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”


At Warkworth Castle

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.



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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: