"Animals, Movies & Minds from Another Time: Behind-the-Scenes and Untold Stories of Filmmaking with Exotic Animals" by Monty Cox (Memoir)
Cox is an internationally known, award-winning Exotic Animal Trainer, 2nd Unit Director, Stunt Coordinator; and Stuntman. His book is a collection of true stories in which he shares how exotic animals - lions, tigers, bears, and more - are trained for film, television, and live acts. His exotic animal work includes action scenes, fights, and stunt-attacks with exotics in Apocalypse Now, Gambler 2, Bird on a Wire, Gentle Ben, Daktari, and Cowboy in Africa. His career also includes live shows, most notably, Siegfried and Royin Las Vegas. He owned/trained the Exxon Tigers and created other animal commercials for Kal-Kan, Lincoln-Mercury, and Faberge. Monty continues to work in the entertainment business and is still involved with animals. He resides in Sunland, California.
"Cooking with Papi: Everyday Strategies for Raising Great Kids" by Gary Surdam (Cookbook/Parenting)
This book offers strategies all parents can use to build relationships with their children. One of the most important things parents can give their children is time, and cooking with them is a creative and meaningful way to use this precious time. Includes recipes and parenting tips. Surdam lives in Chino Hills, CA.
"The FI Experiment" by Paul David Ali (Science Fiction)
An ancient alien civilization makes contact with an unlikely representative of the human race – Dicky, an antisocial hermit living in Arizona’s Sonora Desert. After recruiting him to be mankind’s representative, they share all of Earth’s secrets from Atlantis to Big Foot. They also reveal who they are and why they are on Earth. This novel contains links to videos as well as transcripts of Dicky’s weekly reports on his discoveries. Paul Ali was nine years old when he watched a formation of saucer shaped UFOs fly over his family’s farm outside of Yuma, Arizona. This novel explores his life long musings of who were in those saucers.
"Hamilton Saves the 4th of July" by Tawney Anderson (Children’s book)
Jenny and her friend have been busy helping Dr. Ben with the neighborhood animals…including Sophia, the big pink pig that gets into lots of trouble. One day, an unexpected visitor shows up on the farm. It is the love for his new family that enables him to face danger and to save Eli Saunders’ farm!
Tawney Anderson grew up in Oregon where the woods were her favorite place. After graduating from the University of Washington and starting a family, Tawney and her husband moved to Shadow Hills, a horse community near Los Angeles. There the family raised and cared for all sorts of animals. Tawney has written and directed many plays for community theatre. “Hamilton Saves The 4th of July” is her third children’s book in her “Jenny Adventure Series” following “A Nativity Christmas” and “The Easter Miracle”.
"Journey to Joy: An Inspirational Memoir" by Joy Walker (Memoir)
Legally-blind Alhambra poet discovers joy despite disability, divorce, bereavement, and a potentially deadly diagnosis. Walker’s bookpresents a compelling narrative of a young girl’s adjustment to failing vision. Later, a difficult marriage and divorce, her mother’s death, breast cancer, and the combative season of raising teenagers as a single parent leave her reeling. A ride on her emotional roller-coaster will elicit tears and laughter. Her Christian faith, sense of humor and resilience, reflected in vivid verses and poignant prose, are captivating and inspiring. Walker lives in Alhambra, CA.
"Just Average: A Lady Boomer’s Odyssey" by Allison Seaborn (Semi-fictional Memoir)
Whether corporate managers, administrative assistants earning middle-class wages, stay-at-home grandmas, or international travelers, those in their 50s and 60s need – and deserve – something to lighten their lives after a long, demanding day. This semi-fictional memoir with sassy humor deals with self-esteem, dating, "revirgination," conflict, finances, family, friendship and more.
Seaborn is twice-divorced, a mother-in-law, and a grandma. Just like many of her lady boomer sisters, she has started over emotionally and financially. With an M.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota, she has taught community college courses in Interpersonal Communication. Writing and public speaking have also been at the core of her “other” career as a Director of Development/PR/Fundraising/Special Events/Volunteers for various nonprofits.
"Murder on Wilson Street" by Faye Duncan (Mystery)
Emma Robinson works for Nobel Prize winner Ray West who lives in Bungalow Heaven Pasadena. Ray calls to say that their neighbor has been killed. Because they found a blonde hair next to the body and Emma was the last one to be with her and has no alibi, she is taken into custody. The case is taken on by Pasadena’s very best homicide detective Peter McGinnis, whose personal history has left him an embittered sexist who keeps having to solve mysteries involving blonde women.
Faye Duncan is a screenwriter and novelist. She has a special eye for mysteries and architecture. She reports about her unusual findings on www.examiner.com. She also works as a script judge for an international screenwriting competition. Faye Duncan lives with her son in Altadena, CA.
"Now I Remember I Love You" by Janet Aird (Fiction)
Nick and Evie Landry weather the challenges in their marriage until Evie’s Alzheimer’s disease tips Nick over the edge. Feeling overwhelmed with pressure to put her in a nursing home, he instead takes her on a thousand-mile journey from Central California to Canada in an attempt to keep them together.
Aird spent the first part of her life moving around and eventually settled in Altadena, where she is a free-lance writer. Much of what she learned along the way inspired this novel. Ali live in Sunland, CA.
"Feylin Lore: Reflections" by P.A. Wikoff (YA Fantasy)
Swords and shields clash with supernatural powers in this post-technological world. Talia - a broken heroine - takes you through dangerous lands, epic battles and unforgettable abilities during her emotional journey. Reflections tells a tale of love, loss and sacrifice as Talia fights for the one thing she cannot give up on...her destiny.
"Justice for Doug" by John R. Burrows (Non-fiction/Memoir)
The story of a father’s pursuit of justice for the death of his son, this book details the life and times of an incredible young man who overcame physical issues to achieve success as one of the premier photo-journalists in Los Angeles, until his life was cut short in a violent death.
John Richard Burrows Jr., aka “Jack” was born and raised in Belle Plaine, Iowa. He majored in journalism at the University of Iowa, where he served a stint as editor of The Daily Iowan. After graduating, he served in the army, and then returned to Iowa to earn his J.D. degree. John spent his career as a bank trust officer in Iowa and California. He has lived in La Cañada Flintridge for the past 35 years.
Molly & Monet: A Story About Surviving the Loss of a Loved One (Non-Fiction)
Molly & Monet provides a touching and original way of looking at grief – seeing two people who have lost their partners through the eyes of their pets, and watching them come to life again as they find comfort in each other. Dr. Isaacs has succeeded in capturing the essence of grief recovery in a way that is appealing to adults and children alike.
Diane Isaacs has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has degrees from Pasadena City College, Pacific Oaks College, and Phillips Graduate Institute and is trained and certified in grief counseling. She was on the faculty at Pasadena City College in the Early Childhood Development department.
Isaacs is a professional speaker and has presented on such topics as stress, human sexuality and chronic illness. She has facilitated workshops on self-esteem as well as for the Southern California Arthritis Association on Fibromyalgia, a disease for which she is a national advocate.
Isaacs was born in Los Angeles and lives with her husband Jim in La Cañada Flintridge. She currently spends her time in private practice and writing.
Scruffy & the Egg by Angela M. Sanchez
When Scruffy, a family dog, is left behind by his owners, he is shocked. Not giving up, he embarks on an adventure to find his family. But no adventure is complete without a couple of surprises. Find out what’s awaiting Scruffy in his search for love, family, and a home.
Scruffy and the Egg is a story that Angela M. Sanchez and her dad used to tell back and forth to each other. The funny adventures of a wandering dog and his blank-faced egg helped Angela and her dad get through tough times together. She hopes other families will enjoy these heartwarming characters, too.
When Angela isn’t drawing cartoons or writing stories, she’s exploring her home city of Los Angeles. Angela is a graduate of UCLA. This is her first book.