January Book News

Marie F. Martin released a new book titled Where’s Joe on Amazon kindle and paperbacks.
In the aftermath of World War II, mothers suffered from the loss of their sons the best way they could. Some tried to ease their grief by holding their daughters on a leash so tight it became unbearable. Twenty-three-year-old Reba Bicknell has been smothered to the point of rebellion. She accepts a daring ride behind a stranger on a powerful motorcycle which leaves her with a driving need to find him again and ride facing the wind. The search leads her to a slummy tavern where a motorcycle gang cuts loose and hangs free. While watching to see if Joe arrives to join a group of bikers, Reba witnesses the kidnapping of a young girl and reports the crime. Unaware, Reba is about to become the number one suspect and the target of the real killer, a woman with a burning vendetta who rides with the biker gang.  

LESLIE BUDEWITZ: Thrilled to share with you the cover of my forthcoming stand-alone, BITTERROOT LAKE, written as Alicia Beckman. It will be published April 13, 2021 by Crooked Lane Books and Dreamscape Audio, and is available for pre-order now.

From the cover:
When four women separated by tragedy reunite at a lakeside Montana lodge, murder forces them to confront everything they thought they knew about the terrifying accident that tore them apart, in Agatha Award-winning author Alicia Beckman’s suspense debut.

Twenty-five years ago, during a celebratory weekend at historic Whitetail Lodge, Sarah McCaskill had a vision. A dream. A nightmare. When a young man was killed, Sarah’s guilt over having ignored the warning in her dreams devastated her. Her friendships with her closest friends, and her sister, fell apart as she worked to build a new life in a new city. But she never stopped loving Whitetail Lodge on the shores of Bitterroot Lake.

Now that she’s a young widow, her mother urges her to return to the lodge for healing. But when she arrives, she’s greeted by an old friend–and by news of a murder that’s clearly tied to that tragic day she’ll never forget.

And the dreams are back, too. What dangers are they warning of this time? As Sarah and her friends dig into the history of the lodge and the McCaskill family, they uncover a legacy of secrets and make a discovery that gives a chilling new meaning to the dreams. Now, they can no longer ignore the ominous portents from the past that point to a danger more present than any of them could know.

M. FRANCES ERLER has completed her “Peaks at the Edge of the World” fantasy saga with the publication of the seventh book, “Where All Worlds End” this year. This religious fantasy explores a world of the 31st century, where Rebels are struggling to defend themselves from an evil Galactic System which has taken over earth as well as the entire Milky Way galaxy. A fearsome new foe has appeared in the form of a red dragon. Is this the devil himself? Will they be able to defeat him with aid from allies who have traveled forward from the 21st century to help them? Who will survive if all worlds end?

November Book News

No Goat Farm: Christine Norris hits emotional bottom after two young cousins are removed from her care due to her ‘lesbian lifestyle.’ She descends into self-destruction, but a wise older neighbor and the neighbor’s adult son Seth inspire Chris to become a teacher and later, guardian to the developmentally delayed Seth. Chris falls in love with Delilah and finds her voice as a wife, a teacher, and advocate for children in need of a loving home. Set in rural East Texas, Chris and firebrand Delilah overcome violence, racism, and homophobia to create their own diverse, loving family. Release Date: November 9, 2020

 

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LESLIE BUDEWITZ: I’m delighted to report that The Solace of Bay Leaves, the 5th Spice Shop mystery, is now out in all formats — paperback, ebook, and audio. Pepper Reece never expected to find her life’s passion in running the Seattle Spice Shop. But when evidence links a friend’s shooting to an unsolved murder, her own regrets surface. Can she uncover the truth and protect those she loves, before the deadly danger boils over?

Library Journal, in a starred review, calls Pepper “a mature and introspective sleuth” and Solace a “complex, well-developed mystery.”

I’ll be joining mystery and cookbook club members at the Bozeman Public Library for a chat about the Spice Shop series on Mon, Nov 16 at 7 pm. And my newsletter subscribers will get the first peek at the cover for my suspense debut, coming in April 2021, on November 15. Sign up on my website. (Subscribers also get a free download for a Food Lovers’ Village short story.)

Wishing you all the solace of a good book.

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A HAPPY THANKSGIVING GREETING FROM A COUPLE WILD TURKEYS AND AUTHORS OF THE FLATHEAD

JOIN NOVEMBER ZOOM MEETINGS FOR AUTHORS

Thursdays at 7 pm – Zoom invitations at www.authorsoftheflathead.org

Come and bring your friends

Nov. 5  Character Arcs: Character Evolution=Reader engagement – Kathy Dunnehoff

November 12 Interviewing for Authors Join true crime author Betty Kuffel, MD, and experienced podcaster Barbara Schiffman. They will discuss being interviewed, interviewing others, podcasting, and Dr. Kuffel’s experiences interviewing investigators, victims, and an imprisoned pedophile suspected of cannibalism.

November 19Open Reading – Fran Tabor – Share your writing samples and get feedback from other authors. Check schedule for manuscript guidelines.

November 26 and December 24Holiday break from Meet Up Montana Screenwriting but there is a Holiday Movie Challenge with a prize for winner, deadline 1/21/21

Get Movie Challenge details to participate during November and December  and for the 2021 schedule at: https://www.meetup.com/MTScreenwriting/

Montana Women Writers and A of F members are encouraged to join in viewing movies and practicing writing log lines and brief synopses for each. Plan to write one for a film you enjoy. It will help you pay attention to the film’s story with a writer’s eye and ear. This is great practice for novelists and non-fiction writers.

Dec. 3TBA check schedule on website – Kathy Dunnehoff

Dec. 10The Charms and Challenges of Audiobooks Eve Passeltiner, NY actress and audiobook narrator will join Susan Purvis, world explorer, author and narrator of her best-selling book Go Find.

Dec. 17Open Reading – Fran Tabor – Share your writing samples. Online Critique. This is a great way to get feedback from other authors. Check schedule for manuscript guidelines.

Dec. 24 – Merry Christmas – Holiday break from Montana Screenwriting

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A Deal to Die For debut novel released in October by Suzie Sarkozy, (AKA Sue Toppen). Sue is a member of our group who moved from Polson to AZ, but returns often.

Review of A Deal to Die For: Former librarian, Alberta (Birdie) Alton returns to Arizona from Nebraska in search of finding some stability in her miserable life. She takes a job as the only female car salesperson in the AutoMall, an establishment overflowing with colorful, and, it turns out, a few dangerous characters. Armed with a sharp wit, a wise guy attitude, and a determination to outlast her male counterparts in the cut throat car business, Birdie finds herself embroiled in a high-stakes treacherous endgame after a major adversary at the dealership is found murdered with a weapon having her fingerprints all over it.

In her debut novel, Suzie Sarkozy expertly captures the inner workings of an automobile dealership through the eyes of a delightful heroine, Birdie Alton, the only female car salesperson in the Automall. The well-drawn, colorful characters entertain the reader through the author’s keen sense of humor as Birdie finds herself caught up in the drama of the cut-throat automobile business. The murder of a male adversary at the dealership tests her fortitude and ingenuity and quickly moves the book from a fascinating and humorous study of a female trying to survive in a man’s world to a page turner you won’t be able to put down. Highly recommended! – DUKE SOUTHARD, award-winning author of The Fallacy of Closure and the Detective Parker Havenot series

Available on Amazon

To all Montana Women Writers: I have prepared a detailed list author members of Authors of the Flathead who have published books. The list will be a static place on our website where your book might be noticed and broaden your readership. Montana Women Writers has no dues, but if you wish to become a member of Authors of the Flathead and have your work posted, dues remains at $25 per year and runs January to January.

If you would like to join and have your books included you can pay the fee online in January. If you have a book and do not appear on the list, please let me know. The author’s name, genre and books/series are noted. If your book is not available on Amazon, let me know.

Submitted by Betty Kuffel, Pres. Authors of the Flathead

 

 

 

 

 

 

October Book News

Books are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. They are humanity in print.               Barbara Tuchman

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Footprints in History combines imagination and historic events during America’s Early

my kingdom

Janice McCaffrey, Author

ColoniFootprints in History Kindle Cover jpgal Period, to tell of the author’s seventh great-grandfather, blacksmith and indentured servant, James Fitchett. James stands up for his convictions and influences early education on Staten Island, New York. While Thomas Gordon, an attorney representing his brother, one of the twenty-four Scottish investors, known as proprietors, strives for an honest government in the new colonial province of New Jersey. Their wives build a bond of friendship as they experience their new worlds where not all settlers share the same hopes and beliefs.

Kindle ebook on sale   .99 October 2 – 8

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LESLIE BUDEWITZ: Launch Day! One of a writer’s favorite phrases—along with “the end,” “bestseller,” and “I loved it!” The Solace of Bay Leaves, my 5th Spice Shop mystery, will be out in paperback on October 20, from Seventh St. Books. (The ebook and audio are already available; supply chain disruptions meant a delay in the pb, but it will be worth the wait, i promise!)

Pepper Reece never expected to find her life’s passion in running the Seattle Spice Shop. But when evidence links a friend’s shooting to an unsolved murder, her own regrets surface. Can she uncover the truth and protect those she loves, before the deadly danger boils over?

Given these unusual times, I won’t be doing any live events, but I do have a few planned online. Visit my website or my Facebook Author page for details. Find the book in all the usual online and in-person booksellers, including Bookworks (Whitefish), The Bookshelf (Kalispell), Roma’s Kitchen Shop (Bigfork) and the Bigfork Art & Cultural Center giftshop.

Be well, and fall into a good book!

August Book News

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                                                     August –  a great time to read

 

 

LESLIE BUDEWITZ: solaceofbayleavesLike a lot of you, I had trouble settling down to read in March and April, but I’ve been making up for it since then! Since travel opportunities are curtailed, I’ve particularly enjoyed traveling on the page. Books have taken me to Paris, the Breton Coast of France, New Orleans, a lakefront dark sky park in Michigan, and Dustbowl Oklahoma!

If you’re in the mood for a little armchair travel, take a trip to Seattle with me in The Solace of Bay Leaves, the 5th Spice Shop mystery,  out July 21 in ebook and audio. (Paperback coming in October. Seventh St. Books/Tantor Audo. Buy links here.) Pepper Reece never expected to find her life’s passion in running the Seattle Spice Shop. But when evidence links a friend’s shooting to an unsolved murder, her own regrets surface. Can she uncover the truth and protect those she loves, before the deadly danger boils over?

Stay cool. Stay safe. Stay home, with your nose in a good book!

 

erler where the world ends

 

Young Dain and his brother Evin have been pulled through the GAP into a distant future by a strange old man.  He insists they must help overcome an evil Red Dragon who threatens not only their world, but the entire Galaxy.   Meanwhile, in the 31st Century, Martina’s past depression has come back to haunt her.  She flees to the System, putting herself and all her family in jeopardy.  Will the boys from the 21st Century be able to help save her?  Will anyone survive what is turning into a battle for all time?

The last book in M.F. Erler ‘s series The Peaks at the Edge of the World available now ebook and paperback at Amazon.com

 

A TASTE OF SUMMER — FROM THE FOOD LOVERS’ VILLAGE

By Leslie Budewitz

hucklberry mousseIf Montana had an official fruit, it would be the huckleberry, a wild mountain relative of the blueberry. Yes, other states claim them, too. But ours are the Real Thing. I know, because the last time I went picking, in the mountains above town known as the Jewel Basin, I was happily filling my little bucket with the deep purple jewels when the sounds of leaves and fruit being torn from branches told me a bear had the same idea. And if a bear wants something, you know it’s good—and you let her have it!

So what’s the taste of the perfect evening in Montana? Well, to Erin Murphy, the protagonist of my Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, set in Jewel Bay, Montana, it’s Huckleberry Chocolate Mousse served at Chez Max.

The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries are set in a small town in NW Montana where good food reigns supreme. Erin Murphy runs a specialty regional foods market, known as the Merc, and right next door are Le Panier, the bakery, and Chez Max, a bistro, run by Max and Wendy Fontaine. Wendy’s a local girl, but Max hails from Provence. His bistro serves traditional French country food, with a Montana accent. So naturally, he’s given the classic chocolate mousse a bit of local flavor!

CHEZ MAX’S HUCKLEBERRY CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons huckleberry syrup
3 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
pinch of sat
1-/12 teaspoons sugar

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, in the microwave, or in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the huckleberry syrup. Transfer to a bowl large enough for all the ingredients.

Whisk the egg yolks into the chocolate, one at a time.

Beat the egg whites with the salt until they start to form peaks. (A stand mixer is perfect, if you have one.) Continue to beat and gradually add the sugar. Beat until the whites are shiny and hold medium-firm peaks.

Using a rubber spatula, spoon about a quarter of the whites into the chocolate and fold until almost smooth. (This lightens the chocolate and makes it easier to blend in the rest.) Spoon the rest of the whites into the chocolate and fold in carefully. Don’t overwork the mixture—you want to leave the bubbles in the mousse for lightness, and streaks are fine.

Spoon mousse into individual serving dishes and chill, covered. Garnish with whipped cream, mint, and huckleberries, if you’d like—and if you’re lucky enough to snare a few from the bear. Or if you’re feeling particularly French, leave it in the bowl and serve your guests tableside.

(The Wild Huckleberry syrups and preserves from Eva Gates, in Bigfork, Montana—the model for Jewel Bay, are particularly tasty. Www.evagates.com )

This recipe comes from Crime Rib, the second in the five-book series. (Read excerpts and find “where to buy” links on my website.)

(Originally published July 20, 2014)