Nov. 2016

MYSTERIES IN SHORT FICTION

all things dark and dastardlyOn Sunday, November 20, Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter will present a program about short fiction: crime fiction anthologies, short stories, and markets for short story submission in the mystery vein. Chapter authors will read selections from their short fiction stories. We will discuss mystery anthologies and how to put one together.

Members will also vote on our slate of officer 2017 candidates at the November meeting. The candidates are:

Helen Currie Foster for president

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Dave Ciambrone for treasurer

Gale Albright for secretary

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly–usually on the second Sunday of the month–at 2:15 p.m. We meet at the Yarborough Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive,  in Austin.

For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at http://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

DECEMBER HOLIDAY MEETING

On Dec. 11, Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter will have its December holiday meeting at 2 p.m. at the Yarborough Library at 2200 Hancock Drive. We are promised a surprise program from one of our members.More information to come.

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Pictured left to right above: Alex Ferraro, Kathy Waller, Dave Ciambrone, Gale Albright, and Valerie Chandler at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter holiday meeting in December 2014.

Oct. 2016 special edition

Malvern Books in Austin will present a Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas book reading and signing at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 613 W. 29th Street.

Kathy Waller and Valerie Chandler will read selections from Murder on Wheels, winner of the 2016 Silver Falchion Award for best short story fiction anthology at Killer Nashville. Noreen Cedeno will read from For the Children’s Sake, which was selected as a finalist for the East Texas Writers Guild Book Award in the Mystery/Thriller category this summer.

Manning Wolfe will share passages from Dollar Signs (2016 Reader’s Choice Bronze Medal winner), Helen Currie Foster from Ghost Letter, Eugenia Parrish from A Cold Blue Killing, and K.P. Gresham from The Preacher’s First Murder.

Come to a celebration of crime fiction by Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter’s talented authors and add to your crime fiction book collection.

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Private Eye Anji MaCuk

anji-macukAnji MaCuk, owner and operator of She Spies Private Eye, Inc., will be guest speaker at Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Drive in Austin.

Her experience as a probation officer, along with her degree in criminal justice, led Anji to the Austin Police Department (APD) where she was hired as a Background Investigator. It was during her time with the APD that her love of investigation led her to the realization that she wanted to become an independent private investigator.

Anji, not one to be dissuaded by risks, took the leap and decided to pursue her career as a private investigator. She apprenticed with another well-established private investigator for a year, and then in 2003 opened up She Spies Private Eye, Inc., which has been flourishing ever since.

anji-macuk-150x150Anji has an undeniable love for child custody cases and is exceptionally interested in helping the children that are frequently caught in the middle of ugly divorce settlements or court cases. This no doubt stems from her previous involvement as a JPO and the fact that she is a very proud mother of four children.

According to Anji, being a good private investigator requires more than just experience and skills. It also requires a true passion for investigation, a personal interest in each client’s case, and a fierce tenacity. This is precisely what has fueled Anji’s success as well as the success of She Spies Private Eye, Inc.

Program about Short Fiction Nov. 20

On November 20, Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter will meet at the Yarborough Library at 2 p.m. Please note that we will be meeting on the third Sunday of the month instead of the second Sunday because of a library scheduling conflict.

We will present a program about short fiction: crime fiction anthologies, short stories, markets for short story submission in the mystery vein. There will be readings from short stories and tales of personal experiences with writing short fiction. Crime novels get the most attention, but short crime fiction is an art form, first established by Edgar Allan Poe.

Officer Nominations

Sisters in Crime Members: If you want to nominate someone for a 2017 officer position, you may nominate them from the floor at the end of the meeting on Oct. 9. The nominee must be a member in good standing with both local and national SINC dues paid up.

If you have not yet paid your 2016 dues, please pay them before 2017.

If you have lapsed in your Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas membership, please reapply to be a member, pay your local dues, and join the national Sisters in Crime.

Please contact Gale Albright with any questions/concerns at gale.albright@yahoo.com

Texas Book Festival Nov. 5-6

Please note that the Texas Book Festival will run from Nov. 5-6. Our Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter will have a display table there to showcase our local chapter authors. Come on by and buy a book.

More information to come.

Miles Arceneaux on Sept. 11

 

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Miles Arceneaux, who writes “Gulf Coast Noir,” will be guest speaker at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Drive in Austin.

Arceneaux is composed of three different people: Brent Douglass, James Dennis, and John Davis. The trio has written four mystery novels: Thin Slice of Life, LaSalle’s Ghost, Ransom Island, and North Beach.

Of Miles’ debut novel, Thin Slice of Life, Kirkus Reviews said: “An engaging crime caper. This book hits the mark.” The Girlfriends Book Club said, “The big difference between this and other thrillers is the telling. Rather than a slick commercial page-turner, this book is an original, one-of-a-kind, locally grown, artisanal, take-your-time work of imagination.”

The second book involves a modern retelling of the story of LaSalle’s ill-fated expedition into Texas. Mysteries Galore Book Reviews wrote: “The author has captured the Texas Gulf Coast area color perfectly.” The San Antonio Express News said: “Arceneaux creates a savory bouillabaisse of characters…and stews them brilliantly on a fire of excellent historical research and Gulf Coast social savvy.”

Miles’ third book, Ransom Island, explores the Texas Coast during the 1950s. Mystery People named Miles among the top five authors of 2014, and the San Antonio Express News said Ransom Island was among the most memorable books of the year. The Dallas Morning News said, “A seamless, atmospheric and sardonic comic thriller.”

The fourth novel, North Beach, has been called a “great read” by one reviewer, and the San Antonio Express News called it an “artful coming of age story.” Texas Reads called Miles Arceneaux one of (or three of) my favorite authors and described North Beach as a fast-paced mystery novel.

Topics to be covered at the meeting are:

1.       Sense of place (why the Texas Gulf Coast)

2.       Verisimilitude (the land, the sea, the characters, etc.) and how to make it work for you

3.       Historical settings (how to use people, places and events and strategies for avoiding getting sued)

4.       Collaboration (why in the name of all that is holy would you do that?)

5.       Writing a series (prequels, sequels and writing about characters at various time points).

Elections for officers coming up

We will soon have Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas elections for 2017 0fficers. This year, we must elect both a president and a vice president, as well as other officers. George Wier, our current vice president, will be unable to step into the presidential slot because of work commitments. Please think about becoming an officer and serving our local chapter. Please think about members to nominate for officer positions.

 

 

 

 

DIANE VALLERE HERE ON AUGUST 14

Diane Vallere Author small (2)Diane Vallere, national vice president of Sisters in Crime, will be the guest speaker at our Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 14 at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Dr. in Austin.

Vallere’s newest mystery is Silk Stalkings. She is on a book tour and we are fortunate to have her as our guest presenter.

Please make sure you have August 14 penciled in your date books. Vallere will talk about how to write mysteries.

Afterward, we will adjourn to La Mancha (across the street from the library) to celebrate her visit. Please join us.

 

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Sisters Need Volunteers for Texas Book Festival

Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter needs volunteers to run the display table at the Texas Book Festival, November 5 – 6. We need published authors in our chapter to step up and sell their books.

Please click on the link below to find out how to help our chapter.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0F45ADA62C7-heart

Laura Oles is Killer Nashville Finalist

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Laura Oles’ new mystery novel, Daughters of Bad Men, will be published by Red Adept. She has also been nominated as a Claymore Award finalist for the upcoming Killer Nashville conference (August 18 – 21).  Oles is a member of Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter and Austin Mystery Writers. Congratulations, Laura.

 

Noreen Cedeno Finalist at ETWG

The East Texas Writers Guild is pleased to announce that For the Children’s Sake, a novel by Noreen Cedeno, was named a finalist in the Mystery/Thriller category of published books in its annual First Chapter Contest. Noreen Cedeno is a member of Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter. Congratulations, Noreen.

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July 2016

CELEBRATING CHAPTER AUTHORS

At our July 10 meeting, several authors who are members of the Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter will be featured in a panel discussion on mystery writing.(Featured clockwise are Martha Carr, Noreen Cedeno, Francine Paino, and Doris Christian.)

Martha color 112214NMCedenoMartha Carr is the author of five books and has written a weekly, nationally syndicated column on politics, faith, national interest topics and life in general. Her newest in the Wallis Jones series is The Keeper.

Noreen Cedeno is the author of short stories and novels. According to Noreen, “Most of my writing falls under the category of mystery fiction.  Some…are mysteries set in the near future.  Some are set in the present.    Some are traditional mysteries.  Others are closer to romantic suspense….all over the mystery genre map.”

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Doris Christian (who writes as Sara Caudell) wrote poetry as a stress reliever and then discovered that her talent and passion was for writing.  In 2002, she published her first novel.  Now retired, after fifteen years in the medical field, she has time to write those “page turner stories.”

Francine Paino has spent most of her life in the ballet world.  She worked with several schools and dance companies as a nurse.  She believes that both format and informal education is ongoing through life, and she holds certificates of completion in Grant Writing and Constitution 101. To Live and Die for Dance is Ms. Paino’s first novel and winner of a 2011 Purple Dragonfly Book Award, as well as Honorary Mention in the Hollywood Book Festival and Millennium Book Contest.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive, Austin.

Check out the Sisters in Crime website at http://sinc-heartoftexas.com

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June 2016

David Ciambrone talks poison

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Photo of an old laboratory with a lot of bottles and dirt

Tired of the same old guns, hatchets, sabers, bayonets, and bombs? Try poison to knock off your victims–only on the printed page, of course.

David Ciambrone, scientist, mystery writer, and treasurer of Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter, will present an in-depth program on poisons for your edification at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Dr. in Austin.

Ciambrone is the author of Poisons Handbook for Mystery Writers. He said, “This book is targeted for mystery writers as a reference and guide to poisons that the average criminal or person could obtain and not leave a trail back to him or her.” Ready to take notes?

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Eugenia Parrish has new book release

Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas chapter member Eugenia Parrish’s latest release is A Cold Blue Killing. To order, please go to https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Blue-Killing-Sue%C3%B1o-Files-ebook/dp/B01GBXZWUW?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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Sisters in Crime Mystery panel on July 10

Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas authors will be featured in a panel discussion on mystery writing at 2 p.m. Sunday,  July 10, at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Dr. Featured authors are Martha Carr, Noreen Cedeno, Doris Christian, and Francine Paino.