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

HOTXSINC May 21, 2017: Audio Books, Marketing, & Short Story Submissions

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement
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May 21 Program : Noreen Cedeño, Helen Currie Foster, & Jason Richard
on Marketing, Short Story Submissions, & 
Audio Books

President’s Column
Annual Texas Mystery Writer’s Month Workshop
News from Our Members
Calendar
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere
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What’s in Your Toolbox?

Continuing this year’s “What’s in Your Toolbox?” program series, HOTXSINC President Helen Currie Foster and President-Elect Noreen M. Cedeño will present our Sisters in Crime Program on May 21 (on the third Sunday rather than second because of Mothers’ Day): Audio Books, Marketing, and Short Story Submissions.

Helen is in the process of creating audio books and will share what she’s learning from that experience.

She will be joined by sound engineer Jason Richard of Clockright Studio. Jason will discuss potential costs, technical issues, the learning curve, and how the process of making audiobooks can be adjusted to make individual writers comfortable.

Noreen will present information on basic advertising and marketing (including non-social media advertising) and on the opportunities available for short story submissions.

Noreen 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.

Having grown up in Texas surrounded by books and storytelling, Helen taught high school English and later became a prize-winning feature writer for a small Michigan weekly. She had practiced environmental law for more than thirty years when the character Alice and her stories suddenly appeared in her life. In her writing, Helen explores the interaction between history and the present and the reasons we tell the stories we do.

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. We meet at Book People, 603 North Lamar, Austin, Phone 512-472-5050.  We meet on the third floor (take the elevator up!).

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 http://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

For information contact:  Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543

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Crime fiction is a way of satisfying that nosy need to know. ~ Sophie Hannah

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President’s Column

HOTXSINC President Helen Currie Foster

Okay, HOTXSINC writers: here’s your reminder that JUNE 1 is the deadline for your submissions to Texas Book Festival! http://www.texasbookfestival.org/2017-book-submissions-now-open/

And here’s your reminder that the Writers League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference is coming up June 30-July 2. Who’s going? http://www.writersleague.org/38/Conference

Also, May 27 is the MysteryPeople Workshop at BookPeople, 9:30-4:00 on the third floor, chaired by Scott Montgomery. I’ll be there and hope you will too.

HOTXSINC’s Board contemplates that we’ll have a booth again for the Texas Book Festival, November 4-5. Last year members who staffed the booth (often in cowboy attire) had a great time meeting the public, signing and selling books, and publicizing SINC and HOTXSINC. We encourage you to participate. Your books don’t have to be vintage 2017 to be sold in our booth–bring earlier editions as well.

ALSO, be thinking about what piece of your writing you want to read at the HOTXSINC ROUND ROBIN READ during the October 2017 meeting. Could be an essay, short story, vignette, excerpt from a longer work. Could be a draft, could be finished. We want to support members’ writing, and give members a chance to “show us what you’ve got.” So get ready!

FINALLY, we’re continuing our “What’s in Your Toolbox?” programs, aimed at giving us more potential factual backgrounds on such topics as law enforcement, drones, cybersecurity, court procedure.

What do you think of the programming? Any topics you want to hear about?

Please give us feedback!

Thanks for supporting HOTXSINC and sharing our meetings.

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I admire Dickens beyond words.
He is one of the greatest plotters of all times.

Didn’t have a clue about women, but he sure could plot. ~ Donna Leon  

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 Saturday, May 27, 2017

 ANNUAL TEXAS MYSTERY WRITER’S MONTH

FREE WORKSHOP

BROUGHT TO YOU BY
SISTERS IN CRIME, AUSTIN MYSTERY WRITERS,
& MYSTERYPEOPLE

HEROES, VILLAINS, & LAWYERS

To celebrate Texas Mystery Writers Month
we are holding our annual workshop
on
BookPeople’s 3rd floor 
with three fantastic authors
who have experience in law or law enforcement.

Feel free to attend all classes or as many as you’d like.

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Mark Pryor, Author of the Hugo Marston mystery novels

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Mark Pryor: Heroes

Mark Pryor, author of the popular Hugo Marston series,
discusses the elements that make a great protagonist
who can take care of the bad guys
and continue through a series for years.

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Billy Kring, Author of the Hunter Kincaid Mysteries

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Billy Kring:  Villains

Billy Kring,
creator of Hunter Kincaid and Ronny Bacca,
as well as a former border agent
who has seen his share of criminals,
shows you how to construct a daunting antagonist
for your antagonist to thwart.

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 NOON – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

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Manning Wolfe, Author of DOLLAR SIGNS

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Manning Wolfe
Come to Order: Plotting the Legal Thriller

Want to be the next John Grisham?
Manning Wolfe, a former Austin attorney
and creator of The Texas Lady Lawyer series
guides you though the important points
to create an engaging legal thriller.

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3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Author Panel Discussion

Anything you wanted to know, we didn’t cover, here’s your chance.
We’ll be covering any loose ends with our guest authors
and discussing their professional and creative lives.

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I write traditional drama, and the small enclosed communities work well with this form.
I enjoy exploring secrets.
On small islands, privacy is important,
and there are secrets that everyone can guess but nobody talks about. ~ Ann Cleeves

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News from Our Members

 –from Helen Currie Foster

Helen Currie Foster

GHOST DAGGER, fourth in the Alice MacDonald Greer Mystery series, was published March 15 and is available at BookPeople and on Amazon and Kindle.

I talked about my books on April 11 with the Austin Woman’s Forum, will meet with the Book Group at Dripping Springs United Methodist Church on May 11, and will meet with readers at the Lakeshore Library in Llano County on May 22.

Meanwhile, I’ve recorded the audiobooks for GHOST CAVE and GHOST DOG, the first two novels in the series, and will be recounting that adventure on May 21 at HOTXSINC.

Noreen Cedeño and Fran Paino and I had a great time tag-teaming with the PrimeTimers group at St. Catherine of Siena at their March lunch meeting. We had great fun talking and fielding questions about our different processes, from a great group of readers.

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–from Manning Wolfe‘s newsletter

Manning Wolfe

Last month we started a new series for legal thriller lovers! We’ll be discussing a new book each month and talking about a legal issue or crime that was presented in the book. This month’s selection is THE WHISTLER by John Grisham.

Subscribe to Manning’s mailing list here. Listen to her discuss her  Texas Lady Lawyer series at Authors on the Air.

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M. K. Waller’s  story “The Snake” was awarded first place in the HOTXSINC Knife Story Challenge sponsored by Eugenia Parrish. Noreen Cedeño’s “Don’t Bring a Knife” was awarded second place.

Eugenia Parrish
M. K. Waller
N. M. Cedeño
The Knife

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I received rejection letters for ten years
(one on a napkin, written in crayon.)

I had all my rejection notices stored in a box.
When the box was finally full I took it to the curb and set it on fire.
The next day I went out and got a temp job. ~ Janet Evanovich

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Calendar* 

5/3/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
“HOW TO SUBMIT TO JOURNALS” with STACEY SWANN
ONLINE

 5/6/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
“HOW TO CONCEIVE AND STRUCTURE PERSONAL ESSAYS” with ANTONIO RUIZ-CAMACHO
@ St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

 5/6/2017  MENILFEST
@ The Menil Collection, Houston, TX

@ The Dallas Sheraton Hotel
5/13/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
5/20/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

5/24/2017  
Writers’ League of Texas
“MARKETING BEYOND THE BASICS” with SHENNANDOAH GOODSON
ONLINE
5/27/2017  Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas Chapter, Austin Mystery Writers, & MysteryPeople
Free Workshop: “HEROES, VILLAINS, & LAWYERS”
With MARK PRYOR, BILLY KRING, and MANNING WOLFE
@ BookPeople, 3rd floor

5/27/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
“DON’T BE NICE TO YOUR CHARACTERS: DEVELOPING CONFLICT IN FICTION” with BRIAN YANSKY
@ St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

6/3/2017 Writers’ League of Texas
“READING LIKE A WRITER: OPENING PAGES” with NAN CUBA
@ St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

6/30-7/2/2017
2017 AGENTS & EDITORS CONFERENCE: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
@ Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX

 6/14-19/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
2017 SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOP: EARLY MEMBERS-ONLY REGISTRATION
@ Austin, TX

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*Every effort is made to present a completely accurate calendar, but the editor can’t guarantee that every detail is correct. If you’re interested in an event, click on the link and get definitive information from the official source. 

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 Selected Sites

MysteryPeople on Facebook 

What an Editor at a Publishing House Looks For: 6 Myths & Truths
(Writer Unboxed)

Murder on the Nile — The Continued Influence of Agatha Christie
(Leslie Budewitz’s Law and Fiction Blog)

The Social Contract for Writers

Writers  Who Kill

FAVORITE WRITING ADVICE: ADDING TENSION TO YOUR STORY

A Shaken Snow Globe

There Are Visions to Be Seen: MysteryPeople Q&A with Marcie Rendon

Thanks to The Passive Voice for Telling Us about The Following:

‘Screen fatigue sees UK ebook sales Plunge 17%  as readers turn to print

How Kindles Lost Their Shine

Writer seeks Kindled spirit: Six novelists reveal how to self-publish successfully

LIST: Here Are the Retail Stores Taking Hits, Closing Hundreds of Locations

Rowdy ‘Mystery Hikes’ to Undisclosed Locations Were All the Rage in the ’30s

2017 Derringer Finalist Travis Richardson
(2017 Derringer Finalist Interviews)

How Do Kindle Unlimited Subscribers Behave (And How Does it Impact Authors)?

Mystery, Thriller, or Suspense: Does the Label Matter?

An Open Letter to Microsoft About the AI in Word’s New Editor

Why You Should Read Books You Hate

The Subject of Criminal Rehabilitation

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Children – if you think back really what it was like to be a child
and what it was like to know other children – children lie all the time.  ~ Donna Tart

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Nolo Contendere

Members, please send to mkwaller2@gmail.com

  • headshots and publication info for the author page
  • news of your activities
  • links to your blogs/websites for the blogroll
  • brief (~ 100-300 words) reviews/recommendations/articles
  • links to other websites of interest
  • info about workshops, conferences
  • anything you think would interest readers

Kathy Waller, editor

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What about the hero of The House on the Strand?
What did it mean when he dropped the telephone at the end of the book?
I don’t really know, but I rather think he was going to be paralysed for life. Don’t you? ~ Daphne DuMaurier

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HOTXSINC April 9, 2017: Cyber Security

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement
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Meeting April 9: Richard Taylor on Cyber Security
News from Our Members
Calendar
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere
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Richard Taylor, Technical Project Manager at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, will speak about cyber security at the April 9, 2017, at 2:15 p.m., at the SINC Heart of Texas Chapter meeting.

The presentation will cover efforts underway to understand how higher-risk small to medium-sized machining and tooling companies that are vital to U. S. Military and Energy sectors protect cyber information. He will discuss past and current cyber attacks, consequences of attacks, and how attacks are mitigated or reduced.

From Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mr. Taylor has worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the past 23 years. He works in Division A, Group A-3, Technology Applications, to develop, promote, direct, and work on the technical aspect of projects related to cyber security for the U. S. Government. Group A-3 recently made a presentation at the White House.

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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 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 http://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

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

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In 1986 we were trying to help women get in print, stay in print,
and come to the attention of booksellers and libraries.
At that time, books by men mystery writers were reviewed
seven times as often as books by women. ~ Sara Paretsky

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News from Our Members

Manning Wolfe

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MANNING WOLFE is presenting Legal Issues for Authors at the Houston Writers Guild Annual Conference on April 28 -30. She will be covering contracts, copyright, the use of trademarked products in writing, obtaining an ISBN & LCCN, and much more!  The conference will be held at Rice University and those interested in attending can register HERE.

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V. P. Chandler

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V.P. CHANDLER’S
story “Kay Chart” was published on the MysteryPeople blog. For more about what V.P. has been doing, read her latest blog post.

Helen Currie Foster

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HELEN CURRIE FOSTER’S
GHOST DAGGER, the fourth mystery in the Alice Greer MacDonald series, is now out on Kindle as well as in print on Amazon—and at BookPeople in Austin. In Scotland to investigate disturbing occurrences on her mother-in-law’s farm, Alice immediately runs into murder. With love interest Ben Kinsear providing archaeological insight and the aid of a surprising cast of characters, can she unearth the ancient secrets at Gran’s farm and solve the mystery before she herself becomes the third victim?

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Alexandra Burt

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ALEXANDRA BURT will be at the San Antonio Book Festival on April 8, 2017. You can find her at the Festival Marketplace, Booths 35-36, at 3:00 p.m., at the Central Library (600 Soledad) and Southwest School of Art in downtown San Antonio.

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Nancy G. West

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NANCY G. WEST will be at the San Antonio Book Festival, Saturday, April 8, with the new Aggie Mundeen Mystery, RIVER CITY DEAD. Aggie and SAPD Detective Sam plan their first rendezvous at a San Antonio River Walk hotel during Fiesta Week…a vacation from crime and reset for their tumultuous relationship. With Aggie, nothing goes as planned.

           
        I have visited the River Walk. I wish I had read this book first.
        Like taking a vacation while reading a mystery.
        A great series with fun characters.
 
To see all books in this San Antonio/Hill Country mystery series and enter the drawing for giveaways, stop by Booth #20.

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Using insult instead of argument is the sign of a small mind. ~ Laurie King

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Calendar

4/8/17 @ San Antonio Public Library
SAN ANTONIO BOOK FESTIVAL

4/8 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
PHILIP KERR 
speaks and signs his new Bernie Gunther novel, PRUSSIAN BLUE.
He will be in conversation with Mark Pryor, author of HOLLOW MAN.

4/17 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
MURDER IN THE AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB
Discusses  THE THIN MAN by Dashiell Hammett

4/18 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
GREG ISLES, speaking and signing MISSISSIPI BLOOD, the concluding volume of his epic trilogy featuring Penn Cage

4/20 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
MEGAN MIRANDA speaks and signs THE PERFECT STRANGER

4/26 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
THE HARD WORD BOOK CLUB
Discusses HEADSTONE by Ken Bruen

4/28-30/17 
HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD ANNUAL CONFERENCE

4/28 @ Bethesda, Maryland
MALICE DOMESTIC 29

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You have got a good side? I have. I just do not use it too often.
My bad side is so much more fun. ~ Faye Kellerman

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 Selected Sites

The Brass Teapot (short story)

Parade Magazine’s Sunday With: Nancy Pickard

50 Mysteries by Women Crime Writers, Read in a Year

MysteryPeople Pick of the Month: A WELCOME MURDER by Robin Yocum

MysteryPeople

The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog

2017 Derringer Finalists

Amazon Tips, Tricks and Tools to Ensure You Never Pay Too Much

Kevin’s Corner

Manual Dexterity, Revisited

Shelf Awareness

The Stiletto Gang

Celebrating the Short Story: The 2016 Agatha Short Story Nominees

The Laptop Is Dead

 

Thanks to The Passive Voice for alerting us to the following sites:

Male Crime Writers Eclipsed by Golden Age of Female Authors Brought Back into Print

Making Friends in a New City Via Our Little Free Library

Make the Most of Your Book Back Cover With These Tips

The Holiday Is Over: Amazon Will Collect Sales Tax Nationwide April 1

eBook Pirates Are Relatively Old and Wealthy, Study Finds

Amazon’s Lockers Gave Me a Shameful Taste of a World Without People

The Laptop Is Dead

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I wanted to pay homage to working women because they are the bridge that got us over.
My work is about the people who are assumed not to have a worldview ~ Barbara Neely

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Nolo Contendere

  1. Member authors – Send headshots and info about publications–titles of books and short stories (publishers, dates, where stories were published, links to books, if you wish). Also send links to your websites/blogs.
  2. Members – Send your news for blog, at least two weeks before HOTXSINC meetings if possible. I try to publish at least a week before each meeting. Whatever I have when the blog is published is what I’ll include.
  3. Members – Submit brief (~ 300 words) book reviews, articles (about classes you’ve taught; tips for writing; the writing life; links to websites you like, info about conferences, workshops, anything you think will interest readers).
  4. Members – Send links to your blog and /or website for inclusion in our blogroll.
  5. If you notice errors or omissions, please let me know so I can correct them. Regarding odd variations in spacing, font size, and other such matters–those are currently unavoidable. It will take a conversation with tech support to root them out.

Kathy Waller, editor
kathywaller1 at gmail.com

HOTXSINC March 12, 2017: Drones

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

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Reminder: HOTXSINC now meets on the 3rd floor of
BookPeople,

603 N. Lamar (6th St. and Lamar), in Austin, Texas.

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News from Our Members
From SINC National
Events @ MysteryPeople
Writing Groups
Opportunities

Conferences, Workshops, & Retreats
Prompts and Challenges
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere

Last Month’s Meeting

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Andrew Maximow, Business Development and Training Instructor at Drone Dynamics, will speak about drone technology at the HOTXSINC meeting on March 12, 2017.

If you want to be the worst spy ever, fire up your drone and launch it to gather intelligence.  The buzzing motors and bright flashing LED lights will help maintain your stealthy position.  Seriously?  Unfortunately, drones have received a bad rap in recent years especially with negative newspaper headlines like, “killing war machines,” “invasion of privacy,” “ban the drones,” “threat to the public,” etc.  Much of this stems from the complete lack of understanding, increased use of drone by the military, and a few “bad apples” that makes for sensational news.  All that being said, counter-drone is top of mind for Public Safety organizations and law enforcement departments across the nation.  With advanced technology like autopilots, night vision, autonomous navigation, augmented reality, and optical flow & thermal sensors, drones are quickly becoming the tool of choice for terrorists, bad guys, and overall nefariousness.  The good guys are scrambling to understand and acquire the technology for all sorts of applications, including  counter-drone, situational awareness, search and rescue, crime scene investigation, missing person, drug interdiction, fire fighting, barricaded subject, and disaster relief – all in the name of saving lives!
"Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)" by CISRO licensed under CC BY 3.0. Via Wikipedia.
“Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)” by CISRO licensed under CC BY 3.0. Via Wikipedia.

Andrew Maximow, Business Development & Training Instructor, possesses more than 20 years of advancement and achievement leveraging technology to transform the customer experience, including 4 years in the drone/UAV/sUAS industry. In his business development role at Drone Dynamics, Mr. Maximow is responsible for solution selling to AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) market segments as well as local and state government entities. Andrew created the Drone Dynamics Drone Training Program. Prior to that Andrew led the Enterprise Services organization at 3D Robotics, resulting in engagements most notably with BNSF Railways, Kiewit, Liberty Mutual, and Google Fiber. Prior to 3DR, Mr. Maximow held a variety of senior positions at Cisco Systems, including development of Channel Partner services, and as Dir. Professional Services with P&L responsibility, with over $50M in recurring revenue. He has also demonstrated expertise in business development, solutions selling, planning, executing growth, and exceeding profitability and customer satisfaction goals.

He possesses B. S. and M. S. degrees in Industrial Engineering.

HOTXSINC meets from 2:15 to 4:00 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at BookPeople, 6th St. and Lamar, in Austin. For more information, email JArquette (at) austin (dot) rr (dot) com.

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“English: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) offer a cost-effective way of inspecting power lines, bridges, buildings, and cooling towers. CSIRO researchers are developing technology that will allow UAVs to safely and reliably perform such tasks with only minimal guidance from a ground-based operator. This UAV research is part of the Smart Skies project, which will develop and demonstrate automated separation management technologies that allow greater use of the National Airspace System by manned and unmanned aircraft through the integration of information and communication technologies. The CSIRO Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) component of the Smart Skies project will allow UAVs to safely fly close to structures such as power lines, bridges, buildings and cooling towers and transit through controlled airspace.” – https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35496684https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35496684

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  My friends call me Miss Worst Case Scenario. ~ Patricia Cornwell

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SINC heart 4 News From Our Members

sue-cleveland-photo-02-14-2017Sue Cleveland read an excerpt from her piece “Decoy” during the 2017 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair (AWP) at Minerva Rising’s contributor event in Washington D.C. “Decoy” appeared in the spring 2014 issue, Turning Points. The issue received a Notable Edition nod in the 2015 Best American Essays edited by Ariel Levy.

Writers published in Minerva Rising gathered during the AWP conference to celebrate the literary journal’s fifth birthday by reading their work and applauding Executive Editor Kimberley Brown’s vision of creating a journal that “celebrates the creativity and wisdom in every woman.”

Where were the writers from? There were too many to ask, but here’s a sampling: Maine, Texas, New York, the Carolinas, Washington D.C., and Massachusetts. What moved me the most about the readings? Gutsy honesty.

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George Wier @ HOTXSINC, February 2015
George Wier @ HOTXSINC, February 2015

George Wier will be the keynote speaker at the Cuenca International Writers Conference in Cuenca, Ecuador, March 14 through 17. According to the conference website, “There is something magical in the Andean air of Cuenca—sparks of creativity and possibility which will open up your mind and bring fresh ideas to your writing as well as helping you gain valuable knowledge of the publishing industry.”

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Nancy G. West
Nancy G. West

Nancy G. West has released “Book News: The First Ever Newsletter.” To subscribe, email her at ngwest@sbcglobal.net.

A podcast and the transcript of Nancy’s interview with Laura Brennan can be heard on or downloaded from on the February 10, 2017 post on Destination Mystery.

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Solar eclipse, Our First Century, ca 1876; Internet Book Archive. No known copyright restrictions. Via Flickr.
Solar eclipse, Our First Century, ca 1876; Internet Book Archive. No known copyright restrictions. Via Flickr.

Stories by Laura Oles (“Ocean Fifty”) and M. K. Waller (“I’ll Be a Sunbeam”) will be published in crime fiction anthology DAY OF THE DARK, compiled and edited by Kaye George. DAY OF THE DARK will be released by Wildside Press on July 21, 2017, exactly a month before the North American total solar eclipse on August 21.

 

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Manning Wolfe will present Legal Issues for Authors at the Houston Writers Guild Annual Conference, April 28 – 30. Click here to register. Manning writes, “My LIFA presentations are part of my service to the writing community. They are free to any organization or group when and where I can reasonably fit them into my schedule. If you need a speaker, email media@starpathbooks.com and ask when I’ll be in your area.”

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Alexandra Burt has published the following guest posts: “So I Wanted to Be a Writer,” at My Reading Corner; “The Summer of Evil” at danielriding.com; and “What Remains When Your First Language Fades Away at Literary Hub.

Kirkus Review says of Alexandra’s novel THE GOOD DAUGHTER (Berkley, February 7, 2017), “Burt knows how to propel a strongly character-driven novel forward, using intrigue, mystery, plot twists, and rich—sometimes grisly—sensory imagery. . . .  both fascinating and unsettling and speaks to the strength of the human will to survive even under the most adverse conditions. Burt’s tale captivates to the bitter end, by which time ‘everything that was done in the dark has come into the light.’”

Alexandra spoke and signed THE GOOD DAUGHTER at BookPeople on February 21.

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 In first person, readers feel smart, like it’s them solving the case.
~ Patricia Cornwell

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 SINC heart 4 From Sisters in Crime National

To active members:

Volunteers are needed for the SINC booth at the American Library Association conference in Chicago, June 22 – 26. You may volunteer your time and/or donate your books (up to 3 books, signed or unsigned OR send 5 copies of the same book for our new Book Club Bags). If interested, fill out the web form in the Members Only section of the SINC website. If you have any questions, please contact Cari Dubiel, Library Liaison.

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I never know what’s going to happen in a novel.
I don’t have a plan or an outline. ~ Donna Leon

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SINC heart 4 Events @ MysteryPeople

MONDAY, 3/06/17, 7:00 p.m. –

7% Solution Book Club discusses The Red Death by Walter Mosley

MONDAY, 3/20/17, 1 PM

Murder in the Afternoon Book Club discusses The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

WEDNESDAY, 3/29/17, 7 PM

Hard Word Book Club discusses Find A Victim by Ross Macdonald.

SATURDAY, 4/8/17, 6 PM

Philip Kerr, speaking and signing his latest Gunther mystery, Prussian Blue.

TUESDAY, 4/18/17, 7 PM

Greg Iles, speaking and signing his final installment of his epic trilogy featuring Penn Cage, Mississippi Blood.

THURSDAY, 4/20/17, 7 PM

Megan Miranda, speaking and signing her sophomore crime novel, The Perfect Stranger.

WEDNESDAY, 5/31/17, 7 PM

Lori Rader-Day, speaking and signing her latest psychological mystery, The Day I Died.

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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 McCrumbThe Songcatchers

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SINC heart 4 Writing Groups

© David Davis, Alien Resort
© David Davis, Alien Resort

15 Minutes of Fame, a writing

practice group, meets the third Saturday of the month at Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 S. Fifth (corner of S. Fifth and W. Mary), Austin, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Participants do timed writings, then read aloud what they’ve written (but only if they want to read aloud). Strictly recreation–no critiques.

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Horse sense is the instinct that keeps horses from betting on men.
~ Josephine Tey

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SINC heart 4 Opportunities

The Masters Review Blog
“March Deadlines: 10 Awards and Deadlines to Meet This Month”

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Crime is a very hard genre to feminise.
If you have a female protagonist
she is going to be looking after her mum when she gets older;
she is going to be worried about her brother and sister;
she will be making a living while bringing up kids. ~ Denise Mina

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SINC heart 4 Conferences, Workshops, & Retreats

DFW Writers Conference 2017 – Dallas, TX ; May 6 – 7

Killer Nashville 2017  – Franklin, TN; August 24 -27

Elizabeth George on “Process and the Novel” – Tuscany, Italy; May 22 – 31

California Crime Writers Conference 2017  – Culver City, CA; June 10 -11
(Presented by Sisters in Crime LA / SoCal Mystery Writers)

Writers’ Police Academy – Green Bay, WI; August  10 – 13

Mystery Writers Conference 2017 – Corte Madera, CA – September 7 – 10

Bouchercon 2017: Passport to Murder – Toronto, Canada; October 11 – 15

Write, Travel, Transform: Machu Pichu and the Sacred Valley of Peru – Machu Pichu, Peru; October 17 – 31

Find more conference listings at–

Association of Writers and Writing Programs, “Directory of Conferences and Centers”
Author E.M.S., “Upcoming Conferences and Events”
Shaw Guides, “Guide to Writing Conferences and Writing Workshops”
LitReactor, “A List of 2017 Workshops & Conferences for Writers”
Sisters in Crime, “Conferences, Events, and Trade Shows”

Writers Retreat Workshop: Memories, Guidance, Inspiration Since 1987 – San Antonio, TX; May 6 – 13

The Write Life“31 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2017”

Writing Retreats with Laura Davis

Women Writing Retreats

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I always make a point of keeping the most pleasant-sounding name for the murderer.
As he or she is bound to come to an unpleasant end,
it seems the very least the author can do. ~ Ngaio Marsh

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Prompts and Challenges SINC heart 4

Blogging from A to Z Challenge [April 2017]

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My work is less violent because we tend to write what we want to read…
and I’m not that interested in gruesome books.
Any violence, to fit in well with a crime novel, has to have compassion.
~ Ann Cleeves

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SINC heart 4 Selected Sites & Pages

Mystery Thriller Week
“How to Write a Thriller in the Style of Alfred Hitchcock”

The Stiletto Gang
“Two Years of Wisdom in 250 Words or Less”

Ramona De Felice Long
“4 Tough Questions for Your Critique Group”

Mysterious Writers
“Writing Ideas from Some of the Best” 

The Short Fiction Mystery Society Blog

Mystery Writers of America
“Amendment to Active Membership Status Guidelines”

Nightstand Book Reviews
The Edgar Awards – 2017

Thanks to The Passive Voice for sharing the following links:

“Revenge of the Copy Editors: Grammar Pros Find Internet Stardom”

“Real Writers”

“Why I’ve Ditched the Kindle for Print Books (and Why You Should, Too)”

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She always says, my lord, that facts are like cows.
If you look them in the face long enough, they run away.
~ Dorothy L. Sayers

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SINC heart 4 Nolo Contendere  

  1. Member authors – Send headshots and info about publications–titles of books and short stories (publishers, dates, where stories were published, links to books, if you wish). Also send links to your websites/blogs.
  2. Members – Send your news for blog, at least two weeks before meetings if possible. I try to publish at least a week before each meeting. Whatever I have when the blog is published is what I’ll include.
  3. Members – Submit brief (~ 300 words) book reviews, articles (about classes you’ve taught; tips for writing; the writing life; links to websites you like, info about conferences, workshops, anything you think will interest readers.
  4. Members – Send links to your blog and /or website for inclusion in our blogroll.
  5. If you notice errors or omissions, please let me know so I can correct them. Regarding odd variations in spacing, font size, and other such matters–those are WordPress’ idea. It will take a conversation with tech support to root them out.

Kathy Waller, Editor
kathywaller1 at gmail dot com

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 Chemists employed by the police
can do remarkable things with blood.

They can weave it into a rope to hang a man.
~ Marjorie Allingham

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 Last Month’s Meeting 

Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell spoke about Interdiction for the Protection of Children, a program he created, designed to train law enforcement officers to recognize indicators of missing, abducted, and exploited children during routine traffic stops. The program also teaches officers to identify, in the absence of a child, indicators that an adult individual has, or will, offend against a child.

 

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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: https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/about-hotxsinc-2/how-to-join/hotxsinc-membership-form-2017-3/