The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is proud
to present a talented slate of authors at the 10th
Annual West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, October 2nd at
West Hollywood Park from 10am to 6pm at Booths
(C11-12-13-14) . Authors will appear and have their books
available for purchase and will autograph them for attendees. More
than two dozen author/members are scheduled to appear.
Dr. Laura Wood Alexander’s
multi-talented career can best be described as “Versatile”.
Her path has flowed from speech language therapy to K12 and higher
education teaching and administration. Through her publishing
company, Hello Voice, Laura writes children’s picture storybooks
and expressive language materials under the author name, Dr.
Wood. Hello Voice also publishes In A Word and In A
Thought magnetic bookmarks, 10 seconds feedback cards, Pet
Love greeting cards, and Natural Beauty note cards.
Laura is also a voice over artist reading children’s books,
narration, and commentary. She enjoys mentoring, coaching,
traveling, gardening, and walking.
Laura’s educational background includes
speech therapy, learning disabilities, and educational policy and
administration. She has three adult children, four grandchildren,
and two lovable standard poodles that take Laura on daily morning
and evening walks.
Ten Pretty Parrots tells the story of ten
colorful parrots sitting in a tree then flying away one by one
to different destinations. The story highlights counting in descending
order, colors, and rhyming language skills. The imaginative illustrations
by Tim Haggerty add to the fun of this story. An activity page
is included at the end of the book. This is a wonderful book to
add to the library for preschool and primary age children.
The Speechless Chimpanzee
Children learn to speak the English language
by putting consonant sounds with vowel sounds to make words. In
the African rain forest two African Grey Parrots find their chimpanzee
friends sad because one of them has lost his speech due to the
cutting of rain forest trees. The parrots help him to regain his
speech using speech articulation exercises. The beautiful acrylic
illustrations by Wooyeon Park add to the beauty of this book. It
is a great book for speech pathologists, reading teachers, preschool
and primary teachers to add to their teaching resources. Information
about African animals, culture, and rain forests can be found at
the end of the story.
God Loves Me
With our senses we are able to appreciate
the beauty in our environment and in nature. God Loves Me helps children
to learn about God’s love through their five senses. The whimsical
watercolor illustrations by Etta make learning about the senses an
enjoyable story. A page to draw pictures completes the story.
You can reach Laura through Hello Voice
at 2750 New York Drive, Pasadena, California, 91107, by email hellovoice@
hellovoice.net, or by calling 626-318-2416. Product information
can be found at the Hello Voice website, www.hellovoice.net.
Lives, now available on Amazon and as a Kindle edition,
is acclaimed author Barbara Ardinger’s newest
novel … twenty years in the making and filled with
magical realism. Her last nonfiction book, Pagan Every Day:
Finding the Extraordinary in Our Ordinary Lives, was critically
hailed as “a delightful and enlightening book [written]
with wit and panache, as well as with deep scholarship.” Her
numerous books, Quicksilver Moon, Goddess Meditations and
Finding New Goddesses among them, have elicited equally high
Secret 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. See http://www.facebook.com/pages/Secret-Lives/140993335978461 and http://www.barbaraardinger.com/secret-lives for
the FREE READER’S GUIDE.
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. There
are both love and cosmic war in Secret Lives.
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. This
novel will thus appeal not only to the large audience that reads
pagan fiction, but also to mainstream readers who love a good,
complicated story and may be curious about pagans and gods and
goddesses. As they read, they will learn a great deal.
Ms. Ardinger has been a freelance manuscript
editor since 2003. Editing manuscripts for published authors, would-be
and wannabe authors, graduate students, and professionals in many
fields. “Go-to” editor for two small on-demand publishers
for several years. On-going editor for the American Holistic Health
Association. Projects include fiction, nonfiction, and academic
discourse, all on a wide variety of topics by diverse authors around
the U.S. and in Europe, Africa, and Australia. Also screenplays
and poetry. More than 250 manuscripts edited to date. Freelance
writer/editor and owner of I Can Write It For You (a consulting
service), 1983–2003. Primary clients: small and mid-size
businesses, corporate communications departments, and entrepreneurs.
Projects: articles, proposals, user and procedures manuals, reports,
collateral marketing literature, and other efforts.
Freelance book editor Barbara Ardinger’s
newest book is Secret Lives (CreateSpace, 2011), which is a novel
of magical realism set in Long Beach in 1989-90. As an editor,
Barbara has put her Ph.D. in English to good use during the past
decade as she’s edited 250 books. She has worked with beginning
authors (on five continents) who have good ideas but don’t
want to embarrass themselves in print. The 250 projects include
novels in all genres (from romance to science fiction to grand
guignol), nonfiction books on many topics (memoirs, New Age and
metaphysics, business, health, religion, etc.), academic theses
and dissertations, screenplays, and poetry.
See http://www.barbaraardinger.com/straighttalk for
her comments about working with on-demand and vanity presses.
As an author whose books have been published
by both traditional and POD publishers, Barbara is able to guide
smart people with good ideas through the maze of writing a book—dialogue,
punctuation, spelling, logical and narrative flow, subject-verb
agreement, adverbs, and other matters of gooder English, plus some
basic fact-checking—without running into quite all the dead
ends. Her aim is to help authors not embarrass themselves in print.
In his comedy, The Clouds,
Aristophanes sends a young Athenian man to school at the Thinkery,
which is run by Socrates. I wouldn’t even begin to compare
myself to Socrates, but I have a pretty good idea what it’s
like to live in a Thinkery. I live a wonderful life working and
playing with words. I’m blessed to have edited something
over 250 books, which—counting the people who have come
back to me with their second or third or fourth project—means
I’ve helped maybe a couple hundred people make their dreams
of holding in their own hands a published book they wrote come
true. If holding your published book in your hands is your dream,
I can help you.
Send me an email at email@example.com,
and we can start talking about what you want to write. Read more.
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,
Major: English Renaissance literature (emphasis on the drama)
Minors: Restoration/18th century drama, modern continental drama
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape
Minor: Psychology Extensive study of history and comparative religion
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 bestselling 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. Sheís 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. Sheís
a vegetarian who eats fish, but if she says she ís a pescetarian,
people assume it ís a religion and offer her carrot-shaving
sandwiches instead of halibut. Beyond that, she leads a fairly
"Michael's Reward" is
the story of a wealthy executive who gives his church going family
an abundant lifestyle, and is a faithful lover of God. Satan
notices Michael and contests God that Michael only loves Him
for His gifts, and that if they were taken away, Michael would
course God. Over the next month, he loses his children, job,
house, wife, and all his assets. He is forced into homelessness
because of the boils over his body. But he never loses
his faith. After appearing to him, God restores Michael to an
even more abundant life, and he lives a long and prosperous life.
Mario Bernheim began his career as
an assistant to film director, Joel Schumacher on the Universal
studio lot. He worked for Joel in various capacities for
several years before moving to New York City where he got involved
with the story department’s of CBS, Fox and MGM as a story
analyst. After which he returned to Universal Studios in Hollywood
to be director of development for producer Topper Carew.
In the late-eighties he became a founding
staff member of Comic Relief (hosted by Robin Williams, Whoopi
Goldberg and Billy Crystal) as seen live on Home Box Office. Over
the course of twelve years, he rose in ranks to be Co-Producer
for many of the specials including; “Comic Relief ’90” at
Radio City Music Hall, “Hurricane Relief”, for Showtime, “A
Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan”, for NBC, and many
other specials on HBO, ABC, FOX and COMEDY CENTRAL.
As Co-Producer he was involved with the gamut of responsibilities
that range from the creativity of the shows and production, to
the administering of the $50 million dollars in donations throughout
Since Comic Relief, Mario has been in active
development with projects with such companies as Icon Entertainment,
The Pitt Group and as Director of Development for Hit Entertainment,
his principal objective was to search out and develop quality screenwriting
Mario is considered by many writers, story
consultants, producers and production executives to excel in developing
screenplays and has a keen intuition for story development. Recently,
Mario has been a featured guest on panels at screenwriting expos
and seminars in aiding up-and-coming screenwriters in their pitch
and story techniques.
He’s completed two feature screenplays
and finished a novel, Michael’s Reward.
An avid traveler, with an interest
in cross-cultural and spiritual similarities, Mario has visited
more than twenty-two countries on multiple continents.
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.
The 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.
Shanghaied is 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
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.
Victoria Wilson Darrrah was raised
in a loving Christian home, but in a country that was fast spiraling
into violence and war. In 1974, she and her family escaped Uganda
and found refuge in California. A year later her family returned
to East Africa and she stayed in America to go to college. In 1980,
she graduated from USC with a degree in Cinema/Television Production
and returned to Kenya briefly before continuing her education at
UCLA, graduating in 1983 with a MA degree in African Studies with
an emphasis in Third World Film and Theatre. She has since worked
in a variety of media positions and produced several video productions
both in America and in Africa, including a 40-minute documentary
on her father’s life called VISIONS AND HARVESTS. She also
created a calendar entitled AFRICA THE WOMAN depicting thirteen
different ethnic groups from across the continent. She is most
known for her popular television program, EYE ON UGANDA, which
aired on Uganda Television (UTV), now Uganda Broadcasting Corporation
(UBC), in the late 1990’s, and in which she combined her
training in television and her international experience to showcase
Uganda through Ugandan eyes and Ugandan stories. In June, 2010,
she returned to Uganda to begin production on 12 brand new episodes
of EYE ON UGANDA. She is currently on a short-time visit to the
US and is staying in Arcadia with her 22-year old son, Jordan.
first book. My Father’s Daughter: Continuing the Dream
for Peace and Reconciliation, is written as a tribute to
the author’s father, the late Rev. John Wilson, a famous,
award-winning Ugandan evangelist who traveled around the world
speaking about peace and reconciliation. In 1986, John Wilson was
murdered in his homeland of Uganda while trying to reconcile the
warring factions, and it was then that his daughter decided that
his message and his example were too important to die. At his funeral,
Darrah promised her father she would continue his dream and keep
his legacy alive. In her refreshingly frank narrative style, Darrah
takes us on an adventure that spans several continents, challenges
her faith in God, and celebrates the beautiful relationship she
shared with her father. Partly autobiographical, partly a biography
on his life, it is the author’s personal experience of the
most wonderful father a woman could ever ask for, and an in-depth
look at his uncompromising commitment to God, his famlly, and his
fellow human beings. Darrah hopes fathers with daughters are inspired,
and daughters without fathers will find their worth in their relationship
with their Heavenly Father.
second book Journey to Healing for the Brokenhearted: Holding
on to Heaven while you go through Hell is an extraordinary
book for extraordinary times. As a peacemaker, Darrah learned her
greatest lesson on reconciliation when her husband declared he
was gay, dissolved their 12-year marriage and left her with a broken
heart and a young son to raise. Darrah shares her own story of
divorce in a deeply personal way. Her unique combination of narrative
and personal journal entries gives us a close-up view into her
relationship with Jesus and how His constant presence in her life
helps her to navigate through her pain and feelings of rejection
to forgiveness, healing and restoration. It is Victoria’s
prayer that the book will inspire women to journal and record their
own journeys to healing for their broken hearts.
Her Mission: Darrah’s story
has been featured on the 700 Club, and her rallying cry has been
heard in schools, churches, conferences and groups across the nation.
With one foot in her motherland, and one foot in America, she crosses
seamlessly between her two continents spreading her vision of The
Restoration Generation – a movement to raise up a new generation
of Christians that will bring Africa, America and the rest of the
world, back to God.
With keen insight and a great sense of humour,
Darrah brings a new voice to the dialogue on peace and reconciliation,
beginning with our individual relationships with God. Following
her father’s example, Victoria Wilson Darrah is passionate
about Jesus, and is bold in her proclamation of that love. If you
are yearning for a closer walk wth God, she will inspire you and
make you think deeply about the urgent spiritual needs of our times.
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taught post-production classes at the University of Southern
California (U.S.C.) School of Cinema & TV and at the U.S.C.
Summer Production Workshop from 1988 to 2003 (various Avid platforms).
He has also taught TV and post-production courses at Loyola Marymount
Univ. (Avid & FCP) and (currently) at Los Angeles City College
School of Cinema-TV. He has served as an Avid consultant to TV
post-production houses and edited short-form and long-form projects
including TV documentaries and independent features. His most
recent film RETURN TO VIETNAM won a 2007 Silver Telly (highest
award) in the feature tv documentary category.
Editing: The Cutting Edge” provides the foundation
for the college-level media student to make the leap into the
world of film and HD-based professional post-production, as
practiced in the Hollywood media community. This soft-cover
text covers basic techniques and generic procedures fundamental
to popular visual non-linear editing software from AVID, ADOBE
and FINAL CUT and PRO TOOLS audio editing software. This book
teaches the basic procedures including synchronization of audio
to visuals, film-to-tape conversion, output to tape, output
to film, standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) conversions,
and everything in between. Special emphasis is 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.
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
S. P. Hendrick is the author of two
acclaimed fantasy series, The Glastonbury Chronicles and Tales
Of The Dearg-Sidhe which so far have five books in publication
with release dates for another four this year and next.
A third companion series to those two, The
Glastonbury Archives in the works, along with a deck
of Tarot cards based on Celtic mythology, British folklore,
and the worlds and characters she has created.
SON OF AIR AND DARKNESS
of the Dearg-Sidhe Volume I
Dubhghall is a mighty warrior, trained by
Scathach herself. What is more, he has been made immortal
by The Morrigan, Celtic Goddess of Battle and Sovereignty, who
has taken him as a foster-son and paramour and taught him to feast
on the blood of his enemies. And because he is the grandson
of Lugh, no fire or light can harm him.
But in this time of Roman occupation the
Britons cry out for justice and Dubhghall must decide whether to
answer their call when he finds himself caught between the soldiers
of Rome and the warriors of Boudicca.
THE GREAT QUEEN’S HOUND
Tales of the Dearg-Sidhe Volume II
mac Cu finds himself in the midst of the 12th Century anarchy and
rivalry between Stephen of Blois and Empress Mathilda. Both
claim the right to rule England after the death of Henry I, but
there are darker forces at work than mere politics, forces which
have been lurking for centuries, forces which Dubhghall first encountered
during Boudicca’s rebellion against Rome.
The fall of the Roman Empire has been followed
by the rise of the new Holy Roman Empire. With the Old Faith
hidden underground, will The Morrigan and Her foster-son Dubhghall
be able to protect Britain against this old evil which threatens
annihilation of all that stands in its way, or will the Dark Ages
return in an even darker, even more sinister fashion?
UNEASY LIES THE HEAD
The Glastonbury Chronicles Volume
this first volume of the companion series set in the future, Stephen
Windsor is a private citizen in a post-monarchical Britain celebrating
his twenty-fifth birthday on his estate in Scotland. When
a red-haired young woman arrives on a white horse during a thunderstorm
he finds ancient forces have chosen him to play a pivotal role
in history, one which he realises he has played again and again
throughout time with a familiar group of friends, one which will
eventually mean his certain death…
If he can just keep someone from murdering
him in the mean time.
S.P. Hendrick holds a degree in English
from the former San Fernando Valley State College (now California
State University, Northridge). During the mid 1960s or as
she puts it “in a past life” under the nom de plume
Jennifer Starkey she did publicity for several rock bands and was
a columnist for a national magazine. Her first novel under
that name, Sunset Offramp was published during that
She lives in the San Fernando Valley with
her husband Jay T. Mayer, entirely too many cats, and thirty-two
She can be found on her Amazon
author’s page,which also carries her blog, and on Facebook.
REASON TO FIGHT is
a Memoir of Race, Injustice, and the Search for Truth by Hiram
The Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, but for centuries women
in prison have been subjected to one of the most heinous crimes – sexual
assault. The abuse of women in prison has rarely been written about,
but a new book, REASON TO FIGHT: A Memoir of Race, Injustice, and
the Search for Truth, brings this critical issue out of the shadows
and into the light.
REASON TO FIGHT is the story of Bernice
Johnson, who in 1926 acted in self-defense but was sentenced to
two years of hard labor in the Mississippi State Penitentiary – the
infamous prison plantation called Parchman Farm. Bernice Johnson’s
incarceration was the first injustice.
second injustice occurred a few months later, when Bernice was
raped and impregnated by a white authority figure while serving
time. Her baby was born on November 19, 1928, three days after
she was released from prison. The child, Fred Douglas Johnson,
grew up to be the father of Hiram Johnson, author of REASON TO
REASON TO FIGHT is based on court transcripts
of Bernice Johnson’s trial, a Mississippi Supreme Court appeal,
and other documents that Hiram Johnson uncovered during his search.
Along the way, he pieced together his family’s story – Bernice’s
imprisonment, Fred’s birth, the family’s exodus to
Chicago, and Fred’s years in the Armed Services.
REASON TO FIGHT is written in first person
narratives from Bernice, Fred, and Hiram Johnson – and focuses
on the personal aspects of the story, while shining a light on
the broader social issues of race, gender, crime, and justice.
REASON TO FIGHT is both compelling and timely;
racial conflicts continue to dominate the news, and – according
to Amnesty International – the sexual assault of women in
prison remains a leading human rights issue.
Available on Amazon.com ISBN-10 #145655901X
Bob Marley And The Golden Age of Reggae [Titan
Books, November 2010, $29.95/£24.99] is a testament in rare,
previously unpublished pictures to some of the greatest years of
Bob Marley’s career, and the history of reggae and dub music.
Through portraits, performance and personal
shots, photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker charts the rise
of reggae with an unparalleled insight into the genre’s most
iconic artists. Captured in Jamaica in the mid 1970s and never
before published, this collection of powerful and pivotal pictures
features Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, Lee “Scratch” Perry,
Hepstones, Inner Circle and Jacob Miller, Jimmy Cliff, Jr Murvin,
Toots and The Maytals, George Harrison, Burning Spear and Third
Featuring a foreword from Hollywood filmmaker
and former Rolling Stone journalist Cameron Crowe, this deluxe
hardback collection also includes commentary from Island Records’ Jeff
Walker, and founding editor of The Beat magazine, Roger Steffens.
“Kim’s pictures not only capture
the humanity of these iconic figures but they also show a sense
of intimacy that only photographs by a true artist can convey” – Steven
Poster, ASC President of the International Cinematographers’ Guild.
Kim Gottlieb-Walker’s incredibly varied
career has covered everything from classic rock and roll, reggae
and politics in the 60’s and 70’s to working on major
motion pictures and television shows. While still at UCLA (where
she received a BA in Motion Picture production) and shortly thereafter,
she shot for underground LA newspapers and magazines like Crawdaddy
and Music World. Her classic portrait of Jimi Hendrix was shot
when she was only 20 and her High Times cover of Bob Marley remains
their most popular cover, ever.
She also shot the stills for John Carpenter’s “Halloween", “The
Fog”, “Christine”, and "Escape from New
York.” She worked at Paramount for nine years as the production
photographer for “Cheers” and five years for “Family
She is one of the elected representatives
for still photographers on the National Executive Board of IATSE
Local 600, the International Cinematographers Guild. Her coffee-table
photo book "Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae" was
published by Titan Press (UK) distributed by Random House (USA)
last November and she recently had her first solo gallery show
of photos from the book in London at the PROUD Camden. Her website
is www.Lenswoman.com <http://www.Lenswoman.com>
About the book:
BOB MARLEY AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF REGGAE
“Kim was the first “outsider” to
photograph Marley and the young Jamaican masters around him”–Cameron
“Herein are stunning images of off-guard
moments that only Bob’s closest friends would have been privy
to.”-Roger Steffens, founding editor, The Beat
Shades of Justice
Coming of Age in the 1960's
Dismissed by a high school guidance counselor in 1966 as unqualified
for anything except foot soldiering in the war in Vietnam, Paul
Krehbiel disproved the "experts."
From apolitical factory worker and aspiring artist to one of the
many leaders of the huge anti-war movement in Buffalo, New York,
Krehbiel takes us on a wild ride through the searing sixties in
this coming-of-age memoir.
Along the way, he introduces us to
the music and culture of the times, to his art, to the woman
he loved, the camaraderie of close friends, an endearing group
of workers, and a colorful cast of fellow student anti-war organizers
who helped shut down over 400 college campuses in a national
General Student Strike in 1970.
this compelling love story and personal political history, Krehbiel
is tormented and outraged by the needless deaths, lies and contradictions
of the war, and is drawn deeply into the campaign to end it.
Yet, he found himself torn between acting on his moral beliefs,
and struggling to save his relationship with the young woman
he deeply loves. Krehbiel paints an insiders picture of that
tumultuous but inspiring era, and does it with a captivating
mixture of stories, warmth, seriousness and humor.
Most importantly, Krehbiel's tale reveals how one of the most powerful
social justice movements in American history was built, and how
it helped topple two presidents, end a war, and changed America.
Born in Buffalo, Paul Krehbiel was one
of many leaders in the peace movement of the late 1960‚s
and early 1970‚s to end the war in Vietnam. He was a union
auto parts worker and aspiring artist. He earned BA and MS degrees
from the State University of New York at Buffalo in the mid and
late 1970‚s where he wrote for the student newspaper and
taught in Social Sciences College at SUNYAB.
In the early 1980's, while working as a
Teamster, he was active in the Colorado Coors Boycott which helped
win a $1.2 million jobs creation program for blacks and Latinos.
While involved in the Nuclear Freeze movement, he worked on a campaign
that ended nuclear weapons production at a major arms manufacturer
in Colorado. In 1985, he became the managing editor of the Furniture
Workers Press, national newspaper of the United Furniture Workers,
AFL-CIO, in Nashville, and assisted union organizing in the south.
In the early 1990‚s, he worked as
a Senior Assistant to the Majority Whip of the Assembly in the
California Legislature. He was also president of Los Angeles Health
Access, and a founder and vice president of Health Care for All,
California‚s state-wide organization working for universal
single-payer health care.
In 1998, he went on staff with Service Employees
International Union, Local 660, in Los Angeles County, where he
organized work-site Stewards Councils. He was also the chief negotiator
for over 5,000 Registered Nurses, and helped lead a campaign that
improved hospital staffing. He was elected president of United
Union Representatives of Los Angeles for five consecutive terms.
Since 2003, he has been active in the campaign
to end the war in Iraq, working with the Coalition for World Peace,
US Labor Against the War, and the Iraq Moratorium.
He is one of 70 authors of A Troublemaker‚s Handbook 2 (2005),
a guide for employees seeking to improve their working conditions.
In 2007, he became a local coordinator for
Step it Up, a national environmental organization working to stop
global warming. He lives, works and writes in southern California.
Shades of Justice is a coming-of-age memoir.
Hiram Johnson is a law-enforcement officer
with a major metropolitan police agency in the Greater Los Angeles
area. He is the grandson of Bernice Johnson and the son of Fred
Douglas Johnson, married with two daughers. Hiram an dhis wife
Donelle make their home in Lakewood, California. Hiram holds two
AA degrees, one in liberal arts with an emphasis in criminal justice
an done in biblical studies. He is working towards a B.A. degree
in criminal justice. He enjoys working out and is a certified Use
of Force instructor for his department.
Shades of Justice is available at autumnleafpress.com.
Ms. Moore is the author
of Griffin's Daughter, her debut novel and the first in
her romantic fantasy Griffin's Daughter trilogy, was named 2008
IBPA Ben Franklin Award Winner for Best First Fiction.
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.
the third and final volume of the Griffin's Daughter Trilogy
is now available in paperback direct from the publisher. Order
a signed personalized copy at www.ridanpublishing.com
Visit Leslie Ann's
website at www.leslieannmoore.com/
Gloria Shell Mitchell enjoys writing
skits and personalized poems. Her raps, There’s A Time,
I Say and Can You Imagine That, have been presented
in churches, youth rallies and schools. She wrote and directed
church plays Gimme That Old Time Religion and Jesus Is
Alive. An advocate for social justice, she writes about real-life
issues and talks about them every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on radio
station KTYM AM 1460. Her greatest inspiration for sharing her
thoughts with the world came from reading her first published piece,
a letter to the editor of Ebony magazine, at age 12. Seeing her
first published article, Let Yourself Have Fun, in a youth magazine
inspired her to pursue her passion for writing.
Garbage Man’s Daughter Series,
Gloria, an educator, minister and former certified public accountant,
pleads with readers to let go of the garbage they carry from
childhood into adult relationships. In addition to tutoring
mathematics and teaching social skills, this retired educator
facilitates divorce recovery groups in her efforts to save
the world, one family at a time. She also works with the Los
Angeles Coalition for Protection Against Elder Abuse.
Rev. Dr. Gloria is a 2009 graduate of the
University of Southern California’s Passing The Mantle (PTM)
Program and The Institute for Violence Prevention. Combining her
passion for helping hurting people and using research methods acquired
while completing her dissertation for a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual
Formation, she published Book 1 Letting Go of Shame. Book 2 in
the trilogy, Letting Go of SECRETS, is ready for publication and
Book 3, Letting Go of SCARS, is almost complete.
In the Garbage Man’s Daughter Series, Gloria
Shell Mitchell writes based on true stories about the impact of
family dysfunction and divorce on the inquisitive child, Davida
Kincaid, who struggles to escape impoverished living conditions
in rural America, understand her mother of eighteen children, and
adjust to life without her beloved father, a garbage man. Davida
vividly shares how her teachers throughout her school years and
her faith help her to triumph over every crushing blow to her heart.
“Everyone has trash. It is where
and how you discard it that makes all the difference in your
life and how you continue on. Read this book and your faith and
hope will grow too.” Fran Lewis: Reviewer
For more about Gloria Shell Mitchell
and to purchase the book visit www.encouragemintbooks.com.
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
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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
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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!
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And, having an arsenal of engaging, media-savvy and sticky soundbites
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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
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I Come First: How the Individual
Ego Rules Every Business Decision
Mark (M.H.) Nicholas is an attorney
and educator in the field of negotiations and human behavior. He
has practiced law for nearly twenty years specifically focusing
on the fields of corporate/securities, intellectual property and
technology. Mr. Nicholas speaks regularly on a variety of business-related
subjects, particularly on human behavior in business, business
negotiating/politics, legal issues, and so forth. In the financial
services industry, Nicholas is a regular panelist on legal issues
related to privacy, advertising/marketing and social media.
He is licensed in CA, MA and PA, certified
as a Senior Professional in Human Relations (SPHR), a Voting Member
of the Grammy's, a National Press Photographers Member (NPPA),
educator for California Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, VIP Mentors
and the Children's Defense Fund. He currently resides in Los Angeles
with his wife and 2 year old daughter.
of I Come First: How the Individual Ego Rules Every Business
Decision: What if we actually understood each other? I Come
First aspires to encourage all of us to do just that. I Come First
is a discussion of human behavior in business and the story of
how each person (including ourselves) see the world from our their
(our) own perspectives. As we become more objective and controlled,
mastering our understanding of others' perspectives and points
of view, along with their needs, wants and fears, we can be far
more effective. This is about perception, negotiation and politics;
and is the very framework for our own personal success.
When we boil down emotion, politics and
group dynamics, working together can really be quite manageable.
Links to the website: www.icomefirst.com
Peter is a Brit of Welsh ancestry who lives
in Los Angeles with his wife Linda, where he is Magister of Briar
Rose, a small Coven of modern Cunningfolk. Aside from being an
author, Peter also created the Craftwise series of spellcasting
DVDs, and is the host of the Crooked Path podcast.
Having many years of experience in various forms of Occult Studies,
including Alexandrian Wicca, the Egyptian Mysteries, Rosicrucianism
and Enochian magick, Peter finally found what he had been looking
for all his life in the two Traditional Covens he became a member
of in the US. The first was the Roebuck (1734, Clan of Tubal Cain),
under Ann and Dave Finnin, and the second was Wildewood Grove (Welsh
Celtic Tradition), under its Mistress, Raven Womack.
A Grimoire for Modern Cunningfolk
practical manual of Traditional non-Wiccan Witchcraft. While there
are a lot of texts that cover advanced and academic subjects of
interest to traditional Crafters, all of the introductory books
tend to focus on Wicca... until now.
In this Book Peter Paddon - Magister of Briar Rose and host of
the popular Crooked Path podcast - covers his particular path of
Witchcraft from scratch. He goes over the basics of his personal
Path, along with examples of alternatives from other traditions,
covering philosophy, lore and practical techniques.
The Crooked Path is a way of Crafting based on experiencing the
Mysteries of Ancestors and the Sacred Landscape first-hand, and
Peter guides the seeker through the basics with competence and
Ever had a "gut feeling" that
proved to be correct? Ever gathered up your courage in the form
of "intestinal fortitude"? Modern science has discovered
that our digestive organs have a rudimentary form of consciousness
that corresponds to these sayings, and this would be old news to
our Celtic ancestors, who believed the human form contained three
cauldrons that directed energy, inspiration and wisdom.
This book explores a set of basic experiences, ideas and techniques
that used to be at the heart of every magical Tradition, but which
are frequently overlooked or ignored in modern times. But they
are the very things that breathe life into magical systems, the
secret key that makes the magic actually work.
Peter Paddon, author and Witch, has had the fortune to encounter
these techniques and practices in several forms, and here he documents
his own journey - and the results - as well as laying out exercises
and practical applications to enable the reader to stop visualizing
and just plain see. Magic is a real force, one that will raise
the hairs on the back of your neck, and become a living breathing
part of your everyday life. This book will show you how to get
The Book of the Veil (Capall Bann, 1995)
Through the Veil (Capall Bann 1996)
The Crooked Path: Selected Transcripts (Pendraig, 2009)
A Grimoire for Modern Cunningfolk (Pendraig, 2011)
Visceral Magick (Pendraig, 2011)
Craftwise Vol 1: Candle Magick
Craftwise Vol 2: cord Magick
Craftwise Vol 3: Talismans
Craftwise Vol 4: Herb Magick
Craftwise Vol 5: Oils and Crystals
The Sight: Getting It, Using It, Dealing With It
Making a Traditional Witches' Besom
Making And Using Ritual Masks
JON PEARSON is a writer, cartoonist,
speaker and international creative thinking consultant. He
has worked with more than one million people and one thousand
schools and businesses worldwide. He has been a cartoonist
on the Oakland Tribune, an author, and a keynote speaker (not
to mention a piano mover and an extra for the New York Metropolitan
Opera). Secretly, though, Jon is still five years old and believes
in the genius of ordinary things. He believes that love
will conquer everything and that courage, creativity, and caring
just might save the world. Jon has written two hefty unpublished
novels: “In the Nostrils of an Icon” and “Memoirs
of a Gorilla” and over three hundred stories. He
is certain that his two latest books: “Jeff and Dave” and “Carol
and Tina” will save the world.
“THE ADVENTURES OF JEFF AND DAVE” is
a laughing good time designed to unhinge a normal mind. It
is a careening ride through the lives of two married guys who end
up, well, I won’t say. The book won’t “change
your life” but it will add years to it. You will definitely
feel younger afterwards. I promise. It is 88 pages
of funny drawings and text, full of broken trains of thought and
shattered expectations that will leave you feeling smarter and
happier than ever before.
AND TINA” is a book women will love, women everywhere, men
too. It is about hope and dreams and love and tears and friendship
and mothers and, well, the circus. It’s a breath of
fresh air. It’s a non-stop feeling
of the palpitations and joys that only a risk-filled life held
together by pure friendship can bring. The book is 78 pages
of clever drawings and text that will leave you radiant and satisfied. The
book, basically, is a piece of cake that will make you feel and
look like a million bucks. Guaranteed.
Jon Pearson email@example.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 senerio
forces Rosa De Angelo t flee Earth with her three alien hybrid
children. In doing som she leaves behind Tony, her soul-mate and
husband. Ellen McCarthy is faced with the agonizing choice of abandoning
her love-starved hybrid children or finding a way back to her three-month-old
human child Griffin, before it’s to late.
With Earth’s inhabitants faced with
seemingly insurmountable illness and destruction, two rival alien
species offer them salvation. United States President Barbara Unger
will make the ultimate decision of who to trust the Grays or the
a significant force in Hollywood. She is a five-time Emmy nominee,
a Golden Globe nominee, and the recipient of The Lillian Gish
Award from Women in Film, The Angel Award, The Golden Block Award,
and Six B.E.N. Awards. From the award-winning series Quantum
Leap to the internationally acclaimed Masterpiece Theatre's Cora
Unashamed, Deborah M. Pratt’s vision is an inspiration
to audiences worldwide. A master storyteller with a spiritual
dream for a better world, Deborah M. Pratt breaks the mold of
science fiction and creates a genre of science fantasy with the
soul of the universe and a key to the human heart. Intricately
layered with scientific fact and fascinating detail, The Vision
Quest is a riveting journey.
Quest Trilogy opens when the harmony of Book One’s The
Age of Light is torn into factions of the beings—human
and the array of new species that now share our planet—who
must grapple with forces and technologies at once ancient and
frighteningly new. Here we find seventeen-year-old Cole “Lazer” Lazerman,
a young man bent on both revenge and redemption. With his beloved
father murdered and his Atlantian home under the control of the
biodroid Black Guards and their evil leader, Five, Lazer enters
a series of explosive battlefields—spiritual, virtual and
real. His personal fight to control his own emotions can ultimately
bring salvation or the world’s impending doom.
In Book Two’s The Odyssey Lazer,
along with his friends—and the newfound love of his life—must
master the Visionistic Arts, harness the limitless power of the
human mind and spirit, survive the perilous odyssey to get home
in time to save himself, his mother, his war torn home in Atlantia
and ultimately the world from Five and his biodroid army.
The Vision Quest is an action-packed, Science
Fantasy adventure based on the science and technology of today--projected
into a very probable tomorrow. Get
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Jill Robinson’s first book, With
A Cast of Thousands, was about growing up in LA when her
father, Dore Schary, was running MGM Studios. Since
then, Jill has written 10 books. The New York Times called
Bed/Time/Story, her best seller, a classic. In his New
York Times review of Perdido, John Leonard said, “Jill
Robinson knows how to tell us terrible things in a funny tone
of voice…” And Cathy Cash Spellman said, “Falling
In Love When You Thought You Were Through is the love story
for the twenty-first century.”
books have been glowingly reviewed by Dominick Dunne, John Lahr
and Ann Beattie. Robinson’s Vanity Fair story on Roman
Polanski was chosen by George Plimpton as one of the year’s
best. She’s written about Nicole Kidman for Vogue and
covered Barbra Streisand’s latest wedding. Jill has developed
a strong following and loyal fan base, and through the years, has
reached over 30 million readers and viewers with her books and
television appearances. She also gives lectures and writing seminars
on cruise ships all around the world.
with the help of a $1 million teaching grant, she has established
the Wimpole Street Writers and Blue Coyote workshops, guiding over
seventy writers in London, New York and Los Angeles toward publishing
their plays, screenplays and books. The Wimpole Street Writers
Anthology, a collection of short works from her best writers,
called due to be published in November.
Jill is also working on her latest book, My
Husband is Dying and It's Taking Too Long, currently at St.
Martin’s Press, as well as Z.B. The Blue Coyote, an illustrated
children's book. She continues to contribute to The New York
Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post.
When Jill Schary Robinson started to write
her first book, her father, Oscar-winning writer and playwright
Dore Schary, gave her a deadline: three pages a week.
When she moved to London in the early 80s,
she had published five books and had a deal for a new one. Then,
she had a seizure and lost her memory. Doctors declared she’d
never write again. But just like in good stories when you think
things are hopeless, Schary Robinson was asked to join the Fulbright
Commission and to grant the Raymond Chandler Award every year.
At Fulbright-Scholars’ gatherings, she met young writers
who were as unsure of themselves as she was.
She remembered how her father had screenwriters
over for brunch on weekends, and they’d read their work to
each other. She may have forgotten how to write, but she hadn’t
forgotten how to cook. So she asked the young Fulbright students
to bring over three pages each week, in exchange for dinner.
And so, in 1991, the Wimpole Street Writers’ group
was born. By the time Schary Robinson moved back to Los Angeles
from London, about 40 writers had been coming to her house on Wimpole
Street. Twenty-five of them have been published.
Today, Jill has two groups in California
and over 100 writers under her wing in both Great Britain and the
United States. Many of them have been published or had their works
produced professionally. The Wimpole Street Writers meet at her
home near UCLA, and the Blue Coyote group meets at the Will and
Ariel Durant Library in Hollywood. Some of the original Wimpole
Street Writers still meet in London. The Wimpole Street Writers
Anthology is a collection of the best selected writings from all
of Jill's writers.
Jesse Rhines is
the author of Black Film/White Money and Black
BLACK FILM/WHITE MONEY, Rutgers
University Press, 1996, 2000, Winner, 1997 Gustavus Mayer Human
Rights Award, http://www.amazon.com/Black-White-Money-Algeron-Rhines/dp/0813522676
the questions: Why are there so few Black filmmakers who control
their own work? Why are there scarcely any Black women behind the
camera? What happens to Black filmmakers when they move from independent
production to the mainstream? What does it mean for whites to control
Black images and their distribution globally? And, was it always
so? Could it be different?
BLACK HARVARD/BLACK YALE, Memoirs
of college days. Self-Published, June 10, 2011. Https://www.createspace.com/3615992.
E. B. Du Bois, H'1890--A Negro Student at Harvard at the End
of the Nineteenth Century
- William Pickens, Y'1904--Yale The Henry
James Ten Eyck Oratorical Contest
- Muriel Sutherland Snowden, H'1938The
Right to Participate
- Robert J. Randall, Y'1943--Affirmative
Action And Me
- Charles Payne, Y'1952—Retribution
- John Woodford, H'1963--My Years at Harvard
- Yale Memories: A Look Back, By yolanda
joe,Yale Class of 1984,Trumbull College.
- Ernest L. Wilson, III, H'1970-- The Reform
of Tradition, the Tradition of Reform
- Ronald Machett, Y'1970
- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Yale, '1973--How
To Join The Black Overclass
- Charles Martin, Y'1974—Tentacles
- Carlton Bush, H'1976—Bicentennial
- Monique Burns, H '1977—Beyond the
- Robin Walker, Y'1984--My Yale Experience
- Brotherman--By David Thomas, Y 1987
- Farah Griffin, H'1985--On Hair and Harvard
- Denise Byrd, Y'1988
- Susan Marie Jenkins, Y'1989--A Part of
the Yale Tradition
- Erica S. Turnipseed, Y’1993--My
first semester as a woman
Born in Washington DC Mr. Rhines graduated
from Coolidge High School then attended Yale University’s
Summer High School and Transitional Year Program after failing
the 12th grade. He worked as first janitor then photography
instructor as he earned a BA at DC based Antioch College-BHP (Center
for the Study of Basic Human Problems) in 1974. He completed
an MA in African American Studies at Yale in 1983 after teaching
English with the YMCA in Asia and leading students in Mali, French
West Africa with Operation Crossroads, Inc., in 1980. While
at Yale he worked as an IBM Systems Engineer before earning a Film
Production Certificate at NYU.
He earned a Political Science MA at UCLA
in 1986 and a UC Berkeley PhD in Ethnic Studies in 1993. He
was Assistant Professor of Political Economy in the African American
Studies Department at Rutgers University-Newark when Rutgers University
Press published his dissertation, BLACK FILM/WHITE MONEY, in 1996
and it won a Gustavus Mayer Human Rights Award in 1997. Since
denial of tenure in 2003, he has been disabled with hip replacements,
heart disease and cancer, which combined strongly encouraged his
return to the warmer, flatter terrain of Los Angeles, CA. He
taught English near Madrid, Spain with Vaughantown in 2006 and
in La Rioja, Spain with Auxiliares Norteamericanos de Conversación
in November 2010.
The Roadmap Home: Your GPS
to Inner Peace is an inspirational Amazon bestseller
that helps you plug into your inner GPS, Guiding Power of
Spirit. Drawing upon his personal challenges and professional
experience, Leonard Szymczak maps out a route of conscious
living and steers you through the stages of spiritual awakening.
your trustworthy GPS and this powerful guide, be prepared for
a transformational adventure where problems and pain become opportunities
for personal growth, forgiveness and love. Life is a journey,
but inner peace is the real destination. Welcome Home!
“The Roadmap Home is an intelligent
and highly accessible book that blends practical psychology with
heart-opening spirituality. If you are ready to heal on all levels,
read this book.” – Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate
Forevermore is a zany novel that introduces psychotherapy
in a hilarious way! The setting is Sydney, Australia with a
cast of lunatics who put the “fun” back into dysfunctional.
Dr. Peter Pinowski, approaching the big
30, still lives with his neurotic Polish parents. He lands his
first job at a children’s psychiatric department where he
finds paranoids, perverts and pandemonium, not from the patients
but from the staff! The characters are rivetingly strange and the
dialogue is lovingly eccentric. Appealing and appalling, surprising
and sexy, and always outrageously funny, Cuckoo Forevermore presents
a shocking perspective on therapy. And with the sequel already
written, the zaniness will continue forevermore.
“It's about time an insider blew the
whistle on an industry that has its own special scams, frauds,
and rogues.” - Asa Baber, Men columnist, Playboy Magazine
Leonard Szymczak is no stranger to
mental health, the Land Down Under, or writing. He has been psychotherapist
and educator for more than 35 years, both in Australia and America,
and has been writing articles and books for the past 25 years.
An inspirational speaker, he has appeared on television and radio.
He currently writes, conducts seminars on personal growth and writing,
and maintains a therapy practice in Southern California. He is
the proud father of two adult children.
OF THE TRADE
39 Things You Need to Know About the ABCs of Writing Fiction
Inspired by Morgan St. James' popular Writers
Tricks of the Trade column, this book is like the appetizer table
at a writing buffet seasoned with humor. It is packed with tips,
techniques and tricks all written in lively, entertaining prose,
and is a valuable addition to any aspiring or published writer's
Professionals in the industry who previewed
the book say it best: "Writers' Tricks of the Trade is a treasure
trove of practical advice. Morgan St James covers all aspects of
fiction writing from original concept through to publication, networking
and publicity. Her voice is experienced, encouraging and sincere."
Gayle Sutherland, Convenor, Partners in Crime, Sydney, Australia
writer Morgan St. James has been there, done that and she shares
her best insider tips in Writers Tricks of the Trade. An alphabet
soup-to-nuts compendium of useful advice with no belabored prose,
her tips get right to the point, so you can get on with the writing." ~Carolyn
Hayes Uber, Publisher, WorkingTitlez.com
"Keep it handy whenever you are blocked.
A great book."
~John Brantingham, Professor of English
"Get smart. Get inspired. Get this book."
~Tony N. Todaro, Author, President Greater Los Angeles Writers
We all need a few tricks up our sleeves and St. James is the one
to give us a few.in a warm, readable style."
~Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author How To Do It Frugally
"You'll find this book so full of vital information, you'll
want to explore every page."
~Maralys Wills,author,Damn the Rejections--Full Steam Ahead
“Writers' Tricks of the Trade is a
no nonsense approach to the basics all writers must know to become
well-known authors. After all, as the old adage says, 'You have
to know the rules before you can break them."
~Jo A. Wilkins, President, Henderson Writers' Group
Morgan St. James splits her time between
homes in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and is a member of Henderson
Writer’s Group, Sisters in Crime/LA, Greater Los Angeles
Writers Group, Las Vegas Writers Group and Public Safety Writers
if that wasn’t enough, her new Silver Sisters comical crime
caper, “Vanishing Act in Vegas,” the third book in
the award-winning series, was released in August as well. Morgan
writes Silver Sisters Mysteries with her real life sister, Phyllice
Bradner. The Silver Sisters are silver-haired Mae West lookalikes
who are as different as Goodwill and Gucci. Goldie Silver, an over-the-hill
hippie, lives in Juneau, Alaska, dresses in mismatched vintage
ensembles and owns an antique shop on Franklin Street near the
cruise ship docks. Her twin, Godiva Olivia DuBois is a wealthy,
manipulative Beverly Hills widow who writes the syndicated advice
column, “Ask G.O.D.” (her initials). Add their mother
and uncle, 80 year-old former vaudeville magicians who love to
dress in disguise and sleuth undercover and you have the recipe
for riotous fun.
Both books are currently available on Amazon
in paperback, Kindle. The paperback and eBook are beginning to
appear at a multitude of online bookstores and can be ordered at
most of your favorite local bookstores. Reviews on Amazon and blogs
Morgan’s short stories have won awards
and garnered recognition from Writers’ Digest and appear
in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, as well as many other anthologies.
Her “Spotlight” and “Writers Tricks of the Trade” columns
appear weekly in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas editions of www.examiner.com
and were the inspiration for her new book, Writers’ Tricks
of the Trade: 39 Things You Need to Know About the ABCs of Writing
Fiction, released in August 2011. In this first book in the
Writers’ Tricks of the Trade series, she presents a compendium
of information in a casual prose style, similar to her free-flowing
A self-described workaholic, Morgan is an
entertaining speaker, and frequently appears on or moderates author’s
panels and presents writing workshops at conferences and meetings.
Morgan’s websites are www.morganstjames-author.com,
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olivia Villa-Real is a writer, composer,
singer and pianist, who combines her passion for writing with
her artistry in music. She infuses both genres with the sensitivity
and sentimentality that permeate the Asian culture, having spent
her childhood and her early adult life in the Philippines where
she was born. After immigrating to the United States and settling
in Los Angeles, the melting pot of different cultures, her creativity
brought into her work an amalgamation of Asian, European, Latin
and American sentiments and rhythms. This enabled her to capture
the inflections in the dialogue of her novel, The Velvet Thorn, providing
authenticity to its characters. It further enhanced her capacity
to describe more accurately the actions and motivations of the
characters to reflect the idiosyncrasies of the Asian culture.
Moreover, her experiences as an immigrant and her studies of
Western culture and literature requisite to her completion of
a Master’s degree in English have enabled her to write
this novel with clarity and precision.
has performed in a variety of concert halls in the United States
and abroad, including two solo concerts at the Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center, the latter of which was
a benefit for the Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles. Her favorite
places to perform at are churches and other places of worship where
she can have a soulful communion with God through her music. It
is also this exposure to the church environment that has allowed
her to write with brilliance and accuracy about the rituals and
ceremonies described in her novel, The Velvet Thorn.
the publication of The Velvet Thorn, she has completed
the first part of a trilogy. She is now currently working on the
second part, The Stirrings of the Heart, which is a classical
recording of her piano and vocal compositions, expected for release
in 2012. The third in her trilogy is a collection of verse and
prose poetry entitled Murm’rings of the Heart, to
be published in late 2012.
Her other published works include
a book-length treatise entitled A Critical Study of Ernest
Hemingway’s Philosophy of Meaningful Existence as Revealed
in His Four Major Novels, and a line of English and ethnic
greeting cards published by her own company, Creative Spectrum
She belonged to the English faculty
of the Los Angeles City College and Glendale College for twenty
years. As a composer, publisher and performer, she is a member
of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers,
Screen Actors' Guild, American Guild of Variety Artists, American
Federation of Television and Radio Artists to name a few and,
as a music instructor, she is a member of the Music Teachers'
Association of California and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
She now lives with her husband in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, where
she maintains a school, The Olivia Villa-Real School of Music, which
offers Piano and Voice lessons. |
Websites and links:
www.thevelvetthorn.com www.oliviavillareal.com http://on.fb.me/thevelvetthorn
The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit
organization that provides a forum for writers of all disciplines to meet
and discuss their craft and the business of writing. GLAWS accomplishes
this through monthly meetings, discussion forums, critique groups, special
writer appearances, conferences, and other events conducted for the purpose
of educating and mentoring writers of all levels of expertise. GLAWS monthly
general meetings are open to the public, the first you may attend free
before joining. It is a great venue to meet other writers and expand your
Catherine Yesayan grew up in Tehran,
Iran. Since her young age she had a vivid and active mind for
bringing innovative ideas. But the Islamic Revolution and the
changes that occurred in her life made her a stay-at-home-mom
in American society. With an active mind and a passion for teaching,
through PTA, she started a parent education program at Woodrow
Wilson Middle School in Glendale, where her children attended.
In 1990, in the same school, she created an Armenian club, so
that Armenian children could learn about their own heritage,
culture, and current events.
In 2002, she created another club where youngsters could learn
about the ecosystem and how to keep our planet clean. The City
of Glendale's Neighborhood Services Department adopted the club
under the name of Junior Ambassadors, and for the last 9 years
it has been an active youth program for the middle schools in Glendale.
The program has won accolades from the national organization of
Keep America Beautiful. In 2000, another brainchild of Catherine
was realized: Shades of Culture, a women's club was formed to unite
women of all ethnic backgrounds and to break down the existing
cultural barriers. At monthly meetings members learn about the
history and ethnic heritage of different cultures.
At present Catherine is writing her memoir
about growing up in Iran under the Shah and coming to America and
facing day to day challenges in raising a family. Recently Catherine
Yesayan became a columnist at Asbarez, an Armenian newspaper. She
also blogs and posts her personal essays on "Beyond the Blue
Her next project is to publish an anthology
under the name Shades of Culture. On October 2 at the West Hollywood
Book Fair at GLAWS' boot she will solicit submissions of travel
narratives for the book and also will promote her newest project
of a Writers' retreat on a Cruise to the Mexican Riviera.