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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


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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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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.

 

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
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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

 


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


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No Lo Contendere

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

Also send head shots and a list of your book titles/short story titles to Kathy for the HOTXSINC author page.

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

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


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

 

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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!!!

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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.
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 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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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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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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HoTXSinC September 9, 2018: Dr. Kim Rossmo on Geographic Profiling

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

@ CAFE EXPRESS!
Program: Dr. Kim Rossmo on Geographic Profiling
Upcoming Programs
The 2018 Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest
The Writers’ Police Academy by K. P. Gresham
Search and Rescue K9 Units by N. M. Cedeño
Texas Book Festival: Bring Us Your Books!
Boerne Book Festival: Table for HoTXSinC Authors
For Members Only: Short Ghost Story Contest Submission Deadline
The Word on Our Members
Congratulations and Best Wishes
Who’s Blogging?

Opportunities
Selected Sites
HOTSHOTS! Wants You
Subscribe to HOTSHOTS!

Nolo Contendere
Bulwer Lytton Winner – Detective/Crime

 

 Dr. Kim Rossmo

on

Geographic Profiling

of serial killers / rapists / terrorists

2018-09 pixabay CC0 usa-155594_640Geographic profiling is a criminal investigative methodology for analyzing the locations of a connected series of crime to determine the most probable area of offender residence.  Its major function is suspect prioritization in serial murder, rape, and similar investigations.  Such cases are difficult to solve because they involve stranger offenders.  These “whodunit” investigations can involve thousands of suspects and often suffer from problems of information overload.  In such situations, geographic profiling can assist in case information management.  Crime locations are not distributed randomly in space but rather are influenced by the road networks and features of the physical environment.  Consequently, when properly interpreted, crime sites can function as spatial clues.  A focus on the crime setting – the “where and when” of the criminal act – offers a conceptual framework for determining the most probable area of offender residence.  The area of research known as environmental criminology studies the interactions between people and their surroundings, and views crime as the product of offenders, victims, and their setting.  The three theories underlying geographic profiling – crime pattern, routine activity, and rational choice – provide the foundation for understanding the target patterns and hunting behavior of criminal predators.

Dr. Kim Rossmo holds the University Chair in Criminology and is the director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University.  He has researched and published in the areas of the geography of crime and criminal investigations.  Dr. Rossmo was formerly the Detective Inspector in charge of the Vancouver Police Department’s Geographic Profiling Section, which provided investigative support for the international law enforcement community.  Dr. Rossmo is a member of the Police Investigative Operations Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is a Commissioner on the Austin Public Safety Commission.  He has studied the geospatial structure of terrorist cells, patterns of shark foraging, and the geography of illegal border crossings.  He has published books on geographic profiling and criminal investigative failures, and a crime atlas for Texas.  Dr. Rossmo has been awarded the Governor General of Canada Police Exemplary Service Medal.

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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 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/


Upcoming Programs

October: Robert Ansley on Paranormal Research and Announcement of Ghost Story Contest Winner

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


The 2018 Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest 

Grand Prize Winner

“Cassie smiled as she clenched John’s hand on the edge of an abandoned pier while the sun set gracefully over the water, and as the final rays of light disappeared into a star-filled sky she knew that there was only one thing left to do to finish off this wonderful evening, which was to throw his severed appendage into the ocean’s depths so it could never be found again–and maybe get some custard after.” ~ Tanya Menezes

Read the rest of the winners and dishonorable mentions here.


The Writers’ Police Academy

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I’ve just returned from the tenth annual Writer’s Police Academy in Green Bay,

2018-09 KP GRESHAM and Rob WPA
K. P. and Rob at fire demonstration

Wisconsin. The three-day forensics conference was packed with seminars, clinics,  high intensity training courses and experts, experts, experts! Sisters in Crime is a major sponsor for this event, and I and my fellow Heart of Texas Sisters in Crime member, Rob Robertson, ran ourselves crazy for three days of non-stop learning!

The event was held at the Northwest Wisconsin Technical College’s Safety Training Academy using instructors from the Academy as well as specialists from around the United States. Lee Lofland, the founder and director of this fabulous experience, had one goal in mind when he put this event together. He wanted to bring law enforcement and writers together in a realistic setting. To quote the conference program, he “wanted to place writers behind the wheel of a patrol car in a pursuit (which I did!)…let them shoot rifles & pistols…fire a taser (again, something I did!), etc.  He believes the best way to write believable make-believe is to live it. Writers can breathe more life into tales by adding the senses of touch, taste, sound & smell.”

My personal takeaway from the exhausting three days of mayhem—putting out fires (literally), wearing S.W.A.T gear (Holy Toledo, it’s heavy!!!!!) and trying to apprehend a bad guy, checking out blood spatter investigation techniques—is that I AM GOING BACK!  There’s no way I could get everything in that I wanted to do, and frankly I’m not sure I could’ve wrapped my head around one more fact.

By far the best part of the conference was getting to know the law enforcement professionals as well as my fellow writers. Unbeknownst to me, I found myself sitting at a bar between a Hollywood producer and a best-selling author talking about storytelling. When I figured out who they were, I almost choked on my margarita! The guest of honor at Saturday night’s banquet was international Best Seller, Jeffery Deaver. Talk about a writer who gets procedurals right! He was gracious and friendly, as were ALL of the specialists there to teach us.

Thank you to everyone who put this conference together! My writing will be better because of all your help and expertise!

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K.P. Gresham, author of the Pastor Matt Hayden Mystery series and Three Days at Wrigley Field, moved to Texas as quick as she could. Born Chicagoan, K.P. and her husband moved to Texas, fell in love with not shoveling snow and are 30+ year Lone Star State residents. She finds that her dual country citizenship, the Midwest and Texas, provide deep fodder for her award-winning novels. Her varied careers as a media librarian and technical director, middle school literature teacher and theatre playwright and director add humor and truth to her stories. A graduate of Houston’s Rice University Novels Writing Colloquium, K.P. now resides in Austin, Texas, where life with her tolerant but supportive husband and narcissistic Chihuahua is acceptably weird. She is a member of SINC Heart of Texas Chapter.


Search and Rescue K9 Units

HOTXSINC Headshots by N. M. Cedeño

A representative of the Travis County Texas Search and Rescue K9 unit was kind enough to come and speak to Sisters in Crime, Heart of Texas Chapter this summer. She provided a wealth of information for crime writers on the workings of Search and Rescue K9 Units.

Most Search and Rescue group members are unpaid volunteers. The volunteers go through training and must pass a fitness test in order to qualify to join the team. Dog handlers train their dogs to participate in the searches following training guidelines. There are three different kinds of S & R dogs: live find, trailing, and human remains detection (HRD). Searches may be categorized as wilderness, urban, or disaster. Police in cars or on foot handle most urban searches. Dogs are mostly used for wilderness and disaster searches.

The human remains detection (HRD) dogs are not referred to as cadaver dogs anymore. HRD dogs must be able to identify hundreds of odors that come from decaying human remains and be able to differentiate those smells from those of decaying animals. Training the dogs to identify these odors requires the handler to obtain appropriate materials for training exercises. These materials may be donated to the trainer by dental surgeons, midwives, and other doctors or organizations with access to amputated or removed body parts. Places such as the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility, also known as the Body Farm, at Texas State University’s Freeman Ranch, will allow dog handlers to use the facility for training only once a year. The dogs can identify these smells even when underground or mixed with other smells.

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My dog, Petra, who is not a S&R dog. Picture by N. M. Cedeño.

Trailing dogs are usually on leashes and are following a scent trail looking for a missing person. These dogs are used when authorities know exactly where the missing person was last seen, giving them a starting point for using the dogs. The dogs are given a sample carrying the missing person’s scent to smell, such clothing the person wore recently. Then the dog is told to find that specific scent. Each person’s individual scent is distinctive, created by soaps, sprays, detergents, shampoos, conditioners, and their own skin particles. Relatives in the same home who use the same products may have similar scents. The dogs are trained to distinguish between the missing person and close relatives.

Live find, or live search, dogs are trained to find a person in a large area of land. They can be made to work in a grid pattern or can be sent to search an area independently, off leash. The dogs are fitted with GPS trackers so that the area they search can be followed and mapped. These dogs love their game of search and find so much that they will not stop unless their handler forces them to rest. Live search dogs are trained to find the missing person’s scent as it drifts in the wind. If the dog is working independently and locates the subject, the dog can be trained to either stay with the subject and bark, or run back and forth between the searchers and the subject, leading the searchers to the missing person.

Research has shown that lost people tend to follow specific patterns depending on their age, mental state, and what they were doing when they got lost. Search and Rescue operations will begin their search for a missing person based on what the research says the person is most likely to do. For example, small children, ages 1 to 3, tend to walk in circles. When they get tired, they lay down and go to sleep where they are. Children ages 3 to 6 get scared when it gets dark, find a protected area, and curl up in a ball.  Hunters who think they know the area in which they are lost tend to keep walking, reasoning that if they keep walking, they will find their way back.

If a missing person stays still in one place, their scent will build up around them like a puddle or pool. When the wind blows the scent pool, it will be stronger, allowing a dog to find and follow the scent more easily. If the person keeps moving, the scent will be harder for the dog to follow, a small scattered trail, rather than a concentrated pool. This is why it is important to stop moving if you know that someone is looking for you. A search dog will find you faster if you stop moving.

Finally, if an area has been thoroughly searched by Search and Rescue and the missing person is not found, the search ends with the missing person declared “R.O.W.,” rest of world. The searchers know the missing person isn’t in the search area, therefore, he or she must be somewhere else, out in the rest of the world.

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N. M. Cedeño 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. She is working on the second novel in her Bad Vibes Removal Services Series. She is a member of SINC Heart of Texas Chapter.

This article was first published on Writing Wranglers and Warriors.


Texas Book Festival Update: Join the Fun!!!

Bring Us Your Books!

2018-09 KP GRESHAM 2017 TBF Group PhotoIt’s almost time for the 2018 Book Festival! Starting at our September 9th Chapter meeting, I encourage everyone to bring the books you would like us to feature at our Heart of Texas Sisters in Crime Booth.

Here are the specifics.

Please bring no more than 10 copies of each book you want to sell, a short synopsis of that book, and a short bio about you! You can throw in any business cards, flyers, cha-chas or other publicity giveaways if you so desire.

Help us help you sell your books! If you are working the booth, please remember to enclose an 8 x 10 publicity photo of yourself (can be black & white or color). 

If you have any questions or need to make separate arrangements for getting your books to us, please call me at 713-962-9992 or email me at kpgresham(at) aol (dot) com.

The last day to turn in your books for the festival is at our October 14th meeting. Thanks for all of your support!

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m. We meet at Café Express at 3418 N. Lamar.


Boerne Book Festival: Table for HoTXSinC Authors

THE BOERNE BOOK FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 6, 2018 – 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
We have been invited to share in Boerne’s rich literary tradition. HoTXSinC WILL HAVE A TABLE AT THEIR BOOK FESTIVAL. We are asking for volunteers to work either of two shifts: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please contact Fran Paino at franpaino.com if you can volunteer for either or both shifts. Booksellers must be present at the HoTXSinC table in Boerne to sell their books. Standard rules apply: Sellers must be current members in both local and national levels.


For Members Only: Short Ghost Story Contest Submission Deadline

2018-09- pixabay - cc0 mirror-1662178_640Just a friendly reminder for those who are interested in entering our ghost story contest. All submissions due no later than Sunday, September 9th.  They can be handed in at the meeting OR, preferably, sent to either Noreen Cedeno , noreenm74 (at) yahoo (dot) com, or  Fran Paino, franpaino (at) gmail (dot) com
 
Submission should be double spaced, one inch margins and MAXIMUM 6,000 words.
The winner will be notifed in advance. The prize for first place is a $25 Target gift card plus the Waller Knife, and announced at the October regular meeting.
The contest is open to current, paid members only and excludes the board of directors.
Get your submissions in.
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 The Word on Our Members

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Malvern Books will host Novel Night with N. M. Cedeno, Meredith Lee, and Laura Oles, on September 13, 2018, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Authors of Austin Mystery Writers second crime fiction anthology, LONE STAR LAWLESS, will appear at The Bosslight in Nacogdoches, Texas, on September 20.

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations and Best Wishes

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… to our friends Manning Wolfe and Bill Rodgers on their marriage


Who’s Blogging?

Noreen Cedeño

Helen Currie Foster

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.”


 

Kauai Writers Conference

‘In November, when most of us settle in for a long, chilly winter, participants at the Kauai Writers Conference gather at the Marriott Resort to learn and network, kayak and surf, and stroll across white sands under palm trees. “We have such a rich and diverse faculty that writers are torn,” explains conference director David Katz. “Should they go see a best-selling author or go to the beach?”’

https://www.writermag.com/2018/05/10/conference-insider-kauai-writers-conference/


Selected Sites

‘Elitist’: angry book pirates hit back after author campaign sinks website

How to Speak to a Crowd

Buried Memories that Come to Light

Trip the Rope!

Why Blog?

Obscure August Folklore


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2018 Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest

Winner – Crime/Detective

“He glanced at his unsuspecting guests, his slight smile hiding his hateful mood, his calm eyes hiding his evil intentions, and his smooth skin hiding his tensed muscles, skeletal structure, and internal organs.” ~ Dave Agans, Wilton, NH


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