Posts tagged "Fiction"

NEXT OF KIN Update

I have finished the first round of re-writes for my novel, NEXT OF KIN (the sequel to STRANGER). Current word count is at 61,000 words. A second round of rewrites will start this weekend in hopes to get this off to the editor by the end of summer.

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About NEXT OF KIN:

As Homicide Detective Will Stellar comes to grips with his brother’s recent incarceration, he’s called out to the murder of a childhood friend. His investigation leads him to uncover secrets that could take down the Lake City Police Department and forces him to walk a tightrope of politics and family responsibility.

Troubled by the stall tactics that has allowed criminals to live in the quiet desert city, a vigilante, dubbed the Coyote decides to take matters into his own hands. He leaves the mutilated bodies of two residents known for their violent behaviors towards women as a present to the city. As the city cheers on their new hero, the Coyote focuses on Detective Stellar’s inability to arrest his latest murder suspect.

Pushed against two opposing forces, Detective Stellar finds an unlikely ally in motel owner and convicted murderer, Alex Delgado. Stellar is determined to stop the Coyote by dangling an irresistible target…but there is more at stake than just Stellar’s badge.

Happy New Year - Free Autographed Book Offer

To celebrate the start of 2014, I am offering a free autographed copy of STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY to all my followers. If you would like a personally signed paperback copy mailed to you, please send your name and address to author_melissa_garcia@yahoo.com.

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Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

Please note your information will NOT be sold or given out to anyone. Offer expires 1/31/14.

How I Would Re-Write the Manhunt

Yesterday, as the massive LAPD manhunt scoured the Southern California region for fired LAPD officer Chris Dorner, I realized this was an amazing story. I mentioned to several people that this would have been a great suspense or thriller novel. A disgruntled and dishonored veteran and ex-police officer releases a manifesto and attempts to clear his name by resorting to the only option left, a vengeful campaign against those that have wronged him. A city is on edge as the manhunt and the attacks escalate. It would have made a great novel.

But today, as the story continues to play out, I realize I would have made some creative detours.

For one, I would want the reader to connect with the bad guy. Running around and killing innocent people doesn’t make him likeable at all. And let’s be honest, here. Despite what I’ve read on social media from people defending his actions, he is attacking innocent people. The ex-captain’s daughter and fiancé that he killed on Sunday had no idea who he was. They had no direct impact on his life. The officers he shot had no personal grudge with him. They had never met him. Yet he made them targets. If he had truly gone after the people who had wronged him, he might get some sympathy or understanding from readers. In reality, he is seen by most as a homicidal mad man.

The ex-officer talks a lot about racism in the police department. This is actually no surprise to most people. But he loses creditability when he says is targeting all officers. Sure there are some officers that are bad, but just as many are good. Just as many knew the LAPD had a bad reputation and joined to try to make a change from the inside out. We shouldn’t judge someone by the color of their skin and we shouldn’t judge someone by the clothes they wear or the profession they choose. Again, his actions would lose most readers.

The mistaken identity situation where three innocent people were shot at by the LAPD is pure gold for suspense writing. It is sad and I am glad to hear no one was seriously injured. I’m sure the LAPD (and the tax payers) will have to pay dearly for the mistake. In a novel, the incident would be important to show the tenseness in the force as well as indicate the possibility that the ex-officer could be right about his corruption claims. Unfortunately, in real life, it just shows how worried the officers are for their own safety and how easily one mistake can further ruin the reputation of the department.

The search moving from coastal San Diego to the mountains of Big Bear are also a plus in a fiction novel. The disabled boat and the burned out truck could be great plotlines if these connected to his character in some way. If these events could be used to show his planning and cunningness, the reader might root for him. Unfortunately, it looks like the San Diego spotting was a failed attempt to flee the country. Still no word on the reason for torching his vehicle. If he ends up still in Big Bear, it was probably another mistake that only caused the police to move in faster.

Although this story is still unfolding, it probably won’t end well for the fired officer. Sources say much of what he claims in his manifesto isn’t accurate. We’ll have to wait for the media to dig in for the truth. And don’t fear. They will, because there is a very interesting story here.

 As for the ending I’d write?  I’d probably have him find the only cop willing to listen to him. After a week-long manhunt and trust growing between the ex-officer and the cop, he’d turn himself in as the cop agrees to look into the corruption, and with the media behind him bring down any guilty parties.

Again, the important part is that this would end with no loss of innocent lives.

 

*Remember: This is not fact or fiction. These are just my musings.

 

Review Chasing Demons

Have you read Chasing Demons? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought. Leave a review on Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. Share what you thought of the characters, the story, the mystery or what you would like to see in the next one!

About Chasing Demons:

Journalist and ex-car thief, Luc Actar has finally decided to settle down. He’s traded in his life of crime for the life he’s always wanted. He’s moved in with his recently-divorced girlfriend, Mattie Hardwin in her large Malibu home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He’s back at work at the Crime Reporter investigating stories of corruption and abuse by the political and legal authorities of Los Angeles County.

When detectives arrive to inform Luc of the death of his father, Luc is hesitant to get involved. But once he discovers a powerful leader in the mental health industry is pulling the strings in his father’s investigation, Luc is determined to tear him down. As secrets are uncovered, the bodies begin to pile up. As he chases the demons of his past, Luc unknowingly steps right into the crosshairs of a killer determined to keep his own life from falling apart.

This is the second novel in the Luc Actar series.

STRANGER Book Club Questions

1. Stranger takes place in Death Valley in the middle of the hot summer. What is your opinion of Death Valley? Did your image of Death Valley change after reading the novel? What do the characters in the novel feel about it?

2. During his interview with a possible witness, Detective Will Stellar tells Alex Delgado she has issues with control. Discuss other instances in the novel where Alex displays a problem with controlling herself. Discuss the ways in which Alex tries to gain control in these situations.

3. Ric Delgado often refers to other people by a nickname, such as calling Detective Stellar “Cowboy.” When referring to the computer store clerk, he explains he forgot the boy’s name. In another instance he calls his longtime partner, Detective Dade by the name of “Judas.” Why do you think Ric uses nicknames for the other characters?

4. Ric Delgado admits having doubts about what he would have done if Alex had called him instead of Detective Dade the night she shot Davey. Ric believes Detective Stellar will save his brother instead of arresting him when confronted with the truth. Do you think Ric’s opinion of Detective Stellar will change knowing Stellar arrested his brother instead of protect him?

5. Detective Dade and Ric Delgado have a tenuous relationship at the end of the novel. Do you think they will remain friends or will they throw away their past partnership and move on? Do you think Detective Dade will check up on the Delgados?

6. Will Stellar’s relationship with Erika is much like a roller coaster. Do you think their relationship will be able to move past her infidelity with his brother? Do you think they will ever come to an agreement regarding their future?

7. Do you think Alex and Ric grew closer together or further apart by the end of the novel? Do you think they will stay in Lake City?

8. What did you find to be most compelling about Stranger — the action scenes, the characters, the setting, the dialogue, or something else entirely? Why?

9. A red herring is defined as something that draws attention away from the central issue. In crime fiction, a red herring is often put there to fool or distract you. Were you fooled by anything in Stranger? Were you surprised by the killer’s identity?

10. Are you satisfied with how the book ends? Would you have preferred another ending? Where do you think the series will go from here?

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About STRANGER:

There is a dead body in room 110 of the Death Valley Motel, and the evidence points to murder. Managers Ric and Alex Delgado, siblings with police work in their blood, chose this small Death Valley city specifically because it appeared to be a quiet place in which Alex could heal from the violent traumas of her past. Now a killer has struck too close to Alex, opening old wounds and threatening her new life.

The situation gets more complicated when Detective Will Stellar trains his observant eye on the siblings and ascertains they have something to hide. Murder seems to follow Alex Delgado, and Detective Stellar is certain she is a dangerous woman. Racing against time and against each other, the Delgados and Detective Stellar risk their lives to uncover the truth, which is ever more complicated and dangerous than any of them have imagined.

FALLING ANGELS Book Club Questions

1.  What is your view of Luc Actar? What motivates him to find out more about Spencer’s disappearance?

2.  Discuss the other characters’ motivations for their actions, both the “villains” and “heroes” in the story, including Mattie Hardwin, Spencer Hardwin, Detective Ward, and John Carliss.

3.  What did you find to be most compelling about Falling Angels — the action scenes, the characters, the setting, the dialogue, or something else entirely?

4.  “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry, but money answereth all things.” Discuss how food, alcohol, and money tie into the theme of salvation in Falling Angels.

5.  Luc explains that he was able to escape his life on the streets by stealing. He tells Detective Ward that crime still pays for some people. Do you believe this was Luc’s only way out?

6.  Luc and Mattie are from separate financial spectrums. Why do you think they became friends? What keeps them together?

7.  As a child Luc ignores Mattie’s hints at rebellion. Why do you think he refuses to see her as anything other than an angel?

8.  A red herring is defined as something that draws attention away from the central issue. In crime fiction, a red herring is often put there to fool or distract you. Were you fooled by anything in Falling Angels? Were you surprised by the killer’s identity?

9.  The novel contains many flashbacks to when Luc and Mattie are younger. Do you feel these flashbacks helped the story or help you better understand their personalities or did they hinder the flow of the mystery?

10.  Are you satisfied with how the book ends? Would you have preferred another ending? Do you think Luc and Mattie would be satisfied with a ‘happily-ever-after’ ending?

reposted from an earlier blog.

About Falling Angels:

After a panicked call from his best friend, Mattie Hardwin, Luc Actar must return to Los Angeles and the life he fled three years earlier. Mattie’s husband, a prestigious lawyer named Spencer Hardwin, has mysteriously disappeared. Desperate for assistance, Luc enlists the help of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in his search to find Spencer, despite his better judgment. But he soon learns that the detectives have their own reasons for locating Spencer—the lawyer has become the prime suspect in a drug dealer’s brutal murder.

As he hunts for the man he thought he knew, Luc’s history with Mattie haunts his dreams and drives him to the depths of the misery he once escaped. Back on the streets of Los Angeles, Luc employs old friends and encounters childhood rivals to take on the sheriff’s department, while a slew of lawyers impede his every move to save those closest to him from an unknown killer.

FALLING ANGELS is the first in the Luc Actar crime series by Melissa M. Garcia.

Introducing CHASING DEMONS

The sequel to FALLING ANGELS is now available direct from the publisher and will be in distribution channels shortly.


Luc Actar is back in CHASING DEMONS.

So is his past…


About CHASING DEMONS

Journalist and ex-car thief, Luc Actar has finally decided to settle down. He’s traded in his life of crime for the life he’s always wanted. He’s moved in with his recently-divorced girlfriend, Mattie Hardwin in her large Malibu home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He’s back at work at the Crime Reporterinvestigating stories of corruption and abuse by the political and legal authorities of Los Angeles County.  

When detectives arrive to inform Luc of the death of his father, Luc is hesitant to get involved. But once he discovers a powerful leader in the mental health industry is pulling the strings in his father’s investigation, Luc is determined to take him down. As he chases the demons of his past, Luc unknowingly steps right into the crosshairs of a killer determined to keep his own life from falling apart.

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Coming soon to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and the iBookstore!


About MELISSA M. GARCIA

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, but always entertaining landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Garcia is the author of the Luc Actar crime series (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger: A Death Valley Mystery). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair. 

Her novels are available in paperback and e-book formats. She currently lives with her husband in Southern California and is at work on the next Death Valley Mystery. For more information visit www.melissamgarcia.com

Coming Soon…CHASING DEMONS

Yes, the sequel to FALLING ANGELS is on it’s way. I’ve promised you all and I swear it’s close. But it’s like my child. I watched it grow up from just a small baby of an idea and now it’s blossomed into a full-length crime novel. I want to share CHASING DEMONS with all of you, but I’m nervous. Is it ready to be out in the world? It recently left for about two months and spent some time with my editor, but it’s back for one last review and I’m hesitant to let it out of my sight again. But alas, I know I must let it go. So, as it leaves me today to get formatted for publishing, I will tease you with the summary. 

About CHASING DEMONS:

Journalist and ex-car thief, Luc Actar has finally decided to settle down. He’s traded in his life of crime for the life he’s always wanted. He’s moved in with his recently-divorced girlfriend, Mattie Hardwin in her large Malibu home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He’s back at work at the Crime Reporterinvestigating stories of corruption and abuse by the political and legal authorities of Los Angeles County.  

When detectives arrive to inform Luc of the death of his father, Luc is hesitant to get involved. But once he discovers a powerful leader in the mental health industry is pulling the strings in his father’s investigation, Luc is determined to take him down. As he chases the demons of his past, Luc unknowingly steps right into the crosshairs of a killer determined to keep his own life from falling apart.

About MELISSA M. GARCIA

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia (@MelissaM_Garcia) has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, always entertaining, and ever-changing landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Melissa is the author of the Luc Actar crime series (including FALLING ANGELS and CHASING DEMONS) and the Death Valley Mystery series (STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY). Melissa recently released an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair. Melissa is also the author of the online blog, “Musings from a Crime Writer.” Her novels are available in paperback and e-book formats. She currently lives with her husband in Southern California and is at work on the next Death Valley Mystery.

Five Reasons Why Fiction Writers Shouldn’t Serve on a Jury

For the fourth time I was summoned to appear for Jury Service in hopes of finally being placed on a jury. As I sat in the waiting room, I prayed for a criminal case due to my interest in crime and mystery writing. When my name was called, I was apprehensive, but so very interested. What could the case be about? Would they place me on the jury or find my interest in crime writing a reason to dismiss me? As I sat in the courtroom my mind spun out of control and as I was eventually dismissed, I started thinking of the reasons why fiction writers, especially crime or mystery writers, shouldn’t serve on a jury.

1. We turn a civil case into a criminal case. As I listened to the judge talk about why the US uses the jury system, I stopped listening and stared at the plaintiff and the defendant sitting at the table. We hadn’t even learned what the case was about, and I was already trying to figure out if the defendant looked like a murderer or a thief. I looked around the room for detectives that may be testifying later to see if they were believable or reliable or maybe they had a grudge to bear against the defendant. Turns out it was just a civil case for damages.

2. We create back stories for the lawyers. As I watched the plaintiff’s lawyers question the jury, I found myself wondering about his red eyes. Was he a drinker? His untucked shirt and long tie, seemed to suggest he dressed in a hurry. He seemed nervous. Was this is first case? His questions jumped around and he forgot people’s names. I wondered if he was trying to throw us off or was he recently diagnosed with short term memory loss? I wondered if he had been thrown in at the last minute to help another lawyer in trouble. The defendant’s attorney sat back in his chair eying everyone with a cocky grin. I wondered if he was just that confident or if he was imaging how he was going to sleep with the women on the jury. He seemed annoyed to be listening to the other attorney and seemed overly interested in the jury’s answers to mundane questions like the names of their dogs. Did he know something no one else knew?

3. We jump to implausible conclusions. The jury was finally told that the case was about a woman who lost her house either due to negligence or fault of a company. But “lost her house” was too vague. I wondered if it had burned to the ground in a disastrous fire or was demolished by a bulldozer. Was the poor woman forced to live on the streets because a massacre had taken place inside her house? What had the man done to destroy this woman’s house and what could be his reason for intentionally doing so? Was he a serial house-destroyer or was he hired to ruin this woman’s life by an ex-boyfriend out for revenge?

4. We observe every minute detail and try to find meaning in it. As the judge was talking, I was watching every movement by the defendant and plaintiff. What were they writing down on those papers? Doodles or confessions? What we they whispering to their lawyers? I watched as the woman plaintiff played with her wedding ring, but there was no husband in the courtroom. Had he decided drinking was a better option than being with his wife in the courtroom, forcing his wife to consider divorce? I found myself watching as the court reporter and the deputy talked during breaks. Was there more to the glances and hushed conversations? Were they having an affair? Did her husband know?

5. We shout, “You can’t make this shit up!” Mark Twain once said, that the difference between Fact and Fiction was that Fiction must be believable. Every fiction writer out there has been told their story seems unbelievable or implausible at one time or another. Yet, crazier stuff happens in real life every day. In 1994, fiction writers everywhere stared at their television as a former NFL running back led police on a low-speed pursuit through Los Angeles freeways. We cursed as we knew that if any one of us had written something so outrageous we would have been laughed at. When listening to real life incidents, all we can do is shake our heads and hope we can make it more believable when we set our pen to paper.

About Melissa M. Garcia

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia (@MelissaM_Garcia) has lived most of her entire life in the sometimes gritty, always entertaining, and ever-changing landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Melissa is the author of the Luc Actar crime series including FALLING ANGELS and CHASING DEMONS (due out Fall 2012) and the Death Valley Mystery series (STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY). Melissa recently released an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair.

For more information visit www.melissamgarcia.com.

*Not fact or fiction, these are just my musings.

FAITH DEPARTED Now Available in iBooks

Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair by Melissa M. Garcia is now available for download for your iPod, iTouch, and iPhone for only $1.99 in the iTunes store and iBooks App.

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About the Book:

A collection of five short stories written by mystery and crime author Melissa M. Garcia.

-In “Faith Departed,” a man struggles over a moral dilemma.
-A dying man requests the help of a seasoned detective to solve the mystery of his brother’s death in “The Other Son.”
-In “The Pond,” a young girl channels her evil side to ward off trespassers to her quiet seclusion.
-A man running late desperately struggles with the world for a cup of coffee in “Coffee Break.”
-In “Cross To Bear,” a priest tries to comfort a mysterious visitor.
-Also includes a free excerpt from STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY, by Melissa M. Garcia.

http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Departed-Stories-Mystery-ebook/dp/B007YJVCQQ/

About the Author:

MELISSA M. GARCIA (@MelissaM_Garcia) is a member of Sisters in Crime and is the author of the online blog “Musings from a Crime Writer.” She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in English/Literature with a love of crime & mystery novels. Her first crime novel, FALLING ANGELS, was published in February 2006. Her most recent novel, STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY was released in August 2010. Melissa published an e-book collection, FAITH DEPARTED: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair in April 2012. She currently lives with her husband in Southern California and is at work on CHASING DEMONS, the sequel to FALLING ANGELS due out in Fall 2012. For more information, visit www.melissamgarcia.com.

Cheaper Than a Cup of Coffee

Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair by Melissa M. Garcia is now available for download at Amazon.com for your Kindle for only $1.29.

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Purchase Now!

About the Book:

A collection of five short stories written by mystery and crime author Melissa M. Garcia.

-In “Faith Departed,” a man struggles over a moral dilemma.
-A dying man requests the help of a seasoned detective to solve the mystery of his brother’s death in “The Other Son.”
-In “The Pond,” a young girl channels her evil side to ward off trespassers to her quiet seclusion.
-A man running late desperately struggles with the world for a cup of coffee in “Coffee Break.”
-In “Cross To Bear,” a priest tries to comfort a mysterious visitor.
-Also includes a free excerpt from STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY, by Melissa M. Garcia.

http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Departed-Stories-Mystery-ebook/dp/B007YJVCQQ/

About the Author:

MELISSA M. GARCIA (@MelissaM_Garcia) is a member of Sisters in Crime and is the author of the online blog “Musings from a Crime Writer.” She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in English/Literature with a love of crime & mystery novels. Her first crime novel, FALLING ANGELS, was published in February 2006. Her most recent novel, STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY was released in August 2010. Melissa published an e-book collection, FAITH DEPARTED: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair in April 2012. She currently lives with her husband in Southern California and is at work on CHASING DEMONS, the sequel to FALLING ANGELS due out in Fall 2012. For more information, visit www.melissamgarcia.com.

All her novels are available on the Kindle through Amazon.com and Smashwords.com

New Mystery Short Story Collection Now Available on Kindle

Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair by Melissa M. Garcia is now available for download at Amazon.com for your Kindle for only $1.29.

Purchase Now!

About the Book:

A collection of five short stories written by mystery and crime author Melissa M. Garcia.

-In “Faith Departed,” a man struggles over a moral dilemma.
-A dying man requests the help of a seasoned detective to solve the mystery of his brother’s death in “The Other Son.”
-In “The Pond,” a young girl channels her evil side to ward off trespassers to her quiet seclusion.
-A man running late desperately struggles with the world for a cup of coffee in “Coffee Break.”
-In “Cross To Bear,” a priest tries to comfort a mysterious visitor.
-Also includes a free excerpt from STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY, by Melissa M. Garcia.


About the Author:

MELISSA M. GARCIA (@MelissaM_Garcia) is a member of Sisters in Crime and is the author of the online blog “Musings from a Crime Writer.” She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in English/Literature with a love of crime & mystery novels. Her first crime novel, FALLING ANGELS, was published in February 2006. Her most recent novel, STRANGER: A DEATH VALLEY MYSTERY was released in August 2010. Melissa published an e-book collection, FAITH DEPARTED: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair in April 2012. She currently lives with her husband in Southern California and is at work on CHASING DEMONS, the sequel to FALLING ANGELS due out in Fall 2012.

All her novels are available on the Kindle through Amazon.com and Smashwords.com

www.melissamgarcia.com

Check out the LA Times Festival of Books

On Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, the USC campus will be transformed into a giant festival celebrating books of all genres. There will be 8 stages with readings, performances, and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Below are a few of the stage performances expected on Saturday.

To see the entire schedule visit http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/program-schedule/.

Los Angeles Times Stage

 

12:10 pm

Ricki Lake, author of “Never Say Never: Finding a Life That Fits”

 

 

 

1:20 pm

Tori Spelling, author of “Celebratori: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Friends and Family”

 

 

2:30 pm

John Cusack discusses Relativity Media’s “The Raven”

 

 

 

3:40 pm

Marilu Henner, author of “Total Memory M

akeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future”

 

 

4:50 pm

Sugar Ray Leonard, author of “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring,” interviewed by Randy Harvey

Target Children’s Stage

10:00 am

Roger Day, Why Does Gray M

atter?
Musical Act

 

 

10:35 am

Marc Brown, If All the Animals Came Inside

 

 

 

10:55 am

Eric Litwin & James Dean, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

 

 

11:15 am

Philip & Erin Stead, A Sick Day for Amos McGee

 

 

 

11:40 am

José-Luis Orozco, Caramba Kids


Musical Act

 

 

12:15 pm

Michael Buckley, The Sisters Grimm Series

 

 

 

12:35 pm

David Shannon, How Georgie Radburn Saved Baseball

 

 

12:55 pm

Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

Cooking Stage

  11:00 am

   Michael Voltaggio, author of “VOLT ink,” Gives a Cooking     Demonstration

 

 

12:30 pm

Gail Simmons, author of “Talking with My Mouth Full,” Gives a Cooking Demonstration

 






 

 

2:00 pm

Nancy Silverton, author of “The Mozza Cookbook” and Michael Voltaggio, author of “VOLT ink” Discuss the LA Food Scene, interviewed by Betty Hallock

 

 

3:30 pm

Anne Burrell, author of “Cook like a Rock Star” Gives a Cooking Demonstration

Etc. Stage

  11:00 am 

   Dimestories
   Three-minute stories read by various artists

 

 

12:00 pm

Hangdog Expression
Musical Performance

 






 

 

1:00 pm

Fresh From Figment: Top Comic Actors Read from Young Writers’ Works Featuring Michael Ian Black, Michael Hitchcock , Nick Kroll, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Andrea Savage, Martin Starr & Michaela Watkins

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, but always entertaining landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Garcia is the author of the Luc Actar crime series (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger: A Death Valley Mystery). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair.
www.melissamgarcia.com

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