Before I go one about myself...
Please come to my book signing Sunday, June 30th
Apostrophe Book Store, 2-4 p.m.
4712 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA
The Valentine State is the third in the Veronica Bennett Series.
Later that day, Long Beach Searches for Greatest Storyteller at the L.B. Playhouse from 7-9. (You'll need to entertain yourselves for breakfast.)
Working as a pianist/singer, she's traveled the US, Japan and even Casa Blanca. In 2003, she traded the piano keys for alphabet keys and put her life experiences to paper, beginning the fictionalized memoir, Happy New Year, Darling! (nom de plume, Veronica Bennett), and followed up with the sequel, Stars or Stripes 4th of July, which won a 2011 National Indie Excellence Award. The Valentine State, her latest novel in the trilogy, is available June 23rd. Mariana's life experiences as a musician and comedy agent prepared her for writing about Veronica, who is always falling into accidental crime, and naturally ready for love. However, Mariana takes on topics more poignant than are generally found in "chic lit." Addiction, authority and boundaries with teens and the challenge of monogamy is woven into each plot. Never preachy, always witty, all three novels end with a surprising dénouement. In March of 2010, Mariana was a Moth Grand Slam finalist in the acclaimed story-telling competition held in Los Angeles. Her true stories will soon be available: Coming Clean—Unusual circumstances, unpredictable outcomes. She is the producer of Long Beach Searches for the Greatest Storyteller, now in season three. She lives in So. California with her Oscar-winning, songwriter husband Paul Williams and this mother of two fills the empty nest with two cats. Mariana says, "I wanted to be a ballerina, but writing practice is easier. I can do it on the couch with a bag of chips.”
Now-to purchase Stars or Stripes 4th of July, click to page above
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Paul Williams' documentary "Still Alive" is now available on iTunes, as well as the original song he penned for the film. This film maker Steve Kessler, followed him around for over four years. (Yes, it was annoying, thanks for asking.) But, it turned out well. (Sadly, I'm portrayed as an eye-rolling, bore. But, my friends know the truth. I rarely roll my eyes.)
Check out the latest interview with Mariana Williams with Carma Spence