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Next Meeting: Thursday, 28 MAY at 6:30 PM

at Panera Bread in the District at Tustin Legacy shopping center, Tustin.

21 May meeting notes; 28 May reading list

May 22, 2015

21 MAY MEETING NOTES

Eleven people attended: Burt, Casey, Glenda, JoAnne, Lance (read a chapter from the Fake reboot), Maddie, Marianna (read a chapter from Red Snow, Gold Clouds, which used to have various other titles), Mark H., Rosie, Shari and Steve J. (read four chapters from The Lust Gambit).

News and Notes

The 19 May first anniversary LIT UP! was a great success, with 26 people turning out to watch bestselling true-crime author Caitlin Rother and PFL’s own Lance Charnes read from their works. Our able MC Maddie not only kept the show rolling, but also provided treats for the audience and led a raffle for free copies of books by LIT UP alums. The next LIT UP! is scheduled for 23 June. Watch the LIT UP! Facebook page for more information.

Steve J’s thriller The Zeus Payload released on Wednesday and is available on Amazon and B&N. Congratulations! See the PFL post for more details.

 

28 MAY READING LIST

JoAnne (5/21)
Stace (4/30)
Rosie (5/21)
Kari (4/23)
Maddie (5/21)
Glenda (5/21)
Burt (5/21)
Shari (5/21)
Jo (5/14)
Casey (5/21)
Donna (5/14)
Marianna (5/21)
Steve J. (5/21)
Lance (5/21)
Mark H. (5/21)

The Zeus Payload, Steve Jackson, thriller

May 22, 2015

Zeus Payload coverNick King is a computer programmer and the lead technologist at his grandfather’s company, Gordon Defense Technology. When he’s not developing sophisticated security software for private and government clients, Nick and his friend and roommate, Dean Wright, travel to the Middle East in search of Saleh, the terrorist responsible for the 1983 Beirut embassy bombing that killed Nick’s parents. Nick has promised his grandfather, former CIA operative Anthony Gordon, that he will find and kill Saleh before his grandfather dies from heart failure and dementia.

When Nick is approached by CIA agents to complete his work on a cyberweapon that can infiltrate any computer system without being detected, he does so with the understanding that the technology will be used to protect the United States from future cyber-attacks. While completing the computer worm, King uncovers evidence of espionage and conspiracy within the CIA, with a trail that leads back to the Nazi Party. King, not knowing whom to trust, and realizing the unstoppable power his product would bring to whoever controls it, commits treason and removes the worm from the classified facility.

As Nick comes to realize the consequences of his creation, he goes on the run with Dean and NSA agent Tanya Rose, who originally accused Nick of being involved with the terrorist organization that killed her brother in Benghazi.

Saleh has been orchestrating the cyber weapon’s development for his own purposes, and plans to use it to attack the United States. Saleh lures King to Beirut, where their drama began thirty years earlier, and King must fight off Saleh, al-Qaeda, the CIA, the NSA, a white supremacist group, rogue agents, and assassins, to keep the promise he made to his grandfather, and keep the ultimate cyber weapon out of the wrong hands.

As if there are any right hands.

Available for Kindle on Amazon US, AU/NZ, CA, UK
ePub available on Nook US, Nook UKSmashwords

 

Award-winning novelist Steven G. Jackson holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from USC, and lives with his family and his yellow lab “Bear” in Southern California. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Writers Association.

14 May meeting notes; 21 May reading list

May 15, 2015

14 MAY MEETING NOTES

Eleven people attended: Burt, Casey (read a chapter from The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly), Donna (read a chapter from Running with Hounds…and an English Degree), Glenda, Jo (read a chapter from Moonspell), JoAnne, Lance (read a chapter from the Fake reboot), Marianna, Shari, Steve J., and possible newcomer Mark H.

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers will happen at 7:00 p.m. on 19 May at Kean Coffee. This one-year anniversary edition of LIT UP! will feature New York Times-bestselling author Caitlin Rother, and PFL’s somewhat less-selling Lance Charnes. Watch the LIT UP! Facebook page for more information.

 

21 MAY READING LIST

JoAnne (5/14)
Stace (4/30)
Rosie (5/7)
Kari (4/23)
Maddie (5/7)
Glenda (5/14)
Marianna (5/14)
Burt (5/14)
Shari (5/14)
Steve J. (5/14)
Jo (5/14)
Casey (5/14)
Donna (5/14)
Lance (5/14)

7 May meeting notes; 14 May reading list

May 13, 2015

7 MAY MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Burt (read the final four chapters of Dead Listing — congrats!), Casey, Donna, Glenda, Jo, Lance, Maddie, Rosie, Shari (read a revised synopsis and query for Raised to Win) and Steve J. (read three chapters from The Lust Gambit).

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers will happen at 7:00 p.m. on 19 May at Kean Coffee. This one-year anniversary edition of LIT UP! will feature New York Times-bestselling author Caitlin Rother, and PFL’s somewhat less-selling Lance Charnes. Watch the LIT UP! Facebook page for more information.

 

14 MAY READING LIST

JoAnne (4/23)
Stace (4/30)
Rosie (5/7)
Kari (4/23)
Maddie (5/7)
Glenda (5/7)
Jo (5/7)
Casey (5/7)
Donna (5/7)
Lance (5/7)
Marianna (4/30)
Burt (5/7)
Shari (5/7)
Steve J. (5/7)

SCWA: Maria Alexander, “Down with the Dark,” 16 May 2015

May 3, 2015

The 16 May Southern California Writers Association meeting features screenwriter, adult horror author, and LIT UP! alum Maria Alexander speaking about “Down with the Dark: Living by the Bitten Word in Modern Horror Fiction.”

Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker (which she read at LIT UP!), was nominated for the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Publisher’s Weekly called it “(a) splendid, bittersweet ode to the ghosts of childhood,” while Library Journal hailed it in a Starred Review as “a horror novel to anticipate.”

The meeting takes place at the Claim Jumper restaurant on 18050 Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley. Doors open at 9:30 and the program begins at 10:00. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non-members, and include a buffet lunch. Check the SCWA website for more information.

30 Apr meeting notes; 7 May reading list

May 3, 2015

30 APRIL MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Burt, Casey, Donna (read two chapters from Running With Hounds…and an English Degree), Glenda, Lance (read two chapters from the Fake reboot), Maddie, Marianna (read a chapter from Gold Dust, Red Snow, formerly Tsar Gold), Rosie and Stace.

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers will happen at 7:00 p.m. on 19 May at Kean Coffee. This one-year anniversary edition of LIT UP! will feature New York Times-bestselling author Caitlin Rother, and PFL’s somewhat less-selling Lance Charnes. Watch the LIT UP! Facebook page for more information.

 

7 MAY READING LIST

JoAnne (4/23)
Stace (4/30)
Rosie (4/30)
Kari (4/23)
Burt (4/30)
Maddie (4/30)
Shari (4/23)
Steve J. (4/23)
Glenda (4/30)
Jo (4/23)
Casey (4/30)
Donna (4/30)
Lance (4/30)
Marianna (4/30)

Lit Up! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 19 May 2015

April 27, 2015

The one-year anniversary edition of LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 19 May at Kean Coffee, 13681 Newport Ave #14, Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up).

In addition to possible book giveaways and general festivity, two OC writers will present excerpts of their latest works and discuss their work, writing, and whatever else the audience wants to talk about. This month’s lineup:

  • New York Times bestselling true-crime author Caitlin Rother will discuss her career and novels
  • Thriller writer Lance Charnes, reading his mystery work-in-progress Fake

As always, be sure to sign up on the Facebook event page to ensure your $1 discount on your first drink or food order at Kean. See you there!

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