The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is proud
to present a talented slate of almost thirty authors in Booths at
the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 30 and May 1st,
2011. Authors will appear each day and have their books
available for sale and autograph to attendees and fans.
to appear (in alphabetical order) include:
ONE HELL OF A JOURNEY chronicles the triumphant
journey of a young man who was propelled from the heart of the
African jungle, where he grew up, to the bright lights of Hollywood
by the sheer power of a dream – the American dream.
Driven by ambition, and guided by faith,
Christian had endured tremendous hardship along the way. He almost
died alone in Gabon; was homeless in the cold and mean streets
of Harare for months; went hungry for nine straight days; and got
stranded in Zambia for almost a year.
During his chaotic quest, Christian’s
body had been battered by the elements, his soul rattled and his
faith tested incessantly. But even though his spirit almost broke,
he managed to stay the course and learned that life is a package
deal that comes with the good and the bad, and it all begins with
one of the most important gifts to human kind… a dream.
Christian Amougou has managed to combine his love for words,
sharp imagination with the magic of entertainment. While studying
literature at University of Yaounde, in Cameroon, where he was
born, the art of filmmaking captured his interest, so he began
the learning process by asking basic questions to the people
who seemed to have answers. The seed was planted, and the quest
for entertaining the world was on.
For his first experience in the field, Christian
wrote and directed his first no-budget film, La Djamboula, at age
17, in Cameroon. He was then brought on to do production assistant
work on Quartier Mozart, a French production that was shooting
in Yaounde, his hometown. In 1994, Christian moved to Gabon, where
he created and produced a successful television show titled Cinema-Cinema.
He simultaneously served as producer on Bhat Power Show, a weekly
music show for TeleAfrica.
As Christian’s experience grew, so
did his love for the entertainment business. In 1996, he moved
to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he focused more on another
facet of his multiple skills – acting. He worked on several
projects from television shows such as: Generations, 25 Degrees
South, Egoli, to commercials like: Seiko, Smirnoff, McDonald’s,
Guinness, and films like: A Walk in The Night. Christian kept his
momentum going, but Africa seemed to have gotten smaller for his
burning drive and thirst for success. He was after the world, and
that only meant one thing… Hollywood!
Upon arrival in Hollywood, Christian hit
the ground running. He completed his first feature screenplay,
wrote, produced and directed his first short film: Last Minute,
and began the process of mingling with the movers and shakers of
Tinsel Town. In 2007, Christian launched his production company:
Amougou Entertainment, through which his has produced television
talk show pilots, and is developing feature films, television series,
reality shows, game shows, and documentaries. His first published
book is titled: One Hell of a Journey: A True Story. It chronicles
the long journey that has taken him form the little African village
where he grew up to the doorsteps of Hollywood.
As a student of human nature, Christian
knows that there is always much to learn about this challenging
industry, but he also believes that his imagination will always
buzz out of control, itching to entertain the world one way or
Learn more at: www.onehellofajourney.com
Book is available at: www.xlibris.com, www.amazon.com,
Sara Beacham has been writing fiction
since the Sixties. The native Texan has written a science
fiction novel, three children's books, and numerous short stories. Sara
holds a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a master's degree
in educational psychology counseling. Still writing at the
age of 71, Miranda and the Tiger’s Eye is Sara’s
first published work.
Miranda and the Tiger’s Eye is a young reader’s
book that tells the story of a girl’s journey into a vivid
fantasy land where she learns life lessons and makes treasured
friends. Miranda’s adventure begins with a gift and
a wish. The gift, from a collector’s shop in India,
is a special stone that fell from a statue stolen long ago.
stone, called a Tiger’s Eye, is said to have magical powers. Her
wish to return the stone to its original owner soon becomes her
quest. Along the way, she is joined by a talking secretary
bird and barn owl, both of whom bear similarities to real people
in her life.
Audience: Young readers and fans of Harry Potter, The Wizard
of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan will love Miranda
and the Tiger’s Eye.
Follow Miranda at: www.MirandaAndTheTigersEye.com, www.facebook.com/MirandaAndTheTigersEye,
www.Amazon.com, or www.myspace.com/SaraBeacham
Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQd3l2g44Ko
both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in English, specializing
in medieval literature. Her personal studies of mythology led
her to write THE SCRIBBLER'S GUIDE TO THE LAND OF MYTH, about
the mythic structures writers use to enhance their stories.
She spent 18 years on the research staff
of the quiz show JEOPARDY! She has published a range of writings,
from literary scholarship to comic book short stories.
was the Chair of the Mythcon 40 Convention held at UCLA in 2009.
"The years of working in libraries
along with my time at Jeopardy! have given me very strong research
skills. I apply all this background not just to my own writing
projects, but also to consulting and coaching (in any creative
Sarah is also a Writing Coach & Consultant
and Author , and specializes in the Analysis of mythic motifs in
stories; structure concerns; developing characterizations; and
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What If?…a reflection on hair is
a book that asks children a series of fun, light questions which
leads them to ponder the BIG question: if you have different hair,
or no hair at all, would you be a different person? It emphasizes
that each and every one of us is so beautiful exactly as we are.
It helps children value diversities of appearance using hair as
an example and is a perfect vehicle to introduce children at a
young age to the concept of accepting oneself and others exactly
as we are. It will aid them in coming to grips with the self image
issues that can affect them throughout life.
book is also very inspiring for children who have hair loss either
from alopecia or during and after cancer treatments or brain surgery.
Samia Boctor is
a first time children’s author. She considers her book,
What if...a reflection on hair, a work of love that sends young
readers the message that they are so beautiful exactly as they
are. The book also reminds parents, friends and family to constantly
echo this message to their kids and to each other.
Samia is a physician, wife, mother, and
grandmother. She has been working with student health departments
at universities in the Los Angeles area for many years. Samia lived
and studied in Egypt, Canada, and the USA. She has been living
in the Los Angeles area for the past 30 years. She enjoys hiking,
dancing, and travel.
Murder in the Métro, is an
enthralling historical study of an unsolved murder.
On the evening of May 16, 1937, the train
doors opened at the Porte Dorée station in the Paris Métro
to reveal a dying woman slumped by a window, a nine-inch stiletto
buried to its hilt in her neck. No one witnessed the crime, and
the killer left behind little forensic evidence. This first-ever
murder in the Paris Métro dominated the headlines for weeks
during the summer of 1937, as journalists and the police slowly
uncovered the shocking truth about the victim: a twenty-nine-year-old
Italian immigrant, the beautiful and elusive Laetitia Toureaux.
Toureaux toiled each day in a factory, but spent nights working
as a spy in the seamy Parisian underworld. Just as the dangerous
spy Mata Hari had fascinated Parisians a generation before, the
mystery of Toureaux’s murder held the French public spellbound
in pre-war Paris, as the police tried and failed to identify her
Murder in the Métro, Gayle K. Brunelle and Annette Finley-Croswhite
unravel Toureaux’s complicated and mysterious life, assessing
her complex identity within the larger political context of the
time. They follow the trail of Toureaux’s murder investigation
to the Comité Secret d’Action Révolutionnaire,
a secret right-wing political organization popularly known as the
Cagoule, or “hooded ones.” Obsessed with the Communist
threat they perceived in the growing power of labor unions and
the French left wing, the Cagoule’s leaders aimed to overthrow
France’s Third Republic and install an authoritarian regime
allied with Italy. With Mussolini as their ally and Italian fascism
as their model, they did not shrink from committing violent crimes
and fomenting terror to accomplish their goal. In 1936, Toureaux—at
the behest of the French police—infiltrated this dangerous
group of terrorists and seduced one of its leaders, Gabriel Jeantet,
to gain more information. By examining documents related
to Toureaux’s murder—documents the French government
has sealed from public view until 2038—Brunelle and Finley-Croswhite
link Toureaux’s death not only to the Cagoule but also to
the Italian secret service, for whom she acted as an informant. Their
research provides likely answers to the question of the identity
of Toureaux’s murder and offers a fascinating look at the
dark and dangerous streets of pre-World War II Paris.
Gayle K. Brunelle is a member of a relatively
rare breed – a native-born Vermonter. Raised in Rutland,
Vermont, she attended Saint Michael’s College in Colchester,
Vermont, where she earned her baccalaureate in history. Perhaps
because of the affect of the New England atmosphere in her upbringing,
she has always had an affinity for tales of crime, mystery and
mayhem, and since her undergraduate days, when she originally majored
in creative writing before switching to history, she has written
murder mysteries as a hobby. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in history
from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia, and is currently Professor
of History at California State University, Fullerton. Her first
book, The New World Merchants of Rouen, 1555-1630 (1991) developed
out of her research for her doctoral dissertation.
Gayle is of French Québecois descent,
and The New World Merchants of Rouen, as well as her forth-coming
book, Champlain: Founder of New France (forthcoming, Bedford/St.
Martin’s Press, December 2011), grew out of her interest
in the earliest French colonial ventures in the New World. She
is currently writing Tropical Chimeras: France in Guiana, 1605-1655,
on the 17th century French struggle to colonize the coast of South
America, a project that lets her combine her affinity for murder
and mayhem with her interest in French colonization, since these
early French South American colonies ended in mutinies, native
uprisings and massacres. She is also writing a fictional murder
mystery set in Saratoga, New York. Gayle and Annette intend to
pursue their love of “Paris-noir” with two sequels
to Murder in the Métro – Vengeance: Vichy and the
Assassination of Marx Dormoy and Terrorists of the National Revolution.
Gayle resides in Brea, California.
Annette Finley-Croswhite is a professor
of history and chair of the department of history at Old Dominion
University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is also the author of Henry
IV and the Towns: The Pursuit of Legitimacy in French Urban Society,
In the coffee-table book Everybody I
Shot Is Dead, photographer/author Deborah Chesher pays
tribute to forty-eight musicians she shot in Vancouver and Los
Angeles between 1974 and 1979, who have since passed away. With
access to the world of rock’n’roll that most can
only dream of, she not only captured amazing images of these
legendary performers, but also personal memories and captivating
Chesher’s collection of over four
hundred of her never-before-seen iconic photographs is accompanied
by biographies and her personal reflections of a time when music
was the magic that drove a generation.
Chesher began her creative adventures as a rock and roll photographer
and journalist in Vancouver, B.C. She shot hundreds of concerts
up and down the west coast, including groups such as Led Zeppelin,
Elton John, the Eagles, George Harrison, and the Bee Gees, to name
a few. She relocated to Los Angeles with the idea to do a book
featuring art by musicians, believing that a person with one creative
talent could also be equally talented in another.
The result was coffee-table book Starart, showcasing the
fine art of Joni Mitchell, John Mayall, Cat Stevens, Klaus Voormann,
Commander Cody, and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones. Starart debuted
in 1980 to rave reviews and was featured in publications across
the country, including Rolling Stone, People and Playboy. Deborah
produced art gallery shows of original works from Starart,
with gala openings attended by the artists in Los Angeles, New
York, San Francisco and Laguna Beach.
She then fulfilled her dream to work in film, freelancing as a
still photographer, designer and reader before accepting a staff
position at Cannon Pictures as the Creative Director in advertising
and marketing. Her efforts were instrumental in garnering millions
of dollars in foreign, domestic feature and video revenues. She
left Cannon to start her own design company, providing creative
advertising services to 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and many
independent production and distribution companies.
Deborah produced and starred in Final Placement at the Tiffany
Theater in Los Angeles, raising thousands of dollars for the child
abuse charity, Childhelp USA. She also recently produced
the filming of a Mick Fleetwood concert in Coachella, CA that will
be released worldwide soon.
She wrote her first screenplay in 2002 and has since optioned two
screenplays. She returned to her rock and roll roots with
the release of her coffee table Everybody I Shot Is Dead,
honoring 48 musicians she photographed who have since passed away. And
many of the characters in her forthcoming music driven movie My
First Kiss are inspired by her own experiences in the wild
and wonderful world of rock and roll.
Cynthia Cordell’s book “Sharing
Short Stories” was a way for her to express herself creatively. These
stories aspire to boost the reader’s ego. The reader
only needs to get into the mind of one her characters to feel virtually
immersed in the closeness Cynthia has felt with each of her literary
Writer’s block helped her to focus
on getting around creative obstacles and created challenges along
her writing path that she described as ‘life experiences,’ rather
than struggles. Determined to transform even the most awkward
of writer’s stumbling blocks into something positive, her
short stories reach out to the optimist in all of us!
Both leisure time and work time – the
internet has brought it all together for this young author. Cynthia
J. Cordell, who on the back of her mind, aspires to do a blog,
reads and critiques the work of others on online writing communities
fact the sunrise each and every morning is a welcome occurrence
for her because it’s a chance to get on the internet. Challenges
(great and small), usually those that have to do with researching
her writing, are just keyboard clicks away from being resolved.
When she’s not writing, she’s
drawing clip art and submitting them to online greeting card websites.
Writing her book “Sharing Short Stories” was
a way for her to express herself creatively. The stories
aspire to boost the reader’s ego. The reader only needs
to get into the mind of one her characters to feel virtually immersed
in the closeness Cynthia feels with each and every one of her literary
Writer’s block has helped her to focus
on getting around creative obstacles and has created challenges
along her writing path that she likes to describe now as ‘life
experiences,’ rather than struggles. Determined to
transform even the most awkward of writer’s stumbling blocks
into something positive, her short stories reach out to the optimist
in all of us!
In the 1990’s, Cynthia also worked
at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a software engineer. Her
work there has introduced a smattering of technical insight into
Learn more and order books at: http://www.SharingShortStories.com
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
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“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.
FINDING THE GOLD IN YOUR LIFE STORY is
about fictionalizing your truth in your writing. It is for anyone
who has a story and wants to learn about the best platform to write
your story in. It is a writing book for television and feature
writers but also a business, life and spiritual book for anyone
who has a desire to learn how to add fiction to their truth and
bring it to the page.
Jen Grisanti is a Story Consultant,
Independent Producer, Writing Instructor for NBC’s Writers
on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the
upcoming book, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story.
Grisanti started her career as an assistant
to Aaron Spelling 15 years ago. Aaron was her mentor for the next
12 years as she climbed the ranks and eventually ran Current Programs
at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows
including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. In 2004,
Jen was promoted to Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount
where she covered shows including Medium, Numbers, NCIS, 4400 and
Girlfriends. While at CBS/Paramount, she served as a mentor in
the CBS Diversity Program, which seeks out and nurtures young writers
In January 2008, Jen launched Jen Grisanti
Consultancy Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to helping talented
writers break into the industry. By drawing on her 12-year experience
as a studio executive where she gave daily notes to executive producers/showrunners,
Jen personally guides writers to shape their material, hone their
pitches, and focus their careers. Since launching, Jen has worked
with over 250 writers working in television, features and novels. Twelve
of her clients have staffed as writers on television shows and
two have sold pilots that went to series. In 2008, Jen was
hired to be the Writing Instructor for NBC’s Writers on the
Verge. Jen is also a blogger for The Huffington Post. Jen wrote
Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story in 2010. It is
being published by Michael Wiese Productions and will be out in
March of 2011.
brand is Developing From Within. Her company hosts Storywise Seminars
and Teleseminars as a way to get this message out. She has CDs
and workbooks for “How To Write a TV Spec Script” and “How
To Write A TV Pilot Script” and a Storywise Workbook: Gearing
Up for Staffing and Development Season and "Story Structure
For The TV Spec and Pilot Script. All her products are available
on her website at www.jengrisanticonsultancy.com and at The Writers
Store. Jen also has a Storywise Podcast Series available on iTunes
and her website. The podcast digs deep into the story behind some
of our top storytellers as a way to inform, motivate and inspire
listeners to go after their dreams. Final Draft/Script Magazine
are now promoting the podcast series as well. Jen has taught classes
for the Scriptwriters Network, Screenwriting Expo, the Northwestern
Screenwriter’s Guild in Seattle and the Alameda’s Writer’s
Group. She has served on panels for the WGA and The Writer’s
Bootcamp. In 2009, her company hosted a Writing Retreat in Hawaii
at the Turtle Bay Resort.
Jen meets writers who are interested in
her services for a free initial half hour consult that can be done
in person or on the phone. She then specially designs between 2-5
proposals to fit the client’s needs and help them attain
Millie Johanna Heur snaps photos and is
a writer who uses both mediums to document and share the poetry
she finds in her every day experiences. She was a co-editor of
A.K.A. Magazine, a “little magazine” which published
poetry and prose by writers such as Billy Collins, Charles Bukowski,
and Gerald Locklin. She served as the co-director of a poetry reading
series at various art venues in the Los Angeles area. Millie Johanna
Heur is a longtime practitioner of yoga, meditation and ecstatic
dance and enjoys writing short or micro pieces about her experiences
with each. The creation of Two Friends Press and the editing of
Tequila Tales are her first ventures back into editing and publishing.
Tequila Tales edited by Millie
Johanna Heur and Roy Anthony Shabla
Tequila Tales is an anthology of short anecdotes,
autobiographic memoirs and longer works of creative fiction unified
by the presence of the iconic alcoholic beverage.
The tales included in the book span genres. Besides
a humorous tale about a spiritual healer’s encounter with
the beverage under the most unexpected circumstances while on a
teaching trip to Mexico, there is a science fiction story about
the use of tequila by visitors to Earth from another planet, a
mystery set in the middle of the current home-foreclosure crisis,
and a metaphysical tale where tequila and tantra weave concepts
of reincarnation and the transmigration of souls into a modern
list of contributors to Tequila Tales includes well-known, career
writers as well as newcomers; respected editors and publishers
as well as painters, musicians, teachers, and writers of all walks
of life. Some of the more recognizable names include Philip
Daughtry (whom Beat poet Gary Snyder called "a raven of transatlantic
magic, a writer of quick craft and sure language.") Gerald
Locklin (whose most recent books include New and Selected Poems and New
and Selected Prose both from World Parade Books), Gary Phillips
(most recently the editor and contributor to the bestselling Orange
County Noir from Akashic), and Ken Kuhlken (whose stories
have appeared in Esquire and dozens of other magazines
and anthologies, been honorably mentioned in Best American
Short Stories, and earned a National Endowment for the Arts
More information and details about Tequila
Tales and the full biographies of all the contributors can be found
at the website www.tequilatales.com or
at the Two Friends Press website www.twofriendspress.com.
John Johnson, Pastor, RAS, CSC is
the author of, Alcoholism, Wrongly Diagnosed.
The book shows how to overcome alcoholism,
and drug addiction, without ever attending a 12-Step meeting, by
learning how to properly approach God, in a way that guarantees
recovery, with everlasting results.
Understanding, the true nature of addiction,
and the 12-step program not-being as effective, as many believe
it to be; is why Triumph House Press author, John E. Johnson set
out to pen a book, on the hidden and disbelieved cause of addiction,
and the 12-step deception, and its ineffectiveness.
Based On A True Story, within the pages
of this eye-opening new title, Alcoholism, Wrongly Diagnosed, The
Real Reason Why Its So Hard To Break The Cycle of Alcoholism & Drug
Addiction, and How to Win With God’s Help, ($15.95, 254pg.
paperback, ISBN 978-0-61541-074-6), John Johnson will show the
reader, the underlying cause of addiction, and how to overcome
addiction, without ever having to attend a single 12-step meeting.
Reader will learn the proper way to approach God to secure recovery.
Grayson, Freelance Editor, says Wrongly Diagnosed is an unflinching
look at the true nature of addiction. Pastor Johnson gives the
reader an inside look at this national tragedy and the path he
has found to healing. The book is the work of a refreshingly honest
and engaging writer who repays the time you invest in him with
John Johnson has extensive knowledge in
demonology and addiction. He is the co-founder and former Director
of the Wings of Healing Alcohol/Drug Ministry in Los Angeles, CA
at Greater Bethany Community Church, from 1993-1999. In 18 years
of counseling, he has helped many addicts to overcome their addiction
to alcohol and drugs. Johnson is now, an Ordained Pastor, HIV Prevention
Counselor, a Registered Addiction Specialist-(alcohol and drug
counselor), from Breining Institute; a Chemical Dependency Counselor
certificate from, Be Well Now Institute.
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Kristi Koons’ book “Great
Falls, Virginia!” is a novella 20+ years in
the making, the book captures the free spirited times of
the 70’s and those who rocked with them.
Mother Dusty Rose
has written her daughter Virginia a letter upon her high school
graduation. It turns into a 90’s book-length cautionary
tale of wild times and misadventures as well as what can happen
to young women who trade “belonging” to a guy for
the dreams they hoped to have come true – as in the case
of Virginia’s classmate, Roberta who was murdered by her
boyfriend on the eve of graduation.
the book in a storage box, Dusty gives Virginia a ‘heads
up’ that maybe it’s time to pass it on to her granddaughter
Shelly who has just come of age.
sex, rock and roll and even a Christian cult lead up to Dusty’s
young single momdom and what came after. Most events and happenings
were based on actual occurrences in Ms. Koons’ life. Her
writing mantra is “What's true in fiction stays true fiction
to protect both the innocent and the guilty." Written
with humor, zest and heartfelt “telling it like it was”, “Great
Falls, Virginia!” allows the reader to explore another
time through the eyes of a young woman full of heart and hope;
a woman who holds on to the belief that light and a life worth
having for her and her daughter will surely follow after the
darkness she’s created from her choices in love and life.
Ultimately they do.
Color to your
heart’s content while reading Kristi Koons’ story
of “Heather on the Heather”, an adventurous tale
of a spunky little girl on her way home from school after the
rain. Caught by surprise when the wind blows a bubble onto the
tip of her umbrella, Heather is at a loss to know what to do
next when she discovers the three little men inside of it. Now
in an adventure she can’t get out of, Heather seeks advice
from her woodland friends, Lila the Ladybug and Gatsby the Owl.
Neither have the answer but send her to someone who will – Electra
the Wonder Wing. What happens next is a lesson in teamwork, believing
in oneself and one’s ability to be part of a solution even
in new situations, and the importance of trusting your inner
knowing even when others tell you that you’re wrong or
too young to know what’s really true and real.
Kristi Koons is
a writer/photographer with a long history of performance tendencies.
Her writing skills were first honed in middle and high school
public speaking courses in Coronado, California. Sometimes she’d
overwrite a skit and need most of the class to have all the characters
At L.A. Valley
College she initially pursued journalism until her then angsty
nature let theatre arts get the better of her, and she switched
majors. This new direction led her to join a drama workshop that
traveled to New York after the impending threat of the “Big
One” in 1969 frightened away her native New Yorker drama
coach. Nothing too significant happened there for her theatrically
so she returned to L.A. where, other than her poetry, both acting
and writing went into hiatus for a while. Eventually Ms. Koons
regained an interest in writing, and wrote some short stories
and “Blue Biscuits and Salt Water Tea”, a one-act
play which was read by Alan Bates, but never acted upon.
After seeing the
movie “Rocky” in 1975, Ms. Koons felt L.A. calling
her home from San Diego where she had moved to raise her daughter.
This in conjunction with the inspiration from a real life character
from one of her short stories reinstated her resolve to honor
her acting dream and she moved her family back to L.A. Another
decade passed with small successes in both acting and writing.
This included a short stint of writing for Arthur Godfrey’s
new radio show “Time of Your Life”, which stretched
her writing chops as a 30-something to take on the mindset of
a senior citizen – and, of course, Arthur. Within that
same time frame, Ms. Koons originated and voiced a three-minute
comedy spot, “The Fairygodmother Commentary” for
KDB Santa Barbara.
how well things seemed to be going with the addition of a part
in a non-union film and an equity waiver play, and sure money
must be almost ready to follow, Ms. Koons arranged her own audition
for the tv show “Fridays”, an 80’s Saturday
Night Live type show with Michael Richards and Jack Burns, among
Posing as a singing
telegram, she went as her Fairygodmother character after she
had carefully arranged a time that would not disrupt production.
It was planned as a quick five-minute audition of a comedy monologue
with a song at the end in the producer’s office. What happened
was an interception by Jack Burns who took her down to the soundstage
while one of the P.A.s located the producer, thereby disrupting
production. After she performed to the amusement of everyone
in the cast and crew – except the producer – Ms.
Koons made her way to her car where she remained stranded in
costume until AAA could show up.
After this point
Ms. Koons faded back into writing mode and took on the job of
project manager at an audiovisual firm, switching modes to behind
the scenes. Other than an unfortunate breakfast with one of the
animation companies about her “Heather on the Heather” book – who
knew fantasy had to be logical? – Ms. Koons kept her writing
under wraps until after she and her daughter moved to Las Vegas.
Here she published her first magazine article in the Nevada Business
Journal. More assignments followed there and with Las Vegas Style
magazine, putting Ms. Koons back on track with her writing. She
even got to perform live at the Las Vegas Convention Center's
VSDA convention as both Yogi Bear and Dino the Dinosaur during
the launch of Turner Entertainment's 'The Flintstones' movie.
Over the years Ms. Koons has freelanced as well as worked at
several newspapers and magazines. Some of her community stories
have also included her work as a photojournalist, a skill she
picked up when she went back to college in 1997 to get a pre-press
certificate. Since that time, Ms. Koons has had both stories
and photos published in the Denver Post, Press-Enterprise, LoDo
and online at Winners Within Us.com, where she received a Reader’s
Choice award for her story about Justine, a formerly homeless
Prior to coming
to L.A. a year ago, she was proud to be of No Shame, a writing/performing
troupe in Eugene, Oregon. There in Eugene Ms. Koons also exhibited
her photography, once at DIVA’s Members Gallery and twice
at the Museum of Unfine Art. Since arriving in L.A. Ms. Koons
has joined multiple writers’ organizations to move her
screenwriting efforts to the next level. Currently she has two
screenplays in the works – one a short film, the other
feature length. She also starred in a production of “Gray
Matters” at L.A. Valley College last summer – where
her acting dream first began. Currently working as a freelance
writer, she has spent the last month and a half writing marketing
content to promote another author’s book.
Ms. Koons’ turn as her first novella “Great Falls,
Virginia!” makes its debut at the Los Angeles Times Festival
of Books; a work that has been 20+ years getting to market. “Heather
on the Heather” will also have its’ official L.A.
debut - only this time without the hollandaise.
Marcia Meier is an award-winning
writer, teacher, published poet and former director of the Santa
Barbara Writers Conference.
She is the author of Navigating the
Rough Waters of Today's Publishing World, Critical
Advice for Writers from Industry Insiders (Quill Driver Books,
2010), which was named one of “10 Great Books on Writing
from 2010” by The Writer magazine. She also wrote Santa
Barbara, Paradise on the Pacific, a coffee table book published
in 1996 by Longstreet Press in Atlanta.
She has freelanced or written for numerous
publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The Writer magazine
and Santa Barbara Magazine. She also is a contributing writer to
Miller-McCune Magazine online and an occasional blogger with The
Huffington Post. Marcia also had two poems and one short story
accepted for publication in 2010.
Before joining the writers conference in 2004, Marcia was director
of college communications for a small, liberal arts college, where
she was responsible for marketing and community and media relations.
She also taught the college’s journalism course and advised
the campus newspaper for six years.
A print journalist for more than 20 years,
Marcia worked for four daily newspapers in the roles of reporter,
copy editor, assistant city editor and editorial page editor. She
was with the Santa Barbara News-Press for nearly 10 years, and
served as editorial page editor for most of that time. She also
wrote a personal column for five years.
She has a degree in journalism and has taught
a number of writing classes for various institutions in Santa Barbara
and San Luis Obispo, CA, including Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Westmont
College, Brooks Institute and Santa Barbara City College Adult
Marcia is a member of the Author's Guild and Pen USA, and has served
as a member of the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Journalism Department
Advisory Committee and the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s
Advisory Council. She also served on the boards of the Santa Barbara
Mental Health Association, the Architectural Foundation of Santa
Barbara, and Transition House, which helps homeless families. She
loves to take photographs, walk on the beach with her dogs, write
poetry and read good fiction.
She has recently had two of her poems and
a short story accepted for publication, and is at work on a novel
and a memoir. Marcia is a member of Pen USA and the Author's Guild.
the Rough Waters of Today's Publishing World,
Critical Advice for Writers from Industry Insiders, by Marcia
Meier, is the quintessential guide to finding success in a
turbulent publishing atmosphere.
Meier, the former director of the acclaimed
Santa Barbara Writers Conference, has gathered the latest thinking
on the future of publishing from the top names in the industry,
including The Writer publisher Elfrieda Abbe, literary agents Paul
Fedorko and Jeff Herman, RedRoom.com founder Ivory Madison, and
publisher and author Dan Poynter.
Navigating the Rough Waters of Today’s
Publishing World shows both new and experienced writers what’s
happening now in fiction and nonfiction book publishing, including
the new rules on packaging your book, working with agents, getting
published in magazines and newspapers, online and e-book publication,
and marketing and promotion. Written with clear-cut directions
and filled with advice from the publishing world’s top experts,
Navigating the Rough Waters of Today’s Publishing World is
the writer’s must-have guide to getting published in the
toughest market ever.
"Navigating the Rough Waters of Today's
Publishing World is a compendium of practical, 'real-world' advice,
insight, commentary, and instruction for writers seeking publication
in today's increasingly volatile, rapidly evolving, and fiercely
competitive publishing industry. (It) should be considered mandatory
reading for anyone and all aspiring authors seeking to become successful
professionals." - Midwest Book Review
Ms. Moore is the author
of Griffin's Daughter, her debut novel and the first in
her romantic fantasy Griffin's Daughter trilogy, was named 2008
IBPA Ben Franklin Award Winner for Best First Fiction. Griffin's
Shadow, the second book in the series, has been officially
endorsed by both Publisher's Weekly and The Library Journal.
Both books are available online at Amazon.com and at local booksellers
A native of Los Angeles,
Ms. Moore received her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from
the University of California at Davis in 1988. Dr. Moore lives
and works in Los Angeles, CA and in her spare time, she practices
the beautiful and ancient art of belly dance.
Destiny, the third and final volume of the Griffin's Daughter
Trilogy is now available in paperback direct from the publisher.
You can order a signed personalized copy by going to www.ridanpublishing.com
Visit Leslie Ann's
website at www.leslieannmoore.com/
Houdini Pie is an outlandish,
historical and essentially comic novel that draws on a true chapter
from the dark days of Los Angeles during the Great Depression—an
officially sanctioned hunt for mythical Indian treasure buried
deep beneath the City. It follows the fortunes and misfortunes
of a rag-tag assortment of would-be gold diggers including an outsized
semi-pro baseball player, his spiritualist mother, an unrepentant
bootlegger, a reluctant psychic, a grandiose geologist, a greedy
and inept attorney and an ageless Hopi shaman.
It is set amidst the bread lines and beet
fields of the Los Angeles Valley, in the halls and haunts of the
young City itself, beneath the bright lights of barnstorming baseball
at its best and shoulder-to-shoulder with the inglorious poverty
of 1930s America. With its roots in fact as much as folklore, it
is a tall but plausible tale of greed, loyalty, desperation, mystery,
deception and love.
PAUL MICHEL was born in Philadelphia
in 1957. In 1962 his family moved to central Ohio, where
he graduated from Kenyon College in 1979. In 1981 he made his way
to Seattle, WA, where he immersed himself in the traditional music
scene and learned to make a living as an environmental consultant
and investigator. A storyteller all his life, he began writing
fiction in the early 1990s and published his first story in 1995. In
1998 he received an MFA from the Warren Wilson College Program
for Writers in Swannanoa, NC, the oldest low-residency MFA program
in the country. Along with writing and playing music Paul
is an avid baseball fan, cook, photographer, gardener and amateur
naturalist. Though the Pacific Northwest has been his home
for a generation there remains something indelibly Midwestern about
writes songs as well as stories, and he’s proficient on guitar,
fiddle, mandolin and banjo. He has produced and done studio work
on a number of CDs of original and traditional music. His fiction
and occasional poetry has appeared in over two dozen journals, including Glimmer
Train, Southern Indiana Review, Harpur Palate, Short Story Journal,
Inkwell, Ballyhoo! Stories, New South and the Roanoke
Review. He has won several writing awards and been recognized
in over 30 national competitions. He began working on “Houdini
Pie,” his first published novel, in 2003, after reading a chance
excerpt on-line from an article in the LA Times about the historical
treasure-hunt on which the story is based. He currently is
at work on a new novel and continues to write short fiction as well.
www.paulmichel.com | www.houdinipie.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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Amy Reiley is an
American aphrodisiac foods authority, author of aphrodisiac cookbooks
Fork Me, Spoon Me and Chile Aphrodisia, culinary journalist and
owner of food and wine publishing and consulting company Life
of Reiley. She has been called “one of the foremost educated
women in food and wine” by Just Cause and Playboy Magazine.
Le Cordon Bleu, France’s culinary temple. In 2004, she
become the second American to be named a Master of Gastronomy
by Cordon Bleu. During her tenure at the culinary institute,
Reiley became known for her work in culinary aphrodisiacs. Since
that time, she has become the premier culinary authority on aphrodisiac
foods for inspiring romantic experiences and sexual pleasure.
FDA may have turned down approval of the new sexual aid for women,
aka pink viagra, but who needs popping pills when you have The
Love Diet? A lifestyle plan for a healthy sex life for life,
The Love Diet shares ingredients and recipes known to sustain a
healthy libido as well as promote energy, mood, glowing skin and
The Love Diet is not a starvation program
or crazy fad. No one food is off-limits on our plan. We just help
readers understand how to reduce unhealthy ingredients and pack
the diet with desired nutrients and more sustainable ingredients
at the same time as delivering sensual textures and taste bud tittlating
flavors. This is the book to approach diet from a food lover's
Me, Spoon Me: The sensual cookbook through Life of Reiley celebrates
the power to cook up passion with recipes with natural aphrodisiac
ingredients, including almonds, vanilla, rosemary, mint, chocolate,
chile, ginger, mango, peaches, saffron, honey and figs. In
this cookbook and many interviews, Reiley asserts that cheese
is a better aphrodisiac than the widely-believed chocolate.
She states that cheese contains approximately ten times a much
serotonin and phenyl ethylamine [PEA], which can give a hormone
rush that feels like the rush of intercourse.
Life of Reiley began with a free food in
wine newsletter in 2002, and has since grown into a publishing,
food and wine research, consulting and speaking venture. Life of
Reiley offers information on food and romance, wine and romance,
aphrodisiac cooking and dining and fun food or wine diversions
for events, groups and publications. In 2005, Reiley was singled
out as one of the five best female wine professionals in the world
of the year by France’s Wine Women awards. Amy Reiley’s
Pocket Vineyard was created in 1999 and became the first
comprehensive wine program for PDAs. In 2001, she launched the
companion program, Amy Reiley’s Pocket Gourmet. Both were
named “must have” PDA programs by Worth Magazine in
Chile Aphrodisiac is lauded as a
sensual celebration of colorful, contrasting flavors. Reiley is
also an internationally-known journalist, providing food and wine
articles for several publications, including Variety, Gault Millau,
Daily Candy and Las Vegas Magazine. Her column, “Woman
on Wine,” has been syndicated to numerous publications throughout
the world. Reiley still publishes her monthly newsletter, now called
Aphrodisiac of the Month. The newsletter is free and provides information
highlighting the aphrodisiac history and science of one notable
ingredient each month. Reiley believes that culinary aphrodisiacs
are like vitamins: “Aphrodisiac foods have nutritive properties
that are beneficial to your sexual health.”
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/
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
Roy Anthony Shabla is an esteemed
poet and writer with credits in both fiction and nonfiction on
various subjects. His work is known for its humanity and its startling
epiphanies on the reality of human nature, often with a humorous
bent. He is the author of several books, most notably, eating
God and (PEACE) WORDS, each of which chronicles
the progress of a spiritual person in the physical world. Excerpts
from eating God have been used in several short art-films, one
of which is the poetic masterpiece, body of water.
God is the updated and expanded version of the highly acclaimed
book of ecstatic poetry, eating God. It is a transcendent cycle
of poems documenting the spiritual awakening of a simple man
in the modern world. It will delight and refresh you with its
reality and compassion. This is a book you will read and read
again. And share with others. "If poets could be superstars,
at least in this time and country, Roy Anthony Shabla would be
the man to watch!" ~Spirit of the Valley
WORDS is the most autobiographical book I have written
thus far. It is a "portrait of the artist as a young vandal" complete
with confessions of illegal international activities. Updated
with important, early blog entries on poets and poetry. It
is also a moving story of finding one's artistic self in the
world despite current trends and styles. The backdrop of the
narrative is the peace, human rights, and ecology movements
and it is a beautiful primer on the work of peace, protest,
and public art. It is even more important and powerful during
this time of lingering war. Karma yoga is selfless and benevolent
activity ~ from personal acts of kindness, generosity, and
hospitality to charity and activism in the world. This book
documents a search for self through the personal journey of
art and activism, graffiti and rebellion. (PEACE) WORDS is
a highly engaging and motivational read. It will alter your
perspective on the world.
Shui Every Day
This is a feng shui book anyone can use. Simple, clear ideas about
architecture that will change your life. Includes secret information
most masters will not reveal. Do not buy or remodel a house without
it. This book is your most important purchase during difficult
economic times. Highly praised by feng shui experts.
Harold at the Zoo
This is the coming-of-age story of a regular boy in an irregular
world, the story of a divine boy in a mundane world. It is perfect
reading for anyone trying to find a relationship with his own family
or anyone trying to find a place for himself in society. Very quirky
and funny, very real and enchanting. Gives you hope about being
in this crazy world.
Roy Anthony Shabla is also a bookmaker specializing
in small, limited edition, letterpress
books and chapbooks.
His website is: RoyAnthonyShabla.com
He is a longtime publisher and editor, recently
collaborating with Millie Johanna Heur as Two
Friends Press. Their first book together is Tequila
Tales, an anthology of short fiction featuring the iconic
alcoholic beverage, tequila
For centuries magical beings have hidden
in the darkness, waiting. Some good, some evil. A battle is brewing,
and only twins, Grasiella and Tatiana, have the power to stop it.
It’s the summer of the year 2045, and sixteen year old Grasiella,
along with her twin sister, Tatiana plan to visit their grandmother
in Hawaii. They have no idea that when they arrive on the island
of Kauai, they are about to be drawn into a secret, the secret,
of their family’s dark origins and magical powers.
the first day of their arrival, their grandmother is accused of
a horrible crime involving a faerie. Whispers have spread throughout
the islands about the disappearance of a faerie named Sita Knook
and her connection to a mysterious group known only as the Cinerians.
Before long, Grasiella and Tatiana are doing battle with ancient
races and magical beings. All the while trying to retrieve an ancient
stone of power and impress a couple of local surfers, Kana’i
and Kye, cousins who have some pretty exciting family secrets of
their own. It’s pretty serious stuff for two girls who were
planning to spend the summer at the beach getting tans, but then
that’s the trouble with secrets, sometimes they just don't
M.M. Shelley is a storyteller, wordsmith
and dreamer. MISHAP AND MAYHEM, a captivating story
of faerie's and magic, is her debut novel. She has traveled the
world extensively in search of the magic which is often overlooked
in every day life. M.M. Shelley is a native of southern California,
and a student of mythology from which she gets much inspiration.
Her novel MISHAP AND MAYHEM is an exciting tale of young adult
fantasy, sci-fi adventure.
www.mmshelley.com | http://mmshelley.blogspot.com/
Men Are Stupid, Women are Mean is
a fictional, humorous account of why relationships are so difficult.
are stupid and women are mean is the first, most fundamental
truth about relationships. If you do not understand this point,
then you will not understand why relationships fail. Why? Because
men are stupid and women are mean.
What is so frustrating about this truth
is that women are mean only because men are stupid, while men are
stupid only because, well, because we're born that way. And that
is what women never understand.
Are Stupid, Women Are Mean is a romantic comedy that
also teaches the reader about relationships. It explains why
men are so stupid and why women are so mean by telling the
story of the narrator's past failed relationships.
Johnny Severin was born in Dayton, Ohio,
raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and currently lives in Venice, California.
He is a graduate of John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri,
and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He is co-writer of the movie, The
Secret Lives of Dorks.
Website & ordering info coming...
"The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts" is
a story about a families living in Argentina in the 1930’s
told from the perspectives of a fly, a witch, a seagull, an angel,
a demon and two little boys. This story explores the fictions
and mythologies of the South American culture of Argentina’s
rich grasslands and spiritual histories. This is a comedic look
at the eccentricities of vivid human characters interplaying
with colorful imaginative creatures from the spirit world. It
is a journey through rich folklore and magical realism
as the characters go about their lives in community activities
where magic spells go wrong on occasions and the Virgin Mary
The themes throughout the novel explores
nuts and bolts in a delightful approach to how things are invented
and produced. The spirit of invention (Hector) conflicts
with the spirit of destruction (Torech). By the end of the battle
between the two forces, there are new chairs, tapestries on the
walls and cutting boards all created out of thin air. This
story is the first in a series of adventures.
Written works by Enilde Ginger
Waiting in the Wings Poetry - 1991,
The Trilogy of Private Showings: Poetry - 1992,
Gypsy Spurs, Twisted Rainbow,
The Haughty Naughty Tipsy Gypsy
A Magnetic Attraction Poetry - 2004,
by Ginger & Luke Van Hook
The Kingdom of Nuts & Bolts - A novel - 2004
A Sliver of My Private Thoughts - 2007
www.gingervanhook.com | http://gingersartjournal.blogspot.com | www.enildeingelsvanhook.com
With a phenomenal career that started out
writing and designing over 100 children’s books published
with Scholastic and McGraw-Hill, as well as a Clio award-winning
advertising career, Vic Warren was ready for a new writing
In his new novel, Stairway of the
Gods, Warren takes the legendary story of Japanese
officer, General Tomoyuki Yamashita—who is rumored to
have buried priceless spoils of war in the Philippines just
before the end of World War II—and turns it into riveting
fiction. Warren’s tale of skullduggery unfolds on the
slopes of the Banaue rice terraces when an earthquake reveals
Yamashita’s treasure, and Joan and Paul Webster are stuck
on the mountain. When Joan is faced with trying to keep the
discovery secret, they find themselves confronted with deceit,
betrayal and murder. Their marriage may be falling apart and
someone wants to kill Joan to get the treasure.
and raised in Seattle, Washington, Warren was drawn to the Philippines
for many reasons. Before starting his advertising career, he met
two Filipino brothers who invited him into their extended family.
From that moment forward, Vic developed a close bond with the Filipino
community and traveled to the Philippines. He was fascinated with
tribal art from the Cordillera Mountains that he found in the marketplaces
of Manila and Baguio. With the idea of starting an import business,
he brought several boxes of artifacts back to Seattle. His research
gave him a deeper understanding of the art and culture of the Cordillera—sometimes
referred to as the Sierras of the Philippines.
For 30-plus years, Warren worked as an advertising
executive in the travel industry. He is a recipient of a Clio award
and is best known for creating the Alaska Airlines Eskimo logo.
His experience with Alaska Airlines opened many doors for him in
the travel and tourism industry and he started his own company
called Turning Heads. He also became a book packager, editor, designer
and writer in collaboration with several illustrators, producing
more than 100 children’s books. He attended the San Francisco
Academy of Art, majoring in graphic design and art direction. Warren
is an avid traveler to Asia, Europe and the South Pacific.
Warren is currently at work on his second
novel, Hong Kong Blues, which takes a newly-married couple
through the streets of Hong Kong in a Hitchcock-style thriller.
It is due out later this year.
Warren lives in Los Angeles, California
with his wife, Laurel, and their three-legged cat, Oscar. To learn
more about his novels, Stairway of the Gods and Hong
Kong Blues, please visit www.vicwarren.com.
Mina Scheller - Wildfeuer was born in Poland
(Ukraine) and was educated as a teacher in Germany. As a young
adult, she immigrated to the USA.
Writing always had been her passion, interrupted
only by raising five children. As a student in college, Mina was
editor of a school paper and wrote short plays for school productions.
Since then, she had published short stories in magazines and newspapers.
Mina also has a shorter version
of her memoirs ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN in print. Three novels
CHANCE ENCOUNTER -- GRIEVOUS DECEPTION and HUBRIS are underway.
Mina studied psychology and likes her characters to be complicated.
AGAINST ME is not only a memoir; it is also an illuminating
portrayal of a lost generation’s history. It depicts
the plight of refugees from the perspective of a youngster
whose idyllic childhood was cruelly interrupted by air raids
on the very first day of WW II. It narrates a homeless odyssey
of six years, always on the forefront of a raging war. It shows
life during the Nazi era and a short encounter with its evil
leader -- Adolf Hitler.
It continues to describe immigration to
the USA and the consequential culture shock. It gives a witty account
of an adventurous camping trip through Central America. It tells
further of three failed romances -- one with a gay man in the unforgiving
1959s and marriage to a gambler. Compellingly, it shows the victory
over a personal demon -- alcohol addiction.
It is the true story of a survivor.
Learn more and order books at: www.oddsagainstme.com --Amazon
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