May Book News

Mary Frances Erler announces the acceptance for publication of her next fiction book, “Lauren’s Dark Passage” — a tale of hope and despair amid the unexpected twists and turns of modern life. Lauren at age 30 has been devastated when her husband announces he is leaving her for a man. She flees with her two children to Colorado, where no one knows her. Soon she finds a job at a local nuclear power plant, and finds herself attracted to a married coworker. Is this the beginning of a change in her life? Or is something even darker looming on her horizon?

Erler’s book will be released by First Steps Publishing in spring 2023.

For information on this and other books she has published, she can be reached at

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




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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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:

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


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







November Book News


my kingdom

Janice McCaffrey

I’m pleased to announce that my alter-ego’s debut novel will be available on by the end of November.

Plans Interrupted by Madge Wood.

Here’s what Madge says about it: Have you ever been disappointed because your major plans were interrupted or have you willingly given up your plans for someone you loved? If so, have you ever wondered if it’s too late to revise past plans? Yeh, I have, too.  plans book cover 2

And now here I am a sixty-something widow with only one major plan left—a trip to Monaco, a ride up the “To Catch a Thief” cliffside road , wearing a long, pink, Grace Kelly-like scarf that catches the sunlight as it flies in the wind , and a visit to Princess Grace’s Palace.

My last plan. What could possibly interrupt it? You’re not going to believe it. I wouldn’t either—except I lived it.    facebook/madgewoodauthor


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In 1905, Rebecca Bryan, the first woman to practice law in Kalispell, Montana, is sent by her uncle/ senior partner to a remote hunting lodge near the Canadian border. She’s to find the missing will of his deceased longtime love, the wealthy artist, Lucinda Cale. 

After a broken coach wheel forces her to set out in the winter forest at night, she meets Lucinda’s compelling son, Bretton. Next morning he takes her to Eagle Mountain where she meets the rest of the dysfunctional Cale family. There Rebecca also discovers Lucinda’s hidden diaries which tell of a naive bride’s victimization that hardened her into a manipulative, murderous matriarch. Lucinda’s estate is large. Each heir is desperate. Those involved reveal themselves to be All Too Human.

All Too Human  by Karen Wills was released September 18, 2019 by Five Star Cengage. Now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, & Five Star Cengage.

Midwest Book Review calls “‘All Too Human’ a simply riveting page-turner of a read from cover to cover. ‘All Too Human’ showcases author Karen Wills’ genuine flair for originality and a distinctively reader engaging narrative storytelling style that will make her deftly crafted and thoroughly entertaining novel an immediate and popular addition to both personal reading lists and community library collections.”

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                                                  For more books by Karen Wills     including information on her other or upcoming historical novels or to arrange a book signing or interview visit

All mysteriesLESLIE BUDEWITZ:  Thrilled to celebrate Janice and Karen’s new books! Me, I’m happy to say I’ve just submitted the fifth Spice Shop mystery to my publishers. THE SOLACE OF BAY LEAVES will be out in June 2020 from Seventh St. Books. Pepper investigates when an old friend is shot, and discovers the surprising link to the unsolved murder three years ago of another friend’s husband.

We’re heading into a busy cooking and baking season, and I’ll be helping kick it off at the World Spice Merchants Outpost just north of Glacier Park International airport, between Kalispell and Columbia Falls, on Saturday, November 9, from 10-4. The spice merchants will be serving up tasty treats, and I’ll be signing and selling books, from both my Spice Shop mysteries, set in Seattle, and my Food Lovers’ Village mysteries,  set in Jewel Bay, Montana, a fictional version of Bigfork. If you’re in Seattle, the World Spice flagship store in the Market will also be celebrating, with guests and treats — and a few signed copies of CHAI ANOTHER DAY and other books of mine.

Wishing you a warm and wonderful autumn, with good friends, good food, and good books!

Betty Kuffel MD, Author

Decades of studying the science of prion disease after the U.K. epidemic of mad cow disease raised my interest in this inexorable always fatal disease. A related prion is now spreading in wildlife across 26 states, three Canadian Provinces and countries around the world. My interest evolved to writing Fatal Feast, a biothriller, set in Montana. In this work of fiction, young researcher Callie Archer works in an NIH high-risk lab in the mountains of Montana protected from radical animal rights activists. Instead of safety, she faces sabotage, a sexist lab director and an obstructionist rancher, risking her life to stop the disease. With forces mounting against her, can Callie save mankind and herself?

Released 11/6/19 after recent edits.



December Book News




Flathead Valley Go Find Book Tour Fall 2018

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In case you want to catch a lecture from Susan or attend a book signing, here is her December schedule:

Whitefish Library, Montana. Dec 3rd. Avalanche awareness discussion and book signing. 7 pm.

Kalispell Rotary, December 6th at noon. Discussion and book signing. Hilton Garden Inn. 

Imagine Library, Kalispell, Montana December 18, 2018, 6 pm. Avalanche awareness discussion and book signing. 

Questions? Call Susan Purvis 970-596-2999 or email at


Cookie CrumblesLESLIE BUDEWITZ:  ‘Tis the season for a good book! Join me during the Kalispell Holiday Art Stroll on Friday, December 7, from 5-8 pm. I’ll be signing books at Montana Marie on Main Street, formerly Think Local, a terrific emporium of Montana-made art, cards, candles, lotions, books and much more. Shops and galleries throughout downtown Kalispell will be open late with food, drink, music, and more.

And if you can’t make it that evening, you can find signed copies of my books on the shelves of these Flathead Valley shops: in Whitefish, BookWorks. In Kalispell, Montana Marie and the BookShelf on Main Street, and Montana Art & Gift in the airport. And in Bigfork, Roma’s Kitchen Shop, Nancy O’s Interiors, and the Bigfork Art and Cultural Center. (E-books and audio books available in the usual online sources.)

Wishing you and yours a joy-filled season of love and friendship, regardless of what and how you celebrate.