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Meet and Greet Local Authors in San Diego

Mysterious Galaxy invites you to join us as we host a special event for the local authors of our San Diego and Southern California community. As a local independent bookstore, it is a priority to support our local authors and writing community. The “meet and greet” will be an informal opportunity for you to meet authors in our community, as well as, enjoy a fun afternoon featuring snacks and beverages of all variety. Please join us to celebrate our local literary talent.

Attending authors include Scott Barnes, contributor to Writers of the Future Vol 28; Aaron Philip Clark, author of The Science of Paul; Adam Tritt, author of Bud the Spud; Lisa King, Author of Death in a Wine Dark Sea; Mike Sirota, author of The Burning Ground; Thomas Matthews, author of Ancient Anger; Henry Herz, author of Nimpentoad; Reina Menasche, author of Twice Begun; Bob Hamer, author of The Last Undercover; Karri Thompson, author of Amateur AngelLyle Perez-Tinics, editor of 31 Nights of HalloweenD.M. Annechino, author of They Never Die Quietly; Terry King, author of The Silent PartnerLin Sten, author of Mine; Christine Fonseca, author of Lacrimosa; Paul Bernstein, author of Flashblind; Hal Taxel, author of The Fourth Monkey; Scott Farrell, contributor to The Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Petatetrameter; Lisa Monaco Gonzalez, author of Jesse's Dream; Steve Willard and Ed LaValle, authors of San Diego Police Case Files; Tim Wahl, author of Heaven's Wars; and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, author of Guardian of the Night


Event date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
Ste 302
92111-1040 San Diego
Writers of the Future Volume 28: The Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year (L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future #28) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619860766
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Published: Galaxy Press (CA) - May 2012

Your passage to unforgettable worlds of imagination and escape. Discover the new visionaries of imagination in the Writers of the Future. Established in 1983 by L. Ron Hubbard expressly for the aspiring writer, Writers of the Future has become the most respected and significant forum for new talent in all aspects of speculative fiction. Never before published first-rate science fiction and fantasy stories selected by top names in the field.

The Science of Paul: A Novel of Crime Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780982843611
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Published: New Pulp Press - January 20th, 2011

Ex-convict Paul Little walks out on the only woman who has ever loved him to return to a life of crime in Philadelphia. But when Paul gets involved with a petty thug who is later murdered, he finds himself pinned between the volatile gangster accused of the crime and the straight-laced detective who put Paul away years ago.

Bud the Spud Cover Image
By Adam Byrn Tritt, John Goldacker (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781604190625
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Axios Press - September 16th, 2012

What happens when a kid eats too much junk food and watches too much TV, and never, ever leaves the couch? You guessed it: he turns into a couch potato literally! In a unique feature, the book has three separate endings three different outcomes for poor Bud which range from the positive and uplifting to the decidedly macabre (which kids thoroughly love). Behind the humor is a serious message to help combat childhood obesity.

Death in a Wine Dark Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781579622824
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Published: Permanent Pr Pub Co - June 2012

Imagine a 32-year old Nancy Drew who's seen a thing or two, has a sophisticated career as a wine magazine writer, is not interested in monogamy, and has the kind of sex appeal only an independent woman can possess. Though she despises the groom, Jean Applequist boards an elegant yacht in San Francisco Bay for the wedding of her good friend Diane and wealthy real estate developer Martin Wingo. But things go terribly wrong: the evening ends in tragedy, not celebration when, after exchanging vows, Wingo disappears into the bay. Diane asks Jean to investigate Martin's murder out of fear that the police will uncover too many of his secrets. Jean agrees, but discovers it's not easy to find out who killed a blackmailer and a womanizer. The list of potential suspects is long. Joining forces with the young and geeky Zeppo, Martin's former assistant and armed with the details of Martin's operation, the two soon find themselves way ahead of the San Francisco homicide detectives, a dangerous place to be. Their questioning of Martin's victims elicits strong reactions, from fear to rage to attempted murder that endanger them both and force Jean to fight for her life - twice.

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ISBN: 9780984035069
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Published: ZOVA Books - February 14th, 2012

The Maidu Indians wanted no part of the white devils that came to their sacred land to hunt the shiny metal. But in 1849 Gold Rush miners in the Sierra Nevadas slaughter nearly all the inhabitants of Kalkalya, trapping their spirits. Over 160 years later, a grave robber desecrates the Maidu burial ground in search of artifacts. Now the vengeful spirits unleash a bloodbath that threatens the town of Lodestar, just as hordes of unsuspecting tourists arrive for the annual Labor Day weekend festivities celebrating California’s Gold Rush. The task of preventing further carnage falls upon an unlikely quartet: a former ballplayer; the town librarian; an elderly Maidu descendant; and a ten-year-old boy—the son of the grave robber whose immoral actions first raised the spirits up from the Burning Ground.

Ancient Anger: Book One of the Ancient Spirit Series Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449074159
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Published: Authorhouse - May 17th, 2010

There is a Mayan fable that predicts the world will end on December 22, 2012, the last day of the Mayan calendar. Many believe this is not just a story, but an ominous prediction, while others secretly fear it could be true. Book one of the Ancient Spirit series, Ancient Anger tells the tale of two driven anthropologists searching for the truth, and then find it. When Dr. Albert Poliska uncovers a pristine Mayan wall carved with unreadable hieroglyphics in 1976, he sets in motion events that span 25 years of archeological turmoil, offering answers to questions about who the Mayans were, where they went and the possibility of their return. Dr. Richard Halden joins him in a quest to find Padre Mio, a 105 year old Mayan priest, hell bent on bringing the prophesy to fruition. His international cult still worships the ancient ways, from self mutilation to human sacrifice. Set in Los Angeles, the Yucatan peninsula, New York, Louisiana and Sedona Arizona, the story follows the fates of the anthropologists and Carlos, the murdering drug dealer, now doing the Padre's bidding. All lives cross as each strives to influence the possible fate of mankind.

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ISBN: 9781466463042
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Published: Nimpentoad Publications - November 23rd, 2011

A charming tale of the courageous and resourceful little Nimpentoad, who leads his tribe of Niblings through the perilous Grunwald Forest, overcoming obstacles and encountering strange creatures along the way.

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ISBN: 9781478238058
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - July 18th, 2012

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.

The Last Undercover: The True Story of an FBI Agent's Dangerous Dance with Evil Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781599951010
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Published: Center Street - September 2008

A 26-year veteran of the FBI reflects on the challenges he has endured and overcome, as he stared the dark side of humanity in the face and never blinked.

Amature Angel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936695676
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Published: Comfort Publishing, LLC - May 2012

Only 18-years-old, Ashley is no ordinary teenager. Not only is she dead, but upon her death, she mistakenly enters the wrong line in the afterlife, a line meant for trained, guardian angels. With a pair of wings on her back, Ashley is sent to Los Angeles to replace another angel whose "assignment" was none-other-than Cannon Michaels, a current member of the band Sendher, the sexiest man alive, and Ashley's celebrity crush in life.

The Undead That Saved Christmas Cover Image
By Lyle Perez-Tinics, S. G. Browne (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781453832660
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 14th, 2010

October the 31st - All Hallows’ Eve The full moon is bright, The werewolves are in sight. The mummies are out of their tombs, To find you, hiding in your rooms. The witches and ghosts and ghouls are here, To become the nightmares that you fear. They march and stride to give us all a fright, We know many dreadful things happen on Halloween night. But what can be more fun? For there to be thirty-one. 31 Nights of Halloween brings together thirty-one frightful tales from the worlds most talented ghouls. Each story is guaranteed to send chills down your back and make your blood run cold.

They Never Die Quietly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780982555033
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Published: Amazon Publishing - February 16th, 2010

They Never Die Quietly tells the story of homicide Detective Sami Rizzo, who is assigned to head a task force investigating serial killings in San Diego. Simon, the highly intelligent, cunning, and deceptively charming villain, redefines the depths of human evil. He believes God has given him absolute authority to purify his unholy victims through a ritual that ends in a grisly crucifixion. Driven by warped religious beliefs and guided by his dead mother, very much alive in his subconscious, Simon abducts “chosen ones” and holds them captive in a Room of Redemption. There, the victims helplessly await their crucifixion. Detective Rizzo urgently yearns to solve the case and gain the respect of her male colleagues, but her obsession to apprehend the killer on her own clouds her thinking. When Simon outsmarts Rizzo and captures her, determined to make her his next victim, she must employ all her resources—both physical and intellectual—to outwit the villain at his own game.

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ISBN: 9781466916371
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Published: Trafford Publishing - May 22nd, 2012

Homer, a bold and smart-mouthed angel, has been in isolation for nine-hundred years. She misbehaves and tests the boundaries of God, which was what put her in isolation in the first place. She doesn't like the simpering League of Angels members, especially Gabriel--she has no place for such a goody two-shoes--and she doesn't trust God and cares little what anyone thinks of her. Despite her fussiness and track record of failure, she's sent to Earth to do what needs to be done.

Her mission is to help Tom summers, a struggling columnist for an expanding magazine empire in Los Angeles--to Homer, the epicenter of Western egocentrism and inauthenticity. She must help him publish a book that would ultimately change Earth's fate. Unsure how to accomplish her task, she wants more of God's help or for Him to send Tom a sign, but always a stickler for free will, God won't let her interfere with humanity. Still, it's up to her to save the world, she believes God is against her, and time is ticking. No pressure.

Left to her own devices, Homer wonders whether humanity is worth saving. She believes humans to be violent, self-centered brats. Earth itself is a trash heap, already polluted by all of God's chosen people. Is there anything left to save? Tom, along with some other eccentric Earth-walkers, might change her perspective, but in the end, the fate of the world rests in Homer's angelic hands.

Mine: (Second Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781450546300
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - May 6th, 2010

Selena Castillo publicly claims to be an extraterrestrial. Is it a joke, a delusion, a gimmick, or a reality? Tony Sturgess must believe that Selena's claim is only a publicity stunt, or that she is insane, as he falls in love with her, because he still struggles with the racism of his white-supremacist childhood; otherwise, he is certainly the right talent agent to exploit the gimmick, despite her radical environmentalism. Professor Hal Bronson, on the other hand, is desperate to believe Selena's claim after he is labeled a "crackpot" for hypothesizing that the SETI silence is due to a global technological catastrophe that every advancing civilization must face: she might be a witness. But if Earth is to be saved, from whom and for whom will it be? Through humor, romance, and suspense, MINE entertains while its human characters resolve a case of mistaken insanity.

Lacrimosa Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780984786374
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Published: Compass Press - August 2012

The battle of good versus evil just got a lot tougher. Nesy, the best of the angelic warriors, never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan and the unthinkable happens. Now she must decide between love and duty. A decision that will cost more than her soul...

Flashblind Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780984035052
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Published: Zova Books - March 8th, 2012

Renowned geneticist, Jake Holden, returns to his hometown in New Mexico to find a cure for his brother's rare genetic disorder. At the Los Alamos National Lab, made famous for its involvement in the Manhattan Project's atomic bomb, Jake is swept into a world of greed, ambition, and government secrecy. The more he tries to save his family's future, the more he learns how intrinsically his family is tied to the laboratory's dark and infamous past. With every corner closing in around him, Jake finds himself on the verge of possessing the Holy Grail of modern science, the ability to rewrite the very DNA of mankind.

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ISBN: 9781890357313
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Published: Florida Academic Press - February 10th, 2012

Set in Mexico this thriller interweaves the story of the Catholic Church's attempt to revitalize the defeated 1927 Cristero counter-revolution, with the tug-of-war between the Tijuana Chief of Police and his corrupt brother-in-law, head of a gang of murder-for-hire killers.

The Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Pentatetrameter Cover Image
By Matthew Delman (Editor), Jaymee Goh (Editor), Jennifer Castello (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9780985385705
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Published: Doctor Fantastique Books - May 2012

What does Doctor Bill Shakes make in his lab with an ionic pentatetrameter? Find out in this volume wherein fifteen writers and sonneteers take his classic works and infuse a steampunk twist to them!

Jesse's Dream Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780985205201
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Published: SoGo Creation - April 19th, 2012

What if you had superpowers as a child that
gave you whatever you wanted. Would this be a dream or a nightmare? The
only way to find out is to read on...

Lisa Monaco Gonzales produced Jesse's Dream during the 1970’s in
grade school. This child's creation has been digitally refreshed,
updated and printed for the readers of the 21st century, keeping the
drawings and text unchanged.

San Diego Police: Case Files (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738595481
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - July 23rd, 2012

A pictorial history of the San Diego Police Department, stretching from its beginnings to the present day, embellished by many period photographs.

Heaven’s Wars: Paradise Lost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780985728007
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Published: Angelic Dreams - July 2012

Nearly a thousand years have passed since God created the first mortal. During that time, the angels of the heavens are forced to battle the jinn-embittered and angry over the creation of the humans. But resentment and fury dwelled in other hearts as well. Lucifer, the first angel of creation and leader of all angels, harbors a growing hatred for the mortals, who he feels usurp his place in God's affection and regard. His soul has been divided over the centuries as bitterness slowly overwhelms him, until his rage explodes causing a rift-not only among the angels, but all the creatures of the universe. God calls upon Azrael, the angel who overcame the trials of Mother Earth to help Him make the humans, to reveal many secrets to a mortal named Enoch. Their perilous journey thrusts them into the center of the brutal conflict sweeping the heavens and aeirliel as Lucifer turns brother against brother in his quest for power and a new order. 

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ISBN: 9780373885855
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Published: Harlequin - May 2012

The Guardian. An immortal with incredible strength, created centuries ago to protect the purity of the vampire bloodline and fight those who would abuse its power. As one of the seven Blood Knights, Mason LanVal spent lifetimes honoring his vows without wavering. That all changed the night he found Faith. Faith James will do anything to save her missing sister. Even if it means risking her own life. She sought Mason for help. Instead she found more questions, and the key to unlocking her own latent Lycanism. She is a woman and a true-born Lycan, so her pull on Mason is twice damned. Yet he can't tear himself away. With just one kiss, the blood gift Mason gives Faith sets in motion an all-consuming desire that is forbidden to indulge, but impossible to ignore