Member news Roundup for June

by web editor on June 2, 2014

CCWC members are a productive bunch. Here’s a roundup of our members’ latest writing news:

One of Gustaf Berger’s short stories was recently accepted for publication in Taj Mahal Journal from India. This will be his second published story.

Jeannie Coco will be signing her novel, Rocks Through My Window, at Books By The Sea in Osterville on Saturday, June 21 from 2:00-4:00. She is also pleased to announce that she will be the guest speaker at the Willowbend Country Club on Tuesday, June 24 at 4:00.

Rick Cochran has completed his 17th short story memoir.  The stories are being published in the Wellfleetian Wick Local News blog.  When the series is completed it will be compiled into a book, The Last Principal of Wellfleet High—A Cape Cod Memoir.

Linda Conti, co-author of The Billy Best Story: Beating Cancer with Alternative Medicine, is very proud to announce that the book has been picked up by German publisher, Jim Humble Verlag. The translated version is available on Kindle and in hardcover.

K.R. Conway will be signing her YA novel Undertow on June 7th from 6-9pm at the famed Four Seas Ice Cream shop in Centerville. Grab a scoop and book! The novel is now on the Sandwich High School summer reading list.

Marsha Therese Danzig, author of Fierce Joy, will be giving a talk entitled “The Other Side of Trauma” on Wednesday, June 25, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Centerville Library. Here is a link to an interview about Fierce Joy that just got replayed from PWR radio:

Marie S. David author of Sacred Heart Songs will be speaking at West Dennis Library on Friday, June 27 at 2:00pm about the healing power of Reiki upon chronic pain and fatigue.

Barbara Gleason recently won a Silver Mom’s Choice Award for her latest book, animal esCAPEs. For more information, please visit her website at:

Diane Hester’s debut thriller, Run to Me, has been short-listed in the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mystery/suspense. For details of Diane’s summer author events visit her website at:

Evan Howard’s new inspirational romantic thriller, Take Back the Morning, was published in April. The book is garnering 5-star reviews on and has made the Top 100 in several categories.

On June 14th, Arlene Kay and Kevin Symmons will join author Lane Stone at Molon Lave Winery in Virginia horse country for an evening of murder, mystery & merlot. On June 17th, Virginia Young, Kevin Symmons and Arlene Kay will lead an evening of literary fun at the Abington Ale House.

Christina Laurie, author of the photographic alphabet book C is for Cape Cod, will be signing her enjoyable and educational books during the month of June in Dennis, Sandwich, Falmouth, Osterville, and Mashpee. For dates and details, visit:

Debra Lawless will be signing copies of her new book Provincetown Since World War II: Carnival at Land’s End, at Booksmith/Musicsmith, 9 West Road, Orleans, on Sat., June 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. and at Where the Sidewalk Ends Books, 432 Main St., Chatham, on Sat., July 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.

MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis was voted the May book of the month by the website Hear author/member Yvonne deSousa talk about MS Madness! on June 17th at 6PM at Snow Library in Orleans.

Diane McDonough’s poem Lost in Thought” has been chosen to be on exhibit in the Wickford Art Association’s Poetry & Art Show, July 25- August 17, 2014, Wickford, Rhode Island.

National League of American Pen Women, Cape Cod Branch, will be hosting a “Vanity Fair Night.” Have your picture taken and learn how and why to use it on social media. Held at Miller White Fine Arts Gallery, 708 RT. 134 S. Dennis, Thursday, June 26, 4:30 to 7:30. Email to RSVP.

Judith Partelow ( has created a first chapbook of her poetry entitled, A Woman’s Heart, available at her website: The Provincetown Public Press will publish an iBook of her manuscript, Until Now, later in 2014 and is presently spotlighting her poetry in their on-line magazine, Sustenance.

Velia Pola’s family memoir A Bridge Between: Northern Italy Come Hell or High Water was recently awarded the 2014 Senior Living People’s Choice Award for best book on aging and caregiving.

Kathy Salzberg will have two books published in September by Barkleigh Productions of Mechanicsburg, PA . Entitled Confessions of a Mad Groomer and Love Bites and Tail Twitches—More Musings from a Mad Groomer, both are collections of her previously published, award-winning humor columns written for a pet industry publication.

Susan Santangelo has signed a contract with Suspense Publishing for her fifth Baby Boomer Mystery, Funerals Can Be Murder. The book will be released October 7.

Ray Schumack recently re-published his book, News Dispatches from the Korean War, with Create Space.

Maxim D. Shrayer has edited and co-translated Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories, a new collection of short stories by his father, the Russian-American writer David Shrayer-Petrov. The father-and-son team are launching the book in Boston at the Brookline Booksmith on 16 June 2014. For more information, visit

Robin Smith-Johnson’s poem, “Sky Meets Water,” has come out in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of The Aurorean.

Barbara E. Struna’s historical fiction, The Old Cape House, is now available on the shelves in the stores at these B&N locations: Middleton, RI; Warwick, RI; Smithfield, RI; Portsmouth/Newington, NH; Manchester, NH; Holyoke, MA; Hadley, MA; and Hyannis, MA.

A series of extremely short short stories by Bob Surrette will be included in a forthcoming anthology to be published by the Rising Tide Writers of Cape Cod.

Virginia Young’s Nocturnal, a young adult novel, is now available through Double Dragon Publishing in ebook or paperback. It is the story of a teen girl who sleep-walks and finds mystery and a deep friendship with a Barred Owl.

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 June. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than May 30. 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.)

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