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New Releases

LESLIE S. KLINGER is pleased to announce the October 18 release of
THE NEW ANNOTATED STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
“This new edition gives the classic tale of depraved murder and unrelenting horror its most complete and illuminating presentation yet.” In hardcover and on Kindle

JOHN EDWARD MULLEN‘s latest historical mystery,
NELL: MARSHAL OF BODIE, is now available.

The first novel by A.D. PRICE is out now on Amazon: AFTER THE BLUE, BLUE RAIN. It’s the first in the Comfort and Company series of mysteries.

The fifth book in DOROTHY HOWELL‘s Haley Randolph mystery series,
TOTE BAGS AND TOE TAGS, comes out on Audio on October 4, ten years after its original release in hardcover.

Joan Renner‘s story, The Lady Vanishes: The Mysterious Disappearance of Jean Spangler, appears in THE BEST NEW TRUE CRIME STORIES: UNSOLVED CRIMES AND MYSTERIES. Edited by Mitzi Szereto, the anthology debuted as the #1 New Release on Amazon. https://amzn.to/3BEeuNS

Gay Toltl Kinman’s short story, Death of a Birder, is now available on Kindle. “A not-so-likeable member of a dedicated birding group is found dead. Murdered by someone in the group from her past? Or in the wrong place at the wrong time?”

Lisa Morton’s novella Halloween Beyond – The Talking-board is one of three novellas in the anthology, HALLOWEEN BEYOND: PIERCING THE VEIL, coming out October 21st from Crystal Lake Publishing. “The novella is about a missing girl, her grieving sister, and a mysterious older woman who may hold the key.”

Awards and Nominations

Congratulations to Naomi Hirahara
for her 2022 Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery for her novel, CLARK AND DIVISION

Author Appearances

Dorothy Howell will sign and discuss her two new releases, SEAMS LIKE MURDER and SHOPT TIL YOU DROP DEAD, at the Camarillo Library on Wednesday, October 5th, at 4:00; at Mystery Ink Bookstore in Huntington Beach on Saturday, October 8th at 1:00; and at the Redondo Beach Library on Saturday, October 22 at 11:00.

Sheila Lowe will be celebrating the release of her new book, THE LAST DOOR (#3 in the Beyond the Veil paranormal suspense series), with an Orange County launch party at Mystery Ink in Huntington Beach on October 1st at 1pm and on Sunday, October 2d at 2 pm at Book Carnival in Orange.

Book Deals

Ellen Byron signed a three-book contract with Kensington Publishing for a new series,
The Golden Motel Mysteries.

Burned-out TV writer Dee Stern quits her job on a Kidz Channel sitcom and buys a rustic motel in a small Gold Rush town at the foot of a national park. When a dead body pops up straddling her property and the park, Dee finds herself out of her element as both a motelier and an amateur sleuth.

Conferences, Festivals & Fairs

Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference
October 20 – 23 Pasadena CA
https://novel.writersdigestconference.com

the 805 Writers Conference and Book Expo
November 5 & 6 Ventura CA
SinC members receive a discount until 9/30/22

Registration is open for the 2023
2023 California Crime Writers Conference
which will be held at the Hilton LA (Culver City) on June 10 and 11, 2023.
Hone your craft
Get a manuscript critique
Learn about marketing
and be entertained by our Guests of Honor,
Deborah Crombie and Rachel Howzell Hall

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New Releases

Dorothy Howell’s latest mystery and 48th book(!) is SEAMS LIKE MURDER, which marks the launch of her Sewing Studio Mystery series. Kensington will release it on September 27th in hardcover, digital, and audio. .”

The latest in GIGI PANDIAN’s Accidental Alchemist series, THE ALCHEMIST OF RIDDLE AND RUIN, is out now.

The third book in Sheila Lowe’s Beyond the Veil series, THE LAST DOOR comes out at the end of the month.

Announcing book #1 of the Jimmy Cooper mystery series: BIG FAT F@!K-UP by Lawrence Allan.

Craig Faustus Buck’s short story “The Shabbos Guy” is included in the new collection,
JEWISH NOIR II: TALES OF CRIMES AND OTHER DARK DEEDS.

Awards and Nominations

Sue Hinkin was named the Writer of the Year for 2021-2022 by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

Naomi Hirahara’s novel, CLARK AND DIVISION, is nominated for the 2022 Anthony Award for Best Novel. The Anthony winner will be announced at Bouchercon on September 10.

Tori Eldrige celebrates her nomination for the 2022 Anthony Award for Best Paperback/eBook/Audiobook for her novel, THE NINJA BETRAYED

Rachel Howzell Hall’s novel, THESE TOXIC THINGS, is also up for the 2022 Anthony Award for Best Novel.

Lawrence Allan won the 2022 Claymore Award for best unpublished manuscript in the Comedy category for his novel, BIG FAT F@#K UP, at Thriller Nashville last month.

Judith Ayn’s prequel novella in her Cheater’s Lake mystery series, MURDER AT THE NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER, was awarded the Certificate of Excellence by the Cat Writer’s Association.

Gigi Pandian’s short story, The Locked Room Library, which appeared in the July /August 2021 edition of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, has been nominated for a 2022 Macavity award.

Author Appearances

http://us06web.zoom.us/j/86508232137

Use the above link to participate in a conversation with Sue Hinkin at the White Tail Coffee Shop on September 17 at 5:30 pm

Sheila Lowe will be celebrating the release of her new book, THE LAST DOOR (#3 in the Beyond the Veil paranormal suspense series), with an Orange County launch party at Mystery Ink in Huntington Beach on October 1st at 1pm

On Sunday, October 2nd, Connie DiMarco will join Sheila Lowe at Book Carnival in Orange at 2pm to discuss her latest Zodiac Mystery, SERPENT’S DOOM.

Book Deals

Ellen Byron signed a new contract with publisher Kensington for the 5th book in her Catering Hall mystery series.

Carl Vonderau has signed with Oceanview Publishing for his next suspense novel, SAVING MYLES, which is due out in August 2023

Programs and Webinars

Free Unless Otherwise Noted

Conferences, Festivals & Fairs

Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference
October 20 – 23 Pasadena CA
https://novel.writersdigestconference.com

the 805 Writers Conference and Book Expo
November 5 & 6 Ventura CA
SinC members receive a discount until 9/30/22

Registration is open for the 2023
2023 California Crime Writers Conference
which will be held at the Hilton LA (Culver City) on June 10 and 11, 2023.
Hone your craft
Get a manuscript critique
Learn about marketing
and be entertained by our Guests of Honor,
Deborah Crombie and Rachel Howzell Hall

Other News

Sisters in Crime is having a world wide 35th anniversary celebration!
DROP IN ANY TIME
10:30 am (EDT) — 3:45 (EDT)
REGISTER HERE to reserve a spot:
https://www.sistersincrime.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1665908&fbclid=IwAR3RqYJrWtHY1udlKXi15GygKwNqJ_l1A4a4KwrxujE3vrdbHxEXbYlXHLo
This member-only event will include:
• A conversation between the first SinC president, Sara Paretsky, and former SinC president, Lori Rader-Day
• A SinC trivia game
• A conversation with other organizations who advocate for writers
• A conversation with SinC grant winners
• Reading of flashword winners
• Showing of SinC at 35 videos
• Spotlight on some of our members
• Socializing

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Calls for Submission

Info on the latest calls for submission will be provided to our members under separate cover.

New Releases

The latest anthology from Akachic Books, SOUTH CENTRAL NOIR, edited by Gary Phillips, drops Sept. 3. It features stories by members Désirée Zamorano, Naomi 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:https://bookshop.org/books/south-central-noir/978163614054

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Due out August 30, Gigi Pandian’s latest in the Accidental Alchemist series:
THE ALCHEMIST OF RIDDLE AND RUIN

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.
https://www.gigipandian.com/the-alchemist-of-riddle-and-ruin?utm
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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: https://www.darkdel.com/store/p2674/Sun%2C_Aug_28th_3_pm%3A_Haunted_Tales_HB.html#/
or at Amazon https://smile.amazon.com/Haunted-Tales-Classic-Stories-Supernatural/dp/1639361979/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1658801018&sr=8-5
or at Mysrius Galaxy: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/book/9781639361977

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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:

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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. https://www.amazon.com/Shooter-Mystery-Short-Story/dp/B0B5KNVSPV/ref=sr_1_1?

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. http://https://www.amazon.com/Mystery-at-Rodeo-Ranch/dp/B0B7QFSGBR/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?

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!! https://www.amazon.com/Cupcake-Gay-Toltl-Kinman-ebook/dp/B0B6FCJ59Z/ref=sr_1_1?

Awards and Nominations

Two 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
and
Lori Dillman’s TO FREE A PANTHER is a finalist in the Thriller category

GOOD LUCK to both!

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!

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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.

Steve Carell in Hulu’s THE PATIENT
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Author Appearances

Come see Jennifer Chow at Vroman’s on Tuesday, August 2 at 7 pm. She’ll be talking about DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA.

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Lisa Morton and Les Klinger will be signing HAUNTED TALES at Dark Delicacies bookstore in Burbank on Sunday, August 28 at 3 pm.

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Mike Befeler will discuss “Lessons Learned as an Author” at the Long Beach Kiwanis Club on Tuesday August 16 at noon, in conjunction with his latest novel, OLD DETECTIVES HOME

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Come hear Gary Phillips and Desiree Zamorano discuss SOUTH CENTRAL NOIR on September 3 from 11 to 1 at the Southern California Library at 6120 S. Vermont Ave in South L.A.

 

Conferences, Festivals & Fairs

Pulpfest
Aug 4-7 Pittsburg PA
https://pulpfest.com/

Mystery Writers Conference
Aug 5 – 7 Corte Madera CA
https://www.bookpassage.com/mystery

Killer Nashville
Aug 18-21 Franklin TN
https://killernashville.com/

Bouchercon
Sept 8-11 Minneapolis MN
https://www.bouchercon.com/
Note – Scholarships are available

If you are interested in going to one of these and want to know who else from SinCLA is planning to attend, why not put the word out via our “io” group? https://groups.io/g/SistersInCrimeLA
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The next California Crime Writers Conference, a joint biennial production of MWA-SoCal and SinCLA, will take place June 10 and 11, 2023. Stay tuned. We are seeking volunteers to help with various aspects of the event. Contact Judith Mathison: mathison2j@gmail.com

Benefits of Membership

in SinCLA:

*Info on Calls for Submission
*Early alerts for writing contests
*Publicity for your releases
*Publicity for your appearances
*Publicity for your nominations and awards
*Public speaking opportunities
*Book signing spots at LA Times Festival of Books
*Discounted fees for workshops
*Subscription to the lauded Ransom Notes newsletter
*Early registration notice for the often sold-out Cal Crime Writers Conference
*Educational programs on craft, the business, and marketing
*Submission opportunities to SinCLA’s biennial anthologies
*Networking, Mentoring, Community
*Book Club (new)
*Critique Group (new)

If you aren’t already a member, JOIN NOW.
Membership is HALF OFF through Oct. 31, 2022.

Other News

The Public Safety Writers’ Association consists of people who write mysteries, thrillers, and non-fiction with a public safety theme. David E. Knop just returned from the PSWA annual conference in Las Vegas. “This is my sixth conference,” David says. “And the beauty of PSWA is its family atmosphere and a population of attendees with an infinity of experience. Ask a question and be confident the answer comes from a man or woman who has walked the walk. Take advantage of the writing competition and a highly responsive blog.” www.policewriter.com

Upcoming Programs

Webinars, Panels & Other Online Resources

Low Cost or FREE

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 www.flowersandforensics.com — and register for this program:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/behind-csi-mythbusting-forensics-in-movies-and-tv-virtual-meeting-tickets-382164784157

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).”
https://www.sistersincrime.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1648847

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:
citruscrimewriters@gmail.com .

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: https://www.wendallthomas.com/private-classes

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.
https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrfuGqqDorGdRIKyu9znwAZpf21iZeSnu1

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.
https://www.janefriedman.com/online-classes/

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.
https://janecleland.com/events/

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

9) JANE FRIEDMAN’S WRITING ADVICE ARCHIVES
Free
http://https://www.janefriedma