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Here are links to the works by our writing group


Janet Wertman

The Boy King

Motherless since birth and newly bereft of his father, King Henry VIII, nine-year-old Edward Tudor ascends to the throne of England and quickly learns that he cannot trust anyone, even himself.

The Path to Somerset

After the tragic romance of Jane the Quene, the second book in The Seymour Saga trilogy, The Path to Somerset, takes a dark turn through an era in which King Henry VIII descends into cynicism, suspicion and fits of madness – and in which mistakes mean death.

Jane the Queen

Listed as “One of the Best Books of 2016” by Open Letters Monthly; Finalist, 2016 Novel of the Year – Underground Book Reviews; Semi-Finalist, M.M. Bennetts 2017 Award for Historical Fiction; Readers’ Award, Chill With a Book; Honoree, BRAG Medallion.

Arthur Swan

Before the Sun Hits

In a small North Carolina college town, a disillusioned math professor, Drew Bauer, discovers the sun is dying. His abandoned research could hold the key to survival, but he needs more information, and he needs help against the growing conspiracy to stop him. Trenton Smith, a sadistic billionaire who plans to sacrifice Earth for his own survival, attempts to isolate and control Drew. But Drew escapes with his engineer pal, Joe Sandusk. They plunge into a dangerous cross-country trip to a secret NASA facility where Drew falls for a scientist, Liza Maddox, whose uncertain loyalty could sabotage all their efforts. Almost out of time—and with Smith’s forces closing in—Drew, Liza, and Joe race down the California coast to save the world.

The Encanto (LA FOG Book 1)

An ancient Mayan artifact, smuggled into Los Angeles, unexpectedly alters three lives in bizarre ways. Gray, an aspiring artist struggling to provide for his family, Claire, his insomniac wife, and Ashley York, a wealthy socialite striving to make it as a real actress, find their paths crashing together, their dreams and their very identities threatened. Meanwhile, Saul Parker, a detective and hobbyist magician who is self-conscious about his weight, strives to solve a strange case that seems impossible to comprehend.

Wayob's Revenge (LA FOG Book 2)

Aspiring painter Gray Wilson and socialite Ashley York try to adjust back to their old lives after their surreal body-swapping experiences, but will anything ever truly be the same again? And now that they know of the incredible power held by the Encanto, can they resist the temptation to use it? Meanwhile, Detective Saul Parker struggles to understand a bizarre string of murders, and nothing about his investigation is going well: the behavior of his prime suspect, Gray Wilson, is confusing, and after witnessing a shocking death up close, Saul casts suspicion on himself. Not only is he removed from the case, but he’s suspended from the force. Worse, he has a strange gap in his memory that he can’t explain. With the help of his partner, Saul continues investigating off-duty, but things aren’t adding up, and he realizes that he’s dealing with forces beyond his comprehension. And there’s one crazy idea he just can’t shake: What if a murderer was able to control a person’s body and use them like a puppet?

Love Kills (LA FOG Book 3)

While Detective Hernandez struggles to understand how her former partner Saul Parker could become a serial killer, Gray Wilson and Ashley York find themselves drawn deeper into the mysteries of the Encanto, despite their efforts to be done with it. Ashley’s loyal security guard, Sammy, warns them that a psycho is coming for them, and they fear it’s the evil spirit, Wayob. Together, Gray and Ashley try to discover more about the Encanto’s powers and how to stop Wayob, all the while racing to stay one step ahead of their pursuer. But as he draws closer, leaving a trail of bodies and terror in his wake, everyone they love or care about is in terrible danger.


Wayob, an ancient entity who harnesses the power of a Mayan artifact to swap himself into different bodies, has turned multiple lives inside out as he blazes a trail of carnage across Los Angeles. And the only four people who can stop him are Saul Parker, the ex-LAPD cop; Hernandez, his former partner; Ashley York, the young celebrity socialite; and Gray Wilson, a recently widowed painter struggling to protect his kids. But how can they trust each other when Wayob could be hiding within any one of them, controlling their body and mind?

G. Gainford

After the Fall

Currently seeking an agent, see his preview page.

Haley, an Irish engineering student was on a six-week internship with Amazon in Seattle when the world went and ended. Now four years later she’s living in a rough community, in the ruins of civilization. Accused of murder, she flees, chased across the wastelands. In a country ravaged by extreme storms. large swathes are full of nuclear waste and everywhere holds disease and death. The country is sparsely populated with bands of survivors. Some have turned to a strict religion, blaming all technology for the Fall, hoping God will save them. A few gave up on life and wander aimlessly, avoiding any communities that might one day be a target. Viscous gangs have come together under a feared leader, attacking communities, preying on the weak, killing for fun and eating the dead. Haley needs to use everything she ever learned and all her wits to make her way to the east coast and hopefully home, to the love of her young life.

Better out than in

By Gerry Gainford

Art by Nicole Gainford

A treatise on farts for children and childish adults.


Alex Caine lives in Los Angeles where he has made a name for himself in comedy. He has played in Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Dallas and many more cities across the United States. Caine mostly jokes about himself in a self-deprecating manner. He riffs a lot about his color-blindness and jokes about being Jewish, about why Batman should have chosen the hippo as his spirit animal, and about life in his day job as a manny. Alex regularly appears at Flapper’s Comedy Club in Burbank, CA. Check his site and Facebook page for dates near you.


Stop motion animator, Sound Designer & Musician, Multimedia Sculptor, Fine artist and Painter LS Quigley is a fine artist and animator who draws inspiration from nature. She also has a strong passion for music and plays instruments in her free time. Graduated from Detroit's College for Creative Studies, she became a teacher of stop motion and gesture drawing. She is now on the West Coast looking an opportunities in the entertainment industry.

Larry Levine


Cooking for a Beautiful Woman

…The Tastes and Tales of a Wonderful Life

FINALIST – BEST NEW MEMOIR PACIFIC NORTHWEST WRITERS ASSN. Nancy Pearl Award competition From one of our own at Writers of Sherman Oaks! This book has 104 delectable recipes for the home cook and stories of strong, independent interesting women. All profits will go to breast cancer and leukemia research. Learn more about the book and order it.


A Novel by Scott Coon

When his dad goes missing, DJ finds a file containing evidence of a secret war of industrial sabotage, a file encrypted by his dad using DJ's song Lost Helix. Caught in a crossfire of lies, DJ must find his father and the mother he never knew.


A Reading from My Debut Novel


My LOST HELIX YouTube Playlist

It includes videos about the Science Fiction that inspired LOST HELIX