HoTXSinC
January 13, 2019

LAURA BUSH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
9411 Bee Cave Road
Austin, TX 78733

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Bill Wordburn

on

Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes

A Counselors Insights into Troubled Minds

We often write about extremes of human behavior and its aftermath. To be believable, it helps to understand desperate motives and how extreme events shape our lives. Join Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S, author and counselor, for a Q&A session about your characters’ actions and reactions.

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 https://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

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

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/


HoTXSinC
November 11, 2018

NEW LOCATION!
IHOP
1101 South MOPAC

Mark Pryor

on

The Intersection Between His Job as a Prosecutor
and
Crime Fiction Writing

Mark Pryor is a former newspaper reporter from England, and now a prosecutor with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, in Austin, Texas.
He is the author of the Hugo Marston mystery series, set in Paris, London, and Barcelona.
The most recent is THE SORBONNE AFFAIR, a “flawlessly constructed whodunit,” according to Booklist. His previous novel in the series was THE PARIS LIBRARIAN, which the Toronto Globe & Mail says “has it all . . . a finely structured plot that’s one of Pryor’s best books yet.” The first Hugo Marston novel, THE BOOKSELLER, was a Library Journal Debut of the Month, and called “unputdownable” by Oprah.com, and the series has been featured in the New York Times.
Mark is also the author of the psychological thriller, HOLLOW MAN, and its sequel, DOMINIC, published in January of 2018. He also created the nationally-recognized true-crime blog ‘D.A. Confidential.’ As a prosecutor, he has appeared on CBS News’s 48 Hours and Discovery Channel’s Discovery ID: Cold Blood.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m. We meet at the IHOP at 1101 South MOPAC.

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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 https://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

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

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/

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HoTXSinC
October 14, 2018 @ Cafe Express

Robert Ansley

on

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.

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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 https://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

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

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/

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HoTXSinC
September 9, 2018 @ Cafe Express

Dr. Kim Rossmo

on

Geographic Profiling

Geographic profiling is a criminal investigative methodology for analyzing the locations of a connected series of crime to determine the most probable area of offender residence.  Its major function is suspect prioritization in serial murder, rape, and similar investigations.  Such cases are difficult to solve because they involve stranger offenders.  2018-09 pixabay CC0 usa-155594_640These “whodunit” investigations can involve thousands of suspects and often suffer from problems of information overload.  In such situations, geographic profiling can assist in case information management.  Crime locations are not distributed randomly in space but rather are influenced by the road networks and features of the physical environment.  Consequently, when properly interpreted, crime sites can function as spatial clues.  A focus on the crime setting – the “where and when” of the criminal act – offers a conceptual framework for determining the most probable area of offender residence.  The area of research known as environmental criminology studies the interactions between people and their surroundings, and views crime as the product of offenders, victims, and their setting.  The three theories underlying geographic profiling – crime pattern, routine activity, and rational choice – provide the foundation for understanding the target patterns and hunting behavior of criminal predators.

Dr. Kim Rossmo holds the University Chair in Criminology and is the director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University.  He has researched and published in the areas of the geography of crime and criminal investigations.  Dr. Rossmo was formerly the Detective Inspector in charge of the Vancouver Police Department’s Geographic Profiling Section, which provided investigative support for the international law enforcement community.  Dr. Rossmo is a member of the Police Investigative Operations Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is a Commissioner on the Austin Public Safety Commission.  He has studied the geospatial structure of terrorist cells, patterns of shark foraging, and the geography of illegal border crossings.  He has published books on geographic profiling and criminal investigative failures, and a crime atlas for Texas.  Dr. Rossmo has been awarded the Governor General of Canada Police Exemplary Service Medal.

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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 https://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

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

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/

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HoTXSinC
August 12, 2018 @ Cafe Express

Manning Wolfe 

on 

Legal Issues for Authors

Manning-Wolfe-Headshot
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!

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HoTXSinC
July 8, 2018 @ Cafe Express

Dave Ciambrone

on

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).

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HoTXSinC
June 10, 2018 @ Cafe Express

ELIZABETH BRYANT

TRAVIS COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE K9 UNIT

on

SEARCH AND RESCUE

and

 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 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.

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HoTXSinC
May 20, 2018 @ Cafe Express

ED MARTIN

on

FRAUD INVESTIGATION TECHNIQUES

and 

BREAKING THE MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR


KIDNAPPING/MURDER CASE

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.”

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Cafe Express

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

Parking behind restaurant! Great menu!
http://www.cafe-express.com/locations/austin

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Meetings are free and open to the public.

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

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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 https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/

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About HOTXSINC

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 San Antonio 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., at the IHOP at 1101 S. MOPAC, Austin, Texas. Click for map).

For a list of 2017 programs, click here.

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BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

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.

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JOIN HOTXSINC

To join or renew, click here.

 

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HOTSHOTS!

HoTXSinC December 9, 2018: Party & Member Showcase @ La Mancha!

Party & Member Showcase @ La Mancha Tex-Mex Tavern 2203 Hancock Drive Austin, TX 78756 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Front side room Party snacks will be provided All beverages purchased individually Members will read from their works. *   Our mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers. … Continue reading HoTXSinC December 9, 2018: Party & Member Showcase @ La Mancha!

HoTXSinC November 11, 2018: Mark Pryor on The Intersection Between His Job as a Prosecutor and Crime Fiction Writing

NEW LOCATION! IHOP 1101 South MOPAC   Our mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers.                                              ~ SINC Mission Statement Program: Mark Pryor on the Intersection Between … Continue reading HoTXSinC November 11, 2018: Mark Pryor on The Intersection Between His Job as a Prosecutor and Crime Fiction Writing

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Join/Renew

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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Authors

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
Pariah
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
Chimera
Murder at Webster’s Point
Trail of Thread
Red Tide Murders
Suspicious Threads (in work)

Nonfiction

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

Shrouded

 

 

 

 

 


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