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The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is proud to present a talented slate of authors at the Annual West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, Sept 30th at West Hollywood Park from 10am to 6pm at GLAWS Booths A24-27. This event is so popular, GLAWS takes an entire pavillion!

Authors will appear and have their books available for purchase and will autograph them for attendees. Almost 30 author/members are scheduled to appear.

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Karl Alexander

Karl Alexander, a fifth-generation Angeleno, is the author of six novels to date, including Papa and Fidel, a novel of Hemingway, Castro and Cuba. His novel Time After Time was made into a hit film starring Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen, and earned him the honor of being dubbed a Knight of Mark Twain for his contribution to American Literature.

His second novel, A Private Investigation, became a World Premiere movie for CBS, “Missing Pieces,” starring Elizabeth Montgomery. The recipient of an MCA Playwriting Fellowship at the Univerity of Iowa Writers Workshop, he was also a Leighton H. Johnson scholar, San Francisco State University. cvrA veteran of the Vietnam war as a U.S. Marine, he also produced and co-wrote the horror film, "Rattlers." He and his family live in Los Angeles.

His novels include: Time-Crossed Lovers. a science fiction thriller love story. Jaclyn the Ripper. ascience fiction thriller. Papa and Fidel. Action-adventure historical thriller. The Curse of the Vampire, a Gothic psychological horror. A Private Investigation, a female detective mystery. Time After Time, a science fiction thriller.

Books will be sold in person as hard copies and ebooks. Or buy online at:

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Geoffrey Bain

As a pet lover, one of the toughest decisions you may face will be putting your companion to sleep. Regardless of the “when” or “how”, it is a heartbreaking decision. Geoffrey Bain has compiled priceless information with stories and guidelines for you to have comfort in knowing “when it’s time” to say good-bye.

Just One More Day provides expert guidance from professionals in the field of Veterinary Science, Psychology, and Education. Included is a Quality of Life Chart which allows you to see for yourself how your pet is feeling on a daily basis!

Geoffrey’s book is a compassionately informative guide to assist those in need of comfort during a most difficult and  traumatic  time,  and it will help ease their pain, their guilt, and their suffering.  Because truly, all we really want is Just One More Day with our best friend - our dog.

cvrGeoff Bain was born in Liverpool, England and attended Liverpool Institute High School at the same time as two of the Beatles - Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison. After some world traveling, he settled in California, and became a Real Estate Broker for thirty years. He currently resides in Southern California.

The inspiration for his first book, Just One More Day, came from an uncertainty as to when it would be the right time to call the vet to say good-bye to Abby, an Australian Shepherd who had just been diagnosed with Bone cancer. Abby was the first dog in Geoff's life and she left her paw-prints on his heart.  This profound experience changed his life and he is now serving others through speaking engagements, book signings and teaching others how to “Heel” a broken heart. Geoff is the CEO for WagDazzle, a new line of pet products. 

Visit  for the book trailer and Blog.

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Steven W. Booth

The Hungry by Steven W. Booth and Harry Shannon is the first hit book in the Sheriff Penny Miller Series. Sheriff Penny Miller of Flat Rock, Nevada, is the kind of woman who will do whatever it takes to protect those she is sworn to serve. She has no idea that only a few miles away from her quiet home town the U.S. Government is conducting dangerous experiments to create super-soldiers. The experiment goes awry, and they create hoards of ravenous zombies instead. With the arrival of the zombies, Miller finds herself in a desperate struggle to survive the first days of the apocalypse. With an unlikely band of companions that include a murderous biker, her veterinarian ex-husband, a unit of incompetent National Guardsmen, and one of the key Army scientists who created the zombies, Sheriff Miller must do her duty to keep everyone—including herself—alive.

Steven W. Booth has this crazy idea that he can make a living as a publisher and writer, and so far life has not disabused him of this. His first short story, “Jailbreak” (co-written with Harry Shannon), has been published in three different anthologies, including Dead Set (edited by Joe McKinney and Michelle McCrary), and has been downloaded about 20,000 times (for free, but what can you do?).

He has also published “The Widows Laveau” (co-written with Norman L. Rubenstein) in Horror For Good (edited by Mark Scioneaux, R.J. Cavender, and Robert S. Wilson) and “Eosophobia” in Horror Library V (edited by R.J. Cavender).

Steven decided in early 2010 to finally use his MBA (much to his mother’s delight) and start an author services company that helps writers self-publish. After building other people’s books for 18 months, he decided to become a publisher and build books for himself.

cvrSteven’s first novel as both publisher and an author, The Hungry (also co-written with Harry Shannon), was released in October, 2011, and has helped pay the rent. The sequel, The Hungry 2: The Wrath of God is releasing in July, 2012. He has books in the pipeline from Gene O’Neill, Brian Knight, Carol Weekes, Tim Marquitz, Christopher Conlon, and Karl Alexander.

Steven lives in Encino, CA with his wife and far too many cats. Several of the cats are determined to prevent him from ever writing another word by sitting on his keyboard at all opportunities, much to his consternation. The battle continues to this day.

"From the opening line, I loved (The Hungry). I loved how complete it felt. It had so many great elements working for it – the small town setting; the two powerful main characters, as different as they could be, nearly every word between them charged with sexual tension; the satisfying stalemate as neither one gets exactly what they want, but rather what they need. Booth and Shannon brought those different elements together in a seamless whole that progressed with the irresistible momentum of an avalanche. It was a great story, and for a zombie fan like me, it pressed all the right buttons.”

—From the introduction by Joe McKinney, editor of Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology and author of the Dead World series

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Lorraine Holnback Brodek

Someone wrote Santa that Logan McLain is naughty and should get underpants stuffed in his stocking. But Santa knows that Logan is usually good, so he sends sneaky Peeky Peeper and her twinkly team to hide in Logan’s Christmas tree. Will they solve the bully mystery?

cvrThe Tale of Peeky Peeper is a rhyming story that teaches children about kindness. The book  creates a magical world in the Christmas tree where tiny and amusing light peepers keep watch for good deeds before Santa’s visit. It comes with an explanation of Peeky Peeper’s game and amusing Team Peep cutouts, so your family can share some holiday fun. 

Lorraine was born in Hollywood and raised in Beverly Hills graduating from Harvard-Westlake in 1958 where she was editor of the high school yearbook. She received her radio/television degree from the University of Southern California and graduated cum laude in 1962. It was during these years that she received the Telaward  for her writing and producing credits for KUSC-TV and was appointed as the operation’s first female station manager. While at USC, she met her husband Tom, a film/TV producer (former Exec. VP of ABC Productions, Stephen King mini-series, etc.).

In 1971, Lorraine founded the volunteer program for Public Television in Phoenix, AZ and served as Chairman for seven years. Back in Los Angeles, she created the award-winning Warner Bros. Catalog featuring celebrities modeling studio merchandise and became VP of Direct Marketing for Time Warner until 1991. Her many humorous stories will be retold in her next book: A Nobody in a Somebody World; My Hollywood Life in Beverly Hills due to be released in December, 2012.

Because of her outstanding accomplishments, Lorraine received the City of Los Angeles’ Mayor’s Commendation. Her hobbies include landscape design and her homes and gardens have been featured in the Beverly Hills Robinson Garden Tour and in numerous magazines including Coastal Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset Magazine and Ladies Home Journal.

Lorraine’s whimsical Christmas children’s story, The Tale of Peeky Peeper has just been released in time for the 2012 holiday season. For more about the author and her books, please visit her website or contact Lorraine at:

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David Paul Collins

Fifteen-year-old Jack Sligo runs away from a loving Boston Irish family hoping to get a summer job on a cruise ship. He has no luck on the gritty docks of New York and hitchhikes to a seaport in Alabama. While looking for a ship Jack meets two German seamen and accepts their invitation for drinks and a taste of night life. Hours later, Jack wakes up racked with pain on a ship far at sea, drugged, kidnapped, shanghaied aboard a monstrous African freighter, the SS Iron Prince. He has no idea how he got there, where he’s going, how he’ll ever get back, and is too terrified to ask. With only the clothes on his back, he must contend with strange people, different languages and the challenges of working, unwanted, among sailors who don’t know he is an American. The chief mate and the coal passer know and have plans to get Jack alone and offer a life or death bargain.

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.

cvrShanghaied 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 storyteller.

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.

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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. 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.

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

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Neo Edmund

NEO EDMUND graduated from the UCLA Screenwriting program, and then quickly became a creative development executive at Platinum Studios. After 2 years he went freelance and began writing as a gun for hire for many projects for film, television, feature animation, and cmics.

He has written for companies including ZENESCOPE, SILVER DRAGON BOOKS, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, HISTORY CHANNEL, ANIMAL PLANET, SPIKE TV, JUMPSTART, BRANDED FILMS, and GENETIC ENTERTAINMENT. Neo recently co-wrote an animated feature screenplay for China Film Group with the legendary Marv Wolfman. He is currently working on a new series of Y.A. novels with WAYWARD MEDIA titled “RED RIDING, RISE OF THE ALPHA HUNTRESS.”

cvrRed Ryding Hood - Rise Of The Alpha Huntress In this action-packed twist on the classic Grimm Fairytale, Red Riding will not only face dangerous wolves; she will face the wolf within herself. Gifted and cursed with the power to transform into a werewolf, she must rise to become a legendary warrior known as the Alpha Huntress. Accompanied by bad-boy heartthrob, Wolfgang Helheim, Red leads a tribe of loyal followers armed with mystical powers of their own, against a vile lunar deity who plans to thrust Wayward Woods into eternal night.

cvrJump Start Presents: Windy Hollows is a Childrens / Graphic Novel. Come visit Windy Hallows and follow our group of adventurers: Logan, Maggie, Nicolas, Selena, and Poe as they arrive at Oakcrest School of Magic.

cvrJurassic Strike Force 5 is a Kids Comic Series. Earth's first team of heroes is back to protect the planet from the threat of the evil alien overlord Zalex and his band of mutated DinoSoldiers!

Link to Neo Edmund's Amazon author page »

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B.R. Fleming

B. R. Fleming grew up in the South in the '60's and was a musician in rock bands that played psychedelic rock and the music of the British invasion. After serving in the USAF as a Technical Instructor during the Vietnam War, he returned to civilian life and began a career in teaching, which he has followed since.

He lives in Southern California and still plays music and teaches classes in English Lit and Creative Writing in high school, as well as college classes in Teaching the Gifted and Talented and Drama.

cvr Set in Central Arkansas during the ‘60’s, Summertime Blues chronicles the coming-of-age of Peter Bennings as he weaves his way through high school and the sturm und drang of the teenage years. The novel simultaneously traces the “British invasion” and the emergence of the relatively new genre of music, Rock and Roll, and the impact of that music on Peter’s journey of discovery. Peter’s universal appeal, though, rests in his quest for answers to the ubiquitous questions about girls and sex and dating and parental restrictions that no one will help answer: “She told me everything I’d ever want to know about the lake, and I wished that someone would teach me how to talk with girls.”

As J. D. Salinger infamously created a complex and tragic character in Holden Caulfield, so too does B. R. Fleming create in Peter's voyage a complex character searching for himself and for the answers to his life questions. And being a faithful archetype of the coming-of-age story, this excursion will surely evoke memories for those who recall the shift in music and for many teens today who can relate to Peter's conflict with the absurdities of dealing with adults.

His next novel, "The Secret People," is currently in production, followed by the trilogy, "Torus I"; "The Colony"; and "The Coming." He studied Screenwriting at the University of California, Irvine, and has completed five feature-length film scripts. His screenplays have been marketed to Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Studios Pictures Marketing.

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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 World,

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.Book Cover

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 Ties.”

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 <>

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“Kim was the first “outsider” to photograph Marley and the young Jamaican masters around him”–Cameron Crowe

“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

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S.P. Hendrick

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.


cvrTales 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.


Tales of the Dearg-Sidhe Volume II

cvrDubhghall 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?


The Glastonbury Chronicles Volume I

cvrIn 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 era.

She lives in the San Fernando Valley with her husband Jay T. Mayer, entirely too many cats, and thirty-two overflowing bookcases.

She can be found on her Amazon author’s page,which also carries her blog, and on Facebook.

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Aneta ThinkOfAll

Aneta ThinkOfAll's career spans 25 years in the corporate world where she worked, primarily, in the telecom industry as well as other industries e.g. information technology, financial services, biotech, etc. She is an experienced trainer, manager, facilitator, consultant, speaker, and author

When 9/11 happened in NYC, Aneta experienced an emotionally tragic event that she now refers to it as her 'personal 9/11'. Parallel to it, Aneta saw three men fall to their deaths…because of their own unconscious choices!

After these events happened, Aneta developed a heightened awareness of how frequently people talk about how 'something happened'. Given a 'thing' is actually a tangible item like a computer, Aneta shifted from seeing events as 'something that happened' to realizing what happened - good or bad - is actually an external result caused by someone's internal choice.

This heightened awareness in 1998 launched an intense 10-year effort to develop a simple way that everyone can use to make respectful choices. Combining the findings of Dr. Herbert Simon, Nobel Prize winner with over 10 years of her own research and expertise from 25 years in the business world, Aneta developed and teaches a simple standard for ethical behavior.

Through her company, Ethical Prosperity, and non-profit, Local Choices for Global Respect, Aneta educates and inspires others about our social responsibility to make ethical choices as a way to contribute one’s ‘piece to creating peace’ in our world. For info about her workshops, teleclasses or her CAREolution, visit

A Unique Way to Make Balanced Choices That Honors Both You and Others.

Ever felt challenged, afraid, even scared when you needed to stand up for yourself? It's not just human nature, but necessary that you look out for yourself at all times…no matter how difficult the circumstances.  In After Me, You're First, you will learn a unique way to love yourself and others in a refreshing manner.

You will enjoy reading many events that happened in ‘our’ world as well as many in the author’s life that contributed to the development of this ‘NEU’, Natural, Easy, and Universal method. With it, you can confidently consider both yourself and others when making both life-altering decisions as well as the hundreds of little choices you make every day that, collectively, determine your success.

August 31, my last name was officially changed to ThinkOfAll. My purpose for doing so is so that my name is synonymous to my overarching message: that each of us are socially responsible for 'thinking of all' when we make choices so we are each doing what we realistically can to promote respectfulness. Because my first name, Aneta, sounds like 'I Need To' Think of all (an action statement for thoughtfulness), I changed my last name so it will now resonate my message to all.


43 Ways to Attract More Peace, Joy And Love Into Your Life

While 'Think and Grow Rich' focuses on how to get rich, Think and Grow Peace focuses on the importance of treating one another respectfully while we each live our lives professionally, personally, and socially.

Accepting the fact that people typically are aware of less than 5% of their choices, Think and Grow Peace introduces ways to raise your level of consciousness from a self-based level to a higher level so you can more easily see the big picture and long-term impact of events created by our choices.

Using each letter in the title, Think and Grow Peace, as a chapter, Aneta introduces many ways to be actual citizens and, thus, ‘be the change you want to see in our world’. Through a multitude of stories, she shares how people have changed our world by their thoughtful and compassionate choices. Contact Aneta to learn how you can do the same by accessing the 43 ways you can attract peace, joy, and love into your life and make 'our' world a better place by contributing your 'piece to creating peace'!

Contact Aneta via or call her at 949-378-4126 to learn this simple way to attract more prosperity in your life.

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Ken Hughes

Ken Hughes has been living for storytelling since his father first read him The Wind In The Willows, and everything from Stephen King‚s edge to Hayao Miyazaki‚s sense of wonder has only fed that fire. He has worked as a technical writer in Los Angeles at positions from medical research to online gaming to mission proposals for a flight to Mars.


Shadowed: He can hear a whisper a block away… and can't remember why.

Open your mind, to a city where mystery chases up and down office back stairways, turns brother against brother, and plays out on frozen sidewalks where lives may be shattered if the enemy even looks at the ragged man passing by in the crowd—and even that man cannot guess what memory will be next to batter his mind.

Paul was no detective, no thief, only a student trying to get some distance from his father and brother. When he found himself marked by the power to enhance his senses, he had only that treacherous gift and what few tricks he dared to teach himself, to search for some explanation—or at least the chance to give it meaning by exposing a few petty corruptions.

Paul thought if he lived in poverty to keep his existence secret from the world, at least nobody could force him to use that gift as a weapon against others. But just when he thought he was untouchable, the last thing he expected shakes his world and drags him into the perils of his family, his power, and two women who each have a different claim on his life.

As Paul begins to play cat and mouse with enemies he can't even name, he must break every rule that's kept him alive, in every frantic chase and every gamble he makes to break his family free. And all the while, he knows his greatest enemy may still be what lies behind his own secrets.

If you think you know everything a paranormal thriller can do, take a closer look.

For more about Mr. Hughes stories, songs, and his Unified Writing Field Theory, see

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Sarah Mac Donald

The Motorman’s Daughter is the opportunity to walk the personal and intimate labyrinth of the poet’s life. This collection of poems is a journey with many surprising and secret stops, giving us an opportunity to experience the resilience of a determined human being to overcome difficulty and loss.

Sarah Mac Donald presents a sometimes grim, but nevertheless drawing us into her transformative experiences cvrwhich she renders with great intensity, an authentic voice and personal humor.

Ms. Mac Donald is from the East Coast and has lived in California since the sixties. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and Columbia University and has attended writing classes at UCLA. She lives in a small cottage in Santa Monica with her dog, Gracie. 

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Sonia Ann Marsh

Sonia Marsh is a "Gutsy" woman who can pack her carry-on and move to another country in one day. She's a motivational speaker who inspires her audiences to get out of their comfort zone and take a risk. She says everyone has a "My Gutsy Story"; some just need a little help to uncover theirs.

Her story, told in her travel memoir Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family's Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, is about chucking it all and uprooting her family to reconnect on an island in Belize. Sonia has lived in many countries: Denmark, Nigeria, France, England, the U.S. and Belize.

cvrSonia Marsh considers herself a citizen of the world. She holds a degree in environmental science from the University of East Anglia, U.K., and now lives in Southern California with her husband, Duke.

In Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family's Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, a suburban family discovers that trading materialism for a simple life on a tropical island helps them reconnect in unexpected ways." What do you do when life in sunny Southern California starts to seem plastic, materialistic and just plain hellish? For Sonia and Duke Marsh, the answer was to sell their worldly goods and move to an unspoiled, simpler life with their three sons in Belize, Central America, a third-world country without all the comforts and distractions of life in the developed world. Sonia hopes the move will bring her shattered family back together. She feels her sons slipping away from her, and her overworked husband never has time for her or the boys.

This is the story of one family's search for paradise. In this memoir, Sonia chronicles a year of defeats, fears and setbacks " and also the ultimate triumph of seeing once-frayed family ties grow back stronger from shared challenges and misfortunes. For Sonia, paradise turned out not to be a place, but an appreciation of life's simple pleasures" a close-knit family and three well-adjusted sons with a global outlook on life.

Sonia is the founder of the popular "My Gutsy Story" series on her blog. She has a mini-anthology available on her blog, and will publish a print version in the near future.

Sonia welcomes new friends, bloggers, writers and readers at Contact her at: or

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 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. She is also the Vice-President of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, and Chairs several committees.

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

Visit Leslie Ann's website at

Robin Reed

Robin Morris

ONE SCARY MOTHER. As the Conover family drives from L.A. to Chicago, increasingly strange things begin to happen. Nine year old Michael sees a face form in the glass of the car’s window. Fourteen year old Alison sees two creepy children outside the family’s motel room. Mama has found the Conovers and is using them as a lesson for her children. There is nothing like the memory of family road trips no matter what your destination holds.

On the journey the mind is freed from daily life and children’s imaginations go wild, except this time it isn’t their imagination and the parents are seeing it too.

cpverMama taints the magic of summer vacations and sight-seeing with evil games, torture and death that is sure to haunt the survivors for a lifetime. Mama can be found under the author name Robin Morris and Robin Reed, no worries it is the same danger filled adventure. One the grips you from the beginning and doesn’t let go till the last word on the last page and even then you may even be craving for a little more.

The Conover family seems like any typical family in the economy that we are all facing today. They are up for a move to their Grandmother’s house for a fresh and hopefully more luck filled start. The eldest daughter wishes for teenage freedom as she is ripped away from her friends, her little brother is a bother to her and fun to pick on. Just your normal balanced family. Then the weird things start to happen. Is it just their imagination? A dream? How can a dream touch you and give you deep chills within your body?


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Louis Rosen

Henry Gaylord Wilshire: The Millionaire Socialist

The name Wilshire immediately brings to mind Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The street is familiar to millions of people, yet few know anything about Henry Gaylord Wilshire, the man who developed a 35 acre barley field that would become one of the most famous streets in the world. Was Wilshire a man of the people with an enduring social conscience or an unethical charlatan and self promoter?

Read Henry Gaylord Wilshire: The Millionaire Socialist and decide for yourself.

cvrAuthor/GLAWS Member Lou Rosen has lived and worked in Los Angeles all his life.He has a degree in history from UCLA and a Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate University. He was a high school history teacher and principal for thirty years. He has written three books on educational administration. Lou lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife and their cat Lady Gwendolyn.

Henry Gaylord Wilshire: The Millionaire Socialist available both on Amazon, and all bookstores through Ingram. It is also available as an e book.

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Scotty-Miguel Sandoe

Scotty-Miguel’s first novel, Axel Hooley’s Death Watch List, is a comedy of (mostly) fiction which was inspired by events set in motion one chemotherapy-infused Christmas when he awoke with a 104° fever, wearing only his underpants, in the branches of a tree, in Beverly Hills.

cvrA screenwriter currently living in Los Angeles, Scotty-Miguel began his career as an actor, playwright and choreographer in Chicago and New York where he participated in the development of over 200 new plays and original musicals at Chicago Dramatists, the New Tuners Workshop, and the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, among others.

His first screenplay was produced by Tomorrow Films, Confessions of an American Girl (original title Lifers’ Picnic), and starred Jena Malone, Brad Renfro, Clifton Collins, Jr. and Alicia Witt.  This offbeat dramedy enjoyed a two-year run on Showtime network, as well as brisk DVD rental and sales.  Scotty-Miguel was also part of the HBO New Writers’ Project and remained under contract to HBO for two years, primarily focusing on comedy punch-ups and rewrites.

His plays have been produced regionally coast to coast, two of which – Points of Deviation and Texanna Rearranges the Planets and Saves Your Family from the Gates of Hell – have received multiple regional productions.  Points of Deviation was the recipient of the Best Play Award given by the Society of Midland Authors, as well as several regional award nominations.

Scotty-Miguel is currently completing work on a screenplay for his family comedy P(r)imping the Pattersons, as well as working with a collaborator on a television series.  He anticipates directing his short film, Counting Matthew, scheduled to go before the camera in May.

He is currently at work on the second book in the Axel Hooley trilogy, Axel Hooley and the Unicorn in the Forest.

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Maggie Secara

The Dragon Ring: Reality TV host Ben Harper has a problem: he owes the king of Faerie a favor. So now he has to track down the three parts of a Viking arm-ring, and return them to their place in time. cvrThis takes him through the wolf-haunted forests of Viking Age Wessex, the rowdy back streets of Shakespeare‚s London, and a derelict Georgian country house. Partnered with caustic, shape-changing Raven and guided by a slightly wacky goblin diary, Ben must rediscover his own gifts while facing his doubts and the queen of Faerie's minions, who will do anything to stop him. 

"Author Maggie Secara has done something truly splendid here: she's combined an outstanding knowledge of history and theatre into an urban fantasy worthy of Charles de Lint." --Author Sharon Cathcart

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Madeline Sharples studied journalism in high school and college and wrote for the high school newspaper, but only started to fulfill her dream to work as a creative writer and journalist late in life. Her memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On: A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide, was released in a hardback edition in 2011 and has just been released in paperback and eBook editions by Dream of Things. It tells the steps she took in living with the loss of her oldest son, first and foremost that she chose to live and take care of herself as a woman, wife, mother, and writer. She hopes that her story will inspire others to find ways to survive their own tragic experiences.

Madeline’s memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On (Lucky Press LLC, 2011),is about living after loss: first and foremost how author Madeline Sharples chose to live and go on with life and take care of herself as a woman, wife, mother, writer. It is about the steps Sharples took in living with the loss of her son, including making use of diversions to help ease her grief and the milestones she met toward living a full life without him. She says, “to let ourselves grieve is to feel the depth of our love. For those whose children have died, that may take the rest of our lives, but we will discover the gifts of our loss in the process.”

Nonlinear EditingIn addition to Leaving the Hall Light On, Madeline co-authored co-authored Blue-Collar Women: Trailblazing Women Take on Men-Only Jobs (New Horizon Press, 1994), co-edited the poetry anthology, The Great American Poetry Show, Volumes 1 and 2, and wrote the poems for two photography books, The Emerging Goddess and Intimacy (Paul Blieden, photographer). Her poems have also appeared online and in print magazines.

Madeline’s articles appear regularly in the Naturally Savvy, PsychAlive, and Open to Hope. She also posts at her blogs, Choices and at Red Room and is currently writing a novel.  Madeline’s mission since the death of her son is to raise awareness, educate, and erase the stigma of mental illness and suicide in hopes of saving lives.

Madeline and her husband of forty plus years live in Manhattan Beach, California, a small beach community south of Los Angeles. Her younger son Ben lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife Marissa. 

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Nancy Shiffrin

GAME WITH VARIATIONS, Love Poems by Nancy Shiffrin, reveals the dimensions of a mature woman’s erotic life. Nancy Shiffrin plays, dances, grapples with harsh realities and shares her dream life. 

About her work poet/critic Robert Peters says, “Nancy Shiffrin’s poems are gut-land responses to a personal life of risks, frustrations, celebrations. Her writing is lean, sensitive and erotic. She celebrates the female body with a rare vigor.” 

Nancy Shiffrin is the author,  Game With Variations, My Jewish Name and The Vast Unknowing. cvrHer work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including the Los Angeles Times and The Journal of Anais Nin Studies. She earned her MA studying with Anais Nin. Her PhD in English is from The Union Institute. She has earned recognition from The Academy of American Poets, The Dora Teitelbaum Foundation and other literary organizations. Through Creative Writing Services, Nancy helps aspiring writers achieve publication and personal satisfaction.

Contact her at: 310.302.1107, or

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Amber Silverstar

Amber Silverstar is a life style designer, spiritual intuitive, and personal growth consultant, acclaimed poet and author.
She is known for her insightful mastery of obtaining energizing and and life changing information. This information, she says,
"clears the mind, body, heart and spirit." She calls the process

Amber started her communications career as co-founder of the Alliance For Correctional Justice. It began with two members and grew into 500 professional, lay and religious volunteers.

Through her Alliance leadership, she directed an historical law suit which established new educational and medical programs and promoted major changes for both men's and women's incarcerations. For her pioneer leadership, she became an appointed member by the Governor of Arizona to the State Board for Corrections Planning and Justice.

Following this period of intense activist work, Amber studied for two degrees in English and Political Science at Arizona State University. She then became a governmental liaison, followed by starting AMBER PRODUCTIONS. She wrote, hosted and produced television and radio shows dealing with social and personal issues such as the dynamics of change and choice during the transitional times of community and individual life.

Belonging to the Coalition For World Peace, and nominated to the public relations board for the regional division of the United Nations, Amber lectured at universities, colleges, civic groups and religious organizations. She covered topics of personal commitment in helping others achieve clarity and balance on a local and even global level. This included designing and editing a journal called GENTLE STRENGTH TIMES.

From this high public profile, people began seeking out Amber's solutions to personal, business and community problems. Because she had her own private story of successfully overcoming poverty, health and relationship challenges, those who sought her ideas were inspired to change their own lives. She then began to share with others insightful ways to connect spiritually, live intuitively, and plan their own life's purpose.

For her community and academic achievements, Amber Silverstar received Outstanding Student of the Year Award in Philosophy and Logic. She was a member of the Dean's list, receiver of the Seven Step Foundation Award, a Governor's appointee, Who's Who in American Colleges, and Who's Who in American Theater.
cvrAmber Silverstar currently lives on California's Southern Coast with her husband, photographer Steven Olson and a wealth of books on art, astronomy, interior design, philosophy and the paranormal - all of which Amber calls her, "alternate sources of reality."

As an acclaimed author, Amber is the writer, poet and designer of a Self-help book series called DESTINY BRIGHT LIFESTYLES including a coffee table book BRIGHT NATURE OF BEAUTY, a poetry book. BRIGHT MYSTIC MOMENTS, and two pocket-size gift books called BRIGHT AFFIRMATIONS AND LOVE AFFIRMATIONS.

The photography in the book is the creative work of Steven Olson. The photographic images, inspiring words and unique poetry are all meant to bring joy and beauty to the mind, spirit, body, heart, and soul.

You can buy books, see Amber Silverstar's author spotlight, and visit on the web by logging onto the following sites.

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Ann Stalcup

Ann Stalcup is the author of fifteen published children’s books and a part-time elementary school teacher. She grew up in England and moved to the United States in 1963 when she married her husband who she met on a trip to Greece that summer.

cvrHer published nonfiction work includes ON THE HOME FRONT, GROWING UP IN WARTIME ENGLAND, an autobiographical account of her childhood experiences during World War ll.

She loves to travel and has visited over 150 countries. Her numerous published magazine articles and nine of her books, are inspired by trips she has taken.

cvrLEO POLITI, ARTIST OF THE ANGELS is a biography of a Los Angeles artist whom she has admired for many years. Recent publications include a bilingual picture book, FLORES FAMILY CAFE. Her most recent book, THREE WHO SURVIVED describes three 7-year old girls and their experiences during WWll. Two are Jewish and the third, English.

Other published books include: Growing up in Wartime England Ukrainian Egg Decoration: A Holiday Tradition Ndebele Beadwork: African Artistry Mayan Weaving: A Living Tradition Japanese Origami: Paper Magic The Art of Native American Turquoise Jewelry American Quilt-Making: Stories in Cloth El Dia de Los Muertos, The Day of the Dead Leo Politi: Artist of the Angels Hungary (Enchantment of the World Series) Brazil in Color Mexico in Color Guatemala in Color Las Flores Family Café (bilingual) Three Who Survived: Child Survivors of WWll.

cvrAlso, numerous magazine articles for children for publications such as FACES MAGAZINE, APPLESEEDS, BOY’S LIFE, and others in addition to work for educational material for use in text books and as testing materials.

Currently I am working on a book that will introduce children to the world of folk art. I am also currently submitting a number of picture book manuscripts that are based on true stories: an illiterate man who collected 10,000 books to create a library in his poverty stricken Brazilian neighborhood; two Latino parents who put three children through college by collecting cans every night year-round; a story about the young Masaai warrior who donated 14 cows to New York after 9-11 to help the city heal from its pain, and others, mainly based on multicultural themes.

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Elizabeth Squires

Elizabeth Squires is a native of Trinidad & Tobago. Now living in Los Angeles, Squires has been devoted to the entertainment industry, serving as a Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Music Business Manager.

Her new fictional novel was inspired by the stories of the many she has encountered through her multiple counseling sessions as well as her tendency to always have a shoulder for others to cry on. Her first hand knowledge of change through the power of God; was her inspiration that has resulted in this exciting novel, Seasons. Uplifting others through life application and storytelling is her passion and purpose.

cvrIn life there are many seasons we have to face. How we deal with them is the question. We all must come face to face with our truth. This book explores the wonderful mysteries of relationships between men and women that never seem to get old, as a tight circle of four men find themselves at a crossroad in their lives and the relationships they are involved in. A former marine sniper, a UPS driver, a corporate attorney, and a security company entrepreneur realize that their support for each other is needed more than ever as hidden truths begin to unravel in each of their lives that test the very core of their manhood. Charles, Lee, Mark, and Jeff have anything but similar career paths or goals, but the friendship between the four men have survived tragedy and disappointment over the years. Now, as the quadruple alliance simultaneously come across obstacles in their individual lives, only time will tell if each of them have what it takes within to overcome the trials that the seasons have brought before them.

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Janet D. Thomas

When the going gets tough,
the tough … make lemonade

At least that’s what author Janet Thomas did. She had her share of life’s lemons, from sexual abuse to clinical depression to obesity and beyond. She could have just decided to pitch her tent in the citrus section of life’s grocery store and succumbed to the sour – but she didn’t. Instead she turned her life around, then examined what she learned and turned to help others. The power of Janet’s presence in these written words awakens and energizes your inherent desire to love and lift yourself.

Using the metaphor of making lemonade, Lemons, Lemonade & Life gently guides you through a unique process of discovering: …what it is you want …why you don’t yet have it, and, most importantly …how you can turn those things you currently perceive as anchors dragging you down into resources for launching yourself upward.

Her self-help book, Lemons, Lemonade & Life - Practical Steps for Getting the Sweetness Back When Life Goes Sour will be available. Lemonade" gently guides you through a unique process of discovering how you can turn your non-preferred situations into resources for launching yourself upward.

Whatever your challenges, Lemons, Lemonade & Life uniquely inspires and encourages healing and wholeness. Anything you find as a block can be addressed and transformed using Janet’s positive, self-supportive approach. As her words, thoughts, and techniques kindle the flame of confidence deep within, you will find yourself:
cvr• Improving your physical health
• Releasing yourself from addiction
• Dropping unwanted weight
• Discovering how to develop your natural gifts and talents
• Seeing things you have constantly struggled with disappear with ease
• Attracting new friends
• Enjoying healthier relationships
• Gaining the ability to attract abundance into your life
• and much, much more.

Many books are useful because they present familiar ideas in a different way. This book is invaluable because it demonstrates looking at life in a different way. No matter what lemons you may have been given, this is the key for using them as key ingredients for finding your true, best self and restoring sweetness to your experience of life every day.

Available wherever good print and ebooks are sold, including Amazon,
Barnes & Noble, iTunes, ReaderStore for Sony, and others.

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Marva Washington

Black history has been shaped by such names as Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth and Zora Neale Hurston but the real social changes of the 1960s would not have been possible without the support of the college students and grassroots activists taking up the charge. My new book, Bid Whist at Midnight delivers the coming-of-age story of four young women caught up in the enormity of the Civil Rights Movement.

Bid Whist at Midnight is a romance novel grounded in the 1960s social change. In the turbulent 1960s, Sardis, Grace, Dorcus and Taletha became fast friends attending college at South Carolina State. But the solace they feel in their supportive and fun-loving group is rocked when a tragedy strikes and the life of one of the young women is cut short.

The novel takes readers on a trip through time, back to the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s and forward in time 20 years when Sardis, Grace and Dorcus reunite and revisit one of the worse nights of their lives-the night of the Orangeburg Massacre. What they find is that they are still haunted by guilt, but their reunion reminds them of the power of their friendship, allowing them to come to a place of forgiveness, love and a long-awaited farewell to a friend.

cvrBid Whist at Midnight is a strong romance novel in its own right, but it gains its legs in its social commentary looking back at the 60s and the cultural concerns facing black people at the time. It is a historical and sociological study of a volatile period in American history that provides a view and a voice not previously written.

Ms. Washington is a native of Charleston, South Carolina which is featured prominently in my novel, Bid Whist at Midnight. Since the 1970's however; she has resided in the Los Angeles area. As a student at Los Angeles Southwest College, she won a writing contest with the short story "Miss Jessie's Tale." Her other writing experiences include four years as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Herald-Dispatch and Watts Star Review Newspapers. Her latest work was in the January/February 2010 edition of Good Old Days Magazine titled "Secrets."

She is also a Viet Nam Era Army Veteran and a child of the untamed 1960's generation. Besides writing, I love reading the classics, traveling and making music with Glendale Community and Crown City Orchestras.

The book is available at the following:; Barnes and;and The author is on facebook and has further information at

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S.R. Zales

S.R. Zales will present his new work, Jenny and the Hummingbird Faeries.  

cvrJenny Mirland, a "runt' of a tomboy, is chosen by the Hummingbird Faeries to defend their ancient home hidden in the hills of Catalina Island. She must find the source of the deadly Black Globs that invade the Faeries magnificent crystal encrusted Chine while stopping the ravage of the Blood Blossom Trees from destroying her islands fragile ecology. One dark magic man stands in her way, the sinister Dex Cobben.

In her amazing quest she is aided by her shaggy pet cat, Ms. Po, who instucts her in the ways of magic. Jenny soon discovers her own identity as a White Witch. In this wondrous journey Jenny, Ms Po the Faerie Pim and Hummingbird Rhen, risk all to thwart Cobben's evil plan. Victorious in one battle Jenny must overcome her deepest fear to confront the last Black Glob. In a fierce fight a tragic loss shocks Jenny and a secret is revealed.

S.R.Zales was born in Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of five he arrived by train in California where he now resides. A graduate of Loyola University, his greatest exerience was duplicating Huck Finn's raft adventure on the Mississippi River. Work, marriage, two children and numerous pet cats occupied his life as he wrote every day. He deveoped this book with his six grand children and twelve great nieces and nephews in mind.

"Writing a fantasy novel for a young person, like my grand-kids was exciting but most of all - fun."

He is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBW) and Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS). He is on Facebook at Stan Zales and books may be purchased through

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