A Tiny Love Story – I Didn’t Run

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By Sue Purvis author of Go Find


I met David on a blind date. The next day, I invited him over for tea. He appeared on my porch, peeking through the glass, offering me his cupped palms. “It’s all yours,” he said.

“What? Sweaty hands?”

“No.” He beamed. “My heart.”

Typically, this would make me run, but I didn’t.

He had picked me to hold his heart.

His body was ravaged with cancer, but still, I accepted.

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We laughed. We cried. We married.



Twenty-two months after our eyes met, I stood at the river, cupping my palms with ashes, and let go.

Originally published New York Times December  10, 2019

May Book News

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LESLIE BUDEWITZ: Oh, my. Spring, at last! Here in NW Montana, we are overjoyed to see you licking at our toes — we don’t even mind you sending pollen up our noses! (Well, okay, I exaggerate a little. But not much.)

mary fieldsAlong with spring, I’m celebrating TWO short story award nominations. My first historical short story, “All God’s Sparrows” (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, May-June 2018), is nominated for the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story, which will be awarded at the Malice Domestic Mystery Convention in Bethesda, MD on May 4. Set in Montana Territory in 1885, it features real-life figure Mary Fields, aka Stagecoach Mary and Black Mary. Wish me luck! (And read the story on my website.)

Another short story, “With My Eyes” (Suspense Magazine, Jan-Feb 2018) is nominated for a Derringer Award, given by the Short Mystery Fiction Society, in the “long story” (4-6,000) words. It features a Seattle banker who sees what he wants to see when he falls for a gorgeous Greek woman, only to have his eyes opened on a trip to Athens. Winners will be announced in early June.chai another day (cover without quote)

And I’m getting ready to celebrate the launch of Chai Another Day, my 4th Spice Shop Mystery, on June 11. When Seattle Spice Shop owner Pepper Reece overhears an argument in an antique shop, she finds herself drawn into a murder that could implicate an old enemy, or ensnare a new friend. Read an excerpt and join me at a signing or book talk (schedule here).

You do know reading on the back deck counts as outdoor activity, right? Enjoy!







Give Away

I just released an audio version of Mrs. Sedwick on audible.com. They provided me with 25 free download codes to pass out to readers in exchange for a honest review on Audible’s sales page for the novel. If you are interested email me mariefmartin312@hotmail.com and I will send the code and Audibles instructions. First come, first served. I have 22 left so far.







Author Susan Purvis

April 2019 Author Sue Purvis  received a Silver Nautilus Award for her memoir, Go Find. Recent busy months found her teaching wilderness medicine courses, talking at a number of different venues and MTNPR radio and magazine interviews. Watch for the coming publication in University of Montana Alumni Magazine, Montanan Magazine, where her story will be a cover feature.

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Presentation and book signing.

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September Book News



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Join Author Susan Purvis Tuesday October 2nd

for her official book launch of Go Find.

It’s going to be a festive affair with book signing, music, snacks.

 Reading and Discussion.

A free drink to book purchasers.

Where: Casey’s Whitefish 101 Central Ave. Whitefish, Montana

Time:  6 pm doors open-Book signing, music. 

 7:15 pm Discussion with Susan and Whitefish Review editor Brain Schott and Keith Liggett about her memoir, the writing process and life and love. Q &A for audience.

8:30 pm Book signing and music.


NEWS! ANNOUNCING: Go Find will be released early for Flathead River Writers Conference Sept 22nd.  Ten days before general public. On sale at the conference.

Betty Kuffel, Author

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Deadly Pyre is book one of the Kelly McKay  medical thriller series. It will be available as a free Kindle on Amazon September 28, 29 and 30th. Please take advantage of the free book and share the information with your friends.

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In this book, Dr. Kelly McKay struggles to complete her ER residency at Seattle’s Harbor Medical Center. Ferocious competition, burnout and an unpredictable lover complicate her life. Besides unexplained deaths of patients under her care jeopardizing her career, a sudden increase in stabbing victims points to a serial killer stalking women near the hospital. Will Kelly be next?



February Book News

If that groundhog lived in a Montana valley, there’s not much chance he’d see the sun tomorrow — unless he took a ride up a ski lift where the vistas above the clouds are bright and sunny! We hope the weather is bright and fine in your neck of the woods!

Our mystery writer members, Leslie Budewitz and Christine Carbo, will be headed to a warmer clime late this month, for Left Coast Crime 2016, the Great Cactus Caper, in Phoenix. Three days of fun in the sun—and books, books, books! Mystery readers and writers gather regularly to hear panel discussions, interviews, and talks on crime fiction, visit with old friends and make new ones, and stock up on books! Leslie will participate in a panel discussing food in mystery–always a tasty topic–and moderating a panel on small town crime. Christine will participate in a panel discussing setting as character, a topic well-suited for her, since her books are set in the crown of the continent – Glacier National Park.



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Sue's Cover image.edA Whitefish Review Event at Crush Lounge (www.crushwhitefish.com)
On Thursday February 11th WHITEFISH REVIEW presents local author SUSAN PURVIS and Fernie, BC author ANGIE ABDOU.
Times: DOORS OPEN @ 6:30PM, READING @ 7:30PM
Susan will read from Hang Fire: Memoir of an Avalanche Dog Handler, her recently completed memoir about training and deploying avalanche dog, Tasha. Susan exchanges her geology rock hammer for a pair of skis, gives up a lucrative salary with maids and expense accounts in the Dominican Republic for a part-time, minimum-wage job as a ski patroller at one of the most avalanche-prone ski resorts in America. She learns about avalanches in and around her new ski resort community that bury and kill people without warning. When patrol admits their trained dog failed to find a toddler buried in a deadly avalanche, she challenges herself, “What if I could teach a dog to save lives?” This quest propels Susan to train the best possible search dog, vowing never to leave anyone behind.www.cboutdoors.com

Author Betty Kuffel
Betty Kuffel and Author Playwright Lavonne Mueller will be appearing on the radio show, Birds on a Wire, from Montana Coffee Traders on Whitefish Community Radio in February. This is a documentary series about life in a coffee shop…who, why and006 (2) other. Lavonne, Betty, Tom Kuffel, Sue Purvis, Constance and Brian See, along with Robert FitzGerald, meet as friends and writers most Monday and Thursday mornings at 0830. We discuss writerly things and identify solutions to world problems while eating pastries and drinking great coffee. Join us sometime.