It’s our annual joint get together with So Cal Mystery Writers of America. This year’s topic: Cybercrime. Our guest speaker is FBI cybercrime expert Gina Osborn.
A native of Orange County, Osborn oversees investigations relating to national security and criminal computer intrusions as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Cyber and Computer Forensics for the Central District of California. She also provided foundational leadership in the creation of the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Lab (OCRCFL) – part of a national network of FBI-sponsored, full-service forensics laboratories and training centers devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence.
A former Counterintelligence Special Agent for the U.S. Army, Osborn joined the FBI in 1996. She has worked on local cases, including with detectives from the Westminster Police Department to investigate Asian Organized Crime in the city’s Little Saigon District.
Gina will speak at 2 p.m., following a complimentary 1 p.m. luncheon.
Mystery Ink Events
Saturday, August 12. 4:00 p.m. – Anne Cleeland
THE BARBARY MARK – Talk & Signing for her new Historical Mystery
After a shipwreck, Nonie Rafferty washes up on the shore of Algiers, where the slave traders look to sell the pretty Irishwoman—or worse. She must come up with a tale to save herself—and fast—before anyone discovers the true reason she sailed to this misbegotten corner of the world, or the true reason she was wearing a priceless strand of pearls, when she was rescued.
Saturday, August 26, 6:00 p.m. – T. Jefferson Parker
THE ROOM OF WHITE FIRE – Talk & Signing
Roland Ford—once a Marine, then a cop, now a private investigator—is good at finding people. But when he’s asked to locate Air Force veteran Clay Hickman, he realizes he’s been drawn into something deep and dark. He knows the weight of war, having served as a Marine in First Fallujah; he also knows the nightmare of indescribable personal pain, as only two years have passed since his young wife’s sudden death. What he doesn’t know is why a shroud of secrecy hangs over the disappearance of Clay Hickman—and why he’s getting a different story from everyone involved. Soon, what began as just a job becomes a life-and-death obsession for Ford, and forcing him to contend with chilling questions about truth, justice, and the American way.
Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 p.m. Literary Guild of Orange County at the Mission Viejo Country Club – Info: www.lgoc.org
If you love an intimate event where you can hear the authors speak and meet them and fellow book lovers, you’ll love this upcoming dinner salon.
Featured speakers: Lisa Napoli, Charmaine Craig, Elizabeth Little(SoCal MWA President)
Sunday, October 1,
Ladies of Intrigue Luncheon, Embassy Hotel, Tustin
March 16 – 19, Left Coast Crime, Hawaii
April 28 – 30, Malice Domestic, Maryland
May 18 – 21, Crimefest, Bristol, England
July 11 – 15, Thrillerfest, New York
October 12 – 15, Bouchercon, World Mystery Conference, Toronto, Canada
2016 LADIES OF INTRIGUE EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS
Eighteen authors and ninety women gathered together to honor Carolyn Hart’s final public event. National Sisters in Crime presented Carolyn with an arrangement of orchids and white roses along with a stuffed “white” seal wearing a silver chain necklace with a Sisters in Crime charm.
Featured speaker Rhys Bowen’s touching interview of Carolyn was heartwarming, making everyone in the room hoping Carolyn keeps writing.
MC, Greta Boris kept the event smooth and sailing along. And our closing featured speaker Robin Burcell was a hit with the inside scoop of co-writing with Clive Cussler and her law enforcement experiences.
Panels: Wine, Dine & Die featured authors’ Kathy Aarons; Linda O. Johnston; Carlene O’Neil; Kate Dyer Seeley with Moderator, Earlene Fowler. Panel: Lean, Mean & In Between featured authors’ Lisa Brackmann; Jane Haseldine; Naomi Hirahara; Laurie Stevens; Pamela Samuels Young with moderator, Daryl Wood Gerber. Panel: Dangerous Locales featured authors’ Ellen Byron; Donis Casey; Hannah Dennison; Earlene Fowler with moderator, Kate Carlisle.
Books sold at a fast pace and were signed by the authors. Raffle baskets were won while many attendees asked to sign up for next years’ LOI. Attendees expressed their gratitude to all the authors for sharing their stories and also being able to sit with their favorite author at the round tables for lunch.
Professional photographer Bob Webber took constant pictures to document the day, which will be posted on line. A great big thank you to the organizing committee and volunteers who made this event such a success: Jill Amadio, MC Greta Boris, greeter Nancy Churchill, raffle organizer Gita Fisher, Valerie Hansen, Jack Martin, Evelyn Moore, and Linda Nakamura. We could not have done it without you. Co-chairs, Diana Dallape and Debbie Mitsch appreciated all of your hard work.
Diana Dallape Co-Chair
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