December 14, 2014 ~ HOTXSINC Meeting & Party @ Book Spot in Round Rock ~ PLUS ~ K-HOT’s “Holly Through the Heart,” an Old-Fashioned Radio Play

Reminder: Vote for 2015 officers Sunday.

HOTSINC’s 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. December 14 meeting at

New Venue

The Book Spot

near the intersection of 620 and IH 35.
1205 Round Rock Avenue#119 (in a strip mall)
Round Rock, TX 78681

Please bring refreshments for our party.
Finger foods, please–especially foods that don’t require spoons.


1. Call to Order

2. Announcements
Reminder: SINC dues are dues this month.
(The treasurer will be most happy to accept payment before or after the meeting.)

3. Vote for 2015 officers

4. Radio Station K-HOT


“Holly Through the Heart”

an original play by

Gale Albright


Gale Albright
Valerie Chandler
Alex Ferraro
Kathy Waller

& Dave Ciambrone as


Sherlock Holmes

sound effects by Valerie Chandler

4. Refreshments and Polite Conversation


The Book Spot, which does not open on Sundays, opened today just so HOTXSINC would have a good place for today’s gathering.
Please remember to thank them for supporting our chapter. If you can, buy a book. We know they would appreciate it.

The Book Spot on Facebook



Rehearsing “Holly Through the Heart”
















October 12, 2014 – Dianne Odegard & The Mystery of Bats

Dianne Odergard and friend
Dianne Odegard and friend

Dianne Odegard, public information coordinator for Austin-based Bat Conservation International, will present the October 12 Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas program. She will debunk the myths about this “much-maligned” creature of folklore and mystery and present the truth about bats.

Bram Stoker’s fictional character Count Dracula gave bats a very “bat” name in literature. Horror films have made lots of money using bats to scare the popcorn out of moviegoers.

Feeling a little batty? Join us and discover the truth about bats at 2:00 p.m. on October 12 at Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road. Just in time for  Halloween! Refreshments will be served.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. at Recycled Reads Bookstore, 5335 Burnet Road. For information contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity, at (512) 266-6543.


Upcoming Events

July 13 – How to Critique: Constructive Criticism and Critique Groups

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Paper Stack by Ladyheart, Morguefile free photo,

Dr. Timothy E. Green, Professor of English at St. Edward’s University, will tell HOTXSINC members how writers can discuss fellow writers’ work without engaging in tears or fisticuffs.

Joining Professor Green for a panel discussion will be Amanda Robinson of North Austin YA Writers, and Kathy Waller and Valerie Chandler of Austin Mystery Writers. After the program, writers wanting to join or start a critique group will break up into small groups to get to know each other and to practice critique.

Writers interested in forming or joining a critique group should bring 1 – 3 pages of work in progress for practice critique in breakout groups


August 10 – Story Building: Getting From Idea to Final Draft


Meg GardinerMeg Gardiner, author of Phantom Instinct, will discuss how she went from her first attempts at writing to getting published, and about some of the major building blocks of a crime novel. Q & A session will follow.




September 14 – Happy Birthday, P. D. James


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Lyme Hall at Lyme Park in Cheshire, England. This location served as Pemberley (Mr Darcy’s estate) in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by the BBC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia). By Mike Colvin from Manchester, UK (IMGP3721) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Death Comes to Pemberley, a spin-off of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, will air on PBS/KLRU this fall.

To prepare, members will present an overview of James’ life and her writing. An English tea will follow in celebration of the author’s 94th birthday.





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Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas chapter is an organization of mystery authors and readers. Our mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

On this website are links to events, workshops, officers, authors, books, resources, and information on how to join the local chapter and the national group of Sisters in Crime.