HOTXSINC Meeting: June 10 @ Cafe Express–Elizabeth Bryant, Travis County Search & Rescue K9 Unit

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the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement


Program: Elizabeth Bryant on
Travis County Search and Rescue K9 Unit

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Nolo Contendere

Elizabeth Bryant

Travis County Search and Rescue K9 Unit


Search and Rescue


 How Dogs Work

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, Jude, a 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.  Previous to joining TCSAR in 2013, she was a professional dog trainer and over the years 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.



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 and our newsletter/blog, HOTSHOTS!, at

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



The first duty of the novelist is to entertain. It is a moral duty.
People who read your books are sick, sad, traveling,
in the hospital waiting room while someone is dying.
Books are written by the alone for the alone. ~ Donna Tartt




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The thing about being a mystery writer,
what marks a mystery writer out from a chick lit author or historical fiction writer,
is that you always find a mystery in every situation. ~ Tana French


The Word on Our Members

Meredith Lee

Dixie Evatt and Sue Cleveland, aka Meredith Lee, are delighted to announce that our mystery, DIGGING UP THE DEAD: A CRISPIN LEADS MYSTERY, is a finalist in the 2018 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest.


Meredith Lee (aka Sue Meredith Cleveland and Dixie Lee Evatt) will be at The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio ( on June 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. talking about SHROUDED and signing copies of the book. Attendees will also hear about the planned sequel, DIGGING UP THE DEAD,  scheduled for release later this year.









Manning Wolfe

GREEN FEES, the third in my Texas Lady Lawyer legal thriller series, will be published on June 21, 2018.

I’ll be signing GREEN FEES and MUSIC NOTES at BookPeople on Sunday, June 24th at 2:00 p.m. I’ll be speaking with Jay Brandon, another legal thriller writer and attorney from San Antonio who also has a new book out.



If you rewrite a paragraph fifty times and forty-nine of them are terrible,
that’s fine; you only need to get it right once. ~ Tana French


Who’s Blogging?

Noreen Cedeño – “My Brother Versus the Honeybees,”and“Mustang Grapes and Dew Berries,”on Writing Wranglers and Warriors

Helen Currie Foster – “Never Mind the Villain: Dorothy Sayers and Point of View,” on Writing Wranglers and Warriors

KP Gresham –  “Research Requires Fertilization,” on Writing Wranglers and Warriors

M. K. Waller – “The Revenge of the Yoo,” “Dear Husband, Pollyanna, and a Very Nice Perp,” and “Old Yoo vs New Yoo and All That,” on Writing Wranglers and Warriors



If you’re writing a scene for a character
with whom you disagree in every way,
you still need to show how that character is absolutely justified
in his or her own mind,
or the scene will come across as being about the author’s views
rather than about the character’s. ~ Tana French


WLT Manuscript Contest

The Writers’ League of Texas announces winners and finalists in its 2018 Manuscript Contest, here.

Winners and finalists in the Mystery category are–

Keep Austin Weird by Erin Brown

Search and Rescue by Jane Hammons
Digging up the Dead: A Crispin Leads Mystery by Meredith Lee
Hunter’s Way by LD Masterson
A Work of … Art by Judith Parsons
Nobody’s Darling by Jolynn Rogers



Both back when I was acting and now that I’m writing,
I’ve always wanted the same thing out of my career:
to be able to get up in the morning and do what I love doing. ~ Tana French



Call for Submissions

From Elizabeth Zelvin, editor: Short stories up to 5,000 words for the anthology Me Too: Crimes Against Women, Retribution, and Healing. Deadline is July 1. Fiction, no reprints. Full guidelines are available at


MWA Midwest Critique Program

Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter will critique the first 25 pages of a crime novel manuscript of an aspiring author. Deadline is July 25, 2018. For complete guidelines, see



I thought I could never write a proper book; I’d never done it before.
But I thought I could write a sequence. Then I had a chapter.
The next thing I knew I was turning acting down. ~ Tana French



Conferences & Festivals

Kauai Writers Conference

HoTXSinC received the following from Constance Frenzen of the Kauai Writers Conference:


The Kauai Writers Conference has become one of the premier events in the literary world.

The 2018 line-up includes some of the nation’s most acclaimed authors: Jane SmileyGarth Stein,
Alice HoffmanKirstin Hannah, Ellen Bass, Jane Smiley, Sara Gruen, Scott Turow, Jeff Arch,
and Nicholas Delbanco among others.

Intensive Master Classes, limited to small groups, will be offered November 5th—8th. Choose from
Fiction, Memoir, Screenwriting, Poetry, How to Get Published and more. We encourage you to
register soon if you would like to participate.

One-on-one Pitch & Critique Sessions with top literary agents, editors and publishers will also
be available. This is an opportunity for these powerhouses to get to know you and your work.

Meet and connect with writers from around the world.

Please click on this link for full details: Kauai Writers Conference

We look forward to everyone getting the most out of their experience. If you would like assistance in
choosing from the extensive list of program choices based on your specific genre and interests,

Please contact: constance at kauaiwritersconference dot com


Wimberley Book Festival

Wimberley Community Center

June 9, 2018


Austin’s African American Book Festival

“Since 2007, the Austin African American Book Festival has worked to promote empowerment through literature. We are a community event that brings readers and writers together and produces and facilitates collaboration, dialogue, creativity and activism.”

Carver Library & Museum

June 23, 2018


Tejas Storytelling Conference

“It’s a Family Reunion: Tales of Kin and Kindred”

Fort Worth, Texas

June 29th, 30th, & July 1


Texas Word Wrangler

“A book festival for Lee County”

Giddings, Texas

September 13 – 15, 2018

“A celebration of books and storytelling with local authors”

Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

451 North Main, Bldg 100
Patrick Heath Public Library
BoerneTX 78006

(830) 249-3053

Facebook Events Page


Fort Worth BookFest

“Embracing Our Differences & Celebrating Our Diversity”

Trinity River Campus Downtown Fort Worth

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Texas Book Festival

Capitol of Texas

@TexasBookFest / #txbookfest

Saturday & Sunday, October 27 – 28, 2018



National Black Book Festival

Fallbrook Church – 12512 Walters Rd., Houston, TX 77014

Exhibit Hours: Friday, October 26, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Find more about writers conferences and book festivals at Select Book Conferences, Festivals, and Fairs in 2018.



I’ve got this theory that human beings are innately religious;
we have a belief system.
It doesn’t have to be a theist form, necessarily.
But we need a belief system, some framework on which to hang our behavior. ~ Tana French


Selected Sites

“Guest Post: The Mentoring Impact of Simple Acts of Kindness by Debra H. Goldstein,” on The Short Mystery Fiction Society blog

“If Any Word Is Improper at the End of a Sentence, a Linking Verb Is,” by Kaye George, on Travels with Kaye

“Take the Bull by the Hand,”  by Kaye George, on Travels with Kaye

“Keep on Writing,” by Neva Bodin, on Writing Wranglers and Warriors

“A Matter of Nothing,” by Mike Staton, on Writing Wranglers and Warriors

“3 Short, Fun Writing Exercises,” by Cole Smith, on Writing Wranglers and Warriors

“Autumn Cleaning: Reevaluating Things #WritersLife.,” by Ronel Janse Van Vuuren, on Writing Wranglers and Warriors

The Passive Voice blog


Remember the great film with Bette Davis, All About Eve?
There’s a scene after the scheming Eve steals Margo’s role through trickery
& then gets this magnificent review.
Margo of course is effing & blinding all over the place. And crying.
Her director rushes into her house, puts his arms around her & says,
“I ran all the way”.

That’s what I want. ~ Martha Grimes


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I get a lot of letters from people.
They say “I want to be a writer. What should I do?”
I tell them to stop writing to me and to get on with it. ~ Ruth Rendell



No Lo Contendere

Members, send news to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com. Include both past and upcoming events. Include pictures if you have them.

Also send head shots and a list of your book titles/short story titles to Kathy for the HOTXSINC author page.

And send titles/authors of books (articles, websites, blogs) you’ve read or are reading, and that you recommend to other Sisters in Crime.

HOTSHOTS! welcomes reviews and articles written by members. Email  kathywaller1 at gmail dot com. 

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