CCWC Member News for July

by web editor on July 7, 2014

Here’s a roundup of our members’ latest writing news:

Chip Bishop has several scheduled book talks/signings for Quentin and Flora this month on Cape Cod: Osterville Public Library, Wed., July 9 at 4 p.m.; Titcomb’s Book Shop in East Sandwich, Sat., July 12 at 1 p.m.; Windchime Condominium Clubhouse in Mashpee, Thurs., July 24 at 7 p.m.; Tales of Old Cape Cod at the Old Colonial Courthouse in Barnstable Village, Mon., July 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and, Cotuit Public Library, Wed., July 30 at 6 p.m.

Bob Danzig is delighted to share the fact of a representation agreement with LA producer pitching the TV reality show based on his book Angel Threads.  He is also rounding the final bend for new book, Keep Your Finger on the Start Button: For JOY In Each Life Chapter. Bob Danzig:

Marguerite J. Dennis, author of The New College Guide: How to Get In, Get Out, and Get a Job (from Old Post Books) recently taught the principles of The New College Guide to a group of New York principals and guidance counselors. The event was sponsored by The Institute for Student Achievement. For further information, contact:

Patry Francis will be talking about her new novel, The Orphans of Race Point, at several upcoming events in Bourne, Centerville, Chatham, and Falmouth. Please see the NEWS page on her website:

Diane Hester will be signing copies of her thriller Run to Me at Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore in Chatham on July 26 from 2-4pm and speaking at the Eldredge Library on July 28 at 7pm. Run to Me is a finalist in this year’s Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense writing.

The second installment in the Boston Uncommons Series, Mantrap, will be released by Bellbridge books in late July. This tale of romantic suspense follows the further adventures of Eja Kane and Deming Swann as they delve into a mysterious death on an Osterville estate. Join author Arlene Kay and our daring duo as they find out WHO DONE IT. Cape Cod will never be the same.

Centerville author, Janice Blessington Kenny, has published her debut novel, The Stationery Box. A work of fiction, The Stationery Box Is a poignant, stimulating story based on the life of the author’s sister.

Christina Laurie of West Falmouth, author of C is for Cape Cod and Seasons Rising: A Collection of Haiku, has been elected and installed as the first national vice president of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. NLAPW is a national organization of professional women artists, writers and musicians and has branches all over the U.S. Christina is a past president of both the Cape Cod Branch and the Wellesley Branch, and has served as Mass. State President for six years.

Carolyn LeComte won a contest on the Midlife Collage website with a story called “Cheesecake to Go.” She has been invited to enter the quarterly contest on that website. On June 28, she participated in the Books-by-the-Sea event at the Osterville Library, as she is one of the authors in their “local authors” group.  Contact her through her website at:

Laura Long, a new member from the Boston area, had an essay titled A Nurse’s Nurse published in Extraordinary Healers, an annual publication by CURE Magazine.  An added bonus, the essay included a photo of Laura Long and MGH nurse Pauline Buskiewicz, who was an inspiration following Laura’s cancer diagnosis.

Diane McDonough has had a second poem, Night Heron Pond,” accepted for exhibit in the 2014 Poetry & Art Show, Wickford Art Association, July 25- August 17, Wickford, RI.

Judith Partelow will be the featured reader at The Writers’ Voice Cafe on July 9th, 6-8 pm, at their summer home in the Provincetown Library, 356 Commercial St. Go to her website at for information about her publications and to obtain A Woman’s Heart, her first poetry collection.

The 2nd edition of David Purdy and Pamela Chatterton-Purdy’s book art/history book Icons of the Civil Rights Movement is selling well to tourists visiting the Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis. Pam’s icon of Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner, civil rights workers murdered just 50 years ago in Mississippi during “freedom summer” is being used in publicity for a play reading of “Meridian Summer” by award winning author Candace Perry at the Cotuit Arts Center on July 9 at 7:30.

This month marks the 21st anniversary of Fred’s World, a column by Lisa Rehfuss in Boys’ Quest Magazine

Virginia Sands will have 3 book signings in July for her book A Tree with a Knee: Brewster Natural History Museum on July 16 at 11:30 AM; Eight Cousins Book Store on July 24 at 11 AM; and Books by the Sea on July 26 at 2 PM.

Board member Eva Schegulla has four releases coming out this summer under her Devon Ellington pseudonym. Three are digital-only shorts:  ghost story “Lake Justice,” sci-fi/horror/western “Severance,” and western “Elusive Prayers.”  Tracking Medusa, the first Gwen Finnegan mystery, just released in print, is available on Amazon, and will be carried by Books By The Sea in Osterville.

Ray Shumack’s essay “Even a Deer Gave Some,” was accepted by the Military Writers Society of America for their 2014 Anthology on the subject All Gave Some. The piece is adapted from a chapter from his News Dispatches from the Korean War about how a deer wounded by artillery fire was saved by a M*A*S*H* unit.

Cape Abilities is happy to announce an upcoming free event on Saturday, July 12, 2004 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Author Wendy Shreve will be signing her book Shadowwater at Cape Abilities Farm to Table Market & Gallery, 193 Main Street, Chatham, MA.

Barbara Sillery’s newest documentary Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel will premiere on PBS affiliate WYES in New Orleans  on July 23 at 7 pm. She served as the producer, director, and scriptwriter for this project. Also her new book, The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands (Pelican Publishing), is due in bookstores this Fall.

Barbara Eppich Struna will be signing her historical novel The Old Cape House at Books By The Sea, Sat. July 5, 1-3pm and moderating a panel on Memoirs during a Writers Workshop at West Dennis Library, July 18, 1-5pm.  There will be an author talk by Barbara about the facts behind her fiction at the Hyannis Library, Weds. July 23, 6pm. And she will be at the Danvers Ma. Book Expo Weds. July 30, 4–9pm.

Joan Walsh and Anne Sessions Barber want to thank, Lisa Connors, editor of Cape Cod Magazine for featuring their Memory Makers picture book, travel journals for children in the July, 2014 issue entitled 2014 Best of Cape Cod.

Ric Wasley just heard from his publisher that she is conducting interviews with “voice actors” to turn his 7th novel, Echoes Down a Dark Well, into an audio book. It’s scheduled for release this fall, so stay tuned!

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 August. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than July 31. 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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