Life is funny that way, don't you think? Sometimes it throws you lemons, but other times it gifts you miracles! I'm going for the miracles. You may have noticed I haven't posted in a while, well, that's because I've been busy. Busy falling in love with Mexico all over again...

It was NanoWriMo 2023, and I was madly cranking out the rough draft of my latest WIP (work in progress) to "win" the 50,000-words-in-November contest (I won). The book, Kickback, wasn't coming easily; I had a lot of research to do on Mexican politics, Mexico City, and Mexican culture on the cusp of COVID. I hadn't visited in years, and after publishing Saints and Skeletons in June, I'd started letting go of memories. The memoir had helped me forgive all the difficult events and relive the wonderful adventure; I'd let the skeletons out of my closet. But I'd come across a good story, and I needed to write it, even if I was forgetting the smell of the air, the taste of street tacos, or the love I'd held for this magical country in all its virtues and errors.

And that's when the miracle manifested. Mexico wasn't letting ME go! First, I received an email from my old boyfriend, Fernando (read all about him in Saints and Skeletons). Thirty years later! And he wanted to make amends for everything that happened. How often does that happen?

Fernando and me in California 6/1992

We started talking: hashing out the memories, the joy—and the pain—catching up on a lifetime. (Still all in Spanish—another miracle, I'm learning it.) He'd googled me, discovered Saints and Skeletons, and reached out because he has written a book and wants to write more—supenso, thrillers. But he isn't a novelist by his own admission. Three months later, we're working on outlines for three thrillers, with a new idea brewing. Over WhatsApp we talk and brainstorm—just what we did so well through all those hours of traveling the back roads of Mexico in the 90s. We'll outline together. He'll research; I'll write. Suddenly I'm re-emmersed in Mexico—and it feels like coming home.

We don't know exactly how this will turn out, but I'm excited to have a new writing partner. If you like Mexico and crime, look for the first book sometime next year. In the meantime, don't miss the latest JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventure Book 5, Backlash Venom and Vengeance from 'Nam. It was short-listed for the Chanticleer CIBA 2023 Clue Award and won Gold Book from Literary Titan.

Your past will always find you. And it’s going to take everything you  love away. Including your life.

Jackman Quint spent years in prison for his crimes during his tour in Vietnam. He’s made a new life: reunited with his daughter JadeAnne, expanded his investigations, and dipped his toe into the dating pool. Life is going his way until Nader shows up in Mexico City. Now, when he has someone to lose, his past finds him. And Nader is out for blood.

You can learn more on March 9th. Join us at Barns and Noble, El Cerrito Plaza from 2:00-4:00. It'll be a crime if you miss it!

"Ana Manwaring does an outstanding job of crafting a story that both stands alone on its psychological and thriller components. Prior readers will appreciate the plot while newcomers won't need an introduction to past relationships to appreciate the characters and actions that represent international relationships and survival efforts.

The tension is nicely built, premises are logical and embedded into the story's action-packed scenarios, and readers receive a high-octane action work well steeped in Mexican affairs.

Libraries and readers seeking thrillers that center around attacks that challenge individual and national interests will find Backlash: Venom and Vengeance from 'Nam seamless in its action and characters and hard to put down." Diane Donovan, Editor, California Bookwatch; Donovan's Literary Recommended Reading

Don't miss Smashwords Read an eBook Week, March 3-9. All my books are Free!

And if you want to get started now the Kindle version of Book 1, Set Up, is currently on discount at Amazon.

The JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventures Books 1-4

Here's a little something to sip while you catch up with JadeAnne and Pepper

XOCOLATL

INGREDIENTS: 1 SERVING

1 cup milk, soy milk, almond milk, or water                                                         

1 package/disc Taza Chocolate Discs (any flavor)

Salt to taste

TO PREPARE:

1. Roughly chop or grate one disc of any flavor  and set aside.

2. Heat one cup of milk or water in a small saucepan over medium heat to just below a simmer.

3. Remove the milk from heat and add a pinch of salt.

4. Slowly mix in the chocolate, stirring frequently until dissolved.

5. When the chocolate is dissolved, return the mixture to the stove and re-warm over low heat.

6. While the chocolate is warming, use a whisk or molinillo to froth the chocolate.

7. When the chocolate is hot and frothy, remove from heat and serve.

Thanks for reading! Find me and my books through https://linktr.ee/anamanwaring and my website, www.anamanwaring.com

Early on the morning of September 16, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla summoned the largely Indian and mestizo congregation of his small Dolores parish church and urged them to take up arms and fight for Mexico’s independence from Spain. His El Grito de Dolores, or Cry of Dolores, which was spoken—not written—is commemorated on September 16 as Mexican Independence Day. Join JadeAnne Stone and Dylan Porras at Plaza Hidalgo in Coyoacán for El Grito.

image from KXAN Austin

A man in a grey suit stepped onto the stage. Fancy-looking men and women trailed him to the chairs set up behind the podium. One of them looked familiar, Mayor Fallas. A younger man in a white-collared shirt with sleeves rolled up joined the luminaries, shaking hands and greeting some of the women with air kisses. He bustled to the podium and stepped behind the lectern, tapping the mic to test it. Live. He looked out into the audience and grinned. “¡Buenos noches, Mexico!” The crowd roared. “I’m Alonso Maldonaldo Trejo, the head of our independence day committee here to welcome you to the fiesta!” The clapping sounded like thunder. Alonso patted his hands down until the audience quieted. “You all know why we’re here—to celebrate almost two hundred years of independence from the tyranny of the Spanish Crown.” 

More cheering, whistles, shouts of, “¡Viva!”

The crowd went wild as the church bells pealed in honor of the occasion. 

When the old bells stopped reverberating, Alonso continued, “Tonight to lead us in El Grito de Dolores, we have our distinguished Alcalde Fallas, mayor of the greatest city in our nation! Let’s give him a big hand,” he said and turned to lead the mayor and his wife up to the mic, clapping over his head and grinning like a fool before backing away and sitting down. I wondered who the rest of the delegation were.

Dylan whispered his interpretation of the speech in my ear, keeping me in stitches until the smarmy egoist and his wife encircled each other’s waists and waved to the crowd. It was the clichéd photo op every politician delivered. And it was 11:59. A projectile sailed across the heads of the audience and splatted onto the stage. Alonzo scuttled out and grabbed another mic. “Countdown time! Everybody. 12-11-10-...” We shouted with the emcee, “siete...seis...cinco...”

Fallas counted down on his fingers and we all shouted with him, “... dos... uno. Viva Mexico! Viva Mexico! Viva Mexico!” 

The plaza felt like it would lift off. Everywhere faces radiated joy and pride. The bells rang again, an allegro for fireworks blasting overhead and Mexico’s National anthem blasting out of the banks of speakers, “Mexicans at the cry of war, make ready the steel and the bridle...”

I apparently was the only person in the audience who didn’t know the words. Everybody sang. 

And the fiesta got under way.

The dignitaries left the stage as the band members slung guitar straps over their shoulders. The drummer tapped out a military drumroll and the lead strummed an electric chord. Firecrackers popped crazily, and where they went off the crowd parted. The plaza thinned out and again the faces of revelers shifted. The crowd looked younger. And pretty wasted. I smelled mota, pot, on the air.

The band kicked into their first song.

“Let’s dance,” he shouted back and handed me down.

“I’ll need another margarita to dance to this. Punk? Really Dyl?”

He laughed and towed me to the margarita line. I wished I had earplugs. I hadn’t appreciated punk rock when it was popular, except for the Cars and the Police, which might not technically be punk, but I didn’t really know. We hit the front of the line and got double shots again. I swilled mine and let the driving beat move my feet. The lyrics were in English. 

Dylan twirled me into the roistering mass gyrating to the driving beat. It was loud. The tenor of the evening shifted once again to something frenetic and sinister. Too many aggressive gang tats and tarted-up teens. I observed the people around me and began to feel like I’d fallen into a 21st century version of West Side Story. Call it South Side Story—and the relentless rhythm was firing up a rumble. I grabbed Dylan and jerked my head toward the pavement. Glass, broken booze bottles, trash being ground into paste under the people’s feet. We were in the middle of the mosh pit and the frenzy was a swarming hive of angry yellowjackets. I noticed the gang mudras, hand signals to friends, chin pointing, tensions rising. We had to leave, now. 

I pulled Dylan’s arm and he folded me into his chest and rocked me wildly to the beat. I squirmed away. He didn’t see the danger and grasped my hand, twirling me back in. From the corner of my eye I caught movement, not dancing. A pod of prison tats sharking through the crowd, pushing dancers out of their way, opening a path toward another school near the bandstand jigging, cheering, passing flasks and bottles between them and their girls. I caught sight of several Zs. Fear gripped me. 

I swung into Dylan and yelled, “Trouble ahead!”

He hooted and yelled, “You know it, baby!”

From Coyote~ Terror and Pursuit Across the Border, A JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventure #4

Chiles en Nogada

serves 8

Recipe Ingredients for Stuffing

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled, plus 10 cloves garlic minced
1 large white onions, grated
1/2 lb ground pork
1 lb ground veal
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground ham
1/2 cup raisins or currants
1 1/4 cups prunes, pitted and finely chopped
3/4 cup candied citron, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
3 large pears, finely chopped
3 peaches, finely chopped
2 apples, finely chopped
1 cups pineapple, finely chopped
1/2 plantain, finely chopped
3 large tomatoes finely chopped
1/2 tbs ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
5 bay leaves
3 sprigs thyme
3 sprigs marjoram
3/4 tbs freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup dry sherry
1/2 cup dry white wine
Salt to taste

Recipe Ingredients for the Chiles

16 medium chiles poblanos (green fresh ancho peppers), roasted, seeded, deveined and soaked in salted water and vinegar for 6 hrs.
1 cup flour

Recipe Ingredients for the Batter

10 eggs, separated
1 tbs salt
3 tbs flour
2 quarts vegetable oil for deep frying

Recipe Ingredients for the Sauce

2 cups walnuts
3/4 cup skinned almonds
7 oz cream cheese
3.5 oz goat cheese
1.5 oz fresh cheese, such as feta
1/2 slice bread trimmed and soaked in milk
1 cups heavy cream or 1 cup heavy cream mixed with 1 cup half and half
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tbs grated white onion
1 tbs ground cinnamon
1/4 cup dry sherry
Salt to taste

Recipe Ingredients for the Garnish

Seeds from 3 pomegranates
1/2 bunch of parsley, chopped

Recipe Instructions

Prepare the stuffing: Heat butter and oil in a saucepan. Brown 12 garlic cloves and discard. Brown minced garlic with onion. Add ground meats and saute until no longer red. Stir in raisins, prunes, citron, apricots, pears, peaches, apples, pineapple, plantain and tomatoes. cook until mixture begins to thicken, about 30 minutes.

Add cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, bay leaves, thyme, marjoram, pepper, sherry and white wine. SALT to taste. Simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 1 1/4 hours. Cool

Fill prepared chiles with cooled stuffing. Put flour on a piece of waxed paper. Roll chiles in flour and place on a tray. Cover and refrigerate.

Prepare the batter: Make batter in 3 batches, as needed or it will not remain fluffy. Beat 1/3 of egg whites with a little salt until stiff. Lightly beat 1/3 of egg yolks and 2 tbs flour to whites, folding in carefully.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a deep frying pan. Dip flour coated chiles in batter, one at a time and fry over medium heat. Do not crowed pan. Remove and drain on paper towels.

Prepare the sauce: boil walnuts in water to cover for 5 minutes. Remove from water. Peel skins. Boil almonds in water to cover for 25 minutes and soak in cold water. Peel skins. Grind walnuts and almonds in a blender or food processor, adding cream cheese, goat cheese, feta cheese, bread, cream, milk onion, sugar, cinnamon, sherry and salt. the mixture will be very thick. Refrigerate.

If you are using packaged nuts, wash walnuts and almonds and follow the procedure for fresh nuts.

To serve: Place cold fried chiles on a platter. Ladle walnut sauce on top. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and garnish with parsley. (Chiles Rellenos en Nogada)

Coyote fountain in Plaza Hidalgo, Coyoacán (Place of Coyotes in Nahuatl.) Photo Ana Manwaring

Blacklash Venom and Vendetta from 'Nam

Jackman Quint spent four years in prison paying his debt to society for his crimes. Now, when he has someone to lose, his past finds him.

And it’s out for blood.

A JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventure #5—Quint's Story

Jackman Quint’s former CO, Chuck Nader, has a vendetta to settle. For Quint, the Vietnam war ended thirty-two years ago with a dishonorable discharge, a prison term, and his daughter JadeAnne lost to him. Shouldn’t Quint be the one with the grudge? He’s made a new life for himself, reunited with his daughter, expanded his investigations, and dipped his toe into the dating pool. Finally, life is going his way when Nader shows up in Mexico City on a top secret mission through the U.S. Embassy. Coincidence? But it’s soon clear, Nader is out for blood. And he won’t settle for killing Quint—he’s after everyone Quint loves. He’s already killed one of the team. If Quint can’t unravel why Nader is bent on his destruction, he’ll never be able to protect the team, his woman, or most importantly, JadeAnne. She flies home to Mexico City in less than a week. The days are counting down.

Backlash on sale November 15th. Watch for preorders and in-person appearances.

Join me at Sisters in Crime Norcal's Fall Showcase from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, November 12 at Books Inc 317 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA. I'll be presenting along with ten of my SincNorCal siblings. It's free and FUN!

For more information and social connections: www.anamanwaring.com linktr.ee/anamanwaring

Okay, I don't usually toot my own horn, but I'm thrilled to share my

for Saints and Skeletons A Memoir of Living in Mexico.

Not convinced? Read the review! Five stars from Literary Titan

"Saints and Skeletons by Ann Manwaring offers a poignant and introspective narrative that delves into a life shaped by personal triumphs, struggles, and the unwavering quest for self-discovery. With eloquent prose and candid storytelling, Manwaring invites readers to immerse themselves in the depths of her experiences, bearing witness to the transformative power of vulnerability and resilience. "

Pages: 298 | ASIN: B0C4QLYLC8 Available on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords

Please join me and memoirist, Aletheia Morden, author of The Last Indentured Servant A Hollywood Memoir at Sonoma's Vintage House on Friday, July 21st at one o'clock for a reading from our recent books and discuss the lure of  travel, relocation and the personal growth that accompanies living abroad. Moderated by Susan Savage.

HALF PRICE!

The JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventures

Monday, July 24th at 9:40 a.m. Marcia Macomber will interview me for her program, Mondays on the Morning Show at KSVY 91.3 FM and streaming at www.KSVY.org.

I Look forward to seeing you!

Find me at: www.anamanwaring.com and https://linktr.ee/anamanwaring

Author Lisa Towles
Author Ana Manwaring

http://twiningvine.com
Wine tasting October 22nd from 12-4pm

Special Event
Harvest / Halloween / Celebration  on October 22nd with special guests:
Lisa Towles, award winning author of Hot House
Ana Manwaring, award winning author of Nothing Comes After Z

October 22nd 12pm - 4:00pm
16851 Cull Canyon Road,
Castro Valley CA 94552
Space and parking are limited.

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Must be 21 or older to taste and/or purchase wine. Reservations are required for groups of 6 or more. 
We do not allow outside alcohol, coolers, large groups (reservations required), buses or limos.
We have a Leave no Trace Policy; Any food items brought in must be taken with you including leftovers/garbage / Thank you for supporting us!
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Raise a glass with us! Signed books available.

See you at the winery on Saturday, October 22nd between 12:00 and 4:00.

You're invited! The Witness Protection Program Poets request the pleasure of your company at the LAUNCH PARTY for our new Chapbooks on Tuesday, May 18th at 3:00 PM. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85937283823?pwd=TW1Kc005aVh1dS8rU1J0Y2ljZzZtdz09 FUN Please keep your microphone muted upon entry.

The Witness Protection Poets Chapbook Collective Presents

Lies and lockdowns

     elections and insurrections

uprisings and upheavals

     fires and floods—it's been a world of dread

and extinction     hard pressed to find distinction.

     Yet

with changes and challenges 

inspiration    often perspiration

     always motivation—

 this group of poets has grabbed

     the bad

 turned lemons into sweet, sweet      pies.

                                                                                                                                                           

On Mayday, the Witness Protection Program Poets exchanged their first ever collection of chapbooks. Seventeen  writers dug deep into their hearts and souls to make sense of the world around us—for the happier or sadder, the bolder or the fearful, in awe or anger. 

Take founder Nick Triglia's 21 Reasons to Slit One's Wrists— "2.                    "  ( you fill in the blank!) in The Backroom of the Believe It or Not Museum of Prose and Poetry,   or  Betsy Roman's, A Chronicle Through Chaos: A poetic preservation of unhinged history sifted from the debris of Election 2020— "Black lives    white lies    orange skies" perfectly sums it up.  

Antonia' Allegra's ConverSAYtions offers clever word play and solid advice: "Considering conflicting news/rushing at us like/water from a fire hose,/take U and E from FAUCETS/to reveal the FACTS."  Valli Ferrell's Lens, tells us How To Be Cheerful,  "Do appreciate/ do say it/ out loud to no one/ to the bird trill in the brittle cold air." And  Dina Corcoran's Christmas Cards reminds us: "My life is richer for [our] continued contact. . .[they] are treasures."

The poems  take us on journeys of discovery, of contemplation, joy and song.  Marianne Lyon Travels with Aruba, her Love-Dog— "Come   love-dog let us take a meander. . .Cathy Carsell's Of Earth and Sky filled with poetic lyrics and refrains transport us away: "There's music in the wind/in New Orleans late at night/as it moves through the treetops/on a warm spring night. . .Music in the wind/Listen in. . . ." 

These chapbooks offer us reflections on nature. Marilyn Dykstra writes in Full Circle ReflectionsSycamore Grove Park Haiku #3—"Black ashen earth/Soaked with recent autumn rains,/A green carpet sprouts".  Nathaniel Winters advises us, "Without the birds and bees no flowers appear/food becomes scarce/animals and man become endangered/love can't bloom" in Art of Living from his collection, Seeking SunshineAnd from Yvonne Henry's poems and art work, 6:57 AM "The sun rose slightly/ askew/ causing/ for a moment/ the dove and I to tilt our heads."

Diego on My Mind, Frida Kahlo

"Ekphrastic fantastic" poet James McDonald reflects on art in Visual Language, "Diego the last thought, always Diego/ my essence reaches out/ for rebirth in the rich soil/ fertile in death/ barren in life/ from Diego On My Mind. 

These writings cause us to consider our losses and our longings—from  "Tangential" by Sarah Miller in Off on a Tangent:  "Like the time my hand brushed her hair/ from her dying forehead/ like you wished you had" or, "Give me back that summer/ even the tattling sister/ once a waterskiing champion, destined/ for deep, slow rotting in her bones." from "Deep, Slow" in Little Palace of Illness by Ana Manwaring, and from Things I'm Wrestling With , "Miscarriage" by Noel Robinson, "Pregnancy loss does not define a woman. It is merely the involuntary actions of the uterus that brings death to the fetus. If the life inside the mother perishes, she survives along with her dreams and hopes. I know, I am part of the woodwork containing the sorrow of the past. . . ." 

Finally, many of the poems, essays, and memoir written in these chapbooks make us look at our lives and into our hearts to know the truth of our own humanity. Through the eyes and words of others we come to complete ourselves. In the words of Arthur T. Robinson in his introduction to Riding the Goat: An Anti-memoir,  ". . .writers of all cultures , genders, and ages have wrestled with the tricky stance of writing. . . one's past real, seeking out . . .  patterns, and  deducing vital lessons."   

Join the conversation—come for the FUN!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85937283823?pwd=TW1Kc005aVh1dS8rU1J0Y2ljZzZtdz09

 

On March 10th I walked across the border into Tijuana on an adventure to discover the best street tacos and learn firsthand how refugees are faring at our locked-down border.  And while overlooking The Wall, clinking margarita glasses,  I didn’t imagine that 48 hours later I’d be back home with my husband, both unemployed refugees of COVID-19, locked down within my own borders at home.

 

Coronavirus has slowed things down.  My days are long and task-full as spring dries into our golden summer—I’ve pulled thistles, weeded the perennial borders, mowed the oats, piled the downed eucalyptus for dump truck pick up and filled jars of delicate Cecile Brunner roses to scent the house. I’ve cleaned my cupboards, closets, pantry, scrubbed baseboards, wiped the framed artwork, washed shelves, cabinets and walls and dusted away cobwebs. I’ve tried new recipes, invented my version of the Covidtini and howled with the neighbors at 8 pm.  Now I practice yoga with a Zoom group, walk with a masked walking group, virtually chat with girlfriends over wine, talk to friends for hours on the phone  and share socially distanced game afternoons with our neighbors. Wine and Punderdome anyone?

At first fear was the driving factor. How would we pay the mortgage? The insurances? Eat? Would we catch COVID? I remembered the Guatemalan moms and children in Tijuana, emigres from gang violence and poverty—waiting, hoping—even in the face of being 4000 names down on the US Immigration interview list.

 

In TJ,  what I found was hope and determination. I'm not going to let  Coronavirus get the better of my family. I learned Zoom and Canvas and restarted two of my classes. I joined a daily “write-in” and am busy writing the third novel in my Mexico series. I landed editing jobs, created a schedule and two months later, I’m more productive than before the virus. (Hoo boy! I'm tired.)

I credit my family’s recovery to the hope I found in the faces of people who don’t have our resources or opportunities. Every day I remember these refugees as I jot my gratitude in my journal or stop to smell the roses, iris, wild asters, lavender. . . . Lockdown has turned from a disaster to a happier, more relaxed and socially connected life. Imagine, I haven’t had to put gas in my car since the 4th of April! We’re managing to pay the bills, we’re spending more time happily at home (the 8 pm howling helps) and the stack of bedside books has dwindled.

Now please excuse me, it’s cocktail time, and I want to toast you with my newest creation, the I Beat It-tini. Here’s to all you writers. Now, let’s get back to work!

ZOOM and Canvas classes start up on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday  June 8th, 9th and 11th for six week sessions. Register for on-line Summer Writing Classes Now!

Mondays 2-4 on Zoom: Vintagehouse.org Fee (707​) 996​-0311 6/8-7/13
Tuesdays 10-12:30 on-line through Napa Valley College​  Fee  (707) 302-2452 6/9-7/14
Tuesdays 4-6 on Canvas​ through Napa Valley College Free  (707) 302-2452  6/9-7/14
Thursdays 2-4 on Zoom through Rianda House  Free (707) 968-5877 6/11-7/16
                See you in class!

Better busy than bored, cabin crazy or homicidal!

Sisters in Crime Northern California presents:

 

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Jane Cleland Workshop:

Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot

By integrating Jane's 13 thinking, writing, and revising tips into your writing processes, you will write tighter, more polished first drafts.  Improve your story’s pace, while ratcheting up suspense. Use Jane's tips as a checklist and a mandate toward your best writing ever.

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When:            June 1, 2019 from 1-4 PM 

Where:           Unity SF 

Address:         2222 Bush St. at Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 94115

Sign up to reserve your seat:         Eventbrite or Meetup

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Jane K. Cleland writes the multiple award-winning and bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries [St. Martin’s Minotaur]. The 13th in the series, Hidden Treasure, will be published in spring 2020. Jane also writes about the craft of writing, including Mastering Plot Twists and the Agatha Award-winning and bestselling Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, both from Writer’s Digest Books.

SinC-NorCal and Capitol Crime members free. Non-members: $40.

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On when and how to make promises and reveal information, read Mastering Suspense, Structure and Plot.

—Dan Brown, New York Times #1 Bestselling Author, in his Masterclass on writing

P.S. I'm not missing this event! Do join me in San Francisco on June 1st! ~Ana

 

 

Crime Fiction Author Jan Burke to Speak on

“Forensic Science and the Writer”

A Norcal Sisters in Crime Sponsored Program for

Writers and Readers

Time to put this on your schedule: Edgar Award winning author Jan Burke will join us for a tremendous program on forensics - a specialty of hers, you may know. Saturday, March 5 noon to 2 p.m. at the conveniently located (BART, driving) at The Telegraph Gallery Suite at Oakstop Workspace, 1721 Broadway in the heart of uptown Oakland. As members you get in for free. Non-members pay $10. There will be refreshments, time to chat with Jan after the program, and books to be bought and signed by her. Her visit is sponsored by the National Sisters in Crime through a new guest speaker program that brings nationally recognized SinC authors to the chapters.

Lots of details on our norcal web site - check it out, mark your calendars, and spread the word / invite friends!

 

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I just can't wait for this event. Not only are these authors my "Sisters" and friends, but I'm reviewing some of their books. How wonderful to be able to hear the authors read from them. I hope some of you will join me at the Showcase.

SISTERS IN CRIME

Annual Fall Showcase

at

Books Inc. in The Marina

 Here's the information:

The Northern California Chapter of Sisters in Crime proudly presents their Annual Fall Showcase! Featuring Juliet Blackwell, author of Spellcasting in Silk: A Witchcraft MysteryHeather Haven, author of Murder Is a Family Business; Ellen Kirschman, author of The Right Wrong Thing; Bette J.J. Lamb, authors of The Killing Vote and Bone Dust; Vinnie Hansen, contributor to the anthology Destination: Mystery; Eileen Magill, author of House of Homicide; Camille Minichino (writing as Jean Flowers), author of Death Takes Priority; and William Wallace, author of Dead Heat with a Reaper.

Event date:  Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 12:00pm

Event address:  Books Inc.     2251 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA

And come back soon to read my review of Ellen Kirschman's wonderful police drama, The Right Wrong Thing. Don't miss the previously posted review of The Killing Vote.

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