March Meeting 3/17: Radha Vatsal!

Don’t forget Murderous March
24th March at East Greenbush Library!

Radha Vatsal: ‘The Winding Path to Publication’

From idea to published novels, with tentative drafts, intense historical research, agent queries, and tense-change rewrites along the way.  What one writer learned about the writing process with all its ups and downs, and how getting published is just the beginning of a new stage. 

Vatsal by Juliette Conroy.jpg
Photo by Juliette Conroy

Radha Vatsal is the author of A Front Page Affair  (Library Journal’s Debut Mystery of the Month), and  Murder Between the Lines (Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books Of US Historical Fiction) set in WWI-era New York. She received her Ph.D. from the English Department at Duke University and her writing has appeared in the online editions of the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Smithsonian magazine. She is also co-editor of the Women Film Pioneers ProjectShe was born in Mumbai, India and lives in New York City.

Special guest for our March 17th Meeting:
Mavens of Mayhem (SinC) Monthly Meeting
Bethlehem Public Library
Business Meeting 10:30am
Open to the Public 11:00 am for Radha Vatsal

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Murderous March Writers & Readers Confab

Mavens of MayhemMurderous March Writers & Readers Confab

Saturday, March 24, 2-4 PM
East Greenbush Community Library

RSVP to assure a seat at this free event:

Fans and creators of the mystery, detective and crime genres: Join Mavens of Mayhem at the East Greenbush Community Library for an afternoon of enlightening talk about the craft.

PROGRAM

1:45-4:15 Refreshments, Mavens of Mayhem member book sale

1:45-2:10 Registration

2:15-3:00 “Bringing out the Mystery Within”
Panel discussion and audience Q & A, featuring
Published authors Robert Knightly, Carol Pouliot, Kate Laity, and Frankie Bailey. Moderated by Michael Catoggio, mystery researcher and reference librarian

3:00-3:15 Stretch and Schmooze

3:15-4:00 Workshops

  • Finding My Next Great Read — Laurie Dreyer and Rhonda Rosenheck
  • Squeezing the Book In — K.A. Laity
  • When I Die, Clear my Browser History (Research for Mystery/Crime Writers) — Michael Catoggio

Presenters

frankie bailey LAITY author photo robertknightly carol_pouliot_author

Frankie Bailey, K.A. Laity, Robert Knightly, and Carol Pouliot are published authors who live in or near New York’s Upper Hudson region. Frankie Bailey is President of the Mavens of Mayhem and all are active members.

Michael Catoggio conducts research for mystery writers and others, a fun and natural outcome of his long career as a research librarian. He also teaches many popular writing and research workshops.

Laurie Dreyer is Adult Programming Librarian at the East Greenbush Community Library. Rhonda Rosenheck is Mavens of Mayhem treasurer, a published author of poetry and humor, and a voracious reader of detective fiction.

This confab is cohosted by the EGCL (eastgreenbushlibrary.org) and Mavens of Mayhem (upperhudsonsinc.com), Sisters in Crime’s Upper Hudson chapter. The Mavens meet monthly and welcome writers and readers.

Bouchercon!

Maven Kate Laity is in the anthology as 'Graham Wynd'
Maven Kate Laity is in the 2015 Bouchercon anthology as ‘Graham Wynd’

Now is the time for crime & mystery writers to head south: no, it’s not migration — it’s Bouchercon! Here’s the scoop:

Bouchercon is the world’s finest annual crime fiction event, bringing together more than 1,000 authors, fans, publishers, reviewers, booksellers, editors, and every other part of the community for a fantastic four-day event. This is our 46th year. We’re fan-based, and our fans attract more than 400 authors, from the biggest names to those who will be big tomorrow. Look at our Guests of Honor and our Attendees to see who is coming!

There’s a national Sisters in Crime breakfast meeting on Friday: you can learn a lot about the organization’s support system there. If you didn’t get on the schedule for it this time, keep it in mind for next year in New Orleans!

Mavens in Schenectady This Weekend!

Saturday, April 11th at 11AM, local author Frankie Bailey will be at the Schenectady County Public Library to discuss her latest crime novel “What the Fly Saw”, which is set in Albany! Frankie is a professor at the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, and is the author of the mystery “The Red Queen Dies”.

And just across town, K. A. Laity talks about another Schenectady-based writer, Kurt Vonnegut at the Schenectady County Historical Society‘s Mabee Farm Location.

Vonnegut TalkAnd don’t forget! Our Mavens meeting on April.18,2015 will be having a guest speaker:

Bob Krug is a retired Colonie Police Officer who has worked for The Colonie Police Force for 26 years. He will be discussing some of the cases he has worked. Also comparing real life Police work to what we see on television. Q&A will follow.

17 January 2015 Meeting

Thanks for the photo, Debbie!
Photo by Debbie Rickes

Coming up at our January meeting (3rd Saturday, Bethlehem Library, 10:30 am):

Author Promotion: Ten Tips & The One Folder You Need On Your Desktop

Don’t be fooled, there isn’t a secret formula to becoming “a bestselling author”. There are principles that make the process easier, however. Discover the marketing and promotion guideposts that have helped make Bold Strokes Books the world’s largest and most successful publisher of LGBT genre fiction.

Presenter Joel Gomez-Dossi came to journalism by way of theater, television, and digital media production. He was a stage manager for several theaters in the Mid and Southwest; a producer for television projects; and a production manager for the Emmy Award-winning PBS science series, Newton’s Apple. He has written about film and theater for many regional publications across the country, and penned an entertainment column for the queer press that ran in twelve states. His third novel, Lethal Elements, published by Bold Strokes Books, will be available this August.

Don’t forget! Upcoming events:

Mavens will be appearing at the Nassau Library, Monday 26 Jan at 6pm: confirmed so far Frankie Y. Bailey and K. A. Laity

The big event: Panel Discussion & Book Signing at East Greenbush Library on Saturday 31 Jan at noon. Join our Facebook event to get the latest information! Download & print the flyer here.

E-Books discounted!

The Killer Wore Cranberry featuring Maven Betsy Bitner is currently discounted as part of Untreed Reads anniversary sale: get it for just 99¢! Tip of the hat to Angie Hogencamp for sharing the news.

The Killer Wore Cranberry edited by J. Alan Hartman

$4.99  $0.99
Save: 80% off

Description:
Nothing says Thanksgiving like food and murder. If you’ve ever thought about knocking off Uncle Seymour when he grabs the last slice of pumpkin pie or you think the turkey might be giving you the evil eye, this is the anthology for you!

Authors Barb Goffman, Stephanie Beck, Laird Long, Beth Mathison, Earl Staggs, Lance Zarimba, Lesley A. Diehl, Jack Bates and Kathleen Gerard bring you servings of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes with a dash of mystery and a hearty helping of humor.

You may still have to deal with the in-laws, but this anthology may make Aunt Esmerelda’s green bean casserole a bit more tolerable to handle.

Think you’ll be too full trying to digest an entire anthology? Each short story is also available individually.

ALSO DISCOUNTED

Also on 99¢ [for Kindle only] this week: Maven K. A. Laity‘s sexy thriller Chastity Flame, also part of an anniversary sale for Tirgearr Publishing.
CHASTITY FLAME
Series: The Chastity Flame Series
Author: K.A. Laity
Released: September 2012
ISBN: 9781301415397
ASIN: B009DS3MUK
Length: Novel
Genre: Thriller, Erotic Thriller, Romatic Suspense, Erotic Romance
Price:
$3.99

Get your copy here:

If she only scorches, you’re lucky…

Chastity Flame works for a nameless organization. You won’t hear about the work she does either. But if you run into her, you won’t be able to resist trying your luck. Maybe it’s her amber eyes, or maybe it’s her dangerous curves. Whatever it is, you’ll be in for a memorable night — as long as you’re not on her “to-do” list.

Chastity Flame loves her job as a secret government operative. She foils criminal masterminds, travels the world, and finds new lovers in every city. When she meets art historian Damien Michelet in front of one of her favorite paintings, she discovers there’s more to life than just lust (although there’s plenty of that, too).

But Chastity doesn’t have time to think about what this sexy distraction. Her job is amusing herself with various lovers across the continent in an effort to try and uncover a vast computer virus scheme that will destabilize European currency.

Saving the world is hard work — it can be lonely, too. Before Chastity can make a decision about what to do about Damien, she takes part in a daring rescue of a geek genius, only to discover the fellow operative lending assistance is none other than Damien! On the plus side, now she won’t have to explain her job — but what to do about her rule . . . no romance between agents? Will she risk the security of her country for some really wild sex . . . and the possibility of love?

February Member News

Joel Gomez-Dossi’s first novel, Pursued, was published by Bold Stroke Books in December.

Susan Sundwall will sign copies of her book, The Red Shoelace Killer, at the Barnes & Noble at Colonie Center on Saturday, February 9th from 12-2 pm.

Julia Pomeroy’s novel, No Safe Ground, is scheduled to be released by Five Star on March 18th.

Kate Laity’s novel, Lush Situation, the second in her Chastity Flame series, will be released on March 28th.