Words and Wine Author Event
Each month Kona Stories hosts an event with local and traveling authors. This event happens the First Tuesday evening of the month starting at 6 PM. Authors are available to talk story while you are getting your plate of appetizers and glass of complimentary wine. Authors then give a 15-minute talk about their book and themselves, the writing and publishing process or a short reading from the book. After all the authors presentations there is a time for individual questions and book signings.
The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie Karst learned early, during family dinner conversations, the value of both careful analysis and the arts—ideal ingredients for a mystery story. She spent her early years in various locales (Columbus, Ohio; South America and Mexico; Oxford, England; and Santa Monica, California), then moved from Southern California to Santa Cruz to study English literature and Romance languages at UCSC (home of the Fighting Banana Slugs). Leslie was able to parlay her humanities degree into employment waiting tables and singing in a new wave rock and roll band. Exciting though this life was, however, she eventually decided she was ready for a “real” job, and ended up at Stanford Law School. Having survived the horror that is the California bar exam, Leslie then worked for twenty years as the research and appellate attorney for a civil law firm in Santa Cruz County. During this period, she rediscovered a passion for food and cooking, and so once more returned to school—this time to earn a degree in culinary arts from Cabrillo College. Now retired from the law, she spends her time cooking, singing alto in her local community chorus, gardening, cycling, and of course writing. Leslie and her wife and their Jack Russell mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai‘i.
Fragrance of Death is book 5 in the Sally Solari Mystery series
Restaurateur Sally Solari is a champion, both in the kitchen and on the case, but after getting mixed up in one too many murders, she’s noticed her nonna’s friends have now taken to crossing themselves when they see her in the street. Adding to her woes, a sinus infection has knocked out her sense of smell, making cooking on the hot line difficult, indeed. Nevertheless, Sally is determined to stay out of trouble and focus on her work. But then her old acquaintance Neil Lerici is murdered at the annual Santa Cruz Artichoke Cook-Off, and her powers of investigation are called into action once more. Could Neil have been killed by the local restaurant owner who took his winning spot at the competition? Or maybe by one of his siblings, who were desperate to sell the family farm to a real estate developer? Sally plunges headfirst into the case, risking alienating everyone she knows—including the dapper Detective Vargas, who finds her sleuthing both infuriating and endearing. And soon it’s not only her restaurant and tentative new relationship that are on the line—it’s her life . . .
Dana St. Claire
Holy Wow! is an opportunity for you to look at the living of Life through different eyes. Offering a glimpse into the workings of the inner lives of human beings. The basic premise of Holy Wow!... We are Spirit living a human experience.
In the odd-numbered chapters, with humor and insight, Dana shares her own unique spiritual journey… gift-wrapped in her intriguing lifelong fascination with “the zaniness of being human.” While living the quirkiness of everyday Life… she found her way to the Life-transforming gifts of meditation and mindfulness. You’ll read about her ups and downs, doubts and anxieties, insights and realizations. Meditation shows up in her Life unexpectedly. (It was The Beatles.) Unexpected and most welcome. Dana immediately embraced meditation. “I like it!” She shares her thrill of experiencing meditation expanding… articulating... far beyond anything she could have first imagined.
Holy Wow! is her mindful and amusing take on this whole physical, emotional, mental megillah we humans find ourselves in on this Planet of Paradox. What are we doing here? Why does it feel like something's not right? Like something's missing? Is there any rhyme? Or a reason? And what's Love got to do with it?!
The even-numbered chapters of Holy Wow! take place in 'The Interpretorium'... where beings who are about to Incarnate Human On Planet Earth assemble for 'Orientation'. Engaging the Multi-Purpose Realizmotron Scenario Generator... as well as state-of-the-art 'Bio Energy Suit' simulators... and insights from the Advanced Realization Playbook... beings are familiarized with the mental, emotional and physical instruments and environments they will inhabit while human.
Penni Sparks is a Wayfinder and Hindrance Remover for those who feel lost, stuck, or are looking for a new perspective. She is also an educator, consultant, personal coach, keynote speaker, facilitator, mentor, Judo instructor, observational astronomer, choir director, whitewater canoeist, director/choreographer, celestial navigator, Zumba enthusiast, linguistics nerd, and author. Penni's unique approach is inspirational and has been honed over 30+ years of experience leading empowerment workshops, dedicated to inspiring human beings to greater confidence and kindness. She popularity of her workshops - and Penni's dynamic brand of encouraging adults to take up their own inner work - have led her to become a sought-after speaker across the country.
Humorous and deeply wise, The ABC’s of Being Human is filled with inner games that allow you to reframe a moment of insecurity or anger and fill it with a deep sense of inner peace. Reach for it when you’re feeling stuck in your old ways of thinking. Keep opening it again when you need a reminder of new ways to approach the challenges in your life with a renewed sense of kindness or peace.
Restaurateur Sally Solari has a nose for trouble, but when her sense of smell goes missing, it's not just her career on the line . . . it's her life.
The Interpretorium Tour Guide offers insight into the Spectrum of Human Awareness…The 7 Kingdoms in Nature… your human Bio Energy Incarnate Navigation Gear (your B.E.I.N.G.)… as well as each human’s Absolutely Created Existence (A.C.E.)… making possible their A.C.E. in The Whole.