Monthly Archives: February 2014

Spoiler Alert! Book Club Discussion – What the Heart Knows

Dear NightWriters and friends –

First of all let me share some exciting news with you. Ms. Mara Purl, the author of our February pick What the Heart Knows, has graciously offered to participate in our discussion and will answer any questions you may have. She will also be giving out a hardcover copy of one of her books to a lucky winner! What do you have to do to enter? Comment below! I will randomly select the winner from the first five participants.

Below is a list of questions to help you get started. Use them or leave them, but let us know how you liked the book!

1. What is the significance of the title? Would you have given the book a different title? If yes, what is your title?

2. When it comes to making important decisions, do you trust your heart or your head? Do you believe in intuition?

3. What draws people to living in small towns? Would you like to live in Milford-Haven? Why? Why not?

4. Did any of the characters remind you of yourself or someone you know? How?

5. What do you think about Jack and Sally’s relationship? What advice would you give to Sally? What advice would you give to Jack?

6. Do you think that what Miranda and Zack are experiencing is a love at first sight? Do you think they have a future together, or do you think it’s just a fling? What about Cynthia?

7. (And how about that Zelda??)

8. If you could smack any of the characters upside the head, who would it be and why?

9. If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask? (Ask away – Ms. Purl will answer your questions!)

PS: Our next read will be announced tomorrow (March 1st) – make sure to check back! You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay up to date.

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Online Book Club – February Update

In just a few days we will be discussing Mara Purl’s What the Heart Knows, the first book in the Milford-Haven series.

Milford-Haven is a town full of characters. Escapees from San Francisco and Los Angeles, New York and Arkansas, Montreal and South Africa, have come here with their own hopes and expectations, agendas and shadowed pasts. The stakes are high: create a new life from scratch. The opportunities are dazzling: own a piece of the California dream. It’s a town of buried secrets and a dangerous mystery, quaint shops and breathtaking vistas, peaceful solitude and spontaneous conversations. What draws people here is the sense that—in their heart of hearts—they know there’s something they’ve always wanted to do. And if not now . . . when? So look for the sign to Milford-Haven, pull off Highway 1 and stop by. Come discover for yourself . . .

We look forward to chatting with you about this book soon!

On March 1st we will reveal our next book – stay tuned (there will be a twist!)

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Online Book Club – Happy Valentine’s Day!

How about celebrating Valentine’s Day with a book? Our February pick has been specifically selected with romance in mind – What the Heart Knows is the first book in the Milford-Haven series, written by Mara Purl. Set in California Central Coast, the book features romance, mystery, environmental issues, and a cast of successful, sexy, sometimes quirkily independent characters.

Author Mara Purl is a former soap opera celebrity from “Days of Our Lives,” as well as a former journalist from the London Financial Times and the Associated Press. She will be presenting at the Central Coast Writers Conference in San Luis Obispo in September 2014.

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PS: Last month we read Anne Perry’s The Face of a Stranger. You can still add to our discussion here.

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Critique Panel

The evening was great! As promised, here are the bios for our wonderful panel.

Sharyl Heber
Sharyl is a Novelist, Screenwriter, Poet, Fiber Artist, Paper Crafter, Raven for sparkly objects, and a SLO NightWriter Board Member.

Jason Matthews

Jason Matthews is a novelist, blogger and self-publishing coach. He works with writers around the world through every phase of book creation and marketing. His specialties include building author platform, selling at major retailers, social media, blogging and SEO.

http://ebooksuccess4free.wordpress.com/ – blog

http://Author.to/JasonMatthews – Amazon author page

jason@thelittleuniverse.com - email

 

Susan Tuttle

Susan Tuttle is the author of suspense and paranormal suspense novels, and workbooks on writing. She teaches fiction and creative nonfiction writing and works as a professional editor. Follow her blog on writing at www.SusanTuttleWrites.com. You an also find her on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Professional editor and award-winning author of the “Write It Right” 5-star review e-Book series now available on Kindle, and “Tangled Webs,” a print novel of suspense available on Amazon.com. Look for more suspense and paranormal suspense coming soon!www.SusanTuttleWrites.com/publications

Mary Redmond-Woodworth

Mary worked for The Walt Disney Company prior to relocating to the Central Coast. She is a participant in the Stanford University Writer’s Studio. Her work has appeared in the national literary journal, The Stone and our local Tolosa Press. She is the recipient of the Sisters in Crime Coveted Dead Bird Award. Under the tutelage of Shelly Lowenkopf, she is writing her first novel, The Packing House.

See you tonight!

Come early to meet the group –

A Night of Critique!

Bring 250-500 words to read for critique.

Tuesday, February 11th  –  7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Social Hall  –  2201 Lawton St. in SLO

There’s a special treat planned for February: A Critique Extravaganza! If you’re not in a critique group, do you wonder what it’s like, what kind of feedback a NightWriters group would give? If you are you in a group, do you sometimes wonder if another group of writers would give different feedback? Well, wonder no more. 

How to give them, how to receive them, anything you want to know. We’ll cover the basics of effective critique process and discuss the variations that have evolved in our existing groups. This is an interactive, hands-on meeting. Members and guests are encouraged to bring 250-500 words to read for critique. We’ll hear and critique as many pieces as time allows. Our experienced panel will give feedback to the reader, and we’ll take comments from the general NW membership as well. And, don’t forget to also bring paper and pen for taking critique notes. One of the greatest values of participating in a critique process is that you get to hear a variety of perspectives and learn by what other writers do right—and not so right.  It’s a fabulous way to improve your skills! Don’t be shy! It will be encouraging, informative and fun!  

A Night of Critique!

Bring 250-500 words to read for critique.

Tuesday, February 11th  –   7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Social Hall – 2201 Lawton St. in SLO

There’s a special treat planned for February: A Critique Extravaganza! If you’re not in a critique group, do you wonder what it’s like, what kind of feedback a NightWriters group would give? If you are you in a group, do you sometimes wonder if another group of writers would give different feedback? Well, wonder no more. 

How to give them, how to receive them, anything you want to know. We’ll cover the basics of effective critique process and discuss the variations that have evolved in our existing groups. This is an interactive, hands-on meeting. Members and guests are encouraged to bring 250-500 words to read for critique. We’ll hear and critique as many pieces as time allows. Our experienced panel will give feedback to the reader, and we’ll take comments from the general NW membership as well. And, don’t forget to also bring paper and pen for taking critique notes. One of the greatest values of participating in a critique process is that you get to hear a variety of perspectives and learn by what other writers do right—and not so right.  It’s a fabulous way to improve your skills! Don’t be shy! It will be encouraging, informative and fun!