Our First Pop-Up Book Shop and Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers


Books on the Vine’s first pop-up book shop was open for business Saturday, Oct. 3, at the annual El Dorado High School Holiday Boutique, offering early holiday shoppers a chance to check out the work of local authors Greta Boris, Corey Holst, Rebecca Lang, Shauna Roberts, Wendy Van Camp, and PJ Colando.

From historical fiction and Americana humor, to fantasy and ancient world romance, to health and fitness and Regency romance, there was something for just about any reading taste. And what better way to make a holiday gift special than to have it signed and personalized by the author?

If you missed the event, you can still check out our HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR BOOK LOVERS.

And check out out pictures from the event:



Greta Boris, author of “The Wine and Chocolate Workout”


Corey Holst, author of “Defender of the Realm” and “Defender of the North”


Rebecca Lang, author of “The Changelings”

Shauna Roberts, author of “Ice Magic, Fire Magic,” “Claimed by the Enemy,” and “Like Mayflies in the Stream”


Wendy Van Camp, author of “The Curate’s Brother”


PJ Colando, author of “Stashes”


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Book Spotlight: The Changelings, by Rebecca Lang

THE CHANGELINGS: Book 1 of Matthew’s Prophecy

By Rebecca Lang


$2.99 ebook at Amazon
$21.99 paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


For as long as she can remember, 21-year old Sylvie has embraced her role as the priest’s obedient daughter. All she wants is to marry her fiancé and lead a quiet, normal life. But between droughts, food shortages, and the slow invasion of her desert homeland, even those modest dreams seem out of reach.

Then one sweltering summer day, her best friend Matthew shatters her core identity by revealing a devastating secret. Sylvie is a Changeling: a fantastical creature given human form and switched with the priest’s real daughter 17 years ago. And she’s not the only one. Four other Changelings remain hidden in the desert—including Matthew himself.

First-time author Rebecca Lang takes us into a war-torn world steeped in political intrigue, shifting alliances, and breath-taking civilizations in the first volume of Matthew’s Prophecy, an exciting new fantasy saga.


While other children played tag, Rebecca Lang spent her recesses reading novels in the clover. She entered the University of Redlands and created her own bachelor’s degree in Crafting Fantasy: Creative Writing, History, and Japanese. After graduating, she immediately set off to Japan to have adventures of her own. Returning home to California after three years of teaching English, Rebecca currently works as a substitute in Brea, California.

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Book Spotlight: The Curate’s Brother, by Wendy Van Camp

THE CURATE’S BROTHER: A Variation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion

By Wendy Van Camp


$2.99 ebook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
$5.99 paperback at Amazon 


Edward Wentworth, a young curate, is surprised by the arrival of his brother. Commander Frederick Wentworth, the “hero of San Domingo,” is on shore leave from his battles in the Napoleonic war and has come to spend time with the only family he has in England.

All the good Commander wants to do is flirt and dance with the ladies until he is called back to sea, but when his flirting extends to Sally Marshall, an outgoing beauty that Edward always disdained as “a child,” the curate becomes aware that his opinion of Sally is sorely outdated. Meanwhile, Frederick becomes drawn to shy wallflower Anne Elliot. She is the daughter of a baronet and above his station, but Frederick pays no heed to his brother’s warnings that class may prevent their union.

At the end of summer, a letter and package arrive that will change everything for the two brothers. Which will prevail, the bold action of the commander or the quiet manners of the curate?


Wendy Van Camp is the writer behind No Wasted Ink, a blog about the craft of writing, featuring author interviews. book reviews, and scifaiku poetry. She makes her home in Southern California with her husband. Wendy enjoys travel, bicycling, gourmet cooking, and gemology. Her articles, short stories, and poetry have appeared in literary and science fiction magazines such as Shadows Express, Luna Station Quarterly, Serendipity, and Far Horizons. Her first Amazon ebook is a regency romance titled The Curate’s Brother: A Jane Austen Variation of Persuasion.

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Book Spotlight: The Wine and Chocolate Workout, by Greta Boris

THE WINE AND CHOCOLATE WORKOUT: Sip, Savor, and Strengthen for a Healthier Life

By Greta Boris


$2.99 ebook at Amazon | $8.89 paperback available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Do you wish you could have a leaner, stronger body without giving up all your favorite treats? Greta Boris, personal trainer and health coach, teaches you all her secrets with this simple, step by step training guide for a healthier, lighter life. This book has been endorsed by two medical doctors, the founders of Guard a Heart Healthy Heart Foundation, and a Doctor of Natural Medicine.

Greta Boris


Greta Boris is the author of The Wine and Chocolate Workout, a freelance writer, and a budding novelist. She is currently hard at work on The Seven Deadly Sins Series–thrillers she describes as O.C. housewives meet Dante’s Inferno. Come visit her at

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Book Spotlight: Ice Magic, Fire Magic, by Shauna Roberts

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By Shauna Roberts

Reg. $5.99 ebook | $16 paperback

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

The sentient land of Veridia needs a new Servant to govern its peoples and relay its wishes to them. It chooses the reluctant Fila. She has powerful women’s magic of creation but not yet the skill to use it well, and she can wield it only for good. Jealous relatives want her new position at any price . . . even her death. Can Fila trust her only allies, a scholar who has renounced his male magic of destruction and an ancient spirit of pure evil? Can she survive if she doesn’t?

Shauna Roberts


Shauna Roberts grew up in Ohio. After a career as an award-winning science and medical writer and editor, she now writes science fiction, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction. She is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop and now serves on the Clarion Foundation Board of Directors. In 2011 she won the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers’ Grant. She teaches occasionally in the University of California at Riverside’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Hadley Rille Books published her historical novel Like Mayflies in a Stream in 2009 and her fantasy novel with romantic elements Ice Magic, Fire Magic in August 2015. She self-published her historical novel Claimed by the Enemy in 2014, and it won the 2014 National Readers Choice Award for best Novel with Romantic Elements. She enjoys reading, gardening, playing and listening to early music, doing yoga, and bellydancing.


Book Spotlight: Stashes, by PJ Colando


By PJ Colando

Reg. $3.99 kindle | $8.99 paperback

Stashes is set in Michigan, where auto manufacturing and agriculture forged a reliable middle class. It’s Fall 2009, after unfortunate real estate practices gutted the American Dream.

The plot focuses on two couples: the traditional, yet spunky Jackie and her dairy managing husband Steve, and their son, Brandon and his conniving wife, Amy.

When Brandon loses his job and home to foreclosure, he and Amy must move in with the folks, who, with a desire to be as capricious as their kids, leave their homestead in the care of Brandon and Amy to travel the US by RV.

Amy expands the business with pot cookies, dragging Brandon and Jackie into the scheme. As the local bank’s VP, Amy secretly increases the Home Equity Line of Credit that financed the RV. Oops!

Stashes is a comical crossover between family saga and drug caper, satire spun with good-natured American wit and grit.



For 25 years, Pat Jackson-Colando had a thriving practice in speech-language pathology. Publicly she introduced herself with the slogan: “If you can say my name, you don’t need to see me,” knowing that her name and job title were twists of the lip and tongue.

Now, in a real-life plot twist, she has become a published author, PJ Colando, with her debut novel, Stashes. It is Americana humor, fictitious, but real life, an exploration of the contrast between those entitled and those who earn, interwoven in a protracted “I Love Lucy” episode.

PJ’s personal essays and short stories have been published in the ASHA Leader, Indiana Review, Orange Coast Magazine, and The Message. She was a columnist on Lit Central O.C., an online magazine, and her work has been anthologized in Biscuit, OC Writes, Open to Interpretation, She Writes, The Convertible Chronicles, and Wisdom has a Voice. She considers blog posting as a daily writing assignment, the chronicled key to improvement of craft, and is having a blast writing the next novel in the series: Hashes and Bashes.

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A Conversation with Author Corey Holst

At Warkworth CastleCorey Holst is a young adult/historical fiction author who will join us from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 3 in our pop-up book shop at El Dorado High School Holiday Boutique, 1651 Valencia Ave., Placentia.


When did you decide to try your hand at writing?

I have always liked the idea of being a writer because I’ve always been able to picture scenes in my head or imagine a location with such detail that, in my head at least, it feels like a place I’ve actually been to and not just a place that I have imagined. The one thing that held me back was that I never had any idea what I might write about.

I have always loved historical time periods and have a distinct fascination for castles. My dad’s favorite movie was always “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” and after seeing a production of James Goldman’s “The Lion in Winter,” I was intrigued by the idea that Richard the Lionheart and his scheming brother Prince John weren’t just part of a Robin Hood legend, but were real people with real problems. Then, one day, a few years later, the ending of a story popped into my head. I couldn’t shake it off. I let it stew in my brain for a while, coming up with ideas on how I could get characters to that point. I started writing out imagined conversations between characters that I hadn’t even defined yet. After a time, it was apparent I was onto something, and I decided to start from the beginning.  Because I had very little idea of what I was doing, that first book, Defender of the Realm, took me four years to write. But I just kept plugging away at it because I knew I would get to that ending eventually, and eventually I did.


Defender of the North - Cover Defender of the Realm - CoverSo, how did you get the idea for your second novel?

Originally, I had decided that Defender of the Realm would take place in the year 1174, but as I dug further into research, I found that year to be a very volatile time to be introducing my characters. A lot was happening in England in 1174, and I wanted to take more time in getting to know my characters, so I shifted Defender of the Realm to the year 1172. But when it came time to start writing the sequel I already had a wealth of research from 1174. Now that my characters were firmly established, it was relatively easy to drop them into the middle of all the turmoil that was going on that year in Henry II’s England. The research and the success of my first book really inspired me, and I finished Defender of the North in about a year and a half.


What are you working on now?

I am currently halfway through writing book 3 of the Defender of England series. After the rebellion of 1173-1174, King Henry did such a thorough job of defeating the dissidents that not much happened for the next decade (that I could find anyway). But I didn’t want to jump that far ahead in years for my characters. I liked them where they were. Instead of large battle sequences, I decided to stay closer to home. Defender of the Faithful concerns a brutal series of murders and forces the main characters to walk the line between truth and justice. Occasionally I go back and re-read the first chapter, and I have come to the conclusion that I am one sick puppy.


So, are you going to stick to the medieval time period for future endeavors?

No. Actually I now have several full outlines for new stories that are not medieval. One traces the origins of a pocketwatch given to me by my grandfather. It was originally purchased by his great-grandfather in the early 1800s, when he emigrated from Ireland to work on the railroads back when Wisconsin was the western frontier. Another outline I have is a New England ghost story with flashbacks to the Revolutionary War. My daughter and I brainstormed an outline for a fantasy involving dragons. I am even partially through writing a present-day terrorist thriller. There are lots of stories waiting to be told, I can’t wait to get to them all. Much like my first book, I’ll get there… eventually.



Both books are available in print, Kindle, and Nook. For more information, visit


Introducing: The Books on the Vine Pop-up Book Shop



We’ll be kicking off the holiday shopping season on Saturday, Oct. 3 with our very first pop-up book shop at one of Orange County’s biggest and longest-running holiday boutiques.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., we’ll feature in-booth book-signings and book sales with some of the region’s top local authors.

Here’s our book-signing lineup:

9 to 10 a.m.: Greta Boris, author of healthy lifestyle nonfiction

10 to 11 a.m.: Michelle Knowlden, author of mystery, science fiction, historical romance, paranormal romance, and fantasy

11 a.m. to noon: Corey Holst, author of young adult / historical fiction

noon to 1 p.m.: Shauna Roberts, author of fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and romance

1 to 2 p.m.: Wendy Van Camp, author of Regency romance

2 to 3 p.m.: PJ Colando, author of contemporary fiction


We’ll have signed books and other items available throughout the day for shoppers eager to find the perfect gifts for friends and family.

Want to grab your own? Visit us between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the El Dorado High School Holiday Boutique, 1651 Valencia Ave., Placentia. Entry to the boutique is $2.

Are you an author who would like to join us for a future pop-up shop? Sign up for Author List here:




Blogger Contest Winner for DANCE WITH ME #NewRelease Blitz

Thank you to our Sweet 16, the 16 wonderful bloggers who helped us spread the word about DANCE WITH ME, Book 2 in the California Belly Dance Romance series by DeAnna Cameron, during this week’s New Release Blitz blog tour.

Each blogger received one entry into a drawing for a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble e-gift card (winner’s choice), and has helped us choose the lucky blogger. And that blogger is…

Lauren at Romance Novel Giveaways

Lauren, please send us an email at to let us know which card you prefer, and an email address where it may be sent.

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P.S. If we don’t hear from the winner by noon PDT on Monday, we’ll choose another winner.