Jan
28
3:00 PM15:00

Giving My Self to the Wind Book Launch

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Giving My Self to the Wind
Book Launch Party
with Author

Sunday Jan. 28th @ 3pm

This book is a collection of short stories, essays, and more. The 'more' includes some flash fiction, a few pieces of humor,  an unbundled pile of letters, a section called 'Pajama Series,' a motley crew of memorable characters in the  'persons' area, and reprints of some of the articles that have appeared in a regional magazine. So my readers can know what the pieces are about I have included an index. The topics include adoption, aging, a convertible, peanut butter, and of course, writing. Plus: Lake Tahoe, the Eiffel Tower, thong underwear, happiness, snoring, a toupee, and mom, of course. There's so much more!

This book is a collection of short stories, essays, and more. The 'more' includes some flash fiction, a few pieces of humor,  an unbundled pile of letters, a section called 'Pajama Series,' a motley crew of memorable characters in the  'persons' area, and reprints of some of the articles that have appeared in a regional magazine.

So my readers can know what the pieces are about I have included an index. The topics include adoption, aging, a convertible, peanut butter, and of course, writing. Plus: Lake Tahoe, the Eiffel Tower, thong underwear, happiness, snoring, a toupee, and mom, of course. There's so much more!

Kathryn Atkins is a professional writer. She grew up in California and has an MBA from Cal Berkeley. She started writing seriously as an adult and combined her business background with her passion for writing to form Writing World, LLC, a freelance writing communications firm. Although her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Orange County Register and OC Metro Magazine, she also writes short fiction and poetry, which appears in the collection "Giving My Self to the Wind." She is currently working on her novel, "Deathlist, the Ultimate Hack." As past the president and a continuing member of the Long Beach branch of the California Writers Club (a 501(c)3 nonprofit started in 1909), Kathryn helps newer writers find their voice. When she's not writing she's reading, playing the piano, doing yoga and flamenco or walking her dog.

Kathryn Atkins is a professional writer. She grew up in California and has an MBA from Cal Berkeley. She started writing seriously as an adult and combined her business background with her passion for writing to form Writing World, LLC, a freelance writing communications firm. Although her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Orange County Register and OC Metro Magazine, she also writes short fiction and poetry, which appears in the collection "Giving My Self to the Wind." She is currently working on her novel, "Deathlist, the Ultimate Hack."

As past the president and a continuing member of the Long Beach branch of the California Writers Club (a 501(c)3 nonprofit started in 1909), Kathryn helps newer writers find their voice.

When she's not writing she's reading, playing the piano, doing yoga and flamenco or walking her dog.

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Jan
14
3:00 PM15:00

The Swan

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When I was nine years old, my childhood came to an end; at fifteen, I fell in love; and at twenty, I buried all my dreams and hopes and grew old. When Anahita Weber thinks about her childhood in Iran, she pictures a life full of endings. In The Swan, author Banoo Mehr creates a powerful portrait of one woman finding a way to start again against a backdrop of revolution and instability. Anahita has a happy childhood in Iran until a debilitating illness blinds her beloved brother. Anahita and Babak always had a special connection, and she can’t bear to see him suffer. While her father devotes himself to nurturing Babak’s musical talents, her mother retreats into her grief. The two siblings cope with family changes by sharing a passion for song. Together, the two of them grow up in a world of political and religious conflict. Like so many others, the siblings find their lives unimaginably changed by the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and they both struggle to move forward after unbearable tragedies. Anahita escapes Iran to build a new life, but her past and the loss of her home haunt her. Can she ever be healed?

When I was nine years old, my childhood came to an end; at fifteen, I fell in love; and at twenty, I buried all my dreams and hopes and grew old.

When Anahita Weber thinks about her childhood in Iran, she pictures a life full of endings. In The Swan, author Banoo Mehr creates a powerful portrait of one woman finding a way to start again against a backdrop of revolution and instability.

Anahita has a happy childhood in Iran until a debilitating illness blinds her beloved brother. Anahita and Babak always had a special connection, and she can’t bear to see him suffer. While her father devotes himself to nurturing Babak’s musical talents, her mother retreats into her grief. The two siblings cope with family changes by sharing a passion for song.

Together, the two of them grow up in a world of political and religious conflict. Like so many others, the siblings find their lives unimaginably changed by the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and they both struggle to move forward after unbearable tragedies.

Anahita escapes Iran to build a new life, but her past and the loss of her home haunt her. Can she ever be healed?

Meet Author Banoo Mehr
The Swan
Book Launch

Sunday Jan. 14th @ 3pm

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Dec
16
3:00 PM15:00

Mystery & Thriller Authors Matt Coyle & Patricia Smiley

Double Trouble: Dual Book Launch Party

Blood Truth (The Rick Cahill Series)
Outside the Wire (A Pacific Homicide)

Mystery & Thriller Authors
Matt Coyle & Patricia Smiley
Sign and Discuss their New Books!

Sat. Dec. 16th @ 3pm

A hard-boiled PI novel for fans of Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald and Dashiell Hammett. Rick Cahill has long feared the truth about his own blood―the blood of his father coursing through his veins. When a long-hidden safe unlocks clues about why his father was kicked off the police force twenty-seven years ago and then spiraled into an early drunken death, Rick determines to find the truth even if it proves the one thing he's always feared. But as he grapples with his father's past, the woman he still loves pleads with him to find out if her husband is having an affair―or is involved in something much more sinister. Could the truth send her back into Rick’s arms? Would he have a last shot at happiness? He may never get the chance to find out, as killers who will do anything to protect their secrets lurk in the shadows.

A hard-boiled PI novel for fans of Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald and Dashiell Hammett.

Rick Cahill has long feared the truth about his own blood―the blood of his father coursing through his veins.

When a long-hidden safe unlocks clues about why his father was kicked off the police force twenty-seven years ago and then spiraled into an early drunken death, Rick determines to find the truth even if it proves the one thing he's always feared.

But as he grapples with his father's past, the woman he still loves pleads with him to find out if her husband is having an affair―or is involved in something much more sinister. Could the truth send her back into Rick’s arms? Would he have a last shot at happiness? He may never get the chance to find out, as killers who will do anything to protect their secrets lurk in the shadows.

Los Angeles Times bestselling author Patricia Smiley has written four books in a mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Tucker Sinclair. PACIFIC HOMICIDE (Nov 2016) is the first in a new series about LAPD Homicide Detective Davie Richards. Davie's story continues in the second book OUTSIDE THE WIRE (Nov 2017). The third installment is due out in 2018. Patty's short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Two of the Deadliest, an anthology edited by Elizabeth George.

Los Angeles Times bestselling author Patricia Smiley has written four books in a mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Tucker Sinclair. PACIFIC HOMICIDE (Nov 2016) is the first in a new series about LAPD Homicide Detective Davie Richards. Davie's story continues in the second book OUTSIDE THE WIRE (Nov 2017). The third installment is due out in 2018. Patty's short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Two of the Deadliest, an anthology edited by Elizabeth George.

Best-selling author Matt Coyle is the winner of the Anthony Award, the Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal, the San Diego Book Award, and is a Shamus, Macavity, and Lefty Award finalist as well. He has a degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has worked in the restaurant, golf, and sports collectible businesses. Blood Truth is the fourth in his Rick Cahill crime series. Matt lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus.

Best-selling author Matt Coyle is the winner of the Anthony Award, the Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal, the San Diego Book Award, and is a Shamus, Macavity, and Lefty Award finalist as well. He has a degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has worked in the restaurant, golf, and sports collectible businesses. Blood Truth is the fourth in his Rick Cahill crime series. Matt lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus.

Homicide detective Davie Richards is called to an airport parking garage to investigate the shooting of a retired U.S. Army Ranger. Missing personal items point to a robbery, but Davie suspects a more sinister motive when she notices only one military dog tag around the Ranger’s neck. Could the murderer have taken the other as a memento of the kill? As Davie unravels baffling clues, one murder becomes two and a pattern begins to emerge. Racing to save the killer’s next victim, Davie is led to a shocking twist that challenges her physical and emotional endurance and tests the bonds of brotherhood and friendship.

Homicide detective Davie Richards is called to an airport parking garage to investigate the shooting of a retired U.S. Army Ranger. Missing personal items point to a robbery, but Davie suspects a more sinister motive when she notices only one military dog tag around the Ranger’s neck. Could the murderer have taken the other as a memento of the kill? As Davie unravels baffling clues, one murder becomes two and a pattern begins to emerge. Racing to save the killer’s next victim, Davie is led to a shocking twist that challenges her physical and emotional endurance and tests the bonds of brotherhood and friendship.

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Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

Discover the Secrets of Writing Comedy for Hollywood

Discover the Secrets of
Writing Comedy for Hollywood

Discussion and Book Signing Party
Now That's Funny!
with Authors
Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis

Sat. Dec 9th 3pm

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There is a feeling of pure delight that comes from laughing out loud while watching a hilarious movie or a TV show. Yet as funny as these lines may be, they are the work of people you will never see. The magic behind any comedy hit begins when an idea is hatched in the mind of a comedy writer and is then put down on paper. And while few of us are privy to this fascinating process, for writers Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis, the challenge of observing and understanding how comedy is born has culminated in a unique new book, Now That’s Funny! Desberg and Davis provide an intimate look into the minds of twenty-four of Hollywood’s funniest comedy writers, who have given us such shows as:

Saturday Night Live
Monk
Everybody Loves Raymond
The Simpsons
Frasier
Maude
Home Improvement
Valerie
Modern Family
Cheers
There’s Something about Mary
The Honeymooners
Suddenly Susan
Newhart
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Archie Bunker’s Place
The Tracey Ullman Show
Wings
Who’s The Boss?
and more

How do you get to see the creative wheels turn? The authors’ premise was simple: Using a Q and A format, they provided each writer with a story idea and let them run with it. Each of the writers was told there were no rules, no boundaries, and no limits! Because everyone started with the same concept, the authors could see how some writers jumped in and began creating, while others asked lots of questions; how some writers stuck closely to the premise, while others turned it on its head. What emerges is an entertaining look―illuminating and hilarious in turn―at the creative process behind hit TV shows and movies.

If you’re one of the millions who have enjoyed watching the work of comedy writers, here is an opportunity to go behind the scenes and see the madness unfold. Now that’s funny!

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Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

Mystery Author Autumn Doerr

Book Launch Party
Baker's Dozen: A Lexi Fagan Mystery
Meet Mystery Author
Autumn Doerr

Sat. Dec 2nd. @ 3pm

In the first book of the Lexi Fagan Mystery series, “Baker’s Dozen,” Lexi is newly arrived in San Francisco and lands a job working at McCracken’s Bakery. When her lover, firefighter Jerry Stevens, turns up dead in a devastating hotel fire, Lexi has no time to mourn. Homicide detective Robert Reiger discovers Jerry’s death was no accident. Caught up in the investigation, Lexi uncovers a shocking secret that just might get her killed.

In the first book of the Lexi Fagan Mystery series, “Baker’s Dozen,” Lexi is newly arrived in San Francisco and lands a job working at McCracken’s Bakery. When her lover, firefighter Jerry Stevens, turns up dead in a devastating hotel fire, Lexi has no time to mourn. Homicide detective Robert Reiger discovers Jerry’s death was no accident. Caught up in the investigation, Lexi uncovers a shocking secret that just might get her killed.

  Autumn Doerr is a writer and television producer based in Pasadena, California. "Baker's Dozen" is the first book in the Lexi Fagan Mystery series.

 

Autumn Doerr is a writer and television producer based in Pasadena, California. "Baker's Dozen" is the first book in the Lexi Fagan Mystery series.

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Nov
25
3:00 PM15:00

Richard Blade - The world famous DJ who gave LA the rock of the '80's

Celebrate Small Business Saturday!

Meet DJ and Author Richard Blade
Book Launch Party
World in My Eyes

Sat. Nov. 25th @ 3pm

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Richard Blade's autobiography is much more than a spotlight on any one decade. Instead, he gives you a jaw-dropping, uncensored insider's look into the world of music, movies, and television and its biggest stars, starting in the sixties and continuing through to the new century. Richard takes you on a journey that few have experienced: from his early days as a student at Oxford to the wild, lascivious nights of being a disco DJ touring the clubs of Europe, to coming to America and working with Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, and Sarah Jessica Parker and finally breaking through into the L.A. radio scene and becoming the number one morning drive personality in California. From his TV and radio shows to his feature films and live gigs, Richard shares stories that have until now remained secret. His unique perspective will take you on the road with Depeche Mode, to Australia with Spandau Ballet, into the recording studio with Morrissey, and onto the main stage at Live Aid with Duran Duran. He opens up about his friendships with Michael Hutchence and George Michael, as well as his passionate love affair with Terri Nunn of Berlin. This is a no-holds-barred look at life, sex, and death, set to a pulsing backbeat of music. For the first time, Richard Blade shares his extraordinary story, allowing us to see the world through his eyes.

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