Upcoming Events

   October 12-14
Wrangling With Writing: The New Century in Publishing" conference

   October 13
Arizona Mystery Writers @10-2PM
Morning—a US Marshal will reveal details of the Witness Protection Program. Afternoon—writing assignment based on morning speaker. El Parador Restaurant 2744 East Broadway Blvd.
RSVP at www.arizonamysterywriters.com.

   November 10
Arizona Mystery Writers @10-2PM
Morning—an active-duty FBI Special Agent will discuss experience in major national investigations. Afternoon—writing assignment based on morning speaker. El Parador Restaurant 2744 East Broadway Blvd.
RSVP at www.arizonamysterywriters.com.

   November 18
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Dan Baldwin - "Writer and Artist on the Coffee Table"
(see article this page)

To R.S.V.P. SSA Forum
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
or e-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com WEDNESDAY before the Forum
$25 with reservation or
$30 paid at the door

   Get registered for the upcoming Wrangling With Writing Writers' Conference, "The New Century in Publishing"! The Doubletree Inn by Hilton is hosting this year's event, October 12-14, 2012. Hotel rooms are offered at a reduced rate of $99+tax, based on double occupancy. The low cost of the conference is $215 for SSA members and $245 for non-members.

   The world of writing and publishing has changed! Twenty breakout sessions will offer ways to hone the craft of writing, discuss current trends in publishing, and how to market your books. Learn about hot topics and genres (visit www.ssa-az.org/wranglingwithwriting for full details). There will be two panel discussions, a great raffle, contest winners will be announced, and drink concoctions at the bar have been especially designed by Steve Adelson and the Doubletree for our event.

   The keynote speaker is Stefan Kanfer and our featured speaker is J.A. Jance. Come Friday evening for the early registration and ice breaker. Planning to pitch to an agent or publisher? Take part in the Friday night ‘Pitch Session Bootcamp.'

   The Conference Schedule is also posted on the website, and is subject to change. There will be a complete program available at the Conference. You may sign up for Pitch sessions with any of the agents, editors and publishers listed on the web, on a first served basis. Some of these include Alice Volpe (J.A.Jance's agent) and Brittany Howard from New York's Corvisiero Agency. Word has gone out to all of our SSA Members, and the conference has been promoted internationally throughout the worldwide web. This conference has been a Tucson tradition for forty years. Your attendance shows your support of what the Society of Southwestern Authors has accomplished and has given to aspiring authors, published authors and readers everywhere. Now it's time to meet the challenges of the "New Century in Publishing!"

   We look forward to seeing you!
                        Cynthia Roedig & Jan Holmes Frost,
                        Co-Directors, Wrangling With Writing 2012

      Novelist/Ghostwriter and SSA member Dan Baldwin will address the Nov. 18th meeting in Tucson on the topic of how writers should and should not work with artists.

   The presentation is based on Padre and the Pooch, a coffee table book featuring full-color paintings by fine artist Dave Ivey, from Louisiana. Each image is accompanied by Baldwin's prose commenting or reflecting on the painting. Baldwin says, "We don't have a central theme other than the power and beauty that is Arizona. A given image may be accompanied by a historical report, a contemporary reflection, a fictional short story, or even an excerpt from one of my novels."

   Ivey, who is a nationally recognized artist, and Baldwin have worked together on numerous award-winning advertising projects, but this is their first book together. Baldwin plans on presenting examples of writing and the illustrations that accompany that writing or, as his partner notes, examples of the illustrations and the writing that accompanies them. Baldwin is the author of more than 40 ghostwritten or co-written nonfiction books. He is also the author of the Caldera series of Westerns, Trapp Canyon, another Western, and the soon-to-be-published crime-thriller Sparky and the King. Two mysteries, Desecration and Heresy will also be released soon.

   Shown here are Majestic Look and Window Rock; other examples of Ivey's work can be found at www.daveivey.com.

Baldwin's websites are www.danbaldwin.biz & www.fourknightspress.com.

   Our venue is at the InnSuites at I-10 and St. Mary's. We will start at 11am and the cost will be $25 with registration ($30 at the door). Call in your reservations to 546-9382 or e-mail ssabrunches@gmail.com by Wednesday, November 14.


Steve Adelson's article titled "McDonald's and the New Franchising Paradigm," recently published in Financial History Magazine, has been selected for inclusion in Finance Professionals Post, which is published by the NY Society of Security Analysts. According to their web page this organization "sets standards of professional ethics in the security analysis field; to improve analytical techniques; and foster the interchange of ideas and information among security analysts."

Dan Baldwin's "As Told To" book Find Me is the basis for a documentary shot by Looking Up Productions of New York. Pounding the Ground tells the story of Find Me, an international group of psychics and retired and active law enforcement personnel who search for missing persons and attempt to solve crimes. Also featured is the group's sister organization Arizona Search Track & Rescue, a highly-trained group of volunteers working with scent, track and cadaver dogs. The documentary has been shot and is now being edited.
Baldwin is a co-founder of Find Me. His skill is pendulum dowsing. He also accompanies AZSTAR on search and rescue/recovery missions as a "ground pounder." Find Me is a volunteer organization and does not seek nor accept reward money. They work only at the request of or in full cooperation of the appropriate legal authority on each case.
The book Find Me is available for download through Amazon and as a paperback through CreateSpace. A trailer for the documentary, including interviews with Baldwin, is available at www.poundingtheground.com.

Susan Dawson-Cook is excited to announce that her first book, a romantic suspense entitled The Open Water Swimmer, will be released in e-book format on September 15th. The publisher is Extasy Books. She is writing her romance titles under the pen name of Sabrina Devonshire (www.sabrinadevonshire.com). A fitness and sports writer as well as a novelist, Susan is a contributing editor for American Fitness, the travel specialist for Swimmer, and an associate editor for Tail Winds. She is also employed as a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer at Miraval and SaddleBrooke and is a nationally ranked competitive swimmer. Many of her articles can be read on her other web site—www.susandawson-cook.com.

Doug Huestis's new young-adult e-book fantasy, The Three Talents of Timothy O'Dowd, has been released by Stone Thread Publishing. The setting is Montreal on the eve of World War II. Personalities and scenes include the city's flamboyant mayor, a prince of the church, an old-fashioned prep school, a schoolboy with secret powers, a visit by the king and queen, a fishy group of foreigners, a demon, and a scruffy old man who knows it all. Against the background of a schoolboy's life in old Montreal, Doug has blended all these elements into an exciting story of a boy who risks everything in the hope of foiling a terrorist plot. Find this e-book for Kindle at Amazon.com and for other formats at Smashwords.com.

Matthew Marine's gripping debut mystery novel, Devil's Moon, has been released by Open Books Press. Sedona, Arizona: Haunted by the recent death of his son, FBI Agent Stuart Ransom must find the truth behind a gruesome murder-suicide before his past becomes the killer's next target.
Devil's Moon has received outstanding reviews. "Fast-paced yet beautifully evocative, Devil's Moon is a thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end." - J Carson Black, Author of The Shop and Laura Cardinal series. "Matt Marine has written a terrific thriller. A psychopath draws a troubled FBI agent into a series of murders. The search for truth brings the agent horrifyingly close to his own worst nightmare... and it will keep readers on edge right up to the finish. Memorable characters and skillful plotting in some of Arizona's most intriguing settings." - James C. Mitchell, Shamus Award-nominated author of the forthcoming Our Lady of the North.
When Matt is not writing about the evil in rural Arizona, he enjoys exploring the state by bike, boot and Jeep. He also authors a popular outdoor adventure website called Experience Arizona (www.experience-az.com). In 2010, Matt was diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). This disabling limbic system disorder results in severe reactions to not only chemicals, but every day household products like perfumes, fabric softeners, carpeting and paint. Matt could not live inside his own house and had to stay in a tent trailer in his front yard. Traditional Western medicine has no cure for MCS, and for the thousands who are afflicted by this disorder, the outlook is gloomy. Fortunately, Marine found a revolutionary new treatment system called the Dynamic Neural Retraining System. He now considers himself about 50% recovered and is donating 10% of the profit from his book to directly help people suffering from MCS who could not otherwise afford treatment. You can find out more about Matthew and Devil's Moon at www.mattmarine.com.

John A. Miller Jr.'s latest novel, The Waterfall Murders, is now available as an eBook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords and will soon be available at others including Apple, Sony, Diesel, and Kobo. The book is the fifth in the Victorian Mansion series and includes a cover image of a waterfall on the Waterfall Trail in Ricketts Glen State Park north of Bloomsburg, PA. The link to his website for all my eBooks is pimabooks.com.

Zach Montgomery's new Sci-Fi novel The Roswell Connection is now available as an eBook through Amazon and Barnes & Noble right now, and will soon be available in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and various other places around the world.
"The good news is... you don't have to own a Kindle or Nook to get the eBook. You simply go to the Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites, download their "FREE" Kindle or Nook eBook software to your laptop or desktop computer, search for The Roswell Connection and purchase it for only $7.99—the book is downloaded onto your computer or laptop for you to read at your leisure. "The book cover was done by Mike & Tama White from Ghost River Images (they do awesome work). The back cover blurb will give you a hint of what is in my new novel, which Mike and Tama call, 'A fun and interesting read, with some unexpected twists . . .'"

Sharon Poppen's latest novel, Regardless, has been published by Regal Crest Publishing and can be purchased both in print and ebook. Check out it out and, if you enjoy her writing, please post a review at the Amazon website. "Enjoy!"
Photographer/Artist Michael Parker is a gay man from the planet Maurac. Star Command Captain Tom McConnell is a heterosexual Earthling who is married with a five-year-old daughter. While enjoying an Aspen ski vacation, Tom meets Michael and finds himself unnerved by an attraction to... "Read more at regalcrest.biz or amazon.com"

Denise Roessle's memoir, Second-Chance Mother, was one of 12 books on the Spirited Woman (thespiritedwoman.com) "Top 12 Summer Solstice Book Picks." Also, her personal essay "Rules of the Road" was selected for an anthology entitled Loving for Crumbs, compiled by Jonna Ivin (jonnaivan.com), comprised of women's true stories about a time in their life when they were willing to love for crumbs. It will be released in August in print and for Kindle. For more information about Denise's work, visit secondchancemother.com.

The Write Word
published bi-monthly by the Board of Directors
of The Society of Southwestern Authors
P.O. Box 30355, Tucson, AZ 85751

Board of Dirctors

Carroll Rinehart:

Vice President; Membership Chair
Penny Porter: wporter202@aol.com

Jay McCall: jmccall415@msn.com

Recording Secretary
Concy Richardson: concy@comcast.net

Forum Program Chair
Reservations: 546-9382 or
E-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com

Members at Large
Steve Adelson (advertising manager of events):

Gayle Martin(editor, author, book cover designer):

Tucson Book Festival; Wild Apricot; Conference co-chair
Cynthia Roedig: cynthia_33@msn.com

Conference co-chair
Jan Holmes Frost: janholmesfrost@gmail.com


Conference Co-Chairs
Cynthia Roedig & Jan Holmes Frost

Writing Contest
see conference committee

Speaker's Bureau Coordinator

Writing Group Coordinator
Barry Webb: Barrywebb3@yahoo.com

Write Word Editor
Mike Rom: (520) 410-1294 (beep)
e-mail: writeword@ssa-az.org

SSA Home Page:


Mike Rom: writeword@ssa-az.org

NOTE: Deadline for next issue is the 15th day of November