SISTERS IN CRIME/LA August 2020 Meeting Recap

On August 2nd, 2020, Sisters in Crime/LA met virtually via Zoom.

 

Featured Speaker
Toby Neal

 

Award-winning, USA Today bestselling social worker turned author Toby Neal grew up on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Neal is a mental health therapist, a career that has informed the depth and complexity of the characters in her stories.

Neal’s Paradise Crime Mysteries, starring multicultural detective Lei Texeira, explore the crimes and issues of Hawaii from the bottom of the ocean to the top of volcanoes. Spinoff Paradise Crime Thrillers, with Lei’s friend Sophie, features a tech sleuth with a mean left hook and an ongoing vigilante justice manhunt.

Neal’s also written the romance thriller Scorch Series (with Emily Kimelman) and her own Somewhere Series romances under Toby Jane.

Toby’s memoir, Freckled: a Memoir of Growing Up Wild in Hawaii, has been widely praised. Kirkus calls Freckled, “an affecting and riveting chronicle…in a Hawaii long lost.” She writes memoir under TW Neal.
See her work at:  Home – Toby Neal

 

 

Featured Reader
Henry Forman aka Jordan Hanks

 

Henry Jay Forman is an emeritus professor at the University of Southern California and University of California at Merced. Dr. Forman is an award-winning scientist with over two hundred scientific publications, and editor of a scientific journal. He uses the pen name Jordan Hanks to write mystery novels that are based in the world of biomedical science, the first being “The Death of Death.” This will be part of a series in which the lead characters are Cindy Firestone, a police detective turned private investigator and her husband, FBI agent, former forensic pathologist, Steve Jude.

Sisters in Crime LA Member Appearances and News – August 2020

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

Craig Faustus Buck‘s “2 is For Taboo”, “Cuppa Joe” and “Heavy Debt”, have all been accepted for reprint in the 2020 BOULD Awards Anthology, which will be published in late November.

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Tori Eldridge‘s book, THE NINJA DAUGHTER,  is a Macavity Award nominee for Best First Mystery. Tori’s debut novel was also nominated for an Anthony Award (Best First Novel) and a Lefty Award (Best Debut Mystery). Her next book in the Lily Wong series, THE NINJA’S BLADE, releases September 1st!

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Sheila Lowe spent 3 hours in front of a camera for Burden of Proof, a documentary to be aired on HBO this fall. She figures that will get her about 30 seconds of screen time. The show is about a 1987 cold case where a 15 year old girl disappeared, leaving some mysterious handwriting.

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Gary Phillips has a short story, “High Sheriff Blues” in Low Down Dirty Vote II, profits from sales to go to the Southern Poverty Law Center to fight voter suppression and another, the Twilight Zone influenced “No Room! No Room!” in Stop the World: Snapshots from a Pandemic. Those profits to benefit a charity as well.

SISTERS IN CRIME/LA July 2020 Meeting Recap

On July 12th, 2020, from 2 to 4 pm, Sisters in Crime/LA met on Zoom.

 

Featured Reader
Ellen Byron

Ellen read from the opening of her new book, MURDER IN THE BAYOU BONEYARD.

Ellen’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty awards for Best Humorous Mystery. Her new Catering Hall Mystery series, written as Maria DiRico, launched with Here Comes the Body and was inspired by her real life. She’s an award-winning playwright and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like WINGS, JUST SHOOT ME, and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS. But she considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart.

 

Featured Speaker
Kathy Reichs

Photo by Marie-Reine Mattera

 

In an interview with Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles Chapter Speakers Bureau Director August Norman, Kathy discussed her career as a forensic anthropologist, common mistakes crime writers make when dealing with forensics, her journey from aspiring writer to best-selling author, and her 19th installment in the Temperance Brennan series, A Conspiracy of Bones.  Questions were then taken from the audience as time permitted.

Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her other Temperance Brennan books include Death du Jour, Deadly Décisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, Bones to Ashes, Devil Bones, 206 Bones, Spider Bones, Flash and Bones, Bones Are Forever, Bones of the Lost, Bones Never Lie, Speaking in Bones and the Temperance Brennan short story collection, The Bone Collection.   In addition, Kathy co-authored the Virals young adult series with her son, Brendan Reichs. The best-selling titles are: Virals, Seizure, Code, ExposureTerminal, and the novella collection Trace Evidence. The series follows the adventures of Temperance Brennan’s great niece, Tory Brennan.  Dr. Reichs’ latest novel, Two Nights, was released July 11 and features Sunday Night, a tough-talking, scarred heroine.  Dr. Reichs was also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.

From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerizing forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina and to the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Dr. Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC (Formerly CILHI) she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Reichs also assisted in the recovery of remains at the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Dr. Reichs is one of only 100 forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Dr. Reichs is a native of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte, NC and Montreal, Québec.

 

Sisters in Crime LA Member Appearances and News – July 2020

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

Tori Eldridge, debut author of THE NINJA DAUGHTER and upcoming THE NINJA’S BLADE (out 9/1/20), appears in three video events for Virtual Thrillerfest XV July 6-14.

  • ITW Author Videos – “Action Thrillers: Driving the Pace and Keeping It Real” with Award-Winning Authors Karen Dionne, K.J. Howe, Zoë Sharp, and Tori Eldridge (July 8-10, free to view)
  • Debut Author Presentation (July 11, 12pm EDT, free to view)
  • Mega Craftfest Conversation with #1 International Bestselling Author Karen Dionne (July 6-10, registration required)

Tori Eldridge—author and former actress of Broadway, television, and film—performs her action-thriller short story “Tough as Stone” for The Poisoned Pen, the first chapter of THE NINJA DAUGHTER for Vroman’s Bookstore, and two excerpts from her debut novel for Book Soup!

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Glen Erik Hamilton will join national bestsellers Jeff Abbott and Ellison Cooper in a Facebook Live event, July 14 at 6:00pm with Poisoned Pen, as part of book tour for Glen’s fifth Van Shaw thriller A DANGEROUS BREED.

Details and more of Glen’s upcoming appearances at:
glenerikhamilton.com/events.

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Shannon Muir‘s mystery/action backlist of short stories are featured in the charity volume WHO’S WHO IN NEW PULP, with all proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It is a directory of 222 authors, artists, editors and reviewers in the “new pulp” movement, writing tales today that evoke the styles of the mystery and action pulps of old. This title is currently available from Amazon.

SISTERS IN CRIME/LA June 2020 Meeting Recap

On June 7th, 2020, from 2 to 4 pm, Sisters in Crime/LA met on Zoom.

 

Featured Reader

Paula Bernstein

Paula Bernstein began her career with a PhD in Chemistry from Caltech. After several years of research, she escaped from her lab and went to medical school. Like the heroine of her medical mystery series, Hannah Kline, Paula has spent most of her professional life practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology in Los Angeles. After retiring from her full time practice, Paula unearthed all the first drafts she’d written over many years, found a great editor, and published the Hannah Kline Mysteries; Murder in the Family, Murder by Lethal Injection, Murder at a Private School, Murder in the Goldilocks Zone, Murder In Vitro and Murder on her Honeymoon. Her newest Hannah Kline novel, Murder is a Nightmare, will be published this year.  Her short story, On Call for Murder, a Hannah Kline prequel, was published in the Sisters in Crime 2017 Anthology, LAst Resort.

Featured Speaker

Lori Rader-Day

She talked about writing suspense and her newest novel, The Lucky One.

Lori Rader-Day is the Edgar Award-nominated and Anthony Award- and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Under a Dark SkyThe Day I DiedLittle Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She co-chairs the mystery conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and serves as the national president of Sisters in Crime. Her new book is The Lucky One, set in a true-crime amateur online sleuth community.

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

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

Shea E. Butler’s short story, “Do Not Go Gently,” became available 5/17/20  in Black Veins Anthology (published by The Great Void) on Amazon for Kindle.  Paperback publishing date summer 2020. Link: getbook.at/blackveins

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Tori Eldridge, debut author of THE NINJA DAUGHTER and upcoming THE NINJA’S BLADE (out 9/1/20), appears in three video events for Virtual Thrillerfest XV July 6-14.

  • ITW Author Videos – “Action Thrillers: Driving the Pace and Keeping It Real” with Award-Winning Authors Karen Dionne, K.J. Howe, Zoë Sharp, and Tori Eldridge (July 8-10, free to view)
  • Debut Author Presentation (July 11, 12pm EDT, free to view)
  • Mega Craftfest Conversation with #1 International Bestselling Author Karen Dionne (July 6-10, registration required)

Tori Eldridge—author and former actress of Broadway, television, and film—performs her action-thriller short story “Tough as Stone” for The Poisoned Pen, the first chapter of THE NINJA DAUGHTER for Vroman’s Bookstore, and two excerpts from her debut novel for Book Soup!

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Gay Toltl Kinman‘s Close Encounters” is the second in the four-part Death in San Antonio Mystery Short Stories series, just released from Mysterious Women.  Brooke needs a new partner for her P.I. agency, but in the meantime she works with two other P.I. agencies on missing dog cases. They bait a trap for the dognapper—and Brooke has a close encounter with death.

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Dennis Palumbo did an interview with Writers Guild newsletter about how writers are dealing with the quarantine.

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.

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