Upcoming Events

   June 17
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Kris Neri - "View From the Bookstore"
(see article this page)

   July 15
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Duke Southard - "Adventures of a True Crime Neophyte"
(see article this page)

   August 15
Writers Unite to Fight Cancer Contest Deadline
The theme is "Courage to Thrive" writersunitetofightcancer.com

To R.S.V.P. SSA Forum
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
or e-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com WEDNESDAY before the Forum
$25 with reservation or
$30 paid at the door

   Bestselling authors can count on their books gracing bookstore shelves from coast-to-coast, but authors on the way up need to work harder to claim that valuable space. As a published author and a bookstore owner, Kris Neri sees the book business from multiple sides. She also knows that some authors make mistakes in their attempt to get their books into bookstores. She will share the knowledge she's gained in her years as a bookseller, including the workings of independent bookstores and the best ways for authors to approach them. She will also discuss how writers who are currently unpublished can build relationships with booksellers, so when they are published, those booksellers will want to hand-sell their books. She will pepper her talk with real life anecdotes of the best and worst approaches she's seen authors make, and will provide a handout filled with valuable gems every author should know.

   Kris Neri writes the Tracy Eaton mystery series, featuring the daughter of eccentric Hollywood stars, the latest of which is Revenge For Old Times' Sake, as well as the Samantha Brennan & Annabelle Haggerty magical mysteries, Magical Alienation and High Crimes on the Magical Plane, featuring a fake psychic who teams up with a Celtic goddess/FBI agent. Her books have been honored with Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and Lefty Award nominations; she is a three-time Lefty Award nominee for Best Humorous Mystery. Kris teaches writing for the prestigious Writers' Program of the UCLA Extension School, and with her husband, owns The Well Red Coyote bookstore in Sedona.

   Remember, our forums will now be at the Inn Suites at I-10 and St. Mary's. We will start at 11am and it 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, June 13).

   Author Duke Southard will present his popular program, "Adventures of a True Crime Neophyte." He highlights his journey into the true crime genre of writing with his current work in progress, Murder In A Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns. The book is based on the brutal stabbing death of a well-loved school nurse and mother of five in a small town in New Hampshire. Updated information on this project based on recent interviews conducted in New Hampshire will be discussed as well.

   Duke is the author of two novels and two non-fiction books. Several of his short pieces have won awards in The Society of Southwestern Authors annual writing contests. He is retired from 35 years in public education and now lives in Green Valley after spending 40 years in New Hampshire. Complete information may be found on his website (www.dukesouthard.com).

   Remember, our forums will now be at the Inn Suites at I-10 and St. Mary's. We will start at 11am and it 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, July 11).

Forums Will be at Tucson City Center InnSuites

The Four Points Sheraton will be closed for renovations so our Forum Committee has selected the Tucson City Center InnSuites Conference Suite Resort, 475 N. Granada Avenue, as our meeting place for the next several months. This will be at the same time—11 am to 2 pm., the third Sunday of the month. We'll be enjoying a great luncheon in restful, elegant surroundings at the same great price of $25 with RSVP by phone or email, and $30 at the door. (We ask that if you can't make it you call or email SSA your cancellation within 24 hours prior. If you do not do this, we are charged for your lunch.) Watch your e-mail for further news blasts.

LOCATION: Tucson City Center InnSuites Resort, 475 N. Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701

DIRECTIONS: 1) From the east follow Speedway to the light before I-10. Turn left on Main (Main becomes Granada), take Granada past St. Mary's then turn right into their east entrance.
2) From I-10 take St. Mary's east turn just before the light into the north entrance or keep going to the light at Granada then turn right, then right again into their east entrance.


Steve Adelson has sold another article to Financial History Magazine titled "McDonald's And The New Franchising Paradigm." The article explains how this world-wide restaurant chain owes its existence not so much to providing fast food, but by the innovative ways they developed real estate financing and lease-back arrangements with their licensees. The article provides a unique "behind the counter" view detailing a little-known operations aspect to this purveyor of hamburgers and fries.

Mike Alvarez wanted to let everyone know about the recent publication of three of his poems in the The Blue Guitar online magazine. "I usually don't write poetry, but a while back for some unknown reason poems began pouring out of me. 'Life in a Small Mining Town' was a poem I wrote with my father in mind. His death in 1986 hit me hard. Writer heal thyself: writing this poem helped me quite a bit."
The other two poems are "Telluride" and "A Brisk Walk." They can all be read at www.theblueguitarmagazine.org

Jan Holmes Frost shares the fractured vision of homegrown insurgents who manage to stay one step ahead of our nation's highest-ranking agents in Without Sanctions. Frost's technical knowledge delves into hidden, multi-layered TS areas within the FBI and CIA, where our agents are forced to implement bleeding-edge neuron technologies that until now have been unknown and untested.
Drexel Rose, an avid chess player, former Patriots linebacker and U.S. Enemy Surveillance Department expert must stop unknown enemies waging a Christmas Holiday attack on America's famous icons; but to do so, Drex and two other agents are forced to go rogue. Taking great risk, they borrow HCI (human computer interface) from the Oracles who have developed it. They must harness this unbeatable analytical capability if they are to get ahead of this new and deadly game before it reaches epic proportions.
In the tradition of Vince Flynn and Richard A. Clarke, Without Sanctions will keep you on the edge from beginning to end.
Without Sanctions is available from booksellers worldwide as well as from ebook reader sources, or you may purchase a signed copy at www.janholmesfrost.com

Gail Gibbs has penned her fourth eBook for the personalized romance website YourNovel.com. This one is called Red Moon Waltz and brings magic to a delicate moonlight dance of danger and romance. As with all YourNovel.com titles, couples become the stars of their own personalized romance print novel or e-book. These custom books make fun gifts for weddings, anniversaries, or any loving celebration.

Ed Kostro's, life in animal rescue began here in Tucson, and has exploded worldwide after his move to Indiana and subsequent five books plus dozens of articles in major magazines focusing on All Creatures, Great and Small. His latest story, "Rescued: Surveillance Camera Reveals Hungry Dog Crawling in Dumpster" is now posted on the Care2 Animal Welfare Website, and what a great dog Hank has now turned out to be: www.care2.com/causes/rescued-surveillance-camera-reveals-hungry-dog-crawling-in-dumpster.html.

Mike Rom's digital art piece, Neon Crazy, was selected to be in Pima Community College's literary and art publication, SandScript. SandScript is published annually and includes a collection of prose, poetry and visual art by Pima students, faculty and staff. SandScript is created and designed by West Campus students every spring semester and has won numerous awards for excellence on both the regional and national level.

The Write Word
published bi-monthly by the Board of Directors
of The Society of Southwestern Authors
P.O. Box 30355, Tucson, AZ 85751

Board of Dirctors

Carroll Rinehart:

Vice President; Membership Chair
Penny Porter: wporter202@aol.com

Jay McCall: jmccall415@msn.com

Recording Secretary
Concy Richardson: concy@comcast.net

Forum Program Chair
Jan Holmes Frost: Jan@JanHolmesFrost.com
Reservations: 546-9382 or
E-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com

Members at Large
Steve Adelson (advertising manager of events):

Gayle Martin(editor, author, book cover designer):

Tucson Book Festival; Wild Apricot
Cynthia Roedig: cynthia_33@msn.com


Conference Co-Chairs
Cynthia Roedig & Jan Holmes Frost

Writing Contest

Speaker's Bureau Coordinator
Jan Holmes Frost: Jan@JanHolmesFrost.com

Writing Group Coordinator
Barry Webb: Barrywebb3@yahoo.com

Write Word Editor
Mike Rom: (520) 410-1294 (beep)
e-mail: writeword@ssa-az.org

SSA Home Page:


Mike Rom: writeword@ssa-az.org

NOTE: Deadline for next issue is the 15th day of July