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