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Next Meeting: Thursday, 20 JUNE 2019 at 6:30 PM

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

23 May meeting notes; 30 May reading list

May 27, 2019

23 MAY MEETING NOTES

Eleven people attended: Burt, Casey, Glenda, Joanne (read a short story, “A Fresh Ear of Corn”), Leighanne, Leslie P., Lily, Lisa W., Marianna (read a chapter from Magic Mushrooms), Rosie, and Sherry C. (read a rewrite of her short story “The Sozzled Flapper”).

News and Notes

An engaged 21 May Lit Up! crowd enjoyed readings and Q&A with DP Lyle, Dianne Dotson, and Janet Clare.

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 18 June 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.

 

30 MAY READING LIST

Leighanne (5/23)
Maddie (4/25)
Jo (3/28)
Lisa W. (5/23)
Lily (5/23)
Glenda (5/23)
PJ (5/9)
Shari (5/16)
Dennis P. (5/16)
Rosie (5/23)
Lance (5/16)
Burt (5/23)
Leslie P. (5/23)
Casey (5/23)
Joanne (5/23)
Marianna (5/23)
Sherry C. (5/23)

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16 May meeting notes; 23 May reading list

May 20, 2019

16 MAY MEETING NOTES

A bumper 12 people attended: Burt (read the final three chapters of Shadows)(congratulations, Burt!), Casey (read a chapter from The Ginormous Love Life of the Superhero’s Intern), Dennis P., Glenda and her son Hunter, Joanne, Lance, Leighanne, Leslie P. (read the first five chapters of her novel Ghost Dog), Rosie, Shari, and Sherry C.

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 21 May 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.

 

23 MAY READING LIST

Leighanne (5/16)
Maddie (4/25)
Jo (3/28)
Lisa W. (5/9)
Lily (5/9)
Glenda (5/16)
Joanne (5/16)
Marianna (4/25)
PJ (5/9)
Shari (5/16)
Dennis P. (5/16)
Sherry C. (5/16)
Rosie (5/16)
Lance (5/16)
Burt (5/16)
Leslie P. (5/16)
Casey (5/16)

LIT UP! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 21 May 2019

May 12, 2019

LIT UP logo

The next LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 21 May 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!

SCWA: Christina Hoag, “10,000 Mistakes to Publication,” 18 May 2019

May 12, 2019

SCWA logoThe 18 May Southern California Writers Association meeting features author and former journalist Christina Hoag.

A former journalist, Christina Hoag has had her laptop searched by Colombian guerrillas and her phone tapped in Venezuela, was suspected of drug trafficking in Guyana, hid under a car to evade Guatemalan soldiers, and posed as a nun to get inside a Caracas jail. She has interviewed gang members, bank robbers, thieves and thugs in prisons, shantytowns and slums, not to forget billionaires and presidents, some of whom fall into the previous categories. Now she writes about such characters in her fiction.

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.

9 May meeting notes; 16 May reading list

May 12, 2019

9 MAY MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Burt, Casey, Dennis P., Lance (read a chapter from Chasing Clay), Leighanne, Lily, Lisa W., PJ, Rosie (read a chapter from The Lion and the Eagle), and Sherry C. (read the beginning of a short cozy mystery, “The Sozzled Flapper”).

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 21 May 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.

 

16 MAY READING LIST

Leighanne (5/9)
Maddie (4/25)
Jo (3/28)
Lisa W. (5/9)
Lily (5/9)
Glenda (5/2)
Burt (5/9)
Joanne (5/2)
Leslie P. (4/25)
Marianna (4/25)
Casey (5/9)
PJ (5/9)
Shari (5/2)
Dennis P. (5/9)
Sherry C. (5/9)
Rosie (5/9)
Lance (5/9)

I Am…a Character, PJ Colando, contemporary women’s fiction

May 4, 2019

The Winner's Circle book cover

A curated collection of PJ Colando’s…

  • short stories — those published elsewhere with rights returned, and those yet to be published;
  • journal articles;
  • blog posts and witticisms;
  • one poetic eulogy; and,
  • short stories workshopped in the Pure Fiction League writers’ group.

Available for Kindle on Amazon
Trade paperback available at Amazon

 

PJ Colando was born and raised in the Midwest, yet unabashedly aspired for adventure elsewhere, following her parents’ model. She lives in Southern California with her family, hobbies, and pets. PJ writes contemporary women’s fiction and has drawn praise for her singular voice, humor, and satire on contentious current affairs, and insights into human life. It’s Boomer Chick-Lit, babe – PJ writes funny! Join her on her Boomer humor blog on her author site, http://www.pjcolando.com.

The Winner’s Circle, PJ Colando, contemporary women’s fiction

May 4, 2019

The Winner's Circle book cover

Life in rural small town can dull the senses. A trio of gal pals — mired in middle age, Middle America, and other people’s problems — long to escape.

When Bonnie wins the Boffo Lotto, her circle of friends urges her to lawyer up, invest, and sequester herself.

But secrets are inconceivable in small towns, so Bonnie and Carl invite close friends to witness their Vegas wedding and honeymoon in Hawaii with endless vagabond beyond. The sky’s the limit!

The allure of travel is fun for a while — hilarious, in fact. But when the husbands are jailed, wanderlust is no longer a romp and things get complicated when you’re halfway ’round the world, untethered from all you know and love.

Life has its consequences… and there’s no place like home.

Available for Kindle on Amazon
ePub available on NookKobo and iTunes
Hardcover and trade paperback available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

PJ Colando was born and raised in the Midwest, yet unabashedly aspired for adventure elsewhere, following her parents’ model. She lives in Southern California with her family, hobbies, and pets. PJ writes contemporary women’s fiction and has drawn praise for her singular voice, humor, and satire on contentious current affairs, and insights into human life. It’s Boomer Chick-Lit, babe – PJ writes funny! Join her on her Boomer humor blog on her author site, http://www.pjcolando.com.

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