April 2021 Member News

Erica Miner just completed a round of events, including a presentation “In the Shadow of Wagner, Strauss and Debussy” for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UW and UC San Diego, where she announced her latest release, Staged for Murder, which centers around a production of Wagner’s ‘Ring’ at the San Francisco Opera. Erica also … Read more

March 2021 Meeting Recap: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Writing a Series—Or, Getting Serious About Series

This trio of successful series writers shared their tips and experiences on how to write series and problems you might encounter. Cynthia Blair, writing as Cynthia Baxter, covered the nuts and bolts of series writing with a series of colorful slides to illustrate her main points. She included how to make the characters’ world interesting … Read more

February 2021 Meeting Recap: Getting Cozy with Audiobooks & Podcasts

Susan McCormick and Michael Erdahl shared their experiences producing audiobooks and starting a podcast. Their PowerPoint highlights their discussion of the pros and cons of various audiobook platforms, audiobook covers, getting a narrator, and production costs. Download their PowerPoint presentation here. In addition, they talked about the joys of creating their podcast with two other … Read more

January 2021 Member News

Alexis Morgan: Death By Intermission, the fourth book in The Abby McCree Mysteries from Kensington Books, is now out in e-book, print, and audio versions. Click here to see the cover and read an excerpt. Alice K. Boatwright’s article “Silver Takes Second” compares the careers of Agatha Christie’s Miss Jane Marple with Miss Maud Silver, … Read more

December 2020 Member News

The fourth book in Cynthia Baxter’s Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery Series (Kensington) came out in December.  The title is GAME OF CONES. The softcover version of Book 3, LAST LICKS, came out in August.

December 2020 Meeting Recap: Build A Story & End of Year Sharing

We began our Holiday party with an inspiring and witty original carol sung by Cynthia Blair: A Writer’s Twelve Days of Christmas. Our Build A Story activity did not end with the identification of a murderer, but it produced some hearty laughter along the way. A monestery in a desert wilderness provided the starting point … Read more

November 2020 Member News

Erica Miner recently released the third in her ‘Opera Mystery’ series, Staged for Murder. A Virtual Book Party event takes place Sun., Dec. 6 @ 2 pm. Sign up at: https://www.ericaminer.com/contact.php, and put ‘Book Party’ in the ‘Message’ section. Marty Wingate’s Murder Is a Must, book two in the First Edition Library mysteries, released on December 1. January 12 … Read more

October 2020 Member News

‘Tis the season to release a book! And many of our members are launching new books this autumn. Please support each other by buying these books AND reviewing them. As we all know, a good review is a gift that keeps on giving! Alice K. Boatwright published a new story, “No Prince,” in The Blood … Read more