November Book News

Fall is falling, temps are dropping, and we’re all gathered around our homefires, writing up a storm — and hoping it’s not too stormy where you are! A few highlights:

Several of us attended the 23d annual Flathead River Writers Conference in Kalispell in late September. A weekend filled with advice on craft and publishing, hands-on workshops, critiques, and inspiration — just what we needed! Planning’s already begun for the 24th conference, Sept 27-28, 2014. Join us!

Christine portrait smaller pixelCHRISTINE SCHIMPFF-CARBO has landed a two-book deal with Atria Books/Simon and Schuster for her mystery Unbreakable Wild set in Glacier National Park and featuring a lead investigator from the Department of the Interior. The book will debut under the name Christine Carbo in early 2015.


MARIE F. MARTIN had a very successful promotion on Harbored Secrets this last month.  After that Amazon notified her of two typos.  E-gads.  They are now fixed and the corrected version uploaded.  She is working on a revision to a story she wrote years back.  If it goes well, The Pinkum Creekers will be her next story available on Kindle some time next summer.

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KAREN WILLS’ new novel, Remarkable Silence, An Archaeological Thriller,  will be on sale on November 29 on Kindle. The book illustrates the dangers of blind faith and its effects on the world.

deathaldentLESLIE BUDEWITZ participated in the Humanities Montana Festival of the Book in Missoula in early October. In an hour devoted to Montana mysteries and thrillers, she talked about Death al Dente and gave a short reading, followed by Keith McCafferty of Bozeman and Gary Cook from Polson. She also participated in a panel discussion with four other Montana novelists — Keith McCafferty, Emily Jane Miller, Peter Rock (now living in Portland), and Russell Rowland (who grew up in Billings one  street over from Leslie!). Talk ranged from research in the novel to food in fiction — Leslie’s favorite topic — to discussions of pace, place, point of view, and plot The Festival celebrates fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with a Montana focus — the perfect place to discover new books!

And you can hear Leslie on the radio!  The Write Question, a weekly half-hour interview program of KUFM – Montana Public Radio, featured Leslie on October 17; the interview is still available for streaming or download as a podcast here.

Crime Rib, the second book in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, now has a publication date: July 1, 2014. Meanwhile, Leslie’s scribbling away on the first book in her Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries, tentatively titled Spiced to Death and set for release in March 2015.

Betty Bev-24web.2Saturday November 2, Drs. Betty Kuffel and Kathleen Lewison, two Whitefish physicians will present at a health education event open to the public at The Springs at Whitefish, 1001 River Lakes Parkway. The event is jointly sponsored by North Valley Hospital. Dr. Lewison is an OB/GYN women’s healthcare specialist with the Alpine Women’s Center. Her topic is: Health Effects of Menopause. Dr. Kuffel is an author and internal medicine specialist who has recently published Your Heart – Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease in Women, Men and Children. Heart disease is preventable but remains the leading cause of death in adults. Risk factors, differences in heart disease between women and men, along with healthy choices and weight control will be presented. There will be a book signing following the program.

Watch for this month’s publication of the Health Link for Montanans magazine. There will be a feature article on heart disease prevention and an interview with Dr. Kuffel.

If you are an early bird, tune in to KGEZ AM 600. Dr. Kuffel has been invited to participate in a radio segment and talk about heart disease prevention and her new book.

Fall is a great time for reading — and especially for reading Montana Women Writers!

October Book News!

Fall is falling, in the form of russet leaves, golden larch needles, and the pine, spruce, and fir cones the squirrels toss out of the trees with such determination. We’re all hard at work on our next books. Meanwhile, some news to share:

On Thursday, October 3, the Whitefish Community Library is hosting Local Authors night from 4 to 8. Local writers — including all of us — will mingle with readers from 4 to 6, followed by short readings from 6 to 8. Books will be available for sales and signing, too.


KAREN’s archaeological thriller,  Remarkable Silence, will be on sale for $.99 on Oct. 13.

Leslie-WEB-ColorHumanities Montana sponsors the annual Festival of the Book in Missoula, October 10-12, with interviews, readings, panel discussions, writing classes, and more.  (Full schedule here.)  LESLIE  will read from her first mystery, Death al Dente, Friday, October  11, at 11:00 a.m., along with two other Montana mystery writers. And Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., she’ll be part of a panel discussion called “Sweet Home, Montana: A Sense of Place in the Novel,” with four other writers and a fabulous moderator.

And you can hear Leslie on the radio, on KUFM’s fabulous program, The Write Question. The interview will air on Thursday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m.; it can also be streamed or download as a podcast starting a few days before the broadcast.

From MARIE F. MARTIN: “October 12 and 13 Harbored Secrets will be free for Kindle downloads.  I am busy writing my next story 101 Harbor Place and promoting my other two.  Also have been practicing oral reading for the Authors Event at the Whitefish Library.  Kind of scary but have invited friends anyway.  If I stumble around with the words, I will live with the pain of that on the golf course for awhile.”


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From Betty Kuffel: October dawned with clouds opening to reveal white termination dust on the mountains signaling the end of summer and the beginning of winter – a time in Alaska that made us hunker down and get ready for the snow. Here, we have a few more days of glorious fall and for me, a series of book signings: North Valley Hospital is hosting signings on October 8, 16 and 25, from 11-1:30 at the gift shop.

 On October 19, my presentation on Your Heart – Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease and a book signingYour Heart Book Cover- Final 1 will be in Great Falls at the Eagles Manor from 1:30- 3:30 pm. On November 2nd (early warning) Dr. Kathleen Lewison and I will be presenting together at The Springs in Whitefish on heart disease, followed by a book signing.

August Book News


The Great Montana Women Writers book give away continues! Several blog members will be giving away copies of their books in August to one lucky person who leaves a comment before the deadline; check the day’s post for details.

LESLIE’s first mystery, Death al Dente, officially debuts on August 6. You can meet her — and get a signed copy of the book — at Frame of Reference in Bigfork on Thursday, August 1, from 5-8, during the opening reception for the “Bigfork in Paint and Print” exhibit; at Fact & Fiction in Missoula on Friday, August 2, from 5-7 (reading at 5:30); at the Bigfork Festival of the Arts on Sat-Sun, August 3-4; or at Huckleberry Days in Whitefish, Fri-Sun, August 9-11. And she’s the guest speaker at the Authors of the Flathead meeting on Thursday, August 15, at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell.

Leslie’s article on 10 common mistakes writers make about the law is featured in the September issue of The Writer, along with her list of 10 great novels that touch on legal issues.

Sign up on her website for Leslie’s newsletter for a chance to win a basket of Montana goodies and a pair of cozies — and get a bonus recipe not in the book!

INA is looking for an illustrator for her children’s book Granny Greeny Says, “Listen Louder.” Contact Ina through her website. 

MARLETTE just returned from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference in Seattle where she received several requests from agents to submit her work.

BemidjiBetty7BETTY is on a book signing tour for Your Heart: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease in Women, Men and Children, and is having an exciting time. Her first signing, in Bemidji, Minnesota, was an overwhelming success that triggered a scramble for express delivery of more books — the store’s most successful signing ever. All the books sold, leaving Betty destitute for a signing on August 1st! (But it’s Betty — she’ll find a way!) In  addition, the hospital gift store quickly purchased books for resale. When Betty returns to Whitefish, she’ll be at North Valley Hospital for a book signing.

And ANN’s story, “Offerings” was published  July 1st in Sixfold, Summer 2013. Readers can check it out for free on the Sixfold site. Sixfold conducts quarterly contests in which 300+ writers submit a short story and then review fellow contestants’ stories in a three-round ranking process. The top-rated (by peers) stories appear in this first issue.

Register now for KATHY DUNNEHOFF’s Fall Continuing Education classes at Flathead Valley Community College:

The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self  (12 weeks)  Join this class for a guided walk through Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way.” The reading and writing exercises are designed to discover & recover your creativity. A perfect course for anyone interested in living more creatively through practicing an art and for anyone interested in practicing the art of creative living. “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron is required.  Tuesdays September 10 – November 26 8 – 10:30 a.m.

Novel Challenge (5 weeks)  Celebrate National Novel Writing Month with fellow writers and take a big bite out of your novel in 30 days! First class meeting in October will be to strategize our attack. The weekly November classes will be to discuss the craft of writing and the challenges of keeping the words flowing for all 30 days of November. When we have reached out goal, we’ll spend the last evening celebrating and looking ahead to revising. Class will not meet on October 28th. Mondays October 21 – November 25 6 – 8:30 p.m. for more information & to register

And the rest of us? Last month we showed you where we live and write — and that’s where we are right now, doing what we love most: living and writing in fabulous NW Montana!