Saturday, October 8, 3:00 p.m.

 Poisoned Pen Press Authors - Talk & Signing


​​​Tammy Kaehler - RED FLAGS

​​Ken Kuhlken - WRITING and the SPIRIT 

​​​​​​The movie director Andrew Marvel is on trial for murdering his wife, Audrey, in their summer home in Greensboro, Vermont. Audrey's blood was all over Andrew's clothes, which the police found at the bottom of the lake behind the Marvel house. Andrew's wild account of where he'd been the night of the murder sounds like it was ghost written by the prosecutor.

Most VegasVegas customers know a sure thing when they see one and bet on conviction. But a local bettor puts $500 on dropped charges at 125 to 1 odds. Two days later an unshakable alibi surfaces proving the movie director couldn't have murdered his wife. All charges are dropped.
The casino owner, Jackson Oliver, suspects the bettor of involvement in the murder, making the bet fraudulent. Before he pays out the winnings, Jackson goes to Vermont to investigate.

​​​Kings River Life Magazine ARTICLE

Ladies of Intrigue: Featuring Remarkable Women Mystery Writers


by Lorie Lewis Ham

The Ladies of Intrigue one day mystery conference will be taking place at the Hotel Huntington Beach on October 2 and will feature an awesome group of female mystery writers. It will also be the career event finale of award winning mystery author Carolyn Hart, where she will be interviewed by Rhys Bowen. We took a moment to chat with Carolyn, and with Debbie Mitsch, owner of the Mystery Ink Bookstore, who is sponsoring the event this year.

Interview with Carolyn Hart:

I understand that this will be your last public appearance as an author-does this mean you won’t be publishing any more books, or it just a matter of travel becoming more difficult?

Carolyn: It will be my book travel finale but I have just started a new ghost book. I enjoy book events but I am not fond of flying.

Carolyn Hart
KRL: Why did you choose this particular event as your last book travel finale?

Carolyn: I am very fond of Southern California. It was a favorite holiday destination when I was growing up. Ladies of Intrigue is a superb event and I decided to combine a visit to SoCal and a great mystery gathering.

KRL: What will you be doing and talking about at this conference? Will attendees have the chance to meet you and will there be a signing?

Carolyn: Rhys Bowen and I will have a spot on the program to talk about mysteries. I would assume there will be a signing. And certainly, I will be happy to say hello to those attending.

KRL: Do you have books coming out yet this year?

Carolyn: Ghost Times Two will be published in October. Walking On My Grave, a Death on Demand mystery, will be out next May.

KRL: Yay, I can’t wait for the Death on Demand book! What have been your favorite books to write?

Carolyn: My 59th book will be out next May. It is hard to choose. Some of the WWII books are favorites, Escape from Paris, Brave Hearts, andLetter from Home. I will always be grateful for Death on the Demand, the first in that series. And I love writing about Bailey Ruth. I believe the new one, Ghost Times Two, is one of my favorites.

KRL: Anything else that you would like to share?

Carolyn: I am thankful for each and every reader who has enjoyed the books.

Interview with Debbie Mitsch (Mystery Ink Bookstore Owner):

KRL: I understand this is the third Ladies of Intrigue Conference, when and how did you come up with the idea for it?

Debbie: There is an event that has been going on for over a decade called Men of Mystery and it was decided by the Orange County chapter of Sisters in Crime and the Mystery Ink Bookstore that there should be a promotional event for the women mystery authors as well. Joan Hansen who is the founder of the Men of Mystery (as well as the Orange County Women’s Literary Guild) was our initial starting up committee for the Ladies of Intrigue. [bookstore]

KRL: Who put this event together and are sponsoring it?

Debbie: This year Mystery Ink Bookstore is sponsoring it and members of the San Diego, Orange County and the L.A. chapters are planning it and volunteering at it.

KRL: I understand that it is a fundraiser; can you tell me more about that side of it?

Debbie: It is mostly a promotional vehicle for the women mystery writers but if there is a profit, we plan on setting up a grant that will benefit writers.

KRL: How do you choose who will be speaking?

Debbie: We look for authors that have new books coming out, new local mystery writers as well as the New York Time Bestsellers and award winners that will help pull the fans in to the event.

KRL: What is the date, time, location, and price of the conference?

Debbie: Sunday, October 2, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will be held at the Hotel Huntington Beach, 7667 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA (across the street from the Bella Terra mall at the 405 freeway at the Beach Blvd. exit). It will be $65.00. Lunch and free parking are included.

KRL: What specifically will be happening at the event?

Debbie: We have two main speakers, Carolyn Hart (who will be interviewed by Best Selling author Rhys Bowen) and Robin Burcell. The other 14 authors will be on three different panels throughout the day.

Robin Burcell

KRL: Will there be signings and chances to meet the authors?

Debbie: The authors will all be sitting at tables with all the conference attendees throughout the day plus there will be a round table signing right before the lunch break as well a short signing at the end of the day.

KRL: Is it more geared to writers or readers or both?

Debbie: It is geared to both readers and writers.

KRL: Who are all the authors that will be there?

Debbie: Besides the main speakers mentioned above (Carolyn Hart with Rhys Bowen and Robin Burcell), the panelist include–Panelists: Kathy Aarons, Lisa Brackmann, Ellen Byron, Kate Carlisle, Donis Casey, Hannah Dennison, Kate Dyer-Seeley, Earlene Fowler, Daryl Wood Gerber, Naomi Hirahara, Linda O. Johnston, Carlene O’Neil, Laurie Stevens and Pamela Samuels Young.

Rhys Bowen

KRL: Where do people go to sign up?

Debbie: They can mail in a check (made out to Mystery Ink) to the Mystery Ink Bookstore, 8907 Warner Avenue, #135, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 or go to pay by PayPal with a credit card.

KRL: How many people typically attend?

Debbie: About 100.

KRL: Anything you would like to add?

Debbie: It is a great way for the fans to meet and talk with their favorite authors and get to know them personally. And, for the writers, a great time to mingle with other writers.

It sounds like so much fun! Don’t miss it. And watch for reviews of both of Carolyn’s new books as they come out.

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​When Kate Reilly arrives in Long Beach, California, a week ahead of the Grand Prix, she’s immediately plunged into a new social scene―as well as a murder investigation. Her cousin Billy is found dead, with Kate’s card in his pocket. The cops want to know why, and sponsors and race organizers―anxious to keep racing’s image clean―want Kate to investigate. Doubting she can solve another murder, especially that of a relative she despised, Kate reluctantly agrees.

​Kate must stay on her toes as the Long Beach race weekend begins. She’s negotiating the next steps in her career, driving two racecars and coaching a third, discovering more about the disreputable members of her father’s family than she wanted to know, and juggling questions and suspects. On track, red flags fly to warn her of danger. Off track, Kate struggles to interpret warning signs and stay out of a killer’s grasp.

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Want to be inspired? To produce meaningful, lasting work that will impact the world? Writing and the Spirit is nitty-gritty, tantalizing advice for anybody who hopes to change the world through the power of the written word. Bite-sized topics include: *Get perfect? *Love like Whitman. *Consider your motive. *Stalk the truth. *Get courageous. *Be indomitable. *Become who you are. *Lower your standards. *When in danger, write. And much, much more! Don't miss this intriguing book by veteran writer Ken Kuhlken that will change the way you think, write, and approach your life's experiences! "The themes of Ken Kuhlken's vignettes kept drawing me in: being humble in writing, being generous with giving yourself away, getting quiet in order to write."-PHILIP YANCEY, Journalist and best-selling/award-winning author of over 20 books, including Disappointment with God, Where Is God When It Hurts? and What's So Amazing about Grace? "Ken Kuhlken speaks with all the ease of a friend on your couch. An ingenious, multiple-PhD-holding, wise-man sort of friend. This is an all-around handbook of writerly wisdom that anyone who, like the subtitle notes, hopes to change the world, must read."


     ***  Registration Now Open ***

  Sunday, October 2, 2016


      Featuring  Remarkable Women Mystery Writers

                At the Hotel Huntington Beach ( Near Bella Terra Mall)
​Our 2016 Speakers 

    Carolyn Hart


                            Robin Burcell

 8:00 am. Registration
 8:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Program
Hotel Huntington Beach,  7667 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach

 Aspiring crime novelists and mystery lovers alike will enjoy this day-long conference featuring more than 15 women mystery writers.  Headlining the outstanding lineup is Carolyn Hart, winner of the  Agatha Award in 2003 and the Malice Award in 2007. She has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Amelia Award from Malice Domestic.  Past National President of Sisters in Crime, she  was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 2014.  In her career event finale, she will be interviewed by New York Times best-selling author Rhys Bowen.  

 Robin Burcell spent nearly three decades working in law enforcement as a police officer, hostage negotiator and FBI Academy-trained forensic artist.  She is an award-winning author and is currently co-writing the Fargo series with best-selling author, Clive Cussler, PIRATE, their first collaboration, will debut in September, 2016.

 Kathy Aarons, Lisa Brackmann, Ellen Byron, Kate Carlisle, Donis  Casey, Hannah Dennison, Kate Dyer-Seeley, Earlene Fowler, Daryl  Wood Gerber, Naomi Hirahara, Linda O. Johnston, Carlene O'Neil,  Laurie Stevens and Pamela Samuels Young.

 $60 for Sisters in Crime members and O.C. Writers.

 $65 for non-Sisters in Crime members.

 Lunch is included.  Free Parking
 Contact: for more information or (714) 743-6127

Please send check (payable to Mystery Ink) and registration information: (Name, email) to:
Mystery Ink
8907 Warner Avenue, #135
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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