Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers rocks, and so do its members! Here are a few recent and upcoming releases in no particular order:
Today is the official release date for C. M. Wendelboe's Death Along the Spirit Road from Berkley Trade.
"Eighteen years ago, FBI agent Manny Tanno thought he was leaving the impoverished Pine Ridge Reservation for good. Now a case forces him to return, digging up memories of his proud Sioux ancestry—and some family he'd rather forget.
The body of local Native land developer Jason Red Cloud is found on the site for his new resort near Pine Ridge Village. A war club is lodged in his skull, and there are clues to suggest a ritual may have been performed at the crime scene. Agent Tanno's boss orders him to return to the reservation, his former home, and solve the murder in two weeks—or he can kiss his job good-bye.
Manny arrives in Pine Ridge to find that some things haven't changed since he left. His former rival, now in charge of the tribal police, is just as bitter as ever, and he has no intention of making Manny’s life easy. And the spirit of Red Cloud haunting Manny’s dreams is not much help either. Now Manny is on his own in hunting down a cold-blooded killer—and one misstep could send him down the spirit road as well. . . "
Beth Groundwater's new Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures mystery series published by Midnight Ink officially debuts March 8th with Deadly Currents.
"The Arkansas River, heart and soul of Salida, Colorado, fuels the small town’s economy and thrums in the blood of river ranger Mandy Tanner.
When a whitewater rafting accident occurs, she deftly executes a rescue, but a man dies anyway. Turns out, it wasn’t the rapids that killed him—he was murdered. Tom King was a rich land developer with bitter business rivals, who cheated on his wife, refused to support his kayak-obsessed son, and infuriated environmentalists.
Mandy’s world is upended again when tragedy strikes closer to home. Suspicious that the most recent death is connected to Tom King’s murder, Mandy goes on an emotionally turbulent quest for the truth—and ends up in dangerous waters."
Missing in Action: A Family Saga by Kevin Diviness is a January release available in paperback and ebook editions. You can learn more about Kevin on Facebook.
Mike Saunders was only four when his father's B-52 crew crashed into a mountain in North Vietnam. He vowed that he would one day find his father. Years later, Mike is assigned as military liaison to a team that will search the crash site.
Artifacts abound, but where are the remains? Do the local villagers know more than they are revealing? And what about the beautiful, but mysterious young woman whom Mike finds so enchanting?
Mike is determined to locate the missing crew, but will he succeed before the approaching monsoons put a halt to the search?
Missing in Action: A Family Saga is the story of one's man's quest to restore honor to those whom America has forgotten.
J. A. Kazimer's urban fantasy novel, The Body Dwellers, was released in ebook in February from Solstice Publishing.
"In a world divided by genetics and a concrete wall, Indeara Adair, a mutant enforcer, survives by kicking the occasional gnome ass. A job her half-human, half-mutant cells make her terrifyingly skilled at.
Life is good with a few exceptions, namely, an elite force of cops who have Indeara in their sights, not to mention the reappearance of Quinn Daniels, a man who betrayed her three years ago to dwell among the human race. A man she must now protect in order to save the mutant population. Yet these are the least of Indeara’s concerns, for somewhere, a plague destined to destroy the mutants is scheduled for release. A plague developed by Indeara’s own grandfather.
With the help of a ragtag group of mutants led by the mysterious head of the rebel cause, Jake McClain, Indeara slips beyond the wall and into the human world to aid those she loves, and to learn the truth behind her own genetic code."
The official release date for Tomorrow's Garden, a historical Christian romance by Amanda Cabot, is April 1st, but my experience with online booksellers tells me you'll receive the book sooner than that if you go ahead and pre-order.
"Harriet Kirk is certain that becoming the new schoolteacher in Ladreville, Texas is just what she needs—a chance to put the past behind her and give her younger siblings a brighter tomorrow.
What she didn’t count on was the presence of handsome former Texas Ranger Lawrence Wood—or the way he affects her fragile heart. But can Harriet and Lawrence ever truly conquer the past in order to find happiness?
Book 3 in the Texas Dreams series, Tomorrow’s Garden is a powerful story of overcoming the odds and grabbing hold of happiness."
If you like zombie stuff with yuck and gore (and doesn't everyone?), check out Z-motors by Terry Wright, now available for ebook or in PDF.
The owner of Z-motors has a problem with his employees. They are brainless zombies who eat their customers. He needs a mechanic with a brain, so he places a Help Wanted ad in a Denver newspaper.
Unemployed Jim Lowry is looking for a job as a Master Mechanic. The perfect position opens up in a small-town auto repair shop on the Colorado plains. He loads his family into their SUV and sets out for Z-motors. He’s about to apply for the job from hell.
By the way, did anyone notice the first two book listed have protagonists named Manny Tanno and Mandy Tanner? Great minds think alike, right?
Information compiled by Pat Stoltey in the Pat Cave.