margaret Mizushima on the publication of her new mystery novel, Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery (Crooked Lane Books, ISBN 978-1-68331-778-4, 280 pages). Burning Ridge is available at most online booksellers and many bookstores including Amazon and Goodreads.

Cover of Burning ridge by Margaret Mizushima

Colorado’s Redstone Ridge is a place of extraordinary beauty, but this rugged mountain wilderness harbors a horrifying secret. When a charred body is discovered in a shallow grave, Officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called in to spearhead the investigation. But this is no ordinary crime—and they soon become the targets of a ruthless killer.

Margaret MizushimaMargaret Mizushima is the author of the critically acclaimed Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. Her books have garnered a Reader’s Favorite gold medal, a TopShelf Indie Book Award nomination, and have been listed as finalists in the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, the Colorado Book Awards, and the International Book Awards. Margaret serves on the board for the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and she lives in Colorado where she assists her husband with their veterinary practice and Angus cattle herd. She can be found on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and on her website. Email Margaret at: margmizu@q.com


Sweet Success is coordinated by Managing Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim. If you have a Sweet Success to share please follow this link to submit or email to: SweetSuccess@pikespeakwriters.com

Catherine Dilts Celebrates Sweet Success

Blood and GasolinePikes Peak Writers is pleased to announce Catherine Dilts’ short story, “Do-Over”, is included in Blood and Gasoline. The anthology of 17 stories by different authors has been described as Mad Max meets Sons of Anarchy. Catherine typically writes cozy mysteries, but took a walk on the dark side with her story “Do-Over”. This is a tale of vengeance, and a survivor’s hope that enacting justice can erase a painful past.

Catherine DiltsCatherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. With a day job as an environmental regulatory technician, Catherine’s stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains. She takes a turn in the multi-author sweet cozy mystery series Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library with Ink or Swim. You can learn more about Catherine’s fiction on her website.


Sweet Success by: KJ Scrim, Managing Editor.
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New Proposal Portal

The new Proposal Portal is now open for business! If you’d like to propose workshops for the annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference or for our non-conference events, please go here. Please note: we are now using Submittable for this process, so you will need to set up a Submittable account to get started. It’s free and fast, so get those creative juices flowing and get your proposals in! We are accepting proposals for the conference through Sept. 30th, but will accept proposals for Write Brains and half-day workshops any time.

F.P. Dorchak Releases Psychic as an E-book

PPW is happy to announce that F.P Dorchak’s action/adventure conspiracy thriller, Psychic, has come out in E-book!


Life…we are told…progresses chronologically. Between birth and death we take certain roads…bypass others. There is only one life, one reality.

But what if we have it all wrong?

Enter the world of psychic espionage…where people disappear…lives are destroyed…and facts are manipulated. Where one man stops at nothing to get what he wants, yet doesn’t know what he really has…and one woman’s belief in herself is severely tested….

Where all is never as it seems.

F. P. Dorchak writes gritty speculative fiction. Frank is published in the U.S., Canada, and the Czech Republic. His novels are Voice, Psychic, ERO, The Uninvited, and Sleepwalkers, and his first anthology, Do The Dead Dream? won the 2017 Best Books Award for Fiction: Short Stories. His short stories have appeared in the off-the-grid The Black Sheep; You Belong 2016, Words and Images from Longmont Area Residents regional anthology for 2016; The You Belong Collection, Writings and Illustrations by Longmont Area Residents regional anthology for 2012; Apollo’s Lyre.

Frank can occasionally be reached in séances, and his website. Email works great too: fpdorchak@fpdorchak


Sweet Success by: KJ Scrim, Contributing Editor.
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Who wants to help us gear up for the 2019 Pikes Peak Writers Conference?

Who wants to help us gear up for the 2019 Pikes Peak Writers Conference?

We need volunteers at all levels, with jobs large and small. Some require a high comfort level for interacting with the public, and some are well out of the limelight.

Two of the more substantial jobs are Conference Admin and Registrar. The Admin is essential to helping the conference come together, working with the directors, making sure communication if flowing and deadlines are being met. The Registrar oversees every aspect of registration, from using software to design the registration form  to answering registration questions from attendees.

Other jobs include Signs Coordinator, Survey Coordinator and Reg Desk Coordinator. All three require the ability to work well with others, solicit and compile information from directors, and attention to detail. Signs and Surveys have less public contact, but the Reg Desk has a great deal, so we need a real extrovert (or someone who can play one for a weekend).

Brochure Design means we need someone with graphic skills and excellent attention to detail to help construct the brochure to advertise the conference. This could also extend to helping build the conference program.

Tech Team Coordinator will wrangle all our techies, the people in each workshop room who make sure the laptops are playing nicely with the projectors. Must be able to work with a variety of people and have good team-leading skills.

Onsite Volunteer Coordinator is exactly what it sounds like! We get lots of people who want to help, and we need someone to coordinate what, when and where the needs are, and assign volunteers to the tasks.

Allergy Meal Coordinator tracks attendee allergy requests from the registration form, and coordinates with the hotel chef and Green Room Coordinator.

Handouts Coordinator takes all the handouts from faculty, via the Programming Director, and puts them together in a semblance of order. Then oversees distribution to attendees.

Scholarship Coordinator will gather scholarship applications, build a scholarship committee, and work with that committee to distribute scholarship funds for conference.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the 2019 Conference Director, Laura Hayden, at Conference@pikespeakwriters.com.

 

Pikes Peak Writers is seeking volunteers for a number of non-board positions

It’s your chance to get involved! Pikes Peak Writers is seeking volunteers for a number of non-board positions. These include:

NCE positions: Write Brain host (once each month), Special Events Coordinator (coordinating 3-5 events per year), and committee member (meets quarterly to plan and brainstorm). If you would like more information, please sent an email to Workshops@pikespeakwriters.com.

The PPW blog needs contributors! Positions include Contributor (write an occasional blog article), Contributing Editor (write a planned series of articles), and Literary Quotes Editor (create and post literary picture quotes). If you are interested or would like more information, please contact editor@pikespeakwriters.com.

The Zebulon Writing Contest needs a few good volunteers.  Entries are electronically solicited from September 1st through Nov 1st, judges are petitioned, and then the real work begins. Through the fall, winter, and the onset of spring, the Query, Main, and Secondary phases need to be coordinated, judges managed, and scores tallied as entries are judged and finalists chosen. Required skills include: Medium level of computer skills, Familiarity with Word and Excel, Graphics skills a definite asset, Comfortable posting on social media (eg: Twitter and Facebook), Live in the Colorado Springs area for boots on the ground at NCE events when required. For more information, email Contest@pikespeakwriters.com.

Social Media:  We are in need of someone who understands social media, has a few graphic design skills, and understands FB ads. Contact Social.KL@pikespeakwriters.com.

PIKES PEAK WRITERS has three board positions opening in September

PIKES PEAK WRITERS has three board positions opening in September. All board positions require a 2-year commitment. The board meets quarterly (4 times per year), usually on a weeknight, for approximately two hours. Occasionally there is a longer weekend meeting.

 

Positions are:

President: The President is the principal executive who supervises and controls the business and affairs of PPW. The President brings issues to the attention of the board, directs discussion and consideration of any issues, and runs the quarterly board meetings.

 

Secretary: The secretary keeps minutes of quarterly and specially called meetings. Also maintains minutes from votes on the officer’s loop in between meetings. Update SOP file. Assist president with election nominations and slate of officers. May be called upon to research past decisions.

 

Non Conference Events (NCE) Director:– Plan and schedule Write Brains and other non-conference events throughout the year, invite speakers, ensure events are advertised via social and other media, coordinate our other regular monthly events, such as Open Critique, Writer’s Night, and Write Drunk, Edit Sober.

 

Anyone interested may also apply for a Member at Large position, which is not an officer position but carries the responsibility of representing the members of Pikes Peak Writers to the board, and helping with special projects.

 

To apply for any position, email a letter of interest to president@pikespeakwriters.com. The letter should include why you’re interested in the job, any volunteer experience-especially with PPW, and an idea of what you would bring to the job. Letters must be submitted by Aug. 30. The board meeting/election will be held on Thurs, Sept. 20, 6:15 p.m. at Library 21C, and anyone who submits a letter of interest for a position should plan to attend.

 

Terry Odell’s Newest Edition, Falcon’s Prey

Falcon’s Prey, is Terry Odell’s newest book in the Buckthorne, Inc series. Congratulations!!


Her Life is in danger … but so is her heart.
Police officer Lexi Becker is being targeted. Afraid her local police department has been infiltrated, she turns to the only man she can trust for help: Marv “Fish” Frisch, her former patrol partner. Danger is everywhere. Someone’s bugged her house. An illegal opioid network is thriving. People are dying. And an even more sinister plan is being put into action. Torn between hiding or coming to the aid of an orphaned child, Lexi leaves Fish’s protection. Will she survive long enough to tell Fish how she feels?

 

From childhood, Terry Odell wanted to “fix” stories so the characters would behave properly. She found this wasn’t always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write turned into a romance, despite the fact that she’d never read one. Odell thinks of her books as “Mysteries With Relationships.” Her series include Blackthorne, Inc., Pine Hills Police, Triple-D Ranch, and Mapleton Mysteries. Her short story collection, “Seeing Red” is a Silver Falchion winner. You can find her high (that’s altitude—she lives at 9100 feet!) in the Colorado Rockies—or at her website. Also visit her Amazon author page for more books.

 


Sweet Success by: KJ Scrim, Contributing Editor.
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Chris Mandevelle Releases Quake

Another Sweet Success for Chris Mandeville! The first novel in her, In Real Time series, Quake was released May 29, 2018.


QuakeTime traveling thieves. A stolen kiss. A wormhole to the heist of the century.
Fifteen-year-old Allie Bennett’s a con artist, a pickpocket, and on her last chance at an end-of-the-line foster home. She learns her mom—who disappeared when she was ten—isn’t a crazy but is actually a time traveler, and Allie’s one, too. She joins a crew of time traveling thieves and goes back to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to pull the heist of the century and find her mom. But time travelers are hunted, her crew might be killers, everyone has a secret agenda, and she must pull off the con of her life to make it out alive.

 

Chris MandevilleCHRIS MANDEVILLE writes science fiction/fantasy and nonfiction for writers. She served as president of Pikes Peak Writers for five years, and is now the Conference Director for Superstars Writing Seminars. Her books include Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure and 52 Ways to Get Unstuck: Exercises to Break Through Writer’s Block.

Find her young adult time travel novel, Quake, on Amazon and her website.


Sweet Success by: KJ Scrim, Contributing Editor.
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