August 12, 2018 @ Cafe Express

Manning Wolfe 


Legal Issues for Authors

Manning Wolfe

Manning Wolfe will speak to Heart of Texas Sisters in Crime on August 12, 2018, at Café Express about Legal Issues For Authors. Manning’s legal thrillers include Dollar SignsMusic Notes and Green Fees. Manning’s a member of our chapter.

Have you ever wondered if someone could steal your manuscript?  Have you ever badmouthed someone in your book and wondered if they could sue you?  Have you ever wondered if it’s safe to say your character drank a Coke or a Lone Star Beer?  These are the questions that Manning will cuss and discuss.  She’ll also provide information on copyright, use of photos, ISBN’s, tax obligations, and more.  Expect plenty of handouts for more in-depth study, and as a reminder of the tips she gives in her talk.

Don’t get caught with your proverbial pants down! Come out and learn the nuts and bolts of Legal Issues for Authors! Hope to see you there!


Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m. We meet at Café Express at 3418 N. Lamar.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at

For information contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at


July 8, 2018 @ Cafe Express

Dave Ciambrone


Off-the-Shelf Poisons for Writers


dave ciambrone imageclectic-g130114-101820-2500-EDIT-social copyDr. David Ciambrone is a retired aerospace and defense company executive, scientist, professor of engineering, and a forensics consultant and is now a best selling, award winning author living in Georgetown, Texas with his wife Kathy.  He has published twenty-one (21) books, four (4) non-fiction, two (2) textbooks for a California university, and fifteen (15) mysteries and has new mysteries in work.

Dave has been a speaker at writers groups, schools, colleges, writer’s conferences and business/scientific conferences internationally.

Dr. Ciambrone also wrote three newspaper columns and wrote a column for a business journal.

Dave has been VP of the Sisters in Crime Orange County, California chapter and President and treasurer of HOTSINC. He was also president of the San Gabriel Writer’s League and was on the Board of Directors of the Writer’s league of Texas. He is a member of MWA and the International Thriller Writers.

Dr. Ciambrone worked with a police agency and was a consultant to police/sheriffs and coroners, including the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office.

Dave is a Fellow of the International Oceanographic Foundation. He has a Bronze Trowel Award from the Archaeological Institute of America. He is also a member of the Order of Merlin of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. The Chinese Government appointed him a Dragon Master (龍重要資料).


June 10, 2018 @ Cafe Express







Elizabeth Bryant, K9 Unit Leader at Travis County Search and Rescue, will present a general overview of Search and Rescue at the June 10 meeting of Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter . She will also share specific information about how dogs work.

Elizabeth Bryant with Border Collie Bodhi, live search dog

Elizabeth Bryant is the K9 Unit Leader at Travis County Search and Rescue, a nonprofit group of volunteers who work with law enforcement to find lost and missing persons in wilderness areas.  Before joining TCSAR in 2013, she was a professional dog trainer. Over the years she  has trained service dogs, taught pet obedience and dog sports classes, and provided consults for behavioral problems.  At TCSAR, she became the first team Field Training Officer, trained new Ground Unit members in basic SAR skills, and developed the K9 Unit and Search Management Unit Task Books. She also worked both live find and human remains detection dogs.  She has certifications with both the National Association of Search and Rescue and the International Police Work Dog Association.


May 20, 2018 @ Cafe Express








Ed Martin, our Sisters in Crime speaker on May 20, is a former U.S. Treasury agent and now a private investigator at Sage Investigations.  In 1975 while working for the Treasury Department, he and his family moved to Austin where he became a senior agent and lead agent in the investigation and prosecution of income tax evasion and fraud investigations.  He resigned from the US Treasury in 1984 and became a Supervising Examiner for the Texas State Securities Board in Austin. He became adept in broader definitions of fraud: Ponzi schemes, oil and gas fraud, and securities fraud. 

Ed returned in 1991 to the IRS Criminal Investigation Division as a Special Agent to investigate fraud and money laundering cases.  He was the lead agent and instrumental in solving the 5-year old mystery of what happened to Madalyn Murray O’Hair and her two adult children.  After the trial of one of the criminals convicted in the O’Hair case, the Austin Chronicle stated: “If not for the methodical investigation of Special Agent Ed Martin and the FBI they (Gary Karr and David Waters) would have gotten away with murder.”


Cafe Express

3418 N. Lamar, Austin 78705512 452-9888
Same time ~ 3rd Sunday in May, 2:15 pm

Parking behind restaurant! Great menu!


Meetings are free and open to the public.


  HoTXSinC’s dues remain the same ~ $20 for the year.
For more about how to join or renew membership go to 
(HoTXSinC members must also join
the national Sisters in Crime organization.)


Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets
the 2nd Sunday of the month–
except in May, when we meet the 3rd Sunday
at 2:15 p.m
. at
Cafe Express, 
3418 N. Lamar, Austin 78705512 452-9888

For information about the Heart of Texas Chapter
contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity, (512) 266-6543
Check out our blog/newsletter at

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Welcome to Sisters in Crime
~ Heart of Texas Chapter

Heart of Texas is a chapter of Sisters in Crime, an international organization whose mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

hotx-logo-72dpiWe are writers and readers, men and women, who share an interest in crime fiction. Current members live throughout Central Texas–from Waco on the north to New Braunfels on the south–but our territory has no borders: No matter where you live, you’re welcome here.

We meet monthly in Austin to hear speakers–authors, editors, book designers, publishers, attorneys, law enforcement officers, sociologists, forensic artists, scientists and technologists, and other professionals–present programs designed to improve writing skills and to broaden our knowledge of the worlds we read and write about. In addition, our own authors share their publications and works in progress.

Meetings are free and the public is invited.

Join us the second Sunday of each month, 2:15 p.m., on the third floor of Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar, Austin 78705 Click for map).

For a list of 2017 programs, click here.



As a HOTXSINC member, you have the opportunity to

  • sell your books at the HOTXSINC table during the annual Texas Book Festival;
  • receive discounted (or free) tuition for chapter-sponsored classes and workshops
  • network with writers in other local organizations;
  • participate in a variety of chapter-sponsored activities: readings and signings, contests, publications, field trips, critique groups;
  • have your name, a photo, a brief bio, and your publications displayed on our website;
  • become part of a close-knit community dedicated to encouraging and supporting the creative endeavors of all members;
  • access all the resources of the international Sisters in Crime.



To join or renew, click here.


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HoTXSinC August 12, 2018: Manning Wolfe on Legal Issues for Authors

Our mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers.                                              ~ SINC Mission Statement @ CAFE EXPRESS! Program: Manning Wolfe on Legal Issues for Authors Upcoming Programs HoTXSinC … Continue reading HoTXSinC August 12, 2018: Manning Wolfe on Legal Issues for Authors

HOTXSINC: July 8, 2018 @ Cafe Express: Dave Ciambrone on Off-the-Shelf Poisons for Writers

Our mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers.                                              ~ SINC Mission Statement   @ CAFE EXPRESS! Program: Dave Ciambrone on Off-the-Shelf Poisons for Writers ***Watch for … Continue reading HOTXSINC: July 8, 2018 @ Cafe Express: Dave Ciambrone on Off-the-Shelf Poisons for Writers

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HOTXSINC welcomes new members–everyone, both writers and readers–who are interested in crime fiction.

For membership in HOTXSINC, you must also be a member of the international Sisters in Crime.

To join the international organization, go to the Sisters in Crime website. You may join online or download a form and join by mail. If you complete the process online, you may immediately create an account that allows you to access the Members Only section of the website and set up your profile.

Then, to join HOTXSINC click here for a printable form. Dues are $20. Fill out the form, enclose a check for $20, and send to

Dave Ciambrone, Treasurer
Sisters in Crime – Heart of Texas Chapter
4500 Williams Drive Suite 212 – 334
Georgetown, TX 78633

If you have questions, email Dave Ciambrone, mysterywriter5 at msn dot com.

For a list of ways HOTXSINC membership can benefit you, click here.






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Joyce Arquette

Joyce Arquette


The Sundowner

 SINC heart 4Alexandra Burt

Alexandra Burt

The Good Daughter
Remember Mia





SINC heart 4N. M. Cedeno

N. M. Cedeno
N. M. Cedeno

All in Her Head
For the Children’s Sake

Short Stories
A Reasonable Expectation of Privacy
In the Interest of Public Safety
Bad Vibes Removal Services: Short Story Collection


Dave Ciambrone  SINC heart 4

David Ciambrone

Laguna Treasure
Napa Nights
Pelican Cove
Castle Finlaystoke
Left at Georgetown
San Gabriel’s Secret
Quest for the Crystal Skull
The Trashy Gourmet
Dangerous Threads
Murder at Webster’s Point
Trail of Thread
Red Tide Murders
Suspicious Threads (in work)


Poison Handbook for Writers


SINC heart 4  K. P. Gresham

K. P. Gresham

Murder in the Second Pew
The Preacher’s First Murder
Three Days at Wrigley Field



SINC heart 4Helen Currie Foster

Helen Currie Foster

Ghost Letter
Ghost Dog
Ghost Cave
Ghost Dagger




Meredith LeeSINC heart 4

Meredith Lee: Sue Cleveland & Dixie Lee Evatt







Laura OlesSINC heart 4

Laura Oles

The Daughters of Bad Men

“Buon Viaggio” in Murder on Wheels
“Oceans Fifty” in Day of the Dark




Francine Paino


Francine Paino

To Live and Die for Dance
Mama’s Little Lady
“OTwo Wolves Dancing

Short Stories
“Ivan’s Double Life” in Funny Times and Over My Dead Body



Eugenia Parrish

Eugenia Parrish

Eugenia Parrish’s Bakers Dozen +2
The Last Party in Eden
Murder at the End of the Line
The Tattoo Murders
A Cold Blue Killing


SINC heart 4M. K. Waller

M. K. Waller

“A Nice Set of Wheels” and “Hell on Wheels” in Murder on Wheels
“And Justice for All” in Mysterical-E
“I’ll Be a Sunbeam” in Day of the Dark: Stories of Eclipse




SINC heart 4Nancy G. West

Nancy G. West
Nancy G. West

River City Dead
Nine Days to Evil
Fit to Be Dead
Dang Near Dead
Smart But Dead