HoTXSinC June 22, 2019 – HOTSHOTS! NEWSLETTER


JUNE 22, 2019 HOTSHOTS!
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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/



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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The Word on Our Members
Who’s Blogging?
WLT Manuscript Contest
Opportunities
Conferences & Festivals
Selected Sites
HOTSHOTS! Wants You

Nolo Contendere

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
Who’s Blogging?
What Are You Reading?

Selected Sites
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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 HOTSHOTS! Wants You 

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

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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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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 September 10, 2017: U.S. Marshals

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                              ~ SINC Mission Statement
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September 10 Program: U. S. Marshals
October 8: Party! Celebrating 30 Years of Sisters in Crime 

The Word on Our Members
Contests and Calls for Submissions
Calendar
Selected Sites
The One Thing More
Nolo Contendere
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The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency, established in 1789. The Service holds a uniquely central position in the federal justice system and it is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative. Presidentially appointed, U.S. Marshals direct actions in 94 districts, one for each federal judicial district and approximately 3,709 deputy marshals and criminal investigators form the backbone of the agency.

On September 10, U.S. Marshal Hector Gomez will speak to Sisters in Crime. He will cover the history of the US Marshals (1789 – present), historical and contemporary missions, establishment of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin , and high profile local apprehensions. There will be an interactive discussion, and Q&A’s.

“Hector Gomez, Supervisory Deputy US Marshal.  Started my career in 1986 (31 yrs), posted in Brownsville, McAllen, Denver and Austin.  Assigned to general investigations, Witness Security (WITSEC) Division, and Task Force Commander of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.  Assigned to high threat trials in leadership and support roles involving Timothy McVeigh, Unabomber, John Gotti, Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, White Supremacists and Narcotics Cartels.”

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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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Are those cat hairs on your lapel, or have you been dating a blonde with a crew cut? ~ Lilian Jackson Braun

 

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IT’S A PARTY!

SISTERS IN CRIME

CELEBRATES ITS 30TH BIRTHDAY

READINGS FROM ORIGINAL WORKS
BY SISTERS IN CRIME MEMBERS

WINE, CHEESE, AND CAKE

TO CELEBRATE

WHO WE ARE

AND WHAT WE DO

2:15 – 4:00 P.M.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2017

3RD FLOOR OF BOOKPEOPLE
603 N. LAMAR
AUSTIN, TEXAS

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

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“There’s something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls.”
                                                           ~ Megan AbbottDare Me

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The Word on Our Members

ThirtyNineStars will sponsor a book launch for Meredith Lee’s debut mystery novel, SHROUDED, on September 9, 2017, at The Writing Barn in Austin, Texas. The event is set for 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
 On November 10 at 7:00 p.m., Meredith Lee will speak and sign copies of SHROUDED at BookPeople.
Sue Cleveland & Dixie Lee Evatt

About SHROUDED: “Insecure American graduate student Crispin Leads has come to the Vatican to study burial rituals and catch up with her oldest friend, Sister Lew, historian for the Shroud of Turin. Within hours of Crispin’s arrival she witnesses a murder and is drawn into an investigation of multiple homicides.”

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A Twitter Chat Party was held for the launch of DAY OF THE DARK: Stories of Eclipse, on August 24. Stories by Laura Oles and M. K. Waller appear in the anthology.

 

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A woman’s body doesn’t quit just because her heart breaks. ~ Margaret Maron 

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“Like accidents, marriages result because those involved
happen to arrive at what might be the wrong place,
at the same time.” ~ Margaret Yorke

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 Contests & Calls for Submissions

Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time (Fall 2017 Edition)

Glimmertrain: Short Story Award for New Writers

Glimmertrain: 2017 Submission Calendar and Writing Guidelines           

  

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Music has power to create a universe or to destroy a civilization. ~ Katherine Neville

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Calendar

9/5/2017 MysteryPeople
Sherry Thomas: Speaking & Signing!
@ BookPeople

9/9/2017 ThirtyNineStars
Meredith Lee: Book Launch! 
@ the Writing Barn

9/10/2017 HOTXSINC MEETING
Hector Gomez, U. S. Marshal
@ BookPeople

MysteryPeople
Craig Johnson: Book Launch!
@ BookPeople

9/13/2017 MysteryPeople
William Kent Krueger: Speaking & Signing!
@ BookPeople

11/10/2017 BookPeople
Meredith Lee: Speaking and Signing!
@ BookPeople

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… danger was always at its most lethal when disguised as respectability. ~ Susan Moody

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 Selected Sites

From Writer Unboxed

Do Daily Deal Services Work? One Author’s Experience with 18 Promo Sites

Telling the Truth in Fiction

Weaving Backstory into Frontstory

Seven Things I Learned from Wrecking My Novel

Unspoken Dialogue

5 Creative Nonfiction  Skills for Novelists

Blueprint, Territory, Language, Portal, Singular Lens: 5 Ways to Read as a Writer

Your Publicity Timeline: Is There a Best Month to Publish Your Book?

The Trouble With Action

Stealing from Aesop

Every Good Book Is a Mystery, Even When It’s Not

Should You Ever Write for Free?

Thanks to The Passive Voice for sharing the following sites:

Hurricane Harvey: Bookstores ‘Bent, Not Broken’

‘Murder by the Book in Houston reported on Facebook that it “has a few damp places where water came in, but it is minimal compared to what we expected” so it plans to open today from noon to 6. “We’re happy to provide anyone who comes in with free coffee, charging stations, wi-fi and restrooms,” the store wrote. “Please pass this along for those who have lost electricity, or who just need a break from sitting home in the rain.”

Final Chapter for Pears’ Cyclopaedia after 125 Years in Print

Copyright Fable: Debunking the Seven Second Rule

Twitter Will Render Children Illiterate in 20 Years Says Jacobson

Rendezvous with le Carré

The World’s 50 Largest Publishers, 2017

What If Barnes & Noble Went Bankrupt?

Information Sickness: How It Hurts Us and How to Escape

The Evolution of Female Pen Names from Currer Bell to J. K. Rowling

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The crimes that become iconic etch themselves into the collective consciousness
because they suggest a frightening truth:
that the universe does not rely on cause and effect.~S. J. Rozan

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The One Thing More

 

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When you’ve just made the most complete fool of yourself,
you feel the need of a specially high horse to ride. ~ Patricia Wentworth

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Nolo Contendere

Members, send news for HOTSHOTS! to kathywaller1 at gmail.com. Member authors, send titles of your published books and stories, and a head shot, for the HOTXSINC author page, to the same address.

M. K. Waller, editor
kathywaller1 at gmail.com

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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“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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SINC heart 4 News From Our Members

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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Solar eclipse, Our First Century, ca 1876; Internet Book Archive. No known copyright restrictions. Via Flickr.
Solar eclipse, Our First Century, ca 1876; Internet Book Archive. No known copyright restrictions. Via Flickr.

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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 SINC heart 4 From Sisters in Crime National

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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