Monthly Archives: May 2014

And the SLO NightReaders Book Club Winner is…

…Mindprinterpaul!

Congrats, Paul – you have won a copy of T.L. Snow’s book Gut Shot On The River, a contemporary fictional crime thriller set in Las Vegas and on California’s rugged and breathtaking Central Coast.

Thank you for commenting and keeping our conversation going!

 

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Spoiler Alert! SLO NightReaders Book Discussion – No Place Like Home

Dear NightReaders,

No Place Like Home tells the parallel stories of two women who are down on their luck. Doria Windsor Sharkov, the former editor of Home magazine, has seemingly lost her husband and home to a fire. Camilla Randall, once known worldwide as the Manners Doctor, is also in danger of becoming homeless. Add romance, mystery, snappy dialogue and an intriguing look at the world of homeless, and voila!

Please, let us know how you liked the book! Below are some points for discussion that can help you get started.

1. You can find several references to the Wizard of Oz in the book – which ones have you noticed?

2. The book is written in short chapters, alternating between the two main characters. Did it make the story more dynamic? Did it make it more confusing?

3.Which character was your favorite? Why?

4. Both Doria’s and Camilla’s lives turn upside down and they find themselves in existential crises. However, in the end they learn that unless life gives you lemons, you can’t make a lemonade. Can you think of a situation in your life that seemed catastrophic at first, but later turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to you? (OK, if not the best thing, at least a valuable and appreciated lesson?)

5. While witty and funny, the book tackles a serious subject – homelessness. In the book, the homeless group takes great care to keep alcohol and drugs away from their camp. San Luis Obispo has recently installed parking meters that read: Change for change / Help the Homeless / Handouts Don’t Help / Feed a Meter, Not an Addiction. Do you find this to be a fair representation or a stereotype? Did the book change your point of view on homelessness?

No Place Like Home is the fourth of the Camilla Randall Mysteries. We hope you are hooked and will read the rest of the series!

If you have any questions for Ms. Allen, please write them in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to check back tomorrow! We will be announcing our next book!

PS: THE FIRST PERSON TO COMMENT WINS A BOOK BY SLO NIGHTWRITER TOM SNOW.

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The Four Minute Pitch

We are looking for a dozen members to pitch their books or blogs at our July 8th General Meeting.  We’ll provide an outline – you talk about your work. If you would like to be one of the twelve, email Jeannie@asilverthread.com .

June’s Round Table

Round Table Discussions June 10th 5:15 – 6:15 

Round Table Continues! A time designed for critique, learning and discussion; Each month a new topic, each month a chance to connect to fellow writers.

June’s Topics:

Critique Table: Terry Sanville and Susan Tuttle will be available to listen and give feedback. For those wishing to be critiqued, please bring 2 copies of your work – one for you and one for those critiquing.  Observers are also welcome. If you would like to observe the critiquing process, join the group, watch, and learn.

Getting to know Google +: Jason Matthews will be leading a workshop on understanding and using Google+. Bring your computer (and extension cords) and we’ll walk through the process together.

Round Table Discussion Tuesday, June, 10th 5:15 – 6:15 (prior to our monthly meeting). Food and beverages welcome!

 

SLO NightReaders – No Place Like Home

NightReaders –

Mark your calendars – on May 31st we will be discussing Anne R. Allen‘s comic mystery No Place Like Home.

Do you have questions for the author? You are in luck, because Ms. Allen has offered to participate in our discussion.

What is it that you are saying? Have you not picked up your copy yet? It’s not too late! You can still buy it for only $0.99 (e-format) on Amazon. This offer is valid until the end of May. Full of surprises, humor, and twists, this book is an easy and enjoyable read that will keep you up way past your bedtime!

We look forward to chatting with you all on Saturday, May 31st!

Bonus: The first person to add to the discussion will win a book written by (a NightWriter) Tom Snow! 

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There’s still time!

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visit: http://www.slonightwriters.org for more information.

Bad Advice

June’s meeting is coming quickly. Join us Tuesday, June 10th @ 6:30

Bad Advice New Writers Should Ignore

Misinformation about the business of writing has become part of our general culture. From Ernest Hemingway’s self-mythologizing to tales of fictional writers like Jessica Fletcher and Richard Castle, we’ve been shown a romanticized—and mostly untrue—picture of what it’s like to be a writer.

That’s partly because a person sitting alone in a room at a keyboard isn’t the stuff of great drama, and also because there are thousands of businesses—some legit, but some not—that make money off fledgling writers’ dreams.

The indie revolution has brought a whole new twist to the myth-making. Books and seminars that tell you how to “Make Money with Ebooks!” and “Make a Killing on Kindle” lead new writers to think writing for a living is easy. 

But the truth is, writing for a living has always been hard. If you love it, that won’t stop you for a minute, but if you believe there are shortcuts, you’re going to set yourself up for disappointment—and present a target for scammers.

Anne R. Allen will talk about the bad advice, misinformation, and scams you need to ignore if you want to launch a successful writing career.

Anne R. Allen Bio

Anne R. Allen is a bestselling mystery author and well-known publishing industry blogger.  She’s the author of the hilarious “Camilla Randall Mysteries” and three other comic novels. 

She is represented by Pam Van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary and has co-written a guidebook for new authors, How to be a Writer in the E-Age: a Self-Help Guide with Catherine Ryan Hyde.

Anne’s weekly blog, “Anne R. Allen’s Blog…with Ruth Harris” was named one of the Best 101 Websites for Writers by Writers Digest. She shares the blog with NYT million-copy bestseller Ruth Harris.

Anne is a long-time resident of the Central Coast and now lives in foggy Los Osos, which she says has “the perfect climate for writing”.

SLO NIghtWriters

June 10, 2014 @ 6:30pm

Unitarian Universalist Social Hall

2201 Lawton Street (near corner of South & Broad)

San Luis Obispo, CA

 

 

 

 

SLO NightReaders – No Place Like Home

NightReaders –

we are reading Anne R. Allen’s No Place Like Home in May. You can buy this clever and amusing comic mystery for only $0.99 this month, so don’t hesitate and get a copy today!

No Place Like Home

Ms. Allen will be speaking at our June 10th general meeting about bad advice new writers should ignore.

Happy reading!

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Great Meeting Last Night!

Many thanks to Teri Bayus for being our guest speaker last night.

Contact Teri at: http://www.teribayus.com/

 

See you all next month when Ann Allen will be sharing “Bad Advice New Writers Should Ignore”.

Round Table starts tomorrow!

Round Table Discussions begin May 13th 5:15 – 6:15

 May marks the beginning of NightWriter’s Round Table Discussions. A time designed for critique, learning and discussion; Each month a new topic, each month a chance to connect to fellow writers.

May’s Topics:

Critique Table: Terry Sanville and Susan Tuttle will be available to listen and give feedback. For those wishing to be critiqued, please bring 2 copies of your work – one for you and one for those critiquing.  Observers are also welcome. If you would like to observe the critiquing process, join the group, watch, and learn.

Setting up your Facebook page: Jason Matthews will be leading a workshop in setting up a facebook page. Bring your computer (and extension cords) and we’ll walk through the process together.

Round Table Discussion Tuesday, May 13th 5:15 – 6:15 (prior to our monthly meeting). Food and beverages welcome!

Meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2201 Lawton Ave, San Luis Obispo