Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego is pleased to offer visions of sugarplums and stocking stuffers at our Eat! Read! Party! Holiday Event on Saturday, December 7. Readers can mingle with a group of authors whose works meet a variety of genre (and gift giving opportunity) needs. Staff will be on-hand to make recommendations of books and creative gift items. Light holiday refreshments will be served, and most attendees will leave with a gift, including some great book selections from the 2013 Fantastic Firsts program!
Check out the books from our spotlighted participating authors below:
When rumors of a new super-drug surface, the FBI comes to Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini for help. It becomes quickly apparent that the drug is merely the tip of a deadly iceberg and a much more insidious plan is underway involving Titan Security, Gaultier Enterprises, and YatesCorp.
As newly discovered A-Cs and hybrids begin to surface, each with expanded and deadly talents, more and more signs point to a new evil genius who’s using the A-Cs and their enemies both as guinea pigs. Then Area 51 and the Dulce Science Center go silent while Alpha Team, Airborne, and most of the worldwide A-C Security team are there for training. And if that’s not bad enough, Centaurion Division is hit with more bad, and deadly, news: Chernobog the Ultimate, isn’t a hacker myth, he’s a real person -- and he’s on the bad guys’ side.
Now Kitty and company must find the real Dr. Feelgood and stop him or her before the latest version of Surcenthumain hits the streets and more people they love are harmed, or worse. But when the inconceivable happens, Kitty’s focused on two things only: reviving the ACE entity before their enemies realize Earth’s best protection isn’t actually active…and revenge.
About the Author
Gini Koch is a writer by night, and a career marketing professional and social media expert by day. She lives with her husband, daughter, and the pets that own them all. She’s pretty sure none of them are actually aliens.
Tom Clancy meets The X-Files in Weston Ochse's SEAL Team 666 series starring the Navy SEALs who handle supernatural threats When a Senator’s daughter is kidnapped by a mysterious group with ties to the supernatural . . . it’s clearly a job for SEAL TEAM 666. As Triple Six gets involved, they discover links to the Zeta Cartel, a newly discovered temple beneath Mexico City, and a group known as Followers of the Flayed One. International politics, cross-border narco-terrorism, and an insidious force operating inside the team soon threaten to derail the mission. Forced to partner with several militant ex-patriots and a former Zeta hitman-turned-skinwalker, Triple Six is the world's only hope to stop the return of the Age of Blood.
About the Author
Weston Ochse's first story was published when he was seven. The backlash of this first literary effort caused the elementary school to recall their newspaper at the behest of irate parents. One day he hopes to achieve this sort of acclaim again. Since then, he's written five novels, a slew of short stories and articles that have appeared in comic books, professional writing guides, magazines and anthologies. He won the Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in First Novel in 2005, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Fiction in 2003, and won the Buffalo Screams International Film Festival Original Screenplay Competition. He was born in Wyoming, raised in Eastern Tennessee, and now lives in Southern Arizona with his wife, Yvonne Navarro, and three Great Danes. For entertainment he races tarantula wasps, wrestles rattlesnakes, and watches Border Patrol Death Race 2000.
(Ochse is pronounced 'oaks,' or as Harlan Ellison once said, "Weston Ochse, sounds like a nursing home or a trailer park." Thanks Harlan.) .
Farah is a night watcher. It's a job she's had in her Village for over a year, and it may end up being her role. Roles are important. They're how you survive in the barren, post-apocalyptic desert knows as the bowl. But Far doesn't want to be a a night watcher, and, the truth is, she doesn't know what she wants.
Rubik is from another planet. He just crash-landed on Earth after being lost in the galaxies for what felt like millennia. He doesn't remember anything of his race, his purpose, or his origins. All he has to his name are troublish, consuming questions...
On a chilly, starry night, their paths will cross, sending them on a dual journey to find answers. Yet their venture of discover quickly turns into a race for survival. The undergrounders, a band of ruthless desert pirates, know something about Rubik that Farah does not, and they'll stop at nothing to take him captive.
Fans of the Matched and Divergent triangles will instantly connect with this fast-paced dystopian mystery that's packed with action, romance, and a gut-wrenching finale.
About the Author
Julian R. Vaca was born in Long Beach, CA. He graduated high school from Nashville School of the Arts, and subsequently earned his BFA in screenwriting from Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film. He currently lives in Nashville with his wife.
Where Does Love Go?
Scarlett had no idea. Rhett wasn't sure. But some people still wonder, where did their love go? Out the door? Down the Street? Into thin air?
Now the world's best-selling book and its movie are laid bare in the Untold Story of Gone with the Wind.
About the Author
Marv Gold has written StoryTeller, Three Sons, and Silverstein and Me, the only memoir of their creative lives. His eight books have won acclaim and literary awards. He has written and directed nine films that have won prizes at international film festivals. With his wife, fine artist Sue Zinngrabe Gold, and their five cats, he resides in San Diego, CA.
It all begins in the closet.
Paris Jablonski, wife, mother, social worker, and aspiring writer, is celebrating her seventh wedding anniversary when she uncovers a secret letter about her sexy French husband—and his girlfriend. The letter is in French, nearly incomprehensible, and so is the betrayal. How could she, an experienced mental health professional, have so misread her own life?
After traveling to France to confront her husband, Paris returns to face wildfires, evacuations, and a new job with recovering addicts. And she finds herself attracted to the most unlikely candidate: a recovering alcoholic who also happens to be a client.
In this heart-tugging story of love, loss and renewal, Paris Jablonski is a heroine whose street savvy must learn to take back seat to a wiser heart.
About the Author
Reina Menasche’s fiction has been recognized by organizations such as the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild, the San Diego Book and Writing Awards, and the Southern California Writers Conference.
A masters-level social worker, she teaches university classes in Counseling and Human Services. In addition she provides direct services to clients on issues such as family conflict, addiction, stress management, and life transitions. With her school counseling credential, Reina has specialized in helping young children adjust to life after divorce.
Currently she lives with her family in San Diego.
Wilson McKenna has never written a bad check in his life. So how did he end up with $4,000 in returned checks from an island he’s never been to? Now, the bank wants their money and he’s determined to track down the crook who’s ruining his life. Before you can say “aloha,” he’s nearly arrested for impersonating himself, the woman who trashed his credit is dead, and he feels like he’s up to his ‘umi’umi in hot lava. McKenna had better watch out—some temptations can get you killed.
Praise for Kauai Temptations: A McKenna Mystery…
“Kauai Temptations is a fast-paced mystery with quirky characters and loads of island charm. Recipe for a great day at the beach: sunscreen, bamboo mat, mango shave ice, and Kauai Temptations in your beach bag!” — JoAnn Bassett, author of The Islands of Aloha Mystery Series.
About the Author
Terry Ambrose started out skip tracing and collecting money from deadbeats and quickly learned that liars come from all walks of life. He never actually stole a car, but sometimes hired big guys with tow trucks and a penchant for working in the dark when "negotiations" failed. A resident of Southern California, he loves spending time in Hawaii, especially on the Garden Island of Kauai, where he invents lies for others to read. His years of chasing deadbeats taught him many valuable life lessons including-always keep your car in the garage.
As a teenager, Nathan Adler barely survived the horrors of the Auschwitz death camp at the hands of the Nazis. Fifty years later he could not have imagined that he would live the nightmare again. This time, however, the concentration camp is not in Poland. Erected by Freedom’s Hand, it exists as a citadel of suffering and death—in the desert of the American Southwest.
About the Author
Mike Sirota, the author of the thrillers, Demon Shadows and The Modoc Well (Atoris Press), and The Burning Ground and Fire Dance (ZOVA Books), has published over twenty novels with houses that include The Berkley Publishing Group (Penguin-Putnam), Bantam Books, Pocket Books, and Kensington Publishing Corp. For many years he was an award-winning feature writer and editor for a Southern California newsmagazine. Mike assists aspiring and published writers as an editor and writing coach. He lives in Oceanside, California with his wife, Jacqueline.
Unconventional police rookie Luke Jones is back to work after reluctantly killing a man he knew and liked in order to save the life of a partner he despises. Although labeled a hero by some, he's soon up to his old tricks-doggedly challenging authority in an organization with little tolerance for defiance, irritating peers and superiors alike by quoting Shakespeare at will, and refusing to back down when prudence dictates surrender. His latest challenge: San Diego is reeling from the horror of PSA 182, a Boeing 727 airliner that collided with a private Cessna 172 and crashed into the crowded neighborhood of North Park, killing 144 people. Now disaster lurks in two different parts of the city and Luke has to choose which situation needs his attention first. One choice could cost the life of a friend. The other could get him fired...or killed.
About the Author
T.B. Smith served as a police officer for 27-years with the City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District Police Departments. He retired as a lieutenant in 2003, after being injured in an on-duty traffic accident. He's a graduate of San Diego State University, where he studied English Literature and creative writing. He currently lives in Ashland, Oregon.
A rousing collection of crossword puzzles from humorist and wordplay expert Richard Lederer and award-winning puzzle constructor Gayle Dean, this book presents 100 original crossword puzzles that include amusing, witty, and highly challenging themes. The brain-teasing collection features palindromes, anagrams, puns, rhymes, bloopers, and jokes and allows readers to flex their crossword-solving muscles with weighty puzzle sections that include It's a Punderful Life, The Antics of Semantics, The Game Is the Name, and Letter-Perfect Puzzles. Each of the challenging puzzles designed to stretch wordplay skills includes an introduction from author Richard Lederer.
About the Author
Richard Lederer is the author of 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current books, The Gift of Age, A Tribute to Teachers, American Trivia, Amazing Words, and Lederer on Language. He has been profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and the National Enquirer and frequently appears on radio as a commentator on language.
Dr. Lederer’s syndicated column, “Looking at Language,” appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, including the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner.
The final book of the DRUIDS trilogy tells a tumultuous tale of the Druidic battle to save their tribes, to protect their children and to preserved their culture, as the brutal soldiers of Julius Caesar’s army invades their lands.
History is written by victors,
but the vanquished also have a powerful tale to tell.
In 57 BC the Druidic men and women of ancient Gaul banded together to battle against Julius Caesar’s campaign to rule the world.
Though the Gauls also faced hostile and bloody conflicts within their own tribes, they worked together to fight against the Roman invasion.
Remarkably, though war was an integral part of their everyday life, they found ways to celebrate their Druidic traditions and act on their most tender passions for life.
About the Author
Barb Galler-Smith is a member of Edmonton's Cult of Pain writers group, mentors a group of emerging writers called "the Scruffies" and is an editor for OnSpec magazine..
A Prophecy, an Ancient Calendar, and a Battle for Earth's Survival The turning of the 26,000 year cycle is approaching. The fifth sun promises a time of peace for all creatures. Magnifico, Estrella, and the Sol Dragones eagerly await the new age.
Vipero hopes to alter the ancient prophecy. He orders the Dragons of the Dark Rift to find and eliminate the Sol Dragones. If they succeed, nothing will stop him from destroying Diego's world and claiming ownership of Sol, a star with unlimited spiritual power.
Diego and Racquel travel with their dragons to the Dark Rift, the entrance to the magical realm known as the Xibalba. Together with the Sol Dragones, they battle Vipero's immense army in a fight to save or shift the Mayan prediction. The fate of earth depends on victory or defeat, and Diego is the key.
His choice - to betray Magnifico or stay true to the Sol Dragones - will determine the outcome of the conflict.
Josephine Ishikawa changed the course of history, but no one knows it.
She cannot talk about what happened during her last shift as Captain of the starliner Pericles, nor does she care to. She passed the ball to the authorities, like procedure required, and now has her sights set on getting Pericles through a major maintenance overhaul and back out to the stars.
Until she learns of a betrayal so large it defies belief, leaving Jo to decide between the life she loves and her duty to the beings she brought back from outer space. Her decision will affect not just her future, but possibly the futures of everyone on Earth and the other colonized worlds.
About the Author
Michael Kingswood grew up in Maryland, in the Washington, DC suburbs. He graduated from Boston University in May 1997, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (minor in Astronomy). Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy and has served as a submariner ever since. He has since earned a masters degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. Michael has always been a voracious reader. Though he prefers reading science fiction and fantasy for entertainment, he will sample just about any genre. Except paranormal romance. For education and personal development purposes, he enjoys reading about economics, history, physics, astronomy, sports, current events, and business. His hobbies include reading (obviously), running, bicycling, computer games, martial arts, sailing, skiing, flying, and debating politics. He began writing fiction in late 2010, after thinking about doing so for years. He is married to a lovely lady from Maine. They have four children, and live wherever the Navy deems to send them.
Over a year has passed since Jim Morgan outwitted the King of Thieves and escaped from London with his friends, Lacey and the Brothers Ratt. Now, at long last, Jim is ready to return home to Morgan Manor.
But a dark vision haunts Jim’s dreams – a Crimson Storm with the face of a black skull. Soon, Jim is thrust into a deadly race against his father’s old enemies, Count Cromier and his son, Bartholomew. This time, he will face terrors beyond his imagination – pirate battles, hidden islands, sorcerers, and sea monsters.
New foes and magic forces will tempt and test Jim. For there are terrible secrets he has yet to learn, secrets about his father, the Treasure of the Ocean, and his own incredible destiny…
Adventure has a new name – Jim Morgan!
She’s Hume’n, a member of the lower class, with one chance to change her life…
In an alternate, twenty-first century Boston, Dawn Jamison is a hair’s breadth away from earning her doctorate degree—a degree that would allow her entrance into the upper class, to become the unemotional and self-disciplined Cartesian she is now only pretending to be. To reach her goal, all Dawn must do is overcome her forbidden attraction to the Olympic-class weightlifter Taylor Stephenson who’s just crashed her lectures on past life regression. She must also teach her group of misfit students how to travel back into their past lives—and, oh, of course, figure out how to save the great scientists of the early eighteenth century before they’re inextricably caught up in a time loop.
He’s Cartesian, a member of the upper class, and supposed to know better…
Coerced by his politically powerful, wheelchair-bound brother into spying on Dawn’s past-life regression classes, Taylor knows better than to give into his desire to claim Dawn as his own. But his past-life entity, eighteenth-century Colin, has no such inhibitions. When Taylor and Dawn meet up in Scotland in the 1700s, all the discipline he’s forced on his twenty-first-century self disintegrates in the past, leaving only his overwhelming lust for Dawn’s past-life double, Lily.
Unable to escape their sexually obsessive past, Dawn and Taylor find themselves in a race against the clock at the epicenter of a world-altering time quake of their own making.