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Next Meeting: Thursday, 2 December, at 6:00 p.m.

at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin

18 Nov meeting notes; 2 Dec reading list

November 19, 2021

18 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended the penultimate meeting for 2021: Burt (a revised chapter from The Spirit of 1942), Donna R., Joanne (a very short story, “Carrying Water”), Lance (one revised and one new chapter of the still-untitled Kate DeWitt Adventure), Leighanne, Rosie, and Scott B.

NEWS & NOTES

The final PFL meeting of 2021 will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, 2 December at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin (at Irvine Blvd. on the west side of Jamboree). Note the non-standard starting time — this is to accommodate Panera’s planned early closing that night.

2 DECEMBER READING LIST

Glenda (11/11)
Donna R. (11/18)
Leighanne (11/18)
Rosie (11/18)
Dennis P. (11/4)
Scott B. (11/18)
Burt (11/18)
Joanne (11/18)
Lance (11/18)

LIT UP! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 16 November 2021

November 12, 2021

The next virtual installment of LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers happens at 6:30 p.m. on LIT UP logoTuesday, 16 November, on Facebook Live.

The indefatigable Maddie Margarita will lead three local authors through a discussion of their latest works, readings, and whatever else crops up. The lineup:

Sign up for a Zoom link on the Lit Up OC Facebook Page, or catch it on Facebook Live.

11 Nov meeting notes; 18 Nov reading list

November 12, 2021

11 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Five people attended: Donna R., Glenda, Joanne (a very short story, “‘Tis No Season For the Elders”), Lance (a revised chapter of the still-untitled Kate DeWitt Adventure), and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

The penultimate PFL meeting of 2021 will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 18 November at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin (at Irvine Blvd. on the west side of Jamboree).

We’re approaching the end of the year. The last two PFL meetings of 2021 will be on 18 Nov and 2 Dec. There are no plans afoot for a holiday party as of now.

The Thanksgiving edition of LIT UP! will be held online on Tuesday, 16 Nov, at 6:30 p.m. Dot Caffrey, Lance Charnes, and Leonard Szymczak will be the featured authors. Watch the action on Facebook Live.

18 NOVEMBER READING LIST

Glenda (11/11)
Donna R. (11/11)
Leighanne (10/14)
Rosie (11/11)
Burt (11/4)
Dennis P. (11/4)
Scott B. (11/4)
Joanne (11/11)
Lance (11/11)

4 Nov meeting notes; 11 Nov reading list

November 4, 2021

4 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Burt, Dennis P. (a chapter from Angeltown), Donna R., Glenda, Lance (a revised chapter of the still-untitled Kate DeWitt Adventure), and Scott B. (the opening chapter of a dystopian novel, ReForm).

NEWS & NOTES

The next PFL meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 11 November at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin (at Irvine Blvd. on the west side of Jamboree).

We’re approaching the end of the year. The last three PFL meetings of 2021 will be on 11 Nov, 18 Nov, and 2 Dec. There are no plans afoot for a holiday party as of now.

Lance will appear live at Book Carnival in Orange on Saturday, 6 Nov, at 2 p.m. Joining him via Zoom will be Gregory Galloway, author of the new crime novel Just Thieves. You can watch on Zoom (get the code from the Book Carnival website), or if you’re in the area, you can attend the event in person and support a local indie bookshop.

11 NOVEMBER READING LIST

Glenda (11/4)
Donna R. (11/4)
Leighanne (10/14)
Rosie (10/21)
Burt (11/4)
Joanne (10/28)
Lance (11/4)
Dennis P. (11/4)
Scott B. (11/4)

Upcoming author events, November 2021

November 1, 2021

The following author events will take place online in November. Click on the venue links for more information and for registration or access codes. Events pop up unpredictably, so return to your favorite venues during the month to see if anything new has surfaced.

BOOK CARNIVAL

  • Monday, Nov 1, 6 p.m.: Spencer Quinn, It’s a Wonderful Woof (virtual & in-store)
  • Saturday, Nov 6, 2 p.m.: Gregory Galloway, Just Thieves; Lance Charnes, Engaño (virtual & in-store)
  • Sunday, Nov 7, 3 p.m.: Wendall Thomas, Fogged Off (virtual)
  • Saturday, Nov 13, 10 a.m.: Lynne Truss, Psycho by the Sea (virtual)
  • Saturday, Nov 20, 2 p.m.: Thomas Perry, The Left-Handed Twin; Jo Perry, Pure (in-store)
  • Sunday, Nov 21, 11 a.m.: Robert J. Lloyd, The Bloodless Boy (virtual)

HUNTINGTON BEACH FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

  • Thursday, Nov 18, 12 p.m.: Naomi Hirahara, Clark and Division; Julia Walton, Just Our Luck

MYSTERY INK

  • Saturday, Nov 13, 1 p.m.: Ellen Byron, Cajun Kiss of Death; Jenifer Chow, Mimi Lee Cracks the Code
  • Saturday, Nov 20, 1 p.m.: Deanne Stillman, Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West; David Rensin, All For a Few Perfect Waves

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA OC

  • Saturday, Nov 13, 10 a.m.: S.L. Hannah, “Three Months to Launch”

SISTERS-IN-CRIME ORANGE COUNTY

  • Sunday, Nov 28, 3 p.m.: Program not yet announced (check website)

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS ASSOCIATION

  • Saturday, Nov 20, 10 a.m.: Lee Matthew Goldberg, “Writing A Reliable Unreliable Narrator—Or Not!”

28 Oct meeting notes; 4 Nov reading list

October 29, 2021

28 OCTOBER MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Burt (modified excerpts from Act II of When the Shvitz Hits the Fan), Dennis P. (2.5 chapters from Angeltown), Donna R., Glenda, Joanne (a short story, “The Nebshit and the Martyr”), Lance (a revised first chapter of the still-untitled Kate DeWitt Adventure), and Scott B.

NEWS & NOTES

The next PFL meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 4 November at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin (at Irvine Blvd. on the west side of Jamboree).

Lance will appear live at Book Carnival in Orange on Saturday, 6 Nov, at 2 p.m. Joining him via Zoom will be Gregory Galloway, author of the new crime novel Just Thieves. You can watch on Zoom (get the code from the Book Carnival website), or if you’re in the area, you can attend the event in person and support a local indie bookshop.

4 NOVEMBER READING LIST

Glenda (10/28)
Donna R. (10/28)
Leighanne (10/14)
Rosie (10/21)
Lance (10/28)
Burt (10/28)
Joanne (10/28)
Dennis P. (10/28)
Scott B. (10/28)

21 Oct meeting notes; 28 Oct reading list

October 21, 2021

21 OCTOBER MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Burt, Dennis P. (three chapters from Angeltown), Donna R., Glenda, Joanne (a short story, “I’m a Lawyer”), Lance, Rosie, and potential new member Scott B., who just published his first cyberpunk novel, ReStart.

NEWS & NOTES

The next PFL meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 28 October at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin (at Irvine Blvd. on the west side of Jamboree).

Dennis P. just published his third Red Car Noir novel, The Society for the Complete Extermination of Ethan Frome, which is now available on Amazon. Congratulations, Dennis!

The recorded Halloween edition of LIT UP! featuring DP Lyle, Dana Hammer, and PJ Colando, is now watchable on the LIT UP Facebook page.

28 OCTOBER READING LIST

Glenda (10/21)
Donna R. (10/21)
Leighanne (10/14)
Lance (10/21)
Rosie (10/21)
Burt (10/21)
Joanne (10/21)
Dennis P. (10/21)
Ken S. (8/26)
Dan O. (8/26)

14 Oct meeting notes; 21 Oct reading list

October 19, 2021

14 OCTOBER MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Burt (a revised first chapter from The Spirit of 1942), Dennis P. (two chapters from a historical novel, Angeltown), Glenda, Lance, Leighanne, and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

The next PFL meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 21 October at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin (at Irvine Blvd. on the west side of Jamboree).

The Halloween edition of LIT UP! will be held online on Tuesday, 19 Oct, at 6:30 p.m. DP Lyle, Dana Hammer, and PJ Colando will be the featured authors. Watch the action on Facebook Live.

21 OCTOBER READING LIST

Glenda (10/14)
Donna R. (9/30)
Leighanne (10/14)
Lance (10/14)
Rosie (10/14)
Joanne (9/30)
Burt (10/14)
Dennis P. (10/14)
Ken S. (8/26)
Dan O. (8/26)

7 Oct meeting notes; 14 Oct reading list

October 7, 2021

7 OCTOBER MEETING NOTES

Four people attended: Dennis P. (welcome back!), Glenda, Lance, Rosie. Alas, nobody brought anything to read.

NEWS & NOTES

The next PFL meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 14 October at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin (at Irvine Blvd. on the west side of Jamboree).

The Muzeo Virtual Open Book Author Series will feature LIT UP! on Sunday, 10 October, moderated by PFL’s own Maddie Margarita. The featured authors are Quan Huynh (memoir/inspirational) and James L’Etoile (crime). The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center sponsors the Open Book series. This event will take place on Zoom and requires pre-registration. The program runs 1-2 p.m.

14 OCTOBER READING LIST

Glenda (10/7)
Donna R. (9/30)
Leighanne (9/30)
Lance (10/7)
Rosie (10/7)
Joanne (9/30)
Burt (9/30)
Ken S. (8/26)
Dan O. (8/26)
Dennis P. (10/7)

30 Sep meeting notes; 7 Oct reading list

October 3, 2021

30 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Eight(!) people attended: Burt (the finale of When the Shvitz Hits the Fan), Donna R., Glenda, Joanne (a very short story, “The Boy in the Bar”), Lance, Leighanne, Rosie (the revised prologue and first chapter of The Lion and the Eagle), and potential new member Benafsha A., a writer of contemporary YA.

NEWS & NOTES

The next PFL meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7 October at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin (at Irvine Blvd. on the west side of Jamboree).

7 OCTOBER READING LIST

Glenda (9/30)
Donna R. (9/30)
Leighanne (9/30)
Lance (9/30)
Rosie (9/30)
Joanne (9/30)
Burt (9/30)
Ken S. (8/26)
Dan O. (8/26)

Engaño, Lance Charnes, action/adventure

September 26, 2021
tags:

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Disgraced ex-cop Carson is working off the huge loans her father failed to pay back to a Russian mafiya godfather. So when the mobster asks her to round up Viktoriya Baranova, the wayward daughter of a Russian cabinet minister, Carson doesn’t get to say “no.”

It should be easy. Viktoriya’s splashed all over Instagram as she parties along Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Find her, toss her on an airplane, and send her home to Daddy: no problem, and a chunk of Carson’s debt disappears.

As Carson plunges into the lifestyles of the rich and idle, the world starts going to hell around her. She’s tailed by gangsters. Drug dealers start dying around Viktoriya and her friends. When a hit team tries to kill them all, Carson realizes Viktoriya’s posse is up to way more than scoring likes on social media.

From the megaclubs of Ibiza to the vineyards of Barcelona, Carson’s dancing a fine line between killer raves and raving killers…and the music’s about to stop. Carson has to discover whether anything about Viktoriya is true, or if it’s all a deception – what the locals call engaño.

Available for Kindle on Amazon
Available in ePub on Kobo | Apple Books
Trade paperback available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

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, archaeology, and art crime.

Engaño is the second book in the DeWitt Agency Adventures series.

23 Sep meeting notes; 30 Sep reading list

September 26, 2021

23 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Five people attended: Burt (Act II, Scene 2 of When the Shvitz Hits the Fan), Donna R., Glenda, Joanne, and Lance (a chapter from the still-untitled historical adventure).

NEWS & NOTES

The next PFL meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 30 September at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin (at Irvine Blvd. on the west side of Jamboree).

Lance’s latest novel, Engaño, the second entry in the DeWitt Agency Adventures series, releases on 30 September.

30 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Glenda (9/23)
Rosie (9/16)
Donna R. (9/23)
Ken S. (8/26)
Dan O. (8/26)
Leighanne (9/16)
Joanne (9/23)
Lance (9/23)
Burt (9/23)

16 Sep meeting notes; 23 Sep reading list

September 17, 2021

16 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended our largest meeting since 23 July 2020: Burt (Act II, Scene 1 of When the Shvitz Hits the Fan), Donna R., Glenda, Joanne (a very short story, “Tidbits from an Occasional Believer”), Lance (a chapter from the still-untitled historical adventure), Leighanne, and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

The next PFL meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 23 September at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin (at Irvine Blvd. on the west side of Jamboree).

Don’t forget the monthly author events post two slots below this.

23 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Glenda (9/16)
Rosie (9/16)
Donna R. (9/16)
Ken S. (8/26)
Dan O. (8/26)
Leighanne (9/16)
Lance (9/16)
Burt (9/16)
Joanne (9/16)

9 Sep meeting notes; 16 Sep reading list

September 13, 2021

9 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Five people attended an abbreviated meeting: Burt (Act II, Scene 1 of When the Shvitz Hits the Fan), Glenda, Lance, Leighanne, and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

The next PFL meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 16 September at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin (at Irvine Blvd. on the west side of Jamboree).

16 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Glenda (9/9)
Rosie (9/9)
Donna R. (9/2)
Ken S. (8/26)
Dan O. (8/26)
Lance (9/9)
Leighanne (9/9)
Burt (9/9)
Joanne (7/22)

2 Sep meeting notes; 9 Sep reading list

September 3, 2021

2 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Five people attended: Burt (the revised final scene of Act I of When the Shvitz Hits the Fan), Donna R., Glenda, Lance (the first chapter of an untitled historical adventure), and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

The next PFL meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 9 September at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Rd., Tustin (at Irvine Blvd. on the west side of Jamboree).

9 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Glenda (9/2)
Rosie (9/2)
Donna R. (9/2)
Ken S. (8/26)
Dan O. (8/26)
Burt (9/2)
Lance (9/2)
Leighanne (7/29)
Joanne (7/22)

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