Local Author Meet and Greet

Mysterious Galaxy brings you the latest in our regular community events showcasing the local talent of more than a dozen authors — in our genres and beyond — who are enthused to share their works with us. We will mingle for a bit, hear a little about each author’s work, and have some tasty refreshments to top off the afternoon. There will be a variety of genres and subjects — ranging from the end of the world to retellings of historical events — from history to mystery to fantasy. These fun gatherings are a great opportunity to meet new people and have a chance to support our local authors. You just might be the first to discover a future bestselling author of our time!

Participants at present include:

D. C. Lozar, Sandra E. Bonura, Kevin Bieber, Marlene Wagman-Geller, Jordaniel Tiberius, James R. Preston, Wendy Grela-M'Poko, Jamie Sorenson, A.J Padilla, C. G. Rousing, Emmanuel Burgin, Colleen M. O'Connor, Susan Wachowiak, Rick Stepp-Bolling, Jd Buchmiller and

David M Hamlin.

Event date: 
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
5943 Balboa Ave
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92111
Cyberweird Stories: A Contagious Collection of Stories and Poems Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780999228234
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Published: D.C. Lozar - July 21st, 2017

From robots with contagious diseases to space explorers who stumble upon the birthplace of the Cthulhu, these stories twist horror and science into sexy pulp fiction that's hard to escape. Showcasing fantastic stories in which printed people colonize planets, augmented reality is used to punish criminals and take over corporations, and futures where cyberpunk adolescence rule cities where all the adults have disappeared; this is a collection of unique peepholes into the future of our planet and species.


Light in the Queen's Garden: Ida May Pope, Pioneer for Hawai'i's Daughters, 1862-1914 Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780824866440
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Published: University of Hawaii Press - October 31st, 2017

At the end of the 1800s, when Oberlin graduate Ida May Pope accepted a teaching job at Kawaiaha'o Seminary, a boarding school for girls, she couldn't have imagined it would become a lifelong career of service to Hawaiian women, or that she would become closely involved in the political turmoil soon to sweep over the Kingdom of Hawai'i. Light in the Queen's Garden offers for the first time a day-by-day accounting of the events surrounding the coup d'etat as seen through the eyes of Pope's young students. Author Sandra Bonura uses recently discovered primary sources to help enliven the historical account of the 1893 Hawaiian Revolution that happened literally outside the school's windows. Queen Lili'uokalani's adopted daughter's long-lost oral history recording; many of Pope's teaching contemporaries' unpublished diaries, letters, and scrapbooks; and rare photographs tell a story that has never been told before.

Towering royal personages in Hawai'i's history--King Kalakaua, Queen Lili'uokalani, and Princess Ka'iulani--appear in the book, as Ida Pope sheltered Hawai'i's daughters through the frightening and turbulent end of their sovereign nation. Pope was present during the life celebrations of the king, and then his sad death rituals. She traveled with Lili'uokalani on her controversial trip to Kalaupapa to visit Mother Marianne Cope and afflicted pupils. In 1894, with the endorsement of Lili'uokalani and Charles Bishop, Pope helped to establish the Kamehameha School for Girls, funded by the estate of Princess Pauahi Bishop, and became its first principal. Inspired by John Dewey and others, she shaped and reshaped Kamehameha's curriculum through a process of conflict and compromise. Fired up by the era's doctrine of social and vocational relevance, she adapted the curriculum to prepare her students for entry into meaningful careers. Lili'uokalani's daughter, Lydia Aholo, was placed in the school and Pope played a significant role in mothering and shaping her future, especially during the years the queen was fighting to restore her kingdom.

As Hawai'i moved into the twentieth century under a new flag, Pope tenaciously confronted the effects of industrialization and the growing concentration of outside economic power, working tirelessly to attain social reforms to give Hawaiian women their rightful place in society.


Unpresidential Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781940878171
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Published: Z2 Comics - November 14th, 2017

The President has gone missing, and America is holding a special election to replace him  But who has the charisma, sexiness, and compassion to lead the free world? Kim Jong Un, the fascist dictator of North Korea, of course  A hilarious satire of American culture, Un-Presidential focuses on the journey of the Un-likeliest candidate of all in his quest to save democracy.


Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781633535961
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Published: Mango - July 25th, 2017

Who are the great women leaders in history? Who are the women heroes who personify "girl power"?

Intrepid women heroes: When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa's brutal Robben Prison, he tirelessly turned to the poem Invictus. The inspirational verse by the Victorian William Ernest Henley, penned on the occasion of the amputation of his leg. Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul, a woman who is captain of her fate. Just as Invictusbrought solace to generations so does the contemporary classic. Still I Rise embodies the strength of character of the inspiring women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great women heroes who smashed all obstacles, rather than let all obstacles smash them. The book offers hope to those undergoing their own Sisyphean struggles. Intrepid women heroes are the antithesis of the traditional damsels in distress; rather than waiting for the prince, they took salvation into their own hands.

Celebrate girl power Women leaders in history celebrated in this book include:

  • Madame C. J. Walker - first female American millionaire
  • Aung San Suu Kyi - Burma's first lady of freedom
  • Betty Shabazz - civil rights activist
  • Nellie Sachs - Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipient
  • Selma Lagerlof - first woman Nobel Laureate
  • Fannie Lou Hamer - American voting rights activist
  • Bessie Coleman - first African-American female pilot
  • Wilma Rudolph - first woman to win three gold medals
  • Sonia Sotomayor - first Hispanic Supreme Court justice
  • Wangari Maathai - Nobel Prize winner
  • Winnifred Mandela - freedom fighter
  • Lois Wilson - founder of Al-Anon
  • Roxanne Quimby - co-founder of Burt's Bees.


The Fable of the Wolf and the Owl Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781537176628
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - May 14th, 2017

In a world remade after the times of old, the stories set in motion a plan of eternity. The names written in the book, and those written on the gate, are the Fabled Ones. The Fabled Ones are those of legendary heritage, and their story begins with the Wolf and the Owl.


Crashpad Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9780991151646
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Published: Rendrag Publishing - October 3rd, 2017

It was arterial spray from her roommate Becky that saved Mary Jane's life. There was so much blood he must have thought she was dead too."

So begins Crashpad, a story set in the turbulent war year of 1970.

Skirts are short, hair is long; we've invaded Southeast Asia and the British have invaded us. College campuses everywhere are erupting with protests; Goldie Hawn go-go dances in a bikini and body paint.

Walter Dalrymple is a sophomore at Cal State Long Beach, brilliant, spending his nights doing original research on lasers and his days thinking about a transfer to UC Berkeley and wishing he could get a date.

In addition to physics, Walter has grown up with adventure stories -- James Bond, Shell Scott, and Matt Helm -- so he's ready when the nearly-naked girl pounds on his apartment door and asks him to hide her from a crazy guy with a shotgun. It's got to be some kind of gag, right?

That's what he thinks until he actually meets the guy with the shotgun. Then Jane takes him to see the body. He's got to help her - after all, she's asked him to take her to the Get-Acquainted Dance.

Turn on and tune in. It's time for some sex and drugs and rock and roll. No chicken jokes.


Aggravated Felon Poetry: Poems to liberate the soul Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781520709185
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Published: Createspace - March 1st, 2017

In this collection of poems, Wendy turns an experience that should have broken her spirit, into one that ended up setting her spirit free. In the mist of deportation the only thing that really understood Wendy was The Pen and Paper. Once Wendy started utilizing the tools at hand something magical happened. What started off as an escape turned into a passion. Using words to bring to life colorful experiences from delicacy and wonder, to pure heartache. Wendy's poems are fearless and leave nothing unexplored, no words wasted. This diverse collection stands on no equal ground with anyone else’s works, and establishes her as an important poet needed for this generation. Sunny is here to bring back poetry! “POETRY IS NOT DEAD!"


Why You Tried to Kill Yourself Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780692932735
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Published: JamieMSorenson - August 24th, 2017

Suicide Prevention Fictional Novel
Despite his life appearing idyllic Raul, a twenty-four-year-old medical student has hit rock bottom. After his wife learns he is gay, Raul unsuccessfully overdosed and slashed his wrists. After his failed suicide attempt, Raul is admitted to a psychiatric ward, and is left to contemplate his facade of a life, and his overwhelming inner-conflicts. Raul may have been sexually assaulted. He fears he will lose his daughter as well as everything he loves.
Sara grew up in an unstable home where abuse was common. Poverty and discrimination were normal for her, yet she is able to work through her inner conflicts and become a psychiatric mental health nurse. She is able use her own life experiences to help many patients.
Sara is a strong, compassionate and tough-love nurse who sees Raul for exactly who he is. She provides the foundation for his journey to becoming his authentic self.
Why You Tried to Kill Yourself shares the tale of one man’s journey to self-acceptance as a devoted nurse forever changes the trajectory of his life.


M.E.S. Stardust Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781521232828
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Published: Createspace - May 6th, 2017

Blasting around the galaxy and seizing artifacts of long forgotten planets is not what the new recruits had in mind when they signed up for an intersolar delivery job. Steady pay, some work experience, sure -- but battling sha assassins and overthrowing outer rim tyrants was not in the job description. 

Luckily, the captain just recruited a new secret weapon, a young boy named William. The boy may not be very tall or strong but he makes up for it with a fantastic eyesight. Uncontrolled visions of flickering lights brush past the boy’s eyes warning him of upcoming dangers. So, if the inductees aboard the M.E.S. Stardust hope to get home with a paycheck -- and all their limbs intact -- then they have no choice but to follow Captain’s orders and a boy’s wild visions in the starlight.


Thoughts to Die for Cover Image
By C. G. Rousing, Jeremiah Humphries (Illustrator)
$14.94
ISBN: 9780615719245
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Published: Thoughts to Die for Publishing - January 16th, 2013

Levi Levy has no idea how powerful his thoughts are and that his life depends upon them. That's because thought-sifting isn't something that's taught in schools in the Earth Dimension. But everything changes when Levi is invited to participate in a remarkable program in the 11th Dimension, and he begins to discover not only the secret to getting exactly what he wants from life, but the true meaning of magic. From the unexpected way he enters the dimension, to the thrilling curriculum and eccentric faculty at his unconventional school, Levi finds himself questioning everything he's learned about life, and closer to unraveling his true identity.


San Diego Drag Racing and the Bean Bandits Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467127103
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - December 11th, 2017

San Diego enjoys a long and storied race car and drag racing history, and the Bean Bandits are a huge part of that heritage. Yet their story remains buried in plain sight. Told here in photographs garnered from private, personal, and historical collections, the 1950s pioneering exploits of Bean Bandits leader Joaquin Arnett and his contributions to that racing history come to life. The San Diego native led his Bean Bandits to over 300 wins and several land speed records while competing against other local clubs, like the Prowlers, Oilers, Roadsters, and Roadrunners. Eventually, the Bean Bandits' streamliners set records on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Arnett won the first National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Championship in 1953, was named to the International Car Racing Hall of Fame in 1992, and was awarded an NHRA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. Arnett and his Bean Bandits' car also graced the cover of Hot Rod magazine's special drag strip issue in 1953.


Patch Man Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9781681604725
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Published: Crimson Cloak Publishing - August 31st, 2017

A prophecy declares a small child will decide the victory between two countries paralyzed by war...

An old man sells magical patches on the ruined streets of Hagra-Dis when a small, one-armed girl begs him to fix her doll. An Imperial missile blast kills the little girl, Meesha, but Var patches her back to life, and they flee marauding storm troopers.

Imperial High Command unleashes Ulan, a formidable assassin and mystic who chases the Patch Man and his ragged band of followers through a labyrinth peopled with powerful beings and monsters. Both the pursued and pursuers find themselves in life or death situations when they encounter the Greeter, a mysterious being who controls the entrance to parallel worlds populating the labyrinth. It is in these domains they discover clues to end the war--with little Meesha as the secret key to ultimate victory and peace.


Winter Gets Hot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780692208342
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Published: Open Books - December 6th, 2017

Chicago journalist Emily Winter is back in this sequel to Winter in Chicago. It's Spring, 1977, and she's the first reporter on the scene of a grusome murder in the offices of a highly respected civic organization investigating corruption at City Hall. Although she's proven herself a skilled reporter with at least one headline making story to her credit, her new TV boss orders her to stay on a more ladylike beat -- lifestyle, entertainment and feature stories.

But Emily persists, determined to overcome the sexism that infuses her career while negotiating her way into hard news coverage, including the murder. She relies on a large, entertaining roster of sources and allies, including her eccentric husband Ben, his beloved Uncle Max and the ladies from The Rules Committee, all intimately familiary with glass ceilings. As the case twists and turns, Emily navigates the city she loves, relishing Chicago's architecture, neighborhood restaurants, culture and beloved, if hapless, Cubs. 


Follow: Book 1 of the Rose Tree Chronicles Cover Image
By Jd Buchmiller, Danielle Raine (Designed by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9788461626571
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Published: Pathway Publishing - April 24th, 2013

Xyntriav. A world of growing civilizations composed of humans, specters, elves, fairies, and much more. For years, three empires were united as one, but suddenly the government is divided and descends into the Stone War, which is expected to last for decades.

 

Gerardo of Liko is a soldier universally disregarded, and during an era where Bonn, People, and Noelle are at war, Gerardo finds himself embarking on a daring rescue to free a prisoner of the enemy's palace. Normally the thought wouldn't have even crossed his mind, but somehow, this man is crucial to the empire's future. As a soldier, Gerardo has a duty to his empire. Unfortunately, though he successfully frees his target, Gerardo is captured during the escape. His hope rests on a convincing naiad, a hateful specter, and a traditionalist unicorn.

Meanwhile, Rein Bow is a pixie who tagged along on Gerardo's mission before being taken into custody herself. After narrowly escaping her own prison, she learns of Gerardo's misfortune and devises a risky siege on the palace with a tribe of rodents living inside the palace walls. With limited resources and still recovering from injuries acquired as a captive, Rein feels less than confident in her plan.