Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas Chapter

Promoting Women Crime Writers


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Reminder: Next Meeting–Third Sunday–May 21, 2017

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

SINC Heart of Texas Chapter meets

the 3rd Sunday, May 21,

2:15 p.m. at BookPeople.

Please take the elevator to the 3rd floor.

(BookPeople presents programs on the second floor

at the same time HOTXSINC meets.)

 


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HOTXSINC April 9, 2017: Cyber Security

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement
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Meeting April 9: Richard Taylor on Cyber Security
News from Our Members
Calendar
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere
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Richard Taylor, Technical Project Manager at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, will speak about cyber security at the April 9, 2017, at 2:15 p.m., at the SINC Heart of Texas Chapter meeting.

The presentation will cover efforts underway to understand how higher-risk small to medium-sized machining and tooling companies that are vital to U. S. Military and Energy sectors protect cyber information. He will discuss past and current cyber attacks, consequences of attacks, and how attacks are mitigated or reduced.

From Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mr. Taylor has worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the past 23 years. He works in Division A, Group A-3, Technology Applications, to develop, promote, direct, and work on the technical aspect of projects related to cyber security for the U. S. Government. Group A-3 recently made a presentation at the White House.

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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 are now meeting at Book People, 603 North Lamar, Austin, Phone 512-472-5050.  We meet on the third floor.

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. Check out the Sisters in Crime website at http://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

For information about the Heart of Texas Chapter, contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543

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In 1986 we were trying to help women get in print, stay in print,
and come to the attention of booksellers and libraries.
At that time, books by men mystery writers were reviewed
seven times as often as books by women. ~ Sara Paretsky

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News from Our Members

Manning Wolfe

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MANNING WOLFE is presenting Legal Issues for Authors at the Houston Writers Guild Annual Conference on April 28 -30. She will be covering contracts, copyright, the use of trademarked products in writing, obtaining an ISBN & LCCN, and much more!  The conference will be held at Rice University and those interested in attending can register HERE.

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V. P. Chandler

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V.P. CHANDLER’S
story “Kay Chart” was published on the MysteryPeople blog. For more about what V.P. has been doing, read her latest blog post.

Helen Currie Foster

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HELEN CURRIE FOSTER’S
GHOST DAGGER, the fourth mystery in the Alice Greer MacDonald series, is now out on Kindle as well as in print on Amazon—and at BookPeople in Austin. In Scotland to investigate disturbing occurrences on her mother-in-law’s farm, Alice immediately runs into murder. With love interest Ben Kinsear providing archaeological insight and the aid of a surprising cast of characters, can she unearth the ancient secrets at Gran’s farm and solve the mystery before she herself becomes the third victim?

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Alexandra Burt

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ALEXANDRA BURT will be at the San Antonio Book Festival on April 8, 2017. You can find her at the Festival Marketplace, Booths 35-36, at 3:00 p.m., at the Central Library (600 Soledad) and Southwest School of Art in downtown San Antonio.

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Nancy G. West

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NANCY G. WEST will be at the San Antonio Book Festival, Saturday, April 8, with the new Aggie Mundeen Mystery, RIVER CITY DEAD. Aggie and SAPD Detective Sam plan their first rendezvous at a San Antonio River Walk hotel during Fiesta Week…a vacation from crime and reset for their tumultuous relationship. With Aggie, nothing goes as planned.

           
        I have visited the River Walk. I wish I had read this book first.
        Like taking a vacation while reading a mystery.
        A great series with fun characters.
 
To see all books in this San Antonio/Hill Country mystery series and enter the drawing for giveaways, stop by Booth #20.

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Using insult instead of argument is the sign of a small mind. ~ Laurie King

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Calendar

4/8/17 @ San Antonio Public Library
SAN ANTONIO BOOK FESTIVAL

4/8 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
PHILIP KERR 
speaks and signs his new Bernie Gunther novel, PRUSSIAN BLUE.
He will be in conversation with Mark Pryor, author of HOLLOW MAN.

4/17 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
MURDER IN THE AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB
Discusses  THE THIN MAN by Dashiell Hammett

4/18 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
GREG ISLES, speaking and signing MISSISSIPI BLOOD, the concluding volume of his epic trilogy featuring Penn Cage

4/20 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
MEGAN MIRANDA speaks and signs THE PERFECT STRANGER

4/26 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
THE HARD WORD BOOK CLUB
Discusses HEADSTONE by Ken Bruen

4/28-30/17 
HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD ANNUAL CONFERENCE

4/28 @ Bethesda, Maryland
MALICE DOMESTIC 29

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You have got a good side? I have. I just do not use it too often.
My bad side is so much more fun. ~ Faye Kellerman

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 Selected Sites

The Brass Teapot (short story)

Parade Magazine’s Sunday With: Nancy Pickard

50 Mysteries by Women Crime Writers, Read in a Year

MysteryPeople Pick of the Month: A WELCOME MURDER by Robin Yocum

MysteryPeople

The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog

2017 Derringer Finalists

Amazon Tips, Tricks and Tools to Ensure You Never Pay Too Much

Kevin’s Corner

Manual Dexterity, Revisited

Shelf Awareness

The Stiletto Gang

Celebrating the Short Story: The 2016 Agatha Short Story Nominees

The Laptop Is Dead

 

Thanks to The Passive Voice for alerting us to the following sites:

Male Crime Writers Eclipsed by Golden Age of Female Authors Brought Back into Print

Making Friends in a New City Via Our Little Free Library

Make the Most of Your Book Back Cover With These Tips

The Holiday Is Over: Amazon Will Collect Sales Tax Nationwide April 1

eBook Pirates Are Relatively Old and Wealthy, Study Finds

Amazon’s Lockers Gave Me a Shameful Taste of a World Without People

The Laptop Is Dead

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I wanted to pay homage to working women because they are the bridge that got us over.
My work is about the people who are assumed not to have a worldview ~ Barbara Neely

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Nolo Contendere

  1. Member authors – Send headshots and info about publications–titles of books and short stories (publishers, dates, where stories were published, links to books, if you wish). Also send links to your websites/blogs.
  2. Members – Send your news for blog, at least two weeks before HOTXSINC meetings if possible. I try to publish at least a week before each meeting. Whatever I have when the blog is published is what I’ll include.
  3. Members – Submit brief (~ 300 words) book reviews, articles (about classes you’ve taught; tips for writing; the writing life; links to websites you like, info about conferences, workshops, anything you think will interest readers).
  4. Members – Send links to your blog and /or website for inclusion in our blogroll.
  5. If you notice errors or omissions, please let me know so I can correct them. Regarding odd variations in spacing, font size, and other such matters–those are currently unavoidable. It will take a conversation with tech support to root them out.

Kathy Waller, editor
kathywaller1 at gmail.com


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HOTXSINC March 12, 2017: Drones

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

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Reminder: HOTXSINC now meets on the 3rd floor of
BookPeople,

603 N. Lamar (6th St. and Lamar), in Austin, Texas.

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News from Our Members
From SINC National
Events @ MysteryPeople
Writing Groups
Opportunities

Conferences, Workshops, & Retreats
Prompts and Challenges
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere

Last Month’s Meeting

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Andrew Maximow, Business Development and Training Instructor at Drone Dynamics, will speak about drone technology at the HOTXSINC meeting on March 12, 2017.

If you want to be the worst spy ever, fire up your drone and launch it to gather intelligence.  The buzzing motors and bright flashing LED lights will help maintain your stealthy position.  Seriously?  Unfortunately, drones have received a bad rap in recent years especially with negative newspaper headlines like, “killing war machines,” “invasion of privacy,” “ban the drones,” “threat to the public,” etc.  Much of this stems from the complete lack of understanding, increased use of drone by the military, and a few “bad apples” that makes for sensational news.  All that being said, counter-drone is top of mind for Public Safety organizations and law enforcement departments across the nation.  With advanced technology like autopilots, night vision, autonomous navigation, augmented reality, and optical flow & thermal sensors, drones are quickly becoming the tool of choice for terrorists, bad guys, and overall nefariousness.  The good guys are scrambling to understand and acquire the technology for all sorts of applications, including  counter-drone, situational awareness, search and rescue, crime scene investigation, missing person, drug interdiction, fire fighting, barricaded subject, and disaster relief – all in the name of saving lives!
"Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)" by CISRO licensed under CC BY 3.0. Via Wikipedia.

“Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)” by CISRO licensed under CC BY 3.0. Via Wikipedia.

Andrew Maximow, Business Development & Training Instructor, possesses more than 20 years of advancement and achievement leveraging technology to transform the customer experience, including 4 years in the drone/UAV/sUAS industry. In his business development role at Drone Dynamics, Mr. Maximow is responsible for solution selling to AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) market segments as well as local and state government entities. Andrew created the Drone Dynamics Drone Training Program. Prior to that Andrew led the Enterprise Services organization at 3D Robotics, resulting in engagements most notably with BNSF Railways, Kiewit, Liberty Mutual, and Google Fiber. Prior to 3DR, Mr. Maximow held a variety of senior positions at Cisco Systems, including development of Channel Partner services, and as Dir. Professional Services with P&L responsibility, with over $50M in recurring revenue. He has also demonstrated expertise in business development, solutions selling, planning, executing growth, and exceeding profitability and customer satisfaction goals.

He possesses B. S. and M. S. degrees in Industrial Engineering.

HOTXSINC meets from 2:15 to 4:00 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at BookPeople, 6th St. and Lamar, in Austin. For more information, email JArquette (at) austin (dot) rr (dot) com.

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Photographs used by permission of CISRO under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence.

“English: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) offer a cost-effective way of inspecting power lines, bridges, buildings, and cooling towers. CSIRO researchers are developing technology that will allow UAVs to safely and reliably perform such tasks with only minimal guidance from a ground-based operator. This UAV research is part of the Smart Skies project, which will develop and demonstrate automated separation management technologies that allow greater use of the National Airspace System by manned and unmanned aircraft through the integration of information and communication technologies. The CSIRO Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) component of the Smart Skies project will allow UAVs to safely fly close to structures such as power lines, bridges, buildings and cooling towers and transit through controlled airspace.” – https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35496684https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35496684

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  My friends call me Miss Worst Case Scenario. ~ Patricia Cornwell

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sue-cleveland-photo-02-14-2017Sue Cleveland read an excerpt from her piece “Decoy” during the 2017 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair (AWP) at Minerva Rising’s contributor event in Washington D.C. “Decoy” appeared in the spring 2014 issue, Turning Points. The issue received a Notable Edition nod in the 2015 Best American Essays edited by Ariel Levy.

Writers published in Minerva Rising gathered during the AWP conference to celebrate the literary journal’s fifth birthday by reading their work and applauding Executive Editor Kimberley Brown’s vision of creating a journal that “celebrates the creativity and wisdom in every woman.”

Where were the writers from? There were too many to ask, but here’s a sampling: Maine, Texas, New York, the Carolinas, Washington D.C., and Massachusetts. What moved me the most about the readings? Gutsy honesty.

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George Wier @ HOTXSINC, February 2015

George Wier @ HOTXSINC, February 2015

George Wier will be the keynote speaker at the Cuenca International Writers Conference in Cuenca, Ecuador, March 14 through 17. According to the conference website, “There is something magical in the Andean air of Cuenca—sparks of creativity and possibility which will open up your mind and bring fresh ideas to your writing as well as helping you gain valuable knowledge of the publishing industry.”

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Nancy G. West

Nancy G. West

Nancy G. West has released “Book News: The First Ever Newsletter.” To subscribe, email her at ngwest@sbcglobal.net.

A podcast and the transcript of Nancy’s interview with Laura Brennan can be heard on or downloaded from on the February 10, 2017 post on Destination Mystery.

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Stories by Laura Oles (“Ocean Fifty”) and M. K. Waller (“I’ll Be a Sunbeam”) will be published in crime fiction anthology DAY OF THE DARK, compiled and edited by Kaye George. DAY OF THE DARK will be released by Wildside Press on July 21, 2017, exactly a month before the North American total solar eclipse on August 21.

 

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Manning Wolfe will present Legal Issues for Authors at the Houston Writers Guild Annual Conference, April 28 – 30. Click here to register. Manning writes, “My LIFA presentations are part of my service to the writing community. They are free to any organization or group when and where I can reasonably fit them into my schedule. If you need a speaker, email media@starpathbooks.com and ask when I’ll be in your area.”

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Alexandra Burt has published the following guest posts: “So I Wanted to Be a Writer,” at My Reading Corner; “The Summer of Evil” at danielriding.com; and “What Remains When Your First Language Fades Away at Literary Hub.

Kirkus Review says of Alexandra’s novel THE GOOD DAUGHTER (Berkley, February 7, 2017), “Burt knows how to propel a strongly character-driven novel forward, using intrigue, mystery, plot twists, and rich—sometimes grisly—sensory imagery. . . .  both fascinating and unsettling and speaks to the strength of the human will to survive even under the most adverse conditions. Burt’s tale captivates to the bitter end, by which time ‘everything that was done in the dark has come into the light.’”

Alexandra spoke and signed THE GOOD DAUGHTER at BookPeople on February 21.

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 In first person, readers feel smart, like it’s them solving the case.
~ Patricia Cornwell

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To active members:

Volunteers are needed for the SINC booth at the American Library Association conference in Chicago, June 22 – 26. You may volunteer your time and/or donate your books (up to 3 books, signed or unsigned OR send 5 copies of the same book for our new Book Club Bags). If interested, fill out the web form in the Members Only section of the SINC website. If you have any questions, please contact Cari Dubiel, Library Liaison.

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I never know what’s going to happen in a novel.
I don’t have a plan or an outline. ~ Donna Leon

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SINC heart 4 Events @ MysteryPeople

MONDAY, 3/06/17, 7:00 p.m. –

7% Solution Book Club discusses The Red Death by Walter Mosley

MONDAY, 3/20/17, 1 PM

Murder in the Afternoon Book Club discusses The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

WEDNESDAY, 3/29/17, 7 PM

Hard Word Book Club discusses Find A Victim by Ross Macdonald.

SATURDAY, 4/8/17, 6 PM

Philip Kerr, speaking and signing his latest Gunther mystery, Prussian Blue.

TUESDAY, 4/18/17, 7 PM

Greg Iles, speaking and signing his final installment of his epic trilogy featuring Penn Cage, Mississippi Blood.

THURSDAY, 4/20/17, 7 PM

Megan Miranda, speaking and signing her sophomore crime novel, The Perfect Stranger.

WEDNESDAY, 5/31/17, 7 PM

Lori Rader-Day, speaking and signing her latest psychological mystery, The Day I Died.

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All of us sing more from sorrow than from joy.
It is tragedy that leaves a mark on the mind and calls for the tribute of a song.
Happiness is its own gift, and needs no other. ~ Sharon McCrumbThe Songcatchers

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SINC heart 4 Writing Groups

© David Davis, Alien Resort

© David Davis, Alien Resort

15 Minutes of Fame, a writing

practice group, meets the third Saturday of the month at Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 S. Fifth (corner of S. Fifth and W. Mary), Austin, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Participants do timed writings, then read aloud what they’ve written (but only if they want to read aloud). Strictly recreation–no critiques.

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Horse sense is the instinct that keeps horses from betting on men.
~ Josephine Tey

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SINC heart 4 Opportunities

The Masters Review Blog
“March Deadlines: 10 Awards and Deadlines to Meet This Month”

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Crime is a very hard genre to feminise.
If you have a female protagonist
she is going to be looking after her mum when she gets older;
she is going to be worried about her brother and sister;
she will be making a living while bringing up kids. ~ Denise Mina

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SINC heart 4 Conferences, Workshops, & Retreats

DFW Writers Conference 2017 – Dallas, TX ; May 6 – 7

Killer Nashville 2017  – Franklin, TN; August 24 -27

Elizabeth George on “Process and the Novel” – Tuscany, Italy; May 22 – 31

California Crime Writers Conference 2017  – Culver City, CA; June 10 -11
(Presented by Sisters in Crime LA / SoCal Mystery Writers)

Writers’ Police Academy – Green Bay, WI; August  10 – 13

Mystery Writers Conference 2017 – Corte Madera, CA – September 7 – 10

Bouchercon 2017: Passport to Murder – Toronto, Canada; October 11 – 15

Write, Travel, Transform: Machu Pichu and the Sacred Valley of Peru – Machu Pichu, Peru; October 17 – 31

Find more conference listings at–

Association of Writers and Writing Programs, “Directory of Conferences and Centers”
Author E.M.S., “Upcoming Conferences and Events”
Shaw Guides, “Guide to Writing Conferences and Writing Workshops”
LitReactor, “A List of 2017 Workshops & Conferences for Writers”
Sisters in Crime, “Conferences, Events, and Trade Shows”

Writers Retreat Workshop: Memories, Guidance, Inspiration Since 1987 – San Antonio, TX; May 6 – 13

The Write Life“31 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2017”

Writing Retreats with Laura Davis

Women Writing Retreats

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I always make a point of keeping the most pleasant-sounding name for the murderer.
As he or she is bound to come to an unpleasant end,
it seems the very least the author can do. ~ Ngaio Marsh

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Prompts and Challenges SINC heart 4

Blogging from A to Z Challenge [April 2017]

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My work is less violent because we tend to write what we want to read…
and I’m not that interested in gruesome books.
Any violence, to fit in well with a crime novel, has to have compassion.
~ Ann Cleeves

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SINC heart 4 Selected Sites & Pages

Mystery Thriller Week
“How to Write a Thriller in the Style of Alfred Hitchcock”

The Stiletto Gang
“Two Years of Wisdom in 250 Words or Less”

Ramona De Felice Long
“4 Tough Questions for Your Critique Group”

Mysterious Writers
“Writing Ideas from Some of the Best” 

The Short Fiction Mystery Society Blog

Mystery Writers of America
“Amendment to Active Membership Status Guidelines”

Nightstand Book Reviews
The Edgar Awards – 2017

Thanks to The Passive Voice for sharing the following links:

“Revenge of the Copy Editors: Grammar Pros Find Internet Stardom”

“Real Writers”

“Why I’ve Ditched the Kindle for Print Books (and Why You Should, Too)”

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She always says, my lord, that facts are like cows.
If you look them in the face long enough, they run away.
~ Dorothy L. Sayers

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SINC heart 4 Nolo Contendere  

  1. Member authors – Send headshots and info about publications–titles of books and short stories (publishers, dates, where stories were published, links to books, if you wish). Also send links to your websites/blogs.
  2. Members – Send your news for blog, at least two weeks before meetings if possible. I try to publish at least a week before each meeting. Whatever I have when the blog is published is what I’ll include.
  3. Members – Submit brief (~ 300 words) book reviews, articles (about classes you’ve taught; tips for writing; the writing life; links to websites you like, info about conferences, workshops, anything you think will interest readers.
  4. Members – Send links to your blog and /or website for inclusion in our blogroll.
  5. If you notice errors or omissions, please let me know so I can correct them. Regarding odd variations in spacing, font size, and other such matters–those are WordPress’ idea. It will take a conversation with tech support to root them out.

Kathy Waller, Editor
kathywaller1 at gmail dot com

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 Chemists employed by the police
can do remarkable things with blood.

They can weave it into a rope to hang a man.
~ Marjorie Allingham

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 Last Month’s Meeting 

Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell spoke about Interdiction for the Protection of Children, a program he created, designed to train law enforcement officers to recognize indicators of missing, abducted, and exploited children during routine traffic stops. The program also teaches officers to identify, in the absence of a child, indicators that an adult individual has, or will, offend against a child.

 

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HOTXSINC February 12, 2017: Interdiction for the Protection of Children

Benefits of Joining SINC/HOTXSINC
HOTXSINC Membership/Dues
Announcements
News from Our Members
Calls for Submissions
Workshops, Classes, Writing Groups
Prompts and Challenges
Selected Sites
Last Month’s Meeting
Editor’s Note

 

At the February 12 HOTXSINC meeting, Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell will speak about Child Interdiction, a program he helped develop to teach law enforcement officers, while doing their everyday duties, to recognize signs of missing, abducted, and exploited children. The program also teaches them to identify, in the absence of a child, indicators that an adult individual has or will offend against a child.

Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell

Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell

Law enforcement officials have conducted investigations based on these discoveries for several years, and have successfully saved many children and prevented additional children from behind victimized.

Ranger Mitchell has been building and teaching the program for the past eight years and has helped embed the training into the Texas Department of Public Safety Academy curriculum.  News of the program’s success in Texas has spread and he has helped teach these skills in over 26 states, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy, Great Britain, Australia. He has also helped the state police prepare for the last two  Super Bowls.

About Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell:

I have been in law enforcement for close to 20 years and have held positions with city, county, and state police, in positions ranging from patrol officer, highway patrol officer, violent crimes detective, and Texas Ranger.  I started my law enforcement carrier in the Rio Grande Valley, working for local agencies until joining DPS in 2005.  While assigned to Texas Highway Patrol I was stationed along IH 10 and worked from Houston to the Louisiana Border.  I was promoted to Texas Ranger in 2009 and was stationed in Austin, Texas, where I am currently stationed.  I am a part of Ranger Company F and provide service to four counties.  My area of expertise is Child Related and Sex Related crimes, including Sexual Deviancy.  I am the co-creator of the Interdiction for the Protection of Children program, which teaches officers how to locate and identify missing, abducted, and exploited children during normal duty tasks, such as while conducting traffic stops.  This also includes educating officers on techniques which enable them to recognize indicators that an adult individual has or will offend against a child. In addition to my current work load I also speak internationally about child related investigations and sexually motivated crimes.  I am the recipient of two medals of valor, a Directors Citation, and the 100 Club of Harris County Officer of the year award.

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HOTXSINC meets from 2:15 to 4:00 p.m.the second Sunday of each month at the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library. For more information, email JArquette (at) austin (dot) rr (dot) com.

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Benefits of Joining SINC/HOTXSINC

  • Sell your books at the HOTXSINC booth at the annual Texas Book Festival.
  • Announce your publications, signings, presentations, etc., on the HOTXSINC website.
  • Publish your work in HOTXSINC publications.
  • Take part in HOTXSINC chapter challenges.
    and more.

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HOTXSINC dues are due.

For local membership, send check to

Dave Ciambrone, Treasurer
Sisters In Crime: Heart of Texas Chapter
4500 Williams Drive Suite 212-334
Georgetown, TX 78633

Membership form is here.

Note: Members of HOTXSINC must also join national Sisters in Crime. Follow instructions on the SINC website: http://www.sistersincrime.org/?page=10. You may join/renew national membership online or by mail.

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Announcements

Members: Email news you’d like to share to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com for inclusion in the next web post.

Members who are published authors: Send a head shot and title/publisher of your books. For short stories or articles, send titles and places of publications. For anything published under a pseudonym, include pseudonym. This info will be published on an Author page. ~ kathywaller1 at gmail dot com

Members: We need content for the HOTXSINC blog: Reviews of books/magazines/TV programs and series/movies (250 – 300 words); website/book/story, etc., recommendations (title, publisher, link, two or three sentences); essays/articles about mysteries, authors, writing, exhibits (Remember the Poe exhibit at the Harry Ransom?)… Share information about publications/events you’ve read, viewed, enjoyed.  ~ kathywaller1 at gmail dot com

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News from Our Members

  • RIVER CITY DEAD, Aggie Mundeen Mystery #4, by Nancy G. West will came out January 17.
    “The characters are believable and the plot is fascinating. Fast-paced, intriguing, and like an Agatha Christie novel…River City Dead is one adventure I highly recommend to all. ”  ~ Danielle Urban, Goodreads
  • In February, Nancy G. West will participate as a panelist on CRIME SOLVING COUPLES: The Benefits, Challences, and Pitfalls of Writing About Crime-solving Duos, MWA’s Florida chapter writers’ event. Other panelists will be Robin Burcell and Carol J. Perry. Nancy J. Cohen will moderate.

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Calls for Submissions 

Knife Challenge

–from Eugenia Parrish
–to members of HOTXSINC 

eugenia-parrish-knife-0109171014At the HoTSinC meeting on January 8, I offered a writing challenge to the members, with this knife as the prize. The parameters are taken from Ellery Queen magazine’s guidelines for a short story, which are between 2500 and 8000 words (approx 10 to 32 pages depending on the font, word processor, etc.)  For those who weren’t there, the knife is a “hunting knife” of 8.5″ overall length and a blade of 4″.  Surgical steel blade, Paka wood handle and comes with a leather sheath.

I wish I could accept emailed manuscripts, but I’m just not set up for it, so at the next meeting, Feb 12, everyone give me their printed out manuscript with their name on, of course, and the word count.  We will announce our winner at the March meeting at Bookpeople.  We are all pros, but I’ll just mention that the font should be pretty standard, like Times New Roman, nothing fancy or hard to read, and the usual size 12 or 14.  Please no pink paper!

The story has to be a crime/mystery that includes the knife in this picture.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be THE weapon, just in the story somewhere.
I look forward to reading some great stuff!

2016-17 “Chaos” Call for Submissions

–from Texas Mountain Trail Writers
–to Members of Texas Mountain Trail Writers

March 15, 2017, DEADLINE for Submissions for Chaos,
the yearly publication of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers

This is a call for submissions for the 2016-17 Chaos West of the Pecos, the yearly publication of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers.

All paid current members are invited to submit up to 4 manuscripts or poems with total word count no more than 6000. Your dues must be current (dues’ year is April 30, 2016, to April 29, 2017). To check on your status you may contact our treasurer, Jacqueline Siglin at bakedalaska1@bigbend.net.

NEW!!!!  ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

More information at Texas Mountain Trail Writers

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Workshops, Classes, Writing Groups…

15 Minutes of Fame, a writing practice group, meets the third Saturday of the month at Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 S. Fifth (corner of S. Fifth and W. Mary), Austin, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Participants do timed writings, then read aloud what they’ve written (but only if they want to read aloud). Strictly recreation–no critiques.

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BookPeople
Write the Book – Starts 2/1/2017
Form in Creative Nonfiction – Starts 2/16/2017
Life Cycle of a Mini Comic/Zine – Starts 2/6/2017

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Friday Fictioneers
Friday Fictioneers write 100-word stories based on photographs. A photo prompt is posted every Tuesday; stories are due the by following Friday. Post story and photo on your blog, link to stories of other Friday Fictioneers, and then read and comment on what your fellow have written. Find instructions and photo prompts at Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Addicted to Purple.

For examples from HOTXSINC members see Tresha Barger’s posts:
First Day
A Journey
Rembrandt Rustlers
Home Alone
… and search her blog for many others.

Or Kathy Waller’s posts:
‘Shrooms
Pogo Stick
I Told You
Lovestruck

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Prompts and Challenges

WordPress: The Daily Post

Photo Challenges

Discover Challenges

Daily Prompts

Friday Fictioneers

Blogging fro A to Z Challenge [April 2017]

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Selected Sites  

Nightstand Book Reviews

The Agatha Awards for 2016

39 Weeks: 39 Blogs Everyone Should Follow in 2017

Authors Hall of Fame Guidelines

Scribophile Writing Academy

Kristin Lamb’s Blog

W.A.N.A. Tribe: We Are Not Alone

The Stiletto Gang

 

Thanks to The Passive Voice* for the following links:

*The Passive Voice

*Technology Is the Worst Thing to Ever Happen to Me

*“You Can Write a Best-Seller and Still Go Broke”

*The Industry Finally Acknowledges Indies Are Authors

*DBW ’17: Why are print sales up? Data Guy gives his reason—and it isn’t adult coloring books

 

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Last Month’s Meeting

Dave Ciambrone presented Death by Firearms or, What Really Happens When You Shoot Someone.

 

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Editor’s Note
Don’t forget to send a head shot and titles of your published books and stories to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com. If you wish, send links to your blog/webpage and publications.

~ Edited by Kathy Waller


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To All HOTXSINC Members–A Call for Submission

Knife Challenge

–from Eugenia Parrish

eugenia-parrish-knife-0109171014At the HoTSinC meeting on Jan 8, I offered a writing challenge to the members, with this knife as the prize. The parameters are taken from Ellery Queen magazine’s guidelines for a short story, which are between 2500 and 8000 words (approx 10 to 32 pgs depending on the font, word processor, etc.)  For those who weren’t there, the knife is a “hunting knife” of 8.5″ overall length and a blade of 4″.  Surgical steel blade, Paka wood handle and comes with a leather sheath.

I wish I could accept emailed manuscripts, but I’m just not set up for it, so at the next meeting, Feb 12, everyone give me their printed out manuscript with their name on, of course, and the word count.  We will announce our winner at the March meeting at BookPeople.  We are all pros, but I’ll just mention that the font should be pretty standard, like Times New Roman, nothing fancy or hard to read, and the usual size 12 or 14.  Please no pink paper!

The story has to be a crime/mystery that includes the knife in this picture.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be THE weapon, just in the story somewhere.
I look forward to reading some great stuff!
Note: The Knife Challenge is open to members of SINC Heart of Texas Chapter. If you’re not a member but would like to participate, you’re welcome to join now. Membership form and instructions are here: https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/about-hotxsinc-2/how-to-join/hotxsinc-membership-form-2017-3/