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Next Meeting: Thursday, 25 JANUARY 2018 at 7:00 PM

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

Upcoming Author Events, Book Carnival, Orange, January 2018

December 30, 2017

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 January:

  • Saturday, January 6, Noon: Robert Crais, The Wanted
  • Sunday, January 7, 2:00 P.M.: Doug Lyle, A-List
  • Saturday, January 13, 2:00 p.m.: Jeffrey Siger, An Aegean April
  • Sunday, January 14, 2:00 p.m.: Thomas Perry, The Bomb Maker; Jo Perry, Dead is Good
  • Saturday, January 20, 2:00 p.m.: The Writer Types Crime Quiz Live! featuring Sue Ann Jaffarian, Tyler Dilts, and Rochelle Staab
  • Sunday, January 21, 2:00 p.m.: Christopher Reich, The Take
  • Saturday, January 27, 1:30 p.m.: Clive Rosengren, Velvet on a Tuesday Afternoon

The events are mostly free (unless marked otherwise), 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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7 Dec meeting notes; 4 Jan reading list

December 8, 2017

7 DECEMBER MEETING NOTES

Eleven people attended the final regular PFL meeting of 2017: Burt, Casey (read half a chapter from Revolver), Donna, JoAnne, Lance, Leighanne, Marianna, P.J., Rosie (read a chapter from The Lion and the Eagle), Shari, and Steve J. (read four chapters from )

News and Notes

The PFL holiday party will happen at 7:00 p.m. on 14 December at Marianna’s place.

The next regular PFL meeting will be on 4 January 2018.

In 2017, we averaged nine attendees and 2.9 readings per meeting. Our lowest attendance was four, and our highest fourteen (accomplished twice).

The next LIT UP! will happen on 19 December at Kean Coffee in 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.

 

4 JANUARY READING LIST

Shari (12/7)
Donna (12/7)
Sarah K. (11/30)
Lance (12/7)
Jo (11/16)
JoAnne (12/7)
Leighanne (12/7)
Burt (12/7)
P.J. (12/7)
Marianna (12/7)
Lisa W. (11/30)
Steve J. (12/7)
Rosie (12/7)
Casey (12/7)
Bob R. (11/9)
Maddie (11/9)
Glenda (11/2)

30 Nov meeting notes; 7 Dec reading list

December 1, 2017

30 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Twelve people attended: Burt (read four chapters from After Afghanistan, formerly Beyond the Wire), Casey, JoAnne, Lance, Leighanne, Lisa W., Marianna (read a chapter from Truth Games), P.J. (read a short story, “Wisdom from an Old Tractor Seat”), Rosie, Sarah K., Shari, and Steve J.

News and Notes

PFL’s holiday schedule: our final regular meeting for 2017 will be on 7 December. The holiday party will happen 14 December at Marianna’s place. That’ll be it until 4 January 2018.

The next LIT UP! will happen on 19 December at Kean Coffee in Tustin. As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors.

 

30 NOVEMBER READING LIST

Bob R. (11/9)
Shari (11/30)
Donna (11/9)
Sarah K. (11/30)
Lance (11/30)
Maddie (11/9)
Glenda (11/2)
Jo (11/16)
JoAnne (11/30)
Steve J. (11/30)
Leighanne (11/30)
Rosie (11/30)
Casey (11/30)
Burt (11/30)
P.J. (11/30)
Marianna (11/30)
Lisa W. (11/30)

16 Nov meeting notes; 30 Nov reading list

November 20, 2017

16 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Burt, Casey (read half a chapter from Revolver), Jo, JoAnne, Lance, Leighanne (read three chapters from The Karma List), Marianna, Rosie (read a prolog and one chapter from The Lion and the Eagle), Shari, and Steve J.

News and Notes

PFL’s holiday schedule: we’ll have regular meetings on 30 November and 7 December. The holiday party will happen 14 December at Marianna’s place. That’ll be it until 4 January 2018.

The next LIT UP! will happen on 21 November at Kean Coffee in 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 more details on the authors.

 

30 NOVEMBER READING LIST

Bob R. (11/9)
Shari (11/16)
Donna (11/9)
Burt (11/16)
Sarah K. (11/9)
P.J. (11/9)
Lance (11/16)
Maddie (11/9)
Glenda (11/2)
Marianna (11/16)
Jo (11/16)
JoAnne (11/16)
Steve J. (11/16)
Leighanne (11/16)
Rosie (11/16)
Casey (11/16)

9 Nov meeting notes; 16 Nov reading list

November 10, 2017

9 NOVEMBER MEETING NOTES

A bumper fourteen people attended: Bob R., Casey, Donna, Jo (read a synopsis and query for Moonspell), JoAnne (read a short story, “The Soft Side of Sex”), Lance, Leighanne, Maddie, Marianna, P.J., Rosie, Sarah K., Shari, and Steve J. (read three chapters from ).

News and Notes

PFL’s holiday schedule: we’ll have regular meetings on 16 and 30 November and 7 December. The holiday party will happen 14 December. That’ll be it until 4 January 2018.

Bob R. will be featured soon (date not yet set) on The Authors Show, a multi-channel webcast featuring writers in all genres. Watch this space for a link to his show.

The SCWA anthology It’s All in the Story sold 110 copies at the 2 November launch party/PFL meeting at Book Carnival in Orange. Congratulations all!

The next LIT UP! will happen on 21 November 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.

 

16 NOVEMBER READING LIST

Leighanne (11/9)
Bob R. (11/9)
Shari (11/9)
Donna (11/9)
Burt (10/26)
Sarah K. (11/9)
P.J. (11/9)
Lance (11/9)
Rosie (11/9)
Maddie (11/9)
Glenda (11/2)
Casey (11/9)
Marianna (11/9)
Jo (11/9)
JoAnne (11/9)
Steve J. (11/9)

Stealing Ghosts, Lance Charnes, international crime

November 5, 2017

Stealing Ghosts book cover

Dorotea DeVillardi is ninety-one years old, gorgeous, and worth a fortune. Matt Friedrich’s going to steal her.

The Nazis seized Dorotea’s portrait from her Viennese family, then the Soviets stole it from the Nazis. Now it’s in the hands of a Russian oligarch. Dorotea’s corporate-CEO grandson played by the legal rules to get her portrait back, but he struck out. So he’s hired the DeWitt Agency to get it for him – and he doesn’t care how they do it.

Now Matt and Carson, his ex-cop partner, have to steal Dorotea’s portrait from a museum so nobody knows it’s gone, and somehow launder its history so the client doesn’t have to hide it forever. The client’s saddled them with a babysitter: Dorotea’s granddaughter Julie, who may have designs on Matt as well as the painting. As if this wasn’t hard enough, it looks like someone else is gunning for the same museum – and he may know more about Matt and Carson’s plans than he should.

Matt went to prison for the bad things he did at his L.A. art gallery. Now he has a chance to right an old wrong by doing a bad thing for the best of reasons. All he has to do is stay out of jail long enough to pull it off.

Available for Kindle on Amazon US/AU/BR/CA/DE/ES/FR/IN/IT/JP/MX/NL/UK
ePub available on NookKobo and iTunes
Trade paperback available at Amazon US/BR/CA/DE/ES/FR/IN/IT/MX/UK | Barnes & Noble

 

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.

26 Oct meeting notes; 9 Nov reading list

October 30, 2017

26 OCTOBER MEETING NOTES

Eleven people attended: Burt, Casey (read a chapter from Revolver), JoAnne (read a short story, “BB Gun”), Lance, Leighanne, Marianna, P.J., Rosie, Sarah K., Shari, and Steve J. (read eight chapters from ).

News and Notes

The 2 November PFL meeting will happen at Book Carnival, 348 S. Tustin Street in Orange, starting at 7:00 p.m. It will also be the launch party for the SCWA anthology It’s All in the Story, since most of PFL’s members contributed at least one story to the anthology.

The 24 October LIT UP! was a success, with four authors reading short stories included in It’s All in the Story. As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the next meeting.

 

9 NOVEMBER READING LIST

Leighanne (10/26)
Bob R. (9/21)
Shari (10/26)
Jo (10/19)
Donna (10/19)
Burt (10/26)
Sarah K. (10/26)
P.J. (10/26)
Lance (10/26)
Rosie (10/26)
Maddie (9/7)
Glenda (9/14)
JoAnne (10/26)
Casey (10/26)
Steve J. (10/26)
Marianna (10/26)

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