HOTXSINC Meeting: January 14, 2018

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


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.


On January 14, Join us at HOTXSINC’s


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!


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


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.


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


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


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



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.



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?



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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HOTXSINC November 12: New Laws That Went into Effect September 1st – & – This Month We Meet at Bookwoman!

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

Change of Meeting Place

HOTXSINC will meet at

BookWoman Bookstore
5501 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

November 12th

Our thanks to Bookwoman for providing a place
***filled with books***
for our November 12th meeting




Exhibitor Tent 4

Saturday, November 4 – 10:00 a.m. t0 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 5 – 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Stop by!

HOTXSINC authors will
sell their books,
meet the public,
spread the word about
SISTERS IN CRIME ~ Heart of Texas Chapter
and support public libraries throughout the state

Texas State Capitol Building and Grounds

HOTXSINC’s booth is courtesy of  a grant
from the Sisters in Crime national organization 


November 12 Program: Sgt. Robbie Barrera on New Laws That Went into Effect September 1
The Word on Our Members
HOTXSINC Authors Guest on MysteryPeople Blog
Friday Fictioneers
Ramona DeFelice Long on NaNoWriMo
Selected Sites
The One Thing More
Nolo Contendere

New Laws That Went into Effect September 1, 2017

Sgt. Robbie Barrera

At the November 12 HOTXSINC meeting, Sgt. Robbie Barrera of the Texas Department of Public Safety will speak  about new laws that went into effect September 1.

Sgt. Barrera graduated from Texas State in San Marcos and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. She is a Master Peace Officer and an approved Instructor for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and FEMA. She is certified as an Advanced Public Information Officer through U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She has served the state of Texas for over 24 years and currently serves as a Sergeant in Media and Communication. She was named Trooper of the Year by the Austin Exchange Club. She has been recognized for her public service by Safe Kids, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, MADD, Travis County Underage Drinking Program, FEMA, People against Violent Crime, and TABC.



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.

NOTE:  On November 12, 2017, Heart of Texas Chapter will meet at 

BookWoman Bookstore
5501 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

For information about the Heart of Texas Chapter, contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543, and visit our website at


Murder is a plant of slow growth … ~ Mignon Eberhart


***** *****

It was said of Miss Letitia
that when money came into her possession
it went out of circulation. 

Mary Roberts Rinehart


The Word on Our Members

N. M. Cedeno‘s THE WALLS CAN TALK, a ghost mystery, is available in ebook format.


Laura Oles debut novel, DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN, will be released by Red Adept Publishing on November 14, 2017. The story follows Jamie Rush, a skip tracer working in Port Alene, Texas, and her search for her missing niece.  DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN was named a Killer Nashville Claymore Award Finalist in 2016.


Meredith Lee’s new novel, SHROUDED: A CRISPIN LEADS MYSTERY, is taking to the road. A book club in Morrison, Colorado, featured the thriller in a two-and-a-half group discussion on October 22.  Another group of readers is planning a book sale/signing celebration in Stephenville, Texas on Sunday, November 19 from 2-4 p.m. The celebration will be at 1442 Private Road 2114 (South US 81).

Meredith Lee is the pen name for the Austin-based writing team of Dixie Lee Evatt and Sue Meredith Cleveland. For more about their debut novel go to


Patricia Flaherty Pagan‘s award-winning mystery story, “Padre,” has been published in the anthology TALES OF TEXAS. The anthology of short stories by Texas authors is available in select indie bookstores and on Amazon. The publisher will donate a portion of the fall sales to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.


Coincidence means only a connection that’s not seen.
Roots meet underground. ~ Charlotte Armstrong

***** *****

It is a curious thing
that when one speaks from the heart
it is invariably in the worst of taste. ~ Ngaio Marsh


HOTXSINC Authors Guest on MysteryPeople Blog

In recognition of Sisters in Crime’s 30th Anniversary, MysteryPeople  has hosted blog posts by four SINC authors. Three Heart of Texas Chapter authors led off.

October 5 Fran Paino

October 9 Dave Ciambrone

October 19Noreen Cedeno

post by Terry Shames, president of Sisters in Crime Northern California Chapter, completes the series.

Thanks to MysteryPeople for helping celebrate SINC’s 30th Anniversary.


As cows need milking and sweet peas need picking,
so writers must continually exercise their mental muscles
by a daily stint. ~ Joan Aiken

***** *****

Don’t matter if you believe in them or not.
If they’re there, they’re there,’ Mrs. Phipps said. ~ Joan Lowery Nixon


Friday Fictioneers–Flash Fiction Opportunity


Rochelle Wisoff-Fields:

Each week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields hosts Friday Fictioneers, bloggers from all over the world who share 100-word stories. Every Tuesday, she posts a picture prompt. The following Friday, Fictioneers post their stories on their own blogs and link to InLinkz, a collection of links to all the stories posted that week. (Stories may be linked before and after the posting Friday–but not after a new photo prompt has been posted.)

Instructions for writing and for linking appear on Rochelle’s blog and on the Friday Fictioneers’ Facebook page.

Below are some examples of stories by Friday Fictioneers.

Tresha Barger: “Right or Wrong (2)”

Clare Hempstead: “Duplicity”

Susan Spaulding: “Deadly Curiousity

Kathy Waller: “‘Shrooms”

Janet: The Assignation

Dawn M. Miller: Friday Fictioneers: Haunted by Knick Knacks

Linda: “Old Tree”


The most important thing she’d learned over the years
was that there was no way to be a perfect mother
and a million ways to be a good one.~ Jill Churchill

***** *****

Perfume companies ought to bottle the smell of crisp bacon.
Forget pheromones.
I’ll bet a woman with a little spot of bacon grease behind her ears
would attract every male within a five-mile radius. ~ Blaize Clement


 Ramona DeFelice Long on NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month–begins November 1. Writer and editor Ramona DeFelice Long offers advice for beginning and winning the challenge.

–from Ramona DeFelice Long






 The mills of God work like lightning compared with the law. ~ Mary Stewart

***** *****

 His books distracted him for a while.
They were like the aspirins you take when you’ve got a headache.
They kill the pain for two hours and then it comes back.  ~ Barbara Vine


Selected Sites


Chicago’s Radio Days Return in ‘Homicide for the Holidays’

Many, often most, of the Selected Sites come from the blog The Passive Voice: A Lawyer’s Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing.  (“Passive Guy is an attorney, entrepreneur, former tech executive and writer.”) Each issue offers summaries of articles related to writing and links to the full articles in various publications. Those listed below are drawn from a number of PV’s posts. You can receive daily updates of The Passive Voice via email by subscribing to the website. In addition, when you purchase books from Amazon, you can support The Passive Voice at no extra cost to you–instructions appear in the blog’s sidebar.

From Amazon, a Change That Hurts Authors

Self-Published ISBNs Hit 786,935 in 2016

The Attention Economy

“Does Each Click of Attention Cost a Bit of Ourselves?” [Conversation; link embedded in the article above]

Sonny Bono Memorial Collection

Why the Seattle Mystery Bookshop Must Close

Fast-Draft Writing for NaNoWriMo and Every Other Month

Help! I Don’t Know How to Rate Books!

Hey, Websites: Think Before You Link to Amazon

Sexual Harassment Is a Problem in Publishing

 Amy Tan on Writing and the Secrets of Her Past

The 5 Weirdest Lawsuits About Authors Stealing Ideas

Supreme Court says copyright law does not protect publishers in discount re-sales

When Copyright Goes Copywrong

[“Charade: The Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn film, a big-budget Universal Pictures release, fell out of copyright immediately upon release because the title screen failed to actually use the word “copyright,” instead stating “MCMLXIII BY UNIVERSAL PICTURES COMPANY, INC. and STANLEY DONEN FILMS, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.”]

Bookstore Sales Dropped 10.9% in August

Amazon Bookstores Offer Peek Into Whole Foods’ Future

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

How Harvey Weinstein Used His Book Imprint to Cover His Tracks



Love and a cold cannot be hid.
It is, I believe, a Spanish proverb. ~ Patricia Wentworth

***** *****

Have you ever noticed the softness of a kitten’s feet?
– they are like raspberries to hold in one’s hand.
~ Anne Douglas Sedgwick


The One Thing More

You are the lady to help people. The words came back to her as she made her way home that evening. It was pleasing to know that people thought that of you, but worrying, too. You could not help everybody–nobody could–because the world was too full of need and troubles, a wide ocean of them, and one person could not begin to deal with all that. And yet, even if you were just one person, and even if you could not solve everybody’s problems, when somebody came to you and looked frightened, you could not say, Go away. I cannot do anything for you. You say instead, Yes, I will do what I can. And then, when you go home from work at the end of the day, you sit on your small verandah watching the day turn to dusk, nursing a cup of red bush tea in your hands, and wonder what on earth what you could possibly do to help.

~ Alexander McCall Smith, The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party


Nolo Contendere

  1. Members, send news for HOTSHOTS! to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com.
  2. Member authors, send head shots and titles of your publications to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com for the HOTXSINC Author page. See how your information will be used at
  3. If you find errors–from typos to information that’s incorrect or that should appear but doesn’t–please email Kathy. HOTSHOTS! will live forever on the Internet. We want it to be accurate.

Kathy Waller, Editor
kathywaller1 at gmail dot com


October 8: Party! Sisters in Crime’s 30th Anniversary





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

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
Selected Sites
The One Thing More
Nolo Contendere


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.”


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

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


Are those cat hairs on your lapel, or have you been dating a blonde with a crew cut? ~ Lilian Jackson Braun











2:15 – 4:00 P.M.


603 N. LAMAR




“There’s something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls.”
                                                           ~ Megan AbbottDare Me


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.”


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.



A woman’s body doesn’t quit just because her heart breaks. ~ Margaret Maron 



“Like accidents, marriages result because those involved
happen to arrive at what might be the wrong place,
at the same time.” ~ Margaret Yorke


 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           



Music has power to create a universe or to destroy a civilization. ~ Katherine Neville



9/5/2017 MysteryPeople
Sherry Thomas: Speaking & Signing!
@ BookPeople

9/9/2017 ThirtyNineStars
Meredith Lee: Book Launch! 
@ the Writing Barn

Hector Gomez, U. S. Marshal
@ BookPeople

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


… danger was always at its most lethal when disguised as respectability. ~ Susan Moody


 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


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



The One Thing More



When you’ve just made the most complete fool of yourself,
you feel the need of a specially high horse to ride. ~ Patricia Wentworth



Nolo Contendere

Members, send news for HOTSHOTS! to kathywaller1 at 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

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.


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


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


Call for Readers @ the October Meeting

SISTERS IN CRIME Heart of Texas Chapter


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 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.


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


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.


Nancy G. West

from Nancy G. West
Susan Yerkes writes an article about the Aggie Mundeen mystery, in Rio Magazine:



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.”


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


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

To learn more visit


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


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



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


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


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


NASA Eclipse Website

Earth and Sky


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


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


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

Program: Captain Mike Winn on the Military Justice System 

The Word on Our Members
The New HOTXSINC Website
Call for Submissions
Speculating About Cremains
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere

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


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


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.



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.



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:     Click July 2017.



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.


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


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.      


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


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.]


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  



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. 


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



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

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

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

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


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


 Selected Sites


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


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


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


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




Last Month

Dr. Douglas Derrer on Hypnosis

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