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Next Meeting: Thursday, 20 JULY 2017 at 6:30 PM

at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Road (at Irvine Blvd), Tustin, 6:30 p.m.

The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly, Casey Pope, contemporary fantasy

July 16, 2017

Cover for The Boy Who Couldn't Fly

Jack didn’t inherit any superpowers from his world-renowned superhero mom, and he is not happy about it. Obsessed with obtaining the powers that he feels have been wrongly denied him, Jack tries and fails at every turn to become a superhero. On top of that, it’s been foretold by Aunt Mags, a.k.a. the Oracle, that Jack is supposed to save the world, which he has no idea how to do without superpowers.

Meanwhile, he’s tormented by “V,” a self-professed nemesis, and also a mere mortal, who has aspirations of world domination with the help of super-villains and giant robots and an all-powerful weapon designed to eliminate any and all superheroes.

The survival of humanity hinges on whether Jack can get his faculties together before V ends the world. Maybe Jack can pull it off with an assist from his peeps, including: his sister, the sibling who actually inherited superpowers; the Japanese exchange student turned JumboPanda (a 175-feet tall hybrid of panda and dolphin); a former hate-sex buddy he met at work; and his ex-high-school-sweetheart who may hold the key to everything (or not).

The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly is a superhero story that’s not a superhero story, if that makes any sense. Even if it doesn’t, who cares! Live a little and take the wild ride!

Available for Kindle on Amazon US/AU/BR/CA/DE/ES/FR/IN/IT/JP/MX/NL/UK
Trade paperback available at Amazon US/BR/CA/DE/ES/FR/IN/IT/JP/MX/UK

 

Casey Pope writes novels in the mainstream/upmarket category, i.e., literary/commercial hybrid.

13 July meeting notes; 20 July reading list

July 15, 2017

13 JULY MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Burt, Casey, Glenda, Jo, JoAnne, Lance (read two chapters from Stealing Ghosts), Leighanne, Maddie, Rosie, and Glenda’s guest, Hunter.

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! will be on 18 July at Kean Coffee in Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). This month’s lineup:

As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors.

The SCWA anthology California: It’s All in the Story will launch on 2 November at Book Carnival in Orange. Since six PFL members have stories included in the book, the regular PFL meeting will be canceled so everyone can help celebrate.

Casey’s The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly launched last week. Congratulations! Watch for the book post here.

 

20 JULY READING LIST

JoAnne (7/13)
Casey (7/13)
Maddie (7/13)
Sarah K. (7/6)
Shari (6/29)
Donna (7/6)
Jo (7/13)
Marianna (6/15)
Burt (7/13)
Bob R. (6/29)
Leighanne (7/13)
Steve J. (7/6)
Rosie (7/13)
Glenda (7/13)
Lance (7/13)
Lisa W. (5/25)

Lit Up! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 18 July 2017

July 11, 2017

LIT UP logo

The next LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 18 July at Kean Coffee, 13681 Newport Ave #14, Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up).

Three local 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:

As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors. See you there!

Muzeo Open Book Author Series: Stephen Maitland-Lewis, 15 Jul 2017

July 9, 2017

Muzeo Museum & Cultural CenterThe 15 July Muzeo Open Book Author Series event will feature Stephen Maitland-Lewis, author of Botticelli’s Bastard.

Stephen Maitland-Lewis is an award-winning author, a British attorney, and a former international investment banker. He is a jazz aficionado and a Board Trustee of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York. He has owned a luxury hotel and a world-renowned restaurant and was also Director of Marketing for a Los Angeles daily newspaper.

The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center sponsors the monthly Open Book series at the Carnegie Gallery on 241 S. Anaheim Blvd. in Anaheim. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but the museum asks you to RSVP.

SCWA: Joe Ide, “Writing a Critically-Acclaimed Novel,” 15 July 2017

July 9, 2017

SCWA logoThe 15 July Southern California Writers Association meeting features crime novelist Joe Ide speaking on “Writing a Critically-Acclaimed Novel.”

Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles. His favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories; the idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing his debut novel, IQ, inspired by his early experiences and love of Sherlock.

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, $35 for non-members ($30 with a reservation), and include a buffet lunch. Check the SCWA website for more information.

6 July meeting notes; 13 July reading list

July 9, 2017

6 JULY MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Burt, Casey, Donna, Jo, Lance, Leighanne (read a chapter from The Karma List), Rosie (read two chapters from The Lion and the Eagle), Sarah K. and Steve J. (read two chapters from ).

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! will be on 18 July at Kean Coffee in Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors.

 

13 JULY READING LIST

JoAnne (6/22)
Casey (7/6)
Maddie (6/1)
Sarah K. (7/6)
Shari (6/29)
Donna (7/6)
Jo (7/6)
Marianna (6/15)
Burt (7/6)
Lance (7/6)
Bob R. (6/29)
Leighanne (7/6)
Steve J. (7/6)
Rosie (7/6)
Glenda (5/4)
Lisa W. (5/25)

Upcoming Author Events, Laguna Beach Books, July 2017

June 30, 2017

Laguna Beach Books signIndependent bookstore Laguna Beach Books will be hosting the following author events through the end of July:

  • Wednesday, July 5, 5:30 p.m.: Grant Ginder, The People We Hate at the Wedding
  • Thursday, July 13, 6:00 p.m.: Janelle Brown, Watch Me Disappear

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Laguna Beach Books is located at 1200 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. Get more information on their website or Facebook page

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