Wine, Women, and Words – Plus Holiday Shopping!

Invite your friends and head to Valley Junction on Monday, December 5th for a fun and free event featuring five Sisters in Crime.  Join authors Sparkle Abbey, Dawn Eastman, Anna Loan-Wilsey, and Jody Vorbrich at this holiday mix and mingle hosted by Artisan Gallery 218.  The store opens that day at 10:00 AM.  These talented local authors will share their writing experiences, beginning at 6:30 PM.  The store will stay open past its regular Monday hours (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM) for this special event.

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Sparkle Abbey is the writing duo of MaryLee Woods and Anita Carter.  They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. Their pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets – Sparkle (Mary Lee’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog). They reside in central Iowa, but if they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and depending on the time of day either an iced tea or a margarita.) Their books include: Desperate Housedogs, Get Fluffy, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, Yip/Tuck, Fifty Shades of Greyhound, and The Girl with the Dachshund Tattoo.

When Dawn Eastman was ten years old, her two favorite things were climbing trees and reading. She loved to read Nancy Drew books, but eventually moved on to Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, and Stephanie Plum.   She lived many years in Michigan, but now calls Iowa home.  She is the author of many cozy mysteries, including Pall in the Family, Be Careful What You Witch For, A Fright to the Death, and An Unhappy Medium. 

Anna Loan-Wilsey lives in a Victorian farmhouse in the Iowa countryside with her patient husband, inquisitive six-year-old daughter and old yellow dog.  She was born and raised in Syracuse, NY but has lived in Finland, Canada and Texas. She is a biologist, librarian, information specialist, and now with the Hattie Davish Mysteries Series, a novelist.  A March to Remember, her new book, is set in Washington, DC.  She is a proud member of Sleuths In TimeMystery Writers of America, and Sisters-in-Crime.

Jody Nolan Vorbrich grew up on a farm southwest of Dubuque and now lives with her husband in Clive. She has three children, four stepchildren, and sixteen grandchildren. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Drake University.  Her books, Murder in Central Standard Time, and Missing in Central Standard Time are set in the fictional town of Holland, Iowa, which is loosely based on Pella.

Be sure to take some time to enjoy refreshments and consider the original art available for holiday gifts.  Artisan Gallery 218 plans to offer a series of monthly book events highlighting local writers.  Beaverdale Books will have books available for sale and signing. For more information, call the Gallery at: 255-0218.