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 12 & 13, 2014. Authors
will appear and have their books available for sale and autograph to
attendees and fans.
Authors scheduled to appear (in alphabetical
JULIE MAYERSON BROWN lives on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a rural
suburb of Los Angeles, with her husband, two sons (who return from
school periodically for laundry service and home-made chicken soup),
two boxer dogs, and hundreds of wild peacocks. Her work has appeared
in the Daily Breeze, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Jewish Journal,
and Parenting Magazine.
Julie grew up in the San Fernando Valley, graduated from Birmingham
High School, and then attended UCLA where she earned a BA in Communications
An “at-home” mom and community volunteer for over twenty
years, she is a founding member of Mothers Advocating Prevention,
a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting children and
first novel, The Long Dance Home, was published in
November of 2012 by Mischievous Muse Press, a subsidiary of World
Nouveau Publishing. Former ballerina, Cecilia Rose, returns to
her hometown where she is lured back into the life she had escaped
years prior, vowing never to return. Description At the time of
her 29th birthday, Cece's predictable life takes a number of unexpected
turns that throw the level-headed, disciplined, former ballerina
into turmoil. Following a chance encounter with an old rival who
makes an unexpected request, Cece is forced to make a life-changing
decision. With a broken heart and an unknown future, she returns
to her hometown where she immerses herself in a production of The
Nutcracker, considers a holiday fling with an enticing older man,
and struggles to leave behind the life she had dreamed of.
Currently working on her next novel, Julie usually can be found
in one of the quiet corners of her local library. When not writing,
she is tending to her dogs, texting her sons, trying to revive
her tiny vegetable garden, and attempting to rid her house of clutter.
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
Dr. Heather Friedman Rivera's startling healing from past life
regression led her on a quest of discovery and scientific investigation
into past lives. Her experience and reports from over 200 survey
respondents from around the world validate the spiritual, psychological,
and even physical healings that can result. She reveals her personal
journey of healing and the findings from her past life study.
Preview of Healing the Present from the Past “Damp green
grass bends under me and cushions my fall. I did not presume
that this would be my final resting place, but alas I find myself
on this field of green. My body is growing cold beneath the heavy
chainmail. Choking on my blood, I become aware of my impending
death. Yet, I find I am not afraid. As I gaze up at the wet,
gray sky I know the battle was fought with honor and I will die
the same way. I have stayed true to the cause and my duty. My
only regret is being parted from my beloved horse. How heavy
my armor suddenly feels, as if it is trying to compress all the
air from my lungs. So difficult to breathe . . . so cold . .
. tired . . . no pain . . . finally peace . . .This is not an
excerpt from a medieval fairy tale, but from a life altering
experience that lead to a restructuring of everything I thought
Heather Friedman Rivera obtained her Ph.D. in Parapsychic
Science in 2011, her Doctorate in Law in 2002 and is a Certified
Clinical Hypnotherapist specializing in Past-life Regression. She
trained with Dr. Brian Weiss at The Weiss Institute. Heather
is also a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience. Heather
serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association
for Regression Research and Therapies (IARRT) as Co-Director
of Research. She is an adjunct faculty member for the American
Institute of Holistic Theology and serves on the Ph.D dissertation
review committee. Her personal history with chronic illnesses
prompted her to publish several articles on managing chronic
illness, evaluating nutritional supplements, and utilizing holistic
health approaches. In addition, her article on the research was
published in the Journal of Regression Therapy Vol. XXI, Number
1, March, 2012. Her story of healing from PLR can be found in
Miracles Happen by Dr. Brian Weiss and Amy Weiss.
Healing the Present from the Past is available at Amazon.com,
Barnes&Noble.com, BalboaPress.com .
Please go to www.plrinstitute.org for
Ace Antonio Hall graduated from Long Island University with a
BFA. He is a former NYC middle-school English teacher that now
resides in Los Angeles.
Ace's short story, Dead Chick Walking, made the Fall 2013 edition
of the best-selling Calliope Magazine and his science fiction story,
THEY, won the Honorable Mention distinction for the 2013 Writers
of the Future Award.
His YA zombie novel, The Confessions of Sylva Slasher from
Montag Press takes place ina parallel world where zombies are harmless
witnesses for homicidal cases or corporate and family legal disputes,
a teenaged necromancer races against time to prevent an undead
takeover aboard a cruise ship. She unexpectedly finds herself trapped
in a surreal and frightening struggle between a new species of
mutant-zombies and a Ship of 1000 Corpses, both with a hunger to
destroy every living being on the planet ...And so an eighteen-year-old
girl becomes the monster she’s sworn to kill.
Got zombies? Sylva Slasher does...
For updates and news, follow him on Twitter @aceantoniohall or
Ken Hughes has been living for storytelling
since his father first read him The Wind In The Willows, and everything
from Stephen King‚s edge to Hayao Miyazaki‚s sense
of wonder has only fed that fire. He has worked as a technical
writer in Los Angeles at positions from medical research to online
gaming to mission proposals for a flight to Mars.
Shadowed: He can hear a whisper
a block away… and can't remember why.
Open your mind, to a city where mystery
chases up and down office back stairways, turns brother against
brother, and plays out on frozen sidewalks where lives may be shattered
if the enemy even looks at the ragged man passing by in the crowd—and
even that man cannot guess what memory will be next to batter his
Paul was no detective, no thief, only a
student trying to get some distance from his father and brother.
When he found himself marked by the power to enhance his senses,
he had only that treacherous gift and what few tricks he dared
to teach himself, to search for some explanation—or at least
the chance to give it meaning by exposing a few petty corruptions.
Paul thought if he lived in poverty to keep
his existence secret from the world, at least nobody could force
him to use that gift as a weapon against others. But just when
he thought he was untouchable, the last thing he expected shakes
his world and drags him into the perils of his family, his power,
and two women who each have a different claim on his life.
As Paul begins to play cat and mouse with
enemies he can't even name, he must break every rule that's kept
him alive, in every frantic chase and every gamble he makes to
break his family free. And all the while, he knows his greatest
enemy may still be what lies behind his own secrets.
If you think you know everything a paranormal
thriller can do, take a closer look.
For more about Mr. Hughes stories, songs,
and his Unified Writing Field Theory, see www.kenhughesauthor.com
Gerald W. Jones was born in Loma Linda, California during the "Baby
Boomer era." He was the youngest of four children born to
parents, who both had to work to make ends meet. Even though money
was scarce there was plenty of love in the family, which contributes
to him learning at a young age to work hard and get an education.
While growing up, he developed a love for art, which he excelled
in all through school, but upon entering college, his plans were
either to enter law enforcement or commercial art.
Before he was able to complete his dreams, he had a change of plans
again when he became a father and had a family to support. He worked
as a Police Officer in San Bernardino in 1973. He remained
on the job for 30 years raising to the rank of sergeant. It was
during this period that he faced many life changing experiences,
which enabled him to see first hand some of the harshness in this
world. Realizing he had to channel some of the negative situations
into something positive,
He started writing poetry to express himself and release tension.
sharing some of his poetry with close friends, he was encouraged
share his writings with others through a local newspaper. He had
article named "Geri's Corner" which was carried in the "Black
Newspaper" for two years from 1991 to 1993. He also became
outstanding photographer in his spare time, developing model's
portfolios, photographing weddings, and special events. Gerald
had some of his work printed in magazines and also won several
Upon Gerald's retirement from the force in 2004, decisions were
to devote more time to his poetry for a book and real estate investments.
The latter enabled him to make a very good living, which allowed
travel around the world twice. It was in his many travels that
encouraged him to complete his book after he had completing some
180 pieces of work by 2011. Not until completing 355 pieces of
2012, that he really felt ready for self publishing.
November of 2012, Gerald self published his first of three planned
books "My Poetic Journey," which is a collection of poetic
following his path in life. The poems reflect his moods and feelings
on topics from his family and friends to his own personal expressions
of love and romance. They also cover his views on many of life
issues such as betrayal, pain and hardships. Gerald's approach
on some of these topics are very deep, reflecting his openness
to express his inner most feelings, wwhich most men his age find
hard to share. Gerald is very honest in
sharing his true feelings which many are finding to be very refreshing
brave. Some of the comments from his readers have expressed that
poems have helped them to face themselves in the mirror and confront
their demons, which have held them prisoners of their own insecurities.
This book has been 35 years in the making. That is how long people
have been asking me to write it. Like most of you, when I first
got serious about becoming a better Monopoly player I read every
book I could find and searched far and wide for any other material
that might help me. Frankly, there was not much out there. Most
of what has been written is superficial and did not go into much
detailed strategy. There was a lot written about the history of
the game and some material that will help you learn the rules but
the books I read did not go very far. More importantly, I could
find nothing written by a tournament player. I finally decided
to give it a try.
Ken Koury is an internationally known Monopoly player,
having competed as a player and coach at the national and international
tournament levels for more than 35 years. Ken holds two world records
in official tournament play for the fastest game (bankrupting 3
players in 15 minutes, 38 seconds) and the highest asset 4-player
game in a standard 90 minute round ($20,882). He enjoys corresponding
with fellow players and often plays socially with some of the top
players in the country including national and world champions.
Players all over the world ask him to settle disputes over the
rules and their interpretation, a service he gladly performs for
October 18, 2003, he was among the top 48 players in the nation
chosen to compete in the United States Monopoly Championship where
he took 3rd place. Included in the competition were a number of
National Champions as well as the youngest player, Ken's 11 year
old daughter Sarina who placed in the top 35 in the United States
in classic Monopoly® and has remained in those ranks ever since.
In terms of classic Monopoly Ken has not dropped out of the top
four ranking since 2003.
Now for the first time a 35-year internationally known Monopoly
tournament player shares secret game strategies and tactics previously
known and practiced by only a handful of top competitive Monopoly
tournament players and coaches.
Learn more and order here: http://www.kenkoury.com/
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. She is
also the Vice-President of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society,
and Chairs several committees.
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/
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 is the author of the memoir, Leaving the Hall
Light On: A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s
Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide, released
in a hardback edition in 2011 and re- released in paperback
and eBook editions (Dream of Things, 2012). It tells the
steps she took in living with the loss of her oldest son, first
and foremost that she chose to live and take care of herself
as a woman, wife, mother, and writer.
also co-authored Blue-Collar Women: Trailblazing Women
Take on Men-Only Jobs (New Horizon Press, 1994), co-edited
the poetry anthology, The Great American Poetry Show, Volumes
1 and 2, and wrote the poems for two photography books, The Emerging
Goddess and Intimacy (Paul Blieden, photographer).
Her poems have also appeared online and in print magazines.
Madeline’s articles appear regularly at the Naturally Savvy,
PsychAlive, Aging Bodies, and Open to Hope websites. She also posts
at her blogs, Choices and at Red Room and is currently
writing a novel. Madeline’s mission since the death of her
son is to raise awareness, educate, and erase the stigma of mental
illness and suicide in hopes of saving lives.
For more information and to buy books, please
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An avid reader of history, Greg Urbach has been writing
science fiction for nearly 30 years. From his days working
for a campus newspaper at CSUN, he has also pursued an interest
in politics, sociology, and popular culture. His degree in
Urban Studies proved useful when writing the nine-book Waters of
the Moon series, the story of an orphaned child on an abandoned
moonbase being raised by Machiavellian computers.
In 2012, he published his first fantasy novel, Magistrate of the
Dark Land. In 2013, two new books are scheduled; Custer at
the Alamo and Slave of Akrona. Based on his many years of
study, all of his books reflect alternate worlds where the concepts
of good and evil are challenged by grim realities.
of the Dark Land
Having fled a battlefield in his youth, Owen Vander knew himself
to be a coward, yet he went on to become a king’s magistrate
at a young age. He served his office with integrity, but
when Good King Tarten died, the medieval kingdom of Northwaye fell
into chaos. With his family dead, Owen abandoned his profession
to wander the southern plains only to lose himself in a bottle.
Then one day two young daughters are kidnapped by marauders, taken
as slaves to cities in the north. Though Owen thinks their
rescue is best accomplished by bounty hunters, their distraught
fathers beg him for help, and so begins an adventure where Owen
will encounter bold mercenaries, merciless freebooters, fierce
warrior women, and corrupt government officials. And in the
course of this journey, Owen will discover he is searching for
more than two lost innocents.
Visit www.watersofthemoon.com or
email Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org
S.R. Zales will present his new work, Jenny
and the Hummingbird Faeries.
Mirland, a "runt' of a tomboy, is chosen by the Hummingbird
Faeries to defend their ancient home hidden in the hills of Catalina
Island. She must find the source of the deadly Black Globs that
invade the Faeries magnificent crystal encrusted Chine while stopping
the ravage of the Blood Blossom Trees from destroying her islands
fragile ecology. One dark magic man stands in her way, the sinister
In her amazing quest she is aided by her
shaggy pet cat, Ms. Po, who instructs her in the ways of magic.
Jenny soon discovers her own identity as a White Witch. In this
wondrous journey Jenny, Ms Po the Faerie Pim and Hummingbird Rhen,
risk all to thwart Cobben's evil plan. Victorious in one battle
Jenny must overcome her deepest fear to confront the last Black
Glob. In a fierce fight a tragic loss shocks Jenny and a secret
S.R. Zales was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
At the age of five he arrived by train in California where he now
resides. A graduate of Loyola University, his greatest experience
was duplicating Huck Finn's raft adventure on the Mississippi River.
Work, marriage, two children and numerous pet cats occupied his
life as he wrote every day. He developed this book with his six
grand children and twelve great nieces and nephews in mind.
"Writing a fantasy novel for a
young person, like my grand-kids was exciting but most of all
He is a member of the Society of Children's
Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBW) and Greater Los Angeles
Writers Society (GLAWS). He is on Facebook at Stan Zales and books
may be purchased through www.srzales.com.
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to meet and discuss their craft and the business of writing. GLAWS
accomplishes this through monthly meetings, discussion forums, critique
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