in partnership with The Carlsbad City Library
Saturday, March 5, 2016 2:00pm
Georgina Cole Library
1250 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: FREE (books available for sale and signing at event or pre-order below)
Susan, Yona, and Jill's latest novels are written in dual narratives; their characters’ lives intertwine through intricate coincidences of time & circumstance, creating vibrate and compelling works of fiction. Setting multiple protagonists in different time periods and geographical locations can give books whole new dimensions. Parallel stories allows the author to expand her themes and intrigue her readers, who will want to sleuth through the historical connections, or the possibility of destiny, binding together tales separated by geography and decades. Susan Meissner's novel, Stars Over Sunset Boulevard, beginning in Los Angeles, present day, an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake and her efforts to return it to its owner take her on a journey more enchanting than any classic movie… flash to Los Angeles, 1938. Violet Mayfield sets out to reinvent herself in Hollywood after her dream of becoming a wife and mother falls apart, and lands a job on the film-set of Gone With the Wind. There, she meets enigmatic Audrey Duvall, a once-rising film star who is now a fellow secretary. Audrey’s zest for life and their adventures together among Hollywood’s glitterati enthrall Violet, until each woman’s deepest desires collide. What Audrey and Violet are willing to risk, for themselves and for each other, to ensure their own happy endings will shape their friendship, and their lives, far into the future. To be released Februrary 2016, Yona McDonough's novel, The House on Primrose Pond, takes a historical novelist, Susannah Gilmore, in the wake of a sudden, traumatic loss, and her two children from their beloved Brooklyn to the little town of Eastwood, New Hampshire. While the trio adjusts to their new surroundings, Susannah is captivated by an unexpected find in her late parents’ home: an unsigned love note addressed to her mother, in handwriting that is most definitely not her father’s. Reeling from the thought that she never really knew her mother, Susannah finds mysteries everywhere she looks: in her daughter’s friendship with an older neighbor, in a charismatic local man to whom she’s powerfully drawn, and in an eighteenth century crime she’s researching for her next book. Compelled to dig into her mother’s past, Susannah discovers even more secrets, ones that surpass any fiction she could ever put to paper. Jill Hall's first novel, The Black Velvet Coat, begins with the story of twenty-eight-year-old struggling San Francisco artist Anne McFarland who is determined to get a one-woman show, even though no one, including herself, believes she can do it. But when she buys a coat at a thrift shop with a key in its pocket, strange, even magical, occurrences begin to unfold, and she is inspired to create her best work ever. Fifty years earlier, it’s 1963, and the coat’s original owner, young heiress Sylvia Van Dam, is headed toward a disastrous marriage with a scoundrel. In a split-second reaction, she does the unimaginable, which propels her on a trip of self-discovery to nature-filled Northern Arizona. When Anne and Sylvia’s lives intersect, they are both forced to face their fears―and, in the process, realize their true potential. Join Susan, Yona, and Jill as they discusses and sign their mesmerizing tales of destiny, and learn more about the benefits of incorporating books told in dual narratives into your book club discussions.
About the AuthorsSusan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novel A Fall of Marigolds was named to Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles for 2014, and The Shape of Mercy was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008.
A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University. Susan is a pastor’s wife and a mother of four young adults. When she’s not working on a novel, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church.Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of the novels You Were Meant For Me, Two of a Kind, A Wedding in Great Neck, Breaking the Bank, In Dahlia’s Wake, and The Four Temperaments, as well as nineteen books for children. She is also the editor of two essay collections and is the Fiction Editor at Lilith magazine. Her latest novel, The House on Primrose Pond, will be out February 2, 2016. Her award-winning short fiction, articles, and essays have been published in anthologies and in numerous magazines and newspapers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two children.