The Los Angeles Sisters in Crime Chapter

Category: Upcoming Meetings

April Hybrid meeting! Come join us April 3rd,

Join SinC/LA for the
April 3rd, 2022 Hybrid Meeting
DATE: Sunday, April 3rd, 2022

NETWORKING
2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

MEETING
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We are thrilled to announce that, for the first time since the pandemic, we will be meeting in person at our new venue,

The Hollywood Women’s Club.

Members who can’t make the in person meeting are welcome to join us on Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting:

If you wish to participate by Zoom, use this link.
https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElf–tqjoiH9UYOnvBbZn-o0K2tM6h_mBs

If you are coming in person, please send an email to [email protected] so we know how many to expect.

Location: The Hollywood Women’s Club
1749 N. La Brea Ave. (just South of Franklin)
Los Angeles CA 90046
Parking: The club has its own parking lot, which we are welcome to use. Enter using the driveway just South of the building.
Entry: The club does not use the front entrance. Please enter the side door from the driveway. Our meeting room is the lounge.

Covid Precautions:

Although LA County has relaxed its indoor masking requirements, we want everyone to feel safe and comfortable, and no one to get sick. We will be requiring proof of vaccination at entry and ask that you wear a mask during the meeting unless you are a speaker. We continue to follow the case counts and will revise our requirements when indicated.

Featured Speaker

Dennis Palumbo

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Dennis Palumbo

Dennis Palumbo's Panic Attack book cover image

Writer’s Block: What it Means—and What it Doesn’t

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is a licensed psychotherapist and author. His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press). His series of award-winning mystery thrillers (Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors, Phantom Limb, Head Wounds, and the latest, Panic Attack) feature Daniel Rinaldi, a psychologist and trauma expert who consults with the Pittsburgh Police.

About Panic Attack: Psychologist Daniel Rinaldi is no stranger to trauma. A survivor of not one, but two attempts on his life by a deranged killer, the therapist also counsels trauma patients in his private practice, and contracts with the Pittsburgh Police to help victims of violent crime cope with their experience.

For more information about Dennis Palumbo, visit www.dennispalumbo.com


Readers: HJ & Alexia Forman

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Readers: HJ Forman (our Corresponding Secretary, Henry Jay) was born and raised in New York City. In the latter part of a long and successful career as an award-winning academic biomedical scientist, he began writing mysteries. He is willing to admit that a small percentage of the inhabitants of academia are unworthy of admiration.

Alexia Forman, a proud Philadelphian, went from painting pictures with oils to painting them with words. In her long history as an academic librarian, she also discovered how academia mirrors the rest of society.
The Formans live in Southern California. They have one daughter of whom they are extremely proud and a tiny Yorkshire Terrier who is delighted to be the only real character in the book.

HJ and Alexia Forman's book cover Toxic Vengeance

In Toxic Vengeance, bodies of respected, highly educated men and women are dropping in different parts of the country. Why are all the victims poisoned even when they die by different means? It takes fiery redhead police detective Cindy Firestone from a Washington, D.C. suburb to spot a connection. She brings the case to the attention of FBI Special Agent Steve Jude, who recognizes her intelligence and enjoys her packaging. Together, they investigate the many suspects and learn about the world of academic science, which most outsiders assume to be sedate. How wrong is that!

Sisters in Crime LA What’s New – March 2022

WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH
MARCH 2022


CALLS FOR SUBMISSION:

1) The Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime announces its 2023 anthology, “Entertainment To Die For.” Submissions open March 1 and close May 31, 2022. The judges of this blind contest will consider stories up to 7500 words in any sub-genre of crime. Guidelines will appear here soon:
https://www.sistersincrimela.com/anthologies/

2) Partners In Crime, the San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime, seeks stories of up to 5000 words for its 2023 short story collection, “Crime Under The Sun.”
The deadline is 6/15/22.
https://sistersincrimesd.org

3) The International Crime Writers Association (CAA) is accepting submissions of traditional mystery short stories for its 2022 Margery Allingham Prize until February 28 https://thecwa.co.uk/news/hunt-for-the-margery-allingham-short-mystery-prize-winner-2022

4) New Arc Books, an imprint of Level Best Books, is actively seeking new
novel-length fiction in the categories of Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Literary Fiction, Romantic Suspense, etc.
https://leelofland.com/new-arc-books-is-open-for-submissions/

5) Tempered Tales Magazine, a paid outlet, will be open to short story (up to 1500 words) submissions on the theme of “Medusa” between March 1 and March 15, 2022
https://duotrope.com/listing/33823/tempered-tales-magazine

6) Bouchercon’s 2023 anthology, tentatively titled “Peril Under The Palms” is open for submissions. The deadline is October 15, 2022
https://bouchercon2023.com/anthology/

7) The Writer’s Digest 91st Annual Writing Competition is now open for submissions. The early bird deadline is May 6, 2022. Winners of the 2021 competition will be announced in the Nov / Dec issue of the magazine. For categories and guidelines, see
https://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST …

8) Sisters in Crime National is accepting applications for the Eleanor Taylor Brand Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award given annually to emerging writers of color in the genre. Deadline: March 31, 2022.
https://www.sistersincrime.org/general/custom.asp?page=EleanorTaylorBland


NEW RELEASES

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An impossible crime. A family legacy. The intrigue of hidden rooms and secret staircases. Known for her wonderfully addictive characters, multiple award-winning author Gigi Pandian introduces her newest heroine in this heartfelt series debut. Under Lock & Skeleton Key layers stunning architecture with mouthwatering food in an ode to classic locked-room mysteries that will leave readers enchanted. Out March 15 from Minotaur Books: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250804983


Out Now!
by our very own Prez,
Paula Bernstein

Murder is a Hate Crime novel cover
https://www.hannahklinemysteries.com


EccentricCircles

Mike Befeler has a short story in the new anthology Eccentric Circles


The Wages of Sin: The ballad of Margie and Dale,” by Joan Renner, appears in The Best New True Crime Stories by Partners in Crime


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Committing Suicide,” a short story by Gay Kinman, appears in the January 2022 edition of the online magazine, King’s River Life.


Lori Dillman’s story “Just One” appears in the Bould Awards Short Story Anthology 2021, Volume 2, available in print and e-book.


BurglariesGayKinman

Gay Kinman’s new short story, The Burglaries, is out on Kindle. The wonderful cover art is the creation of Peggy Chan.


NEW NOMINATIONS

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CONGRATS to Matt Coyle for his Barry Award nomination for Best Novel. His book, Last Redemption, has also been nominated for a Lefty Award. His fellow Barry Award nominees include Michael Connelly, S.A. Crosby, Stephen King, and Naomi Hirarara. (Nice company!) The winner will be announced at the opening of Bouchercon in Minneapolis on September 8, 2022.


Previously Announced Nominations:

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Congrats to Gigi Pandian for her Edgar Award nomination for Best Short Story.
The Locked Room Library” appeared in the July / August issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Edgar awards in this and other categories are given annually by Mystery Writers of America. The winners will be announced at the Edgars Banquet in NYC on April 28. https://edgarawards.com


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Congratulations to Wendall Thomas for her nomination for a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel for her 2021 book, Fogged Off. Winners of Lefty Awards will be announced at the Left Coast Crime convention in Albuquerque in April.


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CONGRATULATIONS to Ellen Byron for her nomination for the Best Contemporary Novel Agatha Award for Cajun Kiss of Death. Her fellow nominees include Louise Penny and Hank Phillippi Ryan. Winners of Agatha Awards will be announced at the Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda in April. The book has also been nominated for a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel.


Mimi Lee Cracks the Code

And we congratulate Jennifer Chow for her nomination for the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel for Mimi Lee Cracks the Code. Winners of Lefty Awards will be announced at the Left Coast Crime convention in Albuquerque in April


Upcoming Webinars and Other Online Resources

1) YOUR WRITING CAREER: PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE
March 5, 2022, 9 am
Free to Sisters in Crime members
Register here:
https://www.sistersincrime.org/events/register.aspx?id=1606894&itemid=3699d4e3-2e5c-4963-9d1b-a70412fb7fd6

This webinar is part of the SinC into Great Writing series. The event will take place on March 5, 2022 at noon ET/11am CT/10am MT/9am PT. The seminar includes three panels: Things I Wish I’d Known: Jennifer J. Chow, Jennifer Hillier, Ausma Zehanat Khan , moderated by Wanda M. Morris Publishing in the Present Tense: Michelle Addo, Jenny Chen, Samantha Fabien, moderated by Kellye Garrett Structures for Success: Gigi Pandian, Alex Segura, moderated by Sandra S.G. Wong

2) “INTELLIGENCE OFFICER TO MYSTERY AUTHOR”
March 3, 2022, 3:30 pm
Free to Sisters in Crime members
https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lcumtrTovGNDfbStK6r9UxplDfgKbv8vk

The March meeting of the Upstate South Carolina chapter will feature guest speaker Carmen Amato, mystery and thriller author, who will talk about her 30 years in the CIA, her police procedural series, and her recent foray into historical fiction. Carmen has traveled the world, surviving multiple earthquakes, a persona-non-grata expulsion, a train derailment, and a Givenchy fashion show. Networking at 3:30 pm pacific time; presentation starts at 4 pm pacific time.

3) SISTERS IN CRIME WEBINAR ARCHIVES
Free to Sisters in Crime Members
https://www.sistersincrime.org/page/webinar-archives

4) JANE FIREDMAN’S WRITING ADVICE ARCHIVES — free
https://www.janefriedman.com/writing-advice-archive/

Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for Writer’s Digest and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World; her newsletter was awarded Media Outlet of the Year in 2020.

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