Events

Upcoming Events

Television appearance

Start date: March 19, 2019

End date: May 31, 2019

Time: Variable (click on "more info" link below)

Location: PBS Arizona Television

Appearances | News

Television appearance

Thrilled to talk to José Cárdenas, host of the acclaimed Horizonte program on PBS Arizona, about the Veranda Cruz series.

Sun City West

Date: March 26, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Sun City West, RH Johnson Recreation Center Campus Lecture Hall, 19803 North RH Johnson Blvd

Appearances | Book Signings

Sun City West

Looking forward to seeing everyone for a lively, interactive talk and book signing for the third book in Detective Cruz mystery/thriller series (set in Phoenix). Books will be available for purchase by Barnes & Noble.

Podcast: Writers on the Beat

Date: March 29, 2019

Time: 4:00 - 4:30 PM, PDT

Location: Authors on the Air Global Radio Network

Appearances | News

Podcast: Writers on the Beat

Host and fellow veteran cop turned thriller author Gavin Reese and I chat about bringing authenticity and real world experience to fiction writing (especially where it pertains to cops, crime, and criminals). Join the conversation!

Special Appearance with Ed Aymar

Date: March 30, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Appearances | Book Signings

Special Appearance with Ed Aymar

Acclaimed Washington DC author Ed Aymar launches his crime thriller, UNREPENTANT. After a short reading from Ed, I’ll join him to discuss writing, books, and whatever else comes up. And yes, there will be cupcakes!

Special Appearance with J.A. Jance

Date: April 2, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location: Sun City Oro Valley Activity Center Auditorium, 1495 E Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley, AZ 85755

Appearances | Book Signings | News

Special Appearance with J.A. Jance

Please join me for a very special joint appearance with New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance! Two authors who love a good laugh, authentic Mexican food, and cop stories with grit and heart…you won’t want to miss this one! Mostly Books will have books on hand for sale.

Speaking at SAGES on Central

Date: April 10, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: 6300 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85012 (St. Barbara conf. rooms I & II at All Saints Episcopal Church)

Appearances

Speaking at SAGES on Central

Join me for a special speaking event for seniors at SAGES (Senior Adult Growth and Enrichment Society) in the heart of Phoenix.

ThrillerFest

Start date: July 9, 2019

End date: July 13, 2019

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York

ThrillerFest

So excited to attend the premier conference for thriller writers!

Greer Library Friends

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Location: Greer Community Center/Greer Memorial Library

Greer Library Friends

Honored to be the guest speaker for the annual author’s luncheon!

Past Events

Venture Out resort

Date: March 15, 2019

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: 5001 E Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85205 (in the ballroom)

Appearances | Book Signings

Venture Out resort

Please come by for a fun and interactive presentation!

Launch party for DEATH BLOW

Date: March 8, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: The Poisoned Pen Bookstore at 4104 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Appearances | Book Signings | News

Launch party for DEATH BLOW

Please join me for the official launch party for DEATH BLOW, book three in the Detective Cruz mystery/thriller series! As usual, there will be cake, giveaways, a live interview, fun interactive Q&A with prizes for the best answers from the audience, and inside scoop galore! (And did I mention cake?) You can pre-order your copy using the link to the Poisoned Pen bookstore (it’s below the date and time).

Tucson Festival of Books

Start date: March 2, 2019

End date: March 3, 2019

Time: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Location: University of AZ Campus, Main Mall, Tucson, AZ

Appearances | Book Signings | Conferences

Tucson Festival of Books

Check out the annual Tucson Festival of Books! One of the largest literary conferences in the United States, TFOB is a must for fans, readers, authors, and anyone else who loves books. I will participate in the following five author panels and signings at the festival:

Event #1: Some Like It Hot
Location: Student Union Santa Rita
Date/Time: Saturday, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Panelists: Steven Cooper, Isabella Maldonado, Jon Talton
Moderator: Rosemary Simpson
Genre: Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – UA BookStore Tent (on the Mall, following the presentation)
Steven Cooper, Isabella Maldonado and Jon Talton have set their stories in Phoenix. No wonder they have been received warmly by readers of all ages!

Event #2: Recipe for Murder
Location: Integrated Learning Center Room 120
Date/Time: Saturday, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Panelists: Teresa Dovalpage, Isabella Maldonado, Martin Walker
Moderator: Christine Burke
Genre: Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)
Teresa Dovalpage, Isabella Maldonado and Martin Walker used food and recipes to provide a strong cultural connection to their characters and settings. Food became part of the plot itself. Bon appetite!

Event #3: Whodunnit? Quien lo Hizo?
Location: Student Union Santa Rita
Date/Time: Sunday, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Panelists: Teresa Dovalpage, Martin Limon, Isabella Maldonado
Moderator: Lupita Murillo
Genre: Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)
Teresa Dovalpage, Martin Limon and Isabella Maldonado have introduced a Hispanic voice — and an important new audience — to the realm of Mysteries and Thrillers.

Event #4: Isabella Maldonado book signing
Location: Clues Unlimited
Date/Time: Sunday, 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Event #5: Isabella Maldonado and William Kent Krueger book signing
Location: Mostly Books
Date/Time: Sunday, 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Click the “More info” link to the left for general information about the conference. Hope to see you there!

Guest post on Lesa’s Book Critiques

Date: February 4, 2019

Guest blog post | News

Guest post on Lesa’s Book Critiques

Be sure to read Lesa Holstine’s fabulous blog, Lesa’s Book Critiques, for my guest post and a special announcement about BLOOD’S ECHO and PHOENIX BURNING, the first two books in the award-winning Det. Cruz mystery/thriller series!

Book Giveaway & Guest Post on Dru’s Book Musings

Start date: December 29, 2018

End date: January 1, 2019

Guest blog post

Book Giveaway & Guest Post on Dru’s Book Musings

Check out the popular Dru’s Book Musings blog for a special guest post: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DET. VERANDA CRUZ. Of course, the average day for a Phoenix Homicide detective is not an ordinary day at all…

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of PHOENIX BURNING, book 2 in the Det. Cruz mystery/thriller series set in Phoenix. Giveaway ends December 31, 2018.

Brandeis National Committee

Date: December 17, 2018

Time: 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Location: Jewish Community Center, 12701 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Appearances | Book Signings

Brandeis National Committee

Please join me at the Phoenix Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee for a speaking and signing event. There will be giveaways, lively Q&A, and lots of fun interaction.

SaddleBrooke

Date: October 25, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Main East Ballroom of the Mountain View Club House, 38735 S. Mountain View Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85739

Appearances | Book Signings

SaddleBrooke

Please come by the Mountain View Club house ballroom at SaddleBrooke for a fun, interactive presentation and book signing. There will be giveaways, cop humor, and a laugh or two! Mostly Books bookstore will have copies of both books available for sale.

BLOOD’S ECHO wins Best First Novel award

Start date: September 8, 2018

End date: September 9, 2018

Time: 17.00

Location: California State University, Dominguez Hills

Appearances | News

BLOOD’S ECHO wins Best First Novel award

20th Annual International Latino Book Awards Ceremony held in Los Angeles announcing the winner of the Mariposa Award for Best First Novel.

Author of the Month

Start date: May 1, 2018

End date: May 31, 2018

Appearances | Book Signings

Author of the Month

Mesa Public Libraries Author of the Month for May. Come by and say hi!

  • Saturday, May 5, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Lobby, main library
  • Saturday, May 19, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Lobby, Dobson Ranch branch
  • Saturday, May 26, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Lobby, Red Mountain branch

 

Mystery Scene Magazine

Start date: April 15, 2018

End date: June 15, 2018

Location: Mystery Scene Magazine

News

Mystery Scene Magazine

MYSTERY SCENE MAGAZINE, edition 154.

Author Betty Webb reviews Phoenix Burning with her author spotlight featuring an article describing my experiences as a female police officer. Read about the good, the bad, and the ugly in this prestigious publication. Includes photographs!

Available for purchase at your local bookstore (magazine section), or digitally at their website (link above).