Author Launch 2019 Lineup

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Celebrate the success of Bay Area authors at the annual Redwood Writers Author Launch event. Listen to excerpts from new books published by our members since last July, meet local authors and pick up signed copies of their books.

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Scroll down to check out the stellar lineup of featured authors during the 2019 Author Launch.

 

July 14, 2019
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Flamingo Hotel
in the Empire Room

Santa Rosa

Price:

FREE
for Members, Guests
& General Public

CLICK BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AUTHORS AND THEIR BOOKS

  • Wendy Bartlett_Broad Reach

    Wendy Bartlett

    Broad Reach: Passion & Adventure Sailing the South Pacific

    Fiction/Thriller/Romance

  • Transmigration Technologies_Angela Brownemiller

    Dr. Angela Brownemiller

    Transmigration Technologies: Conscious Evolution and Survival In Journeys and Transitions

    Creative Nonfiction

  • Marilyn Campbell_A-Train-to-Nowhere

    Marilyn Campbell

    A Train to Nowhere

    Historical Fiction

  • Ones Own Sweet Way_Tina Deason

    Tina Deason

    One's Own Sweet Way, A Novel About Anxiety Disorder

    Fiction

  • Sue Ingalls Finan_cards_dont_lie

    Sue Ingalls Finan

    The Cards Don't Lie

    Historical Fiction

  • Wilder_William Haigwood

    William Haigwood

    Wilder

    Literary Fiction

  • Kymberlie Ingalls_Bits and Pieces-

    Kymberlie Ingalls

    Bits & Pieces

    Fiction/Workbook

  • Georgia James_Home Sweet Sonoma

    Georgia James

    Home Sweet Sonoma

    Women's fiction/Contemporary Romance

  • Ashes in a Coconut_Bo Kearns

    Bo Kearns

    Ashes in a Coconut

    Fiction

  • Robert Kourik_Lazy-Ass Gardening

    Robert Kourik

    Lazy-Ass Gardening

    Nonfiction

  • Most Improved_Scott Larson

    Scott Larson

    Most Improved

    Philosophical Autobiography

  • Set Up_Ana Manwaring

    Ana Manwaring

    Set Up

    Suspense/Thriller

  • Mark Piper_You Wish

    Mark Piper

    You Wish

    YA Fantasy

  • Gray is the New Black_Dorothy Rice

    Dorothy Rice

    Gray Is The New Black

    Memoir

  • Susanna Solomon_Montana Rhapsody

    Susanna Solomon

    Montana Rhapsody

    Fiction

  • Deborah Taylor-French_Red Sky at Night

    Deborah Taylor-French

    Red Sky at Night: Dog Leader Mysteries

    Mystery

  • Ayin Weaver_Souls of Viridian

    Ayin Weaver

    Souls of Viridian

    Fiction

  • Natasha Yim_Mulans Lunar New Year

    Natasha Yim

    Mulan's Lunar New Year

    Children's Picture Book

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FEATURED AUTHORS

Wendy Bartlett_Broad Reach

Broad Reach

It takes little to persuade Sarah, a divorcée, to join a mysterious sailor, a very sexy and charming Englishman, for an around-the-world cruise, despite her amateur knowledge of sailing. Sarah soon finds herself plunged into an abyss of fear and confusion, and ultimately, the greatest challenge she has ever faced.

WENDY BARTLETT

Wendy Bartlett has written seven novels and one screenplay. She is a world traveler and has sailed around Turkey, Cyprus, the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the California coast. Wendy heard a similar story years before she published Broad Reach, and said to herself, “That would be a great novel.”

Wendy Bartlett
Angela Brownemiller-

DR. ANGELA BROWNEMILLER

Dr. Angela Brownemiller, also known as Dr. Angela®, is author of hundreds of nonfiction and fiction books and articles on the human mind, spirit, and condition in our times. Dr. Angela seeks to bridge modern and ancient sciences, consciousnesses, and spiritualities to bring new understandings of ourselves, and new visions of the future.

Transmigration technologies: Conscious Evolution and Survival In Journeys and Transitions

Our basic instincts are calling, revealing their deeply embedded wisdoms. Listen, we can hear ourselves. Buried deep inside is our vast capability to shift, to transition, ourselves from one state of mind, one way of being, even from one dimension of reality to another. New avenues for the Human consciousness are opening, speaking to our survival.

Transmigration Technologies_Angela Brownemiller
Marilyn Campbell_A-Train-to-Nowhere

A Train to Nowhere

A Train to Nowhere explores the fragile nature of living in a period of rugged individualism and westward expansion on the edge of twentieth century America. This sequel to Trains to Concordia follows the lives of orphans, Charley and Christina, in 1900 as they leave behind lives as foster children in Kansas. In the belly of a boxcar, they head West to carve out their own destiny.

MARILYN CAMPBELL

Marilyn Campbell has written two young adult novels in the Historical Fiction genre and numerous short stories and poetry which have appeared in small journals and anthologies. For the last four years, Trains to Concordia has been used in the curriculum of Holy Spirit School in Fairfield. She has been a member of Redwood Writers since 2007 and is a founding member of Napa Valley Writers. She lives in Napa with her husband, Michael.

Marilyn Campbell
Tina Deason

TINA RIDDLE DEASON

Tina Riddle Deason, writing as CM Riddle, debuts her first novel, One’s Own Sweet Way: A Novel About Anxiety Disorder. When her child developed an anxiety disorder; she knew she had to share her compelling story with other families to offer support and hope. She is a mom, facilitator, and writer. Other works include magazines and anthologies.

One's Own Sweet Way: A Novel About Anxiety Disorder

One’s Own Sweet Way: A Novel About Anxiety Disorder, is based on real-life events. An ordinary family faces a crisis when teenager Neala Byrnes develops debilitating anxiety which threatens her education. Challenges and success are uniquely told from mother and daughter’s perspectives, A must-read for parents, students, and teachers.

Ones Own Sweet Way_Tina Deason
Sue Ingalls Finan_cards_dont_lie

The Cards Don't Lie

1814: The British are on the verge of capturing the strategically important port of New Orleans. Because of their experience, leadership, superior weaponry, and manpower, they expect an easy rout. But three women, a voodoo priestess/healer, a plantation mistress, and a prostitute, got into their way—along with Andrew Jackson.

SUE INGALLS FINAN

Sue Ingalls Finan is a member of the California Redwood Writer’s Club, Healdsburg Literary Guild, the Historical Novel Society, the Windsor Historical Society, and the American Association of University Women. Her adaptive writing and story-telling are featured in diverse media: textbooks, anthologies, magazines, and newspapers.

Sue Ingalls Finan
Bill Haigwood

WILLIAM HAIGWOOD

Wilder is the third novel of William Cook Haigwood’s Davenport Trilogy. Set during the recession of 2008, the Trilogy describes a beach photographer’s erotic odyssey within a libertine and newly thriving 21st century counterculture. Haigwood is the author of Journeying the Sixties: A Counterculture Tarot and several novels and story collections.

Wilder

The vast and newly emerging Counterculture the photographer discovered the previous summer has moved from Bonny Doon beach to the sandy coves of Wilder Ranch. The photographer continues to record bawdy and bizarre encounters that draw him farther into an encircling web of wonders he cannot resist. Wilder is the final novel of the Davenport Trilogy.

Wilder_William Haigwood
Kymberlie Ingalls_Bits and Pieces-

Bits & Pieces

Bits & Pieces is a journal for wandering through the muse—pieces of prose to delight readers and bits of words to encourage writers. This workbook is interactive and engaging for all ages.

KYMBERLIE INGALLS

Kymberlie Ingalls is native to the California Bay Area, and she is a pioneer in blogging and social marketing. Her style is loose, experimental and a journey in stream of consciousness. Hobbies include a fascination with humanity and questioning *every*thing. Works include personal essay, prose, fiction, and memoir.

Kymberlie Ingalls
Georgia James

GEORGIA JAMES

Georgia James is a hopeless romantic and wine country enthusiast. Formerly, a senior executive in the entertainment industry, she turned to writing over a decade ago, and has never looked back. She splits her time between Sonoma, California, and Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, two grown sons, one dog, and three cats. Georgia holds a bachelor's in Spanish literature. Home Sweet Sonoma is her first novel.

Home Sweet Sonoma

This wine country romance goes best with a glass of Chardonnay (or Cabernet), so kick back, relax, and follow Catherine "Kitty" Taylor on a soulful journey where she learns to trust her instincts and discover what she most wants out of life.

Georgia James_Home Sweet Sonoma
Ashes in a Coconut_Bo Kearns

Ashes in a Coconut

Fashion designer Laura Harrison sets aside her career to accompany her banker husband, Jack, to Indonesia to save her marriage. On arrival they come across a funeral ceremony that sets the tone for their welcome to the country. Laura experiences a wave of unease and haunting premonitions. When her fears become reality, events spin out of control.

BO KEARNS

Bo Kearns is a writer for NorthBay biz magazine and Sonoma Index-Tribune. Several of his short stories have won awards and been published. He lived in Indonesia, the setting of his novel, for three years. Now he lives in Sonoma with his wife, and rescue dog, Jake. He's a UC Naturalist, beekeeper, hiker, and active supporter of conservation causes.

Bo Kearns
Robert Kourik

ROBERT KOURIK

Robert Kourik is a publisher, author, and freelance writer. He is author and publisher of Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape—Naturally (1986), Gray Water Use in the Landscape, (1988), and Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates (1992).

Lazy-Ass Gardening

Teaches Gardens:

  • Lay out your garden for food, relaxation, and play.
  • Cultivate healthy self-sustaining soil for the future.
  • Attract the best pollinating and beneficial insects.
  • Choose the right plants for your landscape, climate, soil, and water supply.

And much more.

Robert Kourik_Lazy-Ass Gardening
Most Improved_Scott Larson

Most Improved

Most Improved is a meditation on the process of personal transformation. After suffering a cerebral hemorrhage in 2017, I experienced a transformation from a “self-centered” worldly view on life, to a “universe-connected” consciousness, where all life has meaning.

SCOTT LARSON

Scott Larson is a self-educated philosopher. He enjoys writing about life, and existence, ethics, and psychology.

Scott Larson
Ana Manwaring

ANA MANWARING

Ana Manwaring teaches creative writing and autobiographical writing through Napa Valley College in California’s wine country. She is the founder of JAM Manuscript Consulting where she coaches writers, assists in developing projects, and copyedits. Follow her blog, Building a Better Story at www.AnaManwaring.com for reviews of favorite authors.

Set Up

When JadeAnne Stone and her German shepherd, Pepper, are kidnapped off a lonely highway in Mexico en route to locate a banker’s missing wife, she unwittingly enters a world of high-stakes oil politics, money laundering, and El Narco’s grab for power. To stay alive, who will she trust as loyalties shift and greed rules?

Set Up_Ana Manwaring
Mark Piper_You Wish

You Wish

Imagine you are granted three wishes, and your second wish is captured by a television news crew and broadcast across the globe. Now the whole world knows you can wish for absolutely anything, and it will come true. Now imagine you’re fourteen years old.

MARK PIPER

Mark Scott Piper has written professionally his entire adult life. He holds a doctorate in English from the University of Oregon and has taught literature and writing at the college level. His stories have appeared in a number of print and online reviews. You Wish is his first published novel.

Mark Piper, Member in the Spotlight
Dorothy Rice

DOROTHY RICE

Dorothy Rice is the author of Gray Is the New Black: A memoir of self-acceptance (Otis Books, May 2019) and The Reluctant Artist, an art book/memoir (Shanti Arts, 2015). Her essays and stories have been widely published in journals and magazines, including The Rumpus, Saturday Evening Post, Brevity, and Brain Child Magazine. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and an essay about her mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s won second place in the 2018 Kalinithi Awards.

Gray Is The New Black

The wry, relatable narrator of Gray Is the New Black—a memoir of ageism, sexism, and self-acceptance—came of age in the psychedelic sixties. Now in her sixties, it’s time to take stock. After decades struggling to be thin enough, pretty, sexy and successful enough to deserve love and happiness, she devotes a year to cracking the code, a journey that forces her to confront the gnarled roots of female shame.

Gray is the New Black_Dorothy Rice
Susanna Solomon_Montana Rhapsody

Montana Rhapsody

Montana Rhapsody is a romantic adventure story about a pole dancer, a farmer, and a river. It's a hoot set on the Missouri River in Montana where our heroes are set upon by snags (trees in the water), leaky canoes, rain, hail, and bad guys.

SUSANNA SOLOMON

Susanna Solomon is the author of Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls, (2013) and More Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls (2016), and Montana Rhapsody (2018). She lives in San Anselmo California where she owns and operates her own electrical engineering business. Even though engineering may be her day job, writing is her passion.

Susanna-Solomon
Deborah Taylor-French, Photo by Cindy Pavlinac

DEBORAH TAYLOR-FRENCH

Deborah Taylor-French writes mystery and poetry. For eight years, she has blogged to save dogs’ lives and dog lovers’ sanity at Dog Leader Mysteries. She continues to study fiction and mystery writing. Facilitator for Redwood Writers Author Support Group, she helps writers at all stages to hone their craft.

Red Sky at Night: Dog Leader Mysteries

When lives are endangered from wildfire, dogs run toward the flames. Twelve-year-old Nevada saves her neighbors and their farm but longs to join the fire investigators and works to rescue a starving dog. This novel will have you rooting for the whole town, dogs, and people.

Deborah Taylor-French_Red Sky at Night
Ayin Weaver_Souls of Viridian

Souls Of Viridian

A 15th century Italian child of a clandestine healer, a young Parisian woman at the dawn of revolutionary France, a 21st century American artist and her female lover, a middle-age widower and an apparition from another dimension—what could they possibly have in common? What possible connection could there be?

AYIN WEAVER

Ayin Weaver is an artist, teacher, and author. Her career teaching diverse populations of students, her love of history, and a family tradition of storytelling has influenced her writing and her art. Her work reflects her interest in unmasking the myths of prejudice through a visionary path of enlightened spirituality.

Ayin Weaver
Natasha Yim

NATASHA YIM

Natasha Yim is a children’s author and freelance writer. She has published six picture books and written for Highlights for Children, Appleseeds, Faces, and Muse magazines. Natasha grew up in Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong and loves to write about people and cultures from around the world.

Natasha Yim_Mulans Lunar New Year

Mulan's Lunar New Year

For the first time, Mulan is old enough to help out with the preparations for Lunar New Year, her favorite festival. But everything she does seems to turn out wrong. . . . Follow along with Mulan in this Lunar New Year story that captures the sense of magic and imagination of this important holiday!

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