Monday, October 29, 2007

New Auction Items!

New Auction Items!

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Batch #1: Sampler set of Kentucky’s premier small batch bourbon, ATF shot glass to go with the whiskey, a Dominican cigar, Jane’s Guide to Firearms, a current issue of Handguns magazine, an autographed copy of Field Of Fire by James O. Born, an ATF patch and an ATF portfolio; donated by Rick McMahan, Jim Born, and ATF Louisville Field Division

ATF Batch #2: Under and Alone, and Armed and Dangerous, signed and donated by Billy Queen; Teasing Secrets from the Dead autographed by Dr. Emily Craig, ATF Coffee mug, Starbucks coffee, ATF notebook and patch; donated by Dr. Emily Craig, Rick McMahan, Billy Queen and ATF Louisville Field Division.

Scrapbook Supplies: Album, Archival Paper and Embellishments, plus Scrapbook Storytelling, One Minute Journaling, Quick & Easy Pages, and The Best of British Scrapbooking plus a coupon to be redeemed next fall for an autographed copy of Paper, Scissors, Dead: A Kiki Lowenstein Scrapbooking Mystery; donated by Joanna Campbell Slan

Monday, October 15, 2007

Auction Additions--You Must Come to the Dinner to Bid!

Auction items continue to pour in. Please note, you must be present at the Muddy Brew-Ha-Ha Dinner to bid on these items. (Send your ticket money to Mary Lou Merkel, 12729 Markaire Drive, St. Louis MO 63146 Remember it's $40 per person and you do NOT have to be a conference attendee to come to the dinner and auction on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2007 at the Hilton St. Louis Airport. Yes, it's a sit-down meal, plus a deejay will be spinning tunes in case you want to dance.)

Here's what we've received recently:

An ARC of Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris, and an outdoor garden tool set with canvas tool bag; donated by Rosemary Harris

Hardback of Chicago Blues, A New Collection of Crime Stories about the Real Windy City, signed by nine of the authors. Includes a special DVD with interviews by many of the authors and a music video of Chicago as seen through the eyes of the "Blues”; donated by Libby Hellmann

We have a lot more promised items, and we'll update this blog as they come in. Looks to me like I'll be doing ALL my holiday shopping at the CLP Foundation auction. It will be nice to know my money will benefit crime labs around the country. (That is, assuming I can bid high enough to win some of this remarkable bounty.)

See you in St. Louis!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Reminder and New Class--Rape Avoidance


Just a reminder...on Monday the prices for Sisters in Crime's Forensic University, Nov. 1 through 4, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport, go up $50.

So, if you are planning to attend, please be sure to get your registration in before the end of the day!

The price schedule is below:

$250 (before 10/15/07) SinC member
$290 (before 10/15/07) Non-member
$300 (after 10/15/07) SinC member
$350 (after 10/15/07) Non-member
To register go to:

We've added two RAD sessions to the conference. Check it out--

Rape/Aggression Defense Training (RAD)

This will be a sample of a longer program, focusing on escape techniques and safety awareness. As most of you know, you should NEVER allow an assailant to get you into a car and take you to a secondary location. So, how do you avoid being forced into a vehicle or behind a building or into a secluded area? Executive Defense Technologies will share with you indicators of danger and some specific techniques for escape. These techniques are especially useful for your characters—but even more importantly, the skills you learn in this mini-workshop may SAVE YOUR LIFE. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes if you wish to participate. The Elliotts have 17-years experience in law enforcement, and this training is part of a nationally accredited program. The Elliotts will also have with them a variety of safety equipment you can purchase.

Thanks! And if you have any questions, email us at

Joanna Campbell Slan