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.

 

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

Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs. Boots King

 

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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.

October 2015

Jesse SublettJesse Sublett on October 11

Author Jesse Sublett will be our guest speaker at Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter’s 2 p.m. meeting, Sunday, October 11, at the Yarborough Public Library. He will play guitar, sing songs, and talk to us about gangsters in Austin, among other things. He will discuss how he came to write 1960s Austin Gangsters and will discuss his memoir, Never the Same Again – A Rock & Roll Gothic.

Jesse Sublett is the author of numerous novels and nonfiction books. Sublett’s long-awaited, heavily-researched chronicle of the Timmy Overton Gang and the Dixie Mafia in Austin during the 1960s, 1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime that Rocked the Capital City, was released by History Press in 2015. Sublett is the author of several crime novels as well as last year’s nonfiction Broke, Not Broken: Homer Maxey’s Texas Bank War. Among the fans of Sublett’s murder-and-cancer memoir, Never the Same Again was novelist James Ellroy, who called it “a harrowing work of great candor and soul.” Sublett has been a well-known figure in Austin ever since he founded the seminal 1970s rock band, The Skunks.

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Mystery Panel November 8

BookPeople crime fiction coordinator Scott Montgomery will present a program on November 8 about mysteries with Hopeton Hay of KAZI FM 88.7 radio and writers Minerva Koenig and Jesse Sublett at Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter at 2 p.m. Prepare to have fun and ask questions.

By Gale Albright, HOTSHOTS! editor

September 2015

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Anna Castle Holds Workshop Sept. 13

On September 13, at 2 p.m., mystery novelist Anna Castle, author of the Francis Bacon series, will conduct a fun, informative workshop on formatting and blurb writing at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter meeting at the Yarborough Public Library. Bring your notebooks. Bring your pencils. Bring your questions.

Anna Castle is also in charge of the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter’s booth at the Texas Book Festival, which will be held October 17-18. Our chapter has received a grant from national Sisters in Crime to defray expenses.

So far, there are twelve authors signed up to work the booth, which is enough to cover both days, but there’s still plenty of room for more. We need to set up by 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, and break down at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. When you come to our meeting on September 13, please speak to Ms. Castle if you’d like to volunteer to help out.

Jesse Sublett Sings and Speaks Oct. 11

Jesse SublettAuthor Jesse Sublett will be our guest speaker at Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter’s 2 p.m. meeting, Sunday, October 11, at the Yarborough Public Library. He will play guitar, sing songs, and talk to us about gangsters in Austin, among other things. He will discuss how he came to write 1960s Austin Gangsters and will discuss his memoir, Never the Same Again – A Rock & Roll Gothic.

Picking, singing, and gangsters. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Member Publications

Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas member Doris Christian has published a mystery novel, They Don’t Shoot Horses, under her pen name, Sara Caudell. For more information, go to the following link:

http://www.amazon.com/They-Dont-Shoot-Horses-Springs-ebook/dp/B00XWCRAGU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434812661&sr=1-1&keywords=they+don’t+shoot+horses

–Gale Albright HOTSHOTS! Editor

August 2015

Kit Frazier on August 9

KIT FRAZIER 2Kit Frazier presents: Dangerous Instincts: Cultivating Sources in Law Enforcement at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas meeting at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 9, at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library. She is the author of the Austin-based, Cauley MacKinnon mystery series, including Scoop and Dead Copy.

It will be an interactive, illustrated chat about how to approach, convince and gain the trust of local and federal law enforcement. Learn the secrets of how to get the real techniques, facts and stories (and a few that made it into award-winning fiction).

Novelist Kit Frazier comes from a long line of hardheaded, trailblazing Texas women.  Named for her great, great grandmother, Kit Hockaday, who saved her husband from Civil War bushwhackers – twice – Kit hopes to add to her family’s tradition of unconventional women.

“My mother was a police woman, my grandmother a ‘medicine woman’ and my great, great grandmother could shoot the beak off a chicken. So I turned to what my family knows best – murder, mayhem and more malevolent men than you can shake a stick at.”

Murder on Wheels Launch, 7 p.m., August 11

Please join Austin Mystery Writers at BookPeople

Gale Albright, Valerie Chandler, Kaye George,
Scott Montgomery, Laura Oles, and Kathy Waller
& Earl Staggs and Reavis Wortham as they celebrate the launch of their first crime fiction anthology

MURDER ON WHEELS:
11 Tales of Crime on the Move

“Eleven stories put the pedal to the floor and never let up! Whether by bus, car, tractor, or bike, you’ll be carried along at a breakneck pace by the talented Austin Mystery Writers. These eight authors transport you from an eighteenth-century sailing ship to the open roads of modern Texas, from Alice’s Wonderland to a schoolbus yard in the suburbs of Dallas. Grab your book, hold on to your hat, and come along for the ride!”

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
7:00 p.m.

BookPeople Bookstore
6th Street and Lamar, Austin, Texas

Gale Albright, Valerie Chandler, Kaye George, Laura Oles and Kathy Waller are also members of Sisters in Crime.

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Anna Castle on September 13

castle_72dpiOn September 13, at 2 p.m., Anna Castle will conduct a fun, informative workshop on formatting and blurb writing at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas meeting at the Yarborough Library . Bring your notebooks. Bring your pencils. Bring your questions.

Anna Castle is also making great progress toward getting our Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas booth ready for the Texas Book Festival, October 17-18. We have received a grant from national Sisters in Crime to defray book fair expenses. This is exciting news. Bring your questions to the meeting.