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Inside this issue:  Letter from our President, Featured New Release – Ghost Cat by Helen Currie Foster, Indie Author – ISBNs, Calls for Submission, Congratulations BookPeople

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

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at

To All HOTXSINC Members–A Call for Submission

Knife Challenge

–from Eugenia Parrish

eugenia-parrish-knife-0109171014At the HoTSinC meeting on Jan 8, I offered a writing challenge to the members, with this knife as the prize. The parameters are taken from Ellery Queen magazine’s guidelines for a short story, which are between 2500 and 8000 words (approx 10 to 32 pgs depending on the font, word processor, etc.)  For those who weren’t there, the knife is a “hunting knife” of 8.5″ overall length and a blade of 4″.  Surgical steel blade, Paka wood handle and comes with a leather sheath.

I wish I could accept emailed manuscripts, but I’m just not set up for it, so at the next meeting, Feb 12, everyone give me their printed out manuscript with their name on, of course, and the word count.  We will announce our winner at the March meeting at BookPeople.  We are all pros, but I’ll just mention that the font should be pretty standard, like Times New Roman, nothing fancy or hard to read, and the usual size 12 or 14.  Please no pink paper!

The story has to be a crime/mystery that includes the knife in this picture.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be THE weapon, just in the story somewhere.
I look forward to reading some great stuff!
Note: The Knife Challenge is open to members of SINC Heart of Texas Chapter. If you’re not a member but would like to participate, you’re welcome to join now. Membership form and instructions are here: 

Book Launch: Murder on Wheels

Join MysteryPeople as they celebrate the launch of Murder on Wheels, a crime fiction anthology with 11 tales of “crime on the move.”

Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
August 11, 2015
603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas

“Eleven stories put the pedal to the floor and never let up! Whether by bus, car, tractor, or bike, you’ll be carried along at a breakneck pace by the talented Austin Mystery Writers. These eight authors transport you from an eighteenth-century sailing ship to the open roads of modern Texas, from Alice’s Wonderland to a school bus yard in the suburbs of Dallas. Grab your book, hold on to your hat, and come along for the ride!”

Authors include Gale Albright, Valerie Chandler, Kaye George, Scott Montgomery, Laura Oles, Kathy Waller, Earl Staggs, and Reavis Wortham.

Gale Albright, Valerie Chandler, Kaye George, Laura Oles, and Kathy Waller are Sisters in Crime members.

Three Looks at Crime Fiction

Like to read crime fiction?  Like to write crime fiction?

Come to the free crime fiction workshops at BookPeople May 23, 2015.

10:00 a.m.  Reavis Wortham, author of the Red River series

11:30 a.m.  Les Edgerton, author of 18 books

2:00 p.m.  George Wier, author of mystery, science fiction, and steampunk series

3:30 p.m.  Panel Discussion

BookPeople, Third Floor
603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas 78703

Come for an hour or stay all day! Workshops and parking are free! Maybe win a doorprize!

Co-sponsored by BookPeople and Sisters In Crime: Heart of Texas chapter