Archive for April, 2009

lolaYou may want to hold this book with gloves, because it is caliente!

Lola Cruz is a young and feisty private detective working for Camacho and Associates. Her quirky co-workers include an overbearing boss and a blue-haired secretary who thinks she looks like Jennifer Lopez. Of course, these aren’t the only people driving her crazy: there’s also her meddling, over-protective mom, playboy brother and a young cousin who wants her help for an upcoming quinceanera party.

Then one day Lola is put in charge of a high-profile case. A woman has disappeared, and Lola must find out what happened to her. Her investigation once again puts her in contact with Jack Callaghan, a journalist she’s had a crush on since high school and who happens to be her brother’s good friend. Just as in the old times, sparks go off as soon as they meet. Though Lola doesn’t exactly want his help, he somehow finds a way to show up in the most unusual–and dangerous–situations. As the investigation progresses, takes a bad turn, and the list of suspects keeps growing, it becomes evident that the case isn’t a simple ‘disappearance’ and that some important people are involved. Will Lola bring her relationship with Jack to another level, solve the case, and live to tell about it?

Living the Vida Loca is a fun, entertaining novel. Lola is a sympathetic, good-hearted, spunky protagonist who gives a new meaning to the words ‘private investigator’. For one thing, she refuses to carry a gun! The story combines romance, mystery and humor and moves at a fast pace that will keep you turning those pages. There’s a great array of secondary characters that add color to the story. I found there was a good balance between the romance and the mystery, without one getting in the way of the other. There’s also a lot of romantic tension between the hero and heroine. This is the first book in the Lola Cruz mystery series and I’m eagerly looking forward to reading the next book. Be sure to add this title to your summer reading list!

Visit the author’s website: http://misaramirez.com/

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hungry-woman-in-paris1From the title, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel when I asked for a review copy. Now, having read it, I have to say I’m impressed beyond my expectations.

Primarily, Hungry Woman in Paris is the story of a young woman trying to find herself in a foreign country. Yet it is so much more than that. Beyond a delicious facade of Parisian gourmet cuisine and love escapades, the novel examines important issues like prejudice against minorities and gender roles.

Escaping a broken engagement and the death of her cousin and best friend, twenty-nine year old Canela flies to Paris and decides to attend Le Croq Rouge, a presumably famous cooking school popular among foreigners. There, the former journalist immerses herself in the sensual world of smell, touch and taste in order to keep away from suicidal thoughts. She works very hard and not only struggles with learning to cook, but also with learning French and dealing with French Officials, a situation that brings her back in time when she was an undocumented Mexican in the US. Now that she’s in France, she has to go through the same prejudice all over again.

The cooking course lasts nine months and is divided in three parts: Basic, Intermediate and Superior. During this time, Canela becomes involved in various relationships, but although she initially is attached emotionally to one man, hers is primarily a sexual journey of self discovery in a man-dominated world where ‘free’ women are considered whores. Yet, Canela stays true to herself and her willingness to become free of gender restrictions. A feminist and activist at heart, she also becomes involved in various difficult situations which bring forth her passion for what she believes is right. At the same time, she is tormented by the spirit–or so it seems–of her dead cousin and by intense feelings of guilt. All through the novel, her inner loneliness and desperation permeates the story. Eventually, she must choose between staying true to herself and be alone or become what society expects of her and find what is socially accepted as ‘happiness’.

Hungry Woman in Paris is a compelling, engrossing read. Told in the first person from the point of view of Canela, the story sparkles with genuinity and our protagonist’s strong voice. Canela comes across as a passionate and forceful yet sad, very vulnerable woman trying to find her true identity in a world that denies her just that. The prose flows beautifully, shining here and there with Canela’s witty remarks and her honest view of life’s struggles. The secondary characters are also compelling but the novel is driven by Canela and her narrative voice. The pace moves fairly quickly and the food descriptions are a fun, delicious part of the novel that work on two levels–indeed, the word ‘hungry’ is meant both for food and lust. Lopez interlaces the two elements with clarity and deftness, pulling the reader into a world of drunken sensuality. Highly recommended.

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Charlotte Hughes
288 pages
February 2009

Author’s website: http://www.readcharlottehughes.com

Nutcase is part romance, part comedy, part chick-lit. There’s also a touch of mystery to add to the mix. The second book in the Kate Holly psychology series, this is a light read that will appeal to most chick-lit fans, especially those who are interested in psychology.

Kate Holly is a young clinical psychologist living in Atlanta. Unstable patients aren’t the only problems she has to deal with. There’s her firefighter ex-husband, psychologist ex-boyfriend, quirky secretary, and meddling mother… not to mention her little dog, whose depressed disposition gets him into serious trouble.

When a serial arsenist starts terrorizing her town, and a young boy is accused of attacking the local priest, Kate does her best to help while dealing with a quirky array of characters and unusual situations. On the one hand, she’s going to therapy with her ex-husband; on the other, she’s evicted from her office and has nowhere to go to but with her ex-boyfriend, who offers to share his office with her. At the same time, her aunt is seeing one of her criminal patients… In other words, Fate keeps putting obstacles on Kate’s path.

I have mixed feelings about this book. Though there are many hilarious moments and the protagonist has a strong sympathetic voice, there’s no central plot to pull the reader along. There are several subplots going on and no major one to make the reader wonder what’s going to happen next or to really care about the predicament of the characters. Everything seems to be coming randomly from different directions. I had to force myself to finish the book in order to review it; the lack of a strong unity in the plot took away my concentration and desire to care for the characters. The pace moves fairly quickly, the dialogue is natural and energetic and the characters sympathetic, so there are many positive aspects in this book. But the plot has no substance and just doesn’t cut it. I also don’t understand why it’s categorized as mystery/suspense. I got no sense of suspense whatsoever. For me, this falls under humor/satire.

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karen-white1From her first moments in Charleston and Savannah, and on the South Carolina and Georgia coasts, novelist Karen While was in love. Was it the history, the architecture, the sound of the sea, the light, the traditions, the people, the lore? Check all of the above. Add Karen’s storytelling talent, her endless curiosity about relationships and emotions, and her sensitivity to the rhythms of the south, and it seems inevitable that this mix of passions would find its way into her work.

Known for award winning novels such as Learning to Breathe, the recently announced Southern Independent Bookseller Association’s 2009 Book of the Year Award nomination for The House on Tradd Street, and for the highly praised The Memory of Water, Karen has already shared the coastal Lowcountry and Charleston with readers. Spanning eighty years, Karen’s new book, THE LOST HOURS, now takes them to Savannah and its environs. There a shared scrapbook and a necklace of charms unleash buried memories, opening the door to the secret lives of three women, their experiences, and the friendships that remain entwined even beyond the grave, and whose grandchildren are determined to solve the mysteries of their past.

Karen, so often inspired in her writing by architecture and history, has set much of THE LOST HOURS at Asphodel Meadows, a home and property inspired by the English Regency styled house at Hermitage Plantation along the Savannah River, and at her protagonist’s “Savannah gray brick” home in Monterey Square, one of the twenty-one squares that still exist in the city.

Italian and French by ancestry, a southerner and a storyteller by birth, Karen has lived in many different places. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she has also lived in Texas, New Jersey, Louisiana, Georgia, Venezuela and England, where she attended the American School in London. She returned to the states for college and graduated from New Orleans’ Tulane University. Hailing from a family with roots firmly set in Mississippi (the Delta and Biloxi), Karen notes that “searching for home brings me to the south again and again.”

Always, Karen credits her maternal grandmother Grace Bianca, to whom she’s dedicated THE LOST HOURS, with inspiring and teaching her through the stories she shared for so many years. Karen also notes the amount of time she spent listening as adults visited in her grandmother’s Mississippi kitchen, telling stories and gossiping while she played under the table. She says it started her on the road to telling her own tales. The deal was sealed in the seventh grade when she skipped school and read Gone With The Wind. She knew—just knew—she was destined to grow up to be either Scarlet O’Hara or a writer.

Karen’s work has appeared on the South East Independent Booksellers best sellers list. Her novel The Memory of Water, was WXIA-TV’s Atlanta & Company Book Club Selection. Her work has been reviewed in Southern Living, Atlanta Magazine and by Fresh Fiction, among many others, and has been adopted by numerous independent booksellers for book club recommendations and as featured titles in their stores. This past year her 2007 novel Learning to Breathe received several honors, notably the National Readers’ Choice Award.

In addition to THE LOST HOURS, Karen White’s books include The House on Tradd Street, The Memory of Water, Learning to Breathe, Pieces of the Heart and The Color of Light. She lives in the Atlanta metro area with her family where she is putting the finishing touches on her next novel The Girl on Legare Street.

You can visit Karen White’s website at www.karen-white.com.


Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper’s dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather’s the-lost-hoursdeath, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn’t exist—or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace—and a newspaper article from 1929 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace’s charms tell the story of three friends during the 1920s— each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.


When people ask me what I write, I tell them I write ‘southern women’s fiction.’ The next question is invariably, “What makes it southern?” Well, the characters of course, but it’s the sense of place that I strive to immerse my readers that lends the southern ‘feel’ to my novels. ‘Southern’ is what I know and love best after all, and one of the joys of writing is sharing my love for the part of this country I call home.

I’m currently visiting Charleston, South Carolina for the weekend. If you’ve ever visited this incredibly beautiful city or the surrounding Lowcountry, you’ll understand why a writer would want to try to recreate the smells of the marsh, the sights of the tall church steeples of the ‘holy city’, or to illuminate the dying way of life of the shrimpers on the barrier islands. To me, a setting is more than the physical attributes of a place; it’s the emotional pull a particular place evokes in the writer and, ultimately, the reader.

I’ve chosen the Lowcountry for several books: Pawleys Island (The Color of Light), McClellanville (The Memory of Water), and Charleston (The House on Tradd Street and The Girl on Legare Street). My newest novel, The Lost Hours, is set in the quintessential Lowcountry southern city of Savannah, Georgia. Like Charleston, it’s a place steeped in history, beauty and drama, and is the perfect setting for a story about a woman bruised by life who returns to her grandparents’ home to recover, and instead opens a Pandora’s box into her family’s darkest secrets.

Although I’d visited Savannah several times in the past, before starting the book, I spent a week in Savannah to do research. When I use a real location, I like to visit to get a feel for the area; to see what grocery store people use, to listen to the dialects, to stand on a main street to see what my characters would see and smell as they walked home on the same street. For my Charleston novels, besides being a frequent visitor to the city, I have a subscription to Charleston magazine. This is a wonderful way to get a feel for a city, to determine what educational and cultural offering a city has, and see who appears in the society pages.

Using an actual location, regardless of how fun it can be to ‘research’, also means being really, really, careful to get it right. There’s nothing worse than receiving a letter from a reader who lives where you’ve set your novel to let you know that you got something wrong. This is why several of my books have been set in fictional locations—small southern towns that bear a strong resemblance to the small towns in Mississippi where my parents grew up and where I used to spend a lot of summers (Learning to Breathe, Pieces of the Heart).

Although the towns are fictional, they contain the elements I search for in using a setting—an emotional attachment that connects me to the place, enabling me to connect with my reader with a shared feeling of whatever home means to them.

Of all the elements of a novel—characters, plot, theme, setting—setting is the most underrated. But imagine if Gone With the Wind was set in Poughkeepsie, or Casablanca in Forks, Washington. Setting can be another character; the axis around which the other characters orbit.

My next book will be set in Folly Beach, South Carolina. I’ve already rented a house for a week this summer so I can ‘research.’ Hey, it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!

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Christine Rose is an author, artist, and filmmaker. She has produced two documentary films and has credits on IMDB.com. The first film enjoyed a theatrical premiere in Paris and a considerable amount of international press. In addition, she has had articles appear in several magazines, including MovieMaker Magazine and IndieSlate Magazine discussing her career as an independent filmmaker. She's the author of the middle grade novel, Rowan of the Wood, a Finalist for the 2008 National Best Books Award in the Young Adult Fiction category.

Thanks for this interview, Christine. Who is your target audience?

When asked that question at events, my husband quips, "9-99"! We have a 12-year-old protagonist who's possessed by a 1400 year old wizard (aged about 40), so it's truly a crossover book. The content is appropriate for all ages, and the reading level starts around 9 years old. That said, we've had someone as young as 4 read it! That's one advanced reader! At the same time, many, many adults have enjoyed Rowan of the Wood as well! There is a wonderful tragic love story mixed with ancient Celtic lore all woven into a modern-day, magical adventure tale.

What type of writer are you—the one who experiences before writing, like Hemingway, or the one who mostly daydreams and fantasizes?

A little of both. I definitely write from actual experiences, especially feelings. It's how I work through some emotional things, especially hard things like betrayal and feelings of worthlessness, or existential thought. If I'm hurting or stressed, I find it helpful to work through it by giving it to my characters. It makes their experiences very real.

Agatha Christie got her best ideas while eating green apples in the bathtub. Steven Spielberg says he gets his best ideas while driving on the highway. When do you get your best ideas and why do you think this is?

Some of my best ideas come to me just as I'm about to fall asleep, which can be rather annoying! I then have to get up and write them down. I can't just keep a notebook by the bed because I would forget to look at it the next day. The notes have to by by the computer, because that's where I live most of the time. I think I get these ideas just as I'm about to fall asleep because I'm the most relaxed then. I often kid my husband that I don't know how to relax, which isn't far from the truth. I'm rather a workaholic, and I think it's learned behavior from being self-employed for so long. There are so many different hats you have to wear on any given day. Author is just one of them.

From the moment you conceived the idea for the story, to the published book, how long did it take?

From concept to publication was 3 years. And it's going to be nearly as long for the sequel! But the writing part is taking much longer for the sequel, Witch on the Water, whereas the publishing part (finding a publisher, revising, etc) was longer for Rowan of the Wood. We've been working on the sequel already for 1.5 years. It should be published later this year, though. Hopefully we'll cut off another year in the process for the third book!

Do you write non-stop until you have a first draft, or do you edit as you move along?

I certainly write the first draft before doing any editing. The story flow moves better that way for us. After I complete the first draft, I hand it over to my husband/co-author who takes it, alters it, and introduces sub-plots for the second draft. I take it back over for the third, and so on. After the fourth or fifth draft, we sit down and read it cover to cover together, looking for continuity problems, etc. Then the fine editing begins! It's a long process to say the least.

They say authors have immensely fragile egos… How would you handle negative criticism or a negative review?

Although I'm very sensitive as a person, I have an uncharacteristic thicker skin for as a professional. Sure, a negative review might sting a bit, but it passes quickly. So for for Rowan of the Wood, the positive reviews far outweigh the negative ones, so I keep that in mind. During the revision process, however, is where I see the biggest difference. I can take pretty rough criticism and suggestions before the book is published (or query letter is sent), because it's still a learning process. Every new critique is a new opportunity to learn and grow and improve my craft. Even negative reviews. I welcome any and all feedback, especially if it's constructive.

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? What seems to work for unleashing your creativity?

Believe it or not. Writing. My degrees are in English Literature (BA/MA), so I've written and read a lot. But I never truly got it until I wrote this novel. I used to sit in front of a blank screen, trying to figure out a way to begin my novel (or screenplay or short story), but I finally got it. You don't have to write the beginning first. You can write the beginning last! That's the beauty of the revision process! So when I don't know what to write… I just start writing anyway because it can always be revised later. The most important thing is to keep writing.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

My big writing moment of clarity came when I read Stephen King's On Writing. In this book, he describes a writing technique that I had not tried, and it worked well for me. He instructed to fully develop your characters first. Create them. Who they are. What they say. What they wear. What the like/dislike, etc. Create them into people first, and then put them in a situation. Your characters will take you through because you know them. You know how they will respond in that situation. That's the technique i use now, and it worked well for me. It took me from being a writer to being a published author.

Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?

Oh. You shouldn't have asked that! I'm ALL OVER the web!

My website – from Apr 6-17, we're running a contest to win $100 B&N gift card and more great prizes. Visit our blog for more information

http://www.rowanofthewood.com – New secret message every Wed. Download the decoder card here, watch videos, and more information about the book!

Twitter. I'm a Twitterholic! This Friday (4/10), I'm running at #tweet4loan marathon on Twitter. Our banker said she'd give us a loan for our summer Geekalicious Grand Book Tour if we could sell 300 books in a day. Please stop by and help us reach our goal!

You Tube – 2 new videos every week from the tour

BlogTV – Live every Monday at 1pm CST and from book signings!

BlogTalkRadio – Every Wed. at 5pm CST

GoodReads – We currently have a Q&A discussion group going on Goodreads! Join us!

There's more, but I'll stop there for now.

Do you have another book on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects?

Rowan of the Wood is the first book in a series of five. The sequel Witch on the Water is due out later this year. The third, late 2010, and the next two in 2011 and 2012.

As an author, what is your greatest reward?

Having a reader tell me how much they loved my book, especially the ones who tell me they were up until 4am finishing it because they couldn't put it down. 😀

Thanks, Christine, and good luck with your book!


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About Gabrielle Faust: Faust’s diverse talents have allowed her to pursue an eclectic career as an illustrator, technohorror author and leading industry entertainment critic. 2005 marked the eternalvigilanceweb1release of her first published collection of poetry, Before Icarus, After Achilles, which was received by the public with a great enthusiasm. Faust partnered with Immanion Press in August of 2007 for the publishing of her cross-genre technohorror trilogy Eternal Vigilance, a post-apocalyptic vampire saga of epic proportions, the first of which, From Deep Within the Earth, was released in April of 2008. The second installment, The Death of Illusions is currently scheduled to hit shelves in March of 2009. Faust is also currently awaiting the release of her new collection of poetry entitled Crossroads in March of 2009 from Seraphemera Books.

Why don’t you begin by telling us a little about yourself?

I am the author of the vampire series ETERNAL VIGILANCE. I am also an author of horror, dark fantasy and science fiction short fiction, as well as an entertainment journalist for the horror and science fiction industries. My work, as both an author and illustrator, has appeared in publications such as The Lightning Journal, GUD Magazine, Doorways Magazine, The Open Vein, Darkened Horizons, Ladies of Horror and The Bloodied Quill, as well as the websites Fear Zone, SCI FI Wire and Fatally Yours. My poetry has been published in two collections, thus far, entitled BEFORE ICARUS, AFTER ACHILLES and CROSSROADS. I am currently at work on the third installment of the ETERNAL VIGILANCE series, a screenplay adaptation and graphic novel…

When did you decide you wanted to become an author?

The passion writing runs thick in my family’s blood. When I was a small child my grandparents on my father’s side, who were both poets and playwrights, began to encourage my creative writing pursuits. I have been enamored with writing for my entire life; novels, short stories, poetry…it was all completely entrancing to me. However, it was about five years ago when I realized that becoming a published author was what I was truly meant to do with my life. It was then that I began focusing my creative energies entirely upon that single pursuit.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading?

Yes, I was an avid reader. When I was very little I would read pretty much anything my parents handed to me. In elementary school is when I began to delve deep into the horror genre. I would steal my mother’s copies of Dean Koontz and Stephen King novels and read them during recess. It was in elementary school that my mother also introduced me to the world of vampire literature, giving to me her copies of Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat. I was also heavily into fantasy and science fiction and consumed every novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Storm Constantine, C.S. Lewis, William Gibson and Katherine Kerr that I could get my hands on.

Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story.

My latest novel is the second installment of the ETERNAL VIGILANCE series entitled, THE DEATH OF ILLUSIONS. Here is the synopsis:

“In the year 2111 Tynan Llywelyn, the forsaken philosophical leader of the Immortal vampire race, awoke after a century’s Sleep to a world decimated by war. Drawn into a new societal structure bitterly divided between ancient magic and a cruel new technology known as the Chronous, Tynan has found himself at the heart of an epic battle to bring down the Tyst Empire, a merciless international dictatorship. The Tyst crave more than global domination; they desire true Immortality and have made a pact with an ancient vampiric god called the Vicinus who has promised them eternal life in exchange for freeing him from his otherworldly prison. Tynan would have liked nothing more than to simply turn his back on the war, but his vampire Elders and the Phuree, a cunning human rebel uprising, had other plans in store for him. He was not only to join in the fight, but he was to be the vampire to take down the Tyst Empire and bring the Vicinus to his knees. A year later, struggling against the ironclad orders of his Elders and his own vicious moral demons, Tynan has relented and agreed to complete the mission the Phuree and Immortals have devised for him. Amidst a crumbling Immortal legacy and a divided human world suffocating from fear and bloodshed, he will lead the way towards the front lines of a war against a colossal empire he has barely begun to comprehend and a primordial force hell-bent on destroying the world. Tynan can only pray now that the Immortals and Phuree have chosen in him wisely.”

In the first ETERNAL VIGILANCE book the reader was introduced to the main cast of characters and the overall plotline of the series. Book 2 dives deep into the heart of the action and Tynan’s growing involvement with the Phuree’s plot to overthrow the Tyst Empire and bring a halt to their designs to resurrect a vampiric god known as the Vicinus.

Did your book require a lot of research?

Actually, yes. The entire series has taken quite a bit of research and it seems that, with each novel, the necessary research is growing. With the first novel it was primarily the backgrounds of the vampire characters; I wanted my characters to be as believable as possible and, thus, their histories, at times spanning centuries, needed to be as accurate as possible. With the second novel I found myself researching engineering, nanotechnology, biomechanics and quantum physics in a much higher degree than I had ever delved into before. I consulted with many of my engineer and programmer friends to get their opinions on the technology I was building in my novels in order to make sure that it would be as believable and embraceable by the science fiction and dark fantasy communities as my characters were. With the third novel, which I am in the process of writing at the moment, I am finding myself doing quite a bit of research on war and the evolution of civilizations. It is always an interesting process…

What was your goal when writing this book?

My goal was to, in a way, reinvent the vampire genre in a way that had not been approached before. I was tired of seeing the same plotlines developed in the vampire genre and was longing to create a series which would take a fresh look at the lore and legend of vampires and place them in a unique, but fully believable setting. I also wanted to create a series which vampire enthusiasts and science fiction lovers alike could embrace and fall in love with. Hopefully, I have achieved this…

What type of writer are you—the one who experiences before writing, like Hemingway, or the one who mostly daydreams and fantasizes?

I would say that it is 50/50 for me. Obviously, because my novels are horror/science fiction, and set in a futuristic setting, there is a great degree of daydreaming and pure imagination that goes into the creation of the story. However, the characters and their personal emotional or moral struggles are all based, in some way, on either personal experiences or observations of other people whom I have crossed paths with over the years.

Do you get along with your muse? What do you do to placate her when she refuses to inspire you?

I have a love-hate relationship with my muse and at times I think he might actually have a split personality. On the good days he is a genuine gift, but then there are those days when we are at each other’s throats constantly. However, usually a nice glass of wine or whiskey will placate him enough to make him more easily persuaded for whatever project I am working on at the time.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

The best writing advice would have to be to learn how to “kill your darlings”. This means that you have to become comfortable enough with the editing process to realize that sometimes the pieces of your writing that you are absolutely in love with might fall victim to the almighty red pen. You have to be at peace with this and realize that editors are there to make your work stronger. It’s a hard lesson to learn, sometimes even excruciatingly painful, but one which is absolutely necessary if you are going to make it as a published author.

As an author, what is your greatest reward?

I would have to say that the greatest reward as an author comes when I hear the feedback from my readers and realize that they are living in the world I have spent so many hours of my life creating. When I read their emails, when I talk to them at book signings and hear how they have fallen in love with my characters and are passionately embracing their struggles in a way I had only dreamed of as the author, I realize that my vision is coming to life. I can ask for nothing else.

Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?


—Mayra Calvani is the National Latino Books Examiner for Examiner.com.

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Lone Star College
North Harris, Houston, Texas
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April 7, 2009
2:00 to 3:20 PM
Room CE 101

A proud Houstonian, Sarah Cortez is a cop, poet, short story writer and editor of the award-winning nonfiction work, Windows Into My World, a collection of short memoirs written by young authors.

Along with Cortez, two other contributing writers will be present to discuss the art of writing memoirs.

Cortez is a consummate teacher…

sc2 “There is no joy like the joy of helping others become accomplished at something you love. My love of all kinds of writing – poetry, fiction, essay – has served as the inspiration for my teaching in a wide variety of venues, e.g. elementary school, college, and in the community. I have taught creative writing at the University of Houston for over six years, and I also teach workshops and master classes throughout the country.”

For more information about this author and her work, visit her website.

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