Spoiler Alert! SLO NightReaders Book Discussion – Sins of the Past

In August we read a mystery novel by Susan Tuttle.

Sabrina Compton’s life was almost perfect with her adored husband—until the day she returns from shopping to find him brutally slaughtered. Her whole identity is shattered, and the blows keep coming in the guise of an FBI agent who destroys the memories that were all she had to hold onto. The story moves from Buffalo, New York to a barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, where a deadly confrontation threatens her life. Will she find the inner strength to survive, or will the sins of her husband’s past destroy her, too?

Here are some questions for you, NightReaders!

1. The main character, Sabrina, learns that everything she knew about her husband was a lie. How would you feel if you discovered that the person you thought you knew the best was not that person at all?

2. Do you think Charlie loved Sabrina? Do you think his new life was a reflection of the new, better person he had become? How much can a person change?

3. Which character was your favorite? Why?

4. What was the biggest surprise or plot twist for you?

5. If you could ask Susan a question, what would it be? Go ahead, she might answer it for you!

THE FIRST ONE TO COMMENT WILL WIN A BOOK BY SLO NIGHTWRITER EVELYN COLE!

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the September book reveal!

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Publishing – there’s so many questions!!

Publishers Panel

Publishers Panel is scheduled for NightWriter’s September Meeting. Brian Schwartz, Jason Matthews, Jeannie Bruenning and Randy Ross will be prepared to answer your questions as well as offer their points of view on the current state of publishing. Join us Tuesday, September 9th at 6:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Social Hall. Come prepared with questions and our Publisher’s Panel will provide answers.

Unitarian Universalist Social Hall

2201 Lawton St. (near Corner of South & Broad) San Luis Obispo, CA
Brian Schwartz: Kindle Expert

http://www.epubconversions.com

Jason Matthews: Teaches a video course on self-publishing

https://www.udemy.com/how-to-make-market-and-sell-ebooks-all-for-free/

Jeannie Bruenning: Silver Thread Publishing

www.asilverthread.com

Randy Ross

Marketing Specialist @ The Parable Group

Round Table 5:15 – 6:15
Critique Table: Terry Sanville will be available to listen and give feedback. For those wishing to be critiqued, please bring 2 copies of your work – one for you and one for those critiquing.  Observers are also welcome. If you would like to observe the critiquing process, join the group, watch, and learn.

Write it Right: Susan Tuttle continues the 6-month series on writing. Bring your notebook and ideas and get ready to write.

September General Meeting

Publishers Panel

Publishers Panel is scheduled for NightWriter’s September Meeting. Brian Schwartz, Jason Matthews, Jeannie Bruenning and Randy Ross will be prepared to answer your questions as well as offer their points of view on the current state of publishing. Join us Tuesday, September 9th at 6:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Social Hall. Come prepared with questions and our Publisher’s Panel will provide answers.

Unitarian Universalist Social Hall

2201 Lawton St. (near Corner of South & Broad) San Luis Obispo, CA
Brian Schwartz: Kindle Expert

http://www.epubconversions.com

Jason Matthews: Teaches a video course on self-publishing

https://www.udemy.com/how-to-make-market-and-sell-ebooks-all-for-free/

Jeannie Bruenning: Silver Thread Publishing

www.asilverthread.com

Randy Ross: Marketing Specialist @ The Parable Group

Round Table 5:15 – 6:15
Critique Table: Terry Sanville will be available to listen and give feedback. For those wishing to be critiqued, please bring 2 copies of your work – one for you and one for those critiquing.  Observers are also welcome. If you would like to observe the critiquing process, join the group, watch, and learn.

Write it Right: Susan Tuttle continues the 6-month series on writing. Bring your notebook and ideas and get ready to write.

SLO NightReaders – August Pick

Sins of the Past

Sabrina Compton’s sheltered life is shattered when her beloved husband is brutally slaughtered. And though their home has been ransacked, nothing appears to be missing. Unable to face the memories the house holds, Sabrina flees to her great-grandmother’s cottage on Gaffe Island, off the coast of South Carolina. But the peace she tries to recover there is crushed by the revelations of an intrusive FBI agent, and her life is forever altered by the weight of her husband’s devastating betrayal. As a hurricane bears down on Gaffe Island, she discovers her husband’s killer is now after her. Will Sabrina survive both the storm and the killer’s rage? Will the presence of the F.B.I. agent be enough to protect her? Or are the sins of the past destined to destroy her, too?

In August, we are proud to present Sins of the Past by a NightWriter Susan Tuttle. Susan was elected president of NightWriters in June of 2007. She has also served as vice president and president of the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC), and is now newsletter editor of both organizations. She will be presenting at the 30th Central Coast Writers Conference at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo this September. Susan is a novelist and freelance editor of fiction and creative nonfiction. She is the author of five suspense novels and has worked with authors from California to New York. A personal writing coach, she also teaches writing workshops based on her Write It Right workbook series. Susan offers writing prompts at www.SusanTuttleWrites.com.

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Spoiler Alert! SLO NightReaders Book Discussion – Take Charge of Your Talent

Don Maruska’s and Jay Perry’s Take Charge of Your Talent program focuses participants on each individual’s unique and natural talents. Many people are tired, discouraged, or simply don’t think about their talents and how they could be using them. Consciously or unconsciously people become captive to a particular story about what they are capable of accomplishing. Take Charge helps people step out of the stories in which they are stuck and create new ones that are filled with possibility. The Talent Catalyst Conversation and other tools give participants new perspectives that they can’t discover on their own. It’s like looking at yourself in a mirror and gaining new insights that you wouldn’t otherwise see. The proven practices to overcome obstacles, develop action plans, and boost productivity and fulfillment support participants in pursuing their intentions and making their hopes real. A key incentive that pulls them through is the transformation of what they learn into enduring career assets. This also motivates their organizations to support them because the organizations benefit from those knowledge assets as well.

1. What was your biggest “aha” moment when reading this book?
2. Have you had your Talent Catalyst Conversation yet? What have you discovered?
3. What was the most valuable advice for you?
4. Which tool was the most difficult for you to implement?

Don’t forget that Don Maruska will be a guest speaker at the 30th Central Coast Writers Conference at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, September

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August Meeting

Tuesday, August 12, 6:30 pm

Formatting your eBook – Jason Matthews
What would you do if you knew how to format and upload your own manuscript to Amazon? Jason Matthews is going to walk us through that very processes using a real manuscript. Join us Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30. Formatting MS Word documents, uploading and viewing ebooks in Preview Mode; from start to finish, Jason will guide us through the process.
Unitarian Universalist Social Hall
2201 Lawton St. (near Corner of South & Broad)
San Luis Obispo, CA

Round Table 5:15 – 6:15
Critique Table: Terry Sanville will be available to listen and give feedback. For those wishing to be critiqued, please bring 2 copies of your work – one for you and one for those critiquing.  Observers are also welcome. If you would like to observe the critiquing process, join the group, watch, and learn.
Write it Right: Susan Tuttle continues the 6-month series on writing. August topic is Point of View. Bring your notebook and ideas and get ready to write.

See you tomorrow night!

Tuesday, July 8, 6:30 pm

Unitarian Universalist Social Hall
2201 Lawton St. (near Corner of South & Broad)
San Luis Obispo, CA

Author’s Fair

Round Table 5:15 – 6:00

Critique Table: Terry Sanville will be available to listen and give feedback. For those wishing to be critiqued, please bring 2 copies of your work – one for you and one for those critiquing.  Observers are also welcome. If you would like to observe the critiquing process, join the group, watch, and learn.

Write it Right: Susan Tuttle begins a 6 month series on writing. Her first topic is Settings. Bring your notebook and ideas and get ready to write.

BBQ 6:00 – 6:30

In celebration of summer, Tom Snow will be BBQ-ing us. Eating begins at 6:00.

Author’s Fair 6:30-8:30

NightWriters Member’s publications will be on display throughout the evening. You are invited to bring copies of your published work for display. Bloggers are invited to bring an 8.5×11 screen shot of their home page to display on our Bloggers Table.

Jason Matthews begins our evening with instruction on setting up an Author’s Page on Amazon. Following his presentation, we will hear from a select group of members who will be pitching their work.



 

SLO NightReaders – July Pick

In July, we will be reading Don Maruska’s Take Charge of Your Talent: Three Keys to Thriving in Your Career, Organization, and Life.

Take Charge of Your Talent

As a founder and CEO of three Silicon Valley companies, venture investor, and recipient of the National Innovators Award, Don Maruska writes and speaks from a broad base of experience. His lifelong passions for creativity, translating innovative ideas into practical applications, and bringing out the best in others stimulate his work. His books, keynote speeches, and workshops guide audiences to fulfill their hopes in powerful, practical, and profitable ways.

Take Charge of Your Talent details three keys to develop and enjoy your abilities. You’ll discover new ways to identify your aspirations and opportunities, power past obstacles, and translate your intentions into results. Finally, you’ll create a personal brand with enduring career assets that will multiply the payoffs for yourself and your organization.

Don Maruska will be a speaker at the Central Coast Writers Conference in San Luis Obispo, September 19-20. The NightWriters was honored to have Don speak at one of the monthly general meetings.

Spoiler Alert! SLO NightReaders Book Discussion – The Beginning of Everything

Ezra Faulkner was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before – before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is lyrical, witty, hilarious, and heart-wrenching novel about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect, and how new beginnings can stem from abrupt and tragic endings.

Did you like the book? Let’s discuss!

1. With regards to SLO NightReaders, we know that the majority of us is not in the “young adult” age group anymore. (Don’t worry! We won’t tell! Ahem…) Earlier this month, Internet world was caught up in a heated debate about whether YA books are appropriate for grown ups, or whether once you’re out of your teens they can only dumb you down. What do you think? Do you read YA? Why? Why not?

2. How does the title The Beginning of Everything relate to the themes of the book?

3. Fitting in is one of the main themes of this book. We all know how important it seemed to fit in when we were in high school. How important is it to you now? What changed? What stayed the same?

4. Why do you think Ezra finds himself drawn to Cassidy? What do you think their interaction would look like if the car accident had never happened?

5. Where do you think Ezra will be 20 years from now? Cassidy? Toby?

THE FIRST ONE TO COMMENT WILL WIN A BOOK BY SLO NIGHTWRITER EVELYN COLE!

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the July book reveal!

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Show your stuff!!

NightWriters Member’s publications will be on display during our July Meeting. You are invited to bring copies of your published work for display. Bloggers are invited to bring an 8.5×11 screen shot of their home page to display on our Bloggers Table. Join us Tuesday, July 8th for a night of “showing off”. For more information on the evening, visit our General Meeting Page.

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