HOTXSINC January 8: Death by Firearms or, What Really Happens When You Shoot Someone

Author Dave Ciambrone will present Death by Firearms or, What Really Happens When You Shoot Someone at the January 8th Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meeting, 2:15 p.m. at the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library.

Dave Ciambrone
Dave Ciambrone

In addition to describing different types of firearms and ammunition, Dave will discuss how to fire a gun successfully, and how the impact from a bullet affects the human body. He will also talk about using firearms for self-defense.

He will address the differences between reality and Hollywood shootings. Using visual aids, he will show the impacts of ballistic gel bullets on actual gun shot victims, none of whom survived.

Following his presentation, Dave will take questions from the audience.

Dr. David (Dave) Ciambrone spent 40 years developing weapons for the military and special equipment for government clandestine organizations. He took the “short course” at Camp Perry for the CIA. He worked with a police department and was a consultant to the LA County Coroner. Dave did consulting for police and sheriffs around the country. He has also consulted for National Laboratories.

Dr. Ciambrone was appointed a U.S. Treasury Commissioner and a board member of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) by President Clinton. Since moving to Texas he has served on library and theater boards, a water district board, and an appraisal review board. He is Chairman of the Williamson County Historic Commission.

An award-winning and best-selling author, Dr. Ciambrone has published 19 books, (2 textbooks, 4 nonfiction, and 13 mysteries) and has more in work. He wrote three newspaper columns and a business journal column. He has been VP of the Orange County, California, Sisters-in Crime chapter, and twice president and treasurer of Heart of Texas Chapter of sisters in Crime. Dave has spoken at numerous writing conferences around the country.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets at the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, email Joyce Arquette, Publicity, JArquette at austin dot rr dot com.

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On November the twenty-first, the day of her forty-seventh birthday, and three weeks and two days before she was murdered, Rhoda Gradwyn went to Harley Street to keep a first appointment with her plastic surgeon, and there in a consulting room designed, so it appeared, to inspire confidence and allay apprehension, made the decision which would inexorably lead to her death. ~ P. D. James, The Private Patient

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Call for Submissions

from Kaye George’s Travels With Kaye:

“Last bit of news for this week. I decided to put together a short story anthology that I’m calling DAY OF THE DARK. It’s inspired by the total eclipse of the sun coming up August 21st, 2017. Wildside Press has agreed to get it to publication in time! I’ve gotten several submissions already, but the deadline is 1/31/17. (Yikes, it’s almost 2017!) Here’s the details from the announcement I sent out. Feel free to ask me about this if you’re interested!”

Find complete guidelines here.

 

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“Everyone predicted a bad reunion. Few expected murder…”

For the December 2016 HOTXSINC meeting, members of the dysfunctional Stout clan gathered at their ancestral home in the mountains. The next morning, the elderly head of the family, Malachi Stout, was found dead, smothered in his sleep. The safe in his study was open and–the family jewels were gone.

Phone lines were down, and rain had washed out the road to town, so it was up to the Stout family to determine–Whodunnit?

Armed with the mystery game Malachi Stout’s Family Reunion, Valerie Chandler led HOTXSINC members in a rousing murder investigation. Which of the suspects pictured below killed Malachi Stout?

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They used to hang men at Four Turnings in the old days. ~ Daphne DuMaurier, My Cousin Rachel

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Book Notes

unsettling-crime-thumbAN UNSETTLING CRIME FOR SAMUEL CRADDOCK: A Samuel Jarrett Mystery by Terry Shames is out today.

“Shames’s superior sixth Samuel Craddock mystery…a prequel set possibly during the early 1970s, explores a significant case at the start of the retired police chief’s career. Skilled depictions of the lawman’s formative choices and emotions enhance a timely story with resonance in the era of Black Lives Matter.”
Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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RIVER CITY DEAD, Aggie Mundeen Mystery #4, by Nancy G. West will be out on January 17.

“The characters are believable and the plot is fascinating. Fast-paced, intriguing, and like an Agatha Christie novel…River City Dead is one adventure I highly recommend to all. ”  ~ Danielle Urban, Goodreads

 

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Selected Sites

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Texas Mountain Trail Writers

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The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog

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47 Calls for Submissions in January 2017 – Paying Markets

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Seeking Aspiring Mystery Writers

Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter calls on all unpublished, aspiring writers of cozies, thrillers, true crime, noir, young adult, middle grade, and other mystery genres to submit the first 500 words of their mystery manuscript (novel or short story) to the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event.

Aspiring writers are chosen and matched with published author-mentors for one-on-one sessions and recognition at the Sisters In Crime: Heart of Texas Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event in May of each year. The submission deadline is March 31, 2016.

This is not a contest: there is no judging and no fee. It is a wonderful opportunity for writers unpublished in the mystery field to be mentored by published authors and recognized by the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter.

All aspiring writers must attend the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Unpublished writers submit by email a 100 word (maximum) synopsis and the first 500 words of a mystery short story or novel.
  2. Entries must be in standard submission format: 12 point Times New Roman or Courier New font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
  3. Attach a Word file document with the synopsis (100 word max) on first page. Put your name, email address, phone number, and title of story or novel in the top left-hand corner of first page. On the second page, start the 500-word submission of your novel or short story. Put your name, manuscript title, and page number on all pages.
  4. One submission per person.
  5. Email subject line: BBSAWE ENTRY.
  6. Email entries and any questions to Gale Albright at bbsaspiring@yahoo.com.
  7. Submission deadline is March 31, 2016.

The Craft of Creating Interesting Characters

Need some tips on building character? (The fictional kind, that is, not your own.) Join Sisters In Crime Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 2:15 to hear mystery writer Janice Hamrick for a fun and interactive session about the elements of creating rich and memorable characters.

Janice Hamrick is the author of the Jocelyn Shore mysteries and winner of the Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel award. She recently took a year’s sabbatical to live in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she spent her time researching her next mystery series. (It is true that a great deal of that research took place inside pubs, but an author must be willing to make sacrifices for her art.)

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Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday at 2:15 p.m. at the Yarborough Branch Public Library. 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.

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.

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

Publishing Beyond Borders

Alexandra Burt, author of the thriller Remember Mia (also published as Little Girl Gone), will be our guest speaker on Sunday, December 13, 2015.  Alexandra, born in Fulda, Germany, made do with a small town library when growing up and became interested in crime fiction and serial killers.  After three years of writing classes and gluttonous reading, she decided to tell her own stories.

Alexandra Burt
Alexandra Burt

She is an outspoken animal rights activist and she one day hopes to live in a farmhouse and offer old arthritic dogs a comfy couch to live out their lives.  She currently lives in Central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two Chocolate Labrador Retrievers.  Alexandra will talk about writing and include her own experiences in preparing the same novel for publication in both the UK and the United States.

Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday at 2:15 p.m. at the Yarborough Branch Public Library. 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.

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.

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

From Play to Publication Panel

We were fortunate to have our very own members read from their stories in the anthology Murder On Wheels: Kathy Waller, Gale Albright, VP Chandler, and Scott Montgomery. They also shared their experiences in writing, editing, and submitting their stories for publication. BookPeople will host a book launch for Murder On Wheels in July (date not yet chosen).