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HoTXSinC MAY 19, 2019 – HOTSHOTS! NEWSLETTER


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MAY 19, 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 MAY 2019 – SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN

****SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN****

Our newsletter is undergoing a change and will not be available until our meeting on May 19, 2019. Until then, we have some special news!

 

Do You Like Free Things?

K.P Gresham is releasing the eBook version of her novel, Murder in the Second Pew, the second in the Pastor Matt Hayden Mystery Series, for FREE from May 18th to May 23rd on Amazon. Although there is no requirement to leave a review on Amazon in order to get the book for free, she would appreciate folks feedback. If you decide to leave a review, please be honest. Feedback is important, and she would like to hear your comments, good or bad. Click on the book cover to the left Murder in the Second Pew to purchase the book now. If you want the eBook for free, please wait until May 18th to download!

 

OUR MEETING IS ON THE 3RD SUNDAY THIS MONTH TO NOT CONFLICT WITH MOTHER’S DAY. 

Laura Bush Community Library
9411 Bee Cave Rd
Austin, TX 78733

Sunday,  May 19, 2019
2:00 p.m.

All HoTXSinC meetings are free, and the public is invited.

 

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




 

“Crimes of Greed”

Det. Matt Conley and Det. Mike Morgovnik , both in APD’s Financial Crimes Unit and on the US Secret Service’s Central Texas Financial Crimes Task force

MoneyAre you writing about bank fraud? Money laundering? Cybercrimes? We are honored to have two veteran APD officers speak at our Sunday, May 19 Sisters in Crime Meeting.  These two public servants have plenty of stories to tell, and incredible amount of experience in Financial Crimes.  They’re the guys who can answer your questions with authority.

Detective/TFO Matt Conley has been with the Austin Police Department since 2001. After five years of working patrol in Central East Austin, Detective Conley was promoted to Detective. For the last ten years he has served in the Financial Crimes Unit, and eight years ago was assigned to the US Secret Service’s Central Texas Financial Crimes Task Force.  Due to that assignment, he is also deputized as a Federal Agent by the US Marshal’s Service as a Deputy Marshal.

Detective Mike Morgovnik has been with the Austin Police Department since 1997. He cut his teeth working patrol in Central West Austin and the Downtown Area Command for nine years. He has been a Detective in the Financial Crimes Unit for nine years, and also served the last four years with the US Secret Service’s Central Texas Financial Crimes Task Force.

This is your chance to hear from the pros on these ever-growing crimes.

 



OUR NEWSLETTER, IT IS A-CHANGIN’

We are revamping our newsletter and we could use your help.  We will be including articles written by our members and hope to multiple monthly columns.  I will be writing a monthly column about the life of the Indie Author (covering subjects like ISBNs, Covers, Software, Library of Congress, and more). We’d love to have a few more monthly columns, like grammar tips, marketing tips, tips on tips! If  you are interested in volunteering to write an article or “lord over” a monthly column, please email me at kelly@kellycochran.com



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 April 14, 2019: Colleen Ellis – What Is an Authors Marketing Plan and Why Do I Need One?

New PERMANENT Location!

Laura Bush Community Library
9411 Bee Cave Rd
Austin, TX 78733

Sunday, April 14, 2019
2:00 p.m.

All HoTXSinC meetings are free, and the public is invited.

 

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




Colleen Devine Ellis on an Authors Marketing Plan

 

Colleen Davis

Colleen Devine Ellis is a bookseller and literary publicist who has worked in publishing and sales for nearly 20 years. She was previously a community relations manager for Barnes & Noble in Austin, the Publicity & Communications Manager for the University of Texas Press, and now is working with the owners of Lark & Owl Booksellers in Georgetown to establish a new bookstore in Central Texas. Some of her favorite writers include Margaret Atwood, Jesmyn Ward, and Jasper Fforde.

Colleen will talk about the basics of putting together a Marketing Plan specifically tailored for authors. This is an opportunity to learn about what the publishing and publicity world expects from us, and the steps we need to follow to be as professional as possible in presenting ourselves and our books to the world.

Please join us, and feel to bring your questions and notepads to the meeting!

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

April: Colleen Ellis, Marketing Plans for Books
May: Fighting Crimes of Greed
June: Workshop
July: TBA
August: Ron Franscell, True Crime Writer
September: Sarah Stone, Alamo Area Search and Rescue



Writing in an Air of Intimidation

In her post for this week’s Ink-Stained Wretches, Noreen Cedeño, President of HoTXSinC, explains how books are being delayed or pulled from the publishing process before their publication dates because of online criticism–from people who haven’t even read the books.

Both writers and readers are affected by this practice of censoring books before they even hit the market, and would do well to read Noreen’s post.



The Word on Our Members

Meredith Lee traveled north–across the Brazos, Trinity and Red Rivers – to Oklahoma City for a book signing on Saturday, March 23. Pro tip: It’s about six hours by car so you can get a serious case of earworm if you decide to listen to the musical tune named after the state (“Yeeow-a-yip-i-o-ee ay! You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma, okay.) Besides, whoever wrote that song really needs to check the dictionary on how to spell potato and tomato.

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In the past few months, Dave Ciambrone has been an invited speaker at the following Texas quilt guilds and sold a lot of mysteries: Dallas, Galveston, Temple, Victoria, Buda, Llano, Marble Falls, Pflugerville, Sulfur Springs, Round Rock,  Greenville, Denisen, Denton, Wimberly, Lockhart.

He’s also done quilt shows and sold a boat load of books at each show: Buda, Killeen, Georgetown, Llano, and S. Padre Island. He’ll be at a show in Waco later in the year.

And he’s given talks at the Kerrville and Belton Public Libraries.

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Who’s Blogging

Tresha BargerIt’s a Long Story

Austin Mystery Writers

Laura Oles – AMW’s Anthology to Support Ellis Memorial Library

Ink-Stained Wretches

Noreen CedeñoDeath Investigations in the United States (an overview of Jan Burke’s presentation in February 2019)

K. P. GreshamThree Days at Wrigley Field

Helen Currie FosterSometimes You Need a Break

Fran PainoThe Writing Life – For the Sandwich Generation

M. K. WallerSit Down, Shut Up, and . . . You’re Invited

 

If you blog, please send title and URL of your blog for inclusion in HOTSHOTS! If you wish, send title and URL of a specific post you’d like mentioned. Email to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com.



Writers’ League of Texas Upcoming Programs and Events

From Michael Noll, WLT Program Director

*Agents and Editors Conference, June 28-30, 2019

 Registration information

“I wanted to make sure that Sisters in Crime knew about the 2019 Agents & Editors Conference, June 28-30. It’s our annual conference, and I know some of your members have attended in the past. This year, we have six agents who are seeking mystery/suspense novels. If anyone is interested, they can read more about our agents here: http://www.writersleague.org/FeaturedAgents2019
“Registration info can be found here: http://www.writersleague.org/75/Registration-Information”

*On the Craft of Writing

“We’re introducing a new program at the Writers’ League: WLT’s On the Craft of Writing. A few times a year, we’ll partner with an author coming through town on book tour (or traveling nearby) to put on a free craft talk. It’s a chance to bring high-level craft programming to writers who might not be able to afford our classes–and also a chance to bring great authors to the wonderful Austin literary community.”



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HoTXSinC March 10, 2019: Charlie Dismore on Cops, Robbers, and the Weapons They Should Use

New PERMANENT Location!

Laura Bush Community Library
9411 Bee Cave Rd
Austin, TX 78733

Sunday, March 10, 2019
2:00 p.m.

All HoTXSinC meetings are free, and the public is invited.

 

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



Cops, Robbers, and the Weapons They Should Use

Charlie DismoreCharlie Dismore, native Texas, Marine Veteran, Military designated Rifle and Piston Expert is certified as an NRA Instructor in pistol, rife and shotguns.  Charlie served in the Marines as a Combat Engineer, and his duty assignments took him around the world, some locations including Hawaii, Japan, Mediterranean Europe, as well as combat duty in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. Charlie and his wife have made their in Austin since 2004. Besides his civilian career, Charlie is the principle operator of Texas FFL LLC-a business serving all levels of firearms shooters. See more info at http://www.texas.ffl.org.  If you want to learn something about the weapons you’re writing into your story, Charlie’s the guy to ask.

For example. Your protagonist is a cop. What firearms would he/she use in your plot situation?  If your cop needs to penetrate a certain substance at a certain distance, what weapon should you as the author put in your hero’s hand? What ammunition? Charlie is a military expert in rifles and pistols, and he is certified to teach people how to use them.

Bring your questions and notepads and prepare to make your fiction the most authentic it can be.

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at the Laura Bush Community Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, Texas, 78746. Meetings start at 2:00 p.m.

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/


Having people talk about you
is an indication of
how much more exciting your life is than theirs. ~ Jan Burke


Upcoming Programs

April: Colleen Ellis, Marketing Plans for Books
May: TBA
June: TBA
July: TBA
August: Ron Franscell, True Crime Writer


 

If the Internet has given us anything,
it’s some idea of how much psychosis goes undiagnosed. ~ Jan Burke


Noreen Cedeño on HoTXSinC February 2019: Jan Burke Was Here

Death Investigations in the United States

~ from Ink-Stained Wretches


 

Someone was telling me
that no more applications were being accepted
for the position of God. ~ Jan Burke

 


 

HOTSHOTS! Wants You 

HOTSHOTS! welcomes reviews and articles written by members. Query hotx2014 (at) gmail (dot) com.


Subscribe to HOTSHOTS!

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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.

HOTSHOTS! welcomes reviews and articles written by members. Email  hotx2014  (at) gmail (dot) com. 


HoTXSinC February 10, 2019: Jan Burke

NEW – TEMPORARY LOCATION!

Westbank Community Library
1309 Westbank Dr
Austin, TX 78746

Sunday, February 10, 2019
2:00 p.m.

All HoTXSinC meetings are free, and the public is invited.

 

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



 

SISTERS IN CRIME PRESENTS

AWARD WINNING AUTHOR

JAN BURKE

 

Jan Burke is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has won the Edgar for Best Novel, and the Agatha, the Macavity, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award for Best Short Story, among other honors.

Her books have been published internationally and have been optioned for film and television. She is the author of over thirty short stories.

Her work in nonfiction includes serving as the associate editor (with Sue Grafton) for MWA’s Handbook, Writing Mysteries. Her forensic science and criminal justice columns appear in Sisters in Crime’s InSinC Quarterly.

AWARD WINNING BOOKS:

Edgar® Winner, Best Novel, 1999: Bones

Agatha Winner, Best Short Story, 2000: “The Man in the Civil Suit

Macavity Winner, Best Short Story, 2001: “The Abbey Ghosts

Macavity Winner, Best Short Story, 1994: “Unharmed

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers’ Award Winner: “Unharmed

RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Suspense/Thriller: The Messenger

RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Contemporary Mystery: Bloodlines

RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Contemporary Mystery: Bones

 

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. The February 10th meeting will be held at Westbank Community Library, 1309 Westbank Drive, Austin, TX 78746.

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/


Having people talk about you
is an indication of
how much more exciting your life is than theirs. ~ Jan Burke


Upcoming Programs

And for 2019:

February: Jan Burke, Guest Speaker from SinC National Speaker’s Bureau
March: TBA
April: Colleen Ellis, Marketing Plans for Books
May: TBA
June: TBA
July: TBA
August: Ron Franscell, True Crime Writer


 

If the Internet has given us anything,
it’s some idea of how much psychosis goes undiagnosed. ~ Jan Burke


Review: Jan Burke’s Dear Irene

by Helen Currie Foster

Jan Burke’s Dear Irene presents Irene Kelly, indefatigable reporter for the Las Piernas, California, newspaper. Her new fiancé Frank, a Las Piernas cop, says the police are baffled by the horrific murder of a woman professor. Then a letter hits Irene’s newsroom desk: a mysterious letter from “Thanatos,” who  teases, with hints from Greek and Roman mythology, as to why the professor died, and who the next victim will be, and why. Irene and Frank must battle over how private communications to the paper, or to the police, are handled between them as both follow separate leads. Irene desperately searches for clues to Thanatos’s motives as another victim dies. Meanwhile Thanatos stalks her; unseen, the killer lets her know she is seen, even entering her house while she sleeps.

The plot turns on a long-ago event during World War II at a daycare center run by an aircraft manufacturer. Irene homes in on a pattern, in the process meeting a series of remarkably vivid characters in abandoned houses, run-down diners, and elegant villas, while she narrows down the suspects. The ongoing domestic battle as Frank tries to protect his fiancée while she demands professional freedom provides comic relief and tenderness but also adds tension. I read this creatively plotted, fast-moving mystery by Jan Burke on the couch, in the tub, and in bed until I finished it, then was sorry it was over.

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Helen Currie Foster is the author of the Alice MacDonald Greer mysteries. She is immediate past president of Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter.

 

 

 

 


Someone was telling me
that no more applications were being accepted
for the position of God. ~ Jan Burke

 


 

HOTSHOTS! Wants You 

HOTSHOTS! welcomes reviews and articles written by members. Query hotx2014 (at) gmail (dot) com.


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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.

HOTSHOTS! welcomes reviews and articles written by members. Email  hotx2014  (at) gmail (dot) com.