Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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4th of July Sale For Authors By Tamara Monosoff


Happy 4th of July Everyone.  I’m passing on Tamara Monosoff’s holiday sale for authors. Click here. You will receive the answers to these questions:

  • “What do I say in my emails in preparation for my book launch?”
  • “How do I engage my readers so that I successfully hit #1 on Amazon?”
  • “What do I write on the day of my book launch?”
  • “How many emails do I need to send?”
  • “When do I send the emails?”
  • “What format do I use?”
  • “How do I keep the momentum going during the launch period?”
  • “What messages should I send out after the launch date?”

Click here.

Ann Patchett Is On Tour For Her Newest Book Commonwealth


Author Ann Pachett








I met Ann Pachett at a book reading in Danville, California a few years ago. Several writer friends and I converged at Rakestraw Books for a boxed lunch and listened to Pachett. She is one of my top 5 authors and her entertaining talk made me admire her even more.

I waited last in line to have her sign a bag full of her books that I had read, plus her new one I purchased that day,  This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. I asked if I could have a photo with her, she said yes, and added that I was the first one that week of her tour to request it. I’ve treasured the photo but filed it in a ‘special place’ which I can’t find right now.

Here is an interesting article about her, her bookstore in Tennessee, and her upcoming tour for CommonwealthClick here.


Author Ann Patchett and Sparky

What is your favorite Ann Patchett novel?


(I can’t choose because I love them all.)







Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog


Author Jessica Barksdale Inclan Retreat

Jessica with book You Are Never Alone

Author and teacher Jessica Barksdale Inclan

Jessica Barksdale’s writing retreat starts tonight. I haven’t missed her annual event in about 5 years. It’s close to home so no airplanes, buses, or trains to get there. She’s a great cook, has a lovely home among the trees, and has a great sense of humor. She gives us new writing information and time to process and write. I enjoy the other writers who attend, reading their work, plus sharing supportive critiques.

Jessica was one of my first creative writing instructors at Diablo Valley College about fifteen years ago. I learned short story writing that led me to win awards in contests and acceptances in several anthologies. She also teaches novel writing at UCLA, edits manuscripts, and has traditionally published over 15 contemporary fiction books.  Click here



Jessica in flowered top










Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Mary Mackey’s New Post From My California

Mary_Mackey head shotMary Mackey is a best selling author and has written seven volumes of poetry. She and I  are  members of Women’s National Book Association. Mackey has posted an interesting article from her anthology called My California (Angel City Press).  Click here




Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Reading & Book Signing at Books Inc. 5 Authors

WNBA with Cahterine and Julia

At Max’s Opera Cafe, Catherine Bramkcamp, WNBA member, master podcaster, and author. Julia Park Tracey, WNBA member and moderator for this event. I’m sitting at the far end.


Books, Inc hosted WNBA for “An Atmospheric Afternoon” of readings and book signings with five authors.  Before the event a few WNBA members and the authors met for lunch at Max’s Opera Cafe across the mall entrance from Book, Inc. at Opera Plaza in San Francisco. I chatted with Lucy Sanna and Kelli Estes. Lucy’s The Cherry Harvest takes place in Door County, Wisconsin, my home state, in 1944. Few people know World War II German POW’s were put to work in a Wisconsin farm community. An interaction with one of the families brings “dark and unexpected consequences.”


Kelli lives near Seattle with her husband and two sons. For The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, Kelli’s protagonist learns about Mei Lien’s life when Chinese residents were driven from their homes a century ago. The back cover of her debut book states, “Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes’s brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.”


Janis Cooke Newman’s A Master Plan for Rescue is set in 1942 New York and Berlin. Her story is about a boy and a man who combine grief and magical thinking to bring their loved ones back, if only in spirit. A beautiful tale, propelled by history and imagination.


Carolina De Robertis’ protagonist in The Gods of Tango is a seventeen-year-old who leaves her family and a small village, but under dire circumstances she masters the violin  to make a living in Buenos Aires. Women were not allowed to be a musician in the salons of high society. The girl disguises herself as a man, “jeopardizing not only her music career, but her life itself.”


Kathryn Ma’s The Year She Left Us involves “four powerful, intertwining stories of accomplishment, tenacity, secrets, loneliness, and love.” The eighteen-year-old, Ari, visits the orphanage in China where she lived before being adopted and it plunges her into a “self-destructive spiral.” The story “explores the promise and pain of adoption, the price of assimilation and achievement, and the debt we owe to others and to ourselves.”


Which one to read first is hard to choose.


Lucy reading 2


Kelli at the micc


Carolina The Gods of Tango

Carolina De Robertis THE GODS OF TANGO

Janis' turn


Kathryn laughing