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Next Meeting: Thursday, 29 AUGUST 2019 at 6:30 PM

at Panera Bread, 13205 Jamboree Road (at Irvine Blvd), Tustin

22 Aug meeting notes; 29 Aug reading list

August 23, 2019

22 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

Fourteen (!) people attended: Burt, Casey, Dennis P., Glenda, Joanne, Lance, Leighanne, Leslie P., Lisa W. (read a prologue and 1.5 chapters from Roundabout), Maddie, PJ (read a story fragment, “Coincidences”), Rosie (read a chapter from The Lion and the Eagle), Shari, and Sherry C.

News and Notes

Dennis P.’s noir novel The Anaheim Beauties Valencia Queen is about to release on Amazon. Check out his website for more information.

The 20 August LIT UP! was a great success, with another capacity crowd hearing readings by local authors Carl Vonderau, Donna Kolling Lear, and Stewart Hoffman. As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for details on past authors and future programs.

 

29 AUGUST READING LIST

Burt (8/22)
Maddie (8/22)
Glenda (8/22)
Leighanne (8/22)
Shari (8/22)
Casey (8/22)
Dana S. (8/8)
Lily (8/8)
Dennis P. (8/22)
Lance (8/22)
Leslie P. (8/22)
Joanne (8/22)
Sherry C. (8/22)
Lisa W. (8/22)
PJ (8/22)
Rosie (8/22)
Marianna (7/18)

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Sisters-in-Crime Orange County: MWA & Michael Brandman, 25 Aug 2019

August 20, 2019

Sisters in Crime - Orange County logoThe 25 August Sisters in Crime – Orange County meeting will be a joint event/buffet luncheon with the SoCal Mystery Writers of America and will feature NYT-bestselling author Michael Brandman.

Michael Brandman is also an acclaimed motion picture and TV producer and screenwriter. His novels Killing the Blues, Fool Me Twice, and Damned if You Do, based on characters created by the late Robert B. Parker in his Jesse Stone books, are all N.Y. Times bestsellers. He co-writes with Tom Selleck and also produces the Jesse Stone TV movies, currently in production with the tenth entry in the series. Brandman currently writes the Buddy Steel mysteries (Wild Card).

Sisters in Crime – Orange County meets monthly at the Irvine Ranch Water District on 15500 Sand Canyon Av. in Irvine. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. Admission is free, but membership is always encouraged.

SCWA: DP Lyle, “Introducing Characters: The Good, The Bad, and The Quirky,” 17 Aug 2019

August 15, 2019

SCWA logoThe 17 August Southern California Writers Association meeting features Macavity- and Benjamin Franklin Award-winning mystery author DP Lyle.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The same is true for your fictional characters. So, make them vivid and memorable. How do you do this? There are many ways. Doug Lyle, whose work includes the Samantha Cody, Dub Walker, and Jake Longly thriller series and the Royal Pains media tie-in novels, will explore a few of them.

The meeting takes place at the Claim Jumper restaurant on 18050 Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley. Doors open at 8:30 and the program begins at 9:00. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members ($30 with a reservation), and include a buffet breakfast. Check the SCWA website for more information.

15 Aug meeting notes; 22 Aug reading list

August 15, 2019

15 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Casey, Joanne (read another part of All Homes are Not Sweet), Lance, Leighanne, Leslie P. (read four reworked chapters from Ghost Dog), Maddie, Rosie, and Sherry C. (read two reworked chapters from Time’s Up for Father Time).

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 20 August at Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). The lineup:

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

 

22 AUGUST READING LIST

Lisa W. (8/8)
Burt (8/8)
Maddie (8/15)
Glenda (7/25)
PJ (8/8)
Marianna (7/18)
Leighanne (8/15)
Shari (8/1)
Rosie (8/15)
Casey (8/15)
Dana S. (8/8)
Lily (8/8)
Dennis P. (8/8)
Lance (8/15)
Leslie P. (8/15)
Joanne (8/15)
Sherry C. (8/15)

LIT UP! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 20 August 2019

August 11, 2019

LIT UP logo

The next LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 20 August at Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin (see the map below).

Map to Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin

Map to Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin

You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up).

Three featured local authors will read from their works and discuss them with the audience. The lineup:

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

Romance Writers of America Orange County: Mia Hopkins/Elizabeth Nguyen-Espinoza, 10 Aug 2019

August 9, 2019

Romance Writers of America logoThe 10 August Romance Writers of America – Orange County meeting will feature talks by authors Mia Hopkins and Elizabeth Nguyen-Espinoza.

The morning “Ask an Author” session will feature award-winning author Mia Hopkins speaking about crafting an unforgettable voice. In this workshop, she will explore the nuts and bolts of voice, including point of view, subtext, and the question of authenticity.

The afternoon speaker is former federal law enforcement officer Elizabeth Nguyen-Espinoza presenting The Unlikely Criminal: A Mystery Unfolds. She has over 25 years of experience in criminal and civil fraud, conducting and directing many complex criminal and civil investigations involving financial crimes, organized crimes, public corruption, international criminal enterprises, human trafficking, pharmaceutical fraud, money laundering, internal affairs, and other criminal activities.

RWA-OC meets monthly at the Juniper and Cypress rooms on the CSU Fullerton campus. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. with “Ask the Author”; the afternoon program begins at 12:15. Guest admission is $15 for the first meeting. Check the website for maps, more events, and membership information.

8 Aug meeting notes; 15 Aug reading list

August 9, 2019

8 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

Eleven people attended: Burt, Casey, Dana S., Dennis P. (read part 5 of Huntington Beach High School is Going to Need a New Librarian), Joanne, Lance (read a chapter from Chasing Clay), Leslie P., Lily (read part of the first chapter of The Hive), Lisa W., Maddie, and PJ.

News and Notes

LIT UP alum Baron Birtcher will speak at the Foothill Ranch Library Summer Writers Series on Saturday, 10 August, starting at 10 a.m. The library is located at 27002 Cabriole in Foothill Ranch.

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 20 August at Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for details on past authors and programs.

 

15 AUGUST READING LIST

Lisa W. (8/8)
Burt (8/8)
Leslie P. (8/8)
Maddie (8/8)
Glenda (7/25)
PJ (8/8)
Marianna (7/18)
Leighanne (8/1)
Shari (8/1)
Rosie (8/1)
Joanne (8/8)
Sherry C. (8/1)
Casey (8/8)
Dana S. (8/8)
Lily (8/8)
Dennis P. (8/8)
Lance (8/8)

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