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Mysterious Galaxy San Diego Holiday Party

Our yearly tradition continues with the MG Holiday Party! Starting at 3:00 PM, come mingle with authors whose works meet a variety of genre and gift-giving needs, for readers of picture books to complex prose. Staff will be on-hand to make recommendations of books and creative gift items. And readers will be able to pick up their 2015 Loyalty Loot

Authors include Steve Zmina (Don’t Let the Dead Bugs Bite); Tania del Rio and Wilhelm Staehle (Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye); Cindy Pon (Serpentine); Selena Jones (Doomsday Strikes Again); Marie Andreas (The Obsidian Chimera); Sue Ann Jaffarian (A Body to Spare); S.W. Lauden (Bad Citizen Corporation); and Kathy Aarons (Truffled to Death).

Friday, December 4, update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, neither Wilhelm Staehle nor Sue Ann Jaffarian will be able to attend.


Event date: 
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
5943 Balboa Ave
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92111
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Bad Citizen Corporation: A Greg Salem Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942600558
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Published: Rare Bird Books - November 3rd, 2015

An East Los Angeles police officer by day and a beach cities punk rock legend by night, Salem is forced into action when his two worlds violently collide. The search for his friend s murderer takes him on a treacherous journey through the murky waters of his hometown, forcing him to explore the dark corners of his sun-soaked world. 
Without a badge to hide behind any longer, he enlists the help of his drug-addict drummer Marco to help him solve the crime. Over the course of ten days, they survive vicious beatings, car chases, love triangles, kidnapping, and betrayal on Salem's road to self-discovery

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Don't Let the Dead Bugs Bite! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780980146813
Availability: Special Order
Published: All about Kids Publishing - October 19th, 2015

 Some troublesome bugs come back from the dead seeking revenge. They haunt the small town until two boys step forward and make amends.

Serpentine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942664338
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Month9Books, LLC - September 8th, 2015

Inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology, this sweeping fantasy is set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns 16, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self even as she falls in love for the first time.

The Obsidian Chimera: The Lost Ancients Book Two Cover Image
ISBN: 9780986098123
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Published: Marie Andreas - October 6th, 2015

Archeology and anarchy? Magic and mayhem? Relics and havoc? All of the above, and Taryn St. Giles just keeps digging. After the destruction caused by the discovery of the glass gargoyle, the last thing archeologist Taryn St. Giles needs is another elven artifact capable of obliterating the world. But her eccentric new patroness seems hell bent on finding exactly that. An unholy companion piece to the glass gargoyle, the obsidian chimera may be far worse, and it may more than just an artifact. It also could prove deadly to anyone who finds it. Struggling to unearth the connection between her overzealous patroness, an outbreak of zombie trolls, and an infestation of flying snakes, Taryn also stumbles upon proof that the elves are still alive. She’ll need all the help she can get from old friends and an old adversary who might be more than a friend, because the elves have changed in the thousand years they’ve been missing. Unfortunately, their murderous spells are not a thing of myth. They want the obsidian chimera back. And they won’t let anything, or anyone, stop them from reclaiming it—and the rest of Taryn’s world.

A Body to Spare (Odelia Grey Mysteries #10) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738718866
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Published: Midnight Ink - November 8th, 2015

Odelia Grey's relaxing day of errands is ruined when she finds a body folded like an origami crane in the trunk of her car. And it's not just any dead body--it's the corpse of Zach Finch, a young man who had been kidnapped eight years earlier. But why was he put in Odelia's car? Where has Zach been all these years?

With her name at the top of the suspect list, Odelia and her husband, Greg, are determined to find answers. They'll do whatever it takes to uncover the truth, even if they have to give the slip to an arrogant FBI agent and delve into the dangerous world of contract killers.

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye: A Novel Cover Image
By Tania del Rio, Will Staehle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781594748035
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Published: Quirk Books - November 24th, 2015

Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren s pride and joy is his family s hotel, but he s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family s legacy, he ll need to find the treasure first if the hotel s many strange and wacky guests don t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.

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ISBN: 9780615999241
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Published: Mint in Box Press - October 31st, 2013

Father Cole, a Colonist and faithless priest on a clandestine drunken sabbatical, is ill-prepared for Iliana, a Native escort in the wicked city of Adara Vega, the last city under Native control and the last bastion of sin on this colonized world. Cole has been taught to despise the Natives but he and Iliana enter into a tenuous friendship after she saves his life. Their personal discoveries lead to political intrigue as it seems the Colonists finally have what they always wanted: the means to destroy the Natives. Can Iliana and Cole evade the Colonist's plans and convince the Native elders of the looming danger? Or could still deeper machinations be at work - a sinister defense where Iliana is the unwitting key?

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Truffled to Death (A Chocolate Covered Mystery #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425267240
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - June 2nd, 2015

Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell, best friends, roommates, and business partners, are hosting a special exhibit of Mayan antiquities for the town museum. Professor Addison Moody, former mentor to Erica, has requested their business, Chocolates and Chapters, host the event. In spite of a couple of incidents and Erica’s increased stress level, the evening seems to go well. Until the antiquities go missing and Erica, because of her degree and background, becomes the prime suspect in the theft. When Dr. Moody is found dead, his assistant Lavender Rawlings accuses Erica of murder. Once again the business partners and friends find themselves racing the police for a solution. With the help of Michelle’s brother, Leo, and Erica’s brother, Bean, the ladies hunt both a murderer and international art thief. Throw in kittens and match-making and readers will enjoy the company of the two best friends. – Guest Reviewer Sandra Hale