Emerging Writers & Holiday Potluck with Sisters in Crime LA

Sisters in Crime Los Angeles present “New Voices: A Showcase of Emerging Writers” on Sunday, Dec. 4.

  • Share in an eclectic potluck and listen to readings of suspense and danger from five emerging writers.
  • Bring new and gently used books to share with the Friends of the South Pasadena Library.
  • Enjoy holiday music on the piano from the talented Gerry Schiller.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 4
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: South Pasadena Library Community Room
1115 El Centro St. South Pasadena
Cost: No charge, just a dish to share. Guests are welcome.
Designated charity: Friends of the South Pasadena Library.
More information: www.SistersinCrimeLA.com

The writers who will read from their yet-to-be-published mysteries are:

Maria Alexander, an author of humor, suspense and horror. Her stories have appeared in award-winning anthologies and magazines alongside greats such as Chuck Palahniuk and David Morrell and have been praised by “Rue Morgue” and “Fangoria.” When not crafting crimes, she is an award-winning copywriter for Disney’s websites. Check out the Haunted Mansion page on Disneyland.com to taste her turn of phrase. Her website is www.mariaalexander.net.

Maria will read from No Rhyme Goes Unpunished, an offbeat comedy thriller about Henry Cake, a homicide detective who can’t get a break in his career until someone starts killing all the worst poets in L.A.

Laura Brennan, whose eclectic career has so far included lopping people’s heads off on “Highlander: The Raven,” feeding them to dinosaurs on TV’s “The Lost World,” and sacrificing them to demons and vampires in her adaptation of the L.A. Banks” Vampire Huntress series for PicturePlay Productions.  But it hasn’t all been blood and guts: Her series Faux Baby (www.hulu.com/faux-baby) explores the lighter side of motherhood. And if the faux baby loses a limb here and there, well… No, actually, she has no justification for that at all.  Check her out at www.pitchingperfectly.com.

Laura will share from The End of All Things, a thriller set in Victorian London. Four years before Jack the Ripper, a killer stalks the daughters of London’s upper class. The only man who can stop him wants nothing to do with the case — until he realizes he might hang for the murders himself.

Sam Roseme, a lawyer, former journalist and busy writer. His mysteries have appeared in “A Twist of Noir,” “Mysterical-e,” and the anthologies “Pulp Empire, Volume 2” and the recently released “West Coast Crime Wave.” He has written for Readers’ Digest, New York Law Journal and many other publications. He is currently practices law in downtown Los Angeles.

Sam will read from his first novel, Up or Out, featuring attorney Josh Lehman.With his chances of becoming partner at his prestigious law firm slim to none, Josh is about to lose his plum job due to the firm’s strict up-or-out policy — you’re either promoted to partner or you’re pushed out. His fortunes change when he witnesses his boss run down a man and keep on driving. The blackmail saves his job for the time being but draws him deep into the cover-up of the crime and the dangerous inner world of his boss that may cost him his life.

Carole Sojka, who began to write seriously after she retired as the administrator of a public law office in Orange County. She is working on a mystery series set on Florida’s Gold Coast and has had a short story published in an anthology from Red Coyote Press.

Carole will be reading the beginning of a short story entitled “Wind,” which has as its backdrop the twin plagues of Los Angeles — wind and fire.

Diane Vallere is a 20-year fashion industry insider with a taste for murder. Her short story “Identity Crisis” is featured in FISH TALES: The Guppy Anthology, published by Wildside Press in 2011. She started her own detective agency at age 10 and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.

Diane will present a selection from Pillow Stalk, a zany mystery revolving around interior decorator Madison Night. Madison has modeled her life and her look after Doris Day’s character in the movie “Pillow Talk,” but when a killer targets women dressed like the bubbly actress, Madison’s signature Sixties style places her in the middle of a homicide investigation. The local detective connects the new crimes to a 20-year old cold case, and Madison’s long-trusted contractor emerges as the leading suspect. As the body count piles up like a stack of plush pillows, Madison uncovers a Soviet spy, a campaign to destroy all Doris Day movies, and six minutes of film that will change her life forever.

For more information, visit: www.SistersinCrimeLA.com


Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales and Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy. Don’t forget to subscribe to my emails and follow me on Twitter @LABooksExaminer for the latest updates to LA Books Examiner.


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