John Mehrmann, Author of The Trusted Advocate, to Appear at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Los Angeles, California (PressExposure) April 08, 2008 -- The 13th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books presents a rare opportunity to meet several local authors, and obtain autographed copies of their works.

The 13th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the country's largest celebration of the written word. For one weekend, people who love books will gather with people who love to write. 140,000 attendees will join over 450 authors, and more than 300 exhibitors. It takes more than 900 volunteers to support the event, with more than 100 author panels. Saturday April 26, from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday April 27, from 10 am to 5 pm, at the UCLA Main Campus. Admission is free. Parking is $8

The Greater Los Angeles Writer's Society proudly presents a talented slate of authors in Booth 715. A different author will appear at the booth each hour, so be sure to check the schedule to collect limited autographed copies of featured novels.

John Mehrmann, author of The Trusted Advocate, and contributor to 101 Great Ways to Improve Your life - Volume 3, is a freelance writer, speaker, and Vice President of Business Development at ZSL Inc. The Trusted Advocate applies modern management techniques and leadership skills to the sales. Each chapter is a self-contained topic that can be referenced independently, or as a step in a linear process. This presents a wide variety of concepts, with a central theme of developing individual talents, and building stronger relationships with clients through ethical business practices. The ultimate result of the process is a sense of greater satisfaction, self-fulfillment, and successful sales. The Trusted Advocate is recipient of the coveted Publisher's Choice Award from iUniverse, for editorial integrity and outstanding design quality.

Matthew J. Pallamary's first book, The Small Dark Room Of The Soul, is in its second printing, and has been mentioned in The Year's Best Horror and Fantasy. His second short story collection, A Short Walk To The Other Side, was published as an e-book. Dreamland, a novel about computer generated dreaming, won the 2002 Independent e-Book Award in the Horror/Thriller category. His historic novel of first contact between shamans and Jesuits in the 18th century South America, titled, Land Without Evil, has received rave reviews along with a San Diego Book Award for mainstream fiction. Pallamary received Man of the Year 2000 from San Diego Writers Monthly Magazine, and he is presently under contract to write an original screenplay.

Joan A. Friedman, Ph.D is an identical twin who has over thirty years of experience as a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of twin-related issues. Using her personal experience, as well as her research working with mothers of twins, she comes to the topic with unmatched depth and breadth of experience. Friedman's new novel, Emotionally Healthy Twins, is a comprehensive guide on how to raise twins who are self-realized and distinct individuals. It outlines seven key concepts to help twins appreciate distinct selves while nurturing a unique sibling bond.

Tony N Todaro is an author, brand strategist and creative consultant, writing for a wide range of organizations, from non-profits to Fortune 1000 companies and more recently, Hollywood unions and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center / Department of Defense. His novels include True Light, and Nexus of Swords, in the Lightriders Saga series, and the forthcoming What Comes Around, a new murder mystery in the Xander Hunt series. Tony is author of several short stories, and articles on the craft of writing.

John M. Weiskopf is an author and teacher. His first novel, The Ascendancy, was recently published by iUniverse, where it received excellent reviews and sold out at several Barnes & Noble retailers. John taught literature and writing for ten years in private schools and colleges. He has a B.A. in literature, a M.F.A from UCLA Graduate Film Program, and wrote eight screenplays. He produced two documentaries which aired on PBS.

Sheila Finch is on the Board of Directors of the Science Fiction Writers of America, and teaches writing in her workshops. Her series of stories and novels about a Guild of Xenolinguists, allowed her to use her love of all things to do with language in the future, and on other planets. The obstacles associated with language that would surely result from first contact with an intelligent alien are often overlooked in science fiction, but not with the linguists in The Guild of Xenolinguists, published by Golden Gryphon Press.

Enilde "Ginger" Ingels-Van-Hook is the author of The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts, a story about families living in Argentina in the 1930's. The story explores the fictions and mythologies of the South American culture of Argentina's rich grasslands and spiritual histories. Other titles by Enilde Ginger Ingels-Van Hook include Waiting in the Wings Poetry, The Trilogy of Private Showings: Poetry, and A Sliver of My Private Thoughts.

Sandra Walter is author of The Creator State, a provocative novel about a group of Chicago actors who discover a unique state of consciousness. The characters attempt a shocking worldwide experiment with unanticipated results. Sandra is a freelance writer, actor, designer, painter, and poet.

Dr. Maxine Thompson is the owner of Maxine Thompson's Literary Services, and Black Butterfly Press. Dr. Thompson is author of The Ebony Tree, No Pockets in a Shroud, Short story collection, A Place Called Home, The Hush Hush Secrets of Creating a Life you Love, The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction that Sells, How to Write, Market and Sell your book Via e-book Publishing, and inclusion in several anthologies.

Leslie Ann Moore is a native of Los Angeles, and received her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of California. She continues to practice veterinary medicine, in addition to writing fiction. Her first published work, Griffin's Daughter, is a novel of romantic fantasy.

Robin Reed is published in several print anthologies and online publications. She is also a cartoonist and gag writer. Reed's first novel, Xanthan Gumm, is the second book in a series scheduled to appear in late 2008. In this novel, Humans labor to make stories that are beloved throughout the Galaxy, stories called The Movies. The tale chronicles the journey of Xanthan Gumm to Hollywood.

Mike Robinson is the author of seven novels and two collections. Although he writes in a variety of genres, his subjects often touch on philosophical and psychological issues with an undercurrent of the fantastic. Mike is a resident of Los Angeles.

Barbara Schnell's debut novel, First Year, follows a young Los Angeles actress, as she recklessly marries a visitor and follows him to South Dakota. In Los Angeles, the actress is a wannabe celebrity, but in South Dakota she finds stardom by virtue of a beer commercial. The plot is filled with adventures in pheasant hunting, blizzards, homecoming parades, and trailer parks. Guaranteed to generate smiles, this break-out novel embraces stereotypes in a universally entertaining and engaging way.

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