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5 Must-Read Books By Sacramento Authors

Sacramento is the birthplace of many New York Times best-selling, soon-to-be and self-published authors. This list outlines five writers that this author has read and met, including a bit of insider information about each. Most of these authors can be found speaking, mingling and sharing their craft at local groups and community events. Stay up to date with their scheduled appearances and get to know one of the great minds behind literature.
Allison Brennan's "Silenced"
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Allison Brennan's "Silenced"
Book can be purchased here.

Allison Brennan is a New York Times best-selling author of eighteen books. Margaret Duarte – another author in the Sacramento area – introduced a book signing for Allison's book "See No Evil" and reports that it was a big hit. When asked for a comment for this story, Alison replied, "Thank you so much for thinking of me. My newest book just came out today." Imagine that, from an author of her talent and status. Allison recently came out with "Silenced," the fourth book in the Lucy Kincaid series, and it is said to be a "stand alone as a complete story" and a definite must read. Add this book to your list because it is a perfectly-crafted work describing a juicy Washington sex scandal. Allison has a fan page on Facebook. Share her craft and see her on June 16, 2012 at the Allison Brennan - No Plotters Allowed event.

Bud Gardner Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul
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Bud Gardner's "Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul"
Book can be purchased here.

Before Bud Gardner became famous as co-author of the "Chicken Soup For The Soul" books, he helped hundreds of students. He hosted a handful of inspiring TV courses on writing, televised by Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. His students have sold thousands of articles and hundreds of books. Professor Bud Gardner received many awards and praise for his outstanding teaching accomplishments and was the co-captain of the Maui Writer's Conference where a now, New York Times best-selling author, James Clemens was discovered. Read "Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul" for an encouraging push toward writing your first piece.

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John Lescroart's The Hunter
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John Lescroart's "The Hunter"
Book can be purchased here.

John Lescroart, New York Times best-selling author, appeared at the Fine Arts Festival of Elk Grove, March 31, 2007. His Wyatt Hunt series has become increasingly popular and continues to grow with every addition. Not only is John talented with writing, but he has expanded his abilities to include music as well. Even celebrities praise him. Larry King said, "John Lescroart is one of the best thriller writers to come down the pike." John's latest book "The Hunter" received a starred review in Publishers Weekly with the comment: "This is the third and most personal novel in the Wyatt Hunt series that begins when Wyatt receives a mysterious text message: How did your mother die? This leads him on a search for his birth parents that turns out to be surprising, emotionally wrenching, and ultimately dangerous."

Nan Mahon's Blind Buddy and Mojo's Blues Band
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Nan Mahon's "Blind Buddy and Mojo's Blues Band"
Book can be purchases here.

The American Authors Association says; "Nan Mahon is a freelance writer, an author and award-winning journalist." Nan is always helping others, and not just authors. She organizes events and teaches throughout the area to expand her knowledge to all eager learners. One of her newer books, "Blind Buddy and Mojo's Blues Band," is a thrilling murder mystery with a musical twist. Read about Buddy, Ivy, Mojo, Jimmy and the band in this unique tale that has received great reviews.

Vincent Wales' One Nation Under God
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Vincent M. Wales' "One Nation Under God"
Book can be purchased here.

Vincent Wales writes books with the goal of being "fiction that makes you think". "One Nation Under God" - ONUG - is a timely book that "paints a frightening picture of a nation overrun with repressive legislation and ultra-conservative views, made all the more remarkable given that the book was written eight years ago." The book is also being adapted for an independent film. According to Vince, he is currently working on a "coming-of-age memoir told from the perspective of a woman who happens to be a super-powered hero", scheduled for publication in 2013.

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Marta Weeks is a freelance writer who has over 30 years of employment in government and private industry. Her experience includes: research analyst, marketing, public relations, employee assistance, and adult education instructor. She currently resides in California. Her work can be found at

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