Once again, we bring you the local talent of more than a dozen authors who are enthused to share their works with us. We will mingle for a bit, then hear a little about each author’s work, and have some light refreshments to top off the afternoon. There will be a variety of choices ranging from young adult to graphic novels and mystery to fantasy. These fun gatherings are a great opportunity to meet new people and have a chance to support our local authors. You just might be the first to support a future best-selling author of our time! Participants at press time include: Better Hero Army, Sandra Levy Ceren, Susan Chan, Matt Coyle, Tameri Etherton, Selena Falk, Kevin Gerard, Nazli Ghassemi, F. James Greco, Sabina Griggs, Kent Hinckley, Michael Hudson, William Labarge, George LeBeau, Shirley Martin, James Raney, Kat Rocha, Luis Serrano, Earl Javorsky, David Putnam and Ariel Toto!
A young artist awakes one morning alone in an empty house, with no memory of her identity or location. Puzzled and terrified, she finds Dr. Cory's business card in a purse. While the psychologist/sleuth tries to help the artist revive her memory, Cory's neighbor Rita goes missing. Uncovering Rita's real identity, Cory's detection abilities spring into action to confront a menace that haunts their neighborhood.
A supernatural thriller of chilling carnage and haunting beauty, Bloodline Gypsy uncovers the origin of a mythical creature that has plagued history since the dark ages. Tracing an inherent line of magic back to Egypt in 981 AD, this dark fantasy reveals the mysterious link between gypsies and werewolves. A yoke that, twelve hundred years later, reveals itself in the form of a birthmark stamped on children born of Louvari descent. When Susannah Henika loses her mother in a tragic accident, she moves to a mountain resort town to live with a father she has never known. She falls victim to night terrors and an impending sense of dread. She meets a woman in the woods, Madalina Sadrinovic, whose uncanny ways set Susannah ill at ease. Strange and foreboding events follow the arrival of Madalina's twin brother Luca. A local boy goes missing. The American teenager begins to suspect that somehow, linked to the strange markings on her hand; she may be one of the last remaining humans, genetically predestined, to bear the offspring of an altered species her distant ancestor forged into the world.
This novel is set in Mexico in 1972 during the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain era of restriction and retribution. It is the story of Charles, an American architect on temporary assignment there, and of Anna, a Russian translator at the Russian Embassy, who meet, fall in love, plan her defection, and in the execution of her attempt to escape, are plunged into the dark and dangerous arena of intrigue, betrayal and murder.
To complicate matters, Anna’s predecessor, Natasha, who had also attempted to defect with a student of the university, was found murdered at Chapultepec Park, and the alleged suspect, at least in everybody’s mind, is Anna current bodyguard, Alexei.
In trying to find a safe hiding place, most people they meet seem to have something to hide. Whether it is infidelity, financial misdeeds, covert revolutionary activities, or just plain hidden agendas. And the relentless pursuit of the Russian Alexei, who has hidden reasons of his own, presents a seemingly impossible obstacle to their freedom.
For the last three years, former investigative reporter Nick Lanouette-a recovering sex addict struggling to stay on the wagon-has been attempting to start over with his wife in Portland, Oregon. But after he receives a call about a shirttail Mafioso possibly being framed for the murder of San Diego's mob chief, Frank Bompensiero, Nick's latent reportorial instincts are rekindled.
To reach the truth, Nick tiptoes at the edge of sexual entanglement with Maria Gallo, a pretty, rub-and-tug masseuse who has a personal interest in the investigation. After pawing through eight decades of historic events that touch upon Italian immigration, union activities, Prohibition, and Mafia prominence in San Diego, Nick's probing leads him to uncover the family history of Vittorio Erbi-Maria's former lover, the father of her son, and the man convicted of Bompensiero's murder. Maria, who is certain of Vito's innocence, hopes to persuade a skeptical Nick-with whatever of her talents it requires-that she is right.
In this mystery tale that interweaves historical events with the present, an investigative reporter and an unlikely friend partner together in a dangerous investigation to find out who bumped off San Diego's mob chief. Now only time will tell if one of them will pay the ultimate price for the truth.
Tecate Peak traces the ebb and flow, the frenzy and the calm that is the day to day life of Harry Dugan, a cop from a family of cops who proves to be the epitome of the old adage "no good deed goes unpunished," who finds himself, at age thirty three, jettisoned from a promising career in law enforcement and a ten year happy marriage, with the requisite rose covered cottage in the New England countryside. Haunted by the appearance of wrong doing on the job, and a one night affair that didn't happen, banished by his wife, who says she still loves him, and betrayed by the man who was like a brother to him, his partner, his friend, Harry stumbles blindly into a world that's new to him. Now, over forty, starting from scratch in a place he's never been, 3000 miles away from everything that is dear to him, his only lifeline is an old wrinkled slip of paper with a man's name and phone number, a man who is the cousin of his former friend and might help him find work in San Diego.
Four women, four very different personalities, neighbors on Lily Court Lane, come together over weekly mah jongg games and share the joys and struggles that come with their search for love.
Maryann, a new bride, married in a dazzling, romantic ceremony on New Year's Eve, dares to believe her new love will never repeat the violence of her first marriage. Sarah, a breast cancer survivor, fears no man could look past the scars to see her inner beauty. Dallas, betrayed by her newly "out" husband, is afraid to accept a new love. And Carolee, a single mother, fears she may have lost her adopted daughter's love when she decides to search for her birth mother. A young couple finds love while searching for a Holocaust survivor, owner of a painting stolen in World War II.
"The Reluctant Brides of Lily Court Lane" takes us through a yearlong journey of discovery, determination, and rebirth in which four women will face their greatest fears overcoming reluctance to accept love when it comes their way. An irresistible story of love in its many forms with more than a dash of good humor and an added element of mystery.
Thrust into a world where magic exists, gods are exiled, and swords sing of an ancient enemy, one woman is determined to maintain the balance between Light and Dark. There are some who will do anything to keep her from succeeding, but Taryn isn't a woman who plays by their rules and killing her won't be easy.
The Army assigned four anti-war soldiers to infested Viet Cong territory and expected them to be killed as had happened to the previous team. Instead they survived by befriending the locals in the village of Phan Lac. When a North Vietnamese division makes a surprise attack against a nearby U.S. regiment, these four dissidents despite enormous odds devise a ruse to save fellow Americans and the Vietnamese villagers. The plan was working until the Regiment's commander's helicopter, ignoring radio messages to leave, gets shot down nullifying the effective plan. The four soldiers become more exposed. Faced with certain death, they resort to radical tactics in hopes of saving Americans in the regiment, the villagers, the men in the chopper, and their lives.
In 1964, when Rick Fountaine is fifteen, his mother dies of a heart attack. This event sets him on a dark path of retribution upon the bullies of the world, starting with the Levines, the family who humiliated his mother when she worked for them years ago. Through careful planning, he exacts his revenge-and the Levines pay with their lives.That business done, Rick moves to Chicago to start a new life, complete with a fake ID, but he soon learns there is no shortage of bullies in the world. His resolution to never back down from a fight lands him in one confrontation after another, and his ruthlessness and aggression ensures that he always comes out on top. Each encounter has its own challenges and consequences, forcing him further west to California. When he replaces his lost ID, he soon finds himself drafted at the age of sixteen. Military training reveals extraordinary skills and intelligence that he never knew he possessed.
When Tom, the son of a powerful Senator, becomes stranded in the Plagued States while searching for his lost sister, his only hope of survival rests in the hands of a few grizzled veteran zombie hunters and a mysterious half-breed zombie woman he thinks may know where to find his sister.
An eleven-year-old Latino boy wins a district-wide writing contest for sixth graders. When an author visits his school to award his prize, Diego Ramirez has no idea how much his life is about to change.Nathan Sullivan hands Diego his statue, a handsome, glistening black dragon. He shakes his hand and leaves him to his friends. The students crowd around Diego, asking for permission to hold it.After hearing the name Magnifico spoken aloud by family and friends, Diego awards it to his new dragon. If he only knew how fitting the name was, he might have known what lay ahead. Magnifico is the leader of the Sol Dragones, dragons that live within the magical fires of the sun. Nathan Sullivan is the earth's connection to the mysterious creatures. It is his task to find Magnifico's guide. As Magnifico comes to life he becomes quite mischievous, playing tricks on Diego to embarrass him. As he discovers his bloodline, however, Diego assumes greater control over his dragon and his destiny. In the climactic journey, he frees his people and suffers a terrible loss by guiding Magnifico to their goal.
On the subway, during lunch, or even under the fluorescent glow of your cubical?there is no escape! Now your slow descent into madness can follow you through the day, as well as the night. The WHISPERS FROM THE ABYSS ANTHOLOGY is the first ever H.P. Lovecraft inspired collection created specifically for readers on the go. All 33 spine-chilling tales are concentrated bites of terror which include works by Greg Stolze (Delta Green), Nick Mamatas (Shotguns v. Cthulhu), Tim Pratt (Marla Mason), Dennis Detwiller (Delta Green), Greg Van Eekhout (The Boy at the End of the World), A.C. Wise (Future Lovecraft), David Tallerman (Giant Thief), Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Future Lovecraft), John R. Fultz (Seven Prices), Chad Fifer (The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast).
The news is grim. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, has threatened to attack Iran if they don't stop enriching uranium. United States interests back the threat. In LaBarge's latest novel, Lightning Strikes Twice, U.S. Navy pilots Captain "Sweetwater" Sullivan and Lieutenant "BigHands" Johnson, aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), are called upon to carry out the impossible mission of deterring the Iranian threat under daunting circumstances.
Maya Bibinaz Rostampisheh-Williams leads a life almost as complicated as her name in flamboyant desert city Dubai, where East and West collide at top speed. We cross cultural boundaries on a humorous journey with Maya and her odd circle of international friends as they stumble into social, sexual, and romantic challenges posed by religion, tradition, and politics in the modern Middle East.
Rick Cahill was never convicted of his wife's murder, but he was never exonerated either. Not by the police. Not by the media. Not even by himself. Eight years later, police suspicion and his own guilt remain over his responsibility in his wife's death. When he meets Melody Malana, a beautiful yet secretive TV reporter, he sees a chance to love again. When she is arrested for murder and asks Rick for help, the former cop says no, but the rest of him says yes and he grasps at a chance for redemption. But Rick's attempt to help turns terribly wrong, and he becomes a suspect in the murder and the target of a police manhunt. On the run, Rick encounters desperate people who'll kill to keep their pasts buried. Before Rick can save himself and bring down a murderer, he must confront the truth about his own past and untangle his feeling for a woman he can never fully trust.
A gypsy curse... A shadow pirate... An ancient treasure... An adventure beyond mystery and magic! Eleven year-old Jim Morgan once had a home, a life of comfort, and a future full of promise. But all that changed the night his father was murdered. Now Jim is on the run from his father's enemies, a wicked count and his vengeful son, and at the same time, trying to decipher the secret to the last mystery his father left him - the hidden location of an ancient treasure. But standing in Jim's way is an army of pickpockets, led by a master criminal, known only as the King of Thieves, and around every corner, Jim finds dangerous foes, new allies, and more magic than he ever knew existed. If Jim can survive, he may discover a hero hidden within himself, and a destiny beyond his wildest dreams...
Professionalism is one thing, confidence another. A local Indian tribe, the Kanache, asks California P.I. Hermione Daggert to find the man who camped out on their reservation over a year before. Filled with confidence, her qualifying exam behind her, she sees only a find-the-man assignment. How hard can it be? However, over the past year, that section of the reservation has gone from withered and uninhabitable to aggressively hostile. When the land claims the life of a beautiful San Tobino socialite in a fiery car crash, Hermione gets a new client. Her job? Find out why.
Bruno Johnson, ex-detective with Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department and an ex-convict, is hiding out from the FBI in Costa Rica, tending bar to support eight children he illegally rescued from abusive homes. Partway through a normal day, Barbara Wicks, a former colleague and the chief of police for Montclair, California, walks into his bar. Bruno is shocked to the core. Is she there to arrest him and take him back to California? Turns out she s there to request Bruno s help. Two children have been kidnapped.
The kidnapper, Jonas Mabry, was himself a victim whom Bruno rescued as a small child. Now Mabry demands a fool s retribution, a million dollar ransom, and Bruno to put his life on the line to get the money. In this twisted turn of fate, Bruno returns as a wanted criminal to California. Despite the risk of arrest and even his life, he cannot turn his back on these kids."
Charlie Miner wakes up looking down at his body on a gurney at the LA County morgue. When he moves closer to the body, it pulls him in and he is able to make it get up and walk around. Charlie, a down-on-his-luck, heroin-addicted insurance fraud investigator, leaves the morgue with two priorities: to get a fix and to find out who killed him. The trouble is, there’s a bullet in his brain and his memory is full of holes. His quest will take him backward to rediscovered memories and forward to new danger, further loss, and, finally, possible redemption. Down Solo borrows from Stephen King only to the extent that, generally, people don’t reanimate their bodies and continue daily life. Otherwise, the novel is more or less a straightforward (well, slightly convoluted) Chandleresque mystery.