Friday, March 30, 2012

Writer recalls his West Hartford life

Even if screenwriter David H. Steinberg did travel far from his Pioneer Drive home, he keeps memories of growing up in West Hartford close to heart.

"It’s such a major part of my life," said Steinberg.

In his just released young adult novel, “Last Stop This Town,” Steinberg offers readers an edgy, heartfelt, coming-of-age comedy that sets out to capture the "magical time" that Steinberg remembers.Steinberg is scheduled to hold a book signing at Barnes & Noble, in Blue Back Square from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4.

CLICK HERE to read the full story at West Hartford news.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Never Cook Sober Cookbook

Do you love to cook? Are you seeking a new mantra for your kitchen time? Try this on for size – “The only thing better than homemade is homemade with alcohol”.  Adams Media announces “Never Cook Sober Cookbook” by Stacy Laabs and Sherri Field.
If it's time to add some 'kick' to your cooking, then take a look at “Never Cook Sober Cookbook” by Stacy Laabs and Sherri Field. You must be 21 years and older to read this no-booze-barred guide. Laabs and Fields state, “Every meal you make is a hangover waiting to happen”.
In Never Cook Sober Cookbook, Laabs and Field prove cooking is a lot more fun when you do it sauced. They believe every happy chef’s secret is booze not baking. The book has elegant and simple meals. This is not your normal cookbook, yet a lot more fun. “Never Cook Sober Cookbook” also has funny alcohol related quotes, funny facts about alcohol and alcohol laws. Be careful you don’t need a breathalyzer before you serve the meal.
Prepare to unlock the liquor cabinet and get ready to stir and not shake such liquored-up recipes for 21 years and older such as Morning After Mango Rum Breakfast Burrito, Peanut Butter and Grape Vodka Jelly Sandwich, Bottoms Up Mudslide Smoothie, Tipsy Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos and much more.
“Never Cook Sober Cookbook” has 100 mouthwatering, palate pleasing appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts guaranteed to get your taste buds buzzin’. You’ll have all you need to drive your family and friends to drink – one drunken dish at a time. They’ll be asking for refills and requesting the recipes.
“Never Cook Sober Cookbook” can be pre-ordered through . If you are interested in interviewing the authors, contact them through their site at .

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Rights of Indians and Tribes

Author Stephen Pevar will lead a discussion about the recently released third edition of his book, The Rights of Indians and Tribes at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society. He will discuss the book and its impact on the Native American community at large, and specifically here in Connecticut.
The Rights of Indians and Tribes, first published in 1983, has sold over 100,000 copies and is the most popular resource in the field of Federal Indian Law. The book, which explains this complex subject in a clear and easy-to-understand way, is particularly useful for tribal advocates, government officials, students, practitioners of Indian law, and the general public. Numerous tribal leaders highly recommend this book. Incorporating a user-friendly question-and-answer format, The Rights of Indians and Tribes addresses the most significant legal issues facing Indians and Indian tribes today, including tribal sovereignty, the federal trust responsibility, the regulation of non-Indians on reservations, Indian treaties, the Indian Civil Rights Act, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, and the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Pevar is a senior staff counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union. Mr. Pevar worked for Legal Services on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation from 1971-1974, and taught Federal Indian Law at the University of Denver School of Law from 1983-1999. He has litigated numerous Indian rights cases and has lectured extensively on the subject.
The afternoon will include a question and answer period, and a book signing. It is free to the public.
The historic house and exhibit spaces at The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society are open 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, please visit online or call 860-521-5362.

Silver Vengence, a dark fantasy set in New Haven

Silver Vengeance is a fast-paced dark fantasy set in present-day New Haven, Connecticut.
Were-witches. These hybrid creatures stalk the earth with the raw, primal power of the werewolf and the cunning, dark magic of the witch. They’re deadly hunters with the capability for both bloodthirsty vengeance and an unwavering loyalty to their own.
Gabrielle Gayle is an ambitious chef in one of New Haven’s trendiest restaurants. Her concerns consist of getting ahead in her career, dodging barbed insults from her sharp-tongued mother, and dealing with the nagging certainty that she has always had powers. However, when the Clan of were-witches seeks revenge for her mother murdering one of their own, she and her sister are brutally attacked. With nowhere else to go, she turns to Nick, a Hunter of witches, werewolves, demons, and any combination thereof.
However, Gabrielle learns that she has much more in common with the Clan than she ever imagined. And, in order to save herself and her family from being destroyed, she must embrace her powers and become the very creature she fears the most.
See what others are saying about Silver Vengeance.
“This can't-put-it-down tale of magic and mystery will have you turning pages as fast as you can. The plot grabs you from page one and draws you into the story of Gabrielle Gayle and her sister as they fight for their lives against other-worldly creatures. The characters are memorable and the pacing of the story is damn near perfect. Scary, bloody, thrilling and fascinating, this is a first-rate urban fantasy. Highly recommended.”
-JM Dattilo

Spiritually Savvy Kids

Kathy Walsh has written a series of books that focus on positive thinking. The newly released Spiritually Savvy Kids book series helps put balance in our children’s lives that are often over-booked or loaded with screen time. From coping techniques to inspirational messages, these books open a dialog to talk to our children about the things that are important in life.”
~ Mommies with Cents

“Walsh has really done an amazing job writing a series for children on how to be and stay positive, express their emotions, show love and gratitude…Every single book is full of different colors, shapes, and a peaceful message.”
~ Jessica Chastain, Pajama Mommy Blog

Did know that positive thinking is a habit and gratitude is the key to a joyful life?

In this new book series, children learn to connect with their hearts, think positively, and to express their feelings.

“It is a welcome change, as a parent, to have books that connect children to their heart and give them the strength and practical tools to face life’s daily challenges. Today’s children are always on the move, over-booked and their days are over-planned. These books give us a quiet moment in each day to reconnect to our core values.”
~ Alisa, Parent of a 3rd grader and kindergartner

Each book includes fun activities for parents to do with their children to reinforce these messages.

“My intention with this series is to give children the tools to live a more peaceful life,” Kathy Walsh, author, said.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Noah Webster Library host SinC Reads Connecticut

The New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an organization which supports
female crime and mystery writers, will hold Connecticut SinC Reads 2012 at the
Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street in West Hartford on Sunday, March 11
at 2 pm.
Ten Connecticut Sisters in Crime members will read from their current works in
progress or soon-to-be released books.
The authors come from as far afield as Easton, Old Saybrook, and Litchfield, and
include Patti Brooks, Liz Gordon, Rosemary Harris, Rhonda Lane, Karen Laugel,
Steve Liskow, Susan Santangelo, Carole Shmurak, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, and
Anne-Marie Sutton. Some have written best-sellers, but others are unpublished
in the mystery field (but may have published in other areas), and the readings
introduce them to a wider public.
Author Susan (Guilbault) Santangelo, who writes the Baby Boomer mysteries, is a
West Hartford native and a former writer for The West Hartford News. Her
humorous mysteries are set in the fictional Connecticut town of Fairport.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will give the authors a chance
to test new material in front of an audience, and introduce readers to a variety
of mystery writing styles.

After reading from their work, the authors will answer questions about their
work and about Sisters in Crime, which is open to anyone who wants to join,
whether they write or not. Many group members are librarians who help keep an
eye on what books are popular among their patrons. Others are book reviewers or
teachers, and many are fans who, as the group’s slogan says, like to “SinC into
a good mystery.”