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Nov 2010

Gayle K. Brunelle announces New Book Tour

Gayle Brunnelle and writing partnerGayle K. Brunelle announced her new book tour, which will include:
  • New York City and Vermont November 1-6.
  • Saint John's College, Queens, at 4 pm on November 2,
  • Brooklyn College at 9:30 am on November 3,
  • Maison Francaise of NYU at 7 pm on November 3,
  • Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont, at 4 pm on Nov. 4,
  • She is also reading at 2:30 pm at the Sisters-in-Crime LA Meeting on November 14 at South Pasadena Library,
  • on an author's panel at the Sisters-in Crime Orange County meeting at 2 pm on in Irvine on November 21.
  • She's also reading in Brandon, Vermont, on December 30.
  • On Tuesday, January 11 she's speaking at the Fullerton Town and Gown meeting, at the Fullerton Public Library.

Nov 2010

Frank Zanca announces Premier of his New Short Film

Frank Zanca at GLAWSFrank Zanca's short film, "Manipulation," starring European actress Anna Daria Fontane and Duane Daniels of Veronica Mars will be premiering at the historic El Cid  on Wed night, Nov 3rd at 8:00 pm (or thereabouts it will be screening with other shorts in a festival type environment). The film falls into the medical thriller genre.

ManipulationPlease attend and support a talented and versatile GLAWS member at this special event. Facebook link with Details»




Nov 2010

2010 National Best Book Award Finalist ~ Twisted Webs
By Darlene Quinn

While on her coast-to-coast book tour Darlene Quinn receive the news! Twisted Webs, the sequel to Webs of Power won a Finalist Award in the USA National Best Book Awards. Webs of Power is the 2009 National Indie Award Winner for Fiction as well as a Finalist in the 2009 USA National Best Book Award in General Fiction. She also finished the first draft of Irreversible Webs while on tour. It will be released September 2011.

Darlene QuinnTwisted Webs is a standalone sequel:

With the same drama, tension, and high style that hooked readers in the national award-winning Webs of Power, the sequel will entangle you in webs of deception.

Out of love and desperation, a good man takes fate into his own hands and commits an unthinkable crime. For eight long years, his reckless action traps two drastically different families in a heartbreaking tangle of secrets and lies.

Set in the high stakes world of fashion and retail, Twisted Webs is a character-driven novel that revolves around a tragic kidnapping that tugs at two worlds until they finally collide.

Twisted WebRead more about novels and author at and Check out blog on book promotion: 

Darlene has just returned from her very successful book tour that included New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. She had book signings as well as stock signings in several cities, national and local radio shows and six TV interviews.

With over 250 radio shows behind her and several more ahead, as well as more TV interviews being requested, Darlene has become an influential guest and media commentator.

 Her increased visibility is generating even more reviews. Here are two links to two recent unexpected review:

Nov 2010

Earth’s Ultimate Conflict By Kathy Porter Wins Second Award

2010 National Best Book Award for Fiction & Literature: Fantasy/Sci-Fi was awarded to Earth’s Ultimate Conflict ~ A Gray Guardians Series.

Hannah DennisonEarth's Ultimate Conflict is the first epic novel in the Gray Guardians Series of science fiction thrillers. Fast-paced and full of thrills and chills, it is a thinking person's science fiction. Provocative and gripping, Porter's book starts with the environmental and possible pandemic challenges that lead our news stories today and builds a story of the ultimate fight for survival!

Visit: for more information on Kathy and her Gray Guardians Science fiction Series.

Kathy will be celebrating Earth’s Ultimate Conflicts 2010 National Best Book Award at these local bookstores: Gray Guardians

Borders Bookstore
6081 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
November 13th, 5:00-7PM

Borders Bookstore
210 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805
November 20th, 1:00-5PM

Borders Bookstore
333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, CA
December 4th

Oct 2010

Riley Rose, Author of “The Vela Kurv Legacy Book Series” Special Appearance

Riley RoseRiley Rose will make a special appearance with Keynote Chas Floyd Johnson, Exec Producer, NCIS at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica, CA on November 6th, 2010 from 10-3pm. Her books should not be missed. The books are featured due to their theme and focus on a hero of diverse nationality. The Buy Your Child A Book (BYCAB) conference is “Encouraging Literary Heroes of Color”.

“The Scintillate Seed to Vela Kurv” is Part I of the Vela Kurv Legacies. Part II – “The Wiles of Vela,” is part II. Both can be purchased through Amazon and Barnes & in addition to the book’s website: Vela Kurv Legacies explores two strong themes, betrayal and death. Initially designed to market to a market between the ages of 18 – 25, the age bracket dropped in the book’s rewrites, to age 15, with high school sophomores leading the target range. The works cut with that unusual double-edged sword-they will appeal to the age group of high school students yet they also have enough emotional redeeming value to appeal to their parents.

The Buy Your Child a Book Project encourages authors, educators and publishers to develop literature and programs that increase the number of heroes of color in children’s books. Focusing on such topics as creating diversity in children’s literature, the shortage of age-appropriate books for children of color, the translation of brain research to the classroom and other educational innovations, the foundation seeks to encourage the creation of heroes of color in literature as well as to other social platforms, including the entertainment industry, to schools, communities and businesses.

BookRiley Rose ( has completed science fiction writing projects under the review of Ron Wilkerson, staff and freelance writer for Stargate SG-1, Star Trek Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek TNG. She has also completed work doing story analysis, evaluating screenplays, and other literary properties under the supervision of Barney Lichtenstein, former story analyst for Amblin Entertainment, New Line Cinema, and Largo Entertainment. Her background includes collaboration on a feature Sci-fi feature project with the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival winner for “Shorts”; the Broad Humor Film Festival 2008 “Best Screenplay” writer, a joint writing collaboration for the Sci-fi Channel, two short films to Sundance Film Festival several and business writing for Thomson Publishing’s affiliate CyberEdit. CyberEdit provides writing services to thousands of websites, including The Wall Street Journal's.

In addition, Riley Rose’s experience includes film finance work through Broadway Federal Bank for Deborah Pratt (Quantum Leap Co-Executive Producer, and Magnum, P.I., Writer); Chas Johnson, (Executive Producer and collaborative partner of Donald Bellisario, Executive Producers for Airwolf, Quantum Leap, Magnum, P.I., NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles in addition to partnering producer with George Lucas for Red Tails feature film); and Moctesuma Esparza of Maya Entertainment, award winning Producer of Selena and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. Riley Rose McKesson is a native Arizonan, although she currently resides in West Hollywood, CA.

See what other projects Riley Rose is currently involved with, visit: and visit Buy Your Child A Book website

Sept 2010

Aaron Mason (GLAWS Charter Member) Co-authors new $20M Movie

Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times, August 2010:

'Star Wars' producer rolls into horror with 'Panzer 88'
By Geoff Boucher

Gary Kurtz, the producer of the first two "Star Wars" films and the man who walked away from the franchise in 1980, is not the excitable type. He speaks in even tones and pragmatic terms, but there was a clear tinge of eager energy in his voice when he sat down recently to discuss “Panzer 88,” his first foray into effects-heavy feature films since the 1980s.

“It’s a good, good project, you haven’t seen anything like it for a while,” Kurtz said of the spooky wartime adventure that is planned as a $20 million independent film and will begin shooting in the winter. “It’s a visceral, reality-based story with horror overtones, and the idea is to have be like the best of the graphic novels these days.”

Aaron Mason at GLAWSThe plot follows the five-man German crew of the Ilsa — a King Tiger, the biggest tank of its day – on a mission to the frigid and fearsome Russian border, where they tread into an ancient mystery by stirring a powerful entity. The original screenplay was written by (GLAWS Member/Author) Aaron Mason and James Cowan; they share the writing credit with Peter Briggs, who will direct. Briggs, who co-wrote the screenplay for “Hellboy,” finds himself back in the paranormal territories of the Third Reich, but he said this film hopes for a different caliber of character emotion and a “Band of Brothers” sort of ensemble.

Sept 2010

Darlene Quinn announces release of "Twisted Webs"

Darlene QuinnGLAWS Member/author Darlene Quinn announces the exciting book launch of "Twisted Webs" the anticipated sequel to the award-winning "Webs of Power". This will include a special signing September 12th, 3-5pm at the Barnes & Noble (Long Beach Marina Pacifica Mall).

Twisted WebSet in the high stakes world of fashion and retail, "Twisted Webs" is character driven novel about a tragic kidnapping that tugs at two worlds, until they finally collide.

Darlene Quinn worked in the world of Department Store management during a period of dynamic upheaval. She has written several other works, including Webs of Power. Darlene now lives in Long Beach, California with her husband, Jack.

Read the prolog and first chapter on, and see the moving book trailer in the multimedia section.

July 2010 hires GLAWS member Dan Lambert as their Los Angeles Tabletop Gaming Examiner.

Dan LambertLos Angeles, California: July 26, 2010 – Denver, Colorado-based online news outlet has hired GLAWS member Dan Lambert as their Los Angeles Tabletop Gaming Examiner. Lambert writes a regular blog for the Web site. He covers new products and developments in the tabletop gaming industry, including strategy games, card games, war games, and miniature games. Lambert's blog can be found at the following Web address:

Game companies that wish to submit review copies of their games to Lambert should send them to the following address: 9602 South Felton Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301-3618



" is quickly becoming one of the most recognized and fastest-growing local web destinations on the Internet. Examiners are credible, passionate and knowledgeable local influencers who contribute unique and original content to entertain, inform, and inspire our readers."

Dan Lambert

July 2010

Member/author Gillian Lee Hutshing's "Hardest Working" video. Click to below to play

Author, Illustrator Gillian Lee Hutshing is working 24/7 promoting charity and literacy throughout the U.S. and beyond with her children's picture book, "Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic".

June 2010

Neil Citrin announces Poetry Publication

Neil Citrin, GLAWS Co-founder & authorGLAWS co-founder and writer Neil Citrin announces the publication of three new poems in the online journal Folly. Titles include:"Quixote Manning the Guns", "A Horse by any other Name" and 'Tender Roots".

The web address is: Download the June 2010 issue using the link on the upper right hand side.

More about Neil Citrin

June 2010

GLAWS Member Wins International Writing Contest

The 1st Quarter winners of the 27th year of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest were announced June 3, 2010 by Joni Labaqui, contest Director.

Brennan Harvey of Huntington Beach, California won 1st Place with his novelette, "The Truth, From a Lie of Convenience."  Brennan joined GLAWS earlier this year.

The Writers of the Future contest was started in 1983 by L. Ron Hubbard "to discover and provide talented new and aspiring writers of science fiction and fantasy a chance to have their work seen and acknowledged."

Brennan credits much of his success to information packed speaker events, such as those offered by GLAWS.

More about Brennan Harvey
First place winner, WotF--1st Quarter, 2010
Brennan at BrennanHarvey dot com   |

May 2010

GLAWS Author Kathy Porter Wins 2010 Indie Award!

Hannah DennisonEarth’s Ultimate Conflict: A Gray Guardians Series by Kathy Porter has won the 2010 National Indie Excellence Book Award for Science Fiction. The timing is perfect for Kathy who will soon head for New York for a book signing at the Book Expo America on May 27th and will follow up with several local bookstore events.

Book Expo America
Cardinal Publishing Group/
Woods N Water Press

May 27th at 10:00AM Table 12
Jacob J Javits Center, New York City

More about Kathy Porter

April-May 2010

Tom Miller Announces New Book Tour for "The Wave"

Hannah DennisonThe Wave by Tom Miller is a fast-paced adventure/thriller that takes place when a 6.8 earthquake on the island of Hawaii unleashes a 20-foot tsunami that wreaks major damage. In response, two long-time friends, a marine biologist and a personal trainer struggling to come to terms with an unsettling confession from his wife, search for the cause. These two former Navy Seals descend 6,000 feet under the sea only to discover that a mega-tsunami is about to crush the Pacific Rim.
Read more here »

The WaveWest Coast Book Appearances:

Saturday, May 8––3:00 p.m. Latitude 33
311 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Friday, May 14––6:00-8:00 p.m. Borders
125 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Saturday, May 15––Noon-1:30 p.m.          Mysteries to Die For
2940 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Saturday, May 15––3:30 p.m. Mystery Bookstore
1036-C Broxton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Sunday, May 16––3:00 p.m. Diesel Bookstore
3890 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, CA 90265

Saturday, May 22––1:00-2:00 p.m. San Francisco Mystery Bookstore
4175 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94114
Monday, May 24––7:00 p.m. Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069
Saturday, May 29––2:00-4:00 p.m. Barnes & Noble
2615 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054

December 2009

Hannah Dennison announces Vicky Hill's third adventure - EXPOSE! - is now in USA bookstores

Hannah DennisonIt's snail-racing season in the small town of Gipping-on-Plym. And obituary writer Vicky Hill is racing, too-to solve a mysterious death. When an early-morning call wakes Vicky from the arms of her dream man, reality had better be worth it-and it is. An anonymous tipster tells her about the secret funeral of local celebrity Scarlett Fleming-coordinated by her husband, Doug. ExposeThe entire town is baffled by the sudden death and oddly discreet funeral. After all, Scarlett was never one to stay in her shell.

Vicky's suspicions heighten when she learns of the Flemings' shaky finances-and that Doug has almost as many admirers as Scarlett had enemies. While canvassing suspects and juggling three suitors, Vicky must stay one step ahead of a killer once she realizes she's no longer writing an obituary-she's writing an expose!

Learn more at:

November 2009

Nora Novak releases "Art Damaged"

After spending more than a decade in the local art world, writing a novel loosely based on her experiences was a natural next step for GLAWS member/author, Nora Novak. “The Devil Wears Prada” meets the contemporary art world in “Art Damaged,” Novak’s debut novel, which was released last month. Novak will sign the book Saturday on Balboa Island and later this month in Costa Mesa. “This is a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of the contemporary art world, and it follows the life of an artist in a fictional upscale beach community in Orange County,” Novak said; she called the community Emerald Beach.

Nora NovakThe story follows the life of Nina Valliere, a European artist who works in a contemporary art museum while dealing with the “boss from hell” and an alcoholic museum director. Novak worked and exhibited at local galleries and museums for several years, all the while taking mental notes about her experiences — both good and bad. “I’ve always been involved in art,” Novak said. “I am an artist myself.”

When she read “The Devil Wears Prada,” another work of fiction loosely based on real life, she knew she was on to something. “I was very inspired by the book,” Novak said. “I thought I would write my own story that combined art and fashion and glamour.”

People already have asked Novak which scenes and characters in her book were based on real life; with a knowing smile, Novak said she doesn’t give up her sources. “This is a novel of fiction,” she said. “The main character is a glamorous, fun-loving, worldly artist. It’s kind of a champagne cocktail story with a dark side.”

In developing her book, Novak, who said she doesn’t have a background in writing, joined local writing groups and began reading everything she could get her hands on. “To really focus, I just had to stay home and work on it constantly,” Novak said. “The more I wrote, the more it evolved.”

Signings for “Art Damaged”

When And Where: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Martha’s Bookstore, 308 Marine Ave., Balboa Island; 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 28, Borders Books & Music, 1890 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa


November 2009

Member Author Amy Reiley announces KISS MY BUNDT

Meet the author  - Sunday November 29th.  1pm-4pm

(Los Angeles, CA) Bakery owner Chrysta Wilson of Kiss My Bundt shares her secrets to making best-selling cakes just in time for the Holidays with her first book, Kiss My Bundt: recipes from the award-winning bakery.

Kiss my BundtKiss My Bundt will be released Thanksgiving weekend with a two-day bakery open house featuring special guests and free demonstrations. “I consider myself a home baker. I learned my craft in family kitchens not culinary school. When I was starting out, I had so many questions about the chemistry of baking and no answers in plain English. I started my Baking Academy to pass my knowledge on to my customers. Now with Kiss My Bundt, I’m able to share my tips in plain English on making light, fluffy made-from-scratch cakes with cake lovers everywhere.”To celebrate the release, we’re doing a 2-day open house with free samples, champagne and coffee tastings, etc at the bakery (located on 3rd near the Grove).

On Saturday, November 28th and Sunday November 29th, Wilson will share her knowledge for free with a two-day celebration of cake. From 1-4pm each day, Wilson will be on hand to sign the debut copies of her new title as well as demonstrate simple methods for made-from-scratch cakes that are fun for the whole family and perfect for any Holiday affair. “With everyone searching for money-saving ideas, now is the perfect time to try baking from scratch with all-natural ingredients. Other than a pan, bundt cakes really don’t require special tools, yet the final product tastes so indulgent and makes great gifts,” comments Wilson.

Staff will also hand out free samples of several cakes featured in the book and never-before-served at the bakery! The bakery will host Cafecito Organico to sample their organic, shade-grown, fair-trade coffees. And aphrodisiac foods expert Amy Reiley will serve complimentary Champagne cocktails featuring Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne.

The two-day event will include special discounts on Kiss My Bundt Baking Academy classes and visitors can enter to win an autographed copy of the book. The event is appropriate for all ages but customers must show valid id for alcoholic beverage.

Kiss My Bundt Bakery 8104 West 3rd Street (@Crescent Heights Blvd.) Los Angeles, CA 90048 Free Valet Parking in Rear Phone: (323) 655-0559

November 2009

Ginger Van Hook has Open Studio Nov 14 & 15th in Inglewood, CA-

Inglewood, California is a haven for artists, those creative types, the rebels, the painters and sculptors, the photographers and the illustrators of tomorrow. The success of the Third Annual Inglewood Open Studios is sure to raise eyebrows in nearby cities and in this unique local art community, just a crow’s flight from the Los Angeles Airport runway. One of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, G.L.A.W.S. members, board of director/volunteer and official photographer, Ginger E. Van Hook is to be featured on the tour along with her husband and painter Luke Van Hook. Featured artist story can be accessed on this link:
            Ginger Van Hook is also a color photography instructor at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, with two classes scheduled in the spring 2010. Additionally, the novelist, poet, writer/photographer Ginger Van Hook is to be the featured artist in Monrovia as well for the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts “October’s Celebrate The Arts Festival” in 2010.
            The public is invited to visit a variety of emerging and established fine artists in their Inglewood studios. Some of the artists are graduates of Otis College of Art and Design in nearby Westchester, others have attended art schools across the country, and a few are self-taught. Some are relatively new to Inglewood, while others have lived in this area for years. Spearheaded by Renée A. Fox three years ago as a means to support the local artist movement in this diverse art community, the INGLEWOOD OPEN STUDIOS has blossomed into a force of creativity growing steadily every year.

Saturday Nov 14 & Sunday Nov 15, 12pm-5pm both days
Closing Reception: Sunday Nov 15, 5-7pm 703 E. Hyde Park Blvd

Learn more about Ms. Van Hook and her books

October 2009

Tom Ruck's book "Sacred Ground" AWARDED GOLD MEDAL

The Military Writers Society of America President Joyce Faulkner announced their 2009 Book Award Winners on Veterans Radio, hosted by Dale Thornbery on September 12th. Sacred Ground; A Tribute To America's Veterans was awarded a Gold medal in the non-fiction category. According to Faulkner, "this has been an amazing year for quality. In some categories, the scores from 2nd Runner Up to Gold varied by only Tenths of a point."

Sacred GroundSacred Ground author, Tom Ruck, said he was truly humbled by the award. "Since Sacred Ground is considered to be a coffee-table style picture book, it was an honor just to be nominated with all those fantastic authors and books, much less to be awarded the top prize." Ruck went on to say, "that Sacred Ground was only a success because of the commitment and dedication of so many who believed in this project; the volunteer photographers across the country; the National Cemetery Administration; the celebrity essayist and Bob Dole, along with all the professionals at Regnery Publishing made this dream that became a work of love and passion for the truest of American heroes - our Veterans, a reality."

All of the royalties generated by the sales of Sacred Ground are going directly to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. "What I love about this book is that kids who have been dealt a traumatic blow by the loss of a parent while they were serving this great country of ours will know that America has not forgotten them or the sacrifice of their parent by hopefully receiving a scholarship from the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund," states Ruck. No photographer, agent or celebrity received anything for their effort on behalf of Sacred Ground." The Freedom Alliance Scholarship fund presented over 200 college scholarships in 2008.

September 2009

Byron Wall's song "On The Run" wins award

Byron WallsSongwriter and author, Byron Walls won an award for his song , "On The Run" which placed second in the "Best Lyric" category in the Just Plain Folks Song Contest held in Nashville,TN. There were more than 500 entries in that category.

Total songs sent in to 70 categories was over half a million from all over the world, the largest song contest every held. Read more about Byron at:

June 2009

Tom Ruck honored by St. Louis Cardinals in his home town

GLAWS author and member, Tom Ruck was back in his hometown, St. Louis to “pitch” Sacred Ground to local radio, television and print media over the Memorial Day weekend.Tom Ruck honored One of the “surprise” events scheduled was an appearance at Busch Stadium where the St. Louis Cardinals honored Sacred Ground at a pre-game ceremony for its’ contributions in heightening the public’s awareness of the courage, commitment and sacrifices of our veterans.

Ruck commented, "It was great to be back in St. Louis for those 3 days of events as well as being able to spend some much needed time with family members. All-in-all, it was a great trip." Ruck then headed back to Los Angeles on Sunday evening to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Memorial Day event at Riverside National Cemetery.

Get your copy of Sacred Ground here »

June 2009

Dan Lambert Wins Poetry Award

The Torrance Performing Arts Consortium (TPAC) has honored GLAWS member Dan Lambert with the Shakespeare Award for his poem, “My Ode to Joy.” Torrance, California: March 14, 2009 – The Torrance Performing Arts Consortium (TPAC), in collaboration with the South Bay Conservatory, held a gala awards event in which the winners of an annual poetry and playwriting competition were presented with the Shakespeare Award. Dan Lambert, a GLAWS member, was given the award for his 31-line poem, entitled “My Ode to Joy.” The award was presented at the George Nakano Theatre in Torrance, on the evening of March 14, 2009.

Contact: Dan Lambert 310-200-1223

June 2009

Peter Chapel is "Having the Time of His Life"

Cynni Murphy, librarian at the Santa Monica Public Library, recently informed author/member Peter Chapel that his book, "Having the Time of My Life" contained so much history of Santa Monica that the work is considered of interst to the library's local history collection. Normally, the library does not accept

June 2009

Lisa Marguerite Mora published in the June issue of the Venice Beachhead

Ms. Mora's essay, "A Series of Circles", was originally published online with Common Ties a couple of years ago. You can read it on-line at or to pick up a copy, see the website for Westside venues.

Lisa is a freelance editor, published writer, and prize winning poet. She conducts writing and editing workshops and is at work on a novel. You can contact her

May 30, 2009

Joan Del Monte's, “MUD BLOOD, Murder in the Sacramento Delta” is a finalist for an Eric Hoffer National Book award

Joan Del Monte's third mystery, “MUD BLOOD, Murder in the Sacramento Delta” is a finalist for an Eric Hoffer National Book award. The book has previously garnered the Editor's Choice award.

In this, her third mystery novel, author Joan Del Monte weaves together a large cast of characters while spicing in some history of the Sacramento Delta that will intrigue anyone from this part of California. She has two books in print: “Plonk Goes the ”and “Death had a Yellow Thumb."

May 15, 2009

Hannah Dennison will be signing, SCOOP! at Barnes & Noble

Hannah Dennison Scoop CoverHannah Dennison will be signing, SCOOP! (Berkley Prime Crime), the second book in her Vicky Hill mysteries on Friday May 15 at Barnes & Noble, 791 S. Main Street, Orange, CA 92868 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

In SCOOP! Gipping-on-Plym's bumbling obituary reporter, Vicky Hill, suspects foul play when she learns a champion hedge cutter has been electrocuted after accidentally slicing through a power cable. Vicky's determined to uncover the truth and is willing to suffer through bad dates, as well as mortal danger to grab her next front-page exclusive!

Learn more about Hannah Dennison and the Vicky Hill Mysteries at

April 2009

The Venice Beachhead publishes Personal Essay of Lisa Mora

The Venice Beachhead is publishing Lisa Margaret Mora's personal essays on growing up in Venice. It will be out in the April issue. One of the editors said it was the best essay on old Venice they'd ever read.

Lisa said, "It's a nice closure for me. I can't really explain. Here goes: I get a lot of pleasure out of walking around in Venice, though the Boardwalk has always disturbed me. And I could never get used to what it has become in the last thirty-five years. Venice, of course, has many memories for me. There was a lot of suffering and a lot of activism and it was a struggle for everyone living there when I was a child in the sixties. People were struggling to change things or to survive. Now it seems to have become a playground for a lot of people, not that that is a bad thing. And the struggle for change and survival of course, still goes on."

The Free Venice Beachhead has been around for 40 years wth a circulation of 8,000-12,000. Copies are available around town in Venice at Beyond Baroque, Abbot's Habit, Rainbow Acres, The Novel Cafe, etc.

April 3, 2009

Joan Del Monte at New Book Store with "Mud Blood"

Leslie Ann MooreJoan Del Monte Author/ GLAWS member will be signing her new mystery, MUD BLOOD, at a brand new independent book store in Venice, Mystic Journey Bookstore, 1319 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291. From 7pm to 9:30 pm, on Friday, April 3, 2009. This is "First Friday," all the stores and restaurants on the street will be open in the evening, and it's really fun.

Joan Del Monte is the author of "Mud Blood-Murder in the Sacramento Delta" an "Editors Choice Award" winner. "Death Had A Yellow Thumb" "Plonk Goes The Weasel"

March 2009

Leslie Ann Moore Autographs Griffin's Shadow, March 28

Leslie Ann MooreLESLIE ANN MOORE Author/ GLAWS member will be signing copies of her latest novel of romantic fantasy, GRIFFIN’S SHADOW at Chevalier’s Books 126 N. Larchmont Bl. Los Angeles CA 90004 March 28th, 2009 11:00AM-1:00PM

Publisher's Weekly (Jan. 5) says, "Moore’s narrative drive and suspenseful plot twists will leave readers eager for the conclusion to this intricate and appealing tale." Griffin's Daughter is available now on and can be ordered from any bookseller. Griffin's Shadow will also be available on

February 2009

Leslie Ann MooreLeslie Ann Moore's new novel, Griffin's Shadow, premiers Feb 24th

Fantasy writer/Member author Leslie Ann Moore's new novel, Griffin's Shadow, is set to be released Feb.24. Griffin's Shadow is the follow-up to 2008 IBPA Ben Franklin Award winner Griffin's Daughter. The book has already received glowing reviews.

Publisher's Weekly (Jan. 5) says, "Moore’s narrative drive and suspenseful plot twists will leave readers eager for the conclusion to this intricate and appealing tale." Griffin's Daughter is available now on and can be ordered from any bookseller. Griffin's Shadow will also be available on

February 2009

Joan Del Monte special appearance with her new book

Author/member Joan Del Monte has published her third mystery, "Mud Blood" , featuring the Sacramento delta. The novel will have special appeal to readers interested in California history. Joan was a featured author at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C. in September 2007 and wrote an antiques bibliography for the Los Angeles Public Library. "Mud Blood" was awarded Editor's Choice by iUniverse, which on 5% of the books published receive. Learn more at

Joan will appear and sign her book at the Venice Abbot Kinney Library on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 6:30 pm.

January 2009

New Poetry and Literary Journal premiers January 2009

Author/member LaVonne Taylor announces she will publish a new poetry and literary journal beginning January 2009. She is accepting poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction manuscripts up to 2,500  Get guidelines via email at

November 2008

Lisa Marguerite Mora Workshop at West Los Angeles College

In November GLAWS member Lisa Marguerite Mora of Wordsmith Creative Writing Workshops was invited to facilitate a workshop at the West Los Angeles College Creative Writers Club. Lisa was also a recent panelist on Beyond the Next Draft for GLAWS. Next workshop begins Thursday January 8 through February 26. Contact

Lisa Marguerite Mora published and forthcoming poetry and prose in (Rattle, ONTHEBUS, Literary Mama, Common Ties, among others; 2008 Second Place Poetry Prize Blue Mountain Arts); workshop facilitator & freelance editor at Barrington Editorial; 2007-2008 Assistant Fiction Editor at 42opus a Magazine of the Literary Arts; Member of PEN

November 2008

Tony N. Todaro is a Featured Panelist at Loscon 35

Author/member Tony N. Todaro will appear at The Los Angeles Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention November 28-30th at the LAX Marriott, and speak on panels of interest to all writers, including:

Going from amateur to professional is a big step. How do you get started?

What makes an unsolicited manuscript catch an editor's eye? Editors discuss what they're looking for, what they see too much of, and the do's and don'ts.

Inside you there's a hundred stories, crying to get out. Characters who need to be brought to life. But you still need to eat and pay the rent. What do you have to know and do (besides how to write).

What sort of actions and environments are most conducive to getting and staying productive? How do you tell being blocked from being too tired?

Learn more about Tony N Todaro

November 2008

Terry Gardner shaves head to promote New Zealand, then starts cranial billboard--really!

 Writer/memberTerry Gardner became fully immersed in her travel writing last month when she became one of 30 people who had their heads shaved and tattooed with a henna message to promote Air New Zealand on their craniums.

The experience led Terry to start a cranial billboard blog. For pix and observations, check out the blog at:

Terry's LA Times web page:

November 2008

Updated Edition of "Choosing the Right School for Your Child" is released

Author/members Brandi Roth, Ph.D. and Fay Van Der Kar-Levinson, Ph.D. announce the release of the revised and updated edition of their book Choosing the Right School for Your Child. This is a nationwide guide and workbook for families making choices about public or private elementary, middle and secondary schools for their children. Their companion book is Secrets to School Success, Guiding Your Child Through a Joyous Learning Experience. Their books provide practical tools to encourage families to have an effective and successful school experience.

“Choosing the Right School for your Child is chock full of interesting case studies and hints. The authors demystify and make manageable parent’s responsibilities as they relate to applications, interviews, and acceptances—or rejections. This book is a must for parents who intend to optimize their child’s education.”

--Geraldine Markel, Ph.D., Professor and Psychologist, University of Michigan, School of Education

Learn more at:

November 2008

Xlibris offers special GLAWS members a Holiday Discount

Gregory Haigh, Publishing Consultant for Xlibris, has announced a Holiday Discount of 50% off our publishing packages for members of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society now through November 26th. For  at 1-888-795-4274 x7237.

November 2008

Tom Ruck is Keynote Speaker at Veterans Day Ceremony, Nov 10, 2008

Author/member Tom Ruck will be the Keynote Speaker at the Veterans Day Ceremony at Irvine Valley College, Monday, November 10th 2008 at 12:30 PM. Free parking is avaiable in the student lots between 12:30 and 1:30. For more information, please contact the FInancial Aid Office: (949) 451-5287

October 2008

Denise Dumars featured at Southland Poets of the Fantastic

Author/member Denise Dumars will be featured with other writers at the Woodland Hills Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library 22200 Ventura Blvd. from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 29th. She will join other members of the Southland Poets of the Fantastic for an evening of horror fiction and dark poetry.

Ms. Dumars is a widely-published author of metaphysical nonfiction, horror fiction, and poetry. She is a college English instructor and a literary agent for the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency.

October 2008

Charles Domokos' award-winning film, "Return to Vietnam" to be Screened

Author/member Charles Domokos will have his film "Return to Vietnam" screened October 19th at the Laemmie Sunset 5 Theaters. Writen and directed by Mr. Domokos, "Return to Vietnam" won the Silver Telly for best feature documentary last year (an award for non-network ie cable TV documentaries).

It's a story about American GI's returning to Vietnam to build health clinics and reconciile with former enemies, etc and try to turn something that was not so good into something] positive ie helping indigent people get medical care which they otherwise would not get. The one-hour documentary is featured in his editing book, Non-Linear Editing: THE CUTTING EDGE.

October 2008

Matthew J. Pallamary’s "Spirit Matters" Honored

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – In addition to winning First Place in the San Diego Book Awards , a renowned storyteller’s sometimes mystic, always adventuresome journey to awareness in his new memoir Spirit Matters (published by Mystic Ink Publishing) was honored as an Award - Winning Finalist in the autobiography / memoir category of the National Best Books 2008 Awards , sponsored by USA Book News.

Author Matthew J. Pallamary’s spiritually important message is stirring the minds, bodies and souls of readers as they follow him from an Irish Catholic ghetto in Boston to the Amazonian jungles of Peru.

October 2008

D.B. Cunningham's "Stolen Memories" to be published in "A Year of Ink"

“Stolen Memories”, a story by GLAWS member D.B. Cunningham has been selected for publication in “A Year in Ink, Volume II”, an anthology published by San Diego Writers, Ink. Ms. Cunningham is the author of the novel “The Aloha Diary”. She is working on a collection of stories titled “People and Places”.

“Stolen Memories” is from that collection and tells the tale of a young woman who participates in a crime to help an old gypsy woman. Sandra Alcosser and Arthur Salm (a past editor of the book section of the San Diego Union Tribune) are the editors of “A Year in Ink, Volume II”. San Diego Writers, Ink is a center for literary programs headquartered San Diego’s

October 2008

Gillian Lee Hutshing appearance dates for "Sparky the Wonderfish"

Gillian Lee Hutshing, author of the charming children's book Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic was a featured author and title at the West Hollywood Book Fair on September 28th. Gillian had a 2 hour book well as a booth on “Author’s Row”.

Gillian now has 5 new book reading & signings booked for October as well as a fundraiser. Ocean Charter School in Santa Monica on October 15th at 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am and 11:30am and The Santa Monica Library on Main St. October 15th at 7:00pm followed by a Q & A.

On Friday, October 17th Gillian has a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Venice from 6:30 to 9:30pm at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. They will auction a signed Sparky the Wonderfish book and a gift bag with other Sparky items: a hat, bookbag, journal and T-shirt.

Her books are also in stock at the Borders Bookstore in Torrance California and available at bookstores and libraries through Baker & Taylor everywhere.

September 2008

Book Sale at the Venice Library

There will be a book sale Saturday Sept 13th at the Venice Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd. Come early for best selection.

August 2008

New Cinema, Broadcast, Screenplay Writing Website for L.A. Valley College

Tony N. Todaro, President of Todaro Communications was pleased to announce the completion and launch of a new website for Los Angeles Valley College's Media Arts programs, including Cinema, Broadcast, Media Arts and Screenplay writing. The new site offers complete course descriptions and program details for a variety of degrees in these skills, as well as information on school projects, celebrity alumni and other on-going events of interest for people interested in Media Arts. Learn more :

August 2008

Lisa Marguerite Mora Wins Award in Poetry Contest

GLAWS Member, Lisa Marguerite Mora of Barrington Editorial and Wordsmith Creative Writing Workshops has been selected from thousands of entries as the SECOND PLACE WINNER ($150) in the Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest. The poem is displayed on their website <> .

A nominated member of PEN, she has had work published in several small regional and national literary journals in the United States (Rattle, ONTHEBUS, Common Ties, California Quarterly, among others). She holds a Bachelors Degree in English-Creative Writing Emphasis-from UCLA and is currently editing her poetry manuscript and working on a novel.

August 2008

Leslie Ann Moore Announces Publisher Planned Release of Second Novel

Leslie Ann Moore has announced the next book in her series, titled 'Griffin's Shadow' has just gone into production and Avari Press anticipates an early 2009 release. 'Griffin's Shadow' will introduce several new, key characters that will be pivotal in the events leading to the ultimate showdowns in the third book.

Also, a much-liked character who seemed to go missing in the first book will make a dramatic re-entrance to the story. 'GS' is very much about adversity. The main characters are severely tested, and how they deal with misfortune gives insights into who they are as people. Leslie hopes her readers will all enjoy the sequel as much as "Griffin's Daughter", and will build anticipation for the final part of the tale.

Leslie's debut novel 'Griffin's Daughter' was named as the 2008 Ben Franklin Award for Best Fiction from a New Publisher, given by the Independent Book Publisher's Association. 'Griffin's Daughter' is published by Avari Press and is available at fine booksellers and Visit Leslie Ann's website at

August 2008

Lisa Mora holds One Day Intensive Workshop

Member Lisa Marguerite Mora of Barrington Editorial and Wordsmith Creative Writing Workshops is offering a One Day Sunday Intensive August 17 at the Electric Lodge in Venice from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. If you’re interested in jumpstarting your creative process and also have writing you would like to workshop and receive editing input on, please contact

Lisa also offers an eight-week creative writing workshop—Wordsmith: Finding the Words in the Writer and the Writer in the Words—next workshop begins Thursday September 11 through October 30, 7-9:30 pm, once a week at the Electric Lodge in Venice.

Lisa has published poetry and prose in (Rattle, ONTHEBUS, Literary Mama, Common Ties, among others); is an Assistant Fiction Editor at 42opus a Magazine of the Literary Arts; GLAWS Executive Board, Secretary; and is a Member of PEN.

June 2008

Sheila Finch asks for your help to raise money for AIDS Research

(Ed. Note: Shelia's announcement is so important, we posted it in its entirety)

Most of you know I've been volunteering in a hospice since I retired three years ago. I've seen far too many of our young people lose their lives to AIDS. It's not a pretty killer. It takes away your health, your beauty, your dignity. And often it seems to take away friends and family too, leaving only the kind hospice staff and the volunteers to hold your hand and keep you company.

When I was in Rwanda last year, I met women, many with small children, who had been deliberately infected by their HIV positive rapists during Rwanda's horrifying genocide. Now they're overwhelming the few clinics in that poor country because they're dying of AIDS. Often, the children of these mothers are infected too and they will be left as orphans to suffer alone.

Did you know that we have a serious emergency developing in this country among children aged 15 to 24? We have to find a cure!

To help raise money towards finding that cure, I'm participating in a 5K walk in Long Beach, on June 21st, 2008. I've sent in my $25 registration, and – artificial hips and pins in my foot be darned! – I'll be walking.  I'm asking you to help by donating too. Any amount will be welcome, no matter how little you can afford. Or match my contribution. Or better yet, beat it! Please, open your heart and your checkbook.

Make your tax-deductible checks payable to “AIDS Walk Long Beach

(Send to...)
Sheila Finch
Box 167
375 Redondo Ave
Long Beach, CA 90814

May 2008

Spirit Matters Wins First Place in San  Diego Book Awards Competition

Engaging, Intimate Portrait of a Man’s Search for Truth in the Jungles of Peru Wins Top Honor in Spiritual Books Competition

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A renowned storyteller’s sometimes mystic, always adventuresome journey to awareness in the new memoir Spirit Matters (published by Mystic Ink Publishing), won first place in the San Diego Book Awards Spiritual Book Category. Author Matthew J. Pallamary’s spiritually important message is stirring the minds, bodies and souls of readers as they follow him from an Irish Catholic ghetto in Boston to the Amazonian jungles of Peru.

Pallamary will be signing copies of Spirit Matters on Saturday May 31st at 1:00 pm. at table 12 at the Body, Mind, Spirit; Religion Salute at the  BookExpo America 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center , where Spirit Matters will be featured in the BEA’s New Title Showcase.  In addition to promotions for Spirit Matters, Mystic Ink Publishing will be at booth # 5735 at the BEA on Writer's Row, giving away hand made Shipibo Indian jewelry from the Peruvian Amazon. For more information, visit, or .

April 2008

Lisa Marguerite Mora has been accepted into PEN as a full member. Full Membership in PEN Center USA is open to writers, journalists, editors and translators who have accomplished a body of work of substantial literary value and who meet the membership criteria in one or more categories. Even before the founding of Amnesty International, PEN was working worldwide for the release of writers who were prisoners of conscience.

Lisa Marguerite Mora has been published in Rattle, ONTHEBUS, California Quarterly, Literary Mama, Common Ties, among others with work forthcoming in Fresh Yarn. She is at work on a novel. While she is an Assistant Fiction Editor at 42opus an Online Literary Magazine and also facilitates live and online creative writing workshops. Contact

April 2008

Leslie Ann Moore's debut novel 'Griffin's Daughter' has just been named as a finalist for the 2008 Ben Franklin Award for Best Fiction from a New Publisher, given by the Independent Book Publisher's Association.

'Griffin's Daughter' is published by Avari Press of Lancaster, PA. and is available at fine booksellers and from Visit Leslie Ann's website at for more info on the book.

April 2008

John Mehrmann is please to announce the release of his new work, The Trusted Advocate . To quote John, "There may be many people who read a story and recognize something in themselves, or recognize a situation that relates remarkably well to someone that they know. If so, then I have done my job well. As the saying goes, "Inspired by True Events", only the names and details have changed to protect the innocent, and the not-so-innocent in some cases. " The book is available at Amazon and other booksellers .

April 2008

Member/Author Diana Glyer's book," The Company They Keep" is a finalist in the non-fiction category for a prestigious HUGO AWARD. Diana says, "This is an absolutely amazing honor. Thanks so much to each of you for all of your support, energy, and creative vision. I am blessed to be in such good company."

March 2008

Member/Educator Lisa Margarite Mora of Barrington Editorial is offering an eight-week creative writing workshop—Wordsmith: Finding the Words in the Writer and the Writer in the Words--beginning Thursday April 10- May 29. Cost $220 for eight weeks, 7-9:30 pm, once a week at the Electric Lodge in Venice. Lisa has published poetry and prose in (Rattle, ONTHEBUS, Literary Mama, Common Ties, among others); is an Assistant Fiction Editor at 42opus a Magazine of the Literary Arts; GLAWS Executive Board, Secretary; and is a Member of PEN. Lisa also offers an online version of this workshop which begins every THURSDAY (Eight weeks/ $110.) . For more info contact

March 2008

GLAWS has finalized plans to showcase many of its featured member-authors at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in booth 715. This annual event is held the end of April at the UCLA campus and attracts 100,000+ visitors over the two days.

January 2008

Tony N Todaro will appear as a featured writer and panelist at ConDor, the San Diego Science Fiction Convention February 29 - March 2, 2008 and at BayCon, the Bay Area Science Fiction Convention May 23 – 26, 2008.

January 2008

The 2008 BookExpo America/Writer's Digest Books Writers Conference is one of the country's leading writing conference featuring name speakers, motivating workshops and the largest gathering of agents and editors of any conference who want to help you GET PUBLISHED! This year's conference takes place Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

The conference is an all-day affair, with workshops and panels throughout the morning and afternoon. The keynote speaker is best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard. Guests include superstar agent Donald Maass, the editors of Writer's Digest Books, Writer's Digest magazine and Writer's Market, plus dozens of agents taking part in our famous Pitch Slam session!

Admission to this all-day conference is $199, which includes a copy of the 2008 edition of Writer's Market. Register as of February at:

January 2008

Berge Wassilian will be appearing at the Los Angeles Time’s Festival of Books at Abril Books, April 2008, at UCLA. He will present his first novel and his first music CD. Anyone who purchases his book at the event will receive a free CD of his smooth jazz music compositions. Do not miss the works of this multitalented artist! Learn more at:

December 2007

Diana Gyler, P.h.D., Author and Teacher announced that she will hold a workshop entitled, “Secrets of Successful Writing Groups” -- Practical tools for forming and maintaining a successful writing community. Her presentation will be held at the Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship Conference on Spring Writer's Day April 12, 2008 More info here »

December 2007

CavanKerry Press is currently accepting submissions for its Laurel Books series. These are collections of poetry or creative nonfiction memoir that "explore in depth, the poignant and critical issues associated with confronting serious and life-threatening physical &/or psychological illness. Only work written from a 'personal" perspective, that is, by the individual who has experienced the illness, will be considered." Exceptionally, authors may be parents of a child who writes about the child's illness as experienced by the child and the parent. Submission deadline is December 31, 2007. Guidelines here »

November 2007

Chandra Rooney's new short story, "Rainy Season"  can be found in the Fall 2007 issue of ON SPEC magazine, as well as Marie Brennan's "Six Studies, in Charcoal and Blood" and work by nine other talented authors and poets. It is available at

November 2007

Tony N. Todaro has been awarded a grant by the Los Angeles Valley College and its extensive Media Arts Department, located in the heart of the Southern California entertainment industry. LAVC offers comprehensive programs and Associate Degrees in Broadcasting, Cinema, and Media Arts. Tony will strategize, author, and develop the new brand identity for these programs, write additional material to support the program in a marketing effort to strategically position the department with other colleges and universities offering similar classes and programs.

October 2007

Lisa Marguerite Mora's personal essay “Series of Circles” has been published by Common Ties ( with the possibility of it being anthologized in a future print volume.

Common Ties looks for personal stories - from anywhere in the world - that trigger strong emotional reactions. Common Ties is inspired by the works of John Steinbeck ("Travels with Charley: In Search of America"), Studs Terkel ("Working"), and Charles Kuralt ("On the Road"). Historically, people have been telling stories longer than they have been writing them.

Common Ties honors both the written word and the audio delivery, adapting stories from a range of sources, including newspapers and magazines. Some of the stories we produce are quite intimate, at times even graphic and gritty; this is because we want to get at the heart of the human spirit, both our struggles and successes, on every topic imaginable.

October 2007

Terry Gardner has new article in the LA Times

Ever had your luggage go missing?  Terry Gardner's 10/14/07 LA Times Travel Section article will tell you the bright future of RFID bag tagging for luggage.

September 2007

GLAWS Author Joan Del Monte Trucks On Into Washington DC Museum Show

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington, DC September show, "Transportation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" will contain paintings, photographs, sculptures and a collection of books relating to the transportation industry.
Featured in the book display will be books from Write Up The Road Publishing, including Romancing the Road, by Terri and Tim Brady and Twilight's Last Gleaming, by Tim Brady and Venice, Ca. Author Joan Del Monte, a thriller set among eighteen wheelers and a fight against terrorists.  A slide show of photographs taken from the windshield of Brady's eighteen-wheeler will also run continuously as part of the exhibit.
The exhibit will feature virtually every mode of transportation, ranging  from the invention of the wheel to exciting visions of the future. Many new artists are in the exhibit, in keeping with the Museum's mission to introduce emerging artists and art forms. The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 1054 31st St NW Canal Square in the heart of Georgetown.

Art in the exhibit is available at their website <>  or by contacting the Museum Director, David R. Quammen, at (202) 342-6230,More information  about the books included in the exhibit can be found at  or by calling (800) 292 8072

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