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Next Meeting: Thursday, 1 DECEMBER at 6:30 PM

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

17 Nov meeting notes; 1 Dec reading list

November 17, 2016

17 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Eleven people attended: Burt (read three revised chapters from Dead is Not Enough), Casey, Donna, Glenda, Jo (read two revised chapters from Moonspell), Lance, Lisa W. (read two revised chapters from The Artifact), Maddie, Rosie, Shari and Steve J.

News and Notes

The 15 November LIT UP! brought twenty audience members together to hear Maria Alexander, Lance Charnes and Casey Pope read from their latest works. The next LIT UP! will take place on Tuesday, 13 December, at Kean Coffee in Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). Check the LIT UP! Facebook page for more details.

There will be no meeting on 24 November. Our last two meetings for the year will be on 1 December and 8 December.

The PFL Annual Holiday Party will happen at 7:00 p.m. on 15 December at Burt’s house. More details to follow.

 

1 DECEMBER READING LIST

JoAnne (11/3)
Glenda (11/17)
Maddie (11/17)
Donna (11/17)
Rosie (11/17)
Shari (11/17)
Lance (11/17)
Marianna (11/10)
Steve J. (11/17)
Casey (11/17)
Jo (11/17)
Lisa W. (11/17)
Burt (11/17)

The Collection, Lance Charnes, international crime

November 14, 2016

THE COLLECTION book cover

Four years ago, what Matt Friedrich learned at work put him in prison. Yesterday, it earned him a job. Tomorrow, it may kill him.

Matt learned all the angles at his old Los Angeles gallery: how to sell stolen art, how to “enhance” a painting’s history, how to help buyers hide their purchases from their spouses or the IRS. He made a load of money doing it – money he poured into the lawyer who worked a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney. Matt’s out on parole and hopelessly in debt with no way out…until a shadowy woman from his past recruits him to find a cache of stolen art that could be worth millions.

Now Matt’s in Milan, impersonating a rich collector looking for deals. He has twenty days to track down something that may not exist for a boss who knows a lot more than she’s telling. He’s saddled with a tough-talking partner who may be out to screw him and up against a shady gallerist whom Matt tried to send to prison. His parole officer doesn’t know he’s left the U.S. Worse yet, what Matt’s looking for may belong to the local branch of the Calabrian mafia.

Matt’s always been good at being bad. If he’s good enough now, he gets a big payday with the promise of more to come. But one slip in his cover, one wrong word from any of the sketchy characters surrounding him, could hand Matt a return trip to jail…or a long sleep in a shallow grave.

Available for Kindle on Amazon US/AU/BR/CA/DE/ES/FR/IN/IT/JP/MX/NL/UK
ePub available on Nook, Kobo and iTunes
Trade paperback available at Amazon US/BR/CA/DE/ES/FR/IN/IT/JP/MX/UK | Barnes & Noble  | Books-a-Million | Indiebound | Vroman’s

 

Lance Charnes has been an Air Force intelligence officer, information technology manager, computer-game artist, set designer and Jeopardy! contestant, and is now an emergency management specialist. He’s had training in architectural rendering, terrorist incident response and maritime archaeology, but not all at the same time. His Facebook author page features spies, shipwrecks, archaeology and art crime.

10 Nov meeting notes; 17 Nov reading list

November 13, 2016

10 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Burt, Casey (read two chapters from World War Girl Soldier), Glenda, Jo, Lisa W., Maddie, Marianna (read a chapter from Truth Games), Rosie and Steve J. (read three chapters from Lamia).

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! will happen at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 15 November at Kean Coffee in Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). This month’s lineup:

  • Award-winning horror author Maria Alexander will read from her new novel, Snowed.
  • PFL member and writer of thrillers and mysteries Lance Charnes will read from his series debut, The Collection.
  • PFL member and multi-genre author Casey Pope will read from Love Life Like Karmic Disaster.

Check the LIT UP! Facebook page for more details.

Because December has five Tuesdays, our last meeting for the year will be on 8 December. We won’t have a meeting on 24 November because we’ll be (a) in a food coma, or (b) waiting in a line outside a store for our chance to be trampled in a shopping mob.

The PFL Annual Holiday Party will happen at 7:00 p.m. on 15 December at Burt’s house. More details to follow.

 

17 NOVEMBER READING LIST

JoAnne (11/3)
Glenda (11/10)
Maddie (11/10)
Donna (10/13)
Rosie (11/10)
Jo (11/10)
Lisa W. (11/10)
Shari (11/3)
Burt (11/10)
Lance (11/3)
Marianna (11/10)
Steve J. (11/10)
Casey (11/10)

3 Nov meeting notes; 10 Nov reading list

November 5, 2016

3 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Burt (read three chapters from Dead is Not Enough), Casey, Glenda, JoAnne, Lance (read a chapter from Stealing Ghosts), Lisa W. (read the opening three chapters from her thriller The Artifact), Rosie, Shari (read a revised query for Raised to Win) and Steve J.

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! will happen at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 15 November at Kean Coffee in Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). Check the LIT UP! Facebook page for more details.

Because December has five Tuesdays, our last meeting for the year will be on 8 December. We won’t have a meeting on 24 November because we’ll be (a) in a food coma, or (b) waiting in a line outside a store for our chance to be trampled in a shopping mob.

The PFL Annual Holiday Party will happen at 7:00 p.m. on 15 December at Burt’s house. Burt passed around a sign-up sheet for food at this meeting; he’ll bring it to future meetings as well. More details to follow.

Casey will have the con for the 10 November meeting. You’ve been warned.

 

10 NOVEMBER READING LIST

JoAnne (11/3)
Glenda (11/3)
Maddie (9/29)
Marianna (10/6)
Donna (10/13)
Steve J. (11/3)
Rosie (11/3)
Casey (11/3)
Jo (10/27)
Lisa W. (11/3)
Shari (11/3)
Burt (11/3)
Lance (11/3)

Lit Up! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 15 Nov 2016

November 3, 2016

LIT UP logoThe next LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 15 November at Kean Coffee, 13681 Newport Ave #14, Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up).

Three OC writers — LIT UP alums all — 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:

  • Award-winning horror author Maria Alexander will read from her new novel, Snowed.
  • PFL member and writer of thrillers and mysteries Lance Charnes will read from his series debut, The Collection.
  • PFL member and multi-genre author Casey Pope will read from Love Life Like Karmic Disaster.

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

Upcoming Author Events, Laguna Beach Books, Nov 2016

November 1, 2016

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

  • Sunday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m.: Norman Ollestad, French Girl with Mother
  • Sunday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m.: Georgeanne Brennan, My Culinary Journey: Food & Fêtes of Provence

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

Upcoming author events, Book Carnival, Orange, Nov-Dec 2016

November 1, 2016

Book CarnivalBook Carnival window, an independent Orange County bookstore dedicated to mysteries and thrillers, will host the following author readings/signings through the end of December:

  • Sunday, November 6, 4:00 p.m.: Michael Connelly, The Wrong Side of Goodbye; at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 100 The City Drive, Orange
  • Saturday, November 12, 2:00 p.m.: Tim Hallinan, Fields where They Lay; S. W. Lauden, Grizzly Season; Eric Beetner, Leadfoot
  • Sunday, November 13, 3:00 p.m.: Patricia Smiley, Pacific Homicide; Sue Ann Jaffarian, Rhythm & Clues
  • Monday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.: Allen Eskens, The Life We Bury; James Ziskin, Heart of Stone; Robert Rotstein, Reckless Disregard
  • Sunday, December 4, 2:00 p.m.: Bobby Norman, The Eagle and The Dove
  • Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.: Matt Coyle, Dark Fissures

The events are free, although it’d be nice if you buy the featured book. Book Carnival is located at 348 S. Tustin Street in Orange, three-ish blocks south of Chapman Avenue. Look for more information on the store’s website or Facebook page.

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