Overcoming Obstacles – April 21, 2021

Join us with authors E.G. Stone, Sean Valiente, and S.L. Harby.

E.G. Stone, author of “The One Who Could Not Fly” – Ravenna has grown up isolated and ostracized amongst the sylphs for her small wing size and her unusual coloring. She lives with the Intellecti, a collection of sylphs dedicated to learning, to facts, to history, to thought. But she feels most free when she runs through the trees of her beloved home. Until that is, she comes across beings that should have been a myth. Humans. Captured, Ravenna is taken from her home and into the vastness of the desert mainland. She is sold into slavery and thrown into a world that proves everything she knew about humans right: they are nothing more than the cruel, bloodthirsty beings that filled sylph myths with horror. Until that is, Ravenna makes a single mistake. She falls. Suddenly, the world is not quite what she knew. Ravenna is thrust into this world of humans and their schemings for power, their political machinations, their hopes, their dreams. Ravenna must decide whether humans are the nightmares of her people’s legends or just beings like her, finding their place in an unexpected world. And she must decide whether to save her world or to destroy it. The One Who Could Not Fly is an exciting fantasy adventure that asks questions about family, independence, and what it really means to fly.


Sean Valiente, author of “The Lightning Knight” -16-year-old Oliver Quartermain doesn’t believe in magic anymore. But who cares? He has it all: he comes from a rich and noble family and doesn’t have a care in the world. But how quickly that can all change. In the space of a few moments, Oliver’s life is turned upside down when he is tasked with protecting and saving the very magic he never believed in. But that’s not even the half of it. The only way to save magic is by training a young boy named Po Pondarion, who is destined to save the world. Not only does Oliver have to train the young and totally clueless Po, but he also has to battle an evil secret organization bent on destroying them, all while deciphering the secrets of a Magical Codex. Oliver enlists the help of his unlikely best friends, Roc and Yokel, as well as the Knight Angels, secretive vigilantes he’s only recently met, to help him train Po and save the world. That should be simple, right? Will this merry band of misfits be able to train the young Po in time for him to learn the secrets of magic and save its very existence forever? The Lightning Knight is a gripping epic fantasy that will have you on the edge of your seat, eagerly flipping to the next page. Let yourself become emersed in this rich and magical world and join Oliver and Po on the adventure of a lifetime.


S.L. Harby, author of “Shadows of a Dream” – Stephen’s existence has become a wash of malaise, from the job he despises to the life that somehow has spun out of his control. He has grown apart from his wife, her respect for him had faded many years ago. As an escape, once a week, he and his friends get together to play The Game, exploring the magical world of Taerh through role play. Stephen soon learns there is more to Taerh than he ever imagined. The Game, which he thought to be a construct of imagination, was actually based on visions of a world beyond his perceptions. In his dreams, Stephen sees the world of Taerh through the eyes of his ‘reflection’, Hollis, who lives a life that Stephen could only imagine. When tragedy strikes, Stephen must work with his reflection to unravel a mystery that spans both Taerh and Earth. New comrades in both worlds offer to aid them; although some are true allies, others are motivated by their own selfish desires. As Stephen draws closer to Hollis, he must track down the murderers of his closest friends before he joins them in death.

Reaching Goals – April 14, 2021

Please join us with authors J.D. Cunegan, Danny A. Ingellis, and Vanessa Mariah.

J.D. Cunegan, author of “The Art of Reading: How Reading Can Help You Become a Better, More Productive Writer” – Sometimes, it feels like everyone’s got some advice for how to write. But what about how to read? A full library can be a writer’s best friend, and reading plays a far bigger role in the creative process and a writer’s productivity than you might think. Stephen King, an international bestseller and uber-productive wordsmith, said it best in his book On Writing when he argued for the importance of reading, and The Art of Reading dives deeper into just why that is.J.D. Cunegan (Bounty, Notna) examines how a healthy reading habit can feed and sustain a productive and successful life as a writer. The Art of Reading will not tell you how to write, but it will show you how reading can help you improve as a writer. After all, most of us fell in love with creating because of something we read, right?


Danny A. Ingellis, author of “Deferred Glory: Heroes of the Negro Baseball Leagues” -the lives, struggles, and desire of negroes to one day become professional baseball players in the Major Leagues. During this period of their lives, these players while playing in the Negro League endured tough traveling to ballparks in cities both in the South and North in order to play baseball. They suffered through segregation mostly in the South both on and off the field. These men withstood horrible treatment because of their dreams to become Major League baseball players. Eventually, these thirty-five players and executives were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Unfortunately many were inducted posthumously.


Vanessa Mariah, author of “If a Kid Were President” – Ever wonder what would happen if a kid took Oval Office? Would we be tax-free or teach animals to read? Would there be cars in the park or a curfew after dark? There is only one way to find out, it’s time to take a look at what this book is about!





Life is a Journey – April 7, 2021

Please join us with authors RK Mullins, Sarahlyn Bruck, and Brandy Lane.

R.K. Mullins, author of – “Confession Before Death” – Be careful who you are rude to. You never know when someone evil will retaliate. Thus, in the case of Kenneth Winston Wilson. How could he know one simple act, an accidental act of rudeness would haunt him in ways he couldn’t imagine.



Sarahlyn Bruck, author of “Daytime Drama” – Soap opera star by day, harried, single mom by night, Calliope Hart’s life is a delicate balancing act. When the network cancels her show, Callie’s world crumbles and she must decide whether it’s more important to fight to save the show or take a risk and start over from scratch.




Brandy Lane, author of “Where Beautiful Loves” – This book of love poems is a beautiful collection of unconditional love and adoration towards another person, in this case, a muse and mentor of the author. Full of imagery and adoration.





Uncovering Secrets – March 31, 2021

Please join us with authors Frankie Cruz, Merri Halma, and Anne Miles.

Frankie Cruz, author of “Unfit, Unhealthy & Unwell: The Truth, The Facts, The Lies The Fitness, Health & Wellness Industry Sell You” – The gargantuan fitness, health, and wellness industry are based on the premise that it helps others. We try to do all the right things to be fit and healthy, yet the obesity epidemic is still on the rise in first-world countries. We’ve all seen and used countless useless products, gadgets, programs, and books that are purported to know the ‘truth’. It seeped into our very culture. That’s why in Unfit, Unhealthy, and Unwell a group of internationally acclaimed industry veterans, renowned medical doctor Ari Bernstein and award-winning consumer psychologist Dr. Nia Williams finally reveal the tricks of the trade. These experts offer their candid opinions in a series of easy-to-read essays. Learn about the dark depths of the industry to protect yourself, and learn how it moves forward from here…

Merrie Halma, author of “Lynx on Fire: An Indigo Traveler’s Companion Novel” – Lynx is at home in his adopted world, though it is still new. The alchemist-blacksmith who rescued him from under the burning wagon buried that knowledge of Ohana, his birth world, to protect him. Called a demon cat for being different, a bonfire he witnesses awakens those memories. A bear warns Lynx to stay away from humans who have tormented him once and will again. Lynx finds himself in the land of werecats, humans, and bears, who claim they are gods of all animals. An inferno of doubt encompasses Lynx: Who really saved him from the burning wagon? Who set him on fire? Should he risk becoming the demon cat by embracing his true self?

Anne Miles, author of “Sorrowfish: The Call of the Lorica” – Sara Moore is having crazy dreams. The scary part? Waking up, with scratches and splinters. Is she losing it because of stress? Is she sleepwalking? Or is she going to another world in her dreams? No. Couldn’t be. That’s insane. Her twin sister, Marilla, is in a coma. One more unfinished sculpture will fully tank her grades. Goodbye bachelor’s degree, hello failure. Her mother will never let her live it down. It’s enough to make anyone sleepwalk. Choosing to defy the Conclave, Trystan, a bard from Pelegor, risks capture and mind control to find a magical lute through a shadow network. Dane, a wizard-luthier, meets a sinister stranger and barely escapes with his life. Together, guided by a fae only known as Sara, they will end an ancient curse and create a magical bond…or die trying.





We Are So excited To Welcome Wine, Women & Words Of The North Shore Book Club – March 26, 2021

Host Stephanie Larkin is thrilled to welcome the members of the “Wine, Women & Words of the North Shore Book Club,” along with featured guest Dina Santorelli, author of “In The Red.” 

Dina Santorelli, author of “In the Red” – When Kirk Stryker, a respected certified public accountant, is brutally murdered in his office in the Long Island village of Gardenia, all eyes are on rival Marty Benning, the handsome newcomer whose high-tech firm has been stealing Stryker’s business and attention.

Muriel Adams, a middle-aged mom who has given up on love, falls head over heels for the charming yet enigmatic Benning, despite the warnings of friends and family, and when Benning is arrested for Stryker’s murder, she is the only one to believe in his innocence.

Is Muriel blinded by love? Or is Benning playing her for a fool? In the Red is an emotionally charged contemporary thriller that follows the police investigation, media coverage, and political and economic fallout surrounding this high-profile crime, and, ultimately, uncovers a dark underbelly that reveals the dangerous places the heart can lead.

Wine, Women & Words of the North Shore Book Club thrives on supporting local authors and reads many types of genres. They are an Action Book Club, which means they help spread the importance of reading and literature throughout our communities.  Last year, they built a library for the South Oaks Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. The Nursing Manager noticed how successful they were and asked them to build three libraries for the adult units. Of course, they gladly agreed and are now putting their plan into action.

Here is more info about their Book Drive:   https://littlefreelibrary.org/action-book-club-spotlight-kings-park-new-york/

Besides helping our communities, their mission as a book club is to search for fun, new projects. They are always open to new ideas. They love reading all types of genres and enjoy having themed parties such as Galentines Day, Book Swaps, and Spring Fling. Also, one of their favorite things to do is meeting authors. They have hosted authors at local restaurants for dinner and have done several Zoom meetings. Through this, they have had the honor and privilege of meeting so many sweet, interesting, and talented authors. They feel so lucky to have each other in the book club and are able to depend on each other when they need to. Oh, and they love wine🍷too 😉!

Fighting for Justice – March 24, 2021

Join us with authors Chris Lodwig, Vincent Casale, and Mark Torres.

Chris Lodwig, author of “Systemic” – For generations, a sentient AI has watched over the world and solved all of humanity’s problems. It was an era of objectivity, social equality, and ecological recovery. It should have been a golden age. Now, three strangers are on a pilgrimage through the arid lonely sagelands and underpopulated cities of the Systemic era on their way to the seemingly innocuous town of Prower. There, they will uncover the secrets that lay buried beneath the town and learn the truth about their half-remembered pasts. In the end, they must choose between their sanity or solving humanity’s final and most intractable problem.



Vincent Casale, author of “Beat Cop: CPOP 1986” – The tale of young New York City policeman assigned to the newly implemented Community Patrol Officers Program. The concept of CPOP was to advance police /community relations by putting the cop back on the beat, door to door, store to store. The male protagonists are flawed men, using unnecessary cynicism and hedonistic night-life adventures to shield their emotions. The female lead, Ann Caputo, is born wired to believe she can make a difference in a professional world dominated by the male ego. Will that stay true when she can’t protect herself from a violent assault and the guilt that engulfs her?Frank Colleri and his policemen cohorts are a study in the psychology of young cops facing danger, enduring conflict, and learning empathy or staying devoid of feeling. They own issues of divorce, drinking, and machismo, all while witnessing the worst in life. When the Police Commissioner learns of sexual assaults occurring in his daughter’s neighborhood, he orders all CPOP members to help detectives with individual cases, by converging on and aiding crime victims.



Mark Torres, author of “Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust For Blood” During World War II, a group of potato farmers opened the first migrant labor camp in Suffolk County to house farmworkers from Jamaica. Over the next twenty years, more than one hundred camps of various sizes would be built throughout the region. Thousands of migrant workers lured by promises of good wages and decent housing flocked to Eastern Long Island, where they were often cheated out of pay and housed in deadly slum-like conditions. Preyed on by corrupt camp operators and entrapped in a feudal system that left them mired in debt, laborers struggled and, in some cases, perished in the shadow of New York’s affluence. Author Mark A. Torres reveals the dreadful history of Long Island’s migrant labor camps from their inception to their peak in 1960 and their steady decline in the following decades.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2021

Join us with authors Michael Ross, Kaffe Fassett, and Caroline Mendez.

Michael Ross, author of “Elfistra the Sorceress” – A column of white light, a portal, appears deep within an English forest. It throws Hugo off his horse and he lies dazed on the forest floor. Strange beings approach him as unusual sounding commands fill his head. One of the beings points at him and a numbness spreads throughout his body. The beings grab him under his arms and drag him back and through the portal. Why has this portal appeared? What does it mean to earth and its inhabitants? What dangers lie on the other side of the portal?



Kaffe Fassett, artist and author of “Kaffe Fassett in the Studio” – an in-depth look at the legendary designer’s creative output across multiple practices, including needlework, quilting, and knitting, exquisitely photographed by Debbie Patterson. With a collection of new quilting and knitting patterns and needlepoint projects, as well as never-seen-before photography of his London home, in this latest book, his bold sense of colour and his favourite designs will inspire your own creations at home.



Caroline Mendez, author of “Threads of Wisdom” – documents the journeys and best advice of ten women that lead marketplace and non-profit organizations, in their own words. Discover the nine unique attributes these faithful women leaders all have in common Follow their paths to leadership. Learn the most powerful lessons from their mentors. Uncover the specific ways they learned leadership. Study their management approaches and philosophies. Find out who influenced their leadership most. Observe and consider their faith at work practices. Gain insight into what they would like to have known at the beginning of their careers. Hear what they want other Christian businesswomen to know. Wisdom and advice FROM Christian businesswomen, TO Christian businesswomen




Overcoming Obstacles – March 10, 2021

Join us with authors Christiane Joy Allison and Susan Menchell.

Christiane Joy Allison, author of “Infinitus: The Infinitus Saga Book 1” – The Global Fellowship rescued the Earth from the chaos of hundreds of nations at war. Now, united in peace, all Community citizens have free access to food, housing, education, and medical care. In return, for a few hours a day, they contribute their brainpower to the worldwide computer system known as the GRID. Those who don’t contribute are the disconnected, shirkers who live destitutely and on the edge of starvation in a world where GRIDcoin is beyond their reach. Gina Mallorey is a young freedom-loving tech dealer living in the Dregs on her own terms, hiding her disability from the Community. When an explosion forces her into the GRID, powerful forces make her a target. The Community operative sent after her hides a genetic secret of his own, but only time will tell if he’ll choose to befriend or foe.



Susan Menchell, author of “Lucky the Starfish” – As a sister to a mentally retarded older brother I felt different from other kids. This book comes out of my resolutions that differences aren’t always a bad thing. Lucky The Starfish finds that his differences are a good thing.Living in New York and having worked for 36 years as a registered nurse, I have experienced countless events in my life and career, making house calls to the elderly, working in shut-in environments, and caring for people after surgery.


The Battle of Good Against Evil – March 3, 2021

Join us with authors William David Ellis, PD Alleva, and Patricia Simpson.

William David Ellis, author of “Sherlock Holmes Series: Angels, Saints & Sinners” – Sherlock Holmes has entered the door of the supernatural. His associates are paranormal. He and Dr. Watson have braved ancient worlds and found them pleasant, and dangerous, and as always full of mysteries and evil that draws him. It will take every gift he has, all his deductive powers, and more to survive the evil that has targeted him. In the process his new friends will become family and the forces that oppose him will find themselves caught in the crosshairs of those who protect the great sleuth and that fit right well with London’s most famous detective.


PD Alleva, author of “The Rose Vol. 1: A Dystopian Science Fiction Thriller” – Sandy Cox believed WW3 was over. But for those Alien Vampires, war has just begun. Forty-eight hours after a World War 3 treaty is signed Sandy Cox awakens in an underground compound unable to move. Tied to machines, she screams for help but no one answers. At least no one human.  And they’ve taken her unborn child. Phil is a rebel freedom fighter who has had more than his share of Alien Vampires. Armed with The Blades, a sacred alien martial arts weapon, he enters the compound on a mission to find Sandy. But as he battles through the compound, Phil discovers Sandy has her own agenda. Finding her stolen child is all that matters.  But the Vampires have their own plan and Sandy’s baby is at the heart of their diabolical plot.  Joined by a crew of rogue soldiers, they must navigate the underground compound, combating genetically mutated humans, aliens, and monsters.  When battling Alien Vampires, one thing is certain…Get Ready To Bleed!


Patricia Simpson, author of “Apothecary: The Londo Chronicles Book 1” – In this riveting gothic romance, Joanna’s vow to protect her wayward sister leads to a hellish secret and a man who will shatter her world. Joanna Wilder’s vow to protect her younger sister is put to the test when Eva vanishes five days before her government-arranged marriage. She is afraid that Eva has run away with her forbidden lover—or worse—has disappeared into the darkness of Londo City, never to be seen again. Joanna ventures into the night, violating curfew and risking everything to search for her sister. Pressed into insurrection by the upcoming wedding, Eva’s boyfriend decides to blow up the Central Compound of Londo City. The explosion rocks Londo, and the ensuing rioters trample Joanna in the street. She drags herself to the clinic of Dr. Gabriel Stone—the only man who can save her life and the last person to see her sister alive. What Gabriel does to keep Joanna from dying is something he can never reveal without breaking his own vow, made to his powerful brother, the leader of Londo City. But the more Gabriel learns of courageous Joanna Wilder, the more he longs to tell her everything. As Londo City descends into chaos for the first time in 500 years, Joanna and Gabriel discover their long-held loyalties shifting—in ways that will transform them forever.





Seeking the Truth – February 24, 2021

Please join us with authors Erin Hatzikostas, Tanya Ross, and Rev Joanne Angel Barry Colon.

Erin Hatzikostas, author of “You Do You(ish): Unleash Your Authentic Superpowers to Get the Career You Deserve” – You got the best grades, you’re never afraid of a challenge, and you work your frickin’ a$$ off at work. But… Something just isn’t right. The pressure, the politics, and the PowerPoints have left you perplexed, paralyzed, and maybe even panicked…“Is it actually possible to have the career I want and deserve?!” Former corporate CEO turned Professional Pot-Stirrer, Erin Hatzikostas is on a hell-bent mission to help you have the big career you deserve, without compromising everything else. You Do You(ish) hurls aside the crusty, decades-old career advice you’ve likely heard for way too long: lean in, executive presence, network, blah, blah, blah. Instead, this book will help you see that there’s a better way to have success and get great results. You succeed, you don’t sell out. You Do You(ish) will take you on a roller-coaster ride that will have you go deep, say “aha”, and possibly tinkle a little while laughing. The book is whimsical and inspiring, yet also grounded in Erin’s proprietary H.U.M.A.N.S. framework – Six Principles of Strategic Authenticity.


TEDx Talk, “Why you don’t have to compromise for your career


Tanya Ross, author of “Rising Up” – Sixteen-year-old empath Ember Vinata is devastated by her mother’s mysterious death. But in a disease-free domed metropolis where happiness is electronically monitored and enforced, expressing her grief means exile to The Outside. The only person who can help her is a smoking-hot government agent. When strange prophetic dreams compel her to investigate, and she discovers the source of the fatal illness, Ember is stunned to discover the perfect city in which she lives is nothing like it seems.  And when her new boyfriend appears to be torn between seeking justice and remaining loyal to his oaths, she fears there is no one she can trust…Or would her world be rocked by a criminal from The Outside? Ember’s quest for the truth could set her free – or make her a captive pawn.



Rev Joanne Angel Barry Colon, author of “Healing With Numbers” – A fun and empowering book that offers a different way of looking at numbers. Did you know that every number has a meaning, vibration, and frequency and your birth date can give you insight into all your life events while healing relationships, health, career, money and so much more.