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Book Signing and Wine Tasting on August 14 in Ventura, California


To celebrate the premier of the movie “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, Panaro Brothers Winery Presents…

OPEN CHANEL D – A BOOK SIGNING EVENT with August’s Featured Author – Raven West signing her newly released novel Undercover Reunion.

Undercover Reunion

Undercover Reunion

You are personally invited to an Evening of Espionage and Intrigue from 5–7 PM on Friday, August 14th, 2015 where guests will enjoy a choice of Napoleon Solo (Doucette), Illya Kuryakin (Moscato) or the Alexander Waverly (dry Riesling champagne) along with a 30% OFF on select wines.

Host-provided complimentary artisan cheeses, olives, and assorted nibbles will be available to accompany $5 per glass special pricing for any wine on the menu. Choose from 14 different single-varietal or blended wines.

In addition, Panaro Brothers Winery will pay the sales tax on every book purchase and offer 20% off on any bottle of wine purchased with any of Ms. West’s books.

Undercover Reunion tells the story of two lifelong girlfriends who find their childhood game of playing spies from a 60s TV show becomes all too real when they attend their 30th high school reunion and are recruited by the same organization to thwart a former schoolmate’s plan for worldwide domination. uncle card front

Join us for this special evening where U.N.C.L.E. Agent Raven West will be on hand to answer questions, sign copies of her book(s), and discuss all things U.N.C.L.E. new and old. You’ll also receive a U.N.C.L.E. ID card and Security Badge with each book purchased.Uncle Badge

Get me OUT of the House so I can write!

workAt a recent marketing seminar a professional blogger extolled the fact she made nearly $100,000 last year writing at home and never had to get out of her slippers and pajamas. Or put on make-up, take a shower or interact with another human being. She also put on 50 pounds.

But hey, she made a ton of money!

As a writer, working at home sounds like a great perk. Unless you’re extremely disciplined, which I confess I am not, working at home is nearly impossible. Distractions are everywhere. I’ll write a few sentences, then check my email, see what’s going on in the news, read other author’s blogs, check out social media sites and discussion boards and before I know it, six hours has gone by and I’ve accomplished nothing.

If you are one of the fortunate, dedicated and disciplined writers who are able to work at home, I applaud you. For the rest of us who need a more structured environment and a need to have a reason to get up, get dressed and get OUT of the house, and not pay huge rental fees there is a solution.

The Virtual Office.

For a fraction of what it would cost to rent an office space full time, I found a place where I only pay for the time I’m actually in my office. It can be one or two days a week or a few hours every day, whatever fits my schedule.

I also have a receptionist who personally answers my phone calls, greets my appointments and takes messages. My office has a conference room if I need to schedule a staff meeting, and the best part, I have total peace and quiet with no distractions.

Writing is a profession. Professionals wake up, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast and go to work.

Can you be a professional sitting alone at home in pajamas and slippers? Of course you can. Obviously it works for the blogger and I’m certain many other writers in our community as well.

I’d rather shop for clothes and shoes and have an office to go to work.

Choosing the right PEN makes all the difference!


If you watched the season finale of Once Upon a Time, the show is ALL ABOUT THE WRITER/AUTHOR… Yes, us struggling writers are FINALLY the “heroes”, only this guy is so NOT. (I’m sure the actual writers of the show LOVE this, and the fact that Isaac, the writer is Jewish,, as am I and also the writer of OUAT, is equally an inside joke)

Now, he’s how MY life imitates art… or there is a SPY in my house taking notes…

In the opening of the episode the writer is asked to choose from several pens to decide if he’s THE author…Here is a pix of one of the pens that was on the desk in the show AND the exact pewter pen that is on my desk that I used to sign my books with!

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the “magic” pen, so now I know why my books didn’t make the best seller list, I CHOSE THE WRONG DAMN PEN!!

I can’t write with quill and ink anyway!

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