HOTSHOTS!

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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Ed Martin

on

Fraud Investigation Techniques

and 

Breaking the Madalyn Murray O’Hair


Kidnapping/Murder Case

 

Ed Martin, our Sisters in Crime speaker on May 20, is a former U.S. Treasury agent and now a private investigator at Sage Investigations.  In 1975 while working for the Treasury Department, he and his family moved to Austin where he became a senior agent and lead agent in the investigation and prosecution of income tax evasion and fraud investigations.  He resigned from the US Treasury in 1984 and became a Supervising Examiner for the Texas State Securities Board in Austin. He became adept in broader definitions of fraud: Ponzi schemes, oil and gas fraud, and securities fraud. 

Ed returned in 1991 to the IRS Criminal Investigation Division as a Special Agent to investigate fraud and money laundering cases.  He was the lead agent and instrumental in solving the 5-year old mystery of what happened to Madalyn Murray O’Hair and her two adult children.  After the trial of one of the criminals convicted in the O’Hair case, the Austin Chronicle stated: “If not for the methodical investigation of Special Agent Ed Martin and the FBI they (Gary Karr and David Waters) would have gotten away with murder.”

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m.; however, since Mothers’ Day falls on the second Sunday in May, we will meet on the third Sunday, May 20, 2018.We will meet at Café Express at 3418 N. Lamar.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

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

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

 

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To do and detect all crimes by fair and reasonable means;
to conceal no vital clues from the reader; to honour the King’s English …
and to observe the oath of secrecy in all matters communicated to me
within the brotherhood of the Club. ~ Rules of The Detection Club

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

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

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The Word on Our Members

Patricia Flaherty Pagan

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

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Meredith Lee

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

 

 

 

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

Helen Currie Foster  The Backward Dive or, Pulling the Threads

Noreen Cedeño  Background Research Fun: Marketing Via Sensory Input

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

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

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

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What Are You Reading?

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

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

Valerie ChandlerA GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles

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

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

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Selected Sites

 The Passive Voice

 Writer Unboxed

Jane Friedman

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

 

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

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

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

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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: April 8, 2018 @ Cafe Express

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

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

Selected Sites
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Nolo Contendere

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

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

 

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month, at 2:15 p.m. at Cafe Express,  3418 N. Lamar, Austin 78705512 452-9888

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

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

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

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Upcoming Programs

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

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

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

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The Word on Our Members

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

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

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

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

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Blog Challenge

Blogging From A to Z

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

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

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Upcoming Events

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

Austin International Poetry Festival, April 5-8, 2018

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

San Antonio Book Festival, April 7, 2018

North Texas Book Festival, Denton, April 7, 2018

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

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

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Selected Sites

What Editors Want

What Mystery Propels Your Novel?

The articles below were shared on The Passive Voice.

Amazon Severs Ties With Top Lobbying Firms Washington

Facebook to simplify privacy controls amid anger over breach

Four by Royko

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

Microsoft Quietly Rolls Out Its E-bookstore

Romance community be warned: Amazon is stripping rankings from titles

You can now get a PhD in creativity

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

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

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

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

Barnes & Noble drops after soft quarter

I have forgotten how to read

How to Create New Book Habits

The 15 Most Memorable On-Screen Bookstores

In Praise of Negative Reviews

On Bad Reviews

Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors

Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors

Common Examples of Fair Use

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

The Basics of Using Styles in MS Word

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

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

How to Develop Buyer Personas Using Facebook Insights

The profits from publishing: authors’ perspective

Using Third Person vs First Person Novel Narratives

The Advice Columnists Who Prescribe Literature as Medicine

7 Books About Different Writing Lives

Insect Photographer Sues Pest Control Company for $2.7 Million

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

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

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

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

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No Lo Contendere

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

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

HOTXSINC Meeting: March 11, 2018 at Cafe Express

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

NEW LOCATION on March 11: CAFE EXPRESS!
Program: Billy Kring on Creating and Stealing New Identities
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Nolo Contendere

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Billy Kring

on

Creating & Stealing New Identities

 

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

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

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month, at 2:15 p.m. at Cafe Express,  3418 N. Lamar, Austin 78705512 452-9888

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

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

 

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HOTSHOTS! Wants You 

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

 

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

― Tana FrenchIn the Woods

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Upcoming Programs

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

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

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

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The Word on Our Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

― Tana FrenchThe Likeness

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Selected Sites

What Editors Want

The articles below were shared on The Passive Voice.

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

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

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

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

Barnes & Noble drops after soft quarter

I have forgotten how to read

How to Create New Book Habits

The 15 Most Memorable On-Screen Bookstores

In Praise of Negative Reviews

On Bad Reviews

Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors

Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors

Common Examples of Fair Use

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

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No Lo Contendere

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

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

HOTXSINC Meeting: February 11, 2018 at Cafe Express

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

NEW LOCATION on February 11: CAFE EXPRESS!
Program: Meredith Lee (Dixie Evatt and Sue Cleveland) on How to Launch Your Book
Upcoming Programs
The Word on Our Members
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere

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Dixie Evatt & Sue Cleveland

writing as

Meredith Lee

on

How to Launch Your Book!

Sue Cleveland & Dixie Lee Evatt

Dixie Evatt and Sue Cleveland, writing as Meredith Lee, authored SHROUDED, a Crispin Leads mystery. They’ll tell us the steps they took and the adventures they had in launching their first book last fall.

New feature: How many times do we think of a question, but it escapes before the meeting. This year SinC encourages members to send questions in advance of the meeting. Each month, we will post the guest speakers for the following month and the deadline for advance questions. The questions will be passed on to the speakers as soon as we receive them.

Send questions for Sue and Dixie — Deadline Sunday, February 4. 

Please e-mail advance questions to Fran Paino at franpaino at gmail dot com OR to

Noreene Cedeno at noreenm74 at yahoo dot com

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month, at 2:15 p.m. at Cafe Express,  3418 N. Lamar, Austin 78705512 452-9888

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

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

 

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We live in a time of instant everything, courtesy of the electronic highway.
It creates a community of toddlers.
When they don’t get immediate gratification, they get petulant and sulky.

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Upcoming Programs

March: Billy Kring, former U. S. Border Patrol agent, on How to Create a False Identity

April: TBA

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

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I  write because in 1962 I put in my application for a job
working in the children’s department at Sears,
and they never called me back.

~ Sue Grafton,
quoted in Why We Write, Meredith Maran, ed.

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The Word on Our Members

Noreen Cedeño has joined Writing Wranglers and Warriors as a regular blogger. She’ll post once a month. Click here to read her first post, “Emotional Atmosphere.”

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Valerie Chandler, Laura Oles, and Kathy Waller, Alexandra Burt,  Manning Wolfe, and Honorary HOTXINC Member Scott Montgomery will speak and sign at the launch of Austin Mystery Writers’ second crime fiction anthology, LONE STAR LAWLESS, at BookPeople, February 4, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. They will be joined by contributors Janice Hamrick, Mark Pryor, Terry Shames, and George Wier. Kaye George and Larry Sweazy, whose stories are included in the book, will not be able to attend. LONE STAR LAWLESS is dedicated to Austin Mystery Writer and HOTXSINC member Gale Albright, two of whose stories appear in the book. Gale died in 2016.

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Laura Oles will speak and sign copies of her new book, DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN, at BookPeople on February 5, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Terry Shames (A RECKONING IN THE BACK COUNTRY) and James Ziskin (A STONE’S THROW) will also speak and sign. DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN is Laura’s first book.

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Laura Oles’ article “Beloved Settings: Considerations for Fictionalizing a Favorite Place” appeared online in Writers’ Digest on January 19, 2018. Watch for her post about DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN on the MysteryPeople blog.

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Francine Paino and Helen Currie Foster have joined the Austin Mystery Writers critique group.

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Sue Cleveland and Dixie Evatt, who write under the pen name Meredith Lee, presented “The Mystery Inside Our Little Grey Cells” at the OLLI Lamp program at The University of Texas. Watch a video clip of the session on Sue’s Facebook page.

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ThirtyNineStars, the business partnership of Sisters in Crime Dixie Lee Evatt and Sue Meredith Cleveland, received the 2017 Ignite Rising Star Award from IngramSpark.

The writers, who publish under the pen name Meredith Lee, were notified that they were selected for the award, which recognizes, “authors new to IngramSpark in 2017 who have already demonstrated a savvy approach to their self-publishing journeys.”

IngramSpark is the distributor of the author’s debut novel, SHROUDED. The thriller, the first installment in the Crispin Leads Mystery Series, is the story of a graduate student whose trip to Rome to study burial rituals at the Vatican is derailed when she is witness to a murder.

Ignite awards honor booksellers, publishers and libraries that exhibit outstanding best practices in indie publishing in three categories: best practices in indie publishing, best practices in community engagement, and rising stars.

To learn more visit www.meredithlee.net.

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The English tradition offers the great tapestry novel,
where you have the emotional aspect of a detective’s personal life,
the circumstances of the crime and, most important,
the atmosphere of the English countryside that functions as another character.

~ Elizabeth George

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Selected Sites

What Editors Want

The articles below were shared on The Passive Voice.

January 2018 Report: US online book sales, Q2-Q4 2017

In our opinion: Inmates deserve the written word

A changing book business: it all seems to be flowing downhill to Amazon

Amazon’s Cashierless ‘Go’ Convenience Store Set to Open

Your Book Editor Just Snagged Your Spot on the Best-Seller List

Long-Forgotten Opera About Tabasco Sauce Heats Up Stage Again After Almost 125 Years

New Author Earnings Report

Is Creativity Finally Dead?

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The following articles were posted on the IngramSpark blog.

5 Tips for Budgeting Book Promotion

Book Metadata Tips for Indie Authors

Facebook Tips for Indie Authors

Book Publicity Opportunities in Newspapers

Digital Book Marketing vs. Book Publicity

Writing Tips to Fortify Your Writing Resolutions

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Someone once asked John Updike, “Why don’t you write a mystery?”
And he answered, “Because I’m not smart enough.”
Here’s a guy who’s written brilliant fiction, won two Pulitzer Prizes,
but he has a different skill set, just as I couldn’t have written Rabbit, Run.
Writing a mystery takes planning and plotting.
You lay a bomb on page nine; it doesn’t explode till page four hundred.
Even a bad book takes some talent and work to put together.

~ David Baldacci
quoted in Why We Write, ed. Meredith Maran

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No Lo Contendere

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

HOTSHOTS! welcomes reviews and articles written by members. Email to Kathy at kathywaller1 at gmail dot com. 

HOTXSINC Meeting: January 14, 2018

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement
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NEW LOCATION on January 14: CAFE EXPRESS!

Program: US Army Lieutenant Colonel Michael Grygar
Art Taylor: Sue Grafton, A Remembrance (of Sorts)
HOTXSINC Election of Officers
The Word on Our Members
Selected Sites
May Your Coming Year
Nolo Contendere

 

 

Sue Grafton: Alphabet crime author dies aged 77

 “As far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y,”
her daughter said in a statement posted to Facebook.

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On January 14, Join us at HOTXSINC’s

NEW LOCATION in 2018!

We’ll meet at the delightful

Café Express

   3418 N. Lamar, Austin 78705
512 452-9888

~ Same time ~
Second Sunday, 2:15 p. m.

Parking behind restaurant!
Great menu!

http://www.cafe-express.com/locations/austin

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Our dues remain the same
~ $20 for the year ~
and should be paid
at the first meeting.
Cash or check, please.

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Our 2018 programs will be terrific
starting with

US Army Lieutenant Colonel Michael Grygar

LTC Grygar will speak about his work as a Military Police officer (MP) and Foreign Area Officer (FAO). 

If you have questions about the Army, military police, or how the US Army trains and supports foreign military forces, bring them to the meeting.

 LTC Michael Grygar entered military service in June of 1992, enlisting in the US Army Reserve as a Combat Medic. He was commissioned as a 2LT in the Military Police Corps through the University of Texas at Arlington ROTC program in 1996, while simultaneously earning a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. LTC Grygar entered Active Duty in 2002. In 2009, he began Foreign Area Officer training at the Defense Language Institute where he studied Portuguese. He has completed a Masters in National Security Studies with a focus
on Latin America at the Naval Postgraduate School.  

 LTC Grygar has been assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, MO; USAG Bamberg, Germany; Iraq; Monterrey, CA; US Military Group, Guatemala; Fort Polk, LA; Afghanistan; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Fort Sam Houston, TX. He has served in a wide variety of assignments as a Military Police officer and then as a Foreign Area Officer, including positions as a Battle Captain in Iraq; Commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 793rd MP BN; Director of Emergency Services/Provost Marshal of the US Army Garrison in Bamberg, Germany; visiting instructor at the Guatemalan Command and General Staff College; Battalion Operations Officer, and Battalion XO of the 2nd Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment; instructor at the Brazilian Command and General Staff College in Brazil; and as the Political Military Affairs Division Chief within the Regional Affairs Directorate.

He is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the NATO Medal, the Parachutists Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month, at 2:15 p.m. at Cafe Express,  3418 N. Lamar, Austin 78705512 452-9888

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

Check out our blog/newsletter at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/

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Sue Grafton: A Remembrance (of Sorts)
by Art Taylor

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HOTXSINC Election of Officers

At the December 10, 2017 meeting, HOTXSINC elected officers for 2018. There being no nominations from the floor, the nominating committee’s slate of candidates was elected by acclamation:

President – Helen Currie Foster
Vice President/President Elect – Noreen Cedeno
Secretary/Membership – Francine Paino
Treasurer – David Ciambrone

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THE WORD ON OUR MEMBERS

K. P. Gresham’s radio play “The Case of the Poisoned Holly” was performed by a cast of HOTXSINC members at the annual holiday party on December 20, 2017. She spoke and signed copies of her mystery MURDER IN THE SECOND PEW at BookPeople on December 8.

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SELECTED SITES

Most of the articles listed below appeared on The Passive Voice: A Lawyer’s Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing. Subscribe to The Passive Voice to receive daily blog updates via email.

Amazon Review Policy Change & More

“Amazon now requires you to purchase a minimum of $50 worth of books or other products before you can leave a review or answer questions about a product. These purchases, and it looks like it is a cumulative amount, must be purchased via credit card or debit card — gift cards won’t count.”

Stability in the book marketplace does not mean commercial publishers continue to maintain their share

American Literature Needs Indie Presses

How Indie Presses Are Elevating the Publishing World

The Secret Life of ‘Um’

Business Musings: Sustainability

Astronauts Get Writer’s Block, Too: An Interview with Scott Kelly

Another Bay Area Barnes & Noble bites the dust

The Rise of Surender Mohan Pathak: HarperCollins India Wins Big With Hindi Pulp Fiction

“Hindi pulp fiction writer Surender Mohan Pathak has been made ‘the Agatha Christie of India’ by Minakshi Thakur, who saw potential in a genre ignored by other publishers.”

Google Chrome will block autoplay video starting January 2018

Content duplication issue briefly keeps Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s latest self-published chapbooks off Amazon

“Now, Amazon is in a strange situation; it cannot itself decide if it’s a publisher or a distributor, but in either case the demand for a copy of our contract with our publisher is out of line, and Steve and I will not comply.”- Author Sharon Lee

The Passive Voice: “In an update to the OP, TeleRead says Amazon customer service solved the problem. PG is happy to hear that in part because the authors seem like nice people.
“PG is usually on the little guy’s/gal’s side in these kind of disputes, but in this case, he understands Amazon’s concerns:…”

5 Things I’m Not Doing to Launch My Book—Plus What I’m Doing Instead

Nobody Has a Clue Barnes & Noble (BKS) /Q2 2018 Earnings Conference Call / November 30, 2017 10:00 AM ET

Barnes & Noble losses: Blame it on Harry Potter

Barnes & Noble Wants to Clear ‘Tchotchke’ Clutter, Sell More Books

Anti-Amazon: A Favorite Investment Theme For 2018

How to use Authentic Historical Detail to Trigger Emotions and Memories in Your Reader

But what about us?

ON THE PERILOUS PLIGHT OF THE PART-TIME LIBRARIAN

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May Your Coming Year…

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.
I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful,
and don’t forget to make some art–
write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.
And I hope, somewhere in the next year,
that you surprise yourself.

~ Neil Gaiman

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NOLO CONTENDERE

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