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 His Job as a Prosecutor
and Crime Fiction Writing
Upcoming Programs
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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.
Mark will have copies of his books to sell by credit card only.

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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 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/


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


Upcoming Programs

December: Party and Showcase of Members’ Writing 

And for 2019:

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


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


The Word on Our Members: HoTXSinC @ Novel Night

 

Manning Wolfe, Billy Kring, and Mark Pryor will appear at Malvern Books’ Novel Night on Thursday, November 8, 2018, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Malvern Books is located at 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.

 

 

 


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


Texas Book Festival: HoTXSinC Was There!

Details in next month’s HOTSHOTS!


I like writing about big turning points,
where professional and personal lives coalesce,

where the boundaries are coming down,
and you’re faced with a set of choices
which will change life forever. ~ Tana French 


Who’s Blogging?

Noreen Cedeño

Helen Currie Foster

 


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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.

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HOTSHOTS! Special Texas Book Festival Issue – Author Schedule

2018 Texas Book Festival

The Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas chapter will staff a booth at the upcoming Texas Book Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, 2018. The Festival takes place in downtown Austin on the streets surrounding the Capitol Building. The Festival runs from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

Here’s a link to the Author/Volunteer schedule for Saturday and Sunday.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080544afaa23a64-2018

HoTXSinC authors will sell and sign their books in Tent 4, near the Capitol.

 

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HoTXSinC’s TBF Coordinator K.P. Gresham setting up booth in Tent 4

 

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HoTXSinC’s TBF Coordinator K.P. Gresham, Secretary Francine Paino, and President Helen Currie Foster — with HoTXSinC table all set for the weekend — Tent 4, near the Capitol of Texas

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.


Our mission is to promote
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?

Opportunities
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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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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!

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/


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!!!

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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!

BE ADVISED: THE OCTOBER 14 SinC MEETING IS AT THE RALPH YARBOROUGH LIBRARY, 2200 Hancock Dr., Austin, TX 78756.

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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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GHOST NEXT DOOR IS OUT!

 

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: www.helencurriefoster.com

https://www.facebook.com/helencurriefoster/

https://www.amazon.com/Helen-Currie-Foster/e/B00R1X9RXK


Who’s Blogging?

N. M. Cedeño

KP Gresham

M. K. Waller


 

Opportunities

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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No Lo Contendere

Members, send news to hots2014 (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.

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HoTXSinC September 9, 2018: Dr. Kim Rossmo on Geographic Profiling

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

@ CAFE EXPRESS!
Program: Dr. Kim Rossmo on Geographic Profiling
Upcoming Programs
The 2018 Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest
The Writers’ Police Academy by K. P. Gresham
Search and Rescue K9 Units by N. M. Cedeño
Texas Book Festival: Bring Us Your Books!
Boerne Book Festival: Table for HoTXSinC Authors
For Members Only: Short Ghost Story Contest Submission Deadline
The Word on Our Members
Congratulations and Best Wishes
Who’s Blogging?

Opportunities
Selected Sites
HOTSHOTS! Wants You
Subscribe to HOTSHOTS!

Nolo Contendere
Bulwer Lytton Winner – Detective/Crime

 

 Dr. Kim Rossmo

on

Geographic Profiling

of serial killers / rapists / terrorists

2018-09 pixabay CC0 usa-155594_640Geographic 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.  These “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/


Upcoming Programs

October: Robert Ansley on Paranormal Research and Announcement of Ghost Story Contest Winner

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


The 2018 Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest 

Grand Prize Winner

“Cassie smiled as she clenched John’s hand on the edge of an abandoned pier while the sun set gracefully over the water, and as the final rays of light disappeared into a star-filled sky she knew that there was only one thing left to do to finish off this wonderful evening, which was to throw his severed appendage into the ocean’s depths so it could never be found again–and maybe get some custard after.” ~ Tanya Menezes

Read the rest of the winners and dishonorable mentions here.


The Writers’ Police Academy

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I’ve just returned from the tenth annual Writer’s Police Academy in Green Bay,

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K. P. and Rob at fire demonstration

Wisconsin. The three-day forensics conference was packed with seminars, clinics,  high intensity training courses and experts, experts, experts! Sisters in Crime is a major sponsor for this event, and I and my fellow Heart of Texas Sisters in Crime member, Rob Robertson, ran ourselves crazy for three days of non-stop learning!

The event was held at the Northwest Wisconsin Technical College’s Safety Training Academy using instructors from the Academy as well as specialists from around the United States. Lee Lofland, the founder and director of this fabulous experience, had one goal in mind when he put this event together. He wanted to bring law enforcement and writers together in a realistic setting. To quote the conference program, he “wanted to place writers behind the wheel of a patrol car in a pursuit (which I did!)…let them shoot rifles & pistols…fire a taser (again, something I did!), etc.  He believes the best way to write believable make-believe is to live it. Writers can breathe more life into tales by adding the senses of touch, taste, sound & smell.”

My personal takeaway from the exhausting three days of mayhem—putting out fires (literally), wearing S.W.A.T gear (Holy Toledo, it’s heavy!!!!!) and trying to apprehend a bad guy, checking out blood spatter investigation techniques—is that I AM GOING BACK!  There’s no way I could get everything in that I wanted to do, and frankly I’m not sure I could’ve wrapped my head around one more fact.

By far the best part of the conference was getting to know the law enforcement professionals as well as my fellow writers. Unbeknownst to me, I found myself sitting at a bar between a Hollywood producer and a best-selling author talking about storytelling. When I figured out who they were, I almost choked on my margarita! The guest of honor at Saturday night’s banquet was international Best Seller, Jeffery Deaver. Talk about a writer who gets procedurals right! He was gracious and friendly, as were ALL of the specialists there to teach us.

Thank you to everyone who put this conference together! My writing will be better because of all your help and expertise!

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K.P. Gresham, author of the Pastor Matt Hayden Mystery series and Three Days at Wrigley Field, moved to Texas as quick as she could. Born Chicagoan, K.P. and her husband moved to Texas, fell in love with not shoveling snow and are 30+ year Lone Star State residents. She finds that her dual country citizenship, the Midwest and Texas, provide deep fodder for her award-winning novels. Her varied careers as a media librarian and technical director, middle school literature teacher and theatre playwright and director add humor and truth to her stories. A graduate of Houston’s Rice University Novels Writing Colloquium, K.P. now resides in Austin, Texas, where life with her tolerant but supportive husband and narcissistic Chihuahua is acceptably weird. She is a member of SINC Heart of Texas Chapter.


Search and Rescue K9 Units

HOTXSINC Headshots by N. M. Cedeño

A representative of the Travis County Texas Search and Rescue K9 unit was kind enough to come and speak to Sisters in Crime, Heart of Texas Chapter this summer. She provided a wealth of information for crime writers on the workings of Search and Rescue K9 Units.

Most Search and Rescue group members are unpaid volunteers. The volunteers go through training and must pass a fitness test in order to qualify to join the team. Dog handlers train their dogs to participate in the searches following training guidelines. There are three different kinds of S & R dogs: live find, trailing, and human remains detection (HRD). Searches may be categorized as wilderness, urban, or disaster. Police in cars or on foot handle most urban searches. Dogs are mostly used for wilderness and disaster searches.

The human remains detection (HRD) dogs are not referred to as cadaver dogs anymore. HRD dogs must be able to identify hundreds of odors that come from decaying human remains and be able to differentiate those smells from those of decaying animals. Training the dogs to identify these odors requires the handler to obtain appropriate materials for training exercises. These materials may be donated to the trainer by dental surgeons, midwives, and other doctors or organizations with access to amputated or removed body parts. Places such as the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility, also known as the Body Farm, at Texas State University’s Freeman Ranch, will allow dog handlers to use the facility for training only once a year. The dogs can identify these smells even when underground or mixed with other smells.

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My dog, Petra, who is not a S&R dog. Picture by N. M. Cedeño.

Trailing dogs are usually on leashes and are following a scent trail looking for a missing person. These dogs are used when authorities know exactly where the missing person was last seen, giving them a starting point for using the dogs. The dogs are given a sample carrying the missing person’s scent to smell, such clothing the person wore recently. Then the dog is told to find that specific scent. Each person’s individual scent is distinctive, created by soaps, sprays, detergents, shampoos, conditioners, and their own skin particles. Relatives in the same home who use the same products may have similar scents. The dogs are trained to distinguish between the missing person and close relatives.

Live find, or live search, dogs are trained to find a person in a large area of land. They can be made to work in a grid pattern or can be sent to search an area independently, off leash. The dogs are fitted with GPS trackers so that the area they search can be followed and mapped. These dogs love their game of search and find so much that they will not stop unless their handler forces them to rest. Live search dogs are trained to find the missing person’s scent as it drifts in the wind. If the dog is working independently and locates the subject, the dog can be trained to either stay with the subject and bark, or run back and forth between the searchers and the subject, leading the searchers to the missing person.

Research has shown that lost people tend to follow specific patterns depending on their age, mental state, and what they were doing when they got lost. Search and Rescue operations will begin their search for a missing person based on what the research says the person is most likely to do. For example, small children, ages 1 to 3, tend to walk in circles. When they get tired, they lay down and go to sleep where they are. Children ages 3 to 6 get scared when it gets dark, find a protected area, and curl up in a ball.  Hunters who think they know the area in which they are lost tend to keep walking, reasoning that if they keep walking, they will find their way back.

If a missing person stays still in one place, their scent will build up around them like a puddle or pool. When the wind blows the scent pool, it will be stronger, allowing a dog to find and follow the scent more easily. If the person keeps moving, the scent will be harder for the dog to follow, a small scattered trail, rather than a concentrated pool. This is why it is important to stop moving if you know that someone is looking for you. A search dog will find you faster if you stop moving.

Finally, if an area has been thoroughly searched by Search and Rescue and the missing person is not found, the search ends with the missing person declared “R.O.W.,” rest of world. The searchers know the missing person isn’t in the search area, therefore, he or she must be somewhere else, out in the rest of the world.

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N. M. Cedeño was born in Houston, grew up in the Dallas Metroplex, once lived in Amarillo, and currently lives near Austin, Texas. She writes mystery short stories and novels that are typically set in Texas. Her mysteries vary from traditional, to romantic suspense, to science fiction. She is working on the second novel in her Bad Vibes Removal Services Series. She is a member of SINC Heart of Texas Chapter.

This article was first published on Writing Wranglers and Warriors.


Texas Book Festival Update: Join the Fun!!!

Bring Us Your Books!

2018-09 KP GRESHAM 2017 TBF Group PhotoIt’s almost time for the 2018 Book Festival! Starting at our September 9th Chapter meeting, I encourage everyone to bring the books you would like us to feature at our Heart of Texas Sisters in Crime Booth.

Here are the specifics.

Please bring no more than 10 copies of each book you want to sell, a short synopsis of that book, and a short bio about you! You can throw in any business cards, flyers, cha-chas or other publicity giveaways if you so desire.

Help us help you sell your books! If you are working the booth, please remember to enclose an 8 x 10 publicity photo of yourself (can be black & white or color). 

If you have any questions or need to make separate arrangements for getting your books to us, please call me at 713-962-9992 or email me at kpgresham(at) aol (dot) com.

The last day to turn in your books for the festival is at our October 14th meeting. Thanks for all of your support!

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.


Boerne Book Festival: Table for HoTXSinC Authors

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.


For Members Only: Short Ghost Story Contest Submission Deadline

2018-09- pixabay - cc0 mirror-1662178_640Just a friendly reminder for those who are interested in entering our ghost story contest. All submissions due no later than Sunday, September 9th.  They can be handed in at the meeting OR, preferably, sent to either Noreen Cedeno , noreenm74 (at) yahoo (dot) com, or  Fran Paino, franpaino (at) gmail (dot) com
 
Submission should be double spaced, one inch margins and MAXIMUM 6,000 words.
The winner will be notifed in advance. The prize for first place is a $25 Target gift card plus the Waller Knife, and announced at the October regular meeting.
The contest is open to current, paid members only and excludes the board of directors.
Get your submissions in.
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 The Word on Our Members

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Malvern Books will host Novel Night with N. M. Cedeno, Meredith Lee, and Laura Oles, on September 13, 2018, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Authors of Austin Mystery Writers second crime fiction anthology, LONE STAR LAWLESS, will appear at The Bosslight in Nacogdoches, Texas, on September 20.

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations and Best Wishes

2018-09 Manning Wolfe Bill Rodgers wedding facebook

… to our friends Manning Wolfe and Bill Rodgers on their marriage


Who’s Blogging?

Noreen Cedeño

Helen Currie Foster

M. K. Waller


 

Opportunities

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.”


 

Kauai Writers Conference

‘In November, when most of us settle in for a long, chilly winter, participants at the Kauai Writers Conference gather at the Marriott Resort to learn and network, kayak and surf, and stroll across white sands under palm trees. “We have such a rich and diverse faculty that writers are torn,” explains conference director David Katz. “Should they go see a best-selling author or go to the beach?”’

https://www.writermag.com/2018/05/10/conference-insider-kauai-writers-conference/


Selected Sites

‘Elitist’: angry book pirates hit back after author campaign sinks website

How to Speak to a Crowd

Buried Memories that Come to Light

Trip the Rope!

Why Blog?

Obscure August Folklore


HOTSHOTS! Wants You 

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2018 Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest

Winner – Crime/Detective

“He glanced at his unsuspecting guests, his slight smile hiding his hateful mood, his calm eyes hiding his evil intentions, and his smooth skin hiding his tensed muscles, skeletal structure, and internal organs.” ~ Dave Agans, Wilton, NH


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HoTXSinC August 12, 2018: Manning Wolfe on Legal Issues for Authors

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

@ CAFE EXPRESS!
Program: Manning Wolfe on Legal Issues for Authors
Upcoming Programs
HoTXSinC Interview Published in Austin Chronicle
Texas Book Festival: HoTXSinC Authors Update
Boerne Book Festival: Table for HoTXSinC Authors
For Members Only: A Fun Short Ghost Story Contest
The Word on Our Members
Who’s Blogging?

Opportunities
Selected Sites
HOTSHOTS! Wants You
Subscribe to HOTSHOTS!

Nolo Contendere

 

 Manning Wolfe

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Legal issues for Authors

Manning-Wolfe-HeadshotManning 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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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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“All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win
is for enough good women to do nothing.”
Kate AtkinsonLife After Life

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Upcoming Programs

September: Dr. Kim Rossmo on Geographic Profiling (of serial killers/ terrorists/ rapists)

October: Robert Ansley on Paranormal Research and Announcement of Ghost Story Contest Winner

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

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Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day,
and on the good writing days nothing else matters.

~ Neil Gaiman

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HoTXSinC Interview Published in Austin Chronicle

“Sisters in Crime Prefer Their Ink Mixed With a Little Blood”an interview with HoTXSinC President Helen Currie Foster, President Elect Noreen Cedeño, and HOTSHOTS! editor M. K. Waller–appeared in the July 5, 2018 issue of the Austin Chronicle. Read it online here. It also ran in the Chronicle’s print edition under the headline “Murder, They Write.”

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“Why do cats sleep so much?
Perhaps they’ve been trusted with some major cosmic task,
an essential law of physics – such as:
if there are less than 5 million cats sleeping at any one time
the world will stop spinning.
So that when you look at them and think, “what a lazy, good-for-nothing animal,” they are, in fact, working very, very hard.” 

― Kate Atkinson

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Texas Book Festival: HoTXSinC Authors Update

The 2018 Texas Book Festival is drawing near, and we are hard at work putting together the HoTXSinC booth!  This year the festival takes place in and around the Capitol grounds and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10/27 and from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, 10/28. Here are some things our members need to know!

  • You can still sign up to staff the booth! Here’s the link to the sign-up page! Just copy and paste this address into your browser:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080544afaa23a64-2018

  • We want to sell your books! HoTXSinC members may bring their books to any of our meetings between now and the festival. (October 14 is the date of the last SinC meeting before the festival.) We are asking for the following items:

–No more than ten copies of each book

–A brief synopsis of the book (think elevator pitch plus just a few more details)

–A brief bio of yourself

  • An 8 X 10 photo of yourself, ESPECIALLY if you’re staffing the booth. This can be color or black and white.  We noted last year that the festival attendees did not realize that the folks who were manning the booths were the actual authors of the books.
  • I have no problem with folks dropping off their books at my home. I live at 7520 Moon Rock Rd., ATX, 78739. That’s in the Circle C area south of town.  If you need some help getting the books to me, please call me at 713-962-9992 or email me at kpgresham (at) aol (dot) com.
  • Thank you to all for your work in helping with this great P.R. event for both our authors and our Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter! K.P.Gresham

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“They said love made you strong, but in Louise’s opinion it made you weak.
It corkscrewed into your heart and you couldn’t get it out again,
not without ripping your heart to pieces.” 

― Kate AtkinsonOne Good Turn

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Boerne Book Festival: Table for HoTXSinC Authors

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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“In the end, it is my belief, words are the only things
that can construct a world that makes sense.” 

― Kate AtkinsonBehind the Scenes at the Museum

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For Members Only: A Fun Short Ghost Story Contest

2018-07-26 hotshots08 pixabay cc0 moon-2252842_640All who are interested in writing a ghost story, please submit no later than September 9, to Noreen Cedeño at noreenm74 (at) yahoo (dot) com, or Fran Paino at fpaino (at) gmail (dot) com.

Up to 6,000 words. The winner will be announced at the Member Showcase at the October meeting, when a paranormal expert will be the guest speaker. More information on the contest will follow.

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A truth is what it is.
A lie, a thought out deception more brutal than a truth could ever be.
~ Charlotte Armstrong

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“He was born a politician.
No, Ursula thought, he was born a baby, like everyone else.
And this is what he has chosen to become.” 

― Kate AtkinsonLife After Life

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 The Word on Our Members

 

 

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Nancy G. West’s THE PLUNGE, the first Aggie Mundeen Lake Mystery, will be released in October 2018.

“THE PLUNGE infects readers with the threat of looming disaster and the helplessness of being swept along by an untamable force. Do survivors really survive if disaster changes them forever?

“THE PLUNGE, a Lake Mystery, takes Aggie in a new direction.”

Nancy says, “In honor of first responders who save so many lives in a disaster, my royalties from sales of THE PLUNGE will go to the Texas National Guard and the 100 Club.

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2018-07 manning wolfe green fees coverManning Wolfe joined BookPeople’s crime fiction coordinator Scott Montgomery and Hopeton Hay for a live in-studio interview about her latest legal thriller, GREEN FEES, on Sunday, June 27, on KAZI 88.7 FM. More information on GREEN FEES is available at http://manningwolfe.com/breaking-news-green-fees-is-live. They also did their crime fiction picks of the month with Molly Odintz, associate editor of crimereads.com, joining them by phone from New York.

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“Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.” 
― Kate AtkinsonLife After Life

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Who’s Blogging?

Noreen Cedeño – “Just Google It?”

Dave Ciambrone – “The Missing Audience”

K. P. Gresham – “Research the Business, Baby!”

M. K. Waller – “Seven”

Nancy G. West – “Aggie Reports: Nancy’s Summer Dilemma

Manning Wolfe – “The Drama of the Law: What’s the Origin of the Legal Thriller?”

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“I have been to the world’s end and back and now I know

what I would put in my bottom drawer. I would put my sisters.” 
― Kate AtkinsonBehind the Scenes at the Museum

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Opportunities

QUOTH THE RAVEN – Call for Submissions

With the recent closing of Black Mirror Press, their planned anthology celebrating the works of Poe sits orphaned. After giving this situation a great deal of thought, and discussing it with our partners and staff, we at Camden Park Press have decided that the efforts of the authors who have been working on stories for the past several months should not be wasted, and Black Mirror Press’ efforts in inspiring the project and motivating the authors to create their own, re-imagined versions of Poe’s work need not be in vain. To that end, we are now opening submissions for Quoth the Raven, a contemporary re-imagining of the works of Edgar Allan Poe.”

Find more information at Camden Park Press, “Quoth the Raven.”

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MICKEY FINN: 21st Century Noir – Call for Submissions

“An annual anthology of hardboiled and noir crime fiction to be released each fall beginning in 2020, Mickey Finnwill pick up where the three-volume Fedora anthology series left off, pushing hard against the boundaries of crime fiction. Contributors will be encouraged to push their work into places short crime fiction doesn’t often go, into a world where the mean streets seem gentrified by comparison and happy endings are the exception rather than the rule.

“The ideal submission will be approximately 5,000 words—less than 3,000 is likely too short, more than 8,000 is likely too long. Originals only. No reprints.

“The first Mickey Finn is scheduled for release fall 2020.”

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Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible – Call for Submissions
“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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“If they would all sleep all the time
she wouldn’t mind being their mother.” 

― Kate AtkinsonCase Histories

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“Men had no purpose on earth whereas
women were gods walking unrecognized among them.” 

― Kate Atkinson

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Selected Sites

The Evolution & Devolution of Sales: Why Your Books Aren’t Selling

FESTIVAL FRIENDS PASS

TEXAS LIBRARY GRANTS

BOOKS WE CAN’T WAIT TO READ: TBF’S 2018 BOOK PREVIEW

What Editing My Ten-Year-Old Novel Taught Me About Writing

THE STATE OF THE THRILLER: A ROUNDTABLE

On Semicolons and the Rules of Writing

INTERVIEW WITH BILLY KRING

Try Something New This Summer

BEN REHDER INTERVIEW

The Saturday Writing Post — on perseverance

FAMILY AND FIREARMS: AN INTERVIEW WITH ACE ATKINS

 

From Kim Komando

 

From The Passive Voice

Amazon’s Curious Case of the $2,630.52 Used Paperback

Top 100 Kindle Best Sellers

On Amazon, Fake Products Plague Smaller Brands

How to read

How Finland Rebranded Itself as a Literary Country

The Romanovs’ Art of Survival

Big Twitter

Controversial Fair Use Copyright Ruling Faces Appeal

Accounts See Follower Numbers Drop After Fake-User Purge

The departing CEO reminds us that Barnes and Noble is of interest and a source of concern for all publishers

Top Five DIY Book Layout Mistakes

On Semicolons and the Rules of Writing

Chihuly and his Art: Who is the True Creator?

Too Busy for a Book Club? Join an Online Version

The Usage of Commas versus Semicolons in a Trademark Application’s Description of Goods and Services — Does It Matter?

Author Income Surveys Are Misleading and Flawed—And Focus on the Wrong Message for Writers

Print Unit Sales Rose 2% in First Half of 2018

The Futility of Imperfection

FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR MYSTERIES: AN INTERVIEW WITH MEGAN ABBOTT

10 Reasons Book Reviews Still Matter

How to Be a Better, More Efficient Editor of Your Own Writing

Neat stuff from the article above:

http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

http://www.clichefinder.net/

https://www.slickwrite.com/

http://typely.com/

 

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*“Fiction had never been Jackson’s thing.
Facts seemed challenging enough without making stuff up.
What he discovered was that the great novels of the world were about three things – death, money and sex. Occasionally a whale.” 

― Kate AtkinsonStarted Early, Took My Dog

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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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“Sylvie’s knowledge, like Izzie’s, was random yet far-ranging,
‘The sign that one has acquired one’s learning from reading novels
rather than an education…” 

― Kate AtkinsonLife After Life

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Subscribe to HOTSHOTS!

You can receive notification each time HOTSHOTS! is published.

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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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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.