Twelfth Annual Barbara Burnett Smith Event on May 15

IMG_1112.2The Twelfth Annual Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers’ Event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Drive in Austin. It will be sponsored by Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter and the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation. Guest speakers will be W.D. Smith, Susan Rogers Cooper and Russ Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The BBSAWE was born in the spring of 2005, after the tragic death of Ms. Smith, who was a published cozy mystery author. She was past president of Sisters in Crime (International 1999-2000) and was known for her helpfulness to other writers. Dynamic, energetic, and talented, her loss was greatly mourned by her family and the Austin writing community. To honor her memory, the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation was dedicated in her honor to support and provide a mentoring community for aspiring mystery writers.

Every year Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter calls for submissions of the first 500 words of a mystery story or novel from unpublished authors. The aspiring writers are then matched up with published mystery authors for mentoring.

On Sunday, May 15, 2016, this year’s aspiring writers and their mentors will be introduced to the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas membership and Barbara Burnett Smith will be honored.

 

FREE MYSTERY WORKSHOPS MAY 21

murder-on-wheels-panel-10sSisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter and BookPeople crime fiction coordinator Scott Montgomery will present all-day crime workshops at BookPeople at 603 N. Lamar Blvd. on Saturday, May 21 starting at 9:15 a.m. and going until 4 p.m.

Stay all day or an hour. Free parking in the BookPeople parking lot. Terry Shames, George Wier, and James Dennis and Brent Douglas of Miles Arceneux will enthrall, entertain, educate, and sell books. This event is free and open to the public to celebrate May Mystery Month. Whether you like to read mysteries or write them, these workshops are for you.

 FORENSIC PRESENTATION ON POISONS ON JUNE 12

Dave Ciambrone, Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas treasurer, scientist, and mystery writer, will present a forensic program about poisons on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. at the  Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

April 2016

 

 

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BILLY KRING SPEAKS ON APRIL 10
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Author Billy Kring will be the guest speaker at Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 at the Yarborough Public Library at 2200 Hancock Drive in Austin.

 

Billy Kring writes novels and screenplays and sometimes acts in indie films. He was in law enforcement for three decades as a Border Patrol agent and an advisor/instructor on international border issues and antiterrorism. His work took him to Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, the Pan Pacific, and Eastern Europe. He lives in a small town in Southwest Texas with his wife, Elizabeth.

 

His books include the Ronny Baca mysteries and Where Evil Cannot Enter, a romantic suspense novel.

 

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March 2016

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR RHYS BOWEN ON MARCH 13

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On Sunday, March 13, Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter will be honored to present Rhys Bowen, best-selling author of the Royal Spyness series and the Molly Murphy mysteries, at 2 p.m. at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Drive in Austin.

She will speak on “getting it right,” emphasizing the importance of research and creating the correct time and feel for place in a novel.  She has won the Agatha Best Novel Award and has been nominated for the Edgar Best Novel. Ms. Bowen said, “I’m happy to announce that last year’s book, Malice at the Palace, has just been nominated for best historical novel at the Left Coast Crime convention.”slide-georgie

Rhys Bowen will also give a talk and sign books for a new Molly Murphy release, Time of Fog and Fire at BookPeople at Sixth Street and Lamar Blvd. on Saturday, March 12 at 3 p.m.

I urge all Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas members to come to the Saturday book signing and the Sunday meeting and make it a truly “royal” weekend.

For more information, go to Rhys Bowen’s website at http://www.rhysbowen.com

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BILLY KRING ON APRIL 10

Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas is delighted to have Billy Kring as our guest on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m. at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Dr. in Austin. He is a prolific author of many books, including crime fiction novels.

Billy Kring writes novels and screenplays and sometimes acts in indie films. He was in law enforcement for three decades as a border patrol agent and an advisor/instructor on international border issues and antiterrorism. His work took him to Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, the Pan Pacific, and Eastern Europe.He will show how his law enforcement background has an impact on his crime fiction novels.

Go to https://mysterypeople.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/mp-qa-billy-kring/ to read an interview with Billy Kring at MysteryPeople.

STAY TUNED FOR AN EXCITING SPRING

Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter is preparing for an exciting spring. We have speakers Rhys Bowen in March and Billy King in April. We are also participating in a brand new book festival at the Pflugerville Public Library on April 16-17 where we will present a Sisters in Crime panel with four great writers: Meg Gardiner, Janice Hamrick, Alexandra Burt, and Helen Currie Foster.

On Sunday, May 15 we will hold our annual Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers celebration and on Saturday, May 21, we will participate in May Mystery Month at BookPeople with free crime fiction workshops.

Don’t miss our exciting Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter spring fling. We strive to present top-notch programs and encourage the arts in Central Texas. This is why it’s great to be a member of our organization.

 

 

FEBRUARY 2016

MANNING WOLFE “HEARTS” LAW FEB. 14

Dollar SignsAustin author and attorney Manning Wolfe will show you how to love the law on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter at 2:15 p.m. at the Yarborough Library in Austin at 2200 Hancock Dr. Come out and learn the nuts and bolts of legal issues for authors.

There will be hearts, valentines, swag bags, books to give away and other goodies so we’ll have a Valentine’s Day that’s both legal and fun. Hard to imagine, eh?

Spend Valentine’s afternoon with Sisters in Crime and go out for Mexican food across the street at La Mancha with Manning Wolfe after the meeting. You’ll “heart” it.

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR RHYS BOWEN MARCH 13

Rhys Bowen in yellowWe are in for a rare treat on March 13 when Rhys Bowen, award-winning author, will speak to us courtesy of a grant from the Sisters in Crime national organization. She will have a talk and book signing at BookPeople at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12. She will be our speaker at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 at the Yarborough Library. Let’s all show her a warm Texas welcome and attend the book signing and meeting. There may be other activities as well.

To find out more about Rhys Bowen, New York Times best-selling author of the Royal Spyness and Molly Murphy mystery series, go to http://rhysbowen.com

MYSTERY/DIVERSITY BOOK FESTIVAL APRIL 16-17

Hopeton Hay of KAZI FM’s Book Review, Scott Montgomery of BookPeople, the City of Pflugerville, and Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter are planning a brand new book festival in our area, to be held April 16-17 at the Pflugerville Public Library. I will keep you updated on its progress. It should be a lot of fun for writers and readers, with several panels, a keynote speaker, book signings and book selling. Stay tuned for more.

NEW BOOKS BY MEMBERS OF SISTERS IN CRIME: HEART OF TEXAS

Helen Currie Fosters Ghost booksGhost Letter, Helen Currie Foster’s new book in her “Ghost” series has just been released. Ghost Letter, Ghost Dog, and Ghost Cave are available at independent bookstores as well as on Amazon and Kindle.

“The third installment in the Alice MacDonald Greer novels treats readers to another thrilling chase through Texas Hill Country as Alice seeks to establish her client, nonagenarian Alejandro Navarro, as son and heir to the late Alex Drinkman – a World War I pilot and scion of a wealthy oil family. But the high stakes effort to recover Alex’s land, with its fabled spring, swiftly makes Alice and Alejandro targets of the Drinkman family’s considerable power—plunging Alice into a world of antique rifles, spy technology, and corrupt politics.”

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David Ciambrone’s latest novel, Trail of Threads, is available through Kobo, CRC Press, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

“When Virginia and Terry tromp through the jungle to locate the source of the Confederate gold supply and the fabled Mayan temple of gold, they must outsmart a corrupt undercover U.S. DEA agent, face a dangerous and violent drug lord, handle a very real Mayan curse, and fight unfriendly natives all of whom want them dead.”

 

January 2016

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Janice Hamrick poses with the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.

JANICE HAMRICK BUILDS CHARACTER JAN. 10

The Craft of Creating Interesting Characters

Need some tips on building character? (The fictional kind, that is, not your own.) Join 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.)

We want to know if they have good Mexican food in Scotland. We can discuss that on January 10 across the street from the library at La Mancha after the meeting.1450720_740208342659353_1304365167_n

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Janice Hamrick talks about building characters at BookPeople.

 

MANNING WOLFE TALKS LAW FEB. 14

Legal Issues for Authors

Have you ever wondered if someone could steal your manuscript?  Have you ever badmouthed someone in your book and wondered if they could sue you?  Have you ever wondered if it’s safe to say your character drank a Coke or a Lone Star Beer? These are the questions that Manning Wolfe will cuss and discuss.  She’ll also provide information on copyright, use of photos, ISBN’s, tax obligations, and more.  Lots of handouts will be given to allow a more in depth study, and as a reminder of the tips she gives in her talk.

Don’t get caught with your proverbial pants down! Come out and learn the nuts and bolts of legal issues for authors! Hope to see you there!

Spend Valentine’s afternoon with Sisters in Crime and go out for Mexican food across the street after the meeting. You’ll love it.

 

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Manning Wolfe

Manning Wolfe is an author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas. After many years of storytelling, Manning has written a legal thriller series involving a Texas attorney based in Austin. The first in the series, Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs. Boots King was the winner of the 2014 Writer’s League of Texas Manuscript Contest. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Wolfe specializes in business law. Visit her website www.manningwolfe.com

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Francine Paino

Two Wolves Dancing

Two Wolves Dancing, a new novel by Francine Paino, crosses mystery, suspense and thriller genres. It is a chilling tale of past events haunting the present, resulting in a classic battle of good and evil. With an M.A. in History from the American Military University, Ms. Paino combines two of her passions, ballet and American Civil War history in this tale of revenge, murder and a search for the legendary Confederate gold. Go to her website at francinepaino.com

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December 2015

Alexandra Burt on Dec. 13

ALEXANDRA BURTAlexandra Burt will be our guest speaker on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Yarborough Public Library in Austin for the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter at 2200 Hancock Dr.

She will talk about her process in preparing the same book (Remember Mia and Little Girl Gone) for publication in both the UK and the United States.

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Janice Hamrick on Jan. 10

Janice Hamrick and her booksMystery writer Janice Hamrick will be Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas program speaker at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the Yarborough Public Library in Austin, at 2200 Hancock Dr.

 

 

November 2015

Scott Montgomery poses with Reavis Wortham at Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas Chapter's all-day crime fiction workshop co-produced with BookPeople.

Scott Montgomery poses with Reavis Wortham at Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas Chapter’s all-day crime fiction workshop co-produced with BookPeople.

Scott Montgomery Presents Nov. 8

BookPeople crime fiction coordinator Scott Montgomery will present a mystery panel program called “Authors you don’t know and should,” Sunday, November 8, at 2:15 p.m. at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas meeting at the Yarborough Public Library at 2200 Hancock Drive in Austin. Special guests include Hopeton Hay of KAZI FM 88.7, writers Minerva  Koenig and Jesse Sublett, and possible surprise visitors. Prepare to have fun and ask questions.

Alexandra Burt Talks Thrillers Dec. 13

ALEXANDRA BURTSisters in Crime member Alexandra Burt, author of the thriller Remember Mia (also published as Little Girl Gone), will be guest speaker at 2:15 p.m., Heart of Texas: Sisters in Crime meeting, Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Yarborough Public Library. She will talk about writing, including her experiences in preparing the same novel for publication in both the UK and the United States.

MysteryPeople celebrates fifth anniversary Nov. 7

MysteryPeople (at BookPeople, Sixth St. and Lamar Blvd.) will be celebrating its fifth anniversary on Saturday, November 7 at 3 p.m. with a panel discussion featuring several local authors. Celebrations will take place on BookPeople’s third floor, starting at 3 p.m. There will be cake and celebratory beverages, trivia with giveaways, and the unveiling of the MysteryPeople Top 100, a list of the 100 mysteries nearest and dearest to the MysteryPeople staff and community.BookPeople pic

Nominations for 2016 officers will be announced at the November 8 meeting of Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter. A brief business meeting to introduce candidates will be held before the mystery panel discussion.

Please send your local chapter dues ($20.00) to Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter, 4500 Williams Dr., Suite 212-334, Georgetown, TX 78633 by January 1, 2016.

You must also be a member of the national organization of Sisters in Crime to belong to Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter. Please go to http://www.sistersincrime.org to join online.