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
Authors will appear and have their books available
for purchase and will autograph them for attendees. Almost 30 author/members
are scheduled to appear.
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. A
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
Books will be sold in person as hard copies
and ebooks. Or buy online at: http://redroom.com/member/karl-alexander
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.
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 www.JustOneMoreDayTheBook.com for
the book trailer and Blog.
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
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.
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
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?
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,
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:
www.LorraineBrodek.com or www.Facebook.com/lorraine.brodek.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
Start Presents: Windy Hollows is a Childrens / Graphic
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Logan, Maggie, Nicolas, Selena, and Poe as they arrive at Oakcrest
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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
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.
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.
Author contact: email@example.com
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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
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
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.
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 www.thinkofall.com.
ME, YOU’RE FIRST
A Unique Way to Make Balanced Choices That Honors Both You and
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.
THINK AND GROW PEACE:
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
Contact Aneta via www.EthicapProsperity.com or
call her at 949-378-4126 to learn this simple way to attract more
prosperity in your life.
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
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 www.kenhughesauthor.com
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
Sarah Mac Donald presents a sometimes
grim, but nevertheless drawing us into her transformative experiences which
she renders with great intensity, an authentic voice and personal
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.
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
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.
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, http://gutsyliving.com and will publish
a print version in the near future.
Sonia welcomes new friends, bloggers, writers
and readers at Soniamarsh.com Contact
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Ms. Moore is the author
of Griffin's Daughter, her debut novel and the first in
her romantic fantasy Griffin's Daughter trilogy, was named 2008
IBPA Ben Franklin Award Winner for Best First Fiction. Griffin's
Shadow, the second book in the series, has been officially
endorsed by both Publisher's Weekly and The Library Journal.
Both books are available online at Amazon.com and at local booksellers
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.
Destiny, the third and final volume of the Griffin's
Daughter Trilogy is now available in paperback direct from
the publisher. You can order a signed personalized copy by
going to www.ridanpublishing.com
Visit Leslie Ann's
website at www.leslieannmoore.com/
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
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?
Henry Gaylord Wilshire: The Millionaire
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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. This
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
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.”
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
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.
more information and to buy books, please visit:
LuckyPress | www.MadelineSharples.com | Book
trailer | Blog
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. Her
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
Click on the link to read more and order http://www.unibook.com/en/Nancy-Shiffrin/GAME-WITH-VARIATIONS
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
DESTINY BRIGHT LIFESTYLES.
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.
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,
You can buy books, see Amber Silverstar's author spotlight, and
visit on the web by logging onto the following sites.
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.
Her published nonfiction work includes ON
THE HOME FRONT, GROWING UP IN WARTIME ENGLAND, an
autobiographical account of her childhood experiences during World
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.
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
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
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.
Read more at:www.annstalcup.com
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
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.
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.
Read more at: elizabethsquires.com
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
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:
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
• 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.
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.
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
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:
Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com;and iuniverse.com. The author
is on facebook and has further information at http://bidwhistatmidnight.com/
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
S.R. Zales will present his new work, Jenny
and the Hummingbird Faeries.
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
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
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
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 www.srzales.com.