September Book News


LESLIE BUDEWITZ: September is a month of mixed feelings in these parts. A signal of a fresh start almost as palpable as January, as the weather begins to change and the kids head back to school (we all feel it, don’t we, no matter what our age), mingled with a sense of loss, as another glorious Rocky Mountain summer slips behind us.

In Book News, Christine Carbo and I will be on a panel together, along with mystery writers Gwen Florio and Mark Stevens, at the Montana Book Festival in Missoula, Sept 29-30. (We don’t know the date or time yet, so check in with the Festival or one of us, if you plan to go.) We’ll be talking about modern mysteries set in the west, how place influences character, and much more. I hope to see you there!

Meanwhile, delighted to say that Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine will publish a short story of mine next year titled “All God’s Sparrows,” featuring the real-life—and larger than life—character, Mary Fields. I’ll share the pub date and ordering info as the date approaches.

Enjoy these last glorious days of summer, and thank you for spending them with us.



LISE McCLENDON Okay, it’s not quite slippers-by-the-fire weather yet but in case you’re stocking up for chilly weather, my new mystery, The Frenchman, is coming out very soon. This is the fifth installment in the Bennett Sisters Mystery series and we’re back in France this time. Merle Bennett is writing her own novel while taking a leave of absence in the Dordogne, so, yes, this is a story-inside-a-story. When that Frenchman, Pascal, runs into an old nemesis and goes missing, Merle must rally the troops to find him.  After an exclusive run I’m back on all e-book platforms (yay!) Amazon Nook KOBO iBooks  Also available in paperback. Happy autumn reading 🍁


Book Signing by Karen Wills author of River with No Bridge  Saturday, September 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Montana Book and Toy Company, 331 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena, Montana.                  

river with no bridgeThis month’s issue of Cowgirl calls the novel a “compelling and touching story.” Booklist’s review of the novel called it “a gripping, sometimes heartbreaking story of immigrant survival in the West.” The August Historical Novel Society Reviews sums up with,   “I love pioneering stories and gritty women, and Ms. Wills’ engrossing tale provides both.”

Sunday, September 17th at 2:00 p.m. the Lewis and Clark Library at 120 South Last Chance Gulch will present Questions and Answers on Writing a Historical Novel with Karen Wills.

Karen looks forward, as always, to a visit with friends in Helena.


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.