PAL Holiday Mixer

January 21, 2013

 

 

 

PAL members gathered in December 2012 at Beaverdale Books for a holiday mixer.

Back row, left to right: Mary Kay Shanley, Joyce Rupp, Lisa Victoria, Eileen Boggess, Dorothia Rohner, Wendy Delsol, Kali VanBaale, Sharelle Byars Moranville, Mary Lee Woods, Anita Carter, Dawn Eastman

Front row, left to right: Colleen Bradford Krantz, Linda Hunter, Jan Blazanin, Wini Moranville, Rebecca Janni

 
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DMACC’s third annual iWeek, March 5-8, will focus on The Power of Imagination. Featured keynote speaker will be Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. Mary Kay Shanley will be present the keynote Monday, March 5, at 6 p.m. in Ellipse [commons area], and will repeat her presentation at 2:30 Wednesday in Room 121E.  Her topic: Write Yourself Right Out of the Box. To outsiders, the art of writing appears to be mysterious, complex and elusive. How do you weave thoughts, plots and internal stories together? Does it take a jackhammer to destroy writer’s block? What could possibly erase the fear of failing that causes some not to even try writing? Good questions, but most important to consider: cultivating the ability to free your creative, innovative Writerly Self and the wisdom to trust you’ll produce quality. For more information:  http://www.dmacc.edu/iweek

PAL 2012 Update

February 9, 2012

February 8: Is this a writer's chair or a reader's chair?

Update: PAL of Central Iowa 2012

 

The Published Authors’ Liaison of Central Iowa continues to be an active group with the mission of sharing information and assisting one another with promotional support. Check out our growing list of members:

Jan Blazanin

http://www.janblazanin.com

FAIREST OF THEM ALL

A & L DO SUMMER

Eileen Boggess

http://www.eileenboggess.com/

MIA THE MEEK

MIA THE MAGNIFICENT

MIA THE MELODRAMATIC

Sharelle Byars Moranville

http://www.sharellebyarsmoranville.com

A HIGHER GEOMETRY

THE SNOWS

OVER THE RIVER

THE PURPLE RIBBON

THE HOP*

Colleen Bradford Krantz

http://colleenbradfordkrantz.wordpress.com

TRAIN TO NOWHERE: INSIDE AN IMMIGRANT DEATH INVESTIGATION

Wendy Delsol

http://www.wendydelsol.com

STORK

FROST

THE MCCLOUD HOME FOR WAYWARD GIRLS

FLOCK*

Jill Hathaway

http://www.jillhathaway.com

SLIDE

Rebecca Janni

http://www.rebeccajanni.com

EVERY COWGIRL NEEDS A HORSE

EVERY COWGIRL NEEDS RIDING BOOTS

JAMMY DANCE

Mike Manno

http://www.mikemanno.com

MURDER MOST HOLY

END OF THE LINE

Wini Moranville

http://chezbonnefemme.com

THE BONNE FEMME COOKBOOK

Lisa Morlock

http://www.lisamorlock.com/

TRACK THAT SCAT

Sarvinder Naberhaus

http://www.sarvinder.com

BOOM BOOM

Dorothia Rohner

http://www.dorothiarohner.com

EFFIE’S IMAGE

NUMBERS IN A ROW

Susan Schmid

LOST TIME

Mary Kay Shanley

http://www.marykayshanley.com

SHE TAUGHT ME TO EAT ARTICHOKES

THE MEMORY BOX

RHYTHM OF THE SEASONS—A JOURNEY BEYOND LOSS

WHEN I THINK ABOUT MY FATHER

OUR STATE FAIR—IOWA’S BLUE RIBBON STORY

Sparkle Abbey (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter)

http://www.sparkleabbey.com

DESPERATE HOUSEDOGS

GET FLUFFY*

KITTY, KITTY BANG, BANG*

Kimberly Stuart

http://www.kimberlystuart.com

BALANCING ACT

BOTTOM LINE

ACT TWO

STRETCH MARKS

OPERATION BONNET

Kali VanBaale

http://kalivanbaale.com

THE SPACE BETWEEN

Jennifer Wilson

http://www.jennifer-wilson.com

RUNNING AWAY TO HOME

*Denotes a future release.

What genre do you write in?  What books have you written?  What are they about?

I write fiction for all ages.  Coming March 20, 2012, from Disney Hyperion is The Hop–a novel for young readers about knowing what’s important and fighting for it.  It’s a “green” book–a good book for Earth Day–about toads and gardens and ponds and kids.  I also have an adult novel about ready to go to my agent.

My other books are The Purple Ribbon (a family lap book), Over the River (a novel for young readers about a girl’s relationship with her daddy and other family in the aftermath of World War 2), A Higher Geometry (a love story for teens about about a mathematically gifted girl growing up in the 1960s), and The Snows (a four-generation family saga for teens and adults).

Tell us about yourself?

I grew up deep in the heart of rural southern Illinois where the stars blazed bright at night and there was not much to do but dream. Although I haven’t returned since college except for visits, paradoxically, I’ve never left.  Like Anna, in A Higher Geometry, I love math, but somehow ended up with a doctoral in English Lit.  Since high school, I’ve flipped burgers, nannied, done social work, taught, managed a corporate IT staff, advocated for children, and written.  Currently, I write and teach.

What are you working on?

I’m working on an adult novel:  rural and dark.  And I working on a children’s novel, cosmopolitan and bright-spirited.

What are three random things others wouldn’t know or guess about you?

I’m a little compulsive about my pedicure, probably, and have a deep affinity for bright coral polish.

I hate “dead dog” books and movies.  If the dog dies or gets killed in the story, it’s not for me.

I love the smell of borage on my hands when I come in from the garden.

A message from Kimberly Stuart regarding her February 7th Book Launch for OPERATION BONNET:
Hello, dear readers! Welcome to 2011!

A new year brings a new book and oh, boy, oh, boy, am I amped up about this one.Operation Bonnet is my favorite novel so far and I’m happy to tell you it has received great pre-publication buzz. (Click on the cover to read an excerpt!) The pre-orders are strong, Publishers Weekly liked it (yippee!), reviewers have been very kind, and we even got a request from a network production company to take a look at the manuscript for a possible television series. WHAT?!?
Clearly God is a God of grace because I certainly don’t know any famous people, and the only time I was on television was when I was on The Floppy Show with a few other four-year-old nose-pickers.
The release date is February 1, 2011, and if you’re in the area, I’d love to see you at our Book Launch Par-tay at the Des Moines Central Library. We’ll be there Monday, February 7, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Please stop by, bring friends, and pick up a signed novel, which is a mighty fine Valentine’s gift.
Also, keep checking the blog for giveaways and such. And stop by my website to see the fresh look and lots of photos that airbrushed out my wrinkles!
Happy reading and Happy 2011~
kimberly

Waukee residents Jan Blazanin and Wendy Delsol are participating in a Barnes & Noble Book on Sunday, December 5th to benefit the Waukee Public Library

Waukee Public Library Barnes & Noble Book Fair

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Sunday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 4550 University Ave.

A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will be used to purchase new items for the library!

Can’t attend our bookfair?
Visit, BN.com/bookfairs to support us online from 12/5/10 to 12/10/10 by entering Bookfair ID 10240877 at checkout.

Fun WPL events happening at B&N during the book fair:

1 p.m. Storytime with Maryann

2 p.m. Author Jan Blazanin will be signing her book, “Fairest of Them All.”

3 p.m. Author Wendy Delsol will be signing her book, “Stork.”

Kali VanBaale author of THE SPACE BETWEEN

PAL members Kali VanBaale, Kimberly Stuart, Rebecca Janni, Susan Maupin-Schmid, Jan Blazanin, Eileen Boggess, Mike Manno, Victor Verney, and Wendy Delsol took part yesterday in The Write Stuff: An Iowa Author Fair. The event is sponsored by the Iowa Center for the Book in conjunction with the Iowa Library Association‘s annual conference.

Kimberly Stuart author of STRETCH MARKS AND ACT TWO

Susan Maupin Schmid author of LOST TIME and Rebecca Janni author of EVERY COWGIRL NEEDS A HORSE

Jan Blazanin author of FAIREST OF THEM ALL and Eileen Boggess author of MIA THE MEEK, MIA THE MAGNIFICENT, and MIA THE MELODRAMATIC

Mike Manno author of MURDER MOST HOLY and END OF THE LINE

Victor Verney author of WARRIOR OF GOD

Wendy Delsol author of STORK

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