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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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Chris Goff is the award-winning author of six environmental mystery novels and a new international thriller series. Her debut thriller DARK WATERS (Crooked Lane Books, September 2015) was a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards and is currently up for an Anthony Award for Best Crime Fiction Audiobook. Set in Tel Aviv amid the Israeli-Palestine conflict, DARK WATERS features a Diplomatic Security Agent racing against the clock to stop a diabolical plot. Manhattan Book Review called it “Absolutely masterful.” The second in the series, RED SKY, comes out in June, 2017. For more about Chris, visit her webpage and blog.

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Jax Hunter is known for her heartwarming 5-book military romance series: True Heroes. She is currently writing an American Revolutionary War novel. Recently, she has ventured out to write journals: climbing trackers, motivational journals and bible study journals. She teaches a wide variety of writing courses, both online and in person and travels the state telling the stories of April 19, 1775. She also is the owner of a health and wellness business. Whew. What does she do for fun? Well, she’s a huge hockey fan. She has a fancy embroidery machine and she’ll embroider anything that will fit in the hoop. And she collects really old books. She lives in the high mountains of Colorado with own true hero and the two pups that rule the house. For more about Jax, please visit her website.

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Katriena Knights is a full-time writer and editor with over three gajillion published novels/novellas/short stories/what have you. Her latest book is Summoning Sebastian from Samhain Publishing. She lives in the mountains of Colorado with her kids, numerous pets, 4,000 mice and about 9 million voles. Also spiders. For more about Katriena, her stories, and her dubious life choices, drop by her Patreon site, her Twitter account, Pinterest, or Wattpad.

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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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Nathan Lowell has been writing science fiction and fantasy since 2007. He started growing his audience with podcast fiction and has produced more than 150 hours of finished audio. He's just celebrated the fifth anniversary of his (somewhat) daily podcast - Talking On My Morning Walk - having complected over 1000 circuits of the same two mile loop. He's been a full time novelist since 2012. He's having too much fun to stop.

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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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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. Sign up for Robin's newsletter here.

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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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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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Rebecca Taylor is an award winning American author. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two children. In addition to writing, she works as a faculty mentor at Regis University’s Mile High MFA program.

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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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