Cape Cod Writers Center

December Member News Roundup

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

Bill Burbank has been working hard on 2 books. The first, My Life Embracing Transplanted and Polycystic Kidneys has been sent to the printer Royal Palm Press for delivery around December 10th. The second, Reflections from The Cape Cod Canal  will go to press in late January for a mid-February delivery.

The Kindle version of Selling Luxury Homes,  by Jack Cotton has been on the best-seller list in the real estate category for the month of November.

Janet E. Gardner’s flash story “West” will appear in the forthcoming edition of the Cape Cod Poetry Review.

Christine Lajewski’s horror short story, “Damon Tanze” placed third in a contest run by Dark Tales, a U.K. horror/fantasy magazine.  It will be published in an upcoming anthology. Her first novel, JHATOR, is to be published this month by The Black Mountain Press and will be available as a paperback and an e-book.

Steve Marini will be signing his novels, Connections and Aberration, at the Mystery Authors Night at the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton, MA, on December 5th, from 7-8 pm.

Pat Mullaly’s Putting Games: 24 Easy Drills to Make You A Winner is available at this link on Add this small volume to your golf bag for easy reference, or give it as a gift for your golf league or golf partners.

The manuscript for Book III in J Bean Palmer’s Cape Cod Witch Series–ElsBeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties–was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival in the Unpublished Manuscript category, the only children’s book awarded in this category. The new ElsBeth adventure, and new eBook editions of Books I and II in the series, are scheduled for release in early December.

On December 9, Alexis Rankin Popik of Marion,MA, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, will lead a discussion of her novel at the request of a Wareham book group. This will be her fourth book group appearance.

Robin Smith-Johnson’s first book of poetry Dream of the Antique Dealer’s Daughter, is scheduled for publication next month (Dec. 2013) by Word Poetry, an imprint of Word Tech Communications, LLC.

Alice Plouchard Stelzer’s newly-published nonfiction book, Female Adventurers: The Women Who Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut, can now be found in many local bookstores.

Barbara Eppich Struna is proud to present her first historical novel, The Old Cape House, from Booktrope Publishing in Seattle WA. She will have a book signing at Struna Galleries – Brewster on Dec. 6, 7, and 8 and in Struna Galleries – Chatham on Dec. 15. It’s also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and several fine bookstores across the Cape. For more information, visit

Prime Time Magazine’s December issue includes an article by Bob Surrette on Deb Martin, CEO of ERA Cape Real Estate. For July he wrote about Deborah Thompson, Dennis’s victim advocate and mental health counselor. He’d like to write about you in 2014.

Author Kevin Symmons will be speaking at the Jacob Sears Library in East Dennis at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 9th at the monthly meeting of A Book in the Hand. He will be discussing his new Cape Cod thriller, Out of the Storm. He will also be at Books by the Sea in Osterville at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 13th for the Annual Holiday Stroll, selling Out of the Storm and Rite of Passage, his paranormal thriller and award finalist from 2012.

Haverhill Life Magazine welcomes Sharon Williams Tucker as a Community Contributor. View her debut story on “Toastmasters’ Butterflies Fly in Formation” at

Ric Wasley’s newest book, Candle in the Wind, is a finalist for the prestigious Epic Award. This award, formerly known as EPPIE, began in 2000 and is the oldest competition to recognize excellence in ePublished works, honoring the best of current eBooks from the ePublishing industry.

On Friday, December 6th, Virginia Young will join two other wonderful writers for Breakfast with the Authors at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis. Her latest books, I Call Your Name, A Family of Strangers and By A Thread will be available for purchase.

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