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Authors appearing (in alphabetical
Burmeister, David Paul Collins, Ann
Leslie Ann Moore, Kathy
Porter, Deborah M. Pratt, M.
M. Shelley and V.J.Waks
is the author of Secret Lives, a new novel about crones and other
magical folks, and Pagan Every Day, a unique daybook of daily
meditations. Her other books include Finding New Goddesses, a
parody of goddess encyclopedias, and an earlier novel, Quicksilver
Moon, which is realistic … except for the vampire.
Her day job is freelance
editing for people who have good ideas but don’t want to
embarrass themselves in print. To date, she has edited more than
250 books, both fiction and nonfiction, on a wide range of topics.
Barbara, who is well known for the rituals she creates and leads,
lives in Long Beach with her two rescued Maine coon cats, Schroedinger
and Heisenberg. She is a CERT volunteer and has been an AIDS
Lives is a big novel about big issues—aging and death,
the way our society treats its senior citizens, women’s
friendships, the powers of love, the theory and practice of magic,
the rebirth of the Goddess and Her ancient religion. It’s
about the untidy mysteries of human life. Set in Long Beach’s
historic Rose Park neighborhood, Secret Lives tells the adventures
in a year in the lives of a circle of crones, mothers, and a
maiden. Among the other characters are the Green Man, an ageless
Neolithic shaman, a ghostly inquisitor, the Norns gone mad in
the modern world, and a lost goddess who reminds us of Red Riding
Hood. And then there’s Madame Blavatsky, the talking cat
that is the circle’s too-familiar familiar. As the baby
boom generation ages, the issues addressed in Secret Lives become
more significant to readers. Also more recognizable. Issues that
used to matter only to their parents are now starting to pop
up in the boomers’ own lives. There are both love and cosmic
war in Secret Lives.
Every Day is a spiritual practice daybook for those
who live in the real world. It's chock-full of gods, goddesses,
saints, real people, and rituals and festivals from around
the world. Keep this book by your bed, read a page every morning,
and find out what today signifies. Miss Piggy (September 27)
as The Goddess Of Everything? Who knew??
Moon is a surreal, funny, scary read that dances nimbly
between over-the-top outrageousness and chilling believability.
Readers are pulled into the real world of Orange County, California,
where a vampire who worships the Goddess helps the nine women of
the Quicksilver Moon coven deal with a fanatical right-wing preacher
who attacks them. The vampire speaks of theology, love, and occult
history, and she even goes to hell before the story ends.
New Goddesses, a parody of goddess encyclopedias, tells
us who to turn to for modern issues the classical goddesses never
knew about. Sure, the old goddesses and gods can help us with love,
prosperity, and health, but who do we ask for help when our computer
crashes? See Nerdix, Compuquia, and their sisters and brothers.
Who can tell us what to take to a potluck? Caloria. Who can help
us with glue guns, feng shui, duct tape, teenagers, and taxes?
From A (Acme, Agenda, and Aphasia) to Z (Zinfandella, Zombonie),
these modern goddesses have All The Answers.
How to Get a Literary Agent in
Two Murders or Less is the story of aspiring novelist Amanda
Anderson who has never had any luck, but she hopes that's about
to change. She goes to a writer's conference to find an agent,
but ends up with a husband. After a whirlwind courtship, she
elopes with Jonny Goodsnuff, a best selling suspense writer
and single father of two.
Soon she discovers that her husband's only
good on paper. Between his sleazy associates, a draconian pre-nup,
the hunky romance novelist neighbor, and daddy's little princesses
(his daughters she didn't know about, who are both in their 30's
and living at home with no intention of welcoming a newcomer) Amanda
learns the meaning of "wed in haste, repent at leisure."
husband has a deadly secret, and before she can walk away Amanda
finds herself in a desperate game of cat and mouse. But who are
the cats? And who are the mice? And most importantly, will any
of this bring her closer to a publishing contract?
Ellie Burmeister is a native Californian
and a graduate of SDSU. She has worked and traveled extensively
in Europe. She is also done some acting for movies and television,
and would do more, if she could find the time. Her hobbies include
reading, travel, hanging out at the beach, and fine dining. She
is a vegetarian who eats fish, but if she says she is a pescetarian,
people assume it is a religion and offer her carrot-shaving sandwiches
instead of halibut. Beyond that, she leads a fairly simple life.
based on a true story lived by David Paul Collins as a
merchant seaman. The events he survives, the compelling characters
in the crew are woven into reality and authenticity by a skilled
Fifteen-year-old Jack Sligo runs away
from a loving Boston Irish family hoping to get a summer job
on a cruise ship. He has no luck on the gritty docks of New York
and hitchhikes to a seaport in Alabama. While looking for a ship
Jack meets two German seamen and accepts their invitation for
drinks and a taste of night life. Hours later, Jack wakes up
racked with pain on a ship far at sea, drugged, kidnapped, shanghaied
aboard a monstrous African freighter, the SS Iron Prince. He
has no idea how he got there, where he’s going, how he’ll
ever get back, and is too terrified to ask. With only the clothes
on his back, he must contend with strange people, different languages
and the challenges of working, unwanted, among sailors who don’t
know he is an American. The
chief mate and the coal passer know and have plans to get Jack
alone and offer a life or death bargain.
ship’s first port is a remote river town in Venezuela populated
by thieves, bums, easy women and surrounded by impenetrable jungle.
There is no opportunity for escape. When the ship’s cook
disappears, Jack stuffs his ethics and helps to shanghai a replacement.
Winston, a Jamaican, on the ship since he was twelve, becomes
his friend. They defend their honor together against knife wielding
sailors, hurricanes, and the disaster of a shipwreck. Jack is
unaware that the ship’s Bo’sun, Manor Nelson and
Chips, the gnarled, old ship’s carpenter, have become his
protectors. When he learns that the ship’s next port of
call is Odessa, USSR, Jack drowns his hopes with a sailors’ best “friend”,
rum, and he is shanghaied again.
Mr. Collins was born with a thirst for adventure.
As a teenager, he set out to go to sea on his own, working aboard
merchant ships sailing under African, Asian and Central American
flags and later, on American ships as a member of the National
Maritime Union. SHANGHAIED is a fictionalized memoir based on his
experiences on a Liberian freighter and the dangerous ways of life
at sea in the 1950s. The fictional protagonist, fifteen-year-old
Jack Sligo, is looking for a summer job when he is shanghaied on
an African freighter. By the time September school bells rang,
Jack had learned lessons that would never have been taught at St.
Peter’s Central Catholic High School.
“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.
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. Griffin's Destiny
is the third and final volume of the series. All three books
are available online in both print and e-book form at Amazon.com
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/
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 scenario
forces Rosa De Angelo t flee Earth with her three alien hybrid
children. In doing soma 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 short listed for the Academy Awards
for her live action short film “Girl Friends”. She
is 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.
The Vision Quest Trilogy takes
you into a not so distant future where Earth was transformed by
the Great Quakes and massive land shifts that redefined and unified
our planet. When the harmony of Earth is torn into factions by
the beings who share the planet Earth—human and the array
of new species, biological and machine — all must grapple
with technologies and mystical forces both ancient and frighteningly
new that make up The Vision Quest’s Book One: The Age
Peace reigned on the resurrected territory
of Atlantia until 17-year old Cole "Lazer" Lazerman witnessed
the slaughter of his father and 2,700 innocent people by the Black
Guard; biodroid protectorates created to defend humans now turned
sentient. Lazer and his friends embark on a path of revenge to
expose the truth behind the covert biodroid army being built that
almost costs them their lives. Lazer’s mother, understanding
the danger her son is in, sends him off continent to the great
Master Po to study the forgotten secrets of the Visionistic Arts
and harness the limitless power of the human mind and spirit. There,
along with his two best friends—and the newfound love of
his life—Lazer struggles to obey his mother’s wish,
learn to transform his hatred, control his fear and passion for
revenge and achieve the forgotten powers of the Visionistic Arts.
All goes well until he learns his beloved Atlantian homeland is
under the control of the biodroid Black Guard and their evil leader,
Five. Lazer‘s only goal is to return home.
Vision Quest’s Book Two: the Odyssey continues Lazer’s
journey when he enters a series of explosive battlefields—both
virtual and very real. His mimesis Five has discovered that it
is Lazer’s imprint on the all powerful Celian Gnorbs left
by earth’s first inhabitants, that must be broken if his
plan of world domination is to succeed. The hunt across four
continents and beneath the oceans to find and kill Lazer turns
Lazer the hunter into the hunted. Our hero and his friends are
reunites building the alliance as many more warriors are added
along the way.
the third installment of The Vision Quest, Secret of the Celians,
Lazer has returned to Atlantia to find his mother missing and his
home destroyed. He is reunited with Kyla and Cashton and learns
his beloved Alana Blue has been taken hostage by the Black Guard.
With time running out, the unified military forces of the earth
rally to save Atlantia in a historical battle. In the end, it is
Lazer who must face Five alone inside the Voids. There, with the
help of Masta Poe, Riana and the four Gnorbs he will meet the powerful
Souls of the Universe and learn the Secrets of the Celians, but
will it be in time to answer his call to destiny and save the earth… join
us and find out.
The Vision Quest is an action-packed, Science
Fantasy adventure based on the science and technology of today--projected
into a very probable tomorrow.
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.
Zombie Story: Unfolding on the streets of Los Angeles is
a new breed of monster... Orlando, fresh from the mid west, arrives
at his new high school on his Harley Davidson. All he wants is
to make it through the day, and begin his training as a Zombie
Hunter. But someone has different plans for him.
Relatives: Living amongst the monsters is nothing compared
to what lurks in the shadows... After discovering what was hidden
in Mexico and having to sneak back across the border Orlando
returns to Los Angeles, but is unable to return to his home.
Instead of hunting Zombies he is now hunted. Betrayed by those
he thought he could trust, Orlando must keep the truth of what
he knows to himself. That is until dead relatives return with
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.
sensually provocative and painted on a sweeping, intensely visual
and involving scale, the chronicle of Gerda Tau and her fierce
determination to recover her lost humanity sets the stage for
a battle of wills and personalities in this Award-winning science
fiction series, TAU4, and in Book Two of the series, HAMMERSPACE.
In the universe of the Homeworlds
and the Out Worlds, conspiracy, deceit and mystery abound and
a hidden world with its proud and savage warriors comes into
its own in a climactic battle for survival. Here, loyalty meets
head on with treachery, virtue with brutality. Here will be the
final conflict, between a man and the creature he dared to create – between
a man who refuses to accept the limits of his own humanity, and
a woman who is just beginning to learn her own.
A Nicholl's Fellowship Screenplay
Quarterfinalist and award- winning Author for her sci-fi novels,
TAU 4, and HAMMERSPACE, Book Two in her series, V.J. Waks resides
in Los Angeles, busily engaged with new screenplays, theatre
pieces, and upcoming books in the TAU 4, HAMMERSPACE, and SINGER
OF GREEN series.
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