San Diego Bookshelf

A CHARMING STORY OF FRIENDSHIP FOR KIDS 0 - 6: IS THE LIZARD REAL OR IMAGINARY?

 

The Huge, Gigantic, Humongous Lizard; in my Living Room, by Anat Tour (Amazon, 2015, 26 pages)

Book Review by Dennis Moore

June 29, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Anat Tour, an East County resident and high school math teacher, has come a long way since our initial meeting at a Barnes & Noble Author Forum that I was moderating in La Mesa in April of 2011. Then, an unpublished author, Tour asked me at the end of the event how to get her Mama’s Shoe published. I suggested getting it published as an eBook with Barnes & Noble, which she did, and now with her 7th publication; The Huge, Gigantic, Humongous Lizard: in my Living Room, she is a firmly established author and illustrator.

THE CAT’S MEOW: HOW TO SPEAK CAT

 

By Mimi Pollack

June 25, 2015 (San Diego)--There are two camps in the world: dog lovers and cat lovers. However, there are many, who like me, love and appreciate both. The popularity of cats has grown and today more households have cats, and they have questions about their cats.

Cats can be such mysterious creatures! We wonder what they are thinking when they stare at us. To help clear up this mystery, Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Humane Society, and Aline Alexander Newman have co-authored an informative book  called How to Speak Cat.

A FEW MINOR ADJUSTMENTS, A MEMOIR: AUTHOR SHARES STORY OF ADVENTURE AND INSPIRATION

 

Author to appear in Memoir Writers’ Showcase June 30th  in San Diego;

Hear our radio interview with Cherie Kephart Friday June 26 at 5 p.m. on KNSJ 89.1 FM.

June 25, 2015 (San Diego) – Cherie Kephart, the girl next door who longed for adventure, traveled the world from the remote villages of Central Africa to the majestic coastlines of New Zealand until a mysterious illness thrust her to the precipice of death. She spent seven frantic and comical years seeking support from both medical specialists and eccentric New Age healers to find her life saving answers.

A Few Minor Adjustments will move you with its fiercely inspirational and humorous account of one woman's incredible journey to answer the age old question—is life worth living?

Kephart will among the authors featured at San Diego’s First Annual Memoir Writers’ Showcase at the Horton Grand Theater in downtown San Diego on Tuesday, June 30th at 7 pm.. Tickets are $10;all proceeds benefit the theater and funding the event.  You can purchase tickets at http://www.ewriterscoach.com/in-person-workshops/

ASK AN AUTHOR: STEAMY ROMANCE GIVEAWAY AND TIPS - FEEDBACK, ANTI-HEROES, AND WRITING MYSTERIES

 

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

June 18, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Author/actress/artist Vanessa A. Ryan joins us today as a guest columnist. Vanessa is the author of the cozy mystery A Palette for Murder (“Good fun” – Kirkus Reviews) as well as the Horror at the Lake series of vampire tales reminiscent of works like Dracula. Join Vanessa on Facebook and Twitter @Vanessa_A_Ryan if you have any more questions for her about her work, or if you just want to ask her what it was like being part of the cast of the original Magic Mike.

ASK AN AUTHOR TIPS & FREEBIES: KDP SELECT GIVEAWAYS-- THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE WASTE OF MONEY

 

June 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --How do you run a successful KDP Select giveaway? You seem to always rock them. – Jennifer Gilbert

Anyone who visits my SJ Publicity Facebook page regularly can see I'm an advocate of KDP Select giveaways. There are some authors who balk at the idea of giving away free books, but I look at a free ebook as a free sample. Don't you love free samples and the people who give them out?

ASK AN AUTHOR: TIPS & FREEBIES, OVERCOMING WRITER'S BLOCK, SELF VS. TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING, & NOVEL-WRITING TIME

 

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

June 6, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --This week's column welcomes a guest author, Sherrie Miranda. Sherrie is a resident of Chula Vista and the author of the historical fiction novel, Secrets and Lies in El Salvador: Shelly's Journey, which tells the story of an American visiting El Salvador during the time of the Salvadoran Civil War. The story is based in part on the author's experiences in El Salvador. If you'd like to learn more about Secrets and Lies in El Salvador, it is on sale for $0.99 on Amazon and on two best seller lists.

LIVING LEGENDS, HONORED IN LEMON GROVE, SHARE WORDS OF WISDOM

 

 

 

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2015 (Lemon Grove)—Five local living legends were honored on May 29th at the Lemon Grove Library, where their portraits by prominent artist Mona Mills were unveiled.  Those honored reflect a diverse cross section of our community, each with stories to tell.

MAGETTA CHANTILOUPE BOOK SIGNING AT ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN POWAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 14 AT 11:15AM

 

Driven: When Obstacles Take Center Stage

June 4, 2015 (Poway) - Sunday, June 14, at 11:15AM,  St. Bartholomew’s own Magetta Chantiloupe (immigrant, single mother-of-four, entrepreneur, and Registered Investment Advisor) shares stories and wisdom from her book Driven: When Obstacles Take Center Stage immediately following 10:15 service. Chantiloupe, a distinguished speaker on the roles of faith, hope, willpower, and positive thinking in overcoming harsh difficulties, will provide signed copies of her book at a “St. Bart’s discount." See book review

ASK AN AUTHOR WRITING TIPS - FREE MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING, SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING, PUBLISHING UNDER ONE'S INITIALS

 

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

How can I get free material on formatting my manuscript for eBook conversion, and where can I find a good free eBook conversion application? Do you know any eBook retailers who pay through PayPal, since I can't receive payments through a US bank and prefer PayPal to posted checks? Also, can I find quality material on how to use Social Media to promote my books? – James Badmos

June 1, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - I recommend Draft2Digital.com for quality ebook conversion. You can upload a Word document and they will provide you with a mobi and epub file for free. Their program can create a table of contents, dedication page, copyright page, etc. so you don't have to do much formatting. In your case, you might want to allow them to do your distribution since they pay via PayPal.

$10,000 LIBRARY CHALLENGE GRANT ANNOUNCED

 

May 30, 2015 (Alpine)--The Alpine Library Friends Association (ALFA) announces an anonymous challenge grant pledge of $10,000. The Donor will match any contribution of $250 or more from an individual or group, up to a total of $10,000. The Challenge period runs from June 1st to July 15th   The money raised by this challenge will be used to outfit the Library.  San Diego County provided $10.7 million for the construction of the Library; but the Alpine Community must raise the money needed for furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E ) the cost of which is estimated at $675,000. ALFA has, so far, raised about $350,000.

ASK AN AUTHOR COLUMNIST SARKA-JONAE MILLER SPEAKS AT ALPINE LIBRARY JUNE 6

 

East County News Service

May 28, 2015 (Alpine) – Local award-winning author Sarka-Jonae Miller recently launched “Ask the Author,” a column for East County Magazine.   You’re invited to join us as she discusses her experiences as a publicist and journalist at the Alpine Library on Saturday, June 6th at 1 p.m.

ASK AN AUTHOR - PIRACY AND SCAMS

GIVE BEES A CHANCE WAS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN: BUT THE MESSAGE IS FOR ALL OF US

 

Originally Published on the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

May 25, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Alicia Previn’s new book, Give Bees A Chance, was written for children. Though most of the words are simple, the author also uses more sophisticated terms that she is confident younger readers will pick up by context. Her passion comes through every page, because Alicia Previn has worked closely with gardens, insects and the earth for most of her life. Gives Bees A Chance was written for children, but the message is for all of us.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM MAY 24, 2015

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

By Sam Warren

May 24, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - NOTICE: On May 27th, the staff of the SDWriteWay, me, will be moving to the southern Mexican resort beach town of Zipolite. The calendar may be a bit erratic for a while until I get set up.

ASK AN AUTHOR: PLANNING A SERIES, INDIE PUBLISHER PROS, INCREASING READERSHIP

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM MAY 17, 2015

 

By Sam Warren

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

On May 27th, the staff of the SDWriteWay, me, will be moving to the southern Mexican resort town of Zipolite. You might find it interesting to Google it. The calendar may be a bit erratic for a while until I get set up.

WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION?

 

Iraq: The War That Shouldn’t Be – You Decide, by M.M. Chantiloupe (Xlibris Corporation, 2010, 305 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

May 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Although the Iraq war is over, we are still feeling the residual effects of that controversial campaign, and it is put into perspective by San Diego resident M.M. Chantiloupe in her book; Iraq: The War That Shouldn’t Be – You Decide. Chantiloupe writes a scathing analysis and rebuke of the Bush Administration in this well-written and incisive book. She asks rhetorical questions that gets us all to think about why we actually went into that war and the harm that it has done to America and Iraq, as well as the world itself. Central in her discussion is the false pretenses of weapons of mass destruction. Chantiloupe writes in a scholarly fashion her analysis of this war and its residual effects, such as the current threat of ISIS, or the Islamic terrorist threat.

TRUTHDIG EDITOR & AUTHOR ROBERT SCHEER SPEAKS MAY 16 IN SAN DIEGO ON DOMESTIC SPYING

 

East County News Service

May 16, 2015 (San Diego) – Award-winning investigative journalist Robert Scheer will speak May 16th in San Diego on his new book, They Know Everything About you: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Governmetn Agencies are Destroying Democracy, a groundbreaking exposé of how government agencies and tech corporations monitor virtually every aspect of our lives--and a fierce defense of privacy and democracy. The event benefits KNSJ nonprofit community radio.

 Scheer, also the author of TruthDig, will speak and sign books on Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Place in San Diego. A dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Dinner is $10 and the presentation is $10.  Tickets for both are $19 at the door or $16 in advance.  Tickets can be reserved online at www.knsj.org.

ECM'S NEW ASK AN AUTHOR COLUMNIST TAKING QUESTIONS, OFFERS ROMANCE TRILOGY GIVEAWAY

 

May 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--East County Magazine is launching a new column called Ask An Author that allows readers, students, writers, and anyone with questions about writing, publishing, and publicity to get answers from local award-winning novelist, publicist, and journalist Sarka-Jonae Miller.

FOLLOWING MICHAEL HALPERIN'S GUIDANCE TO A SUCCESSFUL SCREENPLAY

 

Writing The Killer Treatment: Selling Your Story Without A Script, by Michael Halperin, (Michael Wiese Productions, Studio City, CA, 2002, 171 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

May 8, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Who better to write a book about screenwriting and the movie and television industry, than Michael Halperin? He has been called “the foremost authority on screenwriting in America.” Halperin has written for television, screen, and stage, and has published both fiction and non-fiction books. Halperin’s Writing the Killer Treatment: Selling your Story without a Script, sets the standard for advice and instruction in modern storytelling for those aspiring to be screenwriters.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM MAY 3, 2015

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR AND HOLLYWOOD WRITER/PRODUCER DEBORAH PRATT

 

East County News Service

April 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) -- Deborah M. Pratt, noted author, writer, director, producer and actress was in East County for a signing of her latest book, The Tempting: Seducing the Nephilim. East County Magazine Show’s Bookshelf host Reina Menasche sat down with Pratt for an exclusive interview  aired on KNSJ radio, which you can now hear online here:  http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/rllpoh3gws/Bookshelf-DeborahMPratt-final-26min.mp3

Pratt has been executive producer of “The Net” for the USA network as well as head writer and co-executive producer of the NBC TV series “Quantum Leap.”

"LOVE MARATHON" AT THE LOS ANGELES TIMES "FESTIVAL OF BOOKS" AT USC

 

By Dennis Moore

April 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Nuria Garcia Arteaga, whom this writer had the honor of writing a review of her publication Love Marathon in the East County Magazine, has taken a long and circuitous route to attend and participate in the 20th Annual Los Angeles Times “Festival of Books” at USC. She has traveled thousands of miles to showcase her artistry at this event. Now living in The Netherlands, but originally from Peru, this author and entertainer will bring to the “Festival of Books” a dazzling compilation of music and literature. Click to view.

THE NEPHILIM: THE FIRST VAMPIRE

 

The Tempting: Seducing The Nephilim, by D.M. Pratt (BroadLit, Sherman Oaks, CA, 2015, 345 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

The children of the supernatural beings who had married these women became famous heroes and warriors. They were called Nephilim and lived on the earth at that time and even later.

  • Genesis 6:4 – Contemporary English Version

April 8, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - This gripping and riveting work of fiction by renowned author D.M. Pratt, The Tempting: Seducing The Nephilim, has the tone and theme of this well-written book set in the dedication of the book, as the author states: “And to all the women who have been taught to want the happily-ever-after dream, but courageous enough to face reality and still be willing to fight for true love”, and in the very first paragraph in the first chapter, when she states; “That dance led to the greatest seduction she had ever experienced in her life and ended with an orgasm so intense she was told she arched back and hit her head hard enough to give herself a concussion – which left her unconscious and in coma for over a year.” Pratt actually admits jokingly and with a smile, in a YouTube video: “There is a lot of sex in this story, I guess I have to get myself a boyfriend!” See video.

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