Francoise Lemieux

Member News: Have Chapters — Will Critique

I’m an active novelist who’s new to the Greater Portland area and looking for a small group of serious writers to share scene and chapter critiques—online now and meeting regularly later. Either preread or orally delivered material is fine with me. My style is aimed at offering friendly and helpful critiques from a fiction lover’s…

Member News: McMinnville Short Film Festival Call for Submissions

McMinniville Short Film Festival call for entries

The McMinnville Short Film Festival is celebrating its 10th year, and submissions are now open for all categories. The festival takes place February 19-21, 2021, presenting 80-85 films of 20 minutes or less from around the world across 3 days. The MSFF is proud to highlight its new Shawash Ilihi Award for films by Native…

Member News: Someone to Watch Over Book Release

Someone to watch over book release

Award-winning screenwriter William Schreiber’s debut novel, Someone to Watch Over, adapted from his original screenplay, has been released by indie Oregon publisher Not a Pipe Publishing. The release follows his screenplay’s placing second in the 2019 Kay Snow screenwriting competition and the novel earning the Rising Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Schreiber…

Member News: Book Launch — Back Story: A Novel

All authors put words to the page. Few, if any, also put music to the printed page. Local independent author, Marshall Welch, has done just that in his new novel, Back Story. He has imbedded QR codes within the narrative that can be scanned by the reader on their mobile devices to hear original songs…

Member News: New Mystery Novel by Deni Starr

While BJ McKay is incarcerated, her sister Cindy is murdered near her home in a small town on the Oregon coast. When BJ is finally released from prison nine months later, she heads to the beach for answers. She finds the sheriff has made no arrests and has no suspects or leads. He’s also hostile…

Member News: Debut Novel Release – But for the Mountains

Erin Riha is the author of the debut young adult novel, But for the Mountains. Arden Thatcher wasn’t meant to be chosen, but chosen she was, and she will now receive Nordania’s highest honor: studying with other elite candidates to become leaders, diplomats, and ambassadors on the world stage. But as she’s paraded around in…

Member News: My Cemetery Friends Release

my cemetery friends member news

My Cemetery Friends: A Garden of Encounters at Mount Saint Mary in Queens, New York.  My Cemetery Friends is timeless. Walk with renowned author, poet Vincent J. Tomeo through garden pathways of life. Along the way, encounter other travelers, trekking a similar trail, embrace new acquaintances, and this will make all the difference. My Cemetery…

Member News: Marilyn Sewell reading

Marilyn Sewell will do a virtual reading from her new book, In Time’s Shadow: Stories About Impermanence, on June 2 at 7:00 PM. Minister, author, and activist Marilyn Sewell reflects on the everyday, the places we live and work, the thoughts we all have but hardly ever share, though they may carry the most profound…

Member News: New Memoir on the Power of Women in Midlife

How I Made a Huge Mess of My Life (or Couples Therapy with a Dead Man) is the new memoir by Portland resident, Billie Best, just released in paperback and ebook by Widowspeak Publishing, and available at libraries and wherever books are sold. Known for her weekly blog, Beyond 60—Loving Life, Staying Relevant at billiebest.com,…

Catherine A. Hamilton’s Debut Novel Victoria’s War Launches June 2, 2020

Victoria’s War book launch and reading at Annie Bloom’s Books on Saturday, June 6, at 6pm.  In Victoria’s War, Hamilton gives voice to the courageous Polish Catholic women who were kidnapped into the real-life Nazi slave labor operation during WWII. Inspired by true stories, this lost chapter of history won’t soon be forgotten. POLAND, 1939: Nineteen-year-old…