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August 14 and 15 – WriteNow! 2015 Writers Conference – Invitation from Denise Ganley

The Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is hosting the WriteNow! 2015 Writers Conference. (You do not need to be a member of the organization to attend.)

LOCKED AND LOADED: Set Your Sights on Writing Success

August 14-15

Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale

Featuring authors Sara Paretsky, Simon Woods, Hilary Davidson, Deborah J Ledford, plus actress/screenwriter Christina Cox, and acquiring editor Terri Bischoff.

You can use this link to directly access the WriteNow! Conference website with all the details:

I saw Sara Paretsky (creator of VI Warshawski) speak at Bouchercon last year and she is a great writer activist and speaker, and I also saw Simon Wood there too, and he was hilarious and very entertaining. I expect this to be a very good conference. The authors mostly write in the crime/mystery/thriller genres, but the topics for the conference are broader and would benefit writers of all genres. And certainly all writers are welcome!

Topics Include:

Writing an Exceptional Novel or Short Story – So It Will Sell; How to Stand Apart and Attract an Agent or Publisher; Effectively Promoting Your Work for Maximum Sales; Writing and Adapting Screenplays; Building a Career as a Successful Author; & Many more timely subject designed to help writers in all facets of their careers

There’s a discounted youth program too, for 14-20 year olds. The youths get to attend the main conference with the adults, but they also gain a writing mentor for a longer time frame to assist on their writing projects.

I will be volunteering at the event as a member of the Sisters in Crime, Desert Sleuths Chapter. I hope you will join us! And please share this with anyone you think might be interested.

Happy Writing!

~Denise Ganley

Organizational Background:

Desert Sleuths, the Phoenix Chapter of Sisters in Crime, is an international organization that exists to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry, and raise professionalism and equity among crime writers. Today there are nearly 50 chapters across the country and there are thousands of members, both female and male. The Desert Sleuths Chapter is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization of published and unpublished authors, retired law enforcement, academics and fans of crime fiction. Desert Sleuths is committed to expanding and fostering young writers through a new youth program.

Local Books – Heart of Malice

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Heart of Malice is the story of Elvis Thaddeus Proctor, a kind, law-abiding man who through criminal and surgical circumstance inherits the heart of a sociopathic serial killer. Under the diabolical influence of this heart, Elvis is compelled to enact vile offenses upon humans and animals alike.
More importantly, Heart of Malice is the bittersweet story of Elvis’ best friend, Jason Slane, who happens to have a heart of gold. It is too bad that it remains hidden behind a pattern of erotic pursuits.

Through Jason, Elvis finds a potential solution to his dilemma in the spunky and lovely person of Monica Coy. Soon, though, he moves to end their relationship out of concern for her life.

Elvis then experiments with family activities, a popular recreational substance and aerobics, all aimed at purging his heinous inclinations. These fail.

At this point, Monica learns through traumatic experience of the ill-begotten affliction suffered by the man she holds dear. During this time, Jason also becomes reluctantly aware of his friend’s horrible predicament. He makes a valiant attempt to save Elvis from an entity he cannot comprehend.

But through this endeavor his true heart, at last, is able to shine.