February Meeting Reminder Featuring Stella Barcelona, Tina Callais, & Colleen Mooney


Please join SOLA for our monthly meeting on Saturday, February 21st, at 10am. This month, we feature Stella Barcelona, Tina Callais and Colleen Mooney.

Indie Publishing has come of age making it a great time to be an author!

 Debut authors Stella Barcelona, Tina DeSalvo, and Colleen Mooney have taken charge and fearlessly plunged in to publish their books. Join these three SOLA authors in a lively discussion as they share what they’ve learned about the process of polishing their manuscripts and delivering a complete product to the marketplace.

Stella Barcelona has always had an active imagination, a tendency to daydream, and a passion for reading romance, mysteries, and thrillers. Stella writes romantic suspense. Her first novel, DECEIVED, was released in May of 2014. DECEIVED was inspired by New Orleans, its unique citizens, and the city’s World War II-era history. Her second novel, SHADOWS, features Sebastian Connelly of Black Raven Private Security Contractors as he searches for escaped prisoner Richard Barrows, a notoriously brilliant, but equally delusional, computer software genius. SHADOWS will be released in early 2015. In her day-to-day life, Stella is a lawyer and works for a court in New Orleans. She lives minutes from the French Quarter, with her husband of seventeen years and two adorable papillons who believe they are princesses. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Southern Louisiana Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

2013 Author photos no 39 black croppedTina DeSalvo is a fresh, humorous voice in women’s fiction and romance. Her debut book, Elli, a Second Chance Novel, has received five star reviews and such praise as “It’s so wonderfully written and it made me laugh out loud and cry. There are not many authors out there who can do that and with such a sensitive subject.” And, “*big happy reader sigh* From the moment I picked up this book until I read the last sentence I didn’t want to put this book down.”

Tina was inspired to write Elli’s story while battling stage-three breast cancer. She weaves her fears, emotions, and triumphs as well as those of the people fighting cancer alongside of her into the story. She also brings her love and passion for the rich culture, unique traditions and interesting people of Cajun Country and New Orleans where she has lived and worked. Before becoming a fiction writer, Tina was a television sports broadcaster where she is said to be the first woman football play-by-play announcer in Louisiana. She also was a news and feature reporter, wrote and produced documentaries, commercials and industrial videos.  All of Tina’s proceeds from Elli are donated to help women and men fighting breast cancer with their unmet needs. Her second book, Jewell, in the Second Chance Novel series, will be out in 2015. Tina is a proud, long-time SOLA member. To learn more about her, visit her website at tinadesalvo.com

clm.photo-.jpeg-copyColleen Mooney has owned and driven motorcycles, raced her sailboat in long distance competition across the Gulf of Mexico, crewed on super yachts racing in Key West and has been scuba diving from Florida’s panhandle to the Maldives. Her love of snow skiing has taken her to slopes in New York to Colorado and the Alps.  She loves to relive and write about these adventures, people she meets and her beloved hometown of New Orleans. Colleen’s love of dogs and her keen observations of her fellow New Orleanians, much of it through her Schnauzer Rescue organization,  inspired her to write her first book, ‘Rescued By A Kiss.’ (2014)

When Colleen isn’t scuba diving or writing, she likes to spend time with friends and family enjoying favorite local restaurants and food.

You can take the girl out of New Orleans, but you can’t take the New Orleans out of the girl!

Prospective members may attend two meetings of SOLA before deciding to join. Our meetings are held from 10 am-noon on the third Saturday of every month, except December, at the Jefferson Parish Library Eastbank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Avenue in Metairie, LA. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early*.

*Capacity for the Napoleon Room at the library is 45 in the tables-with-chairs seating arrangement. In order to comply with fire safety regulations, members and guests will be turned away when capacity is reached.