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”


final cover IMFM May 2013

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

Ice Magic, Fire Magic, by Shauna RobertsIce Magic, Fire Magic

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.


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:



Shauna Roberts



Shauna Roberts writes historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and romance. She is a 2009 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop and was the 2011 winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writer Grant. Before retiring, she was a freelance science and medical writer and editor. Her two historical novels set in ancient Mesopotamia, “Like Mayflies in a Stream,” and “Claimed by the Enemy,” are available at and Barnes & Noble online. She loves to read and also enjoys gardening, bellydancing, and visiting historic houses. You can find out more at her website,


What’s your favorite scene in “Claimed by the Enemy” and why?

One of my favorite scenes occurs after the lowborn hero, Ur-sag-enki, is recalled temporarily to the army to reconquer a city. Afterward, he’s leading his men home, and on a break, he quietly asks his two scouts for advice on wooing a princess of their city. The scouts, oblivious to Ur-sag-enki’s desire to keep his cluelessness quiet, call the other soldiers over for their input. As you can imagine, they have plenty of advice, some bawdy, some silly, some worthwhile. I like this scene because the humor cleanses the palate of the (figurative) taste of odious General Qisim of earlier scenes and also because I had fun researching what was considered admirable and attractive in a woman in this time and place.


What is your favorite holiday tradition?

My husband and I buy a Christmas tree ornament each year, usually something handcrafted. Often, it’s an ornament from a place we visited that year or a festival we went to. We now have thirty-two ornaments. Knowing of this tradition, many friends and family members have given us unusual ornaments or made us ornaments. We now have enough special Christmas ornaments to cover the tree without having to use any generic ornaments.


If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

I recommend the reader drink what all the characters are drinking: room-temperature beer. For nondrinkers, I suggested cider heated in a pot with cloves, a cinnamon stick, and a chunk of fresh ginger. It has nothing to do with ancient Mesopotamia, but it is what I enjoy drinking in winter.


What are you working on next?

I’m writing the first of two contemporary romance novels set in France. The heroines are American twin sisters who work together, one as a travel writer and the other as a travel photographer. The first book is set in the beautiful wine country around Bordeaux, where the free-spirited writer sister meets the stick-in-the-mud manager of a vineyard.



CLAIMED BY THE ENEMY, by Shauna Roberts -- 99 cents

Claimed by the Enemy

By Shauna Roberts
Reg. $2.99

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Crown Princess Nindalla knows the terrifying power of Sargon of Akkad’s army: Ten years ago, it destroyed her home city and killed her parents. Now the nightmare is happening again. The Akkadians conquer her new home, Susa; make her a widow; and strip her of her rank. Nindalla vows to protect her children from her enemies by any means necessary, including marrying whoever can shield them best. With plots swirling around her, can she trust her instincts to tell friends from foes?

Farm boy Ur-sag-enki was forced to become a soldier in the Akkadian army ten years ago after it destroyed his home and left him with nothing. When the Akkadians conquer Susa, he is awarded its governorship. He looks forward to settling down to the normal family life he craves. First, though, he must keep control of Susa despite enemies who exploit his inexperience, and he must gain legitimacy by persuading beautiful former princess Nindalla to marry him. But can he win her heart when it was his hand that struck down her husband?