Barnes and Noble Booksellers in association
with the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is proud to present a
talented slate of almost twenty authors at the Barnes and Noble on July
23 & 24th, 2011. Authors will appear each day and have their
books available for sale and autograph to attendees and fans.
Bring your family and book loving friends to
meet local authors… Some authors are new, several are award
winning and a few are headed towards the best seller lists -- chances
are you will meet an author from you favorite genre! If you like to
read, you will love meeting authors! Ask them questions, get autographed
books, have a picture taken with them, put it on Face book! Have you
ever dreamed of writing a book? This is your chance to talk with local
authors who have made the journey and are making their dreams come
to appear (in alphabetical order) include:
is the author of
DAWN AWAKENS, a collection of spiritual / metaphysical prose
. This work links together into Four different phases resulting
in a human spiritual transformation from awakening to a state
of heightened awareness and elevation.
The poetry is written with a simplistic
approach to complex subject matter, the likes of DNA. Combining
imagery and language patterns the collection emphasizes an almost-
mystical approach to personal and collective growth . It explores
the relative complexities of human nature and interaction, highlighting
along the way qualities relating to belief and love in various
forms. References to nature and the cosmos are interspersed placing
the individual within what may be viewed as a wider context of
being. DAWN AWAKENS leads the reader to explore the mind and even
wonder just What does the writer believe?
Marie Anderson has worked in the Fashion and Entertainment Industries
and in The Performing Arts as a dancer , actress and singer in
New York City. After a personal crisis, she experienced a spiritual
awakening. “These” writings came in sessions similar
to “automatic writing” and are the results of that
transformative time in her life. Set on a new path of healing,
she was led to new work with crystals, flower essences, herbs,
healing modalities, and vegetarianism. She became a Reiki Practitioner
and moved to Los Angeles, California, where she currently lives
and works on healing and the arts.
Her book of poetry, DAWN Awakens is by Joshua
Michael's Reward - Historically,
there is only a handful of men whose lives crossed the spiritual
intersection of three major religions: Christianity, Islam and
Judaism. Michael’s Reward tells the story of a very rich
and happy family man whose life is turned upside down when Satan
gets God’s permission to wage a battle against him in an
effort to show God that Michael’s love for Him is directly
tied to all his riches. The ensuing catastrophes in Michael’s
life reduce him to living by the freeway in a box. But through
is perseverance in faith, he is blessed with a visit from the Almighty,
and his life is turned around. This beat-for-beat modern retelling
of the Old Testament story of Job takes the classic duel between
God and Satan and reshapes it to the challenges and test of our
faith today. If Job were alive today, this would be his story.
Bernheim began his career as an assistant to film director,
Joel Schumacher on the Universal studio lot. He worked
for Joel in various capacities for several years before moving
to New York City where he got involved with the story department’s
of CBS, Fox and MGM as a story analyst. After which he returned
to Universal Studios in Hollywood to be director of development
for producer Topper Carew.
In the late-eighties he became a founding
staff member of Comic Relief (hosted by Robin Williams, Whoopi
Goldberg and Billy Crystal) as seen live on Home Box Office. Over
the course of twelve years, he rose in ranks to be Co-Producer
for many of the specials including; “Comic Relief ’90” at
Radio City Music Hall, “Hurricane Relief”, for Showtime, “A
Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan”, for NBC, and many
other specials on HBO, ABC, FOX and COMEDY CENTRAL.
As Co-Producer he was involved with the gamut of responsibilities
that range from the creativity of the shows and production, to
the administering of the $50 million dollars in donations throughout
Since Comic Relief, Mario has been in active
development with projects with such companies as Icon Entertainment,
The Pitt Group and as Director of Development for Hit Entertainment,
his principal objective was to search out and develop quality screenwriting
Mario is considered by many writers, story
consultants, producers and production executives to excel in developing
screenplays and has a keen intuition for story development. Recently,
Mario has been a featured guest on panels at screenwriting expos
and seminars in aiding up-and-coming screenwriters in their pitch
and story techniques.
He’s completed two feature screenplays
and finished a novel, Michael’s Reward.
An avid traveler, with an interest in cross-cultural
and spiritual similarities, Mario has visited more than twenty-two
countries on multiple continents.
Contact information: (310) 709-1188 | firstname.lastname@example.org
taught post-production classes at the University of Southern
California (U.S.C.) School of Cinema & TV and at the U.S.C.
Summer Production Workshop from 1988 to 2003 (various Avid platforms).
He has also taught TV and post-production courses at Loyola Marymount
Univ. (Avid & FCP) and (currently) at Los Angeles City College
School of Cinema-TV. He has served as an Avid consultant to TV
post-production houses and edited short-form and long-form projects
including TV documentaries and independent features. His most
recent film RETURN TO VIETNAM won a 2007 Silver Telly (highest
award) in the feature tv documentary category.
Editing: The Cutting Edge” provides the foundation
for the college-level media student to make the leap into the
world of film and HD-based professional post-production, as
practiced in the Hollywood media community. This soft-cover
text covers basic techniques and generic procedures fundamental
to popular visual non-linear editing software from AVID, ADOBE
and FINAL CUT and PRO TOOLS audio editing software. This book
teaches the basic procedures including synchronization of audio
to visuals, film-to-tape conversion, output to tape, output
to film, standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) conversions,
and everything in between. There is special emphasis given
to sound editing techniques to achieve professional level sound
quality. “Non-linear Editing: The Cutting Edge” has
been chosen to be part of the Los Angeles Public Library film
to NLE: The Cutting Edge: ISBN 1589650212; available from
www.Amazon.com, www.Barnes & Noble.com, and the Garth Gardner
1 866 GO GARDNER or www.GoGardner.com
Apartheid in South Africa has been
gone more than fifteen years but the heroes of that struggle
are still being revealed. Some individuals toiled publicly, but
most worked tirelessly in the shadows to improve the welfare
of the population that had been so neglected. A white, Jewish,
middle class woman, joined with Tutu, Millie, Ivy, Zora and other
concerned Black women, respectfully called Mamas, helped those
most in need, often risking being beaten and arrested.
Human Spirit is the story of these women and others
who have spent their lives making South Africa a better place
for the country's most disadvantaged.
Carole Eglash-Kosoff lives and writes in
Valley Village, California. She graduated from UCLA and spent her
career in business and in teaching. In 2006 her husband, mother,
and brother died within a month of one another,causing her to reevaluate
her life. She volunteered to work with the American Jewish World
Service and was sent to South Africa to teach. She returned there
a year later, having met an amazing array of men and women who
had devoted their lives during the worst years of apartheid to
helping the children, the elderly, and the disabled of the townships.
These people cared when no one else did and their efforts continue
to this day. It is their stories that needed to be told. They are
apartheid's unheralded heroes and The Human Spirit is their story.
Carole has also completed a historic fiction novel, a pre- and
post- Civil War interracial love story set in Louisiana, 'When
All profits from the sale of this book will
be donated to Ikamva Labantu and other South African charities.
Available from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble,
Booksonboard.com, Authorhouse as either a paperback or hardcover
or e-book and Vroman's Bookstore.
Historical Novel, When Stars Align, Follows Interracial
Louisiana Lovers Through the Carnage of The Civil War and Hopefulness
Carole Eglash-Kosoff’s first novel, WHEN
STARS ALIGN, is set in 19th century Louisiana, at a
time and place where mixed-race relationships are both illegal
and unacceptable. How can these defiant lovers–and their
The time is a crucial period in American
history–the Civil War and the years of Reconstruction following
it–and the characters are Thaddeus and Amy, who share a forbidden
love that can get them both killed. For he is a mulatto ex-slave,
and she is white. In the novel, whenever Amy asks if she and Thaddeus
will ever be together, his answer is “When stars align.”
The place is Louisiana, where Moss Grove,
a large Mississippi River cotton plantation, has thrived from the
use of slave labor while its owners lived lives of comfort and
privilege. Thaddeus, conceived from the rape of a young field slave
by the heir to the plantation, is raised as a Moss Grove house
servant. His continued presence remains a thorn in the side of
the man who sired him.
Deepening divisiveness between North and
South launches the Civil War and changes Moss Grove in ways no
one could have anticipated. With the war swirling, we see the battles
and carnage through Thaddeus’ eyes.
When Stars Align
412 page hardcover, $28.95; ISBN: 978-1-45673-888-4
Paperback, $17.95; 978-1-45673-890-7
Published by AuthorHouse (February 21, 2011)
Available at amazon.com, bn.com, authorhouse.com, and booksonboard.com
Sheila Finch is the award winning
author of eight science fiction novels. Her novel, Infinity's Web,
recieved the Compton Crook award and her young adult book, Tiger
in the Sky, won the 1999 San Diego Book award for best juvenile
In1998, she won the Nebula Award for her
novella, "Reading The Bones."
Sheila's work has been collected in numerous
anthologies and she's a regular contributor to The Magazine of
Fantasy and Science Fiction.
She is most well known for her many stories
about members of the Guild of Xenolinguists, the translators for
the languages in the worlds we will explore in the future.
Sheila spent many years as a teacher of
creative writing at the college level in souther California as
well as at conferences and conventions around the world. A large
number of her students have themselves become published authors.
Now retired from El Camino College, she continues to teach through
At the request of former and would-be students,
Sheila is now conducting private, small-group critique and workshop
sessions. For more information, please visit SheilaFinch.com.
Synopsis: Guild of Xenolinguists
The Guild was founded on Earth in the middle
of the 22nd century after first contact with a race from somewhere
in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. This alien visit was
traumatic enough to bring the last holdouts into a united world
government that made exploration and research of extra-solar space
a priority. A few early linguists, neurolinguists, ethnographers
and computer scientists established the Guild which then took over
the responsibility for training xenolinguists to make first contact
and to record alien languages in the field. Later, the Guild provided
translation services for the expanding commerce and colonization
of the following centuries.
“I was only an apprentice. I swear
it. By all the angels in Heaven.”
Condemned to death
by the Holy Office for sorcery, fifteen-year-old Michael de Lorraine
is about to be consumed by flames when he is saved by Abbot Francis
and granted refuge at Sainte Felice, a Benedictine monastery
in fifteenth-century France. Michael learns that this strange
and wonderful place, famous for its healing wine, harbors renegade
monk-sorcerers, enchanted gargoyles, and a closely guarded secret
that could spell violent death for the Abbot.
As the church intensifies its cruel pursuit
of Michael, Abbot Francis and the brotherhood find themselves in
grave danger. Michael will do anything to protect his mentor, but
are his powers great enough to save the monastery from the merciless,
since escaping from a convent school at 15, the life of Ann
Finnin has been a continuous journey into magic, mysticism
and fantasy. She has studied a variety of esoteric traditions and
has experience in many schools of magic and mysticism. Not content
with being stuck in the twenty-first century, Ann has been active
in historical re-enactment groups and renaissance fairs and has
been, at various times, a Celtic Druidess, a Renaissance scholar,
a pirate, a saloon floozy and a gypsy dancer.
In the ordinary world, Ann has degrees
in Biology and Experimental Psychology and currently works as a
technical writer. In-between forays into other times and places,
Ann and her husband Dave live in the hills of Tujunga, California
with a big black Lab named Hunter.
Brennan Harvey is an award-winning author,
capturing first place in the International Writers of the Future
Contest for the first quarter, 2010. His novelette, "The Truth,
From a Lie of Convenience," is available in L. Ron Hubbard
Presents Writers of the Future, Vol 27 at Amazon and local bookstores.
Brennan has always enjoyed science fiction. The television show "Star
Trek" and the movie "Beneath the Planet of the Apes are
two of his earliest SF memories. When a friend loaned him Robert
Heinlein's novel Friday, Brennan started reading science fiction
regularly. Years later, Mike Resnick's short story "Kirinyaga" ignited
his desire for writing.
Brennan began writing fiction in 1998. He took creative writing
classes and attended workshops, seminars, conventions, and conferences.
Brennan's first short story was a finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard
Writers of the Future Contest in 2004. In the first quarter of
2010, his persistence finally paid off when he won first place.
Brennan has been a member of GLAWS since 2009.
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future
holds the best new science fiction and fantasy stories and illustrations
of the year, discovered by the judges of the Writers & Illustrators
of the Future Contests; a veritable who's who in the field of speculative
fiction writing and illustrating.
...the best-selling SF anthology series
of all time.—Locus Magazine
The Writers of the Future Contest has not
only provided a place where new writers could break into print
for the first time—but it also has a record of nurturing
and discovering writers who have gone on to make their mark in
the science fiction field. Long may it continue!—Neil Gaiman,
Here's skill and storytelling fervor aplenty—these
writers of the future have already arrived!—Robert Silverberg,
This collection shows why I'm happy to be
a judge for the Writers of the Future Contest—it always finds
great stories by the new writers who will be winning Hugo and Nebula
Awards a few years from now.—Tim Powers, Author
Writers of the Future is a terrific program
for new writers, and goodness knows, there are few enough of those.
It has my heartiest support and unqualified recommendation.—Terry
First place winner, WotF--1st Quarter, 2010
Brennan at BrennanHarvey dot com
a good story when she sees one. As a feature film editor in Los
Angeles for over twenty years, she has worked with acclaimed
directors Ridley Scott, Peter Weir, Kevin Costner, among others.
Ms. Hutshing has also
worked on many films for children including Ferngully: The Last
Rainforest for 20th Century Fox and Oliver & Company for
Walt Disney. Ms. Hutshing grew up in La Jolla, California, and
attended the University of California at Davis.
Sparky the Wonderfish:
A story of how love creates magic is her first children’s
book. She is currently working on a series of books to teach
children big words in a fun and humorous way. Sparky the Wonderfish:
A story of how love creates magic is a charming story of triumph
over adversity. Based on a true story, Sparky the Wonderfish
is about a little girl who manages to save a tiny feeder fish
from becoming dinner for six ferocious Oscar fish. Although
feeder fish aren’t expected to live longer than a few days,
the real-life Sparky lived happily for thirteen years in his
bowl. Thanks to the little girl in the story, the fictional Sparky
thrives as well, proving that with love, truly anything is possible!
Ms. Hutshing was a featured
author and title at the Book Expo America New York and has had
numerous signings at Borders Bookstores throughout Los Angeles.
She is currently promoting her book with readings and signings
at schools, libraries, bookstores and more. Ms. Hutshing lives
in Santa Monica, California, and cooks, photographs, gardens
and is hard at work on her next children’s book.
Get more Sparky at www.GillianLeeHutshing.com or
Amazon.com or Borders Bookstores
Tom Miller is a consummate adventurer.
He has completed over 1,000 dives as a recreational scuba diver
and over 1,000 hours piloting everything from small Cessna’s
to Lear jets. He has sailed over 65,000 miles throughout the
Pacific, including the Hawaiian Islands. He has also run three
marathons. He frequently lectures on cruising the canals of Europe
as well as sailing the South Pacific. Miller has a degree in
Geology from the University of Southern California. He is a member
of the International Thriller Writers and the Greater Los Angeles
Writers Society. THE WAVE is his first novel.
The Big Island of Hawaii is surrounded by undersea landslides of
unimaginable size, some of them over 1,000 cubic miles. If spurred
by the force of an earthquake or volcanic eruption the unstable
flanks of the islands many volcanoes have the potential to generate
staggering tsunamis—perhaps even more staggering than the
ones that rocked the prehistoric world. Scientists have recently
identified deposits left by ancient waves towering an incredible
1,200 feet above sea level. While the last mega-tsunami struck
the Hawaiian Islands about 100,000 years ago, that doesn’t
mean the next one couldn’t strike tomorrow. When it does
strike, despite modern seismometers and other state-of-the-art
devices, there may not be any warning…or any hope of surviving
its cataclysmic impact.
by harrowing scientific facts, Tom Miller presents a taut, gripping
work of fiction, THE WAVE (Sherman Asher Publishing; $18.95;
Paperback Original (SBC Distributors). Set in present day Hawaii,
this action-packed epic unfolds through the eyes of its narrator
and reluctant hero, 38-year-old Chuck Palmer. A newlywed with a
precious baby daughter and a booming business as a fitness trainer,
Palmer is thrust out of his dream life in Malibu, California, and
into an unthinkable, inescapable, real-life nightmare. Fast-paced
and unflaggingly breathtaking, THE WAVE follows Chuck through a
succession of nail-biting events. From nearly crashing and burning
in a sabotaged Cessna to getting trapped in a submersible and nearly
dying from lack of oxygen, from narrowly escaping an exploding
sports-fisher with only his boxer shorts to getting stuck on a
plane, in a clownish pair of borrowed coveralls, sitting in the
direct path of devastation, Chuck rebounds to face the worst scenario
imaginable. Could Mauna Loa collapse in a fiery rage and provoke
a 2,000-foot tsunami to spread across Hawaii and beyond? Could
this violent act of nature wind up wiping out the entire population
of the Pacific Rim? Could it mark the beginning of the dreaded
end of the world? Will Chuck find a way to see the wife he loves—and
forgives—and hold his darling daughter before they all die?
Driven by a cast of vivid, flawed, and likable characters, THE
WAVE is an impressive debut page-turner. For fans of Nelson Demille,
Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, and Tom Clancy, Tom Miller is
definitely an author to seek out, avidly read and watch.
Learn more and order books at: www.tommillerauthor.com
Originally from Antwerp, Belgium,
Novak is featured in a new European Reality series "Vlaamse
Hollywoodvrouwen". Novak currently resides in Newport Beach
and is the author of 'Art Damaged', her first novel of contemporary
fiction. Ms. Novak is a mixed media artist, actress and writer.
Novak has worked in both commercial galleries and a contemporary
art museum. Originally from Antwerp, Belgium, she currently resides
in Newport Beach and has recently published her first novel of
contemporary fiction, Art Damaged which received the Editor’s
Damaged is a glossy insider’s tale that is set behind
the scenes of the contemporary art world in Orange County. The
story follows Nina Valliere, a glamorous and alluring artist
who works in a contemporary art museum. Nina copes with a man-hungry
boss from hell, an alcoholic director and juggles the men in
her life while pursuing credibility as an emerging artist. Complications
arise and a scandalous turn of events threatens to compromise
the museum and Nina’s future. A stylish romp through the
recesses and chicanery of the art world, museum administration
politics, and inner office intrigues, Art Damaged is an insightful
debut novel that gives the reader a peek into the life of an
up-and-coming mixed media artist.
For more information on Nora
Novak and Art Damaged, please visit:
noranovak.com | artla.com | artdamaged.net
Kathy Porter grew up in Endicott, NY the
birthplace of IBM and only a short distance away from where one
of her favorite TV series creator, Rod Serling was raised. Kathy’s
lifelong interest in Science Fiction ignited when her father, a
science teacher, showed her craters on the moon and taught her
the constellations. She grew up watching science fiction movies
and TV shows. Ray Bradbury’s “Martian Chronicles” was
her first delve into a science fiction novel and she has been hooked
“I think I was born telling stories,” Kathy
explained during a recent interview. “As second to the oldest
of seven children, my sisters and I shared a bedroom. I loved making
up bedtime stories, with an eerie edge and frightening my sisters.
Things about fairies, leprechauns, and aliens even back then. If
they couldn’t sleep I knew I succeeded.”
In September of 1961 reports of Barney and
Betty Hill’s alien abduction claims took the media by storm.
Kathy has been fascinated by their story and any story that delved
into the “we are not alone” theory ever since.
“Earth’s Ultimate Conflict
concept initially came to me in a dream that lingered in my mind
for hours. Finally I told my husband about it over coffee and explained
to him that if it were a book I would love to read it. He said ‘if
you want to read it you have to write it’. With his encouragement
and support Earth’s Ultimate Conflict became the first novel
in the “Gray Guardians Series.”
Ultimate Conflict is the first novel in Kathy Porter's
Gray Guardians Series. Escape From Nuur, the second in the
series will be released next year.
What if the treat of a world-wide pandemic,
increased seismic activity, and global warming, were all linked
to alien abduction?
In the near future this frightening senerio
forces Rosa De Angelo t flee Earth with her three alien hybrid
children. In doing som she leaves behind Tony, her soul-mate and
husband. Ellen McCarthy is faced with the agonizing choice of abandoning
her love-starved hybrid children or finding a way back to her three-month-old
human child Griffin, before it’s to late.
With Earth’s inhabitants faced with
seemingly insurmountable illness and destruction, two rival alien
species offer them salvation. United States President Barbara Unger
will make the ultimate decision of who to trust the Grays or the
a significant force in Hollywood. She is a five-time Emmy nominee,
a Golden Globe nominee, and the recipient of The Lillian Gish
Award from Women in Film, The Angel Award, The Golden Block Award,
and Six B.E.N. Awards. From the award-winning series Quantum
Leap to the internationally acclaimed Masterpiece Theatre's Cora
Unashamed, Deborah M. Pratt’s vision is an inspiration
to audiences worldwide. A master storyteller with a spiritual
dream for a better world, Deborah M. Pratt breaks the mold of
science fiction and creates a genre of science fantasy with the
soul of the universe and a key to the human heart. Intricately
layered with scientific fact and fascinating detail, The Vision
Quest is a riveting journey.
Quest Trilogy opens when the harmony of Book One’s The
Age of Light is torn into factions of the beings—human
and the array of new species that now share our planet—who
must grapple with forces and technologies at once ancient and
frighteningly new. Here we find seventeen-year-old Cole “Lazer” Lazerman,
a young man bent on both revenge and redemption. With his beloved
father murdered and his Atlantian home under the control of the
biodroid Black Guards and their evil leader, Five, Lazer enters
a series of explosive battlefields—spiritual, virtual and
real. His personal fight to control his own emotions can ultimately
bring salvation or the world’s impending doom.
In Book Two’s The Odyssey Lazer,
along with his friends—and the newfound love of his life—must
master the Visionistic Arts, harness the limitless power of the
human mind and spirit, survive the perilous odyssey to get home
in time to save himself, his mother, his war torn home in Atlantia
and ultimately the world from Five and his biodroid army.
The Vision Quest is an action-packed, Science
Fantasy adventure based on the science and technology of today--projected
into a very probable tomorrow. Get
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Darlene Quinn is an author and journalist
from Long Beach, California. Webs of Power, the first novel of
her Web Series, was the Winner of the 2009 National Indie Excellence
Award for Fiction and a Finalist for the National USA Best Book
Award for General Fiction. The highly anticipated sequel, Twisted
Webs, also won the National USA Best Book Finalist Award
for General Fiction. Webs of Fate, the prequel to Webs of
Power, will be released October 2011, and currently, Darlene
is working on Unpredictable Webs for a Fall of 2012 release. Quinn's
first published novel, Sizzling Cold Case, published in January
of 2007, was a somewhat unusual collaboration as well as labor
of love for her dear friend, Buddy Ebsen. His work-in-progress
was a Barnaby Jones novel, which at his widow's request, Quinn
was thrilled to complete.
In addition, she has published articles
in both "Inskeeping World" and "Savvy Magazine" highlighting
the business knowledge she gained during her time as Corporate
Training Director for the Bullock's Department Stores and as Director
of Personnel/Organization Development for Bullocks Wilshire (West
Coast Divisions of the former Federated Department Store conglomerate,
which is now Macy's Inc.)
As part of a nine-member management team
for the Bullocks Wilshire Specialty Department Store Division,
Darlene Quinn has the insider's perspective on the rise and fall
of major department stores. Twisted Webs, continues the saga of
corporate greed and raw human struggles with characters we have
come to know and love.
Quinn became interested in storytelling
at an early age but did not begin writing until her adult life.
Prior to being an author, Quinn was a teacher in the public school
system, a self-improvement and modeling instructor, a private contractor
for various department stores (Bullock's/Robinson's) and hospitals.
She has two children, John and Jodie, six wonderful grandchildren,
and happily lives with her husband and greatest supporter, Jack,
a restorer of valuable art, in Long Beach, California.
crisscross America, from LA to New York, as vivid Scenes of luxury,
envy, retail empire power plays, back stabbing, lust, haute couture,
and manipulation play out among the supporting cast of spirited,
talented, and oftentimes snarky personalities.
“On first opening the pages of Darlene
Quinn’s Webs series, readers may well feel that they are
in for an engaging ‘all about’ novel-- in Quinn’s
case all about the glamorous, dangerous, byzantine, and ultimately
exciting world of fashion and high-end retail—and those readers
would be right. But wait! There’s more! Quinn develops her
storylines and plot in a way that keeps the world engaging and
the books charging forward. And don’t get complacent—nothing
is what it seems and no character is without great secrets that
will twist events and surprise the reader in breathtaking ways.
There’s a great deal of fun and entertainment to be had in
falling into these beguiling webs.”
--Frank Gaspar, author of Stealing Fatima
and endowed chair/distinguished professor and writer in residence,
University of Massachusetts.
Learn more and order books at:www.darlenequinn.net
Fired from her job as a Washington TV producer,
Sammy needs a second chance. Her midnight to 3 am show “Sammy
Greene on the LA Scene” at a small radio station soon has
her ruffling the feathers of a popular Orange County congressman.
And everyone is listening.
December, 1999. Ten days before the new
millennium, Already on edge with Santa Ana “devil wind” fanning
fires threatening to engulf the city and Y2K looming, Sammy’s
callers imagine Armageddon- the perfect setting for a rogue CIA
operative to manipulate fears as cover for his deadly plot.
A young woman’s burned body identified
as the wayward daughter of old friend, Gus Pappajohn, spurs the
ex-campus cop to join Sammy in what may be a murder investigation,
along the way exposing the seamy underbelly of Tiinseltown. If
Sammy’s not careful this time, someone will make sure she’s
off the air for good.....
Reid: I began my own neighborhood newspaper at age 10 and
continued to write in high school and at the University of Maryland,
where I also worked at the campus radio and TV stations. In medical
school, I became “The Doc Around the Rock” on radio
until I started my clinical training. Then, after my residency,
I wrote for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Tribune
International, Salon.com, the Baltimore Sun, and the Huffington
Post. I also worked as a medical feature reporter for the CBS-affiliate
in D.C., and as a medical editor and host for Lifetime Medical
Television. The first Sammy Greene thriller, Dead Air, was awarded
the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award for best thriller, and my
sci-fi novel Where Angels Fear to Tread/Renegade Paladins was
awarded the 2010 Mensa Best Young Adult Novel award. I feel truly
blessed to be part of the brotherhood of physician-writers.
Short: Deborah Shlian is a physician,
healthcare consultant, and author of five award winning medical
mystery/thrillers, three co-authored with her husband, Joel. Linda
Reid is a physician-broadcaster-author and a Clinical Assistant
Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA. Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid
are also authors of Dead Air, which won first prize in the Thriller
category of the National Indie Excellence 2010 Awards.
Sammy Greene's blog: http://sammygreene.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/hello-world/
Late in 2004, Tom Ruck had an idea for a
book to honor the American Veteran and scribbled the idea down
on a cocktail napkin. The next morning he read the napkin
and decided he had to make this idea a reality and started the
process of creating and publishing that idea. Since he was not
a known author or photographer, the journey to publication was
difficult and most interesting. He created this book as a labor
of love to honor the truest of American heroes, our veterans. The
result of Tom’s efforts, "Sacred Ground, A Tribute
to America’s Veterans," was released by Regnery
Publishing and achieved a #5 ranking on Amazon in its’ category.
Acting Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs
Gordon H. Mansfield presented Ruck with a Special Commendation
Award in Washington, DC. “Tom Ruck has brought honor
and recognition to America’s heroes and the VA,” said
Mansfield. “His respect and admiration for the service and
sacrifices of our veterans and their families is reflected on every
page of this book. Sacred Ground has heightened the public’s
awareness of the courage, commitment and sacrifices of America’s
Ruck is a frequent guest speaker to veteran support groups around
the country and has appeared on over 100 radio and television
stations promoting the causes of our America’s Veterans.
In 2008, Tom was honored to deliver the opening remarks at Jefferson
Barracks National Cemetery on Memorial Day, presented the keynote
address at Irvine College on Veterans Day, and was a guest speaker
at the Defender of Freedom Symposium in Washington D.C. Most
recently, Tom served as the Master of Ceremonies at the Riverside
National Cemetery program this past Memorial Day and was the
Keynote Speaker at the 2009 Los Angeles National Cemetery Veterans
Day event “Honoring all Veterans.”
Mr. Ruck has been presented to the President
of the United States for consideration to the position of Under
Secretary for Memorial Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
If the President nominates Mr. Ruck, he would require Senate confirmation
before assuming the post.
Sacred Ground was awarded with a Gold
Medal from the Military Writers Soceity of America in non-fiction
for 2009. It was named the Overall Grand Prize winner
at the Branson Stars & Flags Book Awards, which is part of
America’s largest veteran celebration, The Branson week-long “Celebration
of Veterans.” And as the Winner in the 2009 USA
Best Book Awards in the Military History category.
Professionally, Ruck is the Director
of National Accounts for Trident USA Health Services. He is a graduate
of the University of Missouri in Columbia and grew up in the St.
Louis area where he was active in many volunteer and philanthropic
organizations. He now resides in Southern California and serves as
a Visiting Fellow to the Freedom Alliance Foundation and is a member
of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
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other fine booksellers.
Although Madeline Sharples worked for most
of her professional life as a technical writer and editor, grant
writer, and proposal manager, she fell in love with poetry and
creative writing in grade school. She pursued her writing interests
to high school while studying journalism and writing for the high
school newspaper, and she studied journalism in college. However,
she only began to fulfill her dream to be a professional writer
later in life.
Madeline’s memoir, Leaving the
Hall Light On (Lucky Press LLC, 2011), is the harrowing
but ultimately uplifting tale of the course of years from her
son Paul’s diagnosis with bipolar disorder, through his
suicide at her home to the present day. It details how Madeline,
her husband and younger son weathered every family’s
addition to Leaving the Hall Light On, Madeline co-authored Blue-Collar
Women: Trailblazing Women Take on Men-Only Jobs (New Horizon
Press, 1994) a book about women in nontraditional professions and
co-edited the poetry anthology, The Great American Poetry
Show, Volumes 1 (Muse Media, 2004) and 2 (2010). Her poetry
accompanies the work of photographer Paul Blieden in two books,
The Emerging Goddess and Intimacy as well as appearing in print
and online on many occasions.
Madeline is now a full-time writer and is
working on her next book, a novel, based in the 1920s. She and
Bob, her husband of 40 years, live in Manhattan Beach, California,
a small beach community south of Los Angeles. Her younger son Ben
lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife Marissa.
more information and to buy books, please visit:
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V.J. Waks has been telling stories
since childhood. This normally can get one into trouble unless
you write the stories down. Society then forgives, and people
begin to notice.
And so came TAU 4, Book One
in this author’s series of sci fi novels. A story of deceit
and betrayal, of obsession and determination, TAU 4 takes
the reader to savage worlds of storm and jungle, the life and
death struggle of a warrior people and the inevitable conflict
of creator and created.
Nothing is as it appears to be in TAU
4 or in HAMMERSPACE, Book Two, of the series.The
continuing story of Gerda Tau takes a deadly and unforeseen
turn. A new, more dangerous enemy surfaces in this taut drama
of conspiracy, world domination and revelation for the creature
made by Dyle Carzon.
for launch in early summer 2010, HAMMERSPACE will be available
through Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble, and all major distributors,
as well as from the author’s site at vjwaks.com, where
readers can sample both books.
The author of TAU 4 still
finds time to pen a script or two. A Nicholl’s Fellowship
Screenplay Competition Quarterfinalist, this native New Yorker
now abides in a haunted carriage house in Los Angeles.
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Maralys Wills calls herself a “genre-hopper.” Her
twelve books span no fewer than six different genres, though this
wasn’t her intention when she began witting. “In the
beginning,” she says, “I just wanted to write. The
genre-hopping was an accident.”
Her fiction works include four romance novels
published by Harlequin and Silhouette, and a techno-thriller about
airplane sabotage. The N.Y. Times called SCATTERPATH “exciting,
down-to-the-wire stuff . . . her cockpit sequences all but put
the reader at the controls.”
years of teaching creative writing, Wills was gratified that Stephens
Press also published her writing book, DAMN THE REJECTIONS, FULL
SPEED AHEAD: The Bumpy Road to Getting Published. Within three
weeks, the book won First Place in its category from USA Book News,
and later a First Place from the Indie awards.
For the past 22 years, Wills has taught
college novel-writing, and in 2000 was voted “Teacher of
the Year.” In addition to frequent speaking engagements,
she has given numerous writing seminars---at UCLA, UC Riverside,
UCI, Orange Coast College, Cerritos College, and at writers’ conferences
across the country. She is a past president of the Orange County
Chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Synopsis: Damn the Rejections, Full Speed
A treasure trove of sage advice for the
new writer packaged in easy to digest and fun to read anecdotes.
Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead offers real world suggestions
for writing novels or non-fiction and turning them into not only
saleable, but bestseller works.
The family was changed by a boy—a
stubborn, relentless, infuriating—but ingenious and creative
He was the first in a family of six children,
with parents who initially balked at his fantasies. Yet almost
everything that captured the world’s attention—double-decker
bicycles, international hang gliding records, the drama of “flying” a
motorcycle, a British championship won by landing on one foot—all
these were part of young Bob Wills’s singular vision.
Prevailing against all the people who called
him impractical, a dreamer, Bobby became a legend in the fledgling
sport of hang gliding. Sports Illustrated wrote of him, “Like
Paul Elvstrom, the great Danish sailor, he seems now to own a special
part of the wind that not even he can see and no one else can find.”
In the end, Bobby not only profoundly changed
his family and the pilots who flocked to emulate him, he did what
he’d intended all along. He lived a life that had never been
More about Maralys:
Among her non-fiction works are MANBIRDS:
HANG GLIDERS & HANG GLIDING (Prentice-Hall), a party game book,
FUN GAMES FOR GREAT PARTIES (Price/ Stern/Sloan), and her family
story about the sons who were hang gliding champions, HIGHER THAN
EAGLES (Longstreet Press—in 2010 re-published by Stephens
Press). Sadly, the Wills family lost two sons to the sport, and
Wills’ account of those years--initially exhilarating, then
tragic--earned her high marks in Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus.
HIGHER THAN EAGLES garnered five movie options, including from
Disney, and today is once more under consideration by film makers.
Wills’ book on addiction, SAVE MY
SON, is the result of years of trauma with an addicted son. During
several years of research in four states, Wills found not one,
but many solutions to the addiction problem.
Her recent, light-hearted memoir, A CIRCUS
WITHOUT ELEPHANTS, earned a national award from Writer’s
Digest. In 2008, Stephens Press published the sequel, A CLOWN IN
THE TRUNK, (an Indie award winner).
The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is
a 501 (c) non-profit that provides a forum for writers of all disciplines
to meet and discuss their craft and the business of writing. GLAWS
accomplishes this through monthly meetings, discussion forums, critique
groups, special writer appearances, conferences, and other events conducted
for the purpose of educating and mentoring writers of all levels of
expertise. GLAWS monthly general meetings are open to the public, the
first you may attend free before joining. It is a great venue to meet
other writers and expand your expertise.