Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Sisters in Crime Chapter

Affiliate Event – August 13, 2022 – Sisters in Crime Grand Canyon Writers

Tips From a Pro! Write Great Stories and Build YOUR Success, in Today’s Marketplace! with Patricia Sargeant
Hosted by Sisters in Crime Grand Canyon Writers
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022

Time: 10:30 am – noon PDT

National best-selling, award-winning author of more than 20 novels, PATRICIA SARGEANT will discuss how she writes multiple genres, earns critical praise, captivates readers and consistently delivers a “great read”.


Patricia Sargeant

Please click HERE for more information, the start time in your time zone, and to register for the AUGUST 13th meeting with PATRICIA SARGEANT!

SINCLA – What’s New – August 2022 Updated

There are a couple more Claymore Finalists to report.

Mary Keenan is a finalist in the Best Mystery Category for “The Cost of a Quiet Life.”

Sheila Sobel is a finalist in the Juvenile/YA category for “Proms Can Be Murder.”

Good luck to both!

SINCLA – What’s New – August 2022


Calls for Submission
New Releases
Awards and Nominations
Author Appearances
Conferences, Festivals & Fairs
Free Webinars & Other Programs
and More!

New Releases !

The latest anthology from Akashic Books, SOUTH CENTRAL NOIR, edited by Gary Phillips, drops Sept. 3. It features stories by members Désirée ZamoranoNaomi Hirahara, Jeri Westerson, and Phillips.

Publishers Weekly said this: “The 14 tales in this strong entry in Akashic’s noir series focus on the robust past and present of one of the most notorious areas not just in Southern California but the country . . . Phillips and his contributors dig deep, presenting a rich tapestry of stories varied in tone and perspective.”

Order here:


Due out August 30, Gigi Pandian’s latest in the Accidental Alchemist series:

When Zoe Faust sees the ghost of a murdered young woman, is it really a spirit—or a flesh and blood woman who stopped aging because she’s a fellow alchemist? When the newly-appeared ghost turns dangerous, Zoe teams up with her gargoyle roommate Dorian to unmask the supposed specter.


Coming soon from Pegasus Books: HAUNTED TALES, co-edited by our members Lisa Morton, six-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and Leslie S. Klinger, renowned authority on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein, HP Lovecraft, etc. In this new volume, award-winning anthologists Klinger and Morton present an eclectic collection of ghosty tales certain to haunt the reader long past the closing page.

Pre-Order at Dark Delicacies Bookstore:
or at Amazon
or at Mysterious Galaxy:


Coming on October 1: Sheila Lowe’s newest novel, THE LAST DOOR.
When identical twins inherit a Victorian mansion from a stranger, the bequest changes everything they knew about their past.

It’s # 3 in her Beyond the Veil series. You can pre-order it here:


Now available: short fiction by Gay Toltl Kinman:

A gunman attacks at the airport. Some lives are lost; some are changed forever in this collection of seven short stories.

Out now in the children’s fiction category: the story of three kids who get in over their heads when they form a detective agency to find out who is pulling pranks at the ranch.

Originally published as “The Third Act” in Death by Cupcake, edited by Jess Faraday (Elm Books 2022), CUPCAKE is now a single on Kindle. Definitely not your mother’s recipe!!

Awards and Nominations

Three of our members’ works in progress are FINALISTS in the competition for the
2022 Killer Nashville Claymore Award:

Laurie Stevens‘s THE RETURN is a finalist in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category
Lori Dillman‘s TO FREE A PANTHER is a finalist  in the Thriller category
Michelle Rodenborn’s SCREAM AT CENTER RING, is a contender for the award in the Thriller category.

GOOD LUCK to all!

Hot Off The Press!

Jennifer J. Chow’s DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA, the first book in her L.A. Night Market Mystery series, got reviewed in the New York Times and hit the SoCal Indie Bestseller List!

Dennis Palumbo will serve as Consulting Producer on the upcoming Hulu suspense series THE PATIENT, from the creative team behind THE AMERICANS. The new limited series premieres on August 30th and deals with a therapist (played by Steve Carell) who’s held hostage by a serial killer desperate to be cured of his homicidal urges.

Conferences, Festivals and Fairs

Aug 4-7  Pittsburg PA

Mystery Writers Conference
Aug 5 – 7  Corte Madera CA

Killer Nashville
Aug 18-21  Franklin TN

Sept 8-11  Minneapolis MN
Note – Scholarships are available

Upcoming Webinars
Other Online Resources

1) The Nor Cal chapter of SinC invites SinC members to Behind CSI: Mythbusting Forensics in Movies and TV on August 6 from 12 – 2. Speaker Melissa Kreikemeier is a forensic scientist with 7 years experience in a state crime lab and 3 years teaching forensics abroad. Learn what to avoid and what to include in your work. See her website — and register for this program:

2) Do you want to Present Like a Pro for Media, Blogs, Panels & Readings? Then attend this SinC (national) webinar on August 9 at 4 pm PDT. “Does the prospect of doing a media interview or being on an authors’ panel terrify you? Do you crave more eyes on your blogs or yearn to transform yourself into an extrovert to sell books? Do you want to be more effective in presenting yourself (and your book) to the world? Communications pro Pat Remick will share tips and tricks for mastering a variety of opportunities and formats that can help ensure success for you and your book(s).”

3) Lisa Unger, NYT Bestselling mystery and thriller author, will join the Citrus Crime Writers chapter on Sunday, August 14 at 2:00 p.m. EASTERN via Zoom. Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of twenty novels, including one now in development at Netflix starring Jessica Alba. With books published in thirty-one languages and millions of copies sold worldwide, Unger is regarded as a master of suspense. Email the chapter for the Zoom link:
[email protected] .

4) Wendall Thomas, who teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, will offer a six-hour Zoom webinar on “Writing Great Sequences for Film and Television,” from 10am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday August 27/28.
Go to the Private Classes pages on her website for a course description and contact info for registration:

5) Bruce Holsinger, author and literary scholar, will speak on Saturday August 13 at 11 am to the Coastal Cruisers chapter of SinC. You are invited to Join by Zoom (link below). Bruce is the author of the USA Today and Los Angeles Times-bestselling novel The Gifted School, named one of the Best Books of 2019 by NPR. The novel is currently in development as a TV series with NBC/Universal Television.

6) Jane Friedman has several upcoming webinars at $25 each.
August 4: “Research Agents & Publishers Like A Pro.”
August 18: “I Need A Platform Pronto!”
August 24: “Mastering Suspense & Tension”
Jane has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers.

7) Check out Jane Cleland’s monthly FREE webinars. Jane is a teacher and crime writer, a winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Her how-to book, Mastering Plot Twists, is a classic.

Free to Sisters in Crime Members


Affiliate Event – August 13, 2022 – Coastal Cruisers SinC

A Conversation with Author Bruce Holsinger
Hosted by Coastal Cruisers SinC
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022, hybrid meeting

Time: 11:oo-1:00 pm PDT

LOCATION: The Sports Basement, 1177 Kern Ave, Sunnyvale, CA

To register for attending in person, please let us know you’re coming at [email protected]
To register for Zoom, use this link:


Bruce Holsinger

Bruce Holsinger, Historical and contemporary author and literary scholar, will speak to us in this special August meeting—for our first in-person meeting, post pandemic.

Bruce is the author of the USA Today and Los Angeles Times-bestselling novel The Gifted School, named one of the Best Books of 2019 by NPR. The novel is currently in development as a TV series with NBC/Universal Television. Bruce is also the author of two award-winning historical novels: A Burnable Book and The Invention of Fire. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, Slate, and many other publications.

Directions to Sports Basement:

Affiliate Event – August 6, 2022 – SinC NorCal

Behind CSI: Myth Busting Forensics in Movies and TV
Hosted by the NorCal chapter via Zoom
Saturday, August 6, 2022

12:00 -2:00 PM Pacific

Register at EventBrite:

Affiliate Event – August 14, 2022 – Citrus Crime Writers

A Conversation with Lisa Unger
Hosted by the Citrus Crime Writers
Sunday, August 14, 2022

2:00 PM Eastern

Lisa Unger, a Florida resident and NYT Bestselling mystery and thriller author will join the Citrus Crime Writers chapter on Sunday, August 14 at 2:00 p.m. EASTERN via Zoom.

You are invited to join us. Please email for the Zoom link: [email protected]

Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of twenty novels, including SECLUDED CABIN SLEEPS SIX (coming Nov 8, 2022), LAST GIRL GHOSTED, and CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45 — now in development at Netflix, starring Jessica Alba. With books published in thirty-one languages and millions of copies sold worldwide, she is regarded as a master of suspense.

Unger’s critically acclaimed novels have been featured on “Best Book” lists from the Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, People, Amazon, Goodreads, L.A. Times, The Boston Globe, Sun Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times and many others. She has been nominated for, or won, numerous awards including the Strand Critics, Audie, Hammett, Macavity, ITW Thriller, and Goodreads Choice. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few authors, including Agatha Christie. Her short fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Mystery and Suspense, and her non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. Lisa is the current co-President of the International Thriller Writers organization. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her family.


Speakers Bureau event – October 5, 2022 Camarillo

October 5, 2022
Camarillo Public Library
4101 Las Posas Rd.
Camarillo, CA
4 p.m.

The Writing Journey: Authors Discuss the Writing and Publishing Process

Sisters in Crime L.A. members Mary Marks, Dorothy Howell, Judith Ayn, Lida Sideris, Matt Coyle and moderator Anne Louise Bannon will share their writing and publishing expertise.

Speakers Bureau event – July 21, 2022

July 21, 2022
Studio City Library
Via Zoom; 6 p.m.

Mystery on the Menu: SinCLA Authors Discuss All Things Mystery

On Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 5p.m., the Studio City Library will host a Zoom panel of SinCLA authors who will discuss the mystery writing process. The featured authors are Beverly Graf, Linda O Johnston, Paula Bernstein, Ellen Byron, August Norman ,and moderator Jacqueline Vick.

To join the Zoom event, click the link below to register:

Affiliate Event – July 16, 2022 – Coastal Cruisers “Managing Your Empire: Going Wide”

Coastal Cruisers Sisters in Crime chapter presents:
“Managing Your Empire: Going Wide”
With Shelley Adina
Saturday, July 16, 2022
10:30am to 12:00pm
Pacific Daylight Time

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Shelley Adina

Indie authors have lots of choice in publishing, but one decision has to be made early: Do I go all in on Amazon Kindle Unlimited or do I go wide? And if I choose the second, how do I manage it? Author of more than 50 indie and traditionally published novels, Shelley Adina has done both and believes that going wide can be a prudent and profitable choice. In this workshop she’ll discuss:
— Uploading wide: Make metadata work on all the retailers
— Launching wide: Give your book the best chance of success
— Reaching wide: Capture and keep your readers

Shelley Adina is the author of more than 50 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, Hachette, and Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk adventure and mystery as Shelley Adina; as Charlotte Henry, writes classic Regency romance; and as Adina Senft, is the USA Today bestselling author of Amish women’s fiction. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in the UK, won RWA’s RITA Award® in 2005, and was a finalist in 2006. She appeared in the 2016 documentary film Love Between the Covers, is a popular speaker and convention panelist, and has been a guest on many podcasts, including Worldshapers and Realm of Books. When she’s not writing, Shelley is usually quilting, sewing historical costumes, or enjoying the garden with her flock of rescued chickens. Find her at

Register in advance for this meeting:

Affiliate Event – July 16, 2022 – Palmetto Chap & SE Mystery Writers

A Virtual Event Featuring 10 Fabulous Authors
Saturday, July 16, 2022
Cost $8
starting at 7:30 a.m. PST (see below for more details)
Presented by the
Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime and Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America

For the third year, we’re holding our Mystery in the Midlands as a virtual event on Saturday, July 16, 2022. The event, jointly sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and the Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime, features 10 award-winning authors. Registrants may watch the broadcast or view the recording later (or both). All for the cost of an electronic or paperback book: $8.

Our goal was to provide an affordable conference for all those who either could not afford to attend more expensive in-person events or who may hesitate to go to large gatherings while Covid and its variants are still with us. We want to facilitate readers and writers getting to hear from great writers about their work.

Question: Where do you have the opportunity to spend 4 and ½ hours with award- winning mystery and suspense novelists all for the cost of a single e-book or paperback?

Answer: Mystery in the Midlands (hosted by Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime and Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America), which began as a mid-summer conference in “Famously Hot” Columbia, S.C. For the third year, this is a virtual event through Crowdcast.

Link to register:

If you are not able to attend virtually on the day of the event, by registering, you can access the recorded panels at your leisure.

Here’s the schedule:

Raise the Temperature with a Warm Welcome
10:30-10:45 am ET/9:30-9:45 am CT/8:30-8:45 am MT/7:30-7:45 am PT
Dana Kaye, Lynn C. Willis President of SEMWA, and Carla Damron President of Palmetto Chapter SinC

Shorts that Pack Heat
11:00-11:45 am ET/10:00-10:45 am CT/9:00-9:45 am MT/8:00-8:45 am PT
Alan Orloff, Shawn Reilly Simmons, and Joseph S. Walker

Sizzling Keynote
12:00-12:45 pm ET/11:00-11:45 am CT/10:00-10:45 am MT/9:00-9:45 am PT
David Heska Wanbli Weiden interviewed by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Served Piping Hot: Cozies with Recipes
1:00-1:45 pm ET/12:00-12:45 pm CT/11:00-11:45 am MT/10:00-10:45 am PT
Daryl Wood Gerber, Raquel V. Reyes, and Abby L. Vandiver

Sweltering Settings and Suspense
2:00-2:45 pm ET/1:00-1:45 pm CT/12:00-12:45 pm MT/11:00-11:45 am PT
Hallie Ephron, John Hart, and Hank Phillippi Ryan

Final Comments Before Cooling Off in the Pool
3:00-3:15 pm ET/2:00-2:15 pm CT/1:00-1:15 pm MT/12:00-12:15 pm PT
Dana Kaye, Lynn C. Willis President of SEMWA, and Carla Damron President of Palmetto Chapter SinC

What better way to beat the June heat than to spend the time in a lovely air-conditioned room listening to great authors talk about writing? Bring your beverage of choice and join us!

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