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Congratulations to Brad Graber!

What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? – a collection of over 70 essays on love, life, and relationships –  by Brad Graber – has won 1st place in the NFPW at-large communications contest and is eligible to advance to NFPW national round of competition.

This year the at-large contest featured entries from New York, Oregon, Ohio, Colorado, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, Minnesota, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, South Dakota, Louisiana, Tennessee, Iowa, Kentucky and Washington.

Brad Graber writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one listened to him – so he made up stories about them. He’s the award-winning author of The Intersect and After the Fall, and writes a humor blog: There, I Said It! Brad’s currently working on his next novel, Boca by Moonlight, the story of a widower who discovers that his assumptions about family and friends are holding him back from developing meaningful relationships. Brad currently resides in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff.

Congratulations to Susan Anderson!

Susan Claire Anderson’s book, Everything, was awarded honorable mention in the NFPW At-Large Communication Contest in the Category of Children Book/Fiction. Susan is the new chairperson of Central Chapter. Congratulations, Susan!

APW Book Club – March 27 – On Traigh Lar Beach

APW Book Club March 2020 meeting

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to attend the March meeting of the APW Book Club. The featured book is On Traigh Lar Beach by Dianne Beeaff. You do not need to be an APW member to attend, but attendees are expected to have read the book prior to the meeting. See below for information about where to obtain a copy.

March Book: On Traigh Lar Beach by Dianne Beeaff
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

CONTACT: Karen Lateiner kslateiner@gmail.com Members of the book club have been sent the Zoom link.  Contact Karen if you did not receive it and would like to attend.

MARCH SELECTION

On Traigh Lar Beach by Dianne Beeaff

DIANNE EBERTT BEEAFF is the award-winning author of five previously published books. Her poetry, watercolors, graphite drawings, and magazine articles have been featured throughout the United States and Canada. Dianne and her husband, Dan, reside in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
On Traigh Lar Beach, a short story collection published by She Writes Press on October 13, 2020.

Erica Winchat, a young writer overwhelmed by the stress of her first book contract, discovers thirteen curious items tangled in the flotsam on the Scottish beach of Tràigh Lar. Inspired by the objects, she tells the intriguing story of the owner of each one, uncovering a series of dramatic events – from a Chicago widow’s inspiring visit to Quebec City to a shrimper’s daughter facing Tropical Storm Ruby in North Carolina.

The thirteenth item, a concert laminate badge, gives rise to a novella Erica calls Fan Girls, in which the separate stories of four fans of the Scottish rock band Datha unfold in first person, culminating in their reunion at a concert in Chicago –where a shooting takes place.

GET A COPY: The book is on Amazon Kindle for $9.95, and in paperback at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and Walmart.com for $16.95.

DeBeeaff.wordpress.com; @diannebeeaff; Facebook Author Page

March 17 – Get more book reviews!

APW Rim Country invites you to their March 10 virtual meeting with Marylee MacDonald, “Get More Reviews for Your Books.”

Topic: Get More Reviews For Your Books with Marylee MacDonald
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona
Zoom: The Zoom link has been sent to all members. All are welcome. If you did not receive the link, contact conniecockrell@gmail.com

Get More Reviews for Your Books

How can new authors get more reviews? In this presentation, Marylee MacDonald will share data from five recent book launches. She’ll talk about BookishFirst, BookShout, BookFunnel, Goodreads giveaways, Choosy Bookworm, Story Origin, newsletter swaps, and other marketing methods.

Marylee MacDonald is the author of Surrender, Body Language, Bonds of Love & Blood, The Rug Bazaar, The Big Book of Small Presses and Independent Publishers, and MontpelierTomorrow. She has 90,000 Twitter followers and 21,000 newsletter subscribers, and her website, MaryleeMacDonaldAuthor.com, helps authors write, edit, and market their books.

Websites: maryleemacdonaldauthor.com and www.maryleemacdonald.com

March 13 – Dead bodies talk!

Join APW Central Chapter on Saturday, March 13 for our virtual meeting “Dead bodies talk!” with Patty Mahoney.

Topic:  What Can Dead Bodies Tell Us? with Patty Mahoney, author of Secrets From the Pink Chair

Date:  Saturday, March 13, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

Zoom: The link for Zoom has been sent to members. All are invited so if you did not receive the link, contact Susan Anderson

What can dead bodies tell us?

Author/Editor Patty Mahoney has a unique journey to share. Aside from her teaching and editing experience, and education, she has an unusual and interesting story to tell.

Patty is the author of Secrets from the Pink Chair, a fictionalized account of childhood memories of the city of Tempe and her family’s mortuary business. She earned an undergraduate degree in print journalism from Arizona State University and eventually amassed three graduate degrees, one in education, another in school counseling, and a third in mental health counseling.

She has been an English, journalism, and psychology instructor to students ranging from 7th graders to university seniors. Then, she earned certification as a counselor, working primarily with emotionally disturbed children.

Upon retirement, she returned to writing as the primary focus, writing her own book and editing works of others.

APW Book Club February 27 – Skirting Traditions

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Contact Karen if you have not received the Zoom link and would like to attend. Open to members and nonmembers who have read the book.

TOPIC: APW Book Club Guest:  Brenda Warneka, SkirtingTtraditions
DATE: Saturday, Feb 27, 2021
TIME: 10 a.m.

Meet Brenda Warneka as she leads us in a discussion about the APW publication Skirting Traditions.

Brenda Warneka was the project leader, an editor, and one of eighteen writers for the APW book, “Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012,” which is an anthology about women writers and journalists active in Arizona’s first one-hundred years. It was an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project in 2012. Brenda will talk about how this award-winning book came to be and lead the discussion. A past president and long time member of APW, she has a degree in history and is a lawyer and writer.

Copies may be obtained for reading on Kindle or the Kindle app or through Marie Fasano for our Scholarship Fund for $5.00 and $3.00 shipping. Email Marie at RNPilot 2@aol.com

 

March 7, 2021 APW Board Meeting

Save the date!

The next APW Board meeting will be held on Sunday, March 7 at 10 AM. The Zoom invite and agenda will follow. In addition to Officers’ reports, we will discuss the Annual meeting and new officers. If you have any items please let me know.

All members are invited to attend. Please let Marie Fasano know so she can send you the link.

“Love is in the air” with Christy Hovland

APW Central Chapter Virtual Meeting – February 13, 2021

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Nothing like a good romance novel to get you in the mood. Perhaps you’ve thought of writing your own. Our next speaker will help you get started!

Susan Anderson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. All are invited. Members have been sent the Zoom link. If you did not receive it and would like to attend, contact Susan and she will forward the link to you.

Date: February 13, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Guest Speaker: Christina Hovland
Topic: Love is in the air! Crafting Your Own Romance Novel

Love is in the air! Heart Crafting your own romance novel

USA Today Bestselling Author Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale–an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dogs around.

Find out more or subscribe to Christy’s newsletter at ChristinaHovland.com

President’s page – January 2021

Marie Fasano

As we start the year, 2021 we can be hopeful that the rhetoric will be more civil and that we will stay focused on the truth. COVID vaccines are getting into the arms of healthcare workers, teachers and us elders and by summer we will see a good number in the population with some immunity. We are also hopeful that the economic strain on individuals and businesses will ease. Safety remains an issue with masks and social distancing still a necessary component of our lives.

As for APW, we already have several excellent speakers scheduled for Central and Rim Country chapters for the next few months and the APW annual meeting planned for April. The APW Book Club, under the leadership of Karen Lateiner, is thriving with wonderful discussions and sharing of each individual’s process in developing their book. For February, Brenda Warneka, one of the editors of our publication, Skirting Traditions, will meet with us and share the fascinating histories of the Arizona Press Women.

APW Rim Country plans to have the Payson Book Festival open July 17 this year with many authors, a wonderful children’s show and workshops with inspiring speakers and songwriters.

More members have entered the NFPW communications contest this year than last and we look forward to excellent award winners from our group. Our application for a $1000 scholarship has been sent out to Arizona colleges and universities. If you know an undergraduate student, studying in the fields of writing or journalism, encourage them to apply through the arizonaprofessionalwriters.org website. We would not want that gift to languish.

We are looking for members to step up to take some leadership positions, particularly for President and Treasurer, for the upcoming elections. If you have an idea you want to serve, and have questions, please drop me an email. We need you!

Right now I am snowbound, but cozy at home, here in Payson with much needed moisture for our dry Arizona. Stay safe.

Keep writing,

Marie A Fasano
Arizona Professional Writers, President

Susan Clare Anderson to give talk

APW member Susan Clare Anderson will be featured on the first episode of the Local Author Talk Series provided by the Scottsdale Public Library on Friday, January 22. She’ll be presenting her new book Everything, which will be available on the library’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms. You can follow these social medias at the Scottsdale Library website- https://www.scottsdalelibrary.org . Also, be sure to tune in on Friday, January 15 at 6:30 pm the Local Author Book Talk on the Libraries YouTube channel. If you would like to show your support, you can even leave a “Like!”

The Local Authors Book Talk team has also created a separate trailer for the program each month.  The trailer for the program in January is available now on library social media – Facebook , (https://www.facebook.com/ScottsdalePublicLibrary/videos/156409235951926), Twitter, and Instagram.  You can also follow us on these social media at our website https://www.scottsdalelibrary.org/ by clicking the links are at the bottom of the home page.

Viewers can find a link to the actual program at the event page of the library website ( https://scottsdale.libnet.info/event/4681273  ). The link may not be available till the date and time of the program.