Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas Chapter

Promoting Women Crime Writers

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Upcoming events

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas chapter will have a reading and book signing on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Malvern book store at 1 p.m. at 613 W. 29th St. Come on down and join us.

Our monthly meeting will be at 2 p.m. on November 20 instead of the second Sunday of the month at the Yarborough Library at 2200 Hancock Drive in Austin.

Our program will be about short mystery fiction, including where to submit short fiction and readings from short fiction. Hope to see you there.

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Miles Arceneaux for Sept. 11th Meeting

Miles Arceneaux is the author of four mystery novels set on the Texas Gulf Coast:Thin Slice of Life, LaSalle’s Ghost, Ransom Island, and North Beach. He writes in a style that one reviewer has called Gulf Coast Noir.
“He” or rather, “they,” will be Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas guest speakers on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Yarborough public library in Austin at 2200 Hancock Drive. 
Miles Arceneaux, the crime fiction author, is actually composed of three people who write novels together using one pen name. They will show you how to write about murder without killing your partners.
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International businessman Brent Douglass writes in airports, hotel rooms and drinking establishments around the world. At present he is a principal owner of KBC Networks and peddles data transmission equipment in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the cultured, cosmopolitan writer of the Miles Arceneaux trio. 

John T. Davis has been writing about the music, culture and personalities of Austin and the Southwest for more than 30 years for local, regional and national publications. He is the streetwise and roguishly irreverent co-author of the Miles Arceneaux canon, albeit its most discerning. 

James R. Dennis, a Dominican friar, practices law in San Antonio and across Texas. He writes and teaches on spiritual matters and lives with his two ill-behaved dogs. Of the three writers, he is the good-looking, funny one. He has just published a collection of his poetry, Correspondence in D Minor.

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Diane Vallere on August 14

Diane Vallere, national vice president of Sisters in Crime, will be the guest speaker at our Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 14 at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Dr. in Austin.Diane Vallere

Vallere’s newest mystery is Silk Stalkings. She is on a book tour and we are fortunate to have her as our guest presenter.

Please make sure you have August 14 penciled in your date books. Vallere will talk about how to write mysteries.

Afterward, we will adjourn to La Mancha (across the street from the library) to celebrate her visit. Please join us.

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All-Day Mystery Workshop at College Station Oct. 15

Brazos Writers’ 2nd Annual Crime Workshop
Focus on Forensics:
Blood, Bugs, DNA and Facial Recognition
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Southwood Community Center
1520 Rock Prairie Road
College Station, Texas 77845
$60 (includes lunch and reception)
Capstone Speaker Lois Gibson

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The Art and Science of Crime: A Forensics Workshop

Saturday, Oct 15, 2016, 9:00 AM

Southwood Community Center
1520 Rock Prairie Rd. College Station, TX

13 Writers, editors, poets Attending

Featuring capstone speaker Lois Gibson, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as The World’s Most Successful Forensic Artist. She has helped the Houston Police Department bring in over 1,266 criminals.Also featuring:Priscilla A. Hill, a Forensic DNA Analyst with over 10 years experience. She serves as the DNA Interpretation Manager at the Harris…

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May 2016

Dave Ciambrone will talk about poisons on June 12

On Sunday, June 12, David Ciambrone will give a forensic presentation about poisons at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas meeting at 2 p.m. in the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library on 2200 Hancock Dr.

According to Dave:

Ciambrone Dave web“Writers love poisons.
They really do. In fact, they love them a great deal. Guns are noisy and messy. Knives are hard to use and bring the killer to close to the victim. Most don’t have the fortitude for strangling and bludgeoning. But, a poison? Simply slip a bit into food or drink and walk away. No fuss, no muss. Poisons are simple and clean. Almost civilized.
But, what exactly is a poison? The short answer is anything and everything. There is an adage in medicine that says: What can cure; can kill. This is a very true statement. Too much water and you’ll die. Breathing 100% oxygen will destroy your lungs…and you’ll die. Take too much aspirin, and you’ll die. The basic differencebetween medicine and a poison is the dose.
So, where do writers find the poisons they use in their tales? The medicine cabinet would be a good place to look. Or under the sink. A pharmacy or chemical supply house would work, too. But, the best place just might be your backyard or your local nursery. Where can writers learn about all these household and backyard poisons?
Enter Dr. David Ciambrone, the master of murder, and author of the Poisons: The Handbook for Writers.
Dave will discuss poisons and what they do to a person. He will also show some common poisons and tell writers where to get them so they don’t leave a trail back to the killer. Come and enjoy learning how to commit and non-messy murder. Your story’s villain will love you to death for it.”

May 21 Mystery Month workshops at BookPeople

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(Pictured above are (l – r) George Wier, Scott Montgomery, James Dennis, Terry Shames, and Brent Douglass) Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter and BookPeople celebrated a day-long free workshop of crime writing with Terry Shames, George Wier, and “Miles Arceneux,” a nom de plume comprised of three writers–James Dennis, Brent Douglass, and John Davis (not present). It was a treat–informative and fun. The audience (and the guest authors) had a great time. We can’t wait for next May Mystery Month to see what delights are in store. (Below pictured in descending order are Terry Shames, George Wier, and Brent Douglass and James Dennis)

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Barbara Burnett Smith Event on May 15

W.D. Smith gives aspiring writers Ashli Williamson and Amanda Ronan certificates and books at BBS May 16 Event.(Pictured (l – r) above is W.D.  Smith giving copies of his mother’s books and certificates to new Aspiring Writers Ashli Williamson and Amanda Ronan) Sisters in Crime:  Heart of Texas chapter celebrated its annual Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event on May 15 at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library. We welcomed two new aspiring writers and listened to words of wisdom from mentors Russ Hall and Susan Rogers Cooper. W.D. Smith, the son of Barbara Burnett Smith and head of the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation, talked about his mother and her contributions to Sisters in Crime. Amanda Ronan and Ashli Williamson were introduced as the 2016 new Aspiring Writers. (Pictured below clockwise are Russ Hall, Ashli Williamson’s mentor;  Amanda Ronan and her mentor Susan Rogers Cooper; W.D. Smith speaking to the audience about his mother, Barbara Burnett Smith; and Ashli Williamson)

Russ Hall talks about mentoring in Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas chapter for BBS Event May 2016Amanda Ronan, aspiring writer, and Susan Rogers Cooper, her mentor at BBS Event May 2016

Aspiring Writer Ashli WilliamsonW.D. Smith talks about Barbara Burnett Smith at Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas meeting May 2016.



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Crime Fiction at Pflugerville Book Pfestival

Pflugerville Book Pfestival April 16 and 17The Pflugerville Book Pfestival will showcase books and writers for all age groups and interests from 1 – 6 p.m. on Apr. 16 and 17 at the Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St.

The weekend festival, free and open to the public, is packed with writers, book signings, panel discussions and interviews. Gale Albright, president of Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter, will moderate the panel “Sisters in Crime: Women Crime Fiction Writers” with award-winning authors Meg Gardiner, Alexandra Burt, Janice Hamrick, and Helen Currie Foster from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.

On Sunday, April 17, there will be panels on mystery in fantasy and science fiction novels, international crime fiction, and the greatest crime-fiction novels of all time.

Even though the Pflugerville Public Library has hosted writers before with special programs, this is its inaugural regional, two-day book festival. “We love featuring authors for signings, interviews and writing workshops” said Bette McDowell, Pflugerville Adult Services librarian. “When Hopeton Hay of KAZI Book Review reached out, we were excited to form a partnership to bring in a large group of Texas authors that our patrons hadn’t had a chance to visit with yet. We loved the idea of bringing together authors that write for a wide array of age ranges and that represent several genres of fiction and nonfiction.” Even though the book festival will be held in Pflugerville, it has something to offer everyone in the Central Texas area.

Get information and schedules about the Pflugerville Book Pfestival by calling 512-990-6375 or go to