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Next Meeting: Thursday, 17 OCTOBER 2019 at 6:30 PM

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

Upcoming Author Events, Book Carnival, Orange, October 2019

September 30, 2019

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 October:

  • Tuesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m.: William Kent Krueger, The Tender Land
  • Saturday, October 5, 2 p.m.: Margot Kinberg, Downfall; David R. Thompson, The Blonde with the Ice-Blue Eyes
  • Sunday, October 6, 3 p.m.: Anne Cleeland, Murder in the Blood
  • Saturday, October 12, 2 p.m.: John Billheimer, Primary Target, plus Hitchcock & The Censors (non-fiction)
  • Sunday, October 13, 3 p.m.: D. P. Lyle, Skin in the Game
  • Saturday, October 19, 2 p.m.: Warren Easley, No Way to Die

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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26 Sep meeting notes; 3 Oct reading list

September 27, 2019

26 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Burt, Casey, Dana S. (read a chapter from Death & Evil Try to Save the World), Dennis P., Joanne, Lance, Leighanne, Rosie (read two chapters from The Lion and the Eagle), Shari, and Sherry C. (read a short story, “The Oil Lamp”).

News and Notes

The 24 September LIT UP! was a success, with a near-capacity crowd hearing readings from Joe De Ladurantey, Kathy Porter, and husband-and-wife writing team William Zeilinger & Janet Lynn.

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 22 October 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.

 

3 OCTOBER READING LIST

Maddie (9/12)
Glenda (8/22)
Leighanne (9/26)
Shari (9/26)
Lily (9/19)
Lisa W. (9/12)
PJ (9/12)
Marianna (8/29)
Casey (9/26)
Leslie P. (9/19)
Burt (9/26)
Joanne (9/26)
Lance (9/26)
Dennis P. (9/26)
Dana S. (9/26)
Sherry C. (9/26)
Rosie (9/26)

The Anaheim Beauties Valencia Queen, Dennis Phinney, historical fiction

September 23, 2019

What happens when: A BOY FALLS FOR A BEAUTIFUL GIRL… THE GIRL FALLS FOR HOLLYWOOD… AND THE KLAN WANTS TO OWN THEM BOTH?

The Anaheim Beauties Valencia Queen is set in “Klanaheim” amidst a hushed-up piece of California history. With stealth, in 1924, the Ku Klux Klan took over Anaheim’s city council plus ten of eleven slots on the police force. In a Roaring ’20s citrus-packing suburb of 10,000 people, where the ethics of Jay Gatsby collide with those of Elmer Gantry, an aspiring high school pitching phenom, fatherless Dean Reynolds, falls under the spell of drop-dead-gorgeous Helen Webber and her rich father.

But Helen, whose face graces orange crate labels shipped around the world, is using Dean as local arm-candy while sleeping her way through Hollywood casting couches. Her father and his “connections” all turn out to be Klansmen. After a shadowy motorcar accident kills a teammate on Dean’s prom night, Dean has no one safe to turn to. But the Klan is there to “help”.

Steeped in true but hidden history, the story’s characters and dilemmas are as relevant today as they were in 1924. This provocative coming-of-age historical novel makes our candy-coated past feel alarmingly familiar.

Trade paperback available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

A Southern California native with a passion for history and construction, Dennis graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic with a master’s in engineering in the twilight of perceived American innocence. He returned to California following the Vietnam War and built a career as a licensed civil and mechanical engineer. Figuring novels are a sneaky way to write about the truth, he began writing fiction. He writes “Red Car Noir,” tales of the dark side of the American dream, typically set around Los Angeles in the early 1900s when a veneer of front-page optimism whitewashed the corruption that shattered lives on boulevards of broken dreams. For more information about Dennis and his writing, go to dennisphinney.flywheelsites.com.

19 Sep meeting notes; 26 Sep reading list

September 22, 2019

19 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Casey, Dana S., Dennis P. (read a short story, “Stones,” from Winesburg Revisited), Lance, Leighanne, Leslie P., Lily, Rosie (read a chapter from The Lion and the Eagle), Shari, and Sherry C. (read two revised chapters from Time’s Up for Father Time).

News and Notes

Sherry C.’s (writing as Abigail Leigh Reed) short story “The Sozzled Flapper” won honorable mention in the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in the Genre Short Story category. Congratulations!

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 24 September 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.

 

26 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Maddie (9/12)
Glenda (8/22)
Leighanne (9/19)
Shari (9/19)
Lily (9/19)
Lisa W. (9/12)
PJ (9/12)
Marianna (8/29)
Casey (9/19)
Leslie P. (9/19)
Burt (9/5)
Joanne (9/5)
Lance (9/19)
Dana S. (9/19)
Dennis P. (9/19)
Sherry C. (9/19)
Rosie (9/19)

LIT UP! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 24 Sep 2019

September 13, 2019

LIT UP logo

The next LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 24 September 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).

Four 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!

12 Sep meeting notes; 19 Sep reading list

September 13, 2019

12 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Casey, Dana S. (read a chapter from Death & Evil Try to Save the World), Lance (read two alternate final chapters for Chasing Clay), Leighanne, Lily, Lisa W., Maddie, PJ, Rosie (read a chapter from The Lion and the Eagle), and Sherry C.

News and Notes

PJ’s latest novel, The Winner’s Circle, won a Bronze Readers’ Favorite Award. Congratulations!

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 24 September 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.

 

19 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Maddie (9/12)
Glenda (8/22)
Leighanne (9/12)
Shari (8/22)
Lily (9/12)
Dennis P. (8/22)
Sherry C. (9/12)
Lisa W. (9/12)
PJ (9/12)
Marianna (8/29)
Casey (9/12)
Leslie P. (8/29)
Burt (9/5)
Joanne (9/5)
Rosie (9/12)
Lance (9/12)
Dana S. (9/12)

5 Sep meeting notes; 12 Sep reading list

September 5, 2019

5 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Burt (read six revised chapters from Shadows), Casey, Dana S. (read the first chapter of Death & Evil), Joanne (read more from All Homes are Not Sweet), Lance, Leighanne, Lisa W., Maddie, Rosie, and Sherry C.

News and Notes

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 24 September 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.

 

12 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Maddie (9/5)
Glenda (8/22)
Leighanne (9/5)
Shari (8/22)
Lily (8/8)
Dennis P. (8/22)
Sherry C. (9/5)
Lisa W. (9/5)
PJ (8/29)
Rosie (9/5)
Marianna (8/29)
Casey (9/5)
Lance (9/5)
Leslie P. (8/29)
Burt (9/5)
Dana S. (9/5)
Joanne (9/5)

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