Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Signing with Diane Vallere & Sybil Johnson

Join us for a book signing with Diane Vallere & Sybil Johnson Sunday, November 23rd from 2-4pm. The authors will be signing copies of their new books, Suede to Rest and Fatal Brushstroke.


With her career as a dress designer in shreds, Polyester Monroe is looking forward to a fresh start. But as it all unfolds, the pattern to a new beginning looks a lot like murder.

When Poly Monroe was little, she loved playing in her family’s textile store. But after a fatal family tragedy, Land of A Thousand Fabrics was boarded up and Poly never expected to see the inside again. Now, as inheritor of the long-shuttered shop, she’s ready to restore the family business. However her two new kittens, Pins and Needles, aren’t the ones causing a snag in her plans…...

Not everyone wants Poly back in San LadrĂ³n, especially a powerful local developer pressuring her to sell—and leave town fast. But even when the threats turn deadly, she’s not ready to bolt. Because Poly is beginning to suspect that the murder behind the shop is tied to a mystery in her family’s unsettled past that she’s determined to solve…before her own life is left hanging by a thread.


A dead body in her garden and a homicide detective on her doorstep…

Computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson doesn’t envision finding either when she steps outside to investigate the frenzied yipping coming from her own backyard. After all, she lives in Vista Beach, a quiet California beach community where violent crime is rare and murder even rarer.

Suspicion falls on Rory when the body buried in her flowerbed turns out to be someone she knows—her tole painting teacher, Hester Bouquet. Just two weekends before, Rory attended one of Hester’s weekend painting seminars, an unpleasant experience she vowed never to repeat. As evidence piles up against Rory, she embarks on a quest to identify the killer and clear her name. Can Rory unearth the truth before she encounters her own brush with death?

Book Signing with former mayor Richard J. Riordan

Join us for an exciting signing with former mayor Richard J. Riordan, Saturday, November 22nd from 4-6pm. The author will be signing copies of his new book, The Mayor.

"Between 1993 and 2001, Mayor Richard J. Riordan, a maverick multi-millionaire who championed pragmatism over divisive politics, pulled Los Angeles from the brink of collapse and turned around one of the world’s most famous cities. Wildly popular today among Angelenos of all stripes, Riordan continues to be a major force in the political and civic worlds of L.A.

Riordan, a non-ideological Republican who was pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and pro-immigration, was elected to office in the aftermath of the infamous Rodney King beating and subsequent 1992 L.A. Riots, which caused nearly $1 billion in property damage and took the lives of over 50 people. With ineffectual political leadership at City Hall, racial tensions were running high, the economy was in the tank, and the city’s crime and homicide rates grew out of control during the crack cocaine epidemic. And only a few months into Riordan’s young mayoralty, L.A. appeared to be most definitely doomed after the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake rocked the city to its core.

But unlike his combative counterpart in New York City, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Riordan was a healing, compassionate figure that recreated L.A. into a thriving, world-class metropolis—and he’s still a key problem solver in the nation’s second largest city.

As the result of Riordan’s efforts, Los Angeles is now a cultural and event destination. He oversaw and pushed through the construction of Frank Gehry’s masterpiece Walt Disney Concert Hall -- a venture the mayor helped personally fund when private financing stalled -- and the landmark Staples Center. He reformed the nation’s second largest public school system, modernized the Los Angeles Police Department, and reformed Los Angeles’ City Charter. After an unsuccessful run for California governor, Riordan worked for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as his secretary of education.

Riordan’s perspective on effective leadership is like no other.

Readers will also learn about the numerous tragedies Riordan faced and how each event shaped him as a person and as mayor. From the deaths of Riordan’s two young children to the passing of his mother on the eve of his first mayoral election, Riordan’s courage and compassion in the face personal heartbreak illustrates why he is so beloved. Riordan is also a cutting-edge philanthropist who helped dramatically improve literacy rates in such places as Mississippi and has personally donated over $100 million to improve the education of poor children. For years, he has donated half his income to charities. This 330-paged memoir delves into his successes and difficulties during his time as mayor, the ideas and value system that drove his work—such as his deep spiritual beliefs that everyone is equal and deserves the opportunity to succeed—and the life events that shaped him."

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Book Signing with Charles Salzberg

Join us for a book signing with Charles Salzberg on Sunday, November 16th from 2-4pm. The author will be signing copies of his new book, Swann's Lake of Despair.

When rare photos, a scandalous diary, and a beautiful woman all go missing at once, the stage is set for three challenging cases for Henry Swann. It begins with an offer to partner up with his slovenly, unreliable frenemy, Goldblatt. The disbarred lawyer-turned-"facilitator" would provide the leads and muscle, while Swann would do all the fancy footwork. A lost diary by a free-loving Jazz Age flapper is worth enough to someone that Swann takes a beat down on an abandoned boardwalk. Pilfered photos of Marilyn Monroe propel him deep into the past of an alcoholic shutterbug, his wife; and he's hired to search for a lonely writer's runaway girlfriend. The cases converge and collide in a finale that lifts the curtain on crucial, deadly facts of life for everyone including Swann himself.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Signing with Melanie Rothschild

Join us for a book signing with Melanie Rothschild on Saturday, November 15th from 2-4pm. The author will be signing copies of her new book, The Art of Mistakes.

You can make art and deeply appreciate the Art of Mistakes.

When it comes to mistakes, we're all experts. Really. Yet fear of making mistakes often holds us back from trying new things. Inside, you will discover how our mistakes can be powerful opportunities for new ideas that we could never think up deliberately.

Whether you are a seasoned artist, or just getting started, learning to embrace and use mistakes can spell the beginning of a new chapter in your art-making life.

Perhaps you were told by a former teacher or "expert" that your drawing or painting wasn't good enough, or you've had your creativity stymied in some other way. Maybe you have artistic impulses and desires but feel like you aren't one of the "chosen few" who can make art. Now you can learn ideas and painting techniques that show you a way of creative thinking that turn even your mistakes into beautiful works of art!

"Of all places, art is a spot where mistakes should be considered honored guests."

  • 16 painting techniques to encourage creative thinking and experimentation
  • Permission to make mistakes as you make art.
  • Methods to discover how mistakes can serve your art and creativity

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Signing with Janeen Antonelli & Michelle Pohl

Join us for a book signing with Janeen Antonelli & Michelle Pohl on Saturday, October 18th from 2-4pm. The authors will be signing copies of their new book, The Halloween Fairy Keeps Christmas Merry.

"This Halloween story's more enchanting than most. It contains no goblins, no vampires, no ghosts. It's a story of magic, of fairies, and elves. It's a story of Santa needing candy to fatten himself." THIS HALLOWEEN, START A NEW FAMILY TRADITION. You will save Christmas Day by giving so many of your treats away. Once Christmas is over, Santa puts his weary body to bed and falls asleep for 9 long months. When he wakes, his magic suit and black boots no longer fit and without his suit and boots, there will be no Christmas magic. With the help of Santa's elves, the HALLOWEEN FAIRY and YOU, Christmas can be saved! This Halloween, while you trick and you treat, the Halloween Fairy will be watching you and hoping you will set your candy in a special place. She will reward you for your kindness and your giving will save Christmas Day!

Book Signing with Elisabetta L. Faenza

Join us for a book signing with Elisabetta L. Faenza on Saturday, October 18th from 11am-1pm. The author will be signing copies of her new book, The Energy Code.

Ever noticed the mood you wake up with in the morning can have an effect on your whole day? Ever wondered if maybe how you felt when you woke up actually created the events of your day, that somehow your inside was affecting your outside? Ever wished you could change? This book is all about providing you with the answers. In The Energy Code, Elisabetta L. Faenza shares the compelling science behind mood, energy and performance and provides some common sense tools to help make the most of our genetic and energetic potential. But don't be fooled, this is no dry science primer, or head-in-the-clouds self-help book. Elisabetta has the knack of taking complex science and explaining it in a way that is compelling, easy to understand and practical. Drawing on her 30 years of experience as an international speaker, trainer, consultant, and performance expert, Elisabetta makes sense of the latest scientific breakthroughs coming from quantum biology, peptide chemistry and neuroscience and reveals how this information can improve your health and performance in all areas of your life. Elisabetta will share with you: • how to utilize the way your mind and body works to overcome any unwanted habit • the 16 Personality States and how they influence brain function, focus and energy levels • the 4 Modes of Performance and how to harness them to be more productive • the 7 keys to activating your DNA and how these can improve performance

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Book Signing with Joy Ann Daffern

Join us for a book signing with Joy Ann Daffern on Saturday, October 11th from 2-4pm. The author will be signing copies of her new book, Adventures at Pebble Pond.

Webster's a little duck—or is he? He certainly looks like a duck, with webbed feet, a bill, and downy feathers. He likes to eat the things ducks eat, especially earthworms and grass. He quacks like a duck, and all his brothers and sisters are ducks, so he must be a duck too, right?

Webster doesn't think so. Ducks are supposed to love water, but he's not a very good swimmer. He swims so badly other ducks tease him about it.

If he's not a duck, then what is he? Webster decides to find out. So with his mother's permission (and a packed lunch) Webster sets out to discover what he is. Along the way he discovers that perhaps, just perhaps, being a duck means more than just swimming.

A sweet, inspiring story about recognizing one's true potential, Adventures at Pebble Pond: Webster’s Journey will delight boys and girls aged four to seven, and remind all readers that while no one is good at everything, we all have our own unique talents.