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Writers Roundtable 

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 6-7:30PM


Join us for another presentation of our new

“Publishing During The Pandemic” Series,

this time featuring authors PAUL PAPA and WAYNE TURMEL.

They are both seasoned authors who have published fiction and non-fiction titles in the past eight months

and they both have additional book releases scheduled in the coming months

so come learn how they are making it happen.

Moderated by Eric James Miller


Desert Dust: One Man’s Passion to Uncover the True Story Behind an Iconic American Photograph 

is Paul Papas multi-year effort to tell the story of a photograph. Near the end of World War II and only weeks before the start of the Cold War, a wild palomino stallion was captured and photographed in the Red Desert of Wyoming. Almost overnight, the photograph became a sensation—an iconic American symbol of strength, independence, and freedom. After winning a national contest, the photograph landed in the Wyoming State Capital, the House of Commons in London, the Canadian Parliament in Toronto, and the Senate Chambers of the United States. Along the way, the stallion was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated short, two travelogues, and articles in several national magazines. The photograph was displayed in bars, restaurants, and public buildings. It was reproduced in a wide variety of forms. That is, until a lawsuit with one of the strangest judgments ever issued curtailed everything. Desert Dust is the story of one man’s passion to uncover the true story of two men, a wild stallion, and the photograph that changed their lives forever.

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Maximum Rossi: A Las Vegas Crime Noir is the first of his new crime noir series. Massimo “Max” Rossi, the son of mob “fixer” Boston Rossi, winds up with more than he bargained for when a game of high stakes poker turns into a boxing match. All eyes turn to him when the police find his opponent, a hitman from Chicago, dead.

And if that isn’t bad enough, his only alibi–the dead man’s girlfriend–is missing. Rossi is in the struggle of his life, where every turn brings him closer to an untimely end. He’s got to find the girlfriend before his time runs out. But in fledgling Las Vegas, time is an abstract concept, and people can hide almost anywhere. Rossi came to Vegas to escape his past, but his past came with him. Set in Las Vegas of the 1950s, Maximum Rossi takes the reader on a thrilling crime noir ride, reminiscent of tales penned by the likes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett..


Wayne Turmel’s new novel, Johnny Lycan & the Anubis Disk, is out November 19. It’s his fourth novel and first urban fantasy/detective thriller after 3 historical novels.  The tagline is: “Lost relics, dangerous enemies, and a monstrous secret. Being a werewolf might be the most normal thing about this case.” His other book, The Long-Distance Teammate, Stay Engaged and Connected Working  Anywhere, is perfectly timed for the new modern world we all find ourselves. It is the sequel to the Long-Distance Leader, which is in 5 foreign languages and is a best-seller through Berret Koehler publishers.



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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – Writers Roundtable discussion group, “Publishing During The Pandemic” with 4 authors who did it!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - Writers Roundtable discussion group, “Writing When Living History” with Greg Blake Miller.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 – Writers Roundtable discussion group, “The World and You” with Greg Blake Miller.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - Writers Roundtable discussion group, “Elsewhere – Writing About A World Far From Home” with Greg Black Miller.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – Writers Roundtable discussion group, “The Art and Anxiety of the First Page” with Greg Black Miller.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - Writers Roundtable discussion group, “How to Breathe Life Into Your Characters” with Morgan St. James

Tuesday, January 14, 2020n- Writers Roundtable discussion group, “Putting Distractions to Work for Us” with Diane Taylor and Eric James Miller

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 – Writers Roundtable discussion group. “Holiday Stories: What Makes Them Sell?” with Greg Blake Miller

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – Writers Roundtable discussion group. “How Stormy Was It?” with Minnesota Public Radio meteorologist Paul Huttner

Tuesday, October 8, 2010 – Writers Roundtable discussion group. “Anticipating the Hurdles to Your 2020 Writing Goals” with Eric James Miller

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - PAINTED STORIES at Gordon Biersch, with Keith Bettinger, Terri Maue, Diane Taylor and Meegan Boiros.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - Writers Roundtable discussion group. “Life, Literature and the Pursuit of Publication” with Greg Blake Miller.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - Writers Roundtable discussion group. “The Art of the Goodbye Story” with Greg Blake Miller.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – Writers Roundtable discussion group. “Evolving Self-Promotion Strategies” with John Pirello.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Writer’s Roundtable discussion group. “Analogue Writing in a Digital World”. Moderated by Greg Blake Miller.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Writer’s Roundtable discussion group. “The Art of the Cliff-hanger: Keeping Readers Hanging On” Moderated by Suzanne Munshower.

Saturday, March 23, 2019  AUTHOR SHOWCASE – presented by Henderson Public Libraries.

Tuesday, March 12 12, 2019  Writer’s Roundtable  discussion group - “The Soil Beneath the Soil: Adding the Nuances of Place Into Your Story” Moderated by Greg Blake Miller.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019  Writer’s Roundtable  discussion group - “What’s Love Got to Do With It: Writing About Relationships, Minus the Mush.” Moderated by Greg Blake Miller.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Writer’s Roundtable  discussion group – “Social Media And You” - the pitfalls and challenges (and rabbit holes!) moderated by Diane Taylor and Morgan St. James.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 6:30-7:30PM Writer’s Roundtable  discussion group - “Heating Up During The Holi-daze” – goal setting for the new year moderated by Eric James Miller.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 6:30-7:30PM Writer’s Roundtable  discussion group - “Common Myths About Writing” moderated by Ned Barnett.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 2-4PM PAINTED STORIES – CHILLS words turned into pictures with local authors Tonya Todd, Larry Johns, Oksana Marafioti and artist Meegan Boiros at Joe Maxx Coffee House.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Writers Roundtable discussion group – “The Art of the Scary Story” moderated by Greg Blake Miller.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – Writers Roundtable discussion group – Coffee Press, Paseo Verde Library – September’s Topic: “Interviewing for Storytellers” moderated by Greg Blake Miller

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - Writer’s Roundtable discussion group – Coffee Press, Paseo Verde Library. August’s topic: “TIPS FOR USING RESEARCH TO ADD AUTHENTICITY TO YOUR WRITING” moderated by Eric James Miller.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018Writer’s Roundtable discussion group – Coffee Press, Paseo Verde Library in Green Valley Ranch. This month’s was topic:  “The Art of the Twist – Dropping Clues In All Genres” moderated by Morgan St. James.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 -  Writer’s Roundtable discussion group – Coffee Press, Paseo Verde Library in Green Valley Ranch. This month’s was topic:  “The Use of Wit and Humor In Serious Writing” – What does the lighter touch do for the author and the reader?  Bring your favorite examples, or examples of your own work to read and discuss. This was a very lively and thought-provoking subject for those of us who earn extra income by writing for blogs, magazines or other non-fiction markets! Moderated by local journalist and humorist Diane Taylor.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 WSN presented a panel discussion to the Las Vegas Writers Group with  true crime author Morgan St James and professional private investigator and author Vito Collucci on: “Ripped From The Headlines – Using Real Life Events in Your Writing”  at The Tap House on Charleston.


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