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J.A. (Julie) Kazimer is a writer living in Denver, CO. When she isn't looking for the perfect place to hide the bodies, she spends her time surrounded by cats with attitude and a little pup named Killer. Other hobbies include murdering houseplants. She spent a few years spilling drinks on people as a bartender and then wasted another few years stalking people while working as a private investigator before transitioning to the moniker of WRITER. For more about Julie, visit her website.

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Patricia Stoltey is the author of two amateur sleuth mysteries published by Five Star/Cengage in hardcover and Harlequin Worldwide mass market paperbacks. The Prairie Grass Murders and The Desert Hedge Murders are now available for Kindle and Nook. Her standalone suspense novel from Five Star, Dead Wrong, was a finalist in the thriller category for the 2015 Colorado Book Awards. For more about Patricia and her books, visit her website and blog

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Terri Benson, after eons of writing, has one published novel, award winning short stories, and over a hundred articles – many award winning - in local and regional magazines and on-line e-zines. She is a multi-year member of RMFW and RWA. Benson currently promotes Western Slope events for the RMFW Publicity Committee, pelts RMFW with articles for the newsletter, and randomly blogs. Her historical romance, An Unsinkable Love, a truly Titanic love story with plenty of suspense, was originally published with Lyrical. It is currently available from Amazon in both e-book and paperback. For more about Terri you can visit her webpage

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Mary Gillgannon writes romance novels set in the dark ages, medieval and English Regency time periods and fantasy and historical novels with Celtic influences. Her books have been published in Russia, China, the Netherlands and Germany. Raised in the Midwest, she now lives in Wyoming and works at public library, where she she has the enviable task of purchasing adult fiction. She is married and has two grown children. When not working or writing she enjoys gardening, traveling and reading, of course! For more about Mary, visit her website and blog.

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Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequels, The Tears of the Rose and The Talon of the Hawk, have been nominated for The RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of the year in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Two more books will follow in this world, beginning with The Pages of the Mind in Summer 2016. A fifth series, the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, started with Going Under, followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

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Janet Lane is an Amazon Bestselling Author, and lives in the Denver area with her husband. Her historical romance novels, published in hardback by Five Star and in ebook by Dreaming Tree Publishing, have won several awards. She is working on the fourth novel in her Coin Forest series, and her women’s fiction novels will be published in late spring, 2015. For more about Janet, visit her website and blog.

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Liesa Malik is a freelance writer and marketing consultant originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, but currently living in Littleton, Colorado with her husband and two pets. She has always enjoyed reading mysteries, from The Happy Hollister series, through Trixie Beldon and into Reader's Digest's Great True Stories of Crime, Mystery and Detection. A graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in Mass Communications, Liesa has built on her writing interest with long-standing membership in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and recently joined the board of Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America. Most days you can find Liesa either at her desk or at a local ballroom dance studio. For more about Liesa, please visit her website.

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Pamela Nowak writes historical romance set in the American West. In addition to widespread critical acclaim, her books have won multiple national awards. In love with history and rich characters for most of her life, Pam has a B.A. in history, has taught prison inmates, managed the Fort Yuma National Historic Site and run a homeless shelter. She was named the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Writer of the Year in 2010, chaired three conferences, and now serves as president. Pam and her life partner Ken live in Denver. Their combined families include six daughters and several grand-children. Together, they parent two dogs and a cat. For more about Pam, please visit her website.

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RITA® Award Winning novelist Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published December 2001. Since then she has written twenty-four books. She is profoundly thankful to be recipient of the 2004 and 2011 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year award. For more information about Robin and her novels, visit her website and blog.

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Aaron Michael Ritchey’s first novel, The Never Prayer, was published in March of 2012 to a fanfare of sparkling reviews including an almost win in the RMFW Gold contest. Since then he’s been paid to write steampunk, cyberpunk, and sci-fi western short stories, and his story, “The Dirges of Percival Lewand” has been nominated for a Hugo award. His next novel, Long Live the Suicide King, is currently giving hope to the masses. As a former story addict and television connoisseur, he lives in Colorado with his wife and two goddesses posing as his daughters. Learn more about Aaron and his novels at his website.

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Kerry Schafer loves to hang out where the weird things are—in the space where reality and fantasy meet. She is the author of The Books of the Between, published by Berkley Press. Her bestselling debut, Between, is available in mass market paperback, Kindle, and Nook. The second book in the trilogy, Wakeworld, releases in April 2014. For more about Kerry, visit her website.

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Susan Spann is a transactional attorney and former law school professor whose practice focuses on publishing law and business. Claws of the Cat, her debut Shinobi Mystery featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori, released on July 16, 2013, from Minotaur Books. Her clients range from publishing houses to authors, app and game developers, and nonprofit entities, and she founded the #PubLaw Twitter hashtag, where she offers legal and business tips for authors and publishers. For more about Susan, visit her website.

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Jeanne C. Stein is the bestselling author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. Her award winning series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the US and the UK. Jeanne’s newest endeavor is in collaboration with author Samantha Sommersby: The Fallen Siren Series. Published under the pseudonym S. J. Harper, the first book in that series, Cursed, was released Oct. 1. For current information on signings and releases, connect with Jeanne on The S. J. Harper Site.

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Mark Stevens was raised in Massachusetts. He’s been a Coloradoan since 1980. He’s a former print reporter, national news television producer and school district communicator. He’s now working as an independent communications consultant. Stevens has published two Colorado-based mysteries, Antler Dust (2007) and Buried by the Roan (2011), a Colorado Book Awards Finalist. The third book in the Allison Coil Mystery Series is complete and awaiting a publication announcement. For more about Mark, visit his website.

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First published as a teenager, Kevin Paul Tracy has been writing fiction and non-fiction since he could read. He has contributed short fiction to numerous anthologies, magazines, and digests and even wrote an English-language editorial for a prominent Japanese magazine for nearly four years. Most recently he has published a wonderfully entertaining espionage thriller, Rogue Agenda and a startling and engrossing gothic thriller Bloodflow. He currently lives in Vail, Colorado with two very charismatic St. Bernards. For more about Kevin, visit his website.

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