Contest Awards

 

Shannon Brown’s entry, “Facing the Music,” from her new adult romance novel Beyond the Music, won honorable mention in the Division 330 – Publisher’s Choice Novel Chapter Contest for the San Mateo County Fair.

 

Five TVW members have won awards in the Tri-Valley Writers High School Writing Contest:

  • Vidhima Shetty, first place for her poem “When the Home No Longer Talks of Love”
  • Arushi Avachat, second place for her story “Pinky Promises”
  • Neha Harpanhalli, third place for her poem “The Fence on Pickett Street”
  • Tiffany Jing, third place for her essay “Hide and Seek”
  • Luisa Taverna, honorable mention for her essay “My Secret Journey”

Publications and Honors

Eight TVW members have been published in the 2017 Las Positas Literary Anthology, Beyond the Window:

  • Connie Hanstedt: Four poems, “Taking Inventory” (first place, poetry category), “Beginnings,” “Night Watch,” and After “35 Years”
  • Sally Kimball: Three short stories, “Betrayal” (second place, prose category), “The Scotsman,” and “Shadows of the Past,” and a poem “Poulnabrone Dolmen”
  • Ellen Aubry: Two short stories “Hardship Duty” (honorable mention, prose category) and “A Suitable Place”
  • Patricia Boyle: One poem, “First Storm of the Season” (honorable mention, poetry category) and one short story, “A Forest View”
  • Eloise Hamann’s “Trilogy of Death” poem set: “Death is a Part of Life,” “Death is Untimely,” and “Grief Indulgence”
  • Dan Hobbs (writing as Ben Leiter): One poem “The Good Luck Charm,” and one short story, “La Chica”
  • Julaina Kleist-Corwin: One short story, “The House Lived,” and one memoir, “Dancing”
  • Kathy Urban: One poem, “Writers Dreaming,” a photo, “Nightfall in Little River,” and art work “I Love you Mama”

Two TVW members will be published in the 2017 CWC Literary Review:

 

Alice Kight: A poem, “Some Days”

 

 

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

 

Julaina Kleist-Corwin: A memoir, “Dancing”

 

 


 

Stephanie Boloños short story “Maiden of the Orange Tree” about a family in distress, appears online in this month’s issue of Futures Trading Literary Magazine. Look for her story, written under the name Maria Boloños, at the magazine’s website.

 

 

Connie Hanstedt’s poem, “ I Speed Toward the Moon,” was the poem of the day in Rattle on May 2, 2017. Her essay “Little Jack Kerouac” about her two-year-old Shih Tzu Jack, is a featured article in the May issue of Bay Woof magazine.

 

 

Eloise Hamann published “The Foster Princess” for e-readers  on Smashwords. She wrote it when she worked as a CASA volunteer in child protective services and noticed a dearth of literature relevant to the children she worked with. Profits will go to CASA programs.

Writing Recognition-Poems, Short Stories, and Books

 

Patricia Boyle

 

 

Yvonne Carder

 

Patricia Boyle’s poem, “Unraveling the Natural World,” and Yvonne Carder’s poem “Life on a Slide” won honorable mention awards in March in Livermore’s first annual science poetry contest, Poetry in a Test Tube.

 

Annette Langer was interviewed by a columnist from the Pleasanton Weekly newspaper about her writing in general, and more specifically, her most recent Chicken Soup for the Soul story “Out of the Blue, A Family.” The interview is available online. Her story was also featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s podcast with Amy Newmark on March 2, 2017: “Thoughtful Thursday: Family Is What We Make It – How Kindness Paid off in a Big Way. Listen and learn how Annette became an honorary mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother to a family while volunteering with the Pleasanton police department.

 

Ann Parker’s historical mystery What Gold Buys (5th in the Silver Rush series) is a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award, historical fiction category, sponsored by the Story Circle Network. Winners will be announced in mid-April. You can view the complete list of finalists at the Story Circle Network 2015-2016 Sarton Women’s Book Award Shortlist webpage.

Novel Publication

Dan Hobbs, writing as Ben Leiter, has published the third book in his Baby Boomer’s Betrayal series. God’s Betrayal: The Credo is a political-religious thriller. Father Gabriel Garza has just started his ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, but he already asks too many impertinent questions. Learn what secrets Garza discovers and reveals to Paolo Nasrani, his mysterious thesis advisor, and a secret agent for Vatican intelligence.

Mixed Media

Annette Langer’s story, “Out of the Blue, A Family,” published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness, was featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s podcast with Amy Newmark on March 2, 2017. Annette’s story is told in “Thoughtful Thursday: Family Is What We Make It – How Kindness Paid off in a Big Way. Learn how Annette became an honorary mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother to a family while volunteering with the Pleasanton police department.

Ann Parker’s historical mystery What Gold Buys (5th in the Silver Rush series) is a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award historical fiction category, sponsored by the Story Circle Network. Winners will be announced in mid-April. You can view the complete list of finalists at the Story Circle Network 2015-2016 Sarton Women’s Book Award Shortlist webpage.

 

Lani Longshore entered the second novel that she and Ann Anastasio wrote into a contest on InKitt.com. The more people who read and review (favorably), the better the chances for their novel to win. Read When Chenille Is Not Enough for free.

 

Magazine Articles

 

Mona Dawson’s story, Georgia (On My Mind), was published in the January issue of Bay Woof, a magazine for dog lovers. Mona’s story is about the loss of her beloved pet samoyed, Georgia.

 

James “J” Mills completed his twelfth issue as the editor of Bay & Delta Yachtsman magazine, in which he also writes a monthly “New Products” article.

J’s article  “Annual Review of Customer Contract Can Help Polish Legal and Liability Shield” was published in the December, 2016 issue of Marina Dock Age magazine. Two of his articles were published in the December-January issue of International Dredging Review, one covering marine construction technical standards, and the other reporting on last October’s Western Dredging Association Conference in San Diego.

J had two articles published in the Marine Recreation Association Annual Report in January, covering their annual conference in San Diego in October, 2016 and a Wounded Warriors project that took place in September, 2016 to install an ADA access path for veterans and others with handicaps at June Lake. Both articles have been accepted for publication in Marina Dock Age magazine, along with an array of photos.

 

Member Publications and Presentations

AnnetteLanger

Annette Langer gave a presentation about finding self-empowerment to cope with obstacles by refocusing on humor to the Tri-Valley chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association in early December. Her book signing included Healing through Humor: Change Your Focus, Change Your Life! and A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the World: Diary of a Fearless Travel Agent. 

Annette’s short story, “Out of the Blue, a Family,” will be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness on  February 7, 2017. This true story is about inviting a police officer friend from the department where she volunteers to live with her for six months when he was displaced from his rental home because of mold.  This is Annette’s fourth story in Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

John BluckJohn Bluck’s science fiction novel, The Aliens of Valtrit, is now available for purchase as an ebook and in paperback. UK spy agency employee Gina Perelli and her partner, London policeman Colin Green, follow a trail to a planet called Valtrit to capture a ray gun, the most important arms development since nuclear weapons.

 

Neva J. Hodges

Neva J. Hodges’ story, “The Pack of Six,” about a visit by an Alaskan malamute, is now online in the December issue of Bay Woof Magazine, a free monthly online newspaper for San Francisco dog lovers.

Members Published in Magazines and Books

StaceyGustafonBay Woof Magazine, a free monthly newspaper for San Francisco dog lovers, featured Stacey Gustafson’s stories, “A Therapy Dog Makes a Difference,” in July, and “When a Dog Loves a Cat,” in the November issue.  The Monthly, East Bay’s Premier Magazine of Culture and Commerce, featured Stacey in their November issue, “The New Erma Bombeck,” by Paul Kilduff.

Three Tri-Valley Writer’s members have had work accepted for inclusion in Tides: An Anthology of Creative Writing by Seniors: Judy Lussie’s short story, “The Second Mother,”  Eloise Hamann’s story, “Memphis,” and Julaina Kleist-Corwin’s creative non-fiction essay on a life experience, titled “Care.” There will be a Book Launch and Reception for Tides including author readings at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, at the Downtown Oakland Senior Center, 200 Grand Avenue in Oakland.

Paula Chinick  Paula Chinick has released the next thriller in her Red Ascher Series, Living in Turmoil. Follow special agent Anya Pavlovitch as she follows orders to stop a U.S. Navy mission to assassinate Chiang Kai-shek in 1943.  

 

beyondthemusic

Shannon Brown’s fresh and funny new adult romance, Beyond the Music, the stand-alone prequel to Rockn Roll in Locker Seventeen, is now available for purchase.

 

headshot of Sondra Perry Sondra Perry’s short story, “The Great Blue Heron Who Changed My Life,” has been selected for the latest book in the Tales2Inspire Book Series, Tales2Inspire The Garnet Collection, Stories in Feathers and Fur.

Recent Events

TVW members Regina Stoops and Stacey Gustafson performed “An Evening of Stand Up Comedy and Sit Down Storytelling” at Tommy T’s Comedy Club in Pleasanton on November 1. The majority of the proceeds will be donated to Tri-Valley Writers Club.

 

 

Lynn Goodwin-Brown

On November 10, B. Lynn Goodwin served on a Writer’s Panel at Danville Ranch Clubhouse hosted by the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women). Six women shared their passion, knowledge, and experience.

 

 

sondra perry

 

Sondra Perry had a book signing for her three children’s books at the Saint Bartholomew’s Victorian Christmas Faire in Livermore on November 12 and 13.

TVW Member Events

Erika Gardner

Erika Gardner will have a book signing party for her contemporary fantasy novel, The Dragon in The Garden, Tuesday, November 8 at 6 pm at Towne Center Books in Pleasanton.

 

John Bluck

John Bluck’s science fiction novel manuscript, The Aliens of Valtrit, has been approved for consideration for publication by Amazon under the Kindle Scout program. From Oct. 26th until Nov. 25, 12 a.m. EST, the first 5,000 words will be posted on the Amazon Kindle Scout site, accessible through a direct link. Readers are invited to read and vote for the entry if they like it. With enough votes, Amazon could be John’s publisher for the e-book, audio books and translations to other languages.

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