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 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?

Opportunities
Selected Sites
HOTSHOTS! Wants You
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HOTSHOTS!
Nolo Contendere

 

 

Dave Ciambrone

on

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).

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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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…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

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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, https://www.austinchronicle.com/

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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

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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

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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

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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.

THE TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 27 & 28, 2018
CHAIRED BY KATHY GRESHAM
HoTXSinC WILL HAVE A TABLE AT THE TBF.
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.

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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 franpaino.com 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.

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

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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!

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

 

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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. http://kayegeorge.com/

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.

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

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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 franpaino@gmail.com. A winner will be announced at the meeting. DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 2018.

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

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What Can SINC Do for You?

MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS: Do you know how SinC benefits members? Follow in HOTSHOTS!: https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts

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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

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 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.

 

 

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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.”

 

 

 

 

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

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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”

 

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

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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

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

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Opportunities

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.”

 

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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180 Literary Journals for Creative Writers
by Emily Harstone
available on Kindle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CW58XPB/ref=as_li_ss_tl
Free downloadable e-book: https://authorspublish.com/180-literary-journals/

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

 

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  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

 

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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 

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“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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 HOTSHOTS! Wants You 

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

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Marcia was incredibly organized, obsessively neat …
I mean she folded her underwear like origami.

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My father, whose hobby was collecting secondhand cricket books,
came back from a book fair one day
with a copy of ‘The Body In The Library.’ ~ Sophie Hannah

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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. 

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

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement

 

@ CAFE EXPRESS!
Program: Elizabeth Bryant on
Travis County Search and Rescue K9 Unit

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

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

 

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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

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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.

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Meredith Lee (aka Sue Meredith Cleveland and Dixie Lee Evatt) will be at The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio (https://www.thetwig.com) 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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

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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

 

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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

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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–

WINNER
Keep Austin Weird by Erin Brown

FINALISTS
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

 

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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

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Opportunities

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 http://www.metooanthology.net.

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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 https://mwamidwest.org/2018-mwa-midwest-critique-program-launches-april-1/

 

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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

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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

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Wimberley Book Festival

Wimberley Community Center

June 9, 2018

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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

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Tejas Storytelling Conference

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

Fort Worth, Texas

June 29th, 30th, & July 1

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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

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Fort Worth BookFest

“Embracing Our Differences & Celebrating Our Diversity”

TCC
Trinity River Campus Downtown Fort Worth

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

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Texas Book Festival

Capitol of Texas

@TexasBookFest / #txbookfest

Saturday & Sunday, October 27 – 28, 2018

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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.

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

 

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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

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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

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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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 HOTSHOTS! Wants You 

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

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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

 

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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. 

HOTXSINC Meeting: May 20, 2018–the 3rd Sunday–at Cafe Express

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement

 

@ CAFE EXPRESS!
Program: Ed Martin – Fraud Investigation Techniques
and Breaking the Madalyn Murray O’Hair
Kidnapping and Murder Case

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Upcoming Programs
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What Are You Reading?

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HOTSHOTS! Wants You

Nolo Contendere

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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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m.; however, since Mothers’ Day falls on the second Sunday in May, we will meet on the third Sunday, May 20, 2018.We will 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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To do and detect all crimes by fair and reasonable means;
to conceal no vital clues from the reader; to honour the King’s English …
and to observe the oath of secrecy in all matters communicated to me
within the brotherhood of the Club. ~ Rules of The Detection Club

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In the hands of Detection Club members during the Golden Age,
the novel at last became the natural form for the detective story.
It has remained so ever since.

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Detective stories offered readers pleasure at a time
when they feared for the future.
As the Wall Street Crash brought the Roaring Twenties to a shuddering end,
writers prided themselves on coming up with fresh ways
of disguising whodunit or howdunit,
but the most gifted novelists itched to do more,
to explore human relationships
and the complications of psychology. 

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The Word on Our Members

Patricia Flaherty Pagan

ENDURING SPIRIT, STORIES, a short collection of my award-winning literary, crime, and fantasy stories, will be released on May 25 by Spider Road Press.

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Meredith Lee

Meredith Lee, aka Sue Meredith Cleveland and Dixie Lee Evatt, were guest speakers at the noon luncheon of the Austin Woman’s Club on Thursday, April 5, 2018. They talked about their debut mystery, SHROUDED: A CRISPIN LEADS MYSTERY, and plans for the sequel, DIGGING UP THE DEAD, due for release this fall. The Austin Woman’s Club has been meeting at its historic downtown home since 1939, hosting artists, historians, civic leaders, and authors.

 

 

 

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Her room sat at the top of a steep and slippery spiral staircase
made of iron which looked stylish, but was a death-trap
for anyone unlucky enough to lose her footing.
One day, she would turn that staircase into a fictional murder scene
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 Who’s Blogging?

Helen Currie Foster  The Backward Dive or, Pulling the Threads

Noreen Cedeño  Background Research Fun: Marketing Via Sensory Input

K.P. Gresham  Research Pot of Gold, Thy Name is Billy Kring

M. K. Waller  Ice Cream Cone, 1958 ; Boo-Boo or, The Whisky Rebellion

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A statue featuring a bust of Christie stands in Covent Garden,
the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul has an Agatha Christie room,
and her face smiles from a billboard welcoming tourists to Gran Canaria.
On the 120th anniversary of her birth,
cooks around the world baked a Delicious Death cake from a recipe by Jane Asher.
The book with the thickest spine in the world has been created
from the complete Miss Marple stories.
In Harrogate, a plaque in the Old Swan Hotel  (formerly the Hydropathic Hydro)
commemorates her disappearance,
the reason for which continues to provoke debate.
Agatha Christie is, in short, an icon
whose name is synonymous with detective fiction and mystery.

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What Are You Reading?

Patty Flaherty Pagan – I just finished the first and second installments in Jane Harper‘s amazing Araon Falk mystery/thriller series set in Australia: THE DRY and the recent release FORCE OF NATURE. Her use of setting is masterful! Highly recommend it to fellow members (and everyone else).

Manning Wolfe – HUNTER’S MOON, by Billy Kring (going back over all his books before TONTON, my favorite)

Valerie ChandlerA GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles

M. K. WallerTHE GOLDEN AGE OF MURDER: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story, by Martin Edwards

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Father Brown: “It must be very hard work to be a gentleman,
but, do you know, I have sometimes thought it was may be
almost as laborious to be a waiter.”

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Selected Sites

 The Passive Voice

 Writer Unboxed

Jane Friedman

Feedspot:  “The Top 100 Writing Blogs and Websites for Authors to Follow in 2018”

 

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The climax of one of Berkeley’s novels was so shocking
that when Alfred Hitchcock came to film it,
even the legendary master of suspense,
the man who would direct Psycho, lost his nerve.
He substituted a final scene that was a feeble cop-out
in comparison to Berkeley’s dark and horrific vision.

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The book was finished on 8 February, but Sayers usually found,
as many authors do,
that once she had finished a book,
she went through a phase of self-doubt,
because the execution had not lived up to her original concept.

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The quotations above are taken from THE GOLDEN AGE OF MURDER: THE MYSTERY OF THE WRITERS WHO INVENTED THE MODERN DETECTIVE STORY, by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins, 2015)

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HOTXSINC Meeting: April 8, 2018 @ Cafe Express

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement

Program: Michael Noll on the Writers League of Texas
Upcoming Programs
The Word on Our Members
Blog Challenge: Blogging From A to Z

Selected Sites
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Nolo Contendere

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Writers’ League of Texas Program Director Michael Noll, author of the recently published book The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction, will discuss strategies for solving problems of character, scene, plot, and structure. A great way to find such strategies is by doing close readings of great writing and adapting the techniques gleaned from these close readings to your own work. The approach presented by the book and his blog, Read to Write Stories, is used in more than three dozen university classrooms around the country. This presentation will offer practical tips for reading like a writer, plus a preview of upcoming Writers’ League programming that could help with your writing and publishing goals.

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Michael Noll is the author of The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fictionthe Program Director at the Writers’ League of Texas, and the editor of Read to Write Stories, where he posts writing exercises based on published work and interviews authors about the craft behind their novels, stories, and essays. His short stories have been published widely, including in The Best American Mystery Stories anthology.

 

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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. 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, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/

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The first thing we see about a story is its mystery.
And in the best stories, we return at last to see mystery again.
Every good story has mystery, not the puzzle kind, but the mystery of allurement.
~ Eudora Welty

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Upcoming Programs

May 20 – the 3rd Sunday: Ed Martin, former U. S. Treasury agent, now private investigator at Sage Investigationson Breaking the Madalyn Murray O’Hair Kidnapping/Murder Case

June 10: K9 Unit Leader Elizabeth Bryant, Travis County Search and Rescue

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I believe I could commit a crime. We all can.
It depends on which situations we find ourselves in.
In despair, I would steal food if my children were hungry. ~ Karin Fossum

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The Word on Our Members

Laura Oles’ “Family Matters and Writing” appeared on Women Writers, Women’s Books (March 2).

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Patty Flaherty Pagan of Houston has a new collection of crime, literary & speculative short stories, and flash fiction, ENDURING SPIRIT, coming from Spider Road Press in May 2018.

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NoreenCedeño, KP Gresham, Helen Currie Foster, and Dave Ciambrone have joined the blogging team at Writing Wranglers and Warriors. Recent posts there by HoTXSinC members:

M. K. Waller, “Inspiration, Suspiration, Desperation, Broccoli” (March 1); and “Four-Sentence Book Review: A Broom of One’s Own” (March 7)
Noreen Cedeño, “A Plantain Is Not the Same Thing as a Banana: Merging Family Menus” (March 6)
KP Gresham, “I Love Research and Nolan Ryan,” (March 13)
Helen Currie Foster, “The Deep Dive” (March 19)
Dave Ciambrone, “Finding the Muse” (March 22) and “Your Characters Talk to You?” (March 25)

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Blog Challenge

Blogging From A to Z

Starts Sunday, April 1. The last day to sign up is March 31–click here for instructions.

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I think it was Freud who said that we’re all arrested at a certain age.
For me, it was always 13. ~ Megan Abbott

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Upcoming Events

Events listed below appear on the blog Texas Book Lover: Great books and all things Texas. Check Texas Book Lover for info on calls for submissions, workshops, conferences, book clubs, and other topics related to reading and writing.

Austin International Poetry Festival, April 5-8, 2018

Dallas Book Festival, April 7, 2018
Lone Star LesFic Festival, Austin, April 7, 2018

San Antonio Book Festival, April 7, 2018

North Texas Book Festival, Denton, April 7, 2018

 Brazos Valley Book Festival, College Station, April 14, 2018
 National Book Awards Festival, Huntsville, April 16-17, 2018
Poetry at Round Top, April 20-22, 2018
North Texas Teen Book Festival, Irving, April 20-21, 2018
Valley International Poetry Festival, McAllen, April 26-29, 2018\
Authors in the Park, Austin, April 28

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Life, too, is senseless unless you know who you are, what you want,
and which way the wind blows.~ Ellen Raskin

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Selected Sites

What Editors Want

What Mystery Propels Your Novel?

The articles below were shared on The Passive Voice.

Amazon Severs Ties With Top Lobbying Firms Washington

Facebook to simplify privacy controls amid anger over breach

Four by Royko

Another Downtown bookstore was destined for closure. Then these buyers called.

Microsoft Quietly Rolls Out Its E-bookstore

Romance community be warned: Amazon is stripping rankings from titles

You can now get a PhD in creativity

Mickey Spillane’s Work Keeps Coming, 12 Years After His Death

Tracking the slow, sad death of Barnes & Noble via data

Exclusive: Amazon aims to turn Alexa into a real-time universal language translator

B&N Third Quarter: Sales Drop 5.3%; Net Loss of $63.5M

Barnes & Noble drops after soft quarter

I have forgotten how to read

How to Create New Book Habits

The 15 Most Memorable On-Screen Bookstores

In Praise of Negative Reviews

On Bad Reviews

Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors

Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors

Common Examples of Fair Use

Walmart Beat Netflix and Amazon to Video on Demand but Still Lost

The Basics of Using Styles in MS Word

Characters in Cars Thinking, or, How to Deal with the Passage of Time

Right of publicity not a right to control one’s own image by censoring disagreeable portrayals, says appeals court in de Havilland case

How to Develop Buyer Personas Using Facebook Insights

The profits from publishing: authors’ perspective

Using Third Person vs First Person Novel Narratives

The Advice Columnists Who Prescribe Literature as Medicine

7 Books About Different Writing Lives

Insect Photographer Sues Pest Control Company for $2.7 Million

Hundreds protest college’s proposal to drop humanities for more practical majors

President Donald Trump Slams Amazon Over Taxes It Pays and Impact on Other Businesses

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The library is what keeps us a step ahead of the apes. ~ Dana Stabenow

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To me thin people never had any meaningful problems. ~ Dorothy Cannell

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HOTXSINC Meeting: March 11, 2018 at Cafe Express

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement

NEW LOCATION on March 11: CAFE EXPRESS!
Program: Billy Kring on Creating and Stealing New Identities
Subscribe to HOTSHOTS! & HOTSHOTS! Wants
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Upcoming Programs

The Word on Our Members
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere

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Billy Kring

on

Creating & Stealing New Identities

 

Our Sisters in Crime speaker for Sunday, March 11, will be Billy Kring.  In the world of entertainment, Billy Kring is a prolific writer, authoring over twenty books, as well as an actor. His years as a Border Patrol Agent, brought him into situations that color his stories with first-hand experience. He has been a consultant on terrorism and international border issues in such places as Mexico, South America, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pan Pacific.

Billy has also written a romantic suspense novel under the name B.G. Kring, because his wife asked him to, and his latest novel, Hunter’s Moonhas met with great success. He will speak on creating or stealing new identities, a topic that is of particular value to many writers.

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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. 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, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/

 

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“What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this — two things:
I crave truth. And I lie. ” 

― Tana FrenchIn the Woods

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Upcoming Programs

April: Michael Noll, Program Director of the Writers’ League of Texas

May: Ed Martin, former U. S. Treasury agent, now private investigator at Sage Investigationson Breaking the Madalyn Murray O’Hair Kidnapping/Murder Case

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“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” 
― Tana FrenchIn the Woods

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The Word on Our Members

Noreen Cedeño‘s post “Wedding Receptions in the You-Tube Era” appeared on Writing Wranglers and Warriors on February 7. “A Plantain Is Not the Same Thing as a Banana: Merging Family Menus” appeared on March 6.

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Noreen’s novel THE WALLS CAN TALK was chosen for the American Library Association’s Book Club Central for this month: March Mysteries with an Irish Connection.

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Helen Currie Foster’s GHOST DOG was reviewed in Publishers Weekly: “Foster’s entertaining sequel to Ghost Cave … Alice’s plausible efforts to clear Tessa of a murder charge make for suspenseful reading. (BookLife)”

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Sue Meredith Cleveland and Dixie Lee Evatt, aka Meredith Lee, were featured in a four-part article in February in AARP Texas. The authors of SHROUDED: A Crispin Leads Mystery spoke about their book and writing as a team.

https://states.aarp.org/taking-pen-duo-releases-award-winning-mystery/

https://states.aarp.org/taking-pen-seeking-like-minded-souls/

https://states.aarp.org/taking-pen-going-press/

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Meredith Lee’s SHROUDED received a starred Blue Ink review in the February 15, 2018 issue of Booklist. Sue Cleveland and Dixie Evatt write together under the pen name Meredith Lee.

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Manning Wolfe‘s essay “‘Based On’ or ‘Inspired By’ a True Story?” appeared on the Killer Nashville blog.

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M. K. Waller will be selling and signing books at AllCon 2018 in Dallas the weekend of  March 16-18.

 

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“I wasn’t sure I could make it through another hour of his company
without throwing my stapler at his head.” 

― Tana FrenchThe Likeness

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Selected Sites

What Editors Want

The articles below were shared on The Passive Voice.

Mickey Spillane’s Work Keeps Coming, 12 Years After His Death

Tracking the slow, sad death of Barnes & Noble via data

Exclusive: Amazon aims to turn Alexa into a real-time universal language translator

B&N Third Quarter: Sales Drop 5.3%; Net Loss of $63.5M

Barnes & Noble drops after soft quarter

I have forgotten how to read

How to Create New Book Habits

The 15 Most Memorable On-Screen Bookstores

In Praise of Negative Reviews

On Bad Reviews

Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors

Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors

Common Examples of Fair Use

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“Here’s a little tip for you. If you don’t like being called a murderer, don’t kill people.” 
― Tana FrenchFaithful Place

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Members, send news to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com. Include both past and upcoming events.
Also send head shots and a list of your book titles/short story titles to Kathy for the HOTXSINC author page.

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