The 2nd annual special event, Books on the Beach is the perfect matchmaking event for book lovers and authors. This Pacific Northwest Authors showcase and book fair is one of the fastest growing events in the Peninsula!
Where: Elk’s Lodge 110 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, WA
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Why Groups Should Visit: Free admission, free bus parking, and a special VIP reception for qualified groups of 15 or more with overnight accommodations in Long Beach complete with Books at the Beach gift basket. Contact Ragan Myers at for more information.
Books at Long Beach, WA 2018 registered Authors
Ann Ornie: Ann Ornie is a northern Oregon coast native, gardener, creator, lover of old trees, the desert and National Parks. You can find her work in Rain Magazine, The Upper Left Edge, The North Coast Squid and Libraries Reading Outreach 2018 Anthology.
R.M Anderson: After an extensive Military Career mainly serving as an intel officer with artillery units, instructing, training OPFOR (opposing forces) and as commander, I then went into ranching, teaching middle school and fiber art. Now farming, animal rescue, writing, art, teaching and travel fill the days leaving one wishing for more hours in the day to get everything done!
Stephen Hagelin: Stephen Hagelin wrote his first novel at the age of nine, and by the time he reached adulthood, had written several more. Writing was always his first love, though he got a BA in Japanese at the University of Washington and studied engineering for several years. He is currently working on The Commission Series, of which the first two novels have been released, The Venom Sword and The Viper’s Chase. The Lich’s Blade is expected to release in late 2018, and The Mountain Fang in 2019.
Signe Kopps: Signe is working on the third book of a YA fantasy trilogy featuring the adventures of Ysabel the Summoner. Queen of Incense, her recently published novel about the Queen of Sheba, was selected as a Best of the 2017 Multnomah County Library Writer’s Project. Signe is a member of NW Independent Writers (NIWA), The Historical Novel Society and Women Writing the West. She takes singing lessons in the hopes that one day she’ll sound like Julie London and lives in beautiful rainy Portland, Oregon with her family and an assortment of friendly pets.
David Berger, author of Razor Clams: Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest. What brings thousands of men, women, and children to Washington’s sandy coastal beaches every year, braving weather and surf? The buried treasure is known as the Pacific razor clam. A short presentation on this book is available from the Humanities Washington Speaker’s Bureau talk, “The Razor’s Edge.”
Carol Salmon: My Parents’ Values: A Memoir, this book relates a story about a family in Western ND in the early 1900’s. It depicts their character; values and the impact they had on their family and the community. It reaches all ages, a learning experience for younger people and a nostalgic trip for older people.
Brian Ratty: Brian D. Ratty is a retired media executive, publisher and graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography. He and his wife, Tess, live on the north Oregon Coast where he writes and photographs that rugged and majestic region. Over the past thirty-five years, he has traveled the vast wilderness of the Pacific Coast in search of images and stories that reflect the spirit and splendor of those spectacular lands. Brian is an Award-winning historical fiction author of seven novels and his newest book: Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, the History, and Tales of Terrible Tilly. Mr. Ratty is also the owner of Sunset Lake Publishing.
Robert Heacock: Robert Heacock is a Kennewick, Washington native, and resides in the Spokane, Washington area. Mr. Heacock has a long-standing interest in the Lewis & Clark Expedition and other topics related to the early history of the Pacific Northwest. Member of Washington, Oregon, Idaho Chapters of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc., Past President Washington Chapter LCTHF, and Foundation Committee Member. He is also Officer and Historian of Spokane Westerners Corral and member of the Ice Age Floods Institute. As an avid outdoorsman, he has hiked and boated the rivers and related locations in the area.
Susanne Perry: Susanne Perry is a local Ocean Park resident. She wrote her debut novel after 25+ years working in social services. Susanne is a WSU Alum, as is the protagonist in my novel. When not writing, you’ll find her reading, golfing, traveling, enjoying family and friends. She wrote in the mystery genre because that’s what she enjoys reading. She chose to put her experience to use in the characters and the story as well as use the novel to cast light on the plight of the homeless. *NOTE* $1 Donation to Ocean Park Food Bank per book sold at the Books at Long Beach Showcase.
Tami J. Whitmore: Tami J. Whitmore lives in the high desert of south-central Washington and loves coming to the beach with her family to get some moisture. Starting with a book she wrote for her grandkids; she has been published since 2014. Nine books later, she is researching family and local history and hopes to write some historical novels soon. She and her husband, Jack, have been married 40+ years and have two grown and four grandchildren.
Jan Bono: Jan Bono’s new cozy mystery series is set on the SW Washington coast. She’s also published five collections of humorous personal experiences, two poetry chapbooks, nine one-act plays, a dinner theatre play, and has written for magazines ranging from guideposts to Woman’s World. Jan is a frequent contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, with over 40 published stories to date. www.janbonobooks.com
Rita Kabeto: Born and raised in Germany, Rita came to the US at age 21, got married to an ex-GI, had 2 children, started college, divorced, finished college, English/Creative writing, remarried, had 2 more children. Started writing seriously at the age of 55.
James A. Tweedie: James A. Tweedie has lived in California, Scotland, Australia, Utah, Hawaii and since 2010, Long Beach, Washington. He is a retired Pastor, a poet, a composer, a photographer and a teller of stories. As founder/editor of Dunecrest Press, he has published 18 books by four different authors. His own publications include Long Beach Short Stories, Crucifix Askew (poetry collection), a four-novel series featuring Manhattan-based Mike Maurison – Private Eye, and The Kingdom of God and the Local Congregation. He is a member of Peninsula Players, Peninsula Art Association, and Board President of His supper Table Dinner Program and Thrift Store.
Timberland Regional Library: Timberland Regional Library invites discovery and interaction with our vibrant collection, services, and programs for learning enrichment and enjoyment for people of all ages in our diverse communities. Local branches here are in Ilwaco, Ocean Park, and Naselle.
Francesca G. Varela: Francesca G. Varela was born in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In 2015 she graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing, and she recently received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. She is the Author of three novels – Call of the Sun Child, Listen and The Seas of Distant Stars. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, figure skating, and playing the piano.
Heidi Renee Mason: Heidi Renee Mason is an Ohio girl transplanted into the Pacific Northwest. She is a homeschooling mom of three daughters, wife of a mailman, and a people-watching introvert who can be found hiding in the nearest corner. She is the Author of Your Next Happily Ever After.
Averi Mason: Averi Mason is a ten-year-old girl who loves to write creative fiction. She loves to dance, and she enjoys making homemade slime. When she grows up, she wants to be a famous ballerina. She is well on her way, and she takes seven dance classes to train for her future.
Kerry Blaisdell: Kerry was born in British Columbia, Canada, and has since lived all over the West Coast of North America, Including California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, everywhere except Mexico! She’s a “Computer industry” brat, not a military one, but moving so frequently meant she spent a lot of time reading, and later writing, (Hopefully!) great books. She has a degree in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master’s in Teaching English and Mathematics from the University of Portland. She currently lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest with her husband, two “kids” I late adolescence/early adulthood, assorted cats and dogs, and more hot pepper plants than anyone could reasonably consume.
Mollie Hunt: Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, including Cats’ Eyes, Copy Cat, Cat’s Paw, Cat Call and Cat Café (coming 2018). The series features Portland native Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie published a non-cat mystery, Placid River Runs Deep, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies. Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, The Cat Writers’ Association and the Northwest Independent Writers Association. She has won four CWA Muse Medallions for her work. Mollie lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.
Bill Scott (Writing as James Scott) (Previously writing as BJ Scott) is the multiple-award-winning author of six novels. Five of these historical novels are set in the West post-Gold-Rush, and one is speculative fiction set in Los Angeles the year 2031. All his books have one thing in common; strong female protagonists. Thus, he refers to them as Tales of Strong Women. Among his awards are Winner, 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards, Historical Fiction, and Bronze Medalist, 2015 Will Rogers Medallion Awards, Western Romance. He promises a high “can’t put it down” factor and deep reader emotional involvement.
SM Stryker: As an Amazon Bestselling author, SM Stryker writes stories that are deeply emotional with subjects that lean towards the taboo; subjects she learned and lived as a child, then later as a teen and young adult. She has always believed that things happen for a reason. That is the message she often tried to portray. Her books are filled with raw emotion and grit, but also inspiration, showing the reader, they too, can survive all things.
Karla Von Huben: Karla Von Huben is a Chicago native who wound up in the Pacific Northwest after twenty-three years in San Diego. She’s been here now for over a decade, still moans about the rain, and gets no sympathy whatsoever from her ridiculous cats, who “help” by rolling on the keyboards. She a former Marine, an actor, an opera fanatic, and admits to being addicted to cats and steam engines, two of the crankiest things on the planet. She’s given in to her dependency and is now writing books about a magical kitten who is the Guardian of the bookstore.
Denise Kawaii: Denise Kawaii is currently pounding away at a laptop somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Author of the Amazon Best Seller, Adaline, Kawaii enjoys writing a variety of literature for readers of all ages. When she’s not writing stories about robot domination and decomposition, she tends her mini-farm in the suburbs. Not only is it her preferred sanctuary to unwind from a long day at the keyboard, but it’s also the perfect place to bury negative reviews and poorly edited manuscripts.
Shawn Inmon: Shawn Inmon is a full-time Author who lives on the Long Beach Peninsula. He is the creator of the Bestselling Middle Falls Time Travel series, as well as Feels Like the First Time and Both Sides Now.
Honey Perkel: Honey Perkel lives in Seaside, Oregon. She writes beach reads, mysteries, and historical fiction. Honey is an author, speaker, and an adjunct instructor on independent publishing and marketing.
Lisa Mayme Corbit: Lisa Mayme Corbit taught secondary English in the US, the UAE, and Paraguay before she decided to become a writer. The Truth About Melissa: A Soul Mate Experiment is her first novel. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. You can read about her overseas teaching experiences at www.lisacorbit.com.
Emily Thompson: Emily Thompson is a novelist, writing a long-running, Victorian-inspired fantasy adventure series, called Clockwork Twist. Check out her writing style with free preview chapters at www.clocktwist.com
Janice Thompson: Janice Thompson has been writing poetry for more than fifty years. She composes tightly woven unforced, metered verse. Much of her poetry hearkens back to the English Lake District poets influence on her in her contemporized writing style. Samples of her work have been posted on her blog at www.Janice-t.com
Rosemary Andrews: Writing has been Rosemary’s passion since high school. Between then and now, “real” life happened, which included becoming a mother of two boys and the grandmother of 4 grandchildren. She has worked as a paralegal in Clark County for many years and together with her husband, Ben, owned Columbia Storage/CSI Geosynthetics in Vancouver, Washington. “Adventuring Through the Mirror” is Rosemary’s first published work. She is currently working on a novel about real people living in real circumstances and how they all come to believe in God.
For more information on this special event, or for personal assistance with group lodging, dining, and pre/post activities contact Ragan Myers, Tourism and Events Coordinator at Long Beach Package Travel.