Emma Foster will read from her novel Moonstone Heart.
One alluring stranger. Two broken promises. Three shattered hearts.
No matter what, Kathleen Hartigan won’t return to Chicago, or her cold father and manipulative stepmother. She’s going to see the world, make her own rules, and protect her fragile independence at all costs.
Rosemary Streit just wants to stay home, surrounded by everything she has always known. Her life, her love, her future – it’s all here, as long as she can figure out a way to keep it.
To get what he wants, Paul Trainor will hurt the people he loves most. Can he make the decision to follow his heart more than once?
All three of these shattered lives connect in the haunting and captivating beach town of Cambria, where ethereal moonstones are hidden in the sand, and true love will always call you back home.
Emma Foster lives, reads, writes, and cooks with her husband and four children in Southern California. Her debut novel, ‘The Way to Her Heart’, featured a chef who dumps her high maintenance boyfriend to travel the world. Her second novel, ‘Moonstone Heart’, is a haunting love triangle set in the beautiful beach town of Cambria, California. www.emmafosterromance.com
Christine Ashworth will read from her novel Rising Star.
It’s going to take military planning to conquer her heart…
When Conway gets Maria Teresa Juanita Martinez Coleridge a gig at the famed Topaz Room in L.A., she figures she’s on her way. She’s aiming for stardom, and doesn’t need the elusive owner paying her too much attention. He’s a man who wears blondes like other men wear underwear. He couldn’t possibly be interested in a dumpy Latina with a potty mouth.
Wealthy Randall Blue has a background in black ops with the military. He knows how to use people as camouflage, and then discard them without drawing blood. Mia Coleridge, with her street smarts, sharp tongue, and quick brain, is just the person he needs to use to get close to a suspected arms dealer. But he finds he’s enjoying her company so much, he doesn’t want to set the final op into action.
When the sting goes sour and Mia learns the truth about his deception, Blue realizes that she’s become much more to him than a pawn in the game. And when he is the one discarded, he finds to his surprise that it will take more than his bleeding heart on his sleeve to win her back.
Christine Ashworth grew up in San Diego, fell in love with another dancer, and married him. She has two tall sons and lives in the Los Angeles area of California. She has been writing for fifteen years, and has no plans to stop. Still 17 at heart, she is a die-hard romantic and hopes to one day match her fathers’ record of over 350 published fiction books.
You can find her on her website and blog: http://christine-ashworth.com, where she writes about life, cooking, gardening, and wine.
Sarah Vance Tompkins will read from her novel Kisses on a Paper Airplane.
Drama student Hannah Evans isn’t kissing any frogs on her path to find Prince Charming. She’s determined to share the perfect first kiss — with the perfect boy — in the perfect place — or she’s not kissing at all. When Hannah meets a cute ginger-haired boy in first class lounge in the London airport, she knows he’s ‘The One.’
Pop star Theo Callahan is on the road to get as far away as possible from his back-stabbing best friend, and his supermodel girlfriend who broke his heart. Until one shy smile from Hannah has him rethinking all of his travel plans.
Theo is smitten, but he’s worried she’s just a groupie in search of the ultimate selfie. Can Theo learn to trust Hannah in time to share one perfect first kiss, or will Hannah be forced to kiss a frog?
Sarah Vance-Tompkins was born in a small town in northern Michigan. She received an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California, and went on to work in feature film development. Prior to film school, she wrote and produced radio and television commercials. As a working writer, she has been paid to write everything from obituaries and press releases, to breathless descriptions of engagement rings. She and her husband, The Handsomest Man Alive™, live in Southern California with three cats. www.sarahvancetompkins.com
Ann Royal Nicholas will read from her novel The Muffia.
Madelyn Scott-Crane is a 42-year-old mediator and single mom who’s having the best sex of her life inspired by the women of her book club, The Muffia, and the Muffs’ latest racy read. But on their second date, as Maddie and her mysterious Israeli heartthrob, Udi, come together in orgasmic splendor, he collapses on top of her. Dead. Or is he? The Muffs set out to find the truth, damn the consequences, International intrigue combines with friendship, literary pursuits, some vibrator shopping and lots of home cooking, all wrapped up in a smart, sexy novel that’s just this side of scandalous.
Ann Royal Nicholas is the author of three published novels: The Muffia, More Muffia and Homegrown: The Terror Within (written as Cialan Haasnic) as well as a published journalist and essayist whose work has been seen in Touring & Tasting Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of the Horse among others. She also authored a monthly column for Vine Times Magazine. Her first book of non-fiction, Royal Mack’s Teeny Tiny Wine Guide (2005), was reissued in 2012, and an essay, “On Wine and Men,” appears in Penguin Books’ In My Mother’s Kitchen. She has guest blogged at ShelfPleasure.com, PeaceisSexy.net and The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, www.lafpi.com. Her own blog for The Muffia series appears at www.TheMuffia.us.
Nicholas is also a many times produced playwright and filmmaker. She wrote, produced and directed the international film festival prize-winning mockumentary, Univers’l (starring Tony Todd), a multilingual film about the LA riots of 1992, rebroadcast on PBS; Her short film, The Big Bowling Ball (with James Remar) was nominated for best live action short. And she is a current finalist for the Sundance Theatre Lab. www.annanicholas.com