Member News Roundup for April

by web editor on April 7, 2014

It’s been a great month for CCWC members–writing, publishing, and publicizing their work. Here’s a roundup of their news:

Larry Allen announces his third short story,  this one about a reclusive high-school student who befriends a cantankerous retired astronaut, with unsettling results. “Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor” will be available for free on Amazon for the week beginning April 7 (, a great opportunity for those curious about the speculative fiction genre.

Chip Bishop can now call himself a New York Times Bestselling Author. His first book, The Lion and the Journalist: The Unlikely Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop, hit #12 on the Times’ e-book best sellers list in March following a special President’s Day weekend promotion on

Author Anita Ann Caruso will talk about her newly published book, As Ever, Pudd: A Love Story That Never Ends, Told in Letters, on Monday, April 14, 2014 at ABITH, Jacob Sears Memorial Library, 23 center Street, East Dennis, Ma. Visit her website and blog:

Rick Cochran is rewriting his Wellfleet memoir, The Last Principal of Wellfleet High, into a series of stand-alone stories that are being printed in the Wellfleetian, the online blog of the Lower Cape’s “Wicked Local” news.  The next in the series, “Captain Higgins,” is available online now:

Indie author, K.R. Conway, will launch a pilot program with Sturgis West Charter High School this April, teaching a series of fiction writing classes. She will also be teaching her ever-popular Teen Fiction Craft at Sandwich Library on April 19. On May 2nd, she will be at the SCBWI New England conference as a pitch mentor along with several other authors. Her website is

Sandwich author Jim Coogan has just published Cape Cod Companion: The History and Mystery of Old Cape Cod as an e-book. The book, written with Dennis author Jack Sheedy and originally published as a trade paperback in 1999, is available on Amazon’s Kindle and B & N’s Nook.

Marsha Therese Danzig’s book Fierce Joy is featured in Aspire Magazine’s Ten Inspirational Authors of April:

Jan Krause Greene participated in the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. She read from her debut novel, I Call Myself Earth Girl, at The Mount in Lenox and at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield.

Robin Johnson-Smith will be reading at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham on Sunday, April 27 from 1-2:30 p.m. Other poets reading will be Kathleen Aguero, Mary Kane, Suzan Tuz and Neil Silberblatt.

Arlene Kay will discuss her latest novel Swann Dive at the Jacob Sears Library, in East Dennis, on April 14th, 7:00 pm. This program is part of the Book in the Hand series. Swan Dive, the first in the Beacon Hill Mystery Series, will be released by Bellbridgebooks on April 20th.

Christina Laurie will be signing copies of her children’s book C is for Cape Cod across the Cape this summer. The launching of the book was held at Titcomb’s Bookstore on March 23, with over 50 attending. A schedule of talks and book signings is available on her website: Her photographer also will be present to sign books with her on April 15 at Sturgis Library.

Antoinette Libro is a Winner/Runner-up in The Haiku Calendar Competition 2014 and her haiku “catalpa tree” will be included in The Haiku Calendar 2015 (Snapshot Press, UK, 2014). Approximately 900 entries from 14 countries were received; the 2015 calendar will contain 52 haiku.

Steven P. Marini’s new mystery novel, Calculations, has been set for ebook release on May 1st, with paperback due May 10th, by Gypsy Shadow Publishing. He gave a successful reading of his earlier novel, Aberration, at The Hub in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on February 19th.

Alexis Rankin Popik’s Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate was selected as the Featured Review for the April issue of the San Francisco Book Review magazine and its website, The five-out-of-five-star review concludes: “Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate is a must-read. It’s short and to the point but it’s a story that will haunt readers well after the last page is turned.”

Jan Shapin (author of A Snug Life Somewhere and A Desire Path) has another guest column in her publisher’s blog (Arline Chase, Write Words Inc.). This one is on using the GoodReads book giveaway program to stimulate sales. You can read it here.

Maxim D. Shrayer has been reading from his new memoir, Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story, a Finalist of this year’s National Jewish Book Awards. His upcoming events, including a reading in Chatham, where he and his family spend many weeks when they are not in Brookline, are listed on this website: Maxim welcomes inquiries from fellow authors about his new initiative, the South Chatham Writers’ Workshop:

On Apr. 5, Alice Plouchard Stelzer participated in “Hartford Loves Stories Author Village,” as part of Hartford’s Public Library’s all day book fair. Stelzer will also be speaking to the Falmouth Genealogy Society on April 12 and the Eastham Historical Society on April 24, at 7 PM.

On Saturday April 26, the anniversary of the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah, Barbara Eppich Struna will talk about how her historical novel, The Old Cape House, was influenced by the events that surrounded this tragic day. West Dennis Library will host this occasion of love, pirates, and treasure from 1-2 PM.

Visit Kevin V. Symmons’s website ( to view the trailer for his new release Solo from the award-winning The Wild Rose Press. Solo is the story of Jessica Long…she has the voice of an angel but her cold beauty masks a dark, hidden past. Discover her story. “When the gods want to punish us they answer our prayers.” –Oscar Wilde

Phyllis M. Washburn, author of Good Morning Sam reports sales have hit 500 copies sold. Visit – Open “Author’s Thoughts” site to view swan family picture.

Ric Wasley will be speaking about his book Candle in the Wind at two Cape Cod libraries in the coming month: on April 12 at 2:00 PM at the Yarmouth Port Library and on April 27 at 2:00 PM the South Yarmouth Library. An article about Ric and his latest novel appeared recently in the Yarmouth Register. Read it here.

Author Joan Walsh and Illustrator Anne Sessions Barber of the Cape Cod Children’s Writers present parents and grandparents with book three in the Memory Makers series, entitled Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Chatham. The book takes children–who love to explore, write, draw, and scrapbook–to special places in Chatham. It will be featured and sold at Where the Sidewalk Ends in Chatham in April, 2014.

Virginia Young’s Nocturnal, a young adult novel about a young girl who sleepwalks and finds friendship with an owl, is coming out in June through Canadian publisher Double Dragon. It will be available as an ebook as well as in paperback.

CCWC Logo Quill onlyCurrent CCWC members are invited to submit their news to the next Member News Roundup, which will be posted to our blog and Facebook page on the first Monday in May. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than May 2. Write “Member News” in the subject line, and be sure the announcement includes your name exactly as you would like it to appear. We do not have room for longer articles or reviews, but you may include an email or website link so readers may contact you or find further information. If you have multiple events, signings, etc. coming up, the best way to publicize these is with a link to a calendar on your own blog or website. (Please note that we reserve the right to edit any announcement for length or for potentially offensive or controversial content.)

Previous post:

Next post: