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SISTERS IN CRIME/LA May 2020 Meeting Recap

On May 3rd, 2020, from 2 to 4 pm, Sisters in Crime/LA held their first official meeting on Zoom.  Members and the public were provided a direct e-mail with an RSVP link, as well as access to the link on the website.

Susan Angard read from the book, ON THE WINGS OF A LION.

Rachel Howzell HallSheila Lowe, and Laurie Stevens – the editors from the previous Sisters in Crime/LA anthology, FATALLY HAUNTED – provided their insights about the anthology process.

 

Tori Eldridge talked about the art of “ninja marketing,” sharing her experiences branding herself as a new author. She also focused on taking advantage of your existing networks of people who share similar interests to yourself, and finding ways to tie that into promoting your works, as part of locating people who can become part of a grassroots marketing team.

Sisters in Crime/LA Member Appearances and News – May 2020

Even though we have “safer at home” order in place here in Los Angeles, that doesn’t mean our members aren’t staying active! Find out where our members in person this coming month (and subsequent months), or where you can find them – or their content – in media outlets such as podcasts or Zoom conferences! Or, maybe you have time on your hands for a good read and there’s something new you should know about!

We’ve consolidated all the “hot off the press”  news to know here – this list is updated throughout the month with last minute additions and changes, so keep checking back!

 

MEMBERS NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mike Befeler has published an uplifting and humorous short story about a boy keeping a journal during the Coronavirus pandemic titled, Coronavirus Daze (released 4/18/20). Tad has a life transforming experience when he makes an unexpected discovery. Get it on Amazon Kindle.

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HERE COMES THE BODY, the first book in the Catering Hall Mysteries, which Ellen Byron is writing under the pen name Maria DiRico, was featured in both Woman’s World and Tea Time magazines.

Catering Hall Mysteries - mariadirico.com

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Sheila Lowe’s latest book, Proof of Life (Beyond the Veil paranormal mysteries), is now out in audiobook. Sheila also has free codes for some of her Forensic Handwriting Mysteries available. Anyone interested in a free code to listen, send a request. First come, first served: [email protected]

Sheila will also be participating in a big book giveaway with many other authors on May 9-10: https://blackbirdwriters.com

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The paperback edition of Man Bags and Malice has just been released. This is the 15th book in the Haley Randolph mystery series written by Dorothy Howell.

Sisters in Crime/LA Member Appearances and News – April 2020

Even though we have “safer at home” order in place here in Los Angeles, that doesn’t mean our members aren’t staying active! Find out where our members in person this coming month (and subsequent months), or where you can find them – or their content – in media outlets! Or, maybe you have time on your hands for a good read and there’s something new you should know about!

This list is updated throughout the month with last minute additions and changes, so keep checking back!


PODCAST APPEARANCES

 

Paul D. Marks is interviewed by Frank Zafiro on the Wrong Place-Write Crime podcast on April 15th.  So after you’re done crying about your taxes, please check it out: http://www.frankzafiro.com/wrong-place-write-crime/

 

 

NEW RELEASES AND OTHER MEMBER NEWS

 

A second printing for HERE COMES THE BODY, the first book in the Catering Hall Mysteries (written by Ellen Byron  under her pseudonym Maria DiRico) was announced two weeks after the book officially launched.

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Don’t miss the 9th book in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, by Daryl Wood Gerber SHREDDING THE EVIDENCE, coming April 21 in trade paperback and e-book.

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Alison McMahan‘s short story (thriller), “Harlem in Havana,” is part of the anthology The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell, edited by Josh Pachter. April 7, 2020 release date from Untreed Reads.

Community Now on Groups.io

We know many of you have been missing our Yahoo!Group, which due to circumstances beyond our control is being phased out.

 

While we’ve been offering you the WordPress community blog as a way to communicate, we are pleased to let you know we are now set up at groups.io, which functions identical to the threaded setup you have known from the Yahoo!Group.

 

If you’re currently a member, join us at groups.io below:


 

If you are not already a member of both the national organization and Sisters in Crime/LA, here’s how to join.

SISTERS IN CRIME/LA March 2020 Meeting Recap

For MARCH 2020, Sisters in Crime/LA met on MARCH 1ST at the THOUSAND OAKS LIBRARY.

The featured reader for the month was Wendall Thomas.

 

Wendall Thomas teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, lectures internationally on screenwriting, and has worked as an entertainment reporter, development executive, script consultant, and film and television writer. Her first Cyd Redondo novel, Lost Luggage, was nominated for the Lefty and Macavity Awards for Best Debut Mystery of 2017 and her second, Drowned Under, has been nominated for a Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery of 2019. Her short fiction appears in the crime anthologies Ladies Night (2015), Last Resort (2017), and Murder-A-Go-Go’s (2019).

 

DROWNED UNDER:

When Brooklyn travel agent Cyd Redondo’s former in-laws go missing on an Australian cruise, she helicopters Down Under, only to stumble over a dead body and a desperate plot to save the world’s last Tasmanian tiger.

MAIN PROGRAM

 

Audiobook: Publishing’s Biggest Bright Spot!

Jessica Kaye

Jessica talked about all facets of production, distribution, and contracting that goes into audiobook product, and trends with this format. Kaye also took questions from audience members about where to seek help in structuring deals; how to ask publishers for clarification on audio rights; and how to find voice and editing talent, should you decide to produce your own audio material.

 

Jessica Kaye is the current president of the SoCal Chapter of MWA, and both a lawyer and a producer/director of audiobooks. Kaye will speak about current trends in audio publishing; how contracts are structured for audio; what you should ask yourself when considering audio for your already-written book or one you plan to write in the future; and what the future of audiobooks holds for mystery, crime, true crime, and thriller genres.

In addition to her duties as president of the local chapter of MWA, Kaye oversees a law practice that runs a gamut of intellectual property issues, from copyright and trademark to negotiating or consulting about publishing contracts and audiobooks. Apropos of that, in 2019, Writer’s Digest Books published her business book, The Guide to Publishing Audiobooks. In 2006, she founded a digital distribution company for audiobooks, the first such company. It is still going and it is called Big Happy Family, LLC (www.bighappyfamilyaudiobooks.com).

Kaye is also on the board of the Audio Publishers Association.

Festival of Books Signing Booth Sign Ups for 2020

Greetings, everyone.

Here is the form to sign up for your opportunity to sign your titles at the upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19.  Slots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, and we will probably have a waiting list – but don’t despair. We often get cancellations.

You may already have heard this news. Many large events are being cancelled because of concern for the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Festival has been rescheduled for the weekend of October 3rd and 4th. 
Sisters in Crime LA will be  keeping its booth and will plan to participate in October.
Those of you who already requested a signing time will be able to use the same day and time in October or will get first choice for any other time that has not been filled. 

Sisters in Crime/LA Member Appearances – March 2020

Here’s where you can see our members in person this coming month (and subsequent months), or where you can find them – or their content – in media outlets! It is updated throughout the month with last minute additions and changes, so keep checking back!


PERSONAL APPEARANCES

 

On Thursday, March 19, Anne Louise Bannon will present a talk on how to write a novel like The Secrets We Kept, at the Pasadena Public Library at 7 p.m. as part of the city’s One City, One Story celebration.

 

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Jennifer Chow (MIMI LEE GETS A CLUE) and Tori Eldridge (THE NINJA DAUGHTER) discuss and sign their books at Book Carnival Bookstore on Saturday, March 21 at 2pm. 348 South Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92866.

Tori Eldridge reads an excerpt of her Lefty Award nominated debut mystery novel, THE NINJA DAUGHTER, at Noir at the Bar on March 29, 7pm at the Mandrake Bar in Los Angeles – 2692 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034.

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Sheila Lowe will speak at the Madonna Inn on March 7th to the Central Coast chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. She will demonstrate how her character, Claudia Rose, analyzes the handwriting of victims and suspects in her Forensic Handwriting series. She’ll also introduce Proof of Life, from her new Beyond the Veil Mysteries.

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On Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 9 pm, Joan Renner  will be interviewed by Dave Schrader on his radio show Midnight in the Desert. To listen live, follow the LINK.

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Laurie Stevens and Jeri Westerson will launch their new releases at Book Carnival (348 S Tustin St, Orange, CA92866) on March 28th at 2 pm. Jeri’s “Moonrisers” kicks off her new werewolf series, and Laurie’s “In Twilight’s Hush” marks the 4th book in her Gabriel McRay series. Both are paranormal, so come prepared for fun, food, & the supernatural. We’d love to see you there!

 

 

 

Sisters in Crime/LA Member Appearances – February 2020

Here’s where you can see our members in person this coming month (and subsequent months), or where you can find them – or their content – in media outlets! It is updated throughout the month with last minute additions and changes, so keep checking back!


PERSONAL APPEARANCES

 

Anne Louise Bannon will join Ellen Byron and Naomi Hirahara for a Valentine’s Tea, put on by the Friends of the Huntington Beach Public Library. The event is at 2 p.m., and reservations are required and can be made here:

https://www.fotlhb.com/programs–special-events_1.html.

The library is at 7111 Talbert Avenue Huntington Beach, CA 92648. You can call the Friends’ book store at (714) 375-8429

 

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SISTERS IN CRIME/LA February 2020 Meeting Recap

For FEBRUARY 2020, Sisters in Crime/LA met on FEBRUARY 9TH at the PASADENA CENTRAL LIBRARY at 285 E. Walnut Street in the Studio on 4th on the 4th Floor.

Our reader for the day was Ellen Byron.

MAIN PROGRAM

The Misdemeanor Prosecution System in the City of Los Angeles

 

with Gita O’Neill, Assistant City Attorney

 

Gita spoke about the misdemeanor prosecution system in the City Of Los Angeles: the court system, crimes that the office sees, nuisance crimes, vice crimes, homeless issues, etc. She also spent a little time covering the various roles in the judicial system, and the role of city agencies as well, with particular emphasis on the homeless as many attendees’ questions focused on this crucial area.

ABOUT OUR GUEST SPEAKER

Assistant City Attorney Gita O’Neill has been with the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney since 1999.  She started doing criminal trials and then was appointed to be one of the first Neighborhood Prosecutors in the innovative Neighborhood Prosecutor Program which placed a prosecutor in every police division in Los Angeles.  She then transitioned the Civil Nuisance Abatement Program where she filed cases against problem property owners whose properties had gang, narcotics, nuisance and vice issues.  Gita then was appointed to be the Supervising Attorney for the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program. She supervised the program as it tripled in size under the current City Attorney, Mike Feuer.  Two year ago she was promoted again to be the first ever Director of Homeless Policies and Strategies for the City Attorney’s Office.  Prior to working at the City Attorney’s office, she worked as an associate in the civil plaintiff’s firm, Girardi and Keese.  Gita attended the University of Santa Clara Law School and completed her undergraduate studies at UC Irvine.

As we’ve previously mentioned, we will NO LONGER MEET AT THE SOUTH PASADENA LIBRARY COMMUNITY ROOM regularly. Also, the Pasadena Library is NOT a new permaent location; a different location will be announced for our March event.

Want to know what’s coming up next for Sisters in Crime/LA in 2020? Keep checking the Meeting Dates page of our website regularly, as meeting locations will vary throughout the year.

Sisters in Crime/LA Member Appearances – January 2020

Here’s where you can see our members in person this coming month (and subsequent months), or where you can find them – or their content – in media outlets! It is updated throughout the month with last minute additions and changes, so keep checking back!


PERSONAL APPEARANCES

 

Matt Coyle will be back out on the road discussing LOST TOMORROWS, the sixth novel of the award winning Rick Cahill series at the following venues: Jan. 7, Vroman’s in Pasadena, Jan. 8, Chaucer’s in Santa Barbara, Jan. 10, Murder by the Book in Houston, Jan. 11, Book People in Austin, Jan. 12 interviewing Lee Goldberg at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, Jan. 15, Book Catapult in San Diego, Jan. 16 Huntington Beach Library, and Jan. 24, San Carlos Library in San Diego.

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Sheila Lowe has been invited to speak at the Hyde Park Library 2205 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles on January 11th at 2:00 pm. She will talk about the handwriting of people in the news, and introduce her new Beyond the Veil series.

 

APPEARANCES IN PRINT

 

Paul D. Marks is interviewed in the January 2020 issue of Digest Enthusiast (available on Amazon). He is also quoted, along with several other writers, in Andrew Welsh-Huggins’ piece “How Local Can You Go?” at EQMM’s Something is Going to Happen. And his article “Writing is a Harsh Mistress” was reprinted by Sandra Murphy at Spawn.

https://www.amazon.com/Digest-Enthusiast-11-Explore-magazines-ebook/dp/B083QQXPWZ

https://somethingisgoingtohappen.net/2020/01/15/how-local-can-you-go-by-andrew-welsh-huggins/

https://spawn.org/writing-is-a-harsh-mistress/

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