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Authors Margie Yee Webb, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Rita Lakin join forces for fun at Sonoma County Book Festival

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authors Margie Yee Webb, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Rita Lakin will be exhibiting their books at the Sonoma County Book Festival


Saturday September 22, 2012, 10:00am – 4:00pm in Santa Rosa, CA

authors Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Margie Yee Webb, Rita Lakin

will be exhibiting their books at the

Sonoma County Book Festival at Old Courthouse Square

Fourth Street and Santa Rosa Avenue,  Santa Rosa, CA

 Look for Margie, Teresa and Rita at Booth B2 (near Information/Raffle Booth which is B1)

Margie Yee Webb is author of Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life

 Teresa LeYung-Ryan (a.k.a. Coach Teresa) is author of  Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 DaysLove Made of HeartAnswer Me Now

Rita Lakin is author of the Gladdy Gold mystery series –  Getting Old Can Kill You; Getting Old Is A Disaster; Getting Old Is Tres Dangereux; Getting Old Is To Die For; Getting Old Is Criminal; Getting Old Is The Best Revenge; Getting Old Is Murder

We are going to see many colleagues . . . from Redwood Writers (California Writers Club), Women’s National Book Association, 6th Street Playhouse, Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, Literary Arts Guild, Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County, Friends of the Library  . . .  including Festival Director Frances Caballo, Redwood Writers Volunteer Coordinator Robbi Sommers Bryant, Kate Farrell, Redwood Writers Village’s Readers Circle Coordinator Ana Manwaring, Amanda McTigue,  bigwords101 – Arlene Miller, Harry Reid, Linda Reid, Melissa Kelley, Jana McBurney-Lin, Local Author’s Distribution – Jeane Slone, Juanita J. Martin, Kid Lit Corner: Get Out Books & Black Garnet Press, Susan Pace-Koch, Cara Black, Laura Rennert, P.S. Foley, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Rita Lakin, Margie Yee Webb.  Also look for Copperfield’s,  Harper Davis Publishers, Healdsburg Literary Guild,  Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Poetry Flash, Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Sitting Room, Sixteen Rivers Press.  For a full list of exhibitors this year, please go to:

Cheering for all writers and readers!


Writers’ Platform & Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

“Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams.”

Please click here to see Coach Teresa interviewed by Frank Mallicoat on Channel 5 Bay Sunday - the show was aired on September 9, 2012, 5:30am.


















Update: Colleagues Leon Veal, Judith Marshall, Chandra Garsson, Sheryl Fairchild, Susan Pace-Koch, Dave LaRoche, and of course Cindy Sample and Jennifer Walker have sent their good wishes to Margie Yee Webb via my facebook posting of this blog post.

Margie Yee Webb, author of Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life, enjoys promoting her book in person.

Margie says: “I am so excited since I have seen some authors at Apple Hill before and wanted to do an event there. So when Cindy Sample asked me, I said yes!”

10th Annual Art in the Orchard
September 8 & 9, 2012
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Author Appearance and Book Signing
Rainbow Orchards – #10
2569 Larsen Drive
Camino, CA 95709

Local Authors  Margie Yee Webb (Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life), Cindy Sample (Dying for a Dance and Dying for a Date) and Jennifer Walker (Bubba Goes National and Bubba to the Rescue) will be signing their books and talking to fans.

Click here Margie’s calendar of events for details of this fun event.

Click here for Margie Yee Webb’s website to see how this author builds her writer’s platform and fanbase


Click here for El Dorado Arts Council

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Then, on Saturday Sept. 22, 2012, 10:00am – 4:00pm Margie Yee Webb, Rita Lakin (Gladdy Gold mystery series) and I (Teresa LeYung-Ryan) will co-exhibit our books and have fun with our colleagues and fans at the Sonoma County Book Festival in Santa Rosa, CA.  Click here for my webpage of events.


writers' platform-building coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: "Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams!"

As coach and author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW,  she says: “Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, make your name synonymous with the issues you write about.”

Teresa has built her own platform happily. Her first novel Love Made of Heart  is used in college composition classes; available at public libraries; recommended by the CA School Library Association and the CA Reading Association; and archived at the San Francisco History Center. Love Made of Heart and her short play Answer Me Now carry the themes closest to her heart:  mother-daughter relationship; Chinese-American immigrant experience; helping adult-children (of mentally-ill parents) speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their loved ones.  Click on “Coach Teresa’s Blog”

This is what happened.  Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter sponsored an author showcase and silent auction in November 2007 at the Mechanics Institute Library.  I was one of thirteen WNBA member-authors showcasing our books.  This event was a fundraiser for the chapter, so, many of us donated prizes for the silent auction.  I donated one hour of consultation (help a writer with her/his pitch, query letter or synopsis, or, platform building/career coaching).

Rita Lakin, author of the Gladdy Gold comedy-mystery series, donated a set of her novels and a chance to be a character in her upcoming novel!  Well, I placed my bid for that.  How fun is that—to be a character (no matter how minor) in a mystery novel written by Rita.

Networking.  Great food.  Being with friends and colleagues.  Having fun. Every fifteen minutes I dash over to the auction display table to check the bid sheet for the prize I want.   Good.  I’m still the highest bidder.  Sure hope I get it.

Author Showcase portion of the event begins.  Each author gets a minute or two to talk about her book.   Fun to listen to all the other authors.  Rita Lakin says that her protagonist is modeled after her mom.

Women's National Book Association members at Mechanics Institute Library November 2007

Women's National Book Association members at Mechanics Institute Library November 2007 Rita Lakin is second from the right standing

We sell and autograph books. I am having a lovely time.

Okay last chance to place bids.  I see several people going by where Rita’s auction item is displayed, but, I can’t tell whether they’re writing something on the bid sheet.  The auctioneer announces, “Bidding is now closed.”

It’s not often one can be a character in Rita’s novels.  Her cast of the mainstay characters is already large.  True, there are always the new villains in each novel, but, those names are already assigned, their character profiles already determined.  Rita says she has to get creative to match the auction winner’s name and physical traits or personality to a minor character’s profile.

Breathe.  If I don’t get it this time, well, maybe the next auction, the novel after this one. But what if I can’t attend the next auction?

The auctioneer is walking over to the display table, announcing the winners.  She’s standing in front of the prize I want.  “What do we have here?” she says, “A set of novels featuring P.I. Gladdy Gold, by Rita Lakin, and a chance to be a character in her upcoming novel!  The highest bid is from Teresa LeYung Ryan!”

Yahoo! I think I’m jumping up and down like a cheerleader.

Teresa LeYung Ryan got a set of Rita Lakin's mystery series and a chance to be ...

Teresa LeYung Ryan got a set of Rita Lakin's mystery series and a chance to be ...

That was November 2007.

Getting Old Is a Disaster hits the bookstores in January 2009.  Page 104 Protagonist P.I. Gladdy Gold and Jack her sweetheart head out to Key West for their romantic getaway.  Hurray.  By the time they reach Islamorada though, the rain is seriously coming down.  By the time they pass Marathon, the wind is howling and the rain is pelting down.  Ah, the Brown Pelican Inn, a charming faux-Victorian B&B.  At the desk, the checkout line is longer than the registration line, which consists of just Gladdy and Jack.  The manager introduces herself as Teresa LeYung . . .

[Since one of Rita Lakin’s mainstay minor characters in the series is Denny Ryan (and my last name is also Ryan), to make the manager Teresa LeYung Ryan might mislead readers.  So, in this spellbinding mystery that involves a hurricane unearthing a fifty-year-old skeleton, I got to be a minor minor character.  What a thrill!  What a major event for me.]

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