HOTSHOTS!

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 August 13: Austin Bomb Squad

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


August 13 Program: Officer Jeffrey Joseph of the Austin Bomb Squad

Call for Readers @ the October Meeting
The Word on Our Members
Launch Party for Meredith Lee’s SHROUDED
Selected Sites
Counting Down to the Eclipse
The One Thing More

 

Austin’s Bomb Squad

On Sunday, August 13, Officer Jeffrey Joseph of the Austin Police Department will present a detailed overview of  the Austin Bomb Squad Unit and the services provided by the bomb technicians and their K-9 counterparts. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

Officer Joseph is a twenty-year veteran of the APD and has worked in the Bomb Squad Unit for five of those years. Given the tumultuous times we live in, his presentation promises to be a fascinating and relevant presentation for all.

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets the second Sunday of each month at Book People, 603 North Lamar, Austin, phone 512-472-5050. Meetings begin at 2:15 p.m. Take the elevator to the third floor.

For information about the Heart of Texas Chapter, contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543, and visit our website at http://sinc-heartoftexas.com

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Most crime fiction plots are not ambitious enough for me.
I want something really labyrinthine
with clues and puzzles that will reward careful attention. ~ Sophie Hannah

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Call for Readers @ the October Meeting

SISTERS IN CRIME Heart of Texas Chapter

Presents

Excerpted Readings from Heart of Texas Chapter Authors

An important goal of Sisters in Crime is to promote and assist our authors in as many ways as possible.

OCTOBER 8, 2017: At the regular October meeting, members who have paid their 2017 dues may read from a current work or a work in progress. Each reading will be limited to five minutes in order to allow time for as many writers as possible to take advantage of this opportunity.

If you are a current member in good standing and are interested in presenting excerpts of your work please send in your name to Sisters in Crime Vice President Noreen Cedeño, noreenm74 at yahoo.com. There are a limited number of slots available and the deadline for sign-ups is September 1, 2017.

Non-members please join us. In addition to the members’ excerpted readings a portion of the meeting will be devoted to HOW TO GET REVIEWS – More information to follow.

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I’m sold as a literary writer in Holland; I’m sold as crime fiction in England.
I think of it as just literature. ~ Karin Slaughter

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The Word on Our Members

Dave Ciambrone

from Dave Ciambrone
I’ll be speaking at the
Llano Quilt Guild on August 21st at 10:30 a.m., at the Country Quilt Shop, 100 E. Exchange Place, in Llano, Texas; and
the Main Street Quilt Guild on September 26, at the YMCA, 1812 N. Mays Street in Round Rock, Texas.
I have a booth at the Chisholm Trail Quilt Guild quilt show on September 29 and 30 at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.

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Nancy G. West

from Nancy G. West
Susan Yerkes writes an article about the Aggie Mundeen mystery, in Rio Magazine:  https://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/magazine/

 


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Laura Oles

Kathy Waller

from Laura Oles and M. K. Waller
DAY OF THE DARK: Stories of Eclipse,
edited by award-winning mystery writer Kaye George, was released by Wildside Press on July 21. The anthology was inspired by the upcoming August 21 total solar eclipse, the first visible across the entire continental U. S. in ninety-nine years. DAY OF THE DARK comprises twenty-four stories, including Laura’s “Ocean’s Fifty” and M. K.’s “I’ll Be a Sunbeam.” Authors talk about their stories on Debra Goldstein’s blog, “Day of the Dark, Part I” and “Part II.”

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He won’t hurt me. I have a secret weapon. ~ Sandra Brown

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Launch Party for Meredith Lee’s SHROUDED

Sue Meredith Cleveland & Dixie Lee Evatt

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.

Meredith Lee is the pen name for the Austin-based writing team of
Dixie Lee Evatt and Sue Meredith Cleveland. SHROUDED, 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.

Copies of the book will be on sale at the event for $14.99, plus tax.
Authors will be present to sign books and answer questions. Prelaunch
commercial sale of the book is scheduled on Amazon and at
BookPeople, Austin’s independent book store at 6th and Lamar, in
mid- to late August.

The book is already receiving pre-publication praise. SHROUDED was a
finalist in the 2017 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest.

The Writing Barn is located at 10202 Wommack Road, Austin, Texas
78748.

To learn more visit www.meredithlee.net.

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I had a vision … of being found on the pavement by some passerby,
with a small punctuation mark ending my sentence of life.
~ Mary Roberts Rinehart

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Selected Sites

Thanks to The Passive Voice for the following suggestions.

Amazon Prime will be in more than half of US households by year’s end

Is There Anything Better than BookBub?

The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice

Links to The Passive Voice on

Twitter

Facebook

Subscribe to The Passive Voice by email on the blog’s sidebar.

Thanks to Writer Unboxed for posting the following.

Stealing from Aesop

Writing Through Life’s Stages: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Storyboarding with Scrivener (or, A Love Affair with Virtual Index Cards)

Publishing Moves On. Do Readers?

What to Read When You’re Not Reading Books

Every Good Book is a Mystery, Even When it’s Not

Using Ergonomics to Design the Optimal Workstation

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The point of quotations is that one can use another’s words to be insulting.
~ Carolyn Heilbrun

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Counting Down to the Eclipse

 

This image of the moon crossing in front of the sun was captured on Jan. 30, 2014, by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory observing an eclipse from its vantage point in space.
Credits: NASA

Eclipse 2017.org

NASA Eclipse Website

Earth and Sky

Weather.gov

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I feel like I need to give people a note with the book that says,
‘I’m OK, no worries!’ ~ Gillian Flynn

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The One Thing More

Woody’s Words of Wisdom from Paws N Reflect

If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face,
you should go home and examine your conscience. ~ Woodrow Wilson

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Nolo Contendere

  1. Members, send news for HOTSHOTS! to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com. Deadline for inclusion in the August issue is Friday, August 28.
  2. Member authors, send head shots and titles of your publications to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com for the HOTXSINC Author page.

Kathy Waller, editor
kathywaller1 at gmail dot com

HOTXSINC July 9, 2017: Captain Mike Winn on the Military Justice System

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement
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Program: Captain Mike Winn on the Military Justice System 

The Word on Our Members
The New HOTXSINC Website
Call for Submissions
Speculating About Cremains
Calendar
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere
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Captain Mike Winn: Military Justice

Captain Mike Winn

At the July 9 HOTXSINC meeting, Captain Mike Winn, Legal Officer for the Permanent Executive Secretariat of  Conference of American Armies (PESCAA), will discuss the military-justice process in general, with a focus on special-victim offenses.

Captain Winn attended Texas A&M and earned a degree in Business Administration before earning his J.D. at SMU Dedman  School of Law. He served as a Trial Counsel/ Military Prosecutor in the Army from  2014-15, as a Legal Assistance Attorney in 2013-14, and as a Special Victim Counsel starting in 2013. He is currently a Legal Officer for the Permanent Executive Secretariat of the Conference of American Armies (PESCAA), U.S. Army South at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m. at Book People, 603 North Lamar, Austin, phone 512-472-5050.  Take the elevator to the third floor.

For information about the Heart of Texas Chapter, contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543, and check out our website at http://sinc-heartoftexas.com

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I was extraordinarily lucky.
I wrote a book because I wanted to see if I could write a mystery.
Someone nagged me into sending it to a contest, which it won,
after which I was offered a two-book contract,
thus requiring the writing of a second book. ~ Donna Leon

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The Word on Our Members

From Wendy Gee
TORCHES is the story of hotshot arson investigator, Draymond Bernadino, who takes over the reins as the Charleston (SC) Fire Marshal and uncovers a ruthless web of corruption and buried secrets while probing two deadly fires thirty years apart.

I entered the Writer’s League of Texas manuscript contest for the professional critique. I am honored to have my work deemed worthy of recognition in this prestigious competition. The acknowledgement motivates me to continue my writing with an eye toward publication. I am deeply grateful to members of the WLT and Sisters in Crime (Heart of Texas Chapter) for their encouragement and commitment to developing writers of all skill levels.

 

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From Manning Wolfe
My new Cover Reveal for MUSIC NOTES is out this week–to see, look to the left.
In addition, I’m going to ThrillerFest and would like to know if anyone else in our group is going so I can look for them–that is July 11-15th in NYC.

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From Nancy G. West
I’m thrilled to announce that Rio Magazine–premier magazine for the San Antonio River Walk–hotels, restaurants, boat rides, natives, and tourists–will feature RIVER CITY DEAD, Aggie Mundeen Mystery #4, as its recommended read in the July issue. Here’s the link to the magazine: https://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/magazine/     Click July 2017.

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From Helen Currie Foster
GHOST CAVE and GHOST DOG are now available on Amazon in the Audible Audio Edition, with GHOST LETTER and GHOST DAGGER following hot on their heels. I narrate the books.
https://www.amazon.com/Helen-Currie-Foster/e/B00R1X9RXK

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I crawled into my book and pulled the pages over my head. ~ Laurie R. King

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The New HOTXSINC Website

The HOTXSINC blog-newsletter has expanded into a website designed to make information about the chapter easy for readers to find. The HOME page is organized in the following way:

Panel #1 displays information about the upcoming meeting; for a few days after each meeting, pictures will be displayed.

Panel #2, “About HOTXSINC” tells who we are and what our meetings are about. There’s also a list of benefits of membership and a link to the Join/Renew page. The drop-down menu displays links to Officers, By-laws, and Resources.

Panel #3, “HOTSHOTS!,” displays excerpts from the two most recent newsletter posts. The drop-down subhead links to back issues.

Panel #4, “Join/Renew,” displays instructions for joining or renewing membership in HOTXSINC, and links to a printable form. It also links to the Sisters in Crime national membership webpage.

Panel #5, “Authors,” lists HOTXSINC’s member authors and provides links to their websites and blogs.

Member authors, don’t forget to send head shots and a titles of publications to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com for inclusion on the Author page.      

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“Our system is not one of justice, but of law.” ~ Edna Buchanan

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Call for Submissions

The following link comes from Noreen Cedeño’s “Marketing Books,” part of her May 2017 HOTXSINC presentation. A link to her presentation on Power Point appears on our Resources page.

Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity [This site contains information about contests, paying markets, writing conferences, and much more.]

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The sight of one’s own heart is degrading; people are not meant to look inward–
that’s why they’ve been given bodies, to hide their souls. ~ Shirley Jackson  
   

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Speculating About Cremains

by Rob Robertson

I assume the disposition of human remains comes up in crime novels.

In the US, anyhow, we have burials, cremation, and probable statutory handling rules.

Related to dispositions, whether by burial or cremation, there is the subject of jewelry worn by the decedent and cremains disposition.

I have not asked around so do not know.  I speak of gold, any maybe silver, teeth fillings.  I wonder what happens to those?

The funeral directors want to sell expensive caskets and urns. I do not know about types of caskets and costs.  With cremation, urns can be pricey.  Not sure if families buy urns if the cremains will be buried.

The least costly cremains containers are rectangular boxes, usually having a plastic handle at the top.  I have seen cardboard looking and shiny black containers. The weight of one person’s cremains is heavier than one might think.

In the one interment of cremains I have observed, the container was lowered into an opening over an existing casketed grave.  The opening was about 12 inches by 12 inches and about 18 inches deep.  Water had seeped into the bottom of the opening.

I make these remarks because I speculate writers could weave the subjects into novels.

Last, I am lazy.  I have not checked the Texas statutes to see if anything mentioned in this post is addressed, for example, gold teeth/fillings.

Rob Robertson practices family law, estate planning and probate, real estate, and business law in Austin. 

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White-collar crime gets more outrageous by the second in America. ~ Sara Paretsky

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Calendar

7/9/2017 HOTXSINC Meeting
Capt. Mike Winn speaking on the military justice process
@ BookPeople

7/18/2017 MysteryPeople
Jeff Abbott: Book Launch!
@BookPeople

7/21/2017 MysteryPeople
Ace Atkins: Speaking and Signing
@BookPeople

7/26/2017 MysteryPeople
Bill Loehfelm, Rob Hart, & Jordan Harper
@BookPeople

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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 McCrumb, The Songcatchers

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 Selected Sites

11 THRILLERS THAT WILL KEEP YOU AWAKE THIS SUMMER

Meg Gardiner Interview on KAZI Book Review

Negative Reviews (and Why I Don’t Read Them)

Intuition & Writing: What Happens Next?

2017 Shamus Award SMFS Member Nominees

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine – May/June 2017

Guest Post: STAGES OF WRITING A SHORT STORY by Jan Christensen

Society Members’ News: May 2017 (The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog)

Thanks to The Passive Voice for the following:

When All of Your Family Heirlooms Are Stories

80 Million Prime Subscribers Ready For Amazon’s Pharmacy?

Joseph Kanon: There Is No Better Place to Write Than the Library

Inside the Magic Library at the Conjuring Arts Research Center  

The Disorganized Novelist’s Guide to Outlines

Amazon’s Move Signals End of Line for Many Cashiers

Amazon – Whole Foods Is A Game Changer

In the good books

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The period after the First World War was an extremely different time,
so that Sherlock Holmes would have been a different person following 1918
than he was during the Victorian era. ~ Laurie R. King

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Nolo Contendere

  1. Members, send news for HOTSHOTS! to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com. Deadline for inclusion in the August issue is Friday, July 28.
  2. Member authors, send head shots and titles of your publications to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com for the HOTXSINC Author page.

Kathy Waller, editor
kathywaller1 at gmail dot com

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Even if people do wrong, we’re social animals, so what can we do about stopping them doing the same things in future?
Saying people are ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ is just an unwillingness to engage; an unwillingness to try to empathise.
That sanctimonious attitude doesn’t help anyone. ~ Denise Mina

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Last Month

Dr. Douglas Derrer on Hypnosis

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HOTXSINC Meeting: June 11, 2017: Hypnosis

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement
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Program: Dr. Douglas Derrer on Hypnosis 

The Word on Our Members
Computer Keys for Four Hands: Teaming Up to Write
An Afternoon with Helen Ginger
Call for Submissions
Call to Action: Review!

Calendar
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere
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Dr. Douglas Derrer on Hypnosis

At the June 11 HOTXSINC meeting, Dr. Douglas Derrer will speak about Hypnosis: its intriguing history, bizarre mythology, interesting clinical applications, and neuroscience findings.  This will include the traits needed for hypnotizability, stage vs. clinical hypnosis, as well as forensic hypnosis and its uses in memory enhancement for witnesses and victims. Dr. Derrer may also present an exercise on hypnotizability if time permits and the audience is interested.

 

Dr. Douglas Derrer & Sheba

Douglas Derrer, Ph. D., is a Yale-trained psychologist who served more than two decades in the United States Navy. Retired and living in Georgetown, Texas, he devotes himself to writing, nature, photography, and cycling. His writing interests are speculative fiction for children and adults. He explores several genres, including fantasy adventures, historical fiction, science fiction, steampunk, and social essays. Pirate Peril, The Sorcerer’s Invasion, and Worlds in Collision comprise his mid-grade/YA fantasy-adventure trilogy. King Tut and the Plagues of Egypt and The Mysterious Death of King Tut are a two-volume historical fiction novel about the fascinating 18th Dynasty boy king. All these books are available on Amazon. Two fan-fiction, steampunk Sherlock Holmes stories “Adventure of the Surrogate Queen” and “The Baleful Beanies” are available for free download from his website, www.douglasderrer.com. A third Holmes story, “A Tunnel through Time” will be available soon. A long time member of the Speculative Fiction Writers Cooperative of Bainbridge Island, Washington, he has a short story, “Road Kill,” in their anthology Penumbra. He belongs to the San Gabriel Writers League of Texas and to Coroners, a writing critique group.

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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 Book People, 603 North Lamar, Austin, phone 512-472-5050.  Take the elevator to the third floor.

For information about the Heart of Texas Chapter, contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543, and check out our website at http://sinc-heartoftexas.com

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You know what rumors are like–like a jar full of moths.
Once they escape, they’re all over the place. ~ Rhys Bowen

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The Word on Our Members

June 7-13, Nancy G. West will be one of thirty-two authors offering books in Henery Press’ Rafflecopter. Nancy will post links on her website and on her Facebook page.
Subscribe to Nancy’s newsletter through the signup box, first page right column, on her website. Or message her on her Facebook page with your name/email address and she’ll sign you up.

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Dave Ciambrone’s SUSPICIOUS THREADS, a new Virginia Davies Quilt Mystery came out May 23rd.

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A review of Helen Currie Foster‘s GHOST DAGGER is featured in the May 2017 issue of Reviewer’s Bookwatch: “The fourth novel in author Helen Currie Foster’s simply outstanding  ‘Alice MacDonald Greer’ mystery series, Ghost Dagger continues to document Foster’s originality and complete mastery of the mystery/suspense genre. A deftly crafted and compelling read from cover to cover, Ghost Dagger is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections.”

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Alexandra Burt was interviewed for Read to Write Stories. She was also interviewed on KOOP Radio’s Writing on the Air on May 14. To listen to the KOOP interview, click here.

Alexandra’s latest book, THE GOOD DAUGHTER, was reviewed by Michelle Newby in Lone Star Literary Life: “Well and intricately plotted,  moving quickly, Burt’s story spends as much time in the past as in the present. Subplots enrich and inform the main narrative, and well-placed clues (including the structure of the narratives themselves) tantalize.”

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The Writers’ League of Texas announced winners and finalists in its 2017 Manuscript Contest. Three HOTXSINC members were named finalists:

  • Wendy Gee for TORCHES;
  • Sue Cleveland and Dixie Wyatt (writing as Meredith Lee) for SHROUDED.

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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 1:30 to 4:30 pm. The first installment in the Crispin Leads Mystery Series, SHROUDED 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.  Award-winning author David Aretha calls SHROUDED “a masterfully written mystery novel, powered by well-developed characters and a sophisticated plot.”

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If you chomp down too hard on my work, you’re going to break your teeth. ~ Patricia Cornwell

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Computer Keys for Four Hands: Teaming Up to Write

By Dixie Lee Evatt and Sue Meredith Cleveland (aka Meredith Lee)

Dixie Wyatt & Sue Cleveland

How do you write as a team? It’s the question we are asked all the time. It’s a good one but not exactly an easy one to answer. Team, the notion of two horses hitched to a single sled, pulling in unison through the rough, uncharted paths of imagination, character, plot and dialogue, happens occasionally but it is the exception rather than the rule. What is more likely to occur is less like synchronized playing and more like a give and take. Less like a duet and more like badminton.

The birth of an idea is the starting point. One of us has a scathingly brilliant idea for a novel, a scene or a screenplay. It might come from a news article or something that happens to one of us. It might be born out of a snippet of conversation overheard in a restaurant or while waiting in line at the grocery store. It might be inspired while watching the dogs play in the yard or listening to children argue. It might come while researching one topic and then wandering down a rabbit trail, enticed by a wholly unrelated topic.

The partner listens to the idea, laughs, pulls it apart and then, if the idea is sustainable, plotting follows. One or the other of the partners will sketch out an outline and propose characters. From there the conversations begin in earnest. Talk. Talk. Talk. Research. More talk. More talk. Finally, one or the other has to put pen to paper. Or, more accurately, fingers to keyboard. This part is identical to that of every other writer. One set of hands. One keyboard. One computer screen. One draft. Then more talking and the handoff to the partner for critique and feedback. More talking. Each partner will take a hand at rewriting, adding chapters, polishing and handing the work back as the story grows and evolves. Back and forth from one set of hands to the other.

Like a tennis match, the “ball” can only be in one court at a time. Back and forth until that first draft is a reality. The story, the plot and the characters all live in the world you have created but they are rough. There are holes and it is time for more talk. This is where that “two horses in a trace” phase is handy. This is where we’ll sit together and talk through scenes and dialogue. If it is an action scene we will act it out to make sure it is practical. For instance, there is a scene in Shrouded where the female protagonist hides behind a door ready to whack someone on the head. We acted it out several times to make sure it worked. (Disclaimer: No authors were injured in the creation of this scene.)

The team of three writers (Brent Douglass, John T. Davis and James R. Dennis) who are the alter ego of Miles Arceneaux recently talked about their process at a meeting we attended and we were struck about how similar it is to ours. They wrote their first book, Thin Slide of Life, as a lark and it took years each writing a chapter in turn. Now, after four books, they more easily slip into the skin, and mind, of their phantom author and assume his voice.

Inevitably when more than one hand is writing there will be disagreements. This results in more talk. Make your case. Back off. Hold your ground. Propose solutions. A classic case is from Thin Slice of Life. Would the Texas Ranger take a swig of whisky before the gun battle? One author said, “Of course.” Another said, “No way.” Back and forth they went, until the third author broke the tie. Since we are just two and, therefore, don’t have a tiebreaker we have to find other ways to resolve these kinds of disagreements. So far, we always have because we always go back to what our early mentor, Bill Johnson, wrote in his book A Story is a Promise, “Perceiving that a story is a promise is a cornerstone of the foundation for understanding the art of story telling.” We agree with Johnson and try to honor the promise.

Is the process of writing easier with a partner? No, because writing is, by its very nature, hard and often tedious. No author can avoid the hours of outlining and revision. But if you find a trusted and admired co-conspirator to share the literary journey, to plod along next to, then, my friend, you will always have someone to cheer you on through the disappointments and the successes.

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Crime fiction is the fiction of social history. Societies get the crimes they deserve. ~ Denise Mina

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An Afternoon with Helen Ginger

Helen Ginger

Helen Ginger, author of DEADPOINT, will be featured at “An Afternoon with the Author” on Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Willow Terrace, 3801 Berkman Drive, 78723, in the Terrace Room. There will be an author presentation, book signing, and complimentary light bites. RSVP BY June 20 to texnayder@gmail.com or sign-up in Wildflower Terrace Book.

Helen was President of Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter in 1997. She has been a board member and executive director of the Writers League of Texas, and a volunteer chair for the Texas Book Festival.

“About DEADPOINT: A dead maintenance supervisor and an intrusive firebrand preacher have popped up at Hart of Atlantis Park and Aquarium in the Hill Country. Although divorced from Michael Lansing, the park’s security officer, Codie Hart resolves to work with him to protect her family’s business. When a skilled, ritualistic killer arrives to steal newly developed technology and seek revenge on an old enemy, Michael must decide how to protect Codie and the park without reliving his past.”

 

 

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A pretty sight, a lady with a book. ~ Shirley Jackson

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Call to Action: Review!

HOTXSINC’s mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers. We meet monthly, participate in the Texas Book Festival (and, once, the Jewish Book Fair), form critique groups, share works in progress, arrange programming. We organize to help writers.

But are we forgetting something? Sisters in Crime was founded because “books by woman mystery writers also weren’t being reviewed at a percentage equal to their participation in the field.”

The founding Sisters were no doubt referring to reviews written by professional reviewers for larger publications. But for lesser-known authors, especially those just starting their careers, reviews posted by general readers on online review sites are important, too. Many of our member authors fall into this category.

My research, in which I examined online records of four authors, and which took about 90 seconds, showed that Stephen King’s latest novel, released May 16, 2017, has garnered over 2,000 reader reviews.

Books by three newish authors I surveyed had, as much as a year following their release dates, attracted fewer than 100.

Low numbers have nothing to do with quality of writing. The books I checked are page-turners; I know because I’ve read them. But I knew about them because I had inside information. The thousands of potential readers out there don’t know those books exist. And if they see one that has only a few reviews, or maybe none at all, they tend to move on.

Publishers–at last the major ones–send books to reviewers. I imagine Stephen King’s publisher does. And Patricia Cornwell’s. And Mary Higgins Clark’s. Reviewers know their names and act accordingly. Newbie authors, even those with several books on the market, aren’t so fortunate. Their names don’t mean automatic publicity. They have to work harder, which means asking for reviews.

Many authors hate to ask readers to post reviews. It’s the introvert thing. They prefer not to toot their own horns.

Still, they need REVIEWS. They need them asap–especially in the first days after a book’s release. After that–they need more.

Here’s where individual Sisters, even introverts, can make a difference. 

When you read a Sister’s (or Brother’s) book and like it, post a review online. It doesn’t have to be long or sound like a book report. Did you like the book? Say so. What did you like? Who else might enjoy reading it? Rate the book as required, with stars, tomatoes, whatever.

Be sincere. Don’t say you like a book if you don’t.

If there’s something you think doesn’t work so wellIs pacing a little slow at the beginning? Did Dr. Watson marry and then show up living with Holmes again without explaining what happened to his wife? Is Inspector Morse driving you to distraction by eating all those pub lunches when you’ve just pledged to take off ten pounds by next Thursday?–you might mention it, but be gentle and fair and professional. Your review is meant for other readers; it’s not a critique directed at the author.

What if you didn’t like a book? Don’t review it. If you can’t give it at least three stars or tomatoes, don’t comment.

And never trash a book in a review. Trashing just makes the reviewer look bad. It can be devastating for an author. Nobody benefits. See Be sincere, above. Here the Golden Rule applies.*

If you have a personal relationship with the author, don’t mention it. Online review sites, we’ve heard, look askance at reviews–even honest, balanced, unbiased reviews–that are posted by family, friends, or anyone else whose opinion they think might have been influenced by the author. They can also look askance at the author. That’s not good.

Why are reviews important? Online review sites are read by thousands of potential readers. Reviews translate into sales. A book with a long string of reviews, especially soon after release date, catches the online bookseller’s attention. The bookseller might even smile upon the author by handing out perks. I have no idea what perks, but I’ve heard they exist, and that they can boost sales. Perks are very good.

Now. I have written over 700 words. I have used review and reviews 17 times; add reviewer to that, and I’ve probably set a record. I’ve preached to the choir and told you what you already know.

But in case you’ve forgotten–please REVIEW!


*The Golden Rule applies to the rest, too.

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Successful people are not interesting. I feel for the losers.
That’s where my heart lies. ~ Karin Fossum

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Call for Submissions

The Eyes of Texas
“The editor seeks private eye stories that represent the diversity of the Lone Star State. Stories may be set in West Texas, East Texas, the Mexican border, the Gulf Coast, the Panhandle, or anywhere in-between, and should represent the cultural, ethnic, gender, and political differences found throughout the state.” Details at http://www.crimefictionwriter.com/TheEyesOfTexas.htm

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A lie that is half a truth is ever the hardest to fight. ~ Patricia Wentworth

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Calendar

6/11/2017 HOTXSINC Meeting
Dr. Douglas Derrer on Hypnosis
@BookPeople

6/15/2017 Writers’ League of Texas
Third Thursday: “Practice Makes Pitch Perfect”
@BookPeople

6/25/2017 Book signing and author presentation
“An Afternoon with the Author” featuring Helen Ginger, author of DEADPOINT
More information, above
@ Wildflower Terrace

6/27/2017 MysteryPeople
UNSUB Discussion and signing, hosted by Meg Gardiner
@MysteryPeople /BookPeople

 

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I think myself I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense….
But it’s unquestionably good escapist literature and I think I should rather like it
if I were sitting in an air-raid shelter or recovering from flu. ~ Georgette Heyer

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 Selected Sites

10 of the Best Sherlock Holmes Stories Everyone Should Read

I’ll Never Forget My First…

The Rap Sheet Intro

In Reference to Murder

Killer Characters

Proofreading Tips Part 1 of 2
Proofreading Tips Part 2 of 2

What Are the Rules?

Sub-Plots and Story

Google Maps: The Best Writing Tools That No One Knows About

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Thanks to Karleen Koen for sharing the following sites:

53 Ways to Improve Your Short Stories

Q&A: Brian Yansky (on tension and conflict)

How to Spot Toxic Feedback: 7 Signs That the Writing Advice You’re Getting May Do More Harm Than Good

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Thanks to The Passive Voice for sharing the following sites:

The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool

Women Booksellers Rule

Walmart Is Asking Employees to Deliver Packages on Their Way Home from Work

Murder on the Orient Express

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction

Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores Are Not Built For People Who Actually Read

When tweeters attack: why do readers send authors their bad reviews?

Exactly how I self-published my book, sold 180,000 copies, and nearly doubled my revenue

5 types of rest every creative should adopt

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Nobody likes to be accused of a virtue. ~ Patricia Wentworth

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Nolo Contendere

Members, please email links to your websites and/or blogs to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com so they can be listed in our blogroll. Email your news/announcements to the same address.

Kathy Waller, editor
kathywaller1 at gmail dot com

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I wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall in a few Victorian parlours. ~ Sarah Waters

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Heroes, Villains, and Lawyers

Mark Pryor, Billy Kring, and Manning Wolfe spoke at the workshop Heroes, Villains, and Lawyers, presented by MysteryPeople and HOTXSINC Saturday, May 27. After individual presentations, they joined Scott Montgomery for a Q & A session with the audience.

 

HOTXSINC May 21, 2017: Audio Books, Marketing, & Short Story Submissions

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement
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May 21 Program : Noreen Cedeño, Helen Currie Foster, & Jason Richard
on Marketing, Short Story Submissions, & 
Audio Books

President’s Column
Annual Texas Mystery Writer’s Month Workshop
News from Our Members
Calendar
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere
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What’s in Your Toolbox?

Continuing this year’s “What’s in Your Toolbox?” program series, HOTXSINC President Helen Currie Foster and President-Elect Noreen M. Cedeño will present our Sisters in Crime Program on May 21 (on the third Sunday rather than second because of Mothers’ Day): Audio Books, Marketing, and Short Story Submissions.

Helen is in the process of creating audio books and will share what she’s learning from that experience.

She will be joined by sound engineer Jason Richard of Clockright Studio. Jason will discuss potential costs, technical issues, the learning curve, and how the process of making audiobooks can be adjusted to make individual writers comfortable.

Noreen will present information on basic advertising and marketing (including non-social media advertising) and on the opportunities available for short story submissions.

Noreen was born in Houston, grew up in the Dallas Metroplex, once lived in Amarillo, and currently lives near Austin, Texas. She writes mystery short stories and novels that are typically set in Texas. Her mysteries vary from traditional, to romantic suspense, to science fiction.

Having grown up in Texas surrounded by books and storytelling, Helen taught high school English and later became a prize-winning feature writer for a small Michigan weekly. She had practiced environmental law for more than thirty years when the character Alice and her stories suddenly appeared in her life. In her writing, Helen explores the interaction between history and the present and the reasons we tell the stories we do.

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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. We meet at Book People, 603 North Lamar, Austin, Phone 512-472-5050.  We meet on the third floor (take the elevator up!).

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 http://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

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

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Crime fiction is a way of satisfying that nosy need to know. ~ Sophie Hannah

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President’s Column

HOTXSINC President Helen Currie Foster

Okay, HOTXSINC writers: here’s your reminder that JUNE 1 is the deadline for your submissions to Texas Book Festival! http://www.texasbookfestival.org/2017-book-submissions-now-open/

And here’s your reminder that the Writers League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference is coming up June 30-July 2. Who’s going? http://www.writersleague.org/38/Conference

Also, May 27 is the MysteryPeople Workshop at BookPeople, 9:30-4:00 on the third floor, chaired by Scott Montgomery. I’ll be there and hope you will too.

HOTXSINC’s Board contemplates that we’ll have a booth again for the Texas Book Festival, November 4-5. Last year members who staffed the booth (often in cowboy attire) had a great time meeting the public, signing and selling books, and publicizing SINC and HOTXSINC. We encourage you to participate. Your books don’t have to be vintage 2017 to be sold in our booth–bring earlier editions as well.

ALSO, be thinking about what piece of your writing you want to read at the HOTXSINC ROUND ROBIN READ during the October 2017 meeting. Could be an essay, short story, vignette, excerpt from a longer work. Could be a draft, could be finished. We want to support members’ writing, and give members a chance to “show us what you’ve got.” So get ready!

FINALLY, we’re continuing our “What’s in Your Toolbox?” programs, aimed at giving us more potential factual backgrounds on such topics as law enforcement, drones, cybersecurity, court procedure.

What do you think of the programming? Any topics you want to hear about?

Please give us feedback!

Thanks for supporting HOTXSINC and sharing our meetings.

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I admire Dickens beyond words.
He is one of the greatest plotters of all times.

Didn’t have a clue about women, but he sure could plot. ~ Donna Leon  

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 Saturday, May 27, 2017

 ANNUAL TEXAS MYSTERY WRITER’S MONTH

FREE WORKSHOP

BROUGHT TO YOU BY
SISTERS IN CRIME, AUSTIN MYSTERY WRITERS,
& MYSTERYPEOPLE

HEROES, VILLAINS, & LAWYERS

To celebrate Texas Mystery Writers Month
we are holding our annual workshop
on
BookPeople’s 3rd floor 
with three fantastic authors
who have experience in law or law enforcement.

Feel free to attend all classes or as many as you’d like.

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Mark Pryor, Author of the Hugo Marston mystery novels

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Mark Pryor: Heroes

Mark Pryor, author of the popular Hugo Marston series,
discusses the elements that make a great protagonist
who can take care of the bad guys
and continue through a series for years.

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Billy Kring, Author of the Hunter Kincaid Mysteries

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Billy Kring:  Villains

Billy Kring,
creator of Hunter Kincaid and Ronny Bacca,
as well as a former border agent
who has seen his share of criminals,
shows you how to construct a daunting antagonist
for your antagonist to thwart.

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 NOON – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

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Manning Wolfe, Author of DOLLAR SIGNS

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Manning Wolfe
Come to Order: Plotting the Legal Thriller

Want to be the next John Grisham?
Manning Wolfe, a former Austin attorney
and creator of The Texas Lady Lawyer series
guides you though the important points
to create an engaging legal thriller.

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3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Author Panel Discussion

Anything you wanted to know, we didn’t cover, here’s your chance.
We’ll be covering any loose ends with our guest authors
and discussing their professional and creative lives.

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I write traditional drama, and the small enclosed communities work well with this form.
I enjoy exploring secrets.
On small islands, privacy is important,
and there are secrets that everyone can guess but nobody talks about. ~ Ann Cleeves

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News from Our Members

 –from Helen Currie Foster

Helen Currie Foster

GHOST DAGGER, fourth in the Alice MacDonald Greer Mystery series, was published March 15 and is available at BookPeople and on Amazon and Kindle.

I talked about my books on April 11 with the Austin Woman’s Forum, will meet with the Book Group at Dripping Springs United Methodist Church on May 11, and will meet with readers at the Lakeshore Library in Llano County on May 22.

Meanwhile, I’ve recorded the audiobooks for GHOST CAVE and GHOST DOG, the first two novels in the series, and will be recounting that adventure on May 21 at HOTXSINC.

Noreen Cedeño and Fran Paino and I had a great time tag-teaming with the PrimeTimers group at St. Catherine of Siena at their March lunch meeting. We had great fun talking and fielding questions about our different processes, from a great group of readers.

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–from Manning Wolfe‘s newsletter

Manning Wolfe

Last month we started a new series for legal thriller lovers! We’ll be discussing a new book each month and talking about a legal issue or crime that was presented in the book. This month’s selection is THE WHISTLER by John Grisham.

Subscribe to Manning’s mailing list here. Listen to her discuss her  Texas Lady Lawyer series at Authors on the Air.

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M. K. Waller’s  story “The Snake” was awarded first place in the HOTXSINC Knife Story Challenge sponsored by Eugenia Parrish. Noreen Cedeño’s “Don’t Bring a Knife” was awarded second place.

Eugenia Parrish
M. K. Waller
N. M. Cedeño
The Knife

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I received rejection letters for ten years
(one on a napkin, written in crayon.)

I had all my rejection notices stored in a box.
When the box was finally full I took it to the curb and set it on fire.
The next day I went out and got a temp job. ~ Janet Evanovich

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Calendar* 

5/3/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
“HOW TO SUBMIT TO JOURNALS” with STACEY SWANN
ONLINE

 5/6/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
“HOW TO CONCEIVE AND STRUCTURE PERSONAL ESSAYS” with ANTONIO RUIZ-CAMACHO
@ St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

 5/6/2017  MENILFEST
@ The Menil Collection, Houston, TX

@ The Dallas Sheraton Hotel
5/13/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
5/20/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

5/24/2017  
Writers’ League of Texas
“MARKETING BEYOND THE BASICS” with SHENNANDOAH GOODSON
ONLINE
5/27/2017  Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas Chapter, Austin Mystery Writers, & MysteryPeople
Free Workshop: “HEROES, VILLAINS, & LAWYERS”
With MARK PRYOR, BILLY KRING, and MANNING WOLFE
@ BookPeople, 3rd floor

5/27/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
“DON’T BE NICE TO YOUR CHARACTERS: DEVELOPING CONFLICT IN FICTION” with BRIAN YANSKY
@ St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

6/3/2017 Writers’ League of Texas
“READING LIKE A WRITER: OPENING PAGES” with NAN CUBA
@ St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

6/30-7/2/2017
2017 AGENTS & EDITORS CONFERENCE: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
@ Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX

 6/14-19/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
2017 SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOP: EARLY MEMBERS-ONLY REGISTRATION
@ Austin, TX

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*Every effort is made to present a completely accurate calendar, but the editor can’t guarantee that every detail is correct. If you’re interested in an event, click on the link and get definitive information from the official source. 

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 Selected Sites

MysteryPeople on Facebook 

What an Editor at a Publishing House Looks For: 6 Myths & Truths
(Writer Unboxed)

Murder on the Nile — The Continued Influence of Agatha Christie
(Leslie Budewitz’s Law and Fiction Blog)

The Social Contract for Writers

Writers  Who Kill

FAVORITE WRITING ADVICE: ADDING TENSION TO YOUR STORY

A Shaken Snow Globe

There Are Visions to Be Seen: MysteryPeople Q&A with Marcie Rendon

Thanks to The Passive Voice for Telling Us about The Following:

‘Screen fatigue sees UK ebook sales Plunge 17%  as readers turn to print

How Kindles Lost Their Shine

Writer seeks Kindled spirit: Six novelists reveal how to self-publish successfully

LIST: Here Are the Retail Stores Taking Hits, Closing Hundreds of Locations

Rowdy ‘Mystery Hikes’ to Undisclosed Locations Were All the Rage in the ’30s

2017 Derringer Finalist Travis Richardson
(2017 Derringer Finalist Interviews)

How Do Kindle Unlimited Subscribers Behave (And How Does it Impact Authors)?

Mystery, Thriller, or Suspense: Does the Label Matter?

An Open Letter to Microsoft About the AI in Word’s New Editor

Why You Should Read Books You Hate

The Subject of Criminal Rehabilitation

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Children – if you think back really what it was like to be a child
and what it was like to know other children – children lie all the time.  ~ Donna Tart

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Nolo Contendere

Members, please send to mkwaller2@gmail.com

  • headshots and publication info for the author page
  • news of your activities
  • links to your blogs/websites for the blogroll
  • brief (~ 100-300 words) reviews/recommendations/articles
  • links to other websites of interest
  • info about workshops, conferences
  • anything you think would interest readers

Kathy Waller, editor

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What about the hero of The House on the Strand?
What did it mean when he dropped the telephone at the end of the book?
I don’t really know, but I rather think he was going to be paralysed for life. Don’t you? ~ Daphne DuMaurier

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