Another cozy mystery from my SoCal author friend, Karen. #3, so grab them all, sit back and escape your troubles for a while!

Release day for Murder in Blue Gingham! This is the third Bridal Shop Cozy Mystery. Check out the great reviews from advance readers!

The only thing worse than an unexpected guest is an unexpected murder!Max Walters is preparing for her best friend Olivia’s wedding when Olivia’s childhood friend arrives unannounced. Max joins all the out of town friends at a rented beach house for a pre-wedding party where the dri...

This is a fun monthly event that's free except for the purchase of a tasty beverage or snack. Great for readers, as well as writers with great discussion of each author's reading. Join us if you're in the area.

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South O.C. readers... this sounds interesting!

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MaryAnn Easley is with Christina V. Larsen at Sea Country Senior and Community Center.

Meet the author! Tuesday morning, February 13th, 10:45 am, Sea Country Senior & Community Center. Discover a unique memoir right before Valentine's Day. This book is indeed a treasure.

Assets you may not know about O.C. even if you live here... great for writers, artists and those who love to enjoy their work.

My fellow OC writers, look how smart we are (and some of our notables get a mention too):

I. We’re Not Your Alabaster Cliché Located south of Los Angeles County is the huge suburban sprawl of Orange County where, as Ronald Reagan famously declared, “all the good Republicans are kn…

Sorry for no activity of late. It's been a challenging few months, and I've moved recently. Hope to revitalize this page soon! In the meantime, check out the new Orange County page on!

Check out my friend Sheila, another local author (Ventura) Better yet, get the whole series. Enjoyable reads!

Can't help sharing--another wonderful review:

Written Off By Sheila Lowe When forensic handwriting expert Claudia Rose is asked by her dear friend Zebediah for help she immediately agrees. Due to a medical issue, he cannot travel from Californ…

Need some books to read? Here's a list from reviewers of their favorites.

Recently we asked our reviewers to provide us with a list of some of their favorite books from 2017. Included is a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles, all published this year. Take a moment to read these varied lists of titles and see if you agree with their selections! Please note that due to per...

A fried of mine, amazing artist and writer, has just shared two of her books on I suggest you check them out and see some other authors in your hometown. Great site for readers and/or authors!

Marilyn's Musings

This has been a fun journey actually putting more of my work "out there."

Red Splashes Marilyn Hansen | Laguna Niguel, California Memoir 166 Pages The Book Patch ISBN Red Splashes, filled with many colorful images, is autobiographical as it presents much of the art work and poetry I've created. My collection of short stories is fiction. Poetry and story-telling used words...

I'd love to hear your thoughts, as readers or authors about an author website. Why do you like them?

Your author website is your home online. It's your 'hub' that people can refer-to and your own piece of real estate on the web. Make sure you build it right

Here's a fun gift for a senior in your life. Awesome creativity from my friend, Marilyn

Marilyn's Musings

"It's Not Over" can be found here:

This book, centers around the experiences of active seniors as they explore internet dating and ways to continue enjoying life. "It's appealing characters

Hoorah, local writers! Orange County, CA now has 5 authors listed at! Five more and we get on the menu! If you're interested in #readlocal orfree promotion for your books, check it out!

Wendy Van Camp Yorba Linda, California PJ Colando Irvine, California Greta Boris Mission Viejo, California Ananya and Brett Ridenour Huntington Beach, California Steven G. Jackson Laguna Niguel, California Author Your Hometown Author Your Hometown Author Your Hometown Author Your Hometown Author You...

I am looking for at least 10 local O.C. authors who would like to join FREE and create an Orange County local authors group at Pass this on if you love to read local or know an author who wants more exposure.

Interested in reaching more readers with your ideas & stories? Then you’ll want to stay in touch with Hometown Reads, as we develop a powerful, new book marketing platform filled with valuable, free resources. We seek to network with local authors in order to share ideas and generate buzz for books.

This is an interesting article and discussion. One thought I had is that not only do these classics present universal themes of character, but also history through fiction. My favorite way to learn about the past in high school and beyond. What do you think?

What do you think? Is it better for a teacher to "engage" her students with new, perhaps relevant literature? Or force her students to read outdated classics? (One poster claims that it is not a teacher's duty to "engage" her students, but to "teach" them.)

And what they should read instead.

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