Beth Groundwater's Blog (27)

I Love A Parade!

I have an absolutely thrilling (to me) announcement to make.

But first, I have to lay some groundwork. The first book in my Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures series, Deadly Currents, takes place in Salida, Colorado during their annual… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on May 21, 2011 at 7:27am — 2 Comments

A Flood of Positive Publicity for Deadly Currents

A veritable flood of exciting news has appeared in the press and on-line about my new mystery book release, Deadly Currents. Take a look:

One of the most exciting news tidbits for me is a wonderful complimentary review of Deadly Currents in the June, 2011 issue of … Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on April 1, 2011 at 8:08am — No Comments

Two Wonderful Reviews for Deadly Currents!

I'm tickled pink--and red and yellow and orange (fireworks colors!)--to announce that I've received two wonderful reviews for my March 8 release, Deadly Currents, the first book in my RM Outdoor Adventures mystery series.

The first is from Publishers Weekly. Here's the first line:

"This enjoyable first in a new cozy series from Groundwater (To… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on January 17, 2011 at 2:14pm — No Comments

A Birthday Gift--for YOU!

Sometime in the next few weeks, I will be celebrating my birthday. I won't tell you exactly when, because for identity theft protection purposes, I protect the date almost as well as I protect my social security number and full name. I will divulge that I am a Leo. And, don't ask how old I'm going to be either! ;-)

To celebrate, instead of collecting gifts, I am giving…


Added by Beth Groundwater on August 10, 2010 at 10:06am — No Comments

A TV Interview, a Launch Meeting, and two Guest Mystery Author visitors

At my regular blog I posted a link to an interview that Eden Lane, a reporter for the KBDI 12 public television station in Denver, did with me and other authors present at a benefit signing for the Colorado Humanities and the Colorado Center for the Book. Let me know what you think of it!

At the Midnight Ink blog today, I talk about the "Launch… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on February 5, 2010 at 5:25am — No Comments

Ny novella has been released!

My science fiction thriller novella, THE EPSILON ERIDANI ALTERNATIVE, has officially been released from Virtual Tales and is available for purchase. The short blurb is:

What would you do if you were confronted with a "kill or be-killed" scenario? What if that meant that you had to kill an infant of an alien species to save your own life? And what if the future of the human race depended on your decision?

paperback ISBN-13: 9781935460138, $9.95

eBook ISBN-13:… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on December 17, 2009 at 2:45pm — 2 Comments

I just signed a new book contract!!

I am thrilled to announce that after my agent, Sandra Bond, spent over a year and a half diligently trying to sell my new mystery series to various publishers in this disastrous economy, she has finally succeeded in finding a home for it at Midnight Ink Books ( ), the mystery imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide ( ). We were getting feedback like "the concept for this series is fabulous and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the manuscript" followed by… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on September 5, 2009 at 2:40am — 9 Comments

Another great review for TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET

I'm thrilled that Caryl Harvey, a reviewer at the I Love A Mystery website, gave my second Claire Hanover gift basket designer mystery, TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET, a great review and recommended it to the website's readers. I especially liked the last paragraph:

"TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET is Beth Groundwater's second gift-basket-designer mystery. Groundwater's familiarity with Colorado ski resorts adds realism that roots her readers into her mystery. Her heroine Claire is great fun as an… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on August 13, 2009 at 10:41am — No Comments

Writing "How To" Books I Recommend

At my blog ( today I discussed books about writing that have been useful to me in my career and may be useful to other fiction writers. The list is below. To see why I recommended each one, check out my blog!

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

How to Write a Damn Good Mystery by James Frey

The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain

Writing the Fiction Synopsis by Pam McCutcheon

10… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on July 14, 2009 at 1:49am — 6 Comments

My northwest book signing tour

For a description of my 2-week northwest book signing tour, complete with photos, go to:

I had a great time meeting readers who came in to chat with me!

Added by Beth Groundwater on June 29, 2009 at 12:05pm — No Comments

To Hell in a Handbasket Blog Book Tour Starts!

Today is the first day of my blog book tour. During the month of May, I will visit sixteen blogs, be interviewed twice on Internet radio shows, and visit the Barnes & Noble online mystery book club to promote the May 15 release of the second book in my Claire Hanover gift basket designer mystery series, To Hell in a Handbasket.

I’ll discuss the book, give behind-the-scenes glimpses of how it was written and my life as an author, and answer your questions about my blog posts. You… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on May 2, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

First BIG review for To Hell in a Handbasket

My publisher just received a heads-up on the following review that appears in Kirkus Review (one of the big four review publications) in their 4-1-09 issue, and they forwarded it to me. I'm absolutely thrilled!

This title will publish in May 2009



Author: Groundwater, Beth

Review Date: APRIL 01, 2009

Publisher:Five Star

Pages: 268

Price (hardback): $$25.95

Publication Date:… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on March 27, 2009 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

A Star in the Five Star Catalog

I just discovered that my upcoming release, To Hell in a Handbasket, is a star attraction in my publisher's spring catalog! Here's the scoop.

My publisher, Five Star, is part of the Gale/Cengage Learning corporation and puts out a catalog every three months listing its hardcover titles. These catalogs are mailed to library systems throughout the US and distributed at library conferences. The April-June, 2009 catalog features the covers of eight books on its front cover: 3… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on March 5, 2009 at 2:41am — 2 Comments


For quite some time now, I’ve been running a contest for subscribers to my email newsletter. Each time another 100 subscribers sign up, I draw a random number from all of the subscribers and award a prize of two books. These are the best contest odds you're going to find anywhere!

In the past, one of those prize books has been an autographed copy of A Real Basket Case and the other has been a book by another mystery author of my choice. For my next draw of a winner, I will replace… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on February 18, 2009 at 3:03am — No Comments

The ARCs are here! The ARCs are here!

Yesterday I opened a box of Advanced Review Copies (ARCs) of my May, 09 release, To Hell in a Handbasket. Even though this is my second published novel, I was still thrilled to hold a professionally printed version of my words in my hands, complete with a beautiful cover, bio, cover blurb, acknowledgments, etc. Now comes the hard part of deciding which lucky reviewers I will send those very few copies to. :-) My publisher sends out a couple dozen ARCs to the big-name reviewers and my copies go… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on January 17, 2009 at 2:53pm — 3 Comments

An Interview with a Gazette Newspaper Columnist

Anita Miller is the new "Book Groupie" weekly columnist at the Colorado Springs Gazette daily newspaper. When her first column extolling Harlan Coben's books appeared in early December, I emailed her to tell how much I enjoyed it. I thought he might enjoy it, too, so I sent him a link to the article. My email initiated a conversation with Anita about possible future column topics, and one thing led to another. She put my book, A REAL BASKET CASE, on her reading pile, enjoyed it, and asked me if… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on January 10, 2009 at 3:37pm — 2 Comments

First Appearance of 2009

A few months ago, the moderator of the Book Club at the John C. Fremont library in Florence, CO contacted me to arrange for me to speak to her group in January. Then the Writing Club at the library found out about the event and asked if they could come, too. Then the Assistant Director of the library found out about it and asked if other library patrons could attend if they wished. I'm always of the mindset "the more the merrier" so I ageed to all the changes.

Now the event is being… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on January 4, 2009 at 3:56pm — No Comments

A Rolicking Good Time at Adams Mystery Playhouse!

Thursday evening, my hubby and I joined 28 other stalwart sleuths from the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America for our holiday party at the Adams Mystery Playhouse, complete with dinner and a mystery play ( The play was "Death for Dinner." It included a police detective who sounded like a cross between Borat and Inspector Clouseau and who had the audience in stitches with his impromptu asides. Our table was one of three who correctly… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on December 15, 2008 at 9:34am — No Comments

My First Guest Visits my Author Blog on Saturday

I will be hosting my first guest on my author blog ( on Saturday, December 6th, and I hope folks will stop by and read the blog and comment on it. My guest will be Jean Henry Mead, who writes senior sleuth mysteries and western historical novels. She's a former award-winning photojournalist and magazine and small press editor as well as a news reporter/editor. The book that will be featured in this blog visit is A Village Shattered, the first novel in her Logan… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on December 6, 2008 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

A Late Fall Newsletter and Website Updates

My website guru, my handsome husband, has made quite a few tweaks to my author website ( in preparation for promoting the release of To Hell in a Handbasket next year. The covers of both A Real Basket Case and To Hell in a Handbasket now appear on the Books page and you can click on either one to go to its individual book page complete with reviews, excerpts, etc. Also, we’ve updated my Frequently Asked Questions page and made some minor updates on just about every page of… Continue

Added by Beth Groundwater on November 30, 2008 at 1:16pm — No Comments

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