Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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St. Patrick’s Day Special Jordan Bernal Books The Keepers of Eire Discounted

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

Here’s a reminder that Jordan Bernal’s fabulous fantasy books are discounted in honor of this St. Patrick’s Day. Click here.

Lucky news is that she recently published a middle-grade version (without the sex scenes but still lots of dragons).

The sale is  going on now. Don’t miss it.


Get a print copy or eBook copy for yourself or for gifts.


How did you celebrate the day?


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres,

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans,

and author of Hada’s Fog




Contagious, Why Things Catch On Book Recommendation

Contagious promotionLani Longshore shared her copy of Contagious, Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger with me today. She had put orange-tabs on pages that might interest me (the orange tabs match the cover color).  Click here

On the back cover, Discover stated, “The practical companion to Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point.” The book is about why online content goes viral.  Berger provides “a set of specific, actionable techniques for getting things to catch on.”

As usual when I get a book I haven’t read, I open it up without looking and this time I read page 195 to 196.

“When trying to generate word of mouth, many people forget one important detail. They focus so much on getting people to talk that they ignore the part that really matters: what people are talking about.

That’s the problem with creating content that is unrelated to the product or idea it is meant to promote. There’s a big difference between people talking about content and people talking about the company, organization, or person that created that content.”

Lani LongshoreThanks, Lani, for the loan.

Lani Longshore’s Blog

Mastering the world, one stack at a time

Click here.



Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author Hada’s Fog


Writer Friends Meet Once A Year At the Mark Hopkins Hotel For The SFWC

Neva, Sheila and me







The San Francisco Writers Conference at the Mark Hopkins Hotel brings writers back together annually. With all the excitement of meeting editors and agents and learning from presenters, the bonus is to reconnect with dear friends.

Neva Hodges and Sheila Bali pictured here with me were in my writing class. Neva moved and Sheila is determined to finish editing her novel about escaping from the Hungarian Revolution. Several contacts she made at the conference are interested in representing her. Neva told us her novel is past the Beta reader stage and will be published in a few months.




Judy Lussie and Sheila

In this photo Sheila is with Judy Lussie who is in my writing class  where they met several years ago and rarely see each other now. Judy’s novel about friends on a ski trip is in the editing stages. Judy was a big help to me as my SFWC Registration assistant this year.








Margie and MeI’m here with Margie Yee Webb, President of the California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch and author of Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings.

We met at the conference years ago. Margies Cat Mulan

If you are interested in her book, click here. Great photos especially for cat lovers.





Peter and ArleenHere is Peter Dudley and Arleen Eagling who were in the same critique group as I was way back twelve years ago. They rarely see each other. Arleen is editing her novel about three women who take a road trip.

Peter has published several books. His New Eden Trilogy  you can peruse if you click here. It takes place three hundred years after nuclear war destroyed most of the Earth.

Peter's trilogy







Rebecca and meRebecca (Lenore) Harris was in a critique group that met at my house several years ago but now we only see each other at the conference. She is editing her historical novel. We met when she volunteered to assist me in registration about eight years ago.




I wish I had taken more photos of the many friends with whom I reunited this year. I will in 2017 when we meet again.




Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of soon-to-be-released Hada’s Fog








Antoine Laurain is a French Author of The Red Notebook and The President’s Hat

The Red NotebookThe Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain is the book I chose for this month’s novel in our reading group. For the first time, everyone of the five members liked the choice. Often one or two of us don’t like the book of the month and during out discussions, we explain why. I am pleased because I thought this book was not only entertaining, but admirable in its style of writing, flow, characterization, etc. It is a short book, 159 pages, easy to read in a couple of days.

I had time before our meeting to read Laurain’s other book called The President’s Hat. One of the testimonials on the back cover by Le Figaro  stated, “An enjoyable trip into the heart of the 1980’s.”

One sentence describes what the book is about: “Could a felt hat have the power to change lives?”The President's Hat

Another charming story this time introducing several characters who obtain the hat in a variety of ways.

I’ve been to Paris three times and Laurain’s succinct descriptions take me back to the city. I’m there with his characters, recognizing the streets and sights.

I highly recommend his novels.

Antoine Laurain. Photo By Marissa Bell Toffoli (2013). Laurain is the author of The President's Hat.

Antoine Laurain. Photo By Marissa Bell Toffoli (2013)













Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Valerie Frankel Wrote Two Books About Symbolism in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Valerie FrankelValerie Frankel posted on Facebook that two of her analysis books on The New Star Wars Film are free on Kindle today to January10th. They are:

We’re Home: Fandom, Fun, and Hidden Homages in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
A Rey of Hope: Feminism, Symbolism and Hidden Gems in Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Valerie Frankel has written about 40 books on pop culture including detailed analysis of series such as Doctor Who, Highlander, Game of Thrones, and Katniss Everdeen.  She was once a professor at San Jose State University and taught most grades from kindergarten through high school. She was the youngest person to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from San Jose State University. Read more about her at http://frankelassociates.com/calithwain/AbouttheAuthor.htm and check out her interviews on YouTube and a Podcast:

Me on the Heroine’s Journey at Neverending Panels

Me on my parodies

Me on the Heroine’s Journey at the Broadly Speaking Broad Universe Podcast