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Spring and Summer 2021

March 25, 2021

Just Released!

Title:  Secrets of Grace Manor, a Kate Grace Novel

Author:  Maryann Ridini Spencer

Genre:  Mystery, Romance

Amazon Link to View/Buy: click here

Product Information:

From the magical shores of present-day Kauai to the stately manors of 19th century Europe the gift of a family heirloom exposes a centuries-old mystery. "Secrets of Grace Manor" is the third novel in the best-selling, award-winning Kate Grace Novel series by Maryann Ridini Spencer. When Kate Grace receives the gift of a unique family heirloom, a gateway opens to solving a centuries-old mystery exposing a shocking web of intolerance and betrayal, ultimately forging the pathway to understanding and inspiring a new, authentic way to live.


This will be my last communication until summer or fall, but please stay in touch through my website

For those of you who have requested recent recordings, here are the free download links: Feel free to pass these on and share.

March 20, 2021
I was interviewed by Independent Writers of Southern California about sustaining a forty-year writing career. I mention some interesting experiences on TV shows and it was a lot of fun.

Click here to listen!

February 28, 2021
Along with other writers, I read a brief excerpt from a current book about early days of recovery programs. Appreciate your feedback and thoughts. 

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My latest work in Flash Fiction, Sharp Knife, will be featured in the May 2nd edition of Potato Soup Journal: ( If you're looking for a brief yet complete short story, check it out. And if you take a moment to tell the Journal (or me) what you think of it, I'll be most grateful.
Thanks. . .and enjoy!


David M. Hamlin

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Twitter:  @dmhwrites

The Emily Winter Mysteries

Winter in Chicago    Winter Gets Hot    Killer Cocktail

Paperback /E-books:  OpenBks.comAmazon, & B&N  

Fall and Winter 2020

October 26, 2020

A play I have which, though written and first performed in 2012, is currently getting a lot of attention because it's based on the true life story of a black professor teaching music appreciation in the South who was fired when he showed a picture of lynching in connection with his lesson on Billie Holiday and the song, STRANGE FRUIT  (i.e. strange fruit hangin' in the poplar tree).  It's played across the country but it's been produced recently virtually and in podcast form with funding from the LA dept. of Cultural Affairs. The podcast that was done by a Hollywood Theatre (Open Door) in conjunction with a studio will be out available to the public beginning this Wednesday.


"Powerful Black Lives Matter play."  For more reviews and information:


Joni Ravenna

Hi there!

I'm so very excited to share that the book I wrote with Ann Meyers Drysdale,  "You Let Some GIRL Beat You?"   (Behler, 2012) has been chosen one of Ten Finalists out of 1700 submissions!  (see below, finalists listed in alphabetical order).

I hope to be working with  Book Pipeline (of the Script Pipeline Media Group) to develop the book into a film / series project soon.  

I'm thrilled and just wanted to share the good news with you! 


Joni Ravenna
co- author,  "You Let Some GIRL Beat You? - The Ann Meyers Drysdale Story,"
"A stunning portrayal of one of today's legendary women's basketball treasures,"   Alana Glass - Forbes Magazine

2020 Adaptation Entrants,

Thanks for submitting to the 2020 Book Pipeline: Adaptation season.

The field seems to get stronger and more diverse in storytelling every year. . . . Of the approximately 1,700 entries, so many of you submitted truly extraordinary and worthwhile material--and hundreds we reviewed could realistically work as a compelling film or series.

However, we felt these selected finalists echoed what the current market is in need of at the moment and would stand the best chance at attracting production companies and studios. Very eager to work with these writers on developing their projects. 

Adaptation Finalists:

Anna Incognito
by Laura Preble

Burn My Shadow: A Selective Memory of an X-Rated Life
by Tyler Knight

Confidante of 'Tyrants'
by Eva Golinger

Dragons in the Snow, Avalanche Detectives and the Race to Beat Death in the Mountains
by Edward Power

Invisible Martyrs: Inside the Secret World of Female Islamic Radical
by Farhana Qazi

by Obie Scott Wade

Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers' Ball
by S.P. O’Farrell

This is How I Save My Life: From California to India, a True Story of Finding Everything When You are Willing to Try Anything
by Amy B. Scher

Witness for My Father
by Barbara Bergren

You Let Some Girl Beat You?: The Story of Ann Meyers Drysdale
by Joni Ravenna

Recently Published

NFB Publishing releases book one of The Panther Tales

The Panther Tales: The Watchers and the Gifted Ones, Book 1, is the latest release from Buffalo-based NFB Publishing.

Written by Daniella Rushton and illustrated by Zoe Potter, The Watchers and the Gifted Ones tells the story of a teenage girl, Hannah, who befriends a panther while discovering she possesses an extraordinary imaginative gift. Dark forces, however, are waiting and watching to destroy Hannah’s happiness. All she needs to do is to believe in herself and a panther called Parky!

The author studied at The London College of Fashion in the early 1990s, passing with distinction. Upon marrying Nicholas Rushton in 1997, she moved home and began her married life, raising a family and working in a family business overseeing marketing campaigns.

In later years, Rushton resumed her creative career and began studying acting at The Birmingham School of Acting. This led to many supporting television roles as well as stage and voiceover work.

Later, the family purchased a vacation home in the United States and began splitting their time between the U.S. and UK. In 2017, challenged by her son, she began writing. Her first novel was published in Scotland in June 2020 and the second edition will be published in USA in December.

Her passion and newfound gift for writing has boosted an already Christian faith. Rushton has since been asked, very recently, to be a speaker at CW3 Confidence in California for 2021, a women, wealth and wellness summit created for the empowerment of women. Furthermore, she has been invited to write for Illuminations Fantastic magazine in Tennessee in 2021. She also continues her work on The Panther Tales along with busying herself with her dog Walter, family and friends.

The Watchers and the Gifted Ones will be available for purchase beginning Dec. 1. For more information on NFB Publishing, please visit

Spring and Summer 2020

Greetings one and all,

Sorry I haven't communicated with you for a while. This is my first post-covid newsletter. I hope everyone is safe and well as we self-isolate during this pandemic. In my small desert town of Yucca Valley, we are practicing social distancing wearing masks (or in my case a bright turquoise bandana) along with so many others in our state, our nation, and throughout the world. This has been a time of serious health concerns, shared sacrifice, and big changes in how we conduct our lives affecting our personal relationships, our ability to earn a living, how we interact with others, how we obtain food, medical care, and even toilet paper as we shelter in our homes. In my area we only have a sprinkling of cases, but that is steadily increasing. It is tempting to want to throw in the towel. Last week I had a scary low-grade fever for several days, but fortunately was able to get tested and the result was negative. Whew!

Like many of you, my living situation and ability to earn an income has been profoundly affected. My primary source of earning money for the past few years has been performing at hospitals, senior homes, and care centers augmented by traveling to teach students and colleagues both locally and in Los Angeles. The care centers no longer allow visitors and commuting to LA these days is a quarantine breaker. In the past month, my income fell to zero. However, along with so many doors closing, technology has opened new paths to creativity, communication, and employment. I am currently telecommunicating with my 12-group. I am also zooming on video with my zen meditation group and doing zoom yoga. In addition, I have resurrected income by doing some songwriting consultation and teaching on zoom and skype. Virtual sharing and virtual work is far better than relegating oneself to being just a couch potato.

In the midst of all this slowdown, thee has been a plethora of inspiring new music on the web and media. A fine example of this was Elton John's iHeart's Living Room for America concert that aired on Fox on March 29. .It featured major recording stars like Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey, and many others including Elton himself singing casually and unplugged from their residences and home studios to benefit Feeding America. You should be able to find this online if you haven't seen it. Other ways that music has helped us get through these challenging times include Italians singing opera to their neighbors on their balconies and many other free expressions including several funny quarantine-themed song parodies on youtube. 

Exciting powerful new rock video from female empowerment group Machisma Militia

In the spirit of all this I want to invite you to watch a you tube music video by a group that my collaborator Sarra Gallagher and I have written and that she has produced for MACHISMA MILITA, a female empowerment rock group she has created. Their music has been called a combination of the Spice Girls snd the Who. You can watch it at

New travel book from Cat Cohen to be released soon

Before the pandemic hit us I was working on a travel book describing a trip to western Canada that I took in 2018. Now that I am sheltering at home I am taking advantage of the opportunity to finish, edit, format, and proofread it. The title is self-explanatory, VANCOUVER to WHISTLER to CALGARY – A CAVIAR TRAVEL ADVENTURE ON A TUNAFISH BUDGET. Complete with over 40 colorful photos from my 2-week junket, I intend to have it ready for release sometime in May.

Feel free to let me know how you guys are coping with this fast-changing situation and what creative projects you are working on.

All my best,

[David] Cat Cohen

I hope you are staying well and safe.

In Search of Lost Lives, Michael Goddart’s unique memoir—the only book of its kind in the world—is the unprecedented account of his recovery of seventy-one human and seventeen animal past lives. Of particular interest may be the twelve “homophile” lives he recovered, including the three great loves he enjoyed in 1920s London, Denmark in the Viking Age, and Santorini in Ancient Greece.  In addition to precise, fascinating details of life in lost worlds, In Search of Lost Lives imparts secrets of existence and depicts the spiritual experiences and evolution that prepared him to follow his current spiritual path. This is in thef Reincarnation, Death & Dying Books Category.

Spiritual Revolution: A Seeker’s Guide is Michael Goddart’s distillation of the entire teachings of Saints and God-realized Masters from all traditions into 52 easily understood principles. Ardent seekers and curious readers, alike, can use this practical guide to make profound changes to empower their higher, nobler mind to advance their Self-realization. This is in the Iconic Books Category.

Spiritual Revolution and In Search of Lost Lives have each been nominated for a COVR Visionary Award. The COVR Visionary Awards have built a reputation over the past 25 years as an awards program that embodies excellence. Please vote by clicking here:
The categories showcase outstanding recent (and iconic) books, music, and other mind-body-spirit products. You may skip a category by jumping to the bottom of each ballot and checking “None of the above.” To have your vote counted, please complete the entire ballot. Before you vote, you may want to scroll through the voter’s guide by clicking the green link here:

Be well and find gratitude,


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Hello All,

I am British and we are based for much of the time in England. However we do have a home in La Quinta, California where I wrote the majority of my novel, 'The Panther Tales.' 

My publisher, 'For the Right Reasons are based in Inverness Scotland.

The genre of the book is fantasy fiction suitable for all ages and follows the story of a teenage girl who befriends a panther whilst discovering she possesses an imaginative gift.

I thought it would be happy news to share with the Guild.

I have met Marly at a 'meet the agent' workshop. I would love to share my joy with you all.

We are currently under lockdown restrictions here in  England and unable to travel to our beautiful home in the US. As soon as restrictions are lifted and it is safe we will return and I would be happy to bring my book to a socially distancing meeting.

Kind regards

Daniella Rushton
Author, The Panther Tales

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