Monday, January 26, 2015

Blind Date With a Book

Will it be love at first page?
The Morgan County Public Library - Monrovia branch is feeling the spirit of Valentine's Day and we want to set you up on a blind date with one of our favorite books. We promise that they are all successful, attractive and articulate. Many have a great sense of humor too! Some are to the point and others are more long-winded. There really is a perfect match for everyone though.
When you enter the library there is a display immediately to the right on top of the new fiction shelves. Each book was handpicked by our staff. You will find that each book has a few keywords to help you hone in on your selection. Genres include: literary fiction, memoir, biography, YA, mystery, science fiction and more! There are also a few audiobooks(marked as such).
This is a fun opportunity to read something that you might not have read otherwise.Whether you branch outside your genre or go with a book that sounds like one you traditionally would select, how could a blind date possibly go wrong? ;)
We have had a lot of people love this idea, but not many have taken the plunge yet. I would like to encourage the members of the Monrovia Writers Group to come in before our next meeting and try one blind date book. Just like an actual blind date, you are of course under no obligation to stick with it if the book really is not for you.  We can then spend some time at our next February meeting talking about the selections.

Let's spice up our lives a bit!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Upcoming Guest Speaker: A.D. Ellis

Exciting news! We have our first guest speaker scheduled!
On March 5th from 6-8pm A.D. Ellis will be with us to discuss independent authorship and e-books. Ellis is a contemporary romance author that has written and self-published five books. You can connect with her on facebook at: You can find her Amazon author page and books available at:
Regardless of your publishing aspirations I think this will be a topic that will benefit everyone. Even if you end up going the traditional publishing route you will still need to do a lot of the same things that a self-published author would do in terms of preparing and editing your work. And if you have any questions about romance writing or writing in general, I'm sure she will be happy to help! Please bring a lot of questions for her.
In order to get us in the mindset for March, at our next meeting on February 19th we will just go over submissions and not cover a topic. We will spend some time brainstorming questions for A.D. Ellis so that we will be prepared for her visit on March 5th. As usual, submissions are due by the second Thursday of the month, which is February 12th.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Author Readings at Indy Reads Books

Indy Reads Books is a non-profit bookstore located on Mass Ave in Indianapolis. Please see the Indy Reads Books website for a full listing of events.
The bookstore hosts various readings, signing, classes and other events. Below is a listing of several upcoming author readings that are scheduled this month. Please see the

Reading with Jim Henninger - Saturday, January 17th - 2-4pm

Jim Henninger works as a field representative in the insurance industry. Originally from Indianapolis, he now lives with his two dogs in Cumming, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. He has two adult children, Jamie and Evan. Recording A Kill is his first novel and it is dedicated to his late wife, Linda, who believed in him and encouraged him to pursue his passion to write.

Reading with Sumi Mukherjee - Wednesday, January 28, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Author and Speaker Sumi Mukherjee published his first book titled “A Life Interrupted –  the story of my battle with bullying and obsessive compulsive disorder” in July 2011. His second book published in July 2014, is titled “Father Figure – my mission to prevent child sexual abuse”. Since October 2011, Sumi has been working on taking his messages to hundreds of people around the country so others can benefit from his stories. Sumi has spoken to students, teachers, counselors, administrators, social workers, mental health professionals, parents, and the general audience. He has spoken at schools, colleges, religious organizations, bullying prevention conferences, other professional conferences, and domestic violence/sexual abuse/mental health awareness events. His presentations are primarily focused on bullying prevention or prevention of child sexual abuse.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pitch-In & Other Announcements

Pitch-In: At our next meeting (January 15th) we will have a pitch-in. Please bring a dish to share with the group. We will meet from 6 - 8 p.m., with the pitch-in starting a half hour or so beforehand. Please feel free to come earlier if you need to do any food prep. We do have a full kitchen attached to the meeting room.

Schedule Change: In addition, starting in March our schedule will change. We will meet twice a month -- the first Thursday and the third Thursday. The first Thursday will be a guest speaker, workshop or some type of topic. The third Thursday will be dedicated entirely to submissions. Nothing will change with the submission process. Submissions will still be due by the second Thursday of the month.

Facebook Group: We also have a new Facebook group! Please feel free to invite any area writers to join, even if they have not been attending our meetings: