Once again, we bring you the local talent of more than a dozen authors who are anxious to share their works with us. We will mingle for a bit, then hear a little about each one and have some light refreshment to top off the afternoon. There will be a variety of choices ranging from young adult to graphic novels and mystery to fantasy. These gatherings are always lots of fun as we meet new people and have a chance to support our local authors. You just might meet the future best selling author of our time! Participants at press time include: Danielle Soucy Mills, Rusty Trimble, Corey Lynn Fayman, Darren Simon, Vic Warren, Peter Cruikshank, S.S. George, Pearson Sharp, Kat Rocha, Karl Morgan, Karla Tipton, R.J. Belle, Norma Posy, James Raney, W. Craig Reed, and Tiffany Ann Tang.
Anise Wynford stumbles down the porch steps of her inherited farmhouse in 21st century Massachusetts and into a raging medieval battle. When she later awakens in a forest guarded by a gallant white knight, their connection is immediate. Concerned for her safety, the knight carries her to his castle.
Her knight turns out to be King Richard III, the villain of Shakespeare's most famous play, in which Anise had been acting that very night. The truth dawns that she has been transported through time by a magical ring she had discovered in her late father's house.
Anise is trapped between the royal houses of York and Lancaster in these final days of the Wars of the Roses. As she navigates the complex rules of politics and etiquette in the king's court, she falls in love with Richard and he with her. But Anise knows Richard is soon destined to die in the Battle of Bosworth Field. If Anise chooses to save his life, she will alter the course of history.
Circumstantial evidence of witchcraft and treason stacks up against Anise, and with little choice, the King orders her imprisoned. She is taken into custody by the duplicitous Lord Stanley, who convinces her she will be executed unless she sleeps with him. As Stanley conspires against the king to put his nephew Henry Tudor on the throne, Anise learns her trip through time was part of a magical plot by dark wizards to overthrow Richard.
Can Anise escape her death sentence, and save Richard from his tragic destiny on the battlefield? After the way he turned on her, does she want to?
About the Author
Karla Tipton cut her literary teeth on gothic romances, Edgar Allan Poe and the vampire soap Dark Shadows. Long before there were sparkly vampires roaming through the cultural consciousness, she wrote about ordinary women time traveling through history and falling in love with powerful men of myth and magic. “Genre-bending” came naturally. Despite publishing industry advice to find a genre and stick with it, Karla shamelessly mixed it up, blending history, paranormal, time travel, fantasy and mystery into her novels. When she became fascinated with Richard III, she made a research trip to England, so she could lend authenticity and historical detail to her novel about a romance between a modern woman and her favorite medieval king.
Rings of Passage, a time travel romance set in medieval England, is Karla’s first published novel. Time travel and magic are also at the heart of the project she’s just wrapping up, Dangerous Reflections, a romance about a twenty-first century post-graduate student and an Edwardian-era wizard.
Karla is a member of Romance Writers of America, and her writing has earned top honors in several RWA chapter competitions.
When not at her government job or writing novels, Karla plays guitar in a classic rock band.
Murder, sex, politics, and classic rock guitar collide in this original and compelling mystery set in the backcountry along the San Diego-Tijuana border, when a violent encounter between a young border-crosser and an angry bandit creates a secret and shocking bond between the boy and the bandit’s dumbfounded daughter. But when recovering guitarist and reluctant private detective Rolly Waters arrives at Border Field Park early one morning, he’s only there to help his bird-watching friend Max find the vandals who’ve destroyed a sensitive bird nesting area. Feeling less than optimistic about nabbing the perpetrators, Rolly begins his due diligence, crossing paths with a local border vigilante, a tormented vaquero, and an aging rock groupie. A menacing house call from a scalpel-wielding orderly in pursuit of a prostitute named for an eighties pop hit confounds his case further. And when police detective Bonnie Hammond hands him a coroner’s report, he knows it’s turned deadly.
As their separate cases dovetail into one, Rolly and Bonnie negotiate a prickly partnership, dragged into a dark world of human trafficking and sexual abuse as they uncover tantalizing connections to an old murder case. Bonnie presses ahead with her official investigation, while Rolly turns to his wisecracking network of bohemian friends, trying to connect the red-haired seductress on a banned album cover to a popular video game. As opposing political organizations mobilize for a confrontation in the shadow of the Tijuana’s Bullring-By-The-Sea, Rolly races to save a willful young Mexican girl, his only link to the crimes that will test his psyche, his allegiances, and one family’s unspeakable past.
About the Author
Corey Lynn Fayman, author of the Rolly Waters mystery series, which includes Border Field Blues, Border Field Blues – App Edition, and Black’s Beach Shuffle, has been a professional musician, songwriter, sound designer, educational technologist, and multimedia developer. He holds a B.A. in English, with a specialization in creative writing and poetry, from UCLA and an M.A. in Educational Technology from San Diego State University. Fayman spent three years as a sound technician and designer at the nationally lauded Old Globe Theater, where he received several nominations and a Drama-Logue Award for his theatrical sound design work. He has worked as the multimedia group manager at MP3.com, which provided the setting for the nefarious activities among the high-tech industrial parks of San Diego’s Golden Triangle in his first novel, Black’s Beach Shuffle. He currently lives with his wife in San Diego, where he teaches college-level interactive design and multimedia and is writing the third novel in the Rolly Waters mystery series.
Guardian’s Nightmare is a young-adult urban fantasy set in San Francisco. It chronicles the life of a thirteen-year-old girl named Charlee Smelton who must unravel dark family secrets to discover her true identity. But will she discover the truth before it’s too late, and can she become the hero she needs to be to save the world from an evil only she can defeat? An evil she allows into this world. Answers will come and new questions will arise in this first book in a trilogy titled The Last Princess of Latara.
About the Author
Darren Simon is an author from Southern California. He is a longtime college English teacher and a former newspaper journalist who today along with teaching works on California water issues for the San Diego County Water Authority. Guardian’s Nightmare, published by Divertir Publishing, is his first novel. The second book in the series, Hero’s Way, is set to be published in early 2015. He also has recently completed work on a young adult pirate novel and is hard at work on his next novel. He is a married father of two who focuses his writing on middle-grade readers and young adults to inspire them the way he was inspired to read and write when he was a youth.
No one ever envisions their dream wedding being interrupted by a man falling from a helicopter to his death in the middle of the ceremony, but this is exactly what happens to Microsoft millionaire Chris Girolami and jazz chanteuse Megan Deschamps during their nuptials on a yacht in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Their attempts to solve the mystery of the man’s death lead to entanglements with several feuding Chinese organized crime outfits and some brushes with death, but with the help of Chief Inspector Kwong Wei Li and his precocious eleven-year old protegé, Matson Tai, Chris and Megan bring the murderer to justice. An exotic and thrilling potboiler of a mystery novel!
About the Author
Vic Warren writes: I spent most of my life working in graphic design and advertising in Seattle, but have lived up and down the Pacific Coast, in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Orange County, Long Beach and Westside LA. Right now, my wife and I and Oscar, our three-legged cat, are in San Diego, after spending a couple of years in Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. For about ten years, I’ve been writing fiction that could be called Action/Adventure, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Crime and even Science Fiction.
Legend says a Covenant between an ancient race of dragons and a halfling king vanquished a relentless evil. Two thousand years later, the evil has returned, better prepared and hungering for vengeance. When the legacy falls to the twins Willoe and Rowyn, sixteen-year-old descendants of the mythical king, they struggle with the truth they discover behind the Covenant's deadly cost. With the aid of their cousins Aeron and Casandra, the twins must learn to wield the power of the Covenant's Fire to defeat the minions of the great evil, even though success may require the greatest of sacrifices.
In a story with a host of characters and multiple story lines, Fire of the Covenant begins an epic adventure of self-discovery, the passion of love and sacrifice, and the eternal struggle between light and darkness.
About the Author
Peter Cruikshank's formative years took place in the 60's and 70's; which probably explains his independent, and sometimes rebellious nature. Married with three grown children, he is retired from a career that encompassed the private & public sectors, academia, and even ministry. Though his wife claims he has not retired, just changed careers, once again. This time as an author. He attributes this varied work life to being bored easily.
At an early age, he was introduced to Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land'and has been an avid reader ever since. As a teen, he picked up a copy of The Lord of the Rings and expanded his love of reading to include Medieval Fantasy. At 18 years of age, he knew he wanted to be an author, but life got in the way, and his dreams were put on hold – until a few years ago, when he turned his energy to writing.
His diverse work life has provided a wealth of experience that has helped him to understand his characters and how the way they deal with their trials and tribulations, transform their lives. The process of how some characters fail, and others rise above their own expectations mimics his personal life. The passion and fire of a life led without regret is what he hopes to bring to his stories. As the Dragon-Called Legend tells us – Stay True to Your Fire Within!
Book Five of the Dave Brewster Series explores the worst possible result of the blending of human and robotic technology. As the cyborgs become more mechanical, they have begun to lose their humanity, until the machines turn on their former selves in a maniacal search for power and resources to growth their Accord.
A chance encounter with Zeet of The Accord almost doomed our galaxy in Tears of Gallia. Dave Brewster travels to a forgotten planet to uncover their intentions. The cyborgs of The Accord were once human, but have long ago moved their brains into robots. Now their leaders are massive constructed planets, hosting millions of smaller cyborgs and billions of human slaves who serve as laborers and food.
But The Accord has a problem. The Magellanic Clouds are running out of metal to build more robots. Now they must invade our galaxy to recruit new Friends and to harvest the metal and feedstock of our worlds.
While the Free Society masses its starship fleet to fight back, Dave must find a way to slow them down, or somehow convince them to end their heinous reign of terror. The Accord is an epic tale of impending war against a vastly superior enemy. It is also a story of new love, enduring faith and the ultimate power in the universe.
About the Author
Karl Morgan grew up fascinated by science fiction, beginning with Victor Appleton’s Tom Swift novels that he read as a young boy. Later, he became enthralled with the works of his favorite author, Isaac Asimov, especially his Foundation series.
Those early experiences inspired his life-long love of science fiction and interest in hard science, focusing first on astronomy and later cosmology and quantum mechanics. Karl had the great honor to take his first astronomy course at the University of Iowa from the legendary scientist, Dr. James Van Allen. More recently, the brilliant works of Drs. Stephen Hawking, Brian Greene, and Michio Kaku helped him understand that our physical universe is still a magical and mysterious place.
Karl lives in San Diego with his wife, Aida and their beloved puppies. Their two grown children have fled the nest and started their own adventures in life.
Do you ever wonder where the line is between dark and light? Do you believe the brightest light can be pulled into the depths of darkness? Do you believe that the blackest soul can find their way into the light?
It took Detective Paul Sutton exactly eleven days to know that retirement wasn’t going to work out for him. Eleven days to know that he could not put this last case, the only case of his career that he was unable to solve, down. Watching it grow cold and forgotten by everyone except himself and the deceased’s husband, Sutton fought hard against the urge to work it on his own. He thought he could let it go, but he was wrong, dead wrong. Now, back on the job as a Cold Case Detective, Sutton is given another chance to solve the case that has tormented him for almost two years.
Kali Hanson is dealing with her own special type of torment as she attempts to navigate a tangled web of deceit where the monsters wear masks of light and the darkness lurking inside a person is impossible to recognize from the outside. How does a girl who has everything going for her find herself in the middle of a deadly puzzle, forced to witness those she loves most commit acts of ultimate betrayal - a puzzle where boundaries blur and the difference between truth and lies is indiscernible?
Sutton is in a race against the clock to find a missing girl who may be the key. He will put it all on the line to make sure this monster doesn’t get the chance to kill again. Will he be too late, and is a physical death the only death one can suffer? Even if he saves her, will her life ever be the same?
About the Author
R.J. Belle began writing as a teenager as a way to express her creative side. In 2013, she found herself spending a great deal of time working on plot development and character creation, and decided to make the jump into writing for publication. After spending 15 years in the lending industry, R.J. Belle left her career to write full time and within three months, she published her first Fiction Mystery Novel, First One Down.
R.J. Belle lives in Southern California with her family. She enjoys writing, reading, running, coffee and college football.
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. Worse still, his father's old enemies, Count Cromier and his son, Bartholomew, are far from finished with JIm.
On the run again, Jim must face terrors beyond imagination--pirate battles, hidden islands, sorcerers, and sea monsters. New foes and magic forces will tampt 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...
There is mroe at stake than Jim ever dared dream, and should he fail, consequences far deadlier than he ever thought possible...
About the Author
James Matlock Raney grew up all over the world, in Europe, Latin America, and Africa. Now he calls Southern California home, writing adventures and occasionally living a few of his own.
Protagonists Maggie and Moe meet Jennifer, who is in trouble. They become good friends, and together they frequent Side Pocket, a pool hall.
When Jennifer is murdered in the parking lot behind the pool hall, Maggie and Moe set forth to uncover the murderer. There are plenty of suspects to be found in Side Pocket, but there are also some who do what they can to help Maggie and Moe.
Maggie and Moe experience a number of harrowing episodes as they close in on a solution to Jennifer’s murder.
Side Pocket explores gender fluidity and the underbelly of pool hall culture.
About the Author
Norma Posy is a retired physicist. She has taught college-level mathematics. She is an accomplished pool player, having competed in major tournaments in Reno, Nevada, and San Francisco, as well as her home town of San Diego, California. In retirement, she turned her attention to creative writing. Side Pocket is her second book. Her first book Norma's Voice took first prize in the 2006 San Diego Book Awards Celebration.
The world came close to annihilation during the Cold War—a sobering fact known to few besides the warriors engaged in the forty-six-year conflict. In this riveting new history, former U.S. Navy diver and fast-attack submariner W. Craig Reed provides a thrilling narrative of the tense underwater dramas and covert espionage operations that brought the United States and the former U.S.S.R. to the brink of nuclear war on several occasions.
Riveting and eye-opening, Red November offers an intimate look at the lives of those who participated in our country’s longest, most expensive underwater war during one of the most dangerous eras in world history. Reed provides never-before-revealed details about some of the most dramatic episodes of the secret conflict—from the harrowing underwater cat-and-mouse chase in October 1962 that almost kicked off World War III to the desperate hours when the USS Seawolf sat grounded by engine failure at the bottom of the sea during an espionage mission in Soviet waters.
About the Author
Born into a Navy family on the island of Guam, W. Craig Reed served as a U.S. Navy diver, submarine weapons technician, and special operations photographer deployed on nuclear fast-attack submarines. He lives in Silicon Valley, California.
From making cookies with Death to creating a shared Pinterest board, Tiffany Tang brings humor and absurdity to her conversations with this dark, and apparently misunderstood, figure of the afterlife in her first collection of poetry, cleverly illustrated by Lizzie Silverman. Originally created to cope with the onslaught of depression and then developed on a dare during National Poetry Month, these "creepy little death poems" are a testament to the transformative potential of writing, laughter and binge baking.
About the Author
Tiffany Tang is a writer and an actor residing in San Diego, California. She is a contributor to the San Diego Union-Tribune and the behind-the-scenes blog writer for Intrepid Shakespeare Company.