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

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


Program: Dave Ciambrone on Off-the-Shelf Poisons for Writers

***Watch for It! July 6 – HoTXSinC in The Austin Chronicle***

Upcoming Programs
HoTXSinC Members: Two Festivals for Selling Your Books
Guest Post by Kaye George: To Go or Not to Go
October: Paranormal Research and Member Showcase: Ghost Stories
What Can SinC Do for You?
The Word on Our Members
Who’s Blogging?

Selected Sites
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Dave Ciambrone


Off-the-Shelf Poisons for Writers


Dr. 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 books, four non-fiction, two (2) textbooks for a California university, and fifteen 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 HoTXSinC. 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).


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

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…it seems to us that the readers who want fiction to be like life
are considerably outnumbered by those who would like life to be like fiction. ~ Sarah Caudwell


Watch for It! July 6 – HoTXSinC in The Austin Chronicle 

A story about HoTXSinC will appear in the Austin Chronicle this Friday, July 6, 2018.
W. A. Brenner, the Chronicle’s Arts Listings and Food Events editor, interviewed President Helen Currie Foster, President-Elect Noreen Cedeño, and Web Editor Kathy Waller about the history, mission, and activities of the both the chapter SINC International. Discussion ranged from HoTXSinC’s programming to individual members’ favorite mystery authors. The print story will be released on Thursday, July 5. It will also appear on the Chronicle’s website,


Oppression works in such a way
that it holds every person responsible for the acts  
of any wrongdoer of the oppressed group. ~ Rita Mae Brown


Upcoming Programs

August: Manning Wolfe on Legal Issues for Writers
September: Dr. Kim Rossmo on Geographic Profiling (of serial killers/ terrorists/ rapists)
October: Robert Ansley on Paranormal Research and Showcase of Members’ Writing and Announcement of Ghost Story Contest Winner
November: Mark Pryor, District Attorney and Author
December: Party
And for 2019:
February: Jan Burke, Guest Speaker from SinC National Speaker’s Bureau


What I find is that it’s the middle-aged authors
who have lived a life who have the most important, interesting voices.
They just need someone to give them the key to unlock the door. ~ Fiona McIntosh


HoTXSinC Authors:  Two Festivals for Selling Your Books

Current author members of Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter will be able to sell their books, and all members will have the opportunity to actively participate, network, and meet authors, publishers, and great readers at two book festivals.

There are still slots available for volunteers to sign up and help at the HoTXSinC booth. Updates will be forthcoming from the chapter’s TBF chair.


THE BOERNE BOOK FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 6, 2018 – 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
We have been invited to share in Boerne’s rich literary tradition. HoTXSinC WILL HAVE A TABLE AT THEIR BOOK FESTIVAL. We are asking for volunteers to work either of two shifts: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please contact Fran Paino at if you can volunteer for either or both shifts. Booksellers must be present at the HoTXSinC table in Boerne to sell their books. Standard rules apply: Sellers must be current members in both local and national levels.


I’ve never lost my capacity to be shocked. ~ Kathy Reichs


Guest Post by Kaye George:

To Go or Not to Go

For me, as for many other writers, conferences are high points of the year. They make me feel like a real writer, an actual author. I can tell people I’m going to a conference and it makes me sound so businesslike and professional.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAIf you don’t already know, you can deduce from my opening that I (again like many other writers) am insecure in the profession. We feel like frauds. We wrote a book and got it published, but maybe it was a fluke. Can we ever do it again? I’ve written and gotten ten of them published, but I always wonder if I can do it again. A conference is a chance to be with other people who are just like me. People who write and wonder if we’re real writers. Neurotic, interesting people.

I love going to both kinds of conferences, those for fans and readers, and those for writers. The former concentrate on telling the attendees who we are and what we’ve written and on trying to sell our books to them. The latter concentrate on craft and, for a lot of gatherings, putting writers together with agents and publishers. They both have appeal.

At a fan conference, the panels tell the audience what our books are about and give them behind-the-scene glimpses at how we put them together. Nothing technical, just things that would interest a reader (we hope). Background for the stories we write.

At a writers’ conference, we try to impart whatever knowledge we’ve acquired on to our fellow scribes. We discuss character formation, plot arcs, chapter lengths, sentence lengths, forensic details (we’re mystery writers, after all), even how to market and sell.

2018-07 Kaye George - 2014 murder in the magic city by Kaye Wilkinson Barley
2014 Murder in the Magic City

Fan cons tend to be very large: Bouchercon and Malice Domestic are two well-known and well-attended ones. The writers’ cons are generally smaller and regional, more intimate.

At both of them, we writers get together over meals and drinks and discuss where to hide the bodies and how to create our villains. These are not lunch and dinner conversations you can have with just anybody. They are the finer points of our art.

It couldn’t be more fun!


Photograph of mountain from morguefile
Photograph of 2014 Murder in the Magic City from Kaye Wilkinson Barley 



2018-01-kaye-georgeKaye George, national-bestselling and multiple award-winning author, writes several mystery series: Imogene Duckworthy humorous mysteries, Cressa Carraway musical mysteries (Barking Rain Press), People of the Wind Neanderthal mysteries (Untreed Reads), and, as Janet Cantrell, Fat Cat (Berkley Prime Crime cozies). The third cozy, Fat Cat Takes the Cake, and the second Cressa Carraway novel, Requiem in Red, were published in April, 2016. The second People of the Wind, Death on the Trek, came out in June, 2016. Her short stories appear in anthologies, magazines, and her own collection, A Patchwork of Stories. The anthology, Murder on Wheels, with the Austin Mystery Writers, recently became a Silver Falchion Winner. She now lives in Knoxville, TN, where she also reviews for Suspense Magazine.

Kaye’s story Retransformation,” which won First Place in the “Murder and Mayhem at a Writer’s Conference Contest” by Mysterical-E in 2008, was featured on the Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog’s Short Story Saturdays on June 23, 2018.



There is in the end no remedy but truth.
It is the one course that cannot be evil. ~ Edith Pargeter


October Program: Member Showcase – Ghost Stories

The theme for the October program is Ghost Stories. Members interested in submitting a ghost story for this meeting should contact Fran Paino at A winner will be announced at the meeting. DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 2018.


Do you know what they call people who hoard books? Smart. ~ Lisa Scottolini


What Can SINC Do for You?

MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS: Do you know how SinC benefits members? Follow in HOTSHOTS!:


No good ever comes from putting up walls.
What people mistake for safety is in fact captivity.
And few things thrive in captivity. ~ Louise Penny


 The Word on Our Members

Dixie Evatt will represent author Meredith Lee in a panel discussion, “Marketing, Schmoozing, and Building Connections as a Writer,” at the Writers’ League of Texas’ Third Thursday meeting, on July 19, 2018. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Meredith Lee is the author of SHROUDED.




Manning Wolfe’GREEN FEES, the third in her Merit Bridges Legal Thriller series, was published in June. Manning appeared on a panel with Jay Brandon at BookPeople on June 24. Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery moderated.

Manning was the featured author at Book Reader Magazine.

She also was a guest poster on the MysteryPeople blog with “Manning Wolfe on Lawyers, Sex, and Golf.”






The point of quotations is
that one can use another’s words to be insulting. ~ Carolyn Gold Heilbrun


Who’s Blogging?

Helen Currie Foster – “Return Journeys”

Noreen Cedeño – “Perfection at the Expense of Integrity?”

K. P. Gresham – “Research Requires Fertilization”

Kathy Waller – “Dear Husband, Pollyanna, and a Very Nice Perp;” “What You Can Do When You Don’t Turn On Your Computer”



I’m always astonished to see how badly people can behave
when they think no one is noticing. ~ Diane Mott Davidson



I wish that I had known back then that a mastery of process
would lead to a product. Then I probably wouldn’t have found it
so frightening to write. ~ Elizabeth George



To understand a cat, you must realize that he has his own gifts,
his own viewpoint, even his own morality. ~ Lilian Jackson Braun



Mystery Weekly Magazine 
“Submissions must be original works of short fiction that have never appeared online or in print in any form. Avoid scenes of animal cruelty or excessive profanity/violence, and please make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors. We currently pay 1¢ / word for accepted stories.”



Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible 
“Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible will be presented by Parnell Hall and published by Wildside Press in time for Malice Domestic 31, which will take place May 3 – 5, 2019. . . Mystery Most Edible: ‘Mystery Most Edible’ means that the story must have a significant gastronomic or culinary aspect.”


The Wyrd
“The Wyrd is a speculative short fiction market for authors and artists who have a fondness for weird and slipstream themes. What that means is we’re looking for works that cross, combine or redefine traditional genre boundaries. We enjoy stories that come with a heavy dose of the uncanny, the strange, and blend literary, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror tropes.”


Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
“We are interested in nearly every kind of mystery: stories of detection of the classic kind, police procedurals, private eye tales, suspense, courtroom dramas, stories of espionage, and so on. We ask only that the story be about a crime (or the threat or fear of one). We sometimes accept ghost stories or supernatural tales, but those also should involve a crime.”


Mystery Tribune
“In addition to fiction, Mystery Tribune accepts submissions in other categories during the following periods: Art and Photography –           24 January – 24 February; Non-fiction –  24 April – 24 May”


Suspense Magazine
Suspense Publishing continues to expand its reputation and influence in the publishing industry, offering some of the best titles in the suspense, thriller, mystery, and horror genres.

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“We publish every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case—the gamut of crime and detection from the realistic (including the policeman’s lot and stories of police procedure) to the more imaginative (including “locked rooms” and “impossible crimes”). We need hard-boiled stories as well as “cozies,” but we are not interested in explicit sex or violence. We do not want true detective or crime stories. With the exception of a regular book review column and a mystery crossword, EQMM publishes only fiction.”


The Dark City
“The Dark City is dedicated to the love of story, and in particular, the rough and tumble of the world of crime and violence. We are fans of story that has roots in reality but we do consider humorous situations and characters to be part of reality. We hope to acquire stories that leave readers thinking about the characters and their dilemma.”


Mystery Weekly Magazine
“. . .  2500-7500 word mystery. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but not multiple submissions; please send only your best available story. Submissions must be original works of short fiction that have never appeared online or in print in any form. Avoid scenes of animal cruelty or excessive profanity/violence, and please make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors.”


180 Literary Journals for Creative Writers
by Emily Harstone
available on Kindle
Free downloadable e-book:


Journals listed above are taken from 180 Literary Journals for Creative Writers, cited above. Quoted descriptions are drawn from the journals themselves.



  The rain it raineth on the just
      And also on the unjust fella;
      But chiefly on the just, because
      The unjust steals the just’s umbrella. 
― Marion ChesneyThe Wicked Godmother



Selected Sites

Court Shakes Up Tax Landscape for Online Sales

20 Must-Read Novels by Female Mystery Authors

Stop Lying! Everyone Knows You’re a Complete Fraud!

Operation F.E.C.A.L: New Publishing & The High Cost of FREE

Law and Fiction

Jan Burke 

Manning Wolfe 


“Aubrey Davenport was dressed like a fop, had the manners of a fop,
and appeared to have the intelligence of a potato.” 
― Marion ChesneyMiss Tonks Turns to Crime


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I mean she folded her underwear like origami.


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