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.

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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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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.

 

 

 

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.