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The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society
at the 2010
West Hollywood Book Fair

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is proud to present a talented slate of authors at the 9th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, September 26th at West Hollywood Park from 10am to 6pm at Booths E7&8 in the North Park. Authors will appear and have their books available for purchase and will autograph them for attendees. Author/members scheduled to appear are listed below.

GLAWS will also present GREAT LOS ANGELES WRITERS on the Mystery, Suspense and Thriller Pavillion Stage from 4:45 to 5:45. Don't let the name of the pavillion throw you: Los Angeles is home to a wealth of award-winning and best-selling literary authors of many disciplines from children’s books, to young adult, fiction, non-fiction, self-help, memoirs, thrillers, science-fiction, fantasy, fine literature and much more. The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is proud to call many of them members and is pleased to present a sampling of terrific authors who will read from their latest works and have first editions available for purchase and autograph.

Dawn Anderson at the Greater Los Angeles Writers SocietyDawn Anderson is the author of DAWN AWAKENS, a collection of spiritual / metaphysical prose. This work links together into four different phases resulting in a human spiritual transformation from awakening to a state of heightened awareness and elevation.

The poetry is written with a simplistic approach to complex subject matter, the likes of DNA. Combining imagery and language patterns the collection emphasizes an almost- mystical approach to personal and collective growth . It explores the relative complexities of human nature and interaction, highlighting along the way qualities relating to belief and love in various forms. References to nature and the cosmos are interspersed placing the individual within what may be viewed as a wider context of being. DAWN AWAKENS leads the reader to explore the mind and even wonder just What does the writer believe?

Dawn Awakens at the Greater Los Angeles Writers SocietyDawn Marie Anderson has worked in the Fashion and Entertainment Industries and in The Performing Arts as a dancer , actress and singer in New York City. After a personal crisis, she experienced a spiritual awakening. “These” writings came in sessions similar to “automatic writing” and are the results of that transformative time in her life. Set on a new path of healing, she was led to new work with crystals, flower essences, herbs, healing modalities, and vegetarianism. She became a Reiki Practitioner and moved to Los Angeles, California, where she currently lives and works on healing and the arts.

Her book of poetry, DAWN Awakens is by Joshua Tree Publishing.

http://www.dawnmarieanderson.com/

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Gayle K. Brunelle

In Murder in the Métro, Gayle K. Brunelle and Annette Finley-Croswhite unravel Toureaux’s complicated and mysterious life, assessing her complex identity within the larger political context of the time. They follow the trail of Toureaux’s murder investigation to the Comité Secret d’Action Révolutionnaire, a secret right-wing political organization popularly known as the Cagoule, or “hooded ones.” Obsessed with the Communist threat they perceived in the growing power of labor unions and the French left wing, the Cagoule’s leaders aimed to overthrow France’s Third Republic and install an authoritarian regime allied with Italy.

Book CoverWith Mussolini as their ally and Italian fascism as their model, they did not shrink from committing violent crimes and fomenting terror to accomplish their goal. In 1936, Toureaux—at the behest of the French police—infiltrated this dangerous group of terrorists and seduced one of its leaders, Gabriel Jeantet, to gain more information.  By examining documents related to Toureaux’s murder—documents the French government has sealed from public view until 2038—Brunelle and Finley-Croswhite link Toureaux’s death not only to the Cagoule but also to the Italian secret service, for whom she acted as an informant.  Their research provides likely answers to the question of the identity of Toureaux’s murder and offers a fascinating look at the dark and dangerous streets of pre-World War II Paris.

Gayle K. Brunelle is a professor of history at California State University at Fullerton and the author of The New World Merchants of Rouen, 1559–1630.

Annette Finley-Croswhite is a professor of history and chair of the department of history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is also the author of Henry IV and the Towns: The Pursuit of Legitimacy in French Urban Society, 1589-1610.

312 pages, 6 x 9, 11 halftones

ISBN 978-0-8071-3616-4

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Sara Beacham

Sara Beacham has been writing fiction since the Sixties.  The native Texan has written a science fiction novel, three children's books, and numerous short stories.  Sara holds a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a master's degree in educational psychology counseling. 

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Miranda and the Tiger’s Eye is the much-anticipated release from fiction author Sara Beacham.  The 116 page young reader’s book tells the story of a girl’s journey into a vivid fantasy land where she learns life lessons and makes treasured friends.  Miranda’s adventure begins with a gift and a wish.  The gift is a special stone called the Tiger’s Eye, which is said to have magical powers.  Book CoverTaken from a collector’s shop in India, the stone becomes the object of Miranda’s quest.  Follow Miranda as she literally falls into a mysterious world on her quest to recover the stone.  On her adventure, she is joined by a talking bird and barn owl, both of whom bear similarities to real people in her life.  Together, they search for the magical Tiger’s Eye. 

Young readers 8-12 years of age and fans of Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan will love Miranda and the Tiger’s Eye.


Follow Miranda at:  www.MirandaAndTheTigersEye.com, www.Amazon.com, or www.facebook.com/MirandaAndTheTigersEye

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Samia Boctor

What If?…a reflection on hair is a book that asks children a series of fun, light questions which leads them to ponder the BIG question: if you have different hair, or no hair at all, would you be a different person? It emphasizes that each and every one of us is so beautiful exactly as we are. It helps children value diversities of appearance using hair as an example and is a perfect vehicle to introduce children at a young age to the concept of accepting oneself and others exactly as we are. It will aid them in coming to grips with the self image issues that can affect them throughout life.

Book CoverThis book is also very inspiring for children who have hair loss either from alopecia or during and after cancer treatments or brain surgery.

Samia Boctor is a first time children’s author. She considers her book, What if...a reflection on hair, a work of love that sends young readers the message that they are so beautiful exactly as they are. She also wants to remind parents, friends and family to constantly echo this message to their kids and to each other.

Samia is a physician, wife, mother, and grandmother. She has been working with student health departments at universities in the Los Angeles area for many years. Samia lived and studied in Egypt, Canada, and the USA. She has been living in the Los Angeles area for the past 30 years. She enjoys hiking, dancing, and travel.


http://www.boctor-whatif.com

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Deborah Chesher

In the coffee-table book Everybody I Shot Is Dead, photographer/author Deborah Chesher pays tribute to forty-eight musicians she shot in Vancouver and Los Angeles between 1974 and 1979, who have since passed away. With access to the world of rock’n’roll that most can only dream of, she not only captured amazing images of these legendary performers, but also personal memories and captivating behind-the-scenes stories.

Chesher’s collection of over four hundred of her never-before-seen iconic photographs is accompanied by biographies and her personal reflections of a time when music was the magic that drove a generation.

Everybody CoverDeborah Chesher began her creative adventures as a rock and roll photographer and journalist in Vancouver, B.C. She shot hundreds of concerts up and down the west coast, including groups such as Led Zeppelin, Elton John, the Eagles, George Harrison, and the Bee Gees, to name a few. She relocated to Los Angeles with the idea to do a book featuring art by musicians, believing that a person with one creative talent could also be equally talented in another.

The result was coffee-table book Starart, showcasing the fine art of Joni Mitchell, John Mayall, Cat Stevens, Klaus Voormann, Commander Cody, and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones. Starart debuted in 1980 to rave reviews and was featured in publications across the country, including Rolling Stone, People and Playboy. Deborah produced art gallery shows of original works from Starart, with gala openings attended by the artists in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Laguna Beach.
 
She then fulfilled her dream to work in film, freelancing as a still photographer, designer and reader before accepting a staff position at Cannon Pictures as the Creative Director in advertising and marketing. Her efforts were instrumental in garnering millions of dollars in foreign, domestic feature and video revenues. She left Cannon to start her own design company, providing creative advertising services to 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and many independent production and distribution companies.
 
Deborah produced and starred in Final Placement at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles, raising thousands of dollars for the child abuse charity, Childhelp USA.  She also recently produced the filming of a Mick Fleetwood concert in Coachella, CA that will be released worldwide soon.
 
She wrote her first screenplay in 2002 and has since optioned two screenplays.  She returned to her rock and roll roots with the release of her coffee table Everybody I Shot Is Dead, honoring 48 musicians she photographed who have since passed away.  And many of the characters in her forthcoming music driven movie My First Kiss are inspired by her own experiences in the wild and wonderful world of rock and roll.

Website:  www.cheshercat.com

Charles Domokos photo coming

Charles Domokos has taught post-production classes at the University of Southern California (U.S.C.) School of Cinema & TV and at the U.S.C. Summer Production Workshop from 1988 to 2003 (various Avid platforms). He has also taught TV and post-production courses at Loyola Marymount Univ. (Avid & FCP) and (currently) at Los Angeles City College School of Cinema-TV. He has served as an Avid consultant to TV post-production houses and edited short-form and long-form projects including TV documentaries and independent features. His most recent film RETURN TO VIETNAM won a 2007 Silver Telly (highest award) in the feature tv documentary category.

Nonlinear Editing“Non-linear Editing: The Cutting Edge” provides the foundation for the college-level media student to make the leap into the world of film and HD-based professional post-production, as practiced in the Hollywood media community. This soft-cover text covers basic techniques and generic procedures fundamental to popular visual non-linear editing software from AVID, ADOBE and FINAL CUT and PRO TOOLS audio editing software. This book teaches the basic procedures including synchronization of audio to visuals, film-to-tape conversion, output to tape, output to film, standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) conversions, and everything in between. There is special emphasis given to sound editing techniques to achieve professional level sound quality. “Non-linear Editing: The Cutting Edge” has been chosen to be part of the Los Angeles Public Library film book collection.

Gardner’s Guide to NLE: The Cutting Edge: ISBN 1589650212; available from www.Amazon.com, www.Barnes & Noble.com, and the Garth Gardner Publishing Company, 1 866 GO GARDNER or www.GoGardner.com

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Prakash Dheeriya

Dr. Prakash Dheeriy, PhD, is a Professor of Finance at California State University-Dominguez Hills. He has been teaching finance and investments for over two decades. Dr. Dheeriya has several publications in the field of financial markets. A frequent speaker at conferences, chambers of commerce and rotary clubs, he has received several research awards, has over 30 refereed publications to his credit. Prakash takes particular pride in caring for and educating his two young boys, ages 5 and 6 years, a role which he shares with his wife of 10 years. His motto in life is what he usually tells his kids: “Don’t worry. It’s going to be OK!” Prakash L Dheeriya


Book CoverSynopsis of Books: "Finance for Kidz" series consists of 20 children's books written in a story book form, but have financial lessons embedded in them. These books are hard cover bound, beautifully illustrated, written in jargon-free language that even a six year old can understand. These books are written from the perspective of children, and are based on their day-to-day experiences, and it is through these experiences, complicated financial concepts such as risk and return, inflation, deflation, identity theft and budgeting are explained.

For more information about these books, testimonials, and reviews, please visit www.finance4kidz.com

Father, Author & Professor of Finance
Finance for Kidz Series

In Press: www.finance4kidz.com/pr.html
Jumpstart a Lifetime of Financial Wisdom!

Martin Goss at GLAWSMartin Goss

“Cherished myths totally trashed! Horrors!” Mothermyths, written and illustrated by the inscrutable M.R. Goss, dares to poke fun at the foibles of one of our most sacred institutions: motherhood. With his characteristic flair for sardonic humor, the author uses his own bold style of illustration to debunk one myth after another: eating fish will not make you smart, the human eyeball is not a magnet for small missiles, and many more. An ideal book for intelligent pre-teen kids who feel hemmed in by restrictive parents, Mothermyths is good, clean fun reading. 92 pages, for ages 6 and up.

BookCvrM.R. Goss was born in 1967 in Southern California. He adopted writing as a pastime in 1995, began writing his first novel, the Tetrad, in 2005 and published it two and a half years later. He has lived in his boyhood home in West Los Angeles since 1973, has been a licensed radio ham since 1995, and is single.

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Gillian Lee Hutshing, Author at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

Gillian Lee Hutshing

As a feature film editor in Los Angeles for over 25 years Gillian Hutshing has edited over a dozen features plus television and short films (see attached resume links). She has worked with acclaimed directors Sir Ridley Scott, Peter Weir, Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson, among others. Ms. Hutshing has also worked on many films for children including "Ferngully: The Last Rainforest" for 20th Century Fox and "Oliver & Company" for Walt Disney. One of Ms.Hutshing's most recent credits was as the editor (for over 3 years) with director, Sir Ridley Scott on “Blade Runner:The Final Cut” for Warner Bros. released in 2008. “The Final Cut” is Ridley’s heart-felt definitive edit of that film. Besides being a dedicated editor for both film and television all these years, Ms. Hutshing has mentored many upcoming film enthusiasts and continues to mentor many new filmmakers.

Book CoverBetween editing projects, Ms. Hutshing has also written and illustrated a published children's book, "Sparky the Wonderfish: A story of how love creates magic". She is also involved in many children's charities and literacy programs throughout the United States. Ms. Hutshing has been a featured author and title at the Book Expo America, West Hollywood Book Fair and the LA Times Festival of Books. She has had numerous signings and events at Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Borders Bookstores throughout California. Ms. Hutshing is also on the Advisory Board and is the Booksellers Chairman for the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS).

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"...This is a very sweet story that will appeal to a wide range of young readers..."
-Writers Digest

“I enjoyed Sparky a lot, good fun, and my daughter likes it too."
-Mike B. Anderson - Supervising Director, The Simpsons on Fox Television

“Your delightful, charming book ‘Sparky the Wonderfish’ is heartwarming and sure to delight..."
-Jerry and Esther Hicks, Abraham-Hicks Publications

Get more Sparky at www.GillianLeeHutshing.com <http://www.GillianLeeHutshing.com/> or Amazon.com <http://Amazon.com/> , Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Borders Bookstores

Get more Sparky at www.GillianLeeHutshing.com or Amazon.com or Borders Bookstores

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Dan Lambert

Love and Other Diversions is Daniel Lambert's first collection of poetry and prose. Love is a 52-page collection of poems, stories, and essays. It is not a chapbook in the traditional sense, because chapbooks generally contain only poetry.

Horror filmmaker and author Adam Barnick (director of the film Mainstream) has this to say about Love and Other Diversions: "Mr. Lambert successfully switches genres, themes, and structure with an enlightened ease that towers over most writers' tendencies to fixate with one idea or theme. Yet nothing feels unfocused, dispersed, or dishonest. Book CoverHe touches on love, of course; regret, respect, and reverence for the past; finding the beauty in all things; sensing the darkness inside as well as beyond man. He even has time to throw in some much-needed political incorrectness, clever rhymes that are polar opposites of the Hallmark standard, and some sly humor. I am definitely on the mailing list for volume II."

Daniel Lambert is from Los Angeles, California. He has played games such a Call of Cthulhu since the 1980s and writes for the magazine The Sorcerer's Scrolls. He has taught English at East Los Angeles College since 2000. His writing appears in the publications Easy Reader, Other Worlds, Wrapped in Plastic, The Gamer, and Games Unplugged. His poetry appears in the anthologies The Manuscripter Volume IIandSci-Fi Fan II.

Daniel's e-mail address is danlamb@aol.com
www.homestead.com/dan_lambert

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Aaron Mason

Aaron Mason and his co-writer, Doug Warr, have been friends for many years, and honed their writing skills on screenplays and comic books. When they decided to venture into novel writing they wanted to develop a special project that set them apart. “The Baffelgagging Blundernagging Brothers in Curse of the Bog Frog” is that project. There are other adventures in the BBB series to come, as well as other sci-fi/fantasy novels and projects in various stages of development.

The Baffelgagging Blundernagging Brothers in Curse of the Bog FrogPart Dr. Seuss, part JRR Tolkien, and part Monty Python, the whimsical tales of The Baffelgagging Blundernagging Brothers focus on the misadventures of Exter and Grimwilch Blundernagging who go on a redemptive quest to make the world round. When they were spoiled young lads, the Blundernagging Brothers disobeyed their parents and set free the Perplexicating Quiggle-jibs (QJs for short), mysterious, mischievous magical plankton, whose chaos infects the planet, causing it to flatten like a pancake ? and now nothing makes sense. They must travel to strange lands and weird dimensions in order to round up the QJs and make the world again.

http://www.blunderbrothers.com/

Leslie Ann Moore at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society Booth 715 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Leslie Ann Moore

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 everywhere.

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.

Griffin's ShadowGriffin's 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/

Gayl Murphy at GLAWSGayl Murphy is a Veteran Hollywood Correspondent, Media and Presentational Coach, Speaker and Author of the just-released, revised “Interview Tactics! How to Survive the Media without Getting Clobbered! The Insider’s Guide to Giving a Killer Interview!”

As a Media Expert, Gayl CELEBRITIZES entrepreneurs, entertainment industry pros, CEO’s, authors, experts, inventors, doctors, engineers, lifestyle gurus and celebrities in business and entertainment how to dodge media bullets and CELEBRITIZE themselves and their brands so they can TELL IT TO SELL IT! http://www.InterviewTactics.com

As a veteran Correspondent, Gayl’s has reported on entertainment and show business for ABC News, ABC TV, SKY News, BBC Radio, BBC TV, E! Entertaintment, HollywoodToday.net and BigMediaUSA among others. She has personally interviewed over 14,000 of the biggest celebrities and newsmakers in the world.

About Gayl Murphy’s “Interview Tactics!” Working with the press and the media and getting the word out about who you are and what you do on TV, radio, print and online is about as good as it gets!

-One hot story can bring you an avalanche of new clients and even more coverage. And, having an arsenal of engaging, media-savvy and sticky soundbites to get you there is the best news of all!

In today's highly competitive, time-crunching and media-morphing world, you’ve gotta tell it to sell it! And, having stockpile of “Interview Tactics!” to get you there is about knowing the lay of Media Land - and being a MEDIA STAR in ANY situation that requires stepping up, answering questions, telling your story, peaking your listener's interest and wrapping it up in 20 seconds or less...because sometimes that's all you’re going to get.

Go one-on-one with the press, or any gatekeeper/decision-maker and tell the world about who you are, what you do and what’s next using “Interview Tactics!” Learn REAL insider strategies for navigating the media and pitching any business, any product, any service, anytime, anywhere! Because when the going gets tough, the tough use the media!

Learn more at: http://InterviewTactics.com

Nora Novak at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

Nora Novak Nora Novak is a mixed media artist, actress and writer. Novak has worked in both commercial galleries and a contemporary art museum. Originally from Antwerp, Belgium, she currently resides in Newport Beach and has recently published her first novel of contemporary fiction, Art Damaged which received the Editor’s Choice award.

Book CoverArt Damaged is a glossy insider’s tale that is set behind the scenes of the contemporary art world in Orange County. The story follows Nina Valliere, a glamorous and alluring artist who works in a contemporary art museum. Nina copes with a man-hungry boss from hell, an alcoholic director and juggles the men in her life while pursuing credibility as an emerging artist. Complications arise and a scandalous turn of events threatens to compromise the museum and Nina’s future. A stylish romp through the recesses and chicanery of the art world, museum administration politics, and inner office intrigues, Art Damaged is an insightful debut novel that gives the reader a peek into the life of an up-and-coming mixed media artist.

For more information on Nora Novak and Art Damaged, please visit:

noranovak.com  |  artla.comartdamaged.net

Deborah Pratt at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

Deborah M. Pratt is a significant force in Hollywood. She is a five-time Emmy nominee, a Golden Globe nominee, and the recipient of The Lillian Gish Award from Women in Film, The Angel Award, The Golden Block Award, and Six B.E.N. Awards. From the award-winning series Quantum Leap to the internationally acclaimed Masterpiece Theatre's Cora Unashamed, Deborah M. Pratt’s vision is an inspiration to audiences worldwide. A master storyteller with a spiritual dream for a better world, Deborah M. Pratt breaks the mold of science fiction and creates a genre of science fantasy with the soul of the universe and a key to the human heart. Intricately layered with scientific fact and fascinating detail, The Vision Quest is a riveting journey.

Book CoverThe Vision Quest Trilogy opens when the harmony of Book One’s The Age of Light is torn into factions of the beings—human and the array of new species that now share our planet—who must grapple with forces and technologies at once ancient and frighteningly new. Here we find seventeen-year-old Cole “Lazer” Lazerman, a young man bent on both revenge and redemption. With his beloved father murdered and his Atlantian home under the control of the biodroid Black Guards and their evil leader, Five, Lazer enters a series of explosive battlefields—spiritual, virtual and real. His personal fight to control his own emotions can ultimately bring salvation or the world’s impending doom.

In Book Two’s The Odyssey Lazer, along with his friends—and the newfound love of his life—must master the Visionistic Arts, harness the limitless power of the human mind and spirit, survive the perilous odyssey to get home in time to save himself, his mother, his war torn home in Atlantia and ultimately the world from Five and his biodroid army.

The Vision Quest is an action-packed, Science Fantasy adventure based on the science and technology of today--projected into a very probable tomorrow. Get your books here »»

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Linda Reid

Linda Reid is a physician-writer who serves as Director of the Klotz Student Health Center at California Sate University, Northridge, and as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. Linda and her husband divide their time between Los Angeles, California, and Athens, Greece.

CoverTalk is cheap, but when this radio host takes action, she may pay the ultimate price. An outspoken, brash, native New Yorker, Sammy Greene isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers at Ellsford University, her ultraconservative New England college. Host of "The Hot Line", a talk-radio show on campus station WELL, Sammy tackles the toughest, most controversial issues facing Ellsford's students. When Sammy discovers the body of Dr. Burton Conrad, one of Ellsford's most esteemed professors, her journalistic drive kicks in and she sets out to discover what happened to the beloved professor. But when several Ellsford students mysteriously disappear, Sammy realizes she's uncovered the seamy, terrifying underbelly of this prestigious institute of higher education. With the entire campus in peril, and demons from her past close behind, Sammy Greene must race to find answers. Along the way, she'll discover some unlikely allies-and even more unlikely enemies. If Sammy isn't careful, someone is going to make sure that she signs off-for good.

Available in Hardback, Kindle, Nook and other e-Book formats

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Diane Sundby

You Know You're an Empty Nester When... humorously depicts "life after kids." With captivating illustrations and incisive one-liners, you'll immediately recognize yourself or someone you know who is an Empty Nester. Dr. Dianne Sundby, a practicing psychologist, brings her years of therapeutic experience, insight and understanding to the written word with clarity and wit.

Dr. Sundby’s book, You Know You’re an Empty Nester When…was published in 2005 by SPI Books.  This book came to fruition as she grappled with the free time she suddenly had available once her youngest child left for college—3,000 miles away.  Believing that being able to chuckle at ourselves and our frustrations as we experience new phases in life, Dr. Sundby wrote this cartoon-illustrated book on empty nesting from a humor perspective.   

Dr. Sundby, the empty nester mother of three, was widowed shortly before her book was published.  She resides in Los Angeles, and her not quite empty nest is now shared with Teddy, her two year-old lab/Australian shepherd.Book Cover

Dr. Dianne Sundby is a licensed psychologist whose private practice addresses both therapeutic and career change concerns.  Upon receiving her doctorate from Purdue University, she lectured at the University of Southern California for several years, directed clinical service programs, and supervised a number of psychological research projects.  Her writings include papers and book chapters on dual-career families and the personality dynamics associated with specific careers. She is also the co-author of a creativity assessment procedure.  In addition to psychotherapy, counseling, assessment, and research work, she has consulted extensively in the United States and abroad on issues concerning management selection and development. 

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Melanie H. Vansell

The Liberation of Maggie Weintraub is more than a coming of age tale. This is the story of an intriguing, adventurous, and quite resilient young woman. Maggie leaves her mid west home at a young age following a dramatic event. She follows the wind and her instincts as she travels around the country. She never considers herself homeless, as she is comfortable wherever she lands. Her liberation comes in the form of books. She is drawn to libraries and bookstores like a vampire to blood.

Book CoverMaggie meets, travels with, lives with, and interacts with fascinating, unique and sometimes terrifying characters.  Her story is intertwined with love, lust, loss, and tragedy.

Join Maggie as she travels, explores, learns, and grows into a young adult. Like Maggie, you will be liberated, as you share her path of adventure and literacy.

If you like stories of drama, diversity, and self-reflection, you will love The Liberation of Maggie Weintraub.

Melanie H. Vansell is an associate professor of history and teaches online courses at a community college. She is also a full-time associate professor of American Sign Language and Deaf studies on at East Los Angeles College. Her background in theatre and music add to her character and flair for developing stories.

                 Contact her: MelanieVansell@gmail.com

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Sharyn Winters

SURVIVE! is a critical message for our time—a comprehensive guide that identifies toxins and contaminants, not just in water, air, and food, but electromagnetic contaminants, toxins in personal care products, clothing, cleaning solutions, cookware, building materials, medical procedures—even in thoughts and emotions.  The book will make you aware of how technology has gotten out of hand, yet it will inspire you to make the changes that will bring you back into balance, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Beyond identifying the problems, SURVIVE points the reader to healthy, sustainable alternatives. It provides answers for today’s problems and it  inspires the changes that will help both the human race and the Earth to regain balance.Book Cover

Sharyn Wynters is a naturopath with more than thirty years of experience in health and wellness. Her commitment to helping people change their lives through nontoxic living came as the result of her own personal health challenges. Years ago, by modifying her diet, by changing the products she routinely used in her home and in her personal care, and even by reviewing the thought patterns in her life, she was able to cure herself of degenerative disease. With regained health, she immersed herself in the world of wellness. She studied dozens of disciplines and obtained a degree as a naturopath from the Clayton School of Natural Healing. Since then, she has been able to help thousands of individuals on the pathway to a more vibrant life.
            Sharyn was not always focused on health and nutrition. At the age of seventeen, she became Miss Pennsylvania in the Miss World competition. Later, she became a top fashion model for Oleg Cassini, the famed dress designer for Jacqueline Kennedy. The first major role of her acting career was as Cat Girl on the original Batman TV series. She later appeared in a number of films such as Odd Couple, Hook, Line & Sinker, and West World.
            Today, Sharyn is internationally recognized for the regenerative program she advocates based on a lifestyle that includes raw, whole-food nutrition and a toxin-free living environment. She is a popular motivational speaker and is the author of two books: Regenerative Eating: A Live, Uncooked-Cookbook Addresssing the Deeper Issues of Health and Wellness and How to be a Successful Thinker: Creating the Life of Your Dreams. She has produced two CDs, The Wisdom to Change and The Solution for Wellness. Sharyn lives in Tarzana, California. She is fully committed to the empowerment of others, and she is dedicated to being a healing influence on as many lives as possible. Visit her Web site: www.wyntersway.com

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Ann Wilmer-Lasky is no stranger to the rugged landscapes and unstable ground described in "The Chronicles of Acqueria: Blood Moon Treachery". Having spent time in the deserts of Arizona, she now lives in sunny, shaky southern California where she writes this YA soft sci-fi/fantasy series. Her most recent novel, "The Seasons of Sam Rock",is a noir/ horror story featuring 1940's Hollywood detective Sam Rock and a murder of ravens.

Book Cvr"The Chronicles of Acqueria: Blood Moon Treachery", a YA soft sci-fi/fantasy novel, is Sentia's story. At sixteen summers, she is about to be joined for life to a man she does not love, while custom forbids her to join with the one she does. The two young men, submerigible pilots in the service of the rocky and shaky city of Acqueria, become rivals in pursuit of what is deemed a lofty political prize, for Sentia is the daughter of the Chief Elder. One of the young men would destroy his future for her; the other would destroy her for his future. Not wanting to defy her father, her stepmother or the customs of her people, Sentia is torn. In her heart, she knows she cannot join without love, and she is fearful the young man she loves will not fight for her. The solution she chooses at Blood Moon Ceremony sets in motion a series of events she cannot foresee, but with which she must come to terms.

Book Cvr"The Seasons of Sam Rock" is a noir novel with a sense of humor. In it, 1940's Hollywood detective Sam Rock must find Summer Banning's missing brother, solve Autumn Moran's vicious murder and discover who's buried in an unmarked grave or two, freshly dug in the back corner of an unkempt cemetery come winter. Driving his 1938 black Chevy coupe and sporting his ever-present gray, felt fedora, Sam moves with ease between the swank parties and the seamy-side of the glamorous Hollywood façade. Throughout the novel, he is shadowed by a murder of ravens - their beaks and razor-sharp claws perhaps responsible for some of the bodies he encounters - and Madame Marie Delacroix, a raven-loving, redheaded French woman whose husbands tend to die mysteriously. She believes Sam has something that belongs to her - a little black book he just might have to die for.

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