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


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.  



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.

Member Book News


Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown’s new book, Beyond the Music, won an honorable mention in the Scintillating Starts Writers Advice contest. Shannon will be release the book sometime this fall.



sondra perry

Sondra Perry has released her third children’s book, Crunchy Carrots: Carrots of Wisdom for Little Ones. This is the second book in the Kids Carrots Book Series, featuring Henry, the Great Blue Heron.



Ann Parker

Ann Parker has released What Gold Buys, the fifth novel in her Silver Rush historical mystery series. The series, set in Leadville, Colorado in the late 1800s, follows the adventures of Silver Queen Saloon owner Inez Stannert.

Blogging Fun



Camille DeFer Thompson’s humorous blog post, “Married Life: The Princess and the Patient” was featured on Midlife Boulevard on October 5.



Novel Publication and Awards

judy lussie 

 Judy Lussie’s novel Lake Biwa Wishes has been published and is available for purchase. A book release is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. on October 16, 2016 at the Dublin Library Community Room.


Sharon Svitak Sharon Svitak’s novel, Simply Irresistible: A Spruce Creek Romance, was chosen as the solo “medalist winner” in the romance category of New Apple Literary Services 2016 Summer eBook Awards. Sharon writes sweet romance under the pen name Sharon Burgess.

Summertime Successes

Jamuna AdvaniJamuna Advani’s article “Finding Opportunities in Obstacles” was published in August, 2016 in North East Travel and Life, a journal of people and places.



Lynn Goodwin-Brown

B. Lynn Goodwin’s story, “How I Learned To Share My Love with my Dog,” appeared in Purple Clover on September 10, 2016. It’s her third story for Purple Clover.

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