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 Meeting: January 14, 2018

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

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

 

 

Sue Grafton: Alphabet crime author dies aged 77

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

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On January 14, Join us at HOTXSINC’s

NEW LOCATION in 2018!

We’ll meet at the delightful

Café Express

   3418 N. Lamar, Austin 78705
512 452-9888

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

Parking behind restaurant!
Great menu!

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

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

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Our 2018 programs will be terrific
starting with

US Army Lieutenant Colonel Michael Grygar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HOTXSINC Election of Officers

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

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

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THE WORD ON OUR MEMBERS

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

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SELECTED SITES

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

Amazon Review Policy Change & More

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

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

American Literature Needs Indie Presses

How Indie Presses Are Elevating the Publishing World

The Secret Life of ‘Um’

Business Musings: Sustainability

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

Another Bay Area Barnes & Noble bites the dust

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

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

Google Chrome will block autoplay video starting January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Barnes & Noble losses: Blame it on Harry Potter

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

Anti-Amazon: A Favorite Investment Theme For 2018

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

But what about us?

ON THE PERILOUS PLIGHT OF THE PART-TIME LIBRARIAN

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May Your Coming Year…

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

~ Neil Gaiman

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NOLO CONTENDERE

  1. Members, send news for HOTXSHOTS! to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com. Send links you’d like included. Deadline – January 28, 2018.
  2. Send a headshot and titles of books and/or stories (plus links) for the HOTSHOTS! author page. In addition, send a link to your website/blog.
  3. Send links to your website/blog for the HOTSHOTS! blogroll.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Meeting October 8, 2017: Birthday Party!

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ Sisters in Crime Mission Statement
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October 8, 2017 Program: Celebrate Sisters in Crime’s 30th Birthday!

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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October 8, 2017 Program 

IT’S A PARTY!

SISTERS IN CRIME

CELEBRATES ITS 30TH BIRTHDAY

 READINGS FROM ORIGINAL WORKS
BY SISTERS IN CRIME ~ HEART OF TEXAS 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

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED!

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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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Sara Paretsky at Bouchercon 2009 in Indianapol...
Sara Paretsky at Bouchercon 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) By Mark Coggins from San Francisco (Sara Paretsky Uploaded by tripsspace) [CC BY 2.0 ] via Wikimedia Commons

It gestated at the first-ever conference on Women in the Mystery,
put together by BJ Rahn at Hunter College in March 1986.
Sara Paretsky spoke on the growing use of graphic sadism
against women in mysteries.
“Remarks I made at the conference set off a firestorm around the mystery world,”

founding mother Sara recalls.
“Women began calling me from all over the country
with their personal histories of treatment/mistreatment.”

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The Word on Our Members

 Meredith Lee celebrated the launch of her first book, SHROUDED, at the Writing Barn on September 9, 2017. She will speak and sign copies of SHROUDED at BookPeople on November 10. (Meredith Lee is the pen name of HOTXSINC members Sue Meredith Cleveland and Dixie Lee Wyatt.)

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“I remember being scared at the start,” Nancy Pickard says.
“Our very first organizing meeting, I remember Sara at the front of the room,
how brave she was, and how smart.

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SINC’s Ongoing Pursuit of Reviews for Women Writers: 2016 Report

and HOTxSINC’s Invitation

Mission Statement of the national organization Sisters in Crime (SINC): “Promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.” Since 1986 SINC has pursued its goal of raising women writers’ share of reviews and recognition through its Monitoring Project, monitoring the share of reviews for women crime writers.  For the first 20 years of the Monitoring Project, SINC noted a long-term upward trend. But the 2016 results are stagnant in the digital category and show only statistically insignificant changes in national and local newspapers, pre-publication sources, and genre-focused magazine categories. Here are the numbers for 2007-2016:

Type of Publication     Reviews of Books    Reviews of Books    Reviews of Books

by Women 2007         by Women 2015         by Women 2016

 

National  newspapers               31%                                 42%                                41%

 

Local newspapers                      37%                                46%                                 47%

 

Pre-publication sources           45%                                45%                                 46%

 

Genre-focused magazines        40%                               50%                                 52%

 

Born Digital Review Sources     n/a                               52%                                 52%

SINC notes that the national newspaper category continues to be the most resistant to reviewing women writers—significant because these papers (New York Times, Toronto Globe & Mail, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal) carry prestige and readership. In pre-publication review sources, Booklist (43%) and Publishers Weekly (46%) continued to favor male over female writers, but both improved by one point from 2015. Since 2011, the majority of Library Journal’s reviews have been for women (but the percentage dropped from 60% in 2015 to 56% in 2016.

SINC estimates the percentage of mysteries by women by counting Edgar Award submissions (best novel, best first novel, best paperback or e-original, and submissions for the Mary Higgins Clark award). Women authors accounted for 49% of books submitted in 2016 (51% in 2015). Men continued to dominate Best Novel (57% in 2016); women dominated Best Paperback or E-Original (56% in 2016) but lost ground in Best First Novel (dropping from 52% in 2015, to 48% in 2016).

The Heart of Texas chapter of SINC, HOTXSINC, shares SINC’s goal of improving women’s share of reviews of crime writers by showcasing members’ work, encouraging professional development and advancement, and cheering each other on. We use our website, emails, meetings, and newsletter to do so. Come join us in this effort! Encouragement…strategies…new ideas…our pursuit of excellence…that’s what we’re about.

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The Sisters in Crime Website

Selected Pages

About

Who We Are

Local Chapters

Strategic Plan

News and Press Room

Celebrating 30 Years of Sisters in Crime

The Docket

We Love Short Stories

Resources

Book Publishing Glossary

Conferences, Events, and Trade Shows

Listserv

Mystery Bookstores & Websites

Publications

References for Writers by Sisters in Crime Members

Connect

Calendar

Facebook

Pinterest

Sinc Up

Twitter

YouTube

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“Several women wanted SIC, as in ‘Let’s sic ’em!'” Margaret says, “
but I knew we were less about hostility than about working together in sync,
so I used SinC in all my correspondence and official letters.
By the end of my term, SinC had become the standard abbreviation.”

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SINC Guppies Online Chapter–The Great Unpublished

“Lured by Mystery, Hooked on Writing, we are the Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

675 Members / 6 newsletters each year  / 15 classes each year / Anthologies

“We may begin as ‘the Great Unpublished,’ but we remain as colleagues, friends, and resources in the world of crime fiction.”

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Elaine mentions, “Sisters in Crime was called ‘ubiquitous’
by Publishers Weekly that year [1996].
I had to look that one up and found it wasn’t a shooting offense
but ‘that we were everywhere’—
and we were—and we were being imitated.

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Hill Country Authors Series

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host their 34st author event on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 2 PM, in the Community Rooms of the library located at 402 W. 8th St.   Austinite Meg Gardiner, whose newest thriller, “UNSUB” was published in June, 2017, will be the speaker.  Lawyer turned author, Ms. Gardiner is an Edgar Award-winning American crime writer who has written thirteen thrillers.

“UNSUB” (short for unknown subject) tells the tale of a young detective, determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.  This riveting psychological thriller has been bought by CBS Television Studios for adaptation into a TV series.

Tickets are $15 in advance, or $18 at the door and will go on sale September 11th.  They’re available at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, from the WOW!mobile (the book mobile that visits many locations in the city), online at https://folgeorgetown.org/event/hcas-meg-gardiner/ after September 11th , or by contacting Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974.  A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Coffee Company is included.

The event begins at 2 PM; doors open at 130 PM.  Proceeds are used to fund unbudgeted items and other ongoing library projects.

For more information contact Marcy Lowe at (512) 868-8974.

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“Most of all,” Margaret Maron says, ”
I remember the excitement and pride
of being so involved with something important—
the feeling we all had that we could make a difference,
that we could make things better for our sister writers
and strengthen the field for our sister readers.”

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“Sisters in Crime is committed to helping women
who write, review, buy, or sell crime fiction.

Our ultimate goal is to become a service organization
to address issues of concern

to everyone involved in the mystery field.”

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Selected Sites

The Mysteries of London

From Writer Unboxed

How to Find the Right Developmental Editor for Your Book

Seriously Funny: 7 Ways to Add Humor to a Novel

The Hidden Dangers of Short-Form Publishing Deals

Historical Novels–Your Research To-Do List

Back to Bach

If You Write a Book That Nobody Reads, Are You Really a Writer

The Psychology Behind Good Book Cover Design

News You Can Use (and Some You Shouldn’t)

Say a Little Less, Mean a Little More

Indie Authors: Your Pub Date Is Not as Important as You Think

Authentic Female Characters vs. Gender Swaps

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Thanks to The Passive Voice for sharing the following sites:

The 8-Step Daily Routing That’s Enabled Me to Write 100s of Articles and 3 Books

First Books: The Stories That Got Us Into Reading

I Subscribed to What? What Online Subscription-Based Marketers Need To Tell Their Consumers

The Creative Life: How We Do It (Any Way We Can)

Cover versions: why are UK and US book jackets often so different?

Authors Use Multi-tiered Strategies To Gain Max Exposure In Book Price Promotions

WHEN I’M WRITING FICTION, I CANNOT READ IT

Author Blogging 102: a Practical Guide to Developing Your Weekly or Monthly Link Post

Another Murder on the Orient Express

7 Free Online Tools for Writers and Authors

Danielle Steel’s Desk Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen

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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.

Member authors, please send book/story&publication titles and a headshot to kathywaller at gmail dot com. Here’s a link to the Author page so you can see how your info will be displayed: https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/hotxsinc-authors/

Kathy Waller, editor
kathywaller1 at gmail dot com

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Deputy U. S. Marshal Hector Gomez

HOTXSINC September 9, 2017

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

September’s Magnifying Glass Focuses on the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime

august 15 bp 049 (2)By Gale Albright

Pittsburgh pic oneSisters in Crime: Heart of Texas salutes the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime, also known as the Mary Roberts Rinehart chapter. Mary Sutton, chapter secretary, describes how joining the organization helped her writing.

When I walked into my first Sisters in Crime meeting, I had lost my job earlier that year and I’d completed a novel, a cozy, that I’d been working on for about 10 years. I had an idea that I was sorta-kinda okay at this story-writing thing and I wanted to know if others thought so, and if I could get better.

 I don’t think you could have prepared me for what came next. I found so much more than just a writing group. These women welcomed me with open arms. They gave encouragement when it was needed, praise when it was deserved, and advice when necessary. Over the past three years, I’ve learned so much about how to write well, about all those things that good writers do, and given them names. I’ve learned I’m not a cozy writer. I look back on that early manuscript and the problems leap off the page at me. Being with Sisters in Crime has given me a wealth of craft knowledge that has enabled me to take my writing to new heights – and I’m still learning. But more importantly, it’s given me friendships with other people on the same journey, a group of “sibs” who help me celebrate the successes and soothe the heartache of the failures.

 Anyone interested in learning more about writing crime fiction, I cannot say this enough: Find your local chapter of Sisters in Crime and introduce yourself. You won’t be sorry.Pittsburgh pic five

 Website: marysuttonauthor.com

As M.E. Sutton: Hero’s Sword

As Liz Milliron: The Laurel Highlands Mysteries

 

Chapter President Diana Stavroulakis talks about what makes Pittsburgh Sisters in Crime special:

We’re a fairly large chapter that gains about five new members a year.  I attribute this to the fact that we’re very active and we keep all of our events open to the public.  Within the last three months, we’ve acquired six new members! 

Our chapter is diverse — not just in each member’s background, but also in each member’s needs from our group.  For this reason, I made sure that our programming these last two years (this is my second term as President) has offered a wide variety of options.  I started the online book club, which discusses current books in the genre from the viewpoint of writers.  It’s not your traditional set of book club questions.  This activity provided a connection for the members who are unable to attend physical meetings and “in person” events.Pittsburgh pic four 

 What I would like others to know about our chapter is that it has many dimensions.  We have sisters and misters in our chapter; we have full-time writers, and those that write at night while continuing with other professions (like me!)  We have members that love the ability to reach out through the list serve and get advice from others; and we have members that are able to attend every single meeting, workshop and event.

 

Inside LUCKY CHARMS you’ll find twelve crime tales from the members of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Pittsburgh chapter of Sisters in Crime, Inc. You’ll dig into gritty police procedurals; enjoy a spangle of suspense; tuck into a cozy or two; and thrill to a cool touch of noir. Each story tells a tale of surprising good luck or of good luck gone sour. We invite you to brace yourself for an entertaining read.

Pittsburgh pic threeLink to LUCKY CHARMS information

http://www.pghsinc.com/lucky-charms-12-crime-tales/

 

Link to Pittsburgh Sisters in Crime

http://www.pghsinc.com/

 

See link below to find out about Mary Roberts Rinehart and Mystery Lovers Bookshop

http://www.pghsinc.com/about-sinc/

Pittsburgh pic two

 

 

Pittsburgh mystery bookshop