Puget Sound Sisters in Crime      June 2020
President's Message

When I took on the job of president, I knew there would be some challenges. There always are. But I was confident that with the combined minds and hearts of our vice president Charlotte Stuart and treasurer Curt Colbert that we could handle anything thrown our way. I must admit, I never anticipated we’d have to deal with a pandemic!
As we continue to hold virtual meetings, we all miss the pleasure of getting to meet new people and visiting with old friends—which was why we came up with the idea of our ‘summer social’ to replace our usual picnic in July. (See below for details.)
Pandemics cause things to change—and rightfully so. We must be responsive to the new world we find ourselves living in. That means programs have changed and may continue to do so. But the executive committee remains committed to promoting the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of ‘sister’ and ‘mister’ crime writers. (Please see below for what’s in store for future programs.) 

We’ve also been working on updating our website which should be going live before our next meeting. In updating the website, we realized that we didn’t really need to publish a separate newsletter since everything you see in the newsletter lives on the website in perpetuity. 

Therefore, this will be the last month you’ll be receiving an emailed newsletter. Starting in July, we will send out a short note when the website has been updated and a link to take you to our homepage, where you’ll find the same information you’ve been used to receiving.
See you online on June 11 for our monthly meeting (Zoom meeting information below). 
Have a safe, healthy, and productive month. 

Luanne C. Brown
Thurs, June 11th, 7 pm
Speaker Penny Sansevieri: Secrets of a Bestselling Amazon Book Page

Penny Sansevieri is a book marketing guru with many books on the subject to her credit. Her latest book is “How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon.” Read more

Join Zoom Meeting

FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS: Penny has offered to give feedback for up to 10 members on their Amazon pages at the June 11th Zoom meeting. We posted this offer on our Facebook page. If you are interested, please check on Facebook to see if there are any spots still available. To be considered we need the name of your book and the Amazon link. You can send that to Luanne Brown.

July Zoom Program: Virtual  Ice Cream Social

We will be unable to hold our annual July picnic because of coronavirus risks. We do not, however, want to miss out on the chance to get to know each other better. Please attend our virtual Ice Cream Social the evening of July 9th at 7:00. Bring your own ice cream, frozen yogurt, or dessert of your choice which you can share with us ‘on camera’ to delight our eyes and virtual taste buds.
During the Social each participant will have approximately five minutes to give an update on what you are working on or anything else you would like to share about what you’ve been up to. 
Hope you will join us!

Upcoming Events

June: Penny Sansevieri — Secrets of a Bestselling Amazon Book Page

July: Virtual Ice Cream Social


Summer break (no meeting)

September: Michael Pool – Fictional Versus Real-life PI Work
Michael is a gifted mystery/detective author who works as a full-time private investigator and as a martial arts trainer. Michael will talk about the differences between fictional PI work and real-life PI work, as well as the craft of mystery writing. For more information about him, go to

October: To be announced

November: It was a dark and stormy night! Members will share a short previously written flash fiction piece, using a common prompt.

Coming soon!

We are in the process of redesigning our website with the wonderful help of Sue Trowbridge of We will be adding a thumbnail picture of your latest publication, with a link to purchasing your book through Third Place Books. We are working out the details with them now and will let you know when we're ready to go on this aspect of the website. 

What's Your Opinion?

We did not get any responses to what you think about the evolving definition of a cozy. Is there any issue you would like us to address in the "What’s Your Opinion” section? Email us and we will put out any ideas suggested to the membership. Thanks.

Member news
This month we continue to report what some of our members are working on from the privacy (and safety) of their homes. Stay well, everyone, and keep writing! We look forward to hearing from you. Read more... 

Got news? Please send it to us by the 20th of the month for inclusion in the next monthly update.


You are welcome to attend meetings as a non-member, but we encourage you to support our local chapter by first becoming a member of national Sisters in Crime and then by joining or renewing your $20 annual membership with us. by sending  your check payable to:

Puget Sound Sisters in Crime
c/o Curt Colbert, Treasurer
23323 Cedar Way, Unit H-101
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

As an active member you can participate in member-only events and programs. Membership also gives you a voice in what’s happening at the local level.
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