HoTXSinC October 14 ***@ Yarborough Branch Library***: Robert Ansley on Paranormal Research

HoTXSinC will meet on
Sunday, October 14, 2018
@ the Yarborough Branch Library
2200 Hancock Drive, Austin.

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the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
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@ the Yarborough Branch of Austin Public Library
Program: Robert Ansley on Paranormal Research
New Venue for October 14: Yarborough Branch Library
Upcoming Programs
Texas Book Festival: It’s Time to Bring Your Books!
HoTXSinC Authors @ Boerne Book and Arts Fest
Ghost Story Contest Winner to Be Announced
The Word on Our Members
Who’s Blogging?

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Robert Ansley


Paranormal Research

Robert Ansley is an actor, director, and producer of short films that have screened at many film festivals including SXSW, Tribeca, and Cannes.  He started his crime fighting career in 1979 with the Austin Police Dept, and was promoted to Sgt. just three years later.  Austin author Bruce Sterling noted in his book “Hacker Crackdown – Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier” that Robert was one of the first police officers in the nation to set up a sting operation to catch hackers committing computer crimes.  In 1989 Robert was lured away by a small computer company called “Dell” to provide executive protection for Michael and his new wife Susan.  In addition he eventually traveled the globe designing security systems and practices for Dell facilities worldwide.  After suffering a serious spinal injury Robert retired and once he was on the mend he began pursuing his fascination for paranormal investigations.  His company, Imagine Your Dreams LLC had been producing short films for festivals and now produces paranormal films for his new organization Austin Paranormal Research.  Together with his business partner, Elizabeth Lloyd they investigate client claims of hauntings and Poltergeist activity in the greater Austin area.  Their work has appeared in the prestigious magazine Paranormal Review, published by the Society for Psychical Research in London, UK.


Plus the winner of the HoTXSinC Ghost Story Contest will be announced.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m.

New Venue: The October 14 meeting will be held at the Yarborough Branch of Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive.

Future venues will be announced in next month’s HOTSHOTS!

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New Venue:  October 14, HoTXSinC Meets @ the Yarborough

On October 14, HoTXSinC will meet at the  Yarborough Branch of Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive, from 2:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Why are we moving? Cafe Express has closed.

We’re not sure yet where the November and December meetings will be held, but word will go out as soon as a venue is confirmed. Watch this space.

Upcoming Programs. 

November: Mark Pryor, District Attorney and Author

December: Party and Showcase of Members’ Writing 

And for 2019:

February: Jan Burke, Guest Speaker from SinC National Speaker’s Bureau


Texas Book Festival: It’s Time to Bring Your Books!!!

2018-09 KP GRESHAM 2017 TBF Group Photo

To those members who want their books sold at this year’s Texas Book Festival, you need to bring your books to our next meeting!


We need the following information to accompany your books.

-No more than ten copies of EACH title.

-A brief synopsis of each title.

-A brief author bio.

Unless you are signed up to man the booth, we do not need an 8 x 10 photo of you.

If you can’t get your books to me at the October 14 meeting, text me at kpgresham (at) aol (dot) com or call me on my cell at 713-962-9992.

As a reminder, the 2018 Texas Book Festival is October 27 & 28 on the Capitol Grounds. We have been assigned Booth #413, so stop on by and visit us!

Please folks, let’s make this a hard deadline! Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated! ~ K.P.Gresham


HoTXSinC Authors at Boerne Book & Arts Fest

HoTXSinC Authors will sell books at the Boerne Book & Arts Fest this Saturday, October 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information, see the


Ghost Story Winner to Be Announced

2018-09- pixabay - cc0 mirror-1662178_640HoTXSinC’s Short Ghost Story Contest winner will be announced at the meeting on October 14.
The winner will receive a $25.00 Target gift card and the Parrish Knife, first donated by Eugenia Parrish as the prize in a HoTXSinC short story contest in 2017. MK Waller, winner of the 2017 contest, is donating the knife back to HoTXSinC for the Ghost Story Contest prize.
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 The Word on Our Members

Four HoTXSinC members read from their works at Malvern Books on Novel Night, September 13. N. M. Cedeno read from THE WALLS CAN TALK; Laura Oles read from DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN; and Sue Cleveland and Dixie Evatt, aka Meredith Lee, read from DIGGING UP THE DEAD and SHROUDED.



Alexandra Burt, Valerie Chandler, Laura Oles, MK Waller, George Wier, and Scott Montgomery appeared on a panel discussing Austin Mystery Writers’ second crime fiction anthology, LONE STAR LAWLESS, at Tim Bryant’s Bosslight Books, in Nacogdoches, Texas, on September 20.





On September 19, Alexandra, Valerie, Laura, and MK attended Scott Montgomery’s interview with Craig Johnson, author of the LONGMIRE series, at Murder by the Book in Houston.






2018-09 Meredith Lee - Digging up the dead cover




GHOST NEXT DOOR, by Helen Currie Foster, was published September 22, 2018. Now available on Amazon and at independent bookstores, this is the fifth novel in the Alice MacDonald Greer Mystery Series. During night-time fireworks at Coffee Creek’s first official barbecue cook-off, deep in Texas Hill Country, lawyer Alice MacDonald Greer trips over the body of a sharp-tongued food writer. The hotly competitive grill-masters all possess well-honed knives and stout alibis. With local law enforcement baffled, the mystery darkens when a malevolent stalker pursues Alice and her engaging but secretive client using arson, assault and highway terror. Alice finds herself needing far more than her legal skills to survive.

An Alice MacDonald Greer legal thriller, full of smoke, music, mayhem and suspense.

A “simply outstanding mystery series.” Midwest Book Review.

Find her online:

Who’s Blogging?

N. M. Cedeño

KP Gresham

M. K. Waller



Hallmark Publishing

“Hi there! Hallmark Publishing is open to unagented submissions of completed full-length novels through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3), 2018. We will also have an open reading period in February 2019. Follow us on Twitter, @HallmarkPublish, to be the first to learn about future calls for submissions.”


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