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HoTXSinC January 13, 2019: Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes

New Location!

LAURA BUSH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
9411 Bee Cave Road
Austin, TX 78733

 

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

January 13: Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes

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Bill Woodburn

on

Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes

A Counselor’s

into Troubled Minds

We often write about extremes of human behavior and its aftermath. To be believable, it helps to understand desperate motives and how extreme events shape our lives. Join Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S, author and counselor for a Q&A session about your characters actions and reactions.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASince 1988, Bill Woodburn has been a counselor, teacher, and workshop presenter. Coming from a family of storytellers, he’s fascinated by the stories each of us lives out. His passion is discovering how our stories intersect and heal individuals, relationships, and communities.

In his writing life, Bill enjoys indulging his love of history to create murder mysteries set from 1960’s Berkeley to the Third Reich.

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Editor’s Note: Please send questions for our speaker to K.P. Gresham, kpgresham at aol dot com before the meeting. 

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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/

 



Oh yes, these are fascinating
even though they are a breach of confidence. ~ Miss Marple



A Word from the President

by Noreen Cedeño

I am looking forward to a great year for our Heart of Texas Chapter! We have wonderful, supportive members who are happy to share their wisdom and resources with the group. Our members rock! Please continue to send any publishing successes, calls for submissions, useful marketing tips, or other information to the board so that we can relay the information to our membership. 
 
Thank you for your patience as we try to locate a ‘permanent’ home for our meetings. While we wish the location would be convenient for all of our members, we realize that this is not a realistic possibility. We have to take pricing, availability of the location, availability of parking, suitability for holding our meetings (noise level, ability to use projectors or audio-visual equipment), and other factors into account. Finding suitable locations has been a challenge for our board and I would like to thank the board members for their hard work in trying to solve this problem.


For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~ T. S. Eliot

 



Upcoming Programs

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

 



And now we welcome the new year,
full of things that have never been. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke



The Word on Our Members

N. M. Cedeño will be selling and signing books at the Round Rock Public Library Local Author Fair on January 26! Here is a link to the event: https://www.roundrocktexas.gov/event/round-rock-local-author-fair-4/
 


Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?
~ LM Montgomery



Selected Links

Questions to Consider When Plotting a Scene
https://www.janefriedman.com/how-to-master-writing-scenes/

2019 Writing and Tracking Spreadsheet – from Travis Richardson
http://www.tsrichardson.com/2019/01/01/2019-writing-and-tracking-spreadsheet/

A CUP OF COMFORT – by Joan Leotta
http://www.overmydeadbody.com/cupcmfrt.html

The search engine for writers
https://hiveword.com/writers-search-engine

Remove Image Background     [editor’s note: I haven’t tried this, but Jane Friedman recommends it on her website.]   
https://www.remove.bg/

Short Story Format – William Shunn
https://format.ms/story.html

Novel Format – William Shunn
https://format.ms/novel.html

Short Story Reviews: Using Multiple POV
https://www.catherinedilts.com/catherine-dilts—blog/short-story-reviews-use-of-multiple-pov

The Book Contract ‘Red Line’
https://writerunboxed.com/2019/01/03/the-book-contract-red-line/



I’ll never understand why everybody puts so much emphasis on January first.
There are three hundred and sixty-four other days in the year
that you can make a change. 
Or make a fresh start. ~ Elizabeth Eulberg

 




2018 in Review



The beginning is always today ~ Mary Shelley



Members: Please send your news to be included in HOTSHOTS! to hotx2014 at gmail dot com.

HoTXSinC December 9, 2018: Party & Member Showcase @ La Mancha!

Party & Member Showcase

@

La Mancha Tex-Mex Tavern


2203 Hancock Drive
Austin, TX 78756

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Front side room
Party snacks will be provided
All beverages purchased individually

Members will read from their works.

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


Program: Party & Member Showcase

Upcoming Programs
The Word on Our Members
Selected Sites

HOTSHOTS! Wants You
Subscribe to HOTSHOTS!

Nolo Contendere



Party & Member Showcase

HoTXSinC members will read from their work and celebrate the year’s end at the regular meeting at La Mancha Restaurant from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on December 9, 2018.

Party snacks will be provided. All beverages may be purchased individually.

La Mancha Restaurant is located at 2203 Hancock Drive in Austin. The gathering will be held in the room to the right of the front entrance.

 

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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. In December we meet at La Mancha Tex-Mex Tavern, 2203 Hancock Drive in Austin.

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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/


Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing . . . the rest will follow.

~ Jane Yolen


2019 Programs

January: Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S, author and counselor on Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes–A Counselor’s Insight into Troubled Minds

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

 


The writer’s life is rough and lonely,
and who would choose it while there are vacancies
in more gracious professions,
such as, way, cleaning ferryboats?

~ Dorothy Parker


The Word on Our Members

Meredith Lee‘s DIGGING UP THE DEAD made BlueInk Reviews’ list of Best Books of the Year.

DIGGING UP THE DEAD, a Crispin Leads Mystery by the Austin-based writing team of Sue Meredith Cleveland and Dixie Lee Evatt has been singled out by BlueInk Reviews as one of its favorite books of 2018. Out of the thousands of titles reviewed by the independent review service last year, BlueInk highlighted books in eight categories. For more information visit www.blueinkreview.com. Digging Up the Dead, the second in a series of thriller-mysteries published under the writing team’s pen name Meredith Lee, finds a young scholar, Crispin Leads, in Egypt. There she dodges murderers and outwits con artists while tracking down the truth behind dark family secrets and ancient curses surrounding the tomb of King Tut. Copies of the book sell for $16.99 at bookstores and online. The e-book is $10.99.

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Helen Currie Foster appeared at Malvern Books for the launch of her latest Alice MacDonald Greer mystery, GHOST NEXT DOOR.

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Manning Wolfe, Mark Pryor, and Billy Kring appeared in conversation at Malvern Books’http://malvernbooks.com/ Novel Night on November 8, 2018. After the program, they signed copies of their books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

If I don’t write, I hate myself. Simple as that. My life is out of balance.

~ Harlan Coben


Selected Links

–from The Passive Voice

Barnes and Noble’s newest Kindle competitor is a 7-inch, $49 Nook

5 Ways Meditation Can Help Authors

Email Marketing Basics

This holiday season could seal Barnes & Noble’s fate

Here’s How It Will Go

The best ways to use Lightning are not widely employed yet 20 years in

Amazon Is Hiding A Big Surprise\

I’ll Bet You Think This Story’s about You: When People Keep Finding Themselves in Your Fiction

Antitrust, the App Store, and Apple

Why it’s time to cancel your Amazon Prime account

Small bookstores are booming after nearly being wiped out


I still encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do—the actual act of writing—turns out to be the best part. It’s like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.

~ Anne Lamott


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Members, send news to hots2014 (at) gmail (dot) com. Include both past and upcoming events. Include pictures if you have them.

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And send titles/authors of books (articles, websites, blogs) you’ve read or are reading, and that you recommend to other Sisters in Crime.

 

HoTXSinC November 11, 2018: Mark Pryor on The Intersection Between His Job as a Prosecutor and Crime Fiction Writing

NEW LOCATION!
IHOP
1101 South MOPAC

 

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


Program: Mark Pryor on the Intersection
Between His Job as a Prosecutor
and Crime Fiction Writing
Upcoming Programs
Texas Book Festival: HoTXSinC Was There
The Word on Our Members
Who’s Blogging?
HOTSHOTS! Wants You
Subscribe to HOTSHOTS!

Nolo Contendere


 

Mark Pryor

on

The Intersection Between His Job as a Prosecutor

and

Crime Fiction Writing

Mark Pryor is a former newspaper reporter from England, and now a prosecutor with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, in Austin, Texas.
He is the author of the Hugo Marston mystery series, set in Paris, London, and Barcelona.
The most recent is THE SORBONNE AFFAIR, a “flawlessly constructed whodunit,” according to Booklist. His previous novel in the series was THE PARIS LIBRARIAN, which the Toronto Globe & Mail says “has it all . . . a finely structured plot that’s one of Pryor’s best books yet.” The first Hugo Marston novel, THE BOOKSELLER, was a Library Journal Debut of the Month, and called “unputdownable” by Oprah.com, and the series has been featured in the New York Times.
Mark is also the author of the psychological thriller, HOLLOW MAN, and its sequel, DOMINIC, published in January of 2018. He also created the nationally-recognized true-crime blog D.A. Confidential.’ As a prosecutor, he has appeared on CBS News’s 48 Hours and Discovery Channel’s Discovery ID: Cold Blood.
Mark will have copies of his books to sell by credit card only.

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m. We meet at the IHOP at 1101 South MOPAC.

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

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

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


I thought I could never write a proper book; I’d never done it before.
But I thought I could write a sequence. Then I had a chapter.
The next thing I knew I was turning acting down. ~ Tana French


Upcoming Programs

December: Party and Showcase of Members’ Writing 

And for 2019:

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


If you rewrite a paragraph fifty times and forty-nine of them are terrible,
that’s fine; you only need to get it right once. ~ Tana French


The Word on Our Members: HoTXSinC @ Novel Night

 

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

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

 

 

 


If you’re writing a scene for a character with whom you disagree in every way,
you still need to show how that character is absolutely justified
in his or her own mind,
or the scene will come across as being
about the author’s views
rather than about the character’s. ~ Tana French


Texas Book Festival: HoTXSinC Was There!

Details in next month’s HOTSHOTS!


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

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


Who’s Blogging?

Noreen Cedeño

Helen Currie Foster

 


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. 


HOTSHOTS! Special Texas Book Festival Issue – Author Schedule

2018 Texas Book Festival

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

2018-10-26 hotxsinc - tbf setting up booth
HoTXSinC’s TBF Coordinator K.P. Gresham, Secretary Francine Paino, and President Helen Currie Foster — with HoTXSinC table all set for the weekend — Tent 4, near the Capitol of Texas

HoTXSinC October 14 ***@ Yarborough Branch Library***: Robert Ansley on Paranormal Research

HoTXSinC will meet on
Sunday, October 14, 2018
@ the Yarborough Branch Library
2200 Hancock Drive, Austin.


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

@ the Yarborough Branch of Austin Public Library
Program: Robert Ansley on Paranormal Research
New Venue for October 14: Yarborough Branch Library
Upcoming Programs
Texas Book Festival: It’s Time to Bring Your Books!
HoTXSinC Authors @ Boerne Book and Arts Fest
Ghost Story Contest Winner to Be Announced
The Word on Our Members
Who’s Blogging?

Opportunities
HOTSHOTS! Wants You
Subscribe to HOTSHOTS!

Nolo Contendere

 


 

Robert Ansley

on

Paranormal Research

Robert Ansley is an actor, director, and producer of short films that have screened at many film festivals including SXSW, Tribeca, and Cannes.  He started his crime fighting career in 1979 with the Austin Police Dept, and was promoted to Sgt. just three years later.  Austin author Bruce Sterling noted in his book “Hacker Crackdown – Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier” that Robert was one of the first police officers in the nation to set up a sting operation to catch hackers committing computer crimes.  In 1989 Robert was lured away by a small computer company called “Dell” to provide executive protection for Michael and his new wife Susan.  In addition he eventually traveled the globe designing security systems and practices for Dell facilities worldwide.  After suffering a serious spinal injury Robert retired and once he was on the mend he began pursuing his fascination for paranormal investigations.  His company, Imagine Your Dreams LLC had been producing short films for festivals and now produces paranormal films for his new organization Austin Paranormal Research.  Together with his business partner, Elizabeth Lloyd they investigate client claims of hauntings and Poltergeist activity in the greater Austin area.  Their work has appeared in the prestigious magazine Paranormal Review, published by the Society for Psychical Research in London, UK.

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Plus the winner of the HoTXSinC Ghost Story Contest will be announced.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m.

New Venue: The October 14 meeting will be held at the Yarborough Branch of Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive.

Future venues will be announced in next month’s HOTSHOTS!

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

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

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


New Venue:  October 14, HoTXSinC Meets @ the Yarborough

On October 14, HoTXSinC will meet at the  Yarborough Branch of Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive, from 2:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Why are we moving? Cafe Express has closed.

We’re not sure yet where the November and December meetings will be held, but word will go out as soon as a venue is confirmed. Watch this space.


Upcoming Programs. 

November: Mark Pryor, District Attorney and Author

December: Party and Showcase of Members’ Writing 

And for 2019:

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


 

Texas Book Festival: It’s Time to Bring Your Books!!!

2018-09 KP GRESHAM 2017 TBF Group Photo

To those members who want their books sold at this year’s Texas Book Festival, you need to bring your books to our next meeting!

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

We need the following information to accompany your books.

-No more than ten copies of EACH title.

-A brief synopsis of each title.

-A brief author bio.

Unless you are signed up to man the booth, we do not need an 8 x 10 photo of you.

If you can’t get your books to me at the October 14 meeting, text me at kpgresham (at) aol (dot) com or call me on my cell at 713-962-9992.

As a reminder, the 2018 Texas Book Festival is October 27 & 28 on the Capitol Grounds. We have been assigned Booth #413, so stop on by and visit us!

Please folks, let’s make this a hard deadline! Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated! ~ K.P.Gresham

 


HoTXSinC Authors at Boerne Book & Arts Fest

HoTXSinC Authors will sell books at the Boerne Book & Arts Fest this Saturday, October 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information, see the


 

Ghost Story Winner to Be Announced

2018-09- pixabay - cc0 mirror-1662178_640HoTXSinC’s Short Ghost Story Contest winner will be announced at the meeting on October 14.
The winner will receive a $25.00 Target gift card and the Parrish Knife, first donated by Eugenia Parrish as the prize in a HoTXSinC short story contest in 2017. MK Waller, winner of the 2017 contest, is donating the knife back to HoTXSinC for the Ghost Story Contest prize.
Eugenia Parrish - Knife 0109171014
 

 

 The Word on Our Members

Four HoTXSinC members read from their works at Malvern Books on Novel Night, September 13. N. M. Cedeno read from THE WALLS CAN TALK; Laura Oles read from DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN; and Sue Cleveland and Dixie Evatt, aka Meredith Lee, read from DIGGING UP THE DEAD and SHROUDED.

 

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Alexandra Burt, Valerie Chandler, Laura Oles, MK Waller, George Wier, and Scott Montgomery appeared on a panel discussing Austin Mystery Writers’ second crime fiction anthology, LONE STAR LAWLESS, at Tim Bryant’s Bosslight Books, in Nacogdoches, Texas, on September 20.

 

 

 

 

On September 19, Alexandra, Valerie, Laura, and MK attended Scott Montgomery’s interview with Craig Johnson, author of the LONGMIRE series, at Murder by the Book in Houston.

 

 

 

 

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2018-09 Meredith Lee - Digging up the dead cover

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GHOST NEXT DOOR IS OUT!

 

GHOST NEXT DOOR, by Helen Currie Foster, was published September 22, 2018. Now available on Amazon and at independent bookstores, this is the fifth novel in the Alice MacDonald Greer Mystery Series. During night-time fireworks at Coffee Creek’s first official barbecue cook-off, deep in Texas Hill Country, lawyer Alice MacDonald Greer trips over the body of a sharp-tongued food writer. The hotly competitive grill-masters all possess well-honed knives and stout alibis. With local law enforcement baffled, the mystery darkens when a malevolent stalker pursues Alice and her engaging but secretive client using arson, assault and highway terror. Alice finds herself needing far more than her legal skills to survive.

An Alice MacDonald Greer legal thriller, full of smoke, music, mayhem and suspense.

A “simply outstanding mystery series.” Midwest Book Review.

Find her online: www.helencurriefoster.com

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

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


Who’s Blogging?

N. M. Cedeño

KP Gresham

M. K. Waller


 

Opportunities

Hallmark Publishing

“Hi there! Hallmark Publishing is open to unagented submissions of completed full-length novels through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3), 2018. We will also have an open reading period in February 2019. Follow us on Twitter, @HallmarkPublish, to be the first to learn about future calls for submissions.”


 

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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. 


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