Colorado book report: Early summer fiction releases

Red Sky

By Chris Goff

Colorado award-selling author and former journalist Chris Goff is set to release the second book in her thriller series June 15. Red Sky follows the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service Agent Raisa Jordan, who is investigating a flight crash in northeastern Ukraine. A U.S. diplomatic agent was on board, and it quickly becomes apparent to Raisa the plane was downed. With foreign relations disintegrating Raisa is trying to prevent a Cold War. There will be a release day signing at Tattered Cover-Colfax, Thursday, June 15th at 7:00 pm, followed by a signing at Hearthfire Books in Evergreen, Thursday June 22nd at 5:30 p.m. Red Sky can be pre-ordered at the Tattered Cover, Hearthfire Books or on Amazon.


By Peg Brantly

Peg Brantly returns with character Mex Anderson. This time he is looking for three missing girls before it’s too late. The girls, caught up in a nightmarish world of prostitution and drugs, have to find the will to survive while Max must face his own demons, or he risks losing the girls to a corrupt system. Denver-based Peg Brantly, who mostly focuses on crime writing graduated from the Aurora Citizens’ Police Academy and interviewed criminal investigators, FBI agents and human trafficking experts before writing the novel. Trafficked is now available on Amazon.


When Dimple Met Rishi

By Sandyha Menon

In her first young-adult fiction novel, released May 30, Colorado author Sandya Menon writes of two Indian-American teens who have been arranged for marriage. While Dimple Shah is frustrated with her mother’s obsession with finding her the “ideal Indian husband,” Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic who is completely on board to woo Dimple at the web developer seminar they’ll both be attending in the summer after graduation. Both parents didn’t mean to suggest the arrangement so early, but saw an opportunity when both kids gravitated toward programing. The breakout YA novel is a romantic comedy about attracting opposites and love proving itself in unexpected ways. The novel is attracting buzz from book blogs from Barnes and Noble to Bustle Magazine. Menon will read from and sign copies of the book June 9 at the Aspen Grove Tattered Cover in Littleton. For more details: www.tatteredcover.com

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

By Matthew Sullivan

Former Tattered Cover bookstore staff member debuts his first novel this summer, and it’s about something he knows well: the mystery and lure of a book store. But Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore takes a darker turn that maybe anything ever experienced at the Tattered Cover. Lydia Smith finds the corpse of a lonely ex-con who spent a lot of time at the bookstore hanging from the beam in the fictional Denver bookstore. The story evolves as Lydia inherits the man’s belongings and starts finding coded messages addressed to her inside books. Lydia embarks on her own investigation of the man’s past when clues begin eluding to a code case from Lydia’s own past. Sullivan is an award-winning short story writer. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is slated for release in June and is available on Amazon for pre-order.

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