Upcoming Events

   February 4
Metro-Phoenix Chapter @10:30AM
Executive Towers, 207 W. Clarendon Ave.
Judy Slack of Tom Hopkins International. "The Inside Story on Publishing."
info: Katherine Herbert—kaherbert@cox.net or call, 602-604-1827.

   February 6
Santa Cruz Chapter @1-2:45PM
"From Print to Digital, What Market Changes Mean for Authors," featuring Jerry Simmons. Green Valley Library, free and open to the public.

   February 11
Arizona Mystery Writers @10-2PM
Morning—Mary Ann Hutchison, "The times of your life are worth more than you think." Afternoon—Dr. Bruce Parks, a pathologist and former chief medical examiner for Pima County. El Parador Restaurant 2744 East Broadway Blvd.
RSVP at www.arizonamysterywriters.com.

   February 19
SSA Forum @ 11AM—2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Harvey Stanbrough - "The Advent & Future of ePublishing!"
(see article this page)

   March 3
Metro-Phoenix Chapter @10:30AM
Executive Towers, 207 W. Clarendon Ave.
Members critique of current works.
info: Katherine Herbert—kaherbert@cox.net or call, 602-604-1827.

   March 5
Santa Cruz Chapter @1-2:45PM
"Social Media for Authors," featuring Serena Freewomyn. Green Valley Library, free and open to the public

   March 10-11
Tucson Festival of Books @9:30-5:30PM
At the Univ. of Arizona. SSA, Arizona Mystery Writers and many more Arizona authors will be there.

   March 18
SSA Forum @ 11AM—2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Jan Cleere - "The Full, Unvarnished Story"
(see article this page)

   April 7
Metro-Phoenix Chapter @10:30AM
Location TBA.
Jana Bommersbach, "Long and Short Form Writing"
info: Katherine Herbert—kaherbert@cox.net or call, 602-604-1827.

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   Those of you who have heard Harvey speak before know we're in for a great presentation. Do you ever wonder about all the fuss regarding epublishing or digital publishing? What is it? How can you do it? Can you epublish and print publish simultaneously or must you choose? Is digital publishing a passing fad or is it here to stay?

   In the SSA Forum on February 19, Harvey Stanbrough will answer these questions and many more, and he is uniquely qualified to do so. Harvey's poetry collection, Lessons for a Barren Population, was the first full-length original poetry collection published as an ebook, and that was back in 1999. Digital publishing has been around ever since, and today approximately 20% of American households own at least one dedicated e-reader, not including laptops and cell phones.

   Harvey's talk will include a handout with links to valuable information and resources, along with a free e-book. Don't miss this one!

   Remember, our forums are now at 11am and will be $25 with registration ($30 at the door). Call in your reservations to 546-9382 or e-mail ssabrunches@gmail.com by the Wednesday prior (in this case, February 15).

   March 18, 2012 brings Jan Cleere back to SSA with a timely presentation in keeping with the Arizona Statehood Centennial.

   Historical biography is one of the largest categories in the biography genre in print, but no biography is, or can be, the full, unvarnished story of someone's life. The job of a biographer is to select, condense and simplify an individual's life in as open and fair a way as possible. Not always easy to do according to Jan Cleere, award winning author, historian, researcher and lecturer. In a PowerPoint presentation that will include photographs of some of the early Arizona women Jan has researched and written about, she will discuss her research methods for writing biographies, how to identify primary and secondary sources, and interview methods that have led to interviews with individuals such as former Governor Rose Mofford; Ruth Okimoto, a Japanese internment camp survivor; and 90-year-old singer, songwriter and Glen Canyon Dam protester Katie Lee.

   Jan has been writing about the people who first settled in the desert southwest for over ten years. Her latest book, Levi's & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History, contains the stories of more than 30 heroic Arizona women of Native American, African American, Hispanic, and Anglo descent who made their mark in the intriguing history of our state.

   Her other books include Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers, winner of the 2009 Arizona Book Publishing Association Glyph award for best young adult nonfiction. Outlaw Tales of Arizona: True Stories of Arizona's Most Famous Robbers, Rustlers, and Bandits was recognized nationally in 2007 as winner of the National Federation of Press Women's Literary Competition for Historical Nonfiction. A second edition of Outlaw Tales will be published this year, adding additional chapters about Arizona's more notorious citizens. More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada Women was a 2006 WILLA Literary Award finalist.

   Remember, our forums are now at 11am and will be $25 with registration ($30 at the door). Call in your reservations to 546-9382 or e-mail ssabrunches@gmail.com by the Wednesday prior (in this case, February 15).


Jerry Airth's short story "Night Food" was published in The Devil's Coattails, edited by Jason V. Brock and William F. Nolan. For reading samples and more information check out http://darkdiscoveries.com/blog/2012/01/the-devils-coattails/

Jennifer L. Beauchamp's Mischief on the Farm lets you join Jenny, Joy and Jay on three exciting true adventures on their grandparents' Indiana farm. Join in the fun and find out what startled the horse and caused the big explosionÉ What is the monster in the haymow that has everyone trembling? And just who is the face behind the mask?
The book includes eleven pages of read-to-me and read-on-my own Fun & Learn Activities for teachers, parents and grandparents to print and share. Who knows, maybe you'll recall a few adventures of your own childhood as you read and share? Mischief is available at www.jenniferbeauchamp.com.

LD Bergsgaard's debut book, Next Year in Jerusalem, was reviewed by Ned Lord in the Green Valley News, Dec. 18, 2011—"it is a great read that moves with the speed of a missile. I believe this novel elevates Bergsgaard to the level of the great espionage writers, the likes of John LeCarre and Fredrick Forsyth. Mr. Bergsgaard, who is now retired, was a special agent for the US Department of Treasury and the Minnesota Department of Criminal Apprehension. This is a compelling story of the fast-paced investigation of a terrorist plot to force the United States to abandon Israel."
The book is available on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, in e-format and in bookstores by special order at www.ldbergsgaard.net.

Patrick Lavin is pleased to announce the recent release of his eighth book, The Shaping of the Celtic World. Ranging from prehistoric to modern times, the story undertakes a journey into the Celtic consciousness, revealing a proud and independent people with a unique history. Their myths and legends overflow with many intriguing stories, of which the quarrels between the gods and warriors are the most enthralling. The romance of Celtic mythology is unrivaled, conjuring up a vanished world of enchantment, gallantry and song.
The book is written for the millions who proudly identify with their Celtic roots—known today by their ethnic identities as Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Mann, Breton and Cornish. This is a book that will be enjoyed by all who have an interest in their Celtic origins, and indeed by all who are interested in the classical literature of early Europe.
You can order through iUniverse 1-800-288-4677. Also available through: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million bookstores.

Mabel Leo's first book, The Saga of Jack Durant, published in 1996 continues to surprise her. Not only is it her best seller but, in 2005, became the basis for an award-winning play, In My Humble Opinion, written by local playwright, Terry Earp. The play ran for eighteen sold-out performances, always with patrons waiting outside hoping for no-shows, and won four ariZoni Theatre Awards. The play will be performed again at the PLAYHOUSE On The Park in Phoenix April 26-May 12, 2012. Contact Mabel for more info at mibbles1274@msn.com. Jack is back!
More info at www.mabelleo.com. Check out new blog: www.mabelsblog.com.

Susan Nolen wanted to let everyone know that her short story, "Ted's Day Out" [Kindle Edition], is up on Amazon for free to Prime members and 99¢ for everyone else (www.amazon.com/dp/B006UULB8E). "A secret life. A secret mission. Ted is a wire fox terrier with a purpose." You can download the Kindle App free from Amazon.com for your laptop or computer. Hope you get a chance to read and enjoy it! She is also doing queries for a novel and starting work on a non-fiction poetry anthology.

E.J. Phillips was awarded first prize and Crème de la Crème for her short story, "Bear Gulch," in the nostalgia category of the Oklahoma City Writers annual contest. "It is a nostalgia story of my memories of summer vacations at my grandparents home in Southern Colorado, South of Canyon City."

Denise Roessle's e-book memoir, Second Chance Mother has been selling well on Amazon, BN.com, and Smashwords. Released in November by Red Willow Digital Press, her book chronicles the first several years of reunion with the son she gave up for adoption at 19. The trade paperback will be available in early February (also through Amazon and B&N). Visit Denise's website at secondchancemother.com to learn more about her story and read the opening.

George Smith recently (September, 2011) completed and published Red Treasure, a historical fiction book describing the period in Arizona's history from the mid-1880s to statehood in 1912. Full details of this book and a previous one (Gold, Silver and Guns), and his bio can be reviewed at www.george-e-smith.info.

Harvey Stanbrough just wanted to share some good news: "A high school senior from a high school in Utah sent me an email a little while ago asking whether he and his friends could turn my short story, "Same Ol' Bull, Same Ol' Rodeo," into a short film for a school project. I have to tell you I was flattered. Of course, I agreed and asked him to please provide me with the URL of the film once it's finished so I can put a link on my website. This must be my primary claim to fame in this lifetime. Several years ago, a young woman in Texas won a 4-year college scholarship to the University of Texas by performing an oral interpretation of my long poem, "Residua." A year or two later, a young filmmaker in California did a short film adaptation of my flash fiction story, "At Confession." And a couple years later, a different filmmaker created yet another short film adaptation of the same flash fiction story. No money, but I'm rich beyond my wildest dreams."

Hugh Starkey, after taking Harvey Stanbrough's workshop on e-publishing, has published (through Smashwords) a multi-format ebook, Random Thoughts From A Wandering Mind. The book is a poetry collection ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking.

Betty Webb's new Lena Jones mystery, Desert Wind, will be available nationally beginning February 7. PLOT: While investigating a murder near Arizona's Grand Canyon, detective Lena Jones finds a community decimated by dangerous uranium mining practices, as well as a connection to actor John Wayne and the mysterious deaths connected to the 1954 filming of The Conqueror. Gabe Boone, a wrangler on that doomed film, is still alive, but the only person the aged man will confide in is John Wayne's ghost. Lena must penetrate Gabe's defenses to uncover the decades-old tragedy no one wants to talk about. Old sins never die and are still taking lives as shadows of the Cold War impact contemporary America in this wrenching novel.
To read an excerpt from Desert Wind, go to www.bettywebb-mystery.com and to find out if Betty will be at a bookstore or library near you, log onto http://bettywebbssignings.blogspot.com

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