Crimes and Criminals and the Writers Who Love Them

Crimes and Criminals and the Writers Who Love Them

Friday, January 23, 2015

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

In spirit, of course, but nonetheless fully present in his poems and stories.

The Low Country Sisters in Crime celebrated Edgar Allan Poe's birthday with mysterious readings at The Book Lady bookstore in downtown Savannah. Sharing their own work --  as well as the work of Mr. Poe -- were Tina Whittle, Jim Jackson, Maggie Toussaint, Donna Kortes, and 

We even some Martel's cognac on premises, for those who wanted to toast Baltimore's dark genius in authentic style.

And a wolf hat. Because . . . wolf hat.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Georgia Author of the Year Nomination Time

The Georgia Author of the Year awards are coming up, and this year, there's a category specifically for Mystery Fiction!

Books written by an author residing in Georgia and published within the 2014 calendar year (January 1 to December 31) are eligible for nomination. Traditionally published or self-published books are eligible, as are electronically published books on a major platform (Kindle, Nook, or iPad). The nomination fee is $60.

For more information, visit the Georgia Writers Association's GAYA website — — and click on Nominations. There you can find the guidelines for the nomination process (which includes creating an account) as well as the link to the nomination form.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Celebration of Edgar Allan Poe's Birthday at The Book Lady!

When: Saturday, January 17th

Where: The Book Lady Bookstore

Time: 7:00 PM

It's gonna be a dark and stormy night!

Well, maybe not stormy, but once we dip into the mysterious pages of Edgar Allan Poe (and others), it's certain to be dark.

Join us as we celebrate Mr. Poe's birthday -- we're sure he would approve of our bookish location, full of "quaint and curious volumes of forgotten lore."

Bring a reading from a work that has inspired and/or spooked you or read from your own mysterious work. There will be drinks and nibbles, mingles and shivers aplenty. We hope you'll join us!

Monday, December 15, 2014

January 10th Meeting -- Social Media for Writers

When: Saturday, January 10th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Where: Southwest Chatham Public Library Activity Room

Please join Low Country Sisters in Crime for our January meeting, where we'll be discussing the basics of social media for writers. Bring your laptops, smart phones, and tablets with you, and we'll explore Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and several other places where you can interact with other mystery writers, share your book news, and learn more about the world of crime fiction.

We'll also be talking about our upcoming celebration of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday on January 17th at The Book Lady Bookstore, upcoming mystery conferences in our area, and sharing all the great projects Low Country SinC has in the works.

Tina Whittle will be leading the round-table discussion. Come start 2015 off with a bang at the first meeting of the new year!

For more information, contact Tina Whittle at lowcountrysinc at

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Maggie Toussaint Chosen for Kindle Scout Program

HUGE congrats Low Country Sisters in Crime member Maggie Toussaint, whose novel G-1 was chosen for publication through the Kindle Scout program! 

Amazon describes Kindle Scout as a "reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. . . Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing." You can read more about the program -- and learn how you can both nominate books and/or participate yourself -- at the Kindle Scout website.

You can read more about G-1 and see the other nine winners HERE

Formerly a contract scientist for the U.S. Army and a freelance reporter, Southern author Rigel Carson, the pen name of Maggie Toussaint, is a multi-published, award-winning author in suspense and mystery fiction. Her background in environmental science and toxicology, as well as years spent doing water research, provided the impetus for this new science fiction/ecothriller series set in a futuristic Earth. Visit Rigel at

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Meeting: Saturday, December 13th in Cyberspace

For December, instead of meeting in a physical space, we're sharing each other's company in the virtual world.

So when you're out and about on Saturday, December 13th, take a moment to recognize those individuals and businesses in your community who celebrate books and who support readers and writers, especially those of mystery and crime fiction. A smile and a genuine in-person "thank you" on behalf of yourself and Low Country Sisters in Crime is a great way to share our gratitude, but even if your Saturday involves staying home and sipping eggnog, you can participate.

And if you're so inclined, please share your gratitude with the rest of us through our online media. Don't forget to tag Low Country Sisters in Crime when you do so that we can share and repost! Here are some of our social media links:

Find Us on Facebook:

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See you in the Cyberworld!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

November 8th Field Trip to Patrick's Indoor Gun Range

For our November meeting, several of us will be gathering at Patrick’s Indoor Gun Range in Garden City, GA (just off I-95) for two hours of shooting and/or observing at the facilities indoor range. All fees to be paid by individual shooters, but it’s free to watch from the indoor observation area (with coffee and water available).

Saturday, November 8th
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Patrick’s Uniforms and Gun Range
2307 U. S. Highway 80
Garden City, GA 31408
Phone: (912) 355-0205

If you write characters who carry firearms -- whether as good guys, bad guys, or law enforcement -- then Patrick's Uniforms and Gun Range is an excellent resource. The folks there are top notch and can help you every step of the way whether you've been shooting for years or have never handled a gun before. Check out the website at for more information (including prices and FAQs).

*Note -- this is a public facility, open to the public. Sisters in Crime members won't be the only ones there, and we have made no special reservations. If there is enough interest, we could discuss booking a group event here. But this meeting is open to anyone, including members of Sisters in Crime, to meet one another and the staff at Patrick's.